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Team or individual that dominates their sport for an extended length of time
In sports, a 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, but in many cases, whether a team or individual 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.Merriam-Webster describes a dynasty as a "sports franchise which has a prolonged run of successful seasons". Within the same sport, or even the same league, dynasties may be concurrent with each other.
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.
Lee Petty Won three championships 1954, 1958, and 1959.
Richard Petty Won seven championships 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, and 1979. Plus winning a record of 200 races.
New York Yankees: From 1921 to 1964, the Yankees played in 29 of the 44 World Series, winning 20 of them. During this 44-year period, the Yankees had two dominant stretches:
From 1936 to 1943 the Yankees dominated baseball for eight years, capturing seven American League pennants and six World Series Championships, including four World Series in a row from 1936 to 1939.
From 1947 to 1964 the Yankees won 15 of 18 AL pennants and 10 World Series, including five in a row from 1949 to 1953. This is the MLB record for most consecutive championships.
Cincinnati Redsfrom 1970to 1976. Known as The Big Red Machine, they dominated the sport for 7 years (5 National League West Division titles, four National League pennants in 1970, 1972, 1975 and 1976, and two World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. The team's combined record from 1970 to 1976 was 683 wins and 443 losses, an average of nearly 98 wins per season).
New York Yankees: From 1996 to 2003. Led by manager Joe Torre, and The Core Four, the Yankees dominated the sport for 8 years (8 postseason appearances including 7 AL East division titles, 6 AL pennants in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2003, & 4 World Series championships in 5 years in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000). The Yankees also added another World series title in 2009 to make 5 championships won by the Core Four.
San Antonio Spurs of 1999 to 2014. Led by Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili, Kawhi Leonard (who only had a few statistically significant seasons with the Spurs from 2014-17, and played a relatively minor role before that point while winning only 1 NBA Championship with the team) and head coach Gregg Popovich. San Antonio has won 5 NBA championships (in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014) in 16 seasons, 6 Western Conference titles, 11 division championships, and 22 consecutive playoff appearances from 1998 to 2019. The Spurs were able to sustain a high level of consistency in Duncan's tenure with the team. The Spurs won 50+ games every season from 1997-98 through 2015-16 (except the strike-shortened 1998-99 season), as well as a .707 win percentage during that span, the highest in any of the four major American sports).
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.
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).
Division I Women
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 overall record of 314-38 (.877).
University of Connecticut under Geno Auriemma from 1995 thru present (11 championships in 17 seasons, including three consecutive championships from 2002 to 2004 and four consecutive from 2013 to 2016; five undefeated seasons in 2002, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 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.
Canadian University basketball
University of Victoria Vikes under Ken Shields won 7 consecutive CIAU national basketball championships from 1980 through 1986,.
Oklahoma State University Cowboys On the national level, the Cowboys have won 34 NCAA team titles, crowned 141 NCAA individual champions and earned 450 All-America honors. No other program even comes close to those astounding numbers. It's a similar story on the conference level, with OSU winning 51 league titles as a team and Cowboy wrestlers combining to win 277 individual conference championships.
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 to 2010. Iowa also had a dynasty run of 25 straight Big Ten conference tournament championships from 1974 to 1998.
Indiana University won six consecutive NCAA championships from 1968 to 1973 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 to 1985 the Hoosiers won 23 out of 25 Big Ten Championships (every year but 1981-82) including 20 straight from 1961 to 1980. Olympian 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 13-year period from 1997 to 2009. During that stretch, the Auburn Tigers men won five consecutive national championships and the women won three consecutive national championships. In the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Auburn men earned 16 consecutive team titles between 1997 and 2012 while the women took five non-consecutive SEC championships. Auburn swimmers won 18 medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, more than many countries.
The Carmel, Indiana girls swim team has won a national record 33 state team titles, including one that was made in 1982, and also 32 straight state team titles from 1985 to 2017, 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. In 2011 they became the third team in the world to have held all three titles at the same time. 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 1950s/1960s, 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).
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.
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 Karabati?, 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). In 2010 it became the first men's team to simultaneously hold Olympic, world and continental titles. 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.
FC Barcelona Handbol, the men's Barcelona professional handball team, won an all-time best five consecutive Champions' League from 1995 to 2000.
D.C. United, 1996 to 1999 (three MLS championships in four years and two Supporters' Shields). In addition to the MLS Championships DC United won other American and regional titles during this time. In 1996 DC United won the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and in 1998 DC United won the CONCACAF Champions Cup as the best team in North America and later in the same year won the InterAmerican Cup against the champions of South America.
LA Galaxy, 2009 to 2015 (three MLS championships in four 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.
Cruzeiro of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The club won one Brazilian championship (1966) and one Copa Libertadores (1976), appearing on three straight Libertadores semifinals and four national championship finals, also winning nine Minas Gerais state championships.
São Paulo of the 2000s. The team won the Copa Libertadores and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2005 and went on to become the first club of the Brazilian Championship era to win the national title for three seasons in a row (2006, 2007 and 2008). Aside from that, São Paulo qualified for the Libertadores through the Brazilian Championship for seven straight seasons (2004-2010), also a national record. During that period, the team was captained by goalkeeper Rogério Ceni and featured players such as Diego Lugano, Miranda and Hernanes.
Atlético Nacional Between 2005 and 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.
English Football League
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 and 1977 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.
French Ligue 1
Olympique Lyonnais from 2001 to 2002 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.
Paris Saint-Germain from 2012-13 to present in Ligue 1. PSG won six Ligue 1 championships in seven seasons (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019). They also won four straight Coupe de France titles from 2015 to 2018, as well as 5 straight Coupe de la Ligue titles from 2014 to 2018.
Bayern Munich from 1971 to present. Bayern have won the Bundesliga a record 29 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 the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup. They have won the last seven Bundesliga titles, from 2013 to 2019.
Borussia Mönchengladbach from 1969-70 to 1976-77. Borussia Mönchengladbach became Bundesliga champions in 5 of 8 seasons. This has been achieved against strong opposition from Bayern Munich and notably in all three seasons in which Bayern won the European Cup in a row (1974 to 1976).
Genoa from 1898 to 1904 in Italian football having won six Italian championship titles in seven years.
Pro Vercelli from 1908 to 1913 in Italian football having won five Italian championship titles in six years. Also, the Vercelli's club players during that period constituted the backbone of the nascent national team.
A fourth triumphs era for the club was established in the late 1990s and early 2000s when Juventus won five titles in nine years from 1995 to 2003. 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.
A renewed successful era begins from 2011-12 to 2018-19 seasons, where the club won eight consecutive Serie A titles and four Italian Cups in a row (2015-2018), establishing new all-time record of successive triumphs in both competitions. Also, in the league championship, the club was the first in 20 years and the first in a championship with 20 teams contestants to have won a title unbeated (2011-12) and has established the historic record of points made in the competition (102 in 2013-14). During this time, Juventus won also four national super cups and also appeared in two Champions League finals.
A.C. Milan in the second mid of the 1950s, having won three league titles in five years, 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).
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.
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.
Glasgow Rangers--eighteen titles from 1987 to 2011, including nine in a row from 1989 to 1997 .
Spanish La Liga
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 to 1960, and 13 La Liga titles, including five in a row from 1961 to 1965.
The second golden era is from the 2013-14 season to present in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid has won four Champions League titles, including three in a row from 2015-16, one La Liga title and three FIFA Club World Cups
Barcelona from the 2004-05 season to present. Barcelona won ten La Liga championships, four Champions League titles, six Copa del Rey titles, eight Spanish Super Cups, three UEFA 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 UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup. They also became the first team to win the treble twice in European football in the 2014-15 season.
Division I (Women)
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 to 1994, and 15 consecutive ACC Tournament Championships from 1989 to 2003. Also, they boast a 90% win rate, having won 704 games and lost or tied only 78 games.
New England Patriots2001-2019 Led by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Six Super Bowl titles in 19 years (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018) including becoming only the second team to three Super Bowls in four years, three other Super Bowl appearances (2007, 2011, 2017), thirteen AFC title game appearances (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011-2018), and 17 AFC East Division titles (2001, 2003-2007, and 2009-2019). 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 recorded the NFL's two longest winning streaks; 21 from 2003 to 2004, and 18 from 2007 to 2008. From 2001 to 2017 the Patriots have averaged over 12 wins per season and a .766 win percentage, the highest in any of the four major American sports.
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.
Football Bowl Subdivision (Formerly I-A)
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
Michigan - four championships in four years, 5 straight undefeated seasons between 1901 and 1905.
Pittsburgh, 1910-1918 - five championships in nine seasons (1910, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918) 
Notre Dame, 1919-1930. Led by head coach Knute Rockne. He won three national championships in 1924, 1929-1930 and an .892 winning percentage over 12 years.
Pittsburgh, 1925-1938 - nine championships in fourteen seasons (1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938) 
Minnesota, 1934-1941. Led by head coach Bernie Bierman. He led Minnesota to five championships in eight seasons (1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941).
Oklahoma, 1948-1958. Led by head coach Bud Wilkinson. The Sooners won 3 national championships in 1950, 1955-1956. The centerpiece of this run was his 47-game win streak (NCAA Record) from 1953-1957.
Texas, 1963-1970 led by Darrell Royal. Winning 3 national championships in 1963, 1969 and 1970.
Nebraska, 1969-72 . Led by head coach Bob Devaney and capturing consecutive national titles in '70, '71. Nebraska's 1971 team remains the only champion ever to defeat the teams that finished second, third, and fourth (Oklahoma, Colorado, Alabama) in the final rankings.
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.
USC from 2002 to 2005. Led by head coach Pete Carroll, and players Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, and LenDale White. 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 to 2005. They also produced 3 Heisman Trophy winners in Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and Reggie Bush in 2002, 2004, and 2005 respectively.
Football Championship Subdivision (Formerly Division I-AA)
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, Chris Klieman, and Matt Entz, North Dakota State has won 8 National Championships in the past 9 years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) and 9 consecutive MVFC titles. During this period they've accumulated a record of 128-8 (.941) which has included a 36-2 playoff record, a 17, 33, and ongoing 37 game winning streaks. The eight championships in 9 years is a feat not accomplished at any other level in collegiate american football history. The 2019 NDSU team went 16-0, the first team to do that since Yale in 1894. The 2014-15 senior class graduated with more National Championships than losses over their 4-year period. The Bison are known for having one of the top stout defenses in the FCS each year, owning the time of possession, and running the ball very physically. Sometimes referred to as the 'Alabama of the FCS', referencing FBS's Alabama's dominance throughout the same period of time and similar style of play.
Northwest Missouri State from 1996-2016 Led by coaches Mel Tjeerdsma and coach Adam Dorrel. They went to the playoffs every year and played in 10 NCAA Division II national football championship games in '98, '99, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '13 '15 and '16. They won 6 National Championships in '98, '99, '09, '13, '15, and '16. They are one of the most successful Division II programs in the country sending numerous players to professional football leagues that are NFL, CFL, and Arena Football Leagues.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Linfield 3 NAIA National Championships in 6 years, 1982-86; winning it in 1982-84-86.
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. However, their dominance is marred by controversy over their use of state-funded players, circumventing the amateur rules that were in place at the time.
Czechoslovakia 1976-1985. The Czechoslovakians won 3 gold and 4 silver medals in 8 tournaments.
Sweden 1986-1998. Sweden won 4 gold and 5 silver medals in 12 tournaments.
Canada 2003-2009. Canada had another dynasty stretch from 2003 to 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.
Women's Ice Hockey World Championships
Canada 1990-2007. Canada won gold in 9 of the first 10 tournaments including the first 8 in a row.
United States 2008-Present. The United States have won gold in 8 of the last 9 tournaments including the last 5 in a row.
Denver Pioneers: 1958-1964, 3 championships and 2 runners-up in 7 tournaments.
Minnesota Golden Gophers: 1974-1981, 3 championships and 2 runners-up in 8 tournaments. The majority of players during this stretch hailed from the state of Minnesota and eight players were members of the 1980 U.S. Miracle on Ice team.
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs: 2011-Current, 3 championships and 1 runners-up in 7 tournaments. This dynasty is currently ongoing with Minnesota-Duluth winning back-to-back National Championships in 2018, and 2019; the first back-to-back men's ice hockey National Champions since Denver University Pioneers won in 2004, and 2005.
Saskatchewan Rush/Edmonton Rush of 2015 to present (three championships in four years, as well as four straight Champion's Cup appearances) 2015, 2016, 2018
Hobart Statesmen won thirteen national titles from 1980 to 1993, including twelve straight titles from 1980 to 1991.
Maryland Terrapins won eight national titles from 1992 to 2001, capturing seven consecutive titles from 1995 to 2001 and completing four undefeated seasons.
Northwestern Wildcats won seven national titles from 2005 to 2012, capturing five consecutive titles from 2005 to 2009, national runner-up in 2010, and two more titles in 2011 and 2012. Northwestern completed two undefeated seasons in 2005 and 2009.
Leeds from 2007 to 2012 (five League Championships in six years: 2007-2009, 2011-2012)
Wigan from 1984 to 1985 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)
Toulouse 1994-2005, they won 6 Top 14 between 1994 and 2001 and won the very first Heineken Cup in 1996. Toulouse won two more European titles in 2003 and 2005 becoming the most successful European team with four titles.
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)
California Golden Bears rugby , 1980-2017. The Golden Bears have won 33 championships since the national collegiate championship for rugby began in 1980. Current head coach and Cal alumnus Jack Clark took over the team in 1984, and has achieved prolonged success, leading the Bears to 28 national titles, including twelve consecutive championships from 1991 to 2002, five more consecutive titles from 2004 to 2008, and back-to-back titles in 2010 to 2011 and 2016 to 2017.
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 to 2007. Kalamazoo has won seven NCAA Division III national championships and has made 25 consecutive NCAA III tournament appearances.
Roger Federer, 2004-2007, Spent 237 consecutive weeks as the World Number 1. Won 11 of 20 Major titles during the period.
Track and Cross Country
United States Men's Olympic 4 × 100 meter team, 1916-1992
University High School Normal Illinois 2010-2015 Men's and Women's Intercity Cross Country Championships
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 Ten 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.
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.
Dynasties in question
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.
Atlanta Braves Won 14 straight division titles from 1991 to 2005, and won 5 NL pennants during the 1990s, but could only win one World Series in 1995.
Buffalo Bills won 4 AFC Championships in a row from 1990 to 1993, the only team ever to do so, and for this they are sometimes considered a dynasty. 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. 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. The Red Wings qualified for the playoffs in 25 consecutive seasons from 1991 through 2016 (excluding the 2005 season which was cancelled 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, but not by others 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 to 2005. 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.
^Sachare, Alex. "The Dynasties: Minneapolis Lakers". NBA Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2016-05-30. Retrieved . The Minneapolis Lakers are the forgotten dynasty, an afterthought when the discussion turns to the NBA's greatest teams...But history cannot be changed and should not be forgotten. The Minneapolis Lakers were the NBA's first dynasty, winning five titles in six seasons from 1948-49 through 1953-54. Add the championship the Lakers won in the National Basketball League before they entered the NBA and the count is six crowns in seven seasons--a dynasty by any standard.
^Barreiro, Dan. "The Fab Five". NBA Encyclopedia. Retrieved . Led by George Mikan, the Minneapolis Lakers--basketball's first dynasty--ruled the league with five titles in six seasons...From 1948 to 1954, the Minneapolis Lakers ruled professional basketball. They would win six championships in seven years while playing in three different leagues - the National Basketball League (1948), the Basketball Association of America (1949) and the NBA (1950, '52, '53, '54).
^Brown, Clifton. "The Foundation of a Dynasty". NBA Encyclopedia. Retrieved . It is the greatest dynasty in NBA history. It began 49 years ago. It is still hard to believe.
^Puma, Mike. "Sportscenter Biography: Wizard of Westwood". ESPN Classic. Retrieved . No dynasty in college basketball history compares to the monster Wooden built at UCLA in the 1960s and 1970s, winning 10 NCAA titles in his last 12 seasons before he retired in 1975. From 1967 to 1973, the "Wizard of Westwood" guided the Bruins to a record seven straight national championships...Starting in 1971 and ending in 1974, UCLA won 88 straight games, an NCAA record that hasn't come close to falling. Wooden's teams also compiled four 30-0 seasons and won 19 conference championships, including eight undefeated Pacific Conference seasons.
^In addition, Juventus F.C. were the first club in association football history to have won all possible confederation competitions (e.g. the international tournaments organised by UEFA) and remain the only in the world to achieve this, cf. "Legend: UEFA club competitions". Union des Associations Européennes de Football. 21 August 2006. Archived from the original on 31 January 2010. Retrieved 2013. "1985: Juventus end European drought". Union des Associations Européennes de Football. 8 December 1985. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 2013.
^"Joe Stydahar". Pro Football Hall of Fame. National Football League. Retrieved . He returned in 1945 to play for two more years. During that period, the Bears won three NFL championships and five Western Division titles. In Joe's final game, the 1946 Bears defeated the New York Giants, 24-14. It was the last major triumph of the Bears' dynasty years.
^ abcdeShaughnessy, Dan (2005-02-05). "Dynasty". Boston Globe. Retrieved . And the New England Patriots of the 21st century are established as an NFL dynasty on a par with the Packers of the 1960s, the Steelers of the 1970s, the 49ers of the 1980s, and the Cowboys of the 1990s.
^ abcdPedulla, Tom (2003-01-23). "NFL dynasties go 'way of dinosaurs'". USA Today. Retrieved . Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers dominated the NFL through the 1960s. Pittsburgh's "Steel Curtain" rose in the 1970s. The San Francisco 49ers' West Coast offense rolled in the 1980s. Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin made the Dallas Cowboys the team of the 1990s.
^ abLuedtke, Luther (1992). Making America. UNC Press. p. 283. ISBN0-8078-4370-9. These were the rules that Knute Rockne used at Notre Dame to build the greatest football dynasty since the old Yale teams of the 19th century, transforming "Fighting Irish" from an ethnic slur to a badge of pride.
^"College Football's 12 Greatest Dynasties". Sports Illustrated. 2005-12-25. Retrieved . Head coach Red Blaik's Cadets, led by their Heisman-winning backfield of Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard, captured consecutive national titles in 1944 and '45 and finished No. 2 to Notre Dame - which it tied - in '46.
^"College Football's 12 Greatest Dynasties". Sports Illustrated. 2005-12-25. Retrieved . The Irish didn't lose a game in coach Frank Leahy's first four seasons, with two ties serving as their only blemishes. They captured three national titles and produced two Heisman winners, Johnny Lujack and Leon Hart.
^"College Football's 12 Greatest Dynasties". Sports Illustrated. 2005-12-25. Retrieved . Led by head coach Barry Switzer, the Sooners went 54-3-1 over a five-year span, finishing No. 2 in 1971 and '72 before winning 28 straight games from '73-75, capturing consecutive national titles in '74 and '75.
^"College Football's 12 Greatest Dynasties". Sports Illustrated. 2005-12-25. Retrieved . At the twilight of his career, legendary Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant produced one last run of dominance, winning national titles in 1978 and '79 - the first coming on a famous goal-line stand against Penn State in the Sugar Bowl - and finishing No. 2 in '77.
^"College Football's 12 Greatest Dynasties". Sports Illustrated. 2005-12-25. Retrieved . Despite losing coach Jimmy Johnson mid-stream (he was replaced by Dennis Erickson), the 'Canes won three national titles and played for two others over a seven-year span. QBs Vinny Testaverde and Gino Torretta captured Heismans.
^"College Football's 12 Greatest Dynasties". Sports Illustrated. 2005-12-25. Retrieved . At the height of Bobby Bowden's dominance, the Florida State Seminoles won two national championships (1993 and 1999), played for three others (1996, 1998 and 2000) and never finished outside the AP top four. Quarterbacks Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke won Heisman Trophies.
^"College Football's 12 Greatest Dynasties". Sports Illustrated. 2005-12-25. Retrieved . With their unstoppable option offense and a sea of dominating defenders, Tom Osborne's Huskers captured at least a share of three national championships and played for a fourth, all following undefeated regular seasons.
^ abcdefThamel, Pete (2006-08-27). "The Quiet Dynasty". The New York Times. Retrieved . Carroll College, an elite Catholic institution of 1,500 students in Montana's capital, is one of just two college football programs at any level to win four consecutive national championships. Augustana College of Illinois won four consecutive N.C.A.A. Division III titles in the 1980s.
^Boehm, Jenn (2008-02-21). "McClay reflects on his long journey". Arena Football League. Retrieved . He played defensive back at Rice University and attended camp with the Cowboys before making his mark as a wide receiver/linebacker with the Detroit Drive dynasty in late '80s-early '90s.[dead link]
^"Cindy Timchal Profile". The University of Maryland. Archived from the original on 2007-02-07. Retrieved . Prior to '91, the Terrapins' last title had come in 1986 under head coach Sue Tyler, but the Maryland dynasty began to re-emerge almost immediately under Timchal's guidance...The dynasty continued throughout the 1998 season despite an 0-2 start following losses to Duke and North Carolina. That season finished the same way as the previous three, however, with Timchal's Terrapins being re-crowned the NCAA champions, this time behind an 11-5 win over Virginia.
^King, Jason (2008-11-27). "Bluer pastures suit Petersen". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved . No program, though, can boast the national-best winning percentage that Boise State has accomplished over the past 10-plus seasons. Since 1998 the Broncos are 113-26.
^"College Football's 12 Greatest Dynasties". Sports Illustrated. 2005-12-25. Retrieved . The Trojans have won 34 straight games, captured consecutive AP national championships and produced an unprecedented three Heisman Trophy winners (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush) in four years.