Crvena zvezda will play for pride when Champions League holders Manchester City visit on Wednesday, but the Serbian giants are flying high after breaking a record that stood for nearly six decades.
Barak Bakhar’s side ran out 3-1 winners over SuperLiga rivals Mladost Lučani last time out. It was the 122nd consecutive home league match that Red Star had finished without tasting defeat.
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In doing so, they surpassed the previous world-best of 121 set by Real Madrid between February 1957 and March 1965.
The streak, that first started at the Rajko Mitić Stadium in April 2017, has seen them go on to register 110 wins and 12 draws.
Crvena zvezda, though, have been unable to bring that impregnable form into their European campaign, having already lost to RB Leipzig in Group G before City’s arrival.
The 1991 European Cup winners are not the only former champions making waves ahead of meeting a Premier League outfit though.
Crvena zvezda je svetski rekorder!
— FK Crvena zvezda (@crvenazvezdafk) December 9, 2023
PSV Eindhoven, who host Arsenal this week, now find themselves as the only team playing across Europe’s respective 55 top divisions yet to drop a point after Virtus’ loss to Cosmos in San Marino’s top division (Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio).
Peter Bosz’s men were too good for Heerenveen as they claimed a 2-0 success. It was a 15th straight win, meaning PSV are two away from equalling the Eredivisie record for longest winning streak to start a season — which they set back in 1987/88.
The overall European record stands at 23, which Benfica strung together in 1972/73.