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Cruzeiro
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (logo).svg
Full nameCruzeiro Esporte Clube
Nickname(s)Raposa (Fox)
Celeste (Celestial)
Cabuloso (Badass)
Founded2 January 1921; 102 years ago (1921-01-02)
GroundMineirão
Capacity62,000[1]
SAF OwnerRonaldo (90%)
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (10%)
PresidentSérgio Santos Rodrigues
Head coachPepa
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Mineiro
2022
2022
Série B, 1st of 20 (promoted)
Mineiro, 2nd of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (Brazilian Portuguese: [kɾuˈzejɾu esˈpoɾtʃi ˈklubi]), known simply as Cruzeiro, is a Brazilian sports club based in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Although they compete in a number of different sports, Cruzeiro is mostly known for its association football team. It plays in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the top tier of the Brazilian football league system, as well as in the Campeonato Mineiro, the state of Minas Gerais's premier state league.

The club was founded on 2 January 1921, by sportsmen from the Italian colony of Belo Horizonte as Palestra Itália. As a result of the Second World War, the Brazilian federal government banned the use of any symbols referring to the Axis powers in 1942. The club board members rebaptized the club with the name of a leading national symbol: the Cruzeiro do Sul's constellation. Cruzeiro play their home games at the Mineirão stadium, which currently holds up to 62,547 spectators. Cruzeiro's regular kit colors are blue shirts and white shorts with white socks.

Cruzeiro is one of Brazil's most successful clubs. It won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time in 1966, after defeating Santos' Os Santásticos in the final series.[2] Cruzeiro has won the Brasileirão again in 2003, 2013 and 2014, obtaining the best campaign in the present format of the competition. Cruzeiro has also won record six Copa do Brasil titles and the Campeonato Mineiro 39 times. Cruzeiro won the defunct state competitions Taça Minas Gerais five times, the Copa dos Campeões Mineiros twice, Copa Sul Minas twice, the Torneio Início 10 times and the Supercampeonato Mineiro once. A Raposa also obtained many international laurels such as two Copa Libertadores, two Supercopa Libertadores, one Recopa Sudamericana, one Copa de Oro and one Copa Master de Supercopa. Cruzeiro is one of the two Brazilian clubs to complete the Domestic Treble, a feat accomplished in 2003 after winning the Campeonato Mineiro, the 2003 Copa do Brasil and the 2003 Brasileirão.

Cruzeiro hold a long-standing rivalry against Atlético Mineiro. It has contributed many key and famous players towards Brazil's FIFA World Cup squads such as Piazza, Tostão, Nelinho, Ronaldo, Luisão, Alex, Maicon, Cris, Jairzinho, Rivaldo and Edílson among so many others.

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Belo Horizonte is the sixth-largest city in Brazil, with a population around 2.7 million and the third largest metropolitan area with a population of 6 million. It is the 13th-largest city in South America and the 18th-largest in the Americas. The metropolis is anchor to the Belo Horizonte metropolitan area, ranked as the third-most populous metropolitan area in Brazil and the 17th-most populous in the Americas. Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil's second-most populous state. It is the first planned modern city in Brazil.

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History

Cruzeiro's history is traced back to the Italian community living in Belo Horizonte, a city where already some Italian immigrants lived[3] and their desire to set up a football club. Similar to the Italians of São Paulo (who founded Palestra Itália, now known as Palmeiras) the people of Belo Horizonte wanted the Italian colonies in Minas Gerais to have its own club as well.

In the sporting goods and footwear Augustine Ranieri's factory, located on the street of Caetés, it was decided the foundation of the club should tackle the three major capital: Atlético Mineiro, America-MG and Yale. Was born at that moment, the Società Sportiva Palestra Italia, established on 2 January 1921.[4]

The meeting was attended by 95 founders present the shield and uniform that made reference to the Italian colors, and whose SSPI description would be recorded in the center shell. Another decision was that only members of the Italian colony could wear the shirt. Aurelio Noce was elected the first President.[4]

The Palestra Italia emerged as the representative of the Italian colony. And is characterized as a team of Italian descent, Palestra also stood out by having elements of the Belo Horizonte working class, unlike Atlético and América, who had their consisting squad of college students coming from influential and wealthy families of the city.[4]

A Cruzeiro squad before playing a game v. Flamengo in 1923
A Cruzeiro squad before playing a game v. Flamengo in 1923

The idea of the club being created took a big step when Yale, a sports team from the city, went through an administrative crisis. When some players left Yale over a dispute (Yale, which itself had connections to the Italian community), some went on to found the all Italian, Sociedade Esportiva Palestra Itália of Belo Horizonte.[5][6] Until 1925 the club would only allow Italian men to participate, despite other teams in the nation accepting people of all skin colors and ethnicities.[7]

Palestra debuted in the Prado Mineiro Stadium with a 2–0 win in a friendly on 3 April 1921, against a combination from Nova Lima. The Nova Lima team united players from two teams from the city: Villa Nova, and Palmeiras, another team form Nova Lima.[8] However, the first official match of Palestra was in a 3–0 win over future archrivals Clube Atlético Mineiro.[9][10] In January 1942, Brazil entered World War II[11] and a decree of the federal government forbade the use of terms from enemy nations in entities, institutions, establishments, etc. With this, the Italian name was removed and the club could no longer call themselves Palestra Italia. The name was changed to Sociedade Esportiva Palestra Mineiro.

Around six months later, the president Ennes Cyro Poni called a general assembly for 7 October and suggested the name Ypiranga. Between 3 and 7 October, the local media published the new name thinking it would be approved. In assembly, the counselors and associates kept professional system and approved changing club's name and colors. Yale and Ypiranga were suggested, but Cruzeiro Esporte Clube was chosen to honor the biggest symbol of Brazil, the constellation of Crux. The idea was from Oswaldo Pinto Coelho. However, the club kept playing as "Palestra Mineiro" until 1943, when the local Federation approved the new statutes.[12] The approved colors were blue and white, chosen as a compromise to appease the Italian factions within the club management, as it was both representative of the Brazilian flag and the Italian football national team (blue is the color of House of Savoy, who ruled Italy from 1861 to 1946).[13]

With the inauguration of the Mineirão in 1965, Cruzeiro entered one of the most successful periods in its history, in which the club won five Campeonato Mineiro titles in a row, and went on to win its first national title, the 1966 Taça Brasil (the highest honor in Brazilian football at that time) beating Santos of Pelé in the final. Cruzeiro won the first leg 6–2 at the Mineirão, and the second leg 3–2 in São Paulo.[14][15] In the 1974 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Cruzeiro were runner-up for the first time, after losing to Vasco in the finals. Later in 1975, Cruzeiro were runner-up in the Campeonato Brasileiro again, this time losing to Internacional. In 1976, Cruzeiro won its first Copa Libertadores de América, over River Plate of Argentina. Cruzeiro went on to be runners-up of the same competition in 1977, being defeated in the finals by Boca Juniors, also of Argentina. After winning the 1976 Copa Libertadores, they participated in the 1976 Intercontinental Cup, now renamed the FIFA Club World Championship, for the first time and tied Bayern Munich 0–0 at the Mineirão, but lost 2–0 to Bayern in the Olympiastadion.[14][15]

Cruzeiro's team, 1971.National Archives of Brazil
Cruzeiro's team, 1971.National Archives of Brazil

After tasting success in the 1960s and 1970s, Cruzeiro entered a dark period in the 1980s. With the exception of a couple of Campeonato Mineiro wins, the club won no other championships in the 1980s, and had its worst performances in the Campeonato Brasileiro, 33rd in 1984 and 29th in 1985.[16] The 1980s was the only decade Cruzeiro did not participate once in the Copa Libertadores since the tournament's creation in 1960.[17] The club were invited to Europe in 1988 by Scottish side Celtic to play a friendly as part of the Glasgow club's centenary celebrations.[18]

In the 1990s a new era began, and a 15-year sequence of at least one title per year was initiated. This included six of the club's seven international championships and a Campeonato Brasileiro (2003). In December 2010 the CBF (the governing body of Brazilian football) also recognized Cruzeiro as Brazilian champion of 1966, for having beaten Santos of Pelé: 6–2 in Belo Horizonte and 2–3 in São Paulo.[14][15][19] The club's biggest exploit in the 21st century happened when it won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. With 100 points earned during the season, and just over 100 goals scored in 46 matches, it was one of the most successful campaigns ever by a club in a Brazilian championship. In 2003, besides winning the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Cruzeiro also won the Copa do Brasil and the Campeonato Mineiro, to become the only Brazilian team to win the triple crown.[14][15][19][20]

From 2003 to 2012 Cruzeiro have only won one major tournament (four times): the Campeonato Mineiro (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009). However, the club finished in the top five of the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, guaranteeing a spot in the Copa Libertadores for four consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). In 2010, after a great campaign in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, Cruzeiro took the second place and qualified for the Copa Libertadores da America for 2011. Cruzeiro's biggest success in recent years was reaching the finals of the 2009 Copa Libertadores, but they lost to Estudiantes de La Plata 2–1.[21] After a disastrous 2011 season, escaping relegation only in the last round after a triumphant 6–1[22] against arch-rival Atlético, Gilvan Tavares became president for the 2012-2013-2014 triennium. 2012 was slightly better than 2011, but still Cruzeiro won no titles. In 2013 Cruzeiro lost Campeonato Mineiro again, despite displaying a good game against smaller clubs. Copa do Brasil started promising but Cruzeiro was knocked out by future champion Flamengo in the quarterfinals. After the elimination Cruzeiro went all in to Campeonato Brasileiro and was crowned champion for the third time, this time four rounds before the championship ended, playing an offensive and intense game that led many, including press[23] and runners-up,[24] to attribute the title many rounds before the mathematical confirmation. Cruzeiro's 2014 season was even more successful. It started with Cruzeiro winning the Campeonato Mineiro without losing a single match in the whole competition. In the Copa Libertadores da America, Cruzeiro was knocked out, in the quarter finals, by future champion San Lorenzo de Almagro, being the last remaining Brazilian team in the competition. This loss did not prevent Cruzeiro to lead the Campeonato Brasileiro for almost the whole competition, being crowned champion for the fourth time and becoming the second team not from Rio de Janeiro nor Sao Paulo to win the Campeonato Brasileiro twice in a row. Cruzeiro also got to the final of the Copa do Brasil, but lost both matches to rival Atlético Mineiro.

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Symbols

Colors

Cruzeiro's first crest, 1921
Cruzeiro's first crest, 1921

When Cruzeiro was still known as Palestra Italia, the home shirt colour was green. The first home kit was an improvised dark green shirt, with white shorts and green stockings. Cruzeiro used this kit in their first professional game on 3 April 1921, in the Prado Mineiro Stadium, with a 2–0 win over the Villa Nova/Palmeiras combined team, of Nova Lima.[25] In 1928 the shirt became a lighter tone of green, with a white neck design and red cuffs. The shorts continued to be white, but the green stockings now had red and white details, similar to that of the Italian flag. This particular uniform was used up until 1940. The light green color of the shirt would later give the team the nickname "periquito", Portuguese for parakeet.[25] In 1940 there was a big change to the shirt. The shirt began to feature horizontal stripes, with the club crest in the center. This was the shirt used to win the 1940 Campeonato da Cidade – now known as the Campeonto Mineiro – after the club had been unable to win the tournament for ten years. The club also began to be called "tricolor" instead of "periquito".[25]

In 1942 Cruzeiro played one game under the name Ypiranga, and for this game a blue shirt with a central horizontal stripe was used.[25] In 1943 Cruzeiro played its first game under its current name. The shirt used then was an all blue shirt with a large white v-neck (scapular) design. The shorts and stockings were white. In 1950, due to bad stadium lighting, Cruzeiro began to use an all-white shirt during night games. The shirt, which featured blue details and blue shorts and white stockings, was used for nine years.[25] In 1956, Cruzeiro used, for a short while, a new shirt that was made up of white and blue horizontal stripes. The uniform was not used in many games.[25] There was a change to the shirt in 1959; the shirt became all blue, a design that would influence later shirts. In the 1959 shirt, instead of using its normal crest Cruzeiro simply used the five stars, in the crest, loose on the shirt. The shirt made its debut in the Estádio dos Tecelões, in a friendly match against Renascença, on 19 September.[25]

In 1984 Cruzeiro had the first ever company logo on its shirt; it was the shirt manufacturer's logo, which was Topper.[25] In the same year Cruzeiro had its first shirt sponsor, Medradao. Medradao was only used on the away shirts[25]

Crest

The Southern Cross or Crux, is common on a number of other flags and insignia.
The Southern Cross or Crux, is common on a number of other flags and insignia.

The first Palestra Itália crest was a rhombus whose top half was red and bottom half was green (both colors of the Italian flag). In the center of the crest was a white circle with the letters P and I inside it.[26] The following year, 1922, the club's crest maintained its rhombus shape, but was now completely white, with the letter P, S and I, inscribed within it in green.[26] In 1923, the crest lost its rhombus shape and instead just had the green letters S, P and I.[26] From 1928 to 1939 the crest was identical to the first crest in 1921. Just one year later the crest became a little different: the top half was green and the bottom half was red, similar to the crests from 1921 and 1929–1939, but instead of green letters in its center, it now had the letters S, P and I in yellow.[26]

Cruzeiro fans
Cruzeiro fans
Symbol 1956
Symbol 1956

The crest introduced in 1940 would be the last for Palestra, because the club would soon become Cruzeiro.[26] Cruzeiro's first crest was introduced in 1950 and was very simple: a blue circle, with a white border, inside of which were five white stars, positioned to look like the Southern Cross. This first crest was used for over nine years, until 1959.[26] In 1959 the crest changed, now with a white border around the crest with the words "-CRUZEIRO ESPORTE CLUBE-BELO HORIZONTE" in blue. This version of the crest was used until 1996, making it the longest-used crest by Cruzeiro.[26] In the same year, Cruzeiro removed BELO HORIZONTE from the crest; this format was used until 2005.[26] In 2006 to honor its successful 2003 season, a crown was added on top of the crest, to symbolize the triple crown.[26]

Cruzeiro has not always used its official crest on its shirt. In 1959, instead of using its crest, the club opted to simply put the five stars from the Southern Cross on its shirt.[26] This was done until 2000, when the actual crest was again used.[26] In 2002 and in part of 2003 the loose stars were used. Part way through 2003 a new shirt that contained the actual crest was introduced, but instead of just using the regular crest the shirt featured two Copa Libertadores trophies on top of the crest. In 2004 a similar design was used, but now featured a crown, symbolic of the Triple Crown on top of the two trophies.[26] Since 2007 the club has used the "loose stars" design on home shirts.[26] None of these designs actually became the official club crest.

Anthem

The club's anthem, Hino ao Campeão, was written by Jadir Ambrósio in 1966, in homage to the team of his heart. He never meant for it to become the official anthem, but when fans started hearing it they liked it enough to adapt it as the new anthem.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Master sponsors Premium sponsors Standard sponsors Number sponsors
1984 Topper Medradão
1985 Frigorifico Perrella
1986 Adidas BDMG
1987–88
1989 Coca-Cola
1990–95 Finta
1996 Energil C
1997 Rhumell
1998 Gelmax / Telebingão Campeão
1998–99 Topper
2000–01 FIAT Ceras Grand Prix
2001–03 Lousano
2004–05 Siemens
2006 Puma Xerox
2007 Aethra
2007 Construtora Tenda
2008 FIAT
2009 Reebok Banco Bonsucesso
2010 Banco BMG Ricardo Eletro Questão de Estilo Jeans / Hypermarcas
2011 Netshoes
2012 Olympikus Guaramix
2013 TIM
2014
2015 Penalty Supermercados BH Cemil / Vilma Alimentos 99Taxis / Voxx Suplementos
2016 Umbro Caixa Cemil / Supermercados BH / Vilma Alimentos Super 8 / Voxx Suplementos
2017 Uber
2018 Cemil / UninCor Orthopride
2019 Digimais Bem Protege / Camponesa / Fiat / Multimarcas Consórcios / Supermercados BH / UninCor ABC da Construção
2020 Adidas Supermercados BH Bem Protege / Digimais / Emcamp / Galera.Bet / Multimarcas Consórcios / Premium Saúde Cartão de Todos / Saudali
2021 Buser / Cotton / Digimais / Galera.Bet / Premium Saúde Autotruck / Cartão de Todos / Saudali / UniCesumar
2022 Buser / Champion / Giro Agro / Pixbet Cimed / MM Aluguel de carros / Saudali / UniCesumar
2023 Betfair Cimed / Champion Saudali MM Aluguel de carros

Mascot

Cartoonist Fernando Pieruccetti, more popularly known as "Mangabeira", created the club's mascot, a raposa (Portuguese for fox) in the 1940s, as he did for other football clubs from Minas Gerais state league.[27] Mangabeira took inspiration from the club's ex-president, Mario Grosso. "He was a director who let no one trick him. He was sly, agile, intelligent and skillful like a fox."[28][29] In the 2000s, Cruzeiro has made the Raposão (Big Fox) its biggest mascot, appearing at all home games and cheering with the crowd while wearing the club's colors. In 2010, Raposão won Rede Globo's Competição de Mascotes (Mascot Competition), held in their Sunday sports show Esporte Espetacular. The program united 20 mascots from the biggest Brazilian teams and had them competing in series of challenges. Raposão won all of the events and was crowned as Brazil's Best Mascot.

In 2012, Cruzeiro introduced a "junior mascot", named "Raposinho" (Little Fox), a smaller version of "Raposão".

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Crux

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Copa Libertadores

Copa Libertadores

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Jadir Ambrósio

Jadir Ambrósio

Jadir Ambrósio was a Brazilian musician. He took a course on piano, singing, and chorus at the Conservatório Mineiro de Música in Belo Horizonte. It was the Conservatory the place chosen for the musician to distill his emotion. Where in 1965, at 43 years old, he composed the lyrics and music to the “Hino ao Campeão Cruzeiro Esporte Clube”, for Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, of Minas Gerais, the team of his heart, and one of the most popular Brazilian football teams.

Kit (association football)

Kit (association football)

In association football, kit is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. The sport's rules specify the minimum kit which a player must use, and also prohibit the use of anything that is dangerous to either the player or another participant. Individual competitions may stipulate further restrictions, such as regulating the size of logos displayed on shirts and stating that, in the event of a match between teams with identical or similar colours, the away team must change to different coloured attire.

Adidas

Adidas

Adidas AG is a German multinational corporation, founded and headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, that designs and manufactures shoes, clothing and accessories. It is the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe, and the second largest in the world, after Nike. It is the holding company for the Adidas Group, which consists 8.33% stake of the football club Bayern München, and Runtastic, an Austrian fitness technology company. Adidas's revenue for 2018 was listed at €21.915 billion.

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola, or Coke, is a carbonated soft drink manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company. In 2013, Coke products were sold in over 200 countries worldwide, with consumers drinking more than 1.8 billion company beverage servings each day. Coca-Cola ranked No. 87 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue. Based on Interbrand's "best global brand" study of 2020, Coca-Cola was the world's sixth most valuable brand.

Finta

Finta

Finta is a Brazilian sports equipment manufacturing company based in Sao Paulo. The company produces football equipment, including boots, balls, goalkeeper gloves, and accessories

Lousano

Lousano

Lousano was a company that specializes in electric cables and conductors. Along with Paulista FC, they were one of the pioneers in "corporate" clubs.

Xerox

Xerox

Xerox Holdings Corporation is an American corporation that sells print and digital document products and services in more than 160 countries. Xerox is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, though it is incorporated in New York with its largest population of employees based around Rochester, New York, the area in which the company was founded. The company purchased Affiliated Computer Services for $6.4 billion in early 2010. As a large developed company, it is consistently placed in the list of Fortune 500 companies.

AETHRA Componentes Automotivos

AETHRA Componentes Automotivos

AETHRA is a Brazilian company, founded in 1974 in Minas Gerais, that applies technology to develop and manufacture automotive systems to the global market.

Construtora Tenda

Construtora Tenda

Construtora Tenda S.A. or Tenda, until 1994 Tenda Engenharia S.A, is a Brazilian construction company founded in 1969 in Minas Gerais with its headquarters being located in São Paulo. The company is listed on the São Paulo Stock Exchange where it raised 603 million reais in an initial public offering in 2007.

Presidents

  • Aurélio Noce – 1921–22
  • Alberto Noce – 1923–24
  • Américo Gasparini – 1925–26, 1928
  • Antonio Falci – 1927, 1929–30
  • Braz Pelegrino – 1927–28
  • Lidio Lunardi – 1931–32
  • José Viana de Souza – 1933
  • Miguel Perrela – 1933–36
  • Romeo de Paoli – 1936
  • Osvaldo Pinto Coelho – 1936–40
  • Ennes Cyro Poni – 1941–42
  • João Fantoni – 1942
  • Wilson Saliba – 1942
  • Mario Torneli – 1942
  • Mário Grosso – 1942–47
  • Fernando Tamietti – 1947, 1950
  • Antônio Cunha Lobo – 1947–49
  • Antônio Alves Simões – 1949
  • Manoel F. Campos – 1950
  • Divino Ramos – 1951
  • José Greco – 1952–53, 1955
  • Wellington Armanelli – 1954
  • José Francisco Lemos Filho – 1954
  • Eduardo S. Bambirra – 1955–56
  • Manoel A. de Carvalho – 1957–58
  • Antonio Braz Lopes Pontes – 1959–60
  • Felicio Brandi – 1961–82
  • Carmine Furletti – 1983–84
  • Benito Masci – 1985–90
  • Salvador Masci – 1990
  • César Masci – 1991–94
  • Zezé Perrella – 1995–2002
  • Alvimar de Oliveira Costa – 2003–08
  • Zezé Perrella – 2009–11
  • Gilvan Tavares – 2012–17
  • Wagner Pires de Sá – 2018–19
  • José Dalai Rocha – 2019–20
  • Sérgio Santos Rodrigues – 2020–

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Carmine Furletti

Carmine Furletti

Carmine Furletti was a former president of the Brazilian football club Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. Furletti was one of the youngest directors ever involved with the club. After a suggestion from his friend, Antonino Pontes, Furletti ran for and became vice president of the club. During his tenure as vice president, Cruzeiro won two Campeonato Mineiros, in 1959

Zezé Perrella

Zezé Perrella

José Perrella de Oliveira Costa, better known as Zezé Perrella, is a Brazilian politician, businessman and former president of the Brazilian football (soccer) team Cruzeiro Esporte Clube

Alvimar de Oliveira Costa

Alvimar de Oliveira Costa

Alvimar Perrella de Oliveira Costa was the former president of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube of Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais and he was reelected for a further period of three years, which began in 2003 and end in 2008. According to him success Cruzeiro won the following titles when the commander of the football department of the club: State Championship (1997) Copa Libertadores of (1997), State Championship from (1998), South American Recopa (1999) Midwest Cup of (1999) Mineworkers Champions Cup (1999), Brazil Cup (2000) Copa Sul-Minas of (2001) Copa Sudamericana -Mine (2002), the super championship Miner (2002). He also won the State Championship from (2004) and State Championship from (2006), as club president.

Gilvan Tavares

Gilvan Tavares

Gilvan de Pinho Tavares is a Brazilian former lawyer. He serves as ex-president of the association football team Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.

Current squad

As of 18 March 2023 [30]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Brazil BRA Rafael Cabral
2 DF Brazil BRA Wesley
3 DF Brazil BRA Marlon
5 MF Brazil BRA Wallisson
7 MF Brazil BRA Mateus Vital
8 MF Brazil BRA Neto Moura
9 FW Brazil BRA Bruno Rodrigues (on loan from Tombense)
10 MF Brazil BRA Nikão (on loan from São Paulo)
11 FW Brazil BRA Wesley Ribeiro
12 DF Brazil BRA William
15 MF Brazil BRA Fernando Henrique
16 DF Brazil BRA Kaiki
17 MF Brazil BRA Ramiro
18 MF Brazil BRA Matheus Jussa (on loan from Fortaleza)
20 MF Brazil BRA Richard (on loan from Ceará)
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 FW Brazil BRA Gilberto
22 FW Brazil BRA Stênio
23 MF Brazil BRA Filipe Machado
25 MF Brazil BRA Ian Luccas (on loan from Ferroviária)
26 DF Brazil BRA Lucas Oliveira
27 DF Brazil BRA Neris
29 DF Brazil BRA Reynaldo
31 FW Brazil BRA Rafael Bilú
33 DF Brazil BRA Igor Formiga
41 GK Brazil BRA Rodrigo Bazilio
48 MF Brazil BRA Daniel Júnior
70 FW Brazil BRA Juan Christian (on loan from Azuriz)
88 FW Brazil BRA Matheus Davó
98 GK Brazil BRA Anderson
DF Brazil BRA Luciano Castán

Youth players

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
35 DF Brazil BRA Pedrão
47 FW Brazil BRA Denilson (on loan from Guarany de Bagé)
No. Pos. Nation Player
77 MF Brazil BRA Japa

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Brazil BRA Denivys (loan to Athletic until 31 July 2023)
GK Brazil BRA Gabriel Mesquita (loan to Água Santa until 9 April 2023)
DF Brazil BRA Luis Felipe (loan to Tombense until 31 December 2023)
MF Brazil BRA Claudinho (loan to Santo André until 9 April 2023)
MF Brazil BRA João Paulo (loan to CRB until 31 December 2023)
MF Brazil BRA Pedro Castro (loan to Dibba until 30 June 2023)
FW Brazil BRA Alex Matos (loan to Paysandu until 31 December 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Brazil BRA Breno (loan to Valladolid until 31 December 2023)
FW Brazil BRA Bruno José (loan to Guarani until 31 December 2023)
FW Brazil BRA Edu (loan to Dibba until 30 June 2023)
FW Brazil BRA Vitor Leque (loan to Botafogo-SP until 31 December 2023)
FW Brazil BRA Waguininho (loan to Avaí until 31 December 2023)
FW Brazil BRA William Pottker (loan to Coritiba until 31 December 2023)

First-team staff

Position Name Nationality
Head coach Pedro Miguel  POR
Assistant coach Hugo Silva  POR
Samuel Correia  POR
Goalkeeping coach Marcelo Grimaldi  BRA
Fitness coaches Leonardo Almeida  BRA
Pedro Oliveira  POR
Rodrigo Saar  BRA
Performance analyst André Batista  BRA
Pedro Azevedo  POR
Victor Flores  BRA

Notable players

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FIFA eligibility rules

FIFA eligibility rules

As the governing body of association football, FIFA is responsible for maintaining and implementing the rules that determine whether an association football player is eligible to represent a particular country in officially recognised international competitions and friendly matches. In the 20th century, FIFA allowed a player to represent any national team, as long as the player held citizenship of that country. In 2004, in reaction to the growing trend towards naturalisation of foreign players in some countries, FIFA implemented a significant new ruling that requires a player to demonstrate a "clear connection" to any country they wish to represent. FIFA has used its authority to overturn results of competitive international matches that feature ineligible players.

Goalkeeper (association football)

Goalkeeper (association football)

The goalkeeper is a position in association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's main role is to stop the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by having the goalkeeper move into the trajectory of the ball to either catch it or direct it further from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands, giving them the sole rights on the field to handle the ball. The goalkeeper is indicated by wearing a different coloured kit from their teammates and opposition.

Brazilian Football Confederation

Brazilian Football Confederation

The Brazilian Football Confederation is the governing body of football in Brazil. It was founded on Monday, 8 June 1914, as Federação Brasileira de Sports, and renamed Confederação Brasileira de Desportos in 1916. The football confederation, as known today, separated from other sports associations on 24 September 1979. Between 1914 and 1979 it was the governing body, or at least the international reference, for other olympic sports, such as tennis, athletics, handball, swimming and waterpolo. It currently has the most wins on FIFA world cups, with a total of five.

Rafael Cabral

Rafael Cabral

Rafael Cabral Barbosa, known as Rafael Cabral or simply Rafael, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Cruzeiro.

Defender (association football)

Defender (association football)

In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield position whose primary role is to stop attacks during the game and prevent the opposition from scoring.

Wesley Gasolina

Wesley Gasolina

Wesley David de Oliveira Andrade, known as Wesley Gasolina or simply Wesley, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as right-back for Brazilian club Cruzeiro.

Marlon Xavier

Marlon Xavier

Marlon Rodrigues Xavier is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Campeonato Brasileiro Série A club Cruzeiro.

Midfielder

Midfielder

A midfielder is an outfield position in association football. Midfielders may play an exclusively right back role, breaking up attacks, and are in that case known as defensive midfielders. As central midfielders often go across boundaries, with mobility and passing ability, they are often referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box midfielders, or holding midfielders. There are also attacking midfielders with limited defensive assignments.

Mateus Vital

Mateus Vital

Mateus da Silva Vital Assumpção, known as Mateus Vital, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Cruzeiro. He is a former Brazil U23 member.

Neto Moura

Neto Moura

Antônio Francisco Moura Neto, known as Neto Moura or simply Neto, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Cruzeiro.

Forward (association football)

Forward (association football)

Forwards are outfield positions in an association football team who play the furthest up the pitch and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals as well as assisting them. As with any attacking player, the role of the forward relies heavily on being able to create space for attack.

Former coaches

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Brazil

Brazil

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in South America and in Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 217 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the seventh most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the only country in the Americas to have Portuguese as an official language. It is one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world, and the most populous Roman Catholic-majority country.

Niginho

Niginho

Leonídio Fantoni, best known as Niginho or Fantoni III was a professional association footballer who played as a forward.

Uruguay

Uruguay

Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay or the Eastern Republic of Uruguay, is a country in South America. It shares borders with Argentina to its west and southwest and Brazil to its north and northeast, while bordering the Río de la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. It is part of the Southern Cone region of South America. Uruguay covers an area of approximately 181,034 square kilometers (69,898 sq mi) and has a population of an estimated 3.4 million, of whom around 2 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo.

Ricardo Diéz

Ricardo Diéz

Ricardo Diéz, born as Emetério Seledônio Díez, was a Uruguayan association football coach who mainly worked in Brazil.

Ayrton Moreira

Ayrton Moreira

Ayrton Moreira, sometimes called Aírton Moreira, was a Brazilian football manager and former player who played as a central defender.

Records and statistics

Most appearances

Roberto Perfumo, with 138 matches, was the non-Brazilian with the most appearances for the club, this was recently changed however as Ariel Cabral was awarded this record with 200 appearances for the club.[31]

The player with the most appearances for Cruzeiro is Fábio with a stunning record of 800 appearances, having been with the team since 2005, beating former midfielder Zé Carlos, with 619 appearances, between 1965 and 1977.[31] In third place on that list is 1971's Bola de Ouro Winner, "The Prince" Dirceu Lopes, while the fourth place belongs to former Brazilian international and 1970 FIFA World Cup champion Wilson Piazza. The fifth overall player, and second goalkeeper with the most appearances for Cruzeiro is the notorious Raul Plassman, who played a total of 557 games with the team. The non-Brazilian with the most appearances for the club is the Argentine Roberto Perfumo who made 138 appearances for the club between 1971 and 1974.[31]

Top goalscorers

Brazilian hall-of-famer and 1970 FIFA World Cup winner Tostão has scored the most goals for Cruzeiro, 249 between 1963 and 1972, having appeared on 378 matches for Cruzeiro (12th overall). He beats Dirceu Lopes by 25 goals on that list, which also has old-timer Niginho (207 goals) closing the top 3, being the only ones with over 200 goals for Cruzeiro. Ninão holds the record for goals scored in a single match: 10 in Cruzeiro's 14–0 win over Alves Nogueira during Campeonato da Cidade on 17 June 1928.[32] Nelinho holds the record for most goals scored from penalties: 38; and the record for goals scored from fouls: 42. Walter Montillo's 39 goals make him the non-Brazilian with the most goals for Cruzeiro, a record that would belong to Bolivia national football team vice-captain and striker Marcelo Moreno with 48 goals or Spanish 1930's striker Fernando Carazo, with 44 goals, had they not become Brazilian nationals.[32]

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List of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube records and statistics

List of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube records and statistics

Records of Brazilian football club Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.

Roberto Perfumo

Roberto Perfumo

Roberto Alfredo Perfumo was an Argentine footballer and sports commentator. Nicknamed El Mariscal, Perfumo is considered one of the best Argentine defenders ever. At club level, Perfumo played for Racing, River Plate and Brazilian team Cruzeiro. With the national team, he played the 1966 and 1974 World Cups.

Bola de Ouro

Bola de Ouro

The Bola de Ouro is an annual award given each year, since 1973, by Brazilian sports magazine Placar to the best player in the Campeonato Brasileiro. A group of sports journalists watch every match of the competition and rate players 1 to 10 based on their performance. At the end of the season, the players with the best average rating in each position are awarded the Bola de Prata, and the player with the best overall average rating is the recipient of the Bola de Ouro.

Dirceu Lopes

Dirceu Lopes

Dirceu Lopes, full name Dirceu Lopes Mendes is a retired Brazilian footballer. He was attacking midfielder and forward who played mainly with Cruzeiro. He had seven caps with the Brazil national team, scoring one goal.

1970 FIFA World Cup

1970 FIFA World Cup

The 1970 FIFA World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for men's senior national teams. Held from 31 May to 21 June in Mexico, it was the first World Cup tournament held outside Europe and South America, and it was also the first held in North America. Teams representing 75 nations from all six populated continents entered the competition, and its qualification rounds began in May 1968. Fourteen teams qualified from this process to join host nation Mexico and defending champions England in the 16-team final tournament. El Salvador, Israel and Morocco made their debut appearances at the final stage.

Tostão

Tostão

Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade, generally known as Tostão, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a forward or attacking midfielder.

Niginho

Niginho

Leonídio Fantoni, best known as Niginho or Fantoni III was a professional association footballer who played as a forward.

Nelinho

Nelinho

Manoel Rezende de Mattos Cabral, known as Nelinho, is a former Brazilian association footballer who played as right back. He played for several clubs in his home country and abroad, including Belo Horizonte rivals Cruzeiro and Atlético Mineiro. Nelinho also represented the Brazil national team in two FIFA World Cups.

Walter Montillo

Walter Montillo

Walter Damián Montillo is an Argentine former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

Bolivia national football team

Bolivia national football team

The Bolivia national football team, also known as La Verde, has represented Bolivia in international football since 1926. Organized by the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF), it is one of the ten members of FIFA's South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).

Marcelo Martins Moreno

Marcelo Martins Moreno

Marcelo Martins Moreno, known as Marcelo Martins in Bolivia and as Marcelo Moreno in other countries, is a Bolivian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Paraguayan Primera División club Cerro Porteño and captains the Bolivia national team. He is considered one of the greatest Bolivian players of all time. With 31 goals, he is the national team's all-time top goalscorer.

Honours

International

National

Regional

Other

  • Copa dos Campeões Mineiros (2): 1991, 1999
  • Taça Minas Gerais (5): 1973, 1982, 1983, 1984 e 1985
  • Tournament Start (10): 1926, 1927, 1929, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1948 e 1966

Trebles and doubles

Trebles – Domestic Triple Crown

State, Cup and League: 2003¹[34]

DoublesDomestic Double

State and League: 1966
State and Cup: 1996
State and League: 2014
State and Cup: 2018

Continental Double

State and Supercopa Sudamericana: 1992
State and Copa Libertadores: 1997

Other featured campaigns

Intercontinental Cup

Runners-up (2): 1976, 1997

Copa Libertadores de América:

Runners-up (2): 1977, 2009
Third place (2): 1967, 1975

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A:

Runners-up (5): 1969, 1974, 1975, 1998, 2010
Third place (5): 1973, 1989, 1995, 2000, 2008
Fourth place (2): 1968, 2009

Copa do Brasil

Runners-up (2): 1998, 2014
Semi-finalist (1): 2005, 2016

Supercopa Sudamericana:

Runners-up (2): 1988 and 1996

Supercopa Masters:

Runners-up (1): 1992

Campeonato Mineiro:

Runners-up (30): 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925,1927, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1962, 1970, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017

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1976 Copa Libertadores

1976 Copa Libertadores

The Copa Libertadores 1976 was the 17th edition of the Copa Libertadores, CONMEBOL's annual international club tournament. The tournament began on February 23 and ended on July 30.

1997 Copa Libertadores

1997 Copa Libertadores

The 1997 edition of Copa Libertadores was won by Cruzeiro of Brazil, after defeating Sporting Cristal of Peru in the final. This was Cruzeiro's second title, their first being the 1976 edition. Cruzeiro's 1997 championship is the only time any club has won the Libertadores after losing the first 3 matches in the competition.

1991 Supercopa Libertadores

1991 Supercopa Libertadores

The 1991 Supercopa Libertadores was the fourth season of the Supercopa Libertadores, a club football tournament for past Copa Libertadores winners. The tournament was won by Cruzeiro, who beat River Plate 3–2 on aggregate in the final.

1992 Supercopa Libertadores

1992 Supercopa Libertadores

The 1992 Supercopa Libertadores was the fifth season of the Supercopa Libertadores, a club football tournament for past Copa Libertadores winners. The tournament was won by Cruzeiro, who beat Racing 4–1 on aggregate in the final. This was the second time Cruzeiro had won the Supercopa Libertadores.

1995 Copa de Oro

1995 Copa de Oro

The 1995 Copa de Oro was the second Copa de Oro, a football competition for the reigning champions of CONMEBOL's Copa Libertadores, the Supercopa Libertadores, the Copa CONMEBOL, and the Copa Master de Supercopa. It was played from October 25 to November 1.

1998 Recopa Sudamericana

1998 Recopa Sudamericana

The 1998 Recopa Sudamericana was the tenth Recopa Sudamericana, an annual football match between the winners of the previous season's Copa Libertadores and Supercopa Sudamericana competitions. This will become the last Recopa Sudamericana on this format as the Supercopa Sudamericana was discontinued by CONMEBOL in 1998. With no existing secondary tournament, the Recopa Sudamericana became an impracticable competition until the introduction of the Copa Sudamericana in 2002.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

The Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, commonly referred to as the Brasileirão, and also known as Brasileirão Assaí due to sponsorship with Assaí Atacadista, is a Brazilian professional league for men's football clubs. At the top of the Brazilian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. In 2021 the competition was chosen by the IFFHS as the strongest national league in South America as well as the strongest in the world.

2003 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

2003 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

The 2003 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A was the 47th edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. The first edition with only a double round-robin and no playoffs, it began on March 29, 2003, and reached its end on December 14. The competition was won by Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, who completed a treble.

2013 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

2013 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

The 2013 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A was the 57th edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the top-level of professional football in Brazil. Fluminense come in as the defending champions, having won the title in the 2012 season. On 13 November 2013, Cruzeiro won the title for the third time. All of the participating teams were Brazilian.

2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

The 2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A was the 58th edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the top-level of professional football in Brazil. Cruzeiro, the defending champions, won the title for the second time in a row and the fourth time overall. The championship had a break between the ninth and tenth rounds due to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was held between June and July in Brazil.Cruzeiro took the lead in round 6 and from then on, stayed in that position, winning the title after a 2–1 victory over Goiás in the Mineirão stadium, in round 36.

1993 Copa do Brasil

1993 Copa do Brasil

The Copa do Brasil 1993 was the 5th staging of the Copa do Brasil.

1996 Copa do Brasil

1996 Copa do Brasil

The Copa do Brasil 1996 was the 8th staging of the Copa do Brasil.

Grounds and facilities

Cruzeiro's first stadium was the Estádio do Prado Mineiro, which belonged to the Federação Mineira de Futebol (FMF).[35] The club's first game at the stadium was 2–0 win over a Villa Nova/Palmeiras combine team from Nova Lima on 3 April 1921.[35][36] Cruzeiro would use the stadium until 1923 when the club built its own stadium, Estádio do Barro Preto.[36][37] On 23 July 1923, Cruzeiro debuted at the stadium in a 2–2 tie with Flamengo.[36][37] In 1945, the stadium went through renovations and would become at that time the largest stadium in the state with a capacity of 15,000 and later on would become known as Estádio Juscelino Kubitscheck (or Estádio JK).[36][37] Cruzeiro would use the stadium until 1965, when the Mineirão was opened. In 1983, the stadium was torn down and one of the club's social clubs (Sede Campestre) was built there.[36][38]

Since 1965, Cruzeiro play their home games at Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, often referred to as just Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, MG.[39] Cruzeiro shares the stadium with rivals Atlético Mineiro.[40] The stadium does not belong to Cruzeiro, rather it belongs to the state of Minas Gerais (through a land grant from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) and is administrated by Minas Arena, a private company, on lease from the state since 2013. The stadium, which was built in 1963, had an original capacity of about 130,000,[39][40] but over the years that capacity has been reduced, and currently it seats 64,800. Named after former Minas Gerais governor José de Magalhães Pinto, it took over 4,000 workers to build the stadium.[40] The period after the stadium's inauguration is often called Era Mineirão ("Mineirão Era"), which saw Cruzeiro gain national and international prominence.[41][42] Cruzeiro also holds the attendance record at the stadium, when 132,834 spectators watched Cruzeiro beat Villa Nova in the 1997 Campeonato Mineiro final.[43]

Cruzeiro have had plans to build a new stadium, especially under president Alvimar de Oliveira Costa's tenure.[44][45][46][47] However, the state of Minas asked Cruzeiro to stay at the stadium,[48] and after president Zezé Perrella came to the presidency in 2009, plans for a new stadium virtually disappeared.[49]

The Mineirão was selected as a host stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[50] with renovations beginning on 25 June 2010, and projected to be completed by December 2012.[51] After the stadiums closing, Cruzeiro began playing home games at the Arena do Jacaré and Ipatingão stadiums, both outside the city of Belo Horizonte.[52] Independência stadium is also being renovated and Cruzeiro will start playing homes games there in 2011 until the Mineirão is ready in 2012.[53]

The club has private ownership of other facilities though, including two training facilities (Toca da Raposa I, which serves the youth division and Toca da Raposa II for the senior squad),[39][54][55] an administrative headquarters[56] and two social club facilities.[57][58] Cruzeiro has often been praised for having one of the leading infrastructure systems in Brazil.[39]

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Mineirão

Mineirão

Mineirão, officially Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto is the largest football stadium in the state of Minas Gerais. It was established in 1965, and it is located in Belo Horizonte.

Clube Atlético Mineiro

Clube Atlético Mineiro

Clube Atlético Mineiro, commonly known as Atlético or Atlético Mineiro, and colloquially as Galo, is the largest and oldest professional football club based in the city of Belo Horizonte, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The team competes in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the first level of Brazilian football, as well as in the Campeonato Mineiro, the top tier state league of Minas Gerais.

Land grant

Land grant

A land grant is a gift of real estate—land or its use privileges—made by a government or other authority as an incentive, means of enabling works, or as a reward for services to an individual, especially in return for military service. Grants of land are also awarded to individuals and companies as incentives to develop unused land in relatively unpopulated countries; the process of awarding land grants are not limited to the countries named below. The United States historically gave out numerous land grants as Homesteads to individuals desiring to prove a farm. The American Industrial Revolution was guided by many supportive acts of legislatures promoting commerce or transportation infrastructure development by private companies, such as the Cumberland Road turnpike, the Lehigh Canal, the Schuylkill Canal and the many railroads that tied the young United States together.

Villa Nova Atlético Clube

Villa Nova Atlético Clube

Villa Nova Atlético Clube, commonly known as Villa Nova, is a Brazilian professional association football club based in Nova Lima, Minas Gerais. The team plays in Série D, the fourth tier of the Brazilian football league system, as well as in the Campeonato Mineiro, the top tier of the Minas Gerais state football league.

Alvimar de Oliveira Costa

Alvimar de Oliveira Costa

Alvimar Perrella de Oliveira Costa was the former president of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube of Belo Horizonte Minas Gerais and he was reelected for a further period of three years, which began in 2003 and end in 2008. According to him success Cruzeiro won the following titles when the commander of the football department of the club: State Championship (1997) Copa Libertadores of (1997), State Championship from (1998), South American Recopa (1999) Midwest Cup of (1999) Mineworkers Champions Cup (1999), Brazil Cup (2000) Copa Sul-Minas of (2001) Copa Sudamericana -Mine (2002), the super championship Miner (2002). He also won the State Championship from (2004) and State Championship from (2006), as club president.

Zezé Perrella

Zezé Perrella

José Perrella de Oliveira Costa, better known as Zezé Perrella, is a Brazilian politician, businessman and former president of the Brazilian football (soccer) team Cruzeiro Esporte Clube

2014 FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national football teams organised by FIFA. It took place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014, after the country was awarded the hosting rights in 2007. It was the second time that Brazil staged the competition, the first being in 1950, and the fifth time that it was held in South America.

Arena do Jacaré

Arena do Jacaré

The Estádio Joaquim Henrique Nogueira, or Nogueirão, also nicknamed Arena do Jacaré, is a football stadium located in Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais state, it seats 20,020 people. The stadium's official name comes from a farmer from a traditional family of the region who gave the land which the stadium was built on, while the nickname comes from the mascot of local team Democrata Futebol Clube, a Caiman.

Arena Independência

Arena Independência

Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, more commonly known as Independência, is a football stadium located in the Horto neighborhood of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. It was built in 1950 for the FIFA World Cup, held in Brazil. Initially its capacity was 30,000 people, but after the reconstruction between 2010 and 2012, the capacity is approximately 23,000 people. It belonged to the defunct Sete de Setembro Futebol Clube, which is why the stadium is called Independence. The stadium is currently property of América Futebol Clube, but has been leased to the Minas Gerais state government for 20 years, as a counterpart to the injection of public resources to demolish the old stadium and build the new one.

Administration and finances

Cruzeiro used to be a nonprofit organization, where the real owner are sócios (literally, "partners") or members (who pay an annual fee), in return, sócios receive benefits from the club, such as access to club's properties and tickets, as well as a right to vote for the next club officials.[59] This bylaw lasted from the club's foundation in 1921 until late 2021, when Wagner Pires de Sá's run as club president led to the club to declare bankruptcy.

Wagner Pires de Sá's run as club president was filled with corruption.[60] This led Cruzeiro to stop paying its players, leading to the club's first relegation in 2019. Over the next two years, Cruzeiro played the second division while still under the sócios program. This changed in December 2021, when the former footballer Ronaldo Fenômeno, who started his professional career in Cruzeiro, announced he would be the owner of Cruzeiro,[61] making Cruzeiro the first Brazilian club with an owner.

Source: "Cruzeiro Esporte Clube", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 21st), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruzeiro_Esporte_Clube.

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