Can you name Manchester City’s XI from Elano’s debut in 2007?


On 02 August, 2007, Manchester City signed future cult hero Elano for an £8million fee from Shakhtar Donetsk. Nine days later he was thrown straight into Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first XI for the first Premier League match of the season – but how well do you remember that era?

Elano set up the first in a 2-0 win away to Alan Curbishley’s West Ham, while fellow mercurial Brazilian Geovanni wrapped the result up in the closing stages.

The 2007-08 season proved a memorable campaign for City, whose summer spending spree was bankrolled by controversial Thai businessman Thaksin Shinawatra.

Elano was one of five foreign summer signings given their debut that day – but can you remember the 11 players that started the game against the Hammers?

If you fancy another challenge after this, why not try and name every Spanish player to appear for Manchester City?

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