I am looking for a word or a concise expression for a sports team A that over a period of time has a consistent record of beating a rival sports team B.

It is not necessary that A are better than B. Perhaps B has more achievements, cups, championships, is higher in the league's table, has higher payed players, whatever.

But when they play against each other A wins.

In Spanish they would say that "A has B as their sons" (los tienen de hijos). Or that A is B's father.

I am looking for a similar expression (preferably a single word) in English.

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There is a number of options:

  1. Outmatched is most appropriate when:

    Team A, over a period of time, has a consistent record of beating Team B. (paraphrased)

  2. Arch-nemesis. (prefix "arch-" is optional.)
    So A becomes B's arch-nemesis (meaning a formidable/unbeatable foe). Side note: rivalry implies a sense of equality or fair chances of winning for both teams - this is not the case in your example.

  3. The term "underdog" is used especially when a less prestigious/favourable team (Team A) is compared with a "better" or popular team (Team B).
    Team A is the underdog in this matchup versus Team B.
    When the underdog actually wins, it's called an "upset."
  4. Dark horse is a synonym of underdog.

Please note that 2. is more poetic while 3. and 4. are common/conversational sports terms.

Sources: Merriam-Webster for 1 & 2
         Wikipedia for 3 & 4

In the UK if team A consistently beats team B, though team B is clearly the more successful invariably finishing higher up the league table, we can say that A are their bogey team.


Maybe you are looking for the phrase to have someone's number.

Team A has beaten team B in their last five matches. It seems that team A has team B's number.

The word dominate is also frequently used to similar effect when talking about sports.


You may consider the verb "to overshadow", see the first meaning here.


In America we say that Team A owns Team B.

  • A similar slang is pawn: Team A pawned Team B! Or Team B got pawned by Team A. Commented Sep 28, 2014 at 20:24
  • 3
    I think you mean pwn. A typo of own that gained currency via online gaming.
    – Robusto
    Commented Sep 28, 2014 at 20:38

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