Clubs that have never been relegated in professional football

Clubs that have never been relegated in professional football

The La Liga was formed in 1929, and since then, three clubs have been in the top flight consecutively. The big clubs: Real Madrid and Barcelona, are obviously two, and Athletic Bilbao, who have seen some close calls in recent years, are the third.

The Bungesliga’s first season was in 1963-1964, and HAMBURG are the only team of that top flight to remain there until this day. Bayern Munich, for example, only joined in 1965, only not facing relegation since. Bayer Leverkusen haven’t been relegated since making it to the Bundesliga for the first time in 1979, and Wolfsburg have been in the top flight since 1997.


Since the start of the Premier League in 1992, seven clubs have never faced the drop: Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
However, there are no English clubs currently in existence that have never been relegated from the country’s top division. Arsenal are the team with the longest run since they were last relegated (in 1912-13 from Division One).

The Serie A was formed in 1929 (From 1898 to 1922 the competition was organised into regional groups, and since then, Inter are the only team to spend all 84 years in the top flight. Juventus were famously relegated in 2006 due to the Calciopoli scandal, the only time in team history they played in Serie B. AC Milan did play one season in the second division, in 1982-1983, coming back after one year.

Professional football was introduced in France only in 1930 and oficially implemented in 1932. No club that was in the top flight during the inagural season made it until now (82 years) without suffering one relegation at least. PSG are the longest serving team in the top flight.

In Portugal, three teams, the easiest to guess, have been in the top flight since the start: Sporting, Porto and Benfica.
In Scotland, Celtic are the only team to spend its entire time since 1890 in the top flight. Aberdeen joined the top flight in 1905, and have avoided two relegations on a technicality since, the last of which in 2000.

In Turkey, the Milli Lig was formed in 1959, and four clubs have been there since the beginning: The Istanbul big three of Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce, joined by Trabzonspor.

ARGENTINA: Boca Juniors
BOLIVIA: The Strongest, Oriente Petrolero
CHILE: Colo Colo
PARAGUAY: Olimpia, Guarani
URUGUAY: Penarol, Nacional
COLOMBIA: Atletico Nacional, Santa Fe, Millonarios
ECUADOR: Barcelona
BRAZIL: Cruzeiro, Flamengo, Internacional, Santos, Sao Paulo
PERU: Universitario, Sporting Cristal


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