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Manchester derby kicks off the season

Updated: August 6, 2011, 2:30 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

The 2011-12 season is starting with a bang. They may be glorified preseason friendlies, but we have a derby to enjoy from each of Europe's four major leagues in the annual competitions between league champions and cup winners. In Spain, we will be treated to the Clasico, in Italy we have the Milan derby, in Germany it's the Revierderby and in England we can look forward to a Manchester derby.

As always, the new football season has come around quickly, and the Community Shield ...

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