City in Europe (Hardback)
From Allison to Guardiola: Manchester City’s quest for European glory
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'A superb book and a must-read for any City fan.' – DANIEL TAYLOR, senior writer, The Athletic
'A thorough and delicious retelling of perhaps not the most successful of European journeys, but definitely the most interesting … Fantastic.' – DAVID MOONEY, BBC Radio 5 Live
'A book that brilliantly explodes the myth that City have no history or pedigree in Europe.' – SIMON MULLOCK, chief football writer, Sunday Mirror
THE ESSENTIAL NEW HISTORY OF MANCHESTER CITY'S EUROPEAN TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDIES
FEATURING A FOREWORD BY CITY LEGEND FRANCIS LEE
As one of the first English sides to taste glory in Europe, lifting the Cup Winners' Cup in 1970, City looked set for life among the continent's elite. But as their domestic fortunes went from bad to worse to absolute calamity, the wilderness returned.
Avid City fan and respected journalist Simon Curtis dusts off the details of some truly intoxicating away days. Filled with tales of the club's travelling support and the evocative accounts of the journalists who saw the team of the Seventies, Curtis tells the story of a club steeped in history, defiantly refusing to bow to pomp and ceremony as it goes about lifting the ultimate prize.
After a spectacular rebuild and having achieved all there is to achieve on the domestic stage, including a record-breaking 100-point season in 2017-18, City's deep-pocketed owners have their sights firmly set on European glory once more. Yet for all their recent success at home, they are anything but welcome guests at Europe's top table.
Simon Curtis is a freelance journalist specialising in all things Manchester City. He has written extensively for the club's various official platforms, with regular columns in the matchday programme and articles on the official website spanning a number of years, in addition to many years writing Manchester City content for ESPN, contributions to Champions magazine and a variety of UEFA publications. He lives in Manchester.
A book that brilliantly explodes the myth that City have no history or pedigree in Europe. Curtis doesn't just detail the club's adventures on the continent from the late 1960s, he also captures their essence with accounts from fans who were there.Simon Mullock, chief football writer, Sunday Mirror
Simon Curtis is a fine journalist with an extensive knowledge of the club – he is also a seasoned veteran of many European away trips. This book is essential reading for all City fans.Ric Turner, founder and curator, Bluemoon forum
If you think that not winning the Champions League means there's no story to tell then think again. This book provides the story of every City game in Europe – a record that stretches back 54 years. Read the twists and turns of City's fortunes written in an engaging style with quotes from fans, players and broadcasters who were there.Gary James, football historian
From Down the Kippax Steps to the latest rapture at the Etihad, Simon's gift for articulating how it's felt to support this undeniably unconventional football club has been unmatched. In times of comedy, tragedy, feast or famine, his writing has defined what it's meant to be City like no other.Mark Booth, head of content, New York City Football Club
"Next stop Mars," said Malcolm Allison. Not quite … but it's been a hell of a ride. A superb book and a must-read for any City fan.– Daniel Taylor, senior writer, The Athletic
A thorough and delicious retelling of perhaps not the most successful of European journeys, but definitely the most interesting, liberally sprinkled with the sort of humour that only a City fan could write. Fantastic.David Mooney, BBC Radio 5 Live