I quite like this, since we started predicting it after the City group bought New York City FC, and Australian A-League side Melbourne City and everyone said the prediction was rubbish. What struck me in visiting Melbourne City’s ground was how similar it all looked to Manchester City’s ground. A real franchise, which is what Manchester City is now part of. Other clubs involved in being subsets of the grand collective are Japan’s Yokohama F Marinos, Club Atlético Torque in Uruguay, plus now Girona. It’s about 80km up the E15 from Barcelona, as far as I remember, and this is their first visit to the top division in Spain.
How extremely droll it would be if they actually started growing enough to challenge Barcelona, rather like Manchester City have done to challenge Manchester United.
For let us not forget that before City Group came along Manchester City had been a bit like Tottenham, having won the league twice, including being the only club to win the league (1936/7) and then be relegated (1937/8) straight after. The hilarious story of the bizarre end to that season in which Man C went down and Arsenal won the league is told in some detail on the Arsenal History Society site.
So it could happen in Spain.
Anyway the group has teams in the Premier League and La Liga, as well as having a team in Australia, Japan, USA and in South America. And Manchester City have an “agreement” with NAC Breda that involves their players being loaned to the Dutch club.
Next up the group want a team in China.
From the History Society
- How the media always knocks Arsenal, but ignores England’s failures.
- Left has never been stronger at Arsenal FC!
- The seven main things that are wrong with football in England
- 2022-23 WSL Arsenal v Spurs – Match Preview – part 2 comments from the manager and team news
- 2022-23 WSL Arsenal v Spurs – Match Preview – part 1 the head to head record and comments on Spurs summer signings