On the internet and in the modern media various 'ideal teams of the year' exist. Most prominent are the 'Onze Mondial' teams and ESM team of the year. http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/onze-awards.html http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/esm-xi.html In the newspaper databases I found that one certain vote across Europe in the 70s was cited by a number of publications. In Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, among others. Often it was the only one published or one of the two (even ahead of the Onze Mondial team). Example: http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.com/preview/1972/01/01/pagina-9/975653/pdf.html?search=sport best However, it seems that it lost prominence after 1980, with less and less citing it (at 1980 publications like Mundo Deportivo, ABC etc. were still using it). It is a vote by a Yugoslavian sport magazine called 'Sport'. They consulted in each year between 25 and 80 journalists/editors in Europe, in order to collect an 'Europe ideal team'. Without claiming it is flawless (quite some Yugoslavian names slip through, esp. when there is no clear winner), this were the outcomes between 1971 and 1980. Hopefully it is seen as a good addition. As said, it seems that it lost relevance after 1980.