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Title Challenge In First Season In Top Flight


1899 Hoffenheim lead the Bundesliga in their first ever season in the top flight (in Germany), while Hull City are currently third in the Premier League, also in their first ever season in the top flight (in England). No one expects Hull City to still be in the top three come the end of the season, but what about 1899 Hoffenheim?

The last time an English club won the title in their first ever season in the top flight was Ipswich Town in 1961-62, under Alf Ramsey. Earlier occasions can be worked out using the data here and here.

When was the last time it has happened in Germany, or any other European league?

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