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We (Man City) Are Wealthy & Proud

With the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool up to their eyes in debt, isn't it nice just for once for Manchester City fans to sit back and gloat.

For years Man City have been the whipping boys, but not any longer. Our owners are on a mission - yes a mission, and that is to conquer the footballing world.

Real Madrid have borrowed more money that the whole GDP of Malta put together, and that's just to finance players such as Kaka and Ronaldo. In addition the cheeky buggers don't even intend resting on their laurels with more mega-buck signings in the pipeline.

We however don't have to worry about bank overdrafts, the taxman, player embargoes and arrears on the stadium rent. Well not anymore. Oh happy days!

I know this article will ruffle a few feathers but I'm past caring. Call me arrogant, call me what you will, but we are City, we are Manchester City.

Fact File

Man City's owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed rakes in an estimated $500m a day on oil production alone.

Within a family fortune of $1trillion (£555billion) he is set to make the £11.7billion spending power of Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich look like chicken feed.

Gulf Riches

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates but it lives in the shadow of its bigger and richer neighbour Dubai - the Persian Gulf's jewel in the crown.


Population: 1.3 million
Top Hotel: Burj Al Arab - the world's only 7 star
Oil production: 2.9 million barrels a day
Tourists: 7 million last year
Weather: 50c, plus in the summer months.

Abu Dhabi

Population: 850,000
Top Hotel: Five star Al Raha Beach
Oil production: 2.7 million barrels a day
Trophy asset: NewYork's Chrysler Building
Tourists: 1.5 million last year
Weather: Sunny and bloody hot!

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 7 2009

Time: 11:59PM

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but money hasnt bought us anything and the skint clubs are successful and i would rather talk about it more if we win something to be honest.
Mike Hunt
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08/07/2009 00:01:00

I'd rather have a few quid in the bank and focus on the team rather than have the constant worry of debt and whether the wolf will be knocking.
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08/07/2009 00:05:00

I'm happy enough to wait and see how far the money will take us. Let's face it, it won't hurt us now will it? Roll on the season.
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08/07/2009 00:20:00

It's not correct to say that Dubai is the richer of the Emirates. In fact Abu Dhabi is, with the largest reserves of oil and one of the worlds biggest untapped gas fields.
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08/07/2009 00:37:00

YES YOU ARE.... and your pathetic. You want to know why youíre quickly becoming the most hated club in Europe? And no itís not your money, its your arrogance. Writing articles after articles with heading such as "Berbaflop Couldn't Do This" or "Will Aston Villa Become Man City's Feeder Club?" and "Rival Fans Have The Audacity To Attack Man City". No one outside of Mancity cares about you guys and what you guys do or who you sign, so why do you constantly make it a point of writing articles attacking other fans? Is it because you want some attention and youíre not getting any? If you want attention try winning something first before getting big headed and making stupid comments such as "With the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool up to their eyes in debt, isn't it nice just for once for Manchester City fans to sit back and gloat." SO GLOAT, Yes you guys are a small club with lots of money and some greedy player, WOOOOO we are all so impressed. Trying winning something first, you lot are aware that thatís what football is about right and not how much money you haveÖ..
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08/07/2009 01:04:00

Sorry to rubbish your article, but a lot of this is, just...well...wrong. Abu Dhabi is the largest Emirate and it is also by far the wealthiest. It's oil reserves are vast compared to Dubai's dwindling supplies, hence Dubai's over eagerness to invest in tourism and finance. Also, the Burj Al Arab is not the only 7 star hotel in the world, the Town House Galleria in Milan is also. If you're going to write an article with such arrogance, at least make sure you are in possession of the facts. Also, as the slightly pathetic Klutch has stated above, it wouldn't do sites such as yours any harm by having a bit of humility when talking about our club. In general, I couldn't care less what other clubs think of us if we are winning, but quite frankly the 'new money' attitude of some of our fans shows no class whatsoever. I our owner and Chairman are doing a superb job of investing in the back-room and playing staff as well as the infrastructure of the club and are letting the manager and CEO get on with the job of running the club, hopefully the fans can also do their bit in showing the world that Man City fans really are the best in the world and are not misrepresented by a few childish articles posted on here.
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08/07/2009 01:21:00

you are correct dunnie. thats the main reason dubai is shifting the focus of its economy- their oil is running out. abu dhabi will soon rise to pre-eminence- with man city as its number 1 advertisement (and number 1 team in the world!).
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08/07/2009 01:26:00

I asked for opinion, I asked for ridicule. Klutch can say what he wants, similar to you Blend. I will continue to write grabbing headlines no matter what the circumstances are. As I said in my piece, I don't really give a monkeys what opposing fans say. However please keep your replies family friendly - getting fed up deleting comments. Cheers.
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08/07/2009 01:31:00

klutch is a bitter liverpool supporter throwing his toys out of his pram - soon to be reclaimed by the debt collectors ofcourse! ;)
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08/07/2009 01:33:00

I have an ex-son-in-law who is Liverpool mad. I thought it was him trying to give me grief.
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08/07/2009 01:36:00

LOL. Dont worry, they will all be supporting Everton once they have gone bankrupt and administration has forced them into the lower leagues ;)
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08/07/2009 01:51:00

@eighthsin Liverpool is a world brand, unlike city which ppl around the world think is a bad counterfeit job of a United shirt so don't worry about my club ending up in the lower league while your own club was fighting to keep up last season. O and try using some of your money to buy some humility, new money is so sad
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08/07/2009 02:02:00

Not everyday I agree with a Liverpool fan but couldn't have said it better myself Klutch!
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08/07/2009 02:15:00

Klutch, you wrote "Trying winning something first, you lot are aware that thatís what football is about right" yup, we are. Remind me of how many Premierships Liverpool have won.
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08/07/2009 04:33:00

Blend you wrote, "Also, the Burj Al Arab is not the only 7 star hotel in the world, the Town House Galleria in Milan is also. If you're going to write an article with such arrogance, at least make sure you are in possession of the facts". Practice what you preach Blend, there is another 7 star hotel it is called "The Emirates Palace", where is it?, bingo, Abu Dhabi.
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08/07/2009 04:38:00

why are man city articles so arrogant? what are u so arrogant about? finishing 10th in league even after breaking british transfer record.
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08/07/2009 04:49:00

@EddieBell.... What is your point?? i was referring to the articles point that somehow you lot should "gloat" cause you have money, and i was pointing out that football is not about who has the most money. Anyways no one on Vital Liverpool is going around writing articles disrespecting other clubs by calling them our feeder club cause we signed one or two of their player. Don't just take out one part of my statement and try to make it seem like something else, thatís sad.
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08/07/2009 04:58:00

@ ForeverUnited I think all Liverpool fans and United fans and most of the league can agree that City fans are quickly becoming the most arrogant and annoying fans in the league. While they go around disrespecting every other club thinking their better then them, their making rivals fans come together to hate them. Good job City you made a United and Liverpool fan agree on something, WOW never thought that day would come.
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08/07/2009 05:07:00

one reality check for man city. those who are going to man city are only going for wages not to win trophies. classic example is robinho . does it not wonder u all a player as good as robinho is so good at home but pathetic at away. simply because he is NOT bothered about city winning trophies, he just want to score some goals. so DONT be under any ILLUSION that any player going to city is going to win trophies, they just want more wages.
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08/07/2009 05:28:00

Klutch, the arrogance of Liverpool fans has been consistant for 30 years. You were hated far more than any club i have known, including United. The point is, the lad who has written it, is just pleased we don't have to go the crap that we normally do every summer. You don't like the fact that someone has has come along and has started to rock the boat. I don't think City had any intention in signing Terry, but Chelsea don't like it. It has unnerved them, why hasn't Terry come out and said he wants to stay? I wish we had lumped £50M on the table at Anfield for Torres, because there would have been people within your organisation that would have been tempted. We have no trophies to wave about, like you, but, we do have the money and whether you like it or not, money talks. By the way, £18M for Richards understudy, you are having a laugh. The cosy cartel at the top of the premiership will be broken, you don't like it, tough. Now the boot is on the other foot and we can sign players you clearly wanted, you are whining. Shut up, go make a banner and stop moaning you bitter scouse bindipper.
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08/07/2009 05:31:00

Deb, what a stupid thing to say, " players are only going for wages not to win trophies". They are seeing that we are getting better players and the more of these players we get, the better the team will become, the better we become the more chance we have of winning something. Eventually we will win something. Thats is why they are signing.
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08/07/2009 05:37:00

It's not finished yet EddieBell so I would say that there are only two. There are about another 4 or 5 other 7 star hotel's under construction at the moment. Either way, I didn't say that there were only two, I purely mentioned there was another one, so maybe you should engage your brain before criticising me. I think what you're missing is the point that this article is wholly inaccurate, as well as being arrogant. I'm City through and through. I'm a season ticket holder, but I just think that article like this are purely written to gain a rise and hits. Surely we should be encouraging debate on what we are going to do next season, who's going to play, what tactics we will use etc, rather than 'we've got more money than you' etc etc etc. We haven't even won anything yet and are just serving to be humiliated if we don't achieve some of the unrealistic targets that some of you guys seem to think we are going to achieve.
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08/07/2009 08:08:00

Some things in my absence have changed, but your ability to touch a nerve Tudor clearly has not. Keep up the good work mate ;)
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08/07/2009 08:38:00

EddieBell u say "They are seeing that we are getting better players" so robinho went there. who have u got before robinho signed ? NOBODY. he went there just to get more wages. by offering astronomical wages u are only destroying urselves. u r just collecting "greedy individuals" who r more interested in their weekly wages than giving their 100% on the field. u want examples? robinho is a "greedy individual" while kaka is a "committed individual" . within ur team its robinho & ireland where ireland is a "committed individual" .
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08/07/2009 09:15:00

and by the way i DONT think if city owners would have taken over liverpool or aston villa instead of city, any of liverpool or aston villa fans would have written such an article. it just shows ur mentality. it is always better to be humble than arrogant.
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08/07/2009 09:22:00

10 years ago we were playing in the third tier of English football. Nobody who follows the massively in debt rags, Chelsea or Liverpool can have any concept of what that is like. So give us a break instead of crapping yourselves over your dreary, boring top four elite establishment being rivalled financially at last. We can't compete with you on a nationality or homegrown player restricted basis so it has to be with the wallet. And as for rags and scousers coming together against Man City. Never in a million years.
Johnny Baguette
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08/07/2009 09:42:00

Great article and hey we don't get the green eyed attention of people like Klutch if we are nobodies. Yes we should recognise that we are the richest club in the world and we should recognise that the days have gone whereby a team without money would win the Premiership. Ergo to win big trophies you have to be monied ...... for the first time we are monied .... so ergo we should be happy about this fact. It's not exactly space science and I totally agree with your sentiments.
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08/07/2009 09:48:00

all that money and all this potential, and you still cant fill your stadium everyweek! pathetic support, like all you cheesy bellends sat behind a screen instead of supporting your club! anybody remember the UEFA game at coms last season with 30,000 empty seats!!! oh behave, of course you do!
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08/07/2009 10:32:00

"In general, I couldn't care less what other clubs think of us if we are winning, but quite frankly the 'new money' attitude of some of our fans shows no class whatsoever". Nice to see not all City fans are the same. Boasting about wealth and anyone who says anything is considered jealous? If you had a friend who won the lottery and went about saying, isnt it nice i dont have any loans & credit cards and can afford the best in life you would think he was a tw**. If however he invested hos money, was humble and went about being successful business man you would show him respect. Ok its not exactly the same, but im sure you see where i am coming from.
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08/07/2009 10:34:00

That's another one reeled in!
Johnny Baguette
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08/07/2009 10:35:00

I think I might have touched a nerve (lol). Just goes to show how many non City fans read our material.
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08/07/2009 10:40:00

Tudor its not like you touched a nerve with clever writing. If i wrote an article that read, Manchester City are ruining football then im sure it would be flooded with Man City fans. Controversy sells as they say, even if its a load of BS
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08/07/2009 10:59:00

Liverpool and manure fans do agree ocassionally - both sets of fans now hate Michael Owen and think he's a washed up has been and cannot for the life of them understand why the rags have signed him. See? harmony at last.
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08/07/2009 11:46:00

Thanks for the laughs Deb. kaka committed? I have been laughing about that for hours. By the way, you and Klutch's arrogance and jealousy are so bad, you cannot see that you are worse than us. The players we had before Robinho included a large collection of academy players. Quite rightly lauded as one of the best in Europe. The scousers don't need the money to be far more arrogant than us. As for Villa, you obviously missed the whining and criticism of Barry.
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08/07/2009 12:35:00

Blend, bearing in mind it opened in November 2005, i think it is safe to say it is finished. You may be getting confused with the Tameer Towers also in Abu Dhabi, which is due to be finished in a couple of years. And before you engage your brain "Either way, I didn't say that there were only two, I purely mentioned there was another one," one and one equals 2. Having decided the other one wasn't finished, i think your defence is rather weak. However, you are right, the article was designed to gain hits. If you want to debate formations, change etc etc, go to the forum where you can see most City fans are accepting the changes with mixed views. I am not happy with some of the things going on at City and the City i grew up with died, a couple of years ago. However, (not you) when bitter jealous fans, who don't like the fact the big 4 cartel is going to be severely tested, come on whining about the club coming into money they can clear off. I have been up and done the country wqtching City when days like today would have been considered deluded. We are in an unwinable situation. As lottery tickets have been mentioned this is where we are. A lottery winner walks into the pub and buys everyone adrink, s/he is a flash ********. If they keep their money in their pocket they are tight. A no win situation. What also makes me laugh is we are considered greedy when other clubs hike the price up. No mate, they are being greedy.
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08/07/2009 12:50:00

I read the article as a statement of fact and slightly tongue in cheek. Has the bitterness amongst opposition club fans or the inferiority complex of some of our own led to a humour bypass? As for humility, don't you really mean happy to be other clubs doormat. Everyone loves City as long as we finish below them. Well, happy loser is not our aim anymore, so sorry if that offends some of you. I for one don't care how many 7 star hotels there are unless City are playing at them. I don't care or take seriously anything other clubs supporters think or want as the words jealous, hypocritical and partisan covers most of their comments. Happy days, I can't wait to see who we are signing next! Anyone heard any rumours.
City Girl
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08/07/2009 12:57:00

Exactly City Girl
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08/07/2009 13:03:00

So we aren't allowed to be a little excited now that we are rich and are able to rival the other big clubs for the big names? I suppose people like klutch and deb would have the same teams in the top 4 every year. I forgot only Manure and Liverpool fans are allowed to be arrogant and gloat. Hypocrites.
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08/07/2009 14:13:00

i have to say even though im city through and through KLUTCH has a point in his first post about city becoming a bit arrogant.i would prefer us to win something before we start larging it up to be honest.
Mike Hunt
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08/07/2009 14:38:00

Great posts City Girl and bluesnozza and exactly the right sentiments. I am not falling for this arrogant, cocky line put forward by the hypocritical fans of the so called Top 4. We are now genuinely in a position to challenge these clubs and they do not like it. For goodness sake we shouldn't be coy and defensive but we should be proud and positive. Let the good times roll and let's show the Top 4 that we are confident of gate crashing their exclusive club and will do it not with a timid whimper but with a positive fanfare. I remember the bad times and my goodness me I am now going to enjoy the good ones.
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08/07/2009 18:56:00

I guess some City fans either get it or they don't its just that simple. Why is it that every time someone say's anything about your club they are "jealous"? Or we don't want to see you guys in the top 4? I don't really care if you guys make it in the top4 or end up at the bottom of the league thatís not my problem; I try to focus on my team and so does the rest of the vital community on their team. However I have notice more and more Vital City makes it a point to either disrespect other teams or their players for no reason at all, my only guess is that you want attention. Why disrespect Villa after signing their best player? Why write an article about ďBerbaflopĒ when your 20Mill flop Jo scored 1 goal for you? Why write an article about how much money your team has and make it a point to mention the debit of Liverpool and United? Should you guys be happy that you have money and can compete with other teams now? Yes, but why act like monkeys and make fun of other teams before you have won anything? Wait, win something then rub it in United face that youíre the best team in Manchester, but you havenít won anything yet and your setting your self up for the worst mocking from the rest of the league if you donít get top4 finish or worst yet top6.
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08/07/2009 19:04:00

Up to our noses in debt and still raking in the trophies! I much prefer to be in debt and be able to brag about our trophies and history. Klutch, I'm sure you've seen the article entitled, 'WE WILL FINISH IN THE TOP FOUR' or something like that on here. For your sake, lets hope you finish in the top four next season or as Klutch so eloquently put it - be prepared for the WORST mocking in years! You might have to close down this vital site!
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08/07/2009 19:18:00

Klutch what is the motivation for reading all our articles on the Man City site for assiduously. You are quoting from them in great detail. It is either you are worried, bored stiff on your own web site (which I know is mainly pictures to cater for the majority of your fans) or are one of those fans associated with the current Top 4 that have to win. Once their team starts losing you quickly switch allegience ..... however sorry Klutch you can't switch to City. We wouldn't have you so I think it will have to be Everton for you soon.
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08/07/2009 19:25:00

@ Wswilly3 what a pointless replay, seriously that has to be one of the worst replays I have ever gotten. You are aware that all the headlines from every vital articles written are on the right of the page for everyone to see, and donít worry I would rather stop watching football then support City
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08/07/2009 19:41:00

Great Klutch sorry you 'gotten' a poor 'replay'. What are you going to do when you stop watching football ..... go to school.
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08/07/2009 21:33:00

@ Wswilly3.... WOW pointing out spelling mistakes, great counter-argument.... by the way you spelled "allegience" wrong...
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08/07/2009 21:52:00

Klutch, you are whining that you focus on your team, then come on here arrogantly claiming that we are pathetic and quickly becoming the most hated club in Europe. Well, do yourself a favour, stop reading our reports and go back to concetrating on your own team. You have been on here 7 times and said nothing of any interest.
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09/07/2009 00:11:00

Well said Eddie Bell we are obviously scaring Klutch ****less and he is clearly green with envy as his team has no money to spend and is on the wane. That is why he can't resist finding out about the team on the upwards curve - Manchester City. Let the good times roll.
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09/07/2009 09:48:00

I don't think we've ever had an article which has sturred up so much sentiment - and it did exactly what I wanted it to. Debate. Happy days!
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09/07/2009 10:05:00

As i said before, it does not take clever writing to get a reaction. The Sun newspaper is a prime example of that
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09/07/2009 10:44:00


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