Leones Negros - Black Lions on their way to Mexican glory Jul 12, 2020 19:37:06 GMT Nick and hokster like this
Post by Dirk Nowitzki on Jul 12, 2020 19:37:06 GMT
Leones Negros de la Universidad de Guadalajara - Takeover report
I have been enjoying FM a lot recently and mainly thanks to this forum I also got inspired for some saves that contributed massively to this enjoyment, but the downside of this is that it made me hop saves a bit too often. This time I was looking at the MLS and how it works, and then Mexico caught my eye. At first, I was looking at Chivas Guadalajara and their policy to only sign Mexican players, which is hardcoded into the game like Athletic only buying Basque players. They are already very strong though, so I looked around a little in the area and decided to start with their neighbors, Leones Negros de la Universidad de Guadalajara, or simply Leones Negros. The black lions play in the second Mexican tier and have spend all of the last decade in this league, except for 2014-15 when they went straight down again after winning promotion the season before. Hopefully this will stick, or perhaps makes me move to a different country within the same save after all the work is done at Leones Negros.
The squad I inherited isn't that great, but at least consisted mostly of players we have under contract ourselves, unlike a few other teams who consist for at least 80(!) percent of loaned players. Most players will be unknown to the general public, but we do have 39-year old Omar Bravo and Juan Carlos Valenzuela in the team. Especially Bravo used to be a regular for the Mexican national team. I have signed 4 players that were offered by their agents on a free to fill some holes, but nothing spectacular and mostly short term fixes. We will line up in a 4-1-2-1-2 narrow diamond, since I wanted a change of pace from my 4-5-1 I used in several saves. I did keep most of the other instructions intact, so we play attacking high-press football.
There are currently 12 teams in the second tier, but this will increase to 18 over the years (I holidayed a few seasons in a test save to get a feel for the format since I had never managed in Mexico). Mexican leagues are played in a Apertura and Clausura format, in which the numbers 2 to 7 play each other in a two-legged quarter final after the initial competition where every team played each other once. The top team will join in in the semi finals. The winners of the Apertura and Clausura play each other at the end of the season for the only promotion spot, so it's not that straightforward to win promotion.
The odds for this season show that the quality of teams is pretty even, so it should be an exciting season.
Facility-wise we are okay but not great, with adequate recruitment and academy coaching, and good youth and training facilities. We do play in the massive Estadio Jalisco, a 56,713 all-seater (although it says the maximum capacity is 55,020 for normal matches) that is shared by top tier team Atlas and Leones Negros. We don't come near using its full capacity yet with our 10,000 season ticket holders, but at least this won't hold us back from growing in the future!
The goal of this save is obviously to get promoted as soon as possible, and then grow to become a challenger for the Mexican title using mostly Mexican talent. I think the continental competitions will mostly be challenged by Mexican and American teams, so I'm not sure how important they are compared to the domestic league, but this is something that will surely have to wait for a bit!