With Manchester City heading to Turin to meet Juventus in Group D, we look at the last Citizens XI to make the trip, which included a pair of FIFA World Cup winners.
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As Manchester City prepare to face Juventus in Italy for the first time in almost five years, we look back at the last Citizens' XI to visit Turin. Today's side features no survivors from the class of December 2010, who earned a 1-1 draw thanks to Jô's equaliser in the UEFA Europa League group stage. The teams had previously recorded the same result back in England, part of Juve's run of six draws from six group stage games that season.
1. James Milner
An industrious midfielder who has made himself a coach's favourite at every club he has been at. Became the Premier League's then youngest scorer after breaking into the Leeds United team at 16 in 2002 and was a regular over his five years with City after signing in 2010 from Aston Villa. A reliable presence in the club's 201/12 and 2013/14 Premier League title wins, he wore the captain's armband for Liverpool in just his third appearance after moving to Anfield in the summer.
2. Dedryck Boyata
At City for nearly a decade before his summer move north to Celtic, the Belgian defender never quite made it in Manchester. After joining the club's youth ranks in 2006, he managed just 13 league appearances over his time at the club. Winner of one international cap, the 24-year-old made five appearances in the 2010/11 run to the UEFA Europa League round of 16, scoring his only goal for the Sky Blues in the play-off success against Timişoara.
3. Patrick Vieira
A France and Arsenal hero, the former midfield general is now focused on his coaching career. A FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship winner at international level, he helped Arsenal to three league titles and Internazionale Milano to three more before concluding his career with 18 months in Manchester which brought an FA Cup win. He was put in charge of the development squad at the club, and earlier this month became New York City boss.
4. Adam Johnson
Made his name at Middlesbrough as a wiry, intelligent winger before joining City in early 2010 and enjoyed two seasons in the heart of the action under Roberto Mancini. Scored six league goals – as many as both Yaya Touré and David Silva – in 2011/12 as the club won a first title in 44 years before moving to hometown club Sunderland that summer, where he has been a regular since.
Scorer of City's equaliser against Juventus, the rangy Brazilian has seen much of the football world despite still being just 28. CSKA Moskva brought the forward to Europe and a prolific period in Russia – 30 goals in 53 league games – earned a move to City. Failed to reproduce that form with the club, or on loan at Everton, before trying his luck at Galatasaray. Returned to Brazil in July 2011 and did enough to make the country's 2014 World Cup squad, before moving to Dubai's al-Shabab in the summer.
6. Jérôme Boateng
Has gone on to win almost everything since his one season in England, which came after he shone as part of Germany's youthful side at the 2010 World Cup. Moved to Bayern München from City and has been at the heart of the Bavarians' defence ever since. Three Bundesliga titles, two German Cups and a UEFA Champions League medal have all come his way since his return to Germany, as well as the 2014 World Cup.
7. Alex Nimely
This appearance in Turin was the second of just two in a Manchester City shirt for the Liberian-born former England Under-20 international. Just 19 at the time of match in Italy, he made his debut for the club the previous season with a late substitute appearance against Burnley. Departed after 61 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico and was loaned out to Middlesbrough, Coventry City and Crystal Palace before signing for Port Vale in 2014, though he was released at the end of last season.
8. Shaun Wright-Phillips
A diminutive, electric winger, Wright-Philips was a firm crowd favourite during his first spell with City as he helped them twice earn promotion to the Premier League. A move to Chelsea in 2005 brought a Premier League title and an FA Cup before a return to City after three years in London. Failed to match his previous standards at City and moved on to Queens Park Rangers, where he twice suffered top-flight relegation. Now playing alongside brother Bradley in the United States with New York Red Bulls.
9. Micah Richards
Looked set to be the future of the City defence when he broke into the first team in 2005, his equalising header in an FA Cup tie with Aston Villa making him an early crowd favourite. Regularly included at right-back or in the centre, Richards was a mainstay until 2010/11 when injuries, form and an influx of new arrivals saw his first-team opportunities dwindle. Tried his luck on loan at Fiorentina last term before joining Aston Villa in in the summer, where he was made captain.
10. Shay Given
One of the Premier League's most consistent and impressive goalkeepers, the Irish international is a hero at Newcastle United, where he provided 12 seasons of outstanding performances and was twice named in the PFA Team of the Year. First choice for a year and a half at City from early 2009, his chances became limited due to Joe Hart's rise. Subsequently at Aston Villa and now Stoke City, and still regularly involved with the Republic of Ireland – with whom he has won over 130 caps.
11. Wayne Bridge
Another graduate of the prolific Southampton academy, the left-back excelled over five years on the south coast before a move to newly wealthy Chelsea, with whom he won the Premier League and FA Cup before his path was blocked by the arrival of Ashley Cole – a tale similar at international level. Two seasons as a City regular were ended by the arrival of Aleksandar Kolarov, and spells at West Ham, Sunderland, Brighton and Reading followed before retirement in 2014.
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