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About Atletico mineiro
Clube Atlético Mineiro, commonly known Atlético and referred to as Galo, is a Brazilian professional football club based in Lourdes, a bairro nobre in the city of Belo Horizonte. It plays in the Campeonato Mineiro, the State of Minas Gerais’s premier state league, as well as the Brasileirão, the top tier of the Brazilian football league system. Atlético Mineiro is the reigning Mineiro champions, having won the 2013 Campeonato Mineiro.
The club was founded on March 25, 1908 by 22 Belorizontino students, being led by Margival Mendes Leal and Mário Toledo as a response to the social discrimination practiced by many clubs elsewhere in Brazil. Despite being founded by upper class founders, the club opened its doors to everyone regardless of social class, quickly establishing itself as a “people’s club”. As a result, the club counts with the most supporters in the city and the second largest supporters in the state. Atlético Mineiro is also the oldest club of Belo Horizonte.
The club is one of Brazil’s most successful clubs, having the Brasileirão in 1971. Atlético Mineiro has also won the defunct Copa dos Campeões Estaduais and Copa dos Campeões da Copa Brasil once each. They have won the Campeonato Mineiro 42 times, being the record-holder as the most successful club in that competition. Galo also contain in their laurels two Copa CONMEBOL trophies (the precursor of the current Copa Sudamericana) and was a finalist on one other occasion. Atlético Mineiro play their home games at the Estádio Independência, better known as the Independência, which currently holds up to 23.018 spectators. Atlético’s home kit is black and white striped shirts, with black shorts, accompanied by white socks. Lupo are the kit manufacturers.
Atlético hold a long-standing rivalry against Cruzeiro. It has contributed many key and famous players towards Brazil’s FIFA World Cup squads such as Luizinho, Toninho Cerezo, Éder, Elzo, Cláudio Taffarel, and Gilberto Silva. The club is the 10th most valuable club in Brazil, worth over $90 million. In terms of revenue, Atlético Mineiro is also one of Brazil’s richest sports club and the 10th biggest football club in Brazil, generating an annual turnover of over $54 million in 2012.