Established in May 2013, City Football Group is the owner of football-related businesses in major cities around the world, including football clubs, academies, technical support and marketing companies.
It is our ambition to increase participation in football on and off the field, to find and develop the best footballing talent, and to deliver an exciting and forward playing game.
By achieving these ambitions – playing attractive football, engaging our community of passionate fans and adopting a uniquely global yet local approach – we are growing a sustainable and socially responsible organisation, consistent with what ‘City’ football has meant to people for over a century.
Manchester City agree a takeover deal with Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG).
Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan pens letter to Manchester City supporters, which is posted on the official website, to confirm that the transfer of ownership has been completed.
The Club breaks the British transfer record for the second time with the £32.5m signing of Robinho from Real Madrid.
Manchester City’s 35-year wait for a trophy ends with a victory against Stoke in the FA Cup final.
Manchester City signs ten-year sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways which sees the City of Manchester Stadium renamed as the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City Football Club beat QPR to become 2012 Premier League Champions, 44 years since their previous First Division title.
Manchester City announce, in partnership with the New York Yankees, the acquisition of the Major League Soccer’s 20th expansion club, to be known as New York City Football Club.
City Football Group announced acquisition of Melbourne Heart Football Club in partnership with owners of Melbourne Storm.
Melbourne Heart Football Club becomes Melbourne City Football Club.
Nissan and City Football Group unveil City Football Group’s first global partnership which saw the Japanese car manufacturer become the Group’s Official Automotive Sponsor
CFG’s global membership scheme, Cityzens, is launched in Manchester, offering members unique opportunities to engage with the three CFG clubs.
Melbourne City play their first game with their new name and draw 1-1 with Sydney FC. David Villa scores on his debut for the A-League side.
Manchester City Women lift the Continental Cup in their first season, defeating Arsenal Ladies 1-0 in the final at Wycombe’s Adams Park.
Cityzens Giving is launched, giving Cityzens members the opportunity to choose how charity projects around the world are funded.
City Football Academy, Manchester, is officially opened. The 80-acre world-leading youth development and first team facility is now home to Manchester City men’s, women’s and youth teams, and is the HQ of City Football Group.
City Football Academy, Melbourne, is officially opened. The new facility is the training and administrative hub for Melbourne City FC, and the Asia-Pacific base for City Football Group.
New York City Football Club play their inaugural home game against New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium, defeating the visitors 2-0.
SAP and CFG announce a global marketing and technology partnership, which saw SAP become 'Cloud Software Provider' and trusted technology advisor of the Group.
An expanded Etihad Stadium was revealed at the first home game of the 2015/16 season against Chelsea, with an additional 6,000 seats in the south stand and three new pitchside rows taking the capacity to 55,000.
City Football Group is valued at $3bn as China Media Capital (CMC) Consortium acquire 13% stake for $485m.
Melbourne City Women win the 2016 Grand Final after an unbeaten inaugural season.
Manchester City announce Pep Guardiola as first team manager.
Manchester City Women beat Chelsea 2-0 to win the WSL title for the first time, following an unbeaten season.
New York City FC announce a permanent training facility in Orangeburg, City Football Academy, New York.
Manchester City Women play their first game in the UEFA Champions League against WFC Zvezda.
Melbourne City FC open the W-League wing of the City Football Academy, Melbourne.
Melbourne City win the FFA Cup final against Sydney FC.
City Football Group announce the acquisition of Club Atletico Torque, a club based in Montevideo, Uruguay
Manchester City Women lift the FA Cup at Wembley, beating Birmingham City Ladies 1-4.
City Football Group acquire 44.3% of Girona FC, who had just won promotion to La Liga.
Manchester City announce that Amazon will be filming a season-long, access all areas documentary titled All or Nothing: Manchester City.
Club Atletico Torque win promotion to the First Division, becoming the youngest team in the history of the Uruguayan Federation to achieve this feat.
Manchester City win the Carabao Cup at Wembley after a 3-0 win against Arsenal.
New York City FC unveil their brand new City Football Academy training facility.
Manchester City lift the Premier League trophy, breaking a host of records and reaching 100 points in a single campaign.
Manchester City win the Community Shield at Wembley. A Sergio Aguero brace saw off opponents Chelsea.
Manchester City Women win the Continental Cup, beating Arsenal 4-3 on penalties at Bramall Lane.
Manchester City win the Carabao Cup for the second consecutive year, defeating Chelsea 4-3 on penalties.
Manchester City win their fourth Premier League title, finishing the season with an incredible 14 wins in a row.
Manchester City Women win the FA Cup Final at Wembley, beating West Ham 3-0.
Manchester City complete a historic domestic treble, lifting the FA Cup after a 6-0 win over Watford at Wembley.
New York City qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in their history, having finished top of the MLS Eastern Conference.
City Football Group purchase a majority stake in Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC. They become the eigth team in the Group.
Yokohama F Marinos win the Japanese J-League for the fourth time in their history, the first time since 2004.
Manchester City win the Carabao Cup at Wembley for the third year in a row, beating Aston Villa 2-1.
City Football Group acquire Belgian second division side Lommel SK. They become the ninth club in the Group.
Today, the Group has majority owned and operated clubs on three continents – Manchester City FC in the Premier League, New York City Football Club in the MLS and Melbourne City FC of the A-League.
All of these clubs' men’s, women’s and youth teams train at City Football Academies, each facility designed upon the same principles and philosophy as the Group HQ in Manchester. This was the first City Football Academy, a world-leading youth development and first team training facility, designed as a physical manifestation of the Group’s commitment to sustainability, embedded within its local community.
Each Club’s vision to use football for social good is delivered in part through City in the Community, Manchester City’s more than 30-year-old charity, which has since been replicated in New York and Melbourne.
The Group has investments in the Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Montevideo City Torque in Uruguay, Girona in Spain, Sichuan Jiuniu in China, Mumbai City in India, Lommel SK in Belgium and Espérance Sportive Troyes Aube Champagne (ESTAC) in France.
In 2021 Club Bolivar joined the City Football Group family as its first Partner Club.
CFG is owned by Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) (77%) the China Media Capital (CMC) Consortium (13%), and Silver Lake (10%). Until December 2015, City Football Group was wholly owned by ADUG, a private investment and development company belonging to His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.