According to the Naver Korean dictionary, 연패(連覇) means “to be the champion in a row” and 연패(連敗) means “to lose in a row”. So they are absolutely identical in appearance but have completely opposite meanings. Are there any ways like in pronunciation or context to tell which meaning the following sentence has?
우리 팀은 이 대회에서 3연패를 기록했다.
(A) We lost three times in a row in this competition.
(B) We were the champions three times in a row in this competition.
For example, 연전연패 must mean “to lose continuously”.