Bayer Leverkusen Extends Unbeaten Streak to 48, Tying Hallowed European Record

Mar 25, 2013; Mexico City, MEXICO; General view of FIFA soccer ball.
Mar 25, 2013; Mexico City, MEXICO; General view of FIFA soccer ball. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

For 11 consecutive years, Bundesliga was the fiefdom of Bayern Munich, which won every German league title from 2013-23.

That is not true anymore—and Bayern Munich's dominance has been undone in record-breaking fashion.

Bayer Leverkusen—the already-crowned champions of Germany—crushed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 Sunday to run its unbeaten streak to an astounding 48 games.

With the victory, the Leverkusen-based club tied the record for longest all-competition unbeaten streak by any European club since pan-European competition began in the 1956 season. Portuguese powerhouse Benfica went 48 games without a loss from 1963-65, led by legendary striker Eusébio.

Maestro manager Xabi Alonso's club can break Benfica's mark Thursday against Roma in the second leg of the two teams' Europa League semifinal.

Bayer Leverkusen still has a ways to go to beat the continent's all-time record, however. That mark is held by Scottish powerhouse Celtic, which went 62 matches without a loss from 1915-17.

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