smashdad wrote: flares_and_an_anorak wrote:
Let's see shall we, Barcelona failed to win 3 of the 4 trophies available to them last season, Chelsea failed to win 3 of the 4 trophies available to them before that whilst United won precisely fuck all the same year.
Quite right. And none of those clubs, indeed no other club that I can ever recall, has had the witless temerity to glory in the label of 'The Invincibles'.
They can glory in whatever label they like after a feat like that. I was going to make an observation about the Theatre of Dreams but someone with a functioning brain already beat me to it - pity, since I was relishing the opportunity to use the words 'cesspit' and 'cunts' in the same sentence. Oh wait...
I understand the deep-seated envy which exists amongst non-Gooners when the 49 game streak is mentioned, since winning the same trophy over and over again is pretty inferior to an accomplishment so unique it has no equal in the English game. However, Arsenal are not alone in their brilliance:
Many association football teams have also had perfect seasons, however doing so in a season of 20 or more matches is very rare. Clubs to have achieved this include: Dresdner SC of Germany in 1942–43 (23 wins out of 23), Ferencvárosi of Hungary in 1931–32 (22), Sunrise Flacq United of Mauritius in 1995–96 (22), and Nacional of Uruguay in 1941 (20). Al-Ahly (of Egypt) hold the record of going a whole season being unbeaten, in all possible competitions they were involved in (46 matches in total played in: Egyptian Premier League, Egyptian Cup, Egyptian Super Cup and CAF Champions League). The longest winning streak of any team over multiple seasons was Sparta Prague’s run of at least 51 wins in a row, between 1920 and 1923.
Teams finishing a season unbeaten (i.e. having won or drawn every match) are more common. Arsenal in the 2003–04 English Premier League season, finished with no losses from 38 games 100 years after Preston North End's unbeaten streak in 22 league games and all of its FA Cup games in 1888-89. At the same time, AFC Wimbledon finished with a record of 42 wins, 4 draws and 0 defeats out of 46 games in their Combined Counties League Premier Division season. In Italy, Perugia (1978–79), A.C. Milan (1991–92), and Juventus F.C. (2011–12) have been undefeated. In Turkish soccer, Galatasaray in 1985-86 season uniquely completed the season unbeaten but finished as runners-up. Beşiktaş J.K. in 1991–92 completed the season unbeaten and became Turkish League’s only ever champions without defeat. In Portugal, Benfica (1972–73) was the first club to do so and won 28 matches – 23 consecutively – out of 30, and drew two. They also went undefeated in 1977–78 but finished second to one-loss Porto. Porto finished the 2010–11 and 2012–13 seasons unbeaten, with a respective win–draw record of 27–3 and 24–6. In Saudi Arabia, Al-Hilal FC finished a 26-game season in the 2010–11 with 19 wins and 7 draws. Greek club Panathinaikos F.C. finished the 1963-64 season, Hungarian club Debreceni VSC finished the 2011-12 season, Norwegian club Rosenborg BK finished the 2010 season undefeated. The only unbeaten champion in Brazil was SC Internacional, who won the 1979 season with 16 victories and 7 ties.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_se … stic_teams
This graphic also illustrates some pretty sizeable efforts:
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