June 12, 2020

POSTED BY

Jesus Ortega

CATEGORY

The Takeover of Mazatlan Football Club

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In a matter of a few months, the Mexican football league has gone on a roller coaster ride surprising everyone with their administrative decisions. I wish I could say it was for the well of the league but unfortunately time after time the league proves me wrong. Not only did …

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In a matter of a few months, the Mexican football league has gone on a roller coaster ride surprising everyone with their administrative decisions. I wish I could say it was for the well of the league but unfortunately time after time the league proves me wrong. Not only did they dissolve the second division football which automatically eliminated relegation/promotion but they also allowed the disappearance of emblematic club Monarcas Morelia. With the elimination of promotion-relegation, many players from the second division became jobless during the COVID pandemic. On the other hand, Monarcas Morelia surprisingly sold their plaza to Mazatlan causing the team to relocate. This week Mazatlan FC introduced their new badge and let me tell you, they don’t stop surprising us.

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Before: Monarchas Morelia // After: Mazatlan FC

No one what expecting Monarcas Morelia, with seventy years of existence, to suddenly dissolve and give their Liga MX spot to Mazatlan FC. This sudden move has caused anger towards the high officials of the Liga MX for allowing this. The owners Grupo Salinas were mainly blamed for letting money buy Mazatlan a way into Liga MX without going through the proper procedure of earning a spot through promotion.

Mazatlan FC has been accused of stealing from Morelia but it might not be the only thing they might get away with taking positions of. This week Mazatlan revealed their new emblem and instantly were accused of appropriating the color purple that Morelia has been using in their visitor jerseys for the past years. However, in the press release, Mazatlan explained the significance of the color purple in their identity. The purple color represents the sunset sky in Mazatlan which means the night is starting and fills the city with life and football passion.

Now that we have cleared where the color derived from let’s move onto the badge. I don’t know about you but it has the same structure as the one in Manchester City. A round circle with a badge center inside. The circle with line rays inside represent power and energy along worth the sunrise of Mazatlan. The badge inside the circle contains an anchor that can also be spotted in Mazatlan coats of arms. The canons just on top of the anchor represent the national defense of 1964. The final symbol in the badge is the lighthouse that reflects the light that illuminated the pacific.

To start, I am happy for the people of Mazatlan having a professional team even though I don’t agree with the way they were incorporated. Regarding their identity, I am not a fan of the crest. I feel that if you bought your way into the league you might as well have invested in strategy and branding. Based on the symbols they provided, Mazatlan FC has a lot of material to create a powerful emblem that would impact Liga MX. However, they fell short by using an existing crest template in filling it with all their symbols. Their crest lacks personality and becomes way too busy. Mazatlan you are in the first division and we would love to see you prosper. If you ever think of chaining your crest to something that would empower your club, contact his alfalfa studio. We’ll get the job done right.

I want to note that the fans of Mazatlan have nothing to do with this debated outcome. Just like every other fan they deserve to have a team play in Mexicos top league. However, the administrative decisions and not following the proper procedures was the main issue. I agree that buying your way into the league is not good for football at all. Put yourself in the place of Morelia fans, who have had generations rooting for a team and now have nothing. With this takeover of monarchs Morelia, they also took over their social media accounts. So as of now, Mazatlan FC counts with thousands of fans, although most of them cheer for Morelia.

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