Started in 2005, the Soccer Football Festival has visited various cities including Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro, and in September 2014 it comes to Manchester (the Club Capital of the World).
The free two-day event hosted at Manchester City's Etihad stadium between the 6th and 7th of September will deliver an extravaganza of football, entertainment, youth tournament, football legends, prize draws, football freestylers, competitions, activations and much more!
Chelsea's 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night gave Jose Mourinho's side the inside track on the Premier League title. With a much more favorable run-in than their title rivals, Mourinho's men have put themselves in an advantageous position to win the title. The match at the Etihad was won by Chelsea midfield, most particularly Mourinho signings Willian and Nemanja MatiÄ‡.
Manchester City's defense has been so creaky away from the Etihad this season that some, myself included, wrote off the Blues as title contenders. But following a strong spell of thirteen out of a possible fifteen points, City find themselves once again within earshot of the top of the table.
On Tuesday night in Leicester, City progressed to the semifinals of the League Cup but it was at a great cost.
FC Barcelona has been drawn to face Manchester City in the Round of 16 of UEFA Champions League 2013-14 Season. Of all the possible opponent we got the most difficult one, especially considering that Manchester City has successfully managed to change their fortunes on the road. I would have definitely preferred as Olympiakos, but that went for Manchester United.
Based on their unpredictable form since Manuel Pellegrini took charge at the Etihad, only Manchester City could beat the reigning European champions on their own ground and then still only make headlines for failing to win the game 4-2 rather than 3-2.
You just never know quite what to expect from this current Manchester City side, whose progression under Pellegrini this season has been sufficiently inconsistent that few commentators have marked them out as potential Premier League champions let alone Champions League destroyers.
Manchester City failed to defeat Bayern Munich in their first major showdown of the UEFA Champions League, but they did however dispatch CSKA Moscow in their first encounter with the Russian side and will hope for the same results when the Etihad plays host to their fourth round tie Tuesday evening.
Quandry for Pellegrini as City back line needs re-assessment - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As 90 minutes ticked over at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, both Chelsea and Manchester City seemed destined to share the spoils. But then suddenly and not for the first time this season the City defence was thrown into disarray with a moment of miscommunication and panic, allowing Fernando Torres to steal in and snatch the points for Jose Mourinho's side.
Manchester City have been working hard over the last few seasons to really step up their academy's output of new young players that can make a difference at both the Etihad as well as around the world.
Over the past few years, the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Vladimir Weiss, John Guidetti and Karim Rekik have all become recognizable names along with multiple others in the past several seasons.
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is planning to raid former club Manchester City to sign striker John Guidetti. The Potters are being linked with a Â£5.5m bid for the Swedish youngster. The 21-year-old was, and perhaps still is, considered one of City's brightest talents. But now into his early twenties and yet to play for [.
Stoke City have joined the host of Premier League clubs battling for Scott Sinclair's signature. Potters boss Mark Hughes wants to raid his former club Manchester City for the 24-year-old winger. Everton, West Brom and Newcastle have already emerged as potential destinations for the Â£6m-rated former Swansea man.
Manchester City fear Barcelona will attempt to prise captain Vincent Kompany away from them. The Catalan giants are preparing to make a bid for the Belgium international, according to reports in the Manchester Evening News. Barca are known to be in the market for a centre-back. They were criticised for the lack of depth in [.
Premier League runners-up Manchester City are currently busy putting together plans to expand the Etihad Stadium. According toThe Independent, the blue half of Manchester could see their stadium expand to 60,000 seats, propelling them among the largest stadiums in England.
The stadium currently seats around 47,000 supporters for domestic matches, and the Citizens enjoyed an extremely impressive 99.
Manchester United could be set to pip rivals Manchester City to the signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. Reports in both The Mirror and The Sun suggest that City boss Manuel Pelligrini is in the box seat and that the Etihad remains the Montenegro international's most likely destination. But both newspapers also agree that Manchester [.
Has Doctor Who's TARDIS had a #MCFC makeover or are these the new Etihad Stadium programme kiosks? pic.twitter.com/pEdBnlbLWX Manchester City FC (@MCFC) July 5, 2013 Manchester City have unveiled their new programme kiosks outside the Etihad Stadium and the club's official Twitter account has decided to get the Tardis jokes in before everyone [.
Many were surprised at the ease in which Carlos Tevez left Manchester City. Tevez revealed that he recently told Pellegrini that he believed his time was up at the Etihad, and Pellegrini did little to convince him otherwise â€“ quickly offloading him for a rather modest Â£10 million.
So City fans are left understandably bemused by the decision, with little attacking threat left on their team sheet.
Manchester City right-back Micah Richards is a target for Inter Milan, according to reports in The Sun. The England international suffered an injury-ravaged season last term. Inter are planning to take advantage of that by offering him the regular football that he is not guaranteed at the Etihad. In Richards' absence, Pablo Zabaleta has nailed [.
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Brentford and Leeds United will be looking to catch the FA Cup upset fever ahead of their fifth round matches on Sunday against Premier League powerhouses.
A day after Oldham made Arsenal the latest FA Cup upset victim, Brentford will travel to London to face defending tournament champions Chelsea, while Leeds United heads to the Etihad to take on Manchester City.
To "get fans in the mood" on matchdays, Roberto Mancini, Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and James Milner have all recorded tram announcements that will be used on Metrolink's new east Manchester line connecting Etihad Stadium with the center of the city.
From the Telegraph:
They will be heard for the first time on Sunday, when Manchester City take on Leeds United in the FA Cup.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he was disappointed to leave Man City with just a point after their 2-2 draw. The Reds have been accused of not rising to the occasion but were full of attacking verve at the Etihad and were unlucky not to win. Rodgers said: "We're disappointed. It probably typified our season as a whole.
Manchester City's recent transfer strategy has involved snapping up the best British talent, but supporters probably didn't see their latest signing coming. The Premier League champions have agreed a deal with TV chef Jamie Oliver. He's signed a five-year deal to provide matchday catering for supporters at the Etihad Stadium.
Ahead of Sunday's first derby of the season at the Etihad, Michael Carrick and David De Gea have expressed their belief that Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie are on course to develop into a fearsome partnership.
Van Persie and Rooney were both on target against Crystal Palace on Saturday and they delivered again on Tuesday, as United put four past Bayer Leverkusen in their opening Champions League match of the season.
After departing their title celebrations, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Robin Van Persie all hopped in a cab. A blue cab. Etihad decided to use the photo in an ad in the Manchester Evening and everybody comes out looking like winners; Etihad for its humor and Manchester United for, well, actually being the winners.
Manchester United won the Premier League title with a victory over Aston Villa on Monday. That night, they celebrated taking the title back from Man City with a night on the town that ended with several players â€” including Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand â€” getting into a blue cab completely covered in an ad for Man City shirt and stadium sponsor Etihad.
In many ways, yesterday's was arguably United's worst performance of the David Moyes era, perhaps with the exception of the 4-1 shellacking the Reds suffered at the Etihad earlier last month.
Granted, United showed the fighting spirit of old in 10 spirited minutes and managed to turn a game on its head with two late goals but however welcome the win was, it was yet again a case of papering over the cracks.
The Manchester Derby has become a goal-scoring spectacle in recent seasons. Score lines with at least five goals seem common now when the blue and red sides of Manchester clash and Sunday's fixture at the Etihad was no exception.
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Manchester City jumped out to an early lead and made things even worse for United when they grabbed a second before the half.
In what must be one of Newcastle's worst ever opening day displays at the Etihad tonight, there was very little manager Alan Pardew could take out of this game, and in particular our back four looked very poor. Mike Ashley must work with Kinnear to get three new players through the door The only [...