Sometimes a weekend of football delivers everything you could ever want to see.
In the past few days, the global game has showcased spectacular goals, boneheaded errors, hostile receptions and memorable debuts from the biggest leagues of Europe to the very south of Africa to the state championships of Brazil.
Given the recent glut of player transactions, it was the debuts of new players that many fans were most anticipating this weekend. For the most part, they were not let down.
In his first home match since joining Newcastle from Toulouse, midfielder Moussa Sissoko scored twice in the second half as his new side roared back from behind to beat Chelsea 3-2 at St. James’ Park. Mario Balotelli, making his bow for AC Milan following a big-money move from Manchester City, opened the scoring against Udinese after 25 minutes at the San Siro. And Alexandre Pato, who swapped Milan for Corinthians, required only two minutes to open his account for his new club against Oeste on Sunday.
Those are the three nominees for the first category in this installment of the Weekend World Football Awards, and over the next few slides we’ll take a look at some of other memorable moments from the past few days as well.