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The Primeira Liga (Portuguese: [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. As of the 2014–15 season, the Primeira Liga is contested by 18 teams, with the two lowest placed teams relegated to the Segunda Liga and replaced by the top-two non-reserve teams from this division.

Primeira Liga
Liga NOS logo.png
Organising body Liga Portuguesa de
Futebol Profissional
Founded 1934
Country Portugal
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 18 (from 2014–15)
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to LigaPro
Domestic cup(s) Taça de Portugal
Supertaça
League cup(s) Taça da Liga
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Benfica (36th title)
(2016–17)
Most championships Benfica (36 titles)
TV partners List of broadcasters
Website LigaPortugal.pt
2017–18 Primeira Liga

Founded in 1934 as an experimental league called Campeonato da Liga, it was officialised in 1938 and named Primeira Divisão (First Division) until 1999, when it was Primeira Liga. A total of 70 teams have competed in the Primeira Liga, but only five have been crowned champions. Among them, the "Big Three" – Benfica (36 titles), Porto (27) and Sporting CP (18) – have won all but two Primeira Liga titles; the other winners are Belenenses (1945–46) and Boavista (2000–01).[1]

The Primeira Liga has increased its reputation in the last few years, occupying as of February 2017, the 7th place of UEFA's league ranking. 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.[2] The Primeira Liga also reached a world ranking of 4th according to IFFHS's 2011 ranking.[3]

Contents

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.

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.

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 Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Liga (Premier League National Championship), or simply Primeira Liga (Premier League).

"Big Three" since 2000
Season Benfica Porto Sporting
1999–2000 3 2 1
2000–01 6 2 3
2001–02 4 3 1
2002–03 2 1 3
2003–04 2 1 3
2004–05 1 2 3
2005–06 3 1 2
2006–07 3 1 2
2007–08 4 1 2
2008–09 3 1 2
2009–10 1 3 4
2010–11 2 1 3
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

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 (36 times), Porto (27) and Sporting CP (18). These three clubs generally end up sharing the top three positions, appearing more frequently in UEFA competitions and are the three only clubs in Portugal to have never been relegated.

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.

Benfica is the club with most league, cup and league cup titles, as well as the most domestic titles (78) and overall titles won (80, excluding the Latin Cup), and the only to have won all Portuguese competitions.

Porto is the club with most Portuguese Super Cups and international titles won being the only Portuguese team with international titles in the XXI century, among which, two World Championships.

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 finished 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 Cup. Sporting CP 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.

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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 BWINLIGA in July 2006.[8][9]

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.[10]

Sponsorship names for seasons
  • 2002–2005: SuperLiga GalpEnergia
  • 2005–2006: Liga betandwin.com
  • 2006–2008: BWINLIGA
  • 2008–2010: Liga Sagres
  • 2010–2014: Liga ZON Sagres
  • 2014–2018: Liga NOS

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 sixth placed team.

UEFA rankingEdit

2016–17 clubsEdit

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, 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 2014–15 season saw an average attendance by club:[14]

Club Average Stadium
capacity
Attendance(%) Accumulated Stadium
1 Benfica 48,520 64,642 75.06% 824,845 Estádio da Luz
2 Sporting CP 34,988 50,044 69.91% 594,800 Estádio José Alvalade
3 Porto 31,847 50,431 63.15% 541,403 Estádio do Dragão
4 Vitória de Guimarães 15,906 30,008 53.01% 270,408 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
5 Braga 10,682 30,286 35.27% 181,588 Estádio Municipal de Braga
6 Académica 5,154 29,744 17.33% 87,621 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
7 Boavista 4,614 30,000 15.38% 78,436 Estádio do Bessa
8 Marítimo 4,566 7,200 70.74% 77,618 Estádio dos Barreiros
9 Vitória de Setúbal 3,406 13,468 25.29% 57,909 Estádio do Bonfim
10 Belenenses 3,303 19,856 16.64% 56,159 Estádio do Restelo
11 Gil Vicente 3,150 12,032 26.18% 53,553 Estádio Cidade de Barcelos
12 Paços de Ferreira 3,053 6,404 47.67% 51,893 Estádio da Mata Real
13 Rio Ave 2,968 9,065 32.74% 50,458 Estádio do Rio Ave FC
14 Nacional 2,163 5,586 38.71% 36,763 Estádio da Madeira
15 Moreirense 2,151 6,153 34.95% 36,563 Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril
16 Estoril 2,071 8,000 27.08% 35,211 Estádio António Coimbra da Mota
17 Arouca 1,718 5,000 36.50% 29,202 Estádio Municipal de Arouca
18 Penafiel 1,579 5,230 30.19% 26,846 Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril

List of champions and top scorersEdit

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

Primeira Liga all-time rankingEdit

Last updated following the 2016–17 season[16]

For comparison, older seasons have been calculated according to the three-points-per-win rule. Source up to end of 2004–05 season.[17]

# Club District S Pl. W D L Pts GF GA GD First Last Best
classification
Notes
1 Benfica Lisbon 83 2330 1588 441 301 5205 5629 2056 3573 1935 2017 1st (36 titles) Never relegated.
2 Porto Porto 83 2330 1538 430 365 5041 5164 2089 3075 1935 2017 1st (27 titles) Never relegated.
3 Sporting CP Lisbon 83 2330 1435 491 404 4796 5108 2229 2879 1935 2017 1st (18 titles) Never relegated.
4 Belenenses Lisbon 76 2112 868 517 727 3118 3319 2699 620 1935 2017 1st (1 title)
5 Vitória de Guimarães Braga 72 2120 822 508 790 2974 2992 3005 -13 1942 2017 3rd
6 Braga Braga 61 1854 692 450 712 2526 2465 2601 -136 1948 2017 2nd
7 Vitória de Setúbal Setúbal 69 1970 672 471 827 2487 2702 2976 -274 1935 2017 2nd
8 Boavista Porto 54 1636 630 414 592 2304 2168 2258 -90 1936 2017 1st (1 title)
9 Académica Coimbra 64 1704 516 387 801 1935 2346 3003 -657 1935 2016 2nd
10 Marítimo Madeira 37 1210 412 339 459 1575 1377 1512 -135 1978 2017 5th
11 Beira-Mar Aveiro 27 858 218 242 398 896 883 1340 -457 1962 2013 6th
12 Estoril Lisbon 25 738 231 189 318 882 1015 1170 -155 1945 2017 4th
13 Rio Ave Porto 23 738 219 209 310 866 753 978 -225 1980 2017 5th
14 Farense Faro 23 754 222 191 341 857 796 1093 -297 1971 2002 5th
15 Salgueiros Porto 24 740 197 183 360 774 804 1377 -573 1944 2002 5th
16 CUF do Barreiro Setúbal 23 610 207 148 255 769 829 1004 -175 1943 1976 3rd Renamed Fabril do Barreiro in 2000.
17 Nacional Madeira 18 588 197 158 233 749 707 785 -78 1989 2017 4th
18 Paços de Ferreira Porto 19 614 186 182 246 740 642 807 -165 1992 2017 3rd
19 Leixões Porto 25 670 183 164 323 713 750 1186 -436 1937 2010 5th
20 União de Leiria Leiria 18 584 184 159 241 711 620 771 -151 1980 2012 5th
21 Atlético CP Lisbon 24 632 192 134 306 710 976 1285 -309 1944 1977 3rd
22 Varzim Porto 21 618 169 176 273 683 638 913 -275 1964 2003 5th
23 Gil Vicente Braga 18 604 169 155 280 662 601 839 -238 1991 2015 5th
24 Barreirense Setúbal 24 592 166 119 307 617 758 1195 -437 1938 1979 4th
25 Estrela da Amadora Lisbon 16 540 144 176 220 608 521 680 -159 1989 2009 7th Folded in 2011.
26 Olhanense Faro 20 516 147 124 245 565 800 1057 -257 1942 2014 4th
27 Chaves Vila Real 14 480 139 137 204 554 527 661 -134 1986 2017 5th
28 Portimonense Faro 14 440 140 108 192 528 460 576 -116 1977 2011 5th
29 Sporting da Covilhã Castelo Branco 15 406 126 79 201 457 585 834 -249 1949 1988 5th
30 Penafiel Porto 14 434 106 117 211 435 351 625 -274 1981 2015 10th
31 Lusitano de Évora Évora 14 364 116 64 184 412 494 722 -228 1953 1966 5th
32 Sporting de Espinho Aveiro 11 354 96 91 167 379 336 523 -187 1975 1997 7th
33 Tirsense Porto 8 256 65 73 118 268 219 370 -151 1968 1996 8th
34 Moreirense Braga 7 234 61 72 101 255 239 317 -78 2003 2017 9th
35 Famalicão Braga 6 196 53 48 95 207 205 346 -141 1947 1994 13th
36 União da Madeira Madeira 6 208 48 62 98 206 177 300 -123 1990 2016 10th
37 Naval 1º de Maio Coimbra 6 184 49 46 89 193 160 257 -97 2006 2011 8th
38 Oriental Lisbon 7 190 50 37 103 187 224 438 -214 1951 1975 5th
39 Alverca Lisbon 5 170 48 37 85 181 192 266 -74 1999 2004 11th
40 Campomaiorense Portalegre 5 170 48 34 88 178 186 287 -101 1996 2001 11th Ended football team in 2013.
41 Torreense Lisbon 6 164 44 31 89 163 183 316 -133 1956 1992 7th
42 União de Tomar Santarém 6 172 43 33 96 162 178 331 -153 1969 1976 10th
43 O Elvas Portalegre 5 146 37 37 72 148 211 283 -72 1948 1988 8th Ended football team in 2014.
44 Arouca Aveiro 4 132 37 34 61 145 134 187 -51 2014 2017 5th
45 Leça Porto 4 124 33 25 66 124 120 231 -111 1942 1998 12th
46 Feirense Aveiro 5 154 32 28 94 124 128 290 -162 1963 2017 8th
47 Académico de Viseu Viseu 4 128 27 24 77 105 81 237 -156 1979 1989 13th
48 Caldas Leiria 4 104 26 25 53 103 124 235 -111 1956 1959 10th
49 Santa Clara Ponta Delgada 3 102 24 31 47 103 106 150 -44 2000 2003 14th
50 Montijo Setúbal 3 90 23 20 47 89 91 155 -64 1973 1977 13th Folded in 2007.
51 Amora Setúbal 3 90 22 23 45 89 90 143 -53 1981 1983 12th
52 Desportivo das Aves Porto 3 94 16 25 53 73 78 152 -74 1986 2007 13th
53 Lusitano VRSA Faro 3 78 21 9 48 72 94 210 -116 1948 1950 12th
54 Sanjoanense Aveiro 4 104 16 22 66 70 86 249 -163 1947 1969 10th
55 Carcavelinhos Lisbon 5 82 19 12 51 69 103 223 -120 1936 1942 4th Merged to form Atlético in 1942.
56 Unidos de Lisboa Lisbon 3 54 18 8 28 62 151 145 6 1941 1943 4th Ended football team in 2009.
57 Tondela Viseu 2 68 16 14 38 62 63 106 -43 2016 2017 16th Never relegated.
58 Académico do Porto Porto 5 82 18 6 58 60 137 300 -163 1935 1942 7th Ended football team in 1964.
59 SL Elvas Portalegre 2 48 17 3 28 54 108 167 -59 1946 1947 9th Merged to form O Elvas in 1947.
60 Fafe Braga 1 38 9 14 15 41 29 47 -18 1989 1989 16th
61 Felgueiras Porto 1 34 8 9 17 33 29 47 -18 1996 1996 16th Folded in 2005.
62 Seixal Setúbal 2 52 7 8 37 29 44 150 -106 1964 1965 12th Ended football team in 2007.
63 Riopele Braga 1 30 6 9 15 27 23 51 -28 1978 1978 15th Folded in 1984.
64 Águeda Aveiro 1 30 7 5 18 26 25 55 -30 1984 1984 15th
65 Trofense Porto 1 30 5 8 17 23 25 42 -17 2009 2009 16th
66 União de Coimbra Coimbra 1 30 5 7 18 22 22 54 -32 1973 1973 15th Ended football team in 2009.
67 Ginásio de Alcobaça Leiria 1 30 4 7 19 19 20 56 -36 1983 1983 16th
68 Vizela Braga 1 30 4 7 19 19 31 71 -40 1985 1985 16th
69 União de Lisboa Lisbon 1 14 3 2 9 11 30 49 -19 1935 1935 6th Merged to form Atlético in 1942.
70 Oliveirense Aveiro 1 22 3 2 17 11 22 73 -51 1946 1946 12th
71 Casa Pia Lisbon 1 14 1 0 13 3 12 56 -44 1938 1938 8th
Competing in Primeira Liga
Competing in Segunda Liga
Competing below Segunda Liga
Not competing (See Notes)

For standardisation purposes, a win is worth three points for all clubs.

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 most ever obtained (96.7% of points available) where victory was awarded 2 points. In this 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 greatest margin of victory in points over the second-placed team (18 points) in a 2 points per win championship.
  • From 24 October 1976 to 1 September 1978, Benfica set the record for the longest unbeaten run in the league: 56 matches.
  • In 1977–78, Benfica completed the Portuguese league unbeaten for the second time (21 wins and 9 draws), despite finishing second.
  • 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 most ever obtained (93.3% efficiency) where victory was awarded 3 points. This season Porto also set the league record for 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).

TelevisionEdit

PortugalEdit

Within Portugal, Sport TV broadcasts live Primeira Liga matches except Benfica's home matches which are broadcast live on Benfica TV. RTP1 airs highlights.

International broadcastersEdit

See alsoEdit

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