Italy’s world record undefeated streak: Azzurri’s unbeaten run at 37 matches and counting

Italy’s world record undefeated streak: Azzurri’s unbeaten run at 37 matches and counting

It’s been over two years since another country has been able to beat Italy’s national team. As far as football records go, the Italians’ current 37-match unbeaten streak is a remarkable feat (list of all 37 matches follows below).

The Azzurri are looking to extend that run as they get set to host the UEFA Nations League finals in October. The first match will be a semifinal against No. 8-ranked Spain in Milan’s Stadio San Siro on Oct. 6. If it can get past Spain, Italy will get to play for its second trophy in the span of a few months after winning Euro 2021 in July.

According to Opta data, Italy set the new world record for longest undefeated streak in international matches with its most recent 5-0 World Cup qualifying win against Lithuania on Sept. 8, surpassing Brazil, which put together a run of 36 matches unbeaten in the 90’s.

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Longest undefeated streaks in international football

Look out for Algeria, which is just eight matches behind Italy with the second longest active unbeaten run:

  • 37 — Italy (2018-present)
  • 36 — Brazil (1993-1996)
  • 35 — Spain (2007-2009)
  • 31 — Argentina (1991-1993)
  • 30 — France (1994-1996), Italy (1935-1939)
  • 29 — Algeria (2018-present)
  • 23 — West Germany (1978-1981), France (2010-2012)

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Italy’s record unbeaten streak

The Azzurri are at 37 matches and counting since their last loss: a 1-0 defeat to Portugal on Sept. 10, 2018. The streak includes all senior national team matches from every official competition, including friendlies.

Head coach Roberto Mancini took over the men’s program in May 2018 on the heels of Italy’s failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. After going 1-2-2 in his opening five matches, Mancini has led his country to a world record of consecutive matches without a loss and a 28-0-9 overall record in that span (93 goals scored, 12 conceded). Only six of the 37 matches have been of the friendly exhibition variety.

Match # Date Competition Opponent Result
38 Oct. 6, 2021 Nations League vs. Spain TBD
37 Sept. 8, 2021 World Cup Qualifier vs. Lithuania Win (5-0)
36 Sept. 5, 2021 World Cup Qualifier at Switzerland Draw (0-0)
35 Sept. 2, 2021 World Cup Qualifier vs. Bulgaria Draw (1-1)
34 July 11, 2021 Euro 2021 at England Draw (1-1)
33 July 6, 2021 Euro 2021 vs. Spain Draw (1-1)
32 July 2, 2021 Euro 2021 vs. Belgium Win (2-1)
31 June 26, 2021 Euro 2021 vs. Austria Win (2-1)
30 June 20, 2021 Euro 2021 vs. Wales Win (1-0)
29 June 16, 2021 Euro 2021 vs. Switzerland Win (3-0)
28 June 11, 2021 Euro 2021 vs. Turkey Win (3-0)
27 June 4, 2021 Friendly vs. Czech Republic Win (4-0)
26 May 28, 2021 Friendly vs. San Marino Win (7-0)
25 March 31, 2021 World Cup Qualifier at Lithuania Win (2-0)
24 March 28, 2021 World Cup Qualifier at Bulgaria Win (2-0)
23 March 25, 2021 World Cup Qualifier vs. Northern Ireland Win (2-0)
22 Nov. 18, 2020 Nations League at Bosnia & Herzegovina Win (2-0)
21 Nov. 15, 2020 Nations League vs. Poland Win (2-0)
20 Nov. 11, 2020 Friendly vs. Estonia Win (4-0)
19 Oct. 14, 2020 Nations League vs. Netherlands Draw (1-1)
18 Oct. 11, 2020 Nations League at Poland Draw (0-0)
17 Oct. 7, 2020 Friendly vs. Moldova Win (6-0)
16 Sept. 7, 2020 Nations League at Netherlands Win (1-0)
15 Sept. 4, 2020 Nations League vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina Draw (1-1)
14 Nov. 18, 2019 Euro Qualifier vs. Armenia Win (9-1)
13 Nov. 15, 2019 Euro Qualifier at Bosnia & Herzegovina Win (3-0)
12 Oct. 15, 2019 Euro Qualifier at Liechtenstein Win (5-0)
11 Oct. 12, 2019 Euro Qualifier vs. Greece Win (2-0)
10 Sept. 8, 2019 Euro Qualifier at Finland Win (2-1)
9 Sept. 5, 2019 Euro Qualifier at Armenia Win (3-1)
8 June 11, 2019 Euro Qualifier vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina Win (2-1)
7 June 8, 2019 Euro Qualifier at Greece Win (3-0)
6 March 26, 2019 Euro Qualifier vs. Liechtenstein Win (6-0)
5 March 23, 2019 Euro Qualifier vs. Finland Win (2-0)
4 Nov. 20, 2018 Friendly vs. USA Win (1-0)
3 Nov. 17, 2018 Nations League vs. Portugal Draw (0-0)
2 Oct. 14, 2018 Nations League at Poland Win (1-0)
1 Oct. 10, 2018 Friendly vs. Ukraine Draw (1-1)
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