Manchester City F.C.


Personal information

Full name Manchester City Football Club
Short name Manchester City F.C.
Founded 1880; 141 years ago as St. Mark’s (West Gorton)
1887; 134 years ago as Ardwick Association F.C.
16 April 1894; 127 years ago as Manchester City
Ground City of Manchester Stadium
Capacity 53,400
Owner City Football Group
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Manager Pep Guardiola
League Premier League

Manchester City F.C. is an English football club based in Manchester that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), it became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894. The club’s home ground is the Etihad Stadium in east Manchester, to which it moved in 2003, having played at Maine Road since 1923. The club adopted their sky blue home shirts in 1894 in the first season of the club’s current iteration, and have used them ever since.

Under the management of Pep Guardiola, the team has won a further three League titles, including the 2018 edition where they became the only Premier League team to attain 100 points in a single season. In 2019, they won four trophies, completing an unprecedented sweep of all domestic trophies in England and becoming the first English men’s team to win the domestic treble. They reached their first UEFA Champions League final in 2021.

Manchester City’s revenue was the fifth-highest of a football club in the world in the 2018–19 season at €568.4 million. In 2019, Forbes estimated the club was the fifth most valuable in the world at $2.69 billion. The club is owned by the City Football Group, a holding company valued at £3.73 (US$4.8) billion in November 2019; the Abu Dhabi United Group holds primary interest in the holding company.


In the 1930s, Manchester City reached two consecutive FA Cup finals, losing to Everton in 1933, before claiming the Cup by beating Portsmouth in 1934. During the 1934 cup run, Manchester City broke the record for the highest home attendance of any club in English football history, as 84,569 fans packed Maine Road for a sixth-round FA Cup tie against Stoke City in 1934, a record which stood until 2016.

The club continued to challenge for honours throughout the 1970s, finishing one point behind the league champions on two occasions and reaching the final of the 1974 League Cup.

After relegation, the club underwent off-the-field upheaval, with new chairman David Bernstein introducing greater fiscal discipline. Under manager Joe Royle, City were promoted at the first attempt, achieved in dramatic fashion in a play-off against Gillingham. A second successive promotion saw City return to the top division, but this proved to have been a step too far for the recovering club, and in 2001 City were relegated once more.

By 2008, the club was in a financially precarious position. Thaksin Shinawatra had taken control of the club the year before, but his political travails saw his assets frozen. Then, in August 2008, the club was purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Group. The takeover was immediately followed by a flurry of bids for high-profile players; the club broke the British transfer record by signing Brazilian international Robinho from Real Madrid for £32.5 million.

Continued investment in players followed in successive seasons, and results began to match the upturn in player quality. City reached the 2011 FA Cup Final, their first major final in over 30 years, after defeating derby rivals Manchester United in the semi-final, the first time they had knocked their rival out of a cup competition since 1975.

Pep Guardiola, former manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is the current manager, who has been in charge since the dismissal of Pellegrini in 2016. Under Guardiola, Manchester City won the 2017–18 Premier League title with the highest points total in Premier League history and broke numerous other club and English league records along the way.

Club Badge and Colours

Manchester City’s home colours are sky blue and white. Traditional away kit colours have been either maroon or (from the 1960s) red and black; however, in recent years several colours have been used.

City have previously worn three other badges on their shirts, prior to their current badge which was implemented in 2016. The first, introduced in 1970, was based on designs which had been used on official club documentation since the mid-1960s. It consisted of a circular badge which used the same shield as the current badge, inside a circle bearing the name of the club. In 1972, this was replaced by a variation which replaced the lower half of the shield with the red rose of Lancashire.

On 15 October 2015, following years of criticism from the fans over the design of the 1997 badge, the club announced they intended to carry out a fan consultation on whether to disregard the club badge and institute a new design. After the consultation, the club announced in late November 2015 the current club badge would be replaced in due course by a new version which would be designed in the style of the older, circular variants.

A design purporting to be the new badge was unintentionally leaked two days early prior to the official unveiling on 26 December 2015 by the IPO when the design was trademarked on 22 December. The new design was officially unveiled at the club’s home match on 26 December against Sunderland.

Notable Managers

  • Tom Maley (1902-1906)
  • Wilf Wild (1932-1946)
  • Les McDowall (1950-1963)
  • Joe Mercer (1965-1971)
  • Tony Book (1973-1980)
  • Roberto Mancini (2009-2013)
  • Manuel Pellegrini (2013-2016)
  • Pep Guardiola (2016-Present)

Player Of The Year

  • 2010–11 Vincent Kompany
  • 2011–12 Sergio Agüero
  • 2012–13 Pablo Zabaleta
  • 2013–14 Yaya Touré
  • 2014–15 Sergio Agüero
  • 2015–16 Kevin De Bruyne
  • 2016–17 David Silva
  • 2017–18 Kevin De Bruyne
  • 2018–19 Bernardo Silva
  • 2019–20 Kevin De Bruyne
  • 2020–21 Rúben Dias


The City of Manchester Stadium in east Manchester, known as the Etihad Stadium since 2011 for sponsorship reasons, is on a 200-year lease from Manchester City Council. It has been City’s home since the end of the 2002–03 season, when the club moved from Maine Road.



  • First Division / Premier League (Level 1)
    • Winners (7): 1936–37, 1967–68, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21
    • Runners-up (6): 1903–04, 1920–21, 1976–77, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2019–20
  • Second Division / First Division / Championship (Level 2)
    • Winners (7): 1898–99, 1902–03, 1909–10, 1927–28, 1946–47, 1965–66, 2001–02
    • Runners-up (4): 1895–96, 1950–51, 1988–89, 1999–2000
    • Promoted third place (1): 1984–85
  • Third Division / Second Division / League One (Level 3)
    • Play-off winners (1): 1998–99


  • FA Cup
    • Winners (6): 1903–04, 1933–34, 1955–56, 1968–69, 2010–11, 2018–19
    • Runners-up (5): 1925–26, 1932–33, 1954–55, 1980–81, 2012–13
  • Football League Cup / EFL Cup
    • Winners (8, joint record): 1969–70, 1975–76, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
    • Runners-up (1): 1973–74
  • FA Charity Shield / FA Community Shield
    • Winners (6): 1937, 1968, 1972, 2012, 2018, 2019
    • Runners-up (7): 1934, 1956, 1969, 1973, 2011, 2014, 2021


  • UEFA Champions League
    • Runners-up (1): 2020–21
  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
    • Winners (1): 1969–70

Doubles and Trebles

  • Doubles
    • League and EFL Cup (3): 2013–14, 2017–18, 2020-21
    • EFL Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1): 1969–70
  • Trebles

    • Domestic treble (League, FA Cup, and EFL Cup) (1): 2018–19
When was Manchester city founded?

It was founded in 1880 at Gortan, United Kingdom. But, it was not until 1894 that the name Manchester City came into being.

Who is the highest paid star at Manchester City? 

Midfield star Kevin de Bruyne is the top earner at Manchester City, with a estimated weekly wage of £400,000.

Who is longest serving manager of Manchester City?

Les McDowall was City manager from 1950 to 1963; his tenure of thirteen years makes him the longest serving manager in Manchester City’s history.

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