Manchester City is an English football (soccer) club based in the city of Manchester. It is part of the Premier League, consisting of the top twenty teams in all of England. The league operates on a system of promotion and relegation with The Football League. This means that at the end of each season, the top four teams from The Football League are promoted to the Premier League, and the bottom four teams in the Premier League are relegated to The Football League.
Manchester City’s most successful period was during the late ’60s and early ’70s. During this time, the football club one the League Championship, the FA Cup, the League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup. The club’s success began to falter in the early 1980s. The club went through a series of poor managers, and large sums of money were wasted on unsuccessful signings like Steve Daley, all of which culminated in relegation to the third tier of the English football system for the first time in history.
After relegation, the club underwent a number of managerial changes. This brought more organization to the club as well as greater fiscal discipline. In 2008, Abu Dhabi United Group purchased the club. The change in ownership sparked a series of bids for high profile players, and in 2009, the club spent over £100 million on new players. As a result, during the 2010-2011 season Manchester City won the FA Cup for the first time since 1969.
This year the team is on track to with the English Premier League title for the first time in 44 years. Manchester City kicked off the season with a 6-1 victory over Manchester United, one of the worst losses for Man U since the 1950s. A combination of great management and a number of high profile players is starting to pay off for Man City.