Teams of the Decade: An Overview

Some people have approached me saying that it would be nice to have an overview over the Teams of the Decade I compiled. Who am I to disagree?

Lukas Fesca in particular was so kind to create a game in which you can choose which eleven, in your opinion, is the strongest.

Here are the results:

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I agree with most of the selections, especially with the collective verdict that ’05-’15 and ’65-’75 are the two front-runners and that there is very little separating them.

Thanks again to Lukas Fesca!

Without further ado, here are the teams:

Team of the Decade 1950-1960

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Manager: Sepp Herberger

Bench: Yashin, Gilmar, Ramallets; Zebec, Hannapi, Kohlmeyer; Bellini, Lorant, Jonquet; D. Santos, Happel, Marquitos; N. Rossi, Blanchflower, Wright; Schiaffino, Liedholm, Masopust;  F. Walter, Didi, Zizinho; Czibor, Zagallo, Hamrin; Kocsis, Nordahl, Fontaine; Boniperti, Lofthouse, Evaristo; Kopa, Rahn, Garrincha

Best Player: Alfredo Di Stéfano

Best Team: Hungary 1950-1956

Best Club: Real Madrid

Best Match: England – Hungary, 1953 Friendly

 

Team of the Decade 1955-1965

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Manager: Helenio Herrera

Bench: Gilmar, L. Buffon, Schrojf; Angelo, Cervato, Jusufi; Santamaria, Bellini, C. Maldini; Cavém, Armfield, Bergmark; Coluna, Zito, Bozsik; Didi, del Sol, Netto; Zagallo, Czibor, Charlton; Kopa, Masopust, Seeler; Charles, Vava, Fontaine, Altafini, Kocsis, Pepe; Hamrin, Kubala, Sivori

Best Player: Pelé

Best Team: Real Madrid 1955-1960

Best Club: Real Madrid

Best Match: Real Madrid – Eintracht Frankfurt, European Cup Final 1960

 

Team of the Decade 1960-1970

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Manager: Helenio Herrera

Bench: Banks, Iribar, Costa Pereira; Schnellinger, Marzolini, Gemmell; Beckenbauer, Schulz, Picchi, Figueroa, Germano, Shesternyov;  C. Alberto, Jair, Jusufi; L. Suarez, Rattin, Rivera, Masopust, Gérson, Del Sol; Albert, Johnstone; Law, Altafini, Best; Seeler, Hurst, Greaves; Garrincha, Sivori, Amancio

Best Player: Pelé

Best Team: Santos FC 1960-1965

Best Club: Benfica Lissabon

Best Match: England – Portugal 2-1, 1966 World Cup

 

Team of the Decade 1965-1975

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Manager: Rinus Michels

Bench: Maier, Jennings, Zoff; Schnellinger, Pavoni, Krol; Vasovic, Hulshoff, Schwarzenbeck, Israel, Shesternyov, Perfumo; Vogts, Burgnich, Suurbier; Bremner, Netzer, Overath; Clodoaldo, Albert, Charlton; Dzajic, Johnstone, Keizer; Mazzola, Rivera, Best; Riva, Heynckes, Tostao; Jairzinho, Grabowski, Amancio

Best Player: Franz Beckenbauer

Best Team: Ajax Amsterdam 1970-1973

Best Club: Ajax Amsterdam

Best Match: Ajax Amsterdam – Independiente, Intercontinental Cup 1972

 

Team of the Decade 1970-1980

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Manager: Rinus Michels

Bench: Maier, Jennings, Hellström; Facchetti, Junior, Cabrini; Hulshoff, Schwarzenbeck, Scirea, Passarella, Luis Pereira, Trésor; Suurbier, C. Alberto, Gentile; Clodoaldo, Souness, Neeskens; Haan, Bochini, Bremner; Zico, Overath, Rivera; Dalglish, Heynckes, Dzajic; Lato, Rensenbrink, K. Fischer; Grabowski, Keegan, Simonsen

Best Player: Johan Cruyff

Best Team: Ajax Amsterdam 1970-1973

Best Club: Bayern Munich

Best Match: Ajax Amsterdam – Independiente, Intercontinental Cup 1972

 

Team of the Decade 1975-1985

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Manager: Bob Paisley

Bench:

Schumacher, Fillol, Gatti; Cabrini, Junior, Camacho; Olsen, Stielike, Hansen, Krol, Bossis, Förster;  Gentile, Neal, Gerets; Tardelli, Breitner, Schuster; Giresse, Socrates, Conti; Maradona, Bochini, Boniek; Dalglish, Keegan, Kempes; Cruyff, Fischer, Simonsen; Blokhin, Bertoni, Hrubesch

Best Player: Graeme Souness

Best Team: Liverpool FC 1977-1985

Best Club: Liverpool FC

Best Match: Liverpool – Roma, European Cup Final 1984

 

Team of the Decade 1980-1990

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Manager: Arrigo Sacchi

Bench: Pfaff, Dasajew, Shilton; Brehme, Junior, Amoros; Hansen, Augenthaler, Koeman, Ruggeri, Butcher, Migueli; Gerets, Tassotti, Kaltz; Matthäus, Tardelli, Batista; Cerezo, Souness, Fernandez; Burruchaga, Zico, Giresse; Rummenigge, Hoddle, Gullit; van Basten, Careca, Elkjaer; Rush,Valdano, Lineker

Best player: Diego Maradona

Best club: FC Liverpool

Best team: AC Milan 1987-1990

Best match: France – Portugal 3-2 after extra time, Euro 1984

 

Team of the Decade 1985-1995

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Manager: Arrigo Sacchi

Bench: Schmeichel, Köpke, Zubizaretta; Brehme, Pearce, Amoros; Bergomi, Julio Cesar, Belodedici, Blanc, Costacurta, Blind; Tassotti, Jorginho, Chendo; Sammer, Alemao, Dunga; Stojkovic, Deschamps, Hagi; Hässler, Stoichkov, Rai; Donadoni, Baggio, Mancini; Völler, Butragueno, Rush; Klinsmann, Romario, H. Sanchez

Best player: Franco Baresi

Best club: AC Milan

Best team: AC Milan 1991-1994

Best match: Juventus Turin – AC Milan, Serie A, 1991-92

 

Team of the Decade 1990-2000

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Manager: Alex Ferguson

Bench: van der Sar, Kahn, Chilavert; Lizarazu, Zanetti, Irwin; Blanc, Baresi, Costacurta, Aldair, Adams, Kohler; Thuram, F. de Boer, Ferrara; Dunga, Keane, Albertini; Sammer, Matthäus, Seedorf; Laudrup, Litmanen, Möller; Hässler, Zidane, Giggs; Bergkamp, Klinsmann, Shearer; Ronaldo, Weah, Cantona

Best player: Paolo Maldini

Best club: Juventus Turin

Best team: AC Milan 1991-1994

Best match: Juventus Turin – AC Milan, Serie A, 1991-92

 

Team of the Decade 1995-2005

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Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld

Bench: van der Sar, Buffon, Toldo; Lizarazu, Zanetti, Cannavaro; Stam, F. de Boer, Desailly, Campbell, Hierro, Montero; Cafu, Panucci, Di Livio; Vieira, Redondo, Cocu; Seedorf, Scholes, Veron; Giggs, Overmars, Rivaldo; Figo, Totti, Mendieta; Raul, del Piero, Henry; Kluivert, Vieri, Shevchenko

Best player: Zinedine Zidane

Best club: Manchester United

Best team: France 1998-2001

Best match: Liverpool – AC Milan 3-3, 2005 Champions League Final

 

Team of the Decade 2000-2010

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Manager: José Mourinho

Bench: van der Sar, Kahn, Casillas; R. Carlos, Lahm, Ramos; Maldini, Puyol, Terry, Lucio, Ferdinand, Hyypiä; Thuram,  Zambrotta, Cafu; Davids, Emerson, Vieira; Xavi, Lampard, Deco; C. Ronaldo, Nedved, Riquelme; Messi, Kaka, Figo; Totti, Bergkamp, Gerrard; Eto’o, Ronaldo, van Nistelrooy

Best player: Andrea Pirlo

Best club: Manchester United

Best team: FC Barcelona 2008-10

Best match: Real Madrid – FC Barcelona 2-6, 02.05.2009

 

Team of the Decade 2005-2015

 

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Manager: Pep Guardiola

Bench: Buffon, Cech, Casillas; Zanetti, Abidal, A. Cole; Hummels, Vidic, Puyol, Chiellini, Nesta, Pique; S. Ramos, Maicon, Srna; Schweinsteiger, Cambiasso, X. Alonso; Pirlo, Lampard, Scholes; Kaka, Fabregas, Modric; Ribéry, D. Villa, Di Maria; Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Drogba; Agüero, T. Müller, Eto’o

Best player: Lionel Messi

Best team: FC Barcelona 2008-12

Best club: FC Barcelona

Best match: FC Barcelona – Real Madrid 5-0, 29.11.2010

 

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One thought on “Teams of the Decade: An Overview

  1. I found it very interesting that most of the xxx5 to xx15 decades were higher rated than the xxx0 to xx10 teams. Good for you that you took 5year intervals for your decades.

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