May 12, 2018 / 3:36 PM / 4 months ago

Hamburg SV suffer first ever relegation

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former European champions Hamburg SV were relegated for the first time on Saturday, ending their record uninterrupted run in the top division since the Bundesliga’s creation in 1963.

Unlike Bayern Munich who won promotion in 1965, Hamburg, the six-time German champions, were one of the initial Bundesliga teams 55 years ago.

Here are some of the club’s milestones over the years:

1887 founding of club

1923 German champions

1928 German champions

1960 German champions

1963 German Cup

1976 German Cup

1977 European Cup Winners’ Cup

1977 Signing of Kevin Keegan for 500,000 pounds ($677,000.00) from Liverpool breaks British transfer record.

1979 Bundesliga champions for the first time

1980, Hamburg crush Real Madrid 5-1 in the European Cup semi-final, second leg in what is considered one of the club’s finest games.

1980 European Cup runners-up after defeat by Nottingham Forest in the final.

1981 Austrian coach Ernst Happel joins club to lead them to European Cup victory and successive Bundesliga titles in their most successful spell.

1982 German champions

1983 German champions

1983 European champions. Hamburg beat Juventus 1-0 in

the final.

1987 German Cup

2014 Bundesliga relegation playoff

2015 Bundesliga relegation playoff

2018 First Bundesliga relegation

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris

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