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Italy set new world record with 36 games unbeaten

Roberto Mancini's side's run surpasses the mark previously held by Brazil and Spain.

Italy have not lost a game since September 2018
Italy have not lost a game since September 2018 POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Italy have set a new world record for longest international unbeaten run after a 0-0 draw against Switzerland on Sunday took them to 36 matches without defeat, eclipsing the previous mark shared by Brazil and Spain.

The Azzurri's unbreakable sequence began on 10 October 2018, just five months into Roberto Mancini's reign, and has since encompassed qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020 with a 100% record, lifting the Henri Delaunay Cup at Wembley this summer and booking a place in next month's UEFA Nations League Finals.

There have been 29 wins and seven draws, with 88 goals scored and just 12 conceded. That is enough to eclipse the record of 35 games unbeaten established by Brazil either side of their 1994 FIFA World Cup triumph, which Spain equalled during their rise to pre-eminence before and after UEFA EURO 2008.

Italy's last defeat came three years ago, on 10 September 2018, when André Silva struck the only goal for Portugal in a UEFA Nations League fixture.

Longest unbeaten runs

36 Italy (2018–)
35 Spain (2007–09)
35 Brazil (1993–96)
31 Argentina (1991–93)
30 France (1994–96)
30 Italy (1935–39)

Italy's EURO 2020 road to glory
Italy's EURO 2020 road to glory

Italy's unbeaten run

10/10/18 D 1-1 Ukraine (h)
14/10/18 W 1-0 Poland (a)
17/11/18 D 0-0 Portugal (h)
20/11/18 W 1-0 USA (h)
23/03/19 W 2-0 Finland (h)
26/03/19 W 6-0 Liechtenstein (h)
08/06/19 W 3-0 Greece (a)
11/06/19 W 2-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina (h)
05/09/19 W 3-1 Armenia (a)
08/09/19 W 2-1 Finland (a)
12/10/19 W 2-0 Greece (h)
15/10/19 W 5-0 Liechtenstein (a)
15/11/19 W 3-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina (a)
18/11/19 W 9-1 Armenia (h)
04/09/20 D 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina (h)
07/09/20 W 1-0 Netherlands (a)
07/10/20 W 6-0 Moldova (h)
11/10/20 D 0-0 Poland (a)
14/10/20 D 1-1 Netherlands (h)
11/11/20 W 4-0 Estonia (h)
15/11/20 W 2-0 Poland (h)
18/11/20 W 2-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina (a)
25/03/21 W 2-0 Northern Ireland (h)
28/03/21 W 2-0 Bulgaria (a)
31/03/21 W 2-0 Lithuania (a)
28/05/21 W 7-0 San Marino (h)
04/06/21 W 4-0 Czech Republic (h)
11/06/21 W 3-0 Turkey (EURO 2020)
16/06/21 W 3-0 Switzerland (EURO 2020)
20/06/21 W 1-0 Wales (EURO 2020)
26/06/21 W 2-1 Austria, aet (EURO 2020)
02/07/21 W 2-1 Belgium (EURO 2020)
06/07/21 W 1-1, 4-2p Spain (EURO 2020)
11/07/21 W 1-1, 3-2p England (EURO 2020)
02/09/21 D 1-1 Bulgaria (h)
05/09/21 D 0-0 Switzerland (a)

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