10 relegated teams from history that make Aston Villa look brilliant

It may be hard to imagine a more hopeless team than the current Aston Villa side, but Tim Ellis reminds us that things have been much, much worse for others…

1. Ibis Sport Club, Brazil 1980-84

Nicknamed Pior Time do Mundo or 'Worst Team in the World', the Brazilian side from Paulisto went almost four years without a single victory.

They made further headlines by drawing up a job proposal in December for the unemployed Jose Mourinho. The two-year 'contract' promised to gift the Portuguese an animal for every defeat and a "salary increase immediately if the team lost by a thrashing".

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho receives word of the offer from Ibis...

Jose needn’t have worried about the detail. The offer was made on December 28, the Brazilian equivalent of April Fool’s Day…..

2. Nocerina, Lega Pro Prima Divisione 2013/14

The team were pressured to boycott the game under threat of life, retaliation and revenge

- Gazzetta dello Sport

Nocerina were forcibly demoted from third to fifth tier of Italian football in 2013/14 after the “derby of shame” against Salernitana in November 2013.

“The team were pressured to boycott the game under threat of life, retaliation and revenge,” reported La Gazzetta dello Sport, referring to the pressure put on the side by their own banned Ultras supporters.

The match was eventually stopped after 21 minutes when five of the Mastini players simulated injury to leave the pitch. Nocerina's sporting director Luigi Pavarese denied all allegations, claiming "that the players went onto the pitch without warming up, which caused the injuries".

All remaining league fixtures were forfeited 3-0 in favour of their opponents.

3. Derby County, Premier League 2007/08

Irish bookmakers Paddy Power paid out on Derby’s relegation after only five games of the season. The Rams ended up 25 points short of safety, losing a whopping 29 matches in the process.

They were officially doomed by the end of March, winning just one of their first 20 matches which also included 6-0 capitulations to Liverpool and Aston Villa, 5-0 defeats by Arsenal and West Ham and a 4-1 loss at the hands of Manchester United.

Before Christmas the Rams replaced Billy Davies with Paul Jewell, who declared: "People talk about the January window but you have to be careful about who you bring in."

He brought in no fewer than eight players but ended up with 11 points, the worst in Premier League history.

Paul Jewell Derby

Jewell couldn't help Derby improve their woeful form after his arrival

4. Tasmania 1900 Berlin, Bundesliga 1965/66

Tasmania picked up a meagre eight points with two wins and 28 defeats as initial crowds of over 80,000 fell to just over 800 at one point

Clearly, Tasmania 1900 weren’t ready for their Bundesliga debut – they were only promoted by default. Hertha Berlin had been relegated as a result of breaking the league’s rules regarding salary structure, and Cold War politics meant that any replacement team must come from Berlin.

Despite winning their opening match, Tasmania picked up a meagre eight points with two wins and 28 defeats, as initial crowds of over 80,000 fell to just over 800 at one point.

Goalkeeper Heinz Rohloff admitted the team were rather unprofessional: “Before training, we’d have a couple of glasses of port and then after we’d do the same.”

5. Xerez, La Liga 2009/10

Xerez’s first La Liga dalliance since their formation in 1947 didn’t go to plan from the off. They lost their two opening home matches due to own goals and collected just seven points from the first 19 played. 

The club's website moaned that "the witches have put a spell on us", while one report cruelly suggested Xerez were "crippled in both legs".

They actually found their feet in the second half of the season under Argentine Nestor Gorosito, but couldn’t haul it back.

Xerex

Xerex players celebrate promotion to La Liga, but they weren't smiling for long