Celtic’s 56 unbeaten run recently came to a spectacular end with a 4-0 loss to Heart Of Midlothian.

The Scottish leagues don’t get much respect these days but for the size of the country, the league is still quality.

In this report, we take a look at the longest domestic unbeaten runs in the European leagues.

Can Man City make a challenge for a place on the leaderboard? We doubt it but it will be interesting to find out.

55 matches

Shakhtar Donetsk (2000–02)

A run that saw Shakhtar win their first ever Ukranian title. Italian Nevio Scala was the mastermind who got the best out of players such as Julius Aghahowa and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.

Porto (2010–12)

A run that spanned two managers, Andre Villas-Boas finished what Jesualdo Ferreira started and won the UEFA Europa League during the unbeaten stretch. Players such as James Rodriguez made their name and Villas-Boas was compared to Jose Mourinho, not bad for a young manager.

56 matches

Benfica (1976–78)

This was the run that the Porto side above so nearly matched. From October to August Benfica looked unbeatable, led by Englishman John Mortimore. The unbeaten run ended at the hands of Porto with a 1-0 loss in 1978.

Celtic (2016–2017)

Many thought Brendan Rodgers men would go on forever but Hearts had other ideas beating them convincingly 4-0. Celtic beat their own 1915-16 record and actually went 63 games unbeaten in all competitions. A British record and an impressive feat.

58 games

Skonto (1993–96)

This all conquering Latvian team didn’t lose a single league game in 1994 and in 1995. The manager, Aleksandrs Starkovs, would later lead Latvia to Euro 2014.

Olympiacos (1972–74)

Three titles in a row and a 103 goal season capped a tremendous period in the history of Olympiacos. Coach Lakis Petropoulos was helped by heavy investment and the goals of Yves Triantafyllos.

AC Milan (1991–93)

Although not the most spectacular, this AC Milan side has the credentials to be called the best club side ever. This Milan side surely boasted the best defence of all time, a defence that included Franco Baresi, Alexandro Costacurta and Paulo Maldini. The defence was a rock but the success had much to with the Dutch trio of Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco Van Basten, all 3 were truly world class.

Those 6 players would walk into any team in the world but the class didn’t stop there.

Tassotti, Boban, Donadoni, Albertini, Simone were all part of the squad led by Fabio Capello.

Milan had an unbelievable side in the late 80’s but this was every bit as good although much of the credit must go to Arrigo Sacchi, Sacchi started the good work that Capello continued in such style, winning the European Cup (Champions League) along the way.

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