Previously dismissed by Sir Alex Ferguson as “noisy neighbors”, Manchester City is one of the most successful soccer clubs of recent times, and this year, they will be hoping to scale the heights of the EPL once again.
Big investments made it possible
It doesn’t seem that long ago that City were cast adrift in the third tier of English football. But thanks to their affluent owners, City have transformed into a winning machine, and they have set their sights on conquering Europe. While they have the biggest wage bill in the English Premier League, they have been molded into an imperious side, and in Pep Guardiola, they have one of the most brilliant tactical minds in the game pulling the strings in the dugout.
Manchester City’s Stadium – An Overview
There have been some dizzying highs as well as a few nadirs in City’s history. In the 1920s, they played their soccer at the Hyde Road ground, which became the first provincial soccer stadium to be visited by a reigning monarch.
By the 1930s, City had moved to Maine Road, which recorded a record attendance of 84,569 for a league game against Stoke City. However, City were forced to share their ground with bitter rivals Manchester United after substantial damage to Old Trafford during World War II, but City never allowed United to make use of the home dressing room!
After an 80-year association with Maine Road, City made the move to the state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium in 2003, which originally boasted a capacity of 48,000. Now, the Etihad has a capacity of 53,400 and there have been some renovations carried out over the past few years.
Manchester City Squad 2022/23
With a new Premier League season around the corner, here’s how the Manchester City squad is looking bar any last-minute transfers. We have listed the entire squad and divided them up into positions:
- Zack Steffen
- Stefan Ortega Moreno
- Scott Carson
- Kyle Walker
- Ruben Dias
- John Stones
- Nathan Ake
- Joao Cancelo
- Aymeric Laporte
- Kalvin Phillips
- Ilkay Gundogan
- Jack Grealish
- Kevin De Bruyne
- Bernardo Silva
- Phil Foden
- Cole Palmer
- Erling Haaland
- Julian Alvarez
- Riyad Mahrez
Manchester City By the Numbers
Manchester City have been an indomitable force in English football for the past two years and nobody has been able to knock them off their perch. Here are a few incredible stats that illustrate City’s impact in the EPL:
- 19 – The biggest title-winning margin as City cruised to the league with consummate ease in the 2017/18 campaign.
- 279 – Losses amassed by City during their time spent in the EPL.
- 1,658 – Goals scored by City in EPL history.
- 102 – Goals netted by City in the 2019/20 campaign, but they finished runners-up to Liverpool.
- 962 – Matches City have contested in the EPL.
How did Manchester City fare last season?
Manchester City hoisted the Premier League trophy for the sixth time in their history, but as usual, they did things the hard way. In a similar manner to the 2011/12 success where Sergio Aguero scored a last-gasp goal to see off QPR, City trailed 2-0 to Aston Villa at the Etihad before completing a remarkable turnaround in the final 12 minutes of the game.
City came up short in the Champions League and they lost in the FA Cup semi-final to Liverpool. Much of last season for City was spent wrestling with the Reds for the title.
What can we expect from Manchester City this season?
Such has been their stranglehold on the EPL, we shouldn’t expect things to change too much. Despite offloading Raheem Sterling to Chelsea, City’s owners were quick off the mark in the transfer market, and they secured a coup in the form of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
In Haaland, City have a predatory marksman who could score at least 20 goals in the EPL providing he settles quickly. Although closest rivals Liverpool have clinched a few deals, City should have enough to get over the finishing line this season.
Manchester City FAQs
Who is Manchester City’s opening EPL game against?
Manchester City will kick off their EPL campaign away to West Ham on Sunday, August 7.
Who is Manchester City’s current manager?
Guardiola is City’s manager, and since taking over the reins in July 2016, he has clinched three league titles, four League Cups, and the FA Cup.
How many times have Manchester City won the EPL?
City have won the EPL on six occasions, and they are aiming to lift the title for the third season on the trot, something only Manchester United has achieved in EPL history.
Who’s the all time top scorer of Manchester City?
Sergio Kun Aguero is the player who have scored the most goals for Manchester City with 184 goals in the Premier League.