A Key Weekend

Despite the lack of big games, this tumultuous weekend set the early tone across Europe. Some of the biggest storylines:

Sanchez is out for two months, Messi got a rare booking, and Barcelona gave up a two goal lead, as a routine early season fixture left the Catalans stunned…

Meanwhile, as Thiago and Pedro take the next step to becoming world class players, Barcelona have a new MVP in Cesc Fabregas, as he got yet another goal…

Barcelona aside, it was another great day for top clubs across Europe, with Manchester City beating Wigan 3-0, Manchester United defeating Bolton 5-0, and Bayer Munich picking up a 7-0 win against Freiburg…

Later in the day, Real Madrid clinched La Liga, going two entire points clear of Barcelona, in a thrilling win over Getafe. Bizarrely, Getafe marked everybody but Christiano Ronaldo…

Remember this date: October 23rd. That is when the season’s first Manchester derby takes place. They may be the only teams able to stop each other right now…

Despite the crazy results, not everyone in Manchester is happy. Balotelli, Tevez, and Berbatov are examples…

In the race for third, Liverpool and Chelsea look about even, with both likely to improve as the season goes on. The difference? Chelsea is getting results, and Liverpool, due largely to penalties, isn’t…

Roma’s new coach is already under pressure, after a poor pre-season, tons of new signings, and a 1-0 home loss to Cagliari. His next game? At Inter Milan…

The reigning Serie A Champions had a traditionally poor first game. Inter look to get a head start on their rivals, in an intirguing matchup with Palermo today. Gasperini will hope to get his tactics better than in the preseason game against AC Milan…

And Palermo beats Inter 4-3, after trailing 1-0 at haltime…

Juventus, and Real Betis with great starts to their season, while Fulham can only draw…

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