Every side in English football has been forced to face drop at one time or another — but who’s been in top flight longest?
CELTIC are one of only 20 European teams never to have played in their country’s second tier.
Every single team in English football has been relegated at some point.
Everton have spent the most seasons in the top flight with 114 — nine more than next best, Aston Villa.
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Yet, it’s Arsenal who boast the longest unbroken spell.
The Gunners have not been in England’s second tier since 1918-19, enjoying 91 years of consecutive football in the top flight.
In Scotland, Aberdeen are the only side apart from Celtic never to have gone down.
While, in Spain, there are three teams never to have spent time in the lower divisions.
Unsurprisingly, Real Madrid and Barcelona have always been in the top flight.
And the other is not Atletico, who went down as recently as 2000, but proud Basque outfit, Athletic Bilbao.
Only one Italian team have never been in Serie B — Inter Milan.
Both AC Milan and Juventus have been sent away from the top flight as punishment for separate match-fixing offences.
The Bianconeri were actually relegated as recently as 2006.
In Germany, it may surprise many to read that Hamburg are the only club never to have gone down — especially given their miraculous escapes in recent seasons.
20 European sides never to suffer relegation
Olympiakos, PAOK, Panathinaikos
Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, Utrecht
Benfica, Porto, Sporting Lisbon
Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona, Real Madrid
Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray
They look set to face another play-off to secure safety this time around.
Bayern Munich were relegated just once, in 1955.
Dutch trio, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord have spent their entire history in the Eredivisie — as have Utrecht.
Porto, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon have never been relegated from the Primeira Liga.
And it will not surprise many to know that Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas as the only Turkish sides never to face the drop.
Lastly, Greece’s giant duo, Olympiakos and Panathinaikos have always been in the top flight, along with PAOK.