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Does anyone know where I can find a list of teams around Europe who have either taken a spectacular fall from grace or have ceased to exist?

If not, can someone please tell me what happened to these various teams?
what division, how theyve got there, etc

Mechelen
Kosice
Bayer Uerdingen
CP Merida
Ancona
Carl Zeiss Jena
FC Magdeburg
Larisa

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KV Mechelen went bankrupt 3 years ago and with a lot of dificulties managed to safe itself from disappearing completely. They had to start over in 3e division, where they still are today.
 

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About 1. FC Košice

http://www.slovensko.com/news/1556

Two-time champions 1.FC Kosice disappears from Slovak football

Tue 03 Aug 04, 16:10 • RSI

Slovakia's only team to have made it to the group stage of the Champions' League, 1.FC Kosice, has officially ceased to exist after the national soccer body approved its acquisition by second division Licartovce on July 30. The twice Slovak football champions (1997, 1998) were relegated from the premier division in 2003 after the proposed sale of the club to Italian owners in 2001 by the former owner and late VSZ steelmaking tycoon Alexander Rezes fell through. Although Rezes' dream to turn 1.FC Kosice into a top European club never came true, he managed to lift an average second division team to the first group stage of the UEFA Champions' League in 1997/98. However, the next year's failure to make the same stage of the major European competition, and failure to defend the league title, combined with the change of government which undermined the position of the Rezes clan (Alexander Rezes was economy minister of Vladimir Meciar's government in 1994-97) represented the beginning of the end of the "millionaires".

Last season, on the brink of financial collapse and relegation from the second division, the owners of 1.FC, were offered help by the president of Steel Trans Licartovce, one of the favourites to advance to the premier league this season. Steel Trans will also pay for the Cermel stadium in Kosice, where all former 1.FC teams - now under the protective wings of Licartovce - will play their matches. Kosice, the second largest city in Slovakia, now has no club in the top two divisions (although many can remember two in the Czechoslovak federal league). Another great team from the past, Lokomotiva Kosice, is in the fourth division. It is quite difficult to predict the future of football in the city, whose major stadium is in a catastrophic condition and whose football officials turn a deaf ear to cries for help.
 

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Larisa (where my family immigrated from) is currently playing in the Beta Ethniki (B division). In the next few years many people predict that they will make it back to the A Ethniki. Their fanbase is still very strong and has more supporters than all the first division teams from Athens exept for the big 3.
 

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How the mighty could fall.
Great thread BTW. :)
 

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it must be awful for the cities, towns and communities that are home to those teams. Mechelen have as many european trophies as rangers, lazio, roma, sporting, everton, atletico madrid yet theyre nobodies now. SAD SAD SAD. Could never imagine Pompey just vanishing like that (although it almost happened in 98 before lord milan took over)
 

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What about nottingham forest?
Also a pretty sad story. I believe they're currently in division 1 right?
Didn't they also just nearly escaped bankruptcy a few years ago?
 

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Kampfschwein said:
What about nottingham forest?
Also a pretty sad story. I believe they're currently in division 1 right?
Didn't they also just nearly escaped bankruptcy a few years ago?
Yep got relegated in 1999 i believe and struggled ever since except for one season (02/03) where they reached the playoffs. Almost got relegated last year but are looking dead certs to be in this one. David Platt came in and spent nearly 3 million on two donkeys from perugia, one of which (Petrachi) was released after one season. They now depend on their youth academy for players cos of this.
 

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Real Oviedo, an usual team in the Spanish first division in the 90´s and now they are in the fourth division (really called Tercera in Spain).
 

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GICA said:
Real Oviedo, an usual team in the Spanish first division in the 90´s and now they are in the fourth division (really called Tercera in Spain).
That's the curse of signing Stan Collymore. It's weird how teams seem to nosedive when they get relegated in Spain. I didnt know Rayo Vallecano and Las Palmas were playing in the third level, they only got relegated in the past two years from the top flight.
 

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Red Star... 13 years ago, almost to the day we were champions of the world, this season we got hammered by PSV and Zenit in consecutive games.
 

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Sheffield Wednesday. Once a staple part of top flight English football with regular top five finishes in the late 80s and early 90s. They became relegation contenders every season in the late 90s and were eventually relegated. They lasted two seasons in Division 1 before being relegated again and now sit in midtable mediocrity in Division 2.

Such a proud club as well ...
 

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DavidSilk24 said:
David Platt came in and spent nearly 3 million on two donkeys from perugia, one of which (Petrachi) was released after one season.

that's what you get when yu let in David Platt: miseryy and dispair :nasty: ;)
 

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GICA said:
Real Oviedo, an usual team in the Spanish first division in the 90´s and now they are in the fourth division (really called Tercera in Spain).
What about Hercules de Alicante? More than 20 seasons in Primera, now creeping in Segunda B. :wallbang:
 

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Accrington Stanley - the most famous non-league club in the world.
 

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Red Star... 13 years ago, almost to the day we were champions of the world, this season we got hammered by PSV and Zenit in consecutive games.
Yes but we have not dissapeared infect we were champs last year and this year we still have a shot at the tittle so we keep on playing in UEFA Cup or CL qual. unlike Kosice or some of these other teams who have fallen to 2nd or 3rd division.
 
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