In a nutshell:
Our annual award to the best football team.
Awarded to: It's open to any team, be it club or national.
Voted by: Us, midfielddynamo.com
When: At the end of each year.
Worth a mention: 1. We try not to pick the most obvious choice.
Details : 2007
Their can only be one winner for the team of the year - Iraq. With their country torn apart by war, their achievement in winning the 2007 Asia Cup was nothing short of phenomenal. Ranked 81st in the year at the start of the year, they topped the much fancied Aussies in the group stages before disposing of hosts Vietnam, South Korea and finally Saudi Arabia, with captain Younis Mahmoud's late winner sparking much needed scenes of joy back in their homeland.
Second place goes to Scotland for giving France and Italy the fright of their lives in the Euro qualifiers and proving to England that this game is about creating a team, rather than a collection of individuals, whilst Sevilla get our nod for 3rd place as their gung-ho approach made them our favourite team to watch.