2008–09 Primeira Liga
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 was the three-time defending champions and secured a fourth consecutive title for the second time in its history.
|Relegated||Estrela da Amadora|
Paços de Ferreira
|Goals scored||552 (2.3 per match)|
|Best Player||Bruno Alves|
|Top goalscorer||Nenê (20 goals)|
|Biggest home win||Braga 5–0 Estrela da Amadora|
(27 October 2008)
|Biggest away win||Maritimo 0–6 Benfica|
(12 July 2008)
|Highest scoring||Paços de Ferreira 3–4 Benfica (7 goals)|
(22 September 2008)
|Highest attendance||60,022 (Benfica 2–0 Sporting CP)|
(27 September 2008)
Promotion and relegationEdit
Teams relegated to Liga de HonraEdit
Boavista were also relegated as a punishment for their participation in a match fixing scandal in 2003–04 season. Accordingly, Paços de Ferreira, which was originally scheduled to be relegated, was saved from demotion.
Teams promoted from Liga de HonraEdit
Leiria and Boavista were replaced by two promoted teams from Liga de Honra. The first was Trofense, which clinched the second level title. This was its first appearance in Primeira Liga.
Trofense was accompanied by Rio Ave, which returned to the Primeira Liga after two seasons in the Liga de Honra.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Porto (C)||30||21||7||2||61||18||+43||70||Qualification to Champions League group stage|
|2||Sporting CP||30||20||6||4||45||20||+25||66||Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round|
|3||Benfica||30||17||8||5||54||32||+22||59||Qualification to Europa League play-off round|
|5||Braga||30||13||11||6||38||21||+17||50||Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round|
|8||Vitória de Guimarães||30||10||8||12||32||36||−4||38|
|10||Paços de Ferreira||30||9||7||14||37||42||−5||34[a]||Qualification to 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]|
|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|
|16||Trofense (R)||30||5||8||17||25||42||−17||23||Relegation to Liga de Honra|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head away goals scored; 5) Goal difference; 6) Matches won; 7) Goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Paços de Ferreira ahead of Estrela da Amadora on head-to-head record; Paços de Ferreira–Estrela da Amadora 1–0, Estrela da Amadora–Paços de Ferreira 0–2.
- Since Porto, winners of 2008–09 Taça de Portugal, 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.
- Estrela da Amadora were relegated after this season ended due to financial problems. Therefore, Belenenses was saved from relegation.
|7||William||Paços de Ferreira||9|
|Roberto||Vitória de Guimarães||8|
SJPF Player of the MonthEdit
SJPF Young Player of the MonthEdit
- "Inscrição do E. Amadora rejeitada, Belenenses fica na Liga" [Registration of E. Amadora rejected, Belenenses is in Liga] (in Portuguese). Mais futebol. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
- "Melhor marcador – Liga Sagres 2008–2009". www.lpfp.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- "Jogador do Mês de Setembro – Yebda" (in Portuguese). SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010.[dead link]
- "Jogador do Mês de Outubro – Braga" (in Portuguese). SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- "Jogador do Mês Novembro – Beto" (in Portuguese). SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- "Jogador do Mês Dezembro – Peskovic" (in Portuguese). SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- "Liedson recebe título de melhor jogador do mês" (in Portuguese). dn.sapo.pt. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- "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.
- "Baba é o rei de Março" (in Portuguese). infordesporto.sapo.pt. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- "Jogador do Mês Abril – Liedson" (in Portuguese). SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- "Jogador do Mês Maio – Cardozo" (in Portuguese). SJPF. Archived from the original on 28 September 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
- Calendar of the Portuguese League (in Portuguese)