Win, win, and win some more. At times, that’s all that matters in football, and it’s the only thing a club can do to win a tournament or a league title.
Winning is the ultimate goal, and many a times it is the sole determinant of failure and success. Managers could lose their jobs and players can be shelved off if the team struggles to win games.
But on the contrary, if the team keeps on winning, Mangers will be lauded and players will be celebrated – just keep on bringing the results, and the success that follows, and the fans will love you!
Now of course even a highly successful team will drop a point or two in the long run, but today let’s try to put a list, where the teams have gone on months without dropping even a single point!
A streak of wins stacking well over in the double-digit number, a true purple patch of the greatest of teams Europe has seen!
Here is a list of the Longest winning streaks in European football (top 5 leagues).
Bordeaux – 16 (2008/09 & 2009/10)
Before Qatari investment in Paris Saint-Germain skewed the playing field in Ligue 1, the top of the standings looked much different.
Bordeaux won their final 11 league games of the 2008/09 season to claim the title and then defeated Vannes 4-0 to add the Coupe de Ligue to their collection.
Les Girondins added four more triumphs at the start of the following season to create a new French record for consecutive victories.
Barcelona – 18 wins (2005-06)
Barcelona went on an astonishing 18-match winning streak during the 2005/06 season, fueled by the goalscoring exploits of Samuel Eto’o and the supernatural intervention of Ronaldinho.
The streak enabled them to regain La Liga in Frank Rijkaard’s third season in command.
Back-to-back 5-0 victories over Real Sociedad and Panathinaikos were especially satisfying, though not as satisfying as defeating Real 3-0 in El Clasico.
Manchester City – 21 (2020/21)
After being held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion in December 2020, City went on a 21-game winning streak.
Their efforts propelled them to the top of the Premier League standings, while their opponents struggled to match their great exploits.
City trailed only once during their FA Cup run to Cheltenham Town, demonstrating how dominant they were at the time.
Real Madrid – 22 wins (2014)
Imagine being on a 22-game winning streak and still failing to win the championship.
That was the harsh fate that befell Real Madrid during the 2014/15 season when a slump in form in the latter third of the season allowed Barcelona to win La Liga by two points.
This was not Real’s only setback, as they were also eliminated from the Champions League semi-finals. Oh well, they’ll always have ‘the streak.’
Bayern Munich – 23 (2019/20)
Bayern Munich had a terrible start to the 2019/20 season, and head coach Niko Kovac was fired in November.
After a sluggish start under new manager Hansi Flick, Bayern sprung into life, winning an astounding 23 games in a row.
The run earned the German giants their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title, as well as the DFB Pokal and a sixth Champions League victory.