Manchester City Wins!
As a New York Mets, Jets and Knicks fan, I set myself up for disappointment every season that comes my way. Die-hard Manchester City fans share this in common with me based on their 44 years of failure and heartache. I am not going to make out like I know everything there is to know about soccer (or as my friends across the ocean would call it, futbol) but I sure know a great sports story when I see one. I am a huge fan of the underdogs of the sports world, so when one of them pull off championship victories it feels great.
For decades, City has been stuck in the very large shadow cast by their neighbors, Manchester United. It doesn’t help that Manchester United was not only always better than City, but they were the best franchise ever to play in the English Premier League. Hmmm…Two teams that play in the same city while one is showered with accolades and success while the other sits back and sulks year after year. Sounds very similar to the New York Yankees and Mets. Well, all of that is behind Manchester City now after they claimed their first League Title in 44 years and finally stepped out from United’s shadow.
At the start of the season, Man City had high hopes and huge expectations. They were considered one of the league favorites because of their squad of superstars including Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez, David Silva, Mario Balotelli and Joe Hart. Even with a team of studs, there is always a stigma on City that makes their fans feel that they will find a way to fail. Fighting their losing reputation, this season they did not find a way to fail and they brought home the Championship trophy in the most dramatic fashion.
Manchester City was minutes away from ruining all of their hard work for the entire season. Needing a victory to win the EPL, Man City found themselves trailing by 1 goal against the Queens Park Rangers heading into stoppage time. Once again it looked as if Man City was going to find a way to spoil all of their success and hand United their 20th EPL trophy for their very decorated franchise. But, this was City’s time to shine and in the second minute of stoppage time Edin Dzeko headed in a corner which was absolutely pure class. Then Kun Aguero inexplicably found himself in the penalty area barely contested, and ripped a remarkably beautiful goal to win the league.
Take a look at Aguero’s game winning goal and see the reaction of the Manchester City fans as emotion pours through the entire stadium.
I know my friends who are United fans will not enjoy reading this article, but lets give credit where credit is due. Congratulations to Manchester City and thank you for proving to all of us fans of miserable teams that there can be some success with hard work and a lot of money.