Manchester City and Manchester United secured slender 1-0 victories in the English Premier League, while Hull City demolished Fulham 6-0 after an entertaining 3-3 draw between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion.
Aaron Ramsey led Arsenal past his former club with two goals in the English Premier League leaders' 3-0 victory over Cardiff City, while Everton easily beat Stoke City 4-0 and Newcastle United won their fourth consecutive match.
Arsenal started the English Premier League season with a shock 3-1 loss to Aston Villa, while Liverpool, West Ham United, Fulham, Southampton and Manchester United began the campaign with wins.
Five high-profile match-ups, all of which could feature at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in less than 500 days' time, are among the 30-odd international friendlies on the bill this week.
Raheem Sterling and Asamoah Gyan on the influence of their mothers and plenty of reaction to the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala feature in this week's round-up of eye-catching quotes.
For many footballers January is a time when suitcases are packed and transfer deals signed.FIFA.com rounds up who has gone where at the start of the latest transfer window.