From Newcastle to Porto: 10 Teams the Streets Won't Forget

Leeds United 2000/01

Starting off with one of the most famous teams on the list: Leeds United's Champions League fighters from 2000/01

Those from a younger generation will see Leeds as merely a Championship club that bottles promotion year in, year out. But that's not what they are and if you have any doubts about that, take a trip down memory lane.

The Whites finished inside the top five on seven occasions in the first 10 Premier League seasons, after being the last team to win the old First Division prior to the rebranding, and it was in 2000/01 when things got serious for the club.

Leeds finished fourth in the Premier League that year and just two points off Arsenal in second, but it was their run to the semi-finals of the Champions League that will never be forgotten. A win over a famous AC Milan side and a draw at the San Siro was followed by a win over Deportivo La Coruña, before being knocked out by Rafael Benitez's Valencia in the last four.

Rio Ferdinand, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith, Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell, Jonathan Woodgate and Lucas Radebe were just a selection of memorable names donning the famous white shirts back then. A truly unforgettable squad.

Porto 2003/04

The year of "The Special One". Just 12 months prior to those famous words at his Chelsea unveiling, a young Jose Mourinho established himself as a great in the fairytale season of Porto in 2003/04.

With a squad of just five foreign players, the Portuguese team took over their country and Europe, stunning everyone through their stars like Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Benni McCarthy.

It would take a footballing brain and a half to name the full squad of these fairly unknown players, but after winning the Primera Liga, Champions League, Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and finishing as runners-up in the Taça de Portugal, Porto's team that year went down in history.

AC Milan 2004/05

Whilst most clubs within the definition of 'the streets won't forget' are unforgettable because of their underdog stature; AC Milan's era from 2004-07 were the complete opposite.

They were expected to win. But, their inclusion on this list comes based off of their dream team culture and how far they've fallen ever since. The likes of Kaka, Paulo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta, Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko were just a selection of superstars wearing the famous black and red back then, helping the club to reach three Champions League finals in four years.

It's easy to forget how wonderful this gargantuan club was once upon a time, so we just wanted to remind you to always remember them for what they were - a serial winner of elite players.

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Monaco 2016/17

The start of a legendary era for French football and the beginnings for some of the world's current best. Monaco's 2016/17 side could have, in truth, won the domestic treble that year, after scoring a sensational 107 goals to earn 95 points in their Ligue 1 triumph - a tally only bettered by Paris Saint-Germain a year prior.

Monaco would lose the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue after practically forfeiting the trophy to PSG by fielding a weakened side against them in both semi-finals of either competition. Monaco beat PSG and drew with them in the league and certainly could have won both trophies that year and claimed a domestic treble. At the same time, the club lost 4-1 to Juventus over two legs in the Champions League semi-finals after a memorable run in Europe.

Most famously, it was the start of the Kylian Mbappe era, where the 18-year-old scored 26 goals in 44 games. Other stars who established themselves that year are still performing at this high-level today such as Benjamin Mendy, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar.

It was also a step back into the glory days of sensational goalscoring feats for Radamel Falcao, who bagged 30 goals across the board, outscoring everyone in this famous Monaco squad.

A ruthless side who were sensational all year. The streets salute you, Monaco.

Newcastle United 2011/12

Newcastle United finished fifth in the 2011/12 campaign, which remains their third-highest finish in the Premier League and the club's best since the Kevin Keegan years of the late 90s.

This period early last decade was formed seemingly out of nowhere. The Magpies finished 12th the year prior and were in the Championship just two seasons before this famous side made its way into the Europa League.

Across the pitch, Alan Pardew's squad were sensational, from Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini at the back, to Yohan Cabaye and Ryan Taylor in the middle, to the magic of Demba Ba, Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse up top.

19 goals from the famous Senegal pairing up top for the Magpies that year, and they would quickly become a legendary partnership within Premier League history.

Fulham 2009/10

Fulham may have finished 12th in 2009/10, but nobody remembers that when you consider the club's astonishing run to the Europa League final.

The Cottagers made their way into the Europa League because of their seventh-placed finish a season prior and from qualification battles against FK Vetra and Amkar Perm.

However, it was the famous night at Craven Cottage against Juventus that is so unforgettable. After losing 3-1 in Turin to the Italian giants in the round of 16, barely anyone gave Fulham a hope of progressing that night, especially when David Trezeguet scored inside two minutes.

A Zamora goal and a double from Zoltan Gera after Ballon d'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro was sent off brought Fulham level, before a sensational effort from Clint Dempsey made this one of the most memorable nights for an English side in Europe, ever.

Roy Hodgson's men were beaten in the final by Atletico Madrid and a Diego Forlan goal in the 116th minute. But this year for Fulham will never be forgotten.

Atletico Madrid 2013/14

Atletico Madrid's rise to the top in 2013/14 can still be felt today, as the club tends to reach the latter stages of the Champions League and often puts up a strong title challenge in La Liga.

However, Diego Simeone's men must still look back on that year and wonder how they never won a famous Treble. Atletico's squad of 2013/14 became the first Spanish side to win the top-flight that wasn't Real Madrid or Barcelona since Valencia a decade earlier.

Famously drawing with Barcelona at the Camp Nou on the very last day would clinch the title in front of the Catalan giants in their own backyard. Just a week later, Atletico really should have claimed a famous Champions League and La Liga double, but they fell right at the last.

Diego Costa had scored 36 goals across the board prior to the final, but injury meant he played just minutes against Real Madrid. However, a Diego Godin goal looked to be enough before Sergio Ramos bagged in the 93rd minute to equalise for their rivals.

Madrid would go onto win 4-1 and claim La Decima and prevent Atletico from conquering Europe as they deserved. However, the year of 2013/13 will be remembered for the season Atletico became a modern great and the season where they could well have (and should have) won it all.

Borussia Dortmund 2011-2013

The era where much of Europe fell in love with Borussia Dortmund and the figure of Jurgen Klopp. It was a time when Germany's young stars like Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels and Marco Reus emerged, whilst we also saw the start of a famous Robert Lewandowski who quickly became one of Europe's all-time greats.

Klopp would lead this beautifully attacking team to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and reach a Champions League final in 2013, narrowly losing to a late goal from Arjen Robben.

Lewandowksi would bag 66 goals across two seasons, whilst the likes of Reus and Gotze would put the famous Yellow Wall on the European map once more.

A truly fabulous team and one the streets will never forget.

Southampton 2013-2016

For this one, we stick with an era, rather than a squad.

Southampton's fall from the Premier League to League One was disheartening for many followers of English football. The Saints are a club who have built some of English football's greatest talents down the years and they made great contributions to the national team.

When they returned to the top-flight in 2012, so did their strong capacity to compete, and then some. Southampton's stars like Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana were an absolute delight to watch and even gave the Three Lions something new to work with for the World Cup.

When these players moved on, the likes of Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane came through, forming another memorable team just after the last in the 2015/16 campaign.

Relegation battles have followed since Mane moved onto becoming one of the world's best at Liverpool, but nobody can forget this memorable Southampton era from 2013-16. A truly great time for English talent and the Saints' history.

Leicester City's 2015/16

How could you forget? Will we ever forget?

No, absolutely not. It's impossible. Leicester City's title-winning side upset the odds of 5000/1 to win the Premier League trophy, just two years after they were promoted from the Championship.

To put it in perspective, the bookies thought Kim Kardashian was more than twice as likely to be crowned US president at 2000/1, whilst radio host Nick Grimshaw had the same odds of 5000/1 to win an Olympic gold medalist that year in Rio.

The Foxes' feat is without question the most incredible in football history, and, perhaps in sport in general. How on earth would we ever forget this team? Truly breathtaking.

Honourable mentions

  • Everton 2008/09 and 2013/14
  • Valencia 2001-2004
  • Parma 1998/99
  • Aston Villa 09/10
  • Newcastle 1997/98
  • Portsmouth 2007/08
  • Wigan Athletic 2011/12
  • Roma 2000/01
  • Swansea City 2012/2013

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