Real Madrid, Barcelona and Celtic among 20 clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues never to have suffered relegation

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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.

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Celtic and Barcelona are two of 20 European sides never to suffer relegation

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.

Neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona have spent a single season out of La Liga

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Neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona have spent a single season out of La Primera Liga

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.

Hamburg will need another miracle to remain only German side never to go down

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Hamburg will need another miracle to remain only German side never to go down

Everton are the English side who have spent most time in top flight

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Everton are the English side who have spent most time in top flight

Arsenal are the English side with longest unbroken top-flight spell

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Arsenal are the English side with longest unbroken top-flight spell

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.

Juventus lost their top stars, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with relegation in 2006

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Juventus lost their top stars, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with relegation in 2006

Atletico Madrid suffered relegation from Spain's top flight four years after winning it

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Atletico Madrid suffered relegation from Spain’s top flight four years after winning it

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

Germany

Hamburg

Greece

Olympiakos, PAOK, Panathinaikos

Holland

Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven, Utrecht

Italy

Inter Milan

Portugal

Benfica, Porto, Sporting Lisbon

Scotland

Aberdeen, Celtic

Spain

Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona, Real Madrid

Turkey

Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray

Neither Celtic nor Aberdeen have ever been relegated in Scotland

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Neither Celtic nor Aberdeen have ever been relegated in Scotland

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.

Ajax and Feyenoord are two of four teams never to face drop in Holland

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Ajax and Feyenoord are two of four teams never to face drop in Holland

Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce have never dropped out of Super Lig

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Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce have never dropped out of Super Lig

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.

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