Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds Travelling party for US tour confirmed http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2343 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:31:54 GMT 1 Guardiola names youthful squad for International Champions Cup Pep Guardiola has named a young squad for City's pre-season tour of the United States. With many senior players given time off to recover after the World Cup, Guardiola has called a number of youngsters from the club's Elite Development Squad. 23 of the 28 man party are aged 23 or under, with Claudio Bravo, Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sane and Oleksandr Zinchenko amongst the more experienced players named.

Joe Hart is a surprise inclusion after spending last season on loan at West Ham United, whilst Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva will join up with the squad in America.

The Blues will play three games as part of the International Champions Cup, starting with a tie against Borussia Dortmund on Friday in Chicago before travelling to New Jersey to face Liverpool. The tour ends with a match agianst Guardiola's former club Bayern Munich in Miami on July 29th.

Squad in full:

  • Claudio Bravo
  • Joe Hart
  • Aymeric Laporte
  • Leroy Sane
  • Bernardo Silva
  • Benjamin Mendy
  • Tosin Adarabioyo
  • Riyad Mahrez
  • Patrick Roberts
  • Jason Denayer
  • Daniel Grimshaw
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko
  • Douglas Luiz
  • Jack Harrison
  • Lukas Nmecha
  • Phil Foden
  • Aro Muric
  • Eric Garcia
  • Nabil Touaizi
  • Brahim Diaz
  • Iker Pozo
  • Tom Dele-Bashiru
  • Benjamin Garre
  • Luke Bolton
  • Cameron Humphreys
  • Rabbi Matondo
  • Tyreke Wilson 
  • Nathanael Ogbeta
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City sign Riyad Mahrez in club record £60m deal http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2342 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:26:47 GMT 1 Algerian international signs five year deal at The Etihad Manchester have signed Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for a club record fee of £60m. The Algerian international has signed a five-year contract at The Etihad, and becomes the Blues' first signing of the summer.

City had attempted to sign the winger in the January transfer window, but balked at the rumoured £90m price set by the Foxes. Director of Football Txiki Begiristain was clearly delighted to have finally landed his target:

“Riyad is a hugely talented player. He beats defenders and creates space.

“Over the past few years, he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting players.

“We’re sure he will bring additional attacking quality to our squad.” 

Mahrez joined Leicester from Le Havre in 2013, and went on to score 48 goals in 179 appearances for the club. He was an integral part of the 2015/16 title win, and was named as the PFA Player of the Year that season.

“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez said.

“Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding. They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it.

“I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”

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City start title defence away at Arsenal http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2339 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:10:31 GMT 1 Guardiola's side visit The Emirates on the opening weekend of the 2018/19 season City will start the defence of their Premier League title away at Arsenal on the opening weekend of the 2018/19 season. City won the corresponding fixture 3-0 last season, and it is a daunting start for new Gunners boss Unai Emery.

City's first home game is against Huddersfield Town, followed by a trip to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The first Manchester derby will take place at The Etihad on November 10th, with the return fixture at Old Trafford scheduled for March 16th.

The Blues end the season with a trip to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion.

All fixtures are subject to change, with the first games selected for TV coverage set to be announced in early July.

August

11: Arsenal (a)
18: Huddersfield (h)
25: Wolves (a)

September

1: Newcastle (h)
15: Fulham (h)
22: Cardiff (a)
29: Brighton (h)

October

6: Liverpool (a)
20: Burnley (h)
27: Tottenham (a)

November

3: Southampton (h)
10: Manchester United (h)
24: West Ham (a)

December

1: Bournemouth (h)
4: Watford (a)
8: Chelsea (a)
15: Everton (h)
22: Crystal Palace (h)
26: Leicester (a)
29: Southampton (a)

January

1: Liverpool (h)
12: Wolves (h)
19: Huddersfield (a)
30: Newcastle (a)

February

2: Arsenal (h)
9: Chelsea (h)
23: Everton (a)
27: West Ham (h)

March

2: Bournemouth (a)
9: Watford (h)
16: Manchester United (a)
30: Fulham (a)

April

6: Cardiff (h)
13: Crystal Palace (a)
20: Tottenham (h)
27: Burnley (a)

May

4: Leicester (h)
12: Brighton (a)

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City appoint new under-23 coach http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2338 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:57:03 GMT 1 Paul Harsley replaces Simon Davies as EDS manager Paul Harsley has replaced Simon Davies as City's EDS manager, the club announced yesterday.

Harsley, who made 500 appearances as player in the leower leagues, had been coaching Barnsley's under-23 side and was briefly caretaker manager of their first team.

Davies, meanwhile, has become Head of Coaching for the Under-13s to U23s.

Academy Director Jason Wilcox said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul to the role of EDS manager.

“He is a forward-thinking coach who has had an extensive playing career and comes to us with an excellent reputation of working with young players.

“He is a great addition to our coaching staff and he is inheriting a talented group of players.”

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Amazon release trailer for Manchester City documentary http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2335 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:32:58 GMT 1 All or Nothing set to be released later this year on Amazon Prime Amazon Prime have released a trailer for their forthcoming behind the scenes documentary entitled All or Nothing: Manchester City.

The new series is set to be released later this year, and follows Pep Guardiola and his City team as they embarked on what proved to be a record breaking season.

According to Amazon, the series will “include interviews and dressing room action with legendary coach Pep Guardiola as well as the week-on-week stories that unfold within the lives of the players, offering fans closer access to Manchester City’s superstars from Kevin de Bruyne to Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and more.”

Watch the trailer below:

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Four City players named in England World Cup squad http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2334 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:18:35 GMT 1 Fabian Delph, Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling included in Southgate's 23-man squad Four City players have been named in Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup. Fabian Delph joins team mates Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling on the plane to Russia, but goalkeeper Joe Hart has been left out, following a disappointing season on loan at West Ham.

England start their Group G campaign against Tunisia on 18 June, before games against Panama on 24 June and Belgium on 28 June.

"I believe this is a squad we can be excited about," Southgate said.

"It is a young group but with some really important senior players, so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance."

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley).

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Guardiola named as the League Managers Association manager of the year http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2333 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:04:45 GMT 1 Spaniard becomes the first ever City manager to win the award Pep Guardiola was named as the League Managers Association manager of the year at a ceremony in London on Tuesday evening.

The City boss beat off competition from Jurgen Klopp, Sean Syche, Nuno Espirito, Neil Warnock and John Coleman and becomes the first ever City manager to win the award.

Guardiola led the Blues to the Premier League title in his second season in England, smashing a number of previously held records along the way.

His side won the title with a record 100 points, scoring 106 goals and dropping just 14 points all season.

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'The Larger of the Chuckles' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2332 Fri, 11 May 2018 11:11:23 GMT 1 The trophy lift, the Toure send-off, the ticket price increase This week:
- Enjoying City's latest title celebrations, as the team lifts the Premier League trophy for the third time
- A send-off for Yaya Toure from the podcast team - looking back at his highlights at the Etihad
- After the average 3% rise in ticket prices, the team discuss their thoughts on the hike
- Looking ahead to the game with Southampton and the prospect City could achieve 100 points
- How could City's England players feature at the World Cup? 

Episode 9.41 - The Larger of the Chuckles
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Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion preview: Yaya Toure due to start on final appearance for the club http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2331 Wed, 09 May 2018 11:12:51 GMT 4 Ivorian midfielder to leave The Etihad at the end of the season after eight years at the club Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.00pm, Wednesday 9th May 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Paul Tierney Assistants: S Beck, A Garratt Fourth Official: R Madley

Odds: City 1/7, Draw 8/1, Brighton 20/1. See more online betting.

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from):Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, Sterling, Toure, Jesus, Nmecha

Injured: Aguero

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWWL

Brighton & Hove Albion

Manager: Chris Hughton

Squad (from): Ryan, Mäenpää, Krul, Bruno, Bong, Hunemeier, Dunk, Goldson, Schelotto, Duffy, Rosenior, Suttner, Kayal, Groß, Stephens, Skalak, Knockaert, March, Propper, Baldock, Hemed, Ulloa, Locadia, Izquierdo, Murray

Injured: Brown, Sidwell

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDDLD

Sergio Aguero remains City's only absentee through injury, whilst club legend Yaya Toure is due to start in his final game for the club. Pep Guardiola paid tribute to the Ivorain midfielder in Tuesday's press conference:

“Tomorrow is his last game at the Etihad stadium,” Guardiola said. “We will try and play for him and win for him.

“Yaya is part of the club, not just because of the trophies he has won but because he transmitted to everyone the club can be bigger and greater.

“He is beloved, he is calm, he loves football and I’m very pleased with the success he has had.

“The footballers made the club bigger and bigger and bigger. He is one of the most important players in the whole history.

“He helped this club step forward hopefully we can play a good game and dedicate it to him.”

City's last home game game against Brighton ended in a 2-1 victory thirty years ago, with goals from Ian Brightwell and Paul Moulden. Overall City have won 9 of the 18 games played against the Seagulls, with 5 draws and 4 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, Toure, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 3 Brighton 1

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Raheem Sterling is the Bluemoon Player of the Month for April http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2330 Wed, 09 May 2018 10:24:45 GMT 1 England international takes his season tally to 22 with strikes against Spurs and Swansea Raheem Sterling has been named as the Bluemoon Player of the Month for April 2018, winning 73% of the vote in the forum's online poll.

It was a mixed month for Pep Guardiola's side, with successive defeats against Liverpool in both legs of the Champions League quarter final, and the home derby against United. However, the Blues rallied to win their remaining three league fixtures against Spurs, Swansea and West Ham, clinching the Premier League title in the process.

Sterling had come in for some criticism, after a number of missed opportunities cost City dearly in the Manchester derby, but Pep Guardiola was effusive in his praise of the young forward:

“Sometimes we judge him about ‘he missed that goal’, ‘he missed again that shot’, but the amount of actions he creates, the assists today, he creates fouls, penalties, because he's so fast and quick, sometimes he is unstoppable in those situations,” Guardiola said.

“And the most magnificent thing is he is 23 years old, so he is still focused, keeping the desire to get better, as a player. His understanding of the game is global: he's a guy who can create inside, make a movement outside, dribbling, runs in behind. Still he misses simple balls still, and he has to be more aggressive in this kind of things.”

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