Here's One Fact You Probably Didn't Know About Every Member Of The Manchester City Squad

Which squad member used to spend his time playing pool in the Barleycorn pub in Didsbury?

Kolarov

1. Joe Hart

The goalkeeper''s full name is actually Charles Joseph John Hart.

Charles being the name of his dad, Hart goes by the abbreviated version of his middle name. 

Here's to Charlie Hart regaining some form for City after a pretty disastrous EURO 2016 for England. 

Hart

3. Bacary Sagna

The French full-back has played 62 times for his country without ever scoring.

Patrice Evra, Claude Makélélé and Éric Abidal are the only players to have played for Les Bleus more times without finding the back of the net. 

Still not nearly as bad as England's Ashley Cole who remained goalless for 107 caps. 

4. Vincent Kompany

Regarded as one of the most well-read men in football, 'The Businessman' has undertaken a Masters Degree in Business Administration at Manchester University. 

His acumen has also seen him invest in a junior football team, a television production company and a couple of sports bars in his native Belgium. 

The City captain is certainly a man who understands how short a career in football can be...

5. Pablo Zabaleta

When the Argentine first moved to City, he used to spend his time playing pool with his girlfriend and a friend in the Barleycorn pub in Didsbury.

A man of the people, the right-back has gone on to become a cult hero at the Etihad Stadium and is now preparing for his ninth season at the club. 

Barleycorn

6. Fernando

Yet to win a full international cap for Brazil, Fernando watched his countrymen's 2014 World Cup humilaiton at the hands of Germany in a Brazilian bar in Manchester.

The less said about that the better.

7. Raheem Sterling

The young winger and all-round scapegoat still has plenty of time to turn his career around after his recent dip in form.

If he achieves half of what his idol, Brazilian superstar of the mid-2000's Ronaldinho, achieved he'll be doing well. Says Raheem of his hero's style of play:

"Ronaldinho was who I looked up to. He was just messing around with his mates when he was playing. That's what it looked like to me."

8.Samir Nasri

The Frenchman likes his hip-hop and his favourite album of all time is '2001' by Dr. Dre. 

We're with you Samir. This one's a banger. 

9. Nolito

City fans needn't worry about the new signing from Celta Vigo being full of airs and graces.

In spite of taking home the paycheques most people could only dream of, the 29-year-old still drives a Mini. 

10. Sergio Aguero

Not content with knocking in goals at an incredible rate, Aguero has also had a dalliance with pop-music world in his native Argentina. 

Not sure it would fit in with the famed 'Madchester' music scene but worth a listen:

11. Aleksandar Kolarov

When it comes to Christmas, nobody in Manchester gets more festive than Kolarov. Check the evidence:

And if that hasn't convinced you:

The Christmas spirit just oozes out of him. It'd be enough to make you sick.

13. Willy Caballero

The League Cup hero's name means 'Willy Gentleman' in English. 

Stop sniggering down the back!

14. Wilfried Bony

Don't let anyone tell you not to follow your dreams.

Bony's father was a teacher and wanted his son to go to college rather than pursue a career in football.

"He was thinking about schools. I was almost going to make an exam and I said I wanted to stop and play football, so we were fighting a little bit. But he’s happy now."

15. Jesús Navas

Navas has previously suffered from chronic homesickness. 

Born in Seville, He initially refused to travel with former club Sevilla during pre-season to the United States due to the condition, later changing his mind in a bid to rid himself of this condition.  

He also suffers from anxiety attacks and seizures. 

16. Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan represents Germany at international level but his parents are both Turkish.

However, his cousin Naz Aydemir represents the country of her ancestors by competing for the Turkish women's international volleyball team.

Gundog

17. Kevin De Bruyne

The one that got away for the England national team.

De Bruyne's mother is English meaning the Belgian could have qualified to play for the Three Lions.

Despite not turning out for his ancestral home, KDB has always had ambitions to play here, if this post is to be believed. 

18. Fabian Delph

Delph has claimed that he has seen at least four ghosts throughout his life. 

Sixthsense

19. Leroy Sané

The new signing from Schalke reacts like this when faced with a spider down his back.

City fans will be hoping he doesn't get this frightened by burly central defenders. 

20.Eliaquim Mangala

Despite now being a centre-back, Mangala grew up playing as a striker and idolising French legend Thierry Henry.

13 goals in 95 senior games before signing for City in 2014 suggest he hasn't forgotten his touch. 0 goals in 64 appearances for City, however, suggests he has. 

21. David Silva

If you're visiting the popular tourist destination of Gran Canaria any time soon, be sure to call in to Silva's grandmother Antonia, in the town of Mogan.

The 80-year-old routinely invites curious fans in for food and drinks and has been known to talk about her grandson for hours.

22. Gael Clichy

At the age of 15 Clichy had a lucky escape, as his heart stopped beating during an operation after he got his finger caught in a  fence.

Luckily, he came back to life after 15 seconds which doctors described as a miracle. 

Yikes. 

Clichy

25. Fernandinho

As big brothers go Fernandinho is as decent as they come.

Charged with looking after his two younger sisters while his parents went out to work, the young Brazilian almost gave up football when balancing training and his home life became too difficult.

Until one day his coach suggested he bring his sisters to training and they would be looked after while he was on the pitch.

Very much a family man,it would appear. 

28. Jason Denayer

Denayer has said if he could have one superpower he would be invisible.

Why Jason?

"Because people wouldn't see me."

Interesting, Jason. Thanks for that. 

Invisible

30. Nicolas Otamendi

City's resident hard man comes from a fighting family.

 He was a keen boxer throughout his youth while his cousin is a kick-boxer a taekwondo teacher. 

35. Oleksandr Zinchenko

The new signing from Shakhtar Donetsk is said to have a big future ahead of him and for good reason.

Upon scoring his first international goal against Romania in May 2016, the 19-year old midfielder became Ukraine's youngest ever goalscorer, beating the previous record held by the legendary Andriy Shevchenko (who is now his international manager). 

The goal can be viewed below:

42. Yaya Touré

City's temperamental talisman is not lacking in principles. 

Once after receiving a bottle of champagne as a man-of-the-award, he politely turned it down due to his Muslim beliefs.  

72. Kelechi Iheanacho 

Following a trend of footballers wearing unusual numbers on their shirts, just why does the Nigerian wonderkid sport the number 72?

Well, he wants to wear number 9 but apparently at City this must be earned with years of hard work. So apparently 72 is good enough for now (7+2). 

Kind of awkward now that new signing Nolito has been given 9 for the season. 

Written By

James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.

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