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Atlético Mineiro, Brazilian champion 50 years later

Atletico Mineiro has been proclaimed champion of Brasileirao 2021, a championship in which he has commanded from start to finish with exceptional numbers, a showy game in many parts of the season and a passion that has been unstoppable. The Galo Thus it achieves its second league championship after the one obtained in 1971 in the first edition of the tournament. The comeback in the Arena Source Nova, with three goals in four minutes, will go down in the history of the team of Belo Horizonte.

They have had to spend 50 years to return to conquer the great Brazilian soccer tournament with a squad of big names in which they excel Hulk, for his goals and determination, Nacho Fernandez, for his talent and ambition, and other great figures that he joined in the final stretch Diego Costa to be an important piece for its warrior and winning character.

And dada Wonder, a world champion in 1970 raised in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, was the great idol in that first Brasileirao in history with his 15 goals and the goal of the decisive game, now other figures take over in the heart of a fans devoted to their team. In addition, in just a few days they will play the final of the Brazil’s Cup, a title that each year has a greater prestige and also an economic prize.

Key players at Atlético Mineiro

The best of Atlético Mineiro

The keys to Atlético Mineiro

Hulk

A single player can offer a huge quality jump to a club and this has happened in this case with Hulk upon arrival at Galo. The squad was already formidable but he has been the leader and has shown a really striking winning hunger. With an enviable physical condition, he will become the top scorer of the Brasileirao and will add another title to its showcase, where there are already titles such as the Portuguese, Russian, Chinese league, a Europe League and one Cup Confederations.

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The experienced coach, after leading Santos until the end of Cup liberators with a staff inferior to that of the great candidates for the title, he left and in Athletic miner It only took a few weeks to build a team that was very difficult to beat, which already shone in the state of Mineiro, which has dominated in the Brasileirao and that it will also look for the Copa do Brasil. Only that stumble in the semifinals of Libertadores against palm trees prevented them from fighting for a historic treble. The coach has given the team a winning character, he has been able to keep the dressing room together despite the great competition in many of the positions and he has generated that personal winning spirit for the great stars.

Defensive might

Atletico Mineiro It is the team with the fewest goals in the championship. He has only conceded 27 goals in 36 games. If what stands out the most from the set of Minas Gerais It is his offensive ability, from his centrals he has formed a compact block that has walked in the league championship. With the veteran To review, Junior Alonso and Nathan the center of the defense has not suffered severe cracks and in no game have they conceded more than two goals. Of course, it also deserves a special mention Everson, formidable under sticks throughout 2021. In addition, the wingers, with a marked offensive nature, have also progressed without the ball in the case of youngsters such as Guga and Arana and others already veterans like Mariano they have offered a high standard.

The fans of Mineirao

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With the passing of dates and the improvement of the pandemic in Brazil fans were able to flock to the stadium little by little to support their teams. Here the followers of Atletico Mineiro They have shown their desire to celebrate a title and have carried their players on the fly in recent home games. The current streak is 15 Brasileirao games won at home. More than 60,000 spectators have enjoyed the key wins against Youth O Fluminense and in the end of Brazil’s Cup, with the first leg duel in the Mineirao, a memorable environment is expected.

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Like several of the great teams in the country, Athletic miner It is possible to allow a squad in which other players of enormous level appear beyond the starting 11, who could be indisputable in 90% of the rest of the continent’s clubs. From veterans like Eduardo Vargas to others more irregular but of enormous level such as Savarino. In addition to footballers of lesser name but important to contribute every time they have the opportunity. That is the case with good competitors like Hyoran, Nathan, Franco, dodo… In addition, the future is assured with young people who have not had much prominence but who aim high. In 2022 names like Savio, Borrero O caleb they must be more important.

Decisive moments of the season

Three defeats and reaction

In the first seven dates of Brasileirao the Galo fell in three games. Lost to strength, Ceará and Santos. However, the reaction was immediate and since then they have only lost two more games. After that third loss to him Fish The team of head he achieved nine consecutive wins to stand out in the leadership that he was no longer going to drop.

Dominance against title rivals

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In that nine-win streak, the victories against direct rivals such as Flamengo and palm trees, decided in both cases with a doublet of Savarino. The Venezuelan lived in that section of the season his best moment in an irregular campaign due to some physical problems and the team made the most of it. He too Galo He has won both games against Corinthians, fourth classified, or to an always tough opponent like International.

Unbeaten Bow Streak

After losing in Maracana in view of Flamengo, the team from Minas Gerais beat Guild 2-1 to maintain his good lead in the lead and after that game he was able to win another four consecutive games without conceding. If defense has been key throughout the tournament, it has been even more so recently. Thus they won America miner, Corinthians, Athletico Paranaense and Youth.

Hulk and his final streak

The top scorer of the Brasileirao he has scored six goals in the last four rounds that have also been key to adding the last points that the team has needed to lift this dreamed of title. Did two to Youth and Fluminense and also scored before palm trees and Bay, to start a comeback that will never be forgotten.

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