The belohorizontinos, in its great majority, live in function to the rivalry between the two greater clubs of the city: Athletic Mineiro and Cruzeiro. The America Futebol Clube, also called Coelho, is a traditional rival, who had great success in the twentieth century. Its historic stadium, Independência, was one of those that hosted the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
However, the main stadium of the State of Minas Gerais is the Governador Magalhães Pinto, known as Mineirão, which hosted countless national and international finals. It was modernized for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will host one of the semifinals of the CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil 2019. In its ancient times, the Mineirão was able to receive more than 100.000 spectators. After its recent renovations for the Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it was able to receive more than 60.000 fans.
Among the sporting successes of the clubs in Belo Horizonte, Atlético Mineiro was the winner of the inaugural edition of the Brazilian Championship, in 1971, and has had the honor of having in its ranks talents such as Reinaldo, Toninho Cerezo and Éder and recently Ronaldinho.
Atlético Mineiro has 44 state titles in its showrooms, being the biggest winner in the State of Minas Gerais. His most recent title was in 2017. The Brazilian Cup in 2014.
Internationally Atletico Mineiro has won the Recopa Sudamericana in 2014, the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores in 2013 and the Copa Conmebol in 1997.
Meanwhile, the Cruzeiro trophy collection ranges from two CONMEBOL Libertadores (1976, 1997), two Supercopas Sudamericanas (1991, 1992), four Campeonatos Brasileros (1966, 2003, 2013, 2014), six Copas de Brasil (1993, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2017, 2018), Copa Oro de CONMEBOL (1995), Copa Master (1995) and the Recopa Sudamericana (1998).
La Raposa was the first rung in the career of figures like Tostão and Ronaldo.