Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro offer free tattoos to fans after winning league title

New Brazilian soccer champion Atlético Mineiro will treat fans with free tattoos to celebrate their first title in half a century, a radio station in the club’s home city of Belo Horizonte said on Thursday.

The club won the Italian Serie A Cup on Thursday night with a 3-2 win over Bahia and the club’s sponsor told fans it would pay for a free tattoo next week, Radio Itatia said.

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The sponsor, construction company MRV, is set to reveal more details on Friday. He has yet to say what size or designs it will pay for, nor whether the company’s logo, which will also decorate a new stadium it is currently building for the club, will appear.

“This work that starts at 9 am in a house GalloIt will be on a first-come-first-served basis,” Radio Itatiaia said on its website.

Crowds gathered at the club’s headquarters in Belo Horizonte as well as in the city center to watch the match on big screens and celebrate the victory as fireworks set off across the area.

Thousands are expected to welcome the team when they reach their homes in the early hours of Friday morning.

The last time Atletico won the Brazilian title was in 1971, the year Brazil opened its first national league after decades of prioritizing state championships.

“It’s been 50 years since we won the title, and that’s a long time,” Kino said. “Now we have to celebrate.”

Away from home, Atletico were 2-0 down after 66 minutes but scored three times in the last 17 minutes, the last two goals from winger Keno, to give them an irreplaceable 11-point advantage at the top of Serie A with their closest rivals. After three games to play.

Keno was the key player that night, but it was Hulk, Atletico’s first goal scorer, who was at the center of the team’s title run.

The former Brazil striker signed for the club in February, and the 35-year-old had an unforgettable season, scoring 18 goals to top the Serie A top scorer chart.

Coach Coca described it as a “magical year” for a player who said he was “fit like a glove” at Atletico.

Hulk assisted in the attack, Argentine Matias Zaracho, Nacho Fernandez and Chilean Eduardo Vargas.

And Diego Costa, the former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker, solidified the blow even more when he joined the club in August.

Atlético has the second best attack and best defense in the league. In a calendar year of 82 matches, Atlético lost only 10 matches.

Coca cemented his name in the Atlético complex, eight years after leading the club to its first and only Copa Libertadores.

The club will play two more league matches and then seek to achieve the Copa Brasil double, which will be played in two matches against Atletico Paranaense on December 12 and 16.

“It’s been a great year and we still have a title to play for against Atletico Paranes,” Coca said.

“I can only imagine what the fans were going through when we were 2-0 down, maybe they were screaming and swearing at us. But now, what a result, what a joy.”


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