Promotion & Relegation in Some European Leagues

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Promotion & Relegation in Some European Leagues

Groundhopper Guides has kept you informed about promotions and relegations in English football this past season. Now we turn our attention to promotion and relegation in some European domestic leagues.

Here’s a look at what happened in a few of the other major European leagues in 2020-21.


Champion: Bayern Munich (78 points)

Bayern Munich won their record-extending ninth consecutive league trophy, and their 30th Bundesliga title overall, which secures them with a fifth gold star on their team badge. Per the Deutsche Fußball Liga’s official dress code for kits and team badges, stars are awarded for winning the league title three times (1), five times (2), ten times (3), twenty time (4), and 30 times (5). Bayern clinched the championship with three games to spare.

2021-22 Champions League: Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig (65), Dortmund (64), Wolfsburg (61)

2021-22 Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt (60), Bayer Leverkusen (52)

Relegation: Werder Bremen (31), Schalke 04 (16)

Bremen were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time since the 1979-80 season (they currently hold the record for most seasons played in the Bundesliga along with Bayern Munich at 57 years). Schalke only claimed three wins in 34 matches, and were relegated after 30 straight seasons in the top division.

Promotion: VfL Bochum (67), Greuther Furth (64)

Bochum will be returning to the Bundesliga for the first time since 2009-10 after they won the 2. Bundesliga championship by winning two of the final three games. Also moving up, Greuther Furth will be making their first return to the top tier since the 2012-13 campaign.


Champion: Atletico Madrid (86 points)

Atletico Madrid claimed their 11th La Liga title (first since 2013-14) on the final match day of the season. Trailing 1-0 at the half, Atletico scored in the 57th and 67th minutes to down Valladolid to secure the team trophy.

2021-22 Champions League: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid (84), Barcelona (79), Sevilla (77), Villarreal (winner’s of the 2020-21 Europa League)

2021-22 Europa League: Real Sociedad (62), Real Betis (61)

Relegation: Huesca (34), Valladolid (31), Eibar (30)

After only one season in La Liga, Huesca were relegated after a scoreless draw with Valencia in the final game of the season. Valladolid were relegated after three years in the top tier, while Eibar ended their seven-year stay.

Promotion: Espanyol (82), Mallorca (82), Rayo Vallecano (67)

Both Espanyol and Mallorca will be back in La Liga action, making an immediate return to the first division after a season away. After a sixth place finish on the season in the Segunda Division, Rayo Vallecano won the final promotion spot after the playoff.


Champion: Lille (83 points)

Lille won their first Ligue 1 title since 2011, and their fourth French league title overall, claiming a 2-1 win over Angers on the final day of the season to stay one point ahead of PSG in the standings. The title snapped PSG’s string of three straight league crowns.

2021-22 Champions League: Lille, PSG (82), Monaco (78)

2021-22 Europa League: Lyon (76), Marseille (60)

Relegation: Nimes (35), Dijon (21)

Nimes had been in Ligue 1 for three straight years, while Dijon had a five-year run come to an end.

Promotion: Troyes (77), Clermont Foot (72)

After a three-year absence, Troyes were promoted to Ligue 1 after their championship season. For the first time in their history, Clermont have been promoted to the top division, a club that was first formed in 1911.


Champion: Inter Milan (91)

Inter Milan won their first Italian title since 2009-10, and their 19th Serie A trophy overall. The club remains the only Italian club never to have been relegated, and Inter’s title ended Juventus’ run of nine consecutive championships.


2021-22 Champions League: Inter Milan, Milan (79), Atalanta (78), Juventus (78)

2021-22 Europa League: Napoli (77), Lazio (68)

Relegation: Benevento (33), Crotone (23), Parma (20)

Benevento and Crotone were both relegated after only one season in Serie A, while Parma spent the last three seasons in the top tier.

Promotion: Empoli (73), Salernitana (69), Venezia (59)

Empoli will be returning to Serie A after two years in Serie B, including the 2020-21 championship, while Slaernitana return after 22 years. Venezia finished fifth in Serie B, but defeated Cittadella (2-1) in the final of the promotion play-offs to secure their spot in the top division after a 19-year absence.


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Written By Alethea Smartt

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