Football: 2016 in pictures

January 1, 2017

Real Madrid players celebrate victory following the FIFA Club World Cup Final

December: Real Madrid cement European supremacy

Sunday, 18 December 2016
Real Madrid became the fourth successive European side to win the FIFA Club World Cup. After defeating Club America 2-0 in the semi-final, Los Blancos had a tougher time than many people expected against host club Kashima Antlers in the final, and needed a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo to secure a 4-2 victory after extra time.
People participate in a tribute to the players of Brazilian team Chapecoense Real

November: Mourning after Chapecoense tragedy

Thursday, 1 December 2016
On 28 November there was a tragic aeroplane accident in Colombia, in which almost the entire squad of Brazilian top-flight side Associacao Chapecoense de Futebol was killed, alongside other passengers, en route to the Copa Sudamericana final. At the request of final opponents Atletico Nacional, the 2016 Copa Sudamericana title was awarded to Chapecoense.
Players of Argentina celebrate after the victory at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Final

October: Argentina lift first futsal title

Sunday, 2 October 2016
Argentina became FIFA Futsal world champions for the first time ever after beating Russia in the final in Colombia. The South Americans had previously been the only one of three nations to have qualified for every Futsal World Cup but never to have won it.
A young refugee girl waves

September: Refugee children at the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan

Friday, 30 September 2016
250 football-crazy girls from the Al Zaatari refugee camp were present at the host nation’s opening game of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016. Spain won the encounter 6-0, but the onlooking girls enjoyed themselves nevertheless.
Brazil lay Olympic ghosts to rest

August: Brazil make amends with Olympic gold

Sunday, 21 August 2016
After the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ on home turf ended in disappointment for Brazil, the nation’s triumph at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 soothed the soul of the football-crazy South Americans. It was especially significant as the penalty shoot-out victory in the final came against Germany, who had emphatically eliminated Brazil in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.
Portugal's players celebrate after scoring

July: Portugal pull off a surprise to win maiden title

Sunday, 10 July 2016
France were triumphant hosts at the 1984 European Championship and the 1998 FIFA World Cup™, but lost the UEFA EURO 2016 final in Paris 1-0 to Portugal after extra time. The Iberians, who had never previously won a title at senior level, had to deal with the setback of losing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo midway through the first half, but scored the only goal of the game through Eder in the 109th minute.
Chile's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo holds the trophy after winning the Copa America Centenario final

June: Chile celebrate at Copa America Centenario

Monday, 27 June 2016
The Copa America Centenario was held in the USA to mark the 100th anniversary of the competition, with Chile emerging victorious after beating Argentina in a penalty shoot-out in the final. The same two teams had also contested the title decider at the Copa America 2015, a match Chile likewise won on penalties to book their place at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.
Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions

May: Leicester’s fairy tale comes true

Monday, 2 May 2016
Despite having one of the smallest budgets in the English Premier League, Leicester City sensationally won the title for the first time in the club’s history. The triumph was sealed on 2 May when their closest pursuers Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 with Chelsea, meaning Leicester could no longer be caught. The club’s players and fans watched the game on television and began their celebrations immediately after the final whistle.
Captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri of Leicester City lift the Premier League Trophy
Leicester City’s fairy tale English Premier League triumph in May
Syrian coach Osama Abdul Mohsen directs a training session

April: From refugee to youth coach

Friday, 15 April 2016
The image of Osama Abdul Mohsen being tripped up by a Hungarian reporter while carrying his son in his arms went around the world a few years ago. The Syrian was a well-known football coach in his homeland – a fact he made the most of in his new home in Spain, where he was swiftly appointed as a youth coach at Villaverde Boetticher.
Mohamad Al-Bacha of Denmark celebrates with the trophy, presented by David Villa of New York City FC with host Kay Murray, after defeating Sean Allen of England during the FIFA Interactive World Cup Final at the Apollo Theater.

March: Al Bacha wins the Grand Final

Wednesday, 30 March 2016
On 22 March 2016 Denmark’s Mohamad Al-Bacha won the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final in New York against England’s Sean Allen and received the winner’s trophy from David Villa.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino (C) and his teammates pose for a photo

February: Infantino named new FIFA President

Monday, 29 February 2016
Former UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino was voted as FIFA President on 26 February 2016 – and started his time in office with a football match at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

FIFA Women's World Player of the Year 2015 Carli Lloyd and FIFA Men World Player of the Year 2015 Lionel Messi

January: Lloyd and Messi crowned
Beaming winners at the FIFA Gala in January 2016: Carli Lloyd is named FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year for 2015, while Lionel Messi takes the men’s honour. Both are among the final candidates for The Best FIFA Men’s and Women’s Player 2016 that will be announced during the The Best Ceremony on Monday, January 9, 2017

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