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1. Barca 2008 - ...
2. Milan early 90's
3. Liverpool early 80's
4. United late 90's
5. United - busby babes
The Busby babes question I do not like.
I guess I'm just trusting the expertise of journalists, pundits etc
so that would rule out Brazil or Hungary
Shirebrook Miners Welfare - 2007. Me and Dazza were a tour de force before i did me back in.
Real Madrid 2002 (ish) and Barcelona now. United 95, 99 and '07.
That team played great football - maybe not in the same way as Barcelona, but great football nonetheless. Breathtaking at times. That first XI (Schmeichel; Irwin, Johnsen, Stam, G. Neville; Giggs, Keane, Scholes, Beckham; Yorke, Cole) was ridiculous. All in their prime, too, except *possibly* Schmeichel and Irwin.
Michael Carrick's strikes! I wish he was still that good.
late 80s/early 90s. What could have been.
milan early 90s
barca from 2009-now
arsenal 2002-4 (though mainly 03/04 season)
a lot of those united teams were very successful but maybe didnt play football as beautifully as the others- the mid 90s team maybe played the nicest stuff
always had a soft spot for juve 95-97
real galacticos were pretty great 2000-2
admittedly not the greatest but i loved the valencia team the beginning of the decade and the roma team of about 2003/4
cole and yorke in tandem were pretty special
i really like Milan 2002-2007
sheva, kaka, seedorf, pirlo, gattuso, nesta all in their prime
stam, cafu, inzaghi etc. less so but still great
2. Oldham under Joe Royle
3. Villareal In The Age Of Riquelme
4. Club America 1992-2007 except for the periods Cuauhtemoc Blanco was away on loan
5. Chile in the last World Cup, as a club side
that stayed largely intact from winning League Two in the first season, to League One and LDV Vans Trophy, Championship and FA Cup (beating Liverpool 7-3 in the semi final), League Cup and FA Cup and 3rd in Premier League, and Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble in five seasons.
Special mention to Patrick McCourt who I bought from Rochdale for about 50k, and went on to gain an average rating of over 9 for every season, including winning Champions League best player, and Icelandic duo Orri Freyr Oskarsson and Porannin Brynjar Kristjansson who formed a deadly partnership up front for the five seasons.
I still sometimes shed a tear remembering the exploits of my boys.
In real life, my favourite is probably the Wimbledon team of the early to mid 90s that frequnetly defied the odds by finishing in the top half of the Premier League despite being utterly useless on paper. The original Blackpool - but actually getting results at the top level for over ten years.
The best I have seen is definitely this Barcelona team though, without a doubt.
+ the united team of 99, obviously.
The Wolves side of the late 50s was better than the Busby Babes.
As good as Stan Cullis's side was (hailed as 'champions of the world' and with the European Cup set up largely in part as a way of determining if, indeed, they were), I wouldn't consider them one of the top 5 teams of all time. Top 10, maybe, but that's pushing it.
no team that failed to win the European cup could be considered one of the greatest ever.
but i'd prefer to watch them than anyone else.
Nottingham Forest, anyone?
1. Ajax (1969 - 1973)
2. Barcelona (1991 - 1994)
3. Arsenal (2003 - 2006)
4. Ajax (1992 - 1995)
5. Real Madrid (1955 - 1960)
How the fuck should I know?
Dimitar Berbatov was a close runner-up.
and offer an opinion on a footballing matter that I don't actually know a great deal about, eh?
BUT I DO THAT ALREADY, ARF.
One of my favourite strike partnerships for some reason, probably because Depor were relatively unknown to me against the big guns of Europe.
Valeron is one of my all time heroes as well.
Were it not for his jammy bastard goal at Highbury, the Invincibles would be right up there.
a much more exciting team to watch, as they'd change their play all the time and had actual weaknesses