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Atlético Mineiro

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Clube Atlético Mineiro ( Mineiro Athletic Club), are a Brazil Association football club based in Belo Horizonte, the oldest in the city. Founded in 1908, they play in the Campeonato Mineiro and Campeonato Brasileiro Série A or Brasileirão. Atlético Mineiro have been List of Brazilian football champions once, state winners a record 40 times and Taça Minas Gerais five times, a record they share with Derby, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. They have also been successful in South America, winning the Copa CONMEBOL twice.

The club had their first major success in 1971 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, when they won the national championship. The 1990s has been the most successful period in Atlético Mineiro’s history, capped by winning Copa CONMEBOL titles in 1992 Copa CONMEBOL and 1997 Copa CONMEBOL. Atlético Mineiro's best campaigns in the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores were in 2010 Copa Sudamericana and 2000 Copa Libertadores, respectively, when they reached the quarterfinals of those editions.

They have a fierce local rivalry with Cruzeiro. The second city derby between Atlético Mineiro and América Futebol Clube (MG) has been played since 1913. The club's traditional Kit (association football) colours are black and white vertical striped shirts, with black shorts, accompanied by black and white socks. Their traditional crest is of a black and white Escutcheon (heraldry) with the letters "CAM" on top.


Foundation and early wins

Clube Atlético Mineiro was founded on March 25, 1908 by 22 low-class boys from Belo Horizonte. The founding players were: Aleixanor Alves Pereira, Antônio Antunes Filho, Augusto Soares, Benjamin Moss Filho, Carlos Marciel, Eurico Catão, Horácio Machado, Hugo Francarolli, Humberto Moreira, João Barbosa Sobrinho, José Soares Alves, Júlio Menezes Melo, Leônidas Fulgêncio, Margival Mendes Leal, Mário Hermanson Lott, Mário Neves, Mário Toledo, Raul Fracarolli and Sinval Moreira. 3 other boys who were not in the founding meeting, but are considered as founders too are: Francisco Monteiro, Jorge Dias Pena and Mauro Brochado.

The boys decided that the club's name would be Athletico Mineiro Foot Ball Club, and the kit would be a white shirt with a green horizontal strip on the chest. Soon after, they decided to change the kit to the black/white stripped shirt which is used nowadays.

at the time. The match was played on March 21, 1909, and Atlético won 3–0. Furious, Sport's board demanded that Atlético play a rematch the following week to get revenge, to which Atlético agreed. Atlético won again, but this time the score was 4–0.
In 1913, the club officially changed its name from Athletico Mineiro Foot Ball Club to Clube Atlético Mineiro. The following year, in 1914, Atlético won its first championship, the Taça Bueno Brandão, a tournament between Atlético, América Futebol Clube (MG) and Yale Atlético Clube. In 1915, the club won the first Campeonato Mineiro in history, which was organized by the Liga Mineira de Esportes Terrestres.
From then on, Atlético's team consisted of 3 of the club's best players in history: Said, Jairo and Mário de Castro. They scored a combined total of 4 goals: 1 from Jairo, 1 from Said and 2 from Mário de Castro. In the 1930s, the club won the state championships of 1931, 1932, 1936, 1938 and 1939. In 1937, Atlético won the first national championship of its history: the Brazilian Champions Tournament, which included the champions of four states: Fluminense Football Club (Rio de Janeiro), Associação Portuguesa de Desportos (São Paulo (state)), Rio Branco Atlético Clube (Espírito Santo), and Atlético.

Atlético dominated the football scene of Minas Gerais State in the 1940s and 1950s, winning no less than 12 state championships between 1940 and 1960, including 5 championships in a row sequence, from 1952 to 1956. In 1950, Atlético accomplished one of the most celebrated achievements in its history by winning the symbolic title of Ice Champion (Campeão do Gelo) after a successful tour in Europe, where the team played against clubs like Schalke 04, Hamburger SV, and RSC Anderlecht.

The 1960s were known as the decade in which the Mineirão Stadium was built, but they were difficult times for the club. During this period, they only managed to win the state champions of 1962 and 1963. It was in the mid 1960s that the rivalry with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube became strong, after the blue club won 5 state championships in a row (the first 5 championships of Mineirão era). In October 1969, Atlético beat the Brazil national football team that would become champions of the 1970 FIFA World Cup by 2–1 at the Mineirão.

Brazilian champions

It was only in 1970 that Atlético won its first championship in Mineirão Stadium, breaking Cruzeiro's five titles sequence. In 1971, the club won its first and only Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in history; the club's biggest title ever. In 1976, Atlético won the State Championship again and also finished in third place in the 1976 Brazilian Championship. They also finished runners-up in the 1977 championship, despite not being defeated for the entire season. In 1978, Atlético won the Copa dos Campeões, a tournament between the past winners of the Brazilian Championship, defeating São Paulo in the final.

Since 1977 Atlético made a great team, that would last until middle of 80's, one of the best in its history. This team that had players like Reinaldo, Toninho Cerezo, Éder Aleixo de Assis, Luiz Carlos Ferreira, Paulo Isidoro, João Leite won the state championship 6 times in a row, from 1978 to 1983, winning also in 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1989. Atlético also had good performances in the Brazilian Championship, having the best campaign for four times 77, 80, 83, 85. Politicals and arbitration scandals prevented Atlético to win. In 1977, Reinaldo, the historical scorer of Brazilian championship in that year was forbidden to play the final, supposedly by his insistence in celebrating his goals raising his fist, in a symbol of left politics opposed to Brasil military regimen of the time. Atletico got the 2º place with the best campaign of Brazilian championship ever, finishing with 17 victories and 4 draws. In 1980, a scandal of arbitration would eliminate Atletico in the final, with Reinaldo receiving red card after scoring twice. In the next year Atletico would be eliminated from Copa Libertadores without losing a match, after having 5 players receiving red card in a game known as "the big stickup". Atlético was also third placed in 1983, 1986 and in the gold cup of 1987.

The 1990s onwards

In the 1990s, Atlético won the state championships in 1991, 1995 and in 1999 and had some good performances in Brazilian Championships, finishing runner-up in 1999, third placed in 1996 and fourth placed in 1994 and 1997. In 1992, Atlético won the Copa CONMEBOL, the club's first official international title, which was won again in 1997. Twice the team had the top goalscorer of Brasileirão, in 1996 with Renaldo Lopes da Cruz (tied with Paulo Nunes) and in 1999 with Guilherme de Cássio Alves.

The financial situation turned worse in the late 1990s, with a scandal involving the then Atlético's president Paulo Curi and, the 2000s did not start well for Atlético, as the club had suffered serious crisis. Atlético won only the state championship in 2000, and was runner-up in 2001 and in 2004. In 2000, it reached the 2000 Copa Libertadores quarterfinals, and was fourth placed in the Brazilian Championship in 2001. In 2004, Atlético almost got relegation to Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. 2005 started disastrously, and was the worst year in its history; the club was relegated to Brazilian Second Division.

In 2006 the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2006 after a good campaign, qualifying to play the Brazilian League Série A in 2007. That year, Atlético won the Campeonato Mineiro again, defeating their rivals Cruzeiro in the final. After its promotion, the club managed to finish 8th in the 2007 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, earning a spot at the Copa Sudamericana 2008.

In 2009, Atlético led the 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in eight of the thirty-eight rounds, and finished in seventh place. Striker Diego Tardelli was the top goalscorer of the championship (18, alongside Clube de Regatas do Flamengo's Adriano Leite Ribeiro), and the biggest overall of the year in Brazilian football, with 57. In 2010, the team won his 40th Campeonato Mineiro.

Atlético currently has ties to D.C. United in the Major League Soccer and in the Australian A-League.



- Copa CONMEBOL: 2


- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1
Record of Semi-Finals, 15. And also the best campaign for 5 times, 1971, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985.

- Campeonato Brasileiro Série B: 1

- Copa dos Campeões Estaduais (Cup of State Champions): 1

- Copa dos Campeões Brasileiros (Cup of Brazilian Champions): 1

- Campeonato Mineiro: 40


- Liga Futsal: 2

- Intercontinental Futsal Cup: 1

Performances in Brazilian Championship

- Atlético's performances in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A year by year:
{, the 5th. Sometimes considered the 3rd. See: Copa União

- - Atlético was relegated to play the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B in the next year.

- - - Atlético played and won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, qualifying to play the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 2007.


As of August 19, 2011.

Players with Dual Nationality
- Willian Lanes de Lima
- Mancini (Brazilian footballer)

Professional players able to play in the youth team

Youth & reserve players with first team experience

Out on loan

(loan to Tupi Football Club)
(loan to Boavista Sport Club)
(loan to Atlético Goianiense)
(loan to Figueirense Futebol Clube)
(loan to Boa Esporte Clube)
(loan to Coritiba Football Club)

(loan to Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras)
(loan to Goiás Esporte Clube)
(loan to Sport Club do Recife)
(loan to Vila Nova Futebol Clube)
(loan to Ipatinga Futebol Clube)

For recent transfers, see List of Atlético Mineiro transfers List of Atlético Mineiro transfers 2011.

For recent transfers, see List of Brazilian football transfers 2008.

First-team staff

{ with white vertical stripes;
- 2º - White with black numbers and details.

{ Atlético Mineiro announced in 2006 that the number 12 would not be used in respect of its fans.

Notable managers

Atlético Mineiro's most famous coach is Telê Santana.

The coaches with most matches in Atlético's history are:
- Telê Santana (434)
- Procópio Cardoso (328)
- João Lacerda Filho (227)
- Levir Culpi (174)
- Ricardo Diéz (168)


Atlético is the club which attracted most people to Mineirão; as of 2002, 20,887,391 people in 1,011 matches. Even with 51 less games than the second placed Cruzeiro, Atlético brought 1,542,884 people more. These stats do not include derbies.

Atlético's average attendances per year in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A:

{ and Atlético vs. Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. Until the 1950s and early 1960s, the biggest derby of Minas Gerais State was Atlético vs América, but from the mid-1960s on, Atlético vs. Cruzeiro became the biggest.

The Atlético vs Cruzeiro derby has been played 434 times, with 169 wins for Atlético, 144 wins for Cruzeiro and 121 draws.
Atlético vs América has been played 376 times, with 186 wins for Atlético, 100 wins for América and 90 draws.

The Rooster (Galo)

The team's mascot, the rooster, is one of the most well-known mascots in the country. It was created in the 1940s by Fernando Pierucetti, a cartoonist for "A Folha de Minas" newspaper. He was designated to design a mascot for each of the three greatest clubs in Belo Horizonte. According to Pierucetti, the symbol of Atlético was the rooster because the team used to play with plenty of passion, and would never give up until the end of each match, just like roosters used in cockfights. Another reason is that the most popular hen breed raised in Brazil has mostly black-and-white feathers, thus making the rooster suitable.


- Margival Mendes Leal - (1908–10)
- Aleixanor Alves Pereira - (1911)
- Jair Pinto dos Reis - (1912–13)
- João Luiz Morethzon - (1914)
- Roberto Xavier Azevedo - (1915–16)
- Nilo Rosemburg - (1917)
- Jorge Dias Pena - (1918)
- Antônio Antunes - (1919)
- Alvaro Felicíssimo - (1920)
- Alfredo Felicíssimo de Paula Furtado - (1921–22)
- Roberto Xavier de Azevedo - (1923)
- Alfredo Furtado - (1924–25)
- Leandro Castilho de Moura Costa - (1926–30)
- Anibal Matos - (1931)
- Afonso Ferreira Paulino - (1932)
- Tomáz Naves - (1933–38)
- Casildo Quintino dos Santos - (1939)

- Sálvio Noronha - (1940)
- Hélio Soares de Moura - (1940–41)
- Olímpyo Mourão de Miranda - (1942)
- Alberto Pinheiro - (1943–44)
- Edward Nogueira - (1945)
- Gregoriano Canedo - (1946–49)
- Geraldo Vasconcelos/Osvaldo Silva - (1949)
- José Cabral - (1950–51)
- José Francisco de Paula Júnior - (1952–53)
- Mário de Andrade Gomes - (1954–55)
- José Francisco de Paula Júnior - (1956–57)
- Nelson Campos - (1958–59)
- Antônio Álvares da Silva - (1960)
- Edgard Neves - (1961)
- Fábio Fonseca e Silva - (1962–63)
- José Ramos Filho - (1964)
- Lauro Pires de Carvalho - (1965)

- Eduardo Catão Magalhães Pinto - (1966)
- Fábio Fonseca e Silva - (1967)
- Carlos Alberto de Vasconcellos Naves - (1968–69)
- Nelson Campos - (1970–72)
- Rubens Silveira - (1973)
- Nelson Campos - (1974–75)
- Walmir Pereira da Silva - (1976–79)
- Elias Kalil - (1980–85)
- Marum - (1986)
- Nelson Campos - (1987–88)
- Afonso Araújo Paulino/Aníbal Goulart - (1989–94)
- Paulo Curi - (1995–98)
- Nélio Brant - (1999–01)
- Ricardo Annes Guimarães - (2001–06)
- Luiz Otávio Ziza Valadares - (2007–08)
- Alexandre Kalil - (2008–)

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