Coventric!


Below, clubs are listed which were never relegated from their national first division after first gaining admittance to it. The appearance of some "big" teams, especially in "small" countries, will not be surprising; but the list was really meant to honour small teams that "won't be moved"; of course, they tend to disappear from the list if one waits long enough: the once embodiment of Unabsteigbarkeit, VfL Bochum, is now securely in the camp of the Fahrstuhlmannschaften and even Coventry City suffered relegation, leaving us with DOS kan niets - zelfs niet degraderen - but they're now known as FC Utrecht. Because of this, for many countries additionally clubs are listed that remained at the top level for several decades, so that Bochum and Coventry feature below after all.

Founder members are indicated by having the year of debut in bold.


Albania

1929: SK Tiranë (17 Nëntori)  
2012: Kukësi

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 30 or more seasons in the top flight since 1930:

 75* SK Tirana (17 Nëntori) (1930-now)
 61  Dinamo Tiranë (1950-2012)
 55* Vllaznia Shkodër (1958-now)
 53  Flamurtari Vlorë (1950-2004)
 52  Partizani Tiranë (1947-2000)
 51* Teuta Durrës (1962-now)
 40  Elbasani (1959-2000)
 36  Skënderbeu Korçë (1930-1975)

Argentina

1913: Boca Juniors
2002: Arsenal de Sarandí

NB: only counting the professional league (since 1931), Boca Juniors are unrelegated 
    founder members.

Austria

1911: Austria Wien (Amateure)
1911: SK Rapid Wien
2009: SC Wiener Neustadt
2012: Wolfsberger AC/SK Sankt Andrä
2013: SV Grödig

NB: the current SC Wiener Neustadt bought the second level license of SC Schwanenstadt in
      2008; an earlier club called 1. Wiener Neustädter SC played 8 seasons at the first level
      between 1950 and 1967 (3 promotions, 3 relegations).

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 30 or more seasons in the top flight since 1911:

102* Austria Wien (Amateure) (1911-now)
102* SK Rapid Wien (1911-now)
 48* SK Sturm Graz (1966-now)
 48  First Vienna (1919-1968)
 46  SC Wacker (Wien) (1914-1961)
 40  Wiener Sport-Club (1911-1952)

Belgium

2005: SV Zulte-Waregem
2011: Oud-Heverlee Leuven
2012: KV Red Star Waasland/Beveren

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 30 or more seasons in the top flight since 1895:

 90* Standard CL (1921-now)
 76* Anderlecht (1935-now)
 66  Beerschot (1907-1981)
 59  Antwerp (1901-1968)
 55* Club Brugge (1959-now)
 50  FC Liégeois (1945-1995)
 40  Union Saint-Gilloise (1901-1949)
 33  Cercle Brugge (1898-1936)
 33  Lierse SK (1953-1986)
 31  Daring CB (1903-1939)

Brazil

   
1987: Cruzeiro      
1987: Flamengo     
1987: Internacional  
1987: Santos
1987: Săo Paulo

Bulgaria

1937: Levski Sofia (Levski-Spartak, Vitosha)
1948: CSKA Sofia (CDNA, Sredets)

Chile

1933: Colo Colo
1977: Cobreloa

Colombia

1948: Independiente Santa Fe
1948: Millonarios    
1948: Atlético Nacional (Municipal)
2004: Chicó
2007: CD La Equidad (Bogotá)  
2011: CD Itagüí-Ditaires    
2012: Patriotas FC (Tunja) 
2013: Alianza Petrolera (Barrancabermeja)

Croatia

1991: Dinamo Zagreb 
1991: Hajduk Split
1991: NK Osijek
1991: NK Rijeka
1997: Slaven Belupo Koprivnica

Cyprus

1934: APOEL
1953: Omonoia
1957: Apollon
1969: Enosis Neon 
2013: AEK Kouklion

NB: APOEL and Omonoia spent one or more seasons in the Greek first division as champions
      of Cyprus.

Denmark

1982: Brřndby IF
2002: FC Nordsjćlland (Farum BK)

NB: FC Křbenhavn haven't been relegated since they took over B 1903's place in 1992; 
      however both B 1903 and the other feeder club, KB, were relegated several
      times (B 1903 three times and KB five times).
    Likewise, FC Midtjylland haven't been relegated since earning promotion in 2000,
      but as they took over the place of Ikast fS (who were relegated from the first
      level on three occasions) after they formed a superstructure with Herning Fremad
      (relegated from the first level once themselves), they are also not listed.
    Also, FC Vestsjćlland are not included as they took over the place from Slagelse BI,
      who were relegated twice in the seventies.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the top flight since 1929:

 36  Vejle B (1956-1992)
 33* Brřndby IF (1982-now)
 30  AGF (1977-2006)
 30  KB (1952-1982)
 28* AaB (1987-now)
 26  AB (1929-1960)
 26  BK Frem (1929-1960)
 23  B 1903 (1929-1957)
 23  Lyngby BK (1980-2002)
 23  OB (1976-1998)
 22* FC Křbenhavn (1992-now)
 20  B 93 (1929-1954)
 20  Esbjerg fB (1949-1969)

Ecuador

1957: Barcelona

Egypt

1948: Al-Ahly
1948: Zamalek

England

None.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 30 or more seasons in the top flight since 1888:

 88* Arsenal (1919-now)
 60* Everton (1954-now)
 57  Sunderland (1890-1958)
 52* Liverpool (1962-now)
 44  Aston Villa (1888-1936)
 44  Blackburn Rovers (1888-1936)
 39* Manchester United (1975-now)
 37  Sheffield United (1893-1934)
 36* Tottenham Hotspur (1978-now)
 34  Coventry City (1967-2001)
 32  Newcastle United (1898-1934)

Finland

2005: IFK Mariehamn
2006: Honka Espoo

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the top flight since 1930:

 51* HJK (Helsinki) (1964-now)
 44  KuPS (Kuopio) (1949-1992)
 35  TPS (Turku) (1966-2000)
 23* MyPa (Anjalankoski) (1992-now)
 23  Haka (Valkeakoski) (1950-1972)
 23  Haka (Valkeakoski) (1974-1996)
 20  Reipas (Lahti) (1961-1980)

France

1974: FC Paris Saint-Germain 
2011: Evian Thonon Gaillard FC

NB: Paris Saint-Germain played in the first division 1971/72, but were taken over by
      Paris FC before the end of the season.  The club had to restart with their amateur
      team, then in the 3rd division, kept the name, the colours and the president (but 
      changed grounds), earned promotion to the second division at the end of 1972/73, 
      and to the first at the end of 1973/74.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the top flight since 1932:

 44  FC Nantes (1963-2007)
 40* FC Paris Saint-Germain (1974-now)
 35  FC Metz (1967-2002)
 34  AS Monaco (1977-2011)
 32  AJ Auxerroise (1980-2012)
 29  FC Girondins de Bordeaux (1962-1991)
 29  Olympique Lyonnais (1954-1983)
 23  FC Sochaux-Montbéliard (1964-1987)
 21  Olympique Marseille (1932-1959)
 21  AS Saint-Etienne (1963-1984)
 20* Stade Rennais (1994-now)

Germany (GDR, East Germany)

1984: Stahl Brandenburg

NB: Stahl Brandenburg has suffered relegation since the unification of Germany 1991.

Germany (FRG, (West) Germany)

1963: Hamburger SV
1965: Bayern München
1979: Bayer Leverkusen
1997: VfL Wolfsburg 
2008: TSG Hoffenheim
2011: FC Augsburg

NB: Hamburger SV, the only founding member never to have been relegated, have always
      played at the highest possible level since their foundation by the merger of three
      older clubs in 1919.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the Bundesliga since 1963:

 51* Hamburger SV (1963-now)
 49* Bayern München (1965-now)
 38* Borussia Dortmund (1976-now)
 37* VfB Stuttgart (1977-now)
 35  1.FC Köln (1963-1998)
 35* Bayer Leverkusen (1979-now)
 34  Borussia Mönchengladbach (1965-1999)
 33* Werder Bremen (1981-now)
 33  Eintracht Frankfurt (1963-1996)
 33  1.FC Kaiserslautern (1963-1996)
 23* Schalke 04 (1991-now)
 22  VfL Bochum (1971-1993)

Ghana

1958: Asante Kotoko 
1958: Hearts of Oak     
1986: Goldfields (now AshantiGold)
2003: Heart of Lions
2009: Aduana Stars
2009: New Edubiase
2012: Amidaus Professionals 
2013: Inter-Allies  

NB: a first national league was installed in 1956 (including all 1958 founding members), 
      but all but two teams (Hearts of Oak and Eleven Wise) withdrew, and no championship 
      was played in 1957.  In 1970 eight provincial qualifying groups were formed, with 
      15 teams qualifying for the final "Upper League".  All unrelegated founder members
      (and none of the other unrelegated teams) qualified for it.

Greece

1959: Olympiakos     
1959: Panathinaïkos
1959: PAOK (Thessaloniki)
1989: Xanthi
2007: Asteras Tripolis
2012: Platanias
2013: AEL Kallonis  

NB: APOEL (Lefkosia) made a guest appearance in the season 1973/74 as reigning champions
    of Cyprus and did not finish on a relegation place (the only Cypriot representatives
    ever to do so).

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the top flight since 1959:

 55* Olympiakos (1959-now)
 55* Panathinaïkos (1959-now)
 55* PAOK (Thessaloniki) (1959-now)
 54  AEK (1959-2013)
 38  Aris (Thessaloniki) (1959-1997)
 33  OFI (Iraklion) (1976-2009)
 33  Panionios (1959-1992)
 31  Ethnikos (Pireas) (1959-1990)
 30  Iraklis (Thessaloniki) (1981-2011)
 25* Xanthi (1989-now)

Honduras

1965: Marathón 
1965: Motagua
1965: Olimpia
1965: Real Espańa
1965: Vida

Hungary

2006: Paksi SE
2013: Mezőkövesd-Zsóry SE  
2013: Puskás FC 

NB: Ferencváros had their first level license revoked in July 2006, after
      having competed in the top flight since the first ever season in 1901. 

Iceland

None.

NB: a national league was installed in Iceland in 1912, but a proper relegation mechanism 
      only in 1955.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the top flight since 1912:

 77  Valur (1923-1999)
 63  KR (1915-1977)
 54  Fram (1912-1965)
 36* KR (1979-now)
 22  ÍA (1969-1990)

Ireland

1921: Bohemians 
1951: Saint Patrick's Athletic

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 30 or more seasons in the top flight since 1921:

 94* Bohemians (1921-now)
 84  Shamrock Rovers (1922-2005)
 73  Dundalk (1926-1999)
 64* Saint Patrick's Athletic (1951-now)
 54  Limerick (United/City) (1937-1991)
 50  Shelbourne (1936-1985)
 44  Drumcondra (1928-1972) [into Home Farm]
 44  Waterford (United) (1945-1989)

NB: for a long time, there was no institutionalised relegation.
    Bohemians played in the Irish League (now restricted to Northern Ireland) 
      before the associations split in 1920, and were relegated in 1911.
    Derry City played in the league of Northern Ireland every season from 1929
      until 1972 before being forced out in the 1972/73 season due to safety 
      issues; they entered the league of the Republic of Ireland in 1985 (at 
      the second level).  They were never relegated in either league until
      being demoted for financial reasons at the end of the 2009 season,
      together with Cork City who had not been relegated since first gaining
      access to the top level in 1984.
    Drumcondra amalgamated into Home Farm 1972; the resulting club (called
      Home Farm Drumcondra in 1972/73 before reverting to Home Farm 1973)
      played 15 more seasons at the top level until relegation in 1987, so
      combined the two clubs played 59 seasons without interruption in the
      top flight.

Israel

1950: Maccabi Tel-Aviv
2011: Ironi Nir Ramat-HaSharon 

Italy

1929: Internazionale (Ambrosiana) 
2013: Sassuolo

NB: Internazionale played all Italian championships since 1908.
    Until their forced relegation in 2006, Juventus played all Italian 
      championships since 1900 (although they were nominally relegated in 
      1911 and 1913 but remained at the first level in Piemonte anyway; 
      in addition, they didn't finish the championship in 1908).
    Cittŕ di Palermo are a new club founded in 1987 after Palermo were
      refused a license for Serie B in 1986.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the top flight since 1929:

 83* Internazionale (Ambrosiana) (1929-now)
 75  Juventus (1929-2006)
 62* Roma (1952-now)
 52  Fiorentina (1939-1993)
 51  Bologna (1929-1982)
 49  Milan (1929-1980)
 33  Napoli (1965-1998)
 30  Lazio (1929-1961)
 29  Torino (1960-1989)
 26  Triestina (1929-1957)
 23  Sampdoria (1941-1966) [includes Dominante/Sampierdarenese]
 20  Vicenza (1955-1975)

Ivory Coast

1960: Africa Sports
1960: ASEC (Abidjan)

Japan

 
1992: Shimizu S-Pulse 

NB: the league structure was completely overhauled with the introduction of the 
      professional J-League in 1992, including a host of name changes.  Of the 
      current J-League members, the following suffered relegation under previous 
      names: Gamba Osaka (Matsushita), Jubilo Iwata (Yamaha), Kashima Antlers (Sumitomo), 
      Kashiwa Reysol (Hitachi), Nagoya Grampus Eight (Toyota), Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Mazda),
      Yokohama F. Marinos (Nissan).

Luxembourg

2005: UN Kaerjeng
2007: FC RM Hamm Benfica          

Macedonia

1992: Vardar 
1998: Rabotnicki
2005: Renova
2008: Turnovo
2013: Gorno Lisice 
2013: Gostivari

Malta

1946: Hibernians
1946: Valletta

NB: a national league was installed in Malta in 1909, but a proper relegation mechanism 
      only in 1945.  No teams have always been in the league since 1909.  Hibernians were 
      in the league without interruption since 1937, Valletta since 1945.

Mexico

1943: América
1943: Guadalajara    
1953: Toluca
1962: Pumas (UNAM) 
1964: Cruz Azul 
1968: Santos (Laguna, Deportivo Neza, Santos)
2011: Tijuana

Netherlands

1956: Ajax
1956: Feyenoord (Feijenoord)
1956: PSV
1956: FC Utrecht (DOS)

NB: if we consider the regional first classes since 1898, the only team never to have
      been relegated since gaining promotion to the first level is Feyenoord (promoted, as 
      Feijenoord, in 1921).

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the eredivisie since 1956:

 58* Ajax (1956-now)
 58* Feyenoord (Feijenoord) (1956-now)
 58* PSV (1956-now)
 58* FC Utrecht (DOS) (1956-now)
 46  Sparta (1956-2002)
 41* Roda JC (Rapid JC) (1973-now)
 30* FC Twente (1984-now)
 25  ADO (ADO Den Haag, FC Den Haag) (1957-1982)
 25* Vitesse (1989-now)
 24  Go Ahead Eagles (1963-1987)
 24  Willem II (1987-2011)
 21* Heerenveen (1993-now)
 20  MVV (1956-1976)

NB: Roda JC have never yet been relegated from the first level but one of their constituent
      clubs, Rapid JC, was (in 1962).
    When MVV were relegated in 1976, they disappeared from the top level for the first time
      since the introduction of the southern first class in 1913 (61 seasons, not including
      inofficial war-time leagues).

Northern Ireland

1890: Cliftonville   
1890: Glentoran      
1890: Linfield    
2003: Dungannon Swifts
2013: Warrenpoint Town

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 30 or more seasons in the top flight since 1890:

113* Cliftonville (1890-now)
113* Glentoran (1890-now)
113* Linfield (1890-now)
 94  (Lisburn) Distillery (1890-1995)
 82  Glenavon (1911-2004)
 77  Portadown (1924-2008)
 68  Ards (1923-1998)
 62  Bangor (1927-1996)
 61  Coleraine (1927-1995)
 60  Ballymena (United) (1928-1995)
 56  Crusaders (1949-2005)
 36  Derry City (1929-1972)

NB: for a long time, there was no institutionalised relegation.
    Belfast Celtic were twice forced out of the league for sectarian reasons
      (in 1920 as champions and in 1949 as runners-up) but never finished on
      a relegation place in the 38 seasons they played between 1896 and 1949.
    Derry City played in the league of Northern Ireland every season from 1929
      until 1972 before being forced out in the 1972/73 reasons due to safety
      issues; they were never relegated from the Northern Irish top level; they
      entered the league of the Republic of Ireland in 1985 (at the 2nd level).

Norway

1975: Lillestrřm SK
2012: Sandnes Ulf

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 15 or more seasons in the top flight since 1961:

 40* Lillestrřm SK (1975-now)
 36* Rosenborg BK (1979-now)
 28* SK Brann (1987-now)
 26* Viking FK (1989-now)
 17  Kongsvinger IL (1983-1999)
 16  Tromsř IL (1986-2001)
 15  IK Start (1973-1987)

Peru

1928: Universitario (Lima) 
2004: Universidad San Martín de Porres
2009: Inti Gas Deportes
2009: Sport Huancayo
2011: Unión Comercio
2012: Real Garcilaso
2013: Pacífico FC 

Poland

1995: Amica Wronki (defunct)
2011: Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala 
  
NB: Pogon Lwów were unrelegated until 1939, but after the war Lwów became part of the
      Soviet Union and the club were not re-created; Warszawianka also were unrelegated
      until 1939 but after the war played at lower regional levels until its football
      section was dissolved in 1971.
    Amica Wronki merged into Lech Poznan 2006.

Portugal

1938: SL Benfica
1938: FC Porto       
1938: Sporting CP
2013: FC Arouca
                     
NB: a national Portuguese league was already installed in 1934/35, but the championship
      was decided through the knock-out cup tournament.  In the first seasons, teams
      qualified for the national league through regional leagues rather than a 
      promotion/relegation system.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the top flight since 1938:

 76* SL Benfica (1938-now)
 76* FC Porto (1938-now)
 76* Sporting CP (1938-now)
 48  Vitória SC (Guimarães) (1958-2006)
 44  CF "Os Belenenses" (1938-1982)
 39* SC Braga (1975-now)
 39  Boavista FC (1969-2008)
 29* CD Marítimo (1985-now)
 24  Vitória FC (Setúbal) (1962-1986)
 23  Académica (Coïmbra) (1949-1972)
 22  GD CUF (1954-1976)

Romania

1947: Dinamo Bucureşti 
1947: Steaua (Armata, CCA)
2005: FC Vaslui
2012: Viitorul Constanţa   
2013: FC Botoşani
2013: Corona Braşov

Russia

1992: Spartak Moskva
1992: Lokomotiv Moskva
1992: CSKA Moskva
1992: Dinamo Moskva
1992: Krylya Sovetov Samara
2003: Rubin Kazan
2004: Amkar Perm
2011: FK Krasnodar
2011: Volga Nizhniy Novgorod

NB: including the Soviet Union, only Dinamo Moskva have never been relegated from the top
    level; in fact they were founder members of the Soviet Supreme League and have played
    at the top level without interruption since 1936.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 10 or more seasons in the top flight since 1992:
 
 22* CSKA Moskva (1992-now)
 22* Dinamo Moskva (1992-now)
 22* Krylya Sovetov Samara (1992-now)
 22* Lokomotiv Moskva (1992-now)
 22* Spartak Moskva (1992-now)
 18* Zenit Sankt-Peterburg (1996-now)
 15  Torpedo Moskva (1992-2006)
 14  Alania Vladikavkaz (Spartak) (1992-2005)
 13  Rotor Volgograd (1992-2004)
 13  FK Rostov (Rostselmash) (1995-2007)
 12  Saturn Ramenskoye (1999-2010)
 11* Rubin Kazan (2003-now)
 10* Amkar Perm (2004-now)

Scotland

1890: Celtic
1905: Aberdeen
2012: Ross County

NB: Aberdeen did not play in the Scottish league during WW I (1917-1919),
      but did not lose membership.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 30 or more seasons in the top flight since 1890:

117* Celtic (1890-now)
115  Rangers (1890-2012)
102* Aberdeen (1905-now)
 80  Heart of Midlothian (1890-1977)
 61  Partick Thistle (1902-1970)
 45  Dundee (1893-1938)
 45  Saint Mirren (1890-1935)
 43  Motherwell (1903-1953)
 41  Kilmarnock (1899-1947)
 40  Hibernian (1933-1980)
 35  Dundee United (1960-1995)
 35  Third Lanark (1890-1925)
 34  Hamilton Academicals (1906-1947)
 33  Airdrieonians (1903-1936)
 30  Falkirk (1905-1935)

Soviet Union

1936: Dinamo Kyiv
1936: Dinamo Moskva 
1936: Dinamo Tbilisi 
1937: Torpedo Moskva
1988: Pamir Dushanbe 
1990: Metalurh Zaporizhzhja

NB: Dinamo Tbilisi entered the Soviet league in its second season, which,
      like the first, was played in 1936.  After the 1990 season they left
      the league (together with Guria Lanchkhuti, also of Georgia, and Zalgiris 
      Vilnius of Lithuania) to play in the newly formed domestic league of Georgia.
    After the 1991 season all successor states of the USSR started their own
      leagues; Pamir Dushanbe have had to withdraw from the Tajik championship 
      since then, Torpedo Moskva were relegated from the Russian top level in 2006,
      and Metalurh Zaporizhzhja were relegated from the Ukrainian top level in 2011.

Spain

1928: Athletic de Bilbao
1928: FC Barcelona        
1928: Real Madrid    
2004: Getafe CF

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the top flight since 1928:

 83* Athletic (Bilbao) (1928-now)
 83* FC Barcelona (1928-now)
 83* Real Madrid (1928-now)
 63  Atlético (Madrid) (1934-2000)
 52  Valencia CF (1931-1986)
 40  Real Sociedad (1967-2007)
 31  Espanyol (1928-1962)
 31  Sevilla FC (1934-1968)
 24  Real Zaragoza (1978-2002)
 21  Sporting (Gijón) (1977-1998)
 20  Deportivo (La Coruña) (1991-2011)

Sweden

2014: Falkenbergs FF

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the Allsvenskan since 1924:
  
 63  Malmö FF (1936-1999)
 42  IFK Norrköping (1940-1982)
 38* IFK Göteborg (1977-now)
 31  Helsingborgs IF (1937-1968)
 28  IF Elfsborg (1926-1954)
 27  AIK (1924-1951)
 21  Östers IF (1968-1988)
 20  Djurgårdens IF (1962-1981)

Switzerland

None.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 25 or more seasons in the top flight since 1933:

 72  Servette FC (1933-2005)
 69  Lausanne-Sports (1933-2002)
 63* Grasshopper Club (1951-now)
 47  BSC Young Boys (1950-1997)
 42  FC Basel (1946-1988)
 33  Xamax Neuchâtel (1973-2006)
 30  FC Zürich (1958-1988)
 29  FC Aarau (1981-2010)
 29  FC Sion (1970-1999)
 27  FC La Chaux-de-Fonds (1947-1974)

NB: Lausanne-Sports were refused a professional license for the 2002/03 season,
      ending their continuous presence in the Nationalliga A since its foundation
      in 1933.
    Servette FC were relegated in 2005 following bankruptcy, ending their series
      of playing all Swiss championships since they were first held in 1900.

Tunisia

1955: Club Africain
1955: Stade Tunisien
1955: CS Sfaxien (formerly Club Tunisien)
1955: Etoile Sportive du Sahel (Sousse)
1955: Espérance Sportive de Tunis

NB: ES Sahel did not participate in 1961/62 due to a one-year long dissolution;
    ES Tunis did not participate in 1970/71 due to a one-year long dissolution.

Turkey

1959: Besiktas 
1959: Fenerbahçe      
1959: Galatasaray   
1974: Trabzonspor 
2005: Sivasspor
2012: Akhisar Belediye

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 20 or more seasons in the top flight since 1959:

 56* Besiktas (1949-now)
 56* Fenerbahçe (1959-now)
 56* Galatasaray (1959-now)
 40* Trabzonspor (1974-now)
 37  Bursaspor (1967-2004)
 31  Ankaragücü (1981-2012)
 25  Altay (1959-1983)
 25* Gençlerbirligi (1989-now)
 24* Gaziantepspor (1990-now)

Ukraine

1992: Dinamo Kyiv
1992: Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
1992: Shakhtar Donetsk
1992: Tavrija Simferopol
1995: Arsenal Kyiv (formerly CSCA-Borisfen, CSCA)
1996: Vorskla Poltava
1997: Metalurh Donetsk

NB: including the Soviet Union, only Dinamo Kyiv have never been relegated from the top
    level; in fact they were founder members of the Soviet Supreme League and have played
    at the top level without interruption since 1936.

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 10 or more seasons in the top flight since 1992:
 
 23* Dinamo Kyiv (1992-now)
 23* Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (1992-now)
 23* Shakhtar Donetsk (1992-now)
 23* Tavrija Simferopol (1992-now)
 21  Kryvbas Krivyi-Rih (1992-2013)
 20  Metalurh Zaporizhzhja (1992-2011)
 19* Arsenal Kyiv (formerly CSCA-Borisfen, CSCA) (1995-now)
 18* Vorskla Poltava (1996-now)
 17* Metalurh Donetsk (1997-now)
 13  Karpaty Lviv (1992-2004)
 10* Metalist Kharkiv (2004-now)
 10  Illichivets Mariupil (Metalurh) (1997-2007)
 10  Nyva Ternopil (1992-2001)

Uruguay

1900: Peńarol 
1901: Nacional 

NB: only counting the professional league (since 1932), Nacional and Peńarol
      are both unrelegated founder members.
    Peńarol were expelled from the Uruguayan association (together with
      Central) on November 20, 1922, after playing matches against teams from 
      the Argentine 'Asociación Amateurs de Football' (a rival organisation to
      the 'Asociación Argentina de Football'); at that time, they had played 
      16 league matches.  In 1923 and 1924 they played in a league organised 
      by the 'Federación Uruguaya de Football' before the leagues were united 
      in 1926 (there was no league competition in 1925); they were therefore 
      active at the top level in every season since 1900.

Wales

1992: Aberystwyth Town
1992: Bangor City
1992: Newtown
1993: The New Saints (Llansantffraid)
1996: Carmarthen Town
2000: Port Talbot Town
2004: Airbus UK Broughton
2008: Prestatyn Town
2009: Bala Town

Clubs with an uninterrupted series of 10 or more seasons in the top flight since 1992:

 22* Aberystwyth Town (1992-now)
 22* Bangor City (1992-now)
 22* Newtown (1992-now)
 21* The New Saints (Llansantffraid) (1993-now)
 18  Caersws (1992-2010)
 18* Carmarthen Town (1996-now)
 18  Connah's Quay Nomads (1992-2010)
 16  Rhyl (1994-2010)
 15  Cwmbran Town (1992-2007)
 14  Haverfordwest County (1997-2011)
 14* Port Talbot Town (2000-now)
 11  Cefn Druids (1999-2010)
 10* Airbus UK Broughton (2004-now)
 10  Barry Town (1994-2004)

Yugoslavia

1932: Hajduk Split
1946: Crvena zvezda Beograd
1946: Dinamo Zagreb 
1946: Partizan Beograd
1987: Rad Beograd 

NB: Hajduk were the only club to reach the final stages (i.e. quarterfinals or 
      final group stage) of the national championship in every season from its 
      start in 1923.  There were final playoffs from 1927 until 1930/31 in league 
      format; qualifying for this was based on regional competitions.  In 1932/33 
      a national league with promotion and relegation was introduced, but there 
      was no championship in 1933/34 and one decided by a knock-out tournament in 
      1935/36.
    In 1991 and 1992 leagues in the five successor states were formed; Hajduk and
      Dinamo are now in the Croatian League, Crvena zvezda, Partizan and Rad in that
      of Yugoslavia, where Rad have suffered relegation since the split.

About this document

With thanks to Lars Alexandersson, Estebán Ávila, Thierry Berthou, Diego Cervini, Mike Dryomin, Sřren Elbech, Eoin Hurley, Vidar Jortveit, Spyros Karasoulous, Igor Kramarsic, Goran Mancevski, Brunislav Matasovic, Gwidon Naskrent, Frédéric Pauron, Heikki Pietarinen, Ricardo Pontes, James Ross, Tarek Said, Martín Tabeira and Andreas Werner for additions and corrections.

Prepared and maintained by Karel Stokkermans for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Author: Karel Stokkermans
Last updated: 21 Nov 2013

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