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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 December 2005, 09:12 GMT
Year in pictures

Pedro Mendes argues with referee Mark Clattenburg and The Exeter City and Man Utd mascots square up to each other

January: Manchester United suffer a bizarre start to 2005, firstly Tottenham's Pedro Mendes' 'goal' is ruled out and then they draw 0-0 against non-league Exeter City in the FA Cup

Eidur Gudjohnson and John Terry celebrate winning the Carling Cup

February: Mega-rich Chelsea scoop the first silverware of the season by beating Liverpool 3-2 after extra time in an exciting Carling Cup final

Former Manchester City boss Kevin Keegan

March: Kevin Keegan again walks out of a job, this time at Manchester City. In other events in March, Chelsea beat Barcelona in two highly-controversial Champions League ties

Newcastle's Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer fight with each other during a match with Aston Villa

April: Newcastle team-mates Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer shock football as they brawl with each other on the pitch in front of a stunned St James' Park crowd

Jose Mourinho lifts the Premiership trophy, Patrick Vieira with the FA Cup, Steven Gerrard holds aloft the European Cup

May: Chelsea claim the title for the first time for 50 years, Arsenal secure the FA Cup on penalties and Liverpool win an unforgettable Champions League final

(Clockwise left to right) Rangers celebrate winning the SPL title, Craig Bellamy looks dejected and Martin O'Neill cannot believe his side lost the title

Rangers pip rivals Celtic to the SPL title after a dramatic final day of the season; a 1-0 away win at Hibs hands Rangers the title at the last minute after Celtic's 2-1 defeat at Motherwell

England's Peter Crouch and Michael Owen

June: England embark on a successful end of season tour to the USA in which much-maligned striker Peter Crouch makes his debut against Columbia

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Juventus' Patrick Vieira

July: Transfer sagas involving two of the Premiership biggest stars finally reach a conclusion. Steven Gerrard stays with Liverpool while Patrick Vieira leaves Arsenal for Juventus

(Clockwise left to right) Newcastle's Michael Owen Aston Villa's Milan Baros, Chelsea's Michael Essien and Tottenham's Edgar Davids

August: Cash is splashed in the Premiership as the new season begins. Newcastle lure Michael Owen back from Madrid while Chelsea spend big on Michael Essien

England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson rues England's defeat against Northern Ireland

September: England's World Cup qualification bid suffers a huge blow when they are humbled 1-0 by Northern Ireland to heap pressure on manager Sven-Goran Eriksson

Wigan's Henri Camara and Jason Roberts

October: Wigan are the season's surprise package and go second in the Premiership. In other news, England make the World Cup with wins over Austria and Poland

A mural of Manchester United and Northern Ireland winger George Best

November: Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend George Best dies aged 59. His funeral in Belfast sees thousands of mourners line the streets to pay tribute

Model Heidi Klum holds the World Cup and England's World Cup draw is displayed on a big screen

December: England are blessed with a kind World Cup draw, pitting them against Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Sweden. Elsewhere, Man Utd are knocked out of Europe

(Clockwise left to right) Sotirios Kyrgiakos celebrates his winning goal against Porto, Peter Lovenkrands is ecastatic after his goal against Inter and Alex McLeish after the draw away at Porto

Rangers became the first ever Scottish team to make it into the last 16 of the Champions League following a win over Porto and an excellent home draw against Inter Milan




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