RC Deportivo La Coruña became the first side in UEFA Champions League history to go through the group stage without scoring.
• FC Barcelona's Ronaldinho scoops the Ballon d'Or prize ahead of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
• In cricket, England beat Australia to reclaim the Ashes for the first time since 1986/87.
• Pope John Paul II passes away to be succeeded by Pope Benedict XVI who becomes the 265th pope.
• Ballon d'Or winner in 1968, former Northern Ireland winger George Best passes away at the age of 59.