7 of World Football's Most Impressive Unbeaten Streaks

Just nine days old, 2017 has already ushered in a new era of footballing records. 

Last weekend saw Juventus break their own record in Serie A for most consecutive home wins  with a 3-0 swatting aside of Bologna, while Chelsea came close to setting a new standard in the Premier League with their 13-game winning streak coming to an end against Tottenham on January 4.

Perhaps most notably, Real Madrid have the chance to move to clear of their arch-rivals Barcelona, after a casual 5-0 drubbing of Granada saw Zinedine Zidane's men equal the Spanish record for an unbeaten run with 39 not out in all competitions.

As Los Blancos prepare to go one up on Barca, let's reminisce about some of the other teams that have formed the backbone of accumulators everywhere and proved unbeatable throughout footballing history.

7. Brazil - 35 (1993-1996)

*International record

Perhaps unsurprisingly it's Brazil who hold the record for the longest international hot streak, going unbeaten from 1993-1996.

During the run, Carlos Alberto Parreira masterminded the 1994 World Cup win in the USA (Brazil's first in 24 years) with likes of Romario, Dunga and Cafu among the Selecao ranks.

Eventually Brazil lost to Mexico in 1996, while a 3-0 final defeat to France in 1998, took away their World Cup dominance, for four years anyway.

6. Barcelona/Real Madrid - 39 (2015-2016) & (2016-2017)

*All competitions record

The two juggernauts far and away at the top of Spain's footballing tree can hardly be separated from one another.

An MSN-inspired Barcelona set the standard last season with a 39-game unbeaten run in all competitions, which ended with defeat in the Clasico in April.

The baton seemed to pass between sides during that April encounter and, notwithstanding a defeat to Wolfsburg in their next match, Zidane's Real have remained unbeaten ever since and stand on the threshold of setting a new record.

Irritatingly for the Catalans, Real also equalled Barca's record 16-game winning streak in September, and will take on Sevilla on Thursday for the chance to stand alone as Spain's longest unbeaten team.

5. Arsenal - 49 (2003-2004)

*Premier League only record

Arsenal's near mythical invincibles season is hard to fathom for football's younger fans. The Gunners took home the Premier League title without losing a single game all season.

Arsene Wenger's proudest spell lasted 49 league games, before a certain Wayne Rooney and Manchester United ended the run in October 2004.

4. Bayern Munich - 53 (2012-2014)

*Bundesliga record only

It's little surprise that Bayern Munich hold the Bundesliga record for games unbeaten, with a spell four games superior to that of Arsenal's invincibles. 

The run also included a 19-match winning streak during the 2013/14 season - another Bundesliga record and the longest of all of Europe's top five leagues.

3. Porto - 55 (2010-2012)

*Primeira Liga record only

Starting in March 2010, Porto's incredible run survived a managerial change as Andre Villas-Boas replaced Jesualdo Ferreira, in a season which saw the Portuguese giants also lift the Europa League, with Hulk, Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez on their team sheet.

The streak surpassed the 53-game record set at the club by Sir Bobby Robson in the mid nineties.

2. AC Milan - 58 (1991-1993)

* Serie A record only

Hailed as one of the greatest club sides of all time, AC Milan secured back to back European Cups in 1989 and 1990 under Arrigo Sacchi, before his successor Fabio Capello earned three consecutive Scudetti and set one of the most impressive undefeated streaks in the history of top level football.

At the peak of their powers, Milan won the 1992 Scudetto without losing a game, went 58 Serie A encounters unbeaten and made five of seven European finals between 1989-1995.

The all-conquering side contained the likes of Franco Baresi, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten.

1. Steaua Bucharest - 119 (1986-1989)

*Domestic record

Steaua Bucharest hold European football's longest domestic unbeaten record with a frankly ridiculous stretch between 1986 and 1989.

The Romanians' domination wasn't just limited to their own country and they also lifted the European Cup in 1986, with a penalty shoot-out victory over Barcelona in Seville.

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