Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Johnny Baquette Special: Greetings From Naxos

Johnny Baquette Special: Greetings From Naxos

As Manchester City continue to get into a New York state of mind, Johnny Baguette sends VMCers a postcard from his Greek pre season keyboard training camp.

Kali spera, Planet Blue!

The most striking aspects of watching the business end of the World Cup/ Mundial draw to a close on the island of Naxos have been twofold. Getting my head around hearing commentators referring to partaking Manchester City players past, present and future after decades of next to no Sky Blue World

Jules Rimet interest whatsoever was mind boggling. The second factor has been the most intriguing. My travels over the past two years have given me the impression that MCFC are increasingly getting noticed across Europe, and if anything over the past three weeks, I've seen and heard enough to confirm that The Citizens are well and truly back on the footballing map. Music to the ears no doubt for shrewd City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and his global strategists.

I've always made it my mission along the years as we plummeted through the divisions to the brink of non existence and throughout our fight-back to become re-established in the top flight that I ensure that wherever my suitcase takes me, City get heavily promoted and the rags thoroughly slated. Greece this year has been no exception as I've exploited the international language of football to the full once again.

Naxos



It was a back of the net job upon arrival at our hotel to hear one of the Greek lads on reception introduce himself as a joint City and Barcelona fan! His detailed knowledge of the Blues squad blew me away. He even knew the heights of all the players which led me on to discussions with some Dutch blokes I met who forecast that outside of Silva, Tevez, Johnson and De Jong, Mancio could be fielding a team of giants next month. Kompany, Vieira, Adebayor, Boateng, Lescott and the Toure brothers all came in for basket-ballesque praise, tenuous Greek links to former Blues hoop misser then hoop wearer Georgios Samaras aside. We all watched a couple of Boateng throw ins. Maybe we'll be giving Stoke a game this autumn...!

The Greek islands see a mass invasion of Scandinavians around this time of year. I've lost count of the Norwegian fans who have given respect when I've aired the shirt on the beaches. One feller from Oslo pointedly told his pals how Manchester is a Blue city taking care of the propaganda for me!

There's been plenty of talk of ex Blues Aage Hareide and of course Alfie Haaland whose place is cemented in history as a symbol of the battle against the crumbling evil empire.

Just chillin'



From Paris to these islands I've seen plenty of Barcelona and Real Madrid shirts and the odd Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea shirts but not a one of the rags. Tick-tock, eh?

Of course, much of these exchanges reflect the worldwide popularity of the Premier League and the monster for the English Football Association that it has become with so many foreign stars dominating to the extent that England's so called golden generation performed abjectly and devoid of flare this summer in South Africa. For now that's another story.

Back to our City

It's clear from all the people I have met that we are rated and expected to deliver very soon. Some Bayern Munich fans even suggested we'd be challenging for the title almost immediately based upon a solid defensive midfield strategy.

My next stop is a weekend in Athens and then it'll be time to get down to the business of gearing up, refreshed and charging for a new season on VMC and our return to European football. Bring it on!

Laters

JB



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Friday July 16 2010
Time: 10:10AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Joshua v Klitschko?

Comments

0
Sounds like you're having a great time JB. Hope the suntan is coming along nicely and the food and wine is up to speck.
Tudor
16/07/2010 10:20:00
0
Great to hear from you JB. I'm looking forward ( as ever ) to reading your articles on your return.
Bluedub
16/07/2010 12:56:00
0
Brill read :D spreading the gospel like Moses to the masses!
Eighthsin
16/07/2010 15:39:00
0
Yammas, JB, good to see you converting the locals to the great and the good that is MCFC.... have another ouzo for your good work.....and buy the bloke on reception one too....
cityman51
16/07/2010 21:21:00
0
MCFC is going global. Nice one JB, have another Ouzo for me too!
fifthcolumnblue
16/07/2010 22:36:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Celtic v Manchester City Preview

Having achieved a media confounding 10 consecutive wins Pep Guardiola's men return to the Champions League fray tonight with the trip north of the border to face...

This Is How The Scottish Media Are Covering Celtic v City

One of the best-selling redtops in Scotland is the Daily Record and wow, they are covering Wednesday night's Champions League encounter between Celtic and Manchester City..

Live Stream From Celtic FC Twitter Feed

With only 24-hours to go until Celtic and Manchester City face off in the Champions' League Group C game, both clubs, as one would expect are busy preparing for their...

Current Celtic Players Who Used To Play At City

We at Vital Manchester City continue our build-up articles in preparation for tomorrow night's Champions League game between Celtic and Manchester City.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many goals, if any will City score against Celtic on Wednesday?
Suggested By: Tudor
Five or more6%
Four9%
Three40%
Two9%
One18%
City won't score18%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 6 6 0 0 18 13
2 Spurs 6 4 2 0 14 7
3 Arsenal 6 4 1 1 13 8
4 Liverpool 6 4 1 1 13 7
5 Everton 6 4 1 1 13 6
6 Man Utd 6 4 0 2 12 5
7 Crystal Palace 6 3 1 2 10 3
8 Chelsea 6 3 1 2 10 1
9 Southampton 6 2 2 2 8 1
10 WBA 6 2 2 2 8 1
11 Watford 6 2 1 3 7 -1
12 Leicester City 6 2 1 3 7 -3
13 Burnley 6 2 1 3 7 -3
14 Hull City 6 2 1 3 7 -5
15 AFC Bournemouth 6 2 1 3 7 -5
16 Middlesbrough 6 1 2 3 5 -3
17 Swansea 6 1 1 4 4 -5
18 West Ham 6 1 0 5 3 -9
19 Stoke 6 0 2 4 2 -11
20 Sunderland 6 0 1 5 1 -7
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 2 2016 2:15PM : Tottenham Hotspur (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 23 2016 1:30PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 26 2016 8:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear487
2.Johnny Baguette363
3.Skoorb320
4.Rising166
5.Tudor144
6.Bluedub139
7.Colin Is The King115
8.citizhun98
9.johnkelv64
10.kennyclementstache63