14
May

Summing up the Premier League in one tidy little flowchart

Wondering where it all went wrong (unless you’re a Man City fan) for your Premier League team? Was it “lots of own goals and red cards” that did your team in? Maybe it was spending “£27.5 on a giraffe in a wig” that was the final nail in the coffin?

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The fine folks at Project Babb have put together a convenient little flowchart to help answer these questions and make sense of one of the craziest EPL seasons of recent memory.

Enjoy!

(h/t Project Babb)

23
Apr

Vincent Kompany opens his own sports bar

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The next time Manchester City win a major trophy — or if Belgium shocks the world this summer — Vincent Kompany will have just the place to invite the boys for a little celebration. The Citizens’ captain is now the proud owner of two new sports bars in his native Belgium.

Fittingly named “Good Kompany” (we’ll spare you the bad joke), the bars are located in a pair of tourism hot spots, Brussel’s Grote Markt and on the Groenplaats in Antwerp.

And as any great sports bar should, “Good Kompany” features a strong variety of libations, a wait staff dressed in referee uniforms and can host parties at night. Of course, there’s also an abundance of signed, game-worn jerseys and boots everywhere.

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H/T Daily Mail

Photos via Daily Mail/ Press Association Images

15
Apr

Man City’s Emyr Huws strikes stunning long-distance goal for Birmingham

Man City’s Emyr Huws was taking a corner kick for his loan club Birmingham City when the ball was headed back out to him far up the sideline.

After getting away from one Middlesbrough defender, Huws had all the time in the world to figure out his next move.

With nobody else in any hurry to close him down, Huws could:

A) Send it back into the mixer, hoping a teammate could meet his cross for a header
B) Safely pass it to a teammate
C) Unleash a speculative effort from a good 30+ yards out.

Huws went with Option C.

31
Mar

Trecker’s Travels: A second home

Jamie Trecker

MANCHESTER — You know you’ve been on the road too long when you walk out of the train station here, grab the paper, and the man looks up at you with recognition and says: “Welcome home, mate.”

His mistake is understandable: I’ve actually been in Manchester more days this year than I have in the place I actually call home by a significant amount. Part of it is the fact that not many folks walk around here looking like Frank Zappa gone to seed. But a part of it is that slowly but surely – and probably much to my Scottish mum’s disdain — England has become a second home.

The diner in Stevenson Square knows my order before I place it (to be fair, Americans drink a lot more black coffee) the newsagent next door knows I buy the Telegraph, the Mail and Private Eye on Thursdays and yesterday a guy at Port Street leaned over and asked me who’d won the early match…in Scotland. “Barmaid said you’d know.”

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2
Mar

Nasri looks on in horror as Kompany drops Capital One Cup

Vincent Kompany captained Manchester City to their first League Cup title since 1976 on Sunday, and nearly broke the trophy.

Kompany almost dropped the Capital One Cup mid-lift when its detachable base slipped out of the Belgian’s hands. The base didn’t make it, but Kompany went on to hoist the remains as if nothing ever happened.

Samir Nasri was not as calm.

28
Feb

Sponsor creates special glasses for Manchester City fans

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Manchester City fans will be able to do the famous Poznan worry-free during the Capital One League Cup final on Sunday.

Inspired by Lech Poznań fans back in 2010, City supporters adopted the celebration and have been using it ever since:

If the Citizens score against Sunderland, their supporters won’t miss a second of the action while celebrating with some very special glasses created by the tournament’s sponsor, Capital One.

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That’s a sweet wing-mirrored design — and damn smart marketing.

Images courtesy of Capital One