America is promoted to First Division
Yesterday, America FC, one of the football teams in Natal, managed to qualify to play in the first division of Brazilian football in 2007.
America finished the Second Division in 4th place, and will be one of the 4 teams promoted to the First Division (the other ones are Atletico Mineiro, from Minas Gerais, and Sport Recife and Nautico, both from nearby State of Pernambuco).
This means that, in 2007, the major Brazilian football teams, such as São Paulo, Flamengo, Corinthians and others will play in Natal; it will be a good chance to go Machadao and watch some famous Brazilian players.
Since 1998, when America was demoted to 2nd Division, there had not been a team of the State in the First Division.
The other major team of Natal, ABC, is struggling to move from Third Division to Second Division (but is unlikely to succeed).
ABC is, still, the most popular team in Rio Grande do Norte (measured by number of fans). However, after several very bad seasons of ABC, some say that America is closing the gap, and may soon become the most popular.