All football fans will have their favourite team of all time. It may be a team judged solely on their achievements, or one that entertained all costs. Here at Betting Gods we’ve decided to pick our favourite 5 teams of all-time using both of those criteria – but please feel free to post your favourite team and tell us why you loved them!
#5 Brazil 1958
The 1958 World Cup winning side saw the emergence of Pele as a World Star, though he did not make his first World Cup appearance until the final group game. However, the then 17-year-old Pele was not the star of the show, and it was Garrincha (aka Little Bird) and Didi who had starred in qualifying. The team that thrilled the crowds included Zagallo, Zito, and Vava. The latter scored 5 goals in the tournament, with two in the final, though it was Pele’s wonder goal for which that match will be best remembered.
#4 AC Milan 1989-90
Arrigo Sacchi’s side won the European Cup in 1989 and 1990, and remain the last team to win it, or the equivalent Champions League, two years in succession.
Their attack-minded game was the opposite of how football in Italy was usually played. That’s not to say that they were defensively poor, far from it, with Baresi marshalling the younger pair of Maldini and Costacurta. There was then Donadoni and Ancelotti in midfield, along with Rijkaard who set up loads of chances for his fellow Dutch teammates Van Basten and Gullit. The latter pair both scored twice in the 1989 final, after having previously crushed Real Madrid 6-1 over two-legs in the semi-final.
#3 Holland 1974
This Dutch side may not have won the 1974 World Cup, but they will be remembered for their ethos to entertain at all costs in their efforts to play the Total Football demanded by coach Rinus Michels. Van Hanegem emerged to become one of the tournament’s best players, whilst Haan as sweeper and midfielder Johan Neeskens were both equally brilliant. Meanwhile, an attacking line-up of Cruyff, Rensenbrink and Rep helped them to victories over both Brazil and Argentina and they are, arguably, the second best team not to have won a World Cup.
#2 Hungary 1950-1954
The best team not to have won a World Cup was the Magical Magyars, a team that included Puskas, Kocsis, Bozsik and Hidegkuti – and the 1954 World Cup deserved to be theirs. However, after Puskas had been professionally taken out by Liebrich, the Germans went on to win, despite ensuing allegations that they were on performance enhancing drugs.
But this Hungarian side is best remembered for remaining unbeaten from May 1950 up to July 1954, though they did get the reward of being the 1952 Olympic Champions. They would have probably gone on to greater achievements too, but the 1956 uprising in Hungary meant the team disbanded as Puskas and Kocsis took up residency in the West.
1# Brazil 1970
The style that the 1970 World Cup winning Brazil side showed has made them the stuff of football legend, and never has the beautiful game been more beautiful. Pele was now a World Star 12 years on from his first World Cup appearance and he alongside the likes of Jairzinho, Tostao, Rivelino, Gerson, Clodoaldo, and Alberto, were guided to victory coach Mario Zagallo using a 4-3-3 formation that allowed him to accommodate all of his best players.