Thursday 22 August 2019, 01:00

Corinthians women set new world record

  • Corinthians stormed on to 28 successive wins in all competitions

  • It broke the world record held by The New Saints

  • Recent Brazil call-up Millene is on fire

Corinthians set a new world record for the most consecutive victories in men's or women’s football on Wednesday evening.

Dutch giants Ajax, indebted to Johan Cruyff, had held it for 44 years until Welsh outfit The New Saints took it from them in 2016 with a run of 27 successive wins in all competitions. Corinthians nevertheless equalled that landmark with a 4-0 thrashing of Ferroviaria on Sunday, before making it 28 with a 1-0 win over Sao Jose, which completed a 5-1 aggregate victory and sent them into the Campeonato Brasileiro semi-finals.

Millene amplified her lead at the top of the tournament’s scoring chart with the only goal. The on-fire forward made Pia Sundhage’s first Brazil squad this week, along with club-mates Erika and Tamires, who started all four of her country’s games at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

Since a 2-1 loss at home to Santos in March, Arthur Elias’s side have won all 28 of their contests across the Campeonato Paulista and Campeonato Brasileiro, scoring 96 goals and conceding merely eight.

Corinthians’ women’s department was only refounded in 2016. They initially merged with Audax, before going their separate ways last year. O Timão (The Big Team) won the Copa Libertadores 2017 and the Campeonato Brasileiro 2018.

Photo credit: Bruno Teixeira/Agência Corinthians