Football has produced some of the most eye-watering winning and losing streaks since the sport began. In this article we take a look at some of the most prolific that have happened in the top flight of football. Although, there are many other sports and even esports that have provided us with entertainment and incredible records throughout the years. In the world of CS:GO, Ninjas in Pyjamas once won a massive total of 87 maps in a row, CSGObettor.com have the full story, what a time to be gambling on CS:GO that would have been.
When Juventus recorded their 14th straight victory in a Serie A game against Frosinone after recovering from their not too palatable start of the season, it placed them two points behind Napoli at the top. After their 14 match winning streak that season, it got many people thinking about other long winning streaks in the history of football in the world. After a long period of research, we have decided to make a list of the most prolonged winning stretches in the history of the sports.
Juventus impressed with their 14 straight victories in Serie A, but to make a record in the Italian top flight, they needed to win more matches. The record was that of Inter Milan at the time, as they had previously won 17 games in a row during the 2006 -2007 season. They started this streak by defeating Livorno 4-0 in October 2006 and went ahead until their 5-2 victory at Catania in February 2007. Through the entire season, the team that was manned by Roberto Mancini lost just a single match and ended the season 22 points ahead of Roma to clinch the title. The squad in question was led by the charismatic Zlantan Ibrahimovic with 15 league goals, while 14 was scored by Hernan Crespo and 10 came from the defender Marco Materazzi.
The European Record
The 14 and 17 wins from Juve and Inter Milan respectively are amazing, but when you consider these to what Benfica did, they become very insignificant. In their domestic league, the club was able to rack up 29 straight victories. This amazing run by The Eagles started at the end of the 1971/1972 season, and they took it to the campaign that followed. But by the end of the 1972/73 season, the team that had the likes of Eusebio and co had won the league without tasting defeat.
The World Record (all competitions)
It is obviously very difficult to maintain a winning record in a domestic league, but it becomes more difficult when a team is competing on many fronts in different competitions at the same time. When that is the case, the job of keeping the players fresh and rotating the squad to minimize injury, ensure fitness and churn out victories game after game becomes one of the headaches of the coach. In all competitions, Real Madrid succeeded in amassing an amazing 22 straight wins in the 2014-2015 season, but the record is not the highest in the world. It is the Coritiba FootBall Club that has the world record.
This Brazilian team enjoyed 24 straight victories in the Campeonato Paranaense and Copa do Brasil from February to May 2011. They came out winners of the Campeonato that year as they finished the season without any defeats. However, they did not go home with the Copa trophy after the final as Vasco Da Gama beat them on goal difference to clinch the trophy.
How Does It Stand In England
It was an Englishman named Jimmy Hagan that managed the iconic, heroic and legendary Benfica team, and this leads us to our next line up of record holders.
The longest winning run in the English top flight is that of 14 games winning streak by four different teams. It was done by Manchester United in 1904-05, after which Bristol City did it in 1905-1906, followed by Preston North End in the 1950-1951 season, and completed by Arsenal in the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons.
All those victories, except one, towards the end of Arsenal’s 2001-2002 victorious campaign. They recorded one more win on the first day of the 2002-2003 season, before drawing 2-2 with West Ham to bring the streak to an end.
Best Unbeaten Run
Now, a winning streak is different from an unbeaten run. However, the Steaua Bucharest team of 1986 to 1989 did amazing things that we cannot possibly ignore. So, we have to add it to the best football record of the longest winning runs in the world.
The Romanian side according to UEFA.com did not test defeat in 106 straight games. This is an all-time continental and possibly universal record. This happened under managers, Emeric Jenei and Anghel Lordanescu, and they have five straight league titles, plus the European cup of 1985-86 to show for it. Can you equate how impressive that stretch of success was? This is followed by a 63 games unbeaten run by the Sheriff Tiraspol from 2006 to 2008.