English football is among the oldest in football history. It is believed that the English transitioned it to what it is today; for example, in the case of rules and uniforms. Among the oldest clubs in England are the Sheffield F.C and Manchester City, which date back to the 1800s. Let’s shed light to the Manchester City profile and how it has become the club it is today.
With over a century since its founding, Manchester City otherwise is referred to as Man City, which has given it a strong footing in the Premier League. It is currently among the top leading clubs in the league, and its accolades and achievements cannot be ignored.
Manchester City profile
- Full name: Manchester City Football Club
- Nicknames: Man City, City, The Citizens, Cityzens, The Sky Blues
- Short name: MCFC
- Owner: City Football Group
- Founded: 1880 as St. Mark's (West Gorton)
- Home ground: City of Manchester Stadium
- Capacity: 55,017
- Chairman: Khaldoon Al Mubarak
- Manager: Pep Guardiola
- League: Premier League
- Season 2019–2020: Premier League, 2nd of 20
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Manchester City history
The club was founded in 1880 as St. Mark's (West Gorton). Then, in 1887, it was changed to Ardwick Association Football Club, and finally, in 1894, it was changed to its current name, Manchester City. It joined the Football League in 1899 and saw its earliest achievement in 1904 where it won its first significant honour, the FA Cup.
In 2008, Abu Dhabi United Group purchased the club, so it was greatly enhanced when it comes to financing and staffing.
Who is Manchester City owner?
The club is owned by the City Football Group, which is a British-based holding company. The group also owns other clubs. The sitting chairman of the club is Khaldoon Al Mubarak. The group is wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), which is a private company owned by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
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Who is the Manchester City manager?
The club’s manager is Josep Guardiola Sala, popularly known as Pep Guardiola. He is considered to be among the greatest professional football managers of all time with a record of the most consecutive league game wins in the Premier League. Previously a defensive midfielder, he spent most of his football career in Barcelona. Prior to the club, he was the manager of Barcelona B, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The assistant managers of the men’s team include:
- Rodolfo Borrell
- Lorenzo Buenaventura
- Manel Estiarte
- Brian Kidd
- Juan Manuel Lillo
- Xabier Mancisidor
- Carles Planchart
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Manchester City squad
The men’s team comprises of:
- 33-Scott Carson
- 49-Arijanet Muric
- 2-Kyle Walker
- 5-John Stones
- 14-Aymeric Laporte
- 22-Benjamin Mendy
- 27-João Cancelo
- 30-Nicolas Otamendi
- 34-Phillippe Sandler
- 50-Eric Garcia
- Nathan Ake
- 8-Ilkay Gundogan
- 11-Oleksandr Zinchenko
- 17-Kevin De Bruyne
- 20-Bernardo Silva
- 26-Riyad Mahrez
- 47-Phil Foden
- Patrick Roberts
- 7-Raheem Sterling
- 9-Gabriel Jesus
- 10-Sergio Agüero
- Ferran Torres
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The women’s team comprises of:
- 1-Karen Bardsley
- 26-Ellie Roebuck
- 34-Karima Benameur Taieb
- 2-Aoife Mannion
- 3-Demi Stokes
- 4-Gemma Bonner
- 5-Megan Campbell
- 6-Steph HoughtonC
- 1-Esme Morgan
- 20-Lucy Bronze
- 27-Alex Greenwood
- 7-Laura Coombs
- 8-Jill Scott
- 12-Tyler Toland
- 19-Caroline Weir
- 21-Rose Lavelle
- 22-Sam Mewis
- 24-Keira Walsh
- 9-Chloe Kelly
- 10-Georgia Stanway
- 11-Janine Beckie
- 15-Lauren Hemp
- 16-Jess Park
- 17-Lee Geum-Min
- 18-Ellen White
City of Manchester Stadium
The home ground, currently referred to as Etihad Stadium, is located in Etihad Stadium. The stadium holds a capacity of 55,017 with its highest record of attendance being 54,693. The design of the stadium received an award in 2004 from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Manchester City trophies
Over the years, the club has made a name for itself by winning various leagues and cups in both the men and women teams. Here are some of the club’s honours:
- FA Cup Winners-1903/04, 1933/34, 1955/56, 1968/69, 2010/11, 2018/19
- FA Women's Cup Winners-2017, 2018/19
- League Cup Winners-1969/70, 1975/76, 2013/14, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20
- Continental Cup Winners-2014, 2016, 2018/19
- FA Community/Charity Shield Winners-1937/38, 1968/69, 1972/73, 2012/13, 2018/19, 2019/20
- European Cup Winners' Cup-1969/70
- FA Youth Cup Winners-1985/86, 2007/08
- Reserve League Champions-1977/78, 1986/87, 1999/2000
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How much is Man City's team worth?
According to the Forbes’ Business of Football 2019 ranking, Manchester City stood at number five with a value of $2.688 billion. It is also home to one of the richest players in the world, Sergio Aguero, whose net worth as of 2020 is $80 million.
Manchester City facts
The Citizens have grown to become among the greatest teams in England and Europe in the Premier League. The club has some interesting facts that you need to know:
- At 43 years old, John Burridge was the oldest player in the Premier League as the goalkeeper in the game between the team and Queens Park Rangers F.C on 14th May 1995.
- The adoption of the red and black kit colours came about in the 1960s. The former assistant manager Malcolm Allison perceived that using the AC Milan colours would inspire the club to victory. The theory worked since the team won the 1969 FA Cup, 1970 League Cup, and 1970 European Cup Winners’ Cup in the kit.
The Manchester City profile significantly sheds light to one of the greatest and oldest clubs of all time. Its journey and successes have seen the test of time, and with the great players it houses, you can only hope to see even better results in the future.
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