Comparing Bayer Leverkusen's Winning Streak to Arsenal’s Invincibles As Unbeaten 2023/24 Season Ends

Comparing Bayer Leverkusen's Winning Streak to Arsenal’s Invincibles As Unbeaten 2023/24 Season Ends

Joel Reyes
updated at May 24, 2024 at 6:18 AM
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  • Bayer Leverkusen lost to Atalanta in the 2023-24 UEFA Europa League final
  • That defeat ended the German club's record-breaking 51-match unbeaten run
  • Arsenal's Invincibles went unbeaten during the 2003-04 Premier League season

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Bayer Leverkusen's bid to record an unbeaten treble is over.

They tasted their first defeat of the season on Wednesday, May 22, losing to Atalanta in the UEFA Europa League final.

Sports Brief compares the German club to Arsenal's Invincibles as their undefeated 2023-24 season comes to an end.

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Bayer Leverkusen celebrate after winning the Bundesliga title on May 18, 2024; Arsenal's Kanu and Kolo Toure pose with the EPL trophy on May 15, 2004. Images: Jürgen Fromme/ Stuart MacFarlane.
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Bayer Leverkusen's historic unbeaten run

Bayer Leverkusen remain record-breakers despite their loss to Atalanta on Wednesday.

They now have the longest unbeaten run in European football history, having gone 51 matches without a loss.

They broke Benfica's 48-match unbeaten record after scoring two late goals against Roma in the Europa League semi-finals.

They won the German Bundesliga in style this season, going undefeated with 28 wins and six draws.

Xabi Alonso's men finished the season with a 17-point advantage over second-placed VfB Stuttgart, ending Bayern Munich's 11-year reign at the top.

They also went unbeaten in the DFB-Pokal, reaching the final after beating Teutonia Ottensen, SV Sandhausen, Paderborn, VfB Stuttgart, and Dusseldorf in the earlier rounds.

Their run in the Europa League was also exceptional. They went unbeaten in the group stage and knockout rounds before the final. recording nine wins and three draws during that stretch.

All good things must come to an end, though, as Atalanta prevented Leverkusen from winning their second trophy this season in the Europa League final.

Ademola Lookman broke their hearts, scoring a hat-trick in Atalanta's 3-0 victory.

Leverkusen will look to end their season on a high note when they face 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the German Cup Final this Saturday.

Arsenal's Invincibles reign supreme in 2003-04 season

Bayer Leverkusen's remarkable run this season drew comparisons to Arsenal's historic 2003-04 campaign.

The Gunners were called 'The Invincibles' after completing an entire Premier League season undefeated. Over 38 matches played in the 2003-04 season, Arsenal recorded 26 wins, 12 draws, and no losses in the English top flight.

They started the season with four victories to solidify their hold on the top spot. The Gunners then went on a nine-match winning streak at the turn of the calendar year to consolidate first place.

Arsene Wenger's men made history on May 15, 2004, when they completed the unbeaten season with a 2-1 win over Leicester City.

Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira scored goals in the second half to etch Arsenal's name into the record books.

The difference between Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen was that the Gunners tasted defeat early in Europe in the 2003-04 season. They lost 3-0 to Inter in their opening group match in the Champions League.

They also crashed out of the League Cup and FA Cup in the semi-final rounds, losing to Middlesbrough and Manchester United, respectively.

Boniface moving on after Bayer Leverkusen loss

Sports Brief recently reported on Victor Boniface's reaction to Bayer Leverkusen's loss.

He broke his silence after the German club suffered a 3-0 defeat in the Europa League final.

Boniface is already looking forward to the DFB-Pokal final, posting a message of '1 more to go'.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.