Manchester City Football Club is a top-flight English club with a long history and an even more successful recent past. The club was formed in 1880 and has been in existence for over 140 years. The club has always played in a sky or very light blue or various iterations of the colors as their home colors. All home games are played at the City of Manchester Stadium. The stadium is also called the Etihad Stadium (as sponsors). Their local rivals and derby matches are against Manchester United or the red devils. The club won its first trophy in 1904 when the team lifted the FA Cup. Since then, the club has stayed in the top two tiers of football except for once when the team was relegated to the third division in 1998. The team managed to gain promotion 4 seasons later and managed to stay in the top league since. Manchester City Football Club was bought by Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008 and invested heavily in the club. The club brought in new players, staff, and management before cementing itself as a new top team breaking up the established top-4 in England at the time. Some of the other teams that operate under the Abu Dhabi United Group include Melbourne City, Yokohama Marinos, New York City, Montevideo Torque, Girona, Sichuan Jiuniu, Mumbai City, etc.
Manchester City Football Club’s Past
Manchester City won their first Premiership title in 1937 and didn’t win it again for another 30 years in 1967. Following this, City took another 40+ years to lift the Premier League title which they did in 2011. The club has also lifted the FA Cup 6 times, the League Cup 7 times, and the Community Shield 6 times as well. Man City is the only English Champions to get relegated the following season after winning a title. They’re also the only team to manage to score and concede 100 or more goals in the same season. During the 90s, City kept fluctuating between the League and second division. City won the Second Division 7 times (joint highest with Leicester) between 1999 and 2002. Manchester City Football Club has won the top division (the Premier League) on 6 occasions, and 4 times in the last 10 seasons (2012, 2014, 2018, and 2019). Some of the former legends of the club include David Silva, Toure, Zabaleta, Kompany, Tevez, Ireland, Dunne, Clements, etc. In 2003, the club loaned Foe from Lyon and the player suffered from a cardiac arrest in the middle of the pitch during an international game. Ever since Manchester City has retired the number 23.
Manchester City’s Present
The 2019 season for Manchester City Football Club was the club’s most successful as the club lifted 4 major trophies in a single season. The team won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Community Shield. Sergio Aguero was the highest scorer for the season. He is also the highest all-time goalscorer for the club with over 255 goals and counting. Some of the key stars at the club include De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero, Laporte, Rodrigo, Silva, Ferran Torres, Mendy. Fernandinho, Mahrez, Ederson, etc. The club is managed by Pep Guardiola, one of the greatest managers currently managing the game. He’s been at the club for 4 seasons and has another 2 more seasons on his contract. He’s also been the club’s most successful manager in terms of wins, win rates (a whopping 72%), and trophies won for the club.
Manchester City’s Future
Manchester City Football Club has established themselves as a top team at the end of the 2010 decade. The team was consistent for the following decade as well. Without the takeover, it would be impossible for Manchester City to finance buying several top-class players on high wages. This has helped the club on many levels. However, according to FFP, it’s not really a sustainable way of playing in the top league. As all clubs do, even City must operate as a profitable business through buying and selling within the club’s means. Man City need to spend 100 million to 200 million Pounds each season. Without it, it would be hard for City to compete in the top-7, let alone competing for a top-4 Champions League spots. The club will now have an eye on the Champions League, a trophy they’re yet to win.