Four Four Two magazine just released their list of the top 20 greatest club sides ever. To help take a walk down memory lane, or to revisit these wonderful teams, we’ve incorporated video footage of each club.
Here’s our guide to bring you up-to-date with some of the most successful teams in world history.
20. Nottingham Forest 1977-1980
The Nottingham Forest side of 1977-80 was something special. You know you’ve got a good team when Peter Shilton is between the sticks, and his team-mates were aware of his presence too. Shilton picked up the PFA Players’ Player of the Season Award in the 1977-78 campaign. One of Shilton’s team-mates was John Robertson, a player who had two spells with the club. Arguably, his most memorable moment was scoring in the European Cup Final in 1980, the second time in consecutive years. One of the most successful individuals at Forest during this period was Tony Woodcock, a player who won the Football League Championship, League Cup, FA Charity Shield, European Cup, European Super Cup and PFA Young Player of the Year, all in two seasons. Together these players shaped one of the most successful club teams ever.
19. Budapest Honved 1950-1955
Budapest Honvéd won the Hungarian league four times during the 1950s. These Honvéd players formed the backbone of the legendary Mighty Magyars, helping Hungary become Olympic Champions in 1952, Central European Champions in 1953, defeated England twice and reached the 1954 World Cup final. Forenc Puskas was one of those Mighty Magyars; he scored 352 goals in 341 matches for the club. Zoltán Czibor was another member of the Mighty Magyars, a forward who also played as a left-winger during the 1951-52 season, known for his finishing and excellent ball control.
18. Borussia Monchengladbach 1970-1979
The golden decade for Borussia came in the 1970s, with a new attacking philosophy that triggered enormous success for the club. The side won consecutive titles from 1975 to 1977 and were extremely close to winning the 1977 European Cup until Liverpool beat them in the final. Borussia also made four appearances in UEFA Cup finals, winning two, but losing the other. The triumphant team went on to win eight trophies in their successful spell making them a fantastic side to watch.
17. Preston North End 1888-89
The 1888-89 season was a memorable one for Preston North End and their history, labeled as the ‘invincibles’; they won the league and cup double without being defeated. John Goodall was at the heart of this success, scoring 22 goals in the process as they stacked up 40 points to win the title (12 teams in the league). This was Preston North End’s first season in the Football League as they had just been founded.