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Never relegated: Hamburg stay in elite club

Hamburger SV preserved their status as the Bundesliga's only ever-presents on Monday – UEFA.com looks at others who have been in their respective top flights for the duration.

A clock indicating Hamburg's unbroken stay in the Bundesliga
A clock indicating Hamburg's unbroken stay in the Bundesliga ©Getty Images

Hamburger SV preserved their record of never having been relegated from the Bundesliga in dramatic fashion on Monday night.

HSV have been in the German top flight throughout its 52-year history but looked set to lose to Karlsruher SC in their relegation play-off. The tie was 1-1 after the first leg, with Karlsruher 1-0 up in the return heading into second-half added time. Hamburg equalised through Marcelo Díaz's free-kick, though, before Nicolai Müller turned in with a penalty shoot-out looming.

They therefore remain among a select group of 13 clubs that have been first-tier ever-presents in the top ten leagues in Europe (based on UEFA coefficient).

Top-flight ever-presents*
Athletic Club, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid CF
England: None
Germany: Hamburger SV
Italy: FC Internazionale Milano
Portugal: SL Benfica, FC Porto, Sporting Clube de Portugal
Russia: FC Dinamo Moskva (including USSR league)
Ukraine:FC Dynamo Kyiv (including USSR league)
Netherlands:  AFC Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven

*This refers only to founder members of the top divisions