World Football: Atletico Madrid and 10 Shocking Starts in European Football

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World Football: Atletico Madrid and 10 Shocking Starts in European Football
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We are heading into the first weekend of November during the 2012-13 campaign and plenty of promise has been brought to fans across the globe.

Excellent performances from the likes of Atletico Madrid's Falcao, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Shakhtar Donetsk's Henrik Mkhitaryan and Manchester United's Robin Van Persie have shined over the footballing landscape.

These footballers are examples of players who have played outstanding this year. All four players have been parts of squads that are either in first or second place in their respective divisions.

Some squads in the same divisions have not only been impressive, but they have impressed beyond our wildest expectations. Clubs like Eintracht Frankfurt and Everton have gotten off to stronger starts than anticipated.

Other squads have disappointed. AC Milan and Athletic Bilbao are two that come to mind.

Here are some other sides that have surprised.

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