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Nov 12, 2014

Atletico MG defeat rivals Cruzeiro to take two-goal lead in Brazilian Cup

Luan opened the scoring for Atletico Mineiro in the ninth minute.

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- Striker Luan and Argentine forward Jesus Datolo each scored a goal to help Atletico Mineiro defeat rivals Cruzeiro 2-0 in the first leg of the Brazilian Cup final on Wednesday.

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Luan opened the scoring with a header in the ninth minute and Datolo doubled the lead with a left-footed shot from inside the area in the 59th at the Independencia Stadium in Belo Horizonte.

Cruzeiro complained that Luan was offside in the first goal, and also were aggrieved over non-called handball...

 By James Young
Nov 6, 2014

Atletico Mineiro, Cruzeiro put Belo Horizonte back on Brazil football map

Atletico Mineiro's spirit has pushed them into the Copa do Brasil final.

Over the past few years, fans in the pleasant if unglamorous city of Belo Horizonte in southeastern Brazil have grown used to waking up with collective celebratory hangovers. This Thursday morning has a different feel, however, as it might be the first time that supporters of archrivals Atlético and Cruzeiro have had reason to overdo the cerveja and cachaça on the same night.

Galo's preposterously exciting 4-1 (4-3 on aggregate) Copa do Brasil semifinal victory against Flamengo at the Mineirão...

Oct 17, 2014

Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva excited about Real Madrid speculation

Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva says he is "proud and happy" to have been the subject of reported interest from Real Madrid.

Marca put Silva, 21, on its cover on Wednesday and Thursday this week, claiming that a 15 million-euro deal was close to being agreed for the player.

The Brazil under-21 international, who was also linked with Manchester United in the summer, told the Spanish paper that this supposed interest from Madrid is a real motivation for him to keep on working and improving.

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 By Chris Atkins
Sep 23, 2014

Introducing Brazil's next midfield maestro -- Lucas Silva

Lucas Silva, centre, has joined Alisson, left, and Wallace, right, as lynchpins of the Brazilian youth setup.

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Born in Goiania, Lucas Silva began his football career with local side Agremiacao Esportiva Ovel from where he attracted the attention of Minas Gerais giants Cruzeiro at the age of 14. Despite being a relatively small amateur side, AE Ovel have supplied Cruzeiro with a number of talents in recent years, with Lucas and 2011 Under-20 World Cup winner Dudu the two standouts of the bunch.

Cruzeiro have been one of the most productive of Brazil's big clubs when it comes to academy products...

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Sep 7, 2014

WATCH: Ceara rocked by kick to head

Cruzeiro defender Ceara was hit by an unintentional high kick to the head from Cicero at the Maracana during his side's away defeat to Fluminense in the Campeonato Brasileiro.


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