Football Returns: Highlights of Matchday One

Football is officially back, the new season has commenced in many leagues including Germany and France where competition has never been fiercer for the title. Two clubs in each of these two leagues are going to mount a very serious challenge and not only will they battle domestically but also for European glory. The new football era has started as France and Germany are emerging after spending a few years in the dark.

The French Ligue 1 has started with Paris Saint Germain dropping two points due to a 1-1 draw away at Montpellier while Monaco opened returned to the top flight in fashion winning 2-0 away to Bordeaux with Radamel Falcao scoring on his official debut. Every point will be valuable for both teams this season and now Monaco have put themselves ahead in the title race but the dark horse of the season is Olympique Lyonnais. Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Lyon beat Nice 4-0 at home while Marseille could be showing some muscles as the season goes on after they started with a 3-1 victory over Guingamp. The French League has had six different winners in the past six seasons and this year it will be Monaco’s challenge to make it 7 out of 7 but things are going to get tough pretty soon. Ligue 1 has never been as exciting as it is this season, keep an eye on it!

Yoan Gourcuff scored a wonderful free kick for Lyon – Reminiscent of the ones Juninho used to score

In Germany things are similar to the past few seasons; Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are still battling it out between each other. The Bavarians now have Pep Guardiola as a head coach but things are not as great as magic at the moment, the players need to learn more aspects about Guardiola’s game while the coach needs to decide on a certain starting eleven. On the opposite side, Borussia are strengthened from last season despite losing Mario Gotze to Munich. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are more than sufficient to fill the gap left by Gotze. Bayern opened their season with a comfortable 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach but Dortmund did even better just one day later winning 4-0 against Augsburg and new signing Aubameyang scored a hatrick.

Aubameyang scored a hatrick on his debut for Dortmund

Dutch Eredivisie also kicked off and PSV won  5-0 against Nijmegen as Zakaria Bakkali scored a hatrick in the opening fixture while rivals and champions Ajax lost 3-2 away to AZ Alkamar. Christian Eriksen and Siem De Jong scored for Ajax but it was not enough for to grab a victory. FC Twente had a great opening game winning 4-1 against Feyenoord.

PSV scored five beautiful goals

In England, Manchester United kicked the season off with a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic to complain the Community Shield title as Robin Van Persie bagged a brace to give David Moyes his first win. The Premier League will be kicking off next weekend as Liverpool will be kicking it off against Stoke City.

Van Persie was the hero as Manchester United won the Community Shield

The season is long and entertaining ahead, each team will have its up and downs and there are moments that you don’t want to miss out on so why not pack your bags and fly with Fly-Foot to experience some of those moments right from inside the stadium?


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