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Subject: The bigest news in the USA in the last 24 hours is Irish rss

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With the greatest respect to Cubs fans..

Ireland beating the mighty All Blacks (aka the New Zealand rugby team)40-29 is the biggest news on the North American continent now.

Show me an international team in any football code that has gone 18 matches with out a loss?
As much as I hate to say it, NZ and Australia are bitter rugby rivals, the All Blacks are the greatest international football side the world has known.

Well done the Green Machine..
A first win in history. Something like 110 years..

Highlights here for fans of the game.
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Yes, looked well-earned by the Irish. Leaves Scotland all alone as the only home country never to beat the All Blacks. The Irish have to face a rematch on home soil before the end of the year.
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'moi' "portend" their WON NOW since years ago with purchase of "Ireland" football jersey! Their "Golf"-'hat' even was FREE with 'soup purchase' too! cool
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antiussentiment wrote:
Show me an international team in any football code that has gone 18 matches with out a loss?


According to a website I just found, in (association) football the record is 14 by France, but the real achievement was the Brazil team that won all 13 of its qualifying and final stage games in the 1970 World Cup. They are up there in the all time greats league too.

(And all wins in football is probably harder as draws are much easier.)
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I actually though that we drew with them last year..
so there would have been a draw in there.
But it is ALL WINS..

The draw was October 2014..
Though Australia was the last team to beat them, 19 tests ago..
 
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Dearlove wrote:
antiussentiment wrote:
Show me an international team in any football code that has gone 18 matches with out a loss?


According to a website I just found, in (association) football the record is 14 by France, but the real achievement was the Brazil team that won all 13 of its qualifying and final stage games in the 1970 World Cup. They are up there in the all time greats league too.

(And all wins in football is probably harder as draws are much easier.)


I found this. Unbeaten in x matches.

West Germany - 23 matches
Oct 11, 1978 - Jan 1, 1981

Italy - 30 matches
Oct 24, 1935 - Jul 20, 1939

France - 30 matches
Feb 16, 1994 - Nov 30, 1996

Argentina - 31 matches
Feb 19, 1991 - Aug 8, 1993

Brazil - 35 matches*
16 Feb, 1993 - 18 Jan, 1996

*July 22, 1995 was the 1995 Copa América Final and the 27th match of their Unbeaten streak, even though Brazil lost the Final and thus the Match on Penalties, the Official record only counts it as a Draw since in normal time it finished at 1-1.

Spain - 35 matches
Feb 7, 2007 - Jun 20, 2009


So Spain (and Brazil) seems to be the champs here.
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I should have said winning streak..
~ laughs ~

I googled and Brazil has the longest football winning streak of 20 matches starting in 1930.

Still. The All Blacks are pretty darn good.
 
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Did playing in Chicago count as home field advantage for the Irish?
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I think the All Blacks are consistently the best team in any world sport. They've been top rugby team for most of the last 100 years.

Unbelievable result for Ireland! I've actually only just found out about their win - after Wales's terrible show against Australia I've avoided reading about anything rugby related until now
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