In the Melbourne Victory dressing room these days Leigh Broxham goes by the nickname of "Mascherano".
Asian Cup boss Michael Brown is adamant the safety of players, fans and officials attending next month's tournament is their utmost priority, but admitted the Martin Place tragedy "makes you rethink and revisit" the security plans put in place.
It is now accepted that during the so-called Christmas truce of 1914 - when members of the British, German and French armies laid down their arms and socialised in no-man's land - games of soccer were played.
Melbourne City is finally set to unleash its overseas marquee player Robert Koren on the A-League _ and he could not have chosen a more high profile game than Saturday night's derby against Melbourne Victory to try to make an impression.
Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold is looking to sign tougher, stronger and more physical players in the January transfer window as a result of the bruising nature of A-League football.
Acting skipper Joel Griffiths says the Newcastle Jets are capable of beating any team and plan to kick-start their belated bid for the A-League play-offs against Adelaide at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.
For aspiring A-League based Socceroos, this weekend's round represents the last chance to impress Australia boss Ange Postecoglou before the Asian Cup.
Melbourne Victory's Mr Fixit, Leigh Broxham, could be asked to prove his versatility once again this season by stepping into midfield for the derby clash against Melbourne City to replace suspended skipper Mark Milligan.
It has been a pretty miserable season so far for City.
Multiple children have been stabbed to death and another woman is in hospital with injuries.
The best pictures taken by The Examiner's photographers this week.