Men's Team

FrankenCity: A strong set of lungs

FrankenCity: A strong set of lungs
Our monster football feature returns for a third day and this time we’re looking for someone who can run and run….and run.

Of course, the boys in blue display remarkable fitness week in week out, but who’s stamina has left you in awe as they ate up the ground at Maine Road or the Etihad?

Check out our endurance kings below and cast your vote in our @ManCity poll.

Colin Bell

A man who could surely stake a claim to each of our FrankenCity polls, The King was always going to be at the forefront of our minds in our search for stamina. Blessed with incredible athleticism, Bell was tireless in the City midfield for more than a decade and earned the nickname ‘Nijinsky’ – after the famous racehorse – due to his extraordinary displays of endurance.


From the past to the present and a player whose dynamism, energy and industry will have no doubt impressed the King of the Kippax. Fernandinho’s impressive lung power has been a welcome feature in the City midfield since his arrival in 2013.

The Brazilians tireless running has ensured the Etihad faithful have been treated to plenty of box-to-box performances, with Ferna’s endless stamina making him a effective in both penalty areas.

James Milner

At home in the middle of the park or out on the flanks, the England international’s energy and stamina was invaluable as City lifted the 2012 and 2014 Premier League titles. A technically gifted player, Milner’s ability on the ball is often overshadowed by his tenacity and relentless running without it. Whether it was added time or extra time, our one time number seven was guaranteed to still be racking up the miles.

Carlos Tevez

Often a trait best displayed by central midfielders, Carlos Tevez’s boundless energy dispelled the myth of lazy strikers.  Tricky, creative and with an eye for the spectacular, the Argentinean forward was equally as valuable without the ball – something many a Premier League defender would surely attest to. Often the first line of defence, Tevez was a defenders nightmare with his constant pressing and willingness to run in behind.

Honourable mentions

Craig Bellamy

Much like Mr Tevez, Bellamy was a forward who offered plenty of work-rate and ensured the opposition never had a moment's rest.

Paul Dickov 

We've had our fair share of hardworking forwards, haven't we? Dickov offered bags of energy and was a willing runner for 90 minutes. His limitless endurance combined with his combative style earned him the nickname 'The Wasp' from Joe Royle, which tells you all you need to know about the Scotsman's fitness levels.

Willie Donachie

A classy full back if ever there was one, Donachie had a lung capacity to match his ability and maintained his endurance into his coaching career.

Sun Jihai

A terrace hero, the full back won many admirers for his lung busting runs down the right flank.

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