Primeira Liga

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The Primeira Liga ([pɾiˈmɐjɾɐ ˈliɣɐ]; English: Premier League), also known as Liga NOS for sponsorship reasons, is the top professional association football division of the Portuguese football league system. It is organised and supervised by the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional, also known as Liga Portugal. As of the 2014–15 season, the Primeira Liga is contested by 18 teams, with the two lowest placed teams relegated to the LigaPro and replaced by the top-two non-reserve teams from this division.[a]

Primeira Liga
Liga NOS logo.png
Organising bodyLiga Portugal
Founded1934; 87 years ago (1934)
CountryPortugal
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toLiga Portugal 2
Domestic cup(s)Taça de Portugal
Supertaça
League cup(s)Taça da Liga
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsSporting CP (19th title)
(2020–21)
Most championshipsBenfica (37 titles)
Most appearancesManuel Fernandes (486)
Top goalscorerFernando Peyroteo (332)
TV partnersList of broadcasters
WebsiteLigaPortugal.pt
Current: 2020–21 Primeira Liga

Founded in 1934 as an experimental (now official) league called Campeonato da Liga da Primeira Divisão, it was named Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Divisão from 1938 until 1999, when it was changed to its current naming. Over 70 teams have competed in the Primeira Liga, but only five have been crowned champions. Among them, the "Big Three" teams – Benfica (37 wins), Porto (29 wins) and Sporting CP (19 wins) – have won all but two Primeira Liga titles; the other winners are Belenenses (1945–46) and Boavista (2000–01).[2]

The Primeira Liga has increased its reputation in recent years, occupying the sixth place of UEFA's national league ranking, as of 2021. It broke into the top five for the first time in the 2011–12 season, passing the French Ligue 1, one of the historical "big five" European leagues, for the first time since 1990. The Primeira Liga also reached a world ranking of fourth according to IFFHS's 2011 ranking.[3]

HistoryEdit

Before the Portuguese football reform of 1938, an experimental competition on a round-basis was already being held – the Primeira Liga (Premier League) and the winners of that competition were named "League champions". Despite that, a Championship of Portugal in a knock-out cup format was the most popular and defined the Portuguese champion, although the winners of this competition no longer count as Portuguese football champions.[citation needed]

Then, with the reform, a round-robin basis competition was implemented as the most important of the calendar and began defining the Portuguese champion. From 1938 to 1999, the name Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Divisão (National Championship of the First Division) or just Primeira Divisão (First Division), was used.[citation needed]

Porto won the inaugural edition of the new league championship and successfully defended the title in the next season. In 1939–40 the tournament was expanded from eight to ten clubs, due to an administrative battle between Porto and Académico do Porto, regarding a Regional Championship game that ended with only 43 minutes after the start, and later repeated (which FC Porto won) according to Porto FA decision. FPF came out with a decision to satisfy both clubs, expanding the championship to 10 teams (one more from Porto FA and another from Setúbal FA) and annulling the result from the repetition match. With this decision, FC Porto lost the Regional title and finished in 3rd, Leixões SC became the new regional champion, while Académico was 2nd place. All 3 teams qualified for 1939–40 Primeira Divisão.[4]

In the 1941–42 season, it was decided to expand the championship from eight to ten teams to admit Braga FA and Algarve FA champions (until this season only the top teams from Porto, Coimbra, Lisboa and Setúbal were admitted).[5] Porto finished the regional championship in third place again, which did not grant entry into the Primeira Liga.[6] However, a second expand (from 10 to 12) in the same season was decided, which allowed the club to participate.[7]

After the 1945–46 season, the qualifying system based on regional championships was abandoned and adopted a pyramid system, with relegations and promotions between the 3 tiers. The clubs in Primeira Divisão, Segunda Divisão and Terceira Divisão no longer had to play their district championships on the same season as they had been doing since the first seasons of the Liga.[5]

When the Portuguese League for Professional Football took control of the two nationwide leagues in 1999, it was renamed "Primeira Liga" (Premier League).[citation needed]

"Big Three" performance over the last 10 seasons
Season Benfica Porto Sporting
2011–12 2 1 4
2012–13 2 1 7
2013–14 1 3 2
2014–15 1 2 3
2015–16 1 3 2
2016–17 1 2 3
2017–18 2 1 3
2018–19 1 2 3
2019–20 2 1 4
2020–21 3 2 1

Big ThreeEdit

"The Big Three" (Portuguese: Os Três Grandes) is a nickname for the three most powerful sports clubs in Portugal. With the exception of Belenenses in 1945–46 and Boavista in 2000–01, only three clubs have won the Primeira Liga title – Benfica (37 times), Porto (29) and Sporting CP (18). These three clubs generally end up sharing the top three positions (thus, appearing more frequently in UEFA competitions) and are the only clubs to have played in every season of the competition.

These clubs dominate Portuguese football, and it has become typical for fans to support any of these teams as a "first club", with a local team probably coming afterwards, if at all. The "Big Three" have the highest average attendance ratings every season in Portugal, while the other teams, lacking support from the locals (with the exception of Vitória de Guimarães and Braga, which are the next-most supported clubs), have suffered from poor attendance. The lack of support for local teams is considered to be one of the main reasons why Portuguese Football registers one of the worst attendance ratings in European Football's best championships, alongside the broadcast of almost all the games on television. In other sports, the rivalry between the big clubs is also considerable and it usually leads to arguments between the fans and players.[citation needed]

Benfica is the club with most league, cup and league cup titles, as well as the most domestic titles (81) and overall titles won (83 or 84, if the Latin Cup is taken into account), including back-to-back European Cup trophies. Porto is the club with most Portuguese Super Cups and international titles won (7).

Sporting CP holds the third place when it comes to the most league and cup titles. Benfica is the only Portuguese club to have won two consecutive European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles, reaching ten European finals: seven European Cups and three UEFA Cup/Europa League, and was runner-up in two Intercontinental Cups. Porto is the only Portuguese club since 1987 to have won any international competition (excluding the UEFA Intertoto Cup), gathering a total of two European Cup/UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Cup/Europa Leagues, one European Super Cup and two Intercontinental Cups and finished runner-up in one European Cup Winner's Cup and three UEFA Super Cups. Sporting won one European Cup Winner's Cup and was runner-up in one UEFA Cup. Apart from the big three, Braga won the last UEFA Intertoto Cup and was runner-up in one UEFA Europa League.[8][9]

Edit

Galp Energia acquired the naming rights to the league in 2002, titling the division SuperLiga GalpEnergia. A four-year deal with the Austrian sports betting bwin was announced on 18 August 2005 amid questioning by the other gambling authorities in Portugal (the Santa Casa da Misericórdia and the Portuguese Casinos Association), who claimed to hold the exclusive rights to legal gambling games in Portuguese national territory. After holding the name Liga betandwin.com for the 2005–06 season, the name was changed to bwin LIGA in July 2006.[10][11]

From the 2008–09 season to the 2009–10 season the league was named Liga Sagres due to sponsorship from Sagres beer. In 2010, they renewed the sponsorship from Sagres, but also got the sponsorship from ZON Multimédia. The league was named Liga ZON Sagres until 2013–14 after the sponsorship agreement between Sagres, ZON (now NOS) and the league ended. Since 2015, it is known as Liga NOS.[12]

Sponsorship names for seasons
  • 2002–2005: SuperLiga GalpEnergia
  • 2005–2006: Liga betandwin.com
  • 2006–2008: bwin LIGA
  • 2008–2010: Liga Sagres
  • 2010–2014: Liga ZON Sagres
  • 2014–2021: Liga NOS
  • 2021-(Starting Season 2021-22): Liga Portugal 1 Bwin

Official match ballEdit

CompetitionEdit

From the 2014–15 season on, there are 18 clubs in the Primeira Liga, up from 16 in the previous seasons. 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 34 games. At the end of each season, the two lowest placed teams are relegated to the Segunda Liga and the top two teams from Segunda Liga are promoted to the Primeira Liga.

Qualification for European competitionsEdit

The top teams in Primeira Liga qualify for the UEFA Champions League with the first placed team directly entering the group stage and the second placed team entering the playoffs for the group stage of UEFA Champions League. Teams placed third and fourth play in the UEFA Europa League, along with the Taça de Portugal cup winners (unless they already qualify for the UEFA Champions League through league placing). In this case, the berth is given to the fifth placed team.

UEFA rankingEdit

UEFA League Ranking as of the 2019–20 season:[15]

ClubsEdit

Location of teams in 2019–20 Primeira Liga (Madeira)
Location of teams in 2019–20 Primeira Liga (Azores)
Team Location Stadium Capacity 2019–20
Belenenses SAD[16] Oeiras Estádio Nacional 37,500 15th
Benfica Lisbon Estádio da Luz 65,200 2nd
Boavista Porto Estádio do Bessa 28,263 12th
Braga Braga Estádio Municipal de Braga 30,000 3rd
Famalicão Vila Nova de Famalicão Estádio Municipal 22 de Junho 5,186 5th
Farense Faro Estádio de São Luís 12,000 2nd (LP)
Gil Vicente Barcelos Estádio Cidade de Barcelos 12,046 10th
Marítimo Funchal Estádio do Marítimo 10,600 11th
Moreirense Moreira de Cónegos Parque de Jogos Comendador
Joaquim de Almeida Freitas
6,153 8th
Nacional Funchal Estádio da Madeira 5,132 1st (LP)
Paços de Ferreira Paços de Ferreira Estádio Capital do Móvel 9,076 13th
Portimonense Portimão Estádio Municipal de Portimão 6,000 17th
Porto Porto Estádio do Dragão 50,033 1st
Rio Ave Vila do Conde Estádio dos Arcos 9,065 5th
Santa Clara Ponta Delgada Estádio de São Miguel 10,000 9th
Sporting CP Lisbon Estádio José Alvalade 50,095 4th
Tondela Tondela Estádio João Cardoso 5,000 14th
Vitória de Guimarães Guimarães Estádio D. Afonso Henriques 30,000 7th

AttendanceEdit

Since the beginning of the league, there are three clubs with an attendance much higher than the others: Benfica, Porto and Sporting CP. They have also the biggest stadiums in Portugal, with more than 50,000 seats. Other clubs, such as Vitória de Guimarães and Braga, also have good attendances. Académica de Coimbra (currently playing in LigaPro), Vitória de Setúbal, Boavista, Belenenses, and Marítimo are historical clubs, with more than 30 top-flight seasons, from the biggest Portuguese cities, and have also many supporters. However, they do not have big attendances nowadays. Their stadiums have between 10,000 and 30,000 seats.

The 2017–18 season saw the following average attendance by club:[17]

Club Average Stadium
capacity
Attendance(%) Accumulated Stadium
1 Benfica 53,209 64,642 82.93% 904,553 Estádio da Luz
2 Sporting CP 43,623 50,044 87.16% 741,599 Estádio José Alvalade
3 Porto 42,674 50,431 85.29% 725,461 Estádio do Dragão
4 Vitória de Guimarães 16,015 30,008 53.37% 272,255 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
5 Braga 11,706 30,286 38.65% 198,998 Estádio Municipal de Braga
6 Marítimo 7,072 10,932 66.93% 120,216 Estádio dos Barreiros
7 Boavista 5,623 30,000 20.55% 95,585 Estádio do Bessa
8 Vitória de Setúbal 4,111 13,468 28.80% 69,890 Estádio do Bonfim
9 Feirense 3,907 5,600 71.69% 66,412 Estádio Marcolino de Castro
10 Rio Ave 3,889 9,065 43.42% 66,116 Estádio do Rio Ave FC
11 Chaves 3,627 9,000 40.89% 61,658 Estádio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira
12 Paços de Ferreira 3,507 6,404 38.63% 59,612 Estádio da Mata Real
13 Belenenses 3,344 19,856 22.27% 56,851 Estádio do Restelo
14 Portimonense 3,158 9,544 64.04% 53,693 Estádio Municipal de Portimão
15 Aves 2,635 5,441 44.69% 44,803 Estádio do CD Aves
16 Tondela 2,373 5,000 47.46% 40,344 Estádio João Cardoso
17 Estoril 2,275 8,000 28.83% 38,673 Estádio António Coimbra da Mota
18 Moreirense 2,264 6,153 36.80% 38,494 Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril

List of champions and top scorersEdit

Clubs Players
Season Champions Points Runners-up Points Third place Points Teams Rounds Bola 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 18 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 22 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 F. Peyroteo / S. 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 29
  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 do Barreiro 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 do Barreiro 35 14 26 Eusébio Benfica 28
  1965–66 Sporting CP (12) 42 Benfica 41 Porto 34 14 26 Eusébio / E. Figueiredo Benfica / Sporting CP 25
  1966–67 Benfica (15) 43 Académica 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 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 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) 75(1) 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 32
  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 Seferović 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
  • Before 1995–96, the points were awarded in a format three points for a win. In that season, Primeira Liga switched to the now standard three points for a win system.
  • (1) Porto saw six points subtracted for corruption allegations in the Apito Dourado,[18] but they recovered those points in July 2017.

Performance by clubEdit

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

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons Runner-up seasons
Benfica 37 29 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1944–45, 1949–50, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1993–94, 2004–05, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19 1943–44, 1945–46, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1958–59, 1965–66, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2017–18, 2019–20
Porto 29 28 1934–35, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1955–56, 1958–59, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2017–18, 2019–20 1935–36, 1937–38, 1940–41, 1950–51, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1968–69, 1974–75, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2018–19, 2020–21
Sporting CP 19 21 1940–41, 1943–44, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1957–58, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2020–21 1934–35, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1944–45, 1949–50, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1970–71, 1976–77, 1984–85, 1994–95, 1996–97, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2015–16
Belenenses 01 03 1945–46 1936–37, 1954–55, 1972–73
Boavista 01 03 2000–01 1975–76, 1998–99, 2001–02
Académica 00 01 1966–67
Vitória de Setúbal 00 01 1971–72
Braga 00 01 2009–10

All-time Primeira Liga tableEdit

The all-time Primeira Liga table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in Primeira Liga since its inception in 1934. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2020–21 season.[19] 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 Benfica 87 5522 2466 1687 461 318 5951 2163 3788 37 29 16 4 1 87 1934–35 1934–35 1 [A]
2 Porto 87 5394 2466 1649 447 376 5468 2178 3290 29 28 13 11 3 1 85 1934–35 1934–35 1 [A]
3 Sporting CP 87 5096 2466 1527 515 424 5359 2340 3019 19 21 29 13 4 86 1934–35 1934–35 1 [A]
4 Vitória de Guimarães 76 3162 2256 875 537 844 3173 3178 -5 4 10 12 13 39 1941–42 2007–08 3
5 Belenenses 77 3158 2146 877 527 742 3352 2745 607 1 3 14 9 8 8 43 1934–35 2017–18 1
6 Braga 65 2792 1990 774 470 746 2710 2737 -27 1 2 15 6 3 27 1947–48 1975–76 2
7 Vitória de Setúbal 72 2590 2072 694 508 870 2794 3119 -325 1 3 2 9 6 21 1934–35 2019–20 2
8 Boavista 58 2468 1772 674 446 652 2303 2430 -127 1 3 2 10 4 5 25 1935–36 2014–15 1
9 Académica 64 1935 1704 516 387 801 2346 3003 -657 1 2 6 8 17 1934–35 2015–16 2
10 Marítimo 41 1696 1351 456 367 523 1502 1698 -196 6 5 11 1977–78 1982–83 5
11 Rio Ave 27 1051 874 268 247 359 915 1148 -233 3 2 5 1979–80 2020–21 5
12 Estoril 26 912 772 239 195 338 1044 1231 -187 2 3 5 1944–45 2021–22 4
13 Beira-Mar 27 896 858 218 242 398 883 1340 -457 1 1 1961–62 2012–13 6
14 Farense 24 888 788 229 201 358 827 1141 -314 1 2 3 1970–71 2020–21 5
15 Paços de Ferreira 22 862 716 219 205 292 784 1000 -216 1 1 2 4 1990–91 2019–20 3
16 Nacional 20 802 656 210 172 274 773 917 -144 2 2 1 5 1988–89 2020–21 4
17 Salgueiros 24 774 740 197 183 360 804 1377 -573 1 1 2 1943–44 2001–02 5
18 CUF Barreiro 23 769 610 207 148 255 828 1003 -175 1 2 2 1 6 1942–43 1975–76 3 [B]
19 Gil Vicente 20 744 672 191 171 310 673 924 -251 1 1 1990–91 2019–20 5
20 Leixões 25 713 670 183 164 323 750 1186 -436 1 1 2 1936–37 2009–10 5
21 União de Leiria 18 711 584 184 159 241 620 771 -151 2 2 4 1979–80 2011–12 5
22 Atlético CP 24 710 632 192 134 306 976 1285 -309 2 1 1 3 7 1943–44 1976–77 3
23 Varzim 21 683 618 169 176 273 638 913 -275 1 1 2 1963–64 2002–03 5
24 Portimonense 18 672 576 177 142 257 620 781 -161 1 1 2 1976–77 2017–18 5
25 Chaves 16 633 548 160 153 235 608 773 -165 2 2 4 1985–86 2018–19 5
26 Barreirense 24 617 592 166 119 307 758 1195 -437 1 2 4 7 1937–38 1978–79 4
27 Estrela da Amadora 16 608 540 144 176 220 521 680 -159 1988–89 2008–09 7
28 Olhanense 20 565 516 147 124 245 800 1057 -257 1 2 2 5 1941–42 2013–14 4
29 Sporting da Covilhã 15 457 406 126 79 201 585 834 -249 1 3 4 1947–48 1987–88 5
30 Penafiel 14 435 434 106 117 211 351 625 -274 1980–81 2014–15 10
31 Moreirense 11 425 370 105 110 155 386 508 -122 1 1 2002–03 2014–15 6
32 Lusitano de Évora 14 412 364 116 64 184 494 722 -228 1 1 2 1952–53 1965–66 5
33 Sporting de Espinho 11 379 354 96 91 167 336 523 -187 1974–75 1996–97 7
34 Famalicão 8 301 264 77 70 117 298 445 -147 1 1 1946–47 2019–20 6
35 Tirsense 8 268 256 65 73 118 219 370 -151 1967–68 1995–96 8
36 Santa Clara 6 234 204 59 57 88 229 272 -43 1 1 1999–2000 2018–19 6
37 Tondela 6 207 204 54 45 105 210 311 -101 2015–16 2015–16 10 [A]
38 União da Madeira 6 206 208 48 62 98 177 300 -123 1989–90 2015–16 10
39 Naval 1º de Maio 6 193 184 49 46 89 160 255 -95 2005–06 2010–11 8 [C]
40 Oriental 7 187 190 50 37 103 224 438 -214 1 1 1950–51 1974–75 5
41 Alverca 5 181 170 48 37 85 192 266 -74 1998–99 2003–04 11
42 Campomaiorense 5 178 170 48 34 88 186 287 -101 1995–96 2000–01 11 [D]
43 Feirense 7 175 222 44 43 135 187 403 -216 1962–63 2018–19 8
44 Torreense 6 163 164 44 31 89 183 316 -133 1955–56 1991–92 7
45 União de Tomar 6 162 172 43 33 96 178 331 -153 1968–69 1975–76 10
46 Desportivo das Aves 6 160 196 40 40 116 173 320 -147 1985–86 2019–20 13
47 O Elvas 5 148 146 37 37 72 211 283 -72 1947–48 1987–88 8
48 Arouca 4 145 132 37 34 61 134 187 -53 1 1 2013–14 2021–22 5
49 Leça 4 124 124 33 25 66 120 231 -111 1941–42 1997–98 12
50 Belenenses SAD 3 118 102 28 34 40 94 140 -46 2018–19 2018–19 9 [A]
51 Académico de Viseu 4 105 128 27 24 77 81 237 -156 1978–79 1988–89 13
52 Caldas 4 103 104 26 25 53 124 235 -111 1955–56 1958–59 10
53 Montijo 3 89 90 23 20 47 91 155 -64 1972–73 1976–77 13 [E]
54 Amora 3 89 90 22 23 45 90 143 -53 1980–81 1982–83 12
55 Lusitano VRSA 3 72 78 21 9 48 94 210 -116 1947–48 1949–50 12
56 Sanjoanense 4 70 104 16 22 66 86 249 -163 1946–47 1968–69 10
57 Carcavelinhos 5 69 82 19 12 51 103 223 -120 1 1 2 1935–36 1941–42 4 [F]
58 Unidos de Lisboa 3 62 54 18 8 28 151 145 6 1 1 1940–41 1942–43 4 [G]
59 Académico do Porto 5 60 82 18 6 58 137 300 -163 1934–35 1941–42 7 [H]
60 Elvas 2 54 48 17 3 28 108 167 -59 1945–46 1946–47 9 [I]
61 Fafe 1 41 38 9 14 15 29 47 -18 1988–89 1988–89 16
62 Felgueiras 1 33 34 8 9 17 29 47 -18 1995–96 1995–96 16 [J]
63 Seixal 2 29 52 7 8 37 44 150 -106 1963–64 1964–65 12
64 Riopele 1 27 30 6 9 15 23 51 -28 1977–78 1977–78 15 [K]
65 Águeda 1 26 30 7 5 18 25 55 -30 1983–84 1983–84 15
66 Trofense 1 23 30 5 8 17 25 42 -17 2008–09 2008–09 16
67 União de Coimbra 1 22 30 5 7 18 22 54 -32 1972–73 1972–73 15 [L]
68 Ginásio de Alcobaça 1 19 30 4 7 19 20 56 -36 1982–83 1982–83 16
69 Vizela 1 19 30 4 7 19 31 71 -40 1984–85 2021–22 16
70 União de Lisboa 1 11 14 3 2 9 30 49 -19 1 1 1934–35 1934–35 6 [F]
71 Oliveirense 1 11 22 3 2 17 22 73 -51 1945–46 1945–46 12
72 Casa Pia 1 3 14 1 0 13 12 56 -44 1938–39 1938–39 8
A. ^ Never relegated.
B. ^ Renamed Fabril in 2000.
C. ^ Club folded in 2017. Successor club Naval 1893 was founded in 2017.
D. ^ Club ended football team in 2013.
E. ^ Club folded in 2007. Successor club Olímpico Montijo was founded in 2007.
F. ^ Merged to form Atlético CP in 1942.
G. ^ Club ended football team in 2009.
H. ^ Club ended football team in 1964.
I. ^ Merged to form O Elvas in 1947.
J. ^ Club folded in 2005. Successor club Felgueiras 1932 was founded in 2006.
K. ^ Club folded in 1984.
L. ^ Club folded in 2016. Successor club União 1919 was founded in 2016.
Last updated: 30 May 2021
Primeira Liga
Liga Portugal 2
Liga 3
Campeonato de Portugal
Portuguese District Championships
Clubs no longer in competition

RecordsEdit

Team recordsEdit

  • In 1972–73, Benfica became the first team to win the Portuguese league without defeat, with 58 points in 30 games (28 wins and 2 draws), the best efficiency ever obtained (96.7%) where 2 points were awarded for a victory. In that season, Benfica set the Portuguese league and European leagues record for most consecutive victories (23) – 29 wins overall, between 1971–72 and 1972–73. Benfica also set the league record for the greatest margin of victory in points over the second-placed team (18 points) in a 2 points per win championship.
  • In 1977–78, Benfica completed the Portuguese league unbeaten for the second time (21 wins and 9 draws), despite finishing second.
  • From 24 October 1976 to 1 September 1978, Benfica set the record for the longest unbeaten run in the league: 56 matches.
  • In 1990–91, Benfica achieved the highest number of wins in a single season – 32 (out of 38 matches).
  • In 1998–99, Porto became the only team to win five consecutive titles.
  • In 2010–11, Porto won the Portuguese league without defeat, with 84 points in 30 games (27 wins and 3 draws), the best efficiency ever obtained (93.3%) where 3 points were awarded for a victory. That season, Porto also set the league record for the greatest margin of victory in points over the second-placed team (21 points) in a 3 points per win championship.
  • In 2012–13, Porto won the Portuguese league unbeaten for the second time (24 wins and 6 draws).
  • In 2015–16, Benfica achieved a record 88 points in the Portuguese league (29 wins, 1 draw and 4 defeats in 34 games).
  • In 2017–18, Porto tied Benfica's 88 points record (28 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats in 34 games).
  • In 2020–21, Sporting CP set the record for the longest unbeaten run in a single season with 32 matches (25 wins and 7 draws) out of 34.

Individual recordsEdit

Player transfer feesEdit

Top transfer fees paid by Primeira Liga clubs
Rank Player Fee (min.) Date Transfer Reference(s)
1   Darwin Núñez €24M 4 September 2020   Almería Benfica [22]
2   Raúl Jiménez €21.8M 21 July 2016   Atlético Madrid Benfica [23]
3   Giannelli Imbula €20M 1 July 2015   Marseille Porto [24]
  Óliver Torres 9 February 2017   Atlético Madrid Porto [25]
  Raúl de Tomás 3 July 2019   Real Madrid Benfica [26]
  Julian Weigl 2 January 2020   Borussia Dortmund Benfica [27]
  Everton Soares 14 August 2020   Grêmio Benfica [28]
8   Hulk €19M 14 May 2011   Tokyo Verdy Porto [29]
9   Pedrinho €18M 11 March 2020   Corinthians Benfica [30]
10   Carlos Vinícius €17M 20 July 2019   Napoli Benfica [31]
Top transfer fees received by Primeira Liga clubs
Rank Player Fee (min.) Date Transfer Reference(s)
1   João Félix €126M 3 July 2019 Benfica   Atlético Madrid [32]
2   Rúben Dias €68M 29 September 2020 Benfica   Manchester City [33][34]
3   Bruno Fernandes €55M[b] 29 January 2020 Sporting CP   Manchester United [35]
4   Éder Militão €50M 14 March 2019 Porto   Real Madrid [36]
5   James Rodríguez €45M 24 May 2013 Porto   Monaco [37]

TelevisionEdit

2020–21 until 2022–23Edit

The league is currently distributed internationally by Sportfive.[38]

PortugalEdit

Within Portugal, Sport TV broadcasts all live Primeira Liga matches except Benfica's home matches which are broadcast live on Benfica TV.

International broadcastersEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In the 2018–19 season, the three lowest placed teams were relegated to the LigaPro due to the integration of Gil Vicente in the Primeira Liga in the following season. The Portuguese Football Federation appealed to proceed with this integration as soon as possible.[1]
  2. ^ plus €25 million in bonuses.

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SourcesEdit

  • Tovar, Rui (2011). Almanaque do FC Porto 1893–2011 (in Portuguese). Alfragide: Caderno. ISBN 9789892315430.

External linksEdit