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2010–11 Manchester City F.C. season

Manchester City
2010–11 season
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak
Manager Roberto Mancini
Stadium City of Manchester Stadium
Premier League 3rd
FA Cup Winners
League Cup Third round
Europa League Round of 16
Top goalscorer League:
Carlos Tévez (20)
All:
Carlos Tévez (23)
Highest home attendance 47,393 vs Arsenal (24 October 2010)
Lowest home attendance 23,542 vs Timişoara (26 August 2010)
Average home league attendance 45,972

The 2010–11 season is Manchester City Football Club's 109th season of football, its ninth consecutive season in the Premier League, and its fourteenth season in the Premier League since it was first created with Manchester City as one of the its original 22 founding member clubs. The team finished fifth in the previous season, thereby qualifying for an opportunity to compete in this season's Europa League. The club is managed by Roberto Mancini who was appointed as manager midway through the previous season.

Season review

In the summer transfer window, the club, one of the richest in the world since its 2008 takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group, spent £126 million on players, including Jérôme Boateng from Hamburg, Yaya Touré from Barcelona, David Silva from Valencia, Aleksandar Kolarov from Lazio, Mario Balotelli from Internazionale, and James Milner from Aston Villa. Popular City midfielder Stephen Ireland was in turn transferred to Aston Villa as part of a player exchange agreement in the James Milner deal.[1]

The team began this season's campaign well, collecting four out of a possible six points against "Top 7" opponents Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, which was three points more than City managed in the comparable fixtures last season. City then stuttered for a couple of games against Sunderland (away) and Blackburn Rovers (at home), bagging only a single home point out of the six despite completely dominating both games, with (according to manager Roberto Mancini) at least 25 missed chances in the Blackburn game alone. City got itself back on a winning track again with a 0–2 away win against Wigan Athletic, which was the first time the team had ever won at the DW Stadium, breaking what some supporters had labelled a jinx for this fixture.

After the previous season's run to the semi-final of the League Cup, the team's performance in that competition this season was very disappointing, with the Blues falling at the first hurdle, losing 2–1 to West Bromwich Albion in the third round tie played at The Hawthorns.

However, the team began its Europa League campaign in much better style, clocking up three back-to-back wins in its first three games. In the first leg 1–0 away victory over FC Timişoara in the play-off round, Mario Balotelli scored the single winning goal on his debut, but also received a serious knee injury that required surgery, putting him out of action for the next three months of the season.[2] Balotelli was not the only one of City's new crop of high profile summer signings to fall victim to an early serious injury, with Jérôme Boateng missing out on the fitst six weeks of the new season due to a knee injury he picked up playing for Germany in an international friendly match against Denmark back in mid-August,[3] while Aleksandar Kolarov seriously damaged his ankle ligaments in the opening match of the season against Tottenham Hotspur. The loss of Boateng and Kolarov – taken together with recent injuries to Micah Richards (hamstring), Wayne Bridge (thigh injury coming right on the back of a prolonged absence due to a cracked foot bone) and Joleon Lescott (groin) – meant that Roberto Mancini found himself without five of his eight main back four defenders going into City's home match against Chelsea, causing him to claim that he had a defensive injury crisis for that game,[4] which nevertheless City still managed to win convincingly due to a stellar defensive performance from the back four (Dedryck Boyata, Kolo Touré, Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta) that Mancini was able to field.

Manchester City ended their 35 year trophy drought by beating Stoke 1–0 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, courtesy of a Yaya Toure goal in the 74th minute.

Team kit

As for the previous season, this season's team kits are produced by Umbro with Etihad Airways as the shirt sponsor. Only the third team kit was retained from the previous season, although a new variant of this kit – utilising white shorts and socks in place of the black shorts and socks – was added as the primary version of this kit. The main change to the home team kit was to the socks which reverted to the classic full sky blue colour with maroon and white striped tops. The previous season's all-black away team kit was replaced by a new midnight blue strip sporting thin horizontal sky blue striping on the socks that the MCFC official web site (OWS) describes as “the dark side of the moon.”[5]

The previous season's goalkeepers' strips were also retained, though a new all-black strip has been added to the collection for this season, to be used primarily with the home team kit. Last season's all-green home goalkeeper strip has now been moved over to the away and third team kits, although it is still used with the home team kit when the all-black strip is considered to be too close in color to the opposition's strip (e.g., Chelsea and Newcastle United). The gold-and-black goalkeeper strip that was used primarily with the away kit last season has now become the new alternate (third) choice strip for the stoppers. As can be determined from the foregoing, which of the three team kits these goalkeeper strips are actually used with is not a hard and fast rule since any of these strips can be swapped around (if necessary) in order to avoid kit clashes with the opponents' team strips or the opponents' goalkeeper strips, as well as avoiding clashes with the strips worn by the match officials.

Note that the terms "away" and "third" as applied to the team kits this season is somewhat of a misnomer since the "third team kit" (in both its variants) is being used in games much more often than the new "away team kit" – which means that the "away team kit" is essentially the "third team kit" and vice versa. On 2 February 2011 there was a minor "kit faux pas" when the Manchester City team wore its regular home team kit for its away fixture against Birmingham City at St Andrew's, a fixture that usually requires the visiting Manchester City team to use one of its alternative strips (in this case, its third team kit since the midnight blue away kit also represents a colour clash) as the primary home team colours of both sides combines a blue shirt with white shorts. No explanation has been forthcoming yet as to why this mix-up occurred (because as per[5] which kits are to be worn in which fixtures is determined before the season even begins), nor why the referee, Kevin Friend, allowed two teams so similarly clad onto the pitch rather than insist that one of them first change its strip.

Pre-season games

Friendly

New York Football Challenge
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Portugal Sporting CP 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 8
2 England Tottenham Hotspur 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 8
3 United States New York Red Bulls 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 6
4 England Manchester City 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 1
Note: Additional points were awarded for each goal scored.

Atlanta International Soccer Challenge

Pirelli Cup

Ferrostaal Cup, Summer of Champions

Friendly

Competitions

Premier League

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 23 11 4 78 37 +41 80 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 21 8 9 69 33 +36 71
3 Manchester City 38 21 8 9 60 33 +27 71
4 Arsenal 38 19 11 8 72 43 +29 68 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 16 14 8 55 46 +9 62 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round

Updated to games played on 22 May 2011, end of season..
Source: Premier League 2010–11
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 21 8 9 60 33 +27 71 13 4 2 34 12 +22 8 4 7 26 21 +5

Last updated: 22 May 2011, end of season..
Source: MCFC official web site

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H A H A H H A H A A H H A A H A H A H H A H A A H A H H A H A A H A H H A
Result
Position

Last updated: 22 May 2011, end of season.
Source: Premier League results
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches

FA Cup

Main article: 2010–11 FA Cup

League Cup

UEFA Europa League

Play-off round

Group stage

Group A standings
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester City 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11
Poland Lech Poznań 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 11
Italy Juventus 6 0 6 0 7 7 0 6
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 6 0 2 4 1 9 −8 2

Last updated: 16 December 2010.
Source: UEFA Europa League 2010–11 match reports

Knockout phase

Round of 32

Round of 16

Playing statistics

Goalscorers

Player Premier League FA Cup League Cup Europa League Total
Argentina Carlos Tévez 20 3 0 0 23
Ivory Coast Yaya Touré 7 3 0 1 11
Italy Mario Balotelli 6 1 0 3 10
England Adam Johnson 4 1 0 2 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko 2 2 0 2 6
Spain David Silva 4 1 0 1 6
Togo Emmanuel Adebayor 1 0 0 4 5
France Patrick Vieira 2 3 0 0 5
Brazil 0 0 1 2 3
Serbia Aleksandar Kolarov 1 1 0 1 3
England Joleon Lescott 3 0 0 0 3
England Micah Richards 1 2 0 0 3
England Gareth Barry 2 0 0 0 2
Argentina Pablo Zabaleta 2 0 0 0 2
Belgium Dedryck Boyata 0 0 0 1 1
Netherlands Nigel de Jong 1 0 0 0 1
England James Milner 0 1 0 0 1
Ivory Coast Kolo Touré 1 0 0 0 1
England Shaun Wright-Phillips 0 0 0 1 1

Information current as of 22 May 2011, end of season.

Awards

Premier League Manager of the Month award

Awarded monthly to the manager that was chosen by a panel assembled by the Premier League's sponsor

Month Manager
Italy Roberto Mancini

Premier League Golden Boot award

Awarded to the player who scored the most goals in the 2010–11 Premier League season

Player Goals
Argentina Carlos Tévez 20*

(*shared with Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov)

Barclays Golden Glove award

Awarded to the goalkeeper who kept the most clean sheets over the 2010–11 Premier League season

Player Clean sheets
England Joe Hart[8] 18

PFA Team of the Year[9]

The combined best 11 from all teams in the Premier League chosen by the PFA

Player Position
Belgium Vincent Kompany Defence
Argentina Carlos Tévez Attack

Etihad / OSC Player of the Year awards

Player Season 2010–11 awards[10] Notes
Belgium Vincent Kompany OSC Player of the Year OSC = Official Supporters Club
Italy Mario Balotelli OSC Young Player of the Year
Belgium Vincent Kompany Jaguar Players' Player of the Year
Argentina Carlos Tévez Goal of the Season Manchester City 3 – 0 Stoke City
17 May 2011 (65th minute goal)
England Joe Hart Performance of the Season Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Manchester City
14 August 2010
FA Cup victory Moment of the season
France Patrick Vieira CITC Player of the Year CITC = City in the Community
Manchester City Supporters Club CITC Partner of the Year
Lee Jackson Outstanding contribution Awarded to club Head Groundsman

Etihad Player of the Month awards

Awarded to the player that receives the most votes in a poll conducted each month on the MCFC OWS

Month Player
August[11] England Joe Hart
September[12] Belgium Vincent Kompany
October[13] Spain David Silva
November[14] Spain David Silva
December[15] Spain David Silva
January[16] Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko
February[17] England Micah Richards
March[18] Belgium Vincent Kompany
April[19] Ivory Coast Yaya Touré

Tuttosport Golden Boy award

Since 2003 awarded annually by the Italian daily sports newspaper to the young player (on an initial short list of 40 'under 21' players) that receives the most votes from a panel consisting of 30 sports journalists selected from across the whole of Europe

Year Player
2010[20][21] Italy Mario Balotelli

Best Groundsmen of the Year award

Awarded annually at a meeting of the Institute of Groundsmanship organisation as a result of voting by professional football grounds management teams from the whole of the U.K.

Year Professional Grounds Management Team of the Year
Grounds staff Club Stadium
2010[22] Roy Rigby and staff Manchester City CoMS

Transfers and loans

Transfers in

Transfers out

Loans out

This 'loan watch' report provides the latest progress update on most of the players listed above that are currently still out on loan at other clubs.

See also

References

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