Munich - With six games of the 2013/14 Bundesliga season remaining, the German top flight risks losing one - or more - of its long-standing members early next month.
Hamburger SV have never before had to deal with the 'R-word', while VfB Stuttgart have a history which includes more titles than tribulations. Relegation has been more frequent for 1. FC Nürnberg, although it had seemed one of the oldest and most successful clubs in German football had finally distanced themselves from that spectre - until now.
bundesliga.com looks at three of Germany's proudest Traditionsvereine on the brink of dropping into Bundesliga 2 next season, analysing what has gone wrong and assessing their chances of survival.