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UEFA.com salutes Europe's invincibles

Published: Friday 9 December 2011, 9.15CET
With three clubs having reached the sanctuary of their domestic winter break unbeaten in 2011/12, UEFA.com runs the rule over nine more teams striving to reach the new year unchallenged.

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Published: Friday 9 December 2011, 9.15CET

UEFA.com salutes Europe's invincibles

With three clubs having reached the sanctuary of their domestic winter break unbeaten in 2011/12, UEFA.com runs the rule over nine more teams striving to reach the new year unchallenged.

Debreceni VSC (Hungary), FC Sheriff (Moldova) and CS Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) have gone into their winter breaks without losing a 2011/12 league game, with nine more sides looking to make it to the new year unchallenged in their domestic leagues. UEFA.com surveys Europe's unbeatables.

Portugal: SC Beira-Mar v FC Porto (Saturday, 19.30)
• 11 league games without defeat in 2011/12
Following UEFA Champions League elimination, Liga leaders Porto return to domestic action against miserly Beira-Mar, who have scored just seven goals all season, and conceded only six – the best defensive record in the division. Porto are unbeaten in 50 Liga fixtures. "We are playing well and we hope to continue," said winger James Rodríguez.

Portugal: CS Marítimo v SL Benfica (Sunday, 21.15)
• 11 league games without defeat in 2011/12
One week after being eliminated from the Portuguese Cup by Marítimo – their first defeat in 23 matches in 2011/12 – the Lisbon club will look to make amends against their fourth-placed hosts. "That defeat served as a lesson," said midfielder Nemanja Matić. "The next match here will be different."

England: Chelsea FC v Manchester City FC (Monday, 21.00)
• 14 league games without defeat in 2011/12
Averaging well over three goals a game, City look unstoppable in their quest for a first league title since 1968. They were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday but Paul Lambert, whose Norwich City FC team lost 5-1 to the Citizens last weekend, summed up Roberto Mancini's men up in one word: "Frightening."

Ukraine: FC Karpaty Lviv v FC Dynamo Kyiv (Saturday, 15.00)
• 19 league games without defeat in 2011/12
Karpaty's final match of the autumn is also their first game at their new stadium, the Arena Lviv – one of Ukraine's four UEFA EURO 2012 venues. Only a point clear of FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the top, Yuri Semin is demanding a Dynamo victory. "We must finish the year with a positive result," he said.

Andorra: FC Rànger's v FC Lusitans (Sunday, 12.00)
• 9 league games without defeat in 2011/12
Third last season, Lusitans – whose name, badge and colours are a clue to their Portuguese roots – lie fourth despite going nine games unbeaten, and winning three matches by five goals or more. "The team is giving off good vibes," club president Antonio Da Silva told UEFA.com. "This season we are more powerful and disciplined."

Cyprus: AC Omonia v APOEL FC (Sunday, 17.00)
• 12 league games without defeat in 2011/12
League leaders Omonia are unbeaten going into Sunday's Nicosia derby against UEFA Champions League sensations APOEL, but coach Neophytos Larkou said: "When you have such a big derby match ahead of you, form doesn't mean anything." That may be a blessing for Omonia; they have dropped four points in their last two games.

Italy: AS Roma v Juventus (Monday, 20.45)
• 13 league games without defeat in 2011/12
The pre-season arrivals of Andrea Pirlo and coach Antonio Conte have been identified as two of the main reasons behind Juventus's resurgence. "Conte reminds me of [Carlo] Ancelotti for his football philosophy and [Marcello] Lippi for the way he works with players," said Pirlo, whose new team are two points clear of former club AC Milan.

Malta: Balzan Youths FC v Hibernians FC (Friday, 20.15)
• 14 league games without defeat in 2011/12
Despite being three points adrift of Valletta FC at the top of the Maltese Premier League, Mark Miller's Hibernians are the only side in the division yet to suffer defeat. Midfielder Clayton Failla, who returned to his old club as part of a summer reshuffle, told UEFA.com: "Our unbeaten run is down to the togetherness we are showing in all of our matches."

FYROM: FK Vardar v FK Bregalnica Stip (Sunday, 13.00)
• 17 league games without defeat in 2011/12
Hungrier than ever to end their eight-year title drought, Vardar look well set heading into the winter break. Eleven clean sheets, as well as the top flight's 14-goal leading marksman, Filip Ivanovski, have helped them to the summit. "We want to win every game and we're moving step by step towards our final goal of celebrating the title in May," Ivanovski said.

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