In terms of world football, it was going to take an awful lot to top 2012 - but 2013 might well have been even more dramatic.
With 2014 upon is, it's time to reflect back at the biggest headlines of the past 12 months, many of which were extraordinary.
In truth, this could have been a top 50 list, and many key moments from 2013 narrowly missed the cut, including Bradford City's run to the Capital One Cup final, Borussia Dortmund's run to the Champions League final, and Luis Suarez's bite on Branislav Ivanovic.
What was your favourite moment of 2013? Have your say in the comments' section below.
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