It's Asian football's grand stage, the Wanderers tackle Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal in the final's first leg at Pirtek Stadium.
The G20 global leaders summit in Brisbane next month will present a massive security task for Australia's federal forces, given the fact that Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, to name but two heavy hitters, will be in the Queensland capital on the weekend of November 15 and 16.
The head of the organising committee for the Asian Cup has acknowledged that the event posers many security challenges, but the risk of terrorism or disruption should not be over-estimated.
When Sydney FC striker Marc Janko pulled the trigger on Friday night, it was an effort that stunned Suncorp Stadium and had the whole league talking.
The two clubs have met 12 times previously in the A-League but it's the first Melbourne derby since the Melbourne Heart outfit was re-badged.
It is all about attitude and aptitude. Horses don't know how old they are, and if they are feeling good then it doesn't matter much.
The A-League has dropped a ban on clubs being sponsored by alcohol brands, prompting accusations from health experts that it is more interested in money than principles.
It is predictable perhaps, that a coach would talk down a rival team ahead of a much-awaited derby. And more so, when the coach is bullish Kevin Muscat.
Saturday’s match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Al-Hilal is a very big deal indeed.
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