Clube Atlético Mineiro was founded back in 1908 by a group of youngsters from Belo Horizonte. Today, the club is one of Brazil's best-known and also has a team which competes in Futsal competitions. Atlético Mineiro's main local rivals are Cruzeiro, although prior to the 1960s, the club's biggest rivals were seen to be América Futebol Clube. Over the years, Atlético have had the better record in both of these derby matches.
Telê Santana is the club's most successful manager and he took charge of 434 matches during the 1970s and 1980s. During his first spell in charge, Atlético Mineiro went on to win their first ever Campeonato Brasileiro, finishing four points ahead of their closest competitors, São Paulo. This was the first season in which the Campeonato Brasileiro was contested using its current format. To date, this championship victory remains the most significant success the club has enjoyed.
However, Atlético Mineiro have achieved several other major successes. Back in 1937, they claimed their first national title, winning the Brazilian Champions Tournament and this success was later repeated in 1978. In total, Atlético have won the State Championship of Minas Gerais 41 times. Their most dominant spell came during the 1980s, where they won the state championship in 1980, '81, '82, '83, '85, '86, '88 and '89. On the international front, the club was victorious twice in the now defunct Copa CONMEBOL.
Some of the notable players to have represented throughout the club's history include a host of Brazilian international footballers, like Ronaldihno, Reinaldo, Dadá Maravilha, Cláudio Taffarel, Éder Assis and Gilberto Silva.
Atlético Mineiro's home matches are held at the Estádio Independência, also sometimes known as the Raimundo Sampaio Stadium. The stadium, which was constructed for use during the 1950 FIFA World Cup, currently has a maximum capacity of 23,018 and is also utilised by América FC.