1001 Floodlit Dreams

Rating the 1001 best football teams of all time.

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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.

AccraAccra 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.

AC Milan 1967-69: Fabio Cudicini, Angelo Anquilletti, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Roberto Rosato, Nevio Scala, Saul Malatrasi, Giovanni Trapattoni, Giovanni Lodetti, Kurt Hamrin, Angelo Sormani, Gianni Rivera, Pierino Prati.

Manager: Nereo Rocco

Achievement: Serie A champions 1967-68; European Cup-Winners’ Cup winners 1967-68; European Cup winners 1968-69

Key men:  Gianni Rivera, graceful midfielder and “golden boy” of Italian football; Pierino Prati, sharp shooting forward, good in the air. Hat-trick in European Cup final 1969; Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, German full-back known as the Volkswagen for his relentless energy.

Perception: Continued the Milan expertise in Catenaccio, but with a little more attacking flair.

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

AchiAjax 1972evements: 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-Kanu-1995Ajax 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 AhlyAl-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.

AnderlechtAnderlecht 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.

arbroathArbroath 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.

1985_argentinosjrsArgentinos 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 1931Arsenal 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 2004Arsenal 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.


Arsenal 1970-71:
Bob Wilson, Pat Rice, Bob McNab, Peter Storey, Frank McClintock, Peter Simpson, 1970_71_2George Armstrong, George Graham, John Radford, Ray Kennedy, Charlie George, Eddie Kelly.

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-campec3a3-1978Argentina 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.

1986Argentina 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.

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Aston Villa 1896-97:
Jimmy Whitehouse; Howard Spencer, Jack Reynolds; Albert Evans, James Cowan, Jimmy Crabtree; Charlie Athersmith, Jack Devey, John Campbell, Fred Wheldon, John Cowan.

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.

VILLA 1913Aston 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.

villa 81Aston 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-1932-33Athletic 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.

 

atleticoAtletico 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.

Australia 2015:  Matt Ryan, Ivan Franjic; Trevor Sainsbury, Matthew Spiranovic, Jason Davidson, Mark Milligan, Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo, Robbie Krusa, Matthew Leckie, Tim Cahill, James Troisi, Matt McKay, Tomi Juric.

Achievement: AFC Asian Cup winners 2015; World Cup finals qualification 2014 and 2018

Manager: Ange Postecoglou

Key men: Massimo Luongo, named player of the 2015 Asian Cup with the most assists. Played for QPR. Italian descent; Tim Cahill, attacking midfielder who played for Millwall and Everton, among others.

Perception: Much travelled band of players that benefitted from their experiences to become Asian champions.

wunderteamAustria 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.

1936-austriaFK 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.

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1960-61a-barcelona-maga-olimc3a1n-nc2ba-18Barcelona 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.

fc-barcelona-1973-74Barcelona 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 2011Barcelona 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, sublimely talented Argentinian international; Andreas Iniesta, often under-estimated midfielder; Xavi, precise and energetic midfielder.

Perception: The epitome of tiki-take, total football and latin flair. One of the great teams of the modern era.

Bayern Munich 2000-01

Oliver Kahn, Thomas Linke, Willy Sagnol, Samuael Kuffour, Patrick Andersson, Bixente Lizarazu, Hassan Salihamidžić, Mehmet Scholl, Owen Hargreaves, Thorsten Fink, Michael Tarnet, Jens Jeremies, Stefen Effenberg, Ciriaco Sforze, Giovane Élber, Paulo Sergio, Carsetn Jancker, Alexander Zickler, Roque Santa Cruz

Manager: 
Ottmar Hitzfeld

Achievement: DFB Pokal winners 1999-00, Bundesliga champions 2000-01, UEFA Champions League winners 2000-01, Intercontinental Cup winners 20001. Five-year record: 1 – 1 – 1 – 3 – 1

Key men: Oliver Kahn, goalkeeper with excellent reflexes and agility, as well as a superb big game temperament; Steffen Effenberg, captain and central midfielder, named UEFA club player of the year in 2001; Giovane Élber, top scorer, Brazilian international prolific throughout career.

Perception: Relatively uninspiring, multi-national Bayern were controversial league champions and ground out a Champions League win on penalties against Valencia.

Bayern Munich 2012-13

Manuel Neuer, Dante, Jéròme Boateng, Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Franck Ribèry, Javi Martinez, Arjen Robben, Xherdan Shaqiri, Thomas Müller, Luiz Gustavo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Tony Kroos, Mario Mandžukić, Mario Gomez

Manager:Juup Heynckes

Achievement: DFB Pokal winners 2012-13, Bundesliga champions 2012-13, UEFA Champions League winners 2012-13. Five-year record: 3 – 2 – 1 – 1- 1

Key men: Manuel Neuer, one of the most successful sweeper-keepers with sharp reflexes and skilful footwork; Philipp Lahm, known as “magic dwarf” owing to his diminutive appearance. Defence or midfield, skipper of the team. 113 caps for Germany; Tony Kroos, the archetypal modern attacking midfielder. Superb passing ability and technique.

Perception:Record-breaking team, (30 records broken in 2012-13), playing with pace, power and patience.

BayernBayern 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.

BenficaBenfica 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-watnBillericay 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+1955Bishop 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.

 

olympicBlackburn Olympic 1883: Thomas Hacking, James Ward, Albert Warburton, Thomas Gibson, William Astley, Jack Hunter, Thomas Dewhurst, Arthur Matthews, George Wilson, Jimmy Costley, John Yates

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.

 

roversBlackburn 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-1976-homeBoca 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 1964Bologna 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.

 

Sport, Football, F,A,Cup Final, Wembley, London, England, 24th April 1926, Bolton Wanderers 1 v Manchester City 0, Bolton Wanderers players only, Back row, L-R: Haworth, Nuttall, Pym, Jennings, Greenhalgh, Front row, L-R: Butler, Jack, J,R,Smith, Joe Smith, Vizard, Seddon (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

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.

BordeauxBordeaux 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.

dortmund-europapokal_1966_3_lbBorussia 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.

dortmund-1997Borussia 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.

1910-11squadBradford 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.

 brazil-1950Brazil 1950: Moacir Barbosa, Augusto, Juvenal, Jose Carlos Bauer, Danilo, Bigode, Friaca, Zizinho, Ademir, Jair, Chico

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.

1962Brazil 1958 to 1962: Gilmar, Djalma Santos, Orlando Peranha, Bellin, Nilton Santos, Zito, Didi, Garrincha, Mario Zagallo, Vava, Pele, Mauro Ramos, Zozimo, Amarildo.

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.

Brazil 1970Brazil 1970: Felix, Carlos Alberto, Brito, Piazza, Everaldo, Clodoaldo, Gerson, Jairzinho, Tostao, Pele, Rivelino, Marco Antonio, Roberto, Paulo Cesar.

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.

Brazil 1982Brazil 1982: Waldir Peres, Leandro, Oscar, Luizinho, Junior, Toninho Cerezo, Falcao, Socrates, Zico, Serginho, Eder, Edevaldo, Paulo Isidoro, Edinho.

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.

elfBreslau Elf (Germany 1937): Hans Jakob, Paul Janes, Reinhold Münzenberg, Andreas Kupfer, Ludwig Goldbrunner, Albin Kitzinger, Ernst Lehner, Rudolf Gellesch, Otto Stiffling, Fritz Szepan, Adolf Urban.

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
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.


BurnleyBurnley 1959-60:
 Adam Blacklaw, John Angus, Alex Elder, Jimmy Adamson, Tony Cummings, Brian Miller, Trevor Meredith, Jimmy McIlroy, Ray Pointer,Jimmy Robson, Brian Pilkington, John Connelly

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.

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Cagliari 1969-70: Enrico Albertosi, Mario Martiradonna, Giulio Zignoli, Pierluigi Cera, Comunardo Niccolai, Giuseppe Tomasini, Angelo Domenghini, Nené, Sergio Gori, Ricciotti Greatti, Luigi Riva.

Manager: Manlio Scopigno

Achievement: Italian Serie A champions 1969-70. Runners-up 1968-69. Five year league record: 9, 2, 1, 7, 4

Key men: Luigi Riva, powerful, legendary striker for Cagliari and Italy. Scored 21 goals in 1969-70; Enrico Albertosi, consistent goalkeeper for club and country; Angelo Domenghini, fast and agile striker with great technical ability.

Perception: A team that broke the northern stranglehold on Serie A and became a local legend on Sardinia.

Cardiff City 1924-1927: Tom Farquharson, James Nelson, Tom Watson, Fred Keenor, Tommy Sloan, Billy Hardy, Ernie Curtis, Sam Irving, Hughie Ferguson, Len Davies, George McLachlan.

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 1907-08Celtic 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.

Celtic 1965-1970

Ronnie Simpson, John Fallon, Evan Williams; Jim Craig, Tommy Gemmell, David Hay, Jim Brogan, Billy McNeill, John Clark; Bobby Murdoch, Bertie Auld, Willie Wallace, Jimmy Johnstone, Joe McBride; Steve Chalmers, Bobby Lennox, John Hughes, George Connelly. 

Manager: Jock Stein

Achievement: Scottish League Champions 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70; Scottish Cup Winners 1966-67, 1968-69; Scottish League Cup Winners 1965-66, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70; European Cup Winners 1966-67. Five year record: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1.

Key men:Billy McNeill, commanding centre half and captain; Tommy Gemmell, attacking full back, good eye for goal; Jimmy Johnstone, tricky winger, known as “jinky”; Bertie Auld, midfielder or wide man, a big character.

Perception: Brilliant, attacking football, one of Britain’s best-ever teams.

Chelsea 1970-1972

Peter Bonetti, Ron Harris, Eddie McCreadie, John Boyle, John Dempsey, David Webb, Marvin Hinton, John Hollins, Alan Hudson, Charlie Cooke, Steve Kember, Peter Houseman, Tommy Baldwin, Chris Garland, Peter Osgood, Ian Hutchinson, Keith Weller.

Achievement: FA Cup winners 1970; European Cup-Winners’ Cup 1971; Football League Cup runners-up 1972. Five year record (68-72): 6 – 5 – 3 – 6 – 7

Manager: Dave Sexton

Key men: Peter Osgood, supremely skilful forward and a club legend; Charlie Cooke, outstanding dribbler; John Hollins, hard-working and reliable midfielder with an eye for goal; Alan Hudson, teenage prodigy in midfield.

Perception: Lacked the professionalism and drive to challenge for league honours, but a great cup side.

Chelsea 1954-55           

Charlie Thomson, Bill Robertson, Stan Willemse, Peter Sillett, Stan Wicks, Derek Saunders, Ron Greenwood, John Harris, Ken Armstrong, Seamus O’Connell, Johnny McNichol, Roy Bentley, Les Stubbs, Frank Blunstone, Jim Lewis, Eric Parsons.

Achievements: Football League champions 1954-55.

Manager: Ted Drake

Key men: Roy Bentley, England centre forward who netted 21 goals in the title-winning campaign; Eric Parsons, flying  winger who had an outstanding season, known as “Rabbit”; Ken Armstrong, dependable right half; Peter Sillett, young full back.

Perception: A team for a season that failed to build on its success.

Chelsea 2004-2006

Peter Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Wayne Bridge, Asier Del Horno, Glen Johnson, John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, William Gallas, Claude Makelele, Frank Lampard, Tiago, Michael Essien, Arjen Robben, Damien Duff, Joe Cole, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Mateja Kezman, Didier Drogba, Eidar Gudjohnsen, Hernan Crespo.

Achievements: Premier League Champions 2004-05, 2005-06; Football League Cup winners 2004-05. Five-record (2003-2008): 2 – 1 – 1 – 2 – 2

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Key men: Frank Lampard, goalscoring midfielder, very consistent; John Terry, old-style English central defender, inspirational leader; Michael Essien, bullish midfielder, tough and creative; Didier Drogba, awkward centre forward.

Perception: Wonderfully consistent, ruthless and focused.

Chile 1962

Misael Escuti, Adan Goday, Raul Sanchez, Carlos Contreras, Eladio Rojas, Jamie Ramirez, Jorge Toro, Honorino Landa, Leonel Sanchez, Manuael Rodriguez, Armando Tobar, Carlos Campos, Sergio Navarro.

Achievement: Third place, World Cup 1962 (as hosts)

Manager: Fernando Riera

Key men: Leonel Sanchez, joint top scorer in the 1962 World Cup. Fractious left-sided forward with an eye for goal; Jorge Toro, attacking midfielder and dangerous in front of goal; Jaime Ramirez, a winger with great technique, fast. Nicknamed “Superclase”.

Perception: Tenacious side who made the most of their host status in 1962.

 

Chile 2015-2016

Claudio Bravo, Gary Medel, Francisco Silva, Marcelo Diaz, Mauricio Isla, Charles Aranguiz, Arturo Vidal, Jean Beausejour, Jorge Valdivia, Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sánchez, Matias Fernandez, Angelo Henriquez, Gonzalo Jara, José Pedro Fuenzalida, Edson Puch, Nicolas Castillo.

Achievements: Copa America winners 2015 and 2016.

Manager: Jorge Sampaoli (2015), Juan Antonio Pizzi (2016)

Key men: Eduardo Vargas, quick and dynamic forward, capable of creativity and goals; Arturo Vidal, hard-working versatile midfielder; Alexis Sanchez, winger or forward, quick and busy.

Perception: Despite some outstanding players, lacked breadth of quality, hence failed to qualify for 2018 World Cup.

Clyde 1958

Tommy McCulloch, Albert Murray, Harry Haddock, Joe Walters, Willie Finlay, Mike Clinton, George Herd, Dan Currie, John Coyle, Archie Robertson, Tommy Ring.

Manager: Johnny Haddow

Achievement: Scottish Cup winners 1957-58.

Key men:Harry Haddock, played 500-plus games at left back for Clyde and included in Scotland World Cup squad; Tommy Ring, outside left who scored winner in the 1955 cup final; John Coyle, a member of the 1958 Scotland squad for the World Cup. Scored frequently in second half of 1957-58 season.

Perception: Hard-working team that also finished fourth in the Scottish League and semi-final of the Scottish League Cup.

Colchester United 1970-72: Graham Smith, Brian Hall, Bobby Cram, John Gilchrist, John Kurila, Brian Lewis, Dave Simmons, Mick Mahon, Ray Crawford, Brian Gibbs, Micky Cook, Ken Jones.

Achievement:FA Cup giant-killers 1970-71; Watney Cup winners 1971

Manager: Dick Graham

Key men:Ray Crawford, veteran former England striker plucked from non-league at the age of 34. Scored over 30 goals in 1970-71, including two against Leeds.

Perception:Pulled off one of the great FA Cup giant-killings in beating the mighty Leeds United. Beat West Brom in the short-lived Watney Cup in the next pre-season.

Croatia 2018

Danijel Subašić, Šime Vrsaliko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinić, Marcelo Brizović, Ante Rebić, Luka Modrić, Ivan Perišić, Ivan Rakitić, Mario Mandžukić, Andrej Kramarić, Marko Pjaca, Vedran Ćorluka, Milan Badelj, Josip Pivarić.

Manager: Zlatko Dalić

Achievement: World Cup finalists 2018

Key men: Luka Modrić, hard-working and clever midfielder; Ivan Rakitić, a quick-passing midfielder with Barcelona, often under-rated; Ivan Perišić, covered more ground than any other player in the World Cup 2018.

Perception: Performed against the odds, beating hosts, Russia, and Argentina on the way to the final. An intelligent side, making the most of their strengths.

Crystal Palace 1980
John Burridge, Billy Gilbert, Peter Nicholas, Jim Cannon, Jerry Murphy, Kenny Sansom, Dave Swindlehurst, Vince Hilarie, Barry Silkman, Mike Elwiss, Tony Sealy, Ian Walsh, Steve Lovell, Nicky Chatterton. 

Manager: Terry Venables

Achievement: Second Division champions 1978-79. Five year record: 3+,9+,1+, 13, 22.
+Football League Division Two.

Key men: Kenny Sansom, talented full back who went on to win 86 caps for England as an Arsenal player; Vince Hilaire, skilful midfielder.

Perception: Built on Palace’s FA Youth Cup-winning team of 1977 and 1978, an example of how hype can lead people getting carried away with expectation. Dubbed “team of the 80s”, the side never fulfilled its potential.

Czechoslavakia 1960-62: Viliam Schrojf, Jirí Tichy, Ján Popluhár, Svatopluk Pluskal, Ladislav Novák, Tomáš Pospichal, Titus Bubernik, František Šafránek, Andrej Kvašnák, Josef Masopust, Pavol Molnár, Josef Jelínek, Adolf Scherer, Vlatimil Bubnik, Milan Dolinsky, Josef Kadraba.

Achievement:European Championship 1960 third place, World Cup runners-up 1962.

Manager: Rudolf Vytlačil

Key men:Ladislav Novak, captain and defender, reliable and strong. 75 caps; Josef Masopust, supremely skilful and European Footballer of the Year in 1962.

Perception:Very talented, highly-skilled team.

Czechoslavakia 1976:  Ivo Viktor, Anton Ondruš, Ján Pivarnik, Koloman Gögh, Jozef Čapkovič, Karol Dobiaš, Jozef Móder, Antonin Panenka, Marian Masny, Zdenêk Nehoda, Ján Švehlík, Ladislav Jurkemik, František Vesely.

Achievement: European Championship winners 1976

Manager: Václav Ježek

Key men: Zdenêk Nehoda, striker/winger who netted a goal every three games. Played for Dukla and then went to play in Belgium, France and Germany later in his career; Marián Masny, skilful winger, rated among the world’s best, from Slovan Bratislava; Antonin Panenka, attacking midfielder, famous for his jinked penalty that won the Euros.

Perception: Surprise winners of the Euros, but skilful in attack. Inconsistent.

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Denmark 1984-1986

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.

Dundee 1961-64

Pat Liney, Robert Slater, Bobby Cox, Alex Hamilton, Bobby Seith, Ian Ure, Alex Stuart, George Ryden, Andy Penman, Gordon Smith, Hugh Robertson, Bobby Wishart, Ken Cameron, Doug Houston, Alan Gilzean, Alan Cousin.

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.

Dundee United 1982-83: Hamish McAlpine, Derek Stark, Maurice Malpas, Richard Gough, Paul Hegarty,Dave Narey, Eamonn Bannon, Ralph Milne, Billy Kirkwood, Paul Sturrock, Davie Dodds, Iain Phillip, John Reilly, John Holt. 

Achievement: Scottish League champions 1982-83 Five year record: 3, 3, 1, 3, 3

Manager: Jim McLean

Key men: Richard Gough, commanding central defender; Eamonn Bannon, skilful playmaker who had a brief spell in England; Davie Dodds, 22-goal target man.

Perception: Unlikely but deserving champions who also made a mark in Europe in the 1980s.

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.

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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.

England 1908

Horace Bailey, Bob Crompton, Walter Corbett, Jesse Pennington, Ben Warren, Billy Wedlock, Bob Hawkes, Jock Rutherford, Vivien J Woodward, George Hilsdon, Jimmy Windridge, Frank Bradshaw, Arthur Bridgett.

Manager: England selection committee

Key men: George Hildson, nicknamed “gatling gun” for his sharp-shooting, scored eight on the European tour in four games; Vivien J Woodward, a gentleman amateur, skilful and sporting; Billy Wedlock, stout centre half, known for his power. Nicknamed “fatty” or “the India rubber man”.

Achievement: Home International champions, 1908; GB XI winners of Olympic gold medal 1908; Unbeaten on first Continental European tour, 1908, goal-difference of 28-2.

Perception: Skilful team with devastating forwards. Ahead of the field in Europe.

England 1947-48

Frank Swift, Laurie Scott, John Howe, Billy Wright, Neil Franklin, Henry Cockburn, Stanley Matthews, Stanley Mortensen, Tommy Lawton, Wilf Mannion, Tom Finney, George Hardwick, Stan Pearson, Raich Carter.

Manager:Walter Winterbottom

Key men:Frank Swift, giant keeper with a handspan of almost 12 inches. Tragically died in the 1958 Munich crash; Billy Wright, dependable and skilful defender, first England player to win 100 caps; Stanley Matthews, legendary figure in the English game, excellent close control and dribbling; Tom Finney, named by Bill Shankly (a team mate at Preston) as the greatest to have played the game.

Achievement: 1947-48 Home International champions; beat Italy, reigning world champions, in Turin 4-0.

Perception: An ageing collection of players whose careers were impacted by war, but some of the great post-war names from English football.

England 1966

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.

Estudiantes de La Plata 1968-70

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.

Everton 1931-33: Ted Sagar, Billy Cook, Warney Cresswell, Ben Williams, Jock Thomson, Charlie Gee, Archie Clark, Cliff Britton, Ted Critchley, Albert Geldard, Tommy White, Jimmy Dunn, Dixie Dean, Tommy Johnson, Jimmy Stein.

Achievement: Football League Champions 1931-32, FA Cup winners 1932-33.

Manager: Tom McIntosh

Key men: Dixie Dean, 45 goals in 1931-32, excellent in the air and a legend of the inter-war years; Tommy Johnson, 22 goals in 1931-32, powerful left foot; Cliff Britton, classy playmaker signed from Bristol Rovers.

Perception: Free-scoring, powerful team.

Everton 1962-63: Gordon West, Alex Parker, Mick Meagan, George Thomson, Jimmy Gabriel, Brian Labone, Brian Harris, Alex Scott, Dennis Stevens, Tony Kay, Alex Young, Roy Vernon, Billy Bingham, Johnny Morrissey

Manager: Harry Catterick

Key men: Alex Young, creative midfielder known as “the golden vision”; Roy Vernon, heavy smoking inside forward, prolific in front of goal; Jimmy Gabriel, powerful midfielder, adding grit to the defence.

Achievement: Football League champions 1962-63. Five-year record: 5 – 4- 1 – 3- 4

Perception: Skilful team that combined flair with a certain hard edge.

Everton 1969-70: Gordon West, Tommy Wright, Sandy Brown, Keith Newton, Howard Kendall, Brian Labone, John Hurst, Colin Harvey, Alan Ball, Alan Whittle, Joe Royle, Jimmy Husband, Johnny Morrissey.

Achievement: Football League champions 1969-70, FA Cup finalists 1968. Five year record: 5, 3, 1, 14, 15

Manager: Harry Catterick

Key men: Alan Ball, England World Cup winner, foraging midfielder; Joe Royle, young striker, superb in the air; Brian Labone, England centre half.

Perception: Exciting team that finished nine points ahead of Leeds United to win the title. Failed to build on success.

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Fenerbahçe 1967-68: Yavuz Simsek, Hazim Cantez, Levent Engineri, Yilmaz Sen, Sukrü Birand, Numan Okumus, Özcan Köksoy, Selim Soydan, Fuat Saner, Ziya Sengüi, Ogün Altiparmak, Yasar Mumcuoglu, Nedim Dögan, Abdullah Çevrin, Erdinç Sandalci, Can Bartu.

Achievements: Turkish League champions 1967-68, Turkish Cup winners 1967-68.

Manager: Ignác Molnár

Key men: Yilmaz Sen, strong central defender, 24 years old, capped 18 times by Turkey; Ogün Altiparmak, leading scorer, two spells with the club. 32 caps for Turkey.

Perception: Defence-orientated team, conceding just 12 goals in the league.

Ferencvaros 1928: Ignác Amsel, Géza Takács, János Hungler, Károly Furmann, Márton Bukovi, Elemér Berkessy, Imre Koszta, József Takács, József Turay, Ferenc Szedlacsik, Vilmos Kohut.

Achievements: Hungarian champions 1925-26, 1926-27, 1927-28. Runners-up 1928-29, 1929-30; Magyar Kupa winners 1926-27, 1927-28; Mitropa Cup winners 1927-28.

Manager: Istvan Toth

Key men: Márton Bukovi, defender who went on to become an innovative coach who helped develop the 4-2-4 formation; József Takács, prolific goalscorer from Budapest who won 32 caps for Hungary.

Perception: Fast, attacking team who scored 26 goals in six games to win the Mitropa Cup.

Ferencváros 1964-68: István Géczi, Dezsö Novak, Sándor Mátrai, László Horvath, István Juhász, Pál Orosz, Janos Orosz, Janos Karaba, Zoltán Varga, Flórian Albert, Gyula Rákosi, Máte Fenyvesi, Miklós Páncsics, Sándor Havasi, Lajus Szöke, László Balint, Sándo Katona

Achievements: 1964 Hungarian League champions, 1964-65 Inter-Cities Fairs’ Cup winners; 1965 Hungarian League runners-up, 1966 Hungarian League runners-up, 1965-66 Hungarian Cup finalists; 1967 Hungarian League champions; 1968 Hungarian League champions, 1967-68 Inter-Cities Fairs’ Cup finalists.

Managers: József Mészáros, Oszkár Vilezsál, Sándor Tátri, Károle Lakat.

Key men: Flórian Albert, elegant midfielder who was named European Footballer of the Year in 1967. Nicknamed “the emperor”; Zoltán Varga, much-travelled midfielder who won Olympic gold; Gyula Rákosi, midfielder who played in World Cups and Olympics.

Perception: Tough, cultured team, difficult to beat in Hungary.

Feyenoord 1970: Eddie Pieters Graafland, Piet Romeijn, Theo Laseroms, Rinus Israël, Theo van Duivenbode, Wim Jansen, Franz Hasil, Wim van Hanegem, Henk Wery, Ove Kindvall, Coen Moulijn, Guus Haak, Ruud Geels.

Achievements: 1968-69 Eredivisie champions, KNVB Cup winners; 1969-70 European Cup winners; 1970-71 Eredivisie champions.

Manager: Ernst Happel

Key men: Rinus Israël, nicknamed “Iron Rinus” for his solid defending, captain of the team and Dutch international (47 caps); Wim van Hanegem, superb passer of the ball, strong tackler and very tactical in his play, one of the Netherlands’ greatest players; Ove Kindvall, Swedish striker who was the first non-Dutch leading scorer in the Eredivisie (1969, 1970, 1971). Scored winning goal in European Cup final 1970. 

Perception: Less celebrated exponents of a more pragmatic style of “Total Football” but an excellent team that confounded the odds by winning the European Cup against highly-fancied Celtic.

Fiorentina 1955-1957: Giuliano Sarti, Ardico Magnini, Sergio Cervato, Guiseppe Chiappella, Francesco Rosetta, Armando Segato, Alberto Orzan, Julinho, Guido Gratton, Giuseppe Virgili, Miguel Montuori, Maurilio Prini

Achievements: 1955-56, Serie A champions; 1956-57 Serie A runners-up, European Cup finalists; 1957-78 Serie A runners-up; 1958-59 Serie A runners-up; 1959-60 Serie A runners-up.

Manager: Fulvio Bernardini

Key men: Giuliano Sarti, excellent goalkeeper who went on to star in the Grand Inter team of the mid-1960s; Julinho, Brazilian who was one of the great right wingers in history; Miguel Montuori, Argentinian-born forward whose career was plagued by injuries.

Perception: An exciting team with outstanding individuals in Julinho and Montuori. Lost just one game in 1955-56 and were unlucky to come up against all-conquering Real Madrid in the European Cup final 1957.

First Vienna 1930-1933: Karl Horeschovsky, Karl Rainer, Josef Blum, Willi Schmaus, Leopold Hofmann, Leonhard Machu, Anton Brosenbauer, Josef Adelbrecht, Fritz Gschwéidl, Gustav Tögel, Franz Erdl.

Achievements: Austrian Champions 1931 and 1933; Austrian Cup winners 1930; Mitropa Cup winners 1931.

Manager: Ferdinand Frithum

Key men:Josef Blum, uncompromising defender and captain, won 51 caps for Austria; Leopold Hofmann, spent 15 years with the club, a skilful half-back who played in the 1934 World Cup. Won 27 caps for Austria. Josef Aldebrecht, much-travelled forward.

Perception: Early adopters of the Danubian style.

Flamengo 1981: Raul, Nei Das, Marinho, Mozer, Júnior, Andrade, Leandro, Zico, Nunes, Tita, Adílio, Anselmo, Lico, Baroninho.

Achievements: Campeanato Brasileiro Série A winners 1980, 1982, 1983; Libertadores Cup winners 1981; Campeanato Carioca (Rio state championship) 1981. World Club champions (Intercontinental Cup) 1981.

Manager: Paulo César Capegiani

Key men: Zico, the “white Pele” who won over 70 caps for Brazil. Attacking midfielder, two-footed and a free-kick specialist; Júnior, attacking left-sided full back who could play in midfield; Leandro, one of Brazil’s all-time great defenders, a right wing-back with good dribbling skills.

Perception: Attacking team who enjoyed their best ever season in 1981. Packed with talent and typical Brazilian skill.

Fortuna Düsseldorf 1933: Willi Pesch, Kurt Trautwein, Paul Janes, Paul Bornefeld, Jakob Bender, Paul Mehl, Georg Hochsegang, Theo Breuer, Felix Zwolanowski, Willi Wigold, Stanislaus Kobierski.

Achievements: Western Germany Champions 1931; German Championship winners 1933.

Manager: Heinz Körner

Key men:Paul Janes, one of the best full backs of his era, alsoplayed sweeper. Techniclaly brilliant, he was one of the first players to perform the bicycle kick; Jakob Bender, midfielder who played in the 1934 World Cup for Germany; Georg Hochsegang, veteran forward, also an international; Stanislaus Kobierski, forward who scored Germany’s first ever goal in the World Cup.

Perception: Underdogs who won the German championship against FC Schalke.

France 1982-1986: Joël Bats, Patrick battiston, Yvon Le Roux, Maxime bossis, Marius Tresor, Gerard Janvion, Jean-François Domergue, Luis Fernández, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana, Michel Platini, Bernard Lacombe, Bruno Bellone, Manuel Amoros, Christian Lopez, Dominique Rocheteau, Bernard Genghini, Didier Six, William Ayache, Yannick Stopyra.

Achievements: World Cup semi-finalists 1982 and 1986; European Championship winners 1984.

Manager: Michael Hidalgo, Henri Michel

Key men: Michel Platini, one of the all-time greats. Skilful, elegant, strategic and an eye for goal, along with superb dead-ball ability; Alain Giresse, attacking or central midfielder  who acted as a playmaker and possessed pace and stamina; Jean Tigana, box-to-box midfielder with great movement, pace, defensive ability and teamwork ethic.

Perception: Wonderful midfield, marshalled by Platini. Flowing, dynamic football.

France 1998-2000: Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thurum, Frank Leboeuf, Marcel Desailly, Bixente Lizaru, Didier Deschamps, Christian Karembeu, Emmanuel Petit, Zinedine Zidane, Youri Djorkaeff, Stephane Guivarc’h, Patrick Vieira, Christoph Dugarry, Laurent Blanc, Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord, David Trezeguet, Robert Pires.

Achievements:World Cup winners 1998, European Championship winners 2000.

Managers: Aimé Jacquet, Roger Lemerre

Key men: Zinedine Zidane, one of the finest players of his generation. Elegant playmaker and attacking midfielder with an eye for goal; Didier Deschamps, intelligent and hard-working defensive midfielder and captain; Marcel Desailly, powerful sweeper/central defender born in Ghana.

Perception:Exciting, skilful side with superb individuals.

France 2018: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphaël Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi, Olivier Giroud, Steven Nzonzi, Corentin Tolisso, Nabil Fakir.

Achievements: 2016 European Championship finalists; 2018 World Cup winners.

Manager: Didier Deschamps

Key men: 
Paul Pogba, tall, powerful midfielder, skilful but often temperamental; N’Golo Kanté, busy, hard-working midfielder who provides link between defence and attack; Kylian Mbappe, young striker brimming with skill and goal power.

Perception: The best side in an entertaining World Cup in Russia.

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Górnik Zabrze 1964-1967: Hubert Kostka, Stefan Florenski, Jan Kowalski, Roman Lentner, Włodzimierz Lubanski, Jerzy Musiałek, Edward Olszowska, Stanisław Oslizło,Ernest Pohl, Waldemar Słomiany, Erwin Wilczek, Zygfryd Szołtysik, Jan Gomola, Rainer Kuchta, Norbert Gwosdek, Alfred Olek.

Achievements: Polish League champions 1964-65, 1965-66, 1966-67; Polish Cup winners 1964-65.

Manager: Ferenc Farsang, Władyslaw Giergiel, Geza Kalocsai.

Key men: 
Włodzimierz Lubanski, fast and prolific in front of goal. Injury robbed him of a place in Poland’s 1974 World Cup team. Second highest scorer for Polish national team; Hubert Kostka, goalkeeper who placed for the national team for a decade; Zygfryd Szołtysik, diminutive midfielder nicknamed “Zyga”, won 46 caps for Poland.

Perception: Fast-moving team, fearsome on their own patch.

Grasshopper Zurich 1936-37: Willy Huber, Severino Minellu, Walter Weiler, Oscar Rauch, Sirio Vernati, Max Abegglen, Josef Artimovics, Alfred Bickel, Eugen Rupf, Fritz Wagner, Robert Weiler.

Achievements: Swiss League champions 1936-37, Swiss Cup winners 1936-37, Swiss Cup winners 1937-38

Manager: Karl Rappan

Key men: Willy Huber, strong goalkeeper who played in two World Cups for Switzerland, winning 16 caps; Severino Minelli, one of the first sweepers, a calm defender who won 80 caps in a long career with Grasshopper; Alfred Bickel, tough striker who played 71 times for Switzerland.

Perception: Innovative team coached by Rappan, early adopters of catenaccio system “the bolt” and use of sweepers.

Great Britain Olympic XI 1912: Ronald Brebner, Thomas Burn, Arthur Knight, Joseph Dines, Edward Hanney, Henry Littlewort, Doug McWhirter, Harold Stamper, Gordon Wright, Harold Walden, Vivien Woodward, Arthur Berry, Gordon Hoare, Ivan Sharpe.  

Achievements: Olympic Gold medal, 1912 in Stockholm.

Managers: A.Birch

Key men: Ivan Sharpe, fast winger who went on to become a leading football writer; R.G. Brebner, outstanding goalkeeper who sadly signed two years on from a head injury sustained in a football match; Harold Walden, goalscoring forward to was later a music hall star.

Perception: Cultured team, full of the Corinthian spirit.

Greece 2004: Antonios Nikopolidis, Giourkas Seitaridis, Michalis Kapsis, Traianos Dellas, Takis Fyssas, Kostas Katsouranis, Theodoros Zagorakis, Angelos Basinas, Angelos Charisteas, Stelios Giannakopoulos, Zisis Vryzas, Stylianos Venetidis, Dimitris Papadopoulos.

Achievements:European Championship winners 2004

Manager: Otto Rehhagel

Key men: Angelos Charisteas, tall striker who scored the winning goal in the final against Portugal, won more than 80 caps for Greece; Theodoros Zagorakis, captain of the team – a battling, industrious midfielder; Antonios Nikopolidis, one of the best Greek goalkeepers of all time and absolutely vital during Euro 2004.     

Perception: Dour side, pragmatic and made best of limited resources. Shock winners.

Grêmio 1994-1996: Danrlei, Francisco Arce, Adilson Batista, Roger, Catino Rivarolo, Goianio, Carlos Miguel, Arílson, Paulo Nunes, Jardel, Alexandre Gaucho, Nildo, Dinho, Luciano Dias.

Achievements: Copa Brasil 1994, Copa Libertadores 1995, Brazil Série A champions 1996.

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Key men: Catino Rivarolo, sought-after Paraguayan defender; Paulo Nunes, prolific scorer signed from Flamengo, two caps for Brazil, formed a powerful partnership with Jardel; Jardel, another excellent scorer with good positional ability who later had a good career with Porto, topping Europe’s goalscoring charts for three seasons.

Perception: Skilful, fast attacking team with superb individuals.

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Hamburg 1978-79: Rudolf Kargus, Manny Kaltz, Peter Nogly, Ivan Buljan, Peter Hidien, Kevin Keegan, Jimmy Hartwig, Casper Memering, Horst Bertl, Felix Magath, Horst Hrubesch, Willi Ramann, Bernd Wehmeyer.

Achievement: Bundesliga champions 1978-79, European Cup runners-up 1979-80, Bundesliga runners-up 1979-80, 1980-81.

Manager: Branko Zebec

Key men: Kevin Keegan, buzzing forward, high work rate and team play. England captain. Felix Magath, captained the team, central and attacking midfielder, tough and capable of fierce shooting. Manny Kaltz, right back who possessed excellent crossing ability. Penalty taker. Horst Hrubesch, old fashioned centre forward, good in the air and tough for defenders to mark.

Perception: Attacking team, well-drilled and fit.

Hungary 1938: Antal Szabô, Sándor Bíró, Gyula Polgár, Gyula Lázár, Antal Szalay, György Szücs, Gyula Zsengellér, Jenõ Vincze, Pál Titkos, György Sárosi, Ferenc Sas, Vilmos Kohut, Geza Toldi, Lajos Koranyi, Istvan Balogh.

Achievement: World Cup finalists 1938

Manager: Alfréd Schaffer

Key men: György Sárosi, outstanding footballer who was versatile and very tehnical. Played for Ferencvaro and won 62 caps, scoring 42 goals for Hungary. Captained the team that finished second in the 1938 World Cup. Gyula Zsengellér, Ujpest striker, top scorer in Hungary for five years. Also had a successful and long managerial career.

Perception: Attacking, often overlooked team. Very technical.

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Inter Milan 1962-1966: Lorenzo Buffon, Guiliano Sarti, Tarcisio Burgnich, Giacinto Facchetti, Carlo Tagnin, Franco Zaglio, Gianfranco Bedin, Aristide Guarneri, Saul Malatrasi, Armando Picchi, Angelo Domenghini, Jair, Joaquin Peiró, Sandro Mazzola, Beniamino Di Giacomo, Luis Suárez, Mario Corso, Humberto Machio, Aurelio Milani

Achievement: Serie A champions 1962-63, 1964-65, 1965-66; European Cup winners 1963-64, 1964-65. Runners-up 1966-67.

Manager: Helenio Herrera

Key men: Giacinto Facchetti, one of the first and best attacking full backs, discliplined, great stamina, elegant and hard-working. National team manager, winning 94 caps. Powerful shot and excellent crosser of the ball; Sandro Mazzola, 70 caps for Italy. Quick, skilful and versatile midfidlder. Son of Valentino Mazzola of the great Torino side that perished in air crash; Angelo Domenghini, winger or striker. Excellent technical ability and speed.

Perception: The “grande Inter” team that used catenaccio to devastating effect, thanks to the intense methods of Helenio Herrera.

Ipswich Town 1961-62: Roy Bailey, Billy Baxter, Larry Carberry, John Compton, Andy Nelson, Jimmy Leadbetter, John Elsworthy, Roy Stephenson, Ray Crawford, Doug Moran, Ted Phillips. 

Achievement: Football League Champions 1961-62.

Manager: Alf Ramsey

Key men: Ray Crawford, prolific goalscoring centre forward, good in the air. Capped twice by England in a long, much-travelled career. Ted Phillips, striker who scored 150 goals in 250 games for Ipswich. A Suffolk man who packed a punch with his dead ball skills. Jimmy Leadbetter, experienced winger who acted a a winthdrawn midfielder, thus paving the way for Ramsey’s “wingless wonders” of the 1966 World Cup.

Perception: A short-lived team that played beyond its ability to win the title, thanks to Ramsey’s inventive approach.

Ipswich Town 1980-81: Paul Cooper, George Burley, Mick Mills, Terry Butcher, Russell Osman, Arnold Mühren, John Wark, Frans Thijjsen, Eric Gates, Paul Mariner, Alan Brazil, Steve McCall, Kevin O’Callaghan.

Achievement: UEFA Cup winners 1980-81, FA Cup semi-finalists 1980-81, Football League runners-up 1980-81. Five year record: 6 – 3- 2 – 2 – 9

Manager:  Bobby Robson

Key men: Terry Butcher, towering centre half who became a pivotal figure in the England squad. John Wark, outstanding midfielder who score over 30 goals in 1980-81. Arnold Mühren, elegant Dutch midfielder signed from Twente. Won the European Cup with Ajax in 1973. Frans Thijjsen, superb Dutch midfielder also signed from Twente, won 14 caps for his country and spent four years with Ipswich before joining Nottingham Forest.

Perception: An excellent footballing team whose resources were stretched as they competed on all fronts. Arguably a better team than the Villa side that pipped them to the title in 1981.

Italy 1934: Gianpiero Combi, Eraldo Monzeglio, Luigi Allemandi, Attilio Ferraris, Luis Monti, Luigi Bertolini, Enrique Guaita, Guiseppe Meazza, Giovanni Ferrari, Raimundo Orsi, Angelo Schiavio, Felice Borel, Armando Castellazzi, Mario Pizziola

Achievement: World Cup winners 1934.

Manager: Vittorio Pozzo

Key men: Raimundo Orsi, Argentinian-born winger, quick left-footed, excellent dribbler with sublime technical ability; Giuseppe Meazza, tricky forward, capable of mazy runs and dancing a decent tango! A great character who played for Inter, AC Milan and Juventus; Luis Monti, another Argentinian-born, strong tackling defensive midfielder.

Perception: Tough, fast-moving team with a high level of skill.

Italy 1982: Dino Zoff, Gaetano Scirea, Claudio Gentile, Fulvio Collovati, Giuseppe Bergomi, Antonio Cabrini, Gabriele Oriali, Marco Tardelli, Bruno Conti, Francesco Graziani, Paolo Rossi, Giancarlo Antognoni, Gianpiero Marini, Alessandro Altobelli

Achievement: World Cup winners 1982, European Championship fourth place 1980.

Manager: Enzo Bearzot

Key men: Dino Zoff, imposing goalkeeper, unspectacular but reliable and steady. One of the all-time great keepers (112 caps) and captain of the Italian team; Claudio Gentile, Tripoli-born hard man, tough, tenacious and uncompromising, 71 caps for Italy; Marco Tardelli, hard-tackling but skilful midfielder with a powerful shot. 81 caps; Paolo Rossi, returned from a ban to become leading scorer and player of the tournament in the 1982 World Cup. Quick, agile and prolific.

Perception: Not necessarily the best team in 1982, but a focused side that came to its peak in the competition.

 

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Japan 1992:Kazuya Maekawa, Takumi Horiike, Tetsuji Hishiratani, Masami Ihara, Satoshi Tsunami, Mitsunori Yoshida, Tsuyoshi Kitazawa, Ruy ramus, Masahiro Fukuda, Takuya Takagi, Kazuyoshi Miura, Toshinobu Katsuya.

Manager:Hans Ooft

Achievements:AFC Asian Cup winners 1992

Key men:Kazuyoshi Miura, the famous “Kazu” or “King Kazu” who is still playing at 51. Skilful forward who won 89 caps for Japan, scoring 55 goals; Masahi Nakayama, outspoken and humorous player who refuses to retire.

Perception:Skilful, neat team who won the Asian Cup for the first time on home soil.

 

Juventus 1957-1961: Carlo Mattrel, Giuseppe Vavassori, Giuseppe Corradi, Bruno Garzena, Flavio Emoli, Rino Ferrario, Umberto Colombo, Bruno Nicolé, Giampiero Boniperti, John Charles, Enrique Sivori, Gino Stacchini, Benito Sari, Ernesto Castano, Sergio Cervato, Gianfranco Leoncini.

Managers: Ljubisa Brocic, Renato Cesarini, Carlo Parola

Achievements: 1957-58 Serie A champions; 1958-59 Coppa Italia winners; 1959-60 Serie A champions and Coppa Italia winners; 1960-61 Serie A champions.

Key men: John Charles, Welsh international who could play at centre half or centre forward. Powerful in the air, he cost Juve a British record £ 65,000  and repaid them with 108 goals in 155 Serie A games. Won 38 caps for Wales; Giampiero Boniperti, versatile player who spent 15 years with Juv, scoring 179 goals in 459 games; Enrique Sivori, Argentine-born diminutive forward also capped by Italy. Audacious and brilliant, quick and technically gifted.

Perception: Powerful team boosted by the inclusion of foreigners Charles and Sivori.

 

Juventus 1971-1977: Dino Zoff, Pietro Carmignani, Gianpietro Marchetti, Giuseppe Furino, Francesco Morini, Sandro Salvadore, Helmut Haller, Franco Causio, Pietro Anastasi, Fabio Capello, Roberto Bettega, Jose Altafini, Antonello Cuccureddu, Claudio Gentile, Gaetano Scirea, Giuseppe Damiani, Marco Tardelli, Roberto Boninsegna, Romeo Benetti.

Managers: Cestmir Vycpalek, Carlo Parola, Giovanni Trappatoni

Achievements: 1971-72 Serie A champions; 1972-73 Serie A champions, European Cup finalists; 1974-75 Serie A champions, 1976-77 Serie A champions, UEFA Cup winners.

Key men: Dino Zoff, tall goalkeeper signed from Napoli in 1972 at the age of 30. Went on to stay 11 years, winning six Serie A titles. An effective keeper who favoured efficiency over flamboyance. Won 112 caps for Italy, winning the World Cup in 1982. Pietro Anastasi, fast and agile forward who joined Juve in 1968 from Varese for a record 650 million Lire. Won 25 caps for Italy and scored 78 goals in 205 Serie A games. Fabio Capello, a dynamic and intelligent holding midfielder, signed from Roma in 1967. Won 32 caps for Italy. Franco Causio, had two spells with Juve, playing over 300 Serie A games. A wide midfielder, creative and very nimble. 63 caps for Italy. Roberto Bettega, strong and intelligent forward who played for Juve from 1969 to 1983. Capped 42 times by Italy.

Perception: Exponents of catenaccio, highly skilled but also ruthless.

 

Juventus 1981-1986: Dino Zoff, Stefano Tacconi, Antonello Cuccureddu, Antonio Cabrini, Giuseppe Furino, Claudio Gentile, Gaetano Scirea, Franco Causio, Marco Tardelli, Roberto Bettega, Liam Brady, Pietro Fanna, Domenico Maroccchino, Claudio Prandelli, Sergio Brio, Giuseppe Galderisi, Pietro Virdis, Massimo Bonini, Domenico Penzo, Paolo Rossi, Michel Platini, Zbigniew Boniek, Beniamino Vignola, Nicola Ciaricda, Luciano Favero, Lionella Manfredonia, Aldo Serena, Michael Laudrup.

Managers: Giovanni Trappatoni

Achievements: 1980-81 Serie A champions, 1981-82 Serie A champions, 1982-83 Coppa Italia winners, European Cup finalists, 1983-84 Serie A champions, 1984-85 European Cup winners, 1985-86 Serie A champions.

Key men: Claudio Gentile, a touch, ruthless defender who could play full back or centre half. Won the World Cup with Italy, for whom he won 71 caps. Joined Juve from Varese in 1973. Zbigniew Boniek, signed from Widzew Łódz in 1982, a Polish great, winning 80 caps. A versatile midfielder, known for his pace and ability to accelerate past defenders. Michel Platini, one of the all-time greats, a superb passer and deadball expert. Scored nine goals in five games in the Euro 1984 finals. Won 72 caps for France, scoring 41 goals. Gaetano Scirea, sadly died young in a car crash a year after finishing his playing career. A talented sweeper who could also play in midfield. Another member of the 1982 Italian World Cup winners.
Marco Tardelli, forever remembered for his goal celebration in the 1982 World Cup final. A hard-tackling but elegant midfielder, quick and tenacious.

Perception: An all-star team who combined Italian steel and organisation with the flair of international acquisitions.

 

 

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Kaiserslautern 1951-53: Willi Hölz, Werner Liebrich, Werner Kohlmeyer, Fritz Walter, Otto Render, Werner Baßler, Ernst Liebrich, Horst Eckel, Willi Wenzel, Karl Wanger, Ottmar Walter, Erwin Schleffler, Heinz Klee, Erich Folz, Helmut Rasch, Heinz Jergens, Bernard Fuchs.

Achievement: German national champions 1951 and 1953

Manager: Richard Schneider

Key men: Fritz Walter, captain of the West German World Cup winning team of 1954. Cultured midfielder/inside forward who could score spectacular goals. 61 caps for his country; Ottmar Walter, brother of Fritz, prolific striker, 307 goals in 275 games for the club. Elegant player with a powerful shot; Horst Eckel, defensive workhorse with exceptional passing skills. Like the Walters, a member of the 1954 West German side.

Perception: Exponents of fast and fluid football.

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Leeds United 1966-69:  Gary Sprake, Paul Reaney, Willie Bell, Terry Cooper, Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Mike O’Grady, Albert Johanneson, Jimmy Greenhoff, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Paul Madeley, Mick Jones, Eddie Gray.

Achievement:1966-67, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finalists, FA Cup semi-finalists; 1967-68, Football League Cup winners, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winners, FA Cup semi-finalists; 1968-69, Football League champions. Five-year record (66-67 to 70-71): 4, 4, 1, 2, 2

Manager: Don Revie

Key men: Billy Bremner, tigerish midfielder and captain of the team. Scottish international who came through the ranks and acted as Don Revie’s Lieutenant on the pitch; Johnny Giles, Irish midfielder, cultured passer of the ball with a tough side to his nature; Jack Charlton, tough centre half who was a member of the 1966 England World Cup winning team. Deadly at corners and set-pieces due to his extraordinary heading ability.

Perception: Ultra-professional side drilled by Revie, consistent over a long period, competing on multiple fronts.

Leeds United 1973-74:  David Harvey, Paul Reaney, Trevor Cherry, Billy Bremner, Gordon McQueen, Norman Hunter, Peter Lorimer, Johnny Giles, Paul Madeley, Allan Clarke, Mick Jones, Joe Jordan, Terry Yorath.

Achievement: 1970-71, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winners; 1971-72, FA Cup winners; 1972-73, FA Cup finalists, European Cup-Winners’ Cup finalists; 1973-74, Football League champions. Five-year record (69-70 to 73-74): 2, 2, 2, 3, 1

Manager: Don Revie

Key men: Billy Bremner, tigerish midfielder and captain of the team. Scottish international who came through the ranks and acted as Don Revie’s Lieutenant on the pitch; Allan Clarke, one of the great predatory strikers, known as “sniffer” for his ability in the penalty area; Gordon McQueen, imposing centre half, Scottish international.

Perception: A more relaxed Leeds side reaching maturity with a more expansive style of football. Their 1974 title proved to be the end of an era as Revie moved on and many of the team passed their peak.

Leeds United 1991-92: John Lukic, Tony Dorigo, Mel Sterland, Chris Fairclough, John McClelland, Chris Whyte, Steve Hodge, Gary McAllister, Gary Speed, Gordon Strachan, David Batty, Lee Chapman, Eric Cantona, Rod Wallace.

Achievement: Football League champions 1991-92

Manager: Howard Wilkinson

Key men: Eric Cantona, French forward signed in January 1992 from Nimes and proved to be the catalyst for Leeds to win the title, despite scoring only three goals in 18 games. By November 1992, he had joined Manchester United after falling out with Leeds; Gordon Strachan, industrious veteran midfielder signed from Manchester United. 50 caps for Scotland. Although in his mid-30s, was outstanding as he captained Leeds to the title; Gary McAllister, versatile midfielder signed from Leicester who was a dead-ball specialist. Won 57 caps for Scotland.

Perception: Hard-working team with an outstanding midfield. Unable to maintain their success – a team for a season. 


Magdeburg 1973-1975: Ulrich Schulze, Klaus Decker, Manfred Zapf, Axel Tyll, Wolfgang Abraham, Detlef Enge, Jürgen Pommerenke, Helmut Gaube, Wolfgang Seguin, Detlef Raugust, Jürgen Sparwasser, Martin Hoffmann, Siegmund Mewes, Bodo Sommer, Hans-Jürgen Hermann.

Achievements: DDR Oberliga champions 1973-74 and 1974-75; European Cup-Winners’ Cup winners 1973-74

Manager: Heinz Krügel

Key men:  Jürgen Pommerencke, young attacking midfielder who played in the 1972 Olympics and 1974 World Cup for East Germany and was named DDR player of the year in 1975. Won 53 caps for his country; Jürgen Sparwasser, forward who won 49 caps for DDR and made history with the winning goal in the 1974 World Cup against West Germany; Martin Hoffmann, striker who was a pivotal figure in DDR’s World Cup and Olympic 1976 team. 62 caps, 15 goals.

Perception: Functional but full of fitness, arguably the best team to come out of the DDR.