Manager: – Manuel Pellegrini
Captain: – Vincent Kompany
Owner: – City Football Group
Chairman: – Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Rivals: – Manchester United
Manchester City FC are the current champions of England after winning the 2013-14 Premier League season on the last match, but it was not too long ago when they were playing in the 3rd tier of English Football.
Manchester City or simple known as “City”, play their home matches at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. It’s a UEFA category 4 Stadium and has a capacity of 47,400.
The team is currently managed by Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini and his first season with the club (2013-14) he won the League Cup along with the Premier League title.
Manchester City early years
Founded in the year 1880 Manchester City was initially known as “St.Mark’s “(West Gorton). The name was later changed to “Ardwick A.F.C” in 1887 and finally to Manchester City in 1894.
Ardwick A.F.C, who was playing their home matches at Hyde Road became one of the founding members of the Football league Second Division in 1892, and played in the Second Division till the 1899 season. They finally got promoted to the First Division at the end of the 1899 season as Division Two champions.
The first major trophy won by City was the 1903-04 FA Cup which they won by beating Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in the final. City continued to play at Hyde Road till 1920 after which the main stand of the stadium caught on fire, and in 1923 City moved to Maine Road Stadium in Manchester, which would be their home till 2003.
City got relegated to the 2nd Division in the 1926 season but came right back up after the 1928 season as 2nd Division Champions.
City won their second FA Cup trophy in the 1934 season beating Portsmouth in the final 2-1. The 1930’s became even better for City as they won the First Division title for the first time in 1937, but the very next season after becoming champions of England, Manchester City was relegated back to the 2nd Division.
City won the Second Division title in 1947 and got promoted back to the 1st Division. City won their third FA Cup in 1956 after beating Birmingham 3-1 in the final.
City started to struggle at the start of the 60’s and was eventually relegated to the 2nd Division in 1963.
Manchester City Golden Times
After the 1965 season the Club appointed the managerial team of Malcolm Allison and Joe Mercer and in their first season with the club they managed to get promoted to the 1st Division as Second Division Champions.
In the 1967-68 season, City won their second First Division title on the last day of the season beating Newcastle United 4-3. City would remain a dominant force in English football for much of the late 60’s and early 70’s.
They won the FA Cup for the fourth time in 1969 and followed it up a European Cup Winners Cup and League Cup double in 1970. The next trophy for City came in 1976 when they managed to win the League Cup once more.
Manchester City Bad Times
After the success the club had in the late 60’s and 70’s City started to struggle from the start of the 80’s as they got relegated to the 2nd Division in 1983 though they managed to return to the top flight they were relegated again in 1987.
They got promoted back to the First Division in 1989 and managed to stabilize themselves as a top flight club for few years, but started to struggle again and got relegated from England’s top flight in 1996. Things got worse for City in the 1998/99 season as they found themselves in the third tier of English Football.
City managed to make a remarkable comeback achieving back to back promotions and found themselves in the Premier League for the 2000-01 season, however there stay in the top flight was cut short as they got relegated back to the 2nd Division once again in the same season.
City of Change
Kevin Keegan was appointed manager before the 2001-02 season and he guided them back to the Premier League on their first attempt winning the 1st Division title in the process. On their first season back to the Premier League, Keegan led City to an impressive 9th place finish and even managed to qualify for Europe based on UEFA Fair Play ranking.
City departed with Maine Road Stadium at the end of the 2002 season and moved to the Etihad Stadium. The team stabilized themselves as a top flight club for the next few years but never were a title contender or even a solid European spot contender.
In August 2008 the club was bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group which saw they club become one the strongest in terms of the money, but they still remained a mid-table club until the arrival of Roberto Mancini. Under Mancini City finished 5th in his first season and qualified for the Europa Cup competitions.
Success would continue to come for City, they won the FA Cup in the 2010-2011 season and finished 3rd in the league and in the 2011-12 season City would once again become Champions of England after edging out arch rivals Manchester United on the last day. Manuel Pellegrini was appointed in the summer of 2013 and in his first season with the club he would go on to win the Premier League title edging out Liverpool on the last day.
The Season So Far – 2014/15 Season
The Champions of England haven’t had a great 2014-15 campaign they are currently second on the EPL table with 47 points from 22 games (As of 18th January, 2015) and are trailing behind league leader Chelsea by 5 points. Though they are still very much in the title contention their title defense has been far from impressive.
They had a disappointing Champions League campaign where they were almost knocked out of the competition in the group stages but booked their spot in the knock-out stages edging out AS Roma on the last day.
Manchester City simply needs to up their game if they are to catch up with Chelsea but City has a habit of sneaking up on the League leaders in the last few week so it’s gonna be a exciting end to the season. They are also in the Champions League Knock-Out stages and will face Barcelona on 24th of February.
One of the closest seasons in Premier League history, watch City go past United in the last sec to win the 2011/12 Premier League title:
Most Appearances: – Alan Oakes (676)
Top Goalscorer: – Eric Brook (177)
More Updates including the current squad and other facts in the February Update.
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