Mumbai City FC hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in ISL, now surpassing FC Goa and ATK Mohun Bagan's previous record of 15 matches. While ATK and Goa's unbeaten runs were under the same manager, Juan Ferrando, Mumbai have been guided atop by Des Buckingham.
Mumbai City FC are the latest phenomenon in the Indian Super League. Starting from matchweek 1 of the 2022-23 season, where they drew 3-3 against Hyderabad FC, the Islanders have remained unbeaten, winning 12 and drawing three matches. Buckingham's team have scored 47 goals, including six games with four or more goals netted, and conceded only 14 during this streak.
The Islanders also created a new record for the longest winning streak in the Indian Super League, winning 11 matches in a row in their current run.
Under Ferrando, FC Goa remained undefeated for 15 matches in the 2020-21 campaign before their streak was ended by defending champions Mumbai City FC in their opening match of ISL 2021-22. The Gaurs’ 15-match winning run started with a 2-1 win over Jamshedpur FC in match 38 of ISL 2020-21.
Upon joining the ATK Mohun Bagan side in December 2021, the Spanish manager guided the Mariners to a 15-game unbeaten streak, which stands still to date.
Earlier, FC Goa had snapped Mumbai City FC’s record 12-match unbeaten streak after the Gaurs played out a goalless draw against Hyderabad FC in ISL 2020-21 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda.
Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai City FC had a dominant run in ISL 7 as the Islanders went on a 12-match unbeaten run. Mumbai City kicked-off their unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win over FC Goa and their run was ended by NorthEast United FC following a 1-2 loss at GMC Athletic Stadium in Goa.
Apart from FC Goa and Mumbai City FC, Hyderabad FC were also on a 12-match unbeaten run during ISL 2020-21. Hyderabad’s unbeaten run began with a 4-1 win against Chennaiyin FC and it ended with a 0-1 loss against the Marina Machans in ISL 2021-22.
The Gaurs appear twice on this list for the longest unbeaten run in ISL as they remained undefeated for 12 matches between ISL 2014 and 2015.
NorthEast United FC and Bengaluru FC have registered 11-match unbeaten runs in ISL. While the Highlanders scripted their unbeaten streak during ISL 2020-21, the Blues went on their run from the start of the ISL 2018-19 campaign.
Longest unbeaten run in ISL
|Team||Season (s)||Number of matches||Start of run||Last match of run|
|Mumbai City FC||22-23||16*||Match 3||Ongoing|
|ATK Mohun Bagan||21-22||15||Match 20||Match 110|
|FC Goa||20-21||15||Match 38||Semifinal second leg|
|Mumbai City FC||20-21||12||Match 6||Match 71|
|Hyderabad FC||20-21||12||Match 47||Match 109|
|FC Goa||2014, 2015||12||Match 26, 2014||Match 5, 2015|
|NorthEast United||20-21||11||Match 56||Semifinal first leg|
|Bengaluru FC||18-19||11||Match 2||Match 56|
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