Manchester City vow stronger side against Hyundai A-League brothers

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini alongside captain Vincent Kompany at Friday's press conference.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will keep the experimenting to a minimum when he meets the club’s ‘younger brothers’ Melbourne City on the Gold Coast tomorrow.

City defeated Adelaide United 2-0 with a raft of changes used in their training game this week.

And with a number of younger players in the travelling squad, some suggested it may be a weakened outfit that takes to the CBus Stadium park.

But on Saturday there will be a more cohesive Sky Blue side against the A-League outfit, promised the Chilean mentor.

“No, tomorrow we will play with just one team. We are going to make some changes in the second half,” he told reporters at the official pre-match press conference.

“But we will start with all the professional players and in the second half we’ll see to make some changes.”

And City captain Vincent Kompany has been impressed by what he’s seen so far from local A-League opposition.

“They were sharp,” he said of the Reds.

“They were good in ball possession and the level is actually of a pretty high standard.

“But for us it’s about the fitness and we got out of it what we did. But the standard of the team [Adelaide] technically was very good.”


And it wasn’t a surprise to the inspirational Belgian given he’s watched the A-League many times on TV in the UK.

In fact, Kompany watched the Melbourne Derby between City and Victory, he revealed with a wry smile.

“Most of the [A-League] games are quite open. And I like watching football from everywhere.

“It’s good, you don’t want to have a walkover when you start playing games.”

Kompany had some advice for City’s Australian brother club, who are into their second full season under the City Football Group ownership structure.

“I think they are at the same stage as we were four or five years ago. Constantly improving. If they can learn one thing from what we experienced is that if you work hard enough they will get to the top.”

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Preview: Melbourne City v Manchester City

Melbourne City v Manchester City at Cbus Super Stadium 5pm (AEST) Saturday.

Melbourne City began the 2014-15 pre-season with a thumping 7-0 win over Whittlesea Ranges.

A year later and they’re undeniably moving up in the world, with Manchester City succeeding the Victorian State League 1 outfit as the first sparring partners for John van ‘t Schip’s men.

The two-time Premier League champions have already enjoyed a run-out against A-League opposition, with Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas and Samir

Nasri all featuring as they defeated Adelaide United 2-0 behind closed doors at Cbus Super Stadium on Wednesday night.

Those same doors will be thrown open on Saturday, when football fans on the Gold Coast can watch the two City sides go head-to-head, while Fox Sports will also broadcast the friendly, with the Australian team’s goalkeeper Tando Velaphi even set to wear a microphone during the match.

It’s for those reasons and more that van ‘t Schip has rightly described the clash as a landmark event.

“It’s an historic moment for both clubs,” he said.

“For us especially playing in Australia against our sister club, it’ll be a great moment for our players to step on the pitch and play against them.

“We’ve met them before their trip to America last year and this winter we saw them in Abu Dhabi so this is going to be the third occasion that we’re meeting as team but this will be the first on the pitch.”

There will be plenty of new faces in the Melbourne City squad following the arrival of Socceroos Ivan Franjic and Michael Zullo, promising youngsters Corey Gameiro and Steve Kuzmanovski and veteran defender Aaron Hughes.

Forward Harry Novillo, who has joined on a two-year deal after impressing during a temporary stay last term, together with Gameiro and David Williams, will be relied upon to lead the attack following the departure of Mate Dugandzic, Damien Duff and Josh Kennedy.

“It’s very important for everybody, it’s the first friendly game and everyone is looking forward to it,” van ‘t Schip said.

“They want to really go out there and have a competitive game and I can’t imagine a better opponent that they can play against and it’s an opportunity for everyone to see what level they are at and as a team, it’s a good point for us to see what’s needed ahead of the FFA Cup,” he added, referring to the round-of-32 tie away to Edgeworth FC on August 4.

Manchester City meanwhile, seeking to wrest back the title they lost to Chelsea last season, move on to Victoria after the game for International Champions Cup matches against Real Madrid and Roma.

Match Details

Manchester City v Melbourne City

5pm (AEST), Saturday 18 July

Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

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Broadcast live on Fox Sports 503

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Mamadou Sakho backs Raheem Sterling to succeed at Manchester City

Raheem Sterling will be a success at Man City according to his ex-Liverpool team-mate.

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho has backed his former teammate Raheem Sterling to be a success at Manchester City and has urged Reds fans to remember his contribution at Anfield.

Sterling inked a staggering 49 million pound deal in recent days and has flown in to Australia join his new City teammates ahead of their clash with Melbourne City on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

In a quirk of scheduling, Sterling is based just an hour down the road from Liverpool’s Brisbane hotel.
Sakho, 25, however has stayed in touch with the England striker since his move and remains one of his biggest supporters.

“I spoke with him [Sterling] by text. He’s a very, very good guy and he’s my good friend,” Sakho told

“I told him to enjoy for his career and for me I say to all the fans, don’t forget what he do for the club, because I know him and he gave 100% and we have to say thank you for that.”

Sterling is under huge pressure to live up to his price tag and at such a young age it won’t be easy.

So can he succeed under Pellegrini at City?

“I hope so for him because he’s a very good guy and very good player,” added Sakho.

Aussie fans may have a chance to see Sterling play when City face local Hyundai A-League opposition at Gold Coast’s Cbus Stadium this Saturday.

Meanwhile Liverpool have been feted across Brisbane since their arrival in the Queensland capital on Wednesday.

After two sessions on Wednesday they trained at Suncorp stadium on Thursday night ahead of Friday night’s clash with Brisbane Roar FC.

Reds trio Kolo Toure, Sakho and Sheyi Ojo were shown around Brisbane’s famous sporting precinct Caxton St by Rugby League legend Mal Meninga, himself a Reds fan for many years.

The street has been renamed “Anfield Road” for the duration of the Reds trip to Brisbane with shops and bars decked out in Reds flags and banners.


And while Toure quite literally ran from the cuddly koalas put up for a photo opp with the players, Sakho seemed more at home with the little visitors from a local zoo.

“I don’t know why he was so scared but I have to speak with him,” Sakho said with a chuckle while cuddling a koala.

“It’s very nice … but I prefer to hold my daughter.”

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The Canberra Times talks about Melbourne City v Manchester City that will be played on Saturday

July 15, 2015 – 9:57PM

Michael Lynch

Recent signing for Melbourne City: Michael Zullo.

Recent signing for Melbourne City: Michael Zullo. Photo: Getty Images

For many of the Melbourne City squad that boarded a flight to the Gold Coast on Wednesday afternoon, Saturday’s clash with sister club Manchester City will be a career highlight as well as a steep learning curve.

With several of the Melbourne club’s first team squad still recuperating from injury, off-season surgery or other ailments, coach John van ‘t Schip has included a large number of youth team and fringe players in the travelling party for the first ever meeting between the two teams, both owned by the City Football Group.

That common ownership is largely where the similarities end.

The English Premier League club this week splurged £50 million on former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling. That’s more than $100 million – enough to pay the current A-League salary cap of $2.55 million for almost 40 years!

For Manchester City, who kick off the new Premier League season in less than a month’s time, matches such as this are essential.

Coach Manuel Pellegrini will look at fringe players, bring in new signings and try to find the right blend for the Sky Blues to mount a serious title challenge against last season’s league winners, Chelsea.

But in its way the game is just as important for van ‘t Schip, as he too will use fixtures like this, and the more competitive games in the FFA Cup that are just over the horizon, to try to blend in his new acquisitions and work on a game plan for the new campaign.

This will be a new-look Melbourne and the ambitious club, which reached the last four of the competition last year, is looking to mount a serious title tilt of its own this season. With cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory holding the trophy, City will lack for nothing in motivation.

Signings such as Socceroo full-backs Michael Zullo and Ivan Franjic are a major upgrade on the flanks, while veteran Northern Ireland centre-back Aaron Hughes will bring stability and experience to the defence.

Aaron Mooy has been linked with a potential move to Europe, but City could offer last year’s player of the season an upgraded new deal and, with the retirement of former Socceroo Josh Kennedy, make Mooy the club’s Australian marquee.

City has been linked with a number of targets in the transfer rumour mill – including former Danish international goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen and Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli – but van ‘t Schip would offer no comment on Tuesday.

Having let Andrew Redmayne go to Western Sydney Wanderers, City now only have one experienced shot stopper in Tando Velaphi. Sorensen is vastly experienced, having spent 17 years in the Premier League and played more than 100 times for his country, but he has just turned 39.

Fornaroli has been something of a journeyman in a career that has taken him from his native Uruguay to periods in Italy and Greece as well as a stint in Brazil.

Asked about finding a like-for-like replacement for the tall Kennedy, whose back injuries forced him to call time on his career last month, van ‘t Schip said it was important to find a player who could cope with the rigours of the A-League.

“We are looking for a player who can manage the load, who can do the things that we have in mind. There are a few players that we have on target and hopefully we can get one of them in soon.”

Asked to comment on Sorensen and Fornaroli, the Dutchman was short and sharp.

“We still have some spots to fill in and hopefully we can come to a quick solution in that. ”

He is looking forward to his young players learning plenty from their clash with City on Saturday.

“It’s an historic moment for both clubs, for us especially of course playing in Australia against our sister club. It’s going to be a great moment for our players to step on the pitch and play against them.

“It’s a pre-season game; we will have a lot of changes both teams. For us it’s going to be the first hitout. We don’t know what to expect, we just have to focus on our own team. We saw then in England last year before they went to the US, we were there together in Abu Dhabi in their winter, so this will be the third occasion that we are meeting as teams, but now on the pitch,” van ‘t Schip said.

“It’s going to be an experience for the young players: they will see their movement, the way they play, the touches they have. But we are good players ourselves, and we have to prepare ourselves in a good way and give them as hard as possible a game.


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Liverpool? Manchester City? Reds focused on Northern Territory minnows!

Gombau addresses his players during a Reds training session.

Forget about EPL giants Liverpool and Manchester City, it’s a tiny club from the Northern Territory which is the focus for Adelaide United boss Josep Gombau.

The Reds are back in training for the new season ahead of two blockbuster friendlies against both Liverpool and City.

But it’s the Westfield FFA Cup tie against little Darwin Olympic which is drawing the most attention for the Adelaide coach.


“In the end they’re (Liverpool and Man City) both preseason games,” Gombau told reporters on Tuesday.

“We’re going to play our style in pre-season because we want to be ready to play the FFA Cup game in August.

“Of course we want a result but more importantly for us we want to be ready for the season.”


That doesn’t mean the Reds aren’t going to give it their all against the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge.

Gombau has no doubt his side will give a good account of themselves and feels this is an opportunity for his players to showcase their wares to the world.

“I think we have a chance to win, of course,” he said.

“But more important is to show that we are a team that knows what we are doing. We want to play the way that we play and try to be competitive.

“The Liverpool game will be on live around the world and we want to show everyone what we can do.”


Midfield hardman Iacopa La Rocca is relishing being a part of the upcoming fixtures after his move to the Reds from Western Sydney Wanderers FC.

Asked about the differences between the two clubs, the Italian said: “It’s just been two days that I’ve been here [in Adelaide] and I’ve already seen that we play completely different to [Wanderers].

“I can see all the players respect all the coaching staff and this is very important.

“I spoke with Tarek [Elrich] before I came here and he told me only good things about the coach, about the trainings, about the style and it’s a different Tarek that I’m seeing here than at Wanderers.

“Tarek told me about the change room and the other boys and I’ve seen just a little bit, but it’s enough to know the team is very [unified], which they show through how they played last season.”

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Classificação do GRUPO E da Liga dos Campeões da UEFA 2014/2015

Equipe Pts J V E D GP GC SG
Alemanha Bayern de Munique 15 6 5 0 1 15 4 +11
Inglaterra Manchester City 8 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1
Itália Roma 5 6 1 2 3 8 14 –6
Rússia CSKA Moscou 5 6 1 2 3 6 12 –6
Bayern de Munique 1–0 2–0 2–0
Manchester City 3–2 1–2 1–1
CSKA Moscou 0–1 2–2 1–1
Roma 1–7 0–2 5–1

Manchester City join Real Madrid for International Champions Cup at Melbourne

Manchester City are heading to Australia in 2015.

Manchester City are heading to Australia in 2015.
English Premier League powerhouse Manchester City have been confirmed to play in next year’s Australian edition of the International Champions Cup at Melbourne’s MCG.
The powerhouse EPL club will be part of a tournament headlined by Real Madrid and will also include Serie A giant Inter Milan.
The news was released on the ICC’s Twitter feed on Friday afternoon.
The tournament kicks off on July 18 to July 24 and will be played at the MCG.
Source : Football Federation Austrália website

Globo já começa a anunciar a transmissão de Barcelona x Manchester City

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A Globo já está chamando a transmissão de Barcelona e Manchester City, quarta que vem, a partir das 16h45, pela Liga dos Campeões.

Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Manchester City to acquire Melbourne Heart

Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:00 AM

A consortium led by Manchester City Football Club has acquired Melbourne Heart FC effective immediately. The consortium also includes the ownership group of the Melbourne Storm as minority shareholders with a 20 percent stake.

Ferran Soriano, CEO of Manchester City, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to make Melbourne Heart one of the most successful football clubs in Australia and throughout the region. We believe the strong sports culture of Melbourne combined with the football and commercial expertise within our consortium will make for a powerful combination both on and off the pitch”.

Bart Campbell, Chairman of the holding company Heart Consortium Group and Chairman of the Melbourne Storm NRL side, said: “Partnering with City to co-invest in Melbourne Heart will further strengthen the sporting landscape in one of the world’s greatest cities and bring a range of new capabilities to AAMI Park. We are excited to be a part of this unique project. It is our shared ambition to replicate the model that City created with the New York Yankees around New York City FC and for both organisations to benefit as a result”.

He added: “We are grateful to Peter Sidwell and his Board for creating a Club with such obvious strengths and potential.”

Speaking on behalf of the exiting Board of Melbourne Heart FC, Chairman Peter Sidwell said, “The Board feels that with the successful establishment and evolution of the Club over the last four years, Melbourne Heart now stands on sound commercial and financial foundations. The Board feels that the next phase of the club’s development can be most fully realised with this new investment and the associated benefits that the enthusiasm of the consortium will bring”.

FFA CEO David Gallop said the acquisition of the Melbourne Heart licence was a huge vote of confidence in the future of the Hyundai A-League.

“Football has moved into the mainstream of Australian sport and is ideally placed to benefit from the boom in football across Asia,” said Gallop.

“Manchester City and their Australian partners have made a strategic investment and I welcome them to our growing competition. It’s another sign that the world is taking notice of Australian football.

“Manchester City and their partners will bring a high level of expertise in football and sports business matters and that can only strengthen the Melbourne Heart and the Hyundai A-League as a whole.”

Regarding its plans for the Club, Ferran Soriano stated: “The first thing we must do is take the time to listen and learn and then to develop our strategy for strengthening the Club over time.”

Out of respect for the coaching staff and the players in the middle of the A-League season, the new ownership group will not be making any major announcements until mid-2014.

Manchester City’s investment in Melbourne Heart FC follows its establishment of New York City Football Club in May 2013, which will enter Major League Soccer in the United States in the 2015 season, and its establishment of Manchester City Women’s Football Club, that will play in 2014.

In support of this expansion, City has significantly boosted its resources in scouting, coaching, human performance, football tactics and other football capabilities, most notably through its landmark City Football Academy (CFA) in Manchester, UK. Due to open in 2014, the CFA will transform the organisation’s training and youth development capabilities and help it to attract the world’s most promising footballers both now and in the future.

ESPN vai transmitir a Copa Audi



A ESPN transmite, a partir de hoje, a Copa Audi, direto da Alemanha…
… Participações do brasileiro São Paulo, Milan, Manchester City e o anfitrião Bayern de Munique…
… Duas duplas irão se revezar na cobertura da competição, a primeira com Paulo Andrade e Mauro Cezar Pereira e a outra Rogério Vaughan e PVC.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery