By News Team
30th April 2020
Every fan will have their opinion on who some of the greatest ever teams are across respective sports.
It’s a whole other matter, though, to try and narrow it down to who the single greatest team is to grace their sport. We’ve given this a go and looked at arguably the best ever sides across global sport.
The Chicago Bulls deserve their mention in this list of all-time great sporting sides and few basketball fans would disagree. The 1990s was a particularly glory-filled time. They won their first NBA title in the 1990-91 season before coach Phil Jackson’s Bulls sailed through the 1991-92 regular season, winning 67 games before going all the way again.
Led by coach Phil Jackson and featuring the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, teamwork was king and there was no basketball display like it. They ended the regular season with 69 wins before going on to beat Utah Jazz in one of the most unforgettable NBA Finals in history.
It was the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team that really shone. Jordan was ethereal in carrying his side in the closer games and the Bulls ended the regular season with an NBA-record 72 wins. They made light work of the playoffs and beat Gary Payton’s Seattle SuperSonics for another NBA title.
It’s hard to look past Real Madrid when it comes to global footballing powerhouses. Not only do they attract the biggest talent in world football, but they translate this into silverware time and time again.
The club dominated the European competition scene even in its early years, winning five consecutive European Cups between 1956 and 1960. They also became the first club to win three consecutive Champions League trophies when winning the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions.
Real have won a record 33 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey and 11 Supercopa de Espana trophies. They also hold a record 26 trophies on the non-domestic front: a record 13 European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Cups and four UEFA Super Cups. It’s little surprise, then, that Real Madrid was recognised as the FIFA Club of the 20th Century on 11 December 2000 and received the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit on 20 May 2004
Australian cricket team
There was no denying the Australian cricket team between 1999 and 2008 – an era that saw the magic of legends such as Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. That decade or so of Australian cricket also saw the emergence of unforgiving batsmen like Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden who were responsible for changing the game’s perception.
The Australians ruled both the formats of the game, winning 16 Tests in a row between October 1999 and February 2001. They later won another 16 consecutive Tests between December 2005 and January 2008, while they also won three consecutive World Cups between 1999 and 2007. According to the ICC rankings, the 2007-08 side remains the highest-rated team in history.
It’s not just modern greatness though, as the Australian team between 1930 and 1952 were known as the ‘Invincibles’. They won 46 out of the 70 Tests they played in the ‘30s and ‘40s, losing only 12 of these. They also won 13 of 15 Test series in that time. Truly a great cricketing nation, past and present.
New Zealand rugby union team
New Zealand have been the most phenomenal and consistent over-achievers in the history of rugby union. If you think about it, the 4.8 million population of the country is nothing compared to their global rivals, and yet, it makes little difference.
Since the inception of the IRB World Rankings, New Zealand have been the most consistently ranked number one team. They have occupied top sport for over 85% of the time. They also boast the record for the highest rating points amassed by any team, which currently stands at 96.57. Unsurprisingly, they currently are top too, with 93.88.
They have six Rugby Championships to their name and three World Cups, putting them joint-highest winners of the latter along with South Africa. You would be hard-pressed to name a bad New Zealand team in rugby union history.
So far, we have looked at the greatest overall sides in their respective sports but when it comes to American football, the general consensus is you can definitively pin down the single greatest team in the Super Bowl era: the Chicago Bears.
A massive reason behind the 1985 team’s dominance was their unbelievable defense, who only allowed 198 points during the regular season. However, their offence wasn’t half-decent either, led by Walter Payton and Jim McMahon, scoring 456 points.
They won the Super Bowl by a huge 46-10 scoreline after finishing the regular season 15-1. They won their play offs to nil, before which they even recorded the “Super Bowl Shuffle” video. Some may call that cocky but at the end of the day, they backed themselves and sure did deliver.
What’s more, the Chicago Bears have also recorded more victories than any other NFL franchise in history. Take a bow.