Fancy a slice of Europe with your Premier League main course? Ahead of the two leagues' kick-offs this weekend, FFT's Joe Brewin explains which one to pick...
Real Madrid and Barcelona have spent their summers scrapping like angry parents at a Next sale as they jostle to start the season with the most extravagant frontline – and like the kind mediators we are, FFT thinks they’ve both done a smashing job.
Real’s signings of Toni Kroos and Hamez ‘James’ Rodriguez add to an already-terrifying cast of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, who, if you believe the Super Cup Final line-up, apparently all fit into the same team. It’s like an expensive birthday and Christmas rolled into one for Flo Perez.
Those pesky Catalans up north have splashed €81m on Luis Suarez, though, to complement an attacking arsenal already including bruised World Cup stars Leo Messi, Neymar and Pedro. Both giants have signed goalkeepers, but who cares about defending anyway?
Over in Germany, Bayern Munich have stolen another player off title hopefuls Borussia Dortmund in Robert Lewandowski, and let Mario Mandzukic skulk off to Atletico Madrid (who also bagged twinkle-toed Frenchman Antoine Griezmann). Dortmund snapped up Ciro Immobile to compensate, and have tied down Real cast-off Nuri Sahin permanently.
VERDICT: An easy win for the La Liga boys; anyone not excited about the ludicrous potential for net-bulging from the Big Two this season is probably not a human being. The Buli’s new arrivals further down the table, however – see Josip Drmic, Hakan Calhanoglu (both Bayer Leverkusen) and Sidney Sam (Schalke) – are intriguing. 0-1.