Less than a year after the disaffiliation of the Red Sharks of Veracruz from Liga MX, due to the debts that the club had, professional football will be back in Puerto Jarocho with two teams, although this time it will be in the nascent Mexican Football League (LBM).
Through its official Twitter account, the LBM announced this Thursday and Friday that it will have the Veracruzano Shark Football Club and the Athletic Club Veracruz in its first tournament, which would begin next September in the face of current sanitary measures due to the pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19) that lashes the country.
The news caught fans by surprise; even, many took with humor that finally there will be a "derby jarocho" Although it is also expected that the Orizaba franchise be renewed in order to have a third team in the region.
In this way, the controversial PRI businessman and politician Fidel Kuri Grajales, former owner of the disappeared Red Sharks, would return to the soccer industry under the supervision of two of his lawyers, who will be as presidents of the Veracruzano Shark Soccer Club.
The new identity of the club appeared with a redesigned shield, which shows the classic blue and red colors, in addition to a shark and behind the silhouette of the pyramid of the archaeological zone of El Tajín.
“We understand the meaning of adopting the red-blue colors. We assume the responsibility of calling ourselves Sharks and admit the duty of what it means to represent the city ”, were the words that the club mentioned in its welcome.
What they have not yet defined is whether they will continue to play in the historic and World Cup stadium Luis "Pirata" Source; However, they already started with the formation of the workforce, coaching staff and other areas to hold the equipment.
For his part, the Athletic Club Veracruz It will be based in the city of Boca del Río, eight kilometers south of the rival's stadium.
The new identity will be attached to the history of pirates that surrounds the port since the time of the Spanish conquest, because its shield shows a boat, a pirate and the silhouette of the famous and imposing fortress of San Juan de Ulúa.
"After completing the corresponding procedures for affiliation with the National Football Association, we are pleased to formally announce that, from this day on, the Athletic Club Veracruz, joins the first division of the Mexican Football League as founding franchise ”, describes the text of his statement.
Who will also reappear in this competition are the Neza Bulls, from the city of Nezahualcóyotl, located northeast of the country's capital. A club that 25 years ago dazzled Mexican soccer with figures like Antonio "El Turco" Mohamed, Rodrigo "El Pony" Ruiz, Pablo Larios and Miguel "El Piojo" Herrera, reaching a final in 1997 against Chivas de Guadalajara
With them, they are already 10 teams those who so far have confirmed their participation in the first edition of the Mexican Football League: Chapulineros de Oaxaca, Ensenada FC, Jaguares de Jalisco, Leones Negros de la UDG, Toros Neza, Industriales de Naucalpan, Faisanes FC, Acapulco FC, as well as Pirates and Shark of Veracruz; however, it is expected to form up to 18 franchises.
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