Fantastic football moments of 2012
THERE have been some memorable moments in football this year.
Top 10 football moments of 2012
1. Manchester City wins the English Premier League
In the final minute of the final game on the final day of the season Sergio Aguero scored the winner in injury time against QPR at the Etihad Stadium after City had gone 1-0 down.
It was City's first title in 44 years and the "noisy neighbours" as they had been dubbed by Sir Alex Ferguson, partied in some style.
United had finished its game against Sunderland and after winning 1-0, it appeared the trophy was heading back to Old Trafford.
But United's celebrations turned to dust as news of Aguero's late, late goal filtered through at the Stadium Of Light.
2. Chelsea wins the Champions League
Against all the odds after losing its manager halfway through the season, Chelsea steps up to the plate against Bayern Munich under the stewardship of caretaker coach Roberto di Matteo, who earlier had led them to FA Cup success at Wembley.
Di Matteo took over from the hapless Andre-Villas Boas, who felt the wrath of Roman Abramovic after only nine months in the job.
The hero in the final was Didier Drogba who equalised to send the tie into extra time at 1-all before scoring the winning penalty in the shootout and all this on the German club's home ground.
3. Lionel Messi's amazing scoring feats continue
The Barcelona hitman had a fantastic year but his goalscoring record for both club and country (Argentina) was second to none.
He scored for dun in La Liga and the Champions League and capped it all off by beating the seemingly unbeatable total of 85 goals in a calendar year.
The record was previously held by German goalscoring legend Gerd Muller in 1972.
4. Brisbane Roar wins A-League grand final
For the second year running Brisbane Roar leave it late to take out the A-League title.
This time round Perth Glory was the unlucky team, going down 2-1 thanks to a highly controversial Besart Berisha penalty deep into injury time.
Berisha appeared to dive and Perth skipper Jacob Burns says in post-match interviews that the Albanian told him it wasn't a penalty.
There was plenty of scrutiny for days after the game, with the eventual feeling that referee Jared Gillett got it just about right.
5. Sydney FC signs Alessandro Del Piero as marquee player
Alessandro Del Piero was the least person Australian football fans were expecting to play in the A-League.
But the Italian superstar was captured by Sydney FC chief executive Tony Pignata ahead of the new season in a huge coup for the game Down Under.
Pignata managed to snag the former Juventus star for two years on a deal worth $2m.
6. Ibrahimovic scores wonder goal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals for Sweden against England in a 4-2 victory in Stockholm.
That alone was a great feat but his last goal had some saying it was the best ever seen.
After keeper Joe Hart misjudged a clearance, Ibrahimovic somehow managed to fire his overhead kick home from about 35 metres from goal.
Sadly FIFA said it was scored too late to even make this year's selection of the best.
7. Emile Heskey signs for Newcastle Jets
It might not have had the same fanfare as Del Piero's arrival.
But former England striker Emile Heskey signing for the Newcastle Jets was another big moment for Australian football.
He has had a decent start to life in the A-League banging in a few goals.
Maybe his arrival could see others make the journey Down Under.
8. Fabrice Muamba collapses on field
The whole football world held its breath after Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup tie with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
Muamba had suffered a heart attack and had to be revived on the pitch.
He spent a number of days in hospital before making a full recovery.
He is even talking about making a comeback.
9. Spain wins Euro 2012 title
It might not have been that unexpected but Spain's victory in the Euro 2012 final over Italy was still something to behold.
Italy itself had been in impressive form during the tournament but was no match for the fantastic Spanish team.
The 4-0 win meant Spain has now won the past two Euro tournaments and is also the reigning world champion.
Without doubt the best team in the world.
10. Everton fights back for 4-4 draw with Manchester United
Manchester United might have ultimately lost the English Premier League on that pulsating final day in May.
But Sir Alex Ferguson might point to the 4-4 draw with Everton at Old Trafford as where the Reds lost the title.
United twice had a two-goal lead but Steven Pienaar's late equaliser spoilt Ferguson's day and arguably cost them the EPL crown.
This was one of a number of remarkable results in the EPL which included United's 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal and United's own thumping 6-1 defeat at the hands of rival Manchester City.