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  1. With City stars back in side, anything's possible

    Simon Curtis

    "When Manchester City received the investment that has since changed the club beyond all recognition, Everton were reputed to have been one of the clubs Sheikh Mansour looked at with a view to buying. City were picked and moved swiftly on. Everton we...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  2. City's stellar season now feels underwhelming

    Simon Curtis

    Manchester City, deep into Phase 3 of a strangely serpentine season, must now hope that there might just be an obtuse, jarring, exhilarating and extremely short Phase 4 before the season's curtain drops on us all in less than a month's time. Phas...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  3. Counting beans, counting goals as City romp

    Simon Curtis

    On the day when City announced financial results that edge the club closer to Michel Platini's fabled Financial Fair Play levels of acceptance, the men who really matter -- the ones making the ball run out on the pitch -- paid no heed to limits, leve...

    Blog | January 29, 2014
  4. City sitting pretty after 1-0 Palace win

    Simon Curtis

    For those people who like to put two and two together and get seventeen, this would be the match where Manchester City would break the all-time Premier League scoring record, sending poor Crystal Palace into a tailspin of self-doubt that could only f...

    Blog | December 28, 2013
  5. Pride in battle

    Simon Curtis

    When the ball nicked off Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's heel in the 79th minute of this match at the Allianz Arena, Manchester City were probably about three centimetres away from topping Group D of the Champions League. Dante, doing a passa...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  6. Where do we go from here?

    Simon Curtis

    Much air has been breathed in and exhaled again in the dispute over football's place in the grand scheme of modern things and, far be it from us simple followers of the great game to attempt to lie down in front of the trundling tank wheels of progre...

    Blog | November 16, 2013
  7. Bunching at the top

    Simon Curtis

    FIFA's raft of international breaks continue apace, this time for the World Cup playoffs, so far featuring two unedifying mismatches between Asia/Oceania and South/Central America. Whilst Europe gets in on the act this weekend, the Premier League onc...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  8. More points scattered to the four winds

    Simon Curtis

    Manchester City have managed -- by dint of a performance as alarming in its slackness as the last two fixtures had been in their robust efficiency -- to complete quite a record on what from now on will be called "Wearyside." In four consecutive vi...

    Blog | November 10, 2013
  9. Sailing Towards the Light

    Simon Curtis

    Before the good ship Manchester City veers back out to sea to navigate the choppy local waters just off Sunderland, it might be worth spending a few relaxed moments to take in the majestic view off the aft deck, as the sun goes down over another week...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  10. Losing perspective, winning points

    Simon Curtis

    In the high jinks, knee-jerk world of Premier League football, where unexpected defeat means instant pressure on the manager's bowed shoulders and a surprise victory means you are heading straight for the Bernabeu, first-class travel included, there ...

    Blog | November 03, 2013
  11. Family matters

    Simon Curtis

    Manchester City will be happy to inhale the fresh air of home at last on Saturday when they finally touch base in the north-west after an exhausting two weeks visiting London, Moscow, London again and Newcastle in three different competitions. With t...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  12. Bridge of sighs

    Simon Curtis

    As if all the breast beating and introspection about Javi Garcia's slowness to turn and track, Vincent Kompany's glass hamstrings and Joleon Lescott's Pellegrini curse was not enough, into this mix of severe centre-half anxiety complex came debutant ...

    Blog | October 27, 2013
  13. Poetry in motion

    Simon Curtis

    What is this vicarious thrill, this great release of anxiety, this unmistakeable allure of the aesthetic that Manchester City, when in this kind of coquettish mood, set before us? It fair moves the soul to see the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Sil...

    Blog | October 19, 2013
  14. Separate lives

    Simon Curtis

    This is a story of two Manchester City footballers. A modern story that is repeated across the land, across the continent at all of the leading clubs of Europe. In many ways it is a sad story, but it reflects the contiguous needs of today's fast-pace...

    Blog | October 17, 2013
  15. Kazimierz Deyna: Man City's Polish connection

    Simon Curtis

    England versus Poland on Tuesday with a place in the finals of the World Cup at stake. Many have already made the connection to a dramatic, energy-sapping match between the two nations almost exactly 40 years ago to the day, when Sir Alf Ramsey's sid...

    Blog | October 15, 2013
  16. The Polish Connection

    Simon Curtis

    England versus Poland on Tuesday with a place in the finals of the World Cup at stake. Many have already made the connection to a dramatic, energy-sapping match between the two nations almost exactly 40 years ago to the day, when Sir Alf Ramsey's sid...

    Blog | October 14, 2013