WELCOME TO ATLETICO PARANAENSE
The Arena da Baixada
EDIT: this is a pure youth system save. Please see post #72.
Please let me welcome you to Atletico Paranaense. I hope this becomes a nice read, especially for those of you who haven't experienced club football in Brazil. The thread is not intended as a club guide, merely a record of the clubs path with me at the helm; however, I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have about the club, or my save in general. I'll start by answering a few elementary questions in advance.
Why Brazil? - have you seen the female supporters here?!?! Seriously, I was bored with Europe. That doesn't mean Europe's not good, or I don't like it. Just that I've never played anywhere else and wanted a big change. So many of the club names conjur up pictures in my imagination and I want to experience what the country and continent has to offer.
Aren't the state championships boring? - many people find that. If you play a one dimensional game with a strong club you might too. However, these championships mean a lot to the supporters and you have a duty to them to do as well as you can. In addition, you can qualify for the national cup competition through the state games, so you don't want to chance things by not taking them seriously. My intention is to use these games, which happen before the national league, to evaluate youths I've produced and had out on loan to see if they can contribute to my first team. I won't be doing that at the expense of results though. It's important to keep a competitive team during this period, for reasons I'll mention in the next question...........
Is there a South American Champions League? - yes, there is; it's called the Copa Libertadores. This runs in the first half of your season, at the same time as your state championships. So, you need a team ready to hit the ground running - you can't use the state games exclusively as 'warm-up' matches! There's also the Copa Sudamericana and that's kind of like Europes UEFA/Europa Cup, and it's played in the second half of the season while the National league is being played.
Why Atletico? - I want a club where I have to create things in my own image to be successful; I don't want to step into a big club that challenges for honours straight away. Atletico are ranked around 11th-15th in the National so can be regarded as a fringe club. They have a modest stadium (25000) and a good set-up regarding facilities and affiliated clubs. As well as all that important stuff, I just like their colours and badge!