Sports photographs 2011: How Sportsmail's team captured the year

29 December 2011 10:51
2011 was a fantastic year for sport and Sportsmail's photographers were always on hand to record the most memorable events.

Here are a selection of their favourite pictures.

Stretching a point: Ashley Cole shows his finely honed physique when controlling the ball during England?s 2-2 draw against Switzerland at Wembley in June

Group hug: Rio Ferdinand celebrates with Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs as Manchester United move to within a point of a record 19th title following a 2-1 home win over Chelsea in May

Golden wonder: Sam Waley-Cohen, on Long Run, becomes the first amateur in 30 years to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, in March

Cup hero: Carlos Tevez is mobbed by fans on his way up the Wembley steps to lift the FA Cup after Manchester City's 1-0 win over Stoke in May

Locking horns: Ukrainian heavyweight boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko take a moment away from the ring to play a game of chess for a special Sportsmail feature back in June. Both boxers are avid chess players

Standing tall: midfielder Scott Parker speaks to Sportsmail in May about being voted Footballer of the Year

Bowled over: Tim Bresnan wheels away after taking the wicket of VVS Laxman during day one of England's third Test against India at Edgbaston in August. England won the series 4-0and became the No 1 Test team in the world

Head over heels: Wayne Rooney celebrates his stunning winner in Manchester United's 2-1 derby win over City at Old Trafford in February

Babe in arms: Bath and England rugby star Matt Banahan with three-week-oldson Joseph in May

Not close, but a cigar: Miguel Angel Jimenez, tied fifth, warms up for his final round at The Open at Royal St George's in June. He finished tied 25th

Pick on someone your own age: AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso attacks Tottenham coach Joe Jordan afterSpurs' 1-0 San Siro win in February

Heart of class: Tottenham's Gareth Bale celebrates his opener in the 3-1 victory at Fulham in November

Glove story: George Groves lands a punch on James DeGale at Wembley in May, the night he won the Britishsuper-middleweight belt

Roll with it: Andy Murray earns a standing ovation on Wimbledon's Centre Court in June after this cheeky 'hotdog' shot

Stadium of delight: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill jumps for joy after David Vaughan equalises against Blackburn during the Irishman?s first game in charge in December

London calling: Tyson Gay in Florida in March, already focusing on how to beat sprint king Usain Bolt at next year's Olympics

Hotshot: Robin van Persie celebrates his second goal of the match against Wigan at the Emirates in January

The bumps: Pep Guardiola celebrates with his Barcelona players after winning the Champions League in May

It's no Djok: Novak Djokovic reacts after winning Wimbledon in July

Tastes sweet: Stephen Carr (left) and Lee Bowyer celebrate Birmingham's Carling Cup triumph in February

Up for the cup: Birmingham manager Alex McLeish lifts the silverware after beating Arsenal

Centre of attention: Andy Murray displays the strain of another hard-fought campaign at Wimbledon

Leader: Reinstated England captain John Terry heads out for training at the Millennium Stadium in March

Nice and dry: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini protects himself from the rain with some unusual headgear

Says it all: Cristiano Ronaldo takes a seat as Real Madrid knock Tottenham out of Europe in April

Match-winner: Ashley Young (left) scores for England against Wales at Wembley in September

Ouch: Chris Ashton is tackled as Ireland scupper England's Grand Slam dreams in March

Start of something: John Terry (centre) and Anton Ferdinand (second left) during the infamous match at Loftus Road in October. Terry has since been charged with making racist comments towards the defender, which he denies

The finger: Emmanuel Frimpong (right) shows Arsenal old-boy Samir Nasri (second left) what he thinks of him

Superman: England wing Chris Ashton scores his fourth try of the match against Italy in February

Grey day: Sergio Garcia on the 5th tee during a practice round for the Open at Royal St George's in July

Good luck: Peter Uihlein tries to escape from the giant bunker at the 4th at Sandwich

Beaten: Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina can't keep out Steve Sidwell's shot in a 5-2 win at Fulham in May

All fall down: Park Ji-sung (right) is upended by Chelsea's Yuri Zhirkov (left)

Clanger: Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes gropes for the ball after spilling a Frank Lampard shot at Stamford Brodge in April. The goal was given and Spurs lost

Early start: William Fox-Pitt takes his horse for a gallop on Exmouth beach at dawn

What a mess: Chris Ashton in the room he shared with England team-mate Ben Foden during the Six Nations

Fallen idol: A broken picture of Winston Bogarde and the UEFA Super Cup he won with Barcelona, lies - upside down at his former home

Triumph: Wladimir Klitschko (centre) celebrates his victory over David Haye in Hamburg in July

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