Hot on the heels of an emphatic 3-0 victory against Manchester United in the derby, Manchester City supporters must feel like they’re on cloud nine today.
On the topic of the Manchester derby and English football, here’s a new excerpt of the recently-released eBook by World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer that touches on the derby and several other topics.
Blue With Envy is available to purchase as an eBook for $4.99. Professionally published, the book is highly recommended for soccer fans, and is available for the Amazon Kindle, Nook, as well as in several other formats including PDF, txt, etc, and is now available in iBooks for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Here is the new free excerpt:
Chapter 15 – Growing Pains
The summer of 2009 was filled with international tournaments for those of us in the United States. The US had two difficult World Cup qualifiers followed by a trip to South Africa. They participated in the Confederations Cup and defeated Spain in a shocking upset but lost twice to Brazil, including blowing a 2-0 halftime lead in the Final. Then came the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the US’ march to the final. As someone covering the American scene at the time, I lost track of transfers and the demands of daily coverage of a US National Team that was playing as often as a club side during the summer of 2009 — twelve games in all between June and July.
The final of the Confederations Cup had been awkward as Elano and Robinho both featured prominently in the Brazilian comeback. Still, I lamented the US loss and in our post-game show on World Soccer Talk, we began dissecting the fact that the US featured so many players based in Europe who were with second-tier sides. The hope was that more and more Americans would move to bigger clubs, maybe even City.
When I was able to refocus on the club, the signing of Carlos Tevez was in particular satisfying. Tevez’s addition was a shot at Manchester United. Perhaps those of us who were truly envious and jealous of Manchester United needed to feel like we had put one over on the Red Devils. We were so hungry and desperate for success it seemed like we were willing to take any player from anywhere, particularly if it bothered Sir Alex Ferguson. Tevez was an established head case, something we would be painfully made aware of time and time again in the next few years.
I felt American fans of City were really getting tired of living in the shadow of Manchester United. The Red Devils were the most popular team in the States thanks to the runaway success they’d had. All the City fans cheered loudly the previous May when Barcelona beat United for the Champions League title. We cheered like it was a victory of our own. Envy tinged everything we did. Now we had the added burden of now being hated by many of the fans of clubs we were previously naturally aligned with. The issue of our takeover and the immediate riches City found itself in divided supporters of other non-top clubs. Many were happy to see United, Chelsea, and Arsenal get a real run for their money (no pun intended) by a new upstart club with the financial muscle to battle the established forces while others were jealous of another club with a history of failure “lucking” into a takeover that changed our fortunes almost overnight.