Plenty to look forward to in 2011
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The curtain may have come down on a thrilling and eventful 2010, but there is still plenty to look forward to over the next 12 months. FIFA.com has all the key dates for your diary so you can catch the best of the action from this year’s calendar.

Anyone expecting a quiet year in the wake of the FIFA World Cup™ should think again. 2011 promises to be another full-on year with major events right across the globe.

The year begins in glamorous fashion on 10 January with the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich, where 2010’s most distinguished players and coaches from the men’s and women’s game will be honoured. Will the men’s award go to Iniesta, Messi or perhaps Xavi? Make sure you are with us on January 10 to find out.

After that, domestic and international club football take centre stage for few months, with the final of the UEFA Champions League on 28 May at the magnificent Wembley stadium just one of many must-see games.

Continental and world crowns

A brief respite will follow before we embark on a frantic few months. Between June and August no fewer than five major tournaments will take place: the FIFA Women’s World Cup from Germany (26 June-17 July), the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico (18 June-10 July) and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia (29 July-20 August), while continental titles will be up for grabs in the USA and Argentina respectively in the form of the CONCACAF Gold Cup (5-25 June) and the Copa America (1-24 July).

The latter two events will provide the first two qualifiers for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. And while that competition and the FIFA World Cup the country will organise 12 months later may seem a long way off, it is sure to come into sharper focus in July, when the Preliminary Draw for Brazil 2014 takes place in Rio de Janeiro.

Beach soccer aficionados have plenty to look forward to as well, with the latest edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup set for Italy in mid-September.

Club football will return to the fore in the final quarter of 2011 when, among other classic competitions, you can enjoy the conclusion of South America’s showpiece event, the Copa Libertadores. Of course, the goal of club sides everywhere will again be to grace the FIFA Club World Cup, which returns to Japan this December after two years in the UAE.

It promises to be quite an adventure and FIFA.com would love to have your company along the way. So make our website your first port of call for all the latest information and images from the world of football. As ever, we can promise you a host of sought-after and exclusive interviews, the chance to have a weekly say on the most topical issues, as well as comprehensive reporting from all the afore-mentioned events. Hope to see you around!

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