Manchester City: Inside the making of a super club

Pep Guardiola's star-studded side is only the tip of the iceberg at Manchester City. Investing locally, overseas, in youth and in their women's team, the Premier League club has one ultimate goal: global domination.

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FourFourTwo recently spent a considerable amount of time with Manchester City, interviewing a host of the club's key personnel, including Guardiola, chief operating officer Omar Berrada and players such as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

It resulted in a huge variety of fascinating content, exploring every area of the highly ambitious outfit.

This hub page is your directory for all of that content, so take your time getting to know the ins and outs of a club well on the way to establishing a global footprint.

Chapter 1: Putting some Pep in your step

In the first part of our detailed examination of Manchester City, we chart the arrival – and instant imapct – made by Pep Guardiola following his much-heralded shift from Bayern Munich.

Chapter 2: Old friends targeting a new legacy

A number of the key back-room figures at City share a bond that goes back to their playing days.

And they are among the people now plotting to lead the Manchester club to even greater heights.

Chapter 3: Winning now – and well into the future

It is well known City have outlaid vast sums of money in their efforts to rebuild and improve their first-team squad.

But their vision goes well beyond that, with wide-reaching plans in place that revolve around their City Football Academy.

Here we also revisit those frantic final moments in City's extraordinary breakthrough EPL title victory in 2012.

Chapter 4: A Belgian dynamo joins the revolution

Injuries impacted upon his first season in City sky blue, but it didn't prevent Kevin De Bruyne claiming the club's player of the year honours.

In an exclusive chat, the breathtakingly talented Dutchman tells FFT how quickly his new surroundings felt like home.

Chapter 5: Bravo! Just don't compare us to Barcelona

There are some clear links to the Catalan giants in terms of personnel, but make no mistake, City are hell-bent on forging their own path.

Here goalkeeper Claudio Bravo stops in for a chat, recalling his infamous debut at Old Trafford and how he confronts pressure. 

Chapter 6: Stepping Stones to European glory

Blessed with some of the world's pre-eminent attacking threats, City were also keen on reinforcing their backline heading into 2016-17.

John Stones, the target of an intense transfer bid from Chelsea 12 months earlier, bit just the mould Guardiola was seeking.

In another exclusive chat, the young England international discusses the footballing fate that brought him to the Etihad.

Chapter 7: New York, Australian state of mind

Manchester was the first destination in the City Football Group revolution, but it was a long way from the final stop.

The club is also making great strides in New York and Melbourne, as we discovered as we stop in with Patrick Vieira and Tim Cahill.

Chapter 8: The Asian equation

England? Check. America? Check. Australia? Check. Will that be all? Not on your life.

The club has sold a 13 per cent stake to a Chinese media consortium ina deal worth a cool STG 265m.

Sergio Aguero also played a role in the Asian push, taking a selfie with the leaders of China and Great Britain in a little social media gold.

Chapter 9: Far from a male-only domain

And they're still not done. When the English FA decided to expand the women's Super League in 2014, Manchester City demanded they be allowed to take part, despite lacking the pedigree in the women's game of many of their contemporaries.

That dogged determination was well founded, considering the success the club has found over the past two seasons.