Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/25/14
As with Elvis Presley's death or the Moon landing, those who care about Manchester City can recall where they were and what they were doing when a billionaire sheik from Abu Dhabi radically rerouted the trajectory of their football club and threatened to darken Alex Ferguson's twilight years as manager of rival Manchester United. City for years was Manchester's other team, the poor cross-town cousin who could only look on with envy and sadness as United bounced from victory to victory under Ferguson and, on the back of his triumphs, built a global, money-spinning brand that sells from Beijing to Baltimore and beyond. To be a City fan required large amounts of loyalty and no small amounts of masochism and good humor. Former manager Peter Reid recalls that the club was so threadbare that he once paid for a team hotel with his own credit card. When Ferguson was leading United to the final of the 1999 European Cup, City was mired in the purgatory of English football's lower leagues. F...
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