A year in photos: The beautiful game
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As another fantastic year of football draws to a close, so does the FIFA.com pictorial review of 2011. Since 21 December we have brought you some of the most memorable images of the past twelve months. In our first gallery we focused on the passion and enthusiasm of the fans, before taking a look behind the scenes of the beautiful game in part two. Our third gallery featured some of the year’s best shots of the action on the pitch.

In our fourth and final instalment, we look back at more of the most unique, spectacular and colourful images from another hugely successful year on Planet Football.

So why not join us for a browse through our special photo galleries? Just follow the link in the right-hand navigation.

Some of the highlights include Marta and Lionel Messi graciously receiving their FIFA Ballon d’Or awards in January as the best women’s and men’s players in the world respectively. There are also several profile pictures of the world’s top women players at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™. We have included some great snaps of the countless volunteers too, whose hard work and support ensured Germany 2011 went down as one of the best editions of the tournament yet.

Immerse yourself in the colourful world captured by our rare and unique photos. Click away, and enjoy!