Manchester City are one of the most successful teams in England – their twenty-six major domestic and European honours make them tied for fifth with Tottenham Hotspur on the list of most decorated sides in England.
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 14, 2021
City’s first major trophy was the 1904 FA Cup, though they had previously won three Manchester Cups before that point.
Their first top division league title came in the 1936–37 season, with the first Charity Shield won in the following August.
City’s first League Cup and European trophy both came at the end of the 1969–70 season, the two trophies also constituting the team’s first trophy double.
In the 2018–19 season, they became the first team to claim all of the major English trophies available in a single season, winning not just the Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup, but also the Community Shield.
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1970 Cup Winners’ Cup victory remains City’s only European trophy to date.
Manchester City’s fortunes declined during the 1980s and 1990s.
For a single season, 1998–99, the club fell as far as English football’s third tier.
The club did not qualify for European competition in this period.
In ordinary circumstances, the club’s fifth-place finish in 1991 and 1992 would have granted a UEFA Cup place.
However, English clubs had recently returned from a ban issued after the Heysel Stadium disaster.
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As the UEFA coefficient that determines the number of places per country is based upon performances in European competition over the previous five years, England had a reduced allocation until 1995.
By the 2002–03 season, Manchester City were back in the Premier League.
An unusual route into European competition for the 2003–04 season was provided by the UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking, which allocated extra UEFA Cup qualifying round places for the leagues with the best records for discipline and positive play.
This marked Manchester City’s first European participation for 24 years but were eliminated during the qualifying stage in Poland.
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In 2008, Manchester City once again qualified for the UEFA Cup through the Fair Play rankings, but the fortunes did not smile.
UEFA rebranded and restructured the UEFA Cup in 2009, resulting in it becoming the UEFA Europa League. By finishing fifth in the 2009–10 Premier League, Manchester City qualified for this competition and not the Champions League.
New changes in the City future plans led to dynamism at the start of the last decade and Manchester City finished third in the 2010–11 Premier League, to qualify for the rebranded version of the European Cup, the UEFA Champions League, for the first time since 1968.
The UEFA Champions League campaign 2013-14 was a watershed moment for the team, as they won 5 games in the group stage and qualified for the knock-out phase for the first time since 1968.
The Champions League 2015-16 campaign became the most successful in history for City as they reached the semifinals before being eliminated by Real Madrid.
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And that was it – since then City failed to cross the hurdles of the quarterfinals.
They suffered heartbreak against the Spurs in that wild encounter in 2019 while Lyon dashed their hopes last season – this season there was yet another quarterfinal round and there would be no better opportunity to lay the semifinal hoodoo to the rest.
Manchester City won the home game against the sturdy Borussia Dortmund unit 2-1 and were given an early fright when Jude Bellingham’s curling strike found a way past Ederson. It was the 17-year-old’s first Champions League goal.
After Kevin de Bruyne had hit the woodwork, City were handed an opportunity to equalise in the second half when Emre Can was penalized for a handball in the box.
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Riyad Mahrez hit the ball with power and precision to beat Marwin Hitz from 12 yards, putting Guardiola’s men back in control of the tie.
Phil Foden, whose goal at the end of the first leg had given Manchester City the edge, all but settled the tie when he fired a shot in off the post with 15 minutes to go – City held to the lead and after the final whistle, the Blues were delirious.
“He’s always creating something – two important goals and he has helped us in the semi-final – in this quarter-final he was the most important player. It is the second time in the semi-finals so it is not history in the club, but we start to build its” said pep Guardiola after the match.
Pep Guardiola reaches his 8th Champions League semi-final.
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“We were brilliant except the first minutes where they were good. I’m incredibly happy to be in the semi‑finals, to be one of the best four teams in Europe, to be against big, strong teams and we will try to be good. We break this bridge from quarter-finals to semi-finals.”
City next meet Paris Saint‑Germain after the French club defeated Bayern Munich on Tuesday. “@KMbappe are you ready,” Foden tweeted to the France striker afterwards.
“The semi-final of the Champions League – we cannot expect anything but tough,” Guardiola said.
Of a potential quadruple Pep said, “We need three wins for the Premier League, we are in the semi-finals of the Champions League, semi-finals of the FA Cup and the final of Carabao Cup. We don’t talk about winning all four – we take one game at a time.”