When asked by the team if the team can manipulate the contract, a Man City manager replied: We can do anything we want.
In 1880, 28-year-old girl Anna Connell formed a football team for the common or unemployed workers, helping them quit drinking. 7,000 km away, the Al Nahyan family dominated Abu Dhabi thanks to camel breeding and pearl fishing. They live in mud brick houses, hidden under palm trees. A football team for the Al Nahyan family is as vague, as the desert heat for Manchesterians.
128 years later, the Al Nahyan clan becomes an oil billionaire. They arrived in Manchester – the “Capital” of the North of England. Money helps them turn a vague day into a shining “pearl”. From a mid-level team in Manchester, Man City became the Premier League’s leading club, a superb promotional product with Abu Dhabi. They own world-class stalwarts like Sergio Aguero, David Silva or Kevin de Bruyne, under the strategist Pep Guardiola. The Al Nahyan family’s journey becomes a unique story.
But, the jewel of Abu Dhabi is scratching. Documents from Football Leaks – the platform that specializes in exploiting mistakes – expose the tricks behind Man City’s success.
Man City bosses established the capitalist era in football. The “capitalist” here refers to the era when companies were ruthless and broke all rules. That is also the way some contemporary teams work. Since being taken over by Abu Dhabi leaders, Man City looks for every trick to get into the ranks of the European football elite. They create a global, profitable brand by breaking down barriers. Man City’s glory stems from deception.
May 13, 2012. 93 minutes, 20 seconds. Agueroooooo. It was an unforgettable Man City fan moment. In the final round of the Premier League, they needed three points to win after 44 years of waiting. Their opponent – Queens Park Rangers – suddenly took the lead.
The situation was more unfavorable for them, when Man Utd neighbors won the match at the same time. The heaviness on the face of the Eithad spectators, because they may have to see Man Utd again on the throne. 91 minutes, 14 seconds, Edin Dzeko headed equalizer, rekindled hope for Man City. More than two minutes later, Sergio Aguero scored against QPR, bringing the championship back to Etihad. Commentator Martin Tyler’s voice was lost as he shouted Aguero’s name, when the net shook.