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Serie A giants AC Milan hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in football history as far as league matches are concerned.

Under legendary manager Fabio Capello, AC Milan scripted history as they went a staggering 58 matches without a defeat in Serie A between 1991 and 1993.

Italy also has the record for the longest unbeaten run in international football. Between 2018 and 2021, the Azzurri were unbeaten for 37 matches, breaking the 35-match unbeaten run record that was shared by Brazil (1993-1996) and Spain (2007-2009). 

Meanwhile, Bundesliga heavyweight Bayern Munich feature second on the list for the longest unbeaten run in club football.

Between 2012 and 2014, the German outfit went an incredible 53 matches without succumbing to a defeat in Bundesliga.

Interestingly, Bayern hold the record for the longest winning run in football history among the top five European leagues.

Arsenal are third on the elite list for the longest unbeaten run in football. The Gunners’ record of 49 games without a defeat is still the longest unbeaten run in Premier League history. Know the clubs on the list for the longest unbeaten run in football.

Longest unbeaten run in football

Team

Number of Matches

Span

AC Milan

58

1991-1993

Bayern Munich

53

2012-2013

Arsenal

49

2003-2004

Juventus

49

2011-2012

Barcelona

43

2017-2018

Nottingham Forest

42

1977-1978

Chelsea

40

2004-2005

ACF Fiorentina

40

1955-1956

Real Sociedad

38

1979-1980

A.C. Perugia Calcio

37

1978-1979

AC Milan | 58 matches | 1991-93

It took little time for Fabio Capello to turn AC Milan into title contenders when he first arrived at San Siro in June 1991. Milan won the Serie A undefeated in 1991-92. Under his tutelage, the Rossoneri later extended their dominance as they went on a 58-game unbeaten streak between May 19, 1991 and March 21, 1993. Their record came to an end with a 0-1 defeat to Parma courtesy a goal from Faustino Asprilla.

Bayern Munich | 53 matches | 2012-13

Bayern Munich have been the most dominant team in the Bundesliga since the inception of the German’s top-tier league in 1963. Between 2012 and 2014, the Bavarians’ record of 53 games without a defeat is the longest unbeaten run in Bundesliga. Led by manager Jupp Heynckes, Bayern won the treble in 2012-13, including clinching the Bundesliga with 91 points, only eleven points short of a perfect season. Later under newly-appointed manager Pep Guardiola, Bayern extended their winning streak to 53 matches in the Bundesliga in 2013. The winning streak ended with a 0-1 loss to Augsburg.

Arsenal | 49 matches | 2003-04

Arsenal etched their name into history books as they became the first team to remain undefeated in an entire Premier League during the 2003-04 season. Led by their talismanic manager Arsene Wenger, the Gunners registered 26 wins and 12 draws to clinch the Premier League title that season. Having set an English record for the longest top-flight unbeaten league run at 49 games, Arsenal received the nickname The Invincibles. Their unbeaten run came to an end after Manchester United beat them 2-0 on October 24, 2004.

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