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5 clubs that have won the European Cup and have been relegated

Ashwin Asok
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Captain Paolo Maldini if Milan lifts the trophy
Maldini lifts the trophy for AC Milan in 2007

The UEFA Champions League, (called the European Cup till 1992) remains the most prestigious and sought-after trophy at club level.

Contested by 32 teams consisting of the champions of Europe's different leagues and the qualified teams each season, there is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush that Champions League nights provide.

It is also worth noting that despite the glory and glamour the European stage provides, the despair and agony that teams fighting for survival every season is a different story altogether.

It's a nightmare no one wants to face but because of their own downfalls or because of the circumstances that surround the club, yesteryear European Champions have often suffered a fall from grace and have been relegated to the lower divisions.

One that note, we look at 5 clubs who after winning the grand prize got relegated later:

#1 Olympique de Marseille

Marseille celebrate their triumph
Marseille celebrate their triumph

The late 1980s saw the resurgence of Marseille who became one of the superpowers that dominated French football at that time. It was a period that saw the likes of Jean-Pierre Papin, Chris Waddle, Didier Deschamps, Marcel Desailly and Rudi Voller rise into prominence.

They led the club to four successive league titles between 1989 to 1992 and to the pinnacle of world football in 1993 when they defeated AC Milan in the final of the restructured UEFA Champions League.

But their downfall initiated in 1994 when their president Bernard Tapie was involved in match-fixing allegations. The club also found themselves financially struggling and as result, they were relegated into the second division.

They returned to the top division in 1996 and their triumph in 1993 remains their only triumph till date.

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