Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Esporte Clube Bahia Greatest All-Time Team

Campeonato Baiano 2015

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Bahia has won the Brasileirão title twice: in the 1959 season, defeating Santos' Santásticos which contained figures such as Gilmar, Mauro, Mengálvio, Coutinho, Pepe and Pelé, in the finals and in the 1988 season Bahia edged Internacional. Bahia has only appeared in the Copa Libertadores three times, reaching the quarterfinals in 1989, Bahia's best-ever performance. The club has also won their state title a record 46 times.

Taça Brasil of 1959
GK: Nadinho (Brazil)
Widely considered the greatest goalkeeper in the history of Bahia, Nicknamed “O Macho”, he played for the club from 1958 to 1968. He won several state championships (1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962).  and he started for Bahia on the 1959 Brazilian championship winning team. Nadinho was part of a pre-list to the 1962 World Cup.

GK: Ronaldo Vieira Passocs (Brazil)
Ronaldo  helped Bahia to win the 1988 Brazilian Championship, where he was the team's starting goalkeeper. He started as a reserve, but became a starter after Sidmar left the club.

GK: Emerson Ferretti (Brazil)
Emerson started his career with Grêmio.  He also played for Flamengo, Juventude and Bahia.  With Bahia, he was an idol for six years between 2000 and 2005.  He is their appearance record holder.  He transferred to Vitória in 2006, where he ended his career as a player.

RB: Leone (Brazil) 
Leone was the captain of Bahia that won the Taça Brasil of 1959, currently considered by the CBF as the first Brazilian Championship in history.  It is considered by many historians as the most important football tournament in Brazil at the time. Before theis, he won three Rio state champion with in 1953, 1954 and 1955.

RB: Perivaldo (Brazil)
Perivaldo started his career with local amateurs Itabuna Esporte Clube. He played in the Série A with Esporte Clube Bahia, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, São Paulo FC, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras and Bangu Atlético Clube. In the late 80s, after living three years in South Korea, he relocated to Portugal in hopes of finding a new club, but eventual poor choices and several misfortunes ended up with him as an homeless person having to resort to street vending in Lisbon.  Perivaldo returned to his homeland on 11 December 2013 at the age of 60, with the help of the Portuguese Professional Footballers Union.  Perivaldo gained two caps for Brazil. He was on the players' pool for the WC Finals in 1982.

CB: Roberto Rebouças (Brazil)
Roberto Rebouças was a legend with Bahia.  He joined the club in 1963 from Victoria. He earned nicknamed the "Baiana Wall".  He was known with President Tricolor Osorio Vilas Boas.  Roberto also played with Botafogo of Ribeirão Preto before returning to Bahia, where he won the regional titles of 1970 and 1971, and from 1973 to 1977. 
Roberto Rebouças
CB: Henricão (Brazil)
He was a big centerback of Bahia that won the Taça Brasil of 1959, currently considered by the CBF  as the first Brazilian Championship in history.  It is considered by many historians as the most important football tournament in Brazil at the time.

CB: Vicente Arenari (Brazil)
Began in Flamengo's youth teams, where he start his professional career in 1954, but did not feature much.  He became a star with Bahia, where he played between 1956 and 1962, winning the 1959 Brazilian Football Championship.  He would also play with Palmeiras and Nacional-SP, where he finished his career in 1967.

CB: Juvenal Amarijo (Brazil)
Juvenal Amarijo started his career with Cruzeiro-RS, joining Flamengo in 1949, then Palmeiras in 1951, moving to Bahia in 1954 then retiring in 1959 while playing with Ypirnga-BA. He played for the Brazil in the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Juvenal lost his money after retiring from playing and was living in poverty.  He died on October 30, 2009, at to age 85, in the city of Salvador, in Bahia, Brazil, due to respiratory failure.

LB: Romero (Brazil)
Jorge Romero Filho, better known as Romero, was a left-back soccer player who played for Bahia of 1973 until 77 , conquering five state titles. He also played for Palmeiras in 1977/78. 

DM: Baiaco (Brazil)
Baiaco was the star of the  Seleção de Francisco do Conde.  He joined Bahia because the club also took his friend Caetano.  In 1969, Pele was seeking g his 1000th goal when Baiaco famously marked Pele out for the historical goal.  He scored a goal in that match. He played with them until the year 1980 when he left the club at the age of 34 and a year later he finished his career defending the Leonico. He was capped in 1974 by Brazil.

DM: Paulo Rodrigues  (Brazil)
Until he turned 28 years old, he spent his career playing with Uberaba National in Minas Gerais and Botafogo in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo. He joined Bahai in 1986, where he finally found stardom.  He was a key player as his club won the 1988 title.
Paulo Rodrigues 

CM: Elizeu (Brazil)
Elizeu started in 1962 with Santos.  He would play for São Cristóvão do Rio, Fluminense, Olaria, New York General,  Anderlecht, Belenenses, of Portugal and Vitória de Salvador.  He had three stints with  Bahia - the first one in 1967, the second in 1969 and the third in 1971/1972.  He represented Brazil at the 1964 Olympics.

RW: Marito (Brazil)
Known as the "Blond Devil", he was a part of Bahai's team that won the that won the Taça Brasil in 1959.  He was was selected as one of the best players in the history of Bahia by the newspaper Correio in 2010.  He also earned the nickname “Garrincha do Bahia” (Bahia’s Garrincha).

RW: Ze Carlos (Brazil)

Ze Carlos was the top scorer for Bahia as the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro de Futebol in 1988.  He played for Internacional, Athletic Mineiro and America.  He also played in Saudi Arabia.  He was capped 4 times.
Ze Carlos
LW: Biriba (Brazil)
Biriba was known for his partnership with Marito while playing for Bahia in 1950's.  He began his successful career in the club in 1957, the famous team known as ""Juventude Transviada". He was a part of Bahia that won the Taça Brasil of 1959, currently considered by the CBF as the first Brazilian Championship in history.  

LW: Jesum (Brazil)
Jésum Gabriel is a former left-wing who played for São Paulo, Cruzeiro, Bahia and Vitória-BA. Born on December 25, 1953, Jésum became more famous during his times with Bahia. For the São Paulo, he played 42 matches between 1972 and 1975.

AM: José SanFilippo (Argentina)
During his club career he played for San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and Banfield in Argentina, Nacional in Uruguay, and Bangu and SC Bahia in Brazil. He is the 5th highest scoring player in Argentine football.  At the international level, Sanfilippo played for the Argentina in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup Finals. He was also part of the Argentina squads that won the 1955 Pan American Games and the 1957 South American Championship.

AM: Douglas (Brazil)
Douglas started with Santos in 1967, but he made his name with Bahia.  He was voted as one of the greatest players in the history of Esporte Clube Bahia by the fans of the club.  He is the second highest scorer in the history of Bahia with 211 goals. Douglas also played a short passage (three months) with Bahia's greatest rival: Vitória.

AM: Bobô  (Brazil)
In 1982, he started his professional career with Catuense. In 1985, he joined Bahia, where he won the 1988 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. In 1989, he was signed by São Paulo,  winning the 1989 Bola de Prata, and that year's Campeonato Paulista. He also played for Flamengo, Fluminense, Corinthians and Internacional. Capped 3 times in 1989.
ST: Alencar (Brazil)
He began his career playing in the amateur categories of Ceará Sporting Club in the first half of the fifties. He briefly played playing for America Football Club of Ceará, then returning to Ceará in the middle of the year 1957.  With Bahia, he won essential the 1959 Brazilian Championship, earning the nickname “Bahia’s Pele”. 

ST: Uéslei (Brazil)
Uéslei won many trophies in Bahia, where he played for the two big clubs in the state, Bahia and Vitória. In the five seasons with Bahia, he won five Bahian championships (in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999).  He won another title in 1997 with Vitória. He also  played for five seasons at Nagoya Grampus in Japan and finished his career in 2009 at Oita Trinita.

ST:  Charles Fabian (Brazil)
Charles fist made his name as a 20 years old striker with Bahia, winning the 1988 Campeonato Baiano de Futebol. In 1991, he joined Cruzeiro where he won two Supercopa Libertadores. In 1992, he moved to Boca Juniors, but never settled down.  With Flamengo, Charles was known "Charles Baiano" because the club  already had Charles Guerreiro on the team.  He managed to score incredible 18 goals in just 29 matches, but only played one season. In 1994, he returned to Bahia, where he once again starred.  Capped 9 times.

ST: Beijoca (Brazil)
He played for many clubs in Brazil, but better known for his playing career with Bahia.  He spent seven years with Bahia, but on separated stints (69, 70, 75, 76, 77, 78 and 84). He won six Bahian titles (70, 75, 76, 77, 78 and 79). 

ST: Carlito (Brazil)
Carlito was the all-time leading scorer for Bahai with 253 goals.  He was known for scoring against Vitoria, Bahai's main rival.  He won the Campeonato Baiano: 1947; 1948; 1949; 1950; 1952; 1954; 1956; 1958; 1959.

Honorable MentionRodolfo Rodriguez, Marcelo Lomba, Dani Alves, Beto, Edinho, Sapatão, Romeo, Dani Alves, Dada Maravilha, Nonato, Lima, Beberto Campos.

Squad Explanation
-- Rodolfo Rodriguez was the most established keepers ever played for the club, but he only spent two seasons there. I selected three keepers who have contributed more.  Emerson Ferretti is the club's all-time appearance leader.  
-- The peak of Perivaldo's career was actually with Botafogo. I admitted that I selected him because of the human interest stories of his life after football.  I took him over Dani Alves, who also ony played in the beginning of his career.
-- Charles Fabian, Ze Carlos and Paulo Rodrigues played on the 1988 team.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cruzeiro Greatest All-time team

Copa Libertadores 1997

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

The club was founded on January 2, 1921 by sportsmen from the Italian colony of Belo Horizonte, some members of Yale Atlético Clube and many Italian immigrant workers decided to create a new club called Societá Sportiva Palestra Italia. As a result of the Second World War, the Brazilian federal government banned the use of any symbols referring to the Axis powers in 1942. The club board members rebaptized the club with the name of a leading national symbol: the Cruzeiro do Sul's constellation. A Raposa also obtained many international laurels such as two Copa Libertadores, two Supercopa Libertadores, one Recopa Sudamericana, one Copa de Oro and one Copa Master de Supercopa. Cruzeiro is the only Brazilian and South American club to complete the Domestic Treble, a feat accomplished in 2003 after winning the Campeonato Mineiro, the 2003 Copa do Brasil and the 2003 Brasileirão.

Back-to-Back league titles: 2013, 2014
GK: Raul Plassman (Brazil)
Raul was the starting keeper for the great Flamengo team of the 1980's.  He played for them between 1978 and 1983, winning the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1981.  His longest stint was with Cruzeiro, where he spent the prime of his career and won the Copa Libertadores in 1976.  He was capped 17 times, but never went to the WC Finals.

GK: Dida (Brazil)
Remembered for his 8 seasons with AC Milan.  He was the hero of the 2003 Champions' League Final when he helped Milan to win the penalty shootout against Juventus.  He became the first Brazilian keeper to be nominated for Ballon d' Or that year.  He went to three World Cup Finals and started in 2006 for the Seleção.

GK: Fabio (Brazil)
With Vasco De Gama, he won the Copa do Brasil, the Campeonato Brasileiro, and the Copa Mercosur all in the same year, 2000. He has also won two state championship, the Campeonato Carioca, and the Campeonato Mineiro.  Since 2005, he played for Cruzeiro, amassing over 700 games.  For the national team, he was on the squad of Copa America 2004, but at this moment, he never earned a single cap.

RB: Nelinho (Brazil)
Nelinho was considered one of the best right backs in Brazil's history.  He was capped 28 times by Brazil, and scored eight international goals.  Hew went to both 1974 and four 1978 FIFA World Cup Finals.  He scored one of the most stunning goals in World Cup history, in the third place match against Italy in 1978: he struck the ball into the far corner with the outside of his right foot, bending it round the sprawling Dino Zoff.  For his clubs career, he played for many clubs, most notably Belo Horizonte rivals Cruzeiro and Atlético Mineiro.  With Cruzeiro, he won the Copa Liberatores in 1976.

CB: Cris (Brazil)
He is also nicknamed "the policeman" by way of reference to his authoritarian nature on the pitch and his four months experience in a police department in Guarulhos. He has won the Ligue 1 with Lyon from 2005 to 2008, the Brazilian Championship in 1998 with Corinthians and in 2003 with Cruzeiro.  He also won the Copa do Brasil in 1995 with Corinthians and 2000 with Cruzeiro.  He also played for Galatasaray.  Capped 17 times.  He won the Copa América in 2004 and went to Germany 2006.

CB: Roberto Perfumo
At club level, Perfumo played for Racing, River Plate and Brazilian team Cruzeiro. He was a legend with Racing Club in Argentina winning the Primera title, the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup.  He was considered their greatest player. He played in 1966 and 1974 WC Finals. 

CB: Luisão (Brazil)
Most of his professional career has been spent with Benfica, for which he has appeared in more than 500 official matches, having won 17 major titles. Luisão is the longest-serving captain in Benfica history.  Before moving to Europe, he played for Clube Atlético Juventus and Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.  Earned 44 caps.  He was on the team for WC Finals in 2006 and 2010.

CB/DM: Wilson Piazza (Brazil)
Piazza almost spent his entire career with Cruzeiro.  He was the greatest captain in the history of Cruzeiro. He helped the club to win the Copa Libertadores in 1976.    For the national team, he won 59 caps.  He was the starting centerback for the 1970 WC winning team.  He also went to the WC Finals in 1974.

LB/LW: Juan Pablo Sorin (Argentina)
He had a successful club career in his native Argentina with River Plate, in Brazil with Cruzeiro, and with various teams in Europe, including Barcelona, Lazio, Paris Saint-Germain and Villarreal. He won the Copa Libertadores in 1996 with River Plate.  he earned 76 caps and was the captain of Argentina national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

LB: Nonato (Brazil)
Nonato began as an amateur with Baraunas.  In February 1989, ABC bought his pass. In 1990, he was loaned to Pouso Alegre and competed in the Mineiro Championship. On January 10, 1991, Cruzeiro bought him from Pouso Alegre. When he arrived at the team he already had two fullbacks, Eduardo and Paulo César. He played  7 seasons with the club winning 14 titles.

DM: Ricardinho (Brazil)
Ricardinho won 15 titles with Cruzeiro, making him the most decorated player in the club's history. He was a part of their 1997 Cop Libertadores winning team.  From 2002 to 2006, he played in Japan.  He earned 3 caps.

CM: Ze Carlos (Brazil)
Ze Carlos was a legend at Cruzeiro.  He played with Dirceu Lopes, Toastao and Piazza. He was the club's record appearance holder until 2015 when the record was broken by Fabio.  He won the Copa Libertadores in 1976.

CM: Ademir Roque Kaefer (Brazil)
He started his career with Toledo.  He transferred to the International, where he would win four Gaucho champions. With Cruzeiro, he won the Supercopa Sul-Americana in 1991.  With the Olympic team, he won two silver medals.

RW: Natal (Brazil)
He was born in Belo Horizonte. He is known for having played for Cruzeiro, where he won five straight Campeonato Mineiros: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, and for having played 14 times for the Brazilian national team, scoring three goals.  Natal made 89 appearances and scored 11 goals in the Campeonato Brasileiro

LW: Bengala (Brazil)
Bengal, arrived at the Palestra Italia, the former name of Cruzeiro in 1925. Bengal soon stood out for the club playing with the jersey 11 or the 10 through the midfielder. Bengal became the great idol for the fans along with Niginho.

AM/FW: Dirceu Lopes (Brazil)
Dirceu Lopes played mainly for Cruzeiro and was considered one of tenor best ever player.  He won the Copa Libertadores in 1976. He formed one of the best offensive duos with Tostao in Brazilian football.  He earned 19 caps for Brazil.  He was a part of Saldanha's plan for the WC Finals in 1970, but  he was dropped by Mário Zagallo, due to too many players to their position.
Dirceu Lopes
AM: Everton Ribeiro (Brazil)
He started his career with Corinthians, after a loan spell with São Caetano,  he was sold to Coritiba in 2011, winning the Campeonato Paranaense in both of his seasons. He also won Série A twice with Cruzeiro, being voted the best player of each season.  In 2014, h joined Al-Ahli for €15 million in 2014. A full international since 2014, Ribeiro represented Brazil at the 2015 Copa América.

AM: Alex (Brazil)
Alex has played for Coritiba, Palmeiras, Flamengo and Cruzeiro in Brazil, Parma in Serie A and Fenerbahçe in Turkey.  he made a name at Palmeiras winning the Copa Libertadores in 1999. At Cruzeiro, Alex had the best performance in his career, winning the Brazilian triple crown (that is the State Championship, the Brasileirão and the Brazilian Cup).  He was capped 47 times.  he never went to the WC Finals, due to playing at the same time as Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Juninho Pernambucano, Juninho Paulista, Kaka.  However, he captained Brazil as they won the Copa America in 2007.

FW: Palhinha (Brazil)
Palhinha started his football career in Cruzeiro in 1969 and had played for them until 1976. In 1976, he was the top scorer of Copa Libertadores and helped the club to win the trophy for the first time. He also played for Corinthians, Atlético Mineiro, Santos FC, Vasco da Gama and América. Palhinha represented Brazilian national football team sixteen times during his peak era from 1973 to 1979, including leading the national team to the second runners-up in Copa América 1979. He scored three goals for his country in all his national team appearances.

FW: Joãozinho (Brazil)
He spent most of his career with Cruzeiro.  He was best remembered for the final of the Copa Libertadores in 1976. where Joãozinho scored one of the goals against River Plate. He played 482 games for them and scored 116 goals.

FW: Ninão (aka Fantoni I) (Brazil/Italy)
He belonged to the famous Italian-Brazilian family of soccer players. His brothers Leonízio Fantoni (Niginho) and Orlando Fantoni and cousin Otávio Fantoni (Nininho) played for Palestra Italian(Cruzeiro's former name) before moving to  played for Lazio in Italy. João played for Palestra Italia, between 1923 and 1931 and between 1933 and 1938, He scored 167 times in 127 matches.

FW: Nininho (aka Fantoni II) (Brazil/Italy)
Nininho was a member of the Fantoni family who played Lazio in Italy and in Brazil.  Liked his brothers, he played for Palestra Italia before moving to Lazio in Italy.  In 1931, they were sold to Lazio, where they would be known by their surnames: Ninão was Fantoni I, Nininho was Fantoni II and him, Fantoni III. They played with another Italian-Brazilian player, Anfilogino Guarisi, in a Lazio squad known as "Brasilazio". 

FW: Niginho (aka Fantoni III) (Brazil/Italy)
His family was a supporter of Cruzeiro, than known as "Palestra Itália". Fantoni started his career in that club, playing with his brother João Fantoni (Ninão) and their cousin Otávio Fantoni (Nininho). In 1931, they were sold to Lazio. They played with another Italian-Brazilian player, Anfilogino Guarisi, in a Lazio squad known as "Brasilazio". Before moving to Italy, Niginho won the Minas Gerais State Championship in 1928, 1929 and 1930. Niginho also played with Palmeiras and Vasco da Gama.  He was called to 1938 FIFA World Cup as a Leônidas da Silva stand-by player. Unfortunately, the Italians warned FIFA that Niginho was ineligible  ineligible. In 1939, Niginho came back to Palestra Itália, who had to change its name to Cruzeiro in 1942.

ST: Tostao (Brazil)
Tostao was the starting forward of Brazil's 1970 WC Team. He was a false nine, providing assists for the rest of the team.  He nearly missed the World Cup Finals due to an eye injury.  He also went to England 1966.  He was South American Player of the Year in 1973.  He played 11 years with Cruzeiro.  In 1972, he signed for CR Vasco da Gama for a then record fee in the country He is also a medical doctor.
ST: Ronaldo
Ronaldo led Brazil to two WC Finals match, winning the one in 2002.  He scored 8 goals in 2002.  He was the winner of Ballon d'Or twice and the FIFA World Player of the Year three times.  He is the second top-scorer in WC history.  He started his career as a teenager with Cruzeiro.  He then played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, and for both AC Milan and Inter Milan. 

Honorable Mention
Orlando Fantoni, Geraldão, Procópio Cardoso, William Douglas, Cláudio Maldonado, Ricardo Goulart, Marcelo Ramos, Fred, Eder, 
João Leite, Reinaldo,  Dario, Mário de Castro, Zé do Monte and Carlyle.

Squad Explanation
-- I do not know much about the Fantoni family. I only left Orlando off the team.
-- Cris won the League title in 2003, playing liked the best player on the team.
-- Eder just missed out.
-- Ronaldo was the greatest homegrown talent from the club.
-- Everton Ribeiro was the player of the year twice: back to back.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Clube Atlético Mineiro Greatest All-Time Team

2013 Copa Libertadores

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This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Atlético Mineiro is the oldest active football club in Minas Gerais, founded on 25 March 1908 by twenty-two students from Belo Horizonte. Atlético has won the Campeonato Mineiro a record 43 times. At national level, the club has won the Campeonato Brasileiro once and has finished second on five occasions. Atlético has also won one Copa do Brasil, one Copa dos Campeões Estaduais and the Copa dos Campeões Brasileiros. In international club football, Atlético has won the Copa Libertadores and the Recopa Sudamericana once each, and a record two Copa CONMEBOL; the team has also reached three other continental finals. The club has also competed in other sports throughout its history, with the futsal department becoming especially notable.

GK: Kafunga (Brazil) 
Born in Niterói, Kafunga began playing football with local side Fluminense Atlético Clube (Niterói). He started his professional career with Atlético Mineiro, and made his debut in a friendly defeat 2–0 by Villa Nova in 1935. He helped his club win the Campeonato Mineiro in 1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954 and in 1955. He retired in 1955, after having played 667 games for the club in two decades. After his retirement, he worked as a football commentator and as a deputy.
GK: João Leite (Brazil)
João Leite started and spent most of his career at Clube Atlético Mineiro, for which he holds the record for most appearances and most trophies won. João Leite first played for Atlético in 1977. In the 17 years that he played for the club, João Leite played a total of 684 matches, won twelve Campeonato Mineiro and one Copa CONMEBOL. He also played for Vitória de Guimarães, Guarani and América Mineiro, before returning to Atlético Mineiro and ending his career. He was selected for the Brazil national team during the 1980 Mundialito and the 1979 Copa América, and played 5 official games in total with the Seleção between 1980 and 1981.

GK: Victor (Brazil)
At the time of writing, he is still an active player with Atletico Mineiro.  He played for Gremio and Paulista before moving there.  He was a hero during the club's victory at the Copa Libertadores in 2013.  He made a critical penalty save in the quarterfinal that saved the club from elimination. In both semifinal and the final, he made saves during the penalty shootouts.  

RB: Mexicano (Brazil) 
Alfredo Lúcio de Moura, known better as Mexicano, was an all-time great with Atletico Mineiro.  He played for them from 1946 to 1948.  The 1948 team was considered one of the club's greatest ever team.  He later would play for Palmeiras from1949 to 1954.

RB: Marcos Rocha (Brazil) 
Marcos Rocha joined Atlético Mineiro's youth setup in 2005. Marcos Rocha was loaned to Ponte Preta and América Mineiro.  On 30 November 2011, it was confirmed that Marcos Rocha would return to Atlético. He was immediately elected as first-choice, and was among the squad which won the state league twice, the Copa Libertadores in 2013, and the Recopa Sudamericana and Copa do Brasil in 2014.  At the time of writing, he earned 3 caps.

CB: Luizinho (Brazil)
Luizinho had 34 caps between 1980 and 1983.  He was Brazil's starting centerback at the World Cup Finals in 1982, where he also made the team of the tournament.  He played for several clubs, but mainly with Atlético Mineiro, winning 8 State Championships of Minas Gerais.  He also played overseas for Sporting CP in Portugal for three seasons.
CB: Rever (Brazil) 
Never started his career with Paulista in Serie B, winning g the Copa Brazil in 2005 while the club was in Serie B.  After Paulista went down to Serie C, he was sold grim, where he became a star and earned a move to Germany in 2010 with Wolfsburg.  A year later, he returned home and played with Atletico Mineiro.  He won the Copa Libertadores as their captain in 2013.  He was capped 9 times.

CB: Murilo Silva (Brazil)
Murilo played for Atletico Mineiro between 1944 and 1956. In his first stint, he stayed until the year 1950. He then played with Corinthians until 1954. He returned to the club in 1955.  He  won the "Belfort Duarte" award,  an award given to the most disciplined players of football at the time.  He never received any expulsion in the 550 games he played with Atletico and Corinthians. He won the Copa Libertadores.  He was selected as an unused sub for Brazil once.

CB: Leonardo Silva (Brazil)
Before 2011, Leonardo Silva played for a number of Brazilian club and Al-Wahda in UAE.  In 2011, he moved to Atletico Miniero, where he had his career break. He formed a great partnership with Rever, known as "Twin Towers" due their heights.  

LB: Oldair (Brazil)
He began his career at Palmeiras, a club for which he won the 1959 São Paulo champion and won the Rio-São Paulo Tournament in 1960. He then moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he played five years for Fluminense and three more for Vasco. In 1968, Oldair went to Atletico Mineiro, having been the captain of the great team led by Telê Santana, in winning the club's first Brazilian champion in 1971. He scored the winning goal in a free kick against Sao Paulo for the final round of that tournament in 1971.  He was on the player pool for the WC Finals in 1966, but was not selected for the Finals.

LB: Paulo Roberto (Brazil)
Born in Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sul, Paulo Roberto began his career with Internacional in 1982.  He also played for Botafogo and Palmeiras, but he joined Atletico Mineiro, where he played for ten years.  He played over 500 games for them.  He won 5 Campeão Mineiro and Campeão da Conmebol in 1992.  

DM: Vanderlei Paiva (Brazil)
He joined Atlético Mineiro in 1966. With the Belo Horizonte club, Paiva was part of the squad which won the first Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 1971. He played 27 matches and scored one goal in that season, and was selected for the team of the tournament, winning the Bola de Prata, awarded by Placar magazine. He is the second player with most appearances for the club, with 559. In 1975, he left Atlético and joined América de São José do Rio Preto. Ponte Preta, Palmeiras, and Comercial. He earned 6 caps.

DM: Toninho Cerezo (Brazil)
Throughout his career, Cerezo played as a defensive midfielder with Atlético Mineiro, Roma, Sampdoria, São Paulo and the Brazilian national team. He was a legend at Atlético Mineiro. With São Paulo FC, he was the two-times winner of the Intercontinental Cup and Copa Libertadores.  He went to Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982. During his time in Italy, Cerezo won the Coppa Italia four times; in 1991 he won the Serie A with Sampdoria, but lost the Coppa Italia final to A.S. Roma.

CM/DM: Zé do Monte (Brazil)
Zé do Monte spent his entire career with Atletico Miniero.  He was only 18 years old when he first played for them in 1946.  He played 10 years for the club, winning eight Campeonato Mineiro titles. He played 443 matches and scored 26 goals.

LW: Eder Assis (Brazil)
Eder played for many clubs in his career, most notably with Grêmio and Atlético Mineiro in the Campeonato Brasileiro.  His career was best remembered for playing with Brazil at the WC Finals in 1982. He scored a wonderful, winning goal against the Soviet Union, flicking the ball up and volleying it with blistering power into the net from 25 yards. He followed that up with another outstanding goal in the 4–1 win over Scotland. He earned 52 caps.  
AM/FW: Guara (Brazil)
He started his career with Sport Club Aymorés, where he formed a partnership with Nicola.  On September 23, 1933, he transferred to Clube Atlético Mineiro along with his teammate Nicola.  Guara would earn the nickname Diabo Loiro "Blond Devil". He made 168 goals for Clube Atlético Mineiro that has only been surpassed by Reinaldo, Dadá Maravilha and Mário de Castro. At age 24, Guará became the highest paid player in Minas Gerais football.

AM/LM: Ronaldinho (Brazil)
He was a member of tyhe "Three R's" with Rivaldo and Ronaldo that helped Brazil winning the WC in 2002.  He started his career with Gemio before moving to Europe. He played with Paris St Germaine and Barcelona before his form started to drop. He formed the REM line with Etoo and Messi before fighting among them destroyed the team. 
FW: Jairo de Assis (Brazil)
Jairo went Belo Horizonte to study medicine, but ended up playing for Atletico Mineiro.  He played for the club between 1927 and 1933.  He formed the famous line known as "Trio Maldito" with Said Paulo Arges and Mario de Castro.

ST: Said Paulo Arges (Brazil)
Said was a part of the legendary line known as "Trio Maldito" Mario de Castro and Jairo. Said was studying law when he played for the club.  He would also play for Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro.

ST: Mário de Castro (Brazil)
He spent his entire career at Atlético Mineiro, with whom he won three Campeonato Mineiro titles. He helped Atlético Mineiro break América's decade-long dominance in Campeonato Mineiro, the state league of Minas Gerais. In 1926 he was the competition's top scorer as Atlético were crowned champions for the second time with 20 goals, a feat he repeated in the following season with 27 goals. Mário was part of an offensive trident called the Trio Maldito (Portuguese for Unholy Trio), also composed of Said and Jairo. Together, they scored more than 450 goals for Atlético Mineiro. Mário was the first Atlético Mineiro player and first outside of Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo to be called up for the Brazilian national football team. 
"Trio Maldito" 

ST: Guilherme (Brazil)
In his career, he played 8 clubs in Brazil, and also competed professionally in Spain and Saudi Arabia during a 13-year career. Over the course of 11 Série A seasons, he amassed totals of 155 games and 68 goals.  In 1999, Guilherme signed with Clube Atlético Mineiro, where he experienced his best years as a professional. In the year's Série A, he was crowned top scorer by breaking the record which belonged to club legend Reinaldo, and led the team to the vice-championship.  He earned 6 caps.

ST: Marques (Brazil) 
In his career, Marques has played for Corinthians, Flamengo, Sao Paulo Futebol Clube, Vasco da Gama, Atletico Mineiro and clubs in Japan.  His best period was with Atletico Mineiro, where he played in more than 350 games and scored around 130 goals. He won the 1997 Copa CONMEBOL. He was capped 13 times.

ST: Diego Tardelli (Brazil)
He was named after Italian World Cup winner Marco Tardelli. His early career included playing for Sao Paulo, Real Betis, PSV and Flamengo before making a name with Atletico Mineiro between 2009 and 2011.  He played with Anzhi Makhachkala and Al-Gharafa.  In 2013, he returned to Atletico Mieiro helping them to win the Copa Libertadores.  At the time of writing, he plays for Shandong Luneng in China and has 14 caps.

ST: Paulo Isidoro (Brazil)
Paulo Isidoro played for many clubs in Braizl, but his best years were spent with Atletico Mineiro.  He started his career in 1975 with them, where he formed a great partnership Reinaldo.  He later played with Gremio and Santos before returning to Atletico Mineiro in 1985.  He left again in 1987.  From 1987, he played for several clubs.  He would play until he was 40 years old. He won the Bola de Prata in 1976, 1981 and1983, and Bola de Ouro in 1981.  He earned 41 caps.  He played in four of five matches at the 1982 World Cup, always as a substitute.
Paulo Isidoro 
ST: Dada Maraviha (Brazil)
As of 2006, Dada is the third top scorer in the history of Brazilian football, trailing Pelé and Romário.  His best club career were spent with Atletico Mineiro and Internacional.  In 1969 his prestige was so great that then Brazilian President Emílio Garrastazu Médici asked coach Mário Zagallo to call Dadá to join the national team going to the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. He was benched for most of the tournament, however. In total he was capped 6 times for Brazil between 1970 and 1973.

ST: Reinaldo (Brazil)
Reinaldo was a hero at Atlético Mineiro, where the fans called him the "King".  He was their all-time leading scorer.  He still holds the record of highest goal average per game in the Brazilian league, with 1.55 goals per match. He won eight Campeonato Mineiro titles including six consecutively: in 1976, 1978–1983 and 1985.  For the national team, he earned 37 caps and went to the 1978 World Cup Finals.

Honorable Mention
Bernard, Gilberto Silva, Nelinho, Marques Batista, Carlyle, Lucas Miranda,  Cláudio Taffarel, Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Vantuir, Pierre, Jô, Marcelo Oliveira, Héctor Cincunegui.

Squad Explanation
-- Atletico Mineiro has many great keepers. I have no space for the two big names who played for the club. Both Cláudio Taffarel and Ladislao Mazurkiewicz did not play long enough for the club.  The other selections have played and won more for the club.Kafunga was widely considered the club's greatest keepers.  João Leite holds the record for most appearances and most trophies won.  Without Victor, Atletico Mineiro might not have won the Copa Libertadores in 2013.  He made several penalty saves as the club advanced through the tournament, including penalty shootouts in both semifinal and the Final.
-- Héctor Cincunegui deserved a spot on the team.  Marcos Rocha surprisingly took one of the fullback position over him.  
-- Gilberto Silva only played two seasons at the club.  He was injured for one of the seasons.  The club had many other great defensive midfielders.  So I did not pick him.
-- Vanderlei Paiva played over 600 games for the club. He kept Elzo out of this team.
 -- Ronaldinho helped Atlético win the Campeonato Mineiro and led the club to its first Copa Libertadores. Ronaldinho scored four goals and assisted on seven occasions during their dramatic title run, which included consecutive comebacks from 0–2 first leg defeats in both the semi-finals against Argentinian Newell's Old Boys and the finals against Club Olimpia from Paraguay. 
-- Mário de Castro was the first Atlético Mineiro player and first player outside of Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo to be called up for the Brazilian national football team.  He formed an attack line known as "Trio Maldito" with Jairo de Assis Almeida and Said Paulo Arges.
-- Said Paulo Arges is among the top ever scorers for the club.