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Flamengo fire: 10 killed at Brazilian football club training ground in Rio de Janeiro

Posted: 8 February 2019 Time: 13:36

Ten youth team players have been confirmed dead after a fire at the training ground of Brazilian giants Flamengo.

The fire broke out at Ninho do Urubu, a state-of-the-art training centre that was expanded and opened only two months ago after a £4.8m (R87m) investment.

According to Reuters news agency, the site features accommodation for young players, several pitches, an aquatic park, a gym, a medical centre and a mini stadium.

None of the victims has been identified but players aged between 14 and 17 are known to have used the dormitory.

"The kids from the Flamengo youth team were sleeping there at the time," firefighter Douglas Henaut told Globo News.

Some of its most prominent former players include World Cup winners Ronaldinho, Bebeto and Romario, and more recently wonderkid Vincius Jr.

Article by: Lorenz Kohler
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