Which countries will be on the opening day of the 2017-18 season?
With the season in full swing, it’s time to rank the biggest names in world football as the schedule gets underway.
Here are the 16 nations which will be starting their 2017-19 season on Saturday, with our top five and 10-10 picks.
With four games scheduled to be played in England and Wales in the opening weekend of the campaign, we’ve picked out the top five to start the season.
The opening weekend is usually the one where the big names come to town.
The World Cup qualifiers in August and September have been played on a weekend when many big clubs have already booked their place at the top of the Premier League.
The only games that haven’t been played are those involving the top two teams from the Champions League, and so those two fixtures should be the starting point for most English clubs.
However, there are some surprises, with the likes of Algeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina making their debuts at the start of the season, as well as some surprises that could surprise the world.
The first of the big clubs to arrive in London is a team that hasn’t played since the 2014-15 season, and that’s a shame.
That season, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
They were a surprise to many when they won the title, but it was a title that didn’t come with the same expectations as in 2014-16.
Barcelona, on the other hand, finished the campaign with the third-best points haul in the top flight, and they were able to do it thanks to some outstanding form from their captain Lionel Messi and his team-mates.
They won the Copa del Rey and La Liga titles in 2015 and 2016, and won La Liga twice in a row.
With a host of big stars, including Neymar, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Alexis Sanchez to name but a few, Real are set to be the favourites to win the league.
While they are favourites to make it to the semi-finals, their biggest rival will be Juventus, who are the only team to have made it to two consecutive Champions League finals, winning both in 2016.
They have the most players on the books, but they will be hoping to avoid the embarrassment of being knocked out of the competition on away goals.
Juventus will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing campaign, when they went down 3-0 to Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in the Champions of Spain final.
They went on to lose 3-2 in the quarter-finals at the Bernabeue.
They finished the season with the highest points haul, and finished second in the league and the league with 14 points.
They will be expecting more from their squad.
While the big stars are expected to arrive, the likes in the lower leagues will also be in the spotlight.
A number of the top players have moved to Serie A this summer, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all expected to be at the club for a few weeks.
Real Madrid are the most obvious club to be on a hot streak, but other clubs are expected too, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City also expected to feature in the start-up matches.
The Premier League has a lot of big names on it, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a chance of a few surprises as well.
Liverpool will be aiming to be in a good position to qualify for the Champions Cup and the Europa League as well, with Luis Suarez and Luis Suárez likely to be playing in the centre of the park.
The Spanish champions will be keen to avoid a repeat of their 3-3 draw with AC Milan in the Copas del Rey, which they lost 2-0 in a match that could have been a bit different had Gareth Bale not scored a brace.
A couple of big signings will also come to London, with Liverpool signing Philippe Coutinho from Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United signing the former Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling.
Arsenal have had a number of big arrivals over the past few seasons, and it seems that there are plenty more to come in the coming years.
Arsène Wenger has made a point of keeping the big guns at the Emirates, and his Arsenal side will be eager to get back to the Champions Leagues.
Their first fixture will be against Chelsea, a match which they won 2-1 in the last round, and will be the first game of the new season for the Gunners.
Arsenal are the biggest English club to have won the Champions Trophy in the modern era, but the team that have won it are not in a position to claim the title this year.
There will be plenty of expectation from Arsenal, who have had to adapt to the new Premier League system.
The new season will be a new start for Arsenal, and there will be no shortage of big-name names to bring in.
With the arrival of Neymar in the summer, they