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The 3 Most Dramatic Club Collapses in Football History

​From the lofty heights of glory to utter despair, this is the unfortunate experience that some football fans have gone through when following their team.

Yet, this collection of teams are undoubtedly the pick of the bunch when looking at the biggest downfalls in football history...

3. Leeds United

8 May 2001:  The Leeds player surround the referee Urs Meier after Juan Sachez scored a controversial goal during the match between Valencia and Leeds United in the UEFA <a class=Champions League semi-final, second leg at Mestalla, Camp Del Valencia, Valencia, Spain. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster/ALLSPORT"/>

​'Doing a Leeds' is already a well known phrase in English football to describe a club that falls from grace, after the Whites went from Champions League semi finalists to top flight relegation in just a few seasons.

Once Premier League heavyweights, Leeds United have failed to return to the top flight and long gone are the days when Harry Kewell, Rio Ferdinand and Alan Smith lit Elland Road alight.

2. Rangers

The Rangers team pose for a photograph before the UEFA champions league group C football match against Manchester United at Ibrox in Glasgow, Scotland on November 24, 2010. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

​The most successful club in world football are slowly making their way back to the Scottish top flight after being liquidated at the end of the 2011/12 season, which saw them drop to the fourth division.

Rangers have won the Scottish league title a record 54 times, as well as countless other domestic and European honours. Their Old Firm rivalry with Celtic remains one of the world's most fierce, but their dramatic downfall has kept football fans starved of the fiery affair for a number of years.

1. Parma

ITALY - NOVEMBER 04:  CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 97/98 AC PARMA; Mannschaftsfoto :; hintere Reihe von links: Roberto Nestor SENSINI, Mario STANIC, Pietro STRADA; Lilian THURAM, Gian Luigi BUFFON, Dino BAGGIO; vordere Reihe von links: Roberto MUSSI, Enrico CHIESA, Fabio CANNAVARO; Hernan Jorge CRESPO, Antonio BENARRIVO  (Photo by Mark Sandten/Bongarts/Getty Images)

​Fabio Cannavaro, Hernan Crespo, Gianluigi Buffon, Lillian Thuram. These are just some of the names that used to don the Parma shirt in the 1990s, a period which saw the club win eight trophies.

However, the collapse of the Parmalat parent company in 2004 triggered their demise and they never reached the heights of their previous glory days. Consistent financial troubles eventually led to bankruptcy, causing them to re-enter Italian football at Serie D, where they currently top a regional league. 

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