City sparks interest

Melbourne Heart's best move yet

FROM Manchester to Melbourne.

Man City, an English Premier League powerhouse is coming to stay down under.

An English Premier League powerhouse is coming to stay down under

It comes after a consortium led by the club purchased soccer team Melbourne Heart.

City acquired 80 per cent of the club while another consortium, which includes the owners NRL’s Melbourne Storm owns 20 per cent.

This is an exciting move by the lowly A-League club, who currently sit on the bottom of the ladder.

When the story broke, everyone was talking soccer and what the acquisition means for Melbourne, the sporting capital of Australia.

It is an exciting move that has got the soccer fraternity buzzing.  

Man City is one of the most successful teams in England.

The Sky Blues have been premier league champions three times and have been runners-up three times.

They have also won five FA Cups, with their last title coming in 2011.

City also boosts some of the world’s best soccer players.

Argentine striker Sergio Aguero scored twice on debut for City and scored 30 in his first year at the club.

England’s number one goal keeper Joe Hart also calls Manchester City home.

This season alone he has made 60 saves.

Their glittering history speaks for itself and the fact that this world-renowned team has an interest in an Australian team is amazing.

It is also not the first time City has invested in an international soccer team.

In May last year the club announced the establishment of the New York City Football Club.

The new club will enter the Major League Soccer in the 2015 season.

Their international footprint is continuing to grow.

In an open letter to Melbourne Heart from the Manchester City Football Club chief executive Ferran Soriano states City has already began work to help Heart fulfil its ‘immense potential’ on and off the field.

It also states that Heart players and coaches will have access to City’s world-class global resources, including scouting, coaching, human performance and performance analysis.

This is exciting for the A-League and exciting for Melbourne.

This new partnership might even attract higher-class athletes to our shores.

It is definitely a positive step.

City will bring an x-factor to the A-League, something that has never been seen before in Australia.  

Soccer isn’t Australia’s number one sport, with AFL and cricket among the most popular but the game is continuing to expand but it is becoming a sport more people want to learn about.

I am not a soccer expert but I am a fan of the game, who doesn’t love a bend-it like Beckham goal.

The Socceroos continued success has also helped, they will be playing in their third successive World Cup.

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