The Top 50 Best Football Teams of All Time
Each season there are incredible sides on the planet. It's only an unavoidable truth in the cutting edge game. somebody is continually accomplishing something significant, with a wonderful degree of ability.
Be that as it may, sometimes, a side emerges who is really extraordinary. Their gameplan is something to observe, their achievements and awards are legendary, their names will without a doubt be recorded in history.
These are the sides we're keen on. The teams that are as yet talked about in respectful tones, those whose ability has set them on the blessed ground as one of the 50 biggest club sides of all time.
We're concentrating exclusively on clubs and on explicit years at whatever point in history for the ranking all the best ever.
50. Chelsea 2004-06
Mourinho combined the best of Ranieri's side with those previously penned to arrive at Stamford Bridge with Petr Cech and Arjen Robben for his presentation season and also adding Drogba and Carvalho to include progressively physical and aggressive forces to an effectively skilled side. Chelsea won back to back titles in 2005 and 2006.
You'd likely expect that Saint-Etienne's most noteworthy side would be in the mid-'80s the one Michel Platini drove, but you'd not be right. The team managed Ivan Curkovic, with Osvaldo Piazza at defense and with Jean-Michel Larque in the attack, Saint-Etienne commanded French football for 10 years from 1966, winning 7 Ligue 1 titles, arriving at the 1976 European Cup Final and earning five Coupes de France.
Ranieri made a flawless team that accomplished everlasting status in apparently the world's most grounded league. By what another method might they be able to have figured out how to topple England's trophy only a year after scarcely struggling the drop?
Leicester had their exceptional superstars – Jamie Vardy had contributed in 36 goals and Riyad Mahrez 29, while N'Golo Kante demonstrated a brilliant performance as a midfielder. Be that as it may, their genuine quality was the reason for that achievement when the pressure was generally serious.
47- Hamburg 1977-83
Hamburg had consistently been on the fringe of the German football first division until the club earned its first European title in the 1977 Cup Winners' Cup.
They won three Bundesliga trophies in four campaigns, in addition to the 1983 European Cup against Juventus.
46. Marseille 1988-93
Marseille lost 1991 final to Red Star Belgrade on penalties be that as it may, after two years, defeated defending champions AC Milan to guarantee the title.
in defense, Basile Boli and Marcel Desailly secured Fabien Barthez. The midfield included Deschamps, Pele, and Waddle, and the front line included Voller, Jean-Pierre Papin, and Alen Boksic.
45. Wolverhampton Wanderers 1953-60
With a substantial accentuation on quality and fitness, Wolves' strategy with long balls out of defense for their strikers resulted in their nine years of achievement and success. They scored 878 goals and won three back to back First Division and an FA Cup-League trophies from 1953 onwards.
44. Tottenham 1960-62
With Les Allen and Bobby Smith and the immensely talented striker John White and midfield by Dave Mackay, Tottenham won eight trophies and at that point crushed Leicester in the FA Cup final in 1960/61. Director Bill Nicholson bought goal machine Jimmy Greaves, defended the FA Cup and arrived at the European Cup semi-final.
43. Steaua Bucharest 1984-89
Steaua Bucharest went 104 local matches undefeated from June 1986 until September 1989.
Steaua led by Piturca and Belodedici's elegant masterfulness. At the point when they bought Gheorghe Hagi only for the 1986 European Super Cup, Ceausescu would not permit Hagi back to Sportul Studentesc.
They additionally found a way to two European Cup finals, beating Barcelona in 1986 on penalties preceding losing 4-0 to AC Milan two years after the fact.
42. Arsenal 2003/04
In 2003/04, in the wake of enduring two early waves of panic against Portsmouth and Man United, Arsenal copied Preston's 'Invincibles' and won the league without a loss.
41. Leeds 1968-75
In the wake of catching their exceedingly significant first title in 1968 which was the League Cup, Leeds proceeded to earn two League trophies, the FA Cup in 1972 and two Fairs Cups later. "Mean Machine" included Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Billy Bremner, and Johnny Giles gave the Whites their modern status in the attack.
40. Arsenal 1930-35
Arsenal had a diagram for the eight-second goal.' It sounded excessively simple, yet Chapman's side wanted to keep things straightforward, and devastatingly compelling. They won the FA Cup in 1930 and the league title a year later.
In the wake of Chapman's inconvenient death, George Allison included an increasingly physical edge. In any case in 1935, Arsenal lost none of their intensity, finishing third title triumphs.
39. Brazil 1982
uncommonly can a side that accomplished so little have been held in such high respect by such a large number of fans for such a long time. "the most skilled collection of soccer players ever, the unquestionable team". Hugh McIlvanney described the team.
With Zico, Eder, Falcao, and Socrates, they sizzled in Seville, defeating the Soviet Union 2-1 preceding beating Scotland 4-1 and New Zealand 4-0. However, disaster struck in the wake of defeating 3-1 and losing 3-2 to Italy. Zico called it "the day football kicked the bucket".
38. Ajax 1992-96
In 1991 at the point when Louis van Gaal took over, Ajax had won one European title since the 1970s brilliant period of Cruyff and Michels. It wasn't as desperate as it looked. The team that won the 1992 UEFA Cup featured Bergkamp, Blind, Jonk, Winter and de Boer. The side that won the 1995 Champions League included van der Sar, Overmars, Rijkaard, Kluivert, Seedorf, Litmanen and Davids.
Van Gaal's players delighted in less opportunity than Ajax's Total Football stars, yet were a consistently strong team.
37. Manchester United 1965-68
a decade after the Munich air crash wiped out the Busby men, they won 4-1 against Benfica at Wembley in the 1968 European Cup Final in one of the most emotive evenings throughout the entire existence of British football.
Subsequent to winning the trophies in 1964/65 and 1966/67, Busby's third incredible United team at long last snatched the greatest award of all. With Best, Law, and Charlton seemingly the best trio of strikers at any point in one club.
36. France 1982–86
They danced away with the Euro 84 crown on home turf. They may have accomplished more at Spain 82, Michel Hidalgo's side had arrived at the semi-finals just to be ruthlessly ended by the West Germans. After four years in Mexico, having taken out holders Italy and strong Brazil, they were again halted in the semis by Germans.
35. Feyenoord 1968-71
Basic football culture has it that Ajax developed the cutting edge 4-3-3 simultaneously as creating Total Football. All things considered, those spearheading Amsterdammers may have done the last mentioned, however, they absolutely didn't do the previous. That was their extraordinary adversaries who won 2 Eredivisie trophies and the 1970 European Cup, Feyenoord.
"The football consistently unfolds in the midfield," Happel contemplated, a way of thinking which has overwhelmed football from that point onward.
34. River Plate 1941-47
They were most likely South America's most prominent club team. River Plate were fabulously effective, beating neighborhood rivals Boca 5-1 of every 1941.
In the wake of winning 3 Argentine trophies in 5 years, Pedernera left. All things considered, in 1947, River won the local league title. It was a national players' strike that destroyed them convincing Di Stefano and Rossi to make rewarding moves to Colombia.
33. PSV 1985-89
PSV won the European Cup in the wake of drawing each of the 5 matches in the knockout phase and beating Benfica, 6-5 in the penalty In 1988.
In spite of the fact that they played defensively, they were great in the late 1980s when their list included Gullit, van der Kerkhof, Romario, Koeman, Lerby and perfect mentor who persuaded players that wrestling would improve their performance, Guus Hiddink.
Indeed, even without Gullit who left for AC Milan, they included Hans van Breukelen, Eric Gerets, Koeman, and Soren Lerby.
32. Austria 1930-36
Austria decided not to make a trip to the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay, yet the Wunderteam were upheld to win the 1934 World Cup in Italy. Nonetheless, they lost a semi-final to the hosts in a suspicious way. Sindelar was kicked while lying on the ground following an early reducer before a controversial goal.
31. Real Madrid 1984-90
The Real Madrid side that won five progressive La Liga trophies somewhere in the range of 1986 and 1990, arrived at three European Cup semi-finals in succession and won consecutive UEFA Cups. Regardless of their nickname, the Madrilenos weren't savage enough. they failed to win against Arrigo Sacchi's Milan twice in the European tournaments.
30. Nottingham Forest 1977-80
The recently advanced team shipped only 24 goals and turned into the fourth and last team ever to win the PL the campaign subsequent to winning advancement. They were as self-assured in Europe, defeating Malmo and Hamburg in back to back finals.
Gunter Netzer lauded McGovern's skill in controlling matches, while John Robertson incredibly impressed the Italian mentor Enzo Bearzot. "When he has the ball, he can make something" Robertson stated.
29. Flamengo 1980-83
In 1981, The Flamengo team that defeated Liverpool 3-0 in the Intercontinental Cup, won the Copa Libertadores and is regularly reductively depicted as the Zico and 10 others.
Zico was the most skilled Brazilian soccer player since Pele, ready to score with an overhead volley. On his birthday, Flamengo fans would wish each other happy Christmas.
Be that as it may, the man himself realized his side couldn't have vanquished the world without Leandro, Junior and Joao Batista Nunes.
28. France 1996-2000
In 1995, Eric Cantona's long suspension helped Zinedine Zidane and Youri Djorkaeff to prove themselves. Their trickiness was given a solid defense with Lilian Thuram, Bixente Lizarazu, Laurent Blanc, and Marcel Desailly. Only two goals in 7 matches, they won the World Cup ahead of winning Euro 2000.
27. Budapest Honved 1950-55
Honved were the team the world loved to watch in the mid-1950s. managed by Gusztav Sebes. Honved turned into a lab where new strategies were sharpened, affecting Brazil's World Cup champs in 1958 and Rinus Michel's Total Football.
Honved played a sort of soccer that appeared uncommon. They could just do so in light of the fact that Sebes could approach such legends as Ferenc Puskas, Gyula Grosics, Jozsef Bozsik, Zoltan Czibor, and Sandor Kocsis. Honved won 5 titles in 7 years.
25. Preston North End 1888-89
Preston were football's first extraordinary side that paid footballers ahead of football profession even existed, spearheaded a formerly inconspicuous 'pass and move' gameplan. Their accomplishments in the 1888/89 campaign alone would have made them contenders for a presence among football's most prominent ever sides. They finished the Double without conceding a goal in 5 FA Cup games, at that point held the title the next campaign.
24. Juventus 1994-98
Marcello Lippi's Juventus were unquestionably the greatest team in Europe winning Champions League in 1996. They had defeated Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, before beating Ajax. They would likewise arrive at two additional Champions League finals, but they lost both. Lippi’s team was amazingly built-up, featuring the finest strikers in Europe.
23. Estudiantes 1967-71
From 1968, they won 3 progressive Copa Libertadores, however, it's for gamesmanship that they are best recollected.
Their roughhouse strategies felt important after a protracted time of control from Argentina's giants.
Their first Copa achievement was an accomplishment for a side outside of all-vanquishing Buenos Aires. They lined that up with an Intercontinental Cup triumph over Man United.
22. Boca Juniors 1998-2003
In 1998, Boca Juniors were a particularly average team at the point when Bianchi took over. Winning only one trophy in 15 years. It was the time for an update. Bianchi cut an enlarged squad and redeployed the great Boca framework.
It was basic, quick and serious and it worked. Boca won the Libertadores in 2000, 2001, 2003 and arrived at the final game in 2004, in addition to 4 league trophies and two Intercontinental Cups winnings.
21. Dynamo Kyiv 1985-87
At first glance, Dynamo should not be included in this rundown. The Ukrainians never went past the last four of the European Cup, However, their blessing to the cutting edge game goes past simple awards.
Valeriy Lobanovskiy spearheaded logical examination in what had been a naturally emotional game. In 20 years across three distinct squads as Dynamo mentor, Lobanovskiy made incredible teams.
It was his second team that demonstrated his delegated brilliance, beating Atletico Madrid to the 1986 Cup Winners' Cup. Oleg Blokhin's goal was the ideal portrayal of the mentor's cherished universality.
20. Barcelona 1988-94
Cruyff's Team achieved a Total Football upheaval. They may have been along these lines outshone by Pep Guardiola's men, yet even Pep realizes it wouldn't have been conceivable without his old director.
"They were leaders and we can't rival that regardless of what number of trophies we win," Guardiola said in 2011. "We will never outperform the Dream Team." The Dream team won two Copa del Reys, the European Cup Winners' Cup and a European Cup in 1992.
19. Juventus 1980-86
Trapattoni's involvement with the Cup Winners' Cup in 1979/80 launched a difference in approach. So intrigued was he with Liam Brady's performance in Arsenal's 2-1 win. Two title-winning seasons later, Brady left to clear a path for Michel Platini, having indicated what could be conceivable when you added remote energy to Italy's merited notoriety for defense.
After a moderate beginning, the Frenchman was thrilling, winning 3 straight Ballon d'Or and motivating Juve to three more class titles, an Italian Cup, a Cup Winners' Cup, and the European Cup.
18. Netherlands 1974-78
This was a reasoning man's team from 1971 to 1973 won three progressive European Cups. With the astonishing Johan Cruyff, Ruud Krol, Wim Suurbier, Arie Haan, Johan Neeskens, Piet Keizer and deadly forward Johnny Rep.
On the way to 1974 final, the Dutch netted 14 and conceded only one and just Sweden halted them scoring. Yet lethally neglected to get a second and lost to Gerd Muller's seven-yard swiveller.
Cruyff resigned from internationals at Euro 76 just before Argentina 78; the Dutch despite everything made the last, yet two goals in additional time brought the hosts triumph.
17. Independiente 1971-75
Notwithstanding Independiente's past achievement in the Copa Libertadores, nobody could have anticipated that the Argentine team would proceed to win four all the more back to back continental titles, commanding the mid-1970s and dealing with an accomplishment which is probably not going to ever be rivaled.
Beyond the Libertadores, they won two Intercontinental cups, defeating Juventus in 1973 and Atletico Madrid a year later, just losing to the incomparable Ajax in 1972 which was the main time Cruyff played on Argentine soil.
16. Manchester United 1995-2001
The late spring of 1995 was an urgent time in the rule of Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. His group had recently surrendered their Premier League trophy to Blackburn, lost the FA Cup final to Everton and sold Mark Hughes, Paul Ince and Andrei Kanchelskis.
At that point the Man United administrator did a peculiar thing: he purchased no one to supplant them – rather deciding to place his confidence in a few individuals from the club's FA Youth Cup-winning team.
15. Celtic 1965-74
"They were smooth and tanned like superstars," reviewed Celtic's Bobby Murdoch of the Inter line-up, as Celtic arranged for the greatest events in their history, the 1967 European Cup Final. "On our side, there were many without any teeth."
Scottish football was unquestionably serious in those days: when Jock Stein assumed control at Parkhead in '65, Celtic hadn't won the class for 12 campaigns. Stein's resulting nine class titles straight remain as one of the British game's most noteworthy accomplishments.
14. Torino 1945-49
In 1947/48, they won Serie A title by 16 points, scoring 125 goals, winning 19 out of 20 home matches and completing the campaign with a goal difference of +92.
This strangely skilled team was worked by a neighborhood businessperson. Novo's streaming, imaginative side spearheaded an adaptable strategic methodology that foresees the dismissive 4-2-4 with which, after 10 years, Brazil won the World Cup. The Granata won five scudetti during the 1940s before the tragedy begins.
13. Benfica 1959-68
Bela Guttmann had a basic philosophy for building teams: "Give the open their cash's worth." That way of thinking happened as intended in the Benfica side he made.
Playing an assaulting 4-2-4 or the W-M arrangement with five in advance, the Eagles arrived at four European Cup finals in seven years, winning in 1961 and 1962, and ruled the Portuguese association by hoovering up seven titles somewhere in the range of 1960 and 1968.
The accomplishment of a team that got known as O Glorioso Benfica is reductively credited to one transformational genius.
12. Hungary 1950-56
Practically amazing between May 1949 and February 1956 they were defeated just twice. Hungary won the 1952 Olympics and were welcome to Wembley for a November 1953 friendly match.
Practically amazing – between May 1949 and February 1956 they lost just twice – Hungary won the 1952 Olympics and were welcome to Wembley for a November 1953 friendly match. The 1954 World Cup ought to have been their royal celebration. They pounded South Korea 9-0 and West Germany 8-3. Incredibly, the untouchables originated from 2-0 down to win in contested conditions.
11. Santos 1955-68
Very few teams can include 9 World Cup champions. What's more, just one had "The Athlete of the Century" in advance during his prime. This is the reason Pele's Santos dreaded no team, ruling the Brazilian league when it was at its most grounded situation. Their witticism was that: "if the rivals score once, we will score three."
It didn't make a difference if the opponents were a nearby team or the all-powerful Benfica at the Stadium of Light. This swashbuckling was particularly apparent in 1962 and 1963 when they won the Intercontinental Cup twice and won in amazing match-ups against Garrincha's Botafogo.
10. Inter 1962-67
They characterized the manner in which we despite everything consider Italian football. Argentine director Helenio Herrera didn't create catenaccio, however, his altered adaptation with a libero was actualized so exactly that his side came to exemplify it.
Herrera's men won three Serie A titles, and consecutive European Cups in 1964 and 1965. While there were some splendid entertainers in the team, Armando Picchi, Tarcisio Burgnich and Giacinto Facchetti, Luis Suarez a fine playmaker, Jair, Mario Corso and Sandro Mazzola having an agreeable yet wrecking midfield, this Grande Inter side were constantly observed as Herrera's child.
9. Spain 2007-12
In the past Spain were football's extraordinary underachievers, however, at Euro 2008 everything met up. Joining a formerly divergent squad, Luis Aragones harnessed possession-minded midfielders like Xavi, Iniesta, Silva, and Cesc Fabregas, and wedded the tasteful to the athletic as La Roja made sure about the title. They made a great job in three competition triumphs in succession at Euro 2012.
8. Liverpool 1975-84
The year in the wake of taking over from Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley's side completed second in the 1974/75 table. "I thought of it as a genuine disappointment," conceded the new gaffer. "We never commend the second spot here."
He rarely needed to again. throughout the eight seasons, the Reds won the league multiple times, alongside 4 European Cups and 4 League Cups, making England's first certified football tradition.
That they did it while remaining so popular with neutrals is astounding, and a demonstration of an exciting brand of pass-and-move play.
7. Barcelona 2008-11
In 50 years’ time in presenting tiki-taka initially planned as an affront to the footballing vocabulary, Barça re-composed the wonderful game's playbook in their own.
Winning an extraordinary sextuple in his first campaign, Pep Guardiola accomplished Nirvana by moving Lionel Messi infield. The 3-1 triumph facing Man United in UEFA Champions League Final in 2011.
6. Real Madrid 1955-60
The impact of this side reaches out a long way beyond the skills of Di Stefano, Puskas, Kopa, and Gento. A long way past even the trophies they collected – and no other side has won five European Cups in succession.
Real Madrid, Alex Ferguson said once, invented the method of an advanced football club, buying the best footballers paying little heed to nationality, getting synonymous with a specific style of football.
This Madrid team, as Bernabeu stated of Di Stefano, possessed a scent like great football.
5. Bayern Munich 1967-76
On the off chance that a solitary team can make a whole club, at that point, this side established the framework for the tradition we know as Bayern Munich. When Der Kaiser and Sepp Maier, both in their initial adolescents, joined the club's youth set-up in 1959, Bayern weren't even the top club in their own city – 1860 Munich were progressively mainstream and effective.
That ended up being a surprisingly beneficial turn of events, permitting a really young looking side to gel, develop and learn outside the spotlight. In 1964 a youthful, chubby striker by the name of Gerd Muller signed for Bayern.
Toward the finish of his first season, Bayern were advanced and that was that: from that point, their upward direction felt boundless, the Bavarians winning four group titles and three European Cups in nine years.
4. West Germany 1970-76
At the 1970 World Cup in the West German side was Gerd Muller who'd just scored 207 goals in 235 Bayern Munich matches. He speedily packed away 10 of every five matches.
Muller and Beckenbauer were joined by teammates from the prospering Bayern side. Paul Breitner, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck and Uli Hoeness in addition to Gunter Netzer, Rainer Bonhof and Jupp Heynckes.
No big surprise they won, similarly as they did at the World Cup at home two years after the fact, before losing to Yugoslavia in the last of Euro 76.
3. Ajax 1965-73
In mentor Rinus Michels, the club's trademark, disorderly position exchanging and collaboration was built up; Total Football designed. At the point when he left in 1971, substitution Stefan Kovacs managed the group yet all the more attacking opportunity.
Johan Cruyff was the complete superstar. Johan Neeskens gave midfield legs, Arie Haan and Gerrie Muhren the strategic control, Velibor Vasovic the Yugoslav steel as the center backs.
More than a long time since their zenith a 1-0 win against Juventus to make sure about the 1973 European Cup, their third in succession Ajax's 4-3-3 remains football's most adaptable arrangement.
2. Milan 1987-91
Italy's best European contenders have delighted in a few excellent vintages, however, the ideal tempest of style and achievement arrived in a four-year whirlwind that overwhelmed Italy's exhausting football notoriety.
Arrigo Sacchi's team included Dutch trio Gullit, van Basten, and Rijkaard, with Baresi and Maldini disapproving of the shop in barrier – ruled adversaries genuinely and strategically.
They embarrassed Real Madrid 5-0 in the semi-last second leg in the 1988/89 European Cup and Steaua Bucharest 4-0 in the final. Some contend the team who held the trophy in 1990, allowing in only three goals, was considerably refined.
1. Brazil 1970
Brazil had great teams previously, yet the side that swaggered to magnificence in 1970 will always possess an unmistakable spot in the pantheon; this side spoke to the sentimental perfect of football, the engaging encapsulation of "You score 4, we'll score 5".
In the wake of being hoofed out of the 1966 competition, Pele was at his top in a group of gems. Close by him up top was Tostao, with Rivellino and Jairzinho giving the ammo from the wings.
Indeed, the team had blemishes. The back half wasn't incredible, conceding goals against any team except England. However, in any event, holding midfielder Clodoaldo spilled past four Italians during a final that is carved into legend as speaking to jogo bonito, the wonderful game, organizing innovative attack over poor defense.