08 Sep, 16:23
Without a doubt, I am at the biggest club in England and one of the biggest in Europe.
Those are the controversial words of the new Manchester City’s new signing, Jarvi Garcia. I want to believe that he said those words out of excitement and/or he wanted to connect with the fans of his new club or he just lacked better, sensible and realistic things to say. It can be said that he pulled an Edin Dzeko’s stunt who picked on City’s neighbours and fiercest rivals, Manchester United. His remarks made him an instant hero in the eyes of Man City faithfuls.
I wish Garcia expounded further on what he meant by ‘biggest’ : is it in salaries? Loud mouthing? Glory hunting? Rich owners who splash cash when the transfer window is open? Stars warming bench? Let it be noted that I don’t dispute the fact that they are now a force to reckon with but saying that they are the biggest club in England is way overboard, the worst form of exaggeration.
If Man City is the biggest in England, then someone needs to come up with a term that can best describe the position of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle, Chelsea, Leeds and Nottingham Forest in English football.
44 year wait
In the football world, for a club to be termed big, or rather biggest, it usually boasts with it a rich history, football legends and cabinets decorated with numerous trophies. And that is why a club like Arsenal is still considered to be among the biggest club in England despite the fact that they have not won any major silverware (no, Emirates Cup does not count) in eight years. Even though Nottingham Forest and Leeds were relegated from the top flight, they are still held in high esteem.In the history of their existence, Man City have won the league twice before they lifted it for the third time in 2011/2012 season, a whole 44yrs; too much for the ‘biggest’ club. The club's most successful period was in the late 1960s and early 1970s when they won the League Championship, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup.
Just recently in 1998, they were playing in the third tier of English football. Before the club was bought in 2008 by Abu Dhabi United Group, little was known of this club because of their lack of winning any major trophy and not being among the top on the table, and despite all the spending and buying of star of prolific players, they have only managed the one Premier League title, 1 FA Cup and 1 Community Shield.
Perhaps the biggest victim of the recent change of fortune of Man City is Arsenal who have not only lost some key players who are in search of trophies to the citizens, but also fans who have gone for glory-hunting.
The big guns
The argument on the biggest club in England can easily be narrowed down to two clubs : Manchester United and Liverpool. They have it all, enviable trophy cabinets, respectable legends, huge fan base in the world and a rich history. But obviously, depending on your own point of view and argumentative facts, one is greater than the other.
Liverpool, until late 80’s, ruled the English football. They last won their league title in 89/90 season and they even taunted Man United with chants and banners, ‘’Come Back When You Have 18!!’’. United have since surpassed them with a record of 19 League titles.
Apart from that, United boasts of a record 11 FA Cups, four League Cups
and a record 19 FA Community Shields.
The club has also won three European Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. Liverpool on its side has eighteen League titles, 7 FA Cups and a record 8 League Cups, 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups and 3 UEFA Super Cups.
Garcia should calm down and not be drunk in excitement, greatness does not come with a single triumph, consistency is the word. I Really want to see his contribution to the club, that is if he won’t be bench warming.