Manchester City were founded in 1880, but they were originally called St. Mark’s and then Ardwick, before becoming Manchester City in 1894. Manchester City’s nickname is ‘City’ and their manager is now Josep 'Pep' Guardiola, who had lots of success managing Bayern Munich in Germany and Barcelona in Spain. City play in sky-blue shirts and socks, and white shorts.
Manchester City play their home games at The City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, which was originally used for the Commonwealth Games in 2002. The stadium holds 47276, which is less than their previous stadium, Maine Road, which in 1934 held 84,569, which is a record for a club stadium in English football. Maine Road became known as the ‘Wembley of the North’, although by the time City left the stadium in 2003 it only held 32,000.
Manchester City have won the Premier League twice, in 2011-12 and in 2013-14. In total, City have won 4 league titles, but the other two wins were back in the 1930s and 1960s. City have also won the FA Cup 5 times, the League Cup 4 times and have won 1 European trophy in 1970. Man City have been much more successful recently and have finished in the top 4 in the Premier League in each of the last 6 seasons.
‘Sometimes you have a noisy neighbour. You cannot do anything about that. They will always be noisy. You just have to get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder.’ Alex Ferguson talking about Man City in 2009.
Manchester City won the Premier League title for the first time in over 40 years on the last day of the season in 2012. It was one of the most exciting season finales ever. Before the final games of the season, City and Manchester United were level on points at the top of the table. But, City had a better goal difference. The matches started at the same time - City were at home to QPR and United were playing Sunderland. United scored and went on to win 1-0. City had to win. In the 66th minute, QPR scored a second goal and were winning 2-1. In the 92nd minute, Dzeko scored for City but they still needed one more goal. In the 94th minute, Aguero scored for City and the blue half of Manchester went crazy.
'One of my dreams was to play here as a player. It was not possible, but now my dream has come true. The atmosphere here, wow, it is amazing. I want to live that in life. I come here to learn about the way people live here, for my family and my kids and I want to be a good manager in England.' Pep Guardiola, City's new manager.
In 2015/16, by their recent standards, Manchester City had a poor season. City finished in 4th place, 15 points behind the Champions - Leicester City. They have some fantastic talent in their squad, with players from all over the world. Some of their stars include; Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), David Silva (Spain), and Fernandinho (Brazil). Guardiola will want to add more top players to the squad and has already signed the German international, Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund. City’s top scorer last season, and for the fifth consecutive season, was Aguero with 24 goals. Aguero had another fantastic season and if he plays as well this season can any other team stop City?
Prediction 2016/17: 1st
Key player: Sergio Aguero
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