- The international break always sees club football leagues grind to a halt
- The good news is that club football returns to out televisions with a bang
- This weekend offers a number of exciting games across Europe for fans
Football fans across the globe will be chomping at the bit, welcoming the return of club football after the most recent international break came to an end.
It is another packed schedule across Europe, with arguably a title decider in Germany in addition to huge games in England, Italy, and France.
Sports Brief takes a look at the top liners across Europe's top five leagues this weekend.
1. Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund - (Saturday, April 1)
There's no better way to start the weekend than with a top-of-the-table clash that has ramifications on who wins the Bundesliga title this season. The game in question will be a keenly-contested affair between Bayern Munich and eternal rivals, Borussia Dortmund.
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Dubbed Der Klassiker, the German version of El Clasico has often tilted in favour of Bayern and new coach, Thomas Tuchel will hope to start his rein on a winning note against his former side.
Nonetheless, Dortmund will hope to be the ultimate party poopers for the Bavarians, who are chasing an 11th successive German league crown.
Regardless of the outcome, the Allianz Arena will be one of the buzzing match venues this weekend.
2. Manchester City vs Liverpool - (Saturday, April 1)
Pep Guardiola will rekindle his rivalry with Jurgen Klopp at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City seeks to eat into Arsenal's lead at the top of the Premier League.
Fixtures between City and Liverpool have always been exhilarating, though the Reds have looked a pale shadow of their former formidable selves this season.
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According to Whoscored, the Reds' away performances have been their downfall in their bid to finish in the Champions League berths this season, and Guardiola's charges will be licking their lips on April Fool's Day.
3. Paris Saint-Germain vs Olympique Lyon - (Sunday, April 2)
Despite sitting pretty at the apex of Ligue 1, PSG have endured a topsy-turvy campaign and their home game against Olympique Lyon could prove a banana peel for Les Parisiens.
On the other hand, Lyon has been abysmal, amassing only 41 points and sitting in 10th position after 28 games.
Christophe Galtier will hope to bank on the opposition's defensive frailties to inch closer to the league title but will be more than conscious in this tie after stumbling to an unexpected loss to Rennes in the last round before the international break.
4. Napoli vs AC Milan - (Sunday, April 2)
Milan travels to league-leaders, Napoli before facing the southern Italy-based team over two legs in the Champions League semi-finals.
In 17 days, both sides will serve football lovers with three successive games across the Serie A and the Champions League, per Sportstar.
Napoli will be heavy favourites in this tie owing to Stefano Pioli's poor record against Luciano Spalletti - he has only managed one win in 13 matches against teams coached by the current Napoli gaffer. Three matches ended in draws.
5. Newcastle United vs Manchester United - (Sunday, April 2)
A repeat of the Carabao Cup will ensue at St. Mary's Stadium, with both sides looking to cement their top four positions makes the list of the weekend's top liners.
Prior to the international break, Newcastle secured two straight Premier League games for the first time since 2023.
Over the entire season, they have only lost once at home, making the tie increasingly difficult for Erik ten Hag's charges, who are winless in their last two Premier League matches.