Barça break Espanyol's record with 10th straight opening day win

The Catalan club beat Alaves 3-0 on Saturday to kick off their defence of La Liga

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With the 3-0 win against Alaves on Saturday, Barcelona have now recorded 10 straight wins on the opening day of La Liga. 

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They have taken the record from Espanyol, who recorded nine consecutive opening day wins in the 1930s and 1940s. 

Barça's dominance in Spain during the last decade is reflected in a number of ways, such as winning seven of the last 10 league titles (and nine of six when winning on the first day...). 

Since 2008-09, when Pep Guardiola imfamously debuted with a 1-0 loss to Numancia, Barça have been relentless on the opening day. 

Here are Barcelona's 10 opening day wins from the last 10 season:

Season Game Result
2018-2019 FCB-Alaves 3-0
2017-2018 FCB-Betis 2-0
2016-2017 FCB-Betis 6-2
2015-2016 Athletic-FCB 0-1
2014-2015 FCB-Elche 3-0
2013-2014 FCB-Levante 7-0
2012-2013 FCB-R. Sociedad 5-1
2011-2012 Malaga-FCB 1-4
2010-2011 Racing-FCB 0-3
2009-2010 FCB-Sporting 1-0

And here are Espanyol's nine conseuctive opening day wins from the 1930s and 1940s:

Season Game Result
1931-1932 RCDE-Valencia 3--0
1932-1933 RCDE-Real Madrid 2-1
1933-1934 RCDE-Real Sociedad 4-0
1934-1935 Valencia-RCDE 1-3
1935-1936 RCDE-FC Barcelona 1-0
1939-1940 FC Barcelona-RCDE 0-1
1940-1941 RCDE-Oviedo 5-0
1941-1942 Athletic-RCDE 2-4
1942-1943 RCDE-Celta 1-0

*There was no football between 1936 and 1939 due to the Civil War.

Espanyol's run ended in 1943-44, when they were beaten 2-1 by Castellon. 


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