Dynasty (sports)

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A sports dynasty is a team that dominates their sport or league for an extraordinary length of time. The definition of dynasty by academics implies a single leader over the bulk of that period, a great example being John Wooden who led a college basketball powerhouse at UCLA for over a quarter century. The word "dynasty" should not be used for a string of several dominant years in a row. It implies an extraordinary length of time like a decade. Such dominance is often only realized in retrospect. Some leagues maintain official lists of dynasties, often as part of a hall of fame (e.g., National Hockey League), but in many cases, whether a team has achieved a dynasty is subjective, and can be a frequent topic of debate among sports fans.

The most widely accepted sports dynasties are those with the majority of championships over a very long period of time, either consecutively or with interruptions (e.g., UCLA Bruins men's basketball 7-straight national championships from 1964 to 1975 and 11 national championships during Wooden's reign). Or consider Princeton University, from the pre-NCAA football years of the 1890s (it was one of the two teams to play the first college football game) all the way until 1950 during which Princeton won 28 national championships. Yale won 27 recognized national football championships between 1872-1926. [1]


Australian Rules Football[edit]


  • Fitzroy from 1898 to 1906 (seven Grand Finals in nine years with four Premierships: 1898—1899, 1904—1905 and three runners-up: 1900, 1903, 1906)
  • Carlton from 1906 to 1910 (five consecutive grand finals with three consecutive Premierships in 1906—1908)
  • Collingwood from 1925 to 1930 (four consecutive Premierships: 1927—1930 and two runners-up: 1925—1926)
  • Melbourne from 1939 to 1941 (three consecutive Premierships)
  • Essendon from 1941 to 1951 (nine Grand Finals in eleven years with four Premierships: 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950 and five runners-up: 1941, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1951)
  • Melbourne from 1954 to 1960 (seven consecutive Grand Finals; five Premierships: 1955—1957, 1959—1960; two runners up: 1954, 1958)
  • Richmond from 1967 to 1974 (five Grand finals in eight years with four Premierships: 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974 and runners-up in 1972)
  • Carlton from 1968 to 1973 (five Grand Finals in six years with three Premierships: 1968, 1970, 1972 and two runners-up: 1969, 1973)
  • Hawthorn from 1983 to 1991 (8 Grand Finals in 9 years; 5 Premierships: 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991; 3 runners-up: 1984, 1985, 1987)
  • Brisbane Lions from 2001 to 2004 (three consecutive Premierships: 2001—2003; runner-up 2004)
  • Geelong from 2007 to 2011 (three Premierships: 2007, 2009, 2011 and runner-up in 2008 after losing only once before the Grand Final)
  • Hawthorn from 2012–present (two Premierships: 2013, 2014, and runner-up in 2012 after finishing as minor premiers)


  • Norwood from 1878 to 1883 (six consecutive Premierships)
  • South Adelaide from 1892 to 1900 (six premierships and three second placings)
  • Port Adelaide from 1909 to 1915 (seven consecutive grand finals including two perfect minor rounds in 1912 and 1914 and premierships in 1910 and 1913–14, the latter with 30 consecutive wins)
  • Port Adelaide from 1951 to 1965 (ten premierships including six consecutive in 1951, 1954–59, 1962–63 and 1965, with runners-up in 1953 and 1964 and third in 1952 and 1960–61)
  • Sturt from 1966 to 1970 (five consecutive Premierships)
  • Port Adelaide from 1977 to 1981 (four premierships in five seasons including a hat-trick from 1979 to 1981)
  • Port Adelaide from 1988 to 1999 (ten Grand Finals in twelve seasons for nine Premierships: 1988—1990, 1992, 1994—1996, 1998—1999; runner up in 1997)
  • Central District from 2000 to 2011 (twelve consecutive Grand Finals; nine Premierships: 2000—2001, 2003—2005, 2007—2010; three runners-up: 2002, 2006, 2011)


  • East Fremantle from 1900 to 1911 (nine premierships in twelve seasons)
  • East Perth from 1919 to 1927 (five consecutive premierships and seven in nine seasons)
  • East Fremantle from 1928 to 1934 (seven successive minor premierships with five flags including four consecutive)
  • Claremont from 1936 to 1940 (five consecutive grand finals finishing with a hat-trick of premierships)
  • South Fremantle from 1947 to 1954 (six premierships in eight seasons)
  • East Perth from 1956 to 1961 (six consecutive grand finals for three premierships)
  • Claremont from 1987 to 1991 (five consecutive minor premierships with three flags)
  • Subiaco from 2003 to 2009 (four premierships in five seasons followed by a losing Grand Final in 2009 including a hat-trick and a near-miss of a perfect season in 2008; four consecutive minor premierships 2003 to 2006)


  • Essendon from 1891 to 1894 (four consecutive premierships and 56 consecutive unbeaten matches)
  • North Melbourne from 1914 to 1919 (49 consecutive wins and three consecutive perfect home-and-away seasons; including three straight premierships)[a]
  • Footscray from 1920 to 1924 (five consecutive grand finals with premierships in 1920, 1923 and 1924)
  • Coburg from 1925 to 1928 (four consecutive grand finals with a hat-trick of premierships and a perfect home-and-away season in 1927)
  • Northcote 1929 to 1936 (seven grand finals in eight seasons for premierships in 1929, 1932–34 and 1936)
  • Port Melbourne from 1950 to 1957 (five consecutive minor premierships and eight consecutive grand final appearances)
  • Williamstown from 1954 to 1961 (six grand finals in eight seasons for five premierships 1954–56 and 1958–59, plus a perfect home-and-away season in 1957)
  • Port Melbourne from 1973 to 1983 (eleven consecutive finals series, with six premierships in 1974, 1976–77 and 1980–82)

Auto racing[edit]


  • Chevrolet since 1958 won 35 of 54 (64.8%) NASCAR manufacturer championships.[2]
  • Hendrick Motorsports has had two streaks of four or more consecutive championships and has 15 NASCAR championships overall. The combined operations of the works and satellite teams have won six consecutive championships, since 2006.[3]
  • Richard Childress Racing 11 championships in NASCAR as a whole.
  • Junior Johnson six championships in ten years as an owner
  • Lee Petty (1954, 1958, 1959)
  • Richard Petty (1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, and 1979) Seven championships including four in five years (1971–75)
  • David Pearson (1966, 1968, 1969) Three championships in four years
  • Cale Yarborough (1976, 1977, 1978) clinched three consecutive Winston Cup championships.
  • Dale Earnhardt (1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1994) Seven championships including six in nine years, with back-to-back titles three times.
  • Darrell Waltrip (1981, 1982, 1985) Three championships in five years
  • Jeff Gordon (1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001) Four championships in seven years
  • Jimmie Johnson (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013) clinched six Sprint Cup championships in eight seasons including five straight from 2006-10.

World Rally Championship[edit]



  • Citroën won eight World Rally Championship Manufacturers' Championships between 2003 and 2012, including five consecutive from 2008 to 2012. Citroën driver Sébastien Loeb won nine consecutive WRC Drivers' Championships from 2004 to 2012.
  • Lancia won six consecutive WRC Manufacturer's Championships between 1987 and 1992. Lancia drivers won four WRC Drivers' Championships between 1987 and 1991, including three consecutive from 1987 to 1991.
  • Mitsubishi driver Tommi Mäkinen won four consecutive WRC Driver's Championships from 1996 to 1999.
  • Toyota drivers won four WRC Drivers' Championships between 1990 and 1994, including three consecutive from 1992 to 1994.

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]



  • Bentley won four consecutive Le Mans races from 1927 to 1930.
  • Alfa Romeo won four consecutive Le Mans races from 1931 to 1934.
  • Ferrari won six consecutive Le Mans races from 1960 to 1965.
  • Ford won four consecutive Le Mans races from 1966 to 1969.
  • Porsche won 10 Le Mans races in 12 years from 1976 to 1987, including seven consecutive from 1981 to 1987.
  • Audi has won 13 Le Mans races in 15 years from 2000 to 2014, including five consecutive on two occasions, from 2004 to 2008 and from 2010 to 2014.

Tire Manufacturers[edit]

  • Dunlop won 23 Le Mans races from 1924 to 1964 (74%), including eight consecutive from 1924 to 1931.
  • Dunlop won eight consecutive races from 1981 to 1988.
  • Michelin has won seventeen consecutive Le Mans races from 1998 to 2014.

Formula 1[edit]



  • Ferrari won six Constructors' Championships between 1975 and 1983, including three consecutive between 1975 and 1978; they won eight Constructors' Championships between 1999 and 2008, including six consecutive between 1999 and 2004. Ferrari drivers Michael Schumacher and Kimi Räikkönen won six World Drivers' Championships between 2000 and 2007, including Schumacher's five consecutive between 2000 and 2004.
  • McLaren won six Formula One World Constructors' Championships between 1984 and 1991, including four consecutive between 1988 and 1991. McLaren drivers Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, and Ayrton Senna won seven World Drivers' Championships over that same eight-year span.
  • Red Bull won four consecutive Constructors' Championship between 2010 and 2013. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the World Drivers' Championship each of those years.
  • Williams won five Constructors' Championships between 1992 and 1997, including three consecutive between 1992 and 1994. Williams drivers Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve each won World Drivers' Championship during that period.

Engine Manufacturers[edit]

  • Ferrari-powered cars won six Constructors' Championships between 1975 and 1983, including three consecutive between 1975 and 1978; they won eight Constructors' Championships between 1999 and 2008, including six consecutive between 1999 and 2004.
  • Ford-powered cars won ten World Constructors' Championships between 1968 and 1981, including seven consecutive between 1968 and 1974. Drivers of Ford-powered cars won twelve World Drivers' Championships between 1968 and 1982, including seven consecutive between 1968 and 1974 and three consecutive between 1980 and 1982. All of these championship-winning cars and drivers used the venerable Cosworth DFV.
  • Honda-powered cars won six consecutive World Constructors' Championships between 1986 and 1991. Drivers of Honda-powered cars won six consecutive World Drivers' Championships between 1987 and 1991.
  • Renault-powered cars won six consecutive World Constructors' Championships between 1992 and 1997; they won six Constructors' Championships between 2005 and 2013, including four consecutive between 2010 and 2013. Drivers of Renault-powered cars won five World Drivers' Championships between 1992 and 1997.

Tire Manufacturers[edit]

  • Cars with Bridgestone tires won eleven World Constructors' Championships between 1998 and 2010, including seven consecutive from 1998 to 2004. They won eleven World Drivers' Championships during this period. During 1999 and 2000, and from 2007 to 2010, they were the sole tire supplier for all constructors.
  • Cars with Dunlop tires won eight consecutive World Constructors' Championships between 1958 and 1965; they won seven consecutive World Drivers' Championships between 1959 and 1965. Between 1961 and 1963, they were the sole tire supplier for all constructors.
  • Cars with Goodyear tires won twenty-six World Constructors' Championships between 1966 and 1997, including six consecutive from 1973 to 1978, four consecutive from 1980 to 1983, and thirteen consecutive from 1985 to 1997; they won twenty-four drivers' championships during that period. During 1987 and 1988, and from 1992 to 1996, they were the sole tire supplier for all constructors.
  • Drivers using Pirelli tires won five consecutive World Drivers' Championships from 1950 to 1954, and four consecutive championships from 2011 to 2014. Cars using Pirelli tires won four consecutive World Constructors' Championships from 2011 to 2014. Since 2011, Pirelli has been the sole tire supplier for all constructors.


Major League Baseball[edit]

  • Boston Red Sox from 1912 to 1918 Dominated the sport for 7 years (4 World Series titles and AL pennants in 7 years)[9]
  • New York Yankees from 1936 to 1943 Dominated the sport for 8 years (7 AL pennants and 6 World Series championships in 8 years)[10][11]
  • New York Yankees from 1949 to 1964 Dominated the sport for 15 years (14 AL pennants and 9 World Series championships in 16 years)[10][12]
  • Cincinnati Reds from 1970 to 1976, Dominated the sport for 7 years (5 National League Western Division titles, 4 National League pennants, and 2 World Series titles in 6 years. The team's combined record from 1970-1976 was 683 wins and 443 losses, an average of nearly 98 wins per season).[13][14][15]
  • Oakland Athletics from 1971 to 1975, known as The Mustache Gang and "The Swingin' A's".(World Series Championships in each of three consecutive years: 1972-1974 and AL West Division titles in each year)[16]
  • New York Yankees from 1996 to 2003 Dominated the sport for 8 years (8 postseason appearances including 7 division titles, 6 AL pennants, and 4 World Series championships in 8 years).[17]


Negro leagues[edit]


National Basketball Association[edit]

  • Minneapolis Lakers 1948 to 1954 (5 championships between 1949 and 1954)[18][19]
  • Boston Celtics 1956 to 1986 (16 NBA titles in 30 years overall. 26 winning seasons, 20 division titles, 18 conference titles, including 11 championships in 13 years from 1957–69 and eight in a row from 1959 to 1966)[10][20][21]
  • Los Angeles Lakers of 1979 to 1991 led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (5 NBA championships, 10 Division titles, 9 conference championships, 12 winning seasons)[21]
  • Chicago Bulls of 1990 to 1998 led by Michael Jordan. (6 NBA championships in 8 seasons, 2 sets of three consecutive championships ('91, '92, '93, '96, '97, '98), 6 division titles in 8 seasons, and hold best regular season record in NBA history (72–10) during the '95–96 season).[10][21]
  • Los Angeles Lakers of 2000 to 2004, led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. Won 4 Western Conference titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004, and three consecutive NBA titles in 2000, 2001, and 2002, including the best postseason record in NBA history in 2001 (15–1).[21]
  • San Antonio Spurs of 1999 to 2014 led by Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich. (5 NBA championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) in 16 seasons, 6 Western Conference titles, 11 division championships, and 17 consecutive playoff appearances from 1998-2014, as well as a .707 win percentage during that span, the highest in any of the four major American sports)

American Basketball Association[edit]

  • Indiana Pacers from 1969 to 1975 led by Freddie Lewis, Roger Brown, Mel Daniels, and George McGinnis. The Pacers won 5 ABA Conference Championships in 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, and 1975 and won the ABA Championship in 1970, 1972, and 1973. Other noteworthy accomplishments include 3 consecutive ABA division titles in 1969, 1970, and 1971, their playoff berths in every year of the ABA’s existence, as well as their place as the winningest franchise in ABA history.

Women's National Basketball Association[edit]

NCAA basketball[edit]

Division I Men[edit]

  • Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball from 1948 to 1951 (three national championship in four seasons; 1948, 1949, 1951. And also 4 straight regular season SEC championships, 3 SEC tournament championships, an inconference record of 47-2, and an overall record of 125-12) all under Coach Adolph Rupp.
  • UCLA Bruins men's basketball from 1964 to 1975 (10 national championships in 12 seasons; 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975. They would also win 7 consecutive championships from 1967 to 1973, four undefeated seasons, and an NCAA record 88 consecutive wins).[10][24]

Division I Women[edit]

  • University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball from 1987 to 1998 (six national championships in 12 seasons, including three consecutive championships from 1996 to 1998 (the first women’s team to do so), one undefeated season setting the most wins ever with 39, and an over-all record of 314–38 (.877).[25][26][citation needed]
  • University of Connecticut from 2000 to 2014 (eight championships in fifteen seasons, including three consecutive championships from 2002–2004, four undefeated seasons in 2002, 2009, 2010, and 2014, and a record 90 consecutive wins from November 16, 2008 to December 30, 2010.[27][28]


  • University of Kentucky from 1985 to 2014 (20 championships in 29 years, including a run of 8 consecutive championships from 1995–2002)[29]
  • Morehead State University coed cheerleading team from 1988 to 2010 (19 championships in 22 years, including a run of 10 consecutive championships from 1991–2000) The All Girl and Co-ed Squads have combined for 26 national titles.[30]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

NCAA Division I[edit]

  • University of Iowa Hawkeyes have 23 total NCAA championships. Dynasty runs from 1975 to 1986 (11 NCAA championships in 12 years), from 1991 to 2000 (9 NCAA championships in 10 years) and three consecutive national championships from 2008–2010. Iowa also had a dynasty run of 25 straight BigTen conference tournament championships from 1974–1998.[10][31]
  • Oklahoma State University have 34 total NCAA championships in wrestling, most national championships in one sport by any school. Dynasty runs from 1928 to 1949 (16 NCAA championships in 21 years), from 1954 to 1964 (8 NCAA championships in 10 years) and the most recent repeating four-time champions (2003–2006).[31]

Collegiate swimming[edit]

NCAA Division I[edit]

  • Auburn University earned 13 total NCAA championships in swimming and diving, eight by the men's team and five by the women's team during a 12-year period. Dynasty runs from 1997 to 2009. During that stretch, the Auburn Tigers men won five consecutive national championships and the ladies won three consecutive national championships. And Auburn swimmers won more medals in the Olympic games than did many countries (32 Olympic medals). At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Auburn swimmers representing more than a half-dozen nations won 13 medals, more than any other university. (If Auburn University were its own nation, it would have tied Canada and Spain for 14th place in medals won in those Games of the XXIX Olympiad with 18 medals across 13 events). In the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Auburn men earned 16 consecutive team titles between 1997-2012 while the women took five non-consecutive SEC championships.

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  • The Soviet Union women's national handball team was the first to dominate handball, doing so for fourteen years between 1976 and 1990. They won 63% of the gold medals in the process (5/8), 71% of entered tournaments considering the 1984 Summer Olympics boycott, including three consecutive world championships and being the first ever to win back to back Olympic gold in 1980.
  • The Denmark women's national handball team became the first team, in 1997, to hold all three major titles: world, Olympic and continental. Led by coach Jan Pytlick Denmark won it's third Olympic gold medal in a row in 2004, for the first time in the history of handball.[37] From 1996 to 2004 the team had won 50% of all major titles (6/12) including 56% of major tournament wins (5/9) from 1996 to 2002.
  • Led by line player Else-Marthe Sørlie Lybekk and goalkeeper Katrine Lunde Haraldsen, the Norway women's national handball team became the only team in handball history, on the women's and men's side, to have won the Euro championship in handball four times in a row. They have won a total of six European championship gold medals, an all-time record.[38] In 2011 they became the third team in the world to have held all three titles at the same time.[39] In 2015 they are back to back Olympic and European champions. From 2004 to present they have won 53% (8/15) of major titles including 58% (7/12) between 2004 and 2012.


  • In the 50's/60's, the men's Sweden national handball team was unbeaten for 10 years, becoming the first ever team to win back to back world championships (8 year domination) and collecting consecutive medals for 24 years. At the time the world championship was the only major competition being played (continental championships first took place in the 1990s and handball was not an Olympic sport until 1972 except for the 1936 Olympics). [40][41]
  • For thirteen years the Romania men's national handball team was virtually unbeatable, led by Gheorghe Gruia they won four out of five world championships between 1961 and 1974, first ever team to land two back to back championships. Recorded an all-time best 80% of wins in major tournaments for a period of ten plus years.[42]
  • The Sweden national handball team dominated the game of handball in the late 90's and early 2000's. Led by coach Bengt Johansson and key players Magnus Wislander and Staffan Olsson, they have won three European championships in a row from 1998 to 2002, winning 60% of the major tournaments held in this period of time (3/5), clinching silver or gold medals in eight consecutive major tournaments between 1996 and 2002 (four times winner, four times runner up).
  • Led by coach Claude Onesta, goalie Thierry Omeyer and key playmaker Nikola Karabatić, the men's France national handball team was the first ever to win five world championships in 2015, five out of ten world championships between 1995 and 2015. France is also the first men's team to have won back to back Olympic titles (2008 and 2012).[43] In 2010 it became the first men's team to simultaneously hold Olympic, world and continental titles. [44][45]In 2011 after another world championship title France men's team also clinched four consecutive major titles for the first time in the history of the game, women's included. In 2015 France holds all major titles for the third time in 5 years, three of the last five European championships and three of the last four world championships in play whilst being back to back Olympic champion. From 2008 to 2015 they have won seven out of nine major titles (78%) as well as 67% of wins for 9 years from 2006 to present (8/12).


  • The HC Spartak Kyiv, Kiev women's handball team, won thirteen out of 18 Champions' league titles from 1970 to 1988 (72% of titles) including two lines of four titles in a row.[46]
  • FC Barcelona Handbol, the men's Barcelona professional handball team, won an all-time best five consecutive Champions' League from 1995 to 2000.[47]

Association football[edit]


English Football League[edit]

  • Arsenal F.C. from 1930 through to the late 1940s under the initial guidance of Herbert Chapman. In this time Arsenal won the first division title in 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1937–38 and 1947–48. Despite the Second World War breaking their official run of titles,[b] Arsenal won three further regional leagues whilst national competitions were in recess.[48]
  • Liverpool F.C. between 1972 and 1990. During those eighteen years, the club became English champions on eleven occasions, under the successive guidance of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish. Other domestic honours won during the period were the FA Cup in 1974, 1986 and 1989 and the Football League Cup, won on four consecutive occasions from 1981 to 1984. This dominance was extended to the European continent starting in 1972-73 when the club won the UEFA Cup. Further success in this competition arrived in 1975-76, before Liverpool embarked on a run of four European Cup wins between 1976–77 and 1983-84. No other English club has since then achieved such success in the premier club competition of European football, not even Liverpool’s fierce rivals Manchester United F.C. who have taken part in every edition of the Champions League since 1996-97. The Reds reached their finest hour in 1983-84 when, with Joe Fagan at the helm, they became English champions while also winning the Football League Cup and the European Cup against A.S. Roma.
  • Manchester United F.C. from the start of the Premier League (1992–93) to 2012-13. After six seasons with Sir Alex Ferguson's rebuilding of the club, the team won the first ever Premier League title, which was also their eighth top-tier league title. This victory was only the beginning of dominance as the club won the League title 12 more times, setting a new English record of 20 top-tier titles for one club. Manchester United also lifted the F.A. Cup during this period with victories in 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99 and 2003–04. They have also won the UEFA Champions League in 1998–99 (completing a “treble” of league title, F.A. Cup and European Cup), and another in 2007–08. During this time, the club finished no lower than third in the Premier League.[49]
  • Arsenal F.C. from 1997 to 2005. Under Arsene Wenger Arsenal achieved eight consecutive top-two league finishe, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in this time. This includes the only team to go through a whole season undefeated in 2003/2004.

Spanish La Liga[edit]

  • Real Madrid C.F. from the 1953–54 to the 1971–72 seasons in La Liga and the European Cup. Real Madrid won six European Cups, including five in a row from 1956–60, and 13 La Liga titles, including five in a row from 1961–65.[50][51]
  • FC Barcelona from the 2004–05 to the 2011–12 seasons in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona won five La Liga championships, three Champions League titles, two Copa del Rey titles, five Spanish Super Cups, two European Super Cups and two club world championships in the FIFA Club World Cup. Barcelona won an unprecedented six major trophies in the 2008–09 season, and became the first Spanish team to win the Treble and the first European Treble-winning team to also capture the European Super Cup and Club World Cup.[52][53][54][55][56]

Scottish Football League[edit]

  • Celtic F.C — eleven titles from 1966 to 1979 and the first British European champions in 1967 as part of a quadruple of trophies. Celtic also won eight Scottish Cups and six League Cups, besides losing the 1970 European Cup final.
  • Rangers F.C. — eighteen titles from 1987 to 2011, including nine in a row from 1989 to 1997.

Italian Serie A league[edit]

A second golden era was in the late 1950s and early 1960s, having won three national league titles and two Italian Cups in four years (1957–1961) with a squad led by Giampiero Boniperti, John Charles and the 1961 European Footballer of the Year Omar Sivori.[59]
From the 1972–73 to the 1985–86 seasons the club, led by their president Giampiero Boniperti and under the successive management of former footballers Čestmír Vycpálek, Carlo Parola and Giovanni Trapattoni, became Italian champions nine times and won the Italian Cup twice, establishing the most enduring dynasty in Italian association football history. Such success allowed it to form the backbone of the Italian national team during Enzo Bearzot's era, including the 1978 FIFA World Cup semifinalist and 1982 world champion squads.[60][61][62] This dominance was extended to the international spotlight starting in 1977 when the club won the UEFA Cup without foreign footballers, an unprecedented achievement for any country’s team.[63] Subsequently, the club lifted the Cup Winners' Cup and the European Champions Cup becoming the first club in the history of European football to have won all three seasonal UEFA competitions.[64][65] Finally, after their triumph in the 1984 UEFA Super Cup and the 1985 Intercontinental Cup, the first title for a European side since the restructuring of the tournament occurred five years beforehand, the club also became the first in association football history—and remain the world's only one at present—to have won all possible official continental competitions and the world title.[66][67][68]
A fourth triumphs era for the club was established in the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade) when Juventus won seven titles in twelve years from 1995 to 2006. In that period, the Torinese club also won one Italian Cup, four Italian Super Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, one Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and one UEFA Intertoto Cup.[69]
  • Torino F.C. during the 1940s in Italian football due of their success in the league championships in 1942–43 and from 1945–46[c] to 1948–49.[70]
  • A.C. Milan in the second mid of the 1950s, having won three league titles in five years,[59] and from the 1987–88 to the 1993–94 seasons in the Italian league Milan were able to win four Serie A titles. Also they were able to secure four national supercups in 1988, 1992, 1993 and 1994. In the international spotlight Milan added three UEFA Champions Leagues in 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1993–94 seasons, three UEFA Super Cup titles (1989, 1990 and 1994) and two Intercontinental Cups (1989 and 1990).[59]
  • Inter Milan During the “Grande Inter” era of the mid-1960s, Inter, managed by Helenio Herrera, won three Serie A titles, 1962–63, 1964–65 and 1965–66, as well as back-to-back European Cups (1963–64 and 1964–65) and Intercontinental Cups (1964 & 1965).

German Bundesliga[edit]

  • Bayern Munich from 1971 to present. Bayern has won the Bundesliga a record 22 times, more than twice its closest Bundesliga contender. Bayern also won the European Cup three times in a row from 1974 to 1976, and won the Champions League a fourth time in 2001. Bayern became the first German club to win the treble in 2012/13 season, winning Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League.[citation needed]

Dutch Eredivisie[edit]

  • AFC Ajax and PSV Eindhoven dominated the Dutch league from 1970 to 2008 with a few exceptions. Ajax won three European Cups in a row from 1971 to 1973, and won a fourth title in 1995. PSV won the European Cup in 1988.[citation needed]

Brazilian Campeonato Brasileiro[edit]

Colombian Categoría Primera A[edit]

  • Atlético Nacional Between 2005-2007, after the league decided to split the year into two semesters, Atlético Nacional won three championships. Two of them being back to back in 2007.

International teams[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

  • D.C. United, 1996 to 1999 (3 MLS championships in 4 years and 2 Supporters' Shields).
  • LA Galaxy, 2009 to Present (3 MLS championships in 5 years and 2 Supporters Shields as first place team in the regular season. Additionally, the team has 4 Western Conference titles and has had great players such as David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.


Division I (Women)[edit]

  • North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer, 1979–2012 (22 national championships in 34 years, 21 of those are NCAA Tournament Championships) This also includes 9 consecutive NCAA Tournament Championships from 1986-1994, and 15 consecutive ACC Tournament Championships from 1989-2003. Also, they boast a 90% win rate, having won 704 games and lost or tied only 78 games.[10]

Gridiron football[edit]

American football[edit]

National Football League[edit]

  • Green Bay Packers 1929–1931 (three straight NFL Championships) [72]
  • Chicago Bears of the 1940s (“Monsters of the Midway”) (three championships in four seasons)[73][74]
  • Cleveland Browns of the early 1950s (three NFL championships and six consecutive title game appearances from 1950 to 1955)[10][73]
  • Detroit Lions of the 1950s (three championships and four title game appearances in six years)[75]
  • Green Bay Packers of the 1960s (five championships in seven years, including Super Bowls I and II)[72][73][76][77][78][10][79]
  • Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s (only team in NFL History to win four Super Bowl titles in six years ('74, '75, '78, '79), 6 straight division titles, 7 total)[10][73][77][78][79][80]
  • San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s. This dynasty is usually considered to cover 1981 through 1989, a period in which the team won four Super Bowl championships (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989) and 8 division titles,[73][77][78][79] but sometimes the 1994 Super Bowl championship is also included.[80]
  • Dallas Cowboys 1991–1997 (First team to win three Super Bowls in four years (1992, 1993, 1995), 3 conference championships in 4 straight appearances, 5 straight division titles, 6 total)[73][77][78][79][80] The Cowboys also had a National Football Conference dynasty from 1970-1982, in which they won 8 division titles (1970, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981), 10 NFC Championship game appearances (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982), 5 Super Bowl appearances (1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978), and 2 Super Bowl championships (1971, 1977). The Cowboys were the only NFC team to win a Super Bowl during the 1970s.

American Football League[edit]

  • Buffalo Bills of the mid-1960s, three straight AFL Championship game appearances and two titles from 1964–1966.[73]
  • Houston Oilers, 3 straight AFL Championship game appearances and two titles from 1960-1962

All-America Football Conference[edit]

  • Cleveland Browns of the late 1940s. Won the AAFC championship in all four years of its existence (1946–49) including an undefeated season in 1948.[73]

NCAA Football[edit]

Division I[edit]
Football Bowl Subdivision (Formerly I-A)[edit]

The problems inherent in identifying sports dynasties are exacerbated in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, where the national champion is determined, at least in part, by poll rather than through a tournament. These polls, however, are largely based on win-loss records, thereby relying on minimal subjectivity. When fans of a sport cannot agree on which team within a league or other organization should be considered as holding that organization's championship, discussing whether a team has become a dynasty is more difficult. Because of these problems, teams that consistently win their conference championship and are frequently in contention for national championships are termed dynasties more often than a similarly performing team in another sport or division might.

  • Yale – nineteen championships between 1874 and 1909 [81]
  • Michigan – four championships in four years, 5 straight undefeated seasons between 1901–1905.[citation needed]
  • Pittsburgh, 1910–1918 – five championships in nine seasons (1910, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918) [1][citation needed]
  • Notre Dame, 1919–1930 – six championships in 1919, 1920, 1924, 1927, 1929, 1930 and an .892 winning percentage over 12 years.[81]
  • Pittsburgh, 1925–1938 – nine championships in fourteen seasons (1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938) [2][citation needed]
  • Minnesota, 1934–1941 – five championships in eight seasons (1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941)[82]
  • Army, 1944–46[83]
  • Notre Dame, 1946–1949[10][84]
  • Oklahoma, 1948–1951[85]
  • Oklahoma, 1953–58[10][86]
  • Ole Miss, 1959-1962 – three national championships in four years.
  • Alabama, 1961–66 – three national championships.[87]
  • University of Southern California, 1962-1974.
  • Texas, 1968-1972[citation needed]
  • Oklahoma, 1971-75[88]
  • Alabama, 1977–80[89]
  • Miami, 1983-92 – In ten seasons, Miami won four national championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991), played for 6 national championships (1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992), finished in the top 3 of the AP Poll for 7 consecutive seasons (1986–92), and set an NCAA-record with 58 straight home victories.[90][91]
  • Florida State, 1987–2000 – At the height of Bobby Bowden’s dominance, the Florida State Seminoles went 152–19–1, won nine ACC championships (1992–2000), two national championships (1993 and 1999), played for three more national championships (1996, 1998 and 2000), were ranked #1 in the pre-season AP poll 5 times (1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, and 1999), never lost the #1 AP ranking during 1999, produced 20 1st round NFL draft picks (including the 1997 offensive and defensive rookies of the year), won at least 10 games every year, and never finished a season ranked lower than fourth in the AP poll. Quarterbacks Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke won Heisman Trophies.[92]
  • Nebraska, 1993–97 – 3 national championships in four years (1994, 1995, 1997), 60–3 cumulative record.[93]
  • Miami, 2000–03[94]
  • Alabama, 2009–2012. 3 BCS National Championships in 4 years (2009, 2011, 2012) Alabama was the only football team to win back-to-back trophies in the BCS National Championship Game (2011,2012) during the BCS system. USC won back-to-back AP national championships.[95][96][97]

Dynasty status is subjective, and is not recognized by any official organization, including the NCAA.

Football Championship Subdivision (Formerly I-AA)[edit]

North Dakota State University has won National Championships in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. During this period of time they accumulated a record of 58 wins and only 3 losses. This is a feat that has never been accomplished prior in FCS/I-AA history. The 2014-2015 senior class will graduate with more Championship wins than losses over that 4 year period. [98]

Division II[edit]
Division III[edit]
  • Augustana (IL), 1983–1986 – Augustana won 4 consecutive titles from 1983 to 1986[100]
  • Mount Union, 1993–present – Mount Union won 110 consecutive regular-season games between 1994 and 2005, posted 14 undefeated regular seasons, won 16 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, and had the best overall record in the 1990s (120–7–1 .941). They won Division III championships in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2012 and have appeared in 16 national championship games since 1993.[101]
  • Wisconsin–Whitewater, 2005–present – UW–Whitewater has appeared in seven consecutive Division III championship games since 2005, winning the title in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.[102]

NAIA Football[edit]

  • Carroll College (Montana) of the 2000s (decade) – 8 straight Frontier Conference Championships (2000 to 2007), six straight national semi-final appearances (2000–2005), and five NAIA National Football Championships in six years (2002-2005,2007).[100]
  • Texas A&I 7 NAIA National Championships in 11 years, 1968-1979. 3 consecutive and 5 in the decade of the 1970s: 1970-74-75-76-70. Lost only 1 NAIA Playoff Game (1968 National Championship Game—to Boise State, now a Bowl Subdivision team.[100]
  • Carson-Newman 5 NAIA National Championships in 7 years, 1983-89. Winning the title in 1983-86-88-89 outright and tied the 1984 title with Central Arkansas.[100]
  • Linfield 3 NAIA National Championships in 6 years, 1982–86; winning it in 1982-84-86.[100]
  • Westminster 3 NAIA National Championships in 8 years, 1970–78; winning it in 1970-77-78. Also was NAIA Champions in 1988-89-94.[100]

Canadian football[edit]

Indoor American football[edit]

Arena Football League[edit]


Horse racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

National Hockey League[edit]

The National Hockey League and the Hockey Hall of Fame officially recognize nine dynasty teams[108][109]

Ice Hockey World Championships[edit]

  • Canada 1920-1961. Canada won 19 (68%) of the Ice Hockey World Championships from 1920-1961 and were silver medalists at another 5 (18%) during the same time period. Canada won either gold or silver at nearly 90% of all tournaments during this stretch.
  • Soviet Union 1963-1990. This stretch is the most dominant stretch of all-time in international play, with the Soviets winning nearly every world championship and Olympic tournament between 1963 and 1990 and never failing to medal in any International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) tournament they competed.
  • Czechoslovakia 1976-1985. The Czechs won 3 gold and 4 silver medals in 8 tournaments.
  • Sweden 1986-1998. Sweden won 4 gold and 5 silver medals in 12 tournaments.
  • Czech Republic 1999-2001. Three consecutive world championships.
  • Canada 2003-2009. Canada had another dynasty stretch from 2003-2009 having won 3 gold and 3 silver medals in 7 tournaments.
  • Russia 2008–present. Russia is recognized by the IIHF as the successor to the Soviet Union and have passed its ranking on to Russia. The Russian team has been competing internationally since 1993, and has been far less dominant. However, many analysts consider the Russians to be in another dynasty stretch starting in 2008, having won 4 golds and 1 silver in 7 tournaments.

Kontinental Hockey League[edit]

The Soviet Championship League is now known as the Kontinental Hockey League.

NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey[edit]


Ice skating[edit]

  • Russian pairs skaters, 1965–1999[10]


National Lacrosse League[edit]

  • Toronto Rock of 1999-2005 (five championships in seven years) 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005

NCAA Men[edit]

  • Hobart Statesmen won thirteen national titles from 1980-1993, including twelve straight titles from 1980-1991.[110]

NCAA Women[edit]

  • Maryland Terrapins won eight national titles from 1992–2001, capturing seven consecutive titles from 1995–2001 and completing four undefeated seasons.[111]

Rugby league[edit]


National Rugby League[edit]

  • Balmain from 1915 to 1920 (five Premierships in six years: 1915-1917, 1919-1920)
  • South Sydney from 1923 to 1932 (seven premierships in eight seasons 1925-1929, 1931-1932; runners-up: 1923-1924)
  • Eastern Suburbs from 1934 to 1938 (five consecutive Grand Finals; three consecutive Premierships: 1935-1937)
  • South Sydney from 1949 to 1955 (seven consecutive Grand Finals; five Premierships: 1950-1951, 1953-1955)
  • St. George from 1956 to 1966 (eleven consecutive Premierships)

English Rugby League and Super League[edit]

  • Leeds from 2007 to 2012 (five League Championships in six years: 2007—2009, 2011—2012)
  • Wigan from 1984—85 to 1995—96 (seven consecutive League Championships, eight overall: 1986—87, 1989—90 to 1995—96; eight consecutive Challenge Cups, nine overall: 1984—85, 1987—88 to 1994—95; seven Regal Trophies; three World Club Challenge Cups: 1987, 1991, 1994)

Rugby union[edit]

College Rugby Union[edit]

  • Bowling Green State University Mens Rugby Team has won 34 consecutive Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship since 1982 (two were won in one year when the season switched from spring to fall)


  • Australian Davis Cup team, 1950-1967[10]
  • Kalamazoo College men’s tennis team has won 72 consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships (1936–2010) with a record of 426-2 in the MIAA from 1935 - 2007.[114] Kalamazoo has won seven NCAA Division III national championships and has made 25 consecutive NCAA III tournament appearances.[115][citation needed]
  • Roger Federer, 2004-2007, Spend 237 consecutive weeks as the World Number 1. Won 11 of 16 Major titles during the period.


  • United States Men's Olympic 4x100 meter team, 1916–1992[10]
  • Kenyan runners, 1968–1999[10]

Collegiate Volleyball[edit]

  • The NCAA Division I Penn State Nittany Lions women's volleyball team won four consecutive National Championships from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2013, and Big 10 Conference championships from 2003 to 2010 and 2013.
  • The Concordia University (Saint Paul) women's volleyball team have captured NCAA Division II Championships in seven consecutive seasons - the only NCAA volleyball program to accomplish the feat at the Division I or II levels. Their seven total volleyball titles is more than any program as well, with the sport dating back to 1980, at the women's Division II level. Their head coach, Brady Starkey, boasts a 306-26 overall record (.926) making him the winningest active NCAA volleyball coach in any division by overall percentage. They have also mounted 9 consecutive conference Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championships (from 2003 to 2011) including 6-undefeated conference campaigns.[116]
  • The NCAA Division III Washington University in St. Louis women's volleyball team were the first volleyball team to win six consecutive national championships, from 1991 to 1996. They have won a total of 10 NCAA championships, including 26 consecutive appearances in the championship tournament dating back to 1987, the most of any program at any level.[117]

Dynasties in question[edit]

Whether a team has achieved a dynasty is often subjective, and can be a frequent topic of debate among sports fans. Only a few leagues (e.g., National Hockey League) formally recognize dynasties, and there are no universally accepted criteria. Most disputes relate to teams that dominated within a conference or division, but either failed to win championships or infrequently won championships. This is exacerbated in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A), where the national champion is determined, at least in part, by poll rather than through a tournament.

  • Buffalo Bills won 4 AFC Championships in a row from 1990–1993 (three times by a spread of greater than 14 points), the only team ever to do so, and for this they are sometimes considered a dynasty.[73][118] However, they went on to lose the Super Bowl all four times.
  • Boise State Broncos football from 1998 to present. At 113–26, their 81.29% win rate is the highest in the nation.[119] Won ten of twelve conference championships from 1999 to 2009, undefeated in conference play in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009, perfect seasons in 2006 and 2009, but has never selected to play in the Division I-A national championship.
  • Detroit Red Wings of the mid-1990s through the late 2000s. Although not officially listed by the NHL as a dynasty, the Red Wings won 4 Stanley Cups in 11 seasons (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008) and went to the Stanley Cup Finals six times in fourteen seasons (1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008, and 2009). The Red Wings had the best team record during both the 1990s and 2000s, accumulating the most points of any franchise during each decade. Detroit won the President’s Trophy for the best regular season record in the NHL in 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008, in all winning their division thirteen times during this span.[120]
  • San Antonio Spurs of 1999 to 2014 led by Tim Duncan. (five NBA championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) in sixteen seasons, six Western Conference titles, eleven division championships, and seventeen consecutive playoff appearances from 1998 to 2014, with a .705 win percentage during that span, the highest in any of the four major American sports) are considered a dynasty by some,[121][122] but not by others [123][124] because they did not win consecutive titles.
  • Lance Armstrong won an unprecedented seven consecutive Tours de France, the most prestigious cycling race in the world, from 1999–2005 and as a result held the most victories ever in the Tour’s 100+ year history.[125]' However, in 2012 he was stripped of all his titles since August 1, 1998, including all his Tour de France titles, for illegal doping.[126]
  • University of Southern California football, 2002–2005 – two consecutive AP national championships (2003 and 2004), appearance in the 2005 National Championship Game, seven straight Pac-10 titles, six major bowl wins in seven years (Rose: 2003 and 2007–2009, Orange: 2004 and 2005), and maintained a 34-game winning streak from 2003–2005.[127] However, USC was forced to two wins from the 2004 season including the Orange Bowl win and BCS national Championship, all wins from the 2005 season, and the Pac-10 titles from both of those seasons as the result of rules violations involving star running back Reggie Bush.
  • Miami Heat of 2011 to 2014, Four consecutive Finals appearances (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), winning the title in 2012 and 2013. In the 2012-2013 season, the Heat won 27 games in a row, the second-longest streak in NBA history.[128]
  • New England Patriots of 2001-2007 - Won three Super Bowls (2001, 2003, 2004), while losing one (2007).


a The 1916 and 1917 VFA seasons were cancelled due to World War I
b The Football League suspended operations between 1939–40 and 1945–46 inclusive due to World War II and planning difficulties in its aftermath.
c The Allied conquest of Italy caused normal Serie A football to be suspended between 1943–44 and 1945–46, though the 1946 scudetto is considered official.


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