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The 2008–09 Primeira Liga was the 75th season of the Primeira Liga, the top professional league for Portuguese association football clubs. It began on 22 August 2008 and ended on 24 May 2009. Porto were the three-time defending champions and secured a fourth consecutive title for the second time in their history.

Primeira Liga
Season2008–09
ChampionsPorto
24th title
RelegatedEstrela da Amadora
Trofense
Champions LeaguePorto
Sporting CP
Europa LeagueBenfica
Nacional
Braga
Paços de Ferreira
Matches played240
Goals scored552 (2.3 per match)
Average goals/game2.30
Best PlayerBruno Alves
Top goalscorerNenê (20 goals)
Biggest home winBraga 5–0 Estrela da Amadora
(27 October 2008)
Biggest away winMaritimo 0–6 Benfica
(12 July 2008)
Highest scoringPaços de Ferreira 3–4 Benfica (7 goals)
(22 September 2008)
Highest attendance60,022 (Benfica 2–0 Sporting CP)
(27 September 2008)

Promotion and relegationEdit

Teams relegated to Liga de HonraEdit

União de Leiria have been relegated to Liga de Honra after finishing in last place in 2007–08 Primeira Liga.

Boavista have also been relegated as a punishment for their participation in a match fixing scandal in 2003–04 season. Thereby Paços de Ferreira, who were originally scheduled to be relegated, were saved from demotion.

Teams promoted from Liga de HonraEdit

Leiria and Boavista were replaced by two promoted teams from Liga de Honra. The first were Trofense, who clinched the second level title. This is their first appearance in Primeira Liga .

They were accompanied by Rio Ave, who returned to Primeira Liga after two seasons spent in Liga de Honra.

Club informationEdit

Location of teams in the 2008–09 Liga
Club Head Coach City Stadium 2007–08 season
Académica de Coimbra   Domingos Paciência Coimbra Estádio Cidade de Coimbra 12th in the Liga
Belenenses   Jaime Pacheco Lisbon Estádio do Restelo 8th in the Liga
Benfica   Quique Sánchez Flores Lisbon Estádio da Luz 4th in the Liga
Sporting de Braga   Jorge Jesus Braga Estádio AXA 7th in the Liga
Estrela da Amadora   Lázaro Amadora Estádio José Gomes 13th in the Liga
Leixões   José Mota Matosinhos Estádio do Mar 14th in the Liga
Marítimo   Carlos Carvalhal Funchal Estádio dos Barreiros 5th in the Liga
Nacional   Manuel Machado Funchal Estádio da Madeira 10th in the Liga
Naval 1º de Maio   Ulisses Morais Figueira da Foz Estádio Municipal José Bento Pessoa 11th in the Liga
Paços de Ferreira   Paulo Sérgio Paços de Ferreira Estádio da Mata Real 15th in the Liga
Porto   Jesualdo Ferreira Porto Estádio do Dragão 1st in the Liga
Rio Ave   Carlos Brito Vila do Conde Estádio dos Arcos 2nd in Liga de Honra
Sporting CP   Paulo Bento Lisbon Estádio José Alvalade 2nd in the Liga
Trofense   Tulipa Trofa Estádio do Clube Desportivo Trofense 1st in Liga de Honra
Vitória de Guimarães   Manuel Cajuda Guimarães Estádio D. Afonso Henriques 3rd in the Liga
Vitória de Setúbal   Carlos Cardoso Setúbal Estádio do Bonfim 6th in the Liga

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Porto (C) 30 21 7 2 61 18 +43 70 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Sporting CP 30 20 6 4 45 20 +25 66 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Benfica 30 17 8 5 54 32 +22 59 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
4 Nacional 30 15 7 8 47 32 +15 52
5 Braga 30 13 11 6 38 21 +17 50 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
6 Leixões 30 12 9 9 30 31 −1 45
7 Académica 30 10 9 11 28 32 −4 39
8 Vitória de Guimarães 30 10 8 12 32 36 −4 38
9 Marítimo 30 9 10 11 35 36 −1 37
10 Paços de Ferreira 30 9 7 14 37 42 −5 34[a] 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[b]
11 Estrela da Amadora (R) 30 8 10 12 26 38 −12 34[a] Relegation to Liga de Honra[c]
12 Rio Ave 30 8 6 16 20 35 −15 30
13 Naval 1º de Maio 30 7 8 15 25 39 −14 29
14 Vitória de Setúbal 30 7 5 18 21 46 −25 26
15 Belenenses 30 5 9 16 28 52 −24 24
16 Trofense (R) 30 5 8 17 25 42 −17 23 Relegation to Liga de Honra
Source: lpfp.pt (in Portuguese)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head away goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th matches won; 7th goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b PAC 1–0 EST; EST 0–2 PAC
  2. ^ Since Porto, winners of Cup of Portugal 2008–09, already qualified for 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, cup runners-up Paços de Ferreira earned a spot in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
  3. ^ Estrela da Amadora were relegated after this season ended due to financial problems. Therefore, Belenenses was saved from relegation.[1]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] ACA BEL BEN BRA EST LEI MAR NAC NAV PAÇ POR RAV SCP TRO VGU VSE
Académica 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–0
Belenenses 1–0 0–0 0–5 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–2 3–2 1–1 2–1
Benfica 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 3–2 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 2–2
Braga 1–1 2–0 1–3 5–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
Estrela da Amadora 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–4 2–0 1–3 1–0 1–0 0–0
Leixões 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 1–4 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–2 0–0
Marítimo 2–0 1–1 0–6 0–0 1–0 0–0 4–2 1–0 4–1 0–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 5–1
Nacional 3–1 4–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–4 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0
Naval 1º de Maio 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–4 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 0–0 2–2
Paços de Ferreira 1–1 1–1 3–4 0–2 1–0 4–0 2–1 2–3 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0
Porto 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–3 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–0
Rio Ave 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–3 2–0 3–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–4 1–0
Sporting CP 0–0 2–0 3–2 2–3 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–1
Trofense 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–3 1–4 2–0 0–0 1–3 0–1
Vitória de Guimarães 3–2 3–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–3 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1
Vitória de Setúbal 2–1 2–0 0–4 0–3 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–4

Source: lpfp.pt (in Portuguese)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

AwardsEdit

AwardsEdit

  • Primeira Liga Champions – Porto
  • Primeira Liga Top Scorer – Nenê (20 goals)
  • Primeira Liga Player of the Year – Bruno Alves
  • Primeira Liga Goalkeeper of the Year – Beto
  • Primeira Liga Referee of the Year – Olegário Benquerença

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Melhor marcador – Liga Sagres 2008–2009". www.lpfp.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 21 January 2010.
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  5. ^ "Jogador do Mês Novembro – Beto" (in Portuguese). SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Jogador do Mês Dezembro – Peskovic" (in Portuguese). SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Liedson recebe título de melhor jogador do mês" (in Portuguese). dn.sapo.pt. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Sindicato dos Jogadores distingue Hulk" (in Portuguese). futebolar.portugalmail.pt. 18 March 2009. Archived from the original on 24 December 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Baba é o rei de Março" (in Portuguese). infordesporto.sapo.pt. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
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  11. ^ "Jogador do Mês Maio – Cardozo" (in Portuguese). SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010.

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