Ten Seasons Of Division Five History And What It Means For Season 11

Of last season’s relegated teams, Werder Bremen have recent history of winning D5, and look certain to finish in the playoff places, at least.

Bremen’s excellent recent record

Saint-Etienne, on the other hand, will play their first ever D5 game tonight. Despite their, history in the higher divisions, they might struggle to make the top ten this season.

The glory years under Josh McMillan seem a long time ago

Unbelievably, Fiorentina started S7 in D1. Four consecutive relegations later, and they must be hot favourites to reverse their decline and win D4.

La Viola – surely too good for D5?

Sporting are another team with a terrible recent history, with three consecutive relegations. Hard to see them really challenging this season, but they must surely hope for better this season.

Sporting should be too good for D5?

Of last season’s playoff losers, Independiente will look to build on the progress made by previous manager Gregg Robinson, who took them to their highest ever finishes two seasons running.

Independiente looking for first ever promotion

Another South American club, Flamengo, have been knocking on the D5 promotion door for several seasons. Their all-Brazilian youth policy looks set to finally pay out.

Flamengo all set for their best ever season?

Of the rest, West Ham seem to have ‘settled’ in D5, but they will surely expect a playoff place, at least, this season?

Hammers on the up?

While Dynamo Moskva look too strong not to be challenging for the title they won before in S4.

Too good for D5?

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