I started this game at the end of last year after someone put together a database for Brazilian Leagues down to about Level 20.
I looked at those levels and decided I wouldn’t have the patience to start at the very bottom and work up, so I chose Level 13. At these levels teams compete on very much a regional basis and the one which attracted me was Flamengo Paraibano
When I was growing up one of my favourite players was Zico, and he played for Flamengo. These guys are obviously not as big a club as them, but they play in the same colours so that was good enough for me.
If you're really interested in the club here is the link to the wikipedia page on themhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esporte_Clube_Flamengo_Paraibano
One of the enjoyable things about this challenge is the sheer amount of games you play. You have a State/Regional championship and then the proper League format. The State/Regional league has the same 20 teams in every year, whereas the proper league has promotion and relegation.
Here is a breakdown of the different competitions I can compete in.Campeonato Paraiba
This is the State/Regional Championship made up of 20 teams, where you play 19 matches. The top two then compete in a play-off to determine the overall winner for the year. The season runs from January-May. The play-off is about 10 days after the league format ends. Inferior 5th Divisao
This national league format has 22 teams and runs from June-December. You play each side home and away with 4-up and 4-down.Copa do Brasil
Brazilian Cup competition which contains 10 rounds. It appears that Serie A clubs enter from Round 2 onwards, so you could meet a big team early and that’s the end of your chances. This competition runs throughout the year.Trofeu de Divisoes Inferiores
This is a League Cup for lower divisions. There are 5 different ‘Inferior’ leagues which exist below the 8-level Serie structure. There are 9 rounds to negotiate.
So, to win all 4 competitions you would have to take part in an incredible 80 matches!
Flamengo gave me a decent wage bill and even though that puts us in the red every season, they keep pumping money back in. I managed to negotiate some good free transfers.
There are some interesting names in this club, the vice-captain is a player called Dude
and then this guy
Well, the first season in the Campeonato Paraiba went quite well, we finished 4th. But we got an idea of the standard needed to win the league as the title went to a club who won every game!
We were knocked out of the First Round of the Copa do Brasil, but did really well in the League Cup winning my first piece of silverware
In the National League we cruised through to win the title by 11pts, conceding just 13 goals.
Our promotion has enabled me to upgrade the coaching staff and also ship out some of the top earning players who hadn’t made an impression in the first season.