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The curse of Hajduk Split: European opponents beat them - then get relegated or go bust

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Champions League/European Cup on three separate occasions and were knocked out of the UEFA Cup at the semi-final stage by Tottenham in 1984.

Their European pedigree may be solid, but that’s not what brought Hajduk to the attention of a fan on Twitter.He spotted an incredible trend whereby teams who had beaten the Croatian side in Europe went on to suffer relegation or go bankrupt just a few years later.

The Hajduk curse began in 1982 after Leeds were relegated to the Second Division having beaten the side from Split a decade earlier.

Famous French outfit St Etienne suffered a similar fate two seasons later, while Valencia added their name to the ignominious list in 1986.Marseille, Dundee United and KSV Waregem were all relegated in the.

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