This weekend features an exciting slate of matches all around Europe, with a major headliner in every league.
The big game in England this weekend comes on Sunday as Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge in the return of Jose Mourinho to his former club. Neither side has started the season how they hoped, with Chelsea in fifthand Manchester United in seventh, but each has an opportunity to turn things around by leaving with all three points.
Clubs from lesser European countries are undergoing discussions over a breakaway European league involving teams from Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Sweden to combat the potential freezing out by the new reforms introduced in the Champions League.
FC Copenhagen director Anders Horsholt has revealed discussions have been going on over the formation of a new league to rival the Champions League, which has taken a road to make it more exclusive to the continent’s biggest clubs.
The agent of Paris Saint-Germain centre-half Thiago Silva has admitted that his client’s future in the French capital is uncertain and there could be scope for a move to Premier League powerhouses Chelsea.
The Blues bolstered their squad over the summer following the appointment of Antonio Conte, with the Italian manager admitting he wanted to add to his options at central defence.
The latest round of fixtures in the top European leagues produced cracking bits of action with some of the continent’s heavyweight clubs facing off against each other in another round of entertaining footballing action.
While things were far from satisfying for Spain’s top clubs, the Premier League in England has the stage set for a remarkable title race.
He may have long since left the Premier League, but Mario Balotelli shall remain forever in our hearts. The ex-Liverpool flop was once again amongst the goals for Nice on Sunday, nettinga late winner against Lorient before, in classic Balotelli fashion, seeing red just six minutes later.
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Balotelli's goal, his sixth in five games for Nice, came on 86 minutes, with the Italian producing a sublime curling finish.
It's another week that'll see all eyes on England in European football.
The clear headliner around the continent (plus the British Isles) is a top-two showdown in the Premier League between Tottenham and Manchester City. The only two unbeaten teams left in the EPL enter after midweek Champions League play, with Man City failing to winfor the first time under Pep Guardiola and Tottenham cruising to a victory.
All eyes are on England this weekend as the Premier League hosts some of the most high-profile matchups of the coming days.
Two titanic clashes take place in the EPL as Manchester United hosts Leicester City in the early Saturday match before Arsenal and Chelsea close the day out with a managerial showdown between Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte.
Huge victories by huge teams studded the landscape of European football this weekend.
Teams such as Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain all cruised to massive victories as upsets were few and far between for once in this early season.The biggest upset this week came in the Premier League as Watford dismantled Manchester United 3-0 at home, with the latter now in the midst of a three-match losing streak.
Plenty of big name matchups headline action across all five major European leagues this weekend after a fantastic slate of midweek European fixtures.
In England, the Premier League slate is led by a big Friday showdown between Liverpool, coming off a huge victory over Leicester City, and Chelsea, coming off their first dropped points of the year against Swansea City.
This season’s Champions League campaign kicks off later today and the European heavyweights will be looking to make a bright start.
The likes of Juventus, Manchester City and Barcelona will be fired up after a disappointing European campaign last season. Atletico Madrid will look end their poor run of form in the finals and win the trophy this year.
Finally, football is back after the always-too-long international break, and it does so with a bang.
All eyes will be on England this weekend as the marqueematch of the Premier League season headlines the action in Europe. United welcome City as the two face off in the fabled Manchester Derby in a showdown with more storylines than you can count.
It's an exciting weekend across the board as big matches headline each league's action this weekend to accompany the opening weekend of Bundesligafootball.
The German league kicks off with Bayern Munich opening their title defense against Werder Bremen. Borussia Dortmund gets underway on Saturday as they face a visit from Mainz 05, while Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen provide a tantalizing match featuring strong Bundesliga sides.
It's kickoff weekend in Spain and Italy as the Primera Divisionand Serie A play their first matches of the season, respectively. Meanwhile Germany begins their domestic cup while waiting another week for Bundesliga action to start. England and France continue where they left off after exciting opening weekends.
A disappointing opening weekend for both Leicester City and Arsenal sets the two sides up for an early clash this Saturday.
After the Foxes dropped a 2-1 decision at Hull City to open their title defense last week, they will return home to King Power Stadium to host a Gunners squad that trailed 4-1 at one point to Liverpool last week before finishing with a 4-3 scoreline.
Argentinean football is in a pretty dire state. Fans up and down the great South American nation lamented yet another disappointing end to a tournament after their team crashed out of the group stages of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The 18-man-squad, devoid of any stellar characters, almost entirely consisted of players from the Argentine Primera Division or the Campeonato Brasileiro, with only five of them playing their trade in Europe.
Since Samuel Umtiti’s £20m move to Barcelona he has slotted into their defence excellently. Unfortunately he sustained an injury last month. As a result their defence has suffered without him. But he should be back in the starting line up for Wednesday’s crucial Champions League clash against Manchester City.
Mario Balotelli’s career appeared to be in permanent decline after disastrous spells at Liverpool and A.C. Milan where he managed just 2 league goals. However, his decision to move to Nice appears to be an inspired choice.
Many had questioned whether Balotelli’s career at the top level of European football was over when Liverpool allowed him to move on a free transfer to Nice.
No stranger to controversy, PSG full-back Serge Aurier was at it again during Ivory Coast's 3-1 World Cup qualifying win against Mali. After seeing his cross converted via an own-goal fromSalif Coulibaly, the 23-year-old defender ran towards his own fans before making a throat-slitting gesture.
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Aurier found himself in big trouble with PSG last season after publicly criticising his then manager Laurent Blanc during a live Periscope chat, with the former Toulouse player copping a suspension from the Ligue 1 giants.
Mario Balotelli's resurgence continues, with the ex-Liverpool and Manchester City man getting on the scoresheet again for new club Nice, this time in their Europa League Group I clash with Russian side FC Krasnodar.
With the Russian side 2-0 up, Balotelli got one back for Nice just before the break, via another fine finish.
Coming hot on the heels of a fine brace against Marseille in his first game for Nice, Mario Balotelli made it four goals in two Ligue 1 games on Wednesday night, with the striker netting another double against Monaco.
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Ex-Liverpool flop Balotelli's first of the night was a throroughly classy affair, with the Italian superblytaking a pass in his stride before firing pastDanijel Subasic in the Monaco goal.
As if you didn't think that Rafael da Silva was a loveable little scamp anyway, it's been revealed that theex-Manchester Unitedfull-back madea lovely charitable gesture after tearing his thigh muscle last season.
After succumbing to the injury while playing for Lyon in September of 2015, Rafaelspecifically asked to meet with the Ligue 1 club's top brass and request that he not receive any salary while he was sidelined.
Emmanuel Adebayor has denied claimsthat he acted like a bit of a berkwhile meeting with representatives from Lyon over a potential move.
Perish the thought!
Adebayor met with Lyon manager Bruno Genesio last week to discuss a move to Ligue 1 but the negotiations fell through at an early stage because the club were not prepared to release the striker for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in January.