'EURO 2012' beat 'Olympics tickets' as the top Internet search of the year in the UK, according to Google.
Statistics by the search engine Google also show Whitney Houston's death in February attracted more interest than Kate Middleton.
'Gangnam Style' beat 'Call Me Maybe' as the most trending pop song and Skyfall topped Prometheus as the most enquired-about film, 'The Sun' reported.
Stats show 'Rio' home to the 2016 Olympics and a host city for the 2014 football World Cup edged out 'Greece' as the most searched-for destination.
Google's UK results are split into trending searches and most searched.
The results show Justin Bieber's split from Selena Gomez was the most enquired-about relationship bust-up while Victoria Pendleton beat Georgia Salpa as the most searched-for participant in a reality TV show.
'Sport' dominated the trending searches, with Euro 2012 and Olympic tickets showing the biggest rises in interest ahead of Whitney and Kate.
Whitney and Kate topped the trending celebrities section followed by X Factor judges Gary Barlow and Tulisa.
Andy Murray's US Open victory and Olympic gold medal helped him to become the most searched-for British Olympian ahead of Tom Daley, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah.
Sprint ace Usain Bolt was the most searched-for non-UK Olympian, the report said.
The highest trending Soap show of 2012 was the BBC kids' show 'Mike The Knight', which beat US terror drama 'Homeland and Towie'.
Other highlights from 2012 include Marks and Spencer making the fashion industry top ten, 'The Military Wives' becoming the number two trending musical act and synchronised swimming becoming the trendiest sport.