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Things we love: Week one

NEW FEATURE: Best of the web, with an MCFC spin...

NEW FEATURE: Best of the web, with an MCFC spin...

Welcome to our brand new weekly feature, “Things We Love”, which promises to bring you the best of the web week-in, week-out - all with an MCFC twist…

With just a few days to go until the start of the season, @markbooth_mcfc brings you the essential viewing material, reads and more from the last week online…

Watch

Sky Sports: Pep

Screened on Sky Sports at 9.30pm on Monday night, a revealing documentary on Pep Guardiola featured some of football’s leading lights who all gave their insight into what it’s like to work with our new boss.

It was an A-list cast who spoke, including Xavi, Michael Laudrup, Thierry Henry, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Robert Lewandowski and even Valenti Guardiola, Pep’s father.

Pep’s playing days, his managerial style and his interests away from the pitch were all up for discussion

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s well worth tapping up someone with Sky and putting aside 45 minutes.

For Sky Go users, it’s available to watch in the UK here.

Read

TheSetPieces.com: Goalmouth Scrambles: A study of footballing chaos by Adam Hurrey

Adam Hurrey AKA @FootballCliches, has provided one of football’s funniest, most original voices for a good few years now and his latest work is another masterpiece – a forensic study on the type of goals which never feature in your end-of-season compilations.

Hurrey points to the below from City v Blackpool in January 1988 as the perfect example of… “Any club allegiances aside, you do find yourself hoping for all this sweaty hopelessness to end in the fundamental objective of football being achieved. Perhaps with the last kick of the game. When the attacking team are 1-0 down. Kicking towards the goal with all their fans behind it. Oh just watch it."

Read in full here.

Listen

Football Fives Podcast

Entering its second season, the Football Fives is the best podcast you might not have heard.

David Hartrick (In Bed With Maradona), Daniel Storey (Football365.com), Ryan Keaney (Opta Sports) and Chris Nee (In Bed With Maradona) tackle five questions from the world of football every week, offering a knowledgeable, timeless and wry view on the beautiful game.

This week’s episode is imminent and promises to be a Premier League preview, of sorts, and will no doubt be worth 50 or so minutes of your commute.

Football Fives website

Wear

CityStore: The “John Stones jacket”

Sorry for the shameless plug but this is one beautiful jacket. Nike’s new range of City threads have been well-received by supporters, especially this number which John Stones wore for his first interview as a City player…

A lovely job… buy it from the CityStore here.

THREADS: Nike's Windrunner jacket

Skills

Kosovare Asllani

Kosovare Asllani’s Sweden are safely through to the knockout stages in the Women’s football tournament at the Olympics with two wins and it certainly looks like the MCWFC star is enjoying herself in Brazil on the evidence of these sublime skills…

Style

Marjory Nyaumwe

Staying in Rio, no doubt you’ve seen the Zimbabwe’s no.12’s ‘doo already but some things bare repeating…

Share

A lovely little Twitter video from Optus Sport, this, outlining seven new rule changes you’ll want to be across before the Premier League season kicks off on Saturday.

There we have it… what have we missed? Get in touch on Twitter with your wares for your chance to feature in next week’s round-up.

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