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Top Ten Best Football Teams of All Time

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Pep Guardiola
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There have been some truly amazing teams which have defined how football has been played. These teams have dominated the beautiful game and have looked almost invincible whenever they have stepped onto the pitch.

Picking the 10 best football teams of all time is no easy task. We have taken into consideration both International and club sides who have won numerous trophies and created an era of domination for their respective countries or clubs.

We take a look at the 10 greatest football teams of all time :

#10 Barcelona (2008-2011)

An old favourite, Pep Guardiola took over as the Barcelona manager in 2008 and what followed for three years mesmerised the footballing audience in Spain and all over the world. The coach embarked on a mission to impose the playing style of the famous Barca youth academy, ‘La Masia’, on the senior team. Here, every attacking player subjugated their personal flamboyance for the sake of the team.

This playing style, known as tiki-taka, was based on the fundamental truth that the opponent cannot score unless he has the ball. Barcelona under Guardiola prided themselves on their ability to pass the ball; even against the best opposition, their diminutive players passed the ball amongst themselves with such lazy elegance and absurd ease that it made the ones chasing the ball look silly.

Anchored by the insufferably dramatic, yet undeniably brilliant Sergio Busquets, their midfield contained two of the greatest masterminds to ever play the game – Andres Iniesta, whose quiet brilliance could spark any game into life, and Xavi Hernandez, whose vision made it appear that he could pass a football through the eye of a needle as easily as through a barn door.

In just three years, Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona won three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Copa Del Rey titles.

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