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It Could Only Happen To City

The last 12-months has proved that Manchester City is one of the most unpredictable Premiership teams in its history.

The takeover of Man City led by Thaksin Shinawatra, ignited an optimism around supporter's that City where heading in the right direction. Hiring Sven-Göran Eriksson, and purchasing such high quality players as Elano, Corluka and Petrov, only added fuel to the sense of optimism.

The season of 2007/08 provided distinctive similarities to the rollercoaster ride stealth. Man City began the first half of the season sky-rocketing up the table, and by December, they were solidly in the top four. City purchased such players as Caicedo, and Benjani in January in order to sustain their joy near the top. However with all rollercoaster rides, what comes up must come down.

The win over Man United gave City fans a brief glimmer of hope, but it was not to be, as by the end of the season City had slipped from UEFA cup contenders to middle table mediocrity. The season finished in a style only City fans can endure. An 8-1 drubbing at the hands of Middlesbrough, was the final straw as Sven was sacked even though he achieved the target of UEFA cup football, through the fair play league. Man City was back to the instability that had seen nine managers shown the door within the past 12 years.

A new season, but the same old City arrived. Thaksin Shinawatra promised funds, and with the impending arrival of Mark Hughes, City where optimistic again. This was short-lived as the optimism was thrown into doubt when Shinawatra effectively put the club up for sale due to his lack of funds.

City did manage to scrape the money bank for the acquisitions of Brazilian Jo, and Israeli Tal Ben-Haim. Time past and Manchester City stood still in a pool of uncertainty, until Vincent Kompany and the prodigal son Shaun Wright-Phillips, sealed deals to come to Eastlands, along with Zapaleta of Espanyol.

Manchester City fans could feel something big brewing after all, our messiah had returned when all indications pointed to a fire sale being triggered! The first game in the City blue for Wright-Phillips couldn't have been any better if he tried; he bagged a brace in an emphatic 3-0 win over Sunderland, which initiated a feel good factor which was flowing through the City of Manchester.

Then came 1st September 2008. What a day to be a City fan. The stories which broke that day, stunned and amazed me to the point I was pinching myself to make sure it was not a dream. The Abu Dhabi Group worth a staggering 550 billion pounds, had taken over Manchester City, and by midnight we had signed Robinho for a British record deal, simply mind-blowing!

Today (11th September), City have recorded six points out of a possible nine, and has made it through to the first stage of the UEFA Cup. Can City break the stealth effect now they have a financial power of 10 times Abramovich?

Anything, as we know with City is possible.




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Writer: Aaron Collins Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 11 2008

Time: 9:45PM

Your Comments

Your team is very unpredictable. I think that you're capable to win whoever of the teams for the "big four" (Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United), but also you could put to shame yourself with a lost by low-ranged "small" team.
Bosko-Macedonia
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Bosko-Macedonia
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Bosko-Macedonia
Bosko-Macedonia, that has always been the way that City is they can beat the best but can be beaten when they are expected to win.Add to that the statistic of being the leagues top scorers(I know its only three games)but even so we could not buy a goal last season.
Buzz Lightyear
Welcome back, Aaron! Expect the unexpected!
Johnny Baguette
''Today (11th September), City have recorded six points out of a possible nine, and has made it through to the first stage of the UEFA Cup. Can City break the stealth effect now they have a financial power of 10 times Abramovich?'' No! And if you are too stupid to understand that money doesn't score goals than I can't help you:) You are still just the shadow of Man Utd, and Robinho just joined you because he had no other choice! Calderon didn't want to let him leave for a high profile club (like Chelsea) so he sold him to you, the only club stupid enough to pay 40€ mio.
chelsey
''The last 12-months has proved that Manchester City is one of the most unpredictable Premiership teams in its history.'' OMG, they could have bought every other club as well, they just settled on one of the CHEAPEST options, think about it.
chelsey
And just for the record, you lot expect these arabs to spend big for you, but haven't you ever wondered on what? Or do you bunch of dreamers really expect players like Ronaldo, Essien or Kaka to arrive at Manchester City?
chelsey
I cannot get over this unbelivably arrogant attitude from some Chelsea fans. I don't ever recall hearing it at the Bridge on our trips down there in the 80's or the 90's. All this my wallets bigger than your wallet. Embarrassing. Chelsey, you have to be reading too many tabloids. We want a team built around our Academy lads. Something the modern Chelsea fan has no concept of. Even the rags can say their European Champions sides were built around homegrown players. Loadsamoney etc....
Johnny Baguette
Some Chelski fans, JB, are clearly jealous that their VERY brief stint at the top of the food chain has come an abrupt end. They no longer call the shots! In true City tradition, however, any success we have will be based on home-grown foundations. Terry aside, can they make any similar claims? No! A shift in power is coming! Sorry if you don like it Chelsey!
oliverblue
 

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