The Argentinians were the first to celebrate, followed by Nigeria before Germany and Brazil had their turn. Last but by no means least, 2007 was rounded off in style by top Italian club side AC Milan. Five FIFA tournaments were held last year, with five teams hoisting aloft a coveted trophy at the end of them. The Rossoneri secured the final title of the year and also turned out to be 2007's most impressive champions in the eyes of FIFA.com users.
Our final survey of 2007 saw 36.99% of users voting for Carlo Ancelotti's team as the world champions of the last 12 months who had impressed them the most. The 4-2 win against legendary Buenos Aires outfit Boca Juniors in the Final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan saw Kaka and co garner 38.40% of the English-speaking vote and 39.80% from the French channel - top of the pile in both cases.
Second among users were the young Argentinians who successfully defended their FIFA U-20 World Cup title in Canada. With the incredible Sergio Aguero pulling the strings, the Albiceleste beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in the Final - the most impressive feat of the season according to 21.05% of users. 33.20% of our Spanish-speaking readers voted for the squad which retained the trophy won two years earlier in the Netherlands when Lionel Messi first became a household name.
Their even younger counterparts from Nigeria finished close behind, striker Macauley Chrisantus and his team-mates winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea and picking up 20.19% of the overall vote to finish third. Three was the magic number as far as this title was concerned - this was the third time that the Africans had secured the U-17 crown, and they did so in the third FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held on Asian soil with a 3-0 success in the penalty shoot-out against Spain, who were featuring in their third FIFA U-17 Final.
The Brazilian maestros were very much the favourites to win their home tournament on the Copacabana sands, and this proved to be the case at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The hosts put paid to the hopes of their closest rivals Portugal (10-7) and France (6-2) in the quarters and semis respectively before thrashing Mexico 8-2 in the Final. The kings of the sand won some 12.65% of the votes - good enough for fourth place.
Buru and his beach stars thus came in ahead of the German girls who successfully defended their title at the FIFA Women's World Cup in China. Keeper Nadine Angerer did not let in a single goal throughout the entire tournament - a feat recognised by 9.12% of users and which unsurprisingly came top of the voting in the German language version with 35.20%.
Of course, straight after every tournament, FIFA.com was busy conducting exclusive interviews with the various world champions, which you can access here by clicking the links on the right of the page.
The question now is who will emerge victorious at the FIFA tournaments in 2008? Marseille will host the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, while men's and women's Olympic gold will be up for grabs in Beijing. Brazil will stage the FIFA Futsal World Cup, New Zealand the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and Chile the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. It promises to be an exciting 12 months!