The regeneration of Australia's national team started in earnest this week as new coach Ange Postecoglou made a raft of changes to his squad ahead of the friendly with Ecuador.
The likes of Lucas Neill, Mark Bresciano, Sasa Ognenovski and Brett Holman have all been omitted for the March 5 clash, while a number of younger players have been called up.
Jose Mourinho is said to be annoyed that private, and apparently light-hearted, comments about his strikers have been filmed by French TV station Canal Plus.
Should Mourinho win the title with the Blues this season, he may consider it one of his greatest achievements given that he has been without a world class number 9. Strikers Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have scored just 11 times between them in the Premier League, and it is no secret that Mourinho will be in the market for a striker, come the summer.
It's three games and two goals for Adel Taarabt since his loan move from QPR to Milan last month.
The first was a stunning effort in the 3-1 defeat to Napoli and the second was a rebound after he had seen his header saved by Sampdoria goalkeeper Junior Da Costa.
Frustrating for Manuel Pellegrini and Arsene Wenger to watch their 2014 Champions League hopes all but extinguished this week after seeing their players red carded for denying goalscoring opportunities.
In Manchester City's case it was the sluggish Martin Demichelis who was caught out by his more fleet footed compatriot Lionel Messi at the Etihad Stadium. Demichelis brought him down, Messi scored the penalty, and Barcelona went on to win 2-0.
In the 2011-12 season there was a gaping 30-point gap between second-placed Real and third-placed Valencia. It seems a very long time ago since Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna were challenging the Real-Barca hegemony, and indeed beating them to the title.
January was by no means spectacular on the transfer front, but there were nonetheless some significant moves that went through.
Fulham lie one place from the foot of the Premier League table but have acted to address the situation with one of the shock signings of the transfer window - the £11 million purchase of Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitriglu.
Fulham beat off their London rivals West Ham who were seemingly unable to match the offer made by the Cottagers.
Manchester City have continued their quest for global dominance with the purchase of Australian A-League club Melbourne Heart.
Last year the club established New York City FC, who will compete in the American MLS from 2015 onwards and this move represents another push to strengthen City's global brand.
The appointment of Clarence Seedorf as AC Milan coach was a gamble worth taking.
The Dutchman has praised the Rossoneri hierarchy for their courage in appointing him, but there is no doubt that the players will be inspired by working with one of the club's best performers of the 21st century.