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Go away for a week...

Pardon me if I'm a little wary and gun-shy. I remember how NASL loved Rayo Vallecano being involved with Rayo OKC and that went south very quickly. 

That said, I still haven't received a refund on my Fury Season Ticket Deposit for 2020, so maybe this has had legs for longer than I thought.

I can't imagine JdG *not* being involved in the FO in some form (preferably as an Assistant GM) due to his years spent playing in Spain and could act as a bridge/translator for the several incoming young U-23 players from their Academy (and I'm sure Atletico would parachute in their own GM/Sporting Director and Coach). There are a couple of ex-Fury players still in the area, so they could easily flesh out a team that might not be pretty, but the quality to price ratio of the transplanted Atletico players should shine through.

I was just about to put down season tickets for the new Ottawa CEBL team, but if this goes through, that's where I'm putting my money instead. I'll mourn the Fury, but I'm an Ottawa Supporter and that's what I'll do for the new team. And Red and White (hopefully with a little bit of black trim) is very appropriate for the Capital of Canada.

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9 minutes ago, Tigers said:

Not a huge fan of the name if true. At the very least anglicize to Ottawa Athletic FC or even Ottawa Athletics.

Not sure what the Ottawa Athletic Supporters would think of that ...

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58 minutes ago, nfitz said:

Not sure what the Ottawa Athletic Supporters would think of that ...

They would have to form a, ahem, support group with the Charlton Athletic Supporters and the Oldham Athletic Supporters.

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2 hours ago, Blackdude said:

 

It does mention that the team could start in the summer. 👀

Hmm, joining for the fall season sounds similar to what Cosmos did when they first joined NASL. How that ended makes this comparison... unsettling to me.

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Just to clarify the parent name: fans of Atlético call it Atleti or even Aleti. But in the club hymn it is clearly "Atlético". So if there is name confusion, even in Spain you see variations in pronounciation.

Fans of Athletic Club de Bilbao also call it "Athletic" or really "Atleti", the final "c" not pronounced and the "th" not as it is done in English.

I do think that for branding, either Atlético chooses the Spanish, or they get confused with Ath. Bilbao. So that it could be expected for them to not opt for either.

Here's a video of the Ath Bilbao hymn, starts with the club name repeated a few times:

 

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5 hours ago, Initial B said:

 There are a couple of ex-Fury players still in the area, so they could easily flesh out a team that might not be pretty, but the quality to price ratio of the transplanted Atletico players should shine through.

Don't think they will have as much of a problem putting a decent roster together as some think, and will be interesting to see if any Athletico Madrid players are brought in at all - Rayo OKC put together a late roster for their one season in NASL which had zero players that came from the Euro organization and competed very well. They brought in some quality imports and even Georgios Samaras for a name player.

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46 minutes ago, Blackdude said:

Reading that Jeff Hunt who stopped investing in the Fury is involved. He's still a member of OSEG.

AM approached Hunt to be involved in the new team, but it’s separate from OSEG. 
Atletico will provide players for the the team but it won’t be anyone of high quality. 

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6 minutes ago, CDNFootballer said:

Don't think they will have as much of a problem putting a decent roster together as some think

It will depend on how the cap size works and who will sign up. How loans might relate to that if Athletico paid the wages etc.

Seems like the following are still available from the last Fury Squad:

  • Callum Irving*
  • Nana Attakora*
  • Jeremy Gagon-Lapare*
  • Kevin Oliveria
  • Samb Mour
  • David Monslave*
  • Maxime Tissot*
  • Antoine Coupland*
  • Christiano Francois
  • Thiago De Freitas
  • Jordan Tisseur*
  • Jamar Dixon*
  • Jadon Vilfort*
  • Protais Bumbu Mutambala*
  • Luca Rici*
  • Dakota Barnathan
  • Cameron Shaw*

*Canadians

Could certainly be dated on these and some may have moved on, we know Nana is looking around and Coupland is on trial in Europe. Really only going off Wiki for that which might shock people to know, isn't always reliable. 

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10 hours ago, JamboAl said:

You know this is big when AS has Ottawa as the 3rd story after Gareth Bale and the new Barca manager.

So I guess today is the day that more Spaniards know about the CPL than Canadians :P

Seriously though, it’s always nice to have international coverage for the league!

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13 hours ago, Tigers said:

Not a huge fan of the name if true. At the very least anglicize to Ottawa Athletic FC or even Ottawa Athletics.

The Ottawa region has a large francophone population and Canada is bilingual so not sure I follow the logic. That kind of mentality is probably not helping on Quebec expansion. Beyond that Atletico sounds a lot more like soccer to me than Fury or Wizards or Intrepid or Pioneers and this is a soccer league not the CFL. If this gets the league to ditch the "By Canadians For Canadians" style nationalism and having David Clanachan droning on about rockem sockem soccer all the time and prompts it to shift over to welcoming in all investors that will help it to be as high a quality league as possible very much in the mainstream of the sport in international terms then it will be a positive watershed moment.

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14 hours ago, Initial B said:

...I remember how NASL loved Rayo Vallecano being involved with Rayo OKC and that went south very quickly...

Atletico Madrid are an order of magnitude larger as a club than Rayo Vallecano. I would have been posting stuff along those lines if it had turned out to be Espanyol, but having Atletico involved is a massive step forward for the league in credibility terms. This type of investment wasn't part of the original CSL playbook that often provides a feeling of deja vu where CanPL is concerned and not in a good way.

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2 hours ago, Ozzie_the_parrot said:

The Ottawa region has a large francophone population and Canada is bilingual so not sure I follow the logic. That kind of mentality is probably not helping on Quebec expansion. Beyond that Atletico sounds a lot more like soccer to me than Fury or Wizards or Intrepid or Pioneers and this is a soccer league not the CFL. If this gets the league to ditch the "By Canadians For Canadians" style nationalism and having David Clanachan droning on about rockem sockem soccer all the time and prompts it to shift over to welcoming in all investors that will help it to be as high a quality league as possible very much in the mainstream of the sport in international terms then it will be a positive watershed moment.

 

Atletico is just as bad a name as Fury.  It has nothing to do with the community, it's identity or it's history.  And it's in a language that's neither french or english.  

I'm glad AM want to be involved and I'm happy Ottawa will have a team, but the name Atletico fails on every level.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Ozzie_the_parrot said:

 If this gets the league to ditch the "By Canadians For Canadians" style nationalism 

Clearly, appealing to Canadians latent but strong self pride as a nation is right on the mark in terms of marketing strategy. What else would you appeal to? Canadians love of the sport of soccer? Quality of play ? And the strategy is working I will say.

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The focus primarily should be on having high quality soccer and not constantly suggesting that our sport has something to apologize for or change to make it work in Canada like David Clanachan does with all the nonsense about diving. Soccer is the greatest sport in the world bar none and will succeed on its merits in any country if played to a high enough standard. As for the strategy working I think something like the Atletico Madrid investment would have helped considerably with York 9, where things clearly aren't working well so far.

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1 hour ago, CanSuffer said:

Clearly, appealing to Canadians latent but strong self pride as a nation is right on the mark in terms of marketing strategy. What else would you appeal to? Canadians love of the sport of soccer? Quality of play ? And the strategy is working I will say.

 

Take no notice, it's just the never ending trolling he does against CPL.

 

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