Clube Atlético Mineiro

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Atlético Mineiro
Atletico mineiro galo.png
Full name Clube Atlético Mineiro
Nickname(s) Galo (Rooster)
Founded March 25, 1908 (106 years ago) (1908-03-25)
Stadium Estádio Independência, Belo Horizonte
Ground Capacity 23,018
President Alexandre Kalil
Head coach Paulo Autuori
League Brasileirão
2013 8th
Website Club home page
Home colors
Away colors

The Clube Atlético Mineiro is a football club based in the city of Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais (Brazil). The clubs uniform is «black and white» (Alvinegro). Its mascot is a «rooster» (Galo), and their fans are known as «the mass» (Massa).

To date, the team won 58 official titles, the main ones being: 1 Copa Libertadores (equivalent to UEFA Champions League), 2 Copa CONMEBOL (equivalent to UEFA Europa League), 1 National League and 42 state leagues. Great players who shone for the National team played for the club, some of them are: Dario, Luizinho, Toninho Cerezo, Éder, Elzo, Cláudio Taffarel, and Gilberto Silva.

History[edit]

It was amateur (1908–1933)[edit]

Clube Atlético Mineiro was founded on March 25, 1908 by 22 boys from Belo Horizonte.[1] 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.[2]

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. Atlético's first match was against Sport Club Foot Ball, the biggest and oldest club in Belo Horizonte 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 and Yale. In 1915, the club won the first Minas Gerais State Championship 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.

Was professional (1933– )[edit]

In 1937, Atlético won the first national championship of its history: the Brazilian Champions Tournament, which included the champions of four states: Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro), Portuguesa (São Paulo), Rio Branco (Espírito Santo), and Atlético.

Champion of Champions 1937
City Date Results
Rio de Janeiro January 13 Fluminense FC: 6 Atlético: 0
Vitória January 17 Rio Branco AC: 1 Atlético: 1
Belo Horizonte January 24 Atlético: 5 Portuguesa: 0
Belo Horizonte January 31 Atlético: 4 Fluminense FC: 1
Belo Horizonte February 3 Atlético: 5 Rio Branco AC: 1
São Paulo February 14 Portuguesa: 2 Atlético: 3
Scorers
Players Goals
 Paulista 8
 Guará 3
 Nicola 3
 Alfredo 2
 Bazzoni 1

RSSSF

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 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 Brazilian National Team that would become champions of the 1970 FIFA World Cup by 2–1 at the Mineirão.

Ice Champion 1950
City Date Results
München November 1 TSV 1860 München: 3 Atlético: 4
Hamburg November 4 Hamburger SV: 0 Atlético: 4
Bremen November 5 Werder Bremen: 3 Atlético: 1
Gelsenkirchen November 12 FC Schalke 04: 1 Atlético: 3
Wien November 16 SK Rapid Wien: 3 Atlético: 0
Saarbrücken November 20 FC Saarbrücken: 0 Atlético: 2
Brussels November 22 RSC Anderlecht: 1 Atlético: 2
Braunschweig November 26 Eintracht Braunschweig: 3 Atlético: 3
Luxemburg December 5 Luxembourg: 3 Atlético: 3
Paris December 7 Stade Français: 1 Atlético: 2
Scorers
Players Goals
 Lucas 6
 Nívio 6
 Vaguinho 6
 Alvinho 3
 Lauro 2
 Murilinho 1

RSSSF

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 Brazilian Championship in history. 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 Futebol Clube in the final.

Since 1977 Atlético made a great team, that would last until middle of 1980s, one of the best in its history. This team that had players like Reinaldo, Toninho Cerezo, Éder, Luisinho, 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. Political 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. Atlético got the 2º place with the best campaign of Brazilian championship ever, finishing with 17 victories and four draws.

In 1980, a scandal of arbitration would eliminate Atlético in the final, with Reinaldo receiving red card after scoring twice. In the next year Atlético 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. 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 CONMEBOL Cup, 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 (tied with Paulo Nunes) and in 1999 with Guilherme.

The financial situation turned worse in the late 1990s, with a scandal involving the then Atlético's president Paulo Curi and, the 2000s (decade) 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 Copa Libertadores quarterfinals, and was fourth placed in the Brazilian Championship in 2001. In 2004, Atlético almost got relegation to 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 Brazilian League Série B 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 Brasileirão, earning a spot at the Copa Sudamericana 2008.

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

In 2012, Atlético commenced another successful era, harkening back to the 1940s, 1950s and 1990s, winning its 41st State Championship without losing a match, including a 3-0 win over their rivals América in the final. They finished the State Championship with an overall record of 11 victories and 4 draws, having won 10 straight matches. Later in that year, Atlético, led by Ronaldinho Atlético finished runner-up in the Brazilian Championship after leading for 15 consecutive rounds. Atlético finished with 72 points overall, was the top goal scoring team in the Championship, and earned a spot in the Group Stages of the Copa Libertadores

In 2013, Atlético once again started strong with 10 straight wins in their first 11 games of the year, with four victories in the Copa Libertadores including a 5-2 away win over Argentinian side Arsenal de Sarandí and six victories in the State Championship, including a 5-2 victory over their rivals América Futebol Clube (MG).

Atlético reached on July 10, 2013 the Finals of the Copa Libertadores 2013 for the first time in the club's history, defeating Argentinian side Newell's Old Boys in a penalty shootout by a score of 3-2 after losing the first leg by 2-0 and winning the second leg by 2-0.

On July 24, 2013, Atlético won the Copa Libertadores for the first time in their history. They defeated Paraguayan side Olimpia of Asuncion in a penalty shootout by a score of 4-3 after losing the first leg by 2-0 and winning the second leg by 2-0.

Honors[edit]

International[edit]

Winners (1): 2013
Winners (2): 1992, 1997. (Record)
Runner-up (1): 1995.
Runner-up (1): 1993.
Runner-up (1): 1996.

Domestic competitions[edit]

Winner (1): 1971
Runners-up (4): 1977, 1980, 1999, 2012
Winner (1): 1937. (Record)
Winner (1): 1978. (Record)
Winner (1): 2006.
Winners (42): 1915, 1926, 1927, 1931, 1932, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1960,1962, 1963, 1970, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013 (Record)
Runners-up (34): 1916, 1917, 1918, 1921, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1948, 1951, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011
Winner (5): 1975, 1976, 1979, 1986, 1987. (Record)
Runners-up (4): 1973, 1982, 1983, 1985.
Winner (3): 1970, 1971, 1972. (Record)
Winner (1): 1974.
Runners-up (1): 1999.

Performances in Brazilian Championships[edit]

Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
1971 1st 1981 14th 1991 3rd 2001 4th 2011 15th
1972 11th 1982 19th 1992 13th 2002 8th 2012 2nd
1973 11th 1983 3rd 1993 32nd 2003 7th 2013 8th
1974 7th 1984 19th 1994 4th 2004 20th 2014
1975 19th 1985 4th 1995 7th 2005 19th**
1976 3rd 1986 3rd 1996 3rd 2006 1st (Série B)***
1977 2nd 1987 5th/3rd* 1997 4th 2007 8th
1978 34th 1988 10th 1998 9th 2008 12th
1979 8th 1989 8th 1999 2nd 2009 7th
1980 2nd 1990 5th 2000 24th 2010 13th

*Officially, for CBF, the 5th. Sometimes considered the 3rd. See: Copa União

** Atlético was relegated to play the Brazilian League Série B in the next year.

*** Atlético played and won the Brazilian League Série B, qualifying to play the Série A in 2007.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Victor
2 Brazil DF Marcos Rocha
3 Brazil DF Leonardo Silva (vice-captain)
4 Brazil DF Réver (captain)
5 Brazil MF Pierre
6 Brazil DF Edcarlos
7 Brazil FW
8 Brazil MF Leandro Donizete
9 Brazil FW Diego Tardelli
10 Brazil MF Ronaldinho
11 Brazil FW Fernandinho
12 Brazil GK Giovanni
13 Brazil FW Carlos
14 Brazil MF Lucas Cândido
15 Brazil MF Claudinei
16 Brazil DF Pedro Botelho (on loan from Atlético Paranaense)
17 Brazil FW Guilherme
18 Brazil MF Rosinei
20 Argentina DF Nicolás Otamendi (on loan from Valencia)
No. Position Player
21 Brazil FW André
22 Brazil FW Marion
23 Argentina MF Jesús Dátolo
24 Brazil GK Lee
25 Brazil MF Fillipe Soutto
26 Brazil FW Neto Berola
27 Brazil DF Jemerson
28 Brazil MF Josué
29 Brazil DF Alex da Silva
Brazil GK Uilson
Brazil DF Emerson
Brazil DF Emerson da Conceição
Brazil DF Eron
Brazil DF Michel (on loan from Almería)
Brazil DF Richarlyson
Brazil MF Dodô
Brazil MF Eduardo
France FW Nicolas Anelka
Brazil FW Luan

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil GK Paulo Victor (loan to Tombense)
Brazil DF Roger (loan to Villa Nova)
Brazil DF Sidimar (loan to Villa Nova)
Brazil DF Patric (loan to Sport Recife)
Brazil DF Carlos César (loan to Atlético Paranaense)
Brazil MF Serginho (loan to Criciúma)
Brazil MF Wendel (loan to Bangu)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Giovanni Augusto (loan to Figueirense)
Brazil MF Renan Oliveira (loan to Sport Recife)
Brazil MF Nikão (loan to Linense)
Brazil FW Paulo Henrique (loan to Villa Nova)
Brazil FW Jheimy (loan to Oeste)
Brazil FW Wescley (loan to Chapecoense)
Brazil FW Leonardo (loan to Sport Recife)

First-team staff[edit]

As of February 2014.
Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Paulo Autuori Brazil
Assistant Coach Renê Weber Brazil
Gilvan Santos Brazil
Goalkeeping Coach Chiquinho Brazil
Fitness coaches Carlinhos Neves Brazil
Manoel dos Santos Brazil
Luis Otávio Kalil Brazil
Physiotherapists Rômulo Frank Brazil
Guilherme Fialho Brazil
Masseurs Belmiro Oliveira Brazil
Eduardo Vasconcelos Brazil
Hélio Gomes Brazil

Notable head coaches[edit]

The coaches with most matches in Atlético's history are:

Other head coaches[edit]

Current kit[edit]

  • 1st - Black with white vertical stripes;
  • 2nd - White with black numbers and details.
1st Kit
2nd Kit

Other kits[edit]

  • 2012
1st Kit
2nd Kit
  • 2011
1st Kit
2nd Kit
  • 2010
1st Kit
2nd Kit
  • 2009
1st Kit
2nd Kit
  • 2008
1st Kit
2nd Kit
3rd Kit

Supporters[edit]

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 Brazilian Championship:

Year Attendance Year Attendance Year Attendance Year Attendance Year Attendance
1971 - 1981 - 1991 26,763 2001 30,679 2011 14,179*
1972 20,396 1982 26,693 1992 17,310 2002 22,248 2012 18,309*
1973 17,813 1983 39,249 1993 5,650 2003 14,034 2013 11,436*
1974 12,727 1984 21,199 1994 22,673 2004 10,222
1975 27,087 1985 29,668 1995 21,072 2005 21,889
1976 46,581 1986 36,150 1996 25,449 2006 31,922¹
1977 55,664 1987 34,879 1997 23,342 2007 23,199
1978 14,958 1988 8,330 1998 19,562 2008 18,638
1979 18,965 1989 14,136 1999 42,322 2009 38,761
1980 48,252 1990 26,748 2000 13,657 2010 13,447*
  • From 2010 until now, Atlético is playing its home matches on smaller arenas like Arena do Jacaré(17,000 people) and now the Estádio Independência(25,000 people) because of the renovation of its main Stadium Mineirão for the 2014 FIFA World Cup that can attend 62,170 people, but, Atlético's President said, that the club wants the construction of its own stadium without public money, instead of using other arenas.[8]

¹ In 2006 Atlético competed in the Série B

Derbies[edit]

Atlético plays two derbies in Belo Horizonte: Atlético vs. América and Atlético vs. Cruzeiro. Until the 1950s and early 1960s, the biggest derby in Minas Gerais 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 biggest win against Cruzeiro was 9-2 on November 27, 1927.[9]

The Rooster (Galo)[edit]

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.

Presidents[edit]

References[edit]

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