LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS MONACO 2017

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LAUREUS WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR 2017 NOMINEES

Awarded to the team that best demonstrates supreme performance and achievements - such as world, continental, international or national and major championship titles. The team of the year could represent a country, a province, a county, a state, a professional sporting body, franchise or club.

CHICAGO CUBS

(United States) Baseball

(United States) Baseball

Won their first World Series for 108 years, ending one of the longest droughts in sport. Manager Joe Maddon's team beat Cleveland Indians 4-3 in the best of seven series, becoming the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit since 1979.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

(United States) Basketball

(United States) Basketball

In one of sport’s great success stories, LeBron James went back to his first team Cleveland and led them to the NBA Championship for the first time, beating Golden State Warriors in the Final, who were coming off a regular season record of 73 wins.

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS

(Germany) Motor Racing

(Germany) Motor Racing

In another dominant year, Mercedes AMG Petronas won their third straight Formula One Constructors’ Championship and Nico Rosberg won the drivers’ title. Between them, Rosberg and fellow driver Lewis Hamilton won 19 out of the 21 Grand Prix.

PORTUGAL MEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM

(Portugal) Football

(Portugal) Football

Portugal won their first European Championship after beating host nation France in the final with an extra time goal from Eder, a result all the more remarkable as their inspirational player Cristiano Ronaldo left the field injured after 20 minutes.

BRAZIL MEN’S OLYMPIC FOOTBALL TEAM

(Brazil) Football

(Brazil) Football

Won their first Olympic gold medal thanks to Neymar’s winning kick in the penalty shootout against Germany. Brazil had lost in the finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012. The win eased the pain of the 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany in the 2014 World Cup.

REAL MADRID

(Spain) Football

(Spain) Football

Under new manager Zinedine Zidane, and inspired by the attacking skills of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, Real Madrid won a record 11th Champions League with victory in the final over local rivals Atletico Madrid for second time in three years.