Have all the promoted teams in one season ever been relegated in the following season?

The most recent season when this "almost" happened was 2012/13, when two previously promoted teams got relegated. But in this season there was a third promoted team, which didn't get relegated.

  • By "united German Bundesliga", do you mean since the Bundesliga replaced Germany's regional leagues in 1963-64, or since the East German league was folded into it in 1991-92?
    – F1Krazy
    Aug 18 at 10:29
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    @F1Krazy The first one!
    – csabinho
    Aug 18 at 10:41

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This has happened four times, although on all but one occasion, only two teams had been promoted the previous season:

  • In 1966/67, when Fortuna Düsseldorf and Rot-Weiss Essen were both immediately relegated. (Only two teams were promoted and relegated in those days.)
  • In 1978/79, when Arminia Bielefeld, 1.FC Nürnberg, and SV Darmstadt 98 were all immediately relegated.
  • In 1982/83, when FC Schalke 04 and Hertha BSC were both immediately relegated. Only two teams had been promoted in 1981-82, as Bayer Leverkusen had won a play-off and got to keep their place; Schalke ended up in the relegation play-off in 1982/83 but lost and were relegated along with Hertha and Karlsruhe.
  • In 1992/93, when Bayer 05 Uerdingen and 1.FC Saarbrücken were both immediately relegated. The Bundesliga had temporarily expanded to 20 teams in 1991/92 to include two East German teams as part of the reunification; only two teams were promoted that year while four were relegated.

Honourable mention goes to 1986/87: of the two promoted clubs, Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin were relegated, while FC Homburg went into the play-off (but won and kept their place).

There have also been nine occasions in which 2/3 of the promoted clubs were relegated: 1975/76, 1977/78, 1985/86, 1991/92 (though as mentioned above, four teams were relegated that year), 1999/2000, 2003/04, 2005/06, 2007/08, and 2012/13.

  • What was the reason for these immediate relegations? Aug 18 at 17:56
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    @SnackExchange There's generally a significant gap in quality between a country's first and second leagues. Some promoted teams are able to bridge that gap through clever recruitment and tactical nous, and some aren't.
    – F1Krazy
    Aug 18 at 18:00

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