THE LIST: Sportsmail's top 50 most entertaining teams in history - Nos 20-11

01 April 2010 12:02
        HAVE YOUR SAY.     Who are the most entertaining team in sporting history? As the artists of Arsenal and Barcelona face off in the Champions League quarter-final, Sportsmail celebrates the great sporting teams who put the aestheticism above efficiency. But who are your favourites? Jonah Lomu's All Blacks of 1995? The Harlem Globetrotters? Or someone even more mouthwatering? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK What is more important: playing with style or winning at any cost?

Asthe artists of Arsenal and Barcelona face off in the Champions Leaguequarter-final, Sportsmail celebrates the great sporting teams who putaestheticism above efficiency.

Thankfully, most of our top 50show that entertainment can go hand in hand with success, but this ismost definitely a catenaccio free zone.

Here is one table whereArsene masters Mourinho, and Jonah Lomu's All Blacks win someconsolation for somehow not winning the 1995 World Cup.

We'recounting down 10 each day till our No 1 is revealed on Friday and, asever, let us know your favourite entertainers of all time.

Read Nos 50-41 Read Nos 40-31 Read Nos 30-21 

20 Australia under Steve WaughSteve Waugh captained the Australia cricket team from 1999 to 2004,a period which included a run of 16 consecutive Test victories.

Andthey didn't just win tests, they completely dominated them.

With GlennMcGrath and Shane Warne running the show with the ball, Damien Martyn,Ricky Ponting and Waugh were hitting runs for fun.

The Baggy Green,under Waugh, became a symbol of domination once again. 

Solid: Waugh on his way to 177 not out during first Ashes Test in 1989

19 British Lions in 1974Captained by Willie John McBride, the tourists were subjected to, anddished out, some of the most bone-crunching rugby ever witnessed butended the series unbeaten and played some stunning rugby. 

The infamous99 call showed the Lions weren't going to be bullied but performancesfrom the likes of Wales' fly-half Phil Bennett, who scored in everyTest, proved they could play too.

The Lions won the Test series 3-0 with one drawn. 

Fought like Lions: Phil Bennett finds touch during the 1974 tour

18 Newcastle United under Kevin Keegan 1990sKeegan helped Newcastle back into the top flight andexcited the country with a brand of breathless, attacking football whichtook them to the brink of the title twice.

Struggling at thebottom of the old Division Two, the Tyneside club surged back and became the most exciting team to watch with DavidGinola, Alan Shearer, Faustino Asprilla and Peter Beardsley christenedThe Entertainers.

Sadly, a championship was never achieved and theyhave failed to hit the same heights since.

Flying high: Mighty Magpies David Ginola (left) and John Beresford

17 Australia 1948Another touring Australian cricket team which arrived on our soil and departedundefeated.

Don Bradman captained the side whichtoured England in 1948 without losing a match and earning thetitle of 'The Invincibles'.

The Don: Bradman is regarded as the best batsman of all time

16 Arsenal 2010Arsene Wenger's 13 years at Arsenal has been marked by severalentertaining and successful sides.

And where the current crop ofyoungsters may not have a trophy to their name, as yet, they arecertainly the most exciting side Wenger has put together.

Gone are thebig, lumbering powerhouses in midfield, in their place are compact,powerful and skilful individuals who rely on pace and passing.

The Gunners under the captaincy of Cesc Fabregas areforever trying to construct the perfect goal, 10, 20, 30 passes withsuch movement and confidence that many teams capitulate under theirsuperior ability.

Pass masters: (from left) Bacary Sagna, Eduardo, Andrey Arshavin and Fabregas

15 Wales rugby union 1970sThe 1969 Triple Crown paved the way for the 1971 Grand Slam, which waswon by a team widely regarded as the greatest side ever to wear theWelsh jersey. 

The all-conquering Wales side with the JPR Williams,Gareth Edwards, Phil Bennett and John Bevan beat all comers withdashing play from the backs and wings.

The team went on to win GrandSlams in 1971, 1976 and 1978.

What a team: The Welsh in 1972

14 Holland 1974Few teams have excited or changed the game as the total football-playingHolland side of this period.

For a few weeks in the summer of 1974 theycaptured the imagination of a generation of football fans - as much ofthe world willed Johann Cruyff , Johan Neeskens & Co to win the WorldCup.

The Dutch were beaten by West Germany in the final but theimpression they made on the game has never been forgotten.

The one that got away: Cruyff and the Dutch were fancied at the 1974 World Cup

13 AC Milan late 1980sAC Milan were in something of a rut before Silvio Berlusconibought the club in 1986 and heralded a golden era.

Berlusconi hiredArrigo Sacchi as manager who in turn signed the dazzling Dutch trio ofMarco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard to play alongside thelikes of Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini and one Carlo Ancelotti.

Theywere crowned champions of Italy in 1988 and won back-to-back European Cups in 1988 and 1989.

Dutch courage: Van Basten (left) and Gullit show off the European Cup in 1989

12 West Indies 1984It would be tempting to say these were bad days from England but thatwould be doing a disservice to the scintillating cricket which issorely missed from the Caribbean team today. 

The West Indies defeated England 2-1 in the ODI series and then the Test series was a 5-0 whitewash.

Larry Gomes, Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge were inspired with the bat and Michael Holding and Joel Garner wereirrepressible with the ball.

A bit special: Richards managed 189 not out in a ODI at Old Trafford in 1984

11 Arsenal 'Invincibles' 2004The Gunners went on a remarkable Premier League run during the 2003/2004 season which stretched into the following campaign.

Played  49Won      36Drawn  13Lost        0

A run that lasted 17 months included securing the Premier League crown at White Hart Lane, the home of their arch-rivals Tottenham.

It doesn't get much better if you're a Gunners fan.

Top Gunners: Arsenal players celebrate winning the title in 2004

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