One of the big comebacks of recent years has seen the revival of Manchester City FC that has, following a change of ownership, seen its fortunes return.
Following a disastrous period that saw them relegated to the first division, and then spectacularly to the second division for a season, the club has fought hard to get back to be one of the top clubs in the English Premier League.
About Manchester City FC
Man City was founded in 1880, firstly as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), then Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and finally becoming known as Manchester City in 1894. After a golden era is the late 60s and early 70s the club went into something of a decline, until being relegated from top tier football on a number of occasions throughout the 1980s and 90s until returning to the Premier League for the 2002-2003 season.
Recent & forthcoming FC Barcelona vs Man City fixtures
During the club’s time in the lower divisions the management oversaw tighter control over costs, but even so the club suffered financially. In 2007 Manchester City was taken over by the exiled former Thai Prime Minister, but suffered further financial turmoil when the new owner’s assets were frozen a year later.
In August 2008 the Abu Dhabi United Group stepped in to take control of the club and immediately began spending heavily on players, but the could still only finish tenth in the league. The following season saw more lavish spending and the replacement of manager Mark Hughes with Roberto Mancini and this time Man City ended the season in the much more respectable position of fifth.
In 2011 they won the FA Cup, knocking out Manchester United in the semi-finals along the way, and qualified for Champions League for the first time since 1968. And finally, in the 2011-2012 season, Manchester City won the Premier League title, finishing narrowly ahead of their city rival in the last match of the season. When the following season ended with the club running second place in the table for much of the season, after being eliminated from Champions League in the group stages, the axe was wielded and Manuel Pellegrini came in to replace Mancini for the 2013-2014 season.
After making it through to the knockout stage Manchester City was drawn against FC Barcelona in February and March 2014.
City of Manchester stadium
Manchester City currently plays at the City of Manchester Stadium after moving from Maine Road in 2003. The club had occupied the Main Road stadium since 1923, and prior to that Hyde Road. The stadium was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and converted for the club’s use at a cost of £30 million. Since 2011, following a sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways, the stadium has been officially known as the Etihad Stadium.