Al-Hilal, a team from Saudi Arabia, is the new world record holder for consecutive victories

World football has a new record holder for consecutive victories. This Tuesday (12), Al-Hilal beat Al-Ittihad 2-0 and reached their 28th consecutive victory in official matches, one more than the previous mark, which since 2016 belonged to The New Saints, from Wales. 

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Al-Shahrani and Brazilian Malcom scored the goals of the match, in Jedá. In addition to the record, the team led by Jorge Jesus also celebrated qualifying for the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League, to face Al-Ain.

As a result, Al-Hilal’s winning streak has been going on since the end of September. Among the most notable are the 3-0 win over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr at home in early December. 

And the recent triumphs over Benzema’s Al-Ittihad: a 3-1 win in the Saudi Championship and the 2-0 in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League, both at home.

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Now, curiously, the roles are reversed: it is The New Saints who are chasing Al-Hilal’s record. The Welsh team were anticipated national league champions for the 2023/24 season and have won the last 25 official games they have played, since September last year.

Furthermore, Al-Hilal’s historic sequence is also reflected in the Saudi Championship. With 11 rounds to go, the team leads with 65 points, 12 ahead of Al-Nassr. 

It is worth remembering that the count only takes into account official games, according to Guinness, the global authority in breaking records. For example, victories over Inter Miami, 4-3, and against Al-Nassr, 2-0, in the Riyadh Season Cup, a friendly competition held at the end of January and beginning of February, are not recognized. 

Finally, the winning streak, Al-Hilal boasts an unbeaten record of 36 games, with 33 wins and three draws. It is the second longest unbeaten streak in world football, along with Bayer Leverkusen, from Germany. The New Saints, an old “rival” in the fight for the winning record, is also the target to beat, with 39 games without losing.

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