England was not represented in the semi-finals for the first time in seven seasons. The Premier League had provided three of the last four for the previous three campaigns.
• Spain win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, becoming the first European team to lift the trophy outside their own continent.
• New Orleans Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31–17 to win their first Super Bowl.
• The world's tallest building, the 829.8m-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is opened.
• Thirty-three miners are rescued after 69 days trapped 700m underground following an accident at San José mine in Chile.