Whether it is tennis, basketball or American football, a winning or undefeated streak is no mean feat. This of course related to the amount of games without defeat. Now going through an entire season without defeat is perfection. Just ask Arsenal who went 49 games unbeaten in the Premier League. Known as the Invincibles, the Gunners stretched their run from May 2003 to the autumn of 2004. This was an incredible record which superseded many before it including the mighty Nottingham Forest. They held a record of 42 games unbeaten which was recorded during the 1970's between the end of 1977 and November 1978.
Arsenal was on the verge of making it a glorious 50 matches unbeaten when they visited Old Trafford, home of Manchester United. Unfortunately, they came unstuck thanks to a 2-0 victory for the Red Devils which was shrouded in controversy. Taking place in October 2004, it also featured the award of a debatable penalty kick.
Aside from Preston North End who managed to achieve going the entire season unbeaten during the 19th Century, Arsenal Football Club is the only side to record such a feat. However, which soccer teams have gone down in the record books as having the longest undefeated streaks?
10 53, FC Bayern München, Germany, From 2012 – 2014
9 55, FC Porto, Portugal, 2010–12
8 56, SL Benfica, Portugal, From 1976–78
7 7. 58, Olympiacos FC, Greece, From 1972–74
6 58, AC Milan, Italy, From 1991–93
5 60, R. Union Saint-Gilloise, Belgium, From 1933–35
4 61, FC Levadia Tallinn, Estonia, From 2008–09
3 62, Celtic FC, Scotland, From 1915–17
2 63, FC Sheriff, Tiraspol, From 2006–08
1 106, FC Steaua Bucureşti, Romania, From 1986–89
Based in Romania, FC Steaua Bucureşti are most infamous for their 1986 European Cup Final victory over the Catalan giants Barcelona. This is all the more amazing when you consider that it went to penalties with Steaua goalkeeper Helmuth Duckadam saving every spot kick from the opposing side. The Romanian team achieved great success in their golden period which was in the mid-1980's. A list of trophies during this time includes the European Champion Clubs' Cup and an imperious five league titles in a row.
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