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Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year

Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year
Awarded for"team that best demonstrates supreme performance and achievements – such as world, continental, international or national and major championship titles"[1]
LocationSeville (2021)[2]
Presented byLaureus Sport for Good Foundation
First awarded2000
Currently held byArgentina men's national football team (ARG)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year is an award honouring the achievements of those teams who have demonstrated "supreme performance" in the world of sports. It was first awarded in 2000 as one of the seven constituent awards presented during the Laureus World Sports Awards.[1] The awards are presented by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a global organisation involved in more than 150 charity projects supporting 500,000 young people.[3] The first ceremony was held on 25 May 2000 in Monte Carlo, at which Nelson Mandela gave the keynote speech.[4] As of 2020, a shortlist of six nominees for the award comes from a panel composed of the "world's leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters".[1] The Laureus World Sports Academy then selects the winner who is presented with a Laureus statuette, created by Cartier, at an annual awards ceremony held in various locations around the world.[5] The awards are considered highly prestigious and are frequently referred to as the sporting equivalent of "Oscars".[6][7][8]

The inaugural winner of the award was English football team Manchester United, who had completed an "historic treble" by winning the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League and the FA Cup during the 1998–99 season.[9] Football teams, including both domestic and international sides, have won more awards than any other sport with eleven, followed by rugby union (four) and Formula One teams (three). Teams from Germany and France have won the award three times, while teams from England, Spain, and South Africa have won it twice. The 2023 winner of the Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year was the Argentina men's national football team.[10]

List of winners and nominees

UEFA Champions League trophy, FA Cup trophy and FA Premier League trophy
Manchester United won three trophies in the 1998–99 season, and earned the inaugural Laureus team award in 2000.[11]
England rugby union team celebrating with the World Cup
England's rugby union team won the World Cup in 2003, and won the Laureus team award the following year.[12]
Greek player ANgelos Charisteas scoring for Greece in 2004
Angelos Charisteas scoring Greece's winning goal in the Euro 2004 final – his team received the award in 2005[13]
Ross Brawn in 2010
Ross Brawn's Formula One team Brawn GP won the award in 2010.[14]
Germany lift the World Cup in 2014
Germany lifting the World Cup trophy in 2014 – the team won the Laureus award in 2015[15]
Chicago Cubs in 2016
The Chicago Cubs celebrating winning the 2016 World Series – they were the 2017 recipients of the Laureus team award.[16]
Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year winners and nominees
Year Winner Nationality Sport Achievement(s) Nominees Refs
2000 Manchester United  GBR Association football Won the treble (UEFA Champions League, FA Premier League, FA Cup) Australia Rugby Union Team ( AUS) – rugby union
United States Women's Soccer Team ( USA) – football
[17][18]
2001 France Men's Football Team  FRA Association football Won UEFA Euro 2000 Australia Men's Cricket Team ( AUS) – cricket
Cameroon Olympic Football Team ( CMR) – football
New York Yankees ( USA) – baseball
Real Madrid ( ESP) – football
[19][20]
2002 Australia Men's Cricket Team  AUS Cricket Extended their winning streak to 16 Test victories Bayern Munich ( GER) – football
French Davis Cup Team ( FRA) – tennis
Scuderia Ferrari ( ITA) – Formula One
Los Angeles Lakers ( USA) – basketball
[21][22]
2003 Brazil Men's Football Team  BRA Association football Won the 2002 FIFA World Cup Canada Men's Ice Hockey Team ( CAN) – ice hockey
Europe Ryder Cup Team ( Europe) – golf
Scuderia Ferrari ( ITA) – Formula One
Real Madrid ( ESP) – football
[23][24]
2004 England Rugby Union Team  ENG Rugby union Won the 2003 Rugby World Cup AC Milan ( ITA) – football
Alinghi America's Cup Team (  SUI) – yachting
Australia Men's Cricket Team ( AUS) – cricket
Scuderia Ferrari ( ITA) – Formula One
Germany Women's Football Team ( GER) – football
[12][25]
2005 Greece Men's Football Team  GRE Association football Won UEFA Euro 2004 Argentina Men's Olympic Basketball Team ( ARG) – basketball
Boston Red Sox ( USA) – baseball
Europe Ryder Cup Team ( Europe) – golf
FC Porto ( POR) – football
Scuderia Ferrari ( ITA) – Formula One
[13][26]
2006 Renault Formula One Team  FRA Formula One Won the 2005 FIA Formula One World Constructor's Championship FC Barcelona ( ESP) – football
Croatia Davis Cup Team ( CRO) – tennis
Liverpool F.C. ( GBR) – football
New Zealand Rugby Union Team ( NZL) – rugby union
San Antonio Spurs ( USA) – basketball
[27][28]
2007 Italy Men's Football Team  ITA Association football Won the 2006 FIFA World Cup New Zealand Rugby Union Team ( NZL) – rugby union
FC Barcelona ( ESP) – football
Europe Ryder Cup Team ( Europe) – golf
Renault Formula One Team ( FRA) – Formula One
Spain Men's Basketball Team ( ESP) – basketball
[29][30]
2008 South Africa Rugby Union Team  RSA Rugby union Won the 2007 Rugby World Cup Australia Men's Cricket Team ( AUS) – cricket
Scuderia Ferrari ( ITA) – Formula One
Germany Women's Football Team ( GER) – football
Iraq Men's Football Team ( IRQ) – football
AC Milan ( ITA) – football
[31][32]
2009 China Olympic Team  CHN Summer Olympics Topped the medal table at the 2008 Summer Olympics with 51 gold medals Boston Celtics ( USA) – basketball
Great Britain Olympic Cycling Team ( GBR) – cycling
Jamaica Olympic Sprint Team ( JAM) – athletics
Manchester United ( GBR) – football
Spain Men's Football Team ( ESP) – football
[33][34]
2010 Brawn Formula One Team  GBR Formula One Won the 2009 FIA Formula One World Constructors' Championship FC Barcelona ( ESP) – football
New York Yankees ( USA) – baseball
Germany Women's Football Team ( GER) – football
Los Angeles Lakers ( USA) – basketball
South African Rugby Union Team ( RSA) – rugby union
[14][35]
2011 Spain Men's Football Team  ESP Association football Won the 2010 FIFA World Cup Inter Milan ( ITA) – football
New Zealand Rugby Union Team ( NZL) – rugby union
Europe Ryder Cup Team ( Europe) – golf
Los Angeles Lakers ( USA) – basketball
Red Bull Formula One Team ( AUT) – Formula One
[36][37]
2012 FC Barcelona  ESP Association football Won third consecutive La Liga title, the UEFA Champions League, Spanish and UEFA Super Cups, and the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup New Zealand Rugby Union Team ( NZL) – rugby union
England Cricket Team ( ENG) – cricket
Japan Women's Football Team ( JPN) – football
Dallas Mavericks ( USA) – basketball
Red Bull Formula One Team ( AUT) – Formula One
[18][38]
2013 Europe Ryder Cup Team  Europe Golf Won the 2012 Ryder Cup China Olympic Table Tennis Team ( CHN) – table tennis
Miami Heat ( USA) – basketball
Red Bull Formula One Team ( AUT) – Formula One
Spain Men's Football Team ( ESP) – football
United States Men's Basketball Team ( USA) – basketball
[39][40]
2014 Bayern Munich  GER Association football Won the treble (UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup) New Zealand Rugby Union Team ( NZL) – rugby union
Brazil Men's Football Team ( BRA) – football
Bob and Mike Bryan ( USA) – tennis
Miami Heat ( USA) – basketball
Red Bull Formula One Team ( AUT) – Formula One
[41][42]
2015 Germany Men's Football Team  GER Association football Won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Europe Ryder Cup Team ( Europe) – golf
Real Madrid ( ESP) – football
Switzerland Davis Cup Team (  SUI) – tennis
San Antonio Spurs ( USA) – basketball
Mercedes AMG Petronas ( GER) – Formula One
[15][43]
2016 New Zealand Rugby Union Team  NZL Rugby union Won the 2015 Rugby World Cup FC Barcelona ( ESP) – football
Golden State Warriors ( USA) – basketball
Great Britain Davis Cup Team ( GBR) – tennis
Mercedes AMG Petronas ( GER) – Formula One
United States Women's Soccer Team ( USA) – football
[44][45]
2017 Chicago Cubs  USA Baseball Won the 2016 World Series Cleveland Cavaliers ( USA) – basketball
Mercedes AMG Petronas ( GER) – Formula One
Portugal Men's Football Team ( POR) – football
Brazil Men's Olympic Football Team ( BRA) – football
Real Madrid ( ESP) – football
[16][46]
2018 Mercedes Formula One Team  GER Formula One Won the Drivers and Constructors 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship France Davis Cup Team ( FRA) – Tennis
Golden State Warriors ( USA) – basketball
New Zealand America's Cup Sailing Team ( NZL) – yachting
New England Patriots ( USA) – American football
Real Madrid ( ESP) – Football
[47]
2019 France Men's Football Team  FRA Association football Won the 2018 FIFA World Cup Mercedes Formula One Team ( GER) – Formula One
Real Madrid ( ESP) – football
Norway Winter Olympic Team ( NOR) – Winter Olympics
Golden State Warriors ( USA) – basketball
Europe Ryder Cup Team ( Europe) – golf
[48][49]
2020 South Africa Rugby Union Team  RSA Rugby union Won the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2019 Rugby Championship Liverpool F.C. ( GBR) – football
Mercedes Formula One Team ( GER) – Formula One
Spain Men's Basketball Team ( ESP) – basketball
Toronto Raptors ( CAN) – basketball
United States Women's Soccer Team ( USA) – football
[50][51]
2021 Bayern Munich  GER Association football Won the sextuple (UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup, German Supercup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup) Argentina Rugby Union Team ( ARG) – rugby union
Kansas City Chiefs ( USA) – American football
Liverpool F.C. ( GBR) – football
Los Angeles Lakers ( USA) – basketball
Mercedes Formula One Team ( GER) – Formula One
[52]
2022 Italy Men's Football Team  ITA Association football Won UEFA Euro 2020, set a world record of 37 games unbeaten Argentina Men's Football Team ( ARG) – football
Barcelona Women's Football Team ( ESP) – football
China Olympic Diving Team ( CHN) – diving
Mercedes Formula One Team ( GER) – Formula One
Milwaukee Bucks ( USA) – basketball
[53]
2023 Argentina Men's Football Team  ARG Association football Won 2022 FIFA World Cup Real Madrid ( ESP) – football
France Rugby Union Team ( FRA) – rugby union
England Women's Football Team ( ENG) – Association football
Red Bull Racing Team ( AUT) – Formula One
Golden State Warriors ( USA) – basketball
[10]

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