Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds City to play Barnsley in pre-season friendly Tue, 27 Jul 2021 18:47:34 GMT 1 Game against Tykes will be played at 6pm, Saturday 31st July at CFA City will face Barnsley at the CFA on Saturday evening, in a hastily arranged pre-season friendly. The game will kick off at 6pm and will be played behind closed doors, but will be screened live on City+, the club have announced.

The Blues had been due to play ES Troyes AC, but travel restrictions to France as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic meant the game had to be cancelled.

It left Pep Guardiola with a fairly sparse pre-season schedule, with only two games arranged ahead of the season opener at White Hart Lane on August 14th.

City face Preston North End at the Academy Stadium tonight, before travelling to London for the Charity Shield against Leicester on August 7th. The game against Barnsley will allow Guardiola additional time to assess the fitness of his players, many of whom are returning late after their involvement in Euro 2020.

Fernandinho signs contract extension Thu, 01 Jul 2021 09:44:56 GMT 1 New one-year deal sees captain stay with the Blues until 2022 City captain Fernandinho has signed a new one-year contract extension, that will see him remain at the club until 2022.

The Brazilian midfielder joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, and has gone on to make 350 appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals. It had been thought that he would return to his native Brazil at the end of last season, but the new contract will allow City to focus on other areas in the transfer window. It is believed that Romeo Lavia will also be promoted from the EDS to the senior squad to act as an understudy.

“In my head and my mind, the job is not done yet,” he said.

“And so that's why I decided to stay here another year and try to help the team and the Club to achieve the goals that they're looking for. In my point of view, we can do that, there’s still places to improve and to get those targets. And obviously, for me and for my family it’s a pleasure to stay in Manchester for one more year.

“If I can keep doing the same way, leading them inside the pitch, off the pitch, to help them to improve and get better and to perform better during the games, I would be the happiest person there.

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Fernandinho’s contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated.

“He is an outstanding footballer – one of the best in the world in his position – and an exemplary professional.

“Since he arrived in 2013, his attitude and consistency have been exceptional, and he has developed into one of our most influential players.

“He is our captain, our leader and it is a position he has excelled in. There are a number of talented young players in our squad and, therefore, it is vital we have somebody with Fernandinho’s knowledge and experience.

“He remains an important player for us and we are delighted he has committed to another year.”

City's 2021/22 Premier League fixture list revealed Wed, 16 Jun 2021 09:28:59 GMT 1 Blues start title defence away at White Hart Lane followed by home games against Norwich and Arsenal City will start the 2021/22 season with a trip to White Hart Lane to face Spurs on 14th August. It's the fifth successive season in which the Blues start on the road

The reigning champions continue their title defence with home games against Norwich and Arsenal, before facing Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The first Manchester derby will be played at Old Trafford on Novemeber 6th, with the return fixture at the Etihad scheduled for March 5th.

Fixtures in full:

Sat Aug 14 Tottenham Hotspur A

Sat Aug 21 Norwich City H

Sat Aug 28 Arsenal H

Sat Sep 11 Leicester City A

Sat Sep 18 Southampton H

Sat Sep 25 Chelsea A

Sat Oct 2 Liverpool A

Sat Oct 16 Burnley H

Sat Oct 23 Brighton & Hove Albion A

Sat Oct 30 Crystal Palace H

Sat Nov 6 Manchester United A

Sat Nov 20 Everton H

Sat Nov 27 West Ham United H

Tue Nov 30 Aston Villa A

Sat Dec 4 Watford A

Sat Dec 11 Wolverhampton Wanderers H

Wed Dec 15 Leeds United H

Sat Dec 18 Newcastle United A

Sun Dec 26 Leicester City H

Tue Dec 28 Brentford A

Sat Jan 1 Arsenal A

Sat Jan 15 Chelsea H

Sat Jan 22 Southampton A

Wed Feb 9 Brentford H

Sat Feb 12 Norwich City A

Sat Feb 19 Tottenham Hotspur H

Sat Feb 26 Everton A

Sat Mar 5 Manchester United H

Sat Mar 12 Crystal Palace A

Sat Mar 19 Brighton & Hove Albion H

Sat Apr 2 Burnley A

Sat Apr 9 Liverpool H

Sat Apr 16 Wolverhampton Wanderers A

Sat Apr 23 Watford H

Sat Apr 30 Leeds United A

Sat May 7 Newcastle United H

Sun May 15 West Ham United A

Sun May 22 Aston Villa H

Cole Palmer signs new five-year deal Wed, 16 Jun 2021 08:14:45 GMT 1 Contract extension sees talented Wythenshawe youngster remain at City until 2026 Cole Palmer has signed a new five-year contract, which will see him stay at The Etihad until 2026. The promising youngster, who made his first team debut against Burnley in the Carabao Cup last season, was one of the standout players as the EDS lifted the Premier League 2 title for the first time.

“It is a very proud moment. It is a dream come true and I think my family are thrilled too,” Cole told CityTV.

“Obviously when I used to go to the park with them to play football when I was little, we used to always think of moments like this, so we are very happy.

“When I first came over to the first team in June last year, it was a bit overwhelming, but I just came over with no pressure and just to play.

“I am still here so I think I have done alright!

“I have progressed pretty well because you are training with the best players every day, so you are only going to get better.

“The first-team players speak to you a lot. They give you bits of advice and tips, so it helps a lot.

“There is a lot more to come. Hopefully I will just get my chance this year and I will take it if I get it.”

Kevin De Bruyne named as 2021 PFA Player of the Year Mon, 07 Jun 2021 18:08:57 GMT 1 Belgian international becomes only the third player to win back-to-back awards Kevin De Bruyne has been named as the PFA Player of the Year for a second season in a row, it was revealed on Sunday evening.

The Belgian midfielder is only the third player to win back-to-back awards, following Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Team-mate Phil Foden also won the PFA Young Player of the Year award to round off a fine season for the Blues.

“I really enjoy playing in this team. I signed a new contract knowing the playing style,” said De Bruyne.

“I am really happy here. We compete for every trophy and that suits my competitive nature.

“The team has been unbelievable and push me to my best level every day.”

City's Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added:

“We are so pleased to see Kevin collect this award again.

“To win it once is a superb achievement – but to win in successive seasons is special. Only the very best manage that.

“He is a world-class player who produces really high-quality performances on a consistent basis.

“Kevin’s influence off the field is growing, too. Not only is he a player who can influence matches and produce key moments with his technical quality, he is a leader for this football club and a shining example to our young players of how to behave if you want to be a top professional.

“We are very proud of him and I am sure he will continue at this level for many years.”

'The Beheading of Charles I' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now Fri, 28 May 2021 10:38:04 GMT 1 Farewell to Sergio Aguero, plus previewing the Champions League final Season 13, Episode 41: The Beheading of Charles I
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Pep Guardiola named as the LMA Manager of the Year Tue, 25 May 2021 10:52:37 GMT 1 City boss wins the award for a second time following an outstanding season for the Blues Pep Guardiola has been named as the LMA Manager of the Year for 2020/21, it was revealed on Monday evening.

City have enjoyed another outstanding campaign, winning their third league title in four years and adding a fourth successive Carabao Cup. The Blues face Chelsea in their fist ever Champions League final in Porto on Saturday evening.

Its is the second time Pep has won the accolade, having also received the honour in 2017/18, and he paid tribute to his players and staff when accepting the award:

“I am delighted to win this award for the second time, but an award like this is only possible if a manager is surrounded by top professionals,” Guardiola said.

“My players have been fantastic – their dedication and professionalism never waver, even in a season that has been the most challenging we have ever faced.

“And my staff are also deserving of the highest praise. I am so lucky to have a team of people who give everything they have every single day to make sure Manchester City are the best we can be.

“This award is dedicated and shared with them.”

'Flotsam and Jetsam from a Hobnob' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now Fri, 21 May 2021 09:52:46 GMT 1 The key moments behind the scenes in the title win - PLUS, Ferran Torres showing his quality, and some less-than-great officiating This week:
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- Ferran Torres shows his quality with a wonderful hat-trick
- Some awful decisions from the officials at Brighton
- The Everton game, the trophy lift, and 10,000 fans return
- Champions League final ticket prices (and the UEFA fiasco that's gone with it)

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Ruben Dias named as FWA Player of the Year Thu, 20 May 2021 14:48:15 GMT 1 24-year-old enjoyed outstanding first season following summer move from Benfica Ruben Dias has been named as the Football Writer's Association's Player of the Year for the 2020/21 season, it has been announced.

The Portuguese defender joined the Blues from Benfica for £61m in September, and had an immediate impact on the squad. City had endured a difficult start to the campaign, but Dias' arrival saw them go on an incredible 28 game unbeaten run on the way to winning the Carabao Cup and the Premier League title, with a Chmapions League final against Chelsea still to come. He is the first defender to win the award since Steve Nicol in 1989.

“It’s a huge privilege. I’m very, very happy (but) I could not have done it without the success of the team,” Dias declared.

“Everyone in the team deserves this award. Only by that was I – as a defender – able to be here to receive this prize.

“It means something special because normally, the ones who finish the plays are the ones getting the spotlight but me receiving this prize is a major example of our team and the way we work – the way we build our game.

“It reflects all the togetherness we have on the pitch, the spirit in the team and how we perform.

“With these players, for me to be receiving this award, it shows how we play like a family.”

Sheikh Mansour to fund fans travel to Champions League final Tue, 18 May 2021 16:33:18 GMT 1 City owner will cover the costs of official fans' trip to Champions League final in Porto City's owner Sheikh Mansour will pay the travel costs of fans attending the Champions League final, the club announced today.

It is understood that several thousand supporters will benefit from the gesture, which the club said was "designed to ease the financial pressure on fans who have faced - and are still facing - challenging circumstances due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic."

Both City and Chelsea have received an allocation of 6000 tickets each for the fixture that will be played in Porto on May 29th.

His Highness Sheikh Mansour said: “Pep and the team have had such a remarkable season and their reaching the Champions League Final after a very challenging year represents a truly historic moment for the Club.  It is therefore incredibly important that as many fans as possible have the opportunity to attend this special game. Especially those who have supported Manchester City through good and bad times for so many years.” 

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak added: “The challenges faced by supporters ahead of this final are multiple, both in financial and logistical terms. Hopefully His Highness’ initiative allows the majority of our attending fans to focus on enjoying the day rather than worrying about how to bear the burden of travel costs which have become all the more onerous due to the effects of the pandemic.”