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The 2007/08 Manchester City starting XI: Where are they now?

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Not many modern-day football fans will remember Manchester City before they had money. Before all the cup wins and league titles, Manchester City were just an average Premier League team, who usually competed at the higher end of the table but were never equipped enough to challenge for the top four or the title.

In 2007/08, they were a long way off the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. However, since gaining the money through the ownership of Khaldoon Al Mubarak in September 2008, the good times have come to Manchester's blue side, and City has simply not looked back. Here is a look at the starting XI for Manchester City in the first game of the 2007/08 season under Sven-Goran Eriksson; the last campaign before they had money to burn.

Goalkeeper

Joe Hart made his breakthrough for the blues in this season. Eriksson made Hart his number one choice for City and he made 32 appearances for the Blues. He is still on the books at the Etihad Stadium, now at the age of 30, but currently finds himself on loan at West Ham United having fallen down the pecking order. He lost his place to Claudio Bravo last season and was shipped out on loan to Italian side Torino before being let go again by Pep Guardiola in the summer. It seems his City career is all-but over due to some excellent form by Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, who was brought into the club over the summer.

Defence

At right-back for City was the Croatian Vedran Corluka. He is now 31 and plays in Russia for Lokomotiv Moscow. He moved to City from Dinamo Zareb but left after just one season to join Tottenham Hotspur. On the opposite flank was Javier Garrido. The Spanish left-back now plays for AEK Larnaca FC in Cyprus. He left City in 2010 to join Lazio before returning to England in 2013 to sign for Norwich City.

The centre-back partnership for City was Micah Richards and Richard Dunne. Richards now plays for Aston Villa in the Championship but has only featured for them this season on two occasions. His spell at Villa Park has been plagued by injury but he's only 29, with time still on his side. The same cannot be said for Richard Dunne who has retired. Now 38, Dunne called it quits in 2015 after a final spell with Queens Park Rangers.

Midfield

Playing right-midfield for City was Stephen Ireland. He now plays for Stoke City in the Premier League. However, his career since leaving City has been affected by injury and he has never quite reached the dizzy heights that were well within his capabilities. On the opposite wing was Martin Petrov. He left City in 2010 to sign for Bolton before a final stints with Espanola and CSKA Sofia, he has now retired from the game.

In central midfield was Gelson Fernandes. The well-travelled Switzerland international now plays in Germany for Frankfurt. Alongside him was Didi Hamman. He is now a broadcaster. He also had a spell as manager of Stockport County in 2011.

Attack

The Brazilian Elano played for City just behind the striker. He retired in 2015 after a final spell in Brazil with Santos. The forward for City was the experienced striker Darius Vassell. He retired from the game aged 35 due to a knee injury sustained while playing for Leicester City.

Harry Mail

A big Hull City fan from Manchester. Keep an eye on leagues across Europe, the MLS and non-league in England.


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