Schalke 04 team manager, Gerald Asamoah, was brought to tears after his side were relegated to the Bundesliga 2.
Their status was confirmed after a 1-0 defeat to Arminia Bielefeld.
The club has stayed in the competition for 30 consecutive years and were in the UEFA Champions league as far back as 2011.
“I don’t feel good and I can imagine how Schalke fans are crying in front of the TV right now,” said tearful Schalke team manager Gerald Asamoah.
“We knew what was coming, but when you realise that it’s come to this, it’s tough.
“We’re all disappointed and each of us must question ourselves,” added the former Germany striker.