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Top 10 most dominant football teams in history

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Teams become unstoppable when they mix talent with dicipline and motivation, and there are many of such squads in football history.

Football has witnessed many great teams that dominated the sport for years, inspiring generations of players and fans alike.

From clubs that have dominated the continental and domestic tournaments to national teams who have claimed back-to-back major trophies, here are the ten most dominant football teams in history.

10- Argentina (1978-1986)

Argentina won their first World Cup title when Diego Maradona was 17 years old in 1978. The Albiceleste’s incredible squad had to wait until 1991 to win their next Copa America trophy. But in 1986, Maradona led them to another World Cup title, forever cementing this team’s place as one of the best football teams in history.

9- Liverpool (1975-1984)

The Liverpool team that won four European Cups in the 1970s and 1980s, with legends like Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, and Ian Rush, was a team that embodied the spirit of the city they represented. With a never-say-die attitude, they won numerous domestic and international trophies, setting a standard for English football.

8- Juventus (1995-1998)

The Juventus team that won three consecutive Serie A titles from 1995 to 1998 was a team that combined solid defense, creative midfield, and clinical attack. With players like Paolo Montero, Didier Deschamps, and Alessandro Del Piero, they reached two Champions League finals in that period, winning one.

7- Ajax (1965-1973)

The Ajax team of the late 1960s and early 1970s, led by Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff, was a team that epitomized the Total Football philosophy. They won three consecutive European Cups from 1971 to 1973, playing a free-flowing, interchanging, and innovative style of football that was ahead of its time.

6- Bayern Munich (1974-1976)

The Bayern Munich team that won three consecutive European Cups in the mid-1970s, under the guidance of Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller, was a team that combined flair and discipline, attack, and defense, to devastating effect.

5- AC Milan (1988-1994)

The AC Milan team that won back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990, and then another in 1994, was a formidable force in world football. With stars like Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, and Franco Baresi, they played a stylish and ruthless brand of football that made them one of the most feared teams of their time.

4- Manchester United (1993-1999)

The Manchester United team that won the Premier League in 1993 marked the beginning of a period of sustained dominance in English and European football. Under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, they won six Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, and other trophies, with legends like Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, and Ryan Giggs.

3- Barcelona (2008-2012)

The Barcelona team of the late 2000s, under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, redefined the way football was played. With a possession-based and high-pressing style, they won four consecutive La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues, and countless other domestic and international trophies.

2- Real Madrid (1955-1960)

The Real Madrid team of the 1950s was a true footballing dynasty. With stars like Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo Di Stefano, and Francisco Gento, they won five consecutive European Cups from 1955 to 1960, a feat that remains unrivaled to this day.

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1- Brazil (1958-1970)

The Brazil team that won the 1958 World Cup in Sweden marked the beginning of a golden era for the Selecao. With stars like Pele, Garrincha, and Didi, they won two more World Cups in 1962 and 1970, playing an attacking and artistic football that set the standards for generations to come.