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Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool favourites all put smiles on the faces of supporters this weekend.

The 2018-19 campaign is beginning to get in full flow now, with Serie A and La Liga getting underway, and suddenly we’re happy again.

We’ve rounded up some of the best of the action on and off the pitch.

Mateo Silva

Manchester City may have beaten Huddersfield 6-1 on Sunday, but the star of the show was David Silva’s son,

David Silva

Mateo’s dad didn’t do too badly either.

Lionel Messi

New season of La Liga, same old Lionel Messi.

Philippe Coutinho

New season of La Liga, same old Philippe Coutinho.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Even Barcelona’s goalkeeper has tekkers. Notice the score was 0-0 at the time. Crazy.

Kieran Trippier


Edin Dzeko

As nice an 89th-minute winner as you’ll see all season.

West Brom

In the coincidence of the century, this was West Ham’s programme cover for their 7-1 victory over QPR.

Xherdan Shaqiri

Manchester United legend Gary Neville and Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher took part in a penalty shootout, with the loser having to wear the shirt of the winner’s team.

After Carra emerged victorious, he went to visit Shaqiri – a player Neville has heavily criticised this summer – who sent him a personalised shirt with a little message.

Florian Thauvin

We could watch goalkeepers getting chipped all day.

Callum Wilson

Our new favourite pointless but brilliant stat.

Andre Silva

A hat-trick on his Sevilla debut means Silva has more goals in La Liga than Serie A, despite making 24 appearances for Milan last term.

Johnny Russell

The former Derby forward made one Sporting Kansas City supporter’s ninth birthday.


Once a year Feyenoord invite children of the Sophia pediatric hospital to a game. Inspired by the antics of ADO Den Haag fans last year, Excelsior supporters threw stuffed animals and toys to the kids in the tier below.

Excelsior fans throw stuffed animals to children of the Sophia pediatric hospital. from r/soccer

Barry Chuckle

The tributes to the comedian continued at Elland Road.

Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa is a magician. We’re Rob is incredibly angry at Samuel Saiz for not finishing this.


Speaking of brilliant team moves, Maurizio Sarri’s men almost scored an early Goal of the Season contender.

Watch: Incredible passage of play from Chelsea almost leads to brilliant goal

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