The world of football has seen some jaw-dropping feats accomplished by teams from different countries and leagues time and time and again. So, it is pertinent to consider the Longest Unbeaten Runs at home in Football.
Sometimes these feats lead to long standing records which defies all comprehension and conjures envy from rival teams. And, there’s quite a lot of these records that may never be broken for as much as a century after they are set.
Today, we take a look at the longest unbeaten home records held by teams while playing in Europe’s current “Big Five” leagues. These Leagues are the Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, and French Ligue 1.
Here we go!
English Premier League – Chelsea (86 Games):
The South-West London club was purchased by owner Roman Abramovich in 2003 and in the following year the Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho was hired following his exploits with FC Porto.
Chelsea then played 86 home games unbeaten between March 2004 – October 2008. The home record had begun earlier though, under the previous manager Claudio Ranieri, right around the end of his tenure at the club.
Even after Jose Mourinho was sacked, the record continued. Interim manager Avram Grant continued the run for the duration of his brief stay.
It was under Luiz Felipe Scolari that the run came to an end (after 1,462 days) at the hands of Liverpool. A Xabi Alonso goal was enough to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Spanish La Liga – Real Madrid (121 Games):
Between the years 1957 to 1965, the Los Blancos team held an incredible home record of unbeaten games which has since remained unmatched in Spain.
The team went 121 games with either a without losing. In that era, Real Madrid had legend Ferenc Puskás in the team along with Alfredo Di Stéfano. He scored 308 goals in 396 official matches for the Spanish club.
Italian Serie A – Torino (88 Games)
Torino has the longest unbeaten home records in Italian Football.
The Grande Torino team spent the period between January 1943 – November 1949 unbeaten at home in the league. This earned them the arguable title as the greatest Italian football team yet.
The team enjoyed a great run at their Filadelfia home ground where they sometimes demolished visiting teams with huge scorelines to show for it.
Despite a plane crash on May 4, 1949, while returning from a friendly game in Portugal, a tragedy that took the lives of valuable team members, the club bounced back.
They played seven more unbeaten home games before the streak ended.
French Ligue 1 – Nantes (92 Games)
As strange as it may sound because Nantes are not exactly one of the top teams in the French Ligue 1 today. But the team holds the record for the longest unbeaten home records in Frech Football.
For 1,768 days between May 1976 – April 1981, Nantes stunned all visiting teams dishing out heavy wins against a handful of them.
The run finally ended at the hands of Auxerre, a feat that included 80 wins and 12 draws. Nantes won the league twice during this run.
German Bundesliga – Bayern Munich (73 Games)
Bayern Munich set the record The Longest Home Unbeaten Run in Football for the Bundesliga.
Between 1970 to 1974, Bayern Munich went on a run of 73 games without a loss at home. This period was overseen by manager Udo Lattek.
The team boasted of great players like Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Paul Breitner and Sepp Maier.
During the great run at home, Bayern Munich won three consecutive league titles. This marked the first time such a feat was achieved in German football history.
Did you know?
The record held by Real Madrid (121) ultimately stands out as the longest unbeaten run at home by any football club in history. The other teams in the top 10 for having the longest unbeaten home runs are:
- Red Star Belgrade (96 games between August 1998 – August 2004)
- PSV (93 games between September 1983 – March 1989)
- Nantes (92 games between May 1976 – April 1981)
- Cobreloa (91 games between December 1979 – September 1985)
- Spartak Trnava (89 games between March 1968 – April 1974)
- Torino (88 games between January 1943 – November 1949)
- Chelsea (86 games between March 2004 – October 2008)
- Panathinaikos (85 games between April 1973 – April 1978)
- FC Porto (81 games between November 2008 – February 2014)
Taking a close look at the great records listed, it might be a while before we see any true contenders to end them. However, outside the top 5 Leagues, the Longest Unbeaten Runs at home in Football will be different.
But which record in what league do you think could be the first one to get surpassed?