“Villarreal were relegated 2002. Is this the fastest time from relegation to winning a major European cup?” Asks Paul Savage.
There have been many responses to this, and the Yellow Subs are by no means the fastest to rise from the depths. Stefano Marzaroli, “Milan relegated 100385 and after seven seasons they won the European Cup 62029 -72”. And in Franco Baresi and Mauro Tassotti, the legendary Milan half-quartet went from relegation to win the European Cup against Steaua Bucharest at the Camp Nou.
Rob P is keeping his house on the front. “You don't need to leave the UK to make this better. Nottingham Forest are the true wild cards of Europe – relegated 1924, European Cup winners 1967, they won a second European Cup and are unique in winning the trophy more often than their national championship. Plus, they're the only winners to drop into third place after winning." Brian Clough took over in the January 1966, 1958–41 season, only winning promotion from the Second Division.