Cruzeiro was champion of Serie B, this Friday, but without entering the field. The “sofa” celebration is new to the club in the running points. Before, the team had won three editions of Serie A on the field: 2003, 2013 and 2014. But that does not mean that there was no unusual celebration.
In 2013, the team led by Marcelo Moreira confirmed winning the Brasileirão in November. The team traveled to Salvador to duel with Vitória, in the 34th round. It was Wednesday night. Athletico-PR played earlier, against Criciúma, away from home, and if they were defeated, Cruzeiro would already have the trophy.
Cruzeiro celebrates the 2013 Brazilian title — Photo: Disclosure / Cruzeiro
Also during the players’ warm-up, the Cruzeirenses present at Barradão celebrated two goals from Criciúma, which opened 2 to 0 at Heriberto Hülse. Cruzeiro made it 1-0 in the first half.
Champion at half-time, Cruzeiro doesn’t slow down and beats Vitória
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At halftime, when the players returned for the second half, there was the final whistle. Criciúma’s victory by 2 to 1, and a lot of celebration of the cast with the fans. It was so atypical that even the interview protocol was broken. Striker Borges, the team’s top scorer that year, and coach Marcelo Oliveira spoke to the press at halftime.
– I am really happy. It’s just a joy. Celebrate this, crown the work, but we need to win the game here – said Marcelo Oliveira.
And won. Cruzeiro took the tie early in the second half, but scored twice, with Júlio Baptista and Ricardo Goulart, closing the score at 3-1.
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Ten years earlier, in 2003, the team led by Vanderlei Luxemburgo and led by Alex on the field, won the trophy with two rounds to go in Serie A. Paysandu won 2-1 at Mineirão.
In 2003, Cruzeiro beat Paysandu 2-1 and wins the Brazilian Championship
Alex, the star of the team, was suspended. But Zinho, his substitute, opened the scoring in the first half. The striker Motta, amulet of the squad, scored the second. Paysandu declined, but did not avoid the star-studded party. The party with the delivery of the cup was against Fluminense, in the next round, with a 5-2 rout at Mineirão.
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As in 2003, the 2014 team – the same base champion in the previous year – won the cup while on the field. Playing at Mineirão, under heavy rain, the team beat Goiás 2-1 and confirmed the cup in the 36th round, two games from the end.
Cruzeiro beats Goiás at Mineirão and becomes Brazilian champion in 2014
Cruzeiro opened the scoring in the first minutes, with Ricardo Goulart. The Goiás tie followed, but Everton Ribeiro, in the second half, decided to win the title. The delivery of the cup, as in 2003, was with a victory over Fluminense, in Mineirão, but in the final round and by 2 to 1.
5 Star Partner – Cruzeiro — Photo: Publicity