By Andy Sambidge
Last-ditch comeback against QPR secures first league title for more than 40 years
Abu Dhabi-funded Manchester City sealed their first league championship triumph in 44 years after an amazing comeback against QPR at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The league leaders looked to have blown their chance for glory as they trailed the relegation-threatened outfit with just added time to play in the match.
But goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero completed a historic 3-2 win on the final day of the 2011-12 English Premier League season as title rivals Manchester United beat Sunderland 1-0.
"Five minutes from the end I did not think we could win this game. We deserved to win this championship," City manager Roberto Mancini told Sky Sports. "After 44 years I dedicate this to all our supporters."
City and United both finished on 89 points with City's better goal difference settling the most gripping title race since Arsenal edged out Liverpool on the final day of the 1989-90 campaign.
Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan bought the Manchester club in 2008 and his investment of nearly $1bn helped lead it to FA Cup victory in May, the first time the club has won the tournament since 1969.
However, the team’s success has come at a cost and it announced losses of £194.9m ($307.4m) for the 2010-11 financial year, which represents one of the biggest ever reported loss by an English Premier League club.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan congratulations and well done Manchester City, the noisy neighbours have done it !
Welldone Mancini, Kompany and co.
Fitting game to end the season and what a season, the best Im sure by far.
What a waste of money !
heart breaking ... people in parts of Africa dont get water to drink and in this part of the world, people are spending $1 billion on sports.
in $1 billion whole africa could have been installed with water purification systems for the people to drink to clean water.
i pity on these people.
it was a great match thank you abu dhabi
Being wealthy and always humble God gives every success
to the royal family of Abu Dhabi.Congrats to HH Sheikh Mansour
for winning the EPL title.
Nothing great I think...you spend US$1bil and have probably the best team in Europe (i.e. in terms of all the stars in the squad), yet you almost blew it if it wasnt for QPR's inability to sustain the pressure.
For once people should stop criticizing and congraluate AbuDhabi, Etihad Airways and Sh. Mansour for a great winning season.
It has brought interest back in English Soccer and the revenues , next year will ensure the club will be profitable
Starting Line Ups:
Man. United: 169 million pounds
Man. City: 161 million pounds
Let's talk about the whole squad rather than starting lineups, and lets also not forget the massively inflated salaries that most of the Man City players are on. Those inflated salaries have priced most teams out of the market. Thats the problem.
Give it a few years and Man City will be so far ahead merely cause they can out-bid and out pay any club which becomes a threat. That to me is not fair competition is it. Its still in its early stages so no one really sees the problem. However if this carries on the Premier League will become worthless.
I am not in favour of the previous top 4 domination, and I am happy that it has been somewhat broken up. It's just the way Man City have done it which is the problem. If they stop the BIG spending and INFLATED salaries and compete within the boundaries then they have my full support.
Muhammad, I kind of agree with you. However, you cannot just pass comments like that without knowing the whole truth.
In Islam, what charity you give, you don't advertise. so we don't know how much millions or billions the Shiekhs have given out.
Also, this ManCity project is just that, eventually they will make money, be in 1-2-5-10 years. Sports attracks a lot of money, stars bring in a lot of money, so its an investment from their part which has started showing signs of returns, like any other business. So maybe to help them have money to give to charity they involve in such activities :)
Congrats to all involved with man city - on the club becoming champions - it was a great comeback during the final moments that one could only dream of....as a UAE resident, it give great pleasure to know that HH Sheikh Mansour's vision is being executed to perfection and makes it easy to relate with the success that the club has achieved......having a vision is one thing, but making it a reality is something else all together....being champions and playing in champions league will bring the club, the players and fans more rewards in the future....Its worth all the efforts put in during the last few years....Congrats Champions Man City.