The Four-Four-Two Greatest Club Side Ever List

Our friends over at Four-Four-Two have drawn up list of what they believe to be the top 20 greatest club sides of all time.

In the list includes the usual suspects and elites of world football from South America to Europe’s finest and the years in which they excelled enough to allow them to considered in Four-Four-Two’s honoured list.

Most of them we at In The Stands are sure you’d agree upon, perhaps you’d place them higher up, maybe even lower down. Likewise, there are others in the list of twenty whose exclusion will be met with baffling curiosity. The Arsenal ‘invincibles’ team of 2003/2004 remains such a team.

So have a look at the list from 20-1 and let us know your views below as well.

20. Nottingham Forest (1977 – 1980) Star Players: Shilton, Robertson, Woodcock

19. Budapest Honved (1950 – 1955) Star Players: Puskas, Czibor, Kocsis, Boszik

18. Borussia M’gladbach (1970 – 1979) Star Players: Berti Vogts, Heynckes, Gunter Netzer, Wimmer,

17. Preston North End (1888 – 1889) Star Players: Howarth, John Goodall, Trainer, Fred Dewhurst,

16. Boca Juniors (1998 – 2003) Star Players: Riquelme, Schelotto, Ibarra, Nicolas Burdisso, Palermo,

15. Dynamo Kiev (1985 – 1987) Star Players: Oleg Blokhin, Igor Belanov, Kuznetsov,

14. Juventus (1980 – 1986) Star Players: Rossi, Michel Platini, Liam Brady, Gentile, Dino Zoff, Tardelli,

13. Independiente (1971 – 1975) Star Players: Daniel Bertoni, Ricardo Bochini, Raimondo, Miguel Lopez,

12. Manchester United (1995 – 2001) Star Players: Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole.

11. Celtic (1965 – 1974) Star Players: Jimmy Johnstone, Bobby Lennox, Bertie Auld, Chalmers, Wallace,

10. Torino (1945 – 1949) Star Players: Giuseppe Grezar, Guglielmo Gabetto, Mario Rigamonti, Virgilio Maroso, V Mazzola, Ezio Loik,

9. Bayern Munich (1967 – 1976) Star Players: Maier, Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Uli Hoeness, Gerg Muller, Rummenigger,

8. Benfica (1959 – 1968) Star Players: Eusebio, Costa Pereira, Joaquim Santana, Jose Aguas, Coluna,

7. Santos (1955 – 1968) Star Players: Pele, Carlos Alberto, Zito, Coutinho, Pepe, Mengalvio

6. Inter Milan (1962 – 1967) Star Players: Armando Picchi, Luis Suarez, Jair, Sandro Mazzola, Tarcisio Burgnich,

5. Liverpool (1975 – 1984) Star Players: Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness,

4. Barcelona (2008 – 2011) Star Players: Lionel Messi, David Villa, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Victor Valdes

3. Real Madrid (1955 – 1960) Star Players: Ferenc Puskas, Paco Gento, Alfredo Di Stefano, Raymond Kopa,

2. AC Milan (1987 – 1991) Star Players: Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Carlo Ancelotti, Tassotti, Franco Baresi, Costacurta, Roberto Donadoni, Paolo Maldini,

1. Ajax (1965 – 1973) Star Players: Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens, Arie Haan, Gerrie Muhren, Velibor Vasovic, Heinz Stuy


  • RodOgrO

    Of course each fan from teams that didn’t make it to the list will miss their club being there, but I did indeed miss the Sao Paulo from 1992-1994 being there, the team that was Latin American and World Champions for 2 consecutive years beating Barcelona and AC Milan, playing brilliantly, and counted with such players as Cafu, Raí, Ronaldao, Leonardo, Muller and Zetti (all World Cup Champions for Brazil in 1994, 3 of them starters in that team). :)

  • thiago

    Botafogo 60´s: Garrincha, Zagallo, Jairzinho, Manga, Nilton Santos, Didi…….. Zico’s Flamengo (80′s); São Paulo 90´s; Palmeiras 90´s (Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Cafu)……………

  • Opinion

    That is a great mention – the Botafogo side of the 1960s, Sao Paulo in the 90s, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Palmeiras side, but don’t forget the Arsenal side of 1930 – 1935. Also Vincente Del Bosque’s Real Madrid side from 1999/2000 – 2002/2003.

  • Tobias Garzaron

    It is very relative, surveys should be more international and varied, but intoaccount minimize the margin of error is a statistical rule to compensate for deviations.
    It seems to me exaggerated Ajax!.
    Were weighted to English football too.
    International teams missing many hits as the San Pablo and the Barcelona of the 90′s.
    Hungarians have despised and Boca Juniors of Argentina too!! Should be included in 1998-2008.
    He was named as the best club in America in the first decade of the 21st century. For CONMEBOL, is the South American club with better historical score, that is, better than the list above Independent ranking.
    For example: Here are some of their successes in that period.
    *Copa Libertadores: – Champion: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007 – Runners-up: 2004.
    *Compa intercontinental: – Champion: 2000, 2003. – Runner-up: 2001, 2007.
    *Copa Sudamericana: – Champion: 2004 and 2005.
    *Recopa Sudamericana: – Champion: 2005, 2006, 2008. – Runner-up: 2004.
    *Argentina Primera Division: – Champion: Opening 1998, Clausura 1999, Apertura 2000, Apertura 2003, Apertura 2005, Clausura 2006, Apertura 2008. – Runner-up: Opening 1997, Apertura 2002, Clausura 2003, Clausura 2004, Apertura 2006, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2008.
    *Pentagonal Tournament Summer: – Champion: 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009
    *Israel State Cup: – Winners: 2005
    *Teresa Herrera Trophy: – Runner-up 1999
    *Trofeo Villa de Madrid; – Runner-up: 2003
    *Joan Gamper Trophy;-Runner-up: 2003, 2008.

    24 titles and 16 runners-up! Mamma mia!
    Of 4 tournaments they played, winning 2 and runners-ups came out in another!

    All this is verifiable. Check it does not cost anything!
    Greetings to everyone!

  • Kloncs

    One major error is that Allan Simonsen isn’t included in the Br. M’Gladbach team. He won the Best Player in Europe in 1977 while playing for the team, and was probably one of the biggest factors in their success from ’73-’79! Otherwise a good list, even though you could think of 20 other teams that could make it, but that’s how it will always be I guess..

  • Kerkrom

    I would like to mention the RummeniggeR fail. nice freudian slip there. :)

  • john

    i spose the greatest premier league team doesn’t rate a mention? the arsenal invincibles of 03/04?

  • Aaron

    Never won a European trophy.

  • Ben

    But the Preston North End side of 1888-1889 did?

  • walker

    preston north end 1888 better than arsenals invincibles? fuck off

  • Danny

    Preston North End won the league without defeat in 1888/89 – an achievement surpassed by Rangers F.C. a decade later – they won each and every game that season, not dropping a point… and remain the only club in the world to have ever done so.

  • Rene from Holland

    Where’s the Ajax-team of the mid-nineties? Played football from another planet. Remember Madrid-Ajax 0-2 in the Bernabeu.