Liga Portugal 2

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Liga Portugal 2
Founded1990 (as Segunda Divisão de Honra)
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Primeira Liga
Relegation to Terceira Liga (from 2021)
Domestic cup(s) Taça de Portugal
League cup(s) Taça da Liga
Current champions Paços de Ferreira (4th title)
Most championships Paços de Ferreira (4 titles)
TV partners Sport TV
Benfica TV
Porto Canal
Current: 2020–21 Liga Portugal 2

The Liga Portugal 2 (Portuguese pronunciation:  [ˈliɣɐ puɾtuˈɣal dojʃ] }), also known as Liga Portugal 2 SABSEG for sponsorship reasons, [1] is the second-highest division of the Portuguese football league system. At the end of each season, the two top-finishing teams are promoted to the top-tier Primeira Liga and the two lowest-ranked teams are relegated to the third-tier league. Starting with the 2021–22 season, relegated teams will no longer compete in the Campeonato de Portugal, which will become the fourth tier, but in a newly created third-level competition named Terceira Liga (Third League).


The division began in 1990 as the Segunda Divisão de Honra (Second Division of Honour), superseding the Segunda Divisão (Segunda Divisão) 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 the Segunda Liga (Second League), a name that was kept until 2016, except between 2005 and 2012, when it was known as the Liga de Honra (League of Honour). Rebranded as LigaPro in 2016, [2] the competition assumed its current naming in the early stages of the 2020–21 season.

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.


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 were 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.


In the 2016–17 season, there were 22 clubs in the Segunda Liga (24 in the seasons before). Then the number of teams was reduced every season until it reached 18 teams in the 2018–19 season. [3] During the course of a season, each club plays every other team 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 top teams are promoted to the Primeira Liga and the two lowest ranked teams will be relegated to the new Terceira Liga [4] (previously they were relegated to Campeonato de Portugal). There will be also a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off involving the 16th placed teams of Primeira Liga and 3rd placed team from Liga Portugal 2. [5] The B teams cannot be promoted to Primeira Liga but can be demoted if they end the season in one of the relegation positions or if the main team is also relegated.


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. [6]


Stadia and locations

TeamLocationStadiumCapacity [7] 2018–19 finish
Académica Coimbra Estádio Cidade de Coimbra 29,7505th
Académico de Viseu Viseu Estádio do Fontelo 4,09011th
Benfica B Seixal Benfica Campus 2,7204th
Casa Pia Lisbon Estádio Pina Manique 1,500
Chaves Chaves Estádio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira 8,400
Cova da Piedade Cova da Piedade Estádio Municipal José Martins Vieira 2,23013th
Estoril Estoril Estádio António Coimbra da Mota 7,4003rd
Farense Faro Estádio de São Luís 6,65010th
Feirense Santa Maria da Feira Estádio Marcolino de Castro 5,450
Leixões Matosinhos Estádio do Mar 6,6107th
Mafra Mafra Estádio Municipal de Mafra 1,25014th
Nacional Funchal Estádio da Madeira 5,580
Oliveirense Oliveira de Azeméis Estádio Municipal de Aveiro 30,13012th
Penafiel Penafiel Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril 5,3308th
Porto B Vila Nova de Gaia Estádio Municipal Jorge Sampaio 8,2809th
Sp. Covilhã Covilhã Estádio Municipal José dos Santos Pinto 3,5006th
Varzim Póvoa de Varzim Estádio do Varzim SC 6,01515th
Vilafranquense Vila Franca de Xira Estádio Municipal de Rio Maior 7,300


For champions at this level before 1991, see Segunda Divisão.
SeasonChampionPointsRunner-upPointsThird placePointsTeamsTop scorerClubGoals
1990–91 Paços de Ferreira 51 Estoril 46 Torreense 4520 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Eduard Eranosyan Leixões 22
1991–92 Sporting de Espinho 50 Belenenses 48 Tirsense 4518 Flag of Nigeria.svg Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal 22
1992–93 Estrela da Amadora 48 União da Madeira 47 Vitória de Setúbal 4718 Flag of Nigeria.svg Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal 34
1993–94 Tirsense 46 União de Leiria 45 Chaves 4518 Flag of Brazil.svg Edinho Portimonense 16
1994–95 Leça 46 Campomaiorense 46 Felgueiras 4418 Flag of Croatia.svg Tihomir Rudež Campomaiorense 20
1995–96 Rio Ave 68 Vitória de Setúbal 62 Sporting de Espinho 6218 Flag of Portugal.svg Paulo Vida Desportivo das Aves 22
1996–97 Campomaiorense 62 Varzim 59 Académica 5818 Flag of Portugal.svg Carlos Freitas Desportivo de Beja 17
1997–98 União de Leiria 70 Beira-Mar 64 Alverca 6218 Flag of Portugal.svg Armando Santos Moreirense 21
1998–99 Gil Vicente 68 Belenenses 61 Santa Clara 5518 Flag of Brazil.svg Marcão Varzim 23
1999–2000 Paços de Ferreira (2)65 Beira-Mar 65 Desportivo das Aves 6118 Flag of Brazil.svg Marcão Varzim 27
2000–01 Santa Clara 67 Varzim 64 Vitória de Setúbal 6418 Flag of Brazil.svg Brandão Santa Clara 24
2001–02 Moreirense 64 Académica 62 Nacional 6218 Flag of Spain.svg Ibón Pérez
Flag of Portugal.svg Paulo Vida
Flag of Brazil.svg Rômulo
Flag of Brazil.svg Serginho
Paços de Ferreira
2002–03 Rio Ave (2)63 Alverca 60 Estrela da Amadora 5718 Flag of Brazil.svg Igor Maia 20
2003–04 Estoril 67 Vitória de Setúbal 64 Penafiel 6118 Flag of Brazil.svg Fábio Hempel Salgueiros 25
2004–05 Paços de Ferreira (3)69 Naval 1º de Maio 62 Estrela da Amadora 6018 Flag of Brazil.svg Rincón Paços de Ferreira 18
2005–06 Beira-Mar 68 Desportivo das Aves 64 Leixões 6218 Flag of Brazil.svg Cássio
Flag of Portugal.svg Nuno Sousa
2006–07 Leixões 60 Vitória de Guimarães 55 Rio Ave 5316 Flag of Brazil.svg Roberto Alcântara Leixões 17
2007–08 Trofense 52 Rio Ave 51 Vizela 5016 Flag of Brazil.svg Júlio César Santa Clara 13
2008–09 Olhanense 58 União de Leiria 53 Santa Clara 5216 Flag of Brazil.svg Djalmir Olhanense 20
2009–10 Beira-Mar (2)54 Portimonense 54 Feirense 5216 Flag of Portugal.svg Reguila Trofense 15
2010–11 Gil Vicente (2)55 Feirense 55 Trofense 5416 Flag of Portugal.svg Bock Freamunde 15
2011–12 Estoril (2)57 Moreirense 52 Desportivo das Aves 5016 Flag of Brazil.svg Joeano Arouca 19
2012–13 Belenenses 94 Arouca 73 Leixões 6822 Flag of Brazil.svg Joeano Arouca 24
2013–14 Moreirense (2)79 Porto B 77 Penafiel 7322 Flag of Portugal.svg Pires Moreirense 22
2014–15 Tondela 81 União da Madeira 80 Chaves 8024 Flag of Portugal.svg Tozé Marreco
Flag of Brazil.svg Erivelto
Sporting da Covilhã
2015–16 Porto B 86 Chaves 81 Feirense 7824 Flag of Nigeria.svg Simy Gil Vicente 20
2016–17 Portimonense 83 Desportivo das Aves 81 União da Madeira 6422 Flag of Portugal.svg Pires Portimonense 23
2017–18 Nacional 71 Santa Clara 66 Académico de Viseu 6420 Flag of Cape Verde.svg Ricardo Gomes Nacional 21
2018–19 Paços de Ferreira (4)74 Famalicão 69 Estoril 5418 Flag of Portugal.svg 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) [8] 18 Flag of Brazil.svg Agdon Menezes Oliveirense 13


Performance by club

ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning seasonsRunner-up seasons
Paços de Ferreira 401990–91, 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2018–19
Beira-Mar 222005–06, 2009–101997–98, 1999–2000
Rio Ave 211995–96, 2002–032007–08
Moreirense 212001–02, 2013–142011–12
Estoril 212003–04, 2011–121990–91
Gil Vicente 201998–99, 2010–11
União de Leiria 121997–981993–94, 2008–09
Belenenses 122012–131991–92, 1998–99
Campomaiorense 111996–971994–95
Santa Clara 112000–012017–18
Porto B 112015–162013–14
Portimonense 112016–172009–10
Espinho 101991–92
Estrela da Amadora 101992–93
Tirsense 101993–94
Leça 101994–95
Leixões 102006–07
Trofense 102007–08
Olhanense 102008–09
Tondela 102014–15
Nacional 102017–18
Varzim 021996–97, 2000–01
Vitória de Setúbal 021995–96, 2003–04
União da Madeira 021992–93, 2014–15
Desportivo das Aves 022005–06, 2016–17
Académica 012001–02
Alverca 012002–03
Naval 1º de Maio 012004–05
Vitória de Guimarães 012006–07
Feirense 012010–11
Arouca 012012–13
Chaves 012015–16
Famalicão 012018–19

All-time table

The all-time Liga Portugal 2 table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in Liga Portugal 2 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.

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1 Desportivo das Aves 25127588234424329510931026672132191990–91 2016–17 2
2 Penafiel 24116782630924027710209516925281992–93 2015–16 3
3 Feirense 21101372826721224987885325121261990–91 2019–20 2
4 Portimonense 19935678244203231838816221111261990–91 2016–17 1
5 Leixões 188766462271942257186942812251990–91 2010–11 1
6 Varzim 17864610229177204725710152351990–91 2015–16 2
7 Santa Clara 17857606228173205722679431122171998–99 2017–18 1
8 Académica 1475548221511015762850612211233101990–91 2016–17 2
9 Estoril 16742514199145167638555832111161990–91 2018–19 1
10 Sporting da Covilhã 17727614181184239645729-841121996–97 2008–09 4
11 Chaves 146874901781491635815641712141993–94 2019–20 2
12 União da Madeira 1363347816314417158057282131992–93 2017–18 2
13 Académico de Viseu 13617480161134185502564-621121990–91 2013–14 3
14 Rio Ave 1055133215683934763481282112281991–92 2007–08 1
15 Felgueiras 12547408141124143482482011131992–93 2004–05 3 [A]
16 Beira-Mar 10538348143109964183338522151995–96 2014–15 1
17 Paços de Ferreira 9527310145927341931010941161990–91 2018–19 1
18 Freamunde 12514432128130174499578-791121990–91 2016–17 5
19 Sporting de Espinho 11511378134109135471437341121990–91 2004–05 1
20 Gil Vicente 950834413011896433356772241997–98 2017–18 1
21 Oliveirense 12508426131115180507609-10211132001–02 2017–18 4
22 Moreirense 1047634012795118440413272131995–96 2013–14 1
23 Porto B 846931413176107436389471122012–13 2012–13 1
24 Maia 1045734412679139477496-191121990–91 2005–06 4 [B]
25 Benfica B 8456314126781104764294721142012–13 2012–13 4
26 Nacional 1045533411998117430412181121991–92 2019–20 1
27 Naval 1º de Maio 1043631011110396420384361231998–99 2013–14 2 [C]
28 Ovarense 11431374110101163446582-136111991–92 2005–06 6
29 Olhanense 941932610992125345379-341121991–92 2016–17 1
30 Sporting B 637625610367863603392111132012–13 2017–18 4
31 União de Lamas 93623069868140310433-123221994–95 2002–03 6
32 Trofense 83492809079111292367-751122006–07 2014–15 1
33 Braga B 73442908880122328370-422012–13 2018–19 7
34 União de Leiria 63382049456542801841041231990–91 2008–09 1
35 Leça 7331238925591290317-271121993–94 2002–03 1
36 Famalicão 6315228875487273274-11121994–95 2018–19 2
37 Vitória de Setúbal 531017089433830216913322151991–92 2003–04 2
38 Farense 6310226836182261243182002–03 2020–21 10
39 Vitória de Guimarães B 63022488062106300336-362012–13 2018–19 9
40 Belenenses 53001708448382521619112141991–92 2012–13 1
41 Estrela da Amadora 52821707557382221635912141991–92 2004–05 1
42 Campomaiorense 5253170733463240208321121992–93 2001–02 1 [D]
43 Arouca 52491746554552462073911132010–11 2020–21 2
44 Alverca 5245170674459198167311121995–96 2004–05 2
45 Atlético CP 5219206536093211279-682011–12 2015–16 11
46 Vizela 5211166496453178184-6112005–06 2020–21 3
47 Gondomar 52001585341641931885112004–05 2008–09 5
48 Marco 5200170524474210272-62112000–01 2005–06 4 [E]
49 Tondela 319913053403716314914112012–13 2014–15 1
50 Torreense 5192174484878188255-67111990–91 1997–98 3
51 Louletano 4179140493259164180-161990–91 1993–94 10
52 Cova da Piedade 4163138433461132189-572016–17 2016–17 9
53 Tirsense 31541024131309888101121991–92 1996–97 1
54 Mafra 313410432383411010822015–16 2018–19 14
55 Marítimo B 3132130352768115172-572012–13 2014–15 16
56 Benfica Castelo Branco 311810629314690140-50111990–91 1992–93 5
57 Oriental 2999224274194126-322014–15 2015–16 15
58 Salgueiros 293682518258693-7112002–03 2003–04 6
59 Fátima 3869018324085121-362007–08 2010–11 8
60 Esposende 266681618345599-441998–99 1999–2000 14
61 Imortal 2666815213276108-321999–2000 2000–01 15
62 Amora 265681423315795-381992–93 1994–95 17
63 Barreirense 2607212243657117-601990–91 2005–06 15
64 Vitória de Guimarães 15530167744202412006–07 2006–07 2
65 O Elvas 15238141014454501990–91 1990–91 14
66 Fafe 145421112195265-132016–17 2016–17 20
67 Desportivo de Beja 13734910154455-111996–97 1996–97 17
68 Águeda 13538105234173-321990–91 1990–91 18
69 Boavista 1323095162844-162008–09 2008–09 15
70 Real 1323888224761-142017–18 2017–18 20
71 Olivais e Moscavide 1273076172642-162006–07 2006–07 15
72 Lusitano VRSA 12538413211645-291990–91 1990–91 19
73 Carregado 1243066182647-212009–10 2009–10 16
74 Vilafranquense 1242466122745-182019–20 2019–20 TBD
75 Casa Pia 1112425171947-282019–20 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 folded in 2007. Successor club Marco 09 was founded in 2009.

Last updated: 27 July 2020

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