List of Portuguese football champions

The Portuguese football champions are the winners of the highest competition in Portuguese football, which is the Primeira Liga.

Primeira Liga Experimental (1934–1938)
Primeira Divisão (1938–1999)
Primeira Liga (1999–present)
Founded
1934
Number of teams
18
Current champions
Porto (30th title)
Country
Portugal Portugal
Most successful club
Benfica (37 titles)

HistoryEdit

The first competition that defined the Portuguese football champion was called Championship of Portugal (Campeonato de Portugal). It corresponds to today's Portuguese Cup (Taça de Portugal) and was held in a knock-out basis.

In 1934, an experimental league (Primeira Liga) was created as the new top-tier football in Portugal. Despite that, the first national competition (in a knock-out cup format) was still called Portuguese Championship; the Primeira Liga winners are considered the National Champions.[1]

From the 1938–39 season on, Championship of Portugal was named Taça de Portugal, and the Primeira Liga was named National Championship of the First Division, usually called First Division (Primeira Divisão). Since 1999, the First Division has again been named Premier League (Primeira Liga).

FC Porto were the first club to be crowned League champions, in the 1934–35 season. They had also won the first Championship of Portugal, in the 1921–22 season.

S.L. Benfica, with 37 titles, have been crowned champions more times than any other club and dominated the league during the 1960s and 1970s. Benfica are followed by Porto with 30 titles, who dominated in the 1990s and 2000s, who in turn are followed by Sporting CP with 19 titles, they dominated in the 1940s and 1950s. C.F. Os Belenenses and Boavista F.C. are the only two other clubs that have managed to win the league once. All five clubs are from the two largest cities, of Lisbon and Porto respectively.

List of champions and top scorersEdit

Clubs Players
Season Champions Points Runners-up Points Third place Points Teams Rounds Bota de Prata
(Top Scorer)
Club Goals
Campeonato da Liga da Primeira Divisão
  1934–35 Porto 22 Sporting CP 20 Benfica 19 8 14 Manuel Soeiro Sporting CP 14
  1935–36 Benfica 21 Porto 20 Sporting CP 16 8 14 Pinga Porto 21
  1936–37 Benfica (2) 24 Belenenses 23 Sporting CP 19 8 14 Manuel Soeiro Sporting CP 24
  1937–38 Benfica (3) 23 Porto 23 Sporting CP 23 8 14 Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 34
Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Divisão
  1938–39 Porto (2) 23 Sporting CP 22 Benfica 21 8 14 Costuras Porto 18
  1939–40 Porto (3) 34 Sporting CP 32 Belenenses 25 10 18 Fernando Peyroteo
Slavko Kodrnja
Sporting CP
Porto
29
  1940–41 Sporting CP 23 Porto 20 Belenenses 19 8 14 Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 29
  1941–42 Benfica (4) 38 Sporting CP 34 Belenenses 30 12 22 Correia Dias Porto 36
  1942–43 Benfica (5) 30 Sporting CP 29 Belenenses 28 10 18 Julinho Benfica 24
  1943–44 Sporting CP (2) 31 Benfica 26 Atlético CP 24 10 18 Francisco Rodrigues Vitória de Setúbal 28
  1944–45 Benfica (6) 30 Sporting CP 27 Belenenses 27 10 18 Francisco Rodrigues Vitória de Setúbal 21
  1945–46 Belenenses 38 Benfica 37 Sporting CP 32 12 22 Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 37
  1946–47 Sporting CP (3) 47 Benfica 41 Porto 33 14 26 Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 43
  1947–48 Sporting CP (4) 41 Benfica 41 Belenenses 37 14 26 António Araújo Porto 36
  1948–49 Sporting CP (5) 42 Benfica 37 Belenenses 35 14 26 Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 40
  1949–50 Benfica (7) 45 Sporting CP 39 Atlético CP 30 14 26 Julinho Benfica 28
  1950–51 Sporting CP (6) 45 Porto 34 Benfica 30 14 26 Manuel Vasques Sporting CP 29
  1951–52 Sporting CP (7) 41 Benfica 40 Porto 36 14 26 José Águas Benfica 28
  1952–53 Sporting CP (8) 43 Benfica 39 Belenenses 36 14 26 Matateu Belenenses 29
  1953–54 Sporting CP (9) 43 Porto 36 Benfica 32 14 26 João Martins Sporting CP 31
  1954–55 Benfica (8) 39 Belenenses 39 Sporting CP 37 14 26 Matateu Belenenses 32
  1955–56 Porto (4) 43 Benfica 43 Belenenses 37 14 26 José Águas Benfica 28
  1956–57 Benfica (9) 41 Porto 40 Belenenses 33 14 26 José Águas Benfica 30
  1957–58 Sporting CP (10) 43 Porto 43 Benfica 36 14 26 Arsénio Duarte CUF 23
  1958–59 Porto (5) 41 Benfica 41 Belenenses 38 14 26 José Águas Benfica 26
  1959–60 Benfica (10) 45 Sporting CP 43 Belenenses 36 14 26 Edmur Ribeiro Vitória de Guimarães 25
  1960–61 Benfica (11) 46 Sporting CP 42 Porto 33 14 26 José Águas Benfica 27
  1961–62 Sporting CP (11) 43 Porto 41 Benfica 36 14 26 Veríssimo Porto 23
  1962–63 Benfica (12) 48 Porto 42 Sporting CP 38 14 26 José Augusto Torres Benfica 26
  1963–64 Benfica (13) 46 Porto 40 Sporting CP 34 14 26 Eusébio Benfica 28
  1964–65 Benfica (14) 43 Porto 37 CUF Barreiro 35 14 26 Eusébio Benfica 28
  1965–66 Sporting CP (12) 42 Benfica 41 Porto 34 14 26 Eusébio
Ernesto Figueiredo
Benfica
Sporting CP
25
  1966–67 Benfica (15) 43 Académica de Coimbra 40 Porto 39 14 26 Eusébio Benfica 31
  1967–68 Benfica (16) 41 Sporting CP 37 Porto 36 14 26 Eusébio Benfica 43
  1968–69 Benfica (17) 39 Porto 37 Vitória de Guimarães 36 14 26 Manuel António Académica Coimbra 19
  1969–70 Sporting CP (13) 46 Benfica 38 Vitória de Setúbal 36 14 26 Eusébio Benfica 20
  1970–71 Benfica (18) 41 Sporting CP 38 Porto 37 14 26 Artur Jorge Benfica 23
  1971–72 Benfica (19) 55 Vitória de Setúbal 45 Sporting CP 43 16 30 Artur Jorge Benfica 27
  1972–73 Benfica (20) 58 Belenenses 40 Vitória de Setúbal 38 16 30 Eusébio Benfica 40
  1973–74 Sporting CP (14) 49 Benfica 47 Vitória de Setúbal 45 16 30 Héctor Yazalde Sporting CP 46
  1974–75 Benfica (21) 49 Porto 44 Sporting CP 43 16 30 Héctor Yazalde Sporting CP 30
  1975–76 Benfica (22) 50 Boavista 48 Belenenses 40 16 30 Rui Jordão Benfica 30
  1976–77 Benfica (23) 51 Sporting CP 42 Porto 41 16 30 Fernando Gomes Porto 26
  1977–78 Porto (6) 51 Benfica 51 Sporting CP 42 16 30 Fernando Gomes Porto 25
  1978–79 Porto (7) 50 Benfica 49 Sporting CP 42 16 30 Fernando Gomes Porto 27
  1979–80 Sporting CP (15) 52 Porto 50 Benfica 45 16 30 Rui Jordão Sporting CP 31
  1980–81 Benfica (24) 50 Porto 48 Sporting CP 37 16 30 Nené Benfica 20
  1981–82 Sporting CP (16) 46 Benfica 44 Porto 43 16 30 Jacques Pereira Porto 27
  1982–83 Benfica (25) 51 Porto 47 Sporting CP 42 16 30 Fernando Gomes Porto 36
  1983–84 Benfica (26) 52 Porto 49 Sporting CP 42 16 30 Fernando Gomes
Nené
Porto
Benfica
21
  1984–85 Porto (8) 55 Sporting CP 47 Benfica 43 16 30 Fernando Gomes Porto 39
  1985–86 Porto (9) 49 Benfica 47 Sporting CP 46 16 30 Manuel Fernandes Sporting CP 30
  1986–87 Benfica (27) 48 Porto 46 Vitória de Guimarães 41 16 30 Paulinho Cascavel Vitória de Guimarães 22
  1987–88 Porto (10) 66 Benfica 51 Belenenses 48 20 38 Paulinho Cascavel Sporting CP 23
  1988–89 Benfica (28) 63 Porto 56 Boavista 49 20 38 Vata Benfica 16
  1989–90 Porto (11) 59 Benfica 55 Sporting CP 46 18 34 Mats Magnusson Benfica 33
  1990–91 Benfica (29) 69 Porto 67 Sporting CP 57 20 38 Rui Águas Benfica 25
  1991–92 Porto (12) 56 Benfica 46 Boavista 44 18 34 Ricky Boavista 30
  1992–93 Porto (13) 54 Benfica 52 Sporting CP 45 18 34 Jorge Cadete Sporting CP 18
  1993–94 Benfica (30) 54 Porto 52 Sporting CP 51 18 34 Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal 21
  1994–95 Porto (14) 62 Sporting CP 53 Benfica 49 18 34 Hassan Nader Farense 21
  1995–96(1) Porto (15) 84 Benfica 73 Sporting CP 67 18 34 Domingos Paciência Porto 25
  1996–97 Porto (16) 85 Sporting CP 72 Benfica 58 18 34 Mário Jardel Porto 30
  1997–98 Porto (17) 77 Benfica 68 Vitória de Guimarães 59 18 34 Mário Jardel Porto 26
  1998–99 Porto (18) 79 Boavista 71 Benfica 65 18 34 Mário Jardel Porto 36
Primeira Liga
  1999–2000 Sporting CP (17) 77 Porto 73 Benfica 69 18 34 Mário Jardel Porto 37
  2000–01 Boavista 77 Porto 76 Sporting CP 62 18 34 Pena Porto 22
  2001–02 Sporting CP (18) 75 Boavista 70 Porto 68 18 34 Mário Jardel Sporting CP 42
  2002–03 Porto (19) 86 Benfica 75 Sporting CP 59 18 34 Fary Faye Beira-Mar 18
  2003–04 Porto (20) 82 Benfica 74 Sporting CP 73 18 34 Benni McCarthy Porto 20
  2004–05 Benfica (31) 65 Porto 62 Sporting CP 61 18 34 Liédson Sporting CP 25
  2005–06 Porto (21) 79 Sporting CP 72 Benfica 67 18 34 Albert Meyong Belenenses 17
  2006–07 Porto (22) 69 Sporting CP 68 Benfica 67 16 30 Liédson Sporting CP 15
  2007–08 Porto (23) 69(2) Sporting CP 55 Vitória de Guimarães 53 16 30 Lisandro López Porto 24
  2008–09 Porto (24) 70 Sporting CP 66 Benfica 59 16 30 Nenê Nacional 20
  2009–10 Benfica (32) 76 Braga 71 Porto 68 16 30 Óscar Cardozo Benfica 26
  2010–11 Porto (25) 84 Benfica 63 Sporting CP 48 16 30 Hulk Porto 23
  2011–12 Porto (26) 75 Benfica 69 Braga 62 16 30 Óscar Cardozo Benfica 20
  2012–13 Porto (27) 78 Benfica 77 Paços de Ferreira 54 16 30 Jackson Martínez Porto 26
  2013–14 Benfica (33) 74 Sporting CP 67 Porto 61 16 30 Jackson Martínez Porto 20
  2014–15 Benfica (34) 85 Porto 82 Sporting CP 76 18 34 Jackson Martínez Porto 21
  2015–16 Benfica (35) 88 Sporting CP 86 Porto 73 18 34 Jonas Benfica 31
  2016–17 Benfica (36) 82 Porto 76 Sporting CP 70 18 34 Bas Dost Sporting CP 34
  2017–18 Porto (28) 88 Benfica 81 Sporting CP 78 18 34 Jonas Benfica 34
  2018–19 Benfica (37) 87 Porto 85 Sporting CP 74 18 34 Haris Seferovic Benfica 23
  2019–20 Porto (29) 82 Benfica 77 Braga 60 18 34 Carlos Vinícius Benfica 19
  2020–21 Sporting CP (19) 85 Porto 80 Benfica 76 18 34 Pedro Gonçalves Sporting CP 23
  2021–22 Porto (30) -- Sporting CP -- Benfica -- 18 34
  • (1) 3 points were awarded for a win from the 1995–96 season onwards. Prior to this 2 points were awarded for a win.
  • (2) Porto saw six points subtracted in the Apito Dourado corruption scandal because of bribery allegations, which reduced their 20-point lead (total 75 points) to 14. But in May 2011 the Central Administrative Court of the South of Portugal ruled that decision, taken in 2008 in a meeting made by the Justice Council of the Portuguese Football Federation, as being "inexistent". The Portuguese Football Federation has announced it would appeal from this decision the Administrative Supreme Court.[when?]

Performance by clubEdit

All Primeira Liga champions have come from either Lisbon or Porto.

Club Winners Second place Winning years and Second place years
Benfica 37 29 1936, 1937, 1938, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Porto 30 28 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1951, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Sporting CP 19 22 1935, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2021, 2022
Belenenses 1
03
1937, 1946, 1955, 1973
Boavista 1
03
1976, 1999, 2001, 2002
Académica de Coimbra
01
1967
Vitória de Setúbal
01
1972
Braga
01
2010

Performance by cityEdit

Titles won by club (%)

  Benfica – 37 (42%)
  Porto – 30 (34%)
  Sporting CP – 19 (22%)
  Other clubs – 2 (2%)

Five clubs have been champions, from a total of 2 cities.

City Number of Titles Clubs
  Lisbon
57
Benfica (37), Sporting (19), Belenenses (1)
  Porto
31
Porto (30), Boavista (1)

Doubles, Trebles and QuadruplesEdit

The Double, called Dobradinha in Portuguese, means winning the Primeira Liga and the Taça de Portugal in the same season. The first double was achieved by Sporting CP in 1941 and the most recent by Porto in 2020.

The Treble, called Triplete in Portuguese, usually refers either winning the domestic treble of Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga (domestic treble) or winning a UEFA competition, the Primeira Liga and Taça de Portugal (continental treble) in the same season. The Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira does not count. Benfica is the only Portuguese club to have achieved a domestic treble by winning the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga in 2014, and Porto is the only Portuguese club to have achieved a continental treble by winning the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and UEFA Cup in 2003, and by winning the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and UEFA Europa League in 2011.

The Quadruple, called Quadriplete in Portuguese, refers to winning 4 titles in the same season. This feat has only been achieved by Porto (furthermore twice) in the 1987–88 season, when it won the European Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, Primeira Liga and Taça de Portugal, and in the 2010–11 season when it won the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, Primeira Liga, UEFA Europa League and Taça de Portugal.

Teams below have made the Double:

Season Winners Trophies
1940–41 Sporting CP Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1942–43 Benfica Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1947–48 Sporting CP (2) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1953–54 Sporting CP (3) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1954–55 Benfica (2) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1955–56 Porto Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1956–57 Benfica (3) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1963–64 Benfica (4) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1968–69 Benfica (5) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1971–72 Benfica (6) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1973–74 Sporting CP (4) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1980–81 Benfica (7) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1981–82 Sporting CP (5) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1982–83 Benfica (8) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1986–87 Benfica (9) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1987–88 Porto (2) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1997–98 Porto (3) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
2001–02 Sporting CP (6) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2002–03 Porto (4) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2005–06 Porto (5) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2008–09 Porto (6) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2010–11 Porto (7) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2013–14 Benfica (10) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2016–17 Benfica (11) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2019–20 Porto (8) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal

Teams below have made the Treble:

Season Winners Trophies
2002–03 Porto Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Cup
2010–11 Porto (2) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Europa League
2013–14 Benfica Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, Taça da Liga

The below teams have made the Quadruple:

Season Winners Trophies
1987–88 Porto Intercontinental Cup, European Super Cup, Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2010–11 Porto (2) Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Europa League

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Portuguese FA confirms Sporting has only 18 national titles". observador,pt. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2017.