Founded In
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

About Cruzeiro

Cruzeiro Esporte Clube was formed in 1920 by Belo Horizonte's Italian community. Initially called Sociedade Esportiva Palestra Itália, the club adopted its current name in the aftermath of World War II. Cruzeiro are Brazil's most popular club outside of the Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo regions and have been one of the country's most successful teams, both domestically and on the international front. They are one of the few teams to have never suffered relgation from the top flight and one of an even smaller group to have played a part in every single Série A campaign.

In 2003, under the management of Vanderlei Luxemburgo, Cruzeiro made history by winning the domestic treble. The club amassed 100 points to win Série A, they were unbeaten in their state championship, the Campeonato Mineiro and they won the Copa do Brasil by defeating Flamengo in the final. To date, they remain the only club to have achieved this feat.

In addition to their 2003 Série A win, Cruzeiro also won the competition back in 1966. They have won the Copa do Brasil four times, in 1993, 1996, 2000 and 2003 and have won the Campeonato Mineiro on 37 different occasions. The club have twice won the Copa Libertadores, with the first win coming in 1976. Cruzeiro won the state and league double in 1996 and the state and Copa Libertadores double in 1997.

The club's list of past players includes former three-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo, Brazil legend Jairzinho, and other Brazilian international players, such as Serginho, Alex, Maicon, Fred and Felipe Melo.

Cruzeiro play their home matches at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, also known by the name Mineirão. The stadium, which will be used during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, is the second biggest in Brazil and is capable of holding up to 62,170 supporters.     

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