- Apr 7, 2009
So here is my new story. I considered some tiny teams in foreign lands and thought of some country hopping challenges but I myself prefer a one club challenge as I am a sad individual who keeps record of games, goals, appearances etc (got folders full of them lol).
Anywho I have decided to go Chivas Guadalajara and Mexico - both at the same time. The aim is simple - Win everything both domestically and continentally with Chivas and win the World Cup and even the Copa America and Olympic Games with Mexico should the opportunities arise.
Sounds achievable but difficult right? Wrong!!! Much like my favourite FM save with Athletic Bilbao I have a severe transfer restriction with Chivas although not as harsh as Athletic - I can only sign Mexican players!!!!
So basically at club level I have to lead an all Mexican side to glory and hope thats good enough to propel the national side to achievements that were unknown before.
Here is a brief intro to both club and country.........
CD Gualajara (Chivas)
One of the 10 founding members of the Mexican league, Chivas have never been relegated to the 2nd division (alongside their great rivals America). They were founded by French people hence why their club colours are blue, white and red. They have won the top division 12 times which makes them the 2nd most successful club in the country.
Founded - 1906
Ground - Estadio Akron
Capacity - 49,850
Primera Division/Liga MX (12) - 1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1969-70, 1986-87, Verano 1997, Apertura 2006, Clausura 2017
Copa Mexico/Copa MX (4) - 1962-63, 1969-70, Apertura 2015, Clausura 2017
Campeon de Campeones (7) - 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1970
SuperCopa MX (1) - 2016
CONCACAF Champions League (2) - 1962, 2018
Mexico the country itself is steeped in football history. They played the first ever World Cup match in 1930 versus France and have qualified no less than 16 times and have also qualified for every tournament since 1994 and have escaped the group stage in every one.
The most successful nation in the CONCACAF region they have also won the Confederations Cup and the Olympics as well as a host of Gold Cups which means that the only thing missing is the World Cup (unless an invite to the Copa America happens as a guest).
The country itself has also hosted 2 World Cups which brought Mexico's best performances as they reached the quarter-finals. Famous players include Hugo Sanchez, Chicharito, Hirving Lozano and Jorge Campos.
Ranking - =15th
Stadium - Estadio Azteca
Capacity - 81, 070
FIFA Confederations Cup (1) - 1999
CONCACAF Championship/Gold Cup (11) - 1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019
CONCACAF Cup (1) - 2015
THOUGHTS ON THE SAVE
Its a bit different lol. It should be fun though. If domestic success comes easy (we are predicted to finish 5th in the first season) then national success will be much more difficult.
I will have to get my head around the domestic scene. The league is split into 2 tournaments (opening and closing - Apertura and Clausura) with the top 8 qualifying for play-offs to decide the champions of each stage. As far as I can make out the domestic cup also used to happen twice a season but according to Wikipedia that changed for this season which I hope takes effect in the game!
Its all a bit confusing regarding other tournaments so I shall see how we get on. I have loaded up the MLS as the USA and its teams will be our biggest rivals and challenges continentally while I have also loaded up every North American player from Nicaragua to Canada just to give the game a sense of realism.
Finally my one worry. I remember doing a save as Gremio last year or the year before and in the first year we conquered all before us and even beat Real Madrid 5-0 in the Club World Cup and the top 3 players in the World Player of the Year were Gremio players - AFTER 1 SEASON!!!! If something like that happened here so quickly it would ruin the save for me.
So wish me luck, follow, reply (keeps me going!) and feel free to add an Mexican football knowledge or North American football in general which may come into play.