Critically Acclaimed Sporting Teams


(Updated)

I was recently listening to a podcast (BS Report with Steve Nash), and the idea of a 'critically acclaimed' sporting team was mentioned. The idea comes from television and movie criticism. There are many examples of critically acclaimed shows and movies which, ultimately, didn't win awards or have anyone see them.

On the podcast it was specifically related to Steve Nash's great Phoenix Suns teams, who everyone loved to watch, and remembers fondly, but never actually won the championship.

So - I canvassed some friends for other examples of teams who are/were critically acclaimed. The main principals were that:
  • everyone remembers the team
  • the team didn't win but no one really remembers that
Here is the list we came up with, in no particular order:

1974 Netherlands football team


2004-2006 Phoenix Suns (of course)


1982 Brasil football team


1996 Italy volleyball team


1986 France football team


1992/93 Michigan basketball team

1954 Hungary football team



Any others? I feel like there should be tennis examples.....



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