City Football Group, owners of Manchester City FC, have announced a $400 million investment from a Chinese consortium that will give them 13% stake and values CFG at $3bn, with Khaldoon Al Mubarak, the chairman, insisting this will a leverage the incredible potential that exists in Chinaa . Along with the Manchester club, CFG also own New York City FC, a start-up Major League Soccer franchise, and Melbourne City FC, of Australiaa s A-League, plus it retains a minority shareholding in Yokohama F Marinos of the Japanese J-League. Al Mabarak hopeful of leveraging potential in China . The Chairman of CFG is positive about exploiting the talent in China and believes these are minor steps that will lead to the transition of Chinese football. As reported by the Guardian, Al Mubarak said: a Football is the most loved, played and watched sport in the world and in China, the exponential growth pathway for the game is both unique and hugely […]

. Frank Lampard’s long-awaited Major League Soccer debut has been delayed after the former England and Chelsea star suffered an injury in training, it was confirmed Saturday. The veteran midfielder was due to play his first game for new club New York City FC against Toronto FC on Sunday at Yankee Stadium but has been ruled out after picking up a calf strain. “Ia m hugely disappointed to be missing out on Sundaya s game, which I have been really looking forward to,” Lampard said on NYCFC’s website. “Ia ve been feeling great in training and have loved working with the squad. Unfortunately I sustained a small strain to my calf during a session.” Lampard, who headed to New York after winding up his English Premier League career with Manchester City, said he would need a “few days” to recover from the knock. “As I say, ita s personally very disappointing for me but these things happen in football,” Lampard […]

Italian great Andrea Pirlo announced his move to New York City FC on Monday and new teammates Frank Lampard and David Villa welcomed him to Major League Soccer’s hottest club. Pirlo, a 36-year-old midfielder, enjoyed star turns at AC Milan, where he won two Champions League titles, and for the past four seasons at Juventus, where he won four Serie A crowns and lost in this year’s Champions League final. He also starred in Italy’s 2006 World Cup triumph. “Bienvenido Maestro,” tweeted Spanish striker Villa. “What a signing! Welcome to the club Andrea Pirlo!” said England’s Lampard on Facebook. Lampard, a 37-year-old midfielder, and Villa, a 33-year-old forward, join Pirlo in bringing star power to a club co-owned by English Premier League side Manchester City and Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees. It’s a star trio that football fans in New York have not seen since the 1970s heyday of the New York Cosmos, when Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio […]