President : Khaldoon Al Mubarak
4 Premier League
4 Community Shield
5 FA Cup
3 Football League Cup
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup
Manchester City origins go back to 1880 when some members of St. Mark’s church of England strongly supported football. The project implied the creation of its own team, the St Mark’s, which adopted in 1894 its current name, Manchester City Football Club.
The team started successfully this new period having victories and making the leap to the elite category of those years, the First Division. The range of Manchester City was unstoppable and it was enshrined in 1904 when the team defeated Bolton Wanderers winning his first major title, the FA Cup. The blue team became the first team in Manchester in getting a trophy of this magnitude.
But it was not all joy, and with the arrival of the 20s the citizens were involved at several times of crisis and the economic downturn that supposed the fire at one of the stands of the stadium. A fact that forced the Manchester City to set sail in 1923 to Main Road Stadium which was its headquarter until 2003.
The storm again gave way to calm and the Club embarked in 1930 in one of its brightest stages. Different FA Cup
finals and the arrival of its first league title in the 1936-1937 season left evidence of this period. But far from being straight, the Manchester City path was like a roller-coaster, and those moments of euphoria came with setbacks that ended as decreases to second division.
In addition, the team had to deal with obstacles and during the hard times of World War II had to give its facilities up for the matches to its bitterest rival, the Manchester United because of the damage to Old Trafford.
After several comings and goings from the first to the second category, Manchester City fronted one of its most difficult moments. The closure of the 1997-98 season dragged the club to the third division becoming in the first team with european titles to record such a decline in English football.
At that moment David Bernstein landed in the Manchester City. He became the president of the club and launched important economical changes to redirect the course of the English team.
The tide came relaxing and the best seasons arrived in 2001-02 with the inclusion of Kevin Keegan as the new Citizens’ coach. And the next year the Manchester City faced a new significant change, as the team lived its last season playing at Maine Road. The team was moving to its current stadium with a farewell match in Maine Road that ended in a historical victory against Manchester United after 13 years without beating them.
At the arrival of September 2008 the club faced a new dimension. This year the economic injection came from the hand of the investor group Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment, led by Sulaiman Al-Fahim, who took the reins of the City with an outlay of 250 million euros. The club stepped on the accelerator of big signings and incorporated into its ranks Robinho coming from the Real Madrid blowing up the records of transfers of players with this movement valued at £32.5 million.
2012 was another key date for the citizens, the Man City squad closed a high level season in the Premier League
and held the victory in the league after 44 years. A moment of euphoria that came with an in extremis goal by Sergio Agüero at 93.20 minute. Since 2013, the team moves under the baton of Manuel Pellegrini as coach of a team that contains names of first level players as Yaya Touré, David Silva o Agüero.
Official Name: Etihad Stadium
Opening: 25 July 2002
Architects: Arup Associates
Field size: 105 x 68 m
Costs: 110 million pounds.
Location: Etihad Stadium
The Manchester City trajectory in its current field, the Etihad Stadium, started in the 2003-04 season. The citizens finally found after several changes, their permanent location.
A series of moves and remodels not without surprises, as the fire that devastated one of the stands of Hyde Road. The team moved to Maine Road, the field in which the English team was playing until this final move.
The facilities of the current Etihad Stadium were built for the purpose Manchester to host the Olympic Games in the Summer 2000. With this goal and an ambitious project, the design of this sports complex began to take shape, and its first stone was placed in 1999 by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair.
Finally the scale leaned towards Sidney and the project was modified in order to bid for another event, the XVII Commonwealth Games 2002. The adequacy of facilities for this meeting supposed a payment of £110 million.
It was after this event, when Manchester City decided to jump into the game and turn this field, focusing in sports such as rugby and athletics. The Club financed the remodeling and it rose to £35 million.
The field, name after a sponsorship, received its first relevant shock in 2003 against FC Barcelona in a match in which Manchester City beat the Spanish team with a 2-1.
Also known by the names of COMS or Eastlands, this field characteristic for its inner oval shape, harbours the widest playing field of all English football.
The Manchester City facilities have capacity for more than 47,000 spectators. A capacity that peaked in 2004 when registered its record of attendance on a premier league clash between Manchester City and Chelsea.
Over the years, the improvements of the facilities of this outstanding stadium have been constant.In 2006 the Club achieved the official permission to build a wind turbine that was able to supply energy to the stadium. A key piece of about 85 meter high, designed by the well-known architect Norman Foster. The home of Manchester City has important recognitions that go beyond the football. This stadium has in its showcases different design awards such as the Structural Special Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2003 or the Inclusive Design Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects a year later.
For Season 2015/16, the MCFC is launching two new sports bars designed specifically for Premium Seats. They are located at East and Colin Bell stands and one of them has been named 93:20, remembering Agüero’s last-minute goal.