2011 was no doubt one of the most exciting years in World Football history. Exciting new players sprouted up, transfer wars raged all year long (and some have yet to end), Manchester United finally surpassed Liverpool at the top of English football and football's greatest rivalry got even spicier.
With all the good, however, came some bad moments. Racism continues to rear its ugly head in football, some footballers are constantly pushing the boundaries of just how arrogant they can be and Sepp Blatter is still the president of FIFA.
With 2011 winding down, let's look back at the biggest football news stories of the year, in no particular order.