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Further details to follow, but Citys academy side won their final game in Germany 1-0 against TSG Neustrelitz with the goal coming on 56 minutes from City's number 7(TBC) in front of 339 paying customers.
Here at MCRAA we have heard that Kelvin Etuhu is going to Coventry City, we are unsure though if it is a loan move or a permanent one. Kelvin played in todays friendly game at Barrow to gain match fitness.
This seasons academy fixtures have been out for nearly a week now, but there is still no sign of City publishing them.
These are the ones we have managed to find so far
Arsenal - Home AUG 21 - Opening League Game
Reading - Away AUG 28
Nottingham Forest - Home SEP 4
Sheffield Wednesday - Away SEP 11
Manchester United- Home SEP 25 Away FEB 19
West Brom - Away OCT 2 Home FEB 26
Everton - Home OCT 9 Away MAR 15
Wolverhampton Wanderers - Away OCT 16 Home DEC 11
Stoke City- Home OCT 30 Away JAN 8
Crewe-Home NOV 6 Away JAN 15
Liverpool - Home NOV 20 Away FEB 5
Barnsley - Home MAR 12
Sheffield United - Away MAR 19
Derby County - Home MAR 26
Sunderland - Away APR 9
as we find more we will update the fixtures part in the academy section of this website
Manchester City have named a strong squad including 9 players who made first team appearances last season for tomorrow's friendly against Barrow at Holker Street.
The star name in the squad is 21 year old Ecuadorian international Felipe Caicedo who has made 27 appearances for Manchester City, and last season played 18 times on loan for Malaga in La Liga.
He is joined by Javan Vidal who was on loan to Aberdeen and Derby County last season, and Kelvin Etuhu who has appeared in the Premiership for city, but last year was mainly seen on loan at
Other players appearing who have been included in the first team are, Scott Kay, Abdisalam Ibrahim, Andrew Tutte, John Guidetti, James Poole, and Ahmed Benali.
Since the announcement of City's squad numbers , many have been asking who is the number 62, Abdul Razak.
Abdul has been at City for the past six/seven months and even featured in a friendly fixture against LA Galaxy. More recently he played in the friendly at Macclesfield.
Research has found that he was at one stage with Crystal Palace and qualifies to play for the Ivory Coast
Walsall have won the race to sign Manchester City defender Ryan McGivern.
Crystal Palace and Oldham expressed an interest in signing the full-back on loan, but Walsall have stolen in to lure the Northern Ireland international to the Banks' Stadium
Walsall have agreed a season-long loan deal with City for McGivern as Saddlers boss Chris Hutchings looks to bolster his squad
Alex Gibson is to leave City after 12 years service
Gibson told City's website: "I’m leaving for purely personal reasons. The Club have been fantastic with me, but I just feel it’s time now to change and seek a final career challenge before I
A former Leeds United Academy player is turning in some sterling displays in Citys Academy tour of Berlin.
Shaquille Clarke Adams made the news for all the wrong reasons in in February 2008 when he was the victim of a stabbing at his school Allerton Grange in Moortown, Leeds
A very young U18 academy side beat an U19 Hertha Berlin team 2 - 1 with second half goals from Adam Drury and George Swan after being a goal behind in the first half.
More to Follow....
Manchester City 8 Empor Berlin 0
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City's coach was not so much counting off the welter of goals during a one-sided second half as beaming at the way his young side gelled in their opening match.
Sellars said: "They're a new team coming together, and we had a few Under-16s in there as well. There was a lot to look at for the first game, not just the goals and result.
"It was good to see a lot of the stuff we'd worked on during the week coming out in the match, and as they tired we really started to put the final nail in the coffin."
City's youngsters had rubbed shoulders all week with the elite German athletes bound for Barcelona and the world championships, working hard in the 30-degree-plus heat.
They showed themselves to be a class act as Empor were swept aside at their Kienbaum training centre in the first of three matches the Academy will play in Berlin.
New signing Alex Henshall from Swindon and George Evans were among those who stood out in a fine warm-up for Tuesday's much tougher test against top Berlin club Hertha
Henshall was crudely floored by the goalkeeper to earn the penalty that allowed Brad Robinson to break the ice from the spot after 25 minutes, Evans having already hit the bar.
City dominated possession as they piled on the agony for their German opponents in a second half that left Sellars satisfied that their hard work had paid dividends.
Gunnar Nielsen has signed a new one year extension to his current deal and immediately has gone on loan to merseysiders Tranmere Rovers for a six month spell. With City fast traking Loris Karius up the goalkeeping pecking order; Gunnar will gain far more experience on loan at a lower league club such as Tranmere.
Following on from his trial game with Doncaster Rovers, it has now been confirmed that Shaleum Logan is to spend a week at Sheffield United on trial
Kamil Wight, one time junior academy player for City, although not offered a scholarship by City went on to play for Derby County, on his release by them he was invited on trial to Macclesfield Town and played in their recent 7-1 victory over Leek Town
As previously revealed on MCRAA 10 days ago and now just being reported on the official site, Citys academy are in Germany. They will be based in a state of the art training facility in Kienbaum, East Berlin. The newly unified German government have invested over 40 million euros over the past 16 years in this facility. So City youngsters will I am sure be well looked after and have all the benefits that a well funded training camp could offer such as underwater massage, sauna, infrared cabin, whirlpool and they even include a cold chamber which will do similar things that an ice bath/bins can offer to help soft tissue recover quicker. Here is City's official website's take on the tour:
The young Blues will be based in Berlin and will play three friendlies during their 13-day stay.
“It’s all part of a furthering the players’ development,” said Academy manager Mark Allen.
The Blues have taken a squad of 23 to Germany, though several members will filter off at various points for international duty.
“The coaches on the trip will be Scott Sellars, Simon Davis and Paul Power and we’ll have a full backroom staff and a sport science team with us,” said Allen.
“We will be based at a facility that Hertha Berlin have used previously and came highly recommended so the players will have everything they need as we step up their fitness programmes
City’s Under-18s will be taking on Empor Berlin on July 24, Hertha Berlin on July 27 and TSG Neustrelitz on July 31.
“Our trip to Germany replaces our annual Alsager-based training camp,” said Allen.
“When we come back we are only in town for a couple of days before flying back out to a tournament in Oberdorf in Switzerland from August 5 to August 9.
“That will be our Under-19 team, but we’re just finalising the details of that trip at present.”
The rumour that MCRAA had heard that Brendan Rogers might be on the verge of joining City in some capacity have been resolved over the weekend by the fact that Brendan has taken up the manager's job at Swansea City.
We at City still feel their is a need to bring in a respected highly qualified coach for older academy players to work with and we would be very surprised if an appointment is not made in this calendar year.
MCRAA can officially confirm a unique partnership with Hyde FC.
Just as the club have gone into partnership with Hyde so has MCRAA and Hyde's website, expect to see links on their pages under both external and the Manchester City pages'
Having had loan spells at Stockport County, Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe and Tranmere Rovers it looks as though Shaleum will be heading to pastures new. It is reported that several clubs are taking a look at the young defender and only the other night he played on trial for Doncaster Rovers in their friendly at Quorn FC
City reserves will be playing at the following venues for away fixtures this season
West Ham @West Ham United Training Ground
West Bromwich Albion@ The Hawthorns
Wigan Athletic @Robin Park Arena
Newcastle United @Northumberland FA
Bolton Wanderers @ Lancashire FA
Manchester United @ Altrincham FC
Everton @ Stobart Stadium
Wolverhampton Wanderers @ AFC Telford United
Sunderland @ Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground
Manchester City have been drawn away to Wigan Athletic in this competition with the tie having to be played before October 31st 2010.
The winners of this tie then play Liverpool at home.
It is widely being reported that young left back Ryan McGivern may join Oldham Athletic on loan and become one of new manager Paul Dickovs first signings. The young Irish international spent some time on loan at Leicester City last season.
As mentioned before on MCRAA the format of this seasons reserve league has changed
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David Ball has confirmed that he is joining Wiltshire's Swindon Town FC for a six month loan period. Contary to many reports Ball was still training with City up until Friday evening and he looked fully fit and so will probably be introduced into Swindon's pre-season schedule sooner rather than later.
Morecambe Football club have announced a delay in the official opening of their new stadium The Globe Arena, this therefore means that all their planned home friendlies have had to be cancelled including a fixture against a Manchester City X1.
Thanks to our friend Max in Germany we can exclusively reveal that a City U19 side are to participate in the Oberndorf U19 turnier between 6th to 8th August
Unfortunately it´s in German only. As you can see it is an under 19 tournament played in two groups. There will be no semi final. The group winners will face each other directly in the final.
Groups/ Participants are:
Gruppe A: EC Vitoria Brasil, VfL Wolfsburg, AJ Auxerre, Zenit St. Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund
Gruppe B: SC Freiburg, Manchester City, Team Schwarzwald, AC Mailand, Bayer 04 Leverkusen
As for the German opponents:
"Team Schwarzwald" is not a club. Since the tournament is hosted in the black forest it is a team with players from several smaller clubs in the region.
It looks like the academy sides normal two week boot camp at Alsager College will not happen this season, as rumours in Germany suggest that a City academy squad will be spending close on two weeks in Berlin and partcipate in at least three warm up games, one being against Hertha Berlin.
Rumours still continue to circulate that reserve team striker David Ball will join Swindon on a season long deal
Young Swedish striker John Guidetti's father has revealed that his son has been selected to be part of the senior squad which will shortly embark on a pre season tour of America.
City have confirmed the midfielder has signed a one year contact extension and is to link up with the rest of the senior squad for their pre-season tour to America, where he will look to shine in front of the club's management team.
Dundee United today confirmed the transfer of Slovakian goalkeeper Filip Mentel from Manchester City, subject to formalities and international clearance. The 20 year old has agreed a three year contract and will be included in the travelling party for United's pre season training camp in Austria.
Filips contract at City must have ended because its a good two seasons since he last played for City, since he suffered a knee injury playing for the reserves in a friendly against a Thailand X1 and then further damaging the same knee when playing for Slovakia and we all thought he had either retired or gone back home. GOOD LUCK FILIP
Manchester City have signed Slovak starlet Albert Rusnak, according to MFK Kosice.
The Slovakian outfit have revealed that Rusnak, who has previously spent time on trial at Eastlands, has finalised his move to England.
Kosice have agreed an undisclosed deal with City, who have handed Rusnak a three-year contract.
There is something strange about this one, Albert has been at City for at least a couple of years and was a regular in last years U16, so this must be the longest trial in footballing
He was not included in this seasons academy scholars intake and Like Stockport Blue was under the impression he had gone the same route as Marcello Trotta and joined Fulham, however i also know for definite he also went on trial to Liverpool
A former City youth prospect, defender Danny Pollitt, who was at Citys academy in 2006 has this week signed for Hyde
Jack Redshaw has signed a one year deal with Rochdale. Jack spent ten years at City and despite regularly finding the back of the net his opportunities were limited.
Stretford born Javan Vidal, who has spent time out on loan at a number of league clubs has signed a further one year deal at City, with the hope of breaking through into the first team