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  1. The Vorticoan Divto In 1998, the VFA had become overwhelmed by a number of requests of entry into Championnat, however the VFA remained firm on their decision of rejecting further expansion in the top flight and so created the Divto, Vorticoa's second tier on the footballing pyramid. Quickly entry bids came soaring in and VFA accepted 18 teams into the inaugural season. The inaugural season was played out in 2000/2001 and the following promotion and relegation rules were set in place, 3 teams go up and 3 teams go down to and from the top flight. Anselme hold the honor of being the first team to win this competition and are also the most recent title holders. The Divto logo is comprised of three interlocking rings representing the VFA motto of courage, trust, teamwork.
  2. The results after match-week 25 are in, Port de Viselles remain top of the table despite a shaky draw, a mistake which chasers Thimonville failed to take advantage of as they drew as well. Lavoisie suffered a devastating loss to bottom of the table Sommetaire, which surely has them out of the title race. Anselme and Racing Descartes are now tied for points and will make for an interesting game when the two teams meet next week in Descartes. Achille will want to find form again quickly after they failed to win again, with their winless streak now lasting 3 games. Port de Viselles are a strong outfit this year, and sensational goalkeeper Thomas Campbell has spoken of his eagerness to win the trophy but urged his teammates to still keep pushing, reminding them that the race wasn't over yet. So could it be a first of many titles for Port de Viselles or will Thimonville beat them to it for their first trophy since Lundy's retirement, only time will tell. Other News Pundit Bruce Saymak has praised the new scheduling rules of the Championnat which were put in place at the start of the season. The new schedule acts as a guideline for scheduling matches and factors in environmental conditions and has been put together to provide the best drama over the season. It outlines the number of games that are to be played in each month and has included two breaks, one from mid-December to mid-January and another from mid-May to mid-August. Saymak said that the schedule meant that we will come into a really intense time around Easter and April, with title contenders not wanting to drop any points or slip up during this time. He also acknowledged the merit of the Winter Break, reminding us of the past when games continued to be played despite the snow and freezing temperatures. The new schedule, which was being tested this season has now been made official for all upcoming seasons of the Championnat.
  3. Turns out I forgot about one Championnat team, Sommetaire Sommetaire Unfortunately Sommetaire is the team that almost everyone forgets, the team from the Montagne Du Soleil are often bouncing between the two divisions and the only trophy in their cabinet in the form of a second division title in 2006/2007. Based out of the small township of Sommetaire, nestled in a valley in the Montagne Du Soleil they represent most of the villages in the area. Because they are in such a remote location they have become somewhat outcasts of the league which has led to many embarrassing stories. The best of these is from the 2001/2002 season when Thivars simply failed to show up to the game costing themselves the second division title. This story has evolved into a popular catchphrase in Vorticoa, "Don't pull a Thivars on me!" meaning 'Don't make plans then not show up' this was first penned by journalist James Grout, who has now become one of the leading Championnat reporters and hosts a segment on the Friday night pre-game show. As a team Sommetaire are fairly linear, they often sit back and defend before trying to catch teams on the counter attack, when it pays off Sommetaire can be one of the best teams in Vorticoa to watch, sadly this doesn't pay off very often and it is common for them to be on the receiving end of 3, 4 and even 5 nil defeats. They are sponsored by water company Evian and their kits are made by Puma.
  4. I really like the Stade de Paris logo and kits, they look really clean. Great work on this series by the way
  5. Spending a little time getting things prepared before moving onto the next league. I have made a few little graphics about the Championnat though. I proudly present...... CHAMPIONNAT TEAM OF ALL TIME A breakdown of the Players: GK: Thomas Campbell (Lhor 11-13) (Port de Viselles 14-??) LB: Erik Hendriks (Viselles Juniors 91-01) (Achille 02-06) CB: Chester Rakhale (AS Virsac 07-??) CB: Jeremy Nolan (Guille 05-08) (St Thomas 08-09) (Guille 10-13) RB: Charles Badjeck (Olympique Vijon 97-00) (Lhor 01-08) CM: Luke Agard (Olympiqe Laval 97-01) (Lavoisie 02-08) (Cieux City 09-13) CM: Michael Lundy (Thimonville 92-10) CM: Bruce Saymak (Cieux City 88-95) LW: Remus Mattson (Guille 11-??) ST: Nivaldo Pallaoro (Achille 98-04) (Champlain Foot 05-07) RW: Rick Suji (Thire 91-98) (Achille 99-02)
  6. Already at the final Championnat team! Achille Once a proud and fierce team, Achille have suffered immensely from the rise of other northern teams such as AS Virsac. Their traditional game of rough tackling and aerial passes has fallen out of favor with fans who prefer to see dangerous attacking football. Strangely despite their rough play style the club has had a long history with Brazilian players from the Championnat POTS winning Nivaldo Pallaoro, whose goal scoring antics in the 01/02 campaign gave him that accolade. Pallaoro is often considered as Achille's greatest ever players and some pundits would even place him in the best Championnat team of all time alongside the likes of legends like Bruce Saymak and Michael Lundy. Recently this tradition of Brazilian players has continued with the likes of undisciplined yet game-winning defender Pardo and cheeky winger Alan Madero. The club's colors of maroon and navy come from the city flag and have been used in the team's kits ever since the 70s. The story goes as after an intense game between Achille and Le Dorat which the former won via golden goal (Golden goal was the traditional format for friendly games in those days) and in celebration the Achille players all draped a Achille City flag across their back, however the raining was pouring down at that stage so the flags all stuck to the jersey and now the colors have stuck with the team. Achille ditched their old kit manufacturer Kelma for deal with New Balance, in the off season while long-time sponsor Bugatti remains as the team's primary sponsor.
  7. Racing Descartes A team formed out of the pockets of oil and motor sport tycoon Julien Guther, Racing Descartes are a fairly boring team. Whilst Guther's pockets could afford a brand new stadium, a decent team and professional staff his money could take them only so far. Racing Descartes have never won a title yet they've been relegated either and most seasons sit comfortably around midtable. However this team suits the city of Descartes like a glove. Descartes is located in a barren and dusty landscape and is the hottest city in Vorticoa, although it isn't the sort of nice heat like in other beach towns such as Viselles or Fontenois but instead a humid and dry heat. Racing Descartes wear a similar pattern to Guther's motor sport team of the same name, black with a red band down middle and lined with gold. Racing Descartes is the most popular team among the older generations due to the city's high real estate prices and luxurious nature, with many casinos and expensive restaurants. The highest prestige for a resident in Descartes is the honour of being invited into a royal club called "Taurus" which offers private dining and club services at many places around Descartes such as the racing track, the yacht club and of course the at the home of Racing Descartes, the Onnar Arena. The rumour is that Taurus has a 10 year waiting list and outside of invitations only 25 people get accepted each year. Aside from the glamour and publicity of Descartes, it is a fairly nice place to live and there are still many famous players from the area. Most notably is Bruce Prohouly a veteran midfielder and who before an horrible ACL injury was a starter in the Vorticoan national side. The club is entering their first year with new kit manufacturer Adidas and have just re-signed a deal for a further 5 years with sponsor Fly Emirates.
  8. St. Thomas CDF The only team located on the island Saint Thomas, they have always been the countries least supported team due to the islands small population. There aren't many words to describe the island of Saint Thomas, but tropical and commercial would probably be the best choice. The highlight of the island is definitely the old town which is located on the top of the hill and is home to the Church of Saint Thomas, a major historical tourist attraction for travelers. Other then that the island is mainly resorts and beaches. The small stadium with only a capacity of around 13,000 was built in 1997 in an attempt to get the local islanders playing sport, they somehow managed to form a team and ultimately decided to enter the team in the inaugural season of the second division. The second division is where the team has stayed for the most part having only played in the top flight on two occasions; the 03/04 season and the 16/17 season. Because of the islands ever changing population the team have suffered from a lack of real fans and the stadium might be full one week then empty the next. The orange kits were inspired by the old prison that was built slightly off shore and the Church of Saint Thomas is clearly found on the club's crest. The team are sponsored by Air France and the kits have been supplied by Under Armour for the third year in a row.
  9. I'm glad you like the designs. I must admit though that the Port de Viselles home kit was inspired by someone else's kit design for a Miami based team. I try to design kits based on the city the team plays in, so those cities must be similar to the ones you listed.
  10. After quite the lengthy hiatus I have decided to return to Vorticoa with a newfound passion, I have completed all the designs for the Championnat and I am still undecided about whether I should make a second division. Without further adieu let's get back into the teams Guille Originally a rowing club, the founders of the club realized the profit potential of expanding into a joint football-rowing club, they were one of the original teams in the Championnat yet only have one title to their name, coming in the 89/90 season. The town's name is derived from the French word for gargoyle comes from an old myth that on Halloween the gargoyle statues on the roof of Blaise Manor came alive, scaring away any children who came for candy. Whilst the original Blaise Manor is a listed heritage site, Guille's stadium, situated on the bank of the river where the rowing club operates, has used design style of the manor as inspiration with intimidating gargoyles lining the exterior of the stadium. If that isn't enough to scare opponents and travelling fans, the atmosphere inside will certainly do the trick. A sea of black and white jerseys fills the stadium at every home game and the fans seem to sing endlessly. Despite the clubs early title, nowadays they seem to find themselves jumping up and down divisions every year, however a stroke of good luck found the team in the 12/13 season as they narrowly dodged relegation following the appointment of manager Jeremy Yarle who has inspired the team to push further up the table. Their key player is undoubtedly Remus Mattson, a skillful left-winger who regularly creates glorious chances for the team, unfortunately Guille lacks a talented striker who can finish off these attacks. Many experts think that as soon as the striker problem is sorted out Guille will be a strong contender for the title once again. Anselme Anselme have certainly had an interesting history with a series of bankruptcy and dodgy deals tainting what could have been a strong team. Founded as a youth club in 70s they often supplied talented players too larger clubs, more often then not to Champlain Foot which is located in the brother city to Anselme. This was all going well and steady as Anselme expanded slowly to began to form an amateur team to play in the local league. However there was only so much money generated in the sale of youth products and the club struggled financially for many years. Willem Parsale, a board member of the club, convinced the rest of the board to push the team into a more professional outfit when it was announced that there would be a second division in order to raise funds. However for some reason this angered Champlain Foot and the two teams now have a fierce rivalry. The team got promoted in their first season and the board promoted Parsale to club president, this was when the club fell apart as Parsale paid for transfers using stocks of his company and brought in most of the profit the club earned. This continued on for many years until 2007 when there was a major investigation into Willem Parsale, after he declared bankruptcy. Many wondered what would happen to the club and it eventually disbanded when no other board members wanted to take charge. Still, the fans rallied together and using limited funds re-invented the team in a local league. In 2013 they applied to enter the second division once again and found themselves promoted to the Championnat last season, winning their second, second division on the way. The club's kits are manufactured by Lotto and are sponsored by French food brand Sodebo.
  11. Port de Viselles Thanks to an investment by multi-millionaire Jeremy Alard this club has risen from a poorly performing second division side to a team that is capable of challenging for the Championnat title. Yet this has been done without barely spending a dollar on foreign superstars or high money transfers. When Jeremy came to the club in 2008, he realized that the club was run terribly by previous owner tycoon Aaron Cheshire. After multiple fans riots forced the VFA to intervene and alongside Jeremy ran an investigation into the club. The results kicked Cheshire out and Jeremy took his place, vowing to correct the wrongs the former owner had made. Jeremy began with improving the staff, hiring scouts to search the local leagues for talented players. However most fans think Jeremy's greatest contribution is the restoration of the stadium and the updating of the facilities. These changes among many more resulted in Port de Viselles being promoted to the top flight for the first time in the clubs history in the 2010/2011 season. The 2011/2012 season saw the first time Viselles Juniors and Port de Viselles competed against each other in a competitive match with the fierce local rivalry splitting the city in half. With 4 red cards and 5 penalties being handed out across both games, both derbies were tough and strong physical battles with a moment of magic from youngster Alexandro being the decisive goal in the home fixture for Port de Viselles. Port de Viselles fan base comes largely from the east side of the city known as the student quarter with multiple universities and a large region dedicated to shops whilst Viselles Juniors stadium is located on the waterfront on looking St Thomas island and club attracts a lot more high class and older fans. The different fan bases are reflected in the teams with Viselles Juniors honoring tradition and heritage where as Port de Viselles tries to be as out their as they can, pushing boundries, this is reflected especially well in their kits. This year kit manufacturer Adidas has implemented a subtle wave pattern into the traditional cyan shirt and for the away kit have chosen to use a dark purple pattern. The club penned a shirt sponsorship deal with Yokohama in 2015.
  12. Lavoisie FC Whilst their recent performances aren't something to write home about Lavoisie FC are undoubtedly one of the most prestigious clubs in Vorticoa. One of the biggest fanbases in Vorticoa and the most supported Vorticoan club internationally, the club has been a powerhouse ever since it's formation and entry to the Ligue du Sud winning the title year after year with little competition. In 1986 when it organised a one-off game against other powerhouse Cieux City some 40,000 fans crowded in and around the small ground to watch the game that ended as a 2-1 win to Lavoisie as Cieux City couldn't restore a two goal deficit. The club continued its dominance from the Ligue du Sud into the Championnat and in the 1988/1989 season became the inaugural champions of the Championnat. The club added a second trophy to the cabinet in 1993 and then preceded to quiet down for a few seasons. The best was still to come when from 01/02 - 06/07, the club won an impressive 5 league trophies. Veteran striker Bruce Mandanda is the only player still from the side that last won silverware in 06/07 whose 25 goals in the campaign helped the team win with a 12 point gap over second placed Thire. Mandanda, now 33, has seen the team yet again quiet down and the question on all fans minds is whether or not another period of success is to follow. Having moved from their old stadium which was situated amongst the lovely botanic gardens in the old town to a flashy new arena in downtown Lavoisie, older fans are in disarray feeling as if the club has thrown away all heritage and pride. The old stadium will still be kept in a pristine condition as the club ponder what to use it for, with many hierarchy members at the club suggesting a museum. The team's controversial deal with Coca-Cola was signed in 2014 and the club have recently ditched their deal with Puma to sign a large and expensive deal with Adidas.
  13. Champlain Foot The city of Champlain is situated between the "Deux Fleuves" or two rivers. As a result of this, the most famous monument of the town is the Grollier Bridge which is depicted on Champlain Foot's crest and kit. The city used to previously be a hub of factories and mining but the rapid growth in the area has pushed the factories and mining facililities further and further away from the city, since that the city has flourished and in 1984 a multipurpose stadium was built on the land that previously belonged to a bottling factory. The club itself has never won any silverware but likewise they have never been relegated. Their most fierce rivals are undoubtedly Anselme as the two clubs have had a hatred for each other since the late 90s back when Anselme were only playing regional football. Before then the clubs were friendly towards each other as Champlain were the only professional club from the region but ever since Anselme declared that they were going to become professional and begin playing in the newly founded second division the clubs have had a strong hatred for each other. After Anselme won promotion back to the Championnat last season the derby games this season are heavily anticipated. Champlain are sponsored by Perrier, won of the brands that partly owned the old bottling factory and since last year the kits have been made by Adidas.
  14. That would be amazing if you could! As for the national team I was thinking colors being white and light blue, as for kit manufacturer, I'll leave that up to you
  15. As not to offend anyone I have changed the lion in the Thire crest
  16. I'm sorry if I offended anyone, it's just that I'm not exactly good at making lions in photoshop. I'll change it if you want No reason, I had my initial designs with the number above the name and just decided to run with it.
  17. Olympique Laval Whilst considered one of the big clubs of Vorticoa by their fans, Olympique Laval's most recent trophy came in 2001 and since then the club hasn't been much more than a mid-table side. However this doesn't stop the loyal fans from bragging about the distant memory of success they had during the Ligue du Sud era during which the club was regarded as one of the most promising looking sides as the won the now defunct competition in 1986 with a young side full of ambition and talent. This was the club's fourth trophy in the league and when paired with the Championnat win in 2001 makes up the 5 star that appear on the club's crest. Choosing to prematurely end their deal with Macron, Laval have signed a deal with kit manufacturer Umbro. Whilst sponsor Veolia re-signed with the club to have their logo on the front of the shirt. Thire Thire are one of four professional clubs from the region known as the Thomas Trail, an area which explorer Thomas Grenier mapped out during the initial discovery of Vorticoa. The region boasts a lush forest and a large variety of wildlife which is represented through each team's crest such as Thimonville's elk and Thire's lion. Some may think these clubs would have a fierce rivalry with each other but that is not the case. Instead they consider each other as brothers. Thire have won the Championnat twice in 1995 and 1998 and are the only Thomas Trail side to have played in the inaugural season. The club were announced alongside Fiorentina and St Etienne as one of the flagship clubs that Le Coq Sportif would be the kit manufacturer for beginning in the 2014/2015 season. Previously sponsored by Coca-Cola, fans rioted when they found out they would share a sponsor with Lavoisie FC, so parent brand the Coca-Cola Company chose instead to promote Sprite on the front of the jersey, pleasing the fans in the childish argument.
  18. Now moving on to, Thimonville Thimonville are a club that almost always exceeds expectations but nothing more, their two titles were separated by a decade, in 99/00 and 09/10 respectively. However the small city of Thimonville is the birthplace of perhaps the greatest ever Vorticoan footballer, Michael Lundy. Lundy had a 18-year career with Thimonville that lasted from 1992 to 2010, during this time he captained the side to two titles before retiring at the age of 35 after winning the league title in his final season. As a player his accomplishments are remarkable, he is the highest capped Vorticoan player and also has the most appearances in the Championnat with 620 appearance to his name. Since his retirement his infamous number 21 has been retired for both club and country. Lundy now appears as a pundit for the Championnat and also hosts multiple football shows in Vorticoa. As a club Thimonville is very local and heavily involved with the community and boasts one of the best academies in Vorticoa. The club have been with Adidas since the 2006 and with Samsung since 2012.
  19. Moving onto the next team then, AS Virsac Recently AS Virsac have shown their ability to be a powerhouse team in Vorticoa having won 4 titles from 2008-2015. The has grown from a team that usually placed in the lower rankings of the league to a team that is constantly fighting for a top spot. This has all come about since Damien Bergougneux came to the club in 2002 and revamped the entire club top to bottom. He focused heavily on the youth academy and made sure the club managed to keep all the promising prospects rather than sell them on like they used to do, as the had no means of competing with larger clubs financially. Bergougneux also further extended the youth scouting network to reach foreign areas and brought in talents such as current team captain Chester Rakhale and clinical finisher Benjamin Barthelemy. The club has grown rapidly recently due to a population boom in Virsac with the fan base receiving more and more members. The club has still retained it's association with multiple charities and this season UNICEF dons the front of the traditional pink and white shirt. Nike have produced the kit for the third season in a row.
  20. I designed a variant of Cieux's away jersey using the suggestions everyone made.
  21. Yes, I purposefully used different collars purely for variations sake. As much as I love a v-neck I didn't want my designs to become repetitive I tried the grey kit using the blue from the white originally, but I thought that as a spectator seeing the game from a height the kits might look a bit too similar, so as you said it was for more variation from the home kit and for more contrast with the grey Now that you point that out, you have a good point. I might reduce the stripes to just one so there is still something to break up the light blue.
  22. Let's start off with the reigning champs, Cieux City Cieux City are considered one of the two historical powerhouses of Vorticoan football, being extremely successful in the defunct Ligue Nord, they continued their form over into the Championnat and have managed to win the title a record 8 times. The city of Cieux is located on the banks of the Great Lake among many other smaller cities and towns, however despite these local derbies many fans consider Lavoisie FC to be the arch-rivals due to the two being the most successful clubs in Vorticoa. Winning their eighth title last season earned them a new sponsorship deal with Hyundai and they've been with kit manufacturers Under Armour since 2011. Jon Fonseca is one of the high caliber players in the league who re-joint the champions in the off season after spending time in other European leagues, he chose the number 21 for two reasons, firstly that was his age when he first won the league with Cieux and secondly the same number was worn for Cieux City by club legend Bruce Saymak. All C&C is Welcome
  23. So after entering some teams into @gswansea's WFA Club Championship and seeing @XenonDesigns rebooting the MPL, I decided to finally post the league I have been working on recently. I will begin with posting the first divison teams and then later continue on with the second tier. Vorticoa The fictional country of Vorticoa, which is hypothetically located as an island in the North Sea, the country houses a large francophone population with French being the primary language spoken, however in recent years foreigners have arrived to give the country a lot broader range of cultures. The one thing that unites the nation is football/soccer and with around thirty professional teams spanning across two tiers there is a lot of fan support and rivalry. Below is a map of Vorticoa with city names, each city houses at least one team with some larger cities housing two or more. The capital city of Vorticoa is Viselles which is indicated in red. With that out of the way, I'd like to introduce you to the highest divison in the Vorticoa pyramid, Championnat Vorticoa! Formed in 1988 as a merger of the existing Ligue Nord and Ligue du Sud, which were the North and South leagues, respectively. The aim was to create a nation-wide competition to further unite the nation. Starting off with 10 teams which was later expanded to 14 in 1990 and introduced promotion and relegation in 2000, the quality of the league has grown rapidly and is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe. The title has only been won by 9 different teams with powerhouse Cieux City holding the most titles with 8 to their name. I will begin to start posting teams later today or tomorrow.
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