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Top Five longest unbeaten run by a European Club since 1955

Here we look at the Five European Teams who have recorded the longest unbeaten run in all competitions and etched their names in football history.

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Top Five Longest unbeaten run by a European Club since 1955: Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen are unbeaten in 49 games in all competitions | Image: Getty

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Remaining unbeaten for a whole season is a huge achievement for any club. It is no surprise that the list of teams who have achieved this feat over the last century is just a few. Some incredible teams with not giving up mentality have achieved this feat and etched their names in football history. In this article, we'll look at the top five teams that have recorded the longest unbeaten run as a European Club since 1955.

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Top Five Longest Unbeaten Runs in European Football History

1. Bayer 04 Leverkusen - 49 Games

Top Five: Xabi Alonso after winning the Bundesliga title
Xabi Alonso after winning the Bundesliga title | Image: X

Bayer Leverkusen's performances during the 2023/2024 campaign have been remarkable. When Xabi Alonso arrived last season at the club as the new manager, no one thought they would even challenge Bayern Munich for the title, let alone win. However, they have defied the odds and lifted the Bundesliga title with the likes of Florian Wirtz, Granit Xhaka, Jeremie Frimpong, and Alex Grimaldo.

The German side are now in the final of the Europa League and the DFB-Pokal with two matches left in the league. If Leverkusen manages to win those two league games and then win the finals of those two competitions, it will be something out of this world. They have a huge chance to win the treble by remaining invincible. That would arguably be the greatest achievement in club football history. 

Xabi's side has scored countless last-minute equalizers, including the goal against Roma in the semi-final second leg at home. Leverkusen are undefeated in all 32 games this Bundesliga season (W26 D6). They broke the record of FC Bayern, which went undefeated in its first 28 games in 2013-14.

2. S.L. Benfica - 48 Games

In the 1963/1964 season, Benfica lost just one league match early on but then went onto a 48-game unbeaten run with legendary striker Eusebio. The Portuguese superstar scored 28 goals across this unbeaten run, which stood for a long time until Alonso's Leverkusen came along after sixty years.

3. Dinamo Zagreb - 45 Games

The Croatian side are the most successful team in the country. In the 2014-15 season, Dinamo Zagreb showed their brilliance in both league and Europe. They went on a 45-game undefeated run in all competitions. They won the Croatian domestic league and also recorded a huge win over Arsenal in the Champions League. The streak was halted after a 5-0 loss to Bayern Munich

4. Rijeka - 45 Games

Rijeka had gone 44 games unbeaten in the 2016/17 season. However, their streak came to an end when Lokomotiva Zagreb sealed a 1-0 win for his side. Rijeka went on to win the title that season. Of the 44 games, only 10 were draws, and 34 were victories, which helped take the side to the top of the table.

5. Rangers - 44 Games

Top Five longest unbeaten runs: Ian Durrant jumps for joy after Mark Hateley's equaliser against Marseille
Ian Durrant jumps for joy after Mark Hateley's equalizer against Marseille | Image: Getty

Rangers went 44 matches unbeaten, including 10 in the Champions League during the 1992/1993 season. The Scottish giants completed the club's fifth domestic treble, finishing first in the Scottish Premier Division and collecting the fifth of their nine league titles in a row. In domestic competition, Aberdeen were Rangers closest challengers. Finishing runners-up in the league and finalists in both cup competitions. Rangers became the first British club to appear in the UEFA Champions League after defeating Danish side Lyngby BK and English league Champions Leeds United in a match dubbed the "Battle of Britain".

 

CLUB COUNTRY GAMES UNBEATEN YEARS
Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Germany
49
2023-2024
S.L. Benfica
Portugal
48
1963-1965
Dinamo Zagreb
Croatia
45
2014-2015
Rijeka
Croatia
45
2016-2017
Rangers
Scotland
44
1992-1993

 

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