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A Look at the 11 Clubs Across the World Under the Umbrella of City Football Group

Arjun Singh Devgan
Jan 14, 2021, 3:46 PM GMT+5:30
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FBL-ENG-LCUP-ASTON VILLA-MAN CITY | GLYN KIRK/Getty Images
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The City Football Group (CFG) who are majorly owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) have emerged as one of the biggest footballing forces in the sport today as they have a stake in clubs across the world including England, United States, Australia, India, Japan, Spain, Uruguay, China, Belgium and France.

Manchester City are without doubt their flagship club and one of the most successful clubs in the Premier League in the past decade, but hey do have some other interesting clubs in their kitty. Here, we take a look at the 11 clubs under their umbrella.

1. Manchester City

Aston Villa v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final
Aston Villa v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Bought in 2008, the City Football Group (CFG) have completely transformed the club's fortunes, making them one of the powerhouses in world football. Under their stewardship, the club have won a staggering 14 trophies in 12 years.

2. New York City FC

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New York City FC v Columbus Crew SC | Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

The group soon entered American shores by buying New York City FC in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2013 and brought in French legend, Patrick Vieira as manager in 2016.

3. Melbourne City FC

A-League - Adelaide United v Melbourne City FC
A-League - Adelaide United v Melbourne City FC | Mark Brake/Getty Images

In 2014, they acquired the then named Melbourne Heart and rebranded it as Melbourne FC. While they are yet to taste success, they were the runners up in the A-League Premiership in 2019/20 and A-League Championship in 2020.

4. Yokohama F. Marinos

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Yokohama F.Marinos v Suwon Samsung Bluewings - AFC Champions League Round of 16 | Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

In 2014, City Football Group (CFG) acquired a minority stake in Yokohama F. Marinos, though it is understood that they may eventually own a controlling stake in the club in the future.

5. Montevideo City Torque

In 2017, the group expanded into South America by buying Club Atletico Torque who play in the Uruguayan Primera Division. The club changed changed it's name to Montevideo City Torque in January 2020, with the group planning to construct a new academy and administrative complex, which aims to be one of the most advanced academy centre in South America.

6. Girona FC

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Girona FC - CD Mirandes - La Liga Smartbank | Alex Caparros/Getty Images

The group soon moved their sights to Spain by buying 44.3 percent share in Girona FC, with the other 44.3 pecent held by Girona Football Group - led by Pep Guardiola's brother, Pere Guardiola. The club have seen a number of players going on loan from Manchester City.

7. Sichuan Jiuniu FC

After a gap of two years, the group went into action by moving to the Far East and acquiring Sichuan Jiuniu FC along with UBTECH and China Sports.

8. Mumbai City FC

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FBL-IND-ENG-CFG | INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/Getty Images

Fresh from their move into China, the group set their sights in India by becoming a majority stakeholder of Mumbai City FC after acquiring 65% of the club. The club currently competes in the Indian Super League (ISL).

9. Lommel SK

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SOCCER 1B DAY 3 LOMMEL SK VS LIERSE KEMPENZONEN | YORICK JANSENS/Getty Images

In 2020, the CFC became the majority stakeholder of Lommel SK, with the club based Lommel and currently competing in the Belgian First Division B.

10. Troyes AC

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FBL-FRA-LEAGUE 2-TROYES | FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/Getty Images

Later in 2020, the group purchased the shares of Ligue 2 club, Troyes AC and are understood to have acquired the majority stake of the French club.

11. Bolivar La Paz

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Bolivar v Union Espanola - Santander Libertadores Cup 2011 | Jose Luis Quintana/Getty Images

CFG in January 2021 entered into a partnership with Bolivian outfit Club Bolivar, with the agreement enabling Bolivia's most successful club to tap into the City Football Group's (CFG's) expertise including in the areas of scouting and coaching.

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