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GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS, REAL MADRID IN HUNT FOR WORLD TEAM OF THE YEAR

Some of the world’s best teams, including Real Madrid and Golden State Warriors, will vie for this year’s Laureus World Team of the Year award. Joining them will be the French Davis Cup team, Formula One outfit Mercedes, New Zealand America’s Cup Team and the New England Patriots, who were all nominated after a ballot by the world’s sports media.

The World Team of the Year award is handed 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. As Laureus’ India partners, Firstpost brings you the nominees for the World Team of the Year (listed in alphabetical order).

Led by captain Yannick Noah, France won Davis Cup for the 10th time, beating Belgium 3-2 in the final. It was France’s first victory in 16 years. The team comprised of Richard Gasquet, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team

With drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, the team won both the Constructors World Championship and the individual World Championship for the fourth successive year. It was Hamilton’s third individual world title with the Mercedes team in 2017, and his fourth in total. Mercedes won 12 of the 20 Grand Prix, with Hamilton winning nine and Bottas three

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