112 AIPS countries voted: Real Madrid the Best Team of 2017 and IAAF World Championships the Best Press Facility

World, European and La Liga Champions Real Madrid CF were voted the Best Team after a record-breaking 2016/2017 season and the unique award for the Best Press Facility went to the facilities and personnel of IAAF World Championships London 2017 : this is the result of the most international poll yet by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), with a panel of 517 journalists from 112 countries having voted for the Champions of 2017.

The AIPS Best Male and Female Athletes of 2017 will be announced later in the day.


In a season of record-breaking dominance, Real Madrid were crowned champions of Spain after a five-year wait, and made history by becoming the first team in the European-League era to defend the Champions League trophy, after beating Juventus 4-1 in a superior final display.

These were the two crown jewels in a calendar year that saw the team led by Zinedine Zidane win three more trophies – a record even by Real Madrid’s own impossible standards – and inspire the footballing world and members of the media alike, earning the majority of votes from our international panel.

The La Liga giants won the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona, the UEFA Super Cup over Manchester United, and the FIFA Club World Cup earlier this month in Abu Dhabi. The win over Brazilian club Gremio, also means they are the club with the most World Cups with six, counting the previous Intercontinental Cup along with the current FIFA version of the trophy.

What seemed to inspire so many about Real Madrid however, was not just the fantastic feats of Cristiano Ronaldo, whose decisive performances brought him a 5th Ballon d’Or in 2017, but also system of exciting young Spanish players performing alongside record signings.

Real Madrid were dominant in Best Team poll as well, receiving a total of 1096 votes, followed by the German national football team who proved their versatility and reserve of talent by winning the FIFA Confederations Cup with 738 votes, and NBA Champions Golden State Warriors broke into the football dominance with 601 votes in third place.

1 – Real Madrid CF – football 1096 (23.55%)

2 – Germany Men’s National Team – football 738 (15.86%)

3 – Golden State Warriors – basketball 601 (12.92%)

4 – Slovenia National Team – Men – basketball 412 (8.85%)

5 – France Davis Cup Team – tennis 333 (7.16%)

6 – Netherlands National Team – Women – football 288 (6.19%)

7 – France National Team – Men – handball 288 (6.19%)

8 – England National Team – Men – rugby 227 (4.88%)

9 – Croatia National Team – Men – water polo 189 (4.06%)

10 – Russia National Team – Men – volleyball 166 (3.57%)


In one of the closest AIPS polls to date, the press facilities of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 were crowned the best of 2017 by the members of the international media, ahead of the facilities of the UEFA Champions League Final and the FINA 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

The IAAF World Championships in London were in the sporting spotlight of 2017 as the legendary Usain Bolt ran his very last race and bid farewell to the track in an emotional goodbye that also saw the tremendous London crowds bid goodbye to their very own Mo Farah. The event also was also awarded a Guinness World Record for tickets sold in excess of 705,000.

London 2017 saw 3,300 athletes from more than 200 nations competing in 30 sessions across 20 days in both the IAAF World Championships and Para-World Championships held at London’s iconic Queen Elizabeth Park, the home of the 2012 Olympic Games, which included a vast media center and tribune, and support for journalists and photographers.

Justin Gatlin is interviewed by the media at London Stadium after beating Usain Bolt in the final of the 100m. (Photo: IAAF)

London 2017 attracted a record number of over 2800 members of the media: 968 written press and photographers, 63 non-rights holders, and 1770 national broadcasters and rights-holders.

The event received a total of 666 votes, followed by the press facilities of the 2017 UEFA Champions League final the annual pinnacle of club football, with 582 votes. Only 142 votes separated the top three Press facilities as voted by the international media, with the highly commended FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest that attracted over 680 journalists and photographers, in third place with 524 votes.

1 – IAAF World Championships London 2017 666 (14.31%)

2 – 2017 UEFA Champions League final 582 (12.51%)

3 – FINA 2017 World Aquatics Championships 524 (11.26%)

4 – 2017 Wimbledon Championships 497 (10.68%)

5 – FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 386 (8.3%)

6 – Tour de France 2017 289 (6.21%)

7 – 2016-17 EHF Champions League 228 (4.9%)

8 – FIBA EuroBasket 2017 223 (4.79%)

9 – Judo World Senior Championship 2017 203 (4.36%)

10 – 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 179 (3.85%)

AIPS members from the following nations participated in the Best of 2017 poll:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

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