No I’m not talking about the American soap opera from the eighties with the bitchy women and the incredible jackets with the scene stealing shoulder pads, although now that Dallas is back the Carrington family can’t be too far behind. What I’m talking about is the other kind of dynasty that has made it to our shores from the grand ole U. S of A. The Sporting dynasty.
Every year all across North America teams of men stretch every muscle in their body to win the highest prize in their sport. Whether it’s the World Series, Lord Stanley’s cup, Vince Lombardi’s trophy or the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy every team sets out their stall to walk away winners. When a team is lucky enough to win it few times people take notice but when they do it year after year a dynasty is born.
Dynasty’s can stretch across the world even if you are not a fan of that particular sport. Who among us hasn’t heard of the great Chicago Bull’s side of the early nineties or the L.A. Lakers team with Kobe and Shaq or the Belichick and Brady combo that took the New England Patriots to their infamous threepeat. What about Joe Torre’s New York Yankees that won four World Series in five years with Jeter and A-Rod?
OK so maybe the last one was lost on non baseball fans but the point stands up. Sporting dynasty’s are real and when you witness one first hand it can be something special. To translate it across to our shores is a difficult thing to do. In America every year there is only one prize in each sport and there is never any question who the best that season was. They do not have the deluge of trophies that we have. Each season in England there are three trophies to compete for, four if you count the Community Shield, then you head into Europe where there are two more trophies at stake and if you do well enough there are all kinds of Super Cups and Club World Championships after that.
To become a dynasty in football is tough enough with the money flowing around the different clubs right now but when you add into the mix that in any one season you may have to win six or seven trophies to stop the detractors from talking. That’s just the first step because to become a dynasty you have to do it year after year after year.
I realise that we as football fans are coming off the back of a Barcelona monopoly in which Pep Guardiola took his side to fourteen trophies in four years and dazzled the viewing world with some tremendous footballing performances. I’m not here to take anything away from the amazing achievement but they still missed out on five trophies. To be all conquering in football is nigh on impossible.
That is the challenge that Roberto Manicini has signed on for though. A well deserved new contract sits in his pocket as he tries to take his City side to the heights that are expected of them now. He has taken them from a club that makes ridiculous £100 million bids for players to a side that were worthy winners of the league last season. His hard work has transformed them from a team that played games hoping not to lose to a team that plays against the best expecting to win. I’m sure he goes to the training ground every day with a smile on his face getting to work with the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero. The money’s not bad either presumably.
Manchester City sit in a position of potentially being the next in line for the “all conquering” tag. They have money to burn if they need to, they have just locked down the brains of the operation for another five years and they have great players in their side. It’s more than the great player’s however, they have the right players in the team. The spine of the Man City team is their strength. With Hart, Kompany, Lescott, Toure, Silva and Aguero they are in perfect shape win trophies for years. If they can mix in one or two quality signings with the likes of Balotelli, Nasri and Richards then the skies the limit.
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