Aberdeen 1983-84: Jim Leighton, Stewart McKimmie, Alex McLeish, Willie Miller, Doug Rougvie, Neil Simpson, Gordon Strachan, Doug Bell, Neale Cooper, Ian Angus, Peter Weir, Billy Stark, Mark McGhee, John Hewitt, Eric Black.
Achievements: Scottish League Champions 1979-80, 1983-84 and 1984-95; Scottish Cup Winners 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986. European Cup-Winners Cup Winners 1982-83; Scottish League Cup Winners 1986. Five year league record: 2, 3, 1, 1, 4
Manager: Alex Ferguson
Key men: Alex McLeish, dependable central defender. Willie Miller, described as the “best penalty box defender in the world”, by Ferguson. Gordon Strachan, perceptive midfielder once tipped to be Britain’s first £2m player.
Perception: Exciting “new firm” outfit that broke the mould in Scotland and helped end the Glasgow duopoly. Alex Ferguson’s prototype for Manchester United.
Accra Hearts of Oak 1999-2000: Sammy Adjei, Dan Quaye, Jacob Nettey, Edward Agyeman-Duah, Stephen Tetteh, Joe Ansah, Charles Allotey, Emmaneel Adjogu, Adjah tetteh, Edmond Copson, Ishmael Addo, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, Charles Taylor, Osmanu Amadu, Yaw Amankwah Mireku.
Manager: Cecil Jones Attuquayefio
Achievement: 1997-98 – Ghanaian League champions; 1999 – Ghanaian League champions and FA Cup winners; 2000 – CAF Champions League winners, Ghanaian League champions and FA Cup winners; 2001 – Ghanaian League champions; 2002 – Ghanaian League champions.
Key men: Daniel Quaye, a tough defender, capped by Ghana. Sammy Adjei, durable goalkeeper who won 37 caps and had three spells with Hearts of Oak. Ishmael Addo, prolific scorer nicknamed the “baby-faced assassin”.
Perception: Considered to be the finest batch of players to come out of Ghanaian football. Well-drilled and focused.
AC Milan 1906-1907: Attilio Trere, Herbert Kilpin, Andrea Meschia, Alfred Bosshard, Oscar Giger, Hans Heuberger, Guido Pedroni, Giuseppe Rizzi, Guerriero Colombo, Ernst Widmer, Sandro Trere, Guido Moda, Guido Piazza, Hans Walter Imhoff, Johann Mädler
Manager: Herbert Kilpin/ Daniele Angeloni
Achievement: Serie A champions 1906, 1907
Key men: Herbert Kilpin, exiled Englishman and versatile player. Founded AC Milan. Giuseppe Rizzi, midfielder capped by Italy.
Perception: Early champions of Italian football, driven by an Englishman.
AC Milan 1961-1963: Giorgio Ghezzi, Mario David, Mario Trebbi, Victor Benitez, Sandro Salvadore, Giovanni Trapattoni, Cesare Maldini, Luigi Radice, Dino Sani, Jose Altafini, Gianni Rivera, Bruno Mora, Paulo Barison, Gino Pivatelli
Manager: Nereo Rocco
Achievement: Serie A champions 1961-62, European Cup winners 1962-63
Key men: Jose Altafini – Brazil-born striker who scored prolifically in Italy – quick, skilful and powerful; Gianni Rivera, graceful midfielder and “golden boy” of Italian football; Cesare Maldini, elegant long-serving defender.
Perception: Arch exponents of catenaccio, but capable of stunning, fast, counter-attacking football.
Ajax Amsterdam 1971-72: Heinz Stuy; Wim Suurbier, Barry Hulshoff, Horst Blankenburg, Ruud Krol; Johan Neeskens, Arie Haan, Gerrie Muhren, Sjaak Swart; Johan Cruyff, Piet Keizer; Dick van Dijk
Achievements: 1970-71 European Cup winners, KNVB Cup winners; 1971-72 Eredivisie champions, KNVB Cup winners, European Cup winners; 1972-73 Eredivisie champions, European Cup winners. Five year league record: 1, 2, 1, 1, 3
Manager: Rinus Michels/ Stefan Kovacs
Key men: Johan Cruyff, the legendary Dutch midfielder/forward, possibly Europe’s all-time great; Ruud Krol, calmness and aggression in one; Johan Neeskens, the perfect foil for Cruyff.
Perception: The arch exponents of “total football”. Arguably the greatest European team after Real Madrid of the 1950s. A team of their time in more ways than one!
Ajax Amsterdam 1994-95: Edwin van der Sar, Michael Reiziger, Danny Blind, Frank de Boer, Frank Rijkaard, Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids, Jari Lirmanen, Finidi George, Ronald de Boer, Marc Overmars, Winston Bogarde, Nwankwo Kanu, Patrick Kluivert.
Achievement: 1994-95 – Eredivisie champions, UEFA Champions League winners. 1995-96 Intercontinental Cup winners, Eredivisie champions, UEFA Champions League runners-up. Five year league record: 1, 1, 1, 4 , 1
Key men: Edgar Davids, a fiercely competitive midfielder. Patrick Kluivert, prodigious forward who netted 21 goals in 37 games in 1994-95. Frank de Boer, central defender/sweeper who was capped more than 100 times for Holland.
Manager: Louis van Gaal
Perception: Unbeaten in the league in 1994-95 and victorious against a strong Milan in the UCL final, Ajax revived memories of their glorious 1970s period with a young and vibrant team.
Al-Ahly SC 2004-2009: Essam El Hadary, Amir Abdul Hamid, Islam El Shater, Tarek Said, Emad El-Nahhas, Wael Gomaa, Shady Mohamed, Emad Moteab, Hossam Ashour, Mohamed SHawky, Mohamed Aboutrika, Flavio da Silva Amado, Hassan Mostafa, Ahmad Sedik.
Manager: Manuel Jose
Achievement: 2005: CAF Champions League winners, Egypt Premier League winners. 2006: CAF Champions League winners, Egypt Premier League winners, Egypt Cup winners. 2007: Egypt Premier League winners, Egypt Cup winners. 2008: CAF Champions League winners, Egypt Premier League winners. 2009: Egypt Premier League winners.
Key men: Essam El Hadary, one of the best goalkeepers in African football history. Emad Moteab, a prolific striker. Mohamed Aboutrika, rated one of Egypt’s best ever forwards.
Perception: One of the best teams to come out of African continent. Reliant on fast-moving front men.
Anderlecht 1975-78: Jan Ruiter, Michel Lomme, Hugo Broos, Gilbert Van Binst, Jean Thissen, Jean Dockx, Johnny Dusbaba, Ludo Coeck, Francois Van der Elst, Peter Ressel, Arie Haan, Robbie Rensenbrink, Franky Vercauteren, Benny Nielsen
Key men: Francois Van der Elst, right winger who played 44 times for Belgium. Rob Rensenbrink, an introverted member of the famous Dutch national team of 1974.
Achievements: 1976 European Cup-Winners Cup winners; 1977 ECWC runners-up; 1978 ECWC winners. Belgian Cup winners 1975, 1976.
Manager: Hans Croon/ Raymond Goethels
Perception: Total football’s Belgian cousin – a team based on fast attacking play.
Arbroath 1885: Jim Milne Sr, Bill Collie, Tom Salmond, Hen Rennie, Jim Milne Jr, Dyken Bruce, John Petrie, Johnny Tackett, Jim Marshall, David Crawford, Daniel Neil.
Achievements: 36-0 victory in the Scottish Cup on September 12 1885 – a world record.
Key men: John “Jocky” Petrie, an 18 year-old right winger who scored 13 times in the game and tormented the Bon Accord defence. Jim Milne Junior, a powerful header of the ball.
Perception: Record-breaking team that will forever be listed in the history books.
Argentinos Juniors 1984-85: Enrique Vidalle, Carmelo Villalba, Jose Luis Pavoni, Jorge Pellegrini, Adrian Domenech, Miguel Lemme, Caros Mayor, Emilio Commisso, Jorge Olguin, Sergio Batista, Renato Corsi, Mario Videla, Juan Jose Lopez, Claudio Borghi, Armando Dely Valdes, Carlos Ereros.
Key men: Claudio Borghi, attacking midfielder once considered to be the next big thing; Sergio Batista, midfielder who played in the 1986 World Cup final for Argentina; Adrian Domenech, defender who had a long career with the club.
Achievements: 1984 Primera (Metropolitano) winners; 1985 Copa Libertadores winners; 1985 Primera (Nacional) winners; 1985 Copa Interamericana winners.
Manager: Jose Yudica
Perception: Young, attacking team from Buenos Aires whose stay at the top was relatively short-lived.
Arsenal 1929-1931: Dan Lewis, Charlie Preddy, Tom Parker, Alf Baker, Eddie Hapgood, Bob John, Bill Seddon, Herbie Roberts, Joe Hulme, Alex James, Jack Lambert, David Jack, Cliff Bastin, Charlie Jones, David Halliday
Manager: Herbert Chapman
Achievements: 1929-30 FA Cup winners; 1930-31 Football League champions. 1931-32: Football League runners-up, FA Cup runners-up. Five year league record: 9, 14, 1, 2, 1
Key men: Herbie Roberts, the first “stopper” centre half; Alex James, gifted inside forward; David Jack, £11,500 inside forward, one of the stars of the era.
Perception: The first London team to win the league, this was Herbert Chapman’s first great Arsenal line-up. Set a record for points won in 1930-31 and scored 127 goals in 42 games. With big sums paid to secure big names, this was also very much a title that was “bought”.
Arsenal 2001-2005: Jens Lehmann, David Seaman, Ashley Cole, Lauren, Sol Campbell, Martin Keown, Kolo Toure, Oleg Luzhny, Patrick Vieria, Robert Pires, Fredrik Ljungberg, Ray Parlour, Edu, Gilberto Silva, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord, Nwankwo Kanu
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Achievements: 2001-02 Premier League winners, FA Cup winners; 2002-03 FA Cup winners; 2003-04 Premier League champions; 2004-05 FA Cup winners. Five year league record: 1,2, 1, 2, 4
Key men: Patrick Vieria, Senegalese-born midfielder, power and precision. Dennis Bergkamp, sublime skills and spectacular goals. Thierry Henry, pace and intricate skill in abundance.
Perception: Unbeaten in the Premier League 2003-04, the last great side produced by Arsenal and Wenger. Excellent footballing team.
Achievements: Football League Champions, FA Cup winners. Pre: FL Cup runners-up 1968 and 1969, Inter Cities Fairs Cup winners 1970. Post: FA Cup finalists 1972. Five-year league record: 4, 12, 1, 5, 2
Key men: Frank McClintock, veteran skipper; George Graham, strolling midfielder; Ray Kennedy, powerful striker; and Charlie George, precocious local lad.
Manager: Bertie Mee
Perception: Dull, consistent and workmanlike. Effective.
Argentina 1928-30: Juan Botasso, Angel Bossio, Francisco Varallo, Jose Della Torre, Juan Evaristo, Ludovico Bidoglio, Fernando Paternoster, Segundo Medici, Adolfo Zumelzu, Luis Monti, Juan Evaristo, Mario Evaristo, Alfredo Carricaberry, Domingo Tarasconi, Pedro Suarez, Manuel Ferreira, Feliciano Perducca, Raimundo Orsi, Guillerme Stabile, Carlos Peucelle.
Manager: Francisco Olazar
Achievement: Olympic Games silver medalists 1928, World Cup runners-up 1930, Copa America winners 1927, 1929
Key men: Raimundo Orsi – Quick-footed left winger, one of the greatest of his time. Adolfo Zumelzu, half back who knew how to score goals. Guillerme Stabile, free-scoring centre forward. Luis Monti, midfield player who was rugged and ruthless.
Perception: Only Uruguay could claim to be the best on the planet at the time. Skilful, full of flair, perhaps lacking method and discipline.
Argentina 1978: Ubaldo Filol; Jorge Olguin, Luis Galvan, Daniel Passarella, Alberto Tarantini; Americo Gallego, Osvaldo Ardiles, Daniel Bertoni, Oscar Alberto Ortiz; Leopoldo Luque, Mario Kempes. Rene Houseman, Norberto Alonso, Omar Larrosa.
Achievement: World Cup 1974: Last eight; Copa America 1975: Round One; World Cup 1978: Winners – 3-1 v Holland; Copa America 1979: Round One
Key men: Daniel Passarella, tough skipper; Osvaldo Ardiles, tricky and nimble in midfield; Mario Kempes, top scorer in World Cup 1978.
Manager: Cesar Luis Menotti
Perception: Assisted by home advantage in 1978. Exciting going forward.
Argentina 1986: Neri Pumpido, Jose Luis Brown, Jose Cuciuffo, Oscar Ruggeri,Ricardo Giusti, Julio Olarticoechea, Sergio Batista, Hector Enrique, Diego Maradona, Jorge Burruchaga, Jorge Valdano, Marcelo Trobbiani, Ricardo Bochin, Carlos Daniel Tapia, Pedro Pasculli.
Achievement: World Cup winners 1986.
Key men: Diego Maradona, who recovered from a disappointing 1982 competition to lead his country to victory. Jorge Valdano, fast-moving forward who became an accomplished football administrator.
Manager: Carlos Bilardo
Perception: Heavily reliant on Maradona, then the best player in the world – he drove them through the 1986 World Cup with a series of virtuoso – and often controversial – performances.
Achievements: 1893-94 FL Champions; 1894-95 FA Cup Winners; 1895-96 FL Champions; 1896-97 FA Cup Winners and FL Champions. Five year league record: 3, 1, 1, 6, 1
Key men: Charlie Athersmith, England winger; Jimmy Cowan, Scottish half-back, renowned for his speed; Fred Wheldon, England inside left who joined the club in 1896 and topped scoring list with 21 goals.
Manager: George Ramsay
Perception: Victorian England’s most successful club. Influential, consistent and packed with impressive players.
Aston Villa 1912-13: Sam Hardy, Tom Lyons, Tommy Weston, Tommy Barber, Jimmy Harrop, Jimmy Leach, Charlie Wallace, Clem Stephenson, Harry Hampton, Harold Halse, Joseph Bache, Albert Hall, William Morris, Sam Whittaker.
Manager: George Ramsay
Achievement: 1912-13 FA Cup winners, runners-up Football League. Five year league record: 2, 6, 2, 2, 14
Key men: Sam Hardy, England goalkeeper who was one of the best of his generation – known as “safe and stead Sam”. Clem Stephenson, cultured inside forward who later played for Herbert Chapman’s Huddersfield. Harry Hampton – England international forward who scored 30 goals in 1912-13.
Perception: Went neck-and-neck with Sunderland for both major honours, Villa winning the FA Cup and Sunderland edging them out in the league title race.
Aston Villa 1980-1982: Jimmy Rimmer, Kenny Swain, Gary Williams, Colin Gibson, Dennis Mortimer, Ken McNaught, Allan Evans, Gordon Cowans, Des Bremner, Tony Morley, Gary Shaw, Peter Withe. David Geddis, Brendan Ormsby, Nigel Spink, Andy Blair.
Manager: Ron Saunders/Tony Barton
Achievement: 1980-81 – Football League Champions; 1981-82 – European Cup winners. Five year league record: 8, 7, 1, 11, 6
Key men: Dennis Mortimer, swashbuckling midfielder. Gordon Cowans, talented youngster capped 10 times by England. Peter Withe, under-rated centre forward.
Perception: Often overlooked, Villa not only overcome the more popular Ipswich but also surprised Europe by beating Bayern Munich a year later in the European Cup final.
Athletic Bilbao 1933-36: Gregorio Blasco, Jose Ispizua, Luis Uribe, Issac Oceja, Luis Zabala, Martin Calvo, Angel Zubieta, Roberto, Jose Muguerza, Manuel Yurrebasco, Guillermo Gorostiza, Jose Iraragorri, Bata, Elices, Jose Careaga, Javier Moronati, Leonardo Cilaurren, Jose Castellanos, Juan Jose Urquizio
Manager: Fred Pentland/ Patricio Caicedo
Achievement: 1931-32: Copa del Rey winners; 1932-33: Copa del Rey winners; 1933-34: La Liga champions; 1935-36: La Liga champions. Five year league record: 2, 2, 1, 4, 1
Key men: Guillermo Gorostiza, prolific goalscorer who netted 106 goals in 146 games for Bilbao. Bata (Agustín Sauto Arana) a menacing striker who was known as El terror de San Mames. Gregorio Blasco, goalkeeper who won the prestigious Ricardo Zamora award three times.
Perception: Exciting, fast-moving team full of talented forwards that dominated Spanish football for a few years.
Atletico Madrid 2011-14: Thibaut Courtois, Juanfran, Filipe Luis, Diego Godin, Miranda, Arda Turan, Tiago, Koke, Gabi, Diego Costa, David Villa, Adrian, Raul Garcia, Toby Alderweireld, Sosa, Radamel Falcao
Manager: Diego Simeone
Achievements: 2011-12 Europa League winners, 2012-13 Copa del Rey winners, 2013-14 La Liga winners, UEFA Champions League runners-up. Five year league record: 5, 3, 1, 3, 3
Key men: Thibaut Courtois, young Belgian goalkeeper on loan from Chelsea; Raul Garcia, central midfielder with an eye for goal; Diego Costa, Brazilian-born forward who stepped into the role vacated by Falcao.
Perception: Broke the Real-Barca duopoly with their high-octane style. Went so close to winning the Champions League against arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Atletico Nacional 1989-1991: Rene Higuita, Hugo Almeida, Gillardo Gomez, Pablo Escobar, Geovanis Cassiani, Leonal Alvarez, Luis Herrera, Luis Carlos Perea, Jaime Arango, Alexis Garcia, Gustavo Restrepo, Niver Arboledo, John Trellez, Albeiro Usuriaga.
Manager: Pacho Maturano
Achievement: Copa Libertadores winners 1989; Colombian Primera A winners 1991 – runners-up 1988, 1990.
Key men: Rene Higuita, flamboyant goalkeeper famed for his scorpion kick.
Perception: Rated one of South America’s top 20 clubs, arguably Colombia’s finest.
Austria 1932-34: Peter Platzer, Franz Cisar, Karl Sesta, Walter Nausch, Franz Wagner, Josef Smistik, Johann Urbanek, Anton Schall, Rudolf Viertl, Josef Bican, Matthias Sindelar, Matthias Kaburek, Franz Binder, Johann Horvath, Karl Zischek.
Achievements: World Cup semi-finals 1934; Central European International Cup 1931-32.
Manager: Hugo Meisl
Key men: Matthias Sindelar – frail, skilful and influential forward. Johann Horvath, an extremely technical player and prolific scorer. Josef Bican, scorer of over 600 goals in his career. Walter Nausch, captain and versatile member of team.
Perception: Das Wunderteam – the forefathers of “Total football” and arguably one of the best teams never to have won the World Cup.
FK Austria Vienna 1933-1936: Johann Billich, Rudolf Zoehrer, Karl Andritz, Karl Sesta, Karl Graf, Walter Nausch, Karl Adamek, Matthias Najemnik, Johann Mock, Karl Gall, Josef Molzer, Franz Riegler, Josef Stroh, Matthias Sindelar, Camillo Jerusalem, Rudolf Viertl.
Manager: Josef Blum, Robert Lang, Walter Nausch
Achievement: Mitropa Cup winners 1933, 1936; Austrian Cup winners 1933, 1935, 1936
Key men: Matthias Sindelar, the legendary “man of paper”, skilful and influential forward. Full back Walter Nausch, captain of the “wunderteam” and supremely fit. Rudolf Viertl, winger who played for Austria in the 1934 World Cup.
Perception: Aligned to the Austrian “wunderteam” and full of class. Better in cup competitions than in the league.
Barcelona 1958-1961: Antoni Ramallets, Foncho, Ramon Larraz, Celdrán, Carlos Medrano, Ferran Olivella, Jose Pinto, Rodri, Brugué, Gracia Rifé, Goicotea, Biosca, Sigfrid Gracia, Hermes González, Jesus Garay, Joan Segarra, Enric Gensana, Marti Vergés, Flotats, Ladislao Kubala, Evaristo, Eulogio Martínez, Luis Suárez, Zoltan Czibor, Sandor Kocsis, Luis Coll, Justo Tejada, Suco, Sampedro, Ramon Villaverde, Ribelles, Estremo
Manager: Helenio Herrera / Enrique Orizaola
Achievement: 1957-58 – Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winners; 1958-59 – Lia Liga champions, Copa del Rey winners; 1959-60 – La Liga champions, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winners; 1960-61 – European Cup finalists.
Key men: Luis Suarez, Spanish international striker who became world’s most expensive player in 1961. Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-born forward who scored 131 goals in 186 games for Barca.
Perception: Multi-national team fashioned by Herrera, reliant on the awesome striking power of Suarez and Kubala.
Barcelona 1973-74: Salvador Sadurni, Jesus De La Cruz, Joaquim Rife, Antonio Torres, Juan Manuel Asensi, Juan Carlos, Marcial, Enrique Costas, Hugo Sotil, Carlos Rexach, Johan Cruyff, Gallego, Juanito, Manuel Tome
Manager: Rinus Michels
Achievements: 1973-74 La Liga champions. Five year league record: 3, 2, 1, 3, 2
Key men: Johan Cruyff, the legendary Dutch international, who drove Barca to their first title in 14 years; Carles Rexach, winger who formed a successful partnership with Cruyff; Juan Manuel Asensi, goalscoring midfielder.
Perception: Inspired by Cruyff, then the best player in the world, Barca ended a long, lean spell to secure the title.
Barcelona 2008-2011: Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol, Dani Alves, Yaya Toure, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Sylvinho, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi, David Villa, Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto’o, Pedro, Isaac Cuenca
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Achievement: La Liga champions 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11; Copa del Rey winners 2008-
09; UEFA Champions League winners 2008-09, 2010-11; FIFA World Club Cup winners 2009, 2011
Key men: Lionel Messi, Argentinian international, arguably the best player in the world in the past two decades; Andres Iniesta, often understated midfielder; Carles Puyol, tough all-action defender; Xavi, precise and energetic midfielder
Perception: The epitome of tiki-taka, total football and Latin flair. One of the great teams of the modern era.
Bayern Munich 1973-1976: Sepp Maier, Johnny Hansen, Bjorn Andersson, Paul Breitner, Udo Horsmann, Hans-Grog Schwarzenbeck, Franz Beckenbauer, Franz Roth, Conny Torstensson, Rainer Zobel, Gerd Mueller, Uli Hoeness, Jupp Kapellmann, Bernd Duernberger, Klaus Wuender, Sepp Weiss, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Hugo Robl
Manager: Udo Lattek/ Dettmar Cramer
Achievement: 1971-72 – Bundesliga champions; 1972-73 – Bundesliga champions; 1973-74 – European Cup winners, Bundesliga champions; 1974-75 – European Cup winners; 1975-76 – European Cup winners.
Key men: Sepp Maier, giant goalkeeper with huge hands. Franz Beckenbauer, Der Kaiser, the quintessential libero. Gerd Mueller, a goal machine for club and country.
Perception: Machine-like at times, the epitome of German football in the 1970s.
Benfica 1960-1962: Alberto da Costa Pereria, Mario Joao, Germano de Figueiredo, Angelto Martins, Jose Neto, Fernando Cruz, Jose Augusto, Joaquim Santana, Jose Aguas, Mario Coluna, Domiciano Cavern, Eusebio, Antonio Simoes.
Manager: Bela Guttmann
Achievement: 1959-60 – Primeira Liga champions; 1960-61 – European Cup winners, Primeira Liga champions; 1961-62 – European Cup winners, Taca de Portugal winners; 1962-63 – Primeira Liga champions; 1963-64 – Primeira Liga champions, Taca de Portugal winners.
Key men: Eusebio, Mozambique-born striker, one of the all-time greats. Mario Coluna, powerful midfielder. Jose Augusto, right winger.
Perception: Fast and skilful side crafted by Guttmann. Broke the Real Madrid hegemony in 1961.
Billericay Town 1979: Paul Norris, Paul Blackaller, Billy Bingham, Dave Groom, Steve Bone, John Pullin, Charlie Knott, Alan Russ, Mark Carrigan, Arthur Coughlan, Paul Scott, Phil Whettell, Terry Fearey, Doug Young, Jamie Reeves, Freddie Clayden
Manager: John Newman/ Colin Searle
Achievement: 1974-75 Essex Senior League champions; 1975-76 FA Vase winners, Essex Senior League champions; 1976-77 FA Vase winners; 1977-78 Athenian League champions; 1978-79 FA Vase winners, Athenian League champions.
Key men: Freddie Clayden, prolific goalscorer who topped Billericay’s scoring list throughout the 1970s; Doug Young, in 1979, scored the first hat-trick at Wembley since Geoff Hurst’s 1966 treble; Arthur Coughlan, inspirational skipper.
Perception: Non-league football’s success story of the mid-to-late 1970s, laying foundation of Billericay Town.
Bishop Auckland 1954-1957: Harry Sharratt, David Marshall, Childs, Tommy Stewart, Bob Thursby, Bob Hardisty, Corbett Cresswell, Jimmy Nimmins, Jack Major, Warren Bradley, Derek Lewin, Ray Oliver, Seamus O’Connell, Benny Edwards, Billy Russell, Frank McKenna.
Achievement: 1953-54 – FA Amateur Cup runners-up, Northern League champions; 1954-55 – FA Amateur Cup winners Northern League champions; 1955-56 – FA Amateur Cup winners, Northern League champions; 1956-57 – FA Amateur Cup winners.
Key men: Bob Hardisty, England and Great Britain international and legendary half back figure in amateur football; Derek Lewin, forward capped by England and Great Britain. Went on to become a successful football administrator.
Perception: The leading amateur club of their day, Bishop Auckland epitomised everything that was good about the game outside the Football League. A fine footballing side whose reputation extended beyond Britain.
Coach: Jack Hunter
Achievement: FA Cup winners 1882-83
Key men: John Yates, left winger who went on to play for England; Jack Hunter, half back capped by England, he coached the Olympic team.
Perception: Backed by a local foundry owner, Sidney Yates, Olympic’s team of tradesmen and weavers broke the dominance of the “gentleman” teams of the south.
Blackburn Rovers 1994-95: Tim Flowers, Henning Berg, Graeme Le Saux, Colin Hendry, Ian Pearce, Tony Gale, Tim Sherwood, Stuart Ripley, Jason Wilcox, Mark Atkins, Paul Warhurst, Chris Sutton, Alan Shearer, Robbie Slater
Coach: Kenny Dalglish Key men: Alan Shearer, England centre forward signed from Southampton for £ 3.5m. Chris Sutton, striker who cost £5m when signed from Norwich. Colin Hendry, uncompromising central defender.
Achievement: Premier League champions 1994-95. Five year league record: 4, 2, 1, 7, 13
Perception: Funded by lifelong fan and multi-millionaire, Jack Walker, Rovers were accused of “buying” the title, mostly by disgruntled Manchester United fans who had seen their team win the previous two Premier League championships. Success was relatively short-lived.
Boca Juniors 1977-1978: Hugo Gatti, Carlos Rodriguez, Vincente Pernia, Francisco Sa, Roberto Mouzo, Alberto Tarantini, Carlos Veglio, Mario Zanabria, Enresto Mastrangelo, Daniel Pavon, Dario Felman, Jorge Ribalzi, Jose Tesare, Carlos Ortiz, Hector Bernabitti, Miguel Bordon, Jorge Benitez, Ruben Sune, Carlos Salinas, Hugo Perotti.
Manager: Juan Carlos Lorenzo
Achievement: 1976 – Primera Division champions (Metropolitano and Nacional); 1977 – Copa Libertadores winners; 1978 – Copa Libertadores winners.
Key men: Ruben Sune, midfielder who played 300 games in two spells with Boca. Capped six times by Argentina. Hugo Gatti, unorthodox and outstanding. Saved penalty in Libertadores final in 1977. Roberto Mouzo, 400 plus games in defence for Boca. Alberto Tarantini, wild-haired defender who had an aborted spell in England.
Perception: Underpinned by steely defence, experience and the speed of forwards like Mastrangelo and Felman. This Boca side was widely considered to be the best since the club’s first golden age of the 1960s.
Bologna 1963-64: William Negri, Carlo Furlanis, Mirko Pavinato, Paride Tumburus, Francesco Janich, Romano Fogli, Marino Perani, Giancomo Bulgarelli, Harald Nielsen, Helmut Haller, Ezio Pascutti, Antonio Renna
Manager: Fulvio Bernardini
Achievement: 1963-64 – Serie A champions Five year record: 4, 4, 1, 6, 2
Key men: Harald Nielsen, free-scoring Danish forward; Helmut Haller, West Germany inside forward. Fast and tricky. William Negri, kept 18 clean sheets in 34 games in Serie A.
Perception: Unfancied Bologna stunned Italian and European champions Inter by lifting the title.
Bolton Wanderers 1923-1929: Dick Pym, Bob Haworth, Harry Greenhalgh, Fred Kean, Alex Finney, Harry Nuttall, Jimmy Seddon, Billy Jennings, Billy Butler, Jim McClelland, Harold Blackmore, George Gibson, David Jack, Jack Smith, Joe Smith, Ted Vizard, Willie Cook.
Manager: Charles Foweraker
Achievement: FA Cup winners 1923, 1926 and 1929. Five-year league record (starting in 1922-23): 13, 4, 3, 8, 4
Key men: Dick Pym, dependable and consistent goalkeeper. David Jack, one of the most sought-after forwards of his generation. Ted Vizard, Welsh left winger who gave Bolton 18 years.
Perception: FA Cup specialists who were not quite consistent enough for league success.
Bordeaux 1983-1987: Christian Delachet, Dominique Dropsy, Raymond Domenech,Leonard Specht, Jean-Ch. Thouvenel, Zoran Vujovic, Alain Roche, Gernot Rohr, Jean Tigana, Rene Girard, Dieter Mueller, Bernard Lacombe, Jose Toure, Philippe Vercruysse, Patrick Battiston, Alain Giresse, Antoine Martinez, Bernard Zenier, Thierry Tusseau, Michel Audrain, Fernando Chalana, Uwe Reinders, Marc Pascal, Zlatko Vujovic, Philippe Fargeon.
Manager: Aimé Jacquet
Achievement: 1983-84 – Ligue 1 champions; 1984-85 – Ligue 1 champions; 1985-86 – Coupe de France winners; 1986-87 – Ligue 1 champions, Coupe de France winners. Five-year league record: 1, 1, 3, 1, 2
Key men: Alain Giresse, intelligent playmaker in midfield. Bernard Lacombe, goal-hungry striker. Jean Tigana, outstanding box-to-box midfielder.
Perception: A team built with significant amounts of money, luring a cluster of French internationals to the club.
Borussia Dortmund 1964-1966: Hans Tilkowski, Gerhard Cyliax, Theodor Redde, Dieter Kurrat, Wolfgang Paul, Hermann Staschitz, Wilhelm Sturm, Alfred Schmidt, Reihard Wosab, Friedhelm Konietzka, Lothar Emmerich, Rudi Assauer, Reinhard Libuda, Siegfried Held.
Manager: Hermann Eppenkhoff/ Willi Multhaup
Achievement: 1963 German champions and Cup finalists; 1964-65 German Cup winners; 1965-66 European Cup-Winners Cup winners, Bundesliga runners-up. Five-year league record: 4, 3, 2, 3, 14
Key men: Hans Tilkowski, goalkeeper who played between 1963 and 1967, 39 caps for West Germany; Siegfried Held, exciting midfielder/forward signed from Kickers Offenbach. Scored in the ECWC final; Lothar Emmerich, free scoring winger who netted 115 goals in 183 Bundesliga games. Also scored in ECWC final.
Perception: Arguably the best German side before Bayern’s 1970s team.
Borussia Dortmund 1997: Stefan Klos, Matthias Sammer, Jürgen Kohler, Martin Kree, Julio Cesar, Stefan Reuter, Jörg Heinrich, Bodo Schmidt, Michael Zorc, Steffen Freund, Patrik Berger, Lars Ricken, Andreas Möller, Knut Reinhardt, Thomas Franck, Paul Lambert, Karl-Heinz Riedle, Ruben Sosa, Paulo Sousa, Stephane Chapuisat.
Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld
Achievement: 1994-95 Bundesliga champions; 1995-96 Bundesliga champions; 1996-97 UEFA Champions League winners.
Five-year league record: 1, 1, 3, 10, 8
Key men: Matthias Sammer, captain born in East Germany, capped by both DDR and unified Germany; Andreas Möller, attacking midfielder who won 85 caps for Germany; Stephane Chapuisat, Swiss striker named as his country’s best player of all time.
Perception: Surprise UCL winners in 1997, beating Juventus. A powerful unit.
Bradford City 1910-11: Mark Mellors, Robert Campbell, David Taylor, George Robinson, Willie Gildea, Jimmy McDonald, Peter Logan, Jimmy Speirs, Frank O’Rourke, Archie Devine, Frank Thompson, Bob Torrance.
Manager: Peter O’Rourke
Key men: Jimmy Speirs, Scottish forward sadly killed at Ypres 1917. Scored winning goal in 1911 cup final. Archie Devine, Scottish midfielder who also played for Arsenal.
Achievement: FA Cup winners 1910-11. Five year league record: 18, 7, 5, 11, 13
Perception: Bradford’s best ever season was assisted by Newcastle, their FA Cup final opponents, being without key players.
Manager: Flavio Costa
Achievement: 1949 – Copa America winners; 1950 – World Cup runners-up.
Key men: Ademir, golden boot winner in 1950 World Cup, fast and powerful. Zizinho, described by Pele as the “most complete player I ever saw.” Midfield or forward. Bauer, one of the finest midfielders of his time.
Perception: Lost to Uruguay in 1950 final but everyone’s favourites to win the World Cup that year.
Manager: Vicente Feola/Aymore Moreira
Achievement: 1958 – World Cup winners; 1962 – World Cup winners.
Key men: Garrincha, the “little bird” at his best on the flank. Gilmar, rated Brazil’s best ever goalkeeper. Vava, striker rated one of the best of his time. Didi, midfielder who was a dead-ball specialist, possibly the first ever. Djalma Santos, one of the greatest full backs of all time. Pele, young talent who burst onto the scene in 1958.
Perception: Packed with ball-playing skill and trickery, this was the first Brazil side to capture the imagination of the rest of the world.
Manager: Mario Zagallo Achievement: 1970 – World Cup winners.
Key men: Carlos Alberto, skipper and overlapping full back. Pele, the great, charimastic talisman of the team. Gerson, chain-smoking midfield genius. Jairzinho, goalscoring front man, strong and agile – nicknamed “the hurricane”.
Perception: Steeped in the tradition of Brazilian teams from the 1950s and 1960s, this team, with Pele at his peak, is arguably the all-time great international XI.
Manager: Tele Santana
Achievement: 1982 – World Cup second stage; 1983 – Copa America runners-up.
Key men: Socrates, technical playmaker with great vision and passing ability. Zico, heralded as a successor to Pele, he was a flair player who could score great goals. Falcao, a deep-lying playmaker with a powerful shot.
Perception: The “people’s champions” in 1982 World Cup, beaten by Italy in the second stage. Flowing football, sublime free-kicks, but weaknesses in defence and up front.
Manager: Sepp Herberger Achievement: One defeat in 11 games. 8-1 victory against Denmark in May 1937 in Breslau.
Key men: Otto Stiffling, a clever forward who scored four times in that game with Denmark. Fritz Szepan, Schalke forward who lacked pace but had the uncanny ability to make the ball do the work for him. Prolific in front of goal.
Perception: A team that was never allowed to fulfill its potential.
Burnley 1920-21: Jerry Dawson, Cliff Jones, Len Smelt, Billy Watson, David Taylor, George Halley, Tommy Boyle, Alf Basnett, Eddie Mosscrop, Billy Nesbitt, Walter Weaver, Joe Anderson, Benny Cross, Bob Kelly.
Manager: John Haworth
Achievement: 1920-21: Football League Champions. Five year league record (starting in 1919-20): 2, 1, 3, 15, 17
Key men: Joe Anderson, Scottish centre forward who netted 25 goals in the league campaign. Tommy Boyle, underrated half back who captained Burnley to FA Cup glory in 1914. Bob Kelly, another free-scoring forward who went on the break the record transfer record when he moved to Sunderland in 1925.
Perception: Fine footballing side that set a 30-game unbeaten record that stood until 2003-04.
Manager: Harry Potts
Achievement: 1959-60 – Football League champions. Five year league record: 6, 7, 1, 4, 2
Key men: Ray Pointer, prolific goalscorer who was capped by England three times. Jimmy McIlroy, superb passer of the ball in midfield. One of Burnley’s all-time greats. John Connelly, tricky winger who was capped 20 times by England. Played in the 1966 World Cup.
Perception: Cultured footballing team that surprised a few people in the post-Munich years. Eclipsed only by Tottenham’s 1960-61 double side.
Achievement: FA Cup winners 1926-27, Football League Runners-up 1923-24, FA Cup finalists 1924-25. Five year record: 2, 11, 16, 14, 6
Manager: Fred Stewart
Key men: Fred Keenor, a hard-tackling character a fiercely loyal to Cardiff City. A Welsh international; Len Davies, free-scoring forward from Splott; Hughie Ferguson, scored the winning goal in the 1927 FA Cup final against Arsenal.
Perception: The golden age of Cardiff City, taking the FA Cup out of England for the only time.
Celtic 1904-1910: David Adams, Don McLeod, William Strang, James Weir, Hugh Watson, Joseph Dodds, Daniel Munro, William Orr, Jim Young, James Hay, Alec McNair, John Graham, James McMenemy, William Loney, Alex Bennett, Edward Garry, Jimmy Quinn, Peter Somers, David Hamilton, Peter Johnstone, William Kivlichen.
Achievement: 1904-05 – Scottish League champions; 1905-06 Scottish League champions; 1906-07 – Scottish League champions and Scottish Cup winners; 1907-08 – Scottish League champions and Scottish Cup winners; 1908-09 – Scottish League champions; 1909-10 – Scottish League champions.
Manager: Willie Maley
Key men: Jimmy Quinn, free-scoring forward who switched from the wing to centre and scored 216 goals in 331 appearances for the club; Alex McNair, intelligent and composed right back who spent 21 years with Celtic; Jim Young, right half nicknamed “Sunny”; Jimmy McMenemy, nicknamed “Napoleon”, a long-serving forward who scored 144 goals in 456 games.
Perception: The dominant force in Scotland at the time, thanks to the consistent backbone of the team.
Troels Rasmussen, Ole Qvist, John Sivebaek, Morten Olsen, Søren Busk, Ivan Nielsen, Henrik Andersen, Frank Arnesen, Jens Bertelsen, Klaus Berggreen, Søren Lerby, Michael Laudrup, Preben Elkjaer, Jesper Olsen, Jan Mølby, John Eriksen, Allan Simonson
Achievement: Euro 1984 Semi-final; World Cup round of 16 1986
Manager: Sepp Piontek
Key men: Michael Laudrup, wonderfully skilful forward, tricky and clever; Frank Arnesen, polished midfielder; Morten Olsen, calm in defence.
Perception: Free-flowing, skilful football team that should have achieved more. An 1980s version of Total Football. Defining moment, 6-1 against Uruguay in Mexico 1986.
Deportivo La Coruna 1999-00
Jacques Songo’o, Emrique Romero, Noureddine Naybet, Gabriel Schuerrer, Victor Sanchez, Mauro Silva, Donato, Manuel Pablo, Djalminha, Flavio Conceicao, Slaviska Conceicao, Slaviska Jokanovik, Fran, Jaime, Fernando, Lionel Scaloni, Roy Makaay, Turu Flores, Pauleta.
Achievement: La Liga champions 1999-00; Five year record: 12 – 6 – 1 – 2 – 2
Manager: Javier Irureta
Key men: Roy Makaay, free-scoring Dutch striker, 22 goals in 99-00. 43 Dutch caps. Djalminha, eccentric Brazilian attacking midfielder. Mauro Silva, Brazilian holding midfielder.
Perception: Expensively assembled multi-national team that challenged the big two in Spain. Played extravagant football at times.
Derby County 1971-1975
Colin Boulton, Rob Webster, Peter Daniel, David Nish, Rod Thomas, John Robson, Terry Hennessey, Roy McFarland, Colin Todd, Bruce Rioch, Alan Durban, Archie Gemmill, John McGovern, Alan Hinton, Henry Newton, John O’Hare, Kevin Hector, Francis Lee, Roger Davies
Achievement: Football League champions 1971-72 and 1974-75
Manager: Brian Clough (1972), Dave Mackay (1975)
Key men: Roy McFarland, towering centre half and skipper; Colin Todd, cultured defender; Archie Gemmill, tenacious midfielder; Kevin Hector, legendary striker.
Perception: Good footballing side schooled by Brian Clough. Played the game the right way.
Dinamo Bucharest 1961-65
Ilie Datcu, Iulius Cezer Ut, Dumitru Ivan, Ion Nunweiler, Cornel Popa, Vasile Alexandru, Constantin Stefean, Vasile Anghel, Haralambie Eftimie, Constantin Fratila, Ion Pircalab, Ion Tircovnicu, Gheorghe Ene, Aurel Ungurolu, Iosif Varga, Emil Petru, Octavian Popescu, Radu Nunweiler.
Achievement: Romanian champions 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65. Romanian cup winners 1963-64.
Manager: Traian Ionescu, Constantin Teasca, Dumitru Nicolae, Angelo Niculescu
Key men: Ion Nunweiler, one of five brothers, a tough defender who won 40 caps for Romania. Radu Nunweiler, central midfielder. Constantin Fratila, small free-scoring forward.
Perception: Powerful and robust unit built on strong defence. First Romanian double winners.
Dinamo Tbilisi 1978-1981
Otar Gabelia, Tamaz Kostava, Aleksandre Chivadze, Nodar Khizanishvili, Giori Tavadza, Vitaly Daraselia, Zaur Svanadze, Tengiz Sulakvelidze, Vladimir Gutsaev, David Kipiani, Ramaz Shegelia, Nugzar Kakilasjvili, Shota Khinchagashvili, David Mujiri, Munachar Machaidze, Vakhtang Koridze, Gocha Machaidze, Vakhtang Koridze
Manager: Nodar Akhalkatsi
Achievements: Soviet League champions 1978, Soviet Cup winners 1979, European Cup-Winners’ Cup winners 1980-81
Key men: Ramaz Shengelia, USSR international striker and USSR player of the year in 1978n and 1981. Skilful and prolific. David Kipiani, elegant midfielder with good dribbling and passing skills. Vitaly Daraselia, energetic midfielder who died tragically young in 1982.
Perception: Georgian team capable of stunning football played at pace.
Achievement: Scottish League champions 1961-62; European Cup semi-finalists 1962-63, Scottish Cup finalists 1963-64
Manager: Bob Shankly
Key men: Alan Gilzean, skilful and aggressive striker; Ian Ure, powerful defender; Alan Cousin, tricky forward known as the “king of the double shuffle”.
Perception: Tenacious, skilful team considered to be the best produced in Scotland between 1945 and 1961. Bucked the old firm trend.
Dynamo Moscow 1945
Aleksey Khomich, Vsevolod Radikorsyky, Mikhail Semichastny, Boris Stankevich,Vsevolod Blinkov, Leonid Solovyov, Yevgenly Arkhangeslsky, Vasiliy Kartsev, Konstantin Beskov, Vsevolod Bobrov, Sergey Solovyov, Vasiliy Trofimov, Boris Oreshkin
Achievement: Russian spring champions 1945, 1949 Unbeaten on tour of England in 1945.
Manager: Mikhail Yakushin
Key men: Aleksey “Tiger” Khomich, brave goalkeeper with superb reflexes; Konstantin Beskov, prolific striker who later managed USSR; Vsevolod Bobrov, striker who turned to Ice Hockey.
Perception: Highly skilled and fit team that went on an ambassadorial tour of the UK in 1945, winning friends and showing the world a different brand of football.
East Germany 1974
Juergen Croy, Lothar Kurbjuweit, Bernd Bransch, Konrad Weise, Hans-Juergen Kreischem Siegmar Waetzlich, Reinhard Lauckm Juergen Sparwasser, Harald Irmscher, Gerd Kische, Martin Hoffmann, Joachim Fritsche, Joachim Streich, Erich Hamann, Juergen Pommerkenke, Peter Ducke, Eberhard Vogel.
Manager: Georg Buschner
Achievements: Olympic Games 1972 bronze medal, World Cup 1974 second stage
Key men: Juergen Croy, goalkeeper with outstanding reflexes, named GDR player of the year 1972, 1976 and 1978. Joachim Streich, striker capped 98 times by the GDR, scoring 53 goals. Juergen Sparwasser, scorer of the goal that beat West Germany in 1974 World Cup.
Perception: An outstanding eastern bloc team that came to fruition in the 1972-74 period. Functional, but also capable of highly technical football.
Gordon Banks, George Cohen, Ray Wilson, Nobby Stiles, Jack Charlton, Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, Roger Hunt, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Jimmy Greaves, Ian Callaghan, John Connelly, Terry Paine
Manager: [Sir] Alf Ramsey
Achievements: World Cup winners 1966
Key men: Bobby Charlton, winger turned midfielder, fierce shot. Ambassador of the game. Bobby Moore, cultured defender, immaculate timing. Geoff Hurst, tall inside forward who netted a hat-trick in the World Cup final. Gordon Banks, occasionally spectacular but mostly safe and reliable goalkeeper.
Perception: Often underated world champions whose style didn’t endear them to the media at the time. Reputation had grown with time and a realisation that it was a unique occasion.
Alberto Jose Poletti, Oscar Malbernat, Ramon Aguirre Suarez, Raul Madero, Jose Hugo Medina, Carlos Bilardo, Carlos Pachame, Nestor Togneri, Felipe Ribaudo, Marcos Conigliaro, Juan Ramon Veron, Juan Echecopar, Christian Rudzki, Errea, Ruben Paganini, Jorge Solari.
Manager: Oscar Zubeldia
Achievements: Argentine champions 1967; Libertadores Cup winners 1968, 1969, 1970; Intercontinental Cup winners 1968.
Key men: Juan Ramon Veron, known as “the witch”, a highly technical player who could line-up in midfield or up front. Prolific scorer. Carlos Bilardo, midfielder anchor, tenacious. Carlos Pachame, fearsome battler in midfield.
Perception: Very skilful team, too often distracted by over robust tactics.