The Best Sports Teams of all Time

Tribute to Sports Most Dominant Teams

In July 2009, Sporting News Magazine took a bold step to name former UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden as the greatest American athletics coach of all time. To those of us who grew up listening to Dick Enberg call the play-by-play of UCLA's games during the Wooden era, this was no surprise and in fact long over due. While this name spawns a need to do a feature on Wooden alone, his naming caused me to think of all the dominant sports programs that come to mind including such great teams as the New York Yankees, Boston Celtics, Soviet Union Hockey Team and others. This hub highlights some of the greatest sports teams from all major sports. They are listed in no particular order.

UCLA Basketball Team 1970-71

UCLA Basketball under Coach John Wooden

UCLA's Basketball under Coach John Wooden is the first team highlighted in this feature on sports' greatest teams. In 27 seasons as head coach of UCLA Basketball, the team never suffered a losing season and eventually won 10 national championships in a span of 12 years including an unprecedented seven straight. From 1972 to 1974, the team accented its dominance of American college basketball by running off 88 consecutive victories. While UCLA drew great talent incuding centers Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Abdul Jabbar) and Bill Walton, particularly impressive were the championships won in 1970 and 1971 when a smaller UCLA team overcame the likes of 7'2" Artis Gilmore of Jacksonville University to keep the Bruins on top of the basketball charts. Some say UCLA's boosters kept the team stocked with top prospects, but as the 1980s Philadelphia 76ers know it takes more than talent to win championships. Coach John Wooden was the reason UCLA was so dominant for so many years.

Boston Celtics 1968-69

The Boston Celtics' Dynasty from 1957-1969

The Boston Celtics' dynasty in NBA Basketball from 1957 to 1969 was as equally impressive as UCLA's run in the college ranks. The Boston Celtics led by Coach Red Auerbach and center Bill Russell won an unlikely 11 championships in 13 years.

New York Yankees' Casey Stengel

The New York Yankees under Casey Stengal

Perhaps no professional team has dominated their sport like the New York Yankees. As a franchise, the New York Yankees won 26 World Series over five eras. From 1949 to 1958 with Casey Stengal at the helm, America's top baseball organization won the Fall Classic 8 times in 10 tries. Perhaps, the greatest single season of any Yankee team came in 1961 when Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle propelled them to a major league record 109 games (mrm85.com).

Soviet Union Hockey Teams 1954-1990

USSR National Hockey Dominates International Play

From 1954 to 1991, The Soviet Union's National Hockey Team won 30 medals in 31 international competitions including seven Olympic gold medals in nine tries and 19 golds overall.

All Blacks Rugby Team Pre-Game Ritual

New Zealand's All Blacks Rugby Team Dominates the International Field

A gentleman named Kerry gets credit for this entry. As he wrote in the comments below:

In over a hundred years of rugby, the All Blacks hold an 84% winning record against all oppostion played. They have also won 74% of all test matches played, and hold a winning record against EVERY TEST NATION IN THE WORLD (including the British & Irish Lions, and the World XV).

Romania (the best team in Eastern Europe), Canada (the best team in North America), Japan (the best in Asia), and other World Rugby Heavyweights Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, Samoa, and Fiji have never beaten New Zealand.

The average margin when playing the All Blacks is 25-12- that is, they have scored more than twice the amount of points than all opposition combined.

New Zealand is so good, that they have never been ranked lower than 3rd on the World Rankings. In 1987, they were crowned the first ever Rugby World Champions beating France in the final 29-9.

Since 1996, when rugby became professional, the All Blacks have played 149 games, winning 121. Their victories have lead to 9 Tri-Nations Championships in 13 years, play-off appearances in every World Cup to date, a first ever test series victory in South Africa, 7 undefeated tours to Europe; including 2 Grand Slams Tours(when a team plays England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales in succesive weeks and win), a test series whitewash against the British & Irish Lions, a World record 30 test victories in a row on home soil (spanning five years), the Bledisloe Cup, and the Hillary Shield.

Only five test nations IN HISTORY have ever beaten the All Blacks- Australia, South Africa, France, England, and Wales (who have not beaten New Zealand since 1954). The most successful team to ever play New Zealand is South Africa (winning just 40% of the time), while Australia have won the most times (39 victories from 132 matches).

This small, tiny nation boasts a player pool of just 90,000- yet they provide the bulk of the Rugby Hall of Fame.

Thanks Kerry for your contribution.

The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Football under Coach Frank Leahy

Notre Dame's reputation as America's premier college football school was molded under the direction of Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen. Yet, in the 1940s, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame won 4 national championships under the leadership of Coach Frank Leahy.

Leon Heath, Oklahoma Sooners, 1950

The Oklahoma Sooners under Bud Wilkinson

From 1947 to 1963, the Oklahoma Sooners football team won 145 games, three national championships, and an NCAA Division I record 47 consecutive games. Bud Wilkinson was the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners over that span of time.

Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan

Chicago Bulls under Coach Phil Jacson

Under the direction of Coach Phil Jackson and Superstar Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls won six NBA championships in the 1990s.

1972 Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers in Four Eras

As an NBA franchise the Los Angeles Lakers have won 15 league championships from 1949 to 2009. In 1972, the team led by Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West won a major sports record 33 consecutive games. In the 1980s, led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the Lakers franchise won five chamionships in nine seasons. Under the direction of Phil Jackson, the team has won four more championships since 2000.

Montreal Canadiens 1960-1961

The Montreal Canadiens under Scotty Bowman

Since its establishment in 1909, the Montreal Canadiens (a professional hockey team) have won 24 Stanley Cups including 11 in 20 years and under the direction of Coach Scotty Bowman six in the decade of the 1970s. 

Edmonton Oilers 1985

The Edmonton Oilers under Glen Sather

 From 1984 to 1990, led by Wayne Gretzky and Coach Glen Sathers, the professional hockey team Edmonton Oilers won the NHL's Stanley Cup five times.

Australia's Cricket Team Celebrates a Victory

Australia's Cricket International Team

The oldest Test cricket organization in the world since 1877, the Australian Cricket International Team has made all six world cup finals and won four of them including the last three (1999, 2003, and 2007). As of 2007 they are undefeated in 29 consecutive world cup games.

Lady Tar Heels Women's Soccer Team

University of North Carolina Women's Soccer Team 1983-2009

According to commenter Frank and other more official sources, the women's soccer team of the University of North Carolina won 20 national championships in 27 years from 1983 to 2009 including nine straight from 1986 to 1994.

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travelerhubs 7 years ago from USA

Excellent collection. Thanks for sharing.


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kingis 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

I think you should have put the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team. The "Miracle on Ice" is a team I have done extensive research and it is fascinating how the team was selected and played together. Overall, the teams you have listed are very impressive.


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ecoggins 7 years ago from Corona, California Author

kingis, The 1980 U.S. Hockey team would be an excellent addition to this list. Their feat was indeed outstanding and I own the movie "Miracle." I remember watching the U.S.-Russian game and hearing Al Michael's famous line, "Do you believe in miracles?" However, this was a one time accomplishment and this hub concentrates on long-term dominance.


mrm85.com 6 years ago

You mentioned the Stengel Yankees teams but didn't mention the 1961 team? I'm disappointed.


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California Author

mrm85.com. Thank you for your comment and for bringing the 1961 Yankees to my attention. You are right in pointing out that the 1961 Yankees were a dominant team who won a record 109 games in one season. They were a great team and should be mentioned alongside of the Stengal Dynasty. In fact, as you probably already know many of the players on 1961 team were developed under Stengal's management. I am sorry I disapponited you.


Kerry 6 years ago

Is this list only best Ämerican" sports teams of all time, or I would have thought The New Zealnd International Rugby Union Team The "All Blacks" should in all fairness be at No# 1.

Here are the facts:

In over a hundred years of rugby, the All Blacks hold an 84% winning record against all oppostion played. They have also won 74% of all test matches played, and hold a winning record against EVERY TEST NATION IN THE WORLD (including the British & Irish Lions, and the World XV).

Romania (the best team in Eastern Europe), Canada (the best team in North America), Japan (the best in Asia), and other World Rugby Heavyweights Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, Samoa, and Fiji have never beaten New Zealand.

The average margin when playing the All Blacks is 25-12- that is, they have scored more than twice the amount of points than all opposition combined.

New Zealand is so good, that they have never been ranked lower than 3rd on the World Rankings. In 1987, they were crowned the first ever Rugby World Champions beating France in the final 29-9.

Since 1996, when rugby became professional, the All Blacks have played 149 games, winning 121. Their victories have lead to 9 Tri-Nations Championships in 13 years, play-off appearances in every World Cup to date, a first ever test series victory in South Africa, 7 undefeated tours to Europe; including 2 Grand Slams Tours(when a team plays England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales in succesive weeks and win), a test series whitewash against the British & Irish Lions, a World record 30 test victories in a row on home soil (spanning five years), the Bledisloe Cup, and the Hillary Shield.

Only five test nations IN HISTORY have ever beaten the All Blacks- Australia, South Africa, France, England, and Wales (who have not beaten New Zealand since 1954). The most successful team to ever play New Zealand is South Africa (winning just 40% of the time), while Australia have won the most times (39 victories from 132 matches).

This small, tiny nation boasts a player pool of just 90,000- yet they provide the bulk of the Rugby Hall of Fame.

Not even the great Brazilian Football Team can match the proud winning record of New Zealand. The same applies to Canada in Ice Hockey, Australia in Cricket, or any professional sports team from the United States.

Are they not even worthy of a mention?


Kerry 6 years ago

PS. If you are talking about a team from a particular era, then when the All Blacks won the 1987 Rugby World Cup they went from 1987 to 1991 playing 50 games without defeat (49 wins and a draw. Thank you for your time.


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California Author

Dear Kerry, thank you for your comment and for the helpful information. As you have shown, the "All Blacks" Rugby team from New Zealand does deserve to be in this group. Thank you for history lesson. I will add them in the list.


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sarcasticool 6 years ago from New Zealand

Excellent!


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sarcasticool 6 years ago from New Zealand

ps. The last Team entry should read as it's title Cricket not Crocket, as is under the picture. ;)

The Australian Rugby League team are pretty much as good as their cricket team too.

New Zealand Rugby 7's team a long with Fiji are great sides! Dominating the world circuit, and this sport is in the Commonwealth games and will soon be in the Olympic Games, yay!


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California Author

Oops. Thanks sarcasticool. Although it's all the same to me...only joking :). You can take some pot shots at American football if you want; like what's up with all the sissy pads :D. Cheers.


Jimmer 6 years ago

Rugby, 149 games in 14 years, who gives a rats ass, play 80 + games a year not including playoffs and exibition in sports where there is a draft and a salary cap, then see how good you are.


Wilson Aguiveria 6 years ago

if we include national teams...

The Dream Team? they probably would of beat

the yankees at baseball lol


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brentbrown98 6 years ago from Indiana, United States, Earth

This is a great read. I wasn't around to see most of these teams in action, unfortunately, but I've come to appreciate athletes in all sports and all eras. Awesome and very useful hub!


Chris 6 years ago

There was also a Canadian womens university basketball team that lost like once in 10 years in 1930s or so - quite a feat. I was lucky enough to be around to see the Canadiens play in the late 70s and Oilers in the 80s as well as having the chance to see Michael Jordan dominate the game of basketball over his illustrious career.


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California Author

brentbrown98 - thank you for your encoruaging words. I admit that I am a sports junky and enjoy all forms of athletic competition. Just ask my wife, much to her chagrine.


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California Author

Chris - Thank you for your comments. The Canadiens were a bit before my time, but I did enjoy reading about the Oilers. Gretzky was incredible but I hear from other hockey enthusiasts that he could not have done what he did without his supporting cast around him. What do you think?


Anthony 5 years ago

I'm not sure what exactly qualifies a team here, since some of your examples highlight specific eras, while others go across a team's entire history. But I submit the late '40s-'50s Red Wings. Seven consecutive first-place finishes and four Cups in six years. The franchise as a whole could probably qualify, despite the Dead Things stretch from mid-'60s to mid-'80s. Consider their modern-era achievements, a time period when only the Avs and Devils have come close to matching their consistent success.

The Bad Boys Pistons ('87-'91) went to five straight conference finals, won it all twice (and got robbed of a third), and had winning records against Jordan, Bird, and Magic.

I probably sound like a homer, but I need to represent.

I may come off sounding like a homer


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ecoggins 5 years ago from Corona, California Author

Anthony you make a strong case for both teams. It does seem they deserve a spot here. You represent well.


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sportandfitness 5 years ago

Great hub! For me the New Zealand team and the Bulls by Jordan are the all time favorite!!! I was lucky enough to see them live when they were on the top! :)


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ecoggins 5 years ago from Corona, California Author

sportandfitness, thank you for stopping by and sharing. I appreciate your encouragement. I wonder how the Bulls would have faired against the 1960s Celtics (with similar training techniques) and the 1980s Lakers.

Of course my favorite is UCLA under Coach Wooden.


Dave 5 years ago

The Soviet Union's hockey record is irrelevant because Canada didn't send their best players to the Olympics until 1998. In best on best games between Canada and the Soviets/Russia, Canada is the favorite to win. This began in 1972 when Canada won the summit series and has continued through to Canada's recent domination of Russia in the 2010 Olympics (7-3).


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ecoggins 5 years ago from Corona, California Author

Dave, thank you for your input. You make very valid points. Still, I am not sure the Soviet Union's accomplishmnet can be called irrelevant. Rather I think it can be said that their record was less impressive than it really looked at the time.


Steve 5 years ago

This was a great read, there are so many great teams out there.

I live in Australia, and as much as i hate to admit it, I too think the New Zealand All Blacks are the most successful sports in the WORLD....on an international level. To beat them is a huge achievement, and to beat them in N.Z. is even tougher.

There uncanny ability to win games and edge out opposition teams is remarkable for such a small nation.

Right now there is a rugby world cup tournament being hosted in New Zealand, and i'll be cheering for the Wallabies, though if they exit the competiton before the finals, then i'll be backing the New Zealand All Blacks!!!!!


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ecoggins 5 years ago from Corona, California Author

Steve thank you for your encouraging comments. Good luck to your Wallabies in the World Cup.


Brendankiwi 5 years ago

I am a proud New Zealander but I have to say, the grestest sports team of all time is undoubtably BARCELONA FC


Mike Bush 5 years ago

Man ! I did some research on that new Zealand team !!! Wow that if just the most mazing record I have ever read about. No sport team in the world has a record even close to them !


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ecoggins 5 years ago from Corona, California Author

Mike Bush, their record is impressive isn't it. Thanks for stopping by and posting a comment.


Geng1s 5 years ago

Yup the all Blacks record is up to 75% of all tests won and still hold a positive win record against all teams played (South Africa is inching closer).

We play France in the final this weekend and we are heavy Favorites to win which would give us our second World cup, equal most with Australia and South Africa.

and to the guy going on about the number of games played a year I would like to point out this is an international team that has players who also play super 15 and Provincial Rugby throughout the year.


Baker29r 5 years ago

NZ players have 2 competitions that run yearly we have the more professional tournament Super 15 which consists of 14 regular season games a Semi final then Grand Final so 16 games all up.They all so have provincial competition where players play for there hometown which usually consists of 13 regular season games plus 2 more games semi and finals.And including guys that made the All blacks team they Tri-nation cup with South Africa and Australia worlds top 3 nations in the world of rugby not to mention extra 2 games with Australia for there epic Tasman battle for the Bledisloe cup and yes theres an and lol they have an end of year tour with maybe 3-5 countries usually 1 of game......so just imagine playing all those games 400 hours of running , tackling ,talking motivating and oops no pads lol so 1nce again is the All Blacks really could be the most successful team of all time...........thumbs up from


Colin 5 years ago

Yeah the All Blacks are definitely the greatest sports team in history. Look at their record and that says it all.


Lee 5 years ago

And great to see the All Blacks win the World Cup last night!


Dave 5 years ago

The French... the nemesis of the All Blacks, but thank goodness not last Sunday night...

All Blacks won by the vast margin of 8 to 7,

I was there when n 1984, France visited New Zealand for two Tests. They lost the first, at Lancaster Park, 10–9 (despite repeated French drop goal attempts) and was at Eden Park when France won with the try from the end of the world...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTwTi-UeQ7s


Flytz 5 years ago

I'm in Australia and prefer Aussie rules footy. But the All Blacks are easily the best sports team of all time. Even if I do throw vile comments at them on the tv.


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ecoggins 5 years ago from Corona, California Author

Congratulations to the All Blacks for another World Cup championship. Seems by the comments in recent days those from all parts of the Rugby world give the All Blacks the nod for the best sports team of all time. Thank you to all who continue to comment and make their opinions known.


Mike 5 years ago

Great post! Thanks for this. I love thinking about the old teams. There's no way these current teams could hang with some of those older teams. I found a pretty extensive 64-team bracket on a site. Good stuff. I found your article searching for more opinions on the best team. Nice!

If you want to check out the 64-team bracket. It’s enjoyable if nothing else: http://www.tchuddle.com/2011/04/the-greatest-ncaa-...


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ecoggins 5 years ago from Corona, California Author

Good day Craig. Why such hostility? This hub highlights sports teams from all around the world. It only makes one reference to American Football and nowhere does it make the claim that American sports teams are better than sports teams from other parts of the globe. This hub was and is offered in humility and peace.


Rewster 5 years ago

The Australian Kangaroos Rugby League team are arguably just as dominant as the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Union team. The Kangaroos are the most successful in Rugby League World Cup history, winning 9 out of the 13 tournaments and failing to reach the final only once, in the inaugural tournament in 1954!

Since 1997 they have competed in the annual ANZAC Test against the New Zealand Kiwis. Australia have won 11 out of the 12 matches played. The last time Australia lost the ANZAC Test was back in 1998.

In the Tri-Nations/Four-Nations, Australia have competed in every final since the inaugural tournament in 1999. They have won 4 of the six tournaments played.

The also comepete against arch-rivals Great Britain in the Rugby League Ashes. Australia have won 20 of the 39 series played since 1908, and have not lost a test series to either Great Britain or England since 1970.

Their biggest win was 110-4 against Russia in 2000. Their worst defeat is 25-48 loss to New Zealand back in 1952, and 0-24 against the Kiwis in 2005.

In total, Australia have played in 353 test matches, winning 237, losing 105, and drew 11. A win-percentage of roughly 61% over a period of 103 years of elite football.


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ecoggins 5 years ago from Corona, California Author

Rewster, That is a very impressive record. Thank you for sharing and adding to the discussion.


Rewster 5 years ago

No problem. All these teams are impressive.


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sportgames 5 years ago from Ashter Street 14, New Yok

Nice history lesson. It is hard to say for sure what team is the best, but these really are some of the best of all times.


Doug 4 years ago

Great site and thanks for admitting the New Zealand All Blacks. They must be the most successful international team, even more so now having won the 2011 World rugby Cup, and touring the world to play to be a truly international team. Awesome winning ratio that must stand as a record.


hanon 4 years ago

you should put canucks or the bruins or both of them.


faner 4 years ago

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ecoggins 4 years ago from Corona, California Author

hanon, thank you for your suggestions. The Canucks and the Bruins had great runs last season. However, this article mostly highlights dynasties; that is, it highlights teams that dominated their sport over an extended period of time. The Canucks made it to the Stanley Cup three times, but never won it. The Boston Bruins have won six Stanley Cups, but only in 1970-71 and 1971-72 did they win two consecutively. No doubt a team with Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito along with goaltender Garry Cheevers was highly impressive, but not dominate over an extended period of time.


mark 4 years ago

well as team sports go i would have to say the st george dragons won 11 straight premierships which is now the national rugby league . for an individual would have to say that walter lindrum pro billiards world champ from 1933 to his retirement in 1950 , and also a guy known as sir donald bradman in cricket with a average of 99.94 pitty he only need 6 runs in his last innings to get the perfect 100 average , today's best players average 53


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ecoggins 4 years ago from Corona, California Author

Mark, thank you for sharing. Those teams and individuals do seem worthy to be listed with the list presented in this hub.


swag 4 years ago

Very proud to see the All Blacks up there, but if we were to base it on a team from one era, for me it would be the Australian Cricket Team captained by Steve Waugh. They were truly incredible. Never before have I seen sport so beautiful to watch.


gord 4 years ago

The Edmonton Grads Women's Basketball Team


lucky dee 4 years ago

have you people never heard of football? and i mean football the world game, the beautiful game or english long alley skittles. come on get real!!!


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ecoggins 4 years ago from Corona, California Author

lucky dee, if you want to nominate a team from the "beautiful game" please feel free to do so. Some have nominated Real Madrid or Barcelona. You might want to nominate Manchester United or some other team, but I found that no team has been truly dominant. Barcelona and Real Madrid are near equals in trading championships. Brazil seems like a dominate national team but they seem to trade championships with European national teams like Germany and Italy.


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Rock_nj 4 years ago from New Jersey

Other possible additions to the Best Sports Teams list:

- 1972 / 1973 Miami Dolphins for going undefeated in the 1972 season and winning the Super Bowl in both 72 and 73

- 1972 to 1974 Oakland As for dominating baseball and winning three World Series in a row

- 1980 to 1983 New York Islanders for winning four Stanley Cups in a row


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ecoggins 4 years ago from Corona, California Author

Rock_nj, those are all excellent nominations. Thank you for the suggestions.


Gusser 4 years ago

I have on my wall a baseball field that measures 18" by 24". On that field is the 1961 ball card for each Yankee "starter" I have Whitey Ford on the hill. As a Yankee fan & Mantle "worshipper" I will be passing this treasure on into the family when I go to join these guys at the Stadium in the sky. Thanks for the memories.


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ecoggins 4 years ago from Corona, California Author

Gusser...Sounds like a treasure indeed.


Jason Buzz 4 years ago

I agree with several of the cooments that it's pretty hard to look past the NZ All Blacks. What a record in over 100 years of a truly international sport.


Steven Drewitt 4 years ago

A fairly new addition to add is the Crusaders (NZ) Since first making the Super Rugby finals in 1998 they have only missed the semis once and have won the title 7 times, one of their provintail


Bemoreal 4 years ago

Enjoyed the cricket team getting a shout-out near the end. What about single season dominance. Do you have one of those?


Bjhaan 4 years ago

The NY Islanders won 19 straight playoff series from 1980 to 1984. That is more than any NHL frachise. That is more than the Boston Celtics, LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls...even more than the NY Yankees.

Time period and season rules aside, you cant ignore that


Bjhaan 4 years ago

BTW the series length in 1980 was best of seven, four maximum series including stanley cup finals. Islanders won four cups in a row and lost a possible fifth thanks to a new playoff format (3 home games in a row for lower seeded team) and Wayne Gretzky.


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ecoggins 4 years ago from Corona, California Author

Bjhaan, You are right. I should not ignore that. You are the second person to mention the Islanders incredible run. I'm apologize for not adding them yet. I have been very busy with other things. Even so, I am thankful you brought them to my attention.


Greg 4 years ago

Sorry guys,

Although I appreciate the achievements of the All blacks in recent terms, there history in the world cup is not up to the standards that they set in the Tri-Nations and when they tour internationally. As the Josh Lewsey once said, with a hint of paraphrasing, it all comes down to the world cup. Despite the fact that it's a tournament and as a nation New Zealand have an incredibly proud record, up until there achievements on this stage, at home, in a final that they just (and deservedly won), they have failed consistently to beat various (usually French or Australian) opposition. So considering there documented success outside of the world cup, within it they have been a relative failure! This tournament is the bench mark of international success for this sport, and as with most colonial sports, achieving at international level is of the utmost importance, none more so than the world cup.

Taking this last point into consideration I thereford think, and with the utmost respect, that most American sporting teams that have no international competitive opposition, are invalid. Playing a sport within a nation, can not be valid when you don't have the ability to translate its achievements competitively, on the international stage. Too many competitive dynamics are removed.

Micheal Johnson, possibly the best individual athleteste to have strutted this planet, sugar ray Robinson, Mohammad Ali, Pele, Zinedine Zedane, Maradonna, Shane Warne, Viv Richards, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Johny Wilkinson, Richie Mackaw, Micheal Schumacher, Andy Redgrave ...... All have recognition on the international stage, where they played against the world and won.

Best teams of all time, for me, the west indies cricket team under David Lloyd and then Sir Viv Richards, watch Fire In Babylon, more than just cricket!

The Brazialian football team in the seventies. Obvious but still true.

These two alone could not be beaten by the world, and a world that played, internationally at very high standards. Its a simple case that within that sport, played at the highest level internationally, these teams could not be touched, and for long periods of times. They played agaist whole nations, not within a nation. The West Indies team had to break institutional and racial boundaries to be recognised, and that was after they had become the best team in the world.

The only circumstance, and this has to be a rarity and justified, where a domestic team can be recognised as a great team of all time in an international arena, and even then there are holes in the argument, is the present day Barcelona football side. I honestly think that they would beat any international side on this planet, even if you could clone the foreign nationals in the club and let them play for their respective countries! But that would negate the argument set above, and can't be done!

So, Pitsburg, Lakers, Bulls, Giants and other teams that have dominated domestically, sport goes deeper than national achievement, and with respect, no deeper than the likes of those mentioned above!


4 years ago

F.C. BARCELONA


Marina 4 years ago

And Barcelona Football Club where is????!!!


Georgia 4 years ago

The West Indies Cricket Team (from about 1975 to 1995) is the greatest sports team of all time. No other team in sports history ever had a run like that.


Frank 4 years ago

University of North Carolina Women's Soccer program


Frank 4 years ago

The University of North Carolina Women's soccer program ... for 27 years (between 1982 and 2009), they won the NCAA Championship 20 times and finished second 3 times. They won 9 straight years between '86 and '94. This is unprecidented dominance.


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ecoggins 4 years ago from Corona, California Author

Frank Thank you for your suggestion 20 championships in 27 years and 9 straight are indeed impressive. I will add them.


Tim Rider 4 years ago

yes but rugby is only plyed SERIOUSLY by a handful of nations

most other nations are not professional, thats why rugby isn't included in the convo


clinton 4 years ago

UCLA mens volleyball

1970-2006 (19 national championships)

3 undefeated seasons

3 one loss seasons


IsmailJ 4 years ago

In case you guys missed the 2012 International rugby season. The All Blacks are on 16 straight wins dating back to the RWC last year. At the end of the current calendar year, should the All Blacks win the rest of their games, their record would go onto 21 consecutive wins. That in itself is the greatest achievement for any team, but from an International perspective I don't think that there is any National or club sporting team that has achieved that successive wins in a row. There is no doubt that the mighty All Blacks, as they are known in the rugby world are the greatest sporting team ever. P.S. no disrespect to the other sporting teams achievements.


Nick 4 years ago

Love the all blacks comments guys! Thanks for that!

Another team to add could be Ferrari from 2000-2004

Of course Michael Schumacher won the world championship 5 times in a row, during that time but you can't do that without a good car. Plus they won the constructors championship every season.

They are also the most succesful F1 team. And I'm a mclaren fan as well so I'm not biased when say this. I usually get angry at them for beating us!


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ecoggins 4 years ago from Corona, California Author

Thanks Nick, We often forget about the team behind individual sports stars.


Kumar 4 years ago

I think west indies cricket team and Australian cricket team they ruled the worlds 2 decade don't forget Shane warne vvrichard muralidharan Sachin tendulkar, pele,federar, meradona,messi,washim akram they alw best


Paul Eversley 3 years ago

Where's the West Indies Cricket team of the 70's and 80's? 15 years without losing a Test series. Their captain Viv Richards led for 6 years and is the only cricket captain never to lose a Test series. Dig a little please?


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sarcasticool 3 years ago from New Zealand

Hi mate it's been a while since I checked in on your hub comments, in that time we have retained the Rugby World Cup, Sevens Title, Woman's Rugby championship and now hold all the cups and trophies there is in Rugby at the moment. When last I was here I brought the All Blacks to your attention and you have a load of interesting comments that I have enjoyed reading.

I think what is annoying from some of the comments is how some decide the All Blacks despite the facts and statistics are consider not valid for reason that are ridiculous and unfair. Because someone decides that his country is bigger or knows little about a sport, or disqualifies a sport because it is not from America, or is from the Southern Hemisphere or salaries count for validation and counts out a team despite it's success is pretty obnoxious and arrogant! The title is: The Best Sports Team of ALL TIME. Not even one of teams fro certain eras, but over history. For those who quote the salaries and amount of games played or nations who compete at that sport then for those who are uneducated in the actual facts about Rugby ... Rugby is played by 120 countries. Let's take the US basketball team, it has a country of almost 400 million to choose players from compared to New Zealand's 4 million, you do the maths. The Basketball World Cup started in 1950, the Rugby World Cup started in 1987, the US basketball team has almost unlimited funding compared to the All Blacks whom didn't even turn professional until 1995. If it's about different years of any team then there are many great periods of dominance in the 129 years of All Black history. After New Zealand won the 1987 World Cup the went 50 games in a row without defeat; 49 wins and 1 draw!

But if we are not biased towards any sport because of it's location or popularity and if the title stands of this hub... The best sports team of all time, the All Blacks are it, they are a sports team and the are the Best.

Kerry (Sarcasticool)


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sarcasticool 3 years ago from New Zealand

Ps. Sorry about all the bad spelling and grammar, rushed the reply a bit. The point is, whether one considers the All Blacks the best sporting team of all time, they certainly deserve a place on this list.

I have certainly looked over the achievements of many of the other sporting teams on your list and those mentioned by others and am fascinated by them and YouTube videos of them. I love sports and watching these champion teams play or reading about them. Basketball, Baseball and woman's sports too, which are often forgotten. Still a great hub Mate!


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ecoggins 3 years ago from Corona, California Author

Hi Sarcasticool, I appreciate you stopping in and checking in on the comments. You are very right in your analysis. The All Blacks definitely deserve to be at the top of the list.

The only small correction has to with the title of the article. You left the s off the word "Teams." It should "Teams." The title is The Best Sports Teams of All Time.

Even so, the All Blacks deserve to be towards the top if the list.


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sarcasticool 3 years ago from New Zealand

Teams, yes, Sorry you are right, my apologies. I guess with the different types of sports, a top list is difficult as each is unique in their own way. As you rightly stated, they were listed in no particular order and this is a fair way to do it. So rather than comparing them with one another we can appreciate them for their achievements in their own rights in this regard.


Kerry 15 months ago

Hi Mate, I hope you are well. It's been a while. Another world cup coming up , just reminded me about this article lol, one of my favourites on here. Take care. Kerry


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ecoggins 15 months ago from Corona, California Author

Thanks Kerry for another shout out.

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