That piqued your interest didn’t it? 😉 I don’t necessarily think the Spanish Segunda Division is dull, however, I’ve never been remotely interested in managing there on Football Manager. I guess because there haven’t been any clubs in that league that have grabbed me.
So when I had the idea of making a brand new league with made-up clubs and newgens (players and staff) I thought the Liga Adelante would be the ideal one to recreate. It’s also fun that when you get promoted you’re playing against Barcelona et al.
I believe it was ‘FootyManagerTV’ (YouTube video/ Twitter) whose current YouTube challenge, ‘FM Base £50m Challenge’, inspired me to get in to the official Data Editor for this project so thanks to him.
I’ve also read several threads on how to create leagues and leagues that people have made and someone mentioned that if your team play far from where they’re based the club will incur heavy travel costs so I’ve tried to give the teams stadiums at least in Spain…
I wanted to use real places for my clubs so I took to Bing Maps to look at Spain. Nothing immediately interested me about the mainland Spanish towns, plus, this is probably where most Liga Adelante clubs are base anyway so that put me off.
As soon as I spotted Ibiza though, a place I’m sure you all know is synonymous with night clubs and drunk European kids, I couldn’t resist making a league with teams based in the Balearic Islands. There are only four islands there though so I had an early stumbling block.
When creating a league in Football Manager with the data editor you have to include the same amount of clubs as in real life. I guess it’s simply due to the rules in the particular league system, you could only have more or less teams if you created your own league system or somehow changed the rules which I’m not familiar with.
Then I thought, ‘Aren’t the Canary Islands Spanish?’. And indeed they are. The Canary Islands, as our old friend, Wikipedia, says, “… are a Spanish archipelago (a chain, cluster or collection of islands) located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. The Canaries are one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities and are among the outermost region of the European Union proper. The islands include (from largest to smallest): Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste.
So I could name 18 clubs after an island in the Canaries (Islas Canarias) or the Balearic Islands (Islas Baleares) but would have to come up with four of my own imagination.
The 22nd club would be bestowed the honour of being named ‘Ander Herrera Fan Club CF‘ for comedic purposes as this is supposed to be a fun but dedicated save.
The teams at the start of the 2012/13 campaign are as follows:
Tenerife, Fuerteventura, CF Gran Canaria, SD Lanzarote, La Palma, SD La Gomera, CD El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, CD Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque Oeste FC, Juan CF (I was tired, come on), Ander Herrera Fan Club CF, Majorca CF, Real Formentera, Felanitx, FC Santa James, CF Santa Adelaide, Atletico Minorca and Ibiza Coast CF.
Here they are after two games. Ibiza Coast look a pretty attacking outfit.
At the start all clubs had were newgens which gave a fresh platform to build on and each day thereafter history was made.
As soon as I loaded the league and started a save I had a huge smile on my face for minutes. I’m not sure why but hopefully using this league will have the same affect on you!
Hopefully I will continue to find fun from this edited database and if I do I’ll write more articles about it. If you download this league which club would you choose and why?
Let me know in the comments.
And you can download the league here To use it simply paste the downloaded file in the ‘Editor Data’ folder in your Sports Interactive folder.