24 Facts About Manchester City


Manchester City adopted their sky blue home shirts in 1894, in the first season with the current name.

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Manchester City received considerable financial investment both in playing staff and facilities following its takeover by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan through the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008.

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Under the management of Pep Guardiola, Manchester City won the Premier League in 2018, becoming the only team in the competition history to attain 100 points in a single season.

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Manchester City are owned by the City Football Group, a British-based holding company valued at £3.

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Manchester City gained their first honours by winning the Second Division in 1899; with it came promotion to the highest level in English football, the First Division.

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Twenty years later, a Manchester City team inspired by a tactical system known as the Revie Plan reached consecutive FA Cup finals again, in 1955 and 1956; just as in the 1930s, they lost the first one, to Newcastle United, and won the second.

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Under John Bond, Manchester City reached the 1981 FA Cup final but lost in a replay to Tottenham Hotspur.

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Manchester City were co-founders of the Premier League upon its creation in 1992, but after finishing ninth in its first season they endured three seasons of struggle before being relegated in 1996.

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Under manager Joe Royle, Manchester City were promoted at the first attempt, achieved in dramatic fashion in a Second Division play-off final against Gillingham.

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Manchester City finished the season in fifth position in the Premier League, narrowly missing out on a place in the Champions League but qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.

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City reached the FA Cup final in 2011, their first major final in over 30 years, after defeating derby rivals Manchester United in the semi-final, the first time they had knocked their rival out of a cup competition since 1975.

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In Pellegrini's first season, Manchester City won the League Cup and regained the Premier League title on the last matchday of the season.

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Still, Manchester City's breakthrough marked their most successful European campaign to date.

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Allison's theory worked, with Manchester City winning the 1969 FA Cup final, 1970 League Cup final and 1970 Cup Winners' Cup final in red and black stripes as opposed to the club's home kit of sky blue.

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Manchester City had previously worn three other badges on their shirts, prior to their current badge being implemented in 2016.

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On occasions when Manchester City played in a major cup final, the club wore shirts bearing the City of Manchester coat of arms, as a symbol of pride in representing the city at a major event.

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Manchester City's officially recognised supporters club is the Manchester City F C Supporters Club, formed by a merger of two existing organisations in 2010: the Official Supporters Club and the Centenary Supporters Association .

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Manchester City fans' song of choice is a rendition of "Blue Moon", which despite its melancholic theme is belted out with gusto as though it were a heroic anthem.

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Manchester City supporters tend to believe that unpredictability is an inherent trait of their team, and label unexpected results "typical Manchester City".

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In 2010, Manchester City supporters adopted an exuberant dance, dubbed The Poznan, from fans of Polish club Lech Poznan that they played in the Europa League.

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The report noted that since the compiling of data in 2001, the number of both City and United season ticket holders had risen; expansion of United's ground and City's move to the City of Manchester Stadium have caused season ticket sales to increase further.

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Manchester City have long established local rivalries with Bolton Wanderers, Oldham Athletic, and Stockport County, and more recent competitive Premier League rivalries with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

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The wealth of the new owners meant that, in the summer of 2009, Manchester City were able to finance the purchase of experienced international players prior to the new season, spending more than any other club in the Premier League.

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Manchester City jointly hold the record for most second division titles with Leicester City, both clubs having won the league on seven occasions.

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