Location: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais- Brazil
Months Available: March – beginning of December
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube was founded on January 2, 1921 by a group of Italian immigrants who came to Belo Horizonte. The club’s first name was Societa Esportiva Palestra Italia and its colors were white, green, and red representing the Italian flag. Until 1924, only Italian immigrants were allowed to play on the team. In January of 1942, at the height of WWII, the Brazilian Federal government prohibited any club from associating with any country that was an ally to Germany, forcing the team to change its name and colors.
On October of 1942, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube was born under the celestial five star constellation bearing the colors of blue and white. Because of its modern infrastructure and numerous world championships, Cruzeiro has developed into one of the top ranking clubs in Brazil and as the club with the biggest fan base in the state of Minas Gerais. It was from Cruzeiro’s youth categories that great names have been created such as Ronaldo, Belletti, Maicon, Gomes, Luis?, Freddy, Ricardinho, and many more players.
Players train and house at Cruzeiro’s Toca da Raposa 1 Training Center. Toca da Raposa 1 is among the best youth training centers in Brazil. Players are expected to train twice a day and play games on weekends. Players also have the opportunity to see the professionals play at the famous Mineirao Stadium (if schedule permits). DSE players have full access to all of the facilities at Cruzeiro Esporte Clube and a city tour of Belo Horizonte is offered. Delima Soccer has taken many teams such as the University of West Florida (Pensacola), Connecticut Select, the U-17 US National Team, and many individual players to train at Cruzeiro Esporte Clube.
The youth program at Cruzeiro was established on January 2, 1921 making it a pioneer in the area of youth development. The first championship won by Cruzeiro’s U-19 team took place in 1943 where they were undefeated in the Minas Gerais Junior Tournament. Cruzeiro continues to win prestigious international and national tournaments and championships.