The last five years has given us a lot of excitement in the world of football. With the rise of the wizard in the name of Lionel Messi to one of the greatest teams of all time in the form of Barcelona. But out of the dusk and dawn comes Manchester City with a meteoric rise in showcasing great football and being one of the top five clubs in the English Premier League. With the takeover of Manchester City by Abu Dhabi United group it changed drastically into one of the wealthiest clubs in the world with the induction of top players across the globe. The injection of huge capital saw Manchester City spent around 746 million dollars in the last four years buying 30 players and a manager of the highest class in Roberto Mancini. The highest buy being Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid for 38 million dollars and the highest sale was Robinho to AC Milan for 22 million dollars. This vast change helped Manchester City rise to the top of English Football by winning the Barclays Premier League for the 2012 season which had eventful drama till the last minute.
The club is nicknamed by the fans as the Citizens and the name of their home ground is the Etihad with a capacity of approximately 50,000. The home colours of the club are Sky Blue and White and the away colour is Maroon.
The Club has had a great history in English Football. The period between 1960 to 1975 was the time when they were the invincible team in the league. During the time they won the English league cup, FA Cup, Fairs Cup and the European Championships. Manchester City was formed in the year 1880 and was named as the Ardwick Football Club and since then they have won the FA Cup five times, three premier league titles and English League cup two times. The leading goal scorer in the history of the club is Eric brook with 158 goals and Alan Oakes having the leading appearances with 564. There have been a lot of ups and downs in the Club’s long history. CITY jumped between the top two divisions in their early days winning their first piece of silverware, the FA Cup, in 1904. Their first real sustained period of success came in the Thirties when they lost the 1933 FA Cup final, won it in 1934 and then became league champions for the first time in 1937.
But amazingly, despite being the league’s top scorers, they went down in 1938 — the only English champions to be relegated the following season. But they were back to winning ways in 1956 when they claimed the FA Cup trophy as their German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann played on with a broken neck. City pipped neighbours Manchester United to the title in 1968 with a 4-3 victory at Newcastle on the final day and with a team containing the likes of Francis Lee, Colin Bell and Mike Summerbee, went on to win the 1969 FA Cup and League Cup and Fairs Cup in 1970.
Another great moment for the blue half of Manchester came when former Manchester United legend Denis Law scored for City in a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils on the final day of the 1973/74 season to send them down. Manchester City’s last trophy of the 20th century came home when they won the FA Cup in 1976. Then started the period of decline which was a nightmare for the evergreen fans of City. In 1998 the club was relegated to the 3rd division league. In 2002 they returned to the Main League but stayed only in the mid tables. In 2008 came the moment of hope for the fans when Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi United buying the club.
With the money injected it changed the destiny of the club. It again started competing amongst the top 5 teams in premier league. They won their first piece of Silverware in 35 years when they claimed the FA Cup in 2011. The club also entered the European Champions League during the same time. The following season in 2012, Manchester City secured the Barclays Premier League title with two goals in 5 minutes against Queens Park Rangers in their last game of the season. This also denied Manchester United from winning the title.
Such a last minute drama brought tears to the eyes of Manchester City fans across the globe. With a victory like this the Manchester City has sent out a strong signal to their closest rivals of fierce competition on the field in the future ahead. Fans now have started to believe that this team with the likes of Aguero , Balotelli , Tevez , Nasri , Zabaleta , Micah Richards, Edin Dzeko , Maicon , Kompany etc can be world beaters.
(Pics courtesy: Google image)