There is a lot of discussion and debate about the best football teams of all time. Younger fans would contend that their teams are the best, even without having seen nor considered teams that were active decades ago. Today’s football stores reach out to fans online to reach a wider audience and share memories of the best the game has to offer. The teams listed below are considered the front-runners to the distinction of being the greatest.
Real Madrid was hailed the best in world football from 1955 to 1960. The team had Ferenc Puskas, Raymond Kopa, Francisco Gento and Alfredo Di Stefano. They won the Champions League “European Cup” five times.
Football enthusiasts know that their list would not be enough without including Manchester United of 1998 to 2009. They won the Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League in just one season in the years 1998 to 1999. The team included sports icons such as Roy Keane, Peter Schmeichal, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs. Later signings included Wayne Rooney, Owen Hargreaves, Edwin van der Saar, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo.
A decade after Manchester United’s unbelievable winning streak, Barcelona won over them as they beat them in the Champions League final with a score of 2-0 in 2011. The Barcelona team won the UEFA Super Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup of 2009. They were the first team ever to win six championships in one season. Players included Lionel Messi, David Villa, Neymar, Suarez and Luis Enriquez.
Many sports analysts say that the 1970 FIFA World Cup is the best World Cup show of all time. With Pele, considered the greatest football player of all time, it is easy to include this team on the list. Team Brazil scored 19 goals in six games, finishing off strong with 4-1 where Carlos Alberto scored some of the best goals of all time. Other greats who played on the team include Carlos Alberto, Clodoaldo, Tostao and Rivellino.
Spain proved their proficiency in the field when they won three successive tourneys. They won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and FIFA World Cup of 2010. They won all 10 of their World Cup qualifiers in 2010, and in the years 2007 to 2009 they went on with a record-breaking 35 wins. The team was built exclusively around Real Madrid and Barcelona players. There were always seven to eight Barcelona players on the pitch. The team included David Villa, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets and Gerard Pique.
It is rare for a team to totally dominate any given league, but Arsenal proved indomitable by winning the 2003 to 2004 Premier League season without a single loss. The team included the likes of Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp, Theirry Henry and Patrick Viera. Their 49-game winning streak is one record that is hard to beat.
AC Milan dominated European football from 1989 to 1994, with their world-class players, which included Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten and Paolo Maldini. In their six years of winning, they won the European Cup three times and the Italian League four times.
The pinnacle of Liverpool football was when they beat Roma in the Champions League of 1984. This capped their dominance from 1977 to 1985. They were led by Ian Rush, who made a record of 47 goals in one season. Other popular players were Graeme Souness, Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish.
West Germany is world famous for winning the 1974 World Cup and 1972 European Championships. They had an amazing roster of players like Gerd Muller, Berti Vogts and Franz Beckenbauer.
France won the 1998 World Cup, beating Brazil and scoring 3-0 on the finals. They also won the great 2000 European Championships over Italy with a score of 2-1. The team was composed of Zinedine Zidane, Theirry Henry, Didier Deschamps, Lilian Thuram and Lauren Blanc.