The way Man City rose to be the global football empire (Part 3)

To control information, Man City media experts assess potential risks on every step of the way. They select partners, and when necessary, evaluate whether the contract value is large enough to risk.

In early 2014, Man City leaders met to sign a contract with the Arabtec construction company, based in Dubai. At that time, the Arabtec leader was Hasan Ismaik – the infamous owner of Munich 1860 Club. Man City asked the media group to sum up the potential risks if the two sides closed the contract.

Not long ago, The Guardian reported on the poor living conditions of migrant workers in Abu Dhabi. In 2009, the BBC also revealed how badly Arabtec treated its workers. This problem is not new to the Gulf state that enriches the deserts. Over the past 40 years, Abu Dhabi has employed many workers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, building skyscrapers on barren ground.

Man City leaders ignored the warning, to receive seven million pounds a year from Arabtec. But, they came to an agreement on regional advertising contracts. Man City and Arabtec contracts are only published in Arab countries, Russia and Turkey – where democracy and human rights are not necessarily a priority.

To ensure Man City also has a part in the profit pie named football, the leader set the unprecedented model: A global empire. Owning a team is not enough. The global team network will be more profitable, and Man City has understood this since 2009.

That year, Roberto Mancini signed two contracts at the same time: one is Man City coach, the other is Al Jazira adviser – the leading UAE team. Mansour Al Nahyan is the boss of both teams. The value of the contract will surprise many: Mancini receives a higher salary from Al Jazira than from Man City. The Premier League club pays £ 1.45 million a year, while the Gulf club pays £ 1.75 million for Mancini.

“We have to help Al Jazira with some payments,” a Man City director wrote to his associates in September 2011. “We will send money to ADUG, then ADUG will transfer to Al Jazira, with payment instructions.” ADUG is Abu Dhabi United Group – the group that owns Man City. Its owner is also Mansour. ADUG is considered the head of Man City’s campaign against the Financial Fair Law.


The way Man City rose to be the global football empire (Part 2)

Mansour is the half-brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MbZ). MbZ is considered the current head of the UAE, when President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has suffered health problems since 2014. The Al Nahyan family has not interfered with the management of Man City, which they assigned to their subordinates.

When Mansour bought Man City, MbZ sent Simon Pearce to be one of the directors. According to an investigation by Der Spiegel (Germany), Pearce is a PR expert of MbZ, responsible for implementing ghost sponsorship contracts for Man City. He represented Abu Dhabi in negotiations, but still needed Khaldoon to pass decisions. “OK, let’s go,” sometimes Khaldoon just needs to text.

Pearce and his Manchester City directors drew enough ways to manipulate the contract, dealing with Financial Fairness laws. Their secret activities are all codenamed. They are willing to resolve foreign affairs with tacit agreements.

The appointment of Guardiola is also an understatement. The contract between Man City and Guardiola was signed on October 10, 2015. The Spanish strategist earned £ 13.5 million ($ 17.6 million) in the first year, rising to £ 16.75 million in the following years. The unusual point is not in the salary, but at the time of signing. Meanwhile, Guardiola entered the new season for only two months, as Bayern Munich coach.

A few weeks later, a Sunday Mirror reporter wrote that City’s football director – Txiki Begiristain – met Guardiola in Barcelona. He released the news: “Begiristain and Guardiola are negotiating a contract”. This news is of course wrong. The contract has been signed.

Man City spokesman Simon Heggie immediately wrote to the leaders: “I have called and asked the reporter to remove the article.” A moment later, Heggie said the story had been removed. “I will correct it with other papers,” he added. This helps Man City control the time to announce the contract – February 2016.

Control is Man City’s motto. They control the pitch, and the media. The leaders understand that the team and the Abu Dhabi owners are always skeptical. With a professional PR team, Man City prevents a lot of unfavorable information targeting them. The British press – a country claiming to be the source of modern democracy and law – received a rave review of Abu Dhabi owners. But in the UAE, adulterers are executed and kissing in public will go to jail.


The way Man City rose to be the global football empire (Part 1)

In November 2019, the price of City Football Group – the global empire that owns Man City – was about $ 4.8 billion, higher than any other club.

Pep Guardiola, in the eyes of football fans, never seemed to stand still. He does not always control his actions. Outside the boundary line, he paced back and forth, shouting to direct the player, shouting at the referee with every adverse and exciting decision after each goal. But when he met Mansour Al Nahyan – UAE Prince and president of Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), Guardiola was like a different person.

“All or Nothing” is a documentary about Man City, which the crew has been with the team for a year. In the film, Guardiola is so polite that he is embarrassed whenever he has to talk to his boss. Viewers don’t even hear what they’re saying to each other. Just know they both still smile.

The film, produced by Amazon, features Man City’s trip to Abu Dhabi. This segment as to promote UAE tourism. There, the players were wearing uniforms, British actors worked in the laundry room, and President Khaldoon Al Mubarak always dressed like a gentleman. Khaldoon laughed spontaneously and stood pedestal next to Noel Gallagher – a crazy English artist Man City. Khaldoon is Mansour’s right-hand man, helping Abu Dhabi expand to Europe.

In August 2010, two years after acquiring Man City, Mansour first came to the Etihad Stadium. He laughed and waved to the crowd, while his subordinates were nervous. Even Khaldoon is the same. Tension disappeared when Man City defeated Liverpool 3-0. Mansour’s visit was considered successful. And that was the only time he attended the Man City match.

It is not uncommon for Mansour not to interfere in the management of Man City. Even Khaldoon doesn’t stick to financial details, or football tactics. In Abu Dhabi, Khaldoon manages Mubadala investment company and EAA executive consulting agency.

Mubadala is a UAE state-owned enterprise, specializing in investing abroad billions of dollars in oil. And EAA is the right hand of the UAE government, directing international relations strategy. The two companies explain why Mansour invests in Man City.


Will Bruno Fernandes be able to revive Man United?

After a long time of pursuit, Man United finally successfully recruited Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder is expected to help “Red Devils” flourish.

In the winter of 2020, Bruno Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford for 68 million pounds, the amount was not small. Therefore, the expectation for the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder is quite large. Immediately, he was coach Ole Solskjaer to start the match against Wolves in the 25th round of the Premier League.

Fernandes has shown his worth. He was the one who made the most passes and the most shots on the United side. However, the goal did not come with the home team. This shows that the “Red Devils” are having many problems.

In the first half, all five shots from Man United were taken outside the box. Fernandes can improve the quality of long shots for the “Red Devils”. At the Portuguese National Championship last season, 114 of his 180 shots were out of range 16.5 meters.

However, a team takes many long shots only when they are deadlocked. Man United need to increase the number of shots at a closer distance. That’s the problem coach Solskjaer needs to solve.

Even in Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Man City in the League Cup, this issue was exposed. The Norwegian strategist acknowledged that the students could not create many opportunities. Luke Shaw or Fred have the opportunity to put the ball into the penalty area, but they play safe. Meanwhile, Anthony Martial frequently took wing.

In the Portuguese league, Fernandes was the one who made the shortest passes in the last two seasons. Coach Solskjaer also emphasized that he wants the rookie to maintain that style of play, which can help Man United deploy better and create more opportunities.

Fernandes showed his strong points in the debut of the new team. He made 10 passes into the Wolves penalty area, the most on the United side. If calculated every 90 minutes, this number of Juan Mata or Paul Pogba are 6.2 and 4, respectively, far behind Fernandes.

In addition, Man United has 7 touches or finishes in the penalty area after a combination of 10 or more passes. This number is equal to the first 7 matches of the “Reds” season combined. Fernandes shows that he can become a builder for the Old Trafford team.


Lampard was angry after Chelsea’s victory in the FA Cup

The British strategist has just sent a strong message to the Chelsea leadership, which requires the club to strengthen its forces during the winter transfer window.

On the morning of January 26 (Hanoi time), Chelsea defeated Hull City 2-1 with a chance to win the FA Cup fifth round. This is a match “The Blues” very hard to win. In this match, the ability of Chelsea to continue to face problems. And this has become the reason why the club has been fluttering over time.

According to coach Frank Lampard, Chelsea urgently needs to increase forces to improve the situation. The English leader said after the game: “We lost one of the most prestigious players in the history of the club is Eden Hazard. Everything is here. At the moment, Chelsea need short-term contracts. that will solve everything “.

According to ESPN, Chelsea would like to have one more striker to create depth for the attack. Tammy Abraham or Michy Batshuayi are playing well, but “The Blues” still needs more talented new elements to share the fire with them. There are rumors that the Stamford Bridge Stadium team is pursuing PSG’s Edinson Cavani.

However, Lampard was tired of the transfer of the club. He said: “There is nothing progressing to talk about the club ‘s policy of buying players now. In the last summer, we lost the best card (Hazard), and now we have to pay.”

On Hull City’s KCOM Stadium, Chelsea made 16 shots, but only 4 times the ball hit the target. This makes them have to undergo difficult moments. ESPN describes “The Blues” has not found a solution to the problem of poor finishing, and the disease has followed the club all the time.

Talking more about the match, Lampard said Chelsea had played well, but did not know how to finish the opponent. Meeting Newcastle on January 19 in the Premier League, “The Blues” had a similar problem, and had to pay with a 0-1 defeat.


Man City drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace at Etihad

Sergio Aguero scored twice in 10 minutes but Man City only drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace in the 23rd Premier League on January 18.

Two goals in the 82nd and 87th minutes of Aguero seemed to bring a comeback to Man City – the team was led in more than 80 minutes. But the final table of the match belonged to Crystal Palace in an unexpected way.

Fernandinho smashed the ball home after a cross from Wilfried Zaha in the 90th minute. The goal lost the hopes of the Man City champions almost as soon as the gap with the top of the Liverpool table reached 13 points, and maybe 19 points if Jurgen Klopp‘s teachers won the last two matches.

The front goal on the home net is a specialty of Man City this season. Pep Guardiola’s teachers and students were conceded in six of the last nine home games, though always the dominant team. In the first half against Crystal Palace, Man City finished 11 times and created eight corner kicks.

Crystal Palace only finished once, from their only corner in the half, but was the only team to score in the first 45 minutes. Cenk Tosun – a new recruit from Everton – headed into a table from Gary Cahill’s overhead pass.

The match represents the entire domestic season of Man City. Everything against them, from luck, referee to VAR. In the first half, the ball almost rolled on the Crystal Palace yard, but refused to find Guaita net. After Kevin De Bruyne hit the bar and bounced off the bar, it was Sergio Aguero’s turn to miss the cross.

A total of 25 shots were launched by City during the match, 14 of which came in the second half. After a lot of misses, Sergio Aguero scored after Gabriel Jesus’s cross with a cross in the 82nd minute. When the excitement returned, the Argentine striker completed the brace in just five minutes. From Benjamin Mendy’s cross, Aguero headed the ball into the far corner to beat Guaita a second time.

Crystal Palace won at Etihad last season. As a result, they did not lose faith in getting points, even though they lost two goals in five minutes. From making a rare ball in the second half, Zaha dribbled and stretched horizontally.

None of the Crystal Palace players approached the penalty area fast enough to catch the ball, but the cross stretched with great force made Fernandinho frantically break the ball home. Draw 2-2, City for the eighth time lost points after 23 rounds this season.


Man Utd escaped the series of three matches without winning

Thanks to a double from Rashford, Man Utd beat Norwich 4-0 in round 22 and reclaimed the fifth place in the Premier League.

Man Utd exploded in the second half, with two goals scored within two minutes. Starting from the 50th minute, goalkeeper Tim Krul made a mistake with left-back Brandon Williams in the penalty area. Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the 11m mark, when the score was 1-0 in favor of Man Utd.

In the first phase of the encounter, Tim Krul twice blocked the penalty successfully. One of the two men who broke it that day – Marcus Rashford – continued to claim responsibility on the evening of 11 January. The Dutchman still guessed in the right direction, but couldn’t touch the ball because Rashford placed his dangerous heart in the lower right corner, doubling the gap.

Man Utd’s victory was more complete when their remaining two strikers, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood fired together. Martial increased the lead to 3-0 with a header from the near post, after choosing the correct position to catch the cross from the right wing.

Greenwood came in for Andreas Pereira, and it took just five minutes to register on the electronic board. He received the second ball, dragged two more beats, before sinking into the far corner, setting the score to 4-0 for “Red Guards”.

Escaping from the end of the first half, Man Utd seemed to wake up in the second half, with the highlight of the arrival of Juan Mata. After a month and a half, the Spanish midfielder was named in the starting line-up in the Premier League. The former Chelsea player left a mark with two precise lines from the right wing, giving Rashford and Martial a goal.

The victory won more confidence for Man Utd, before replaying the third round of the FA Cup against Wolves on January 15, followed by the trip to Liverpool on January 19, and ended the month with a semi-final second leg of the Cup. Federation with Man City in Etihad.


Coach Ancelotti can return to the Premier League

After being sacked by Napoli, it is likely that Carlo Ancelotti will return to England to continue the training.

According to Sky Sports sources, Everton is jumping into talks with coach Ancelotti. After a 2-5 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League, the team sacked coach Marco Silva and brought Duncan Ferguson to the temporary. In the near future, the former coach of Goodison Park, David Moyes can sit in the hot seat here until the official captain.

Arsenal is also very interested in coach Ancelotti. However, the Emirates Stadium team has not made a concrete move yet. After dismissing Unai Emery, the “Gunner” is being led by former player Freddie Ljungberg.

If he becomes the coach of either team, Ancelotti will return to England once. Previously, he was at Chelsea in 2009-2011. He and “The Blues” won 3 titles including Premier League, FA Cup and Super Cup of England.

On 11/12, coach Ancelotti was sacked after Napoli’s 4-0 victory over Genk in the Champions League. This was a decision made after a series of days of conflict between the Italian strategist and the team president, Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Previously, Carlo Ancelotti was sacked after Napoli’s 4-0 win

The Napoli leadership made a decision to fire coach Carlo Ancelotti right after the Italian team won 4-0 against Genk in the Champions League on the morning of December 11.

“Napoli decided Ancelotti is no longer the first team coach. The friendship and mutual respect between him and Chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is still intact”, Napoli wrote on the club’s official social network.

This decision is easy to understand, because Napoli internal instability in recent years. President Laurentiis forced the team to stay in the hotel or training ground of Napoli from after the Champions League match to facing Genoa in Serie A.

The reason is that Napoli has not had a good record in recent times. They did not win the last 3 rounds. Chairman Laurentiis thought that was an opportunity for the team members to understand each other better. However, the players and coach Ancelotti do not agree with this. Things were even more tense when many Napoli fanatics attacked the family of players.

According to The Guardian, it is likely that Gennaro Gattuso, former AC Milan coach, will sit in the hot seat that Ancelotti left. Meanwhile, Ancelotti is said to have spoken to Arsenal.

On the morning of December 11, Napoli won 4-0 against Genk at home, thereby becoming the second group of Group E and in the knockout round of this tournament.