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The 2016–17 Taça da Liga was the tenth edition of the Taça da Liga, a football cup competition organized by the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP) and contested exclusively by clubs competing in the top two professional tiers of Portuguese football. The competition was sponsored by CTT and, therefore, was known as Taça CTT for a second season.[1][2]

2016–17 Taça da Liga
Taça CTT
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Dates30 July 2016 – 29 January 2017
Teams35
Final positions
ChampionsMoreirense (1st title)
Runners-upBraga
Tournament statistics
Matches played46
Goals scored103 (2.24 per match)
Top scorer(s)Welthon (4 goals)

A total of 35 teams contested the tournament, including 18 teams from the 2016–17 Primeira Liga and 17 non-reserve teams from the 2016–17 LigaPro. The competition format suffered changes for the second consecutive year, with the number of teams being reduced and the semi-finals being played on the same week of the final, in late January.

Benfica were the three-time defending holders but failed to defend their title, losing to Moreirense in the semi-finals. This result marked Benfica's first defeat in the competition since 31 October 2007 and put an end to a 42-game unbeaten run. Moreirense beat Braga 1–0 to win their first domestic cup in their first ever appearance in a cup final.

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FormatEdit

On 19 June 2015, the LPFP announced that the number of teams in the 2016–17 LigaPro season would be reduced to 22, thus reducing the number of teams that would play in the Taça da Liga from 37 to 35.[3]

On 28 June 2016, the LPFP approved some changes in relation to the semi-finals matches. Both the semi-finals and final match will be played in the same week, and on the same stadium.[4]

Seventeen teams competing in the 2016–17 LigaPro (reserve teams from Primeira Liga clubs are excluded) took part in the first round; one-legged ties were played between sixteen teams, with the seventeenth team receiving a bye to the next round.

In the second round, the nine teams advancing from the previous round (eight winners plus the team with a bye) were joined by the twelve teams placed 5th–16th in the 2015–16 Primeira Liga and by the two teams promoted to 2016–17 Primeira Liga. Again, one-legged ties were played between 22 teams, with the 23rd team receiving a bye to the next round.

The third round featured the twelve teams advancing from the previous round (eleven winners plus the team with a bye) and the four best-placed teams in the 2015–16 Primeira Liga. The sixteen teams were drawn into four groups that were contested in a single round-robin format, with each team playing at least one game at home. The four group winners qualified for the semi-finals, which were played as single-legged ties. The semi-finals and final were played at a neutral venue.[5]

Round Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First round
(17 teams)
Second round
(23 teams)
  • 8 winners from the first round
  • 1 team that received a bye
Third round
(16 teams)
  • 4 teams ranked 1st–4th in the 2015–16 Primeira Liga
  • 11 winners from the second round
  • 1 team that received a bye
Semi-finals
(4 teams)
  • 4 group winners from the third round
Final
(2 teams)
  • 2 winners from the semi-finals

TiebreakersEdit

[citation needed]

In the third round, teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams are tied on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:

  1. highest goal difference in all group matches;
  2. highest number of scored goals in all group matches;
  3. lowest average age of all players fielded in all group matches (sum of the ages of all fielded players divided by the number of fielded players).

In all other rounds, teams tied at the end of regular time contest a penalty shootout to determine the winner.

TeamsEdit

Thirty-five teams competing in the two professional tiers of Portuguese football for the 2016–17 season are eligible to participate in this competition. For Primeira Liga teams, the final league position in the previous season determined in which round they enter the competition.

Third round (Primeira Liga)
Benfica (1st) Sporting CP (2nd) Porto (3rd) Braga (4th)
Second round (Primeira Liga)
Arouca (5th) Rio Ave (6th) Paços de Ferreira (7th) Estoril (8th)
Belenenses (9th) Vitória de Guimarães (10th) Nacional (11th) Moreirense (12th)
Marítimo (13th) Boavista (14th) Vitória de Setúbal (15th) Tondela (16th)
Chaves (P1) Feirense (P1)
First round (LigaPro)
União da Madeira (R1) Académica (R1) Portimonense (4t) Freamunde (5th)
Famalicão (6th) Olhanense (7th) Desportivo das Aves (8th) Varzim (9th)
Gil Vicente (11th) Penafiel (12th) Sporting da Covilhã (14th) Santa Clara (16th)
Académico de Viseu (17th) Leixões (18th) Cova da Piedade (P2) Vizela (P2)
Fafe (P2)
Key
  • Nth: League position in the 2015–16 season
  • P1: Promoted to the Primeira Liga
  • P2: Promoted to the LigaPro
  • R1: Relegated to the LigaPro

ScheduleEdit

All draws were held at the LPFP headquarters in Porto, except for the draw for the first and second rounds, which took place in Santa Maria da Feira.

Round Draw date Match date(s) Teams Fixtures
First round 15 July 2016 31 July 2016 35 → 27 8
Second round 25–27 October 2016 27 → 16 11
Third round Matchday 1 9 November 2016 30 November–1 December 2016 16 → 4 24
Matchday 2 29–30 December 2016
Matchday 3 3–5 January 2017
Final four Semi-finals 25–26 January 2017 4 → 2 2
Final 29 January 2017 2 → 1 1

First roundEdit

The 17 non-reserve teams competing in the 2016–17 LigaPro entered the competition in this round. Sixteen teams were paired against each other for eight single-legged ties, while the seventeenth team (Académico de Viseu) was given a bye to the next round.[5] The draw took place on 15 July 2016, and matches were played on 30 and 31 July 2016.

Second roundEdit

In the second round, the eight first-round winners and Académico de Viseu, who were given a bye to this round, joined the 12 teams ranked 5th–16th in the 2015–16 Primeira Liga and the two teams promoted from the 2015–16 LigaPro. Twenty-two teams were paired against each other for eleven single-legged ties, while the 23rd team (Vitória de Guimarães) was given a bye to the next round.[5] The draw took place on 15 July 2016, and matches were played on 8, 9, 25, 26 and 27 October 2016.

Third roundEdit

In the third round, the 11 second-round winners and Vitória de Guimarães joined the four top-ranked teams from the 2015–16 Primeira Liga: Benfica (1st), Sporting CP (2nd), Porto (3rd) and Braga (4th). These 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four, each group containing one of the four top-ranked Primeira Liga teams. Group matches were played in a single round-robin format, ensuring that each team played at least one match at home.[5] The draw took place on 9 November 2016, and matches were played on 29 November–1 December, 29–30 December 2016, 2–4 January and 10–11 January 2017.[9]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Vitória de Setúbal 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6 Advance to knockout phase
2 Sporting CP 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
3 Arouca 3 1 0 2 3 2 +1 3
4 Varzim 3 1 0 2 1 4 −3 3
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Moreirense 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2 7 Advance to knockout phase
2 Belenenses 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 3
3 Feirense 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
4 Porto 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Braga 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6 Advance to knockout phase
2 Rio Ave 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3 Marítimo 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4 Sporting da Covilhã 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Benfica 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Advance to knockout phase
2 Vitória de Guimarães 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
3 Paços de Ferreira 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
4 Vizela 3 0 1 2 3 8 −5 1
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Knockout phaseEdit

In the knockout phase, the four teams advancing from the third round contested one-legged semi-final matches for a place in the competition final. The winners of Groups A and B played the winners of Groups C and D, respectively.[5] The semi-finals were played on 25 and 26 January, and the final was played on 29 January 2017. All knockout phase matches were played at Estádio Algarve, in Faro/Loulé.[10]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
25 January – Estádio Algarve
 
 
Vitória de Setúbal0
 
29 January – Estádio Algarve
 
Braga3
 
Braga0
 
26 January – Estádio Algarve
 
Moreirense1
 
Moreirense3
 
 
Benfica1
 

Semi-finalsEdit

Vitória de Setúbal0–3Braga
Report Santos   13' (pen.)
Stojiljković   66'
Pinho   87'
Attendance: 4,127
Referee: Carlos Xistra

Moreirense3–1Benfica
Dramé   46'
Boateng   54'71'
Report Salvio   6'
Attendance: 8,935
Referee: Tiago Martins

FinalEdit

Braga0–1Moreirense
Report Cauê   45+2' (pen.)
Attendance: 6,713

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Fafe played their home match at Estádio Dr. Machado de Matos, Felgueiras, instead of their regular stadium Parque Municipal dos Desportos, Fafe, due to renovations.[6][7]
  2. ^ Cova da Piedade played their home match at Caixa Futebol Campus, Seixal, instead of their regular stadium Estádio Municipal José Martins Vieira, Cova da Piedade, due to renovations.[6][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CTT são "naming" sponsor da Taça da Liga" [CTT are the naming sponsor of the Taça da Liga] (in Portuguese). Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP). 15 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ "CTT apostam no futebol como eixo estratégico de comunicação" [CTT bet in football as a strategic axis of communication] (in Portuguese). CTT. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Cinco equipas descem em 2015/16 na 2.ª Liga" [Cinco teams are relegated from the Segunda Liga in 2015/16]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  4. ^ "TAÇA CTT COM 'FINAL FOUR'" [TAÇA CTT WITH 'FINAL FOUR']. Record (in Portuguese). 28 June 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Regulamento das Competições organizadas pela Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional" [Regulations of the Competitions organized by the Portuguese Professional Football League] (PDF) (in Portuguese). LPFP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 August 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Comunicado Oficial Nº 13" [Official Communicate No. 13] (PDF) (in Portuguese). LPFP. 21 July 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-08-06. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Fafe vai estrear-se com quatro reforços" [Fafe will debut with four new entries] (in Portuguese). SAPO Desporto. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Cova da Piedade arranca a época a jogar no Seixal" [Cova da Piedade start season playing in Seixal] (in Portuguese). SAPO Desporto. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Comunicado Oficial Nº 109" [Official Communicate No. 109] (PDF) (in Portuguese). LPFP. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Final-four da prova será disputada no Estádio Algarve" [Competition's final-four will be held at Estádio Algarve]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 July 2016. Archived from the original on 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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