fans fill the Mineirão and reborn with a top team

They have been troublesome years for Cruzeiro, who’ve gone by way of a lot of unhealthy issues since May 2019: they noticed a team tipped as favorites in the Copa Libertadores end the season relegated after a sequence of scandals.

Bad information was virtually day by day: lack of cash, lack of factors as a consequence of money owed and even real concern of the membership closing its doorways. The two seasons of failure in Brazil’s Serie B have been merely a reflection of the hurricane that ravaged Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.

But the fans have been at all times collectively, they by no means left Cruzeiro. In a time marked by the pandemic brought on by the new coronavirus, Kruseirense was unable to assist out at the stadium in 2020 and most of 2021.

Even earlier than Ronaldo purchased 90% of SAF, Cruzeiro crammed Mineirao in the ultimate rounds of Serie B in 2021, in opposition to Brusque and Nautico, when Cruzeiro not had any likelihood of entry.

It was a message from the crowd that was with the membership to avoid wasting the team. Motivation for 2022 was already excessive after a season marked by the combat in opposition to relegation to Serie C, made even greater by the arrival of Ronaldo. New administration in soccer, humble team, however that represents the fans on the pitch. The victories and the Mineirão crammed with virtually each sport, recording the highest common attendance in Serie B historical past with greater than 38,000 fans per sport, marked the achievement.

Excerpt from Cruzeiro’s Anthem in Mineiro’s locker room

Image: Staff Images/Cruise

And now?

The identical down-to-earth coverage of signing gamers on a restricted finances and favoring the means soccer is performed over the huge names will likely be maintained. The prediction for the subsequent Serie A is to not combat in opposition to relegation, so Ronaldo’s administration has already set its sights on a thirteenth place end in subsequent yr’s Brasileirão. A safe place that may nonetheless assure a place in the 2024 version of the Copa Sudamericana.

Coach Paulo Pezzolano has already given a textual content: “I imagine we’ll combat to not be relegated, actually,” stated the coach when requested what state of affairs Cruzeiro 2022 will likely be in in the event that they play in Serie A. Therefore, the profitable group this season will undergo many modifications.

Owner of certainly one of the most spectacular trophy galleries in Brazilian soccer, Cruzeiro will nonetheless take a while to problem for main trophies. As a lot as the membership’s dimension and historical past of accomplishment have fans dreaming of profitable titles in 2023, the pleasure is restricted to the stands. Renovations are simply starting and will take a few extra years.

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