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he Premier League season of 2011/2012 has been lauded as the greatest
season in English football history. Two clubs from the same city –
Manchester – were locked in a battle for supremacy. And it ended with
a finale that even the most imaginative of minds would have failed to craft.
With a fairytale finish on the pitch and an extraordinary outpouring of emotion
from supporters, there is no doubt this marked a watershed moment for
Manchester City Football Club, both inManchester and the home of the owner,
Abu Dhabi. Manchester City had been crowned English Premier League
champions, but not for the first time since His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin
Zayed Al Nahyan’s overhaul of the English Club had begun, they made the
footballing world sit up and take note that a new power had emerged.
As the Chairman, HE Khaldoon Al Mubarak, said when it was all over: “This is
a new team, a new era and this is a club that wants to win more than anything.”
Back in August, City’s players started the season in tremendous fashion, with a
string of wins that put them at the summit of the league alongside neighbours
Manchester United. They played some tantalising football, with goals coming
from all parts of the pitch and a defensive unit that gave almost nothing away.
Inside the Etihad Stadium, fans could hardly wait for games to start, and began
to dream of their first league title in 44 years.
Manchester City owner His
Highness Sheikh Mansour
bin Zayed Al Nahyan with
chairman Khaldoon Al
Mubarak (left) during a
Barclays Premier League
match at the Etihad Stadium,