The 10 Best Teams in the History of Football

Best Teams in the History of Football

Making a ranking best teams in the history of football is never easy and, of course, it is never alien to generating controversy. This, is because not all of us can agree or have the same opinion. For this reason, it is necessary to make a ranking as objective as possible when analyzing the best teams in the history of football.

For this reason, we have proposed to make an article in which we will highlight ten teams that have been immortalized forever in the history of the sport.

This is How We Make the Ranking of the Best Teams in the History of Football:

In order to rank the best teams in history, we need to establish a series of criteria that allow us to classify each team. We go with the criteria first and, later, with the score percentages:

Only the best year or set of years (consecutive) from each selection will be chosen. However, if there is a great difference of years between one and another successful team from the same country, they could repeat in the ranking.

Will include national teams belonging only to the FIFA, there will be an expansion to other teams who have fallen out of the rankings.
Teams from all over the world and from all periods of professional football history will be included.

To choose the best team, we will rely on the following parameters:

TITLES: 40%.
STYLE: 30%.
EPIC: 30%.

10. Germany (2014-2017):

  • Titles: World Cup 2014, Confederations Cup 2017
  • Eleventh Gala 2014: Neuer | Howedes, Hummels, Boateng, Lahm | Schweinsteiger, Kramer, Kroos | Ozil, Klose, Thomas Muller.
  • Eleventh Gala 2017: Ter Stegen | Mustafi, Ginter, Rudiger | Goretzka, Rudy, Hector, Kimmich | Stindl, Draxler, Werner.
  • Coach: Joachim Low.

From 2014 to 2017, Germany marveled, dominated and terrified the soccer world with one of the most successful generations in their soccer history. For the memory will remain that humiliation to Brazil (1-7) in the 2014 World Cup and the fact that they have won the Confederations with an alternative team. All this means that we are talking about one of the best teams in the history of football.

9. Italy (1982):

  • Titles: 1982 World Cup.
  • Eleventh Gala: Dino Zoff | Claudio Gentile, Gaetano Scirea, Fulvio Collovati, Giuseppe Bergomi, Antonio Cabrini | Gabriele Oriali, Marco Tardelli, Bruno Conti | Francesco Graziani, Paolo Rossi.
  • Coach: Enzo Bearzot.

One of the most remembered squads in the history of Italy is undoubtedly the one led by Claudio Gentile and Paolo Rossi. For many, without a doubt, this has been the best teams in the history of football.

8. France (1998-2000):

  • Titles: 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000.
  • Eleventh Gala (1998): Fabien Barthez | Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly, Frank Leboeuf, Bixente Lizarazu | Didier Deschamps, Christian Karembeu, Emmanuel Petit, Zinedine Zidane, Youri Djorkaeff | Stephane Guivarc’h
  • Eleventh Gala (2000): Fabien Barthez | Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly, Laurent Blanc, Bixente Lizarazu | Didier Deschamps, Patrick Vieira, Zinedine Zidane , Youri Djorkaeff | Thierry Henry, Christophe Dugarry
  • Coach (1998): Aime Jacquet
  • Coach (2000): Roger Lemerre

From 1998 to 2000 France dominated the international scene displaying great football and above all dazzling the world with its great stars. Among them, without a doubt, the figure of Zinedine Zidane stands out, the best French player in history. The French team is one of the best teams in the history of football.

7. Argentina (1986):

Titles: 1986 World Cup.
Eleventh Gala (1986): Nery Pumpido | Jose Cuciuffo, Jose Luis Brown, Oscar Ruggeri | Sergio Batista, Ricardo Giusti, Jorge Burruchaga, Héctor Henrique, Julio Olarticoechea | Jorge Valdano, Diego Armando Maradona.
Coach: Carlos Bilardo.

86 World Cup in Mexico that many remember with special affection. This, because it was in this World Cup that Diego Armando Maradona would write his name in the history of this sport. For the anecdote, there will be that mythical play in which Diego escaped from half the English team to score the best goal in the history of the World Cup.

6. Brazil (1993-1999):

  • Titles: World Cup 1994, America Cup 1997, America Cup 1999, Confederations Cup 1997
  • Eleven gala 1993/1994: Claudio Taffarel | Jorginho, Branco, Aldair, Marcio Santos | Mauro Silva, Dunga, Zinho, Mazinho | Bebeto, Romario
  • Eleven gala 1998/1999: Dida | Cafu, Joao Carlos, Antonio Carlos, Roberto Carlos | Flávio Conceição, Émerson, Rivaldo, Ze Roberto | Márcio Amoroso, Ronaldo
  • Coaches: Carlos Roberto Pereira, Mário Zagallo, Vanderlei Luxembourg

The Brazil team of the 90s was, for many experts, one of the best teams in all of history. This is not only due to the large number of titles they harvested, but also to the excellent results obtained in that period. Proof of this is its record of undefeated matches that no one had been able to achieve until the arrival of the Spanish team.

5. Hungary (1954):

Titles: N / A.
Eleven Gala: Gyula Grosics | Jozsef Bozsik, Mihály Lantos, Jenő Buzánszky | Jozsef Zakariás, Gyula Lorant | Mihaly Toth, Ferenc Puskas, Nandor Hidegkuti, Sandor Kocsis, Zoltán Czibor
Coach: Gusztav Sebes.

Led by Puskas and other Hungarian football legends, this team reached the final of the ’54 World Cup displaying overwhelming football. Such was their mastery, their great understanding of the game, and their talent that it was believed that no one could beat them. Therefore, after losing the World Cup final, his defeat was classified as a miracle. More specifically, The Miracle of Bern. It is one of the best teams in the history of football due to the set of what it represents.

4. Holland (1974):

  • Titles: N / A.
  • Eleven Gala: Jan Jongbloed | Ruud Krol, Wim Rijsbergen | Wim Suurbier, Adrianus Haan | Wim Jansen, Johan Neeskens, Johan Cruyff | Rob Rensenbrink, Johnny Rep, Willem van Hanegem.
  • Coach: Rinus Mitchels.

Although the Dutch team could never win a World Cup in its golden years, the impact it had on the sport is and will be unmatched. Thanks to this selection, the foundations of much of what makes up current football were laid. This, thanks to the strategies of the legendary Rinus Mitchels and the best player in the history of the Netherlands, Johan Cruyff. When it comes to playing style, we could say that Cruyff’s Holland was one of the best teams in memory.

3. Germany (1974):

  • Titles: 1974 World Cup.
  • Eleven Gala: Sepp Maier | Berti Vogts, Georg Schwarzenbeck, Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner | Wolfgang Overath, Gerd Muller, Juergen Grabowski | Ulrich Hoeness, Rainer Bonhof, Bernd Hoelzenbein
  • Coach: Helmut Schon.

Now, the team that could defeat the best Dutch team in history was none other than Franz Beckenbauer’s Germany. The Germany of the 70s was a pioneer in the German style of watching football and, for some experts, has been the best German team in history.

2. Spain (2008 – 2010 – 2012):

  • Titles: Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, Euro 2012.
  • Eleven gala 2008: Iker Casillas | Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Carlos Marchena, Joan Capdevila | Marcos Senna, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva | Fernando Torres.
  • Eleven gala 2010: Iker Casillas | Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Joan Capdevila | Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez | Pedro Rodríguez, Andres Iniesta, David Villa
  • Eleven of Gala 2012: Iker Casillas | Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba | Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández | David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta.
  • Coach (2008): Luis Aragones.
  • Coach (2010 and 2012): Vicente del Bosque.

The Spain of “Tiki-Taka” has been one of the most dominating teams in the recent history of this sport. Although the bases were already laid, the possession game inspired by Pep Guardiola’s successful model played a leading role in the successes of the Red Fury. Thanks to this style, Spain managed to win the World Cup for the first time in its history and managed to win the European Championship consecutively.

For many, it is possible that it is one of the best teams in the history of football if not the best for the three titles won in a row.

1. Brazil (1970):

  • Titles: 1970 World Cup.
  • Eleventh Gala: Felix | Carlos Alberto, Brito, Piazza, Everaldo | Clodoaldo, Gerson | Jairzinho, Rivelino, Tostao, Pele.
  • Coach: Mario Zagallo.

There are few things that have not already been said about the Brazil team of the 70s. For many, this team, this style, and everything it represents is synonymous with good football, beautiful games, and, above all, great successes. Led by a Pele in its last years of glory, the Brazil of ’74 dominated thanks to the incredible combination of the five great “10” of the canarinha’s history: Gerson, Jairzinho, Rivelino, Tostao, and Pele.

Other Best Teams in the History of Football

Of course, being a top 10, it is a bit difficult to mention all the teams that are part of professional football from about 1930 to the present day. For this reason, we wanted to make an honorable mention to other national teams that have managed to leave their mark in the history of the sport:

  • Chile Two-time champion of America (2015 and 2016)…….
  • Brazil champion of the Confederations Cup (2013).
  • Argentina by Diego Maradona (2010).
  • England world champion (1966).
  • Germany world champion (1990).
  • Uruguay champion of the first world cup (1930).
  • Uruguay del Maracanazo (1950).

Intresting Information:

  • How Many Teams have Managed to Lift the World Cup?

In 21 editions, only 8 countries have managed to win the precious World Cup. Among them, we find Brazil (5), Germany (4), Italy (4), Argentina (2), France (2), Uruguay (2), Spain (1), and England (1).

  • What are the Most Winning Teams in History?
  • Brazil: In the first place we find Brazil with 18 titles (5 World Cups, 9 America’s Cup and 4 Confederations Cups).
  • Argentina & Uruguay: The second place is shared between Uruguay with 17 titles (2 World Cups and 15 America Cups) and Argentina with 17 titles as well (2 World Cups, 14 America Cups and 1 Confederations Cup).
  • Mexico: The third place goes to Mexico with 12 titles (11 Gold Cups and one FIFA Confederations Cup).
  • The rest of the ranking is made up of Germany (8), Egypt (7), France (6), Italy (5), Spain (4), Japan (4) and Ghana (4)

 Which Team has Been Undefeated the Longest?

Brazil is one of the countries that has had the team that has kept the longest undefeated in history. Between 1993 and 1996, the green-amarela remained undefeated for 35 consecutive matches . This is a shared record, as the Spanish team reached the same number (35) between 2007 and 2009.


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