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Manchester City crowned Barclays Premier League champions for the first time

Manchester City crowned Barclays Premier League champions for the first time

The race to become Barclays Premier League champions went right to the wire, with the blue half of Manchester securing their first title in 44 years.

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A crazy season and a crazy last minute. I have never seen anything like it, never.
Roberto Mancini, Manchester City Manager

Manchester City edged out local rivals Manchester United on Sunday, the final day of what many are claiming is the most exciting season in Barclays Premier League history.

Going into the final day, it was possible for both Manchester City and Manchester United to win the league.

Only Manchester City had the advantage of knowing a win would be enough to claim a first Barclays Premier League crown, but up until the last minute, they were losing to Queens Park Rangers in front of their own fans at the Etihad stadium, while United were winning at Sunderland.

An amazing period of added time saw Edin Džeko and Sergio Aguero score to give Manchester City the Barclays Premier League title.

Roberto Mancini, Manchester City Manager, said: “A crazy season and a crazy last minute. I have never seen anything like it, never.”

With two possible winners, Barclays had two presentation parties on standby in Manchester and Sunderland.

The team in Sunderland were ready to go but with the last-minute winner, the attention switched to Manchester.

As the final whistle sounded at Manchester City, the team at the Etihad put weeks of careful planning into action and delivered a seamless, season-finale trophy presentation.

Tom Kalaris, Chief Executive of Wealth and Investment Management and Executive Chairman of the Americas, Barclays, presented Manchester City players with their winners’ medals and the coveted Barclays Premier League trophy, in a ceremony watched by 48,000 in the stadium and millions more in over 200 countries around the world.

Many Barclays Premier League players are taking part in the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine next month, as well as the Olympics in London, so there will be more exciting football featuring the stars of the league on display, before the new season kicks off again on Saturday, 18 August.

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