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  1. Clube Atlético Mineiro- Continuing Traditions

    Hello fellow members, This is my first ever FM story and I am hoping that this story will entertain you. As a member that loves to read FM stories, I notice that there weren't any South American stories and I thought what better way to start my first story by writing in a different place. Also I'm hoping this story will help me maintain a long-term save (As I tend to get bored after the 3rd season). Anyways....

    The team that I will be writing is a club that I truly support and my family has been supporting this team for generations.
    Also I apologize for this long first post.
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    Clube Atlético Mineiro, commonly known "Atlético" and nicknamed as Galo (Rooster), is a Brazilian multisport club based in Lourdes, a bairro nobre (noble/high class neighborhood) in the city of Belo Horizonte. Although they compete in a number of different sports, Atlético is mostly known for its football team. It plays in the Campeonato Mineiro, the State of Minas Gerais's premier state league, as well as the Brasileirão, the top tier of the Brazilian football league system.

    The club was founded on March 25, 1908 by 22 Belorizontino students, being led by Margival Mendes Leal and Mário Toledo as a response to the social discrimination practiced by many clubs elsewhere in Brazil. Despite being founded by upper class founders, the club opened its doors to everyone regardless of social class, quickly establishing itself as a "people's club". As a result, the club has the most supporters in the city and the largest supporters in the state. Atlético is also the oldest club of Belo Horizonte. Atlético play their home games at the Estádio Independência, better known as the Independência, which currently holds up to 23,018 spectators. Atlético's regular kit is black and white striped shirts, with black shorts, accompanied by white socks.


    Atlético Mineiro is one of Brazil's most successful clubs, having won the Brasileirão in 1971, while also finishing runners-up on four occasions. They have won the Campeonato Mineiro 42 times, being the record-holders as the most successful club in that competition. Atlético is also the best performing club of the Copa CONMEBOL (now Copa Sudamericana) winning in 1992 and 1997 and finalists in 1995. They also won the Copa Libertadores in 2013 with a star-laden squad featured players such as Bernard, Diego Tardelli, Jô, Victor and Ronaldinho, and became the 10th Brazilian club to win it. Recently in 2014, the club has won its first Recopa Sudamericana and its first Copa do Brasil (Brazilian Cup).

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    Some of Atlético biggest highlights was a 1950 tour across Europe which the club faced 10 European teams with the record of 6 wins, 2 loss and 2 ties, winning such as TSV 1860 Munchen, Hamburger SV and RSC Anderlecht; thus winning the title Campeão do Gelo (Ice Champion). In 1969, the club beat the Brazilian National Team, the same squad that ended up winning the 1970 World Cup, won 2-1. The 1970s-80s, the club had one of the greatest squad in Brazil thus having the best record in the Brazilian Championship in (77, 80, 83, 85) but due to political and arbitration scandals prevented Atlético to win.

    They also have many key and famous players that played in Brazil's squads such as Dario, Reinaldo, Luizinho, Toninho Cerezo, Éder, Elzo, Cláudio Taffarel, Gilberto Silva, Diego Alves, Diego Tardelli, Ronaldinho, Jô, Victor, and Bernard.

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    The club plays at Estádio Independência, which is owned by America Mineiro and has the capacity of 23,000.

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    Occasionally, they will play at Estádio Mineirão (owned by the state and mainly used by Cruzeiro), in case of a Cup final.

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    Cidade do Galo is the club training facilities, it regards as on the best training ground in Brazil and was recently used as Argentina training ground during the 2014 World Cup

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    Atlético Mineiro biggest rivalry is Cruzeiro is widely-known as the Classico Mineiro (Mineiro Classic) in Brazil

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    Overall: 487 games
    Atlético Mineiro: 198 wins and 696 goals
    Cruzeiro: 161 wins and 618 goals
    128 draws

    The Club other rivalry are America Mineiro

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    and Flamengo

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    The next post will be the club's Honour and season goals and the post after that will be overview of the team and its key players.

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    Hopefully you guys will enjoy it
    Last edited by bdearaujo; 27/03/2015 at 06:20 PM.
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  2. Clube Atlético Mineiro Honours

    (Bold Years- won during the story)
    Worldwide
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    Continental
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    Runner-up (1)- 2016
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    Runner-up (1)- 1995
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    Domestic
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    Runner-up (5)- 1977, 1980, 1999, 2012, 2015
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    Regional
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    Runner-up (34)-
    1916, 1917, 1918, 1921, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1948, 1951, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014

    Other now-Defunct honours: Copa de Oro runner-up 1993; Copa Master de CONMEBOL runner-up in 1996; Champion Cup winner in 1937 (FBF), 1974 (FMF), and 1978 (CBD); Taca Minas Gerais winner in 1975, 1976, 1979, 1986, and 1987; Taca Belo Horizonte winner in 1970, 1971, and 1972; Initium Tournment winner in 1928, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1947, 1949, 1950, and 1954; Incentives Tournment winner in 1993; Belo Horizonte Cup winner in 1959; and Bueno Brandao Cup winner in 1914

    Game Goals
    Goals that I want to try to achieve in this story:
    -Build and own a new stadium for the club
    -Hold the record for most Brasileirao Serie A title (Santos and Palmeiras- 8) (Currently 2)
    -Hold the record for Copa Libertadores titles (Independiente- 7) (Currently 1)
    -Hold the record for most International title (Al-Ahli- 20; Real Madrid, Boca Juniors, and AC Milan- 18) (Currently 4)
    -Have the highest reputation in South America (Corinthans- 2016) (Currently 2nd)
    -Have the highest reputation in the World (Real Madrid- 2016) (Currently 31st)
    -Become the richest team in the World (£1.21 Billion Arsenal- 2016) (Currently 69th- £71 Million)

    Season Goals

    2015 Season
    -Win Campeonato Mineiro (Success)
    -Challenge for Brasileirao Serie A title (Success finished 2nd)
    -Reach finals in Copa Libertadores (Failed Lost in Quarterfinals)
    - Copa Do Brasil- Reach Finals (Failed Lost in 4th Round)

    2016 Season
    -Win Campeonato Mineiro (Success)
    -Win
    Brasileirão Serie A (Success)
    -Win Copa Libertadores (Failed- Lost in Finals)
    -Win Copa do Brasil (Failed- Lost in Semifinals)

    2017 Season
    -Win Campeonato Mineiro (Success)
    -Win Brasileirão Serie A
    -Win Copa Libertadores
    -Win Copa do Brasil
    Last edited by bdearaujo; 30/06/2015 at 07:12 PM.

  3. Atletico Mineiro- 2015 Preseason


    As start my new life as manager of Clube Atletico Mineiro, I walk in the training ground, take a deep breath of fresh air and I look at my new squad. By the reaction of them, some are excited to start the new season with a new coach and others are like "Who's the new guy".

    Looking at the squad, I'll show you the players in each position.

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    Central Defenders
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    Attacking Midfielders
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    The position that needs an improvement is the leftback which I am not happy about. With the recent sale of our Captain Rever (Central Defender) to Internacional, I'm hoping that Jemerson step up on the field. Same with our wingers with the sale of Diego Tardelli to Shanglong, I'm hoping Luan will continue his form from last year Copa do Brasil cup run.

    Now Key player for the team are:

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    Jesus Datolo

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    Leonardo Silva
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    Victor
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    These 4 players will be an important part of our club if we want to win Copa Libertadores, Copa do Brasil, and Brasileirao

    For young and exciting players that will be a core part of our future or make us a profit if we ever decide to sell, they are:

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    Lucas Candido
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    Jemerson
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    Carlos
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    Now the formation that I will be using is a 4-2-3-1 wide, which uses the team strengths.

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    Next post will be part 2 of this preseason (will release sometime tomorrow)
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  4. Looks really good - best of luck.

  5. Nice start mate, good luck with it. Will follow.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by toddzy View Post
    Looks really good - best of luck.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lippo255 View Post
    Nice start mate, good luck with it. Will follow.
    Thanks, love reading your stories

  7. Clube Atlético Mineiro- Preseason part 2


    Our friendly fixtures before the start of the
    Campeonato Mineiro will be

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    As much as these friendlies aren't to important, I'm still hoping to get a great result against Estudiantes as their are the Argentinians versions of us.
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    As the foreign transfer window opens for Brasil, 2 new signings arrive at Cidade do Galo this morning.

    Diego Lugano
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    Looking at his stats, its really not the great but at £3,000 a week, the Uruguayan International and 2005 Copa Libertadores winner can help out Leonardo Silva with the pressure in the back 4 and help mentor the young players.

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    Junior Cesar is back for a second spell for the club after being release by Botafogo at the end of the last year relegated campaign. As player that played really well in the 2012 and 2013 seasons including a Copa Libertadores win in 2013, he's a player that is very familiar with the club and help improve the leftback position.

    Friendly results
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    The first friendly against Peruvian side Melgar was a great game for the players in terms of fitness and the result was expected. Unfortunately, loanee Rafael Carioca slight knock but is fit for next match.

    The 2nd match against Argentinian's Argentinos Juniors (famously for developing Maradona and Riquelime) ended in a loss. Its always tough when facing an Argentinian club but since I placed a weaken team, I won't blame them as they played well.

    The final friendly is against the Argentinian Giants' Estudiantes which ended as a win. Great result and players played very good.

    Now that the friendlies are over, I feel like the is ready for competition. Up next, Campeonato Mineiro.

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    Next post will be a brief explanation of the states championships, the goals of this competition, and the draw for Libertadores

  8. Clube Atlético Mineiro- February



    Now that the friendlies are over now we can focus on the State championships. A brief overview:

    Brazil State Championship


    State football leagues in Brazil are football leagues competed in each of the 26 states of Brazil and in the Federal District. Due to their long tradition, they are highly regarded, and are almost as important as the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. Historically, because of economical or geographical issues, the long distances between important cities of the country made the Brazilian people develop a strong competitive culture within the states. So, each Brazilian state has its own state championship. As of recently, most of the state championships start in January/ Feburary and conclude in early May.


    Due to these competitions, some matches between rival clubs of the same state or city have a similar or bigger importance than an interstate match between two important clubs. Some examples are Flamengo-Fluminense (Fla-Flu), in Rio de Janeiro; Corinthians-Palmeiras and Santos-Sao Paulo (San-São) in São Paulo; Atlético-Cruzeiro in Minas Gerais; Naútico-Sport in Pernambuco; Gremio-Internacional (Gre–Nal) in Rio Grande do Sul; Atletico PR-Coritiba (Atle-Tiba) in Paraná; Bahia-Vitoria (Ba-Vi) in Bahia etc. The Campeonato Paulista, which started in 1902, is the oldest football competition in Brazil.


    The state champions and, in some states, the runners-up, are automatically qualified to play in the following year's Copa do Brasil. Also, the best placed clubs of each state which are not competing the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Série B or Série C qualify to the same year's Série D.

    Since Atletico Mineiro resides in Minas Gerais, we will playing in Campeonato Mineiro.

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    Another quick explanation about Campeonato Mineiro: there are 12 teams that compete in a single round fixture so after the 11 games are played, the top 4 teams qualify to the knockout stage. The knockout stage is seeded by 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd. The only difference about this knockout phase is that there are no away goals and extra time. If after both legs the score ends in a tie, teams that finish higher in the standing will either qualify to the finals or win the title (if in finals). Also the bottom 2 team are relegated
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    Our fixture for this year championship will be:

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    And WOW WOW WOW and WOW. I cannot believe that the first competitive game of the year will be against our fiercest rival. But for this next 2 posts I only going to focus on February fixtures (and one Copa Libertadores match which I'll post later).

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    Next post will be the Classico Mineiro match
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  9. Two great updates.

    Keep it up :-)
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  10. The Brazilian league system is pretty fascinating. Might venture into it someday.

  11. Clube Atlético Mineiro- February Part 2


    Today is the day, we are set for our first competitive match of the story and WHAT A START that we will have. It the Classico Mineiro between Clube Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.

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    The match will be played at home so there will be plenty of Galo supporters cheering us on. As for safety reasons as organized fans from both clubs will clash with each other, the game will only feature Galo supporters in the stands.


    As kick off is right around the corner, we see the Estádio Independência packed for an very contested match.

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    Here are your line-ups for the match:

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    Looking at the Cruzeiro squad, the only concern that I'm going to only is Leandro Damiao scoring ability.

    As the officials are kicking ready, both teams are getting into position.

    Cruzeiro will start the game.

    *TWEET*

    0th minute:
    Kickoff

    9th minute: Luan goes down the wing, beating Seymour, but Williams goes a tackles him. The ref stop plays and show Williams a Yellow Card.

    22nd minute: Leandro Damiao passes the ball to Marquinhos but Leonardo Silva stops him and fouls him. Yellow Card for Silva.

    25th minute: Josue beats Seymour and gives it to Pratto. Pratto then finds Datolo and play the ball to him. Datlol beats Dede and tries to find Pierre but Williams defects the ball and ends up with Josue. Josue finds Cardenas. Cardenas shoots. GOOOOOOL. The Colombian scores in his debut for Galo which makes it 1-0 for Atletico Mineiro.

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    28th minute: Yellow card for Mena after tackling Luan.

    Half-time: Scores in 1-0 Atletico after a well placed shot by Cardenas. No substitution for both teams.

    2nd half: Atletico will start. *TWEET*

    50th minute: Henrique fouls Datolo and receives a Yellow

    51st minute:
    Mena crosses the ball to the penalty area. Marco Rocha fails to header at clear and Alisson header to the net. Victor clears it but the ball lands in front of Leandro Damiao and he puts it in the open net. GOOOOOOOL. Cruzeiro ties the game 1-1.

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    56th minute: Lucas Pratto tries to beat Manoel but is taken down. Yellow Card for Manoel.

    73rd minute: Maicosuel replaces Datolo.

    81st minute: The tired Josue is subbed off and in the field is Leandro Donizete. Great game of Josue as he assisted in the Cardenas goal.

    83rd minute: Josue passes the ball to Cardenas which he immediately is fouled by Mayke. Yellow Card.

    90th minute: Pratto goes out and Jo comes in.

    92nd minute: Pierre passes to Cardenas who shoot the ball. Fabio pushes away and lands in front of Jo. Jo with the open net....... MISSES!!!!!!! OH HOW DID HE MANAGE TO DO THAT.

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    94th minute: The official ends the game.

    Final Score:

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    We had a great game, unfortunately with Jo inability to score on a open net cost us the extra 2 points but overall I'm happy for my first competitive game as manager and even more so that we didn't lose.
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    Next post will the rest of February and the Copa Libertadores draw. I will be doing for my future posts as a monthly review with the expectation of Cup finals or Very Important games.
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  12. Quote Originally Posted by roberdooo View Post
    The Brazilian league system is pretty fascinating. Might venture into it someday.
    It is - but you must be patient as there are a LOT of matches.

  13. Quote Originally Posted by toddzy View Post
    Two great updates.

    Keep it up :-)
    Thanks for the support! As a first time writer, am I writing too much or not writing enough? Just wanted some feedback as I would love to improve my abilities and one day match Brendn and Lippo.

    Quote Originally Posted by roberdooo View Post
    The Brazilian league system is pretty fascinating. Might venture into it someday.
    Trust me, Its a VERY fun league to play in. Especially when there are more than 10 clubs that can win the league every season.

  14. great start of this story, brazilian leagues are fun to play in FM - and to watch irl
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  15. made one quick edit in the match (I forgot to post a picture)

  16. Clube Atlético Mineiro- February Part 3

    In other news around Brazil:

    The first casualty in the manager industry was the sacking of Fluminense manager's Cristovao Borges after a poor preseason and a tie against Serie D's Volta Redonda in Campeonato Carioca.



    Tupi Football Club vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    It was an expected win for us especially against a 3rd Division team. I put a weaker team after the Classico last match. Jo redeemed himself after missing an open net last match with 2 goals and a Man of the Match award.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Guarani Esporte Clube

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    Great game for Loanee Cesinha with the hat-trick against the Guarani. The game was also highlighted with a beauiful freekick goal by Marion. The result should better higher as the ball met the post 3 times. Maybe the Football gods were trying to help the non-division team.


    Injury news:

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    Our Captain Leonardo Silva is been injured in training with a hip injury and is out for 4-5 months. Big loss, may need to get CB loan

    Manager News:
    Fluminense have appointed former Argentina Manager Alejandro Sabella as their new manager until Dec 2017.



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    Today is the day of the Copa Libertadores group stage draw. As all of South America watch this event live in Bueno Aires in Argentina. Atletico Mineiro is in 3rd pot.

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    The Draw has ended and the clubs that were drawn to Group E are Clube Atlético Mineiro from Brazil, Barcelona Sporting Club from Ecuador, Club Libertad from Paraguay, and Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro from Argentina.


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    My thoughts on this group is that we should be able to qualify but anytime there an Argentinian team in the same group, you know that it will be a very contested match. I also cannot not rule out Barcelona as they are one of the biggest in Ecuador and are looking to be the 2nd ever Ecuadorian team to win the competition.

    The fixture of the group stage are:

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    The other groups were:
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    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Villa Nova Atlético Clube

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    Jo had a Fantastic game here as he's trying to apologize to the fan after that open miss. I believe the forgive him at this point.

    I'm going to have to apologize to the viewers and to Villa Nova here. This scoreline is not does not reflect on the fact the club is a powerhouse. Campeonato Mineiro is basically a two team championship (Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro) and the occasional America Mineiro. I don't what people to think that this story is bad but this is the reality on this league.

    União Recreativa dos Trabalhadores vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    Compare to last match, the goal scoring slowed down a bit with a very good URT defense. But we manage to win and remain undefeated along with Cruzeiro, America Mineiro and Tombense.
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    Now it's the first Copa Libertadores game and its Brazil vs Argentina.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro

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    And Brazil wins. But the game was closer than the scoreline inticates. We got lucky with the 2 penalty (1 was a handball and terrible challenge) and the own goal (keeper defended but hit his own defender and himself to go it). But unfortunately with our win, we lost both key players Lucas Pratto for 2 months and Datolo for 2 weeks.


    Our February Review
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    Great Month and great result even if was against 4th Division teams. But I'm glad that we started great in Copa Libertadores even if some of the goals were lucky.

    After the first month the standing after 5 rounds in Campeonato Mineiro

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    March

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    Next post will be a long post with 8 games to be played and it will most likely to be posted on Monday
    Last edited by bdearaujo; 29/03/2015 at 01:55 PM.

  17. Clube Atlético Mineiro- March

    Manager News:

    Ponte Preta
    fires manager Guto Ferreira due to players losing condfidence and hires Ricardo Gomes to a deal until December 2016.

    América Futebol Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

    The first match of the month is another local derby called the O Clássico das Multidões (The Derby of the Masses)

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    This match wasn't our best game but win is a win. Many bad passing and a couple of wasted chance on net. Jo is making a statement with 2 goals today and his 10th of the season and Emerson with his first goal of the season.

    Injury News

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    2 new players joining Leonardo Silva, Pratto and Datolo to the injury club. May consider getting a loanee.

    Transfer news

    Atletico Mineiro
    have signed defender Matheus Menezes from Botafogo to a year long loan

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    This signing is depth signing to help the CB position until Leonardo Silva returns and in case someone else getes hurt.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Esporte Clube Democrata

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    This game was destined to end as a draw until Guilherme scored in the 64th minute and the gates opened. It was actually good display by Democrata defense but it was too much pressure for them.

    Transfer News

    Atletico Mineiro have signed attacking midfielder Felipe from Atletico Paranaense for a reported £550K with him making £2,700 a week
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    I know that I said I needed a loanee but with Guilherme being very injury prone and my current injury bug, I needed someone long term. Plus he is very versatile as he can play in the middle as well in both wings and can play in front.

    Barcelona Sporting Club vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

    2nd Copa Libertadores match and good news in Datolo is back and ready to play. Playing Ecuador is tough especially due to the high altitude.

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    And this score does not surprise me. Due to my players not uses to the altitude and key players being injured, I cannot be mad at them for trying. Jo is on fire with his 11th goal of the season.

    Associação Atlética Caldense vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    Poor game overall by the club. Too many wasteful shots and Leonardo, 5th choice Striker, was our saviour. New signing Felipe got injured on his first match but fortunately nothing to seriously and will be available next match against Tombense.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Club Libertad

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    A much better game offensively as the team made uses of their shots. Luan had an excellent game where he had 2 goals and an assist. I have to give credit to Libertad's Jorge Recalde 30 yard stunner that even the Galo fans liked. Also this game was a rough match as the officials was busy with a combined 42 fouls and 5 yellows.

    Injury News

    Good news as Maicosuel has returned to full training and will play against Boa.

    Tombense Futebol Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    We qualified to the Campeonato Mineiro Playoffs due to an unlucky play by Tombense as Anderson scores an own goal at the dying minutes. We played better but with a couple of tweaks and hopefully returning key players, we will be better.

    Injury news


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    Unfortunately Leonardo, Our hero from last week was injured and now our first choice RB is gone of 2 weeks. Honestly with my experience with this game, this injury crisis is really killing the mood here but creating more story drama.

    Award News
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    With that fine display against Libertad, Luan was awarded with Copa Libertadores Player of the Week.

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    Great game by the team even when we were down 10 man after a straight red to Jesiel. As Jesiel is only 21 and this is his first professional competition, I will not fined him and only give him a warning. In other news, new signing Felipe played his second game today and got his second injury but good thing his recovery rate is faster than his stability.

    Club Libertad vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

    Copa Libertadores Game 4. Even though Libertad is in last with no points, we cannot drop our game today as Paraguay is a tough place to play.

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    And Very Good Win. In-form Luan scored and Josue scored a screamer outside the box. We maintained possession and held Libertad to a lowly 6 shots. We can Qualify to the knockout stage if we win our next match against Barcelona.

    Our March Review

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    This month was overshadowed by the injury bug that we had. But result wise, we were a bit weak but gained back our form in the end and now we qualified to the playoffs and now so close qualifying to the Copa Libertadores Knockout Stage.

    After ten games we maintained first in Campeonato Mineiro with 1 game remaining.

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    And In Copa Libertadores

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    With a loss to either San Lorenzo or Barcelona and a win against Barcelona, we will qualify to the next round.
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    April

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    This schedule for April fixture. Note that until the final game is played, the fixtures for Campeonato Mineiro Semi-Final will be added. The team that we might face either Boa or Tombense and will played most likely after the Barcelona game. Also April will feature the round of 16 match for Copa Libertadores if we qualify.

    See you in the next post.
    Last edited by bdearaujo; 29/03/2015 at 08:49 PM.

  18. Clube Atlético Mineiro- April

    Great ready for a very long 3 part month
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    Transfer News

    Today, April 1, 2015, is the deadline for International transfer for all Brazilian clubs. Note that the Domestic transfer is still open until October 4th, 2015.

    The biggest transfer this window was Juventus' Leanardo Bonucci to Chelsea for £21 million. 2nd was Mattia De Scigilo from AC Milan to Manchester United for £18 million and 3rd was Real Scoiedad's Carlos Vela to Liverpool for £17.25 million

    Our activity during the transfer window:

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    In

    Both Lugano and Junior Cesar have been excellent seen join the club in January. Both Cassio and Gabriel Alleoni were trialist that impressed me and will be in the Reserve for this season as they mature. Menezes proved to be an excellent backup to the injured Leonardo Silva and Felipe is having a terrible start is his Atletico career with a combined 60 minutes in 2 games and both with injuries. Walter Clar is an excellent Paraguay prospect that I believe will be an effective player when Pierre leaves the club.

    Out

    Both Wendal and Roger were sold as they were not good to be featured in the squad and rest went on loan for first team experience. I sent Carlos to FC Kobenhavn because I have 4 Striker that will be rotated and Carlos won't developed as much as I wanted if he was here. And plus the Danish league is an excellent opportunity for him to get some game time with top opposition.

    Next International transfer window will be June 20th, 2015 to July 20th, 2015.

    Injury News

    Good news that our first choice RB, Marco Rocha, will resume full training and be available against Barcalona.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Esporte Clube Mamoré

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    This game was overshadowed by the last 10 minutes Mamore players decided to play rugby. 4 of my players were injured forcing me to play with 9 men at the end.

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    Also Carlo Cesar picked up an injury at end of the match. As a manager trying to protect my players, I'm hope the Minas FA will deal with this disgusting behaviour.

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    Out of the 4 injuries, Dodo and Douglas Santos injured by Andre Luiz and only Maicosuel wasn't badly injured. Unfortunately Dodo was on a great form avg. 7.92 in last 5 games and now it may take up to a year until regain that form back.

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    Now that the competition is done, we are ready of the playoffs. Here is the final standings.

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    Clube Atlético Mineiro, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, América Futebol Clube, and Tombense Futebol Clube qualified to the playoffs. We are facing Tombense in the Semi-Finals. We ended in first with 31 points with the most goals, best goal difference and the least goals conceded. With finishing 1st, we have the advantage that if both legs are tie, we qualify to the finals or win the title if in finals as their is no away goals or penalties. Both Atlético and Cruzeiro finished undefeated. Esporte Clube Democrata and Esporte Clube Mamoré were relegated to Campeonato Mineiro Second Division.

    Semi-Finals Matchup

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    As stated, we are facing Tombense in the Semis and the fixtures are

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    As I lied in the previous post, our first leg will be before the Barcelona game and 2nd leg will be after.

    Injury News

    Good news that Cardenas has return to full fitness and may be available as sub against Barcelona.

    But unfortunately so the universe can be balanced

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    Jesiel is out for 5 weeks after injuring during training.

    Tombense Futebol Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    Very entertaining match with Andre disallowed goal could have made this game easier for me to breath. Emerson had a terrible game as Rhayner absolutely embarrassed him and letting him score 2 goals. Both new signing scored their first goals of the club and Felipe FINALLY had an injury-free game and was Atletico best player of the match.

    With that victory, we have a one goal advantage heading home but before we do that, there the very important Barcelona game.
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    Injury News

    Good news that Lucas Pratto has recovered from is strained knee ligament and now return to full training. He made be featured as a sub against San Lorenzo.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Barcelona Sporting Club

    Copa Libertadores Game 5. We want revenge on what happen last game. If we win, we go to the next round.

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    And we got our revenge and qualified to the next round, IN STYLE!! We started slow but Luan continues to terrorize the competition with 2 goals and 2 assist. Datolo scores first of the season and Lugano had to be subbed in the 86 minute due to injury but will be fine to play next game.

    Injury News

    Good news that our 5th choice striker Leonardo, third choice RB Carlo Cesar and loanee Douglas Santos are fully fit and ready to go back to training. The biggest news of all is that our captain Leonardo Silva is back and started to train. It kind of a relief that our players are coming back especially before the Brasileirão which starts next month.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Tombense Futebol Clube

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    And we qualified to the Campeonato Mineiro finals. Very good game overall, Tombense keeper played his the best game of his career only allowed 1 goal in 26 shots. I never said this in my previous posts but one of my young players Tabata is blowing my mind away with 6 apperances with an avg of 7.40 and 2 goals/6 assist and only 18 years old

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    His attributes. His potential is 5 stars

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    Record News

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    Finals Matchup

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    Unsurprisingly the Campeonato Mineiro finals will be Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. This finals will be our 77th final and our 9th straight finals appearance. Also it the 3rd consecutive Atletico vs Cruzeiro finals with each team winning once (Atletico in 2013 and Cruzeiro in 2014) and 48th all-time.

    The matches will happen:

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    But first we have one more game to complete.

    Award News

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    And he wins his second.

    Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

    Copa Libertadores match 6. It round 2 of Brazil vs Argentina and this time in the hostile territory in Buenos Aires

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    And San Lorenzo qualify to the next round. Too many wasted opportunity and San Lorenzo punished us. But in the end we finished first in Group E.

    Injury news

    Jo
    suffered a hamstring injury and is out for 4 weeks.

    Here the final standing in the Copa Libertadores Group E

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    Here are the other standings

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    The big surprise was that Estudiante finished in last.
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    And now the draw of the Round of 16 is announced and we are facing

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    The Mexican Giant: Club de Fútbol Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León or Tigres UNAL

    Matches will happen

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    Yes there will be 2 more matches this month.
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    Tune in next post for the first leg of Campeonato Mineiro
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  19. Clube Atlético Mineiro- April Part 2

    Here we are again. This is Campeonato Mineiro Finals and what a match. Today is Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. The first match of the year between these two ended in a 1-1 draw, goals by Atletico's Cardenas and Cruzeiro's Leandro Damiao.

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    Today is the first leg and it will be played at the Estádio Mineirão in front of 61,400 fans with 1,400 Galo fans will be attending with heavy police force separating both fans

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    Here are your line-up for today Classico

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    New signing Lima will be a big threat and we need to exploit their Fullback as I believe Luan and Datolo are capable to do so.

    The officials enters the fields, checks both nets and tell that Cruzeiro will start.

    Kickoff: *TWEET*

    28th minute: Free Kick for Cruzeiro. 20 yards out. Everton is deeply concentrating. Everton starts to run and kicks it. The ball curves to the net and passes Victor...... *BANG* OH MY, the ball hits the crossbar and goes out of bounds. Cruzeiro almost takes the lead. Goal kick for Atletico.

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    31st minute: Datolo cannot continue the due to a earlier incident where he collided with Seymour. Maicosuel comes in to replace him.

    34th minute: Jemerson receives a yellow card after uphending Lima.

    39th minute: Maicosuel runs with the ball into Cruzeiro 18 yard box and passes to Cardenas who immediately gives to Pierre. Pierre is challenged by Everton who ends up passing to Atletico's Luan. Luan looks to his left and see Pratto open. Para tries to stop the pass but mistimes it and ball ends up in front of Pratto. Pratto is wide open and he shoot......... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!! Pratto places the ball in the left bottom corner where Fabio was unable to make a save and makes it 1-0 Atletico.

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    40th minute: Cardenas tries to go through Seymour but instead is taken down. Yellow Card for Seymour and he complains that Cardenas dived.

    44th minute: Junior Cesar takes the freekick and the ball goes to Jemerson who heads it back to Junior Cesar. Cesar runs outside the box where he crosses the ball to Leonardo Silva. The Captain heads it to the open Maicosuel who volleys it to the net...... GOOOOOOOOOOOOL!! Fabio had no chance to defending that and you can see him arguing with his defenders and suddenly the game is 2-0.

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    45th minute: The referee adds 2 more minutes.

    47th minute: Marquinhos goes down the wing but is tripped by Marcos Rocha. Yellow card.

    47th minutes: *TWEET* The official ends the 1st half
    What a match tonight. Cruzeiro fans are quiet. The 1,400 Galo fans are chanting at the top of their lungs, making sure they are heard.

    2nd Half: *TWEET*

    56th minute: Cruzeiro swtiches Marquinhos for Alisson

    59th minute: Atletico's Luan is fouled by Para and get a yellow.

    61st minute: Cruzeiro makes a double substitution. Leandro Damiao replaces Lima and Souza goes in for Seymour.

    63rd minute: Jemerson trips Damiao outside the penalty area. The referee decides to keep his card in his pocket. Cruzeiro players protest but the ref tells them off. Everton again sets up the freekick. He takes a deep breath and looks at Victor. He runs and kicks. The ball curves and passes Victor..... OVER THE BAR!!! Everton with another great chance and misses.

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    65th minute: Cardenas passes the ball to Pratto and beat Dede and shoot. Fabio pushes away and goes back to Pratto. Pratto volleys it..... MISSES!!! Oh what a wasted chance. Goal kick to Cruzeiro.

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    78th minute: De Arrascaeta runs and is fouled by Josue. Yellow Card. And Josue is subbed off and replaced by Leandro Donizete.

    87th minute: Pratto is fouled by Marcelo and receives a yellow.

    88th minute: As temper starts to heat up, Leonardo Silva slides tackles Damiao and gets a yellow. The manager takes off Silva and puts in Lugano.

    90th minute: Souza pushes Cardenas to the ground which starts an argument between the two but the ref gives Souza the yellow and warns Cardenas. After the Ref gives 2 extra minutes.

    92th minutes: The officials ends the game.

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    Final Score:

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    What a GREAT WIN. Its always good when you beat your most hated rivals. Now we go back home with a 2 goal lead.
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    Next episode on Clube Atlético Mineiro, the final match of the month and a review.
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  20. Clube Atlético Mineiro- April Part 3

    Club de Fútbol Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

    Copa Libertadores Round of 16 leg 1. Going to Mexico is gonna be tough. We must be prepared for the deafening chant that the Tigres fan will do.

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    Its understandable that playing in a different continent is a difficult task. Unfortunately our captain give Tigres a silly penalty but Pratto saved us in the 2nd half. In the end, I'm happy that we got an away goal to help us in the 2nd leg. And sadly Josue is out for 3 weeks with a twisted knee.
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    Our April Review

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    April was a very good month: Not too many injurys, Qualified to Campeonato Mineiro Finals and having a 2 goal advantage to the 2nd leg at home. Also we qualified to the round of 16 of Copa Libertadores and got an important away goal for the 2nd leg at home.

    international Transfer window in now close until June 20th, 2015 but the domestic transfer window is still open until October 4th, 2015
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    We still have the second leg from both Campeonato Mineiro and Copa Libertadoes to play. But on May 10th, the real show begins and we are playing in Porto Alegre to face against a tough Gremio. Our home opener will be on May 13th against Figueirense. Of the 5 first games, we must beat Figueirense, Chapecoense and Avai. Also is we qualify to the quarterfinals, their will be an extra 2 games in May.
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    Stay tune for the next post. It will be uploaded some time this week.
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  21. Just caught up with this.

    Absolutely fantastic updates and great to see you do so well with most of your results.

    Keep it up.
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by toddzy View Post
    Just caught up with this.

    Absolutely fantastic updates and great to see you do so well with most of your results.

    Keep it up.
    Thanks for the comments.

  23. Clube Atlético Mineiro- May


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    2nd Leg of Campeonato Mineiro Finals. Clube Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. Today match will be at home and Estádio Independência is sold out as all 23,000 Galo fans are singing and excited that their team holds a 2-0 lead and are 90 minutes away from their title.

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    Now for the line up for today match.

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    Same lineup as last game as I'm very confident that Pratto will do wonders again. I going for a big game from my Luan and Datolo. With Josue out, Donizete will have to fill in but I'm confident that he will do great. Cruzeiro chance their striker again and with no sign of Damiao and Lima, they will have to put fate on Marquinhos and their Luan.

    The Referee and linesmen enter the field and look at the goalies checking if they are ready to play.

    Kickoff: Atletico Mineiro starts. *TWEET*

    25th miinute: Jemerson bring down Marquinho and the official stop the play. Jemerson escapes the booking. Dede lineups for the freekick. Dede runs and shoots. It goes straight to the net..... OHHH just of the post. What a chance for Cruzeiro. Goal Kick for Atletico.

    29th minute: Corner Kick for Cruzeiro. Marquinho takes the corner and Marcelo heads it to Henrique who gives it back to Marquinhos. Marquinhos again crosses the ball to Joel and he heads it....... GOOOOOOOOOOL!! Joel make it 1-0 and now Cruzeiro needs 2 more goal to win it as they know that a tie will make Atletico win. Victor is furious at his defenders for watching and not trying.

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    31st minute: Leandro Donizete intercepts the ball from Souza and finds Atletico's Luan open. Luan runs pass Cruzeiro's Luan and gives it to Pierre who immedately passes to Cardenas. Cardenas for the outside shoots..... MISSES the net. Oh what a poor finish.

    32nd minute: Cardenas runs to the left and crosses to Pratto. He jumps higher than Marcelo and heads it...... SAVE by Fabio.

    40th minute: Pierre trips Souza and the referee shows him a Yellow.

    43rd minute: Datolo takes the corner. Kicks it and Pratto heads it..... OVER THE BAR!! OOOOO what a chance to tie the game.

    45th minute: The referee does not add any extra minutes and ends the first half.

    OH MAN. We ready need to wake up. Up until Joel scored Atletico was not playing properly. Good thing that goal woke them up a bit as they managed to create dome chance but we need to finish better.

    2nd Half: Cruzeiro kickoff. *TWEET*

    48th minute: Cruzeiro's Luan receives a Yellow after pulling Datolo's shirt after he beat him.

    50th minute: Throw in for Atletico. Marcos Rocha throw the ball into the box straight to Atletico's Luan. Luan then runs to the net and crosses over Fabio and to Leaonardo Silva and heads it........ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!! With the open wide net, Atletico's Captain ties the game and regains the 2 goal lead on aggregate.

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    50th minute: Cruzeiro subs off Joel for Willian

    57th minute: Datolo runs the ball up the field and passes to Leandro Donizete. Donizete sees Junior Cesar running up the flank and finds the open space behind Dede and Fabiano. He passes and Cesar, onside, with his speed goes on a breakaway against Fabio and kicks it in the right bottom corner..... GOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!! OH with that, now Atletico has a 2-1 lead and a 4-1 aggregate lead.

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    62nd minute: Freekick for Cruzeiro. Willian takes 10 steps back. He runs and kick it to the box and Souza header and...... GOOOOOOOOOOOL!! The ball goes straight to the middle as Victor was slow to defend the ball. Tie game and 4-2 Atletico still leads on aggregate.

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    67th minute: Cruzeiro takes off Marcelo and puts on Leo.

    70th minute: Atletico takes the tired Cardenas out and places Guilherme on the field.

    76th minute: Freekick for Atletico. Datolo prepares the set piece. He goes back and starts to run. The ball goes over the wall...... SAVED by Fabio.

    78th minute: Both substitution for both teams. Cruzeiro's Luan runs off the field and hug De Arrascaeta, who run to position. Jemerson who did not have a good game is replaced by Lugano.

    80th minute: Corner for Cruzeiro. Willian takes the corner but Lugano heads it clear. But the ball goes to Henrique, who runs it wide and crosses to Anselmo Ramon. He heads it and........... GOOOOOOOOOOOOL!! the ball finds the back of the net and now they take a 3-2 but are down 4-3 on aggregate.

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    84th minute: Henrique faces De Arrascaeta open and passes who immediately gives it to Marquinhos. Marquinhos finds Souza running to a open spot and crosses to him. He heads it and...... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!! Cruzeiro manages to score 3 straight goals to make it 4-4 aggregate and now finds themselves one goal away for completing the upset. Victor looks at both Silva and Lugano and yells at them. Marcos Rocha is yelling at the lineman for the offside but tells him to leave and referee pushes him away. Now the Galo fans are quiet but now they still can win the title.

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    90th minute: The officials add 3 extra minutes.

    92nd minute: Freekick to Atletico. Datolo sets up the play knowing that a goal will end Cruzeiro bid of making an historic comeback. Datolo kicks the ball. Guilherme jumps and head it...... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!! The stadium erupts as Guilherme runs to the fans and salutes them. I cannot believe it. Atletico just ended Cruzeiro comeback and now leads 5-4 on Aggregate.

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    93rd minute: Henrique receives a Yellow card for arguing with the official after the goal.

    93rd minute: The Referee whistles and ATLETICO ARE THE 2015 CAMPEONATO MINEIRO CHAMPIONS for a record 43rd time. Oh what an entertaining game.

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    The fans chant and players celebrate.
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    As I go to the press conference, I got asked my questions but to summarize. (I'm not very good at creating press conference, sorry)

    "I'm happy for with our win. Its good to win my first 1st title as manager for this great club. But overall this game was very poor. All 4 Cruzeiro goals were scored on headers. We have Jemerson, Leonardo Silva and Lugano who are tall players but today they were poor in the air. But Tonight we Celebrate."
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    Game review

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    Campeonato Mineiro Review

    We played some good football in this year championship. During the first 11 games (not including the 1st game), I used mostly my reserves to see which player I can use during the Brasileirão which starts May 10th. Some players surprised my such as Tabata and Marion and others such as Jo and Andre made the a great impression. Some of the highlight was the 11-0 win over Villa Nova and 3-1 win over our local rivals America Mineiro.
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    Awards

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    With playing in the finals, we qualified to the 2016 Copa do Brasil.

    Top Goal Scorer:

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    Campeonato Mineiro Team of the Season

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    Others were: Dodo finished 2nd place of Campeonato Mineiro Player of the Season and Leonadro finished 3rd in Goal of the Season.

    Record News:

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    For just the quick results from the other state championship winner for whoever wants to know (I just putting the big ones):

    Campeonato Paulista: Corinthians over Santos
    Campeonato Carioca: Fluminense over Vasco
    Campeonato Gaúcho: Gremio over Internacional
    Campeonato Baiano: Vitoria over Bahia
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    Next post will be the rest of May. The 2nd leg of Round of 16 game in the Libertadores and the start of Brasileirão.
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  24. Clube Atlético Mineiro- May Part 2


    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Club de Fútbol Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

    Copa Libertadores 2nd leg of the Round of 16. Now that we are done the state championship, we can put all of our attention to this fixture. We got an important away goal in Mexico. Now I hope we can put this to our advantage. We trained hard with our defending set pieces as our last game it was poor.

    Now we are at home for the 2nd leg

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    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW. We left it very late as Pratto scored the very late penalty at the 97th minute of the 2nd half. Tigre received a Red card for that penatly and Pratto made them play. These last 2 games were drama. But at last we are in the Quarterfinals.

    And the team that we will face is no other than....

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    Our Rivals again. South America and Football Manager 15 must really love this rivalry. So the next 2 fixtures are:

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    Yes 2 more games this month.

    The Quarterfinals brackets are:

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    Now the REAL competition will start! The big reason that I love this competition is because how competitive this league is. Every year at least 12 teams are favourite to win compared to the English league 5 teams (Man United, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea), Spanish league 2 teams (Real Madrid and Barcelona), Italtian 4 teams (Juve, Inter, AC Milan and Roma) and German 1 team (Bayern). The usual teams to that are favourite to win is Atletico Mineiro, Cruzeiro, Santos, Palmerias, Sao Paulo, Corinthians, Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo, Vasco, Gremio, and Internacional. But with Botafogo in the 2nd division and the surprising Atletico Paranaense, the league will be a very competitive one this year.

    Our Fixtures for this year Brasileirão will be:

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    This year the media is predicting Corinthians to win the title this year. We are predicted to finish 4th just behind Corinthians, Sao Paulo and Internaiconal.

    As I'm most focused in Copa Libertadores at the moment, I will be mixing the squad a bit until we win or get eliminated from that competiton so we can focus on this.

    Anyways our first match will be against Campeonato Gaúcho winner Gremio in Porto Alegre.

    So here we are

    Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

    Game 1

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    Another Late Goal, Another Win. This game was suppose to end as a draw as both team played well defensively but Andre managed to find a opening to score at the last minute of the game.

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    The victory came with a price as loanee Cardenas is out until October.
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    3 of my young players: Goalkeeper Cleiton, Midfielder Eduardo and Striker Carlos were selected for the U20 Brazil national team for the U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

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    Also Lucas Pratto was called up by Argentina National Team for the Copa America in Chile. No Brazilians in my team were selected by Dunga.

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    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Figueirense Futebol Clube

    Match 2

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    Poor match today, we wasted to many opportunities today and Pratto had a very poor game today. Defensively we been amazing since that 3-4 lost to Cruzerio earlier in the month.

    Associação Chapecoense de Futebol vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

    Match 3

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    OK, Atletico forgot to show up today. Losing to a second division team like that is pathetic. No words

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Cruzeiro Esporte Clube

    Copa Libertadores Quarterfinals 1st leg.

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    At least we showed up this game. I loved that we beat our rivals but giving up two goals is not a good sign especially the 2nd leg will be away.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Avaí Futebol Clube

    Match 4

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    We Won, we played better but even Avai with 10 men, we could not score more and even with 10 men, Avai still scored on us.

    Award News

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    That is his 3rd award

    Rafael Carioca was part of Brasileirão Team of the Week

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    Cruzeiro Esporte Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

    Copa Libertadores Quarterfinals 2nd Leg

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    And we are eliminated from Copa Libertadores. Even worse it was our rivals. Josue in his first game back since the injury, really made it impossible to maintain the lead after he was sent off. Now we need to focus on Brasileirão and Copa do Brasil.

    Sport Club Internacional vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

    Match 5

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    This game was meant for us to win, we were the better team, until a silly defending error cost us points. this team will need a tactic change soon.
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    Our May Review

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    This month started so good with a Campeonato Mineiro win and a entertaining Round of 16 match, but now with the Club deciding not to show up or not play with the passion that they had in the beginning. Copa Libertadores goal was failed and even worst we lost to a rival. Now the Brasileirão has started, we need to focus on a top 4 finish so we can qualify again to Copa Libertadores.

    Plus after a nice April injury-free month, May is making us rotate squad every game due to long term injuries. Cardenas is out 5 months, Dodo is out 3 more months, Maicosuel is out 3 weeks, Datolo 2 weeks and Junior Cesar 2 weeks.

    Brasileirão standing after the May

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    Not a good sight
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    June

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    June needs to be kind to us.
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    Next post will be up on the weekend
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  25. Tough start, fingers crossed it picks up.

  26. Quote Originally Posted by toddzy View Post
    Tough start, fingers crossed it picks up.
    Ya, hopefully my team picks up

  27. Clube Atlético Mineiro- 2014-2015 European Review


    For this post, I going to review some of the biggest leagues in Europe

    England

    English Premier League

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    Liverpool finally won the league after 25 years and the season ended the same way as the 2012 season when Manchester City just barely finished ahead of Manchester United. Manchester Unitedès Falcao and Manchester City's Bony finished as joint top scorer with 20 goals

    The Championship

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    Cardiff City won its 2nd title in 3 years and returns to the Premier with Fulham and Watford.

    FA Cup

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    Manchester City won its 2nd FA Cup in 5 years beating Tottenham 2-1.

    Capital One Cup

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    Manchester City does the Double and 2 straight Capital One title by beating their rival Manchester United 2-1.

    Spain

    Liga BBVA

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    Barcelona retains the title and wins their 7th title since 2005. Valenciaès Negredo finish as the top scorer with 24 goals with Ronaldo finishing with 22. Messi with 20 goals.

    Copa del Rey

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    Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona 3-2 for their 2nd title in 3 years.

    Germany

    Bundesliga

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    Not surprisingly, Bayern wins their 3rd straight title. Dortmund's Max Kruse finished with 25 goals.

    DFB-Pokal

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    And Bayern also win their 3rd straight Cup and their double of the season.

    Italy

    Serie A

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    Juventus win their 4th in a row and Tevez finishes with 28 goals.

    Coppa Italia

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    Inter stop Juventus bid for a double and wins their 8th Coppa Italia.

    Portugal

    Primeira Liga

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    Porto continues its reign in Portugal with their 10th title since 2002 with Jackson Martinez scoring 22 goals.

    Taça de Portugal

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    Benfica denies Porto double by beating them on Penalties.

    France

    Ligue 1

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    PSG with their 3rd straight title and surprisingly Ibrahimovic finished 2nd with 22 goals. Toulouse's Ben Yedder is 1st with 25 goals.

    Coupe de France

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    Monaco beats Lorient on penalties and wins for the first time since 1991.

    Scotland

    Scottish Premiership

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    Without the Rangers challenging them, the Celtic won their 3rd straight title and Celtic players occupied the top 5 top scorers.

    Scottish Cup

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    Rangers even in a lower division, beats the Celtic on penalties.

    Scottish League Cup

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    Not to be out classed by the Rangers, Celtics beat them 3-0 and went to the finals to win on penalties against Aberdeen.

    Europe

    Champions League

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    Manchester City wins their 1st ever Champion League title and finishes their season with a quadruple(Community Shield, Capital One Cup, FA Cup, and Champions League).

    Europa League

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    Dortmund finally win a European Competition since 1997 and wins their 1st ever Europa League Cup.
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    Next Post will be up soon

  28. Ok Guys, I'm back!!!!! Dealing with some personal issues which prevented me from playing FM 15 and updating this story. While I was away, it made me think how could I improve my story telling skills. So from this point on: the monthly updates will be much more organized.
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    Clube Atlético Mineiro- June

    June Fixtures

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Associação Atlética Ponte Preta

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    Much better game today. The game started with Pratto scoring on the 1st minute of the game and the rest was history. 25 to 6 shots and Fernando Bob red card really made this match easy. Hopefully this match will start must need run for our team.

    Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    Pratto's 2 goals was the difference between the Brazilian Giants. But the main focus was our RB Marcos Rocha stellar game against Palmeiras, saving our ass multiple times.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Fluminense Football Club

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    This game was entertaining for the fans. 6 goals in 22 minutes. But as a coach, my defending was poor in the beginning. Lucky my team talk at the break helped our cause and we defended well. We had 27 shots compared to Fluminense 11 but Flu's shots on target was higher than ours. Pratto is on fire with 7 goals in 3 games and 15 goals in 15 games in all competition.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Cruzeiro Esporte Clube

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    For the millionth time this season, we are facing our biggest rivals. And revenge was sweet. After eliminating us from Copa Libertadores, we got our revenge. Lucas Pratto continues his Ronaldo type form and scores his 2nd straight hat-trick and his 10th in 4 games.

    Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    Lucas continues his scoring form and in the process saves us from a loss. Vasco is in a rut with no wins in 10 games. This game should have been a win for Vasco but with their luck and Pratto form, we were able to win.

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    A win is a win but wasted too many chances. 20 shots and only 1 finds the net. Pratto doesnt score today but assisted on Maicosuel goal today. And this game caps off a 6 game winning streak and a perfect month.
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    The 2nd International Transfer Window started June 20th and will end on July 20th.

    Key Player Movement

    In

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    Neto Berola aka Messi Berola, has return to Atletico Minerio after a successful loan with Al-Wasl from UAE. Appearing in 23 game while scoring 13 goals with a 7.31 rating. Neto Berola was loaned before I joined the club. Neto is a very pacey player which Galo fans calls him Messi Berola, is a great stiker who can also play the winger. The only downside is that with speed like that, his stamina is not on par which makes it hard for him to play a full 90 minutes.


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    Douglas Santos has extended his stay Atletico Mineiro until the end of season. He was expected to return to Udinese in July but signed a 6 month extension. Reason why he stayed was he wants to help the team to win the Brasileirão and help retain the Copa do Brasil title. The Left Back is an exciting prospect that can be a future star in the league if he ever comes back.

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    Awards

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    Guilherime was the only Atletico player named Team of the Week on June 2nd with a 7.8 rating during that week

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    Lucas Pratto was the only Atletico player named Team of the Week on June 16th and on June 23rd with the hat-tricks against Fluminense and Cruzeiro.

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    Also that same day, Pratto won Goal of the Week after his second goal against Fluminense.

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    Loanee Rafeal Carioca won both Goal of the Week and team of the Week on June 30th.

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    Other News

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    The U-20 Brazilian National Team won the U-20 World Cup beating U-20 Mexico 3-1. I'm proud to announce that Carlos (One of my top prospect) won the U-20 World Cup Golden Shoe Award with 9 goals and Cleiton (My top goalkeeper future key player) won the Golden Glove Award.

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    With Carlos proving to be the real deal, either Jo or Andre will have to go. Cleiton will be in the featured in the first team soon.

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    Our June Review

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    This month was amazing! 6 wins of 6 and the team played amazing. The fact that we were eliminated from Copa Libertadores, we can now focus on Brasileirão until August when we prepare for our title defense for Copa do Brasil. Lucas Pratto was on fire this month scoring 11 goals in 5 matches including 2 hat-tricks.

    This month Injury were good as only Leonardo was injured long term and the other injured players are coming back to training soon.

    Brasileirão standing after June

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    From 12th place to 2nd in one month. Vasco is the surprisingly in last place after 11 games.
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    Hopefully this form continues. I feel that Sao Paulo will be a very tough game compared to a easy month (on paper) but in football anything can happen.
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    Next post will be up this week

  29. Clube Atlético Mineiro- July

    July Fixtures

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Coritiba Foot Ball Club

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    This game was a let down. 20 shots and 3 on target and the only goal was a late penalty. We need to work on our chances as we are wasting to many opportunities. But in the end, 7 wins in a row.

    Goiás Esporte Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    Better game in term of shots but to be honest, Goias goalkeeper Renan played amazing stopping 25 of the 26 shots. Luan scored but 4 minutes later he got injured but will return of the next match. Also 8 wins of 8 and 3 games in a row without conceding.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Joinville Esporte Clube

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    After 3 games, we finally scored more than 1 goal and continued our run with 9 wins in 9 and 4th straight clean sheet. Pratto is still dominating and our shot on target is getting better.

    São Paulo Futebol Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    I knew that this game was going to be tough but I didn't expect for my team to not show up. Sao Paulo dominated the entire game and it was over from the stunner goal from Maicon. We need to step up next match.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Clube Atlético Paranaense

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    As a send off to Rafael Carioca, he had one of his greatest game of all time. 4 goal game and a perfect 10 rating. We bounced from that disappointing loss to Sao Paulo to a very convincing win.

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    Transfer News

    The International Transfer Window ended on July 20th, 2015

    In

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    Trying to keep this a secret was difficult but on July 3rd, 23 years old Ezequiel Cirigliano joined Atletico Mineiro on Free Transfer after failing to reach an agreement with River Plate. The Argentinian Midfielder is a versatile player who can play multiple positions and is a team player that wants the team to be good instead of individual stats.


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    Last month, Neto Berola returned to Atletico Mineiro from loan but unfortunately couldn't find a place for him on the team with Pratto, Jo, Andre and upcoming Carlos and the wing with Maicosuel, Marion, Luan, Datolo and Cesinha. I feel like 2 million is an acceptable fee to sell him. Neto Berola is excited to go to Italy with the fact that the country lifestyle is much better than Brazil.

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    Matheus Menezes was bought to the team on loan to help us with our CB when our Captain Leonardo Silva was out for 5 months. Unfortunately after 18 appearances, he fell of the charts with Silva coming back and the in-form Edcarlos. Matheus loan agreement was terminated and returned to Botafogo.

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    We tried to extend his loan until the end of the season but Spartak Moscow wanted him back. Excluding the last game, Rafael played very good during his 25 appearances.

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    Award

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    Marcos Rocha was the only Atletico Miniero Player that was featured in Team of the Week on July 8th.

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    Both Rafael Carioca and our Captain Leonardo Silva were featured in Team of the Week on July 20th

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    Other News

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    New Sponsor deal for 3 years.

    Now a Surprising news that I had nothing to do with:
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    Copa do Brasil Draw

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    Our journey to our Copa do Brasil title defense will beginning on August 20th against Atletico Goianiense

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    and the tree for the 4th round are:

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    Our July Review

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    Good month overall with the exception of the Sao Paulo game, we achieved 4 wins of 5 and 4 clean sheet. Injury wise, we had a couple of bumps and bruises but nothing to major that we need to worry about.

    Brasileirão standing after July

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    Stayed in 2nd throughout July opening a 9 point gap on Sao Paulo but 4 point behind Corinthians and their impressive 13 game unbeaten streak. Still shocking is that Vasco is still in relegation zone in 18th.
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    8 matches next month including a Copa do Brasil match.
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    Next post will a little Copa America update than the August Update hopefully by the weekend.
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  30. Clube Atlético Mineiro- 2015 Copa America


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    Copa America is an international association football competition contested between the men's national football teams of CONMEBOL, determining the continental champion of South America. It is the oldest international continental football competition with the first competition held in 1916. The current tournament format involves twelve teams competing at venues in a host nation over a period of about a month. The confederation has only ten members, so national teams from other FIFA confederations are invited to fill the other 2 places; Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States have been regular since being invited for the first time in 1993. In 43 tournaments, seven national teams have won the title.

    The Copa América is one of the most prestigious and most widely viewed sporting events in the world. The highest finishing member of CONMEBOL has the right to participate in the next edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup, but is not obligated to do so.

    The most successful team in Copa America is Uruguay with 15 titles then Argentina and Brazil with 14 and 8, respectively.
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    The top 2 teams on each group and 2 best placed 3rd placed team advanced to the knockout stage. So Group A Chile and Bolivia, Group B Argentina and Paraguay and Group C Colombia and Brazil went through. Both Mexico and Uruguay also qualified by having the 2 best records for 3rd place.
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    As you can see Mexico shocked the world by being the 1st ever team from a different continent to win Copa America. They were the underdogs throughout the Knockout Stage by eliminating Argentina in the Quarterfinals and costing Gerardo Martino his job. Mexico went to the Semifinals against Current Champion Uruguay and beat them 1-0 for their 3rd final. Now playing against Brazil in the final was going to a challenging one but Mexico shocked at the with 5-4 penalty after a 3-3 draw. Mexico were up 3-1 with 10 minutes to go but Brazil with their magic tied the game. But unfortunately, Brazil magic would not help them in the shootout and after the match Dunga resigned from the team.

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    Congratulation Mexico for their 1st Copa America win.

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    2015 Dream Team

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    Awards

    Copa America Best Goalkeeper

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    Copa America Best Player

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    Copa America Best Young Player

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    Copa America Golden Boot

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    Next post will be August update.

  31. Clube Atlético Mineiro- August

    August Fixture

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

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    Entertaining game for the neutral supporters. We had a 3-1 lead before Flamengo came back to tie before half-time. Pierre saved us in the end. But I'm happy because a win against our rivals is always a positive note.

    Sport Club Corinthians Paulista vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    A match against the league leaders is always a difficult game but this game was something else. Corinthians decided not to show up and we punished them badly. This win closed the gap just within 1 point.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Santos Futebol Clube

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    Gustavo Henrique's own goal gave us the motivation to punish them after the blunder in the 11th minute. Highly rated Gabriel Barbosa had a quiet game as we closed him down and didn't allow him to get a shot. This game also put us in first after Corinthians tied against Sao Paulo. This game also had a major injury to our attacking midfielder Guilherime.

    Figueirense Futebol Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    Unfortunately we played poor against a team that we should be winning. This tie costed us the lead after Corinthians won 3-1 against Joinville and regained that 1 point lead.

    Atlético Clube Goianiense vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    The 4th round of Copa do Brasil was a very boring game and my team featured a bunch of reserves which I thought they were gonna be good against but I was mistakenly wrong. The highlight of the match was the injury to Felipe but nothing serious.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense

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    Lucas Pratto scored his league leading 16th goal of the competition to cap off a difficult game which Gremio created a lot of chances where I thought that we were going to lose. But our attacking core were also on point which help us bail out our defense.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Associação Chapecoense de Futebol

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    Something about Chapecoense that we just cannot play good against them. Losing 4-0 to them last time we faced them and now a 1-1 draw that we should be winning. But now tied with Corinthians for 1st place

    Avaí Futebol Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    Easy game against a weak team and this win with Corinthians 2-0 loss to Gremio gives us a 3 point lead to end the month of August.
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    Highly promising Dodo returned to Full Training after a broken foot which sidelined him for 4 months.


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    First Choice Guilherme is out for 4-5 month after injuring during the Santos match. Maicosuel, Dodo and Felipe will be fighting to replace him for the time being.
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    Major Transfer News

    As Most of the European League ended their Transfer windows, 2 players from our in were sold.

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    Leonardo, our 5th choice striker was sold to Eibar from Spain for 130K. Reason because I didn't want to keep him on the bench and continuing to ruin his career. Both Leonardo and I thought this move was the best for both parties. He is also excited to play in a Top European league and hopefully to play against the Spanish Giants.


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    Another Striker has left the team. Since Carlos will be a regular for next season, I need to offload Jo or Andre to make it happen. Since only offer was Toulouse for Jo, I felt that the fee was a great return for him. Jo is excited to go to France for is improved lifestyle.
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    Awards

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    6 Atletico Players were in the Team of the Week on August 4th. Defenders Leonardo Silva, Jemerson, Marcos Rocha; Former loanee Rafeal Carioca (4 goal performance); and Felipe.

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    3 Atletico players were featured in Team of the Week on August 11th. Marcos Rocha, Pierre, and Guilherme.

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    For the 1st time in my FM career, I had 2 players for Goal of the Week. Pierre in 1st place with a stunner against Corinthians and Luan in 3rd place against the same team with another stunner goal.

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    Marcos Rocha was the only Atletico players featured in Team of the Week on August 18th
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    Internacional won Copa Libertadores for the 3rd time in their 106 years. In the 2 legged finals, Inter beat Sao Paulo 4-3. Internacional finished first in Group D with 13 points and went to the Round of 16 match against current champion San Lorenzo and went to the Quarterfinals against Monterrey on aggregate. Semifinals match was against Boca Juniors which were in the same group as Inter. After winning 2-0, they to the finals against Sao Paulo and won. Fun Fact: in 2006, Internacional won their 1st ever Libertadores against Sao Paulo.

    But in very good news, Luan won the Best Player in Copa Libertadores with a 7 goals and a 7.81 rating.
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    The Dream team for the competition are:
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    Only Marcos Rocha was named.

    In other news, Superclasico das America will be played on September 5th and both Victor and Luan were called up.

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    Our August Review

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    Another great month with no losses but I wished that we won the 1st game of Copa do Brasil against Atletico Goianiense. Injury wise was a bit off with the long term injury to Guilherme.

    Brasileirão standing after August

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    YES!!!!!!!!!!!! We're in 1st place with a 3 point lead. Corinthians had an off month with the loss to Flamengo, Gremio and us. I cannot rule out Sao Paulo in 3rd with points in 19 of their last 20 Brasileirão games. And still shocking is Vasco in dead last.
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    6 games next month and with a possibility for more if we win our match against Atletico Goianiense. Plus a tough 4 games against Copa Libertadores winners Internacional, Palmerias, Fluminense and Vasco (Yes Vasco).
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    Quick Superclasico Das America post than September post
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    Argentina wins their first ever Superclasico das America against Brazil.

  33. Amazing how much detail you put into your posts mate. Fantastic story, good luck for remaining games too.

  34. Quote Originally Posted by AndySams10 View Post
    Amazing how much detail you put into your posts mate. Fantastic story, good luck for remaining games too.
    Thanks for the support

  35. Clube Atlético Mineiro- September


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    Great game overall and great result for us as we continue our quest to win the Brasileirão for the first time since 1971. The match was a tight on as we got our 2nd goal after Chaves scored the tying goal.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Atlético Clube Goianiense


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    Copa do Brasil. No comment.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Sport Club Internacional


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    And we still cannot find a way to beat Internacional. The current Copa Libertadores champions scored both of its goal by penalties. So my defending is the only one to blame here. With that loss and Corinthians win, now there a 2 way tie for 1st.

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    Excellent win after 2 disappointing losses. 37 shots with 20 on target. Even against a top team in Brazil, this game is a warning to all the other 19 team teams that we are not going down easily.

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    This game was a heart breaker as Fluminense tied the game in the dying moment of the match. Jemerson left the game with a pulled hamstring and will be out for 2 weeks. Luckily and really lucky that Corinthans also tied against Internacional.

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    A expected win against a team that is really struggling. Pratto scored his league leading 22nd goal and 30th this season.

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    Not a injury but I'm happy to announce the loanee Cardenas is back after a 4 month layoff due to a broken foot.

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    Marcos Rocha was the only Atletico players featured in Team of the Week on September 9th.

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    Maicosuel was the only Atletico players featured in Team of the Week on September 22nd.

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    Marcos Rocha and Lucas Pratto were the only Atletico players featured in Team of the Week on September 30th.
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    Daniel Nepomuceno won the election for his second term as President of Clube Atlético Mineiro for 4 more years (or whenever I forget).

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    So just after the elections, Daniel Nepomuceno offered me a 3 year extension due to being impressed with our league position and winning Campeonato Mineiro.
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    This month an OK month due to winning 3 of the 5 Brasileirão fixtures but a huge disappointment losing in the 4th round to Atletico Goianiense thus stopping us retaining our title. Injury wise: No major injury and Cardenas is back for us.

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    We lost our 3 point advantage over Corinthians due to losing to Internacional but luckily Corinthians failed to take advantage after we tied against Fluminense. I'm still shocked that Vasco is struggling this much.
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    Just 4 matches next match and a big match against our rivals Cruzeiro.
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  36. Clube Atlético Mineiro- October

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Sport Club do Recife

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    Easy game against a team that we should be beating. Decided to give Andre a chance to play and he delivered a great game by scoring one goal. Luan had a great game but unfortunately had to leave the match will an injury and will be out for 3 months, thus ending his season.

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    Terrible game against our hated rivals. Our fans are very upset with our performance and the only person that I can blame is myself for not motivating my team to win. The only positive outcome of this was Corinthians lost to Palmerias 1-0 thus helping us keep first place.

    Coritiba Foot Ball Club vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    This was another heartbreaker as former Atletico Mineiro Leandro Almelda scored in the dying moment of the game after we dominated most of the game. No the football gods decided not to help us and Corinthians defeated Last place Vasco 2-1 and got a 2 point advantage.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Goiás Esporte Clube

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    Unfortunately, one of our most consistent players is now gone of the season with a Torn Hamstring during the Sport game. Now either Dodo, Cardenas or Marion will fight for that position in the starting lineup.
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    The domestic transfer window closed on October 4th and here are the result of every transfer window since January 1st. Total budget spent was £1.12 million and Total budget bought in was £8.25 million.
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    Awards

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    Loanee Sherman Cardenas won the Goal of the Week on October 22nd by scoring a stunner against Coritiba.

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    Both Loanee Cardenas and Marcos Rocha were featured in Team of the Week on October 22nd.

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    Both Luan and Victor were called up for the Brazilian National Team by Dorival Juniors to play against Uruguay and Paraguay for the World Cup South American Qualifiers. Unfortunately, Luan got injured was replaced by Douglas Coutinho.
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    Our October Review

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    Bad month as we won 1 of the 3 games played and lost to our rivals 4-2. Even worst now that Luan is out of the season, we need Cardenas, Dodo, or Marion to step up and fill Luan's shoes.

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    Due to our match against Goias was postponed and Corinthians played a game before the month ended, we are 4 points behind with 2 game in hand. Luckily, Corinthians draw their last 2 games, we have a chance to take the lead. Sao Paulo have finally managed to catch us in the standing but with 2 more games.
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    November Fixtures

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    7 more games to go with 6 in November. Possible title decider against Sao Paulo and Corinthians.
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  37. Clube Atlético Mineiro- November

    Clube Atlético Paranaense vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    Good win against Atletico Paranaense in Parana. Pratto with another 2 goals and Pierre caps off the win with a late goal during the dying moment of the game. With this win we are now 1 point behind Corinthians with a game in hand.

    Joinville Esporte Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    This game was a disappointment as we could not find a way to score against a relegate threaten Joinville. Both goals were scored on penalties and now even with a game in hand, Corinthians defeated Coritiba 1-0 and gained a 3 point lead with 4 games to go (5 for me). But on a positive note, with this tie, we qualified to next year Copa Libertadores Group stage, meaning that we guaranteed a top 3 finish.

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    This game was a difficult game to play. Even at home, Sao Paulo was a huge threat during the game. What made this game even harder was the fact that both Lucas Pratto and Victor were in their respective National teams for their South American World Cup Qualifier match. So Andre and Giovanni replaced them for this match. After a goal by Andre, Sao Paulo went ahead with 2 goals by Bastos and Pato. Just after Felipe subbed in for Cardenas, he scores the tying goal. The turning point of this game was when Bruno fouled Datolo from behind and received a automatic red card. With a man down, Sao Paulo could not hold off my attacking focus and on the 90th minute, Cirigiliano scored the game winner.

    With this win and Corinthians win, we are still behind 3 points with 3 to go (4 for me)

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Goiás Esporte Clube

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    Now we are playing the game that was postponed in October due to Goias matches in Copa Sudamericana.
    And it was a easy game. Now that that we played our extra game, we are leveled with 78 points.

    Clube Atlético Mineiro vs Sport Club Corinthians Paulista

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    Ok this game should have been a must win game against them especially at home. But with the football gods, they decided not to help us today. But I am not piss off with this result and I believe in our team to help us win this league.

    Clube de Regatas do Flamengo vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Flamengo tied the game in the last minute which dented our chance to winning the title. I usually won't blame my players but Marcos Rocha received a second yellow card in the 66th minute and let the team down. With 10 men on the pitch, Flamengo scored the tying goal and with Corinthians defeating Atletico Paranaense 3-0 now we are 2 points behind with a final game to be played in December.
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    Good new as Guilherme is back to full training after a 4 month layoff with a torn calf injury. But unfortunately, he will not be able to play the final games due to not being match fit quickly enough.
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    Pierre won the Goal of the Week with a beautiful goal against Atletico Paranaense.


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    Both Marcos Rocha and Pierre were featured in the Team of the Week on November 3rd.


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    Felipe and Andre were featured in the Team of the Week on November 17th.


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    Both Jemerson and Andre were featured in the Team of the Week on November 28th.
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    Both Pratto and Victor were called up by Argentina and Brazil, respectively both matches on the 13th and 17th.


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    Sao Paulo won their first ever Copa do Brasil after defeating Flamengo in a two legged finals 3-0. Sao Paulo started their campaign with a 6-3 aggregate win over Santa Cruz in the 4th round and eliminated Santos 5-1 in the Quarterfinals. In the Semifinals, Sao Paulo beat Internacional in a Copa Libertadores finals rematch 3-2 and met the 3 time Copa do Brasil winner Flamengo. In the end, Sao Paulo won the first game 1-0 at Maracana and 2-0 in Sao Paulo.

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    With that tie against Joinville, we qualified to next Year Copa Libertadores and it will be our 4th straight appearance.

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    Josue is looking to retire at the end of the season due to not wanting to play in a lower level of football.
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    Our November Review

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    Undefeated month but lost points against Corinthians and Flamengo that may end our chance for winning the Brasileirão. Injury wise, Guilherme is back but won't be able to play due low match fitness.

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    One more game to go and next game will decide the winner. Figueirense, Joinville and the 4 time Brasileirão winner Vasco were all relegated to the 2nd Division and either Sport or Coritiba will go under.
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    December Fixtures

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    Final game of the season and what a finale that may be. For us to win, we need to beat Santos and need Corinthians to lose.
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  38. Best of luck for the final game.
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  39. Clube Atlético Mineiro- December


    Today is the day of the final game of the Brasileirão and WHAT A FINALE that we will have. Today game is Santos Futebol Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro and Sport Club Corinthians Paulista vs São Paulo Futebol Clube. Either Atletico Mineiro or Corinthians will be champions. Atletico will be champion if they win and Corinthians either lose or tie. Corinthians will be champion if they win and Atletico lose or tie, if Corinthians tie or lose and Atletico ties or lose.


    The match will be played in Estádio Urbano Caldeira in Santos, Sao Paulo. The stadium capacity is 16,798 and field will be full of Peixe fans.


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    The lineup for today match:


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    Ok, Gabriel Barbosa is the important person that we need to mark on. Leandrinho and Patricio Rodriguez will be the main factor in the middle and hopefully Datolo and Pratto will exploit the back 4.


    The officials are in the middle of the pitch and ready to start.


    Atletico Mineiro will start.


    *TWEET*


    2nd minute: The stadium announcer says: "Goal for Corinthians. Vagner Love. 1-0 Sao Paulo after 2 minutes." Santos fans starts to jeer as they do not like the fact that their rivals are this close to winning the title. The few Atletico fans starts to sings hoping that the team will hope to play better and hopeful that Sao Paulo will comeback.


    5th minute: Daniel Guedes hits a free kick and goes to Leonardo and run pass Douglas Santos. Leonardo runs to the goal post but Patric takes the ball from him but fails to clear the ball properly and goes to Valdivia. Then he passes to an open Rodriguez who shoots the ball....... SAVE BY VICTOR!!! But the ball escapes from him and Rodriguez hits the rebound...... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!! Santos goes ahead and Atletico will need a miracle to win the title now.


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    12th minute: Corner for Atletico Mineiro. Datolo goes and takes it. Ball lands to Lucas Candido and immediately hits it with a volley and Sidnei heads the ball out. Cardenas gets the ball and one two with Lucas Candido and passes to Pratto. Pratto shoots............ SAVED BY VANDERLEI and goes out for a corner.


    22nd minute: Patric threw the ball in and Cardenas got the ball. He plays it to Maicosuel and go to the penalty area and plays it to Pratto. Pratto runs pass Sidnei and shoots the ball.......... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!! Atletico levels the game and Fans starts to cheer "EU ACREDITO" (I Believe).


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    28th minute: Datolo runs to the corner and crosses the to the area but Alison blocked it and Leandrinho clears it. Lucas Candido recovers the ball and run up and beats Leandrinho with a fancy footwork and shoots the ball from out the box and.......... FINGER TIP SAVE BY VANDERLEI.


    42nd minute: Goal kick for Santos. Vanderlei kicks the ball to the middle and Leonadro gets to it and heads the ball the to Gabriel Barbosa. Barbosa does a great play and pass it to Patricio Rodriguez but Patric clears the ball. The ball lands to Caju and passes back to Rodriguez, just barely passing through Maicosuel. Rodriguez hits it and...... SAVED BY VICTOR!!!


    45th minute: The official adds one more minute.


    46th minute: The official ends the 1st half.


    Half time: Santos 1-1 Atletico Mineiro. Plus Corinthians 1-0 Sao Paulo. With this, Corinthians is only 45 minutes to winning their 6th title.


    51st minute: Substitution for Santos. Leonadro goes off and Geuvanio comes in.


    54th minute: Substitution for Santos. Gabriel Barbosa comes off injured and is replaced by Lucas Crispim


    55th minute: Alison runs the ball to the middle and passes to Valdivia, who immediately gives the ball to Geuvanio. He shoots...... SAVED BY VICTOR!!


    65th minute: Substitution for Santos. Leandrinho leaves the field and is replaced by Marquinhos Gabriel.


    66th minute: Double Substitution for Atletico Mineiro. Lucas Candido comes of and is replaced by Josue who is playing his last match of his career. Also Felipe comes in to replace Cardenas.

    77th minute: Substitution for Atletico Mineiro. Marion come in for Maicosuel.

    87th minute: Free kick to Santos. Rodriguez kicks it and Lucas Crispim heads it to goal. Douglas Santos slides to the ball and clears it but the ball is deflected by Geuvanio and...... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!! Mr. Araujo cannot believe it. Douglas Santos cannot believe it. The fans cannot believe it. The ball that was suppose to be cleared, hit Geuvanio in the back and ball rolls in. That may killed the chance for Atletico Mineiro to win their first title since 1971.

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    90th minute: The officially adds 5 more minutes.

    93rd minute: Marion Passes the ball to Felipe. He runs the ball to the wing and crosses to the area. Josue heads the ball..... MISSES!!! That might have been it for Atletico Mineiro.

    94th minute: The Stadium announcer "Match ended in Arena Corinthians. Corinthians 1-0 Sao Paulo." That is it. Corinthians are Champions and now Atletico Mineiro are now playing the final moment knowing that it is over.

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    95th minute: The referee ends the game.
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    Santos Futebol Clube vs Clube Atlético Mineiro

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    As I went in the dressing room, instead of being mad at them, I was happy because they had a good season, finishing in 2nd and qualifying to next year Copa Libertadores.

    The reporters were outside waiting for me and instead of answering their question, I just said "We had a great season with plenty of highs and I am happy with our team position. We achieve our goals by challenging of the title and we qualified to Libertadores next year. But I promise to you this: NEXT YEAR WILL BE OUR YEAR!"
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    Next post will be the season review with the awards and such. After that will be the rest of December and a 2015 review

  40. Clube Atlético Mineiro- December part 2

    Our December Review


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    The season has ended and we lost our final game against Santos and lost the title to Corinthians.


    Final standing
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    Corinthians, Atletico Mineiro, Sao Paulo, Internacional and Cruzeiro all qualifed to Next Year Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is kinda confusing so I won't say who qualified for next years. Teams that are going to play Serie B next year are Sport, Joinville, Figueriense and the Giants Vasco and will be replaced by Botafogo, Criciuma, Vitoria, and Macae who are joining Serie A for the first time in history.
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    Awards


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    Atletico Mineiro's Luan won the Brazilian Best Player award and the Brazil Player of the Year.



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    Atletico Mineiro's Lucas Pratto won the Best Foreign Player Award and the Brasileirão Top Scorer.



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    Luis Fabiano won the Brasileirão Goal of the Year after chipping the Joinville's keeper from 47 metres.


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    Tite won the Brazil's Manager of the Year after leading Corinthians to Brasileirão title and Campeonato Paulista title for 2015.


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    Santos FC highly rated's Gabriel Barbosa won The Brasileirão Young Player of the Year.


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    Marcelo de Lima Henrique won the Top Referee award. He was the official for 54 matches while handing 128 yellow cards and 8 red cards


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    We had 3 players represent us in the Team of the Year award (Marcos Rocha, Pierre, and Lucas Pratto).
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  41. Clube Atlético Mineiro- December part 3

    The Other News

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    Our Financial Summary at the end of 2015. Won't get into too much detail but the picture above will show you.
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    Josué Anunciado de Oliveira or simply Josué retire from football after a successful 19 years career. Coming from the Goias youth squad, his first appeared in 1997 in Campeonato Goiano and stayed there for 8 years with 190 appearances and 6 goals before moving to Sao Paulo for 3 seasons. After 61 games and 1 goal, joined German side Wolfsburg for 5 seasons before joining Atletico Mineiro on Free Transfer in 2013. Josue also capped for Brazil 28 times between 2007 and 2010.

    Josue honours includes:
    Goias: Campeonato Goiano (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)
    Campeonato Brasileiro Série B (1999)
    Copa Centro-Oeste (2000, 2001, 2002)

    Sao Paulo: Campeonato Paulista (2005)
    Copa Libertadores (2005)
    FIFA Club World Cup (2005)
    Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (2006, 2007)

    Wolfsburg: Bundesliga (2008–09)

    Atletico Mineiro: Campeonato Mineiro (2013, 2015)
    Copa Libertadores (2013)
    Recopa Sudamericana (2014)
    Copa do Brasil (2014)

    Brazil: Copa América (2007)
    FIFA Confederations Cup (2009)

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    But Josue will not be leaving us as he signed a non-playing contract to be our U-20 Assistant Manager.
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    But our Assistant Manager Matter will retire at the end of the year. We will announce our new Assistant by January of next year.
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    Great news that our President have increase our scouting to anywhere in the world.
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    Ballon d'or winner will be announced soon but the favourite to win the award is the usual Ronaldo and Messi with Aguero, Xavi Alonso, Mata and Toure.
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    Copa Sudamericana 2015
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    Palmerias won their 2nd Copa Sudamericana (1st time for the new Copa Sudamericana). Palmerias went through Chapecoense 5-2 in the 2nd Preliminary round before meeting Chile's Huachipato. After defeating them 7-0, they met Uruguay's Danubio where they won 5-1. In the Semifinals, they faced fellow countryside Goias and advance to the finals after a 4-0 win over them. The finals they met 2 time Copa Sudamericana winner Boca Juniors and defeated them 4-3. With that win, Palmerias will face Internacional for the Recopa title next year.
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    FIFA Club World Cup
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    Manchester City have won the Club World Cup thus having the title of Best Club in the World. Automatically placed in the Semifinals, they defeated Mexico's Pumas 3-0. In the finals they defeated South American Champions Internacional 2-1 with goals by Toure and Dzeko.
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    Next post will be a 2015 Review (I promise last 2015 post) and after the 2016 season will start.

  42. Clube Atlético Mineiro- 2015 Review

    This post will be a review of our 2015 season with all the highs and lows.


    Campeonato Mineiro

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    Campeonato Mineiro was a success for us as we achieve our minimum goal which was to win the title. Jo had an excellent campaign where he scored 10 goals in 11 games including 6 in the 11-0 win over Vila Nova. Our high point of this campaign was of course our 9th consecutive finals with 5 title, but my high point was the 11-0 win over Vila Nova and 7-0 win over Guarani. We didn't have a low point but that 4-3 lost in the finals, I wish I had a better tactic to withstand better against Cruzeiro attack.

    Board Expectation: Win Campeonato Mineiro: Achieved
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    Copa Libertadores

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    Copa Libertadores was not the exit that we wanted. I know this competition is hard and I would rather lose to any other team but losing to your rivals in one of the worst feeling of all times. Defeating San Lorenzo and finishing 1st was the highlight of the competition.

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    Copa do Brasil

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    This one was a disappointment to me, the players, and mostly the fans. As defending champions, we should have a least reach the semifinals but losing to Atletico Goianense, a team in the 2nd division. This competition had no highlights and obviously the low was not beating them.

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    Brasileirão Serie A

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    Even though we did not win the title, I consider this a success because media predicted us to finish 4th and we provided them wrong. Finishing 2nd help us get into Copa Libertadores for next year and help us get so funds to strengthen our squad. Our highlight was defeating Corinthians and Palmerias 4-0 and Lucas Pratto being the top scorer of this league in his 1st season with Atletico Mineiro. I wish that could have played better against Chapecoense and Internacional but in the end I am happy.

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  43. Clube Atlético Mineiro- Awards

    Ok, new format of the 2016 season and beyond. I will still do the monthly update but it will be brief (or I'll try to) and each post (Game, Major Injury, Major Transfers) will have their individual post. I know that it may look like I am copying the great xJamieWilliams from his "Jamie Carragher- A Managers Story" (Don't know how to add link, but go read his story), but I'll try not to make a carbon copy of his style. Anyways....
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    Some of the awards that were handed to in the new year:


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    Messi added an trophy to his massive collection


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    I know really know whats the difference between the 2 awards but Mata won the World Player of the Year.


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    This is the World XI and its World Substitution.
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    And the South American awards:


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    Atletico Mineiro's Luan won the internet by being the Internet Player of the Year.


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    The Brazilian Olympics Committee award Neymar the BOC Footballer of the Year.

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    Oscar was the Best Brazilian Player that is playing in Europe.


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    Vagner Love is South America Footballer of the Year.


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    South America Team of the Year features Marcos Rocha as the only Atletico Mineiro player. from the 11, 6 players plays in Brazil, 4 from Mexico and 1 from Argentina.
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    And finally the Atletico Mineiro awards:


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    Marcos Rocha was voted by the fans by a landslide of 78% to become Atletico Mineiro's Player of the Year.


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    Atletico Mineiro Team of the Year.
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  44. Clube Atlético Mineiro- Injury

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    Major injury to both of my first 11 players. Injury-prone Guilherme is injured again and will be out for 5 weeks and Victor is out for 7 weeks. Both players will miss pre-season and the beginning of Campeonato Mineiro and hopefully will recover before the start of Copa Libertadores.

  45. Clube Atlético Mineiro- Transfers

    Major Transfers News coming out from Cidade do Galo. As Atletico Mineiro's President Daniel Nepomuceno held a press conference to announce some major moves:


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    "Hello Everyone. I called this press to announce some changes to our roster. And there will be no Q&A after. Anyways, Patric, Serginho, Elder Santana, and Paulo Henrique all left the club on free transfer and I wish them luck on their playing career. Also two major players were sold today and unfortunately due to the demand of players wanting to play in Europe and big wage offers from some Brazilian clubs, it's very hard to keep them here. So I sadden to announce that both Luan and Andre were sold to Benfica and Palmerias, respective."

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    "Luan is a very quick player that can make a huge impact when on the field. His hustle and determination was a key factor on why we finished 2nd last year. Last year, he contributed 15 goals and 23 assist in 39 matches with a 7.73 rating. We did not want to sell him but we received a record offer that was very hard not to turn down. So in the end I wish him luck and hope all the best with Benfica."


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    (The previous record transfer fee is incorrect. In 2013, we sold Bernard to Shakhtar Donetsk for £18 million.)

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    ​"Andre is a player that we had since 2011 but unfortunately due to being now a third choice striker behind Pratto and the upcoming Carlos, who on loan at FC Kobenhavn, both parties felt like the best decision was to sell Andre to continue his development as a top striker in the Brasileirão and not being the main guy here wasn't the best situation. So best of luck to him."

    "But not only we have players leaving the club today, we also have players that we are proudly to have in our club. Sherman Cardenas joining us permanently from Atletico Nacional after a year long loan with us, Felipe Santana from Schalke 04, Jadson and Diego Claudino from free transfer, and our biggest acquisition, Ramires from Chelsea in a year long loan."

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    "Sherman Cardenas had an amazing trial with us during his year loan with us. As a attacking midfielder, he helped us create a lot of chances and had a 90% pass rate. Unfortunately his season was shorten due to a injury that put him out for 5 months. But I am excited for him to help us in Copa Libertadores and the Brasileirão"

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    "Felipe Santana is a strong centre-back that can make any opposition strikers difficult to pay against. He a team player that wants the team to succeed and is very determined with his skills and teammate. I believe his a team leader and can help Leonardo Silva and Diego Lugano with the leadership to mentor our young defenders. With his experience with Champion League, I certain he will be a huge boost when Copa Libertadores is played."

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    "Jadson was released by Corinthians after the 2015 season and I knew that I need him in my club. He is a light-hearted player that can help cheer up the team if we can down. He can play in multiple position that can be advantageous for us if we ever need it. Diego Claudino is a upcoming defender that I believe that he will be one of the important players in Brasileirão."

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    "Ramires is a player that can be a difference maker in the pitch. He is a very pacey player that has Copa Libertadores experience and can help us win. As a former Cruzeiro player, I am excited that he will terrorize his former team. Hopefully in the one year loan, he can help us improve our squad."

    "So that is it for our press conference. Thank You"
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  46. Clube Atlético Mineiro- Friendly

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    Only two preseason game since Compeonato Mineiro will be played on January 31st. The game that we will play is against is Second-Division Parana and Third Division ASA. Tried getting Estudiantes for our annual friendly match but due to schedule conflict it was postponed.

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    This lineup was mixed between first choice and reverse and I was very proud with my team with this result. 30 shots with 17 on target. Even for a preseason game, this performance made me excited for Campeonato Minerio.

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    Another mixed lineup and another good win. Even though we only scored one goal, the chances and possession was amazing.

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    Our result for the preseason portion, now Campeonato Mineiro will begin.

  47. Clube Atlético Mineiro- Campeonato Mineiro

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    If you want a brief summary on the State Championship, go to my 8th post of this thread.

    Another Campeonato Mineiro will begin. We are the defending champion after we defeated our most hated rivals, Cruzeiro, in a 5-4 aggregate win. The board wants us to win the competition and I agree with him. This competition is not really important compared to Copa Libertadores that will be played during the same time, but if we are playing for a title, I WANT THAT TITLE. This competition will at like an extended preseason segment but I will this make my team competitive.

    My first team focus will be the Copa Libertadores matches but my substitutions and upcoming young players will see some game time here. The only time that I might put my first team will be against Cruzerio on February 7th.

    Here are the fixtures for this competition:

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    February 7th and 28th will be games against our rivals.



  48. Clube Atlético Mineiro- Ipatinga Esporte Clube

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    First game on the season and first win of many in this season. Great game overall by our team. Both Flavio and Wescley scored their first professional goal of their career and showed many promises. Newcomer Diego Claudino had an OK game but was subbed in the 90th minute as he was tired.

    Flavio scored in the 41st minute with a well timed close ranged shot after Wescley assisted the ball. The 48th minute, Cirigliano amazing play with a back heel pass that found a open Wescley and scored on the bottom left corner. Ipatinga pulled one in the 64th minute after Nilo Eduardo scored a volley on a corner kick.

    Next match will be an away game against Villa Nova.

  49. Clube Atlético Mineiro- Villa Nova Atlético Clube


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    Dominate win against Villa Nova. Last time we faced them, it was an 11-0 win for us at home and this year was almost the same thing but with less goals. Jadson debuted for his new club with a goal.

    The game started quickly with a goal by Renan Oliveria with a well timed pass by Wescley. Unfortunately, Renan had to leave the game with an injury in the 5th minute but good news that he will be available for next match. Cardenas doubled the lead in the 12th after a powerful shot inside the 18 yard box. Jadson scored a penalty in the 19th minute after Wescley was taken down. 4 minutes later, Edcarlos scored a header after a Jadson crossed it. Cardenas scored his 2nd goal and Atletico 5th and final goal after a beautiful from outside the box and hit the crossbar to go in.

    Next match will a BIG match against Cruzeiro back at home

  50. Clube Atlético Mineiro- Injury

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    OH NO, now my backup keeper is injured. With a big game against Cruzeiro in a couple of day, Uilson, my 21 year old goalkeeper will make his season debut on February 7th.

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