List of sports dynasties

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A sports dynasty is a team or individual that dominates their sport or league for an extended length of time. 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. This can result in frequent topic of debate among sports fans due to lack of consensus and agreement in the many different variables and criteria that fans may use to define a sports dynasty.

The most widely accepted sports dynasties are those with the majority of championships over a very long period of time, either consecutively and / or with interruptions, e.g. the UCLA Bruins men's basketball team's seven straight national championships from 1964 to 1975 and 10 national championships during the reign of coach John Wooden, or the Princeton University men's football team 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 they won 28 national championships, or the Yale University men's football team, which won 27 recognized national football championships between 1872 and 1926.[1] The Port Stephens Pythons in Australian limited-overs cricket have also forged their own Dynasty winning eleven Major Premierships from fifteen Grand Final appearances in their 19-year history in the top grade. They have even managed to secure "three-peat" premierships on three separate occasions.[2]

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Auto racing[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

  • Chevrolet since 1958 won 35 of 54 (64.8%) NASCAR manufacturer championships.[3]
  • 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.[4]

World Rally Championship[edit]

Drivers[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Formula 1[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Baja 1000[edit]

  • Honda motorcycles have won seventeen consecutive Baja 1000 races from 1997 to 2013.[10]

Dakar Rally[edit]

  • KTM motorcycles have won fourteen consecutive Dakar Rallies from 2001 to 2015.[11][12][13]

Baseball[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

Negro leagues[edit]

Basketball[edit]

National Basketball Association[edit]

American Basketball Association[edit]

  • Indiana Pacers from 1969 to 1975 led by star players such as 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.[32]

Women's National Basketball Association[edit]

NCAA basketball[edit]

Division I Men[edit]

  • UCLA Bruins men's basketball from 1964 to 1975 under John Wooden (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).[15][35]

Division I Women[edit]

  • University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball under Pat Summitt 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).[36][37][citation needed]
  • University of Connecticut under Geno Auriemma from 1999 thru present (11 championships in 17 seasons, including three consecutive championships from 2002–2004 and four consecutive from 2013–2016; five undefeated seasons in 2002, 2009, 2010, 2014 & 2016. The Huskies set a record with a 90-game winning streak from November 2008 to December 2010, and would later break that record with a 111-game winning streak from November 2014 to March 2017.

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National Basketball League (Australia)[edit]

  • In 2017, the Perth Wildcats broke the record by featuring in 31-straight NBL Finals since 1987, an accomplishment matched by no other professional sporting team in Australia.

Greek Basket League[edit]

Italia Serie A[edit]

  • Olimpia Milano, the most successful club in Italian basketball history, from 1950 to 1974 played 22 finals, winning 15. It was EuroLeague Champion in 1966 and runner up in 1967.

From 1979 to 1991 still Olimpia Milano won 5 championship playing other 5 finals; it won other 2 EuroLeague in 1987 and 1988 and runner up in 1983. Olimpia won also the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in the 1987.

Cheerleading[edit]

  • University of Kentucky from 1985 to 2017 (22 championships in 33 years, including a run of 8 consecutive championships from 1995–2002)[40]
  • 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.[41]
  • Notre Dame Preparatory School (Pontiac, MI) from 2014 through 2017 the girls competitive cheer team won 4 straight Division 3 MHSAA State Championships. The team won 10 of a possible 12 "Mittens" winning the District title in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the Regional title in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and the State title all four years. Affectionately known as #QuadSquad, 7 seniors finished their careers having never left The Deltaplex without a ring, 5 of the seniors having won all 4 years of their high school careers. Coach Beth Campbell led the team to all 4 championships, including a runner-up performance in 2013. In total, 53 different athletes won a State Championship over those 4 years. [42]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

NCAA Division I[edit]

  • University of Iowa Hawkeyes have 23 total NCAA championships. The 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.[15][43]
  • 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 four consecutive national championships from 2003–2006.[43]
  • Pennsylvania State University's Nittany Lions won four consecutive NCAA team championships from 2011 to 2014 and then won the Championship again in 2016 and 2017 to make it six titles in seven years. They were led by head coach Cael Sanderson, three-time champion Ed Ruth, and two-time champion plus two-time Dan Hodge Trophy winner David Taylor.

Collegiate swimming[edit]

NCAA Division I[edit]

  • Indiana University won six consecutive NCAA championships from 1968–73 in men's swimming and diving. The Hoosiers also finished second at the NCAA's five times in 1964–66 and 1974–75, third in 1967, and fourth (twice) in 1976–77. This totals 14 straight years that Indiana finished in the top four teams in the nation. From 1961–85 the Hoosiers won 23 out of 25 Big Ten Championships (every year but 1981–82) including 20 straight from 1961–80. Olympic legend Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals and set seven world records at the 1972 Olympics, was a member of the 1969–72 NCAA Championship teams.
  • 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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High School[edit]

  • The Carmel, Indiana girls swim team has won a national record 30 straight state team titles from 1985 to 2015, making them the all-time best high school sports program in the country. Their 2015 win broke the tie with the Honolulu Punahou boys swimming team, who had won 29 straight from 1958 to 1986.[47][48]

Cricket[edit]

  • Australian national cricket team from 1945 through 1953.[49]
  • England cricket team in the 1950s.[49]
  • The West Indian cricket team dominated test cricket through the 1980s and early 1990s. The West Indian team was not beaten in a test series between March 1980 and May 1995, a fifteen-year span including twenty series wins and nine drawn series.[49][50]
  • Australian national cricket team from 1996 through 2007. The Australian cricket team is the only team to win the World Cup three consecutive times (1999, 2003, 2007) and they remain undefeated since their last defeat in group stages in 1999 World Cup against Pakistan. Their first loss in World Cup came 2011 World Cup group stage against Pakistan.[49]

Handball[edit]

International[edit]

Women[edit]

  • 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 its third Olympic gold medal in a row in 2004, for the first time in the history of handball.[51] 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.[52] In 2011 they became the third team in the world to have held all three titles at the same time.[53] 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.

Men[edit]

  • 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).[51][54]
  • 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.[54]
  • The Sweden national handball team dominated the game of handball in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 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).[51] In 2010 it became the first men's team to simultaneously hold Olympic, world and continental titles.[54][55] 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).

Clubs[edit]

  • 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.[56]
  • FC Barcelona Handbol, the men's Barcelona professional handball team, won an all-time best five consecutive Champions' League from 1995 to 2000.[57]

Association football[edit]

Professional[edit]

American Major League Soccer[edit]

  • D.C. United, 1996 to 1999 (three MLS championships in four years and two Supporters' Shields).
  • LA Galaxy, 2009 to 2015 (three MLS championships in five years and two Supporters Shields as first place team in the regular season. Additionally, the team has four Western Conference titles and has had great players such as David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.

Brazilian Campeonato Brasileiro[edit]

Colombian Categoría Primera A[edit]

Dutch Eredivisie[edit]

  • 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]

English Football League[edit]

  • Arsenal 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.[59]
  • Liverpool 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. 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 Roma.
  • Manchester United from the start of the Premier League (1992–93) to 2012–13. After six seasons of Sir Alex Ferguson rebuilding 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 FA 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, FA Cup and European Cup), and another in 2007–08. During this time, the club finished no lower than third in the Premier League.[60]

French Ligue 1[edit]

  • Olympique Lyonnais from 2001–02 to the 2007–08 seasons in Ligue 1. Lyon became the first French club to win a national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles, including six consecutive Trophée des Champions. It also managed to win a Coupe de France in 2008.

German Bundesliga[edit]

  • Bayern Munich from 1971 to present. Bayern have won the Bundesliga a record 26 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 and a fifth time in 2013. Bayern became the first German club to win the quadraple in 2013 season, winning Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach from 1969/1970 to 1976/77. Borussia Mönchengladbach became Bundesliga champions in 5 of 8 seasons. This has been achieved against strong opponance by Bayern Munich and notably in all three seasons in which Bayern won the European cup in a row (1974 to 1976).

Greek Superleague[edit]

Italian Football Championship and Serie A league[edit]

A second golden era was in the late 1950s and early 1960s, having won three national league titles and two Coppa Italia in four years (1957–1961) with a squad led by Giampiero Boniperti, John Charles and the 1961 European Footballer of the Year Omar Sívori.[66]
From the 1971–72 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.[67][68][69] 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.[70] 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.[71][72] 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.[73][74][75]
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 Coppa Italia, four Supercoppa Italiana, one Intercontinental Cup, one Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and one UEFA Intertoto Cup, leading also the confederation ranking in the ending 1990s.[76]
  • Torino 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.[77]
  • Milan in the second mid of the 1950s, having won three league titles in five years,[66] 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 Supercoppa Italiana 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).[66]
  • 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).
A second golden era was from 2005–06 to 2009–10 getting a record of five consecutive national championships titles won, four Coppa Italia (2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11), four Supercoppa Italiana (2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010) and one UEFA Champions League (2009–2010) and one Intercontinental Cup. Inter was managed by Roberto Mancini (2005–08) and José Mourinho (2008–10) with a squad led by Javier Zanetti, Diego Milito, Samuel Eto'o, Maicon and Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Japanese J.League[edit]

  • Kashima Antlers from 1996 to 2002, won the J.League title four times, the J.League Cup three times and the Emperor's Cup two times. In 2000 Kashima became the first J.League team to achieve the "treble", by winning all three major titles: J.League, J.League Cup, and Emperor's Cup in the same year.
  • Kashima Antlers from 2007 to 2012, won the 2007 J.League title they became the first and only team in Japan to have won ten domestic titles in the professional era. In 2008 they became the first and only club to successfully defend the J.League title on two separate occasions. In 2009 they became the first and only club to win three consecutive J.League titles. With victories in back to back J.League Cups in 2011, 2012 and most recently followed by their 2015 victory, Kashima extended their unmatched record of major domestic titles in the professional era to seventeen.

Korean K League Classic[edit]

Scottish Football League[edit]

  • Celtic—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—eighteen titles from 1987 to 2011, including nine in a row from 1989 to 1997.

Spanish La Liga[edit]

  • Real Madrid 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.[78][79]
  • Barcelona from the 2004–05 to present. Barcelona won eight La Liga championships, four Champions League titles, four Copa del Rey titles, six Spanish Super Cups, three European Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups. Barcelona won an unprecedented six major trophies in 2009, 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.[80][81][82][83][84] They also became the first team to win the treble twice in European football in the 2014–15 season.

National teams[edit]

NCAA[edit]

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.[15]

Gridiron football[edit]

American football[edit]

National Football League[edit]

  • Green Bay Packers 1929–1931 (three straight NFL Championships) [85]
  • Chicago Bears of the 1940s ("Monsters of the Midway") (four championships in seven seasons; 1940, 1941, 1943, and 1946)[86][87]
  • Cleveland Browns of the early 1950s (three NFL championships and six consecutive title game appearances from 1950 to 1955)[15][86]
  • Green Bay Packers of the 1960s. Led by Vince Lombardi (five championships in seven years; including Super Bowls I and II)[85][86][88][89][90][15][91]
  • Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s. Led by Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris and the Steel Curtain defense. The Steelers won four Super Bowl titles in six years (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979), becoming the first and to date only team in NFL history to do so. Eight straight playoff appearances and seven division titles from 1972-1979.[15][86][89][90][91][92]
  • San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s. Led by Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Steve Young. 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,[86][89][90][91] but sometimes the 1994 Super Bowl championship is also included.[92]
  • Dallas Cowboys 1991–1997 Led by Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin aka "The Triplets", (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.)[86][89][90][91][92] The Cowboys dynasty partially overlapped with the Buffalo Bills' four consecutive AFC championships; the Cowboys defeated the Bills in the first two Super Bowls.
  • New England Patriots 2001–present Led by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Five Super Bowl titles in 16 years (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016) including three in four years, two other Super Bowl appearances (2007 and 2011), eleven AFC title game appearances (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011–2016), and 14 AFC East Division titles (2001, 2003–2007, and 2009–2016). The 2007 season also saw the Patriots become only the second team in NFL history to record a perfect regular season and the first to do so in a 16-game season. During this time, the Patriots set the NFL's #1 and #2 record for most consecutive games won; 21 from 2003–2004, and 18 from 2007–2008. From 2001–2014 the Patriots have averaged over 12 wins per season and a .759 win percentage, the highest in any of the four major American sports.[86][89]

American Football League[edit]

  • Houston Oilers, 3 straight AFL Championship game appearances and two titles from 1960–1962.
  • Buffalo Bills of the mid-1960s, three straight AFL Championship game appearances and two titles from 1964–1966.[86]

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.[86]

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 [93]
  • 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.[93]
  • 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)[94]
  • Army, 1944–46[95]
  • Notre Dame, 1946–1949[15][96]
  • Oklahoma, 1948–1951[97]
  • Oklahoma, 1953–58[15][98]
  • Alabama, 1961–66 Led by Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Ken Stabler– three national championships. In '61, '64' and 65 and going unbeaten in '66, and had a record of 60-5-1 over six-year span.[99]
  • University of Southern California, 1962–1979 Led by John McKay and John Robinson. 5 national championships in '62, '67, '72, '74, and '78.
  • Michigan State, 1951–66, Won 6 national championships in years '51, '52, '55, '57, '65, and '66 under coaches Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty.
  • Texas, 1963–72 Led by coach Darrell Royal. Texas won 3 national championships in 7 years in '63, '69, and '70.[citation needed]
  • Oklahoma, 1971–75. Led by Barry Switzer winning back to back championships in '74, '75.[100]
  • Alabama, 1973–80 Led by Bear Bryant winning national titles in '73, '78, and '79[101]
  • Miami, 1983–94 – Led by coaches Howard Schnellenberger, Jimmy Johnson, and Dennis Erickson. In 12 seasons, Miami won four national championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991), played for 7 national championships (1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994), 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. They also had 2 Heisman Trophy winners in Vinny Testaverde in 1986 and Gino Torretta in 1992.[102][103]
  • 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.[104]
  • Nebraska, 1993–97 – Led by head coach Tom Osborne, defensive coordinator Charlie McBride, and players Tommie Frazier, Scott Frost, Ahman Green, Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter and the Blackshirts. They played for 4 national championships in '93, '94, '95, and '97. They won 3 national championships in four years (1994, 1995, 1997), 60–3 cumulative record and went unbeaten in '94, '95, and '97 and won the national title in the same years. The 1995 Nebraska Cornhusker Football Team is regarded as one of The Greatest College Football Teams of all time. They won 26 straight games from 1994–1996.[105]
  • USC from 2002–2005. Led by head coach Pete Carroll, and players Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, and Lendale White. They were one of the most flashy and attention getter teams in the history of college football. They won 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. They also produced 3 Heisman Trophy winners in Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and Reggie Bush in 2002, 2004, and 2005 respectively. Even though their 2005 USC Trojans football team lost in one of the best national championship games in history in the 2006 Rose Bowl, they are still considered one of the best teams in college football history.
  • Alabama, 2008–present. Led by head coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. Alabama won 4 National Championships in 7 years (2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015). Since the 2008 season, Alabama has averaged 12 wins per season and have a record as of the 2016 season of 112-13. Alabama is known for their more traditional style of play with hard hitting, and relentless attacks under Saban. In 2009 and 2015, Alabama got its first and second Heisman Trophy winners ever in their storied history, when RBs Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry accomplished this feat and both won the national championship in the same year as well.[106][107][108]

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

Football Championship Subdivision (Formerly Division I-AA)[edit]
  • Youngstown State 1991–1999. Led by head coach Jim Tressel. YSU won four national championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1997) and appeared in six National Championship Games in nine years.
  • North Dakota State 2011–present. Led by coaches Craig Bohl and Chris Klieman, North Dakota State has won five straight NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision National Championships (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). During this period they've accumulated a record of 83-6 thus far including 6 straight division titles and 22 straight playoff wins. This is a feat that has never been accomplished in NCAA football history at any level. The 2014–15 senior class graduated with more National Championships than losses over that 4-year period.

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Division II[edit]
Division III[edit]
  • Augustana (IL), 1983–1986 – Augustana won 4 consecutive titles from 1983 to 1986[111]
  • 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, 2012, and 2015 and have appeared in 19 national championship games since 1993.[112]
  • Wisconsin–Whitewater, 2005–2014 – Led by coach Lance Leipold, UW–Whitewater appeared in seven consecutive Division III championship games between 2005 and 2011. They won Division III championships in 2007, 2009, 2010 2011, 2013, and 2014. The team has remained a championship contender since Leipold's departure but has not won another championship since.[113]

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 six NAIA National Football Championships in nine years (2002–2005,2007,2010).[111]
  • 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.[111]
  • 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.[111]
  • Linfield 3 NAIA National Championships in 6 years, 1982–86; winning it in 1982-84-86.[111]
  • Westminster College (Pennsylvania) 3 NAIA National Championships in 8 years, 1970–78; winning it in 1970-77-78. Also was NAIA Champions in 1988-89-94.[111]

Canadian football[edit]

Indoor American football[edit]

Arena Football League[edit]

Horseshoes[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:[120][121]

Ice Hockey World Championships[edit]

  • Canada 1920–1962. Canada won 19 (66%) of the 29 International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) World Championships from 1920–1962 and were silver medalists at another 6 (21%) during the same time period. Canada won a medal at 90% of all world championship and Olympic tournaments during this stretch. Canada withdrew from competition against the "pseudo-amateur" players of the Soviet Union for most of the 1970s.
  • 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 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 2008–2015. Russia is recognized by the IIHF as the successor to the Soviet Union and have passed its ranking on to Russia, which began competing internationally in 1993. Russia's "latest" dynasty stretch saw them win 4 golds and 2 silvers in 8 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]

Olympics[edit]

Ice skating[edit]

  • Russian pairs skaters, 1965–1999[15]

Lacrosse[edit]

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.[122]

NCAA Women[edit]

  • Maryland Terrapins won eight national titles from 1992–2001, capturing seven consecutive titles from 1995–2001 and completing four undefeated seasons.[123]
  • Northwestern Wildcats won seven national titles from 2005–2012, capturing five consecutive titles from 2005–2009, national runner-up in 2010, and two more titles in 2011 and 2012. Northwestern completed two undefeated seasons in 2005 and 2009.

Rugby league[edit]

International[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 Men's 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)

Tennis[edit]

  • Australian Davis Cup team, 1950–1967[15]
  • Kalamazoo College men's tennis team has won 77 consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships (1936–2015) with a record of 426-2 in the MIAA from 1935–2007.[127] Kalamazoo has won seven NCAA Division III national championships and has made 25 consecutive NCAA III tournament appearances.[128][citation needed]
  • Roger Federer, 2004–2007, Spent 237 consecutive weeks as the World Number 1. Won 11 of 17 Major titles during the period.

Track and Cross Country[edit]

  • United States Men's Olympic 4 × 100 meter team, 1916–1992[15]
  • Kenyan runners, 1968–1999[15]
  • University High School Normal Illinois 2010–2015 Men's and Women's Intercity Cross Country Championships [129]

Collegiate Volleyball[edit]

  • The NCAA Division I Penn State Nittany Lions women's volleyball team won four consecutive National Championships from 2007 to 2010, including two perfect seasons in 2008 and 2009, and then the Nittany Lions repeated in 2013 & 2014, to make it six Championships in eight years and seven overall titles with the first title coming in 1999; and Big 10 Conference Championships from 2003 to 2010, 2013 and 2014.
  • 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.[130]
  • 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.[131]

Dynasties in question[edit]

Most disputes about dynasties 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.[86][132] However, they went on to lose the Super Bowl all four times; the Bills' AFC dominance partially overlapped with the Dallas Cowboys dynasty.
  • Boise State Broncos football from 1998 to 2008. At 113–26, their 81.29% win rate was the highest in the nation.[133] 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 been 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 Presidents' 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.[134] The Red Wings have also qualified for the playoffs the last 24 seasons (since 1991), excluding 2005 that had no playoffs due to a lockout.
  • 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,[135][136] but not by others [137][138] because they did not win consecutive titles.
  • 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.[139] However, USC was forced to vacate 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.

Notes[edit]

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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