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Clube Atlético Mineiro (ˈklubi aˈtlɛʧi̥ku miˈnejɾu Mineiro Athletic Club), are a Brazilian
Brazil
Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...

 football club based in Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte is the capital of and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais, located in the southeastern region of Brazil. It is the third largest metropolitan area in the country...

, the oldest in the city. Founded in 1908, they play in the Campeonato Mineiro
Campeonato Mineiro
Campeonato Mineiro is the state football league of the state of Minas Gerais and is controlled by the Minas Gerais Football Federation FMF ....

 and Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

 or Brasileirão. Atlético Mineiro have been Brazilian champions once, state winners a record 40 times and state cup champions
Taça Minas Gerais
The Taça Minas Gerais is a traditional football tournament played in the Minas Gerais state in Brazil. From 1973 through 1977 it was played as a separate tournament, but from 1979 through 1986, it was played as one of the phases in the Campeonato Mineiro, not unlike the Taça Guanabara in the...

 five times, a record they share with cross-town rivals
Derby
Derby , is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands region of England. It lies upon the banks of the River Derwent and is located in the south of the ceremonial county of Derbyshire. In the 2001 census, the population of the city was 233,700, whilst that of the Derby Urban Area was 229,407...

, Cruzeiro
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube is a Brazilian football team, from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and are one of the only five clubs to have never been relegated, along with Santos, São Paulo, Flamengo and Internacional. Founded on January 2, 1921, they are only one of three clubs to have participated in...

. They have also been successful in South America, winning the Copa CONMEBOL
Copa CONMEBOL
The Copa CONMEBOL was an annual football cup competition organized by CONMEBOL between 1992 and 1999 for eligible South American football clubs. During its time of existence, it was the third most prestigious South American club football contest after the Copa Libertadores and Supercopa...

 twice.

The club had their first major success in 1971, 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
1992 Copa CONMEBOL
The 1992 Copa CONMEBOL was the first edition of CONMEBOL's annual club tournament. Teams that failed to qualify for the Copa Libertadores played in this tournament. Sixteen teams from the nine South American football confederations qualified for this tournament...

 and 1997
1997 Copa CONMEBOL
The 1997 Copa CONMEBOL was the sixth edition of CONMEBOL's annual club tournament. Teams that failed to qualify for the Copa Libertadores played in this tournament. Eighteen teams from the ten South American football confederations qualified for this tournament. A preliminary round was played to...

. Atlético Mineiro's best campaigns in the Copa Sudamericana
Copa Sudamericana
The Copa Bridgestone Sudamericana de Clubes , known simply as the Copa Sudamericana , is an annual international club football competition organized by the CONMEBOL since 2002. It is the second most prestigious club competition in South American football. CONCACAF clubs were invited between 2004...

 and Copa Libertadores were in 2010
2010 Copa Sudamericana
The 2010 Copa Sudamericana de Clubes was the 9th edition of CONMEBOL's secondary international club tournament. The winner qualified for the 2011 Copa Libertadores, the 2011 Recopa Sudamericana, and the 2011 Suruga Bank Championship...

 and 2000, 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 Mineiro
América Futebol Clube (MG)
América Futebol Clube is a traditional Brazilian football team from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, founded on April 30, 1912....

 has been played since 1913. The club's traditional kit 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 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
Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte is the capital of and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais, located in the southeastern region of Brazil. It is the third largest metropolitan area in the country...

. 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.
EUROPE TRIP 1950
EWLINE
1/11. TSV 1860 München
TSV 1860 München
Turn- und Sportverein München von 1860, commonly known as TSV 1860 München or 1860 Munich, is a German sports club based in Munich, Bavaria. The club's football team plays in the Second Bundesliga, after relegation from the Bundesliga following the 2003–04 season...

4-3
4/11 Hamburger SV
Hamburger SV
Hamburger Sport-Verein, usually referred to as HSV in Germany and Hamburg in international parlance, is a German multi-sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department...

 
4-0
5/11 Werder Bremen  1-3
12/11 FC Schalke 04
FC Schalke 04
Fußball-Club Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, commonly known as simply FC Schalke 04 or Schalke , is a German, association-football club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major...

 
3-1
16/11 SK Rapid Wien
SK Rapid Wien
The Sportklub Rapid Wien is an Austrian football club playing in the country's capital city of Vienna. Rapid is the most popular club in Austria and also record title holder having won the Austrian national football title 32 times...

 
0-3
20/11 1. FC Saarbrücken
1. FC Saarbrücken
1. FC Saarbrücken is a German association football club based in the city of Saarbrücken, Saarland. The club began its existence as the football department of Turnverein Malstatt formed in 1903...

 
2-0
22/11 RSC Anderlecht  2-2
26/11 Eintr. Braunschweig
Eintracht Braunschweig
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3-3
5/12 Luxembourg
Luxembourg national football team
The Luxembourg national football team is the national football team of Luxembourg, and is controlled by the Luxembourg Football Federation. The team play most of their home matches at the Stade Josy Barthel, in Luxembourg.- History :...

 
3-3
7/12 Stade Français  2-1

Atlético's first match was against Sport Club Foot Ball, the biggest and oldest club in Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte is the capital of and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais, located in the southeastern region of Brazil. It is the third largest metropolitan area in the country...

 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
América Futebol Clube (MG)
América Futebol Clube is a traditional Brazilian football team from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, founded on April 30, 1912....

 and Yale
Yale Atlético Clube
Yale Atlético Clube, usually called Yale, was one of the first sports club in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. It was founded on August 7, 1910, by Italian immigrants , but is no longer in existence. It supplied the city with many different sport teams, one of them was football...

. In 1915, the club won the first Minas Gerais State Championship
Campeonato Mineiro
Campeonato Mineiro is the state football league of the state of Minas Gerais and is controlled by the Minas Gerais Football Federation FMF ....

 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
Fluminense Football Club
Fluminense Football Club is a sports club based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Founded in the beginning of the 20th century as a single-sport institution, Fluminense is today an umbrella organization for several teams in more than 16 different sport activities. The most popular endeavor of Fluminense,...

 (Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro , commonly referred to simply as Rio, is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, boasting approximately 6.3 million people within the city proper, making it the 6th...

), Portuguesa
Associação Portuguesa de Desportos
Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, usually called Portuguesa or Lusa, is a sports club, and a Brazilian football team from São Paulo in São Paulo state, founded on August 14, 1920 by the Portuguese population of the city.-History:...

 (São Paulo
São Paulo (state)
São Paulo is a state in Brazil. It is the major industrial and economic powerhouse of the Brazilian economy. Named after Saint Paul, São Paulo has the largest population, industrial complex, and economic production in the country. It is the richest state in Brazil...

), Rio Branco
Rio Branco Atlético Clube
Rio Branco Atlético Clube, usually known simply as Rio Branco, is a Brazilian football club based in the city of Cariacica in the Espírito Santo state of Brazil.-History:...

 (Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo is one of the states of southeastern Brazil, often referred to by the abbreviation "ES". Its capital is Vitória and the largest city is Vila Velha. The name of the state means literally "holy spirit" after the Holy Ghost of Christianity...

), and Atlético.

Atlético dominated the football scene of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais is one of the 26 states of Brazil, of which it is the second most populous, the third richest, and the fourth largest in area. Minas Gerais is the Brazilian state with the largest number of Presidents of Brazil, the current one, Dilma Rousseff, being one of them. The capital is the...

 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
Hamburger SV
Hamburger Sport-Verein, usually referred to as HSV in Germany and Hamburg in international parlance, is a German multi-sport club based in Hamburg, its largest branch being its football department...

, and RSC Anderlecht.

The 1960s were known as the decade in which the Mineirão
Mineirão
Mineirão , officially Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto established in 1965 in Belo Horizonte, is the largest football stadium in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and the second largest in the country, after Maracanã...

 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
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube is a Brazilian football team, from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and are one of the only five clubs to have never been relegated, along with Santos, São Paulo, Flamengo and Internacional. Founded on January 2, 1921, they are only one of three clubs to have participated in...

 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
Brazil national football team
The Brazil national football team represents Brazil in international men's football and is controlled by the Brazilian Football Confederation , the governing body for football in Brazil. They are a member of the International Federation of Association Football since 1923 and also a member of the...

 that would become champions of the 1970 FIFA World Cup
1970 FIFA World Cup
The 1970 FIFA World Cup, the ninth staging of the World Cup, was held in Mexico, from 31 May to 21 June. The 1970 tournament was the first World Cup hosted in North America, and the first held outside South America and Europe. In a match-up of two-time World Cup champions, the final was won by...

 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 Brazilian Championship
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

 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 Futebol Clube
São Paulo
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere and South America, and the world's seventh largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among...

 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
Reinaldo
Reinaldo can refer to:*Reinaldo da Cruz Oliveira , Brazilian football player*Reinaldo Elias da Costa , Brazilian football player*Reinaldo Felisbino , Brazilian football player...

, Toninho Cerezo
Toninho Cerezo
Toninho Cerezo, real name Antônio Carlos Cerezo, is a former football player from Brazil.- Career :...

, Éder
Éder Aleixo de Assis
Éder Aleixo de Assis, was also known as Éder or Éder Assis , is a former Brazilian footballer. He played as a left winger and striker, most notably with Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, Clube Atlético Mineiro in the Campeonato Brasileiro and with the Brazilian national team...

, Luisinho
Luíz Carlos Ferreira
Luiz Carlos Ferreira, best known as Luisinho is a former association football player in defender role....

, Paulo Isidoro
Paulo Isidoro
Paulo Isidoro, full name Paulo Isidoro de Jesus, was an association footballer. He played offensive midfielder...

, 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
Reinaldo
Reinaldo can refer to:*Reinaldo da Cruz Oliveira , Brazilian football player*Reinaldo Elias da Costa , Brazilian football player*Reinaldo Felisbino , Brazilian football player...

, 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
Reinaldo
Reinaldo can refer to:*Reinaldo da Cruz Oliveira , Brazilian football player*Reinaldo Elias da Costa , Brazilian football player*Reinaldo Felisbino , Brazilian football player...

 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 CONMEBOL Cup
Copa CONMEBOL
The Copa CONMEBOL was an annual football cup competition organized by CONMEBOL between 1992 and 1999 for eligible South American football clubs. During its time of existence, it was the third most prestigious South American club football contest after the Copa Libertadores and Supercopa...

, 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
Renaldo Lopes da Cruz
Renaldo Lopes da Cruz, simply Renaldo , is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Vilavelhense Futebol Clube as a forward.-Football career:...

 (tied with Paulo Nunes
Paulo Nunes
Arílson de Paula Nunes, better known as Paulo Nunes , is a former Brazilian football player. He retired in 2003 playing for Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube.-Career:...

) and in 1999 with Guilherme
Guilherme de Cássio Alves
Guilherme de Cássio Alves, simply Guilherme , is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a striker....

.

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 Copa Libertadores quarterfinals, and was fourth placed in the Brazilian Championship in 2001. In 2004, Atlético almost got relegation to Série B
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
The Série B is the second division of Brazilian football. It is played by 20 teams. However, the competition format has changed almost every year since it first occurred, in 1971. In some years, it was not played altogether...

. 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
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2006
The Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2006, namely the second division of the Brazilian League, was contested by 20 teams. The tournament started in April 2006 and ended on November 25 of 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 Brasileirão, earning a spot at the Copa Sudamericana 2008
Copa Sudamericana 2008
The 2008 Copa Sudamericana de Clubes was the seventh edition of the Copa Sudamericana football tournament. The draw for the tournament took place on June 10, 2008 in Buenos Aires and the competition was played between July 30 and December 3. Arsenal de Sarandí were the defending champions, having...

.

In 2009, Atlético led the Brasileirão in eight of the thirty-eight rounds, and finished in seventh place. Striker Diego Tardelli
Diego Tardelli
Diego Tardelli Martins , simply known as Diego Tardelli, is a Brazilian football player who currently plays as a striker for Russian Premier League club FC Anzhi Makhachkala and for the Brazilian national team....

 was the top goalscorer of the championship (18, alongside Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo , also known as Flamengo and familiarly as Mengão, is a Brazilian sports club based in the Flamengo bairro, Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro, best known for its professional football team...

's Adriano
Adriano Leite Ribeiro
Adriano Leite Ribeiro , commonly known as simply Adriano, is a Brazilian footballer who played striker who currently plays for Corinthians...

), 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
D.C. United
D.C. United is an American professional soccer club based in Washington, D.C. which competes in Major League Soccer , the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception, in 1996.Over the...

 in the Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

 and in the Australia
Australia
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n A-League
A-League
The A-League is the top Australasian professional football league. Run by Australian governing body Football Federation Australia , it was founded in 2004 following the folding of the National Soccer League and staged its inaugural season in 2005–06. It is sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company...

.

Domestic

  • Brazilian Championship
    Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
    The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

    : 1
1971
Runners-up (3): 1977
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 1977
-Overview:It was performed in 62 teams, and São Paulo won the championship. This championship is notable for producing what is perhaps the only unbeaten runner-up in world football. Atlético had won all but three of its matches, which were drawn, but was to play a single final match against São...

, 1980
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 1980
-Teams:Teams selected by record on previous state championship--Final standings:-References:...

, 1999
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 1999
-Overview:It was performed in 22 teams, and Corinthians won the championship.-Final standings:-Top scorers:-References:...


Record of Semi-Finals, 15. And also the best campaign for 5 times, 1971, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985.
  • Brazilian Championship Série B
    Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
    The Série B is the second division of Brazilian football. It is played by 20 teams. However, the competition format has changed almost every year since it first occurred, in 1971. In some years, it was not played altogether...

    : 1
2006
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2006
The Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2006, namely the second division of the Brazilian League, was contested by 20 teams. The tournament started in April 2006 and ended on November 25 of 2006...


  • Copa dos Campeões Estaduais (Cup of State Champions): 1
1937

  • Copa dos Campeões Brasileiros (Cup of Brazilian Champions): 1
1978

  • State Championship of Minas Gerais
    Campeonato Mineiro
    Campeonato Mineiro is the state football league of the state of Minas Gerais and is controlled by the Minas Gerais Football Federation FMF ....

    : 40
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

Futsal

  • Brazilian Champions
    Liga Futsal
    The Liga Futsal is the premier futsal league in Brazil, and was created in 1996 with the purpose of setting up a championship with the best futsal teams of the country, corresponding to the Brazilian Football Championship Série A...

    : 2
1997, 1999

  • Intercontinental Cup
    Intercontinental Futsal Cup
    The FIFA Intercontinental Futsal Cup is the international club championships for futsal.- History :The Intercontinental Futsal Cup is held every year. The first event was held in 1997, in Porto Alegre. From 2004 onwards, FIFA organizes the tournament....

    : 1
1998

Performances in Brazilian Championship

  • Atlético's performances in the Brazilian Championship
    Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
    The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

     year by year:
    YearPositionYearPositionYearPositionYearPosition
    1971 1st 1981 14th 1991 3rd 2001 4th
    1972 11th 1982 19th 1992 13th 2002 8th
    1973 11th 1983 3rd 1993 32nd 2003 7th
    1974 7th 1984 19th 1994 4th 2004 20th
    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
Copa União
The Copa União was an one-off competition in Brazilian football, held in 1987 in the absence of the conventional CBF national championship.-Background:...



** Atlético was relegated to play the Brazilian League Série B
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
The Série B is the second division of Brazilian football. It is played by 20 teams. However, the competition format has changed almost every year since it first occurred, in 1971. In some years, it was not played altogether...

 in the next year.

*** Atlético played and won the Brazilian League Série B
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
The Série B is the second division of Brazilian football. It is played by 20 teams. However, the competition format has changed almost every year since it first occurred, in 1971. In some years, it was not played altogether...

, qualifying to play the Série A
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

 in 2007.

Current squad


As of August 19, 2011.


Players with Dual Nationality   Lima
Willian Lanes de Lima
Willian Lanes de Lima, simply Lima , is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Clube Atlético Mineiro, as a central defender.-Football career:...

   Mancini

Professional players able to play in the youth team
Youth & reserve players with first team experience

Out on loan



(loan to Deportivo Quito
Sociedad Deportivo Quito
Sociedad Deportivo Quito is a Ecuadorian professional football club based in Quito. They play in the Serie A, the highest level of the Ecuadorian professional football league....

)
(loan to América-MG
América Futebol Clube (MG)
América Futebol Clube is a traditional Brazilian football team from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, founded on April 30, 1912....

)
(loan to América-MG
América Futebol Clube (MG)
América Futebol Clube is a traditional Brazilian football team from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, founded on April 30, 1912....

)
(loan to Atlético Goianiense)
(loan to Avaí
Avaí Futebol Clube
Avaí Futebol Clube is a Brazilian football team from Florianópolis in Santa Catarina, founded on September 1, 1923. Their best known supporter is tennis player Gustavo Kuerten.Their home stadium is the Ressacada stadium, with a capacity 17,800...

)
(loan to Americana)
(loan to Tupi
Tupi Football Club
Tupi Football Club, usually known simply as Tupi, is a traditional Brazilian football club from Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais state. They won the Série D once.-History:On May 16, 1912, Antônio Maria Júnior and four other people founded Tupi Football Club....

)
(loan to Ipatinga
Ipatinga Futebol Clube
Ipatinga Futebol Clube, commonly known as Ipatinga, is a Brazilian football club, based in Ipatinga, Minas Gerais. They were founded on May 21, 1998.-History:...

)

(loan to Ipatinga
Ipatinga Futebol Clube
Ipatinga Futebol Clube, commonly known as Ipatinga, is a Brazilian football club, based in Ipatinga, Minas Gerais. They were founded on May 21, 1998.-History:...

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(loan to Bahia
Esporte Clube Bahia
Esporte Clube Bahia , known familiarly as Bahiaço, is a Brazilian professional football club, based in Salvador, Bahia. They play in the Campeonato Baiano, Bahia's state league, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Brazil's national league. Bahia was a founding member of the Clube dos 13 group...

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(loan to Grêmio Barueri)
(loan to Ponte Preta
Associação Atlética Ponte Preta
Ponte Preta is a Brazilian football club located in Campinas, São Paulo. Ponte Preta is also known as Macaca. Ponte Preta's biggest rival is from the same city: Guarani. The games between Ponte Preta and Guarani are known as derby . They are known as "pontepretanos"...

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(loan to Guarani
Guarani Futebol Clube
Guarani Futebol Clube is a Brazilian football club located in Campinas, São Paulo. Guarani is also known as Bugre, a popular term for an Indigenous Brazilian...

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(loan to Duque de Caxias
Duque de Caxias Futebol Clube
Duque de Caxias Futebol Clube, usually known simply as Duque de Caxias, is a Brazilian football team from the city of Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro state, currently playing in the Brazilian Série B which is the second division level of the Brazilian football...

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(loan to Boa)
(loan to Ipatinga
Ipatinga Futebol Clube
Ipatinga Futebol Clube, commonly known as Ipatinga, is a Brazilian football club, based in Ipatinga, Minas Gerais. They were founded on May 21, 1998.-History:...

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

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

First-team staff

As of August 21, 2011.
Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Cuca
Assistant Coach Cuquinha
Eudes Pedro
Goalkeeping Coach William de Castro
Fitness coaches Carlinhos Neves
Manoel Santos
Luis Otávio Kalil
Physiologist Roberto Chiari
Physiotherapists Rômulo Frank
Guilherme Fialho
Masseurs Belmiro Oliveira
Eduardo Vasconcelos
Hélio Gomes

Kit 2011

  • 1º - Black
    Black
    Black is the color of objects that do not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum; they absorb all such frequencies of light...

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

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other kit

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  • 2009

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Retired numbers



12  Club Supporters (the 12th Man)
12th Man (football)
The 12th man or 12th player is a term used to describe the fans within a stadium during association football or American football games. This term has a different meaning in cricket, referring to the first substitute player who fields when a member of the fielding side is injured...

 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
Telê Santana
Telê Santana da Silva, also known as Telê Santana , was a Brazilian football manager and former player...

.

The coaches with most matches in Atlético's history are: Telê Santana
Telê Santana
Telê Santana da Silva, also known as Telê Santana , was a Brazilian football manager and former player...

 (434) Procópio Cardoso
Procópio Cardoso
Procópio Cardoso Neto is a Brazilian former football player and coach.He started his professional career at Renascença as a Center Back...

 (328) Barbatana (227) Levir Culpi
Levir Culpi
Levir Culpi is a football manager and a former player.He began his manager career as soon as he retired from football, in 1987, he coached Esporte Clube Juventude...

 (174) Ricardo Diéz (168)

Supporters


Atlético is the club which attracted most people to Mineirão
Mineirão
Mineirão , officially Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto established in 1965 in Belo Horizonte, is the largest football stadium in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and the second largest in the country, after Maracanã...

; 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
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

:

YearAttendanceYearAttendanceYearAttendanceYearAttendance
1971
1981
1991 26,763 2001 30,679
1972 20,396 1982 26,693 1992 17,310 2002 22,248
1973 17,813 1983 39,249 1993 5,650 2003 14,034
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


¹ In 2006 Atletico competed in the Série B

Derbies


Atlético plays two derbies in Belo Horizonte city: Atlético vs. América
América Futebol Clube (MG)
América Futebol Clube is a traditional Brazilian football team from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, founded on April 30, 1912....

 and Atlético vs. Cruzeiro
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube is a Brazilian football team, from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, and are one of the only five clubs to have never been relegated, along with Santos, São Paulo, Flamengo and Internacional. Founded on January 2, 1921, they are only one of three clubs to have participated in...

. 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.

Presidents


  • 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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