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The Visual Story of Sports in 2023

Dive into a photo story highlighting key sporting events from 2023 by IMAGO storytellers.

From the tennis courts of the Australian Open to the finals of the UEFA Champions League, the year 2023 was a showcase of extraordinary talent and relentless determination. The world watched as legends were made in events like the Super Bowl, Wimbledon, and the Special Olympics in Berlin.

In this visual review, we bring you the pinnacle of 2023’s sports highlights, captured in a series of photographs by the IMAGO picture desk that convey the excitement, passion, and glory of these events.

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IMAGO / AAP/ James Ross | Australian Open Men’s Singles Winner Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup after his victory in the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament. Melbourne, Monday, January 30, 2023.
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IMAGO / Bildbyran / Joel Marklund | The 2023 IHF World Men’s Handball Championship final between France and Denmark on January 29, 2023, in Stockholm. France emerged as the champions in this thrilling match.
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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Ringo Chiu | LeBron James celebrates after becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. February 7, 2023, Los Angeles, California, United States.
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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Mark J. Rebilas | Kansas City Chiefs punter Tommy Townsend (5) holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023, in Glendale, Arizona, USA.
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IMAGO / Just Pictures / Marcio Machado | Lionel Messi receiving The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022 Trophy from FIFA President Gianni Infantino on February 27, 2023, in Paris, France.
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IMAGO / Bildbyran / Daniel Stiller | Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competing in the Women’s Slalom during the FIS Alpine World Cup on March 11, 2023, in Åre.
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IMAGO / AFLOSPORT | Isabeau Levito of the USA during the Exhibition Gala at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2023, held at Saitama Super Arena on March 26, 2023, in Saitama, Japan.
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IMAGO / Offside Sports Photography / Simon Stacpoole | Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrating with the trophy during the Premier League match against Chelsea on May 21, 2023, in Manchester, UK.
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IMAGO / ActionPictures | A Borussia Dortmund fan wearing the Meister 2023 jersey after the match against FSV Mainz 05, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Borussia Dortmund missed the chance to win the title. May 27, 2023, in Dortmund, Germany.
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IMAGO / LaPresse / Massimo Paolone | Manchester City players celebrating their victory in the UEFA Champions League 2022/2023 Final against Inter at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 10, 2023.
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IMAGO / Nordphoto / Juergen Engler | The opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Berlin, Germany, featuring the Olympic torch, participating countries, and fireworks. June 17, 2023, at the Berlin Olympic Stadium.
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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Javier Rojas | Stan Kroenke, owner of the Denver Nuggets, celebrates by lifting the NBA Finals Championship trophy after the Nuggets won Game 5 of the 2023 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat on June 12, 2023, at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, USA.
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IMAGO / Offside Sports Photography / Charlotte Wilson | Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrating with the Wimbledon trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Fourteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on July 17, 2023, in Wimbledon, UK.
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IMAGO / Bildbyran / Mathias Bergeld | Jennifer Hermoso celebrates after the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between Spain and England. August 20, 2023, Sydney, Australia.
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IMAGO / PA Images | The Spain team celebrates their victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 with the trophy at Stadium Australia, Sydney, on Sunday, August 20, 2023.
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IMAGO / camera4+ | The German basketball team celebrates their victory in the FIBA Men’s World Cup Basketball 2023 on September 10, 2023, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
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IMAGO / Funke Foto Services / Maurizio Gambarini | Berlin Marathon 2023, September 24, 2023, Berlin, Germany.
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IMAGO / Photo News / Gianni Barbieu | Turkey women’s national volleyball team wins the Women’s European Volleyball Championship. September 2023, Brussels.
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IMAGO / ANP | Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing celebrates his victory after the Formula 1 Grand Prix race at the Lusail International Circuit in Qatar. Max Verstappen had already become world champion a day earlier during the sprint race. October 8, 2023, Qatar.
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IMAGO / ABACAPRESS / Eliot Blondet | Rugby World Cup semifinal match between England and South Africa at the Stade de France in Saint-Deni. South Africa won the title in 2023. October 21, 2023, near Paris, France.
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IMAGO / Xinhua | Aitana Bonmati of FC Barcelona reacts as she receives the women’s Ballon d’Or award during the 2023 Ballon d’Or France Football award ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet. October 31, 2023, Paris, France.
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IMAGO / Xinhua / Gao Jing | Lionel Messi reacts on stage with his trophy as he receives his 8th Ballon d’Or award during the 2023 Ballon d’Or France Football award ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet. October 31, 2023, Paris, France.

Discover the year’s most important sports highlights in carefully curated collections handpicked by the IMAGO picture desk.