Born: Ancona, Italy 27th November 1964
19 December 2009 -
Roberto Mancini was appointed as Mark Hughes' successor on 19th December 2009, and his first game in charge saw a 2-0 victory over Stoke City on Boxing Day. The Italian initially concentrated his efforts on shoring up a previously leaky defence, whilst Adam Johnson and Patrick Vieira arrived in the January transfer window. City appeared more organised under Mancini and adopted a more conservative approach, but failed to gain qualification to the Champion's League after a 1-0 defeat at home to Spurs saw the club finish the season in 5th place.
There had been speculation that failing to finish in the top four would see Mancini lose his job, but Khaldoon Al-Mubarak was quick to show his support for the manager and he was extenstively backed in that summer's transfer window. Jerome Boateng, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Aleksander Kolarov and James Milner arrived for a combined fee in excess of £100m. City spent much of the season in the top four, eventually finishing third (level on points with second place Chelsea) and in the process securing Champion's League qualification for the first time.
The season's highlight, however, came as City ended their 35 year trophy drought (the longest in the club's history), by beating Stoke City 1-0 in the final at Wembley, having seen off rivals United in the semi final at the same ground.
City started the 2011-12 season strongly, winning 12 of the opening 14 games, and scoring an impressive 48 goals while only conceding 13. A notable highlight came in the 6-1 victory at Old Trafford, United's heaviest defeat since 1955. The club went on to reach the Carling Cup semi final, only to lose 3-2 on agggregate to Liverpool, whilst January saw a slip in league form. The absence of Yaya Toure, who was playing in the African Cup of Nations, was a significant factor as City relinquished their lead at the top of the table. City's inaugral Cahmpions League campaign also ended in disappointment, with the club failing to progress from a difficult group.
By early April City were 8 points behinds leaders United, but finished the season strongly recording six successive victories. An improbable last minute winner against QPR on the final day of the season saw City crowned as champions of England for the first time since 1967-68..