Leicester City became England’s first maiden top-tier title winners since Nottingham Forest in 1977/78 when they sealed the Premier League crown last weekend.
But around the continent, first-time league champions are a bit more commonplace.
Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium have all seen sides who had previously never reigned supreme in their homeland do so this century, while Italy saw fresh hands raise the championship trophy aloft in the 90’s.
Leicester brought to an end decades of England’s aristocracy hogging the top prize, but repeating the feat is nigh on impossible.
The degree of difficulty involved with title retention for newbies is derived from the fact none of the maiden league champs managed to get their names etched on the trophy in the season that followed their title triumph.
Currently third in the Pro League, Gent, who won their first Belgian title in 2014/15, could become the first team to retain, but they’re six points adrift of Club Brugge with just four matches left so it’s unlikely.
In fact, they must overhaul a three-point deficit just to qualify for the Champions League. Akin to retaining the title, it looks as though reclaiming their place at Europe’s top table will be tough enough for Leicester.
Gent’s struggle is common amongst freshman title winners, with the average finishing position in the season that followed their conquest just fifth.
Of course, given their reputation prior to this campaign, fifth-place couldn’t be considered a disappointment for the Foxes. But it’s important they enjoy the Champions League while it lasts.
After all, they’re only likely to sample the mandatory six group games before being banished to the Europa League.
Sampdoria are the only outfit to advance beyond the quarter finals of the continent’s elite competition, though this came way back in 1991/92, so long ago it was then known by the now defunct name of the European Cup.
If their finishing position is destined to decrease, it stands to reason their win percentage will fall. Deportivo La Coruna in the 1999/00 edition of La Liga are the only team who actually improved their win ratio the season after claiming the title, though Real Madrid still managed to dethrone them.
Jamie Vardy’s goal tally will plummet too, with the average top scorer’s league return nose-diving by 12 goals in the season after he fires his side to the title. If the Steel City sharpshooter doesn’t score again this term, he can expect to end 2016/17 with a mere seven strikes.
A few silver linings for the Foxes to savour are that they can expect to win the Community Shield (only Montpellier failed to do this and even then, their loss to Lyon in the 2012/13 Trophee des Championes came via penalties), Claudio Ranieri will see out the campaign and only one of their regular first XI will be sold, so at least one of Riyad Mahrez or N’Golo Kante will remain at the club.