Move over internationals, club football is back like a Dimitri Payet volley after a two-week hiatus.
It’s been a weekend of extremes around Europe during the most recent round of fixtures.
While veterans of the game are scoring goal of the season contenders or matching a national icon’s goalscoring record, some unlikely teams are still among the worst performing sides on the continent this season.
Here are six things you may have missed from across Europe this weekend.
6. German Giants Still Pointless
Bundesliga sides Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 make up two thirds of teams on the continent who are still yet to pick up their first point this season.
Along with French minnows Guingamp, the two German outfits have suffered defeats in all of their league games this season. Despite being tipped for potential title contenders this year, both Schalke and Leverkusen have set a new record for their worst ever start to a Bundesliga campaign.
5. Unlikely Campeões
The top flight in Portugal could be set for an exciting title race this season with all the usual suspects getting off to a great start, but S.C. Braga have stepped it up a gear this season and look set to turn the Primeira Liga’s top three – Benfica, Sporting and Porto – into a top four.
The Arcebispos survived by the skin of their teeth on matchday four to secure a narrow win over Chaves, showcasing that along with the league’s best goalscorer Dyego Sousa, there is a top class resilience about this new look side.
4. Va Va Voom
Olympique de Marseille talisman Dimitri Payet rolled back the years during his side’s 4-0 hammering of Guingamp by scoring arguably the best goal of his entire career, and certainly a contender for goal of the season.
The 31-year-old is still guilty of going missing in games and having somewhat of a self centred attitude, but when Payet steps up with a looping 25 yard volley in front of the home supporters, the midfielder’s baggage suddenly become so much more bearable.
3. Lift Off for Krzysztof
While Cristiano Ronaldo might have only just opened his account in Italy, Genoa’s Krzysztof Piątek has taken Serie A by storm this season and his form is showing no signs of slowing down.
The Poland international scored the winner on matchday four against Bologna to take his tally for the season to eight goals across all competitions, and the 23-year-old looks set to become this season’s darling of Italian calcio, with a move to one of the continent’s bigger teams surely on the horizon.
2. The Reign in Spain
It was a weekend to forget for the majority of La Liga’s biggest clubs during the latest round of fixtures, with only Barcelona claiming all three points in what was a nightmare couple of days of accumulators across Spain.
Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Valencia and Real Betis all had to settle with a share of the points on matchday four, while Sevilla’s defeat has already helped create an exciting race for the European places so early into the campaign.
1. Matching Marco van Basten
Veteran striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar reached two incredible milestones this weekend thanks to his two goal haul against Groningen in the Eredivisie.
The 35-year-old now has 250 league goals to his name across spells in Holland, Germany, Spain and Italy, where Huntelaar has most prominently represented Ajax, Schalke and Real Madrid.
Perhaps most impressively for the Dutchman, however, is that his brace on Saturday has seen Huntelaar equal legendary striker Marco van Basten’s goal record in the Eredivisie, with the forward now sitting on 128 domestic goals.