Rio de Janeiro, Nov 15 IANS | 2 years ago

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has sent her congratulations to Cruzeiro after the Belo Horizonte side won their first Campeonato Brasileiro title in a decade.

The championship was secured with four matches remaining after Cruzeiro's 3-1 away win over Vitoria Wednesday, the club's 23rd victory from 34 matches this season, reports Xinhua.

Rousseff, an avid fan of bitter city rivals Atletico Mineiro, graciously acknowledged the feat on Twitter Thursday.

"I want to congratulate the fans and players of Cruzeiro for their third Campeonato Brasileiro. It was fully deserved," Rousseff wrote.

Cruzeiro, who previously won the title in 1966 and 2003, will lift the trophy in front of their home fans against Bahia at the Mineirao stadium Dec 1.

(Posted on 15-11-2013)