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Three-point turns: Europe's longest winning runs

Published: Saturday 12 September 2015, 11.00CET
Paris Saint-Germain just missed out in their quest for a 14th straight league Ligue 1 win at the weekend; UEFA.com celebrates the continent's longest winning streaks.

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Published: Saturday 12 September 2015, 11.00CET

Three-point turns: Europe's longest winning runs

Paris Saint-Germain just missed out in their quest for a 14th straight league Ligue 1 win at the weekend; UEFA.com celebrates the continent's longest winning streaks.

A 2-2 draw against Bordeaux ended Paris Saint-Germain's 13-game winning streak in Ligue 1, ensuring that Les Girondins' run of 14 successive victories of six years ago remains a French record.

UEFA.com celebrates the longest victorious sequences in the continent's top domestic leagues.

29 games – Benfica (Portugal) 1972–73
Benfica's 29-match winning sequence started at the end of one title-winning season and continued well into the next. The Eagles lifted the 1972/73 crown without losing a game – a first in Portugal. English coach Jimmy Hagan played a big part in their success, as striker Eusébio recalled: "All the players thought his training sessions were very hard physically but the team soon began to win and we knew it was worth it."

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28 games – Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 2006–07
Eduardo, Luka Modrić and Vedran Ćorluka all starred in Dinamo's run. It began with a 5-1 victory over Istra on 8 November 2006 and ended with a 4-3 defeat at Varteks (now Varaždin) on 23 September 2007. On the eve of the latter fixture, coach Branko Ivanković said: "We are going to equal Benfica's record so that this Dinamo generation secure a place in world football history." So near, but ultimately so far.

25 games – Celtic (Scotland) 2003–04
The British record was set between 16 August 2003 and 29 February 2004, with Martin O'Neill's side scoring 86 goals in the process. "We would go on these runs and look to every game as one we could win," recalled defender Johan Mjällby. "Once a team starts winning games it's hard to stop them, especially when you had guys like Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton and John Hartson scoring for fun."

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Europe's longest winning league runs continued ...
25 games – Dinamo Tirana (Albania) 1951–52
24 games – Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 2012
22 games – PSV (Netherlands) 1987–88
19 games – Bayern München (Germany) 2013–14
18 games – FH Hafnarfjördur (Iceland) 2004–05
17 games – Steaua Bucureşti (Romania) 1988
17 games – Dinamo Bucureşti (Romania) 1988
17 games – Internazionale (Italy) 2006–07
17 games – Celtic (Scotland) 2011–12
17 games – Ventspils (Latvia) 2013–14
16 games – Dnepr Mogilev (Belarus) 1998
16 games – Valur Reykjavík (Iceland) 1978
16 games – Barcelona (Spain) 2010–11
16 games – Porto (Portugal) 2010–11
16 games – Olympiacos (Greece) 2005–06
16 games - Pyunik (Armenia) 2004
16 games - Kareda Šiauliai (Lithuania) 1997–98
15 games – Benfica (Portugal) 1963
15 games – Real Madrid (Spain) 1960–61
15 games – Bayern München (Germany) 2005
15 games – Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) 1999–2000
15 games – Bangor City (Wales) 2010
15 games – Celtic (Scotland) 2013–14
15 games – Dinamo Minsk (Belarus) 1995

Last updated: 14/09/15 8.46CET

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