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Behind the scenes: The photo shoot

Holding image for BHS team Shoot

Holding image for BHS team Shoot

Now that's what we call a team picture - get them in a group, shout "cheese" and snap away. Voila, one official City team photograph. If only it were that straightforward ...

It never is, of course, because the players are only human. So here are just some of the shots you really weren't supposed to see ... 

Candid Lescott and Vinny Moment

Whatever it is that Vinny just said, he's cracked them up. You're supposed to set an example, skipper - now somebody's going to have to whack Joleon on the back, he's started choking ... 

  

Harty ask sharon if he can have a chair

Joe Hart's in the mood for a song, a grand Italian song, but doesn't know the proper words. "Just one Cornetto ..." Kiddo's not impressed. Nor is Mario: "It's O Sole Mio, Harty." Joe can't hear him ...

 

Is everyone ready errr No

Is that the worst singing you've ever heard? asks Roberto. They're all agreed, Joe, it wasn't the best ...

 

Why are we on the front row says Nasri

This can't be right, mutters Sergio. It's one thing being on the bench for Birmingham ... but for the team photo?! Nige and Samir are loving it. They've told him there are too many players to fit the frame, so he'll be photoshopped in ...

 

Look this way please boys

This one nearly works. There are, oh, at least five people actually looking at the camera. Still, good effort, Andy Welsh and Edin Dzeko ... 

 

Move says the boss

In the end, there's only one thing for it. You've left her no alternative, lads. RIGHT YOU LOT, sit still, face front, heads up, smiles fixed, and don't move an inch until I tell you! Crikey. Did it work? Well, scroll back up to the top ... 

 

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Behind the scenes: Birmingham

The boys heading into the dressing room spot sharons camera

It's cup-tie time at the Etihad again already - they're coming thick and fast, even if the Carling Cup on a wet Wednesday doesn't quite compare to the glitz and glamour of the Champions League.

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Mancini delight as Owen is instant hit

Mancini Mid Game2

Roberto Mancini believes Owen Hargreaves can still play a role for England after the midfielder's impressive scoring debut in City's 2-0 Carling Cup victory over holders Birmingham.

Match Report

City v Birmingham

OwenCelebs

Owen Hargreaves' opening goal on his City debut provided the fairytale stuff, but the practicalities of this bread-and-butter Carling Cup will be more important to Roberto Mancini.