Bluemoon-MCFC Article Feeds 'It's Always Nice to Have a Clown at a Birthday Party' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2637 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:45:29 GMT 1 Tonking Liverpool, the Foden-De Bruyne partnership, and City's birthday scorers This week:
- What message does the demolition of Liverpool send out?
- The players who have scored for City on their birthday
- Which players are now playing for their futures in this remainder of the season?
- Howard Hockin on football in a post-pandemic world - and what it all means
- What do you think of Bayern's apology over the leaked Sane pictures?



Season 11, Episode 42: It's Always Nice to Have a Clown at a Birthday Party
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Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: Blues without Fernandinho and Aguero for Etihad clash http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2636 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:22:15 GMT 4 Eric Garcia and John Stones could be available again after injury Manchester City vs Liverpool

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.00pm, Thursday 2nd July 2020

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: M Dean

Odds: City 10/11, Draw 5/2, Liverpool 11/4

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Carson, Ederson, Cancelo, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Rodri, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Jesus

Injured: Aguero

Doubtful: Garcia

Suspended: Fernandinho

Form guide: LWWLW

Liverpool

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Alisson, Adrian, Lonergan, van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Jones, Elliot, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Minamino, Origi

Injured: Shaqiri, Matip, Clyne

Doubtful: Milner

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWLDW

City are without Fernandinho (suspended) and Sergio Aguero (knee injury) for the visit of Liverpool, whilst Leroy Sane is in Germany ahead of his move to Bayern Munich. John Stones and Eric Garcia could return after missing the trip to St James Park on Sunday.

Guardiola was full of praise for Jurgen Klopp's side who have won Liverpool's first title for thirty years, but backed his players to improve next season.

“The winner does not want to be beaten and we are going to try to fight with Liverpool and the other opponents for the next chapters in the Premier League. 

“Football and sport help you to understand that another side was better, you have to try to reduce the gap.

“For the next seven or eight games and next season we must work harder and better.”

City won the last game against Liverpool at The Etihad 2-1, courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane. Overall City have won 48 of the 184 games played against Liverpool, with 46 draws and 90 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy, Rodri, De Bruyne, D Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 1 Liverpool 1

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City agree to sell Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2635 Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:36:16 GMT 1 Deal thought to be worth £54.8m with winger to leave club at the end of the season City have agreed a deal worth up to £54.8m with Bayern Munich for Leroy Sane. The German international will join the Bundesliga club at the end of this season, but is unlikely to feature again for the Blues this campaign.

Sane joined City from Schalke 04 in 2016 for £37m, and has scored 38 goals in 133 appearances for the club.

Pep Guardiola was keen to retain the player's services, but Sane repeatedly turned down a new contract offer. It was expected that he would move to Munich last summer, but a cruciate ligament injury sustained in the Community Shield scuppered the prospect of any deal.

It is thought that City will receive an initial £44.7m, with a further £10m due in add-ons. The club have also negotiated a 10% sell-on clause.

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City to face Arsenal in FA Cup semi-final http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2634 Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:17:13 GMT 1 Guardiola and Arteta to meet for second since Project Restart City will face Arsenal in the semi-final of the FA Cup, following the draw on Sunday evening.

The Blues qualified courtesy of a 2-0 victory against Newcastle United, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. Arsenal, meanwhile, saw off Sheffield United with a late winner from Dani Ceballos.

The tie will see Pep Guardiola face his former assistant Mikel Arteta for the second time since football resumed in England, after City defeated the Gunners 3-0 at the Etihad a fortnight ago.

Chelsea will face Manchester United in the other semi-final, with the ties due to be played on the weekend of 18/19th July.

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'Been There, Done It, Bought the T-Shirt' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2633 Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:30:09 GMT 1 What do you think of Bayern's conduct in the Leroy Sane transfer saga? This week:
- City are no longer Champions - so where has it gone wrong this season?
- Guardiola says Phil Foden will be the man to replace David Silva in the team
- What do you think of Bayern's conduct in the Leroy Sane transfer?
- A flashback to Guardiola's first season in the Etihad dugout
- Could City really not play in next season's League Cup to ease the fixture list?



Season 11, Episode 41: Been There, Done It, Bought the T-Shirt
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Manchester City vs Burnley preview: Eric Garcia misses out with concussion http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2632 Fri, 19 Jun 2020 15:00:39 GMT 4 Claudio Bravo and John Stones close to return but unlikely to feature Manchester City vs Burnley

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.00pm, Monday 21st June 2020

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Andre Marriner Assistants: M Perry, A Holmes Fourth Official: A Madley

Odds: City 1/8, Draw 8/1, Burnley 18/1

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Carson, Ederson, Cancelo, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Rodri, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Garcia

Doubtful: Bravo, Stones

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWLW

Burnley

Manager: Sean Dyche

Squad (from): Pope, Peacock-Farrell, Hart, Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Gibson, Pieters, Bardsley, Long, Cork, Brownhill, McNeil, Brady, Hendrick, Westwood, Lennon, Rodriguez, Vydra

Injured: Barnes, Wood, Gundmundsson

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWWDD

Eric Garcia misses out with concusssion after being stretchered off the pitch against Arsenal, following a collision with Ederson. Claudio Bravo and John Stones continue their recovery after missing the 3-0 victory over the Gunners, but should both be available for the trip to Chelsea next week.

“He [Bravo] had a bit of a muscular problem. He stayed here in England during lockdown. He arrived back well, but a week before the first game, he had pain in his back.

“Yesterday he started to run. So in a few days he will be back training.

“John had a problem in his ankle. He is at the end now of his recovery."

City won the last game against the Clarets at The Etihad 5-0, courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane. Overall City have won 48 of the 103 games played against Burnley, with 25 draws and 30 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Laporte, Fernandinho, Mendy, Rodri, Foden, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: City 3 Burnley 0

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Leroy Sane set to leave after rejecting contract offer http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2631 Fri, 19 Jun 2020 14:13:02 GMT 1 Pep Guardiola confirms that winger will leave club after four years Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Leroy Sane will leave the club after turning down a new contract offer.

The German international has returned to fitness after suffering a knee injury in the Community Shield last August, but has decided that his futue lies away from Manchester.

With his contract due to expire in 2021, the Blues will look to cash in this summer with Bayern Munich his likely destination.

"Leroy has said he doesn't want to extend the contract," Guardiola said at Friday's press conference. "It means he's going to leave, it's going to happen this summer or at the end of the contract.

"We offered two or three times and he rejected so he's going to play for another club. Leroy rejected to extend and everybody knows that. If at the end of this season we agree between the two clubs he will leave. 

"'I'm disappointed. We want him. He's a young player with incredible potential. It's difficult to find them. 

"We tried before the injury, after the surgery, but he has other ambitions. We want players who are fully committed. 

"We respect him, he's an incredibly nice guy. I love him. He's so well educated, has a nice family. He wants another adventure for his career."

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'Let it be Desolate and Weird' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2630 Fri, 19 Jun 2020 12:18:27 GMT 1 Leon Mike discusses Black Lives Matter; plus behind-closed-doors games & disaster kits This week:
- City are back! We look at what it's like watching behind-closed-doors football...
- Former City striker Leon Mike talks about the players taking a knee
- How well is Pep Guardiola using the squad now that there's five subs and nine on the bench?
- Howard Hockin looks at footballers, politics, politicians and the Coronavirus months
- We look at some of City's kit disasters of the past



Season 11, Episode 40: Let it be Desolate and Weird
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City to wear shirt with new sponsor for Arsenal home game http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2627 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:34:37 GMT 1 Etihad Airways and Manchester City unveil bespoke kit ahead of English Premier League return Etihad Airways, together with its partner Manchester City, have unveiled a bespoke match-day jersey in recognition of the global efforts to begin recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

Etihad is dedicating the front of shirt space, ordinarily bearing the Etihad logo, to the ‘Cityzens Giving For Recovery’ campaign, City Football Group and Manchester City’s 12-month campaign aimed at helping communities get back on their feet.

The ‘Cityzens Giving For Recovery’ campaign will focus on providing support directly to nine recovery-linked projects around the world, fundraising, the use of club facilities, and resources. Each of the nine clubs within City Football Group, staff, players, coaches and fans will all be involved, providing support in various capacities.

Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer, Manchester City added: “We are hugely grateful to our partners at Etihad for enabling us to use our most visible and significant asset to promote Cityzens Giving For Recovery. As ever, it demonstrates the enduring depth and value of our partnership.

“At a time when so many around the world have suffered enormous loss, we are proud to be introducing our new campaign to help our communities around the world get back on their feet.”

Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group said: “Giving back to the community is a priority for Etihad, and a commitment we take seriously as an organisation. As we navigate our way through a new world, recovery is paramount to us getting back on our feet, and restarting again, stronger than before.

“To support the ’Cityzens Giving For Recovery’ campaign, we’ve committed our front of shirt branding space for Manchester City’s return game of the English Premier League, a significant gesture that we know will resonate with fans across the world.

“We value the decade-long partnership we’ve shared with Manchester City, and are excited to continue working together throughout the campaign to support communities in their recovery efforts.”

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'Maybe One Day, You Too Can Live Out Your Dreams' - new Bluemoon Podcast online now http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?id=2626 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:29:05 GMT 1 CAS appeal, the Premier League return - plus YOU COULD WIN the new David Silva book This week:
- The return of the Premier League after the Covid-19 postponements
- City's case at CAS and the possible fallout from it
- Why Liverpool have been 'lucky' to be as far ahead as they are...
- Previewing the match with Arsenal
- COMPETITION: You could win a copy of the new David Silva El Mago books



Season 11, Episode 39: Maybe One Day, You Too Can Live Out Your Dreams
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