The Most Shocking Relegations in Football History (Part 2)

Yesterday was part one of the most heartbreaking, shocking and biggest teams relegated ever in football history. Check out part one here. Today I present the final part!

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3. Juventus - 2005/2006

Juventus was one of the top teams in Europe in 2006 when they won their 20th Serie A title. The team had stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pavel Nedved and Alessandro Del Piero in the squad.

Things went south following the Calciopoli scandal which found Juventus guilty of influencing referee appointments. Juventus were dumped into Serie B for the 2006/07 season in one of the biggest relegations in history and were also stripped of two of their titles.

Ibrahimovic, Lilian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Viera all left following relegation. Buffon, Del Piero, Nedved and a host of other stars stayed and helped Juventus gain promotion after only one season in the second tier.

Coinciding with a move to a new stadium in 2011, Juventus went undefeated to claim the Serie A title, before going on a dominant and unprecedented run of nine titles.

2. Leeds United - 2003/2004

At the turn of the millennium Leeds United were one of the biggest clubs in Europe with stars like Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler, Mark Viduka and Robbie Keane. Then the club free-fell into oblivion as a result of poor football financial mismanagement, creating what we know as "Doing a Leeds".

After reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2001 Leeds failed to qualify for the tournament the year after and missed out on all the revenue from gate receipts and broadcasting rights.

In 2004 and just three years after their famous Champions League run, Leeds became one of the biggest clubs relegated from the Premier League. The wage bill also spiralled out of control with debts of £119m.

Leeds United were almost expelled from the Football League but they somehow survived and had to begin League One with a 15 point penalty to start the 2007-08 season. In 2020 Leeds United began life back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

1. Schalke - 2020/21

Life in Gelsenkirchen - an area with one of the highest unemployment rates in Germany - revolves around their football club Schalke 04.

In 2006 Schalke had a huge sponsorship deal with Gazprom, which included the owner visiting Vladimir Putin. The clubs stature rose rapidly, mingling with the elites. Schalke even made the 2010–11 Champions League semi-finals including a win over Inter Milan in the quarters.

The clubs business model relied upon qualifying for the Champions League consistently to keep paying stars like Manuel Neuer, Christoph Metzelder, Julian Draxler and Raul.

Schalke would have a disastrous start to the 2020/21 season as the club continued to become decimated by crippling debt. The season would end with one of the biggest relegations ever. After only three wins and using 41 different players, Schalke began the 2021/22 season in the German second tier.


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What a travesty that was when Leeds went down! Complete mismanagement of the club on a level I don't think we'll see again.

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One recurrent topic in most of the clubs is financial mismanagement. I hope other clubs will learn from these teams the importance of prudence in finances.

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Looks like Schalke is on their way back. But it was a very deserved relegation when it happened. The club was unfortunately a mess :/
Juventus was a real shock to me back then but it looks like everything turned out right.

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You should have waited a few months to add Everton to the list

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Wow, I never knew about the Juventus relegation. They must have learned their lesson since.

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