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Manchester has been a city dominated by the colour red for a long time. However the blue half of the city is starting to fight back. Manchester City is a club on the up, with wealthy owners and a squad that continues to grow thanks to the addition of world class talent such as Tevez and Balotelli. You can watch Manchester City live online right here on Live Sports Network.
Blues boss Roberto Mancini has choices to make this season. Which of his multi-million pound charges will make his starting eleven and which of them won’t even make his main squad?
As the new Premier League rules kick in, there are bound to be some big names at Eastlands kicking their feet until January apart from the odd cup outing. The first difficult decision surrounds the goal-keeping position with the ever-improving Joe Hart now looking the part as a future England number one also seeing a tick against his name for simply being English. With fellow countryman Stuart Taylor a satisfactory understudy, Republic of Ireland international Shay Given – a stalwart of last season campaign – may suddenly see himself facing an extended break.
Defenders Micah Richards, Wayne Bridge and Joleon Lescott would all probably have made the first cut anyway but their nationality provides an additional boost to Mancini with choices elsewhere. Kolo Toure and Jerome Boateng, fresh from World Cup duty in South Africa will also feature strongly in the Italians plans.
City have a wealth of talent vying for midfield slots with home grown stars such as Gareth Barry and his international colleague Shaun Wright-Phillips with the unrelated pair of Adam and Michael Johnson aiming to see off World Cup runner up Nigel de Jong and World Cup winner David Silva to be first on the team sheet.
Possibly Mancini’s biggest headache is up front. The impressive array of strikers available to him will be anything but pleased if they do not play a full part in the coming season and with Craig Bellamy, Robinho, Jo and Emmanuel Adebayor all unlikely to be too enamoured by relaying on cup outings until beyond Christmas, Argentinean Carlos Tevez and new signing Mario Balotelli will be uncertain as to may be partnering them in the forward line.
A Brief History
Manchester City started off as St.Marks (West Gorton), formed by Anna Connell, daughter of Rev Arthur Connell of St. Mark's Church in West Gorton. The club was subsequently known as West Gorton ( St.Mark's), Gorton AFC and Ardwick FC following their move to Hyde Road in Ardwick, their home until 1923. They were one of the founding members of the Football League Division Two in 1892 , along with eleven other clubs. In the 1893-94 season, Manchester City came into existence.
They won their first promotion to division one in 1899 and their first FA Cup in 1904. City moved to Maine Road in August 1923 after a fire destroyed the main stand at Hyde Road. A second FA Cup arrived in 1934 but their third triumph is possibly the most famous. The 1956 FA Cup final is remembered as the game when German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann played the last fifteen minutes of the game with a broken neck.
City's glory years were undoubtedly between 1965 and 1972, with Joe Mercer as manager and Malcolm Allison as his assistant. It was during this period that the famous trio of Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee made City a formidable power. City won the First Division in 1968 with a final day victory over Newcastle. This was followed by the FA Cup in 1969, and the League Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup the following year. However, following Mercer’s departure in 1972 the main highlights were being responsible for the relegation of rivals United in 1974 and a League Cup win in 1976.
The following two decades saw City fall from grace and even play in the third tier or English football. Times have got better for City fans and a succession of big-name managers - Kevin Keegan, Stuart Pearce and Sven Goren Eriksson - have overseen the resurgence in fortunes with varying degrees of success. The purchase of the club by a consortium led by the controversial Thaksin Sinawatra did not produce the expected results and Eriksson left.
With the signings of Silva and Balotelli to name but two, City appear determined to challenge the big four for a Champions League slot as well as pushing near neighbours
United and champions Chelsea as close as they can. Despite the new Premier League rules governing the number of players, both foreign and domestic, that can be used, City’s blend of young English and experienced international individuals will give them scope.
As Roberto Mancini starts his first full season in charge at Eastlands after replacing Mark Hughes, the backing of the Abu Dhabi consortium that have brought so much buying power to City is both a blessing and a curse. Success is now an automatic requirement from fans and board alike. As the crowds at the City Of Manchester Stadium continue to flow in to watch stars from around the globe, ultimate success at domestic and the European level will drive Mancini’s future.
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