|Country||Candelaria And Marquez|
|Association||Candelaria And Marquez Association Football Association|
|Established||Prior to CMSC I|
|Divisions||CMSC1, CMSC2, 4 regional divisions|
|Number of teams||Eighty-six|
|Level(s) on pyramid||Four|
|Domestic cup||CMS Cup|
|Current champions||Albrecht FC (twelfth title) (CMSC XXXIX)|
|Most successful team||Albrecht FC (twelve titles)|
|Media partners||TV1, TTO Sport|
The Candelaria And Marquez Soccer Championship, most commonly known as the CMSC, was a six division football league, and the governing body thereof, based in Candelaria And Marquez. Since a lower-league restructuring prior to the XXVIII season the top division has been formally known as the CMSC1, though CMSC is still used colloquially. The league was placed on an indefinite hiatus following its thirty-ninth edition and can be considered disbanded in practise with no obvious sign of an imminent resumption of professional football in the Candelarias.
Formed to replace the defunct NFBL following a prior dissolution in the 1970s; the CMSC1 expanded to eighteen teams and became the most watched sports league in the Candelarias and Rushmore, thanks in part to the heavy financial backing of the country’s government and, latterly, a significant degree of foreign investment. Foreign players had been permitted since XXV and the start of what became known as the 'International Era', and the league has since been home to nationals from well over fifty countries. From the start of the XXXI season, the CMSC also took a major step forward in the integration of foreigners by electing NAPPC and Tenderville United, both of Nethertopia, to join the second division.
Since early in XXVIII, CMSC clubs participated in global football via the Champions’ Cup and related competitions, and have been ranked, collectively, as high as first in the formal global rankings system, with Albrecht FC and Albrecht Turkish having lifted world titles, and Caires City ranked for a time as the top side in international club football.
|1936||Brayton Town FC|
|1939||All Saints FC|
|1940||Di Alfonso Stars|
|1961||Swords of Bass|
The original National Foot-Ball League was established in 1935, though the game had previously been played across the Candelarias since the islands’ colonisation. City-based and regional amateur leagues had been in place since the turn of the century, attracting vast crowds and being home to certain clubs – including Albrecht Turkish, Caires Sports and Port of Clotaire – that remain major sides to this day.
Not all big clubs opted to chase the moolah offered by regular nationwide play right from the start – indeed, only eight teams contested the 1935 championship – but in time the NFBL grew to become one of the country’s major past-times and a great source of national unity throughout the Civil War era and its aftermath.
In the immediate years following the conflict however, the league rapidly became a plaything for the wealthiest in the new Candelaria And Marquez – with most of the remaining clubs turning instead to businessmen and companies convinced that money could be made from the national sport. Their assertions, for the most part, proved incorrect; instead, several major clubs went bankrupt while the growth of hooliganism saw middle-class crowds dwindle elsewhere. The league folded following the 1973 season.
The increasing availability of television didn’t help matters, with football supporters now able to watch club matches of the highest quality from as far afield as Starblaydia and Vilita. Enthusiasm for C&M’s infinitely poorer product was inevitably dampened, despite the subsequent prohibition on the broadcast of matches from Antlantian Oceanian countries, as well as on the World Cup itself.
The short-lived era of international football on Candelariasian television at least brought back to the fore the notion of a C&M national team, and the CMSC was initially formed with that very concept in mind. The finest players of the country – both those who had been playing in minor divisions overseas and those still contracted to the floating, league-less local clubs – were drawn together into two Select XIs; one representing Candelaria, and the other Marquez and the Outlying Islands.
The CAMAFA came under a great deal of criticism over this move from a variety of quarters, in particular those who saw the two separate teams as potentially hugely divisive. Interest in the seven-game series that comprised CMSC I was vast however – particularly in Marquez, once it became clear that ‘their’ side were going to triumph over their Candelarian counterparts and with a team consisting of numerous Hispanic players.
After having moved around the country during the first ‘season’, the two teams became based permanently in Allemali and Onwere respectively for the second, before formally becoming Candelaria-Allemali and Marquez-Onwere. MarquezOW fans today generally include the Select XI’s first two championship titles as “their’s”, and the two trophies still reside in the club’s trophy cabinet, but in practical terms CMSC III is considered the first ‘proper’ league; when several clubs, new and old, were invited to join the championship.
The popularity of the CMS Cup, refounded to coincide with the inaugural CMSC season, proved decisively that the appetite was there once again for club football in the islands. However hard they tried however, the CAMAFA failed to avoid the sins of the past and keep their new baby in check. As with the NFBL, the CMSC soon became its own entity where money increasingly talked once more; Gamboa FC and KT Hotspur being among those to claim early success thanks to vast financial backing, though popular and relatively impoverished clubs including Albrecht FC and Turks’ Club also savoured early competitiveness.
The real difference between the NFBL and CMSC was that C&M was now a wealthier country all-round, and far better equipped to support a professional league with sponsorship and relatively high ticket costs. The overall standard remained mediocre, but attendances and media coverage increased almost every year.
In a country with long-time left-leaning sympathies, even in a post-Civil War era undergoing considerable free market reforms, the success of Castillo FC (three championships in six seasons) and later Albrecht FC (five in six) raised concerns among the supporters of other clubs, and still today many complain over the financial might of the two largest Albrecht clubs. However, the arrival of many dozens of foreign stars since XXV – and the quota in place to stop the wealthiest clubs bringing in more than their fair share – helped even-out the contest. Equally, many sides soon found themselves with one or more wealthy benefactors, allowing traditionally well-supported but less than successful sides such as Arrigo Portuguese, Cathedral City and Green Island to make in-roads in later seasons. At the same time, relatively impecunious sides such as AFC MN Smith and the El din Marbles proved able to hold their own in the CMSC1, whilst playing good football at the same time.Probably the biggest success story of the league’s final few years – alongside the elven-dominated Green Island and financially flushed giants Albrecht FC – a were Caires City however, having taken advantage of modest financial backing, and exceptional management both from the sidelines and in the boardroom, to emerge from the shadow of the two traditional Caires powerhouses
During the CMSC’s International Era, the league grew from an obscure entity in a backwater footballing nation and region to become arguably the most widely watched domestic competition in the sporting world. Following Albrecht Turkish’s victory at the third Champions’ Cup; Albrecht FC would lift no fewer than four TQCC titles (not to mention two Globe Cups – their final, at TQCC24 coming in the immediate aftermath of the league’s dissolution. Numerous other sides made the finals of competitions of various standards, with Candelariasian football’s competitive depth perhaps best indicated by the consistent performances of CMSC2 clubs in the SBCC.
The impact of the CMSC would perhaps be even greater on the Candelarias itself than the wider multiverse, with the league’s multilayered successes arguably doing more to open the country up to the worlds and expand the Candelariasian people’s once limited grasp on the nature of reality beyond their own shores than anything else. Club football, alongside the rise to prominence of the C&M national team, went beyond a mere national obsession to become arguably the primary focus of the country’s economy and society alike.
This fact would prove to be inherent in the league’s downfall, however, in the aftermath of the Hatching Incident. One of President Robyn Morton’s first acts over the ensuing days was to pull the national team out of World Cup 52 qualifying, believing that the ‘Big Blues’ would otherwise continue to provide an undue distraction for the Candelariasian public as they bid to rebuild the country and fully come to terms with their predicament. The move would ultimately be widely supported, with the public’s former love for international footballers and football administrators alike souring into something approaching loathing as it became clear that such influential individuals had for decades resisted, on mass, the chance to expose the depths of C&M’s media censorship and the activities of the M.O.R.T. and similar organisations.
The lack of a competitive national team would have inevitably and terminally degraded the CMSC’s standing and, with the government’s subsequent and equally inevitable decision to abandon the use of time dilation technology, it became clear that maintaining a league in tune with the international and UICA calendars would no longer be a feasible proposition. Most foreign players were immediately released from their contracts but, even then, initial plans were left in place for the resumption of league play inside a few months. This planned ‘CMSC40’, formed purely for the Candelariasian market with international television contracts abandoned, has yet to come to pass however.
Public distaste with professional football has already seen a number of smaller clubs go to the wall, with most others downsizing significantly. Many still maintain a presence in amateur or semi-professional competitions spread across the country, while the biggest clubs continue to cling onto life principally as social institutions with small numbers of full professionals playing in a complex fixture list of league, cup and exhibition matches as well as undertaking considerable community work. In almost all cases youth development has ground to a halt – with the factory-farming of young footballers no longer seen as being in C&M’s economic or social interests – and what youth coaching still exists is typically based around encouraging exercise or providing motivation to less academically engaged youngsters.
Certain big clubs have left the country altogether, meanwhile – NAPPC and Tenderville Utd initially to the ROFL and later joining their former CMSC colleagues in domestic obscurity. Caires Sports, in keeping with their proud status as one of the most important clubs in Yaforite football, moved almost their entire operation – including managerial and playing staff – to the city of Indigar (though, given the LIDYT’s own collapse, this would soon prove to be something of a false dawn); while Krytenian billionaire Anthony Swann, unwilling to see his considerable investment in Radyukevich go to waste, moved the franchise into the Liga Calania as RCSC Northwood, leaving only a ‘skeleton club’ behind in Clotaire – initially on a seemingly temporary basis, though not one that appears to have any more sign of being resolved than the status of the CMSC itself.
In all, Candelariasian football is now more than passingly reminiscent of its standing in both the pre-NFBL and pre-CMSC eras, suggesting a third emergence of the professional game is far from out of the question in the long term. It remains wholly unclear, however, whether the Candelariasian people can ever recover either their passion for, or prowess in, the worlds’ game.
Having included sixteen clubs since the CMSC V season, the CMSC1 expanded to eighteen prior to XXIX, with each team now playing thirty-three league fixtures per season for a total of three hundred and six matches. League standings were determined by points, then goal difference, goals scored and games won, before an end-of-season one-off play-off – though this latter option was never required to resolve the league title, IUCC qualification or relegation.
Qualification for global competitions
The longer time-scale of the CMSC has resulted in the establishment in recent years of Apertura and Clausura stages in the season in order to determine global qualification.
In practise the divide, after seventeen matches have been played per team, is purely notional – the only reward for ‘winning’ either competition is a small and largely ignored trophy, and there is no promotion or relegation following the Apertura stage. However, the top four teams at the end of each stage qualified for the TQCC (either directly to the group stage, or for the preliminary rounds), while the fifth- and sixth-placed side in the CMSC1 were guaranteed a Globe Cup spot, as was the seventh-placed team after the Clausura stage. At the end of the Apertura stage, the winner of the previous season’s CMS Cup was granted a Globe Cup berth – as long as that team was not already placed in the top six at the time. Otherwise, the place reverted to the seventh-place side.
'Winners' since introduction of Apertura and Clausura
|Season||Apertura Winner||Pts||Clausura Winner||Pts||CMSC Champion||Pts|
|XXIX||Albrecht FC||32||Albrecht Turkish||42||Albrecht Turkish||70|
|XXX||Caires City||39||Caires City||39||Caires City||78|
|XXXI||Caires City||40||Albrecht FC||38||Caires City||73|
|XXXII||Albrecht FC||37||Albrecht Turkish||41||Albrecht Turkish||71|
|XXXIII||Albrecht FC||40||Green Island||38||Albrecht FC||75|
|XXXIV||Albrecht FC||37||Marquez-Onwere||37||Green Island||71|
|XXXV||Caires City||41||Green Island||37||Green Island||77|
|XXXVI||Green Island||38||Green Island||43||Green Island||81|
|XXXVII||Green Island||41||Albrecht Turkish||37||Albrecht FC||76|
|XXXVIII||Green Island||39||Caires City||39||Green Island||70|
|XXXIX||Albrecht FC||37||Port of Clotaire||36||Albrecht FC||68|
There were three relegation spots in the CMSC1, which lead into the CMSC2 (following pre-XXIX restructuring) – a twenty-team division operated along similar lines (though there were limits on the percentage of turnover spent on transfer fees, and a two-foreigner quota). The top two were promoted, along with a play-off winner from the third- to sixth-placed clubs.
CMSC2 sides enjoyed a modicum of success in the SBCC, with Albrecht Independent FC winning the first edition and the division supplying the next four defeated finalists. Candelariasian competitors at odd-numbered cups were drawn entirely from CMSC2 clubs rather than newly promoted sides in the top-flight, owing to the Apertura/Clausura system employed in C&M.
Recent promoted clubs
|Season||CMSC2 Champion||Runner-Up||Third Place||Play-Off Winner|
|XXIV||Candelaria Arsenal||Melin & Nader||Ironside-Talinger||Green Island (from 5th)|
|XXV||Arrigo Portuguese||El din Marbles||AFC MN Smith||AFC MN Smith|
|XXVI||Caires Sports||Cathedral City||McDonald SC||Gamboa FC (from 5th)|
|XXVII||Caires City||Castillo FC||McDonald SC||Mayo Valley (from 4th)|
|XXVIII||Candelaria Arsenal||Caires Sports||McDonald SC||Candelaria-Allemali (from 4th)|
|XXIX||Albrecht Independent FC||Ironside-Talinger||Sloane Wanderers||No Play-Off|
|XXX||Gamboa FC||Radyukevich CSC||McDonald SC||Melin & Nader (from 6th)|
|XXXI||Turks' Club||Tenderville United||Alvery Blades||Albrecht Independent FC (from 6th)|
|XXXII||McDonald SC||Radyukevich CSC||NAPPC||NAPPC|
|XXXIII||Gamboa FC||Albrecht Independent FC||Melin & Nader||Sloane Wanderers (from 4th)|
|XXXIV||Melin & Nader||NAPPC||McDonald SC||Mayo Valley (from 4th)|
|XXXV||Cathedral City||Candelaria-Allemali||McDonald SC||McDonald SC|
|XXXVI||Ironside-Talinger||Turks' Club||Radyukevich CSC||Radyukevich CSC|
|XXXVII||Gamboa FC||Webley Stadium||Cathedral City||Cathedral City|
|XXXVIII||Turks' Club||AFC MN Smith||Brayton Town||Caires Sports (from 6th)|
There were only two relegation places in the CMSC2 however, which lead into Candelaria1 and Eastern1 (referred to currently as the Patton-Carmichael Candelarian Premier League and the El Monstruo Verde Elite Championship respectively, the latter sponsored by a Kura-Pellandi company) – but only if the two sides finished in the bottom two positions were not both from either Candelaria or Marquez and the Outliers. If this is the case, only the eighteenth-placed side were relegated, and the champions of the other regional division were not promoted.
Beneath the two twelve-team regional divisions, the lowest levels of the professional pyramid were the Cristal Chemical Strategic Candelarian Second League (Candelaria2) and Campeonato de la Doble Vidriera de la Élite (Eastern2). Two teams were promoted and relegated per season between the four tiers of the regional competition, while Candelaria2 and Eastern2 also lost a team every year, with sides from below voted into the league based both on their on-field ability, support base and financial potential.
At the time of the CMSC’s collapse, the CMS Cup was open to these eighty-six clubs, along with eight places reserved from non-league (usually amateur) sides. The forty-eight regional sides entered in the first round alongside these, with the eighteen CMSC2 clubs and the second-placed club and play-off winner from the previous year’s CMSC2 entering in the third round, and the remaining sixteen teams making up fully half of the Last Thirty-Two (fourth round) draw. All ties were one-off, with a single replay following a draw, while the semi-finals and final were played at neutral locations with no replays involved.
Historically, the Candelarias’ domestic cup competitions suffered for attention compared to the NFBL and went through numerous transformations over the years to leave results from that era considered largely irrelevant. The modern CMS Cup had become a more tantalising offering, though the relatively changeable nature of the top half of the CMSC1 table compared to certain other international leagues, along with the prospect of TQCC or Globe Cup qualification via league finishing positions, left the Cup a particularly popular competition only among a certain set of clubs considered consistent ‘cup teams’.
Despite this, the CMS Cup Final remains one of the single most important events in C&M’s sporting calendar regardless of which two teams are involved, and the games themselves were frequently memorable – indeed, of the more than thirty editions thus held, only one (following the XXVII season) finished goalless after ninety minutes and the cup was not decided on penalties until its final – to date – outing.
Finances and sponsorship
Compared to other organisations in C&M the football league was an extremely wealthy entity, though most of that wealth was tied up in the clubs rather than the communal pot. Though the league enforced a luxury tax on big-money transfers and high wages, and provided financial assistance to certain clubs looking to bring in expensive, big-name foreign stars; those clubs with significant financial backing still had a major competitive advantage – be it those such as Arrigo Portuguese, Caires City or KT Hotspur who had a single major benefactor or company behind them, or those such as Green Island and Candelaria-Allemali who were effectively owned by a conglomerate of businesses. Turks’ Club were a rare example of a fan-owned side, though in practise they too operate at the whims of a millionaire chairman. Albrecht FC, whose financial might was previously based on sponsorship, gate receipts and merchandise, are now owned by Han company Samseong – one of a growing number foreign-owned clubs in the CMSC1.
Most other teams had a primary shirt sponsor, ranging from supermarket chains and Kura-Pellandi online gambling firms, to kitchen outfitters and a chiropractic centre.
Owners of major clubs
Not all listed ‘owners’ controlled 100% of their football clubs even at the time of CMSC XXIX, and many of these arrangements have since slipped into abeyance or are otherwise of uncertain accuracy.
|Club||Owner(s)||Source of wealth|
|Abiodun North||Michael Norman||Sportswear|
|AFC MN Smith||Largest shareholders: Alistair Parnell (23%), Adam Miller (20.4%), Franklin Kjellin (12%)||Manufacturing (Parnell), Media, publishing (Miller), Inherited, investments (Kjellin)|
|Albrecht FC||Samseong||Electronics, construction, retail, sports teams|
|Albrecht Independent FC||Independent Trust||Private donations, retail, publishing|
|Albrecht Turkish||Viella Inc.||Electronics|
|Arrigo Portuguese||Associação Universal das Gigantescas Empresas do Comércio Cafundelense||Various|
|Caires City||Ivor Fisher, David McNeil, Alex Ess||Betting (McNeil Bingo)|
|Caires Sports||Jagor Aiza||Motor vehicles, energy supply|
|Candelaria-Allemali||Largest shareholders: Richard Simmonds (32.4%), Carlos Bonilla (25.6%), Sons United (18.1%) Allemali City Council (15.2%), Green Light Group (8.7%)||Betting (Simmonds), Shipping (Bonilla), Industry, tourism (GLG)|
|Castillo FC||Luis Gerardo Movilla||Footwear, sports equiptment|
|Cathedral City||Cathedral City Supporters’ Trust||Private donations|
|El din Marbles||Daniel Gil||Meat processing, foot retail, agriculture|
|Gamboa FC||John Silver, Hayden Murray, Nathan Robinson||Retail (Silver), Construction, real estate (Murray), Legal services (Robinson)|
|Green Island||Allan Adams (50%+),||Waste disposal (Adams), Investments (Rüütel) Inherited (the Raynor family)|
|Ironside-Talinger||Deacon Farley||Inherited, sports teams|
|KT Hotspur||The Adamczyk family||Inherited, mining, industry, property, hotels, tourism|
|Melin & Nader||Hayden McDonald||Latex products|
|Marquez-Onwere||Ricardo Wendell||Inherited, motor vehicles, electronics, software, mining, gambling, tourism|
|Mayo Valley||Dick Dodds||Insurance|
|McDonald SC||Chris McGovern||Finance|
|Port of Clotaire||Patrick Verde, Steven Bennett (32% of club)||Household goods (Verde), Ice cream (Bennett)|
|Radyukevich CSC||Anthony Swann (98% of club)||Television broadcasting|
|Sloane Wanderers||George von Strassenberg & Family||Inherited, food services|
|Tenderville United||Largest shareholders: NetherCars (33%), Tenderville4Sportswear (20%), Van Velde Logistics (12%), Deer-Proof Fencing Systems (7%)||Motor vehicles (NetherCars), Manufacturing (T4S), Logistics (Van Velde), Electronics (DPF)|
|Turks’ Club||Rupert Howell||Publishing|
|Webley Stadium||Fadron Pizza||Food services, sports sponsorship|
Media coverage in C&M
The rights to show the CMSC1 on Candelariasian television were split between several companies, though as a partially state-funded entity TV1 were guaranteed a live match on Monday evenings. A Saturday lunchtime game was usually available on a pay-per-view basis on TV3, while TV3 Digital made all Saturday afternoon games available simultaneously, despite concerns over the knock-on affect on ticket sales. The main highlights package for the top division was owned by TTO, the largest fully commercially-funded network in the country, and broadcasted on Saturday evenings under the station’s flagship title of The Football Show. Onwere TV held the rights to CMSC2 and regional league highlights, while CMS Cup games were shown on satellite network Cúchulainn Sport. Today, the presence of domestic – or even international – football on Candelariasian television is minimal.
Media coverage overseas
The CMSC has long been shown on Rushmori stations, but Kura-Pellandi sports channel NTV Sport 2 was the first beyond the region to take the plunge and buy the rights to live games and highlights. The CMSC board were keen to sell their product overseas over the years and to capitalise on the greater exposure of Candelariasian football via the TQCC, and similar deals were conducted with several foreign networks. In other markets, clubs were permitted to act as independent parties, particularly when broadcasters are interested primarily in the rights to live matches featuring their own national team players.
|Former International Broadcasters|
|Kelssek||NSN, KBC Sport|
|Kura-Pelland||NTV Sport 2|
|Malak Free State||MITV|
|Sargossa|| SargoSport 1|
Telex 1, Telex 41
|Somewhereistonia||VTV Spordiga, SXITV|
|Sorthern Northland||SNTV AOSport|
|Taeshan|| TSPN CMSC2|
1 Live matches screened on SargoSport 1; twice-weekly highlights on Telex 1; Football Gazzetta Candelaria weekly on Telex 4
2 TSPN CMSC is the only known channel solely dedicated to Candelariasian domestic football, and is available to some 80% of TSPN subscribers
3 Major matches live on BCN2, other matches aired Wednesdays and Sundays on BCN International
|CMSC Season||Champions||Runners-Up||Third Place||CMS Cup Winners||Score||Runners-Up|
|II||Marquez-Onwere||Candelaria-Allemali||Caires Sports||3-1||Albrecht FC|
|III||Marquez-Onwere||Khatib FC||Candelaria-Allemali||Gamboa FC||1-0||KT Hotspur|
|IV||Candelaria-Allemali||Albrecht FC||Marquez-Onwere||Di Alfonso Club||1-1 [2-1 AET]||Bove FC|
|V||Gamboa FC||Caires Sports||Khatib FC||Dyce FC||2-1||Caires FC|
|VI||Albrecht Turkish||Albrecht FC||Gamboa FC||Dyce FC||2-0||Onwere FC|
|VII||Candelaria-Allemali||KT Hotspur||Abiodun North||Sloane Wanderers||3-0||Khatib FC|
|VIII||Albrecht FC||Turks’ Club||Candelaria-Allemali||Albrecht FC||3-1||Albrecht Turkish|
|IX||Albrecht FC||Ironside-Talinger||Marquez-Onwere||Albrecht FC||2-1||Dyce FC|
|X||KT Hotspur||Radyukevich CSC||Cathedral City||Marquez-Onwere||1-0||Albrecht FC|
|XI||Albrecht FC||Turks’ Club||Khatib FC||Fallon United||1-0||Gamboa FC|
|XII||Port of Clotaire||Turks’ Club||Albrecht FC||Bass FC||3-2||Gamboa FC|
|XIII||Khatib FC||Caires FC||Turks’ Club||Marquez-Onwere||3-0||Candelaria-Allemali|
|XIV||Turks’ Club||Candelaria-Allemali||Khatib FC||Albrecht FC||2-1||Turks’ Club|
|XV||Castillo FC||Turks’ Club||Caires FC||KT Hotspur||2-0||Turks’ Club|
|XVI||Green Island||Castillo FC||Albrecht FC||Albrecht FC||2-0||Turks’ Club|
|XVII||Castillo FC||Cathedral City||Marquez-Onwere||Ironside-Talinger||2-1||Turks’ Club|
|XVIII||Turks’ Club||Castillo FC||Albrecht Turkish||Turks’ Club||1-1 [2-1 AET]||Abiodun North|
|XIX||Castillo FC||Albrecht FC||KT Hotspur||Castillo FC||1-0||Mayo Valley|
|XX||Albrecht FC||Albrecht Turkish||Turks’ Club||KT Hotspur||2-1||Port of Clotaire|
|XXI||Albrecht FC||Candelaria-Allemali||Gamboa FC||Ironside-Talinger||3-2||Arrigo City|
|XXII||Gamboa FC||Candelaria-Allemali||Albrecht FC||Port of Clotaire||2-1||Turks’ Club|
|XXIII||Albrecht FC||Albrecht Turkish||Turks’ Club||Mayo Valley||1-0||Radyukevich CSC|
|XXIV||Albrecht FC||Marquez-Onwere||Turks’ Club||Radyukevich CSC||4-1||Turks’ Club|
|XXV||Albrecht FC||Green Island||Albrecht Turkish||Green Island||1-0||Radyukevich CSC|
|XXVI||Marquez-Onwere||Albrecht Turkish||Albrecht FC||Albrecht Turkish||1-1 [2-1 AET]||El din Marbles|
|XXVII||Albrecht Turkish||Green Island||Albrecht FC||KT Hotspur||0-0 [1-0 AET]||Marquez-Onwere|
|XXVIII||Albrecht FC||Albrecht Turkish||Marquez-Onwere||Marquez-Onwere||1-0||KT Hotspur|
|XXIX||Albrecht Turkish||Caires City||Cathedral City||El din Marbles||2-1||Ironside-Talinger|
|XXX||Caires City||Arrigo Portuguese||Albrecht FC||Albrecht Turkish||2-2 [3-2 AET]||Caires City|
|XXXI||Caires City||Albrecht FC||Candelaria-Allemali||Caires City||2-1||KT Hotspur|
|XXXII||Albrecht Turkish||Caires City||Albrecht FC||Marquez-Onwere||3-1||Cathedral City|
|XXXIII||Albrecht FC||Albrecht Turkish||Green Island||Albrecht FC||3-0||Marquez-Onwere|
|XXXIV||Green Island||Marquez-Onwere||Tenderville United||Albrecht FC||3-0||Tenderville United|
|XXXV||Green Island||Albrecht FC||Caires City||Tenderville United||2-0||El din Marbles|
|XXXVI||Green Island||Albrecht Turkish||Port of Clotaire||Arrigo Portuguese||3-1||Albrecht FC|
|XXXVII||Albrecht FC||Marquez-Onwere||Green Island||Tenderville United||3-1||Albrecht Turkish|
|XXXVIII||Green Island||Port of Clotaire||Albrecht Turkish||Port of Clotaire||4-0||McDonald SC|
|XXXIX||Albrecht FC||Port of Clotaire||Caires City||Albrecht FC||1-1 (4-1 on pens)||Port of Clotaire|
|2||Espy va Drake||133|
|As of XXXIX MD34
(CMS Cup and pre-XXV goals not included)
The issue of the involvement of non-nationals in CMSC teams first came to the fore prior to the XI championship, when Caires Sports announced the signing of three young stars from continental Rushmore. Though sanctioned by the league itself without a hitch, the CAMAFA – which still held the balance of power in Candelariasian football in those days – objected to the moves on the basis that the country’s own young talent would suffer as a result of any influx from overseas, and damage their long-term hopes of joining the international footballing community.
The CMSC duly accepted the CAMAFA’s findings – grudgingly or otherwise – and installed a ban on all players without C&M passports; cracking down hard on any clubs which attempted to skirt around the new rules. The ban was finally lifted prior to the XXV season – the start of the ‘International Era’ – by allowing each top-flight club to sign a single foreign player.
The weeks that followed saw a mighty list of firsts – Kura-Pellandi midfielder Giorgio Pezzoni becoming the first foreigner from beyond the immediate region to join a CMSC club, the Ariddian teenager Naoki Tonnelier becoming the league’s first female player at Albrecht FC, and Roger (later 'Artulcdhron') Zetaback becoming the first non-human at Green Island (albeit unbeknownst to the Candelariasian populace right up until the league’s dissolution).
Though the majority of the Rushmori imports failed to make an impact, the CMSC voted in favour of expanding the limit to three per team the following season, despite the CAMAFA’s continued misgivings. Though debates over the affect on young Candelariasian talent continued ever since, particularly after poor performances by the C&M national team, a consensus remained that the presence of the foreign stars in the league served to enhance the technical abilities and tactical awareness of the current generation of C&M natives, while certain foreigners – most notably the Cafundelense Dionísio Madeira Lobos – went on to play in C&M colours at various levels. From the perspective of club supporters, the last few seasons have seen the arrival of numerous players who will go down as genuine legends.
Though Kura-Pelland, traditional sporting allies and rivals of C&M, previously supplied the largest percentage of non-natives to the league; the foreigners of the CMSC later became a diverse bunch indeed, hailing from over fifty different countries. Major world names to have plied their trade in C&M include the Zwangzugian forward pairing of Gary Maini and Peter Vanderpent, the Vanorian World Cup winners Scott (later 'Faeron') Soldarian and Espy va Drake, Starblaydi World Cup 47 winning captain Tuomas Hindenburg, Ad'ihan captain Anthony Jones, and noted strikers from the likes of Bettia, Cafundéu, Daehanjeiguk, Demot, Sorthern Northland and the Capitalizt SLANI.
Besides the valued additions to their playing squads, several clubs benefited financial from bringing in foreign players; be it in the form of overseas television contracts (in those markets where CMSC1 games are sold on an individual basis) or shirt sales (such as Caires Sports’ employment of vast numbers of Yaforites, which made the Knights a closely followed team in the players’ motherland). The attitude of the league itself to foreign signings certainly changed utterly during its final few seasons, with smaller clubs frequently given financial assistance to sign big names whose presence was deemed to enhance the quality of the CMSC product as a whole.
Though the four-player quota remained in place until the last, the CMSC, from the XXXI season, provided vague ‘special dispensation’ to certain clubs to enable them to field more than this number of non-Candelariasians. Equally, several clubs exploited rules treating academy players - whatever their nationality - as being 'home-grown', while Nethertopians and other Rushmoris were considered to be 'half-foreigners' for the purposes of the quota system.
The differing scales in which international footballers appear to age allowed several players to become true CMSC mainstays, with Albrecht FC captain Francois St. Louis, of Kelssek, now holding the record for top-flight league starts. The legendary left-back is one of a tiny handful of foreign players – and even fewer full internationals – to have remained in C&M following the end of the country’s involvement in UICA football.
No such restrictions on the employment of overseas coaching staff existed, nor ever have done, though prior to the start of the ‘international era’ only a handful of Rushmori coaches had joined the backrooms of CMSC clubs. At the start of XVI, Marquez-Onwere broke the mould by bringing in former Kura-Pelland national team manager Andy Woolworth, who led the naranja to the league title in his first season.
Woolworth was soon joined by Matthew Tortini and Felipo Curana at Arrigo Portuguese and Turks’ Club respectively, though none of that trio remain in place. Another former Kura-Pellandi international, Giorgio Pezzoni, was Turks’ Club manager at the start of the XXX season however, while KT Hotspur have also dabbled with overseas managers; legendary Praying2God striker Thomas Larson having a period at the helm, while former Bostopian international defender Karl Matthews later succeeded him. Naoki Tonnelier became the league's first female manager when she joined Ironside. Asdrubal Espinoza, of Aguazul was one of the more successful foreign coaches, having led Albrecht Turkish to CMSC1 and Champions’ Cup titles before leaving for the Queer Poco el Mono Ara national team role, but XXXVI saw the top four clubs all managed by foreigners – Winston Muscat at Port of Clotaire and fellow Sortherner Alejandro Blanco da Cruz at Marquez-Onwere; and two Vanorians – title-winning coach Daft Massimo at Green Island, and Fabio Mannasuch at Turkish.
Other foreigners in the dugout – but not in full managerial positions – included Endmile native Thjis Tullier at Candelaria-Allemali, Kura-Pellandi Larry Torrell-Whyte at the El din Marbles and Squornshelan Djabgor Cvecej at Arrigo Portuguese, with CMSC legends Kim Daeeui and Julius Rotherwell graduated recently to the assistant manager’s spots at Albrecht FC and Albrecht Turkish respectively.
Certain Candelariasians also moved in the opposite direction, those managing abroad including Connor Mengucci and Ignacio Vélez in Cafundéu, José Felipe Cassumba Domingos and Hane Davies in Sargossa, and Doug Szczechowicz in Nethertopia.