The City Academy - impressive, but is it fearsome?

September 14, 2012 in Premier League

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Today, construction work on the ‘City Football Academy’ has officially kicked off. The 80-acre site, adjacent to the home of the current Premierleague Champions, the Etihad Stadium, is to be transformed into a state-of-the-art training facility where players from the first and youth teams alike will train day-to-day. The plans include a 7,000 seater stadium to be used for reserve and youth team matches, 16 training pitches including an indoor facility, special areas for goalkeeper and fitness training, medical facilities as well as the headquarters for the club’s office staff.

Manchester City are investing £100m to create one of the world’s most premier sporting institutions, which has been designed after a long consultation period, including visits to similar training facilities across the world. So when Patrick Vieira tell us it will be the world’s very best facility of its kind, he is undeniably saying it with a weight of evidence behind him.

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Disloyalty In Football (or why fans are stupid, dumb and wrong)

May 25, 2012 in Transfers

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Coda. I’m absolutely the wrong person to be making this argument. As a Manchester City fan, I’m a follower of a Goliath who comes for top players in the night, seduces them away from hard-working Davids with the promise of money and glory, and it’s over for you and your team. You’ve been terminated.  But long before all that came to pass and City weren’t who they are now,  I believed this incendiary point I’m about to make and now that I’ve got a semi-platform to express my rambling opinions, y’all can suck it. Because I’ve had all I can stand and I can’t stands no more. I believe that it’s manifestly unfair to crucify players for leaving smaller clubs for bigger ones, or leaving  big clubs for bigger ones. Fans propagate a flawed one-sided system of loyalty that bears up to no logical scrutiny and I’m tired of hearing it. If it’s not OK for a player to leave a club he’s too good for, then surely it’s not OK for a club to dispense with a player who’s not good enough. This sounds ridiculous, right? But loyalty means nothing if it’s not reciprocated by both parties, fans don’t seem to understand that a player at a club is a mutually beneficial arrangement, and when it is no longer that, in either camp, then that arrangement ends. This is not only fair, but the way even the most rudimentary organization has to work.

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