Celtic 2nd and Real Madrid 3rd – Longest unbeaten runs since 2000 across Europe


Bayer Leverkusen enter top ten 

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Bayer Leverkusen’s incredible season looks destined to end in silverware and their current unbeaten run has them amongst some famous teams from across the years. After the 2-1 win over Mainz on Friday, Bayer entered the top ten clubs with the longest unbeaten runs since 2000 in all competitions from Europe’s top ten leagues.

Top 10 European clubs with longest unbeaten runs

10. Bayer Leverkusen | August 2023 – ? | 33 games unbeaten

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10. FC Porto | October 2003 – March 2004 | 33 games unbeaten

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10. Sporting CP | November 2001 – August 2002 | 33 games unbeaten

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8. Porto | March 2010 – December 2010 | 36 games unbeaten

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8. PSG | March 2013 – December 2013 | 36 games unbeaten

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5. PSV | March 2009 – January 2010 | 39 games unbeaten

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5. Barcelona | October 2015 – March 2016 | 39 games unbeaten

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5. Inter Milan | October 2006 – April 2007 | 39 games unbeaten

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3. Real Madrid | April 2016 – January 2017 | 40 games unbeaten

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3. Inter Milan | May 2004 – February 2005 | 40 games unbeaten

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2. Celtic | November 2016 – August 2017 | 42 games unbeaten

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1. Juventus | May 2011 – May 2011 | 43 games unbeaten

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Bayer are currently on a 33-game unbeaten record and they remain in all three competitions with Alonso’s men strong favourites to win their first Bundeslisga crown. They also face Düsseldorf in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal Cup and Qarabag in the the last 16 of the Europa League. It could be a famous season for Leverkusen and they’ve joined some illustrious company in the top ten longest unbeaten run list. 

Clubs with the longest unbeaten streaks in all competitions from Europe’s top ten leagues since 2000

Bayer are tied with José Mourinho’s Porto team from the 2003/04 season and Sporting CP – between November 2001 and 2022 – on 33 games undefeated. But they will stand alone in tenth position if they avoid defeat against Köln on Sunday. Bayer could eclipse Juventus’ longest unbeaten record if they avoid losing a game until the end of the season as they will play 18 more games if they reach the final of the DFB-Pokal Cup and the Europa League. Under Antonio Conte, Juventus became the first Italian side to go unbeaten through the league campaign in 2011-12. Juventus didn’t play in European competition that campaign and their only loss arrived in the Coppa Italia final to Napoli. Celtic rank second on the list after their 42 game unbeaten run between November 2016 and August 2017. Brendan Rodgers’ side were named the “invincibles” after completing the league season without defeat as they clinched the treble by lifting the League Cup and the Scottish Cup. Inter Milan feature twice in the top five longest unbeaten run list from May 2004 to February 2005 (40 games) and October 2006 to April 2007 (39 games).

Real Madrid complete the top five with their 40 game unbeaten from April 2016 to January 2017. Arsenal famously went unbeaten to win the English Premier League but they lost in the two domestic cup competitions and the Champions League during the 2003/04 campaign. All the clubs in the top ten won their league championship during, or as a result of their run, except PSV. They went 39 games undefeated between March 2009 and January 2010 but they finished third in the Eredivisie in 2010/11 behind champions Twente and Ajax. 


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