Possibly the best weekend of football...ever?
The Madrid derby takes centre stage but there are also massive games in England, Germany, Italy and Turkey.
Naturally the Madrid derby takes centre stage in Spain as Atlético Madrid face Real Madrid for the last time in a league fixture at the Vicente Calderon.
This game is just one of many mouthwatering fixtures in Europe and beyond on a weekend when the fixture gods have smiled on football fans everywhere and bestoyed us with an unforgettable footballing feast.
The first of the big European games kicks off at 13:30 CET on Saturday with the Premier League clash at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Arsenal. Arsene Wenger's men are in fourth place in the table just two points off the summit whilst for the home team the game presents an excellent opportunity for Jose Mourinho to inject a badly needed dose of belief into the Old Trafford faithful, gradually becoming disillusioned with the poor start to the Red Devils campaign.
Borussia Dortmund-Bayern Munich
Der Klassiker kicks-off at 18:30 (CET) at Signal Iduna Park as Borussia Dortmund welcome Bayern de Múnich. Tuchel's men in yellow and black need maximum points to keep in touch with the sides at the top of the table as Bayern will be anxious to come away from the Rhur Valley with a positive result and keep in touch with surprise Bundesliga package RB Leipzig.
Atlético Madrid-Real Madrid
Super Saturday closes with the Madrid derby as Real Madrid travel the short distance south to face Atlético Madrid at 20:45 (CET). This will be the last league fixture between the Madrid clubs to be held at the Vicente Calderon as Atleti plan to play in their new San Blas stadium as of the 2017/18 season. Zidane's men top the league table but the memory of the infamous 4-0 reverse from two seasons ago still haunts "Los Blancos".
Sunday evening takes us to the Asian side of Turkey as at 18:30 the district of Kadikoy amd the Şükrü Saracoğlu stadium is the setting for the always volatile Fenerbahçe-Galatasaray. A fixtrure that sees a ban on away supporters due to a string of unsavory incidents over the years. On the pitch things are not gelling for the traditional power-houses of the Turkish game as they see Besiktas and city neighbors and surprise package of the Super Lig Istanbul Basaksehir topping the table.
From Istanbul to Milan for the Derby della Madonnina. Despite being off the pace behind table toppers Juventus the derby of Milan (this year being dubbed the derby of China given the new club benefactors) is always a spectacular occasion in a city that lives and breathes football. Milan are favourites with the "Rosoneiri" in third whilst Inter are still trying to address on-field problems that recently transpired in the dismissal of Ronald de Boer as first team coach.
The footballing feast is not just confined to Europe as 40,000 passionate fans will pack the Jeonju World Cup Stadium (South Korea) for the first leg of the Asian Champions League final in a two legged affair, Their rivals are United Arab Emirates outfit Al-Ain and both clubs will be acutely aware that a place in the forthcoming FIFA World Club Cup in Japan awaits the victor.
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