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February 22, 2019

All-time Ligue Un (France/1st division): List of all clubs with at least one season in the French 1st division (81 seasons/since 1932-33/75 clubs); with French titles listed.

Filed under: >Football: All-time 1st Div,France — admin @ 9:31 am

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All-time Ligue Un (France/1st division): List of all clubs with at least one season in the French 1st division (81 seasons/since 1932-33/ 74 clubs); with French titles listed




By Bill Turianski on 22 February 2019; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.

Sources…
Seasons in French 1st Division:
-Historical Review Ligue 1 (pari-et-gagne.com/[Bilan historique Ligue 1].
-Total Seasons Ligue 1 (ligue1.com/bilanClubs).
-France – Final Placings [all-time 1st division, 1932/33 to 2012/13] (rsssf.com).
-Classement du championnat de France de football toutes saisons confondues (fr.wikipedia.org).
-Ligue 1/Ewige Tabelle (de.wikipedia.org).
-Ligue 1/Members for 2018-19 (en.wikipedia.org).
French titles (Professional Era):
-List of French football champions/Performance by club in Professional era (en.wikipedia.org).

-Links to my other All-time 1st division charts [2018-19 season]
-England: All-time Football League/Premier League (since 1880-81).
-Italy: All-time Serie A (since 1929-30.
-Germany: All-time Bundesliga (since 1963-64).
-Spain: All-time Ligue 1 (since 1932-33).

    This chart is for All-time French 1st division: total seasons by club.

{Click on image at the top of this post.}
Going from left to right on the chart, here is what is listed on the chart…
1). Name of club.
2). Level (aka division) that the club is in, currently [2018-19].
3). Crest & colours [home colours from 2018-19].
4). Seasons in French 1st Division (Ligue 1): 81 seasons (1932-33 to 1938-39; 1945-46 to 2018-19).
5). Consecutive seasons in the 1st division [current/2018-19] – OR – Last season that the club was previously in the 1st division.
6). Ligue 1 clubs for 2018-19 are shown with crest and small home kit illustration [charcoal-grey column down the middle of the chart].
7). Full name of club.
8). French professional titles: Ligue 1 titles [80 seasons] (1933-2018).

The histories of many French 1st division clubs are rather convoluted, and it is disputed whether some clubs were re-formed with the original club’s history intact – or not. So the list here has 75 clubs, and not 77 clubs, because of Montpellier and Troyes. On the list here, Montpellier HSC’s league history (37 seasons in 1st division) includes the league history of SO Montpellier (1919-70/10 seasons in 1st division); and ESTAC Troyes’ league history (17 seasons in 1st division) includes the league history of AS Troyes (1900-67/3 seasons in 1st division). The sources I used that stick to this interpretation are this: {Historical Review Ligue 1 (pari-et-gagne.com)}, and this: {Ligue 1/Ewige Tabelle [Montpellier SO/HSC: #19/37 seasons; Troyes AS/ES: #33/17 seasons (de.wikipedia.org)]}. Worldfootball.net also considers Montpellier HSC as the same club as in the past {Montpellier HSC » Historical results}, ditto Troyes {ESTAC Troyes » Historical results}. You can find other examples, like this Danish site’s pages on Montpellier [est. 1919], and Troyes [est. 1900] {foot-dk}. French wikipedia (as well as German, English and Italian wikipedia) say Montpellier HSC was est. 1919, but the Spanish wikipedia disagrees, and says Montpellier HSC was est. 1974. French and English wikipedia say ESTAC Troyes was est. 1986, but German and Italian wikipedia both disagree, and say ESTAC Troyes was est. 1900. Soccerway.com says Montpellier HSC was established in 1974, and ESTAC Troyes was established in 1986. Rsssf.com says both Montpellier’s and Troyes’ 1st division clubs are not the same {rsssf.com/tablesf/[france]}.

To add to the confusion, en.wikipedia and fr.wikipedia both say that the present-day Montpellier HSC was founded in 1919, and were a founding member of the French 1st division in 1932 {see this: Montpellier Hérault Sport Club (fr.wikipedia.org)}. But when it comes to tabulating how many seasons Montpellier HSC has played in the 1st division, it is claimed that SO Montpellier’s 10 seasons in the 1st division don’t count towards Montpellier HSC’s total 1st division seasons. This site (thefinalball.com) does the same thing…go to the 1932-33 Ligue 1 page there, {here}, click on ‘Montpellier’ there, and you are re-directed to the Montpellier page which says ‘est. 1974′. That is a contradiction. You can’t have it both ways…if the current Montpellier is considered a founding member of Ligue 1, than it is the same club as the one that existed in 1932. Here is a screenshot that shows that en.wikipedia considers Montpellier HSC to be a founding member of Ligue 1 {ligue-1_founders_montpellier-hsc_listed-as-a-founding-club_.gif}, thus effectively admitting that Montpellier HSC, despite re-births and mergers throughout the years, is the same club as SO Montpellier. Ditto fr.wikipedia.org, which states, in the second sentence on the page of Montpellier HSC, ‘les Montpelliérains participent à la première édition du championnat national professionnel en 1932 en compagnie de dix-neuf autres clubs pionniers’.

If you are curious about other points of contention in Ligue 1 club league history, you can see what the web-master at Pari-et-Gagne.com has to say, at the foot of the Seasons in the French 1st Division list there {here: pari-et-gagne.com/bilan}. I agreed with all the points made there, except with respect to Lyon OU, who played one season of French 1st division football in 1945-46. Lyon OU still exists as a sports club, albeit as a 1st-division rugby union club. So how could the present-day Olympique Lyonnais [Lyon] inherit the Ligue 1 league history of Lyon OU, since Lyon OU still exists? They’re just playing with a different shaped ball now.
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Thanks to all at the following links…
-Historical Review Ligue 1 (pari-et-gagne.com/[Bilan historique Ligue 1].
-Total Seasons Ligue 1 (ligue1.com/bilanClubs).
-France – Final Placings [all-time 1st division, 1932/33 to 2012/13] (rsssf.com).
-Classement du championnat de France de football toutes saisons confondues (fr.wikipedia.org).
-Ligue 1/Ewige Tabelle (de.wikipedia.org).
-Ligue 1/Members for 2018-19 (en.wikipedia.org).
French titles (Professional Era):
-List of French football champions/Performance by club in Professional era (en.wikipedia.org).
-Small kit illustrations of 2018-19 Ligue Un teams from each club’s page at en.wikipedia.org.

February 8, 2019

All-time La Liga (Spain/1st division): List of all clubs with at least one season in the Spanish 1st division (88 seasons/since 1929/63 clubs); with Spanish titles listed.

Filed under: >Football: All-time 1st Div,Spain — admin @ 9:45 am

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All-time La Liga (Spain/1st division): List of all clubs with at least one season in the Spanish 1st division (88 seasons/since 1929/62 clubs); with Spanish titles listed.




By Bill Turianski on 8 February 2019; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.

Sources…
-Spanish Premier Division All-Time Table 1928-2018 (87 Leagues) [up to 2017-18] (rsssf.com).
-Anexo:Clasificación histórica de la Primera División de España [up to 2017-18] (es.wikipedia.org).
-La Liga/Performance by club [titles] (en.wikipedia.org).
-laliga.es/kits-for-2018-19.

-Links to my other All-time 1st division charts [2018-19 season]
-England: All-time Football League/Premier League (since 1880-81).
-Italy: All-time Serie A (since 1929-30.
-Germany: All-time Bundesliga (since 1963-64).

    This chart is for All-time Spanish 1st division: total seasons by club.

{Click on image at the top of this post.}
Going from left to right on the chart, here is what is listed on the chart…
1). Name of club.
2). Level (aka division) that the club is in, currently [2018-19].
3). Crest & colours [home colours from 2018-19].
4). Seasons in Spanish 1st Division (La Liga): 88 seasons (1929 to 1935-36; 1939-40 to 2018-19).
5). Consecutive seasons in the 1st division [current/2018-19] – OR – Last season that the club was previously in the 1st division.
6). La Liga clubs for 2018-19 are shown with crest and small home kit illustration [tan column down the middle of the chart].
7). Full name of club.
8). La Liga titles: Spanish titles [87 seasons] (1929-2018). Only 9 clubs have won the Spanish title.

There are 63 clubs that have played in the Spanish first division since it was established in 1929. Three clubs that were founding members have played all 88 seasons, and have never been relegated – Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Athletic Club [Bilbao]. Ten clubs that have played in the Spanish 1st division are defunct.

Below are the 25 clubs in Spain with the most seasons played in the Spanish 1st division (La Liga)…
List below includes 4 things:
1) Seasons in 1st Division [divisional status in 2018-19 is noted, if club is not currently in 1st Div]. 2) Location. 3) Colours. 4) Average attendance (and attendance-change from 2017-18) {figures from 7 Feb 2019; source: soccerway.com }.

Joint-1st: Athletic Club [Bilbao]. 88 seasons. From Bilbao, the capital and largest city in the Basque Country. Colours: Red-and-White stripes with Black. 40.6 K per game (up +3.2 K).

Joint-1st: Barcelona. 88 seasons. From Barcelona, the 2nd-largest city in Spain, and the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia; they are located in the western part of the city, in the district of Les Corts. Colours: Dark-Blue-and-Garnet-Red stripes with Gold trim. 73.8 K per game (highest-drawing club in Spain) (up +8.0 K).

Joint-1st: Real Madrid. 88 seasons. From Madrid, the largest city and capital of Spain; they are located in the wealthy Chamartín district in downtown Madrid. Colours: All-White with various random trim colours. 62.3 K per game (2nd-highest-drawing club in Spain) (down -3.2 K).

Joint-4th: Valencia. 84 seasons. From Valencia, the 3rd-largest city in Spain, and the capital of the the autonomous community of Valencia. Colours: White with Black. 39.3 K per game (up +0.6 K).

Joint-4th: Espanyol. 84 seasons. From Cornellà de Llobregat, which is in the south-west of Greater Barcelona. Colours: Blue-and-White stripes. 18.6 K per game (up +0.9 K).

6th: Atlético Madrid. 82 seasons. From Madrid, located east of the city-centre, in the Rosas neighborhood of the San Blas-Canillejas district. Colours: Red-and-White stripes with Blue. 57.0 K per game (up +1.5 K).

7th: Sevilla. 75 seasons. From Seville, the 4th-largest city in Spain, and the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia. Colours: All-White with Red trim and Black socks. 36.4 K per game (up +3.3 K).

8th: Real Sociedad. 72 seasons. From the city of San Sebastián, in the Basque Country, about 12 miles (20 km) from the French border. Colours: Blue-and-White stripes. 22.3 K per game (up +2.6 K).

9th: Zaragoza. 58 seasons. [Currently in the 2nd division.] From Zaragoza, in the autonomous community of Aragorn (in northeastern Spain). Colours: White with Dark-Blue. 20.9 K per game [highest-draw in the 2nd division] (up +2.2 K).

Joint-10th: Celta Vigo. 53 seasons. From Vigo, in the autonomous community of Galicia, in northwest Spain. Colours: Pale Blue with White. 16.2 K per game (up +0.5 K).

Joint-10th: Betis. 53 seasons. From Seville, Andalusia. Colours: Bright-Green and White. 47.2 K per game [4th-highest-drawing team in Spain, currently] (up +0.7 K).

12th: Deportivo La Coruña. 46 seasons. [Relegated in 2018, and currently in the 2nd division.] From A Coruña, in Galicia, in northwest Spain. Colours: Blue-and-White stripes. 16.6 K per game (down -4.0 K).

13th: Racing Santander. 44 seasons. [Currently in the 3rd division.] From Santander, the capital of the autonomous community of Cantabria, on the north coast of Spain. Colours: Green with Black. Their current attendance is unavailable, because the Spanish 3rd division does not report attendance figures.

14th: Valladolid. 43 seasons. [Promoted to 1st division in 2018.] From Valladolid, in the autonomous community of Castile and León (which is in north-central Spain). Colours: Pale-Purple-and-White stripes. 18.2 K per game (up +7.7 K).

15th: Sporting Gijón. 42 seasons. [Currently in the 2nd division.] From Gijón, the largest city in the autonomous community of Asturias (in northern Spain). Colours: Red-and-White stripes with Blue. 19.3 K per game (down -1.3 K).

16th: Oviedo. 38 seasons. [Currently in the 2nd division.] From Oviedo, the capital of Asturias (in northern Spain). Colours: Blue with White. 13.9 K per game (about the same as last season).

17th: Osasuna. 37 seasons. [Currently in the 2nd division.] From Pamplona, Navarre (which is the capital of the autonomous community of Navarre, and is the 2nd-largest city in the Greater Basque cultural region). Colours: Red with Dark-Blue. 13.9 K (up about 0.1 K).

18th: Las Palmas. 34 seasons. [Relegated in 2018, and currently in the 2nd division.] From the Canary Islands (in the Atlantic Ocean, located about 60 miles (~100 km) west of Morocco]. Colours: Yellow with Blue. 13.7 K per game (down -2.3 k).

19th: Mallorca. 27 seasons. [Currently in the 2nd division; promoted from 3rd div in 2018.] From Palma, which is in the Balearic Islands (an archipelago off the coast of eastern Spain in the Mediterranean Sea). Colours: Red with Black. 7.5 K per game (attendance change from 2017-18 unavailable, due to Mallorca being in the 3rd tier last season).

20th: Granada. 23 seasons. [Currently in the 2nd division.] From Granada, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalusia. Colours: Red-and-White stripes with Blue. 10.1 K per game (down -0.7 K).

21st: Elche. 21 seasons. [Currently in the 2nd division; promoted from 3rd div in 2018.] From Elche, which is in the southern part of the Valencian autonomous community. Colours: White with Green trim. 9.6 K per game (attendance change from 2017-18 unavailable, due to Elche being in the 3rd tier last season).

Joint-22nd: Hércules. 20 seasons. [Currently in the 3rd division.] From Alicante, a city in the southern part of the Valencian autonomous community. Colours: Blue-and-White with Black. Their current attendance is unavailable, because the Spanish 3rd division does not report attendance figures.

Joint-22nd: CD Málaga (1904-92/defunct). 20 seasons. Club was dissolved in 1992; replaced by current-2nd-division side CF Málaga (who have played 17 seasons in the Spanish 1st division).

24th: Villarreal. 19 seasons. From the small city of Villarreal (population of around 51,000), located about 40 miles (65 km) north of Valencia. Colours: All-Yellow with Blue trim. 16.3 K per game (down -0.3 K).

25th: Rayo Vallecano. 18 seasons. [Promoted to 1st division in 2018.] From the neighborhood of Vallecas, in Punte de Vallecas, which is a district in the southeast of Madrid. Colours: White-with-Red-sash and Black. 11.8 K per game (up +2.4 K).

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Thanks to all at the links below…
Sources:
-Spanish Premier Division All-Time Table 1928-2018 (87 Leagues) [up to 2017-18] (rsssf.com).
-Anexo:Clasificación histórica de la Primera División de España [up to 2017-18] (es.wikipedia.org).
-La Liga/Performance by club [titles] (en.wikipedia.org).
-laliga.es/kits-for-2018-19.
-Small kit illustrations from each team’s page at en.wikipedia.org.

December 22, 2018

All-time Serie A (Italy/1st division): List of all clubs with at least one season in the Italian 1st division (87 seasons/since 1929-30/66 clubs); with Italian titles listed.

Filed under: >Football: All-time 1st Div,Italy — admin @ 11:01 am

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All-time Serie A (Italy/1st division): List of all clubs with at least one season in the Italian 1st division (87 seasons/since 1929-30/66 clubs); with Italian titles listed




By Bill Turianski on 22 December 2018; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.

This chart for Italy here is similar to the one I made for England, earlier this year {here: England, 1st division – all-time: List of all clubs with at least one season in the English 1st division (120 seasons/since 1888-89/65 clubs).; with English titles listed.

This chart here is in the same template as the chart I recently made, for Germany {here: All-time Bundesliga (Germany/1st division): Chart of all clubs with at least one season in the German 1st division (56 seasons/since 1963-64/55 clubs); with German titles listed.

The chart here shows the list of all clubs that have played in the Italian 1st division (Serie A).
There are 66 clubs who have played in Serie A, since it was instituted in 1929-30. (2018-19 is the 87th season of Serie A.)
Going from left to right on the chart, here is what is listed on the chart…
1). Name of club.
2). Level (aka division) that the club is in, currently [2018-19]. Levels are shown at the foot of the chart. Also, there is a small chart further below here which shows all 9 levels in the Italian football pyramid.
3). Crest & colours [home colours from 2018-19].
4). Seasons in Italian 1st Division (Serie A): 87 seasons (1929-30 to 1942-43; 1946-47 to 2018-19).
5). Consecutive seasons in the 1st division [current/2018-19] – OR – Last season that the club was previously in the 1st Division.
6). Serie A clubs for 2018-19 are shown with crest and small home kit illustration [grey column down the middle of the chart].
7). Full name of club.
8). Italian titles: Italian titles [113 seasons] (1898-1915; 1920-1943; 1946-2018). (FIGC season 1921-22 not included. No title awarded in 1927 [Torino stripped of title]. No title awarded in 2005 [Juventus stripped of title].)

Here are the 20 all-time longest-serving clubs of Serie A (2018-19 is the 87th season of Italian 1st division football)…
with city-location and home average attendance from 20 Dec. 2019. 5 clubs below are not in Serie A in 2018-19, and their current divisional status is noted.
1). 87 seasons: Internazionale. Milan, Lombardy. Drawing 62.0 K (highest attendance in Italy, currently).
=2). 86 seasons: Roma. Rome, Lazio. Drawing 38.8 K (4th-highest).
=2). 86 seasons: Juventus. Turin, Piedmont. Drawing 39.9 K (3rd-highest).
4). 85 seasons: Milan. Milan, Lombardy. Drawing 38.8 K (4th-highest).
5). 81 seasons: Fiorentina. Florence, Tuscany. Drawing 31.4 K (7th-highest)
6). 76 seasons: Lazio. Rome, Lazio. Drawing 32.6 K (5th-highest).
7). 75 seasons: Torino. Turin, Piedmont. Drawing 19.2 K (12th-highest).
8). 73 seasons: Napoli. Naples, Campania. Drawing 31.7 K (6th-highest).
9). 72 seasons: Bologna. Bologna, Emilia-Romagna. Drawing 21.5 K (9th-highest).
10). 62 seasons: Sampdoria. Genoa, Liguria. Drawing 19.3 K (11th-highest).
11). 58 seasons: Atalanta. Bergamo, Lombardy. Drawing 18.6 K (13th-highest).
12). 52 seasons: Genoa. Genoa, Liguria. Drawing 22.0 K (8th-highest).
13). 46 seasons: Udinese. Udine, Friuli-Venezia Guilia. Drawing 21.3 K (10th-highest).
14). 39 seasons: Cagliari. Cagliari, Island of Sardinia. Drawing 15.3 K (15th-highest).
=15). 30 seasons: Bari. Bari, Apulia. Attendance unavailable due to Bari currently playing in the amateur 4th division (Serie D).
=15). 30 seasons: Vicenza. Vicenza, Veneto. Drawing 8.3 K in the 3rd division (Serie C/Group B) [2nd-highest in the 3rd div].
17). 29 seasons: Palermo. Palermo, Island of Sicily. Drawing 13.2 K in the 2nd division (Serie B) [highest-draw in 2nd division & 16th-highest overall].
18). 28 Seasons: Hellas Verona. Verona, Veneto. Drawing 10.5 K in the 2nd division [5th-highest-draw in 2nd division & 24th-highest overall].
19). 26 seasons: Triestina. Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Guilia. Drawing 4.3 K in the 3rd division (Serie C).
20). 25 seasons: Parma. Parma, Emilia-Romagna. Drawing 15.5 K (14th-highest).
Attendance data from soccerway.com/[Serie A].

I will have an All-time 1st Division chart (like this one), for Spain, in February.

Levels in the Italian Football Pyramid
(Top 3 levels are professional. Top 2 levels are national leagues; 3rd level is comprised of 3 regional groups. Amateur from the 4th level, down to the 9th level)…
A=1st Division: Serie A.
B=2nd Division: Serie B.
C=3rd Division: Serie C.
D=4th Div (1st-amateur): Serie D.
5th Div (2nd-amateur): Eccellenza.
6th Div (3rd-amatuer): Promozione.
7th Div (4th-amateur): Prima Categoria.
8th Div (5th-amateur): Seconda Categoria.
9th Div (6th-amateur): Terza Categoria.

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Data from it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campionato_italiano_di_calcio#Piramide_attuale.

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Thanks to all at the links below…
Sources:
-Serie A/Seasons in Serie A (en.wikipedia.org).
-Italy – Serie A All-Time Table 1929/30-2017/18 (rsssf.com).
-List of Italian football champions/Clubs (en.wikipedia.org).
-Small kit illustrations from each team’s page at en.wikipedia.org.

October 25, 2018

All-time Bundesliga (Germany/1st division): Chart of all clubs with at least one season in the German 1st division (56 seasons/since 1963-64/55 clubs); with German titles listed.

Filed under: >Football: All-time 1st Div,Germany — admin @ 9:50 am

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List: All-time Bundesliga + German titles



By Bill Turianski on 25 October 2018; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.

Sources…
-Germany – Bundesliga All-Time Tables 1963/64-2017/18 (rsssf.com).
-All-time Bundesliga table;
-List of German football champions/Performance by club;
-Bundesliga (en.wikipedia.org).
-Small kit illustrations from each team’s page at en.wikipedia.org.

This chart is similar to the one I made for England earlier this year {here: England, 1st division – all-time: List of all clubs with at least one season in the English 1st division (120 seasons/since 1888-89/65 clubs).}.

The German chart here is a bit more complicated than the England chart. That is because Germany did not have a country-wide national (pro) league until the Bundesliga was instituted in 1963-64. Before that, starting in 1903, the German football title was decided by round-robin tournaments with representative teams from the several regional leagues. So unlike in England, in Germany, there were national football titles long before there was a national 1st division league.

There are 7 clubs that won German titles in the pre-Bundesliga era (1903-63), that ended up never playing in the Bundesliga. Those clubs are shown in the section at the foot of the chart. Most of these clubs have evolved into small and amateur lower-leagues clubs. The exceptions are Holstein Kiel, a 2nd division side; and Austrian club Rapid Vienna. (SK Rapid Vienna [Wein] played in the German football system from 1938-45; Rapid Vienna currently play in the Austrian Bundesliga [Div I, Austria].)

There are a few other things different on this All-time-1st-Div-Germany list than on the All-time-1st-Div-England list…
A). At the centre of the chart, I combined two columns: the column for “Consecutive Seasons in the 1st Division” is now combined with the column for “Last season that the club was previously in the 1st Division”. I combined them because it is an either/or situation.
B). I had to scrap the column, at the right-centre of the chart, that shows a segment of the jersey worn by each club from the most recent season that the club was in the 1st division {via historicalkits.co.uk}. I had to scrap that because, to my knowledge, no such imagery exists online for any country on the Continent. So I had to settle for the primitive kit illustrations that Wikipedia uses for football clubs. The plus side of this is that it is easier to tell which clubs on the chart are currently [2018-19] in the top flight.
C). Clubs are listed with their most popularly-used name at the far left of the chart, and with their full name at the far right of the chart.

I will continue on with this format with All-time-1st-Div-Italy, to be posted in mid-December 2018. All posts in this format will be in the new category >Football: All-time 1st Div, which can be found near the very top-right of the Categories list.

I also have ones ready for All-time-1st-Div-France (to be posted in mid-January 2019), plus one for All-time-1st-Div-Spain.

Below: the 10 clubs in German football with the most seasons spent in the Bundesliga…
Sources: club-membership numbers from worldfootball.net/competition/bundesliga, in the Profile section on each club’s page there; attendance figures from european-football-statistics.co.uk/attn.htm; population figures from en.wikipedia.org.
Joint-1st. Werder Bremen (55 of 56 Bundesliga seasons). A founding member of the Bundesliga in 1963-64, Werder Bremen are from Bremen, which is a city-state in the northwest of Germany. (Bremen is one of 3 city-states in Germany, and is the smallest of the 16 federal states of Germany.) Bremen has a population of around 568,000 and a metro-area population of around 2.4 million {2017 figures}. Werder Bremen claims 36,500 members, which is slightly less their recent average attendances (Bremen drew 38.7 K last season and drew 40.8 K in 2016-17). Werder Bremen have only been relegated once, in 1980, and they bounced straight back to the Bundesliga the following year. Werder Bremen have won 4 German titles (1965, 1988, 1993, 2004). Werder Bremen wear Blue/Green-with-White.

Joint-1st. Hamburg (55 of 56 Bundesliga seasons.) A founding member of the Bundesliga, Hamburger SV are from the city-state of Hamburg in northwest Germany. (Hamburg is the 2nd-largest city in Germany after Berlin.) For years, Hamburg took pride in the fact that they were the sole German club to have played in every season of the Bundesliga. They even had a clock at their stadium which displayed how long, consecutively, they had been in the top flight. As the decade of the 2010s wore on, that clock became an albatross on the shoulders of the team. {See this article from the New York Times from Feb. 2017, Time and a Relentless Clock Weigh on Hamburg Soccer Team (by Andrew Keh at nytimes.com/soccer).} And so the relegation that Hamburg had been flirting with for years, became a reality, in the spring of 2018. Hamburg have won 6 German titles (1923, 1928, 1957, 1976, 1980, 1983). That last title in 1983 coincided with their winning of the 1983 European Cup. Hamburg sport a flag-shaped blue crest which features a black and white diamond, but despite that, their primary colour is red: they wear White-and-Red-with-Blue-socks.

3rd. Bayern Munich (54 of 56 Bundesliga seasons). Fußball-Club Bayern München are called Bayern Munich in the Anglophone world. In Germany, because of the giant shadow they cast – and all the drama they create, and all the self-entitlement they project – they are often called FC Hollywood. Bayern Munich are basically one of the most successful football clubs in the world, with 28 German titles [the most by far] and 4 European titles (last in 2013). They could easily be called the New York Yankees of Germany. Bayern Munich have the most club-members by far in Germany – over 290,000. Bayern Munich are the second-best-drawing club in Germany (behind only Dortmund), and they always play to 100% capacity, drawing exactly 75 K, in their space-age Allianz Arena (or so they say). The odd thing is, the club was not selected to join the inaugural season of the Bundesliga in 1963-64. That was because of the rule which stipulated that only one club per city could be part of the first Bundesliga…and at that point in the mid-1960s, the now-3rd-division club 1860 Munich was the most successful club from the Bavarian city of Munich. Bayern Munich did not join the Bundesliga until the 3rd season. Since then, Bayern Munich have essentially dominated German football. The club currently has a 6-consecutive-titles streak, but that streak is in jeopardy this season, as there is looking to be a multi-team title race, and Dortmund, or Bremen, or ‘Gladbach (or Leipzig), could wrest the title from Bayern Munich come April 2019. Bayern Munich’s crest features the white-and-blue-diamonds that are on the flag of the Free State of Bavaria (which is the largest state in Germany). They wear Red-with-White-trim, and often feature dark-blue trim.

4th. Stuttgart (53 of 56 Bundesliga seasons). A founding member of the Bundesliga, VfB Stuttgart are from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, in the southwest of Germany. (Stuttgart is called the cradle of the automobile and is home to Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.) Stuttgart were a founding member of the Bundesliga; they have been relegated twice: in 1974-75 (spending 2 seasons in the 2nd tier), and in 2015-16 (bouncing straight back to the top flight). Stuttgart have won 5 German titles (1950, 1952, 1984, 1992, 2007). Stuttgart wear White-with-Red; their badge features black deer antlers on a yellow field. (Deer antlers are part of the coat of arms of Württemberg. By the way, deer antlers are also featured on the Porsche logo.)

5th. Dortmund (52 of 56 Bundesliga seasons). A founding member of the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund are the highest-drawing football club in Germany, and have been drawing between 79 K and 81 K per game since 2010-11. In fact, Dortmund are the highest-drawing football-club in the whole of Europe, and have been filling their 81.3-capacity Westfalenstadion in excess of 97-percent-capacity for eight straight seasons. Dortmund have 155,000 club members, which is basically the same amount as their nearby rivals Schalke, and only Bayern Munich have more club members. Dortmund are from Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, in western Germany, which is part of the Rhine-Ruhr mega-city, the largest urban area in Germany, with a population exceeding 5 million {see this en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhine-Ruhr}. (Each season in the Bundesliga there are usually around 4 or 5 top-flight clubs which are from the Rhine-Ruhr region, and in 2018-19 there are 6 Rhine-Ruhr clubs: Dortmund, Schalke, Mönchengladbach, Köln, Bayer Leverkusen, and Fortuna Düsseldorf.) Dortmund have won 8 German titles, and have been repeat-champions twice (1995 & 1996, 2011 & 2012). Dortmund wear Yellow-and-Black.

Joint-6. Schalke (51 of 56 Bundesliga seasons). A founding member of the Bundesliga, FC Schalke 04 are from Gelsenkirchen, in the Rhine-Ruhr mega-city, only about 22 miles, by road, west of Dortmund. Schalke and Dortmund contest the Revierderby. Schalke are the 3rd-highest-drawing club in Germany, usually drawing between 60 and 61 K, and they boast over 155,000 club members. But Schalke have under-achieved for years, and have not won a German title in over half a century: the last of their 7 titles was won pre-Bundesliga, in 1958. Scalke wear Blue-with-White.

Joint-6. Mönchengladbach (51 of 56 Bundesliga seasons). Borussia Mönchengladbach are from the far-western edge of the Rhine-Ruhr mega-city, very close to the border with the Netherlands. ‘Gladbach’s glory days were in the early-to-mid-1970s, when they won 5 titles in 8 seasons, including back-to-back-to-back titles in 1975-77. (Bayern Munich are the only other club to have won 3 Bundesliga titles in a row.) Their nickname of Die Fohlen (the Foals) came from this era, reflecting the squad’s youth and dynamism. But the club evolved into a bottom-half of the table side by the 1990s, and suffered relegations in 1999 and in 2007. But since moving into their 54-K-capacity stadium in 2004, ‘Gladbach’s fortunes have, in general, improved. Borussia Mönchengladbach boasts 83,000 members, and by that metric, are the 6th biggest club in Germany. They wear White-with-Green-and-Black-trim.

8th. Eintracht Frankfurt (50 of 56 Bundesliga seasons). A founding member of the Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt are from Frankfurt, Hesse (the 5th-largest city in Germany after Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Cologne). (“Eintracht” means harmony, and is the German equivalent of a club having “United” in its name.) Frankfurt may have participated in the lion’s share of Bundesliga seasons, but (like Schalke) they have never won the competition: Eintracht’s sole German title came in 1959. But the Eintracht Frankfurt team these days is rather competitive, and they won the DFB-Pokal [German Cup] in 2018. Eintracht Frankfurt usually wear Red-and-Black, but are sporting Black-and-Grey this season.

9th. Köln (48 of 56 Bundesliga seasons). A founding member of the Bundesliga, 1. FC Köln, are currently in the 2nd division. Köln are from Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, on the southern edge of the Rhine-Ruhr mega-city. (Köln are often called Cologne in the English-speaking sports world.) FC Köln have 102,000 members, making them, by that measurement, the 4th largest club in Germany. But that is a bit misleading, because Koln usually are the 7th or 8th-best drawing team in the country, drawing between 46 and 48 K. Since the mid-1990s, the team has periodically imploded, and they have suffered 4 relegations in the last 31 years. Köln were relegated in 1998, in 2006, in 2012, and once again in 2018. Köln have won 2 German titles (in the inaugural season of the Bundesliga in 1964, and in 1978). Köln wear White-with-Red-trim, and sport a crest that features a billy-goat (their mascot) and a silhouette image of the Cologne Cathedral (Germany’s most-visited landmark).

10th. Kaiserslautern (44 of 56 Bundesliga seasons). A founding member of the Bundesliga, Kaiserslautern, are currently in the 3rd division. They are from Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate in western Germany. Kaiserslautern are probably most renowned for being the most-recent team in the Big Five Western European leagues to gain promotion to the 1st division and then go on to win the title the following season. This happened in 1997-98. (The most recent team to achieve this unique accomplishment in England was, of course, Nottingham Forest in 1977-78; and before that it was Ipswich Town in 1961-62.) Kaiserslautern are the team in this top ten list that is from the smallest city, by a large margin: the city of Kaiseslautern has a population of only 99,000 {2017 figure}. So it is not surprising that Kaiserslautern have had a tough time of maintaining their status as a top-flight club, and indeed, they found themselves relegated to the 3rd division in 2018. Kaiseslautern wear Red-with-White.
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Thanks to all at the links below…
Germany – Bundesliga All-Time Tables 1963/64-2017/18 (rsssf.com).
All-time Bundesliga table; List of German football champions/Performance by club; Bundesliga (en.wikipedia.org).

July 27, 2018

England, 1st division – all-time: List of all clubs with at least one season in the English 1st division (120 seasons/since 1888-89/65 clubs); with English titles listed.

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England, 1st division – all-time: List of all clubs with at least one season in the English 1st division (120 seasons/since 1888-89/65 clubs)





By Bill Turianski on 27 July 2018; twitter.com/billsportsmaps.
Links…
-2018–19 Premier League (en.wikipedia.org).
-Table, fixtures, results, attendance, stats (us.soccerway.com).

Sources…
-Club League History Summary 1888-89 to 2018-19 Seasons spent by each of the 140 Clubs in the Four Flights of English League Football from 1888-89 to 2018-19 (myfootballfacts.com).
-English Clubs Divisional Movements 1888-2016 (rsssf.com).
-historicalkits.co.uk.

The chart can be seen by clicking on the image at the top of this post.
The chart shows 5 things…
A) Seasons in the English 1st division [120 seasons, counting 2018-19 (since 1888-89)]. 65 clubs in total have played in the English 1st division. Shown in a dark-blue column.
B) Consecutive seasons in the 1st division [pertaining to the 20 Premier League clubs in 2018-19].
C) Last season that the club was previously in the 1st Division [pertaining to all the clubs (42 clubs) with history in the top flight, but who are below the 1st division 2018-19; or defunct clubs (3 defunct clubs with 1st division history/see last paragraph)].
D) An illustration of each clubs’s jersey worn the last time the club was in the 1st division; for the twenty Premier League teams of 2018-19, the jersey shown is the current one. All jersey illustrations are from the excellent and very comprehensive site called Historical Football Kits {historicalkits.co.uk}.
E) English titles [1st division title, since 1888-89: First Division titles, 1889-1992 / Premier League titles, 1993-2018 (119 titles)]. Shown in a dark-purple column. Title-holders’ crests are shown alongside.
…And at the far left-hand-side of the chart, three more things are shown…
F) Current club jersey badge.
G) Current club colours.
H) Current level of the club [2018-19], within the English football pyramid…Levels: 1=1st division aka Premier League; 2=2nd division aka Football League Championship; 3=3rd division aka Football League One; 4=4th division aka Football League Two; 5=5th division [non-League] aka the National League; 6=6th tier comprised of 2 regionalised leagues [National League North & National League South]; 7=7th tier comprised of 4 regionalised leagues [Northern League, Southern League Central, Southern League South, Isthmian League]; 8= 8th tier comprised of 8 regionalised leagues;…

Below, the 10 clubs in English football with the most seasons spent in the 1st division…

Everton have played the most years in the English 1st division – 116 top flight seasons. Liverpool-based Everton were a founding member of the 1st Division in 1888-89. Everton have only been relegated twice (in 1929 and in 1950), and have played just 4 seasons in the 2nd division. Everton have played in the 1st division consecutively since 1954-55 (65 straight seasons).

Second-most seasons in the 1st division belongs to Aston Villa – 105 seasons. But of course right now, the Birmingham-based Aston Villa are stuck in the 2nd division. 2018-19 will be the 3rd straight year Villa are out of the Premier League.  Aston Villa were a founding member of the 1st Division in 1888-89.

Third-most seasons in the 1st division belongs to Liverpool – 104 seasons. And Liverpool have been in the top flight for 57 straight seasons (since 1962-63).

Fourth-most seasons in the 1st division belongs to Arsenal – 102 seasons. And the North-London-based Arsenal have been in the top flight for a record 94 straight seasons (since 1919-20).

Fifth-most seasons in the 1st division belongs to Manchester United – 94 seasons. The Greater-Manchester-based Man United have been in the top flight for 44 straight seasons (since 1975-76).

Sixth-most seasons in the 1st division belongs to Manchester City – 90 seasons. The City-of-Manchester-based Man City have been in the top flight for 17 straight seasons (since 2002-03).

Seventh-most seasons in the 1st division belongs to Newcastle United – 87 seasons. 2018-19 will be the Tyne-and-Wear-based Newcastle’s second season back in the Premier League.

Eighth-most seasons in the 1st division belongs to Sunderland – 86 seasons. The Tyne-and-Wear-based Sunderland, relegated from the Premier League in 2016-17, suffered a second-straight relegation in 2017-18, and are now stuck in the 3rd division.

Joint-Ninth-most seasons in the 1st division belongs to Tottenham Hotspur – 84 seasons. The North-London-based Spurs have been in the top flight for 41 straight seasons (since 1978-79).

Joint-Ninth-most seasons in the 1st division belongs to Chelsea – 84 seasons. The West-London-based Chelsea have been in the top flight for 30 straight seasons (since 1989-90).

Note:
There are three clubs that have history in the English 1st Division, which are now defunct…
-Wimbledon FC (19 seasons in the 1st division, most recently in 1999-2000), (1889-2004)/Dissolved/Franchise became Milton Keynes FC (est. 2004). Milton Keynes FC [4th-division] have divested itself of Wimbledon FC’s titles & honours. South-London-based AFC Wimbledon [a current 3rd-division side], is the Phoenix-club of Wimbledon FC.
-Accrington FC (5 seasons in the 1st division, in the late Nineteenth century), (1878-96)/Dissolved. Accrington FC, a Lancashire-based club that was a founding member of the First Division in 1888-89, was an entirely separate club from Accrington Stanley FC (1891-1968), or Accrington Stanley FC (est. 1968) [a current 3rd-division side].
-Darwen FC (2 seasons in the 1st division, in the late Nineteenth century), (1870-2009)/Dissolved. Darwen FC was a Lancashire-based club that was dissolved in 2009, when they were a 9th-level team.
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Thanks to…
My Football Facts.com,
RSSSF.com, and
Historical Football Kits/[English Clubs section].

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