Manchester City Football Club, commonly known as City, is a football club in Manchester, England. Founded in 1880 as St. Mark's (West Gorton), it became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894. They became the first Premier League team to reach 100 points in a season.
Manchester City first played in the top-tier of the Football League in 1899. Manchester City has the fifth-highest revenue in football, at €527.7 million in 2016–17. Forbes magazine ranks it as the world's fifth-most valuable football club, worth $2.47 billion.
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Manchester City's home colours are sky blue and white. 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.
The new badge, lauded as a “modern original”, marks a return to its historical round shape and features a series of iconic Manchester symbols - the ship, the three rivers and the red rose of Lancashire.
For the first time the Club has included the year of its foundation - 1894 - as a nod to its rich history within the Manchester community.
The badge was first unveiled to fans on Boxing Day 2015, following a 30-day consultation period with Cityzens supporters, which revealed resounding support for the badge to evolve. Supporters also had a say on the shape, colours and elements featured on the badge and all of their feedback was used to help shape what the badge today looks like.
In a research study on football rivalries conducted in 2003, a sample of Manchester City fans also saw Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers as rivals after Manchester United. It also found fans of Oldham Athletic, Stockport County, Bolton Wanderers and Manchester United saw Manchester City in their top three of main rivals.
Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany (born 10 April 1986) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a centre back and captains the English club Manchester City, as well as playing for the Belgium national football team. In the 2011–12 season he was awarded the captaincy of Manchester City, leading his club to win the Premier League that season, their first league title in 44 years. Regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, he was listed 23rd in "The 100 Best Footballers in the World" by The Guardian.
Sergio Leonel "Kun" Agüero (born 2 June 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentine national team. Agüero moved to Premier League club Manchester City in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £35 million. On the last day of his debut season with the club, he scored a 94th-minute winner against Queens Park Rangers that earned City its first league title in 44 years. At the end of the 2015–16 season, of players who had played at least two seasons in the Premier League, Agüero had the highest goals per minute ratio in the history of the competition since its formation in 1992, averaging a goal every 106 minutes, ahead of Thierry Henry. He also holds the joint-record for the most goals scored in a single Premier League match – five – and the fastest to do so, in 23 minutes and 34 seconds of match time. He is the highest non-European scorer in the history of the Premier League, with over 100 goals in the division. In November 2017, Agüero became Manchester City's all-time highest goal-scorer, scoring his 178th City goal against Napoli. Agüero is currently the 10th highest goal scorer in Premier League history.
Josep "Pep" Guardiola Sala (born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish professional football coach and former player who is the manager of Premier League club Manchester City. Regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation, Guardiola was a creative and technically gifted defensive midfielder who usually played in a deep-lying playmaking role. He left the Bavarians for English club Manchester City in 2016, and guided them to a Premier League title in his second campaign in charge, breaking numerous domestic records as the team became the first to attain 100 league points. As a manager, Guardiola has won 24 major honours, making him one of the most successful managers in world football. He also holds the record for the most consecutive league wins in La Liga, Bundesliga and the Premier League. He is regarded by many in the sport to be one of the greatest managers in football history.
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