Never knew the soccer leagues did that in Europe? Seemed like a very strange concept, at least to me?
That’s how they maintain fan interest in smaller cities that can’t afford to pay huge salaries on a year-in, year-out basis but can occasionally put together the right combination of good players to jump into the top tier and be competitive for a couple of seasons with the most popular teams.
A friend who is a soccer fan says that some of the best games* of the season are when the teams near the bottom are fighting to keep from being dropped to a lower league at the end of the season, unlike last place teams here which coast through the last two months.
*"best games" for soccer still rank around paint drying for my entertainment.