The year in pictures
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2012 was a year filled with footballing highlights, especially in the women’s game, but it was also an unforgettable year for football fans the world over. Top-quality action was on display both at international and club level and, with the year now drawing to a close, FIFA.com takes a pictorial look back at some of the most important moments of the last 12 months.

From Lionel Messi's third consecutive FIFA Ballon d'Or award, the dramatic UEFA Champions League final in Munich, the quest for Olympic gold in London to the countless FIFA World Cup matches on grass and indoors, FIFA.com captured all the drama and beauty in pictures. Enjoy the images of championship successes, wild celebrations and unbridled emotions at the year’s FIFA tournaments.

Click through the snaps of 2012 and relive your favourite football moments once again.