Spain successfully defended their Euro title to add to their World Cup trophy, drawing comparisons with the legendary Pele's invincible Brazil. They beat beat Italy 4-0 in the final on July 1.
The English Premier League's 2011-12 title wasn't decided until the last minute, in which Manchester City scored the winning goal to break Manchester United hearts. Here Sergio Aguero holds the trophy on an open-top bus during the victory parade around the streets of Manchester on May 14.
Maria Sharapove may have ended the year as No. 2 but she was unstoppable at Roland Garros, where she beat Italian Sara Errani in the final to lift the French Open trophy on on June 9 in Paris, France.
The Juventus FC players celebrate with the Serie A trophy at the Juventus Stadium on May 13 in Turin, Italy.
Zambia outclassed the Didier Drogba-led Ivory Coast in a dramatic penalty shootout to win the African Nations Cup in Libreville on February 12.
Ronnie O'Sullivan of England poses with his son Ronnie after beating Allister Carter of England in the final of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on May 7 in Sheffield, England.
Ecstatic Russian ice hockey team with their gold medals and trophy after beating Slovakia in the IIHF men's ice hockey World Championship final in Helsinki May 20.
Matt Kuchar of the United States celebrates with the trophy after his two-stroke victory during the final round to win THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 13 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
It was an year when Rafael Nadal was more injured than fit, losing his No. 1 spot to Roger Federer, who then lost it to Novak Djokovic. But Nadal had his moments, the best of which came in his favourite clay season at the French Open on June 11 in Paris, France.
Czech Republic's men followed their women's Fed Cup victory by lifting the Davis Cup, where they beat Spain 3-2 in the finals that finished on November 18 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho struck in his second year as Real Madrid coach to land the La Liga trophy. Here Iker Casillas lifting the silverware with team-mates after the match against Mallorca on May 13.
Andy Murray chose the perfect occasion - Olympics at home - to break the jinx of losing tournament finals with a gold at the London Games. To double the delight, he beat hot favourite Roger Federer in the final.
Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling celebrates his Tour de France victory. Here receiving the maillot jaune on the podium after the twentieth and final stage on July 22 in Paris, France.
Ernie Els of South Africa poses with the Claret Jug after winning the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22 in Lytham St Annes, England.
Three gold medals - 100m, 200m & 4x100m relay - at the London Olympics, firmly perched Jamaican Usain Bolt as the greatest runner ever - ahead of American Carl Lewis.
Armyman Vijay Kumar's silver in the Men's 50m Rifle Prone Shooting final at the London Games added to India's medal haul, which was the country's best ever return in the Games' history.
After beating the favourites Barcelona in the semis, Chelsea marched on to make another big kill in the form of Bayern Munich to conquer Europe with the UEFA Champions League on May 19 in Munich, Germany.
Serena Williams followed up her Wimbledon and Olympics success with the US Open triumph, where she beat Victoria Azarenka in the final on September 9.
Sophie Pascoe holds her haul of six medals from the London Paralympics, during the New Zealand Paralympians arrival home at Auckland International Airport on September 12.
Natalia Partyka and Malgorzata Jankowska of Poland serve against France in the Women's Team Table Tennis - Classes 6-10 bronze medal match on day 10 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on September 8.
Saina Nehwal of India stands with her Bronze medal following the Women's Singles Badminton Gold Medal match on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Wembley Arena on August 4.
World No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy raises the Wanamaker Trophy after capturing the PGA Championship at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, on August 12.
Andy Murray's dream of winning a Grand Slam was realised at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10 where he beat Novak Djokovic against the odds to win the US Open.
Webb Simpson of the United States addresses the media with the trophy after his one-stroke victory at the 112th US Open at The Olympic Club on June 17 in San Francisco, California.
Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer ruled the greens at Wimbledon, getting the better of Briton Andy Murray in the final on July 8.
Serena Williams' intimidating power game landed the American another Wimbledon title. She beat Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland before jumping in joy on July 7.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the Australian Open trophy he won on January 30, 2012, in Melbourne. The Serbian ended the year as No. 1 ranked player on the ATP Tour.
Team Europe golfers hold captain Jose Maria Olazabal on their shoulders as he holds the Ryder Cup after the European team came from behind to beat Team USA in a thrilling finale in Medinah, Illinois, on September 30.
Winner Serena Williams of the US and second-placed Maria Sharapova of Russia pose after the WTA tennis championships final in Istanbul on October 28, 2012.
Czech Republic's team members Andrea Hlavackova, Lucie Hradecka, captain Patr Pala, Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova celebrate with the trophy after winning the Fed Cup final against Serbia in Prague on November 4.
Novak Djokovic splendid 12-month run continued during the ATP Finals at the O2 arena, where he ended the year on the sweet note of beating Roger Federer in the final to lift the trophy on November 12 in London, England.
Australia overcame their disappointing Olympics campaign with their fifth consecutive Champions Trophy trophy, beating Netherlands in the final via golden goal on December 9 in Melbourne, Australia.
Women's boxing made its debut at the London Olympics, and so did five-time world champion MC Mary Kom, who returned home with a bronze medal to make India proud.
It will be unjustified if we don't begin a look back at the global sports events in 2012 with swimming legend Michael Phelps. Before ending his career with the 2012 Games, the most decorated Olympian took his medal count to 22 with 4 gold and 2 silvers at the London Games.
Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani notched up his 7th World Billiards Championship title after comprehensively beating defending champion Mike Russell in the final in Leeds, England, on October 29.
Walid Ktila of Tunisia races to win gold in the Men's 100m T34 Final on day 10 of the London Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 8.
Victoria Azarenka, posing here with the Australian Open along the Yarra River in Melbourne, managed to pip Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova and finish as the No. 1 women's player of the year.