100 years ago! Historical record tells how the first game of Cruzeiro was: “Affirmation of faith and courage” | cruise

100 years ago! Historical record tells how the first game of Cruzeiro was: “Affirmation of faith and courage” | cruise
100 years ago! Historical record tells how the first game of Cruzeiro was: “Affirmation of faith and courage” | cruise

On the eve of the departure, the Council met extraordinarily to deliberate on the measures. The then president Aurélio Noce was absent. It was up to Secretary Giuseppe Perona to conduct the meeting. Commissions were created for all the logistics required for the duel against a combination of Villa Nova and Palmeiras, from Nova Lima.

2 of 6 Minutes of April 6, 1921 on the 1st game of Cruzeiro – Photo: Instituto Palestra Itália

Minutes of April 6, 1921 on the 1st game of Cruzeiro – Photo: Instituto Palestra Itália

Everything noted in Italian, material that has been translated by the historian Anísio Ciscotto and is under the care of Instituto Palestra Itália. Below is the description of the minutes of April 2, 1921:

“Extraordinary Council session on April 2, 1921

Requested urgently for the arrangements of the game combined with the Villa Morro de Minas that will be held on the 3rd of the current year.

In the absence of the President, Mr. Aurélio Noce, due to an indisposition, the Secretary opens the session, which quickly enters the urgent matter of the session and related to what is agreed. After reading the various telegrams received and the courteous report from Morro Velho Football, we move on to the various due commissions for organizing tomorrow’s match, day 3, which are as follows: The reception commission, which will have a car available and will be formed by Tolentino Miraglia, Ettori Corrieri, Francesco Gaetani, Luigi Martini and Giovanni Ranieri. Box office: Décio Damiani and Enea Magnavacca. For the concierge commission and the grandstand, Mr. Damiani will be in charge of choosing the helpers. For the monitoring team of the second team that will face the second team of Athletico Clube in the preliminary, Mr. Domenico Spagnuolo is summoned to join the others for the game of the first team that will fight against Villa Nova, Mr. Ranieri. , Pace and Lodi. Martini and Perona will be responsible for the changing rooms and the photographer.

Then, the sports committee reads the formed teams that are due to play tomorrow and, without wasting time, distributes the clothing of the various players, whose list is kept on file.

To replace the President:

3 of 6 Prado Mineiro installations in the 1910s – Photo: Revista Histórias de Bairros / Revista Público BH

Installations of Prado Mineiro in the 1910s – Photo: Revista Histórias de Bairros / Revista Público BH

It was a Sunday. The location: the old Prado Mineiro stadium (photo above), today the premises of the Military Police Academy of Minas Gerais.

O time: Nullo, Polenta, Ciccio, Quiquino, Américo, Bassi, Lino, Spartaco, Nani, Henriqueto and Armandinho.

The combined of Nova Lima: Ferreira, Marcondes, Ruanico, Cristovão, Baiano, Oscar, Raimundo, Gentil, Badu, Damaso and Juá.

Palestra won 2 to 0. It fell to Dwarfs (Joao Lazzarotti, photo below) score the first and second goals in the club’s history. Of Italian origin, Nani was a worker, master of works. He helped to build, later, the old Cruzeiro stadium, in Barro Preto.

4 out of 6 Nani Lazzarotti, author of the first goal in the history of Cruzeiro – Photo: Personal archive

Nani Lazzarotti, author of the first goal in Cruzeiro’s history – Photo: Personal archive

The historic confrontation was also recorded in the minutes of the Council at the April 6 meeting. President Aurélio Noce conducted the meeting and praised the first Cruzeiro team: “A true affirmation of the faith and courage of our players”. Check out:

“Ordinary session of the Council on April 6, 1921

The president asked for the floor, extolling the value of the players of both teams on our Sunday debut and of our surprising victory over the combined Villa Nova-Palmeiras. The game, victorious for us, is considered a true affirmation of faith and courage of our players who entered the field and behaved magnificently, worthy of praise to all without distinction. He ends by hoping that the happy start is an expectation for other significant victories. The Council welcomes these words with a great ovation to those last words. ”

The game’s financial report is also read by the vice-treasurer, Mr. Amleto Magnavacca, who “results in very useful net value from ticket sales”.

“The president points out that, in order to have a good name and to demand hospitality for our guests at Villa Nova, there should have been major expenses, but, on the contrary, they were done sparingly and very satisfactorily.

The president
Aurélio Noce

The secretary
Giuseppe Perona “

5 of 6 Minutes of April 6, 1921 on the 1st game of Cruzeiro – Photo: Instituto Palestra Itália

Minutes of April 6, 1921 on the 1st game of Cruzeiro – Photo: Instituto Palestra Itália

The historian Anísio Ciscotto, responsible for the translation of the first minutes, highlights that moment of April 3, 1921, a milestone for a trajectory of titles.

– Palestra Itália was not a team that was born and attracted a crowd, like Flamengo, Atlético, America, who formed teams, people went, liked and cheered. Palestra was a crowd that founded a team, that is, it was the Italian community that founded the team, born with a crowd. This first victory was much celebrated over an already traditional team, which was Villa Nova, which put some players from Palmeiras, Nova Lima. It was much celebrated by the board and the Council. It was seen as a good start to a winning story.

The good performance of the Lecture yielded an invitation to a new game; The opponent would now be Atlético-MG, on April 17, 1921, which would become the first chapter of Minas’ greatest rivalry. But that’s another story …

Interview with Thiago Soraggi, Cruzeiro historian

“In the articles that I have at the time, some mention that it would be the second team of Villa Nova, and others mention that it would be a combination of Villa Nova and Palmeiras. (…) What I concluded is that it was not the main team of Villa Nova, on account of the players. We have, in one of the stories of the time, a lineup of Villa, who would play a game soon after against a team from Rio. He was not the main player of Villa Nova (against Cruzeiro). I conclude that it was the second team of Villa Nova, combined with Palmeiras players. The first team of Villa, certainly was not. It was a secondary team of Villa, who came to BH to play this game, together with Palmeiras, who was a team very close to the Villa. We had some Villa directors who were part of Palmeiras, which was a smaller team ”

Formation of the Cruzeiro team

“Palestra starts with a good number of Yale players, who wanted to form a team of Italians. Yale was not essentially Italian, it had players from other teams as well. They formed the base, which was mostly Yale players, but not just Yale. They were also players who essentially wanted an Italian club. ”

“We have an account of the game, which says that it was well balanced, but that Palestra surprised us, because we had a very good team right from the start. The game had a very good audience, there at Padro Mineiro. There came a caravan with fans from Villa New to follow the match. Within the club, the match had a very positive impact on the president and the board, who said that Palestra Itália would really go ahead, after the great match they had. It gave a great encouragement even for Palestra to beat Atlético, then, 3-0, in that chroniclers’ cup, which was offered by the chroniclers of the time, who invited Palestra to play a game against Atlético. Palestra won a gold medal and a cup to symbolize that game. ”

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