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Mexican football club back in business

The National staff   |  July 21, 2013

Queretaro’s Luis Angel Landin, right, celebrates a goal for his club with teammates last season. Hugo Avila / Getty Images
Queretaro’s Luis Angel Landin, right, celebrates a goal for his club with teammates last season. Hugo Avila / Getty Images

Queretaro were relegated from the Mexican first division two months ago and closed down as a club, but thanks to a franchising quirk, will play again in the top flight when the season starts this weekend.

Entrepreneur Amado Yanez bought up the franchise of struggling Chiapas, nicknamed the Jaguars, in the south of Mexico and moved the team to the central city.

Queretaro, whose team went by the nickname White Roosters, have a strong football pedigree that Yanez is hoping to capitalise on.

Two other teams have also changed names and location – promoted La Piedad and San Luis.

San Luis were based in Potosi, north of Queretaro, but have moved to Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, where they will carry the name of that region, although they bear no relation to the departed Jaguars. La Piedad’s team have moved across Mexico from Michoacan state in the west to the gulf port city of Veracruz in the east.

“There is no infrastructure and many things are lacking [at La Piedad] to have a first-division team,” team owner Fidel Kuri said.

“[Veracruz] governor Javier Duarte made it possible for me to take the franchise, which is why Veracruz now has a first-division team.”

Mexican league president Decio de Maria said the changes “could be [seen as] a lack of respect, while for others, it is a commitment to provide first-division football at new venues.

“Evidently, the league, the fans and the teams are affected but decisions have to be taken.”

– Reuters