Abysmal as they have been, Stuttgart depart this inauspicious list to make way for a bigger club from La Liga that has also underachieved so far this season.
Granted, it’s not threatened by the prospect of relegation, as is the case with Thomas Schneider's side. However, it’s a world away from the Champions League places, which is where it would have surely expected to be with 12 rounds remaining.
That’s what we’re after in this ranking: big, big clubs with European pedigree that have failed to meet expectations in big, big ways.
Following are five of them.