The 5 best clubs in European football history
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The 5 best clubs in European football history

Di Stefano and Real’s 5 C1 Cups.

Real Madrid, Spain, period 1955-1960

Real was truly Europe’s first great team.

Stars: Alfredo di Stefano (Argentine), Ferenc Puskas (Hungary), Francisco Gento (Spain).

Coach: Jose Villalonga (Spain), Luis Carniglia (Argentina), Miguel Munoz (Spain), Manuel Fleitas (Paraguay).

Main titles: C1 Cup 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1959-60, Intercontinental Cup 1960, La Liga 1956-57, 1957-58

Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands, period 1970-1973

Ajax is the first team after Real to win 3 consecutive C1 Cups.

Stars: Johan Cruyff, Ruud Krol, Johan Neeskens (Netherlands)

Coach: Rinus Michels (Netherlands), Stefan Kovacs (Romania)

Main titles: C1 Cup 1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73, Intercontinental Cup 1972, UEFA Super Cup 1973, Eredivisie 1971-72, 1972-73, Dutch Cup 1970-71, 1971-72

The 5 best clubs in European football history

Former player Kenny Dalglish was happy with Liverpool’s C1 Cup win.

Liverpool, England, period 1974-1985

After coach Bill Shankly brought Liverpool from the bottom of the second division to the first division, his successor Bob Paisley took the team to a new level.

Stars: Kenny Dalglish (Scotland), Kevin Keegan (England), Ian Rush (Wales)

Coach: Bob Paisley (England), Joe Fagan (England)

Trophies: C1 Cup 1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81, 1983-84, UEFA Cup 1975-76, UEFA Super Cup 1977, English championship 1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-

AC Milan, Italy, period 1987-1994

Under the guidance of Arrigo Sacchi, who had never played professional football, Milan developed Rinus Michel’s all-out style of play into a new type of strategy in which players constantly pressured opposing players.

Stars: Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit (Netherlands), Franco Baresi (Italy)

Coach: Arrigo Sacchi (Italy), Fabio Capello (Italy)

Trophies: C1 Cup/Champions League 1988-89, 1989-90, 1993-94, Intercontinental Cup 1989, 1990, UEFA Super Cup 1989, 1990, 1994, Serie A 1987-88, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993

The 5 best clubs in European football history

Barca coach Pep Guardiola.

Barca, Spain, period 2004-2011

The decision to appoint Pep Guardiola as coach in 2008 helped Barca transition to a new, more successful cycle, the foundation of which was the previous cycle of former coach Frank Rijkaard.

Stars: Ronaldinho (Brazil), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Xavi, Andres Iniesta (Spain)

Coach: Frank Rijkaard (Netherlands), Pep Guardiola (Spain)

Trophies: C1 Cup/Champions League 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, FIFA Club World Cup 2009, UEFA Super Cup 2009, La Liga 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010

Thuy An

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