Mexico's regional dominance at club level unmatched in CONCACAF, globally
MEXICO -- Chivas' victory against Toronto FC secured the club's first CONCACAF title in 56 years -- Chivas beat Guatemalan side Comunicaciones 6-0 on aggregate in 1962 -- but it also helped to extend Mexico's unprecedented regional dominance: Mexican sides have now won 13 consecutive CONCACAF Champions League titles.
The last non-Mexican side to lift the CONCACAF Champions League was Costa Rican power Saprissa in 2005, who overcame Pumas 3-2 on aggregate in the final. The previous year, another Costa Rican side Alajuelense earned the right to represent CONCACAF at the Club World Cup after defeating Saprissa in the final. In other words, since 2005, at least one Mexican side has reached the final of the competition every year.
This is by the far the most impressive winning streak in the region during the tournament's history; Mexican clubs also possess the joint-second longest winning streak, having won four consecutive titles between 1968 and 1971.
Mexican clubs have won a combined 33 outright titles since the competition was founded in 1962 as the CONCACAF Champions Cup. The second-most-successful nation is Costa Rica with six titles, followed by El Salvador with three and Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname (thanks to S.V. Transvaal) with two each.
During the latest 12 years in which Mexican clubs have dominated the tournament, it is worth highlighting Monterrey's three consecutive titles between 2011 and 2013. America has also lifted the title on three occasions during that stretch; in 2006, when Mexico's current dominance of the region began, and with back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016. Pachuca has won the CONCACAF Champions League on four occasions during this period, including back-to-back wins in 2007 and 2008 and titles in 2010 and 2017. The list is rounded off by Atlante (2009) and Cruz Azul (2014) with one title each.
Mexican clubs' dominance in this tournament is also unprecedented on a global level: in CONMEBOL, no country has won the Copa Libertadores more than four straight times, with the most recent being four consecutive victories for Brazilian clubs between 2010 and 2013 (Internacional, Santos, Corinthians and Atlético Mineiro). Previously, Argentinian side Independiente had a stranglehold on the trophy between 1972 and 1975, while Argentine clubs also won the trophy on four consecutive occasions between 1967 and 1970; Estudiantes lifting the trophy on three occasions and Racing emerging victorious once. Argentina leads the way in terms of most successful countries, with 24 titles.
In the UEFA Champions League, the longest winning streak by a country is six years, held by England. England dominated European soccer from 1977 to 1982, Liverpool winning three times, Nottingham Forest twice and Aston Villa once in 1982. Spain hold the second-longest winning streak by a country, Real Madrid winning five consecutive European Cups between 1956 and 1960. Spanish sides are also currently on a four-year winning streak, thanks to Real Madrid's three titles in 2014, 2016 and 2017 and Barcelona's victory in 2015. Spanish sides have won Europe's premier club competition on 17 occasions, more than any other country.
In the CAF Champions League, Egyptian clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, winning the title 14 times in all. The longest winning streak by a country is held by Cameroon, with Cameroonian sides lifting the trophy on three consecutive occasions between 1978 and 1980; twice by Canon Yaounde and once by Union Douala.
With 11 titles, South Korean sides have accumulated the highest number of victories in the AFC Champions League. In total, clubs from 10 different countries have provided tournament winners, so no single country can boast a lengthy winning streak. The mark is currently held by South Korean sides who lifted the trophy on three occasions between 1996 and 1998 (twice by Pohang Steelers and once by Ilhwa Chunma).
There is also a dominant force in Oceania's OFC Champions League: New Zealand. Led by Auckland City, who have won the OFC Champions League on nine occasions, New Zealand sides have won the tournament on 11 of the 16 occasions it has been staged, including seven consecutive titles from 2011 to 2017, the current record winning streak in the tournament.