Clube Atlético Mineiro

Clube Atlético Mineiro
Atlético Mineiro
Full name Clube Atlético Mineiro
Nickname(s) Galo (Rooster)
Founded March 25, 1908 (1908-03-25) (103 years ago)
Stadium Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
(Capacity: 75,783)
President Alexandre Kalil
Manager Cuca
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2010 13th
Website Club home page
Home colors
Away colors

Clube Atlético Mineiro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈklubi aˈtlɛʧi̥ku miˈnejɾu] Mineiro Athletic Club), are a Brazilian 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 Brazilian champions once, state winners a record 40 times and state cup champions five times, a record they share with cross-town rivals, Cruzeiro. They have also been successful in South America, winning the Copa CONMEBOL 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 and 1997. Atlético Mineiro's best campaigns in the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores were in 2010 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 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.[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.

1/11. TSV 1860 München 4-3
4/11 Hamburger SV 4-0
5/11 Werder Bremen 1-3
12/11 FC Schalke 04 3-1
16/11 SK Rapid Wien 0-3
20/11 1. FC Saarbrücken 2-0
22/11 RSC Anderlecht 2-2
26/11 Eintr. Braunschweig 3-3
5/12 Luxembourg 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 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. 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.

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.

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 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 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, 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. 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 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 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.

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



1992, 1997
Runners-up (1): 1995


Runners-up (3): 1977, 1980, 1999

Record of Semi-Finals, 15. And also the best campaign for 5 times, 1971, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985.

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


1997, 1999

Performances in Brazilian Championship

Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
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

** 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

As of August 19, 2011.[3]

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 Giovanni
4 Brazil DF Leonardo Silva
5 Brazil DF Réver (captain)
6 Brazil DF Lima (on loan from Real Betis)
7 Brazil MF Serginho
8 Brazil MF Dudu
9 Brazil FW Guilherme
10 Brazil MF Renan Oliveira
11 Brazil FW Magno Alves
14 Brazil DF Triguinho
15 Brazil MF Wesley
16 Brazil DF Leandro
18 Brazil FW Marquinhos Cambalhota
20 Brazil MF Richarlyson
No. Position Player
22 Brazil DF Werley
23 Brazil GK Lee
26 Brazil DF Carlos César (on loan from Boa)
29 Brazil MF Gilberto
30 Brazil GK Renan Ribeiro
31 Brazil DF Luiz Eduardo
34 Brazil MF Didira (on loan from ASA)
35 Brazil GK Paulo Victor
36 Brazil FW Jônatas Obina
40 Brazil FW Neto Berola
55 Brazil MF Pierre (on loan from Palmeiras)
80 Brazil FW Mancini
83 Brazil MF Daniel Carvalho
90 Brazil FW André (on loan from Dynamo Kyiv)
TBA Brazil MF Jackson

Players with Dual Nationality

Professional players able to play in the youth team

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
17 Brazil MF Bernard
25 Brazil MF Soutto
27 Brazil MF Wendel
No. Position Player
32 Brazil DF Roger
33 Brazil MF Leleu
39 Brazil DF Eron

Youth & reserve players with first team experience

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 Fábio Costa
Brazil DF Sidimar
Brazil DF Samuel
Brazil DF Felipe
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Diney
Brazil MF Paulinho
Brazil FW Hudson
Brazil FW Wescley

Out on loan

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
Ecuador DF Jairo Campos (loan to Deportivo Quito)
Brazil DF Sheslon (loan to América-MG)
Brazil DF Marcos Rocha (loan to América-MG)
Brazil DF Rafael Cruz (loan to Atlético Goianiense)
Brazil DF Welton Felipe (loan to Avaí)
Brazil MF Alê (loan to Americana)
Brazil MF Denílson (loan to Tupi)
Brazil MF Rafael Jataí (loan to Ipatinga)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Chiquinho (loan to Ipatinga)
Brazil MF Nikão (loan to Bahia)
Brazil MF Giovanni Augusto (loan to Grêmio Barueri)
Brazil MF Caio (loan to Ponte Preta)
Brazil FW Raphael Aguiar (loan to Guarani)
Brazil FW Pedro Paulo (loan to Duque de Caxias)
Brazil FW Jheimy (loan to Boa)
Brazil FW Cristiano (loan to Ipatinga)

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  Brazilian
Assistant Coach Cuquinha  Brazilian
Eudes Pedro  Brazilian
Goalkeeping Coach William de Castro  Brazilian
Fitness coaches Carlinhos Neves  Brazilian
Manoel Santos  Brazilian
Luis Otávio Kalil  Brazilian
Physiologist Roberto Chiari  Brazilian
Physiotherapists Rômulo Frank  Brazilian
Guilherme Fialho  Brazilian
Masseurs Belmiro Oliveira  Brazilian
Eduardo Vasconcelos  Brazilian
Hélio Gomes  Brazilian

Kit 2011

1º Kit
2º Kit

other kit

  • 2010
1º Kit
2º Kit
  • 2009
1º Kit
2º Kit
  • 2008
1º Kit
2º Kit
3º Kit

Retired numbers

12Brazil Club Supporters (the 12th Man) 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:


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
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


Atlético plays two derbies in Belo Horizonte city: Atlético vs. América and Atlético vs. Cruzeiro. 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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