LigaPro

The LigaPro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈliɣɐˈpɾɔ]; English: ProLeague) is the second-highest division of the Portuguese football league system, after the Primeira Liga. At the end of each season, the top-finishing teams are promoted to the Primeira Liga, and the lowest-ranked teams are relegated to the third-tier Campeonato de Portugal until 2020 and the new Terceira Liga (English: Third League) starting in 2021.

LigaPro
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Founded1990 (as Segunda Divisão de Honra)
CountryPortugal
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toPrimeira Liga
Relegation toCampeonato de Portugal (until 2020)
Terceira Liga (from 2021)
Domestic cup(s)Taça de Portugal
League cup(s)Taça da Liga
Current championsPaços de Ferreira (4th title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsPaços de Ferreira (4 titles)
TV partnersSport TV
Benfica TV
Porto Canal
Websitehttp://www.ligaportugal.pt/
2020–21 LigaPro

The LigaPro was founded in 1990 as the Segunda Divisão de Honra (Second Division of Honour), superseding the now-folded Segunda Divisão (Second Division) as the second tier of Portuguese football. When the division came under the auspices of the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP) in 1999, it was renamed Segunda Liga (Second League), a designation that was kept until 2016, with the exception of a period between 2005 and 2012, when it was known as Liga de Honra (League of Honour). The current branding and sponsorship were introduced during the 2015–16 season.[1]

As of the 2018–19 season, it is contested nationwide by 18 teams, including the reserve sides (B teams) of several top-flight clubs.

Twenty different teams have won the division title; the most successful is Paços de Ferreira, with four wins, including the inaugural season and the most recently concluded 2018–19 season.

HistoryEdit

Before 1990, there was only one professional nationwide football league in Portugal, the Primeira Divisão (First Division). Lower placed teams were relegated to the Segunda Divisão (Second Division), a regional league, while the top teams from that league would be promoted to the First Division. Starting with the 1990–91 season, a new second-tier professional league was created, taking the name Segunda Divisão de Honra, while the previous Segunda Divisão became the third-tier league and was renamed Segunda Divisão B.

In 1999, the Portuguese League for Professional Football (LPFP) took control of the two nationwide levels and renamed the league Segunda Liga (Second League), while in 2005 it was renamed Liga de Honra and the Segunda Divisão B reverted to its original name. In 2012, the second tier of Portuguese football was renamed again Segunda Liga and in 2016 it was renamed LigaPro.

FormatEdit

In the 2016–17 season, there are 22 clubs in the Segunda Liga (24 in the seasons before). For the 2017–18 season it was foreseen to reduce the number of teams from 22 to 20.[2] During the course of a season, each club plays all teams twice — once at their home stadium and once at their opponent's — for a total of 42 games. At the end of each season, the two top teams are promoted to Primeira Liga and the four lowest ranked teams will be relegated to the 2017–18 Campeonato de Portugal. There will be also a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off involving the 17th- and 18th-placed teams of 2016–17 LigaPro and both second-placed teams of the Campeonato de Portugal promotion groups (North and South).[3] The B teams cannot be promoted to Primeira Liga but can be demoted to the Campeonato de Portugal if they end the season in one of the relegation positions or if the main team is also relegated. After the 2020–21 season, two clubs are to be relegated to the new Terceira Liga.[4]

BroadcastingEdit

Since 2018-19, all the matches are broadcast by Sport TV, though some of them are only broadcast through online streaming. The exceptions are Benfica B and Porto B home games, broadcast by Benfica TV and Porto Canal.[5]

ClubsEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity [6] 2018–19 finish
Académica Coimbra Estádio Cidade de Coimbra 29,750 5th
Académico de Viseu Viseu Estádio do Fontelo 4,090 11th
Benfica B Seixal Caixa Futebol Campus 2,720 4th
Casa Pia Lisbon Estádio Pina Manique 1,500 1st (CP)
Chaves Chaves Estádio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira 8,400 16th (PL)
Cova da Piedade Cova da Piedade Estádio Municipal José Martins Vieira 2,230 13th
Estoril Estoril Estádio António Coimbra da Mota 7,400 3rd
Farense Faro Estádio de São Luís 6,650 10th
Feirense Santa Maria da Feira Estádio Marcolino de Castro 5,450 18th (PL)
Leixões Matosinhos Estádio do Mar 6,610 7th
Mafra Mafra Estádio Municipal de Mafra 1,250 14th
Nacional Funchal Estádio da Madeira 5,580 17th (PL)
Oliveirense Oliveira de Azeméis Estádio Municipal de Aveiro 30,130 12th
Penafiel Penafiel Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril 5,330 8th
Porto B Vila Nova de Gaia Estádio Municipal Jorge Sampaio 8,280 9th
Sp. Covilhã Covilhã Estádio Municipal José dos Santos Pinto 3,500 6th
Varzim Póvoa de Varzim Estádio do Varzim SC 6,015 15th
Vilafranquense Vila Franca de Xira Estádio Municipal de Rio Maior 7,300 2nd (CP)

ChampionsEdit

For champions at this level before 1991, see Portuguese Second Division.
Season Champion Points Runner-up Points Third place Points Teams Top scorer Club Goals
1990–91 Paços de Ferreira 51 Estoril 46 Torreense 45 20   Eduard Eranosyan Leixões 22
1991–92 Sporting de Espinho 50 Belenenses 48 Tirsense 45 18   Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal 22
1992–93 Estrela da Amadora 48 União da Madeira 47 Vitória de Setúbal 47 18   Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal 34
1993–94 Tirsense 46 União de Leiria 45 Chaves 45 18   Edinho Portimonense 16
1994–95 Leça 46 Campomaiorense 46 Felgueiras 44 18   Tihomir Rudež Campomaiorense 20
1995–96 Rio Ave 68 Vitória de Setúbal 62 Sporting de Espinho 62 18   Paulo Vida Desportivo das Aves 22
1996–97 Campomaiorense 62 Varzim 59 Académica 58 18   Carlos Freitas Desportivo de Beja 17
1997–98 União de Leiria 70 Beira-Mar 64 Alverca 62 18   Armando Santos Moreirense 21
1998–99 Gil Vicente 68 Belenenses 61 Santa Clara 55 18   Marcão Varzim 23
1999–2000 Paços de Ferreira (2) 65 Beira-Mar 65 Desportivo das Aves 61 18   Marcão Varzim 27
2000–01 Santa Clara 67 Varzim 64 Vitória de Setúbal 64 18   Brandão Santa Clara 24
2001–02 Moreirense 64 Académica 62 Nacional 62 18   Ibón Pérez
  Paulo Vida
  Rômulo
  Serginho
Chaves
Paços de Ferreira
Nacional
Nacional
18
2002–03 Rio Ave (2) 63 Alverca 60 Estrela da Amadora 57 18   Igor Maia 20
2003–04 Estoril 67 Vitória de Setúbal 64 Penafiel 61 18   Fábio Hempel Salgueiros 25
2004–05 Paços de Ferreira (3) 69 Naval 1º de Maio 62 Estrela da Amadora 60 18   Rincón Paços de Ferreira 18
2005–06 Beira-Mar 68 Desportivo das Aves 64 Leixões 62 18   Cássio
  Nuno Sousa
Maia/Chaves
Gondomar
20
2006–07 Leixões 60 Vitória de Guimarães 55 Rio Ave 53 16   Roberto Alcântara Leixões 17
2007–08 Trofense 52 Rio Ave 51 Vizela 50 16   Júlio César Santa Clara 13
2008–09 Olhanense 58 União de Leiria 53 Santa Clara 52 16   Djalmir Olhanense 20
2009–10 Beira-Mar (2) 54 Portimonense 54 Feirense 52 16   Reguila Trofense 15
2010–11 Gil Vicente (2) 55 Feirense 55 Trofense 54 16   Bock Freamunde 15
2011–12 Estoril (2) 57 Moreirense 52 Desportivo das Aves 50 16   Joeano Arouca 19
2012–13 Belenenses 94 Arouca 73 Leixões 68 22   Joeano Arouca 24
2013–14 Moreirense (2) 79 Porto B 77 Penafiel 73 22   Pires Moreirense 22
2014–15 Tondela 81 União da Madeira 80 Chaves 80 24   Tozé Marreco
  Erivelto
Tondela
Sporting da Covilhã
23
2015–16 Porto B 86 Chaves 81 Feirense 78 24   Simy Gil Vicente 20
2016–17 Portimonense 83 Desportivo das Aves 81 União da Madeira 64 22   Pires Portimonense 23
2017–18 Nacional 71 Santa Clara 66 Académico de Viseu 64 20   Ricardo Gomes Nacional 21
2018–19 Paços de Ferreira (4) 74 Famalicão 69 Estoril 54 18   Pires Penafiel 16
2019–20 Abandoned due to COVID-19 pandemic (Nacional and Farense promoted in first and second place with 10 rounds left to play)[7] 18   Agdon Menezes Oliveirense 13

StatisticsEdit

Performance by clubEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons Runner-up seasons
Paços de Ferreira 4 0 1990–91, 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2018–19
Beira-Mar 2 2 2005–06, 2009–10 1997–98, 1999–2000
Rio Ave 2 1 1995–96, 2002–03 2007–08
Moreirense 2 1 2001–02, 2013–14 2011–12
Estoril 2 1 2003–04, 2011–12 1990–91
Gil Vicente 2 0 1998–99, 2010–11
União de Leiria 1 2 1997–98 1993–94, 2008–09
Belenenses 1 2 2012–13 1991–92, 1998–99
Campomaiorense 1 1 1996–97 1994–95
Santa Clara 1 1 2000–01 2017–18
Porto B 1 1 2015–16 2013–14
Portimonense 1 1 2016–17 2009–10
Espinho 1 0 1991–92
Estrela da Amadora 1 0 1992–93
Tirsense 1 0 1993–94
Leça 1 0 1994–95
Leixões 1 0 2006–07
Trofense 1 0 2007–08
Olhanense 1 0 2008–09
Tondela 1 0 2014–15
Nacional 1 0 2017–18
Varzim 0 2 1996–97, 2000–01
Vitória de Setúbal 0 2 1995–96, 2003–04
União da Madeira 0 2 1992–93, 2014–15
Desportivo das Aves 0 2 2005–06, 2016–17
Académica 0 1 2001–02
Alverca 0 1 2002–03
Naval 1º de Maio 0 1 2004–05
Vitória de Guimarães 0 1 2006–07
Feirense 0 1 2010–11
Arouca 0 1 2012–13
Chaves 0 1 2015–16
Famalicão 0 1 2018–19

All-time LigaPro tableEdit

The all-time LigaPro table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in LigaPro since its inception in 1990. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2019–20 season. 2019–20 league standings are not attributed due to the competition being abandoned. For comparison, older seasons have been calculated according to the three-points-per-win rule.

Pos Team S Pts GP W D L GF GA GD 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th T Debut Since/
Last App
Best Notes
1 Desportivo das Aves 25 1275 882 344 243 295 1093 1026 67 2 1 3 2 1 9 1990–91 2016–17 2
2 Penafiel 24 1167 826 309 240 277 1020 951 69 2 5 2 8 1992–93 2015–16 3
3 Feirense 21 1013 728 267 212 249 878 853 25 1 2 1 2 6 1990–91 2019–20 2
4 Portimonense 19 935 678 244 203 231 838 816 22 1 1 1 1 2 6 1990–91 2016–17 1
5 Leixões 18 876 646 227 194 225 718 694 28 1 2 2 5 1990–91 2010–11 1
6 Varzim 17 864 610 229 177 204 725 710 15 2 3 5 1990–91 2015–16 2
7 Santa Clara 17 857 606 228 173 205 722 679 43 1 1 2 2 1 7 1998–99 2017–18 1
8 Académica 14 755 482 215 110 157 628 506 122 1 1 2 3 3 10 1990–91 2016–17 2
9 Estoril 16 742 514 199 145 167 638 555 83 2 1 1 1 1 6 1990–91 2018–19 1
10 Sporting da Covilhã 17 727 614 181 184 239 645 729 -84 1 1 2 1996–97 2008–09 4
11 Chaves 14 687 490 178 149 163 581 564 17 1 2 1 4 1993–94 2019–20 2
12 União da Madeira 13 633 478 163 144 171 580 572 8 2 1 3 1992–93 2017–18 2
13 Académico de Viseu 13 617 480 161 134 185 502 564 -62 1 1 2 1990–91 2013–14 3
14 Rio Ave 10 551 332 156 83 93 476 348 128 2 1 1 2 2 8 1991–92 2007–08 1
15 Felgueiras 12 547 408 141 124 143 482 482 0 1 1 1 3 1992–93 2004–05 3 [A]
16 Beira-Mar 10 538 348 143 109 96 418 333 85 2 2 1 5 1995–96 2014–15 1
17 Paços de Ferreira 9 527 310 145 92 73 419 310 109 4 1 1 6 1990–91 2018–19 1
18 Freamunde 12 514 432 128 130 174 499 578 -79 1 1 2 1990–91 2016–17 5
19 Sporting de Espinho 11 511 378 134 109 135 471 437 34 1 1 2 1990–91 2004–05 1
20 Gil Vicente 9 508 344 130 118 96 433 356 77 2 2 4 1997–98 2017–18 1
21 Oliveirense 12 508 426 131 115 180 507 609 -102 1 1 1 3 2001–02 2017–18 4
22 Moreirense 10 476 340 127 95 118 440 413 27 2 1 3 1995–96 2013–14 1
23 Porto B 8 469 314 131 76 107 436 389 47 1 1 2 2012–13 2012–13 1
24 Maia 10 457 344 126 79 139 477 496 -19 1 1 2 1990–91 2005–06 4 [B]
25 Benfica B 8 456 314 126 78 110 476 429 47 2 1 1 4 2012–13 2012–13 4
26 Nacional 10 455 334 119 98 117 430 412 18 1 1 2 1991–92 2019–20 1
27 Naval 1º de Maio 10 436 310 111 103 96 420 384 36 1 2 3 1998–99 2013–14 2 [C]
28 Ovarense 11 431 374 110 101 163 446 582 -136 1 1 1991–92 2005–06 6
29 Olhanense 9 419 326 109 92 125 345 379 -34 1 1 2 1991–92 2016–17 1
30 Sporting B 6 376 256 103 67 86 360 339 21 1 1 1 3 2012–13 2017–18 4
31 União de Lamas 9 362 306 98 68 140 310 433 -123 2 2 1994–95 2002–03 6
32 Trofense 8 349 280 90 79 111 292 367 -75 1 1 2 2006–07 2014–15 1
33 Braga B 7 344 290 88 80 122 328 370 -42 2012–13 2018–19 7
34 União de Leiria 6 338 204 94 56 54 280 184 104 1 2 3 1990–91 2008–09 1
35 Leça 7 331 238 92 55 91 290 317 -27 1 1 2 1993–94 2002–03 1
36 Famalicão 6 315 228 87 54 87 273 274 -1 1 1 2 1994–95 2018–19 2
37 Vitória de Setúbal 5 310 170 89 43 38 302 169 133 2 2 1 5 1991–92 2003–04 2
38 Farense 6 310 226 83 61 82 261 243 18 2002–03 2020–21 10
39 Vitória de Guimarães B 6 302 248 80 62 106 300 336 -36 2012–13 2018–19 9
40 Belenenses 5 300 170 84 48 38 252 161 91 1 2 1 4 1991–92 2012–13 1
41 Estrela da Amadora 5 282 170 75 57 38 222 163 59 1 2 1 4 1991–92 2004–05 1
42 Campomaiorense 5 253 170 73 34 63 240 208 32 1 1 2 1992–93 2001–02 1 [D]
43 Arouca 5 249 174 65 54 55 246 207 39 1 1 1 3 2010–11 2020–21 2
44 Alverca 5 245 170 67 44 59 198 167 31 1 1 2 1995–96 2004–05 2
45 Atlético CP 5 219 206 53 60 93 211 279 -68 2011–12 2015–16 11
46 Vizela 5 211 166 49 64 53 178 184 -6 2005–06 2020–21 3
47 Gondomar 5 200 158 53 41 64 193 188 5 1 1 2004–05 2008–09 5
48 Marco 5 200 170 52 44 74 210 272 -62 1 1 2000–01 2005–06 4 [E]
49 Tondela 3 199 130 53 40 37 163 149 14 1 1 2012–13 2014–15 1
50 Torreense 5 192 174 48 48 78 188 255 -67 1 1 1990–91 1997–98 3
51 Louletano 4 179 140 49 32 59 164 180 -16 1990–91 1993–94 10
52 Cova da Piedade 4 163 138 43 34 61 132 189 -57 2016–17 2016–17 9
53 Tirsense 3 154 102 41 31 30 98 88 10 1 1 2 1991–92 1996–97 1
54 Mafra 3 134 104 32 38 34 110 108 2 2015–16 2018–19 14
55 Marítimo B 3 132 130 35 27 68 115 172 -57 2012–13 2014–15 16
56 Benfica Castelo Branco 3 118 106 29 31 46 90 140 -50 1 1 1990–91 1992–93 5
57 Oriental 2 99 92 24 27 41 94 126 -32 2014–15 2015–16 15
58 Salgueiros 2 93 68 25 18 25 86 93 -7 1 1 2002–03 2003–04 6
59 Fátima 3 86 90 18 32 40 85 121 -36 2007–08 2010–11 8
60 Esposende 2 66 68 16 18 34 55 99 -44 1998–99 1999–2000 14
61 Imortal 2 66 68 15 21 32 76 108 -32 1999–2000 2000–01 15
62 Amora 2 65 68 14 23 31 57 95 -38 1992–93 1994–95 17
63 Barreirense 2 60 72 12 24 36 57 117 -60 1990–91 2005–06 15
64 Vitória de Guimarães 1 55 30 16 7 7 44 20 24 1 2006–07 2006–07 2
65 O Elvas 1 52 38 14 10 14 45 45 0 1990–91 1990–91 14
66 Fafe 1 45 42 11 12 19 52 65 -13 2016–17 2016–17 20
67 Desportivo de Beja 1 37 34 9 10 15 44 55 -11 1996–97 1996–97 17
68 Águeda 1 35 38 10 5 23 41 73 -32 1990–91 1990–91 18
69 Boavista 1 32 30 9 5 16 28 44 -16 2008–09 2008–09 15
70 Real 1 32 38 8 8 22 47 61 -14 2017–18 2017–18 20
71 Olivais e Moscavide 1 27 30 7 6 17 26 42 -16 2006–07 2006–07 15
72 Lusitano VRSA 1 25 38 4 13 21 16 45 -29 1990–91 1990–91 19
73 Carregado 1 24 30 6 6 18 26 47 -21 2009–10 2009–10 16
74 Vilafranquense 1 24 24 6 6 12 27 45 -18 2019–20 2019–20 TBD
75 Casa Pia 1 11 24 2 5 17 19 47 -28 2019–20 2019–20 TBD

A. ^ Club folded in 2005. Successor club Felgueiras 1932 was founded in 2006.
B. ^ Club folded in 2011.
C. ^ Club folded in 2017. Successor club Naval 1893 was founded in 2017.
D. ^ Club ended football team in 2013.
E. ^ Club ended football team in 2007.

Last updated: 27 July 2020

Primeira Liga
LigaPro
Campeonato de Portugal
Portuguese District Championships
Clubs no longer in competition

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aí está a Liga Pro!" [Here is LigaPro!] (in Portuguese). LPFP. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
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  3. ^ "Aprovadas todas as propostas da Direção" [Board's proposals all approved] (in Portuguese). LPFP. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  4. ^ "FPF avança com 3.ª Liga em 2021/22 e cria megaplano para o Campeonato de Portugal" [FPF advances with 3rd League in 2021–22 and creates megaplan for the Championship of Portugal]. Record.pt (in Portuguese). 6 May 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Veja os jogos da LEDMAN LigaPro em live streaming". Liga Portugal. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
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