Belo Horizonte homes two of Brazilian football’s biggest club sides: rivals Clube Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.
Known as the Galo (the Rooster), Mineiro have won Brazil’s top division once, while Cruzeiro – nicknamed the Raposa (the Fox) – have two domestic titles to their name, as well as four Copa do Brasils. Internationally, they’ve also won South America’s premier cup competition, the Copa Libertadores, twice. The image above shows Cruzeiro players holding aloft the Copa Libertadores trophy in 1997, after they beat Sporting Cristal of Peru 1-0 in the final.
Both sides play some of their fixtures at Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, better known as Mineirão, a stadium that will host both Confederations Cup and World Cup games.