The Cruzeiro was founded on January 2, 1921, by sportsmen of the Italian colony of Belo Horizonte, with the name of Societá Sportiva Palestra Itália.
Renamed for Cruzeiro in 1942 - in reference to Cruzeiro do Sul - by imposition of the federal government at the time prohibited the use in the country of any symbols of Germany, Italy and Japan, enemy nations of Brazil in the context of World War II.
The current shield of Cruzeiro, with a crown in allusion to the Triplice Crown, conquered in 2003 (that means the conquest of the State Championship, Brazilian Cup and Brazilian Championship.)
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