Manchester City Football Club was founded in 1880 as “St. Mark’s West Gorton”, as it was borne out of the church by the same name. Currently wearing sky blue shirts and white shorts, the team enjoyed a good spell of success between the 1960s and 1970s. After playing their home games at Maine Road for 80 years, City finally moved to the City of Manchester Stadium in 2003, paving way for a new successful period in the club’s history.
Manchester City is today one of the richest clubs in football, partly due to the change of ownership in 2008. After the club was purchased by the wealthy Abu Dhabi United Group, City was able to sign a number of prolific players for the following season. In the 2010-11 season, new star players such as Yaya Touré and David Silva became pivotal in a midfield that would lead City to their first trophy (The FA Cup) in 35 years.
In 2012, Manchester City won their first Premier League title in the most dramatic of fashions. After trailing by 2-1 to Queens Park Rangers in the final game of the season, City managed to come back and score two goals in injury time. The winning strike by Argentinian Sergio Agüero meant that City finished top of league, ahead of cross-town rivals Manchester United merely on goal difference.
Manchester United remains City’s biggest rival. The Manchester derby is usually the most eagerly anticipated game of the season for City supporters. While United have claimed more derby wins, the Sky Blues, as they are nicknamed, have enjoyed the largest win (6-1) on two occasions, most recently in 2011. The fierce rivalry has been given an extra spark since the arrival of City’s new manager Pep Guardiola and United’s new manager José Mourinho. The two managers are thought to be in an ongoing feud after a number of clashes on the sidelines with their previous teams.