Primeira Liga

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Primeira Liga
Liga NOS logo.png
Organising body Liga Portugal
Founded1934;87 years ago (1934)
CountryPortugal
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Liga 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 champions Porto (29th title)
(2019–20)
Most championships Benfica (37 titles)
Most appearances Manuel Fernandes (486)
Top goalscorer Fernando Peyroteo (332)
TV partners List of broadcasters
Website LigaPortugal.pt
Current: 2020–21 Primeira Liga

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. [lower-alpha 1]

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Founded in 1934 as an experimental league called Campeonato da Liga da Primeira Divisão, it became an official competition in 1938 and named Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Divisão 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 (18 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]

History

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 CP
2010–11 213
2011–12 214
2012–13 217
2013–14 132
2014–15 123
2015–16 132
2016–17 123
2017–18 213
2018–19 123
2019–20 214

Big Three

"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, appearing more frequently in UEFA competitions and are the only three 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.[ 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 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. [8] [9]

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. [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

Official match ball

Competition

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 competitions

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 ranking

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

  1. Flag of Spain.svg Spanish La Liga
  2. Flag of England.svg English Premier League
  3. Flag of Germany.svg German Bundesliga
  4. Flag of Italy.svg Italian Serie A
  5. Flag of France.svg French Ligue 1
  6. Flag of Portugal.svg Portuguese Primeira Liga
  7. Flag of Russia.svg Russian Premier League
  8. Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Pro League
  9. Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dutch Eredivisie
  10. Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukrainian Premier League

Clubs

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Location of teams in 2019–20 Primeira Liga (Madeira)
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Location of teams in 2019–20 Primeira Liga (Azores)
TeamLocationStadiumCapacity2019–20
Belenenses SAD [16] Oeiras Estádio Nacional 37,50015th
Benfica Lisbon Estádio da Luz 65,2002nd
Boavista Porto Estádio do Bessa 28,26312th
Braga Braga Estádio Municipal de Braga 30,0003rd
Famalicão Vila Nova de Famalicão Estádio Municipal 22 de Junho 5,1865th
Farense Faro Estádio de São Luís 12,000
Gil Vicente Barcelos Estádio Cidade de Barcelos 12,04610th
Marítimo Funchal Estádio do Marítimo 10,60011th
Moreirense Moreira de Cónegos Parque de Jogos Comendador
Joaquim de Almeida Freitas
6,1538th
Nacional Funchal Estádio da Madeira 5,132
Paços de Ferreira Paços de Ferreira Estádio Capital do Móvel 9,07613th
Portimonense Portimão Estádio Municipal de Portimão 6,00017th
Porto Porto Estádio do Dragão 50,0331st
Rio Ave Vila do Conde Estádio dos Arcos 9,0655th
Santa Clara Ponta Delgada Estádio de São Miguel 10,0009th
Sporting CP Lisbon Estádio José Alvalade 50,0954th
Tondela Tondela Estádio João Cardoso 5,00014th
Vitória de Guimarães Guimarães Estádio D. Afonso Henriques 30,0007th

    Attendance

    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]

    ClubAverageStadium
    capacity
    Attendance(%)AccumulatedStadium
    1 Benfica 53,20964,64282.93%904,553 Estádio da Luz
    2 Sporting CP 43,62350,04487.16%741,599 Estádio José Alvalade
    3 Porto 42,67450,43185.29%725,461 Estádio do Dragão
    4 Vitória de Guimarães 16,01530,00853.37%272,255 Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
    5 Braga 11,70630,28638.65%198,998 Estádio Municipal de Braga
    6 Marítimo 7,07210,93266.93%120,216 Estádio dos Barreiros
    7 Boavista 5,62330,00020.55%95,585 Estádio do Bessa
    8 Vitória de Setúbal 4,11113,46828.80%69,890 Estádio do Bonfim
    9 Feirense 3,9075,60071.69%66,412 Estádio Marcolino de Castro
    10 Rio Ave 3,8899,06543.42%66,116 Estádio do Rio Ave FC
    11 Chaves 3,6279,00040.89%61,658 Estádio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira
    12 Paços de Ferreira 3,5076,40438.63%59,612 Estádio da Mata Real
    13 Belenenses 3,34419,85622.27%56,851 Estádio do Restelo
    14 Portimonense 3,1589,54464.04%53,693 Estádio Municipal de Portimão
    15 Aves 2,6355,44144.69%44,803 Estádio do CD Aves
    16 Tondela 2,3735,00047.46%40,344 Estádio João Cardoso
    17 Estoril 2,2758,00028.83%38,673 Estádio António Coimbra da Mota
    18 Moreirense 2,2646,15336.80%38,494 Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril

    List of champions and top scorers

    ClubsPlayers
    SeasonChampionPointsSecond placePointsThird placePointsTeamsRoundsPoints
    /win
    Bola de Prata
    (Top Scorer)
    ClubGoals
    Campeonato da Liga da Primeira Divisão
      1934–35 Porto 22 Sporting CP 20 Benfica 198142 pts Manuel Soeiro Sporting CP 14
      1935–36 Benfica 21 Porto 20 Sporting CP 188142 pts Pinga Porto 21
      1936–37 Benfica (2)24 Belenenses 23 Sporting CP 198142 pts Manuel Soeiro Sporting CP 24
      1937–38 Benfica (3)23 Porto 23 Sporting CP 228142 pts Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 34
    Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Divisão
      1938–39 Porto (2)23 Sporting CP 22 Benfica 218142 pts Costuras Porto 18
      1939–40 Porto (3)34 Sporting CP 32 Belenenses 2510182 pts F. Peyroteo / S. Kodrnja Sporting CP / Porto 29
      1940–41 Sporting CP 23 Porto 20 Belenenses 198142 pts Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 29
      1941–42 Benfica (4)38 Sporting CP 34 Belenenses 3012222 pts Correia Dias Porto 36
      1942–43 Benfica (5)30 Sporting CP 29 Belenenses 2810182 pts Julinho Benfica 24
      1943–44 Sporting CP (2)31 Benfica 26 Atlético CP 2410182 pts Francisco Rodrigues Vitória de Setúbal 28
      1944–45 Benfica (6)30 Sporting CP 27 Belenenses 2710182 pts Francisco Rodrigues Vitória de Setúbal 21
      1945–46 Belenenses 38 Benfica 37 Sporting CP 3212222 pts Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 37
      1946–47 Sporting CP (3)47 Benfica 41 Porto 3314262 pts Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 43
      1947–48 Sporting CP (4)41 Benfica 41 Belenenses 3714262 pts António Araújo Porto 36
      1948–49 Sporting CP (5)42 Benfica 37 Belenenses 3514262 pts Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 40
      1949–50 Benfica (7)45 Sporting CP 39 Atlético CP 3014262 pts Julinho Benfica 29
      1950–51 Sporting CP (6)45 Porto 34 Benfica 3014262 pts Manuel Vasques Sporting CP 29
      1951–52 Sporting CP (7)41 Benfica 40 Porto 3614262 pts José Águas Benfica 28
      1952–53 Sporting CP (8)43 Benfica 39 Belenenses 3614262 pts Matateu Belenenses 29
      1953–54 Sporting CP (9)43 Porto 36 Benfica 3214262 pts João Martins Sporting CP 31
      1954–55 Benfica (8)39 Belenenses 39 Sporting CP 3714262 pts Matateu Belenenses 32
      1955–56 Porto (4)43 Benfica 43 Belenenses 3714262 pts José Águas Benfica 28
      1956–57 Benfica (9)41 Porto 40 Belenenses 3314262 pts José Águas Benfica 30
      1957–58 Sporting CP (10)43 Porto 43 Benfica 3614262 pts Arsénio Duarte CUF do Barreiro 23
      1958–59 Porto (5)41 Benfica 41 Belenenses 3814262 pts José Águas Benfica 26
      1959–60 Benfica (10)45 Sporting CP 43 Belenenses 3614262 pts Edmur Ribeiro Vitória de Guimarães 25
      1960–61 Benfica (11)46 Sporting CP 42 Porto 3314262 pts José Águas Benfica 27
      1961–62 Sporting CP (11)43 Porto 41 Benfica 3614262 pts Veríssimo Porto 23
      1962–63 Benfica (12)48 Porto 42 Sporting CP 3814262 pts José Augusto Torres Benfica 26
      1963–64 Benfica (13)46 Porto 40 Sporting CP 3414262 pts Eusébio Benfica 28
      1964–65 Benfica (14)43 Porto 37 CUF do Barreiro 3514262 pts Eusébio Benfica 28
      1965–66 Sporting CP (12)42 Benfica 41 Porto 3414262 pts Eusébio / E. Figueiredo Benfica / Sporting CP 25
      1966–67 Benfica (15)43 Académica 40 Porto 3914262 pts Eusébio Benfica 31
      1967–68 Benfica (16)41 Sporting CP 37 Porto 3614262 pts Eusébio Benfica 43
      1968–69 Benfica (17)39 Porto 37 Vitória de Guimarães 3614262 pts Manuel António Académica 19
      1969–70 Sporting CP (13)46 Benfica 38 Vitória de Setúbal 3614262 pts Eusébio Benfica 20
      1970–71 Benfica (18)41 Sporting CP 38 Porto 3714262 pts Artur Jorge Benfica 23
      1971–72 Benfica (19)55 Vitória de Setúbal 45 Sporting CP 4316302 pts Artur Jorge Benfica 27
      1972–73 Benfica (20)58 Belenenses 40 Vitória de Setúbal 3816302 pts Eusébio Benfica 40
      1973–74 Sporting CP (14)49 Benfica 47 Vitória de Setúbal 4516302 pts Héctor Yazalde Sporting CP 46
      1974–75 Benfica (21)49 Porto 44 Sporting CP 4316302 pts Héctor Yazalde Sporting CP 30
      1975–76 Benfica (22)50 Boavista 48 Belenenses 4016302 pts Rui Jordão Benfica 30
      1976–77 Benfica (23)51 Sporting CP 42 Porto 4116302 pts Fernando Gomes Porto 26
      1977–78 Porto (6)51 Benfica 51 Sporting CP 4216302 pts Fernando Gomes Porto 25
      1978–79 Porto (7)50 Benfica 49 Sporting CP 4216302 pts Fernando Gomes Porto 27
      1979–80 Sporting CP (15)52 Porto 50 Benfica 4516302 pts Rui Jordão Sporting CP 31
      1980–81 Benfica (24)50 Porto 48 Sporting CP 3716302 pts Nené Benfica 20
      1981–82 Sporting CP (16)46 Benfica 44 Porto 4316302 pts Jacques Pereira Porto 27
      1982–83 Benfica (25)51 Porto 47 Sporting CP 4216302 pts Fernando Gomes Porto 36
      1983–84 Benfica (26)52 Porto 49 Sporting CP 4216302 pts Fernando Gomes / Nené Porto / Benfica 21
      1984–85 Porto (8)55 Sporting CP 47 Benfica 4316302 pts Fernando Gomes Porto 39
      1985–86 Porto (9)49 Benfica 47 Sporting CP 4616302 pts Manuel Fernandes Sporting CP 30
      1986–87 Benfica (27)48 Porto 46 Vitória de Guimarães 4116302 pts Paulinho Cascavel Vitória de Guimarães 22
      1987–88 Porto (10)66 Benfica 51 Belenenses 4820382 pts Paulinho Cascavel Sporting CP 23
      1988–89 Benfica (28)63 Porto 56 Boavista 4920382 pts Vata Benfica 16
      1989–90 Porto (11)59 Benfica 55 Sporting CP 4618342 pts Mats Magnusson Benfica 33
      1990–91 Benfica (29)69 Porto 67 Sporting CP 5720382 pts Rui Águas Benfica 25
      1991–92 Porto (12)56 Benfica 46 Boavista 4418342 pts Ricky Boavista 30
      1992–93 Porto (13)54 Benfica 52 Sporting CP 4518342 pts Jorge Cadete Sporting CP 18
      1993–94 Benfica (30)54 Porto 52 Sporting CP 5118342 pts Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal 21
      1994–95 Porto (14)62 Sporting CP 53 Benfica 4918342 pts Hassan Nader Farense 21
      1995–96 Porto (15)84 Benfica 73 Sporting CP 6718343 pts Domingos Paciência Porto 25
      1996–97 Porto (16)85 Sporting CP 72 Benfica 5818343 pts Mário Jardel Porto 30
      1997–98 Porto (17)77 Benfica 68 Vitória de Guimarães 5918343 pts Mário Jardel Porto 26
      1998–99 Porto (18)79 Boavista 71 Benfica 6518343 pts Mário Jardel Porto 36
    Primeira Liga
      1999–2000 Sporting CP (17)77 Porto 73 Benfica 6918343 pts Mário Jardel Porto 37
      2000–01 Boavista 77 Porto 76 Sporting CP 6218343 pts Pena Porto 22
      2001–02 Sporting CP (18)75 Boavista 70 Porto 6818343 pts Mário Jardel Sporting CP 42
      2002–03 Porto (19)86 Benfica 75 Sporting CP 5918343 pts Fary Faye Beira-Mar 18
      2003–04 Porto (20)82 Benfica 74 Sporting CP 7318343 pts Benni McCarthy Porto 20
      2004–05 Benfica (31)65 Porto 62 Sporting CP 6118343 pts Liédson Sporting CP 25
      2005–06 Porto (21)79 Sporting CP 72 Benfica 6718343 pts Albert Meyong Belenenses 17
      2006–07 Porto (22)69 Sporting CP 68 Benfica 6716303 pts Liédson Sporting CP 15
      2007–08 Porto (23)75(1) Sporting CP 55 Vitória de Guimarães 5316303 pts Lisandro López Porto 24
      2008–09 Porto (24)70 Sporting CP 66 Benfica 5916303 pts Nenê Nacional 20
      2009–10 Benfica (32)76 Braga 71 Porto 6816303 pts Óscar Cardozo Benfica 26
      2010–11 Porto (25)84 Benfica 63 Sporting CP 4816303 pts Hulk Porto 23
      2011–12 Porto (26)75 Benfica 69 Braga 6216303 pts Óscar Cardozo Benfica 20
      2012–13 Porto (27)78 Benfica 77 Paços de Ferreira 5416303 pts Jackson Martínez Porto 26
      2013–14 Benfica (33)74 Sporting CP 67 Porto 6116303 pts Jackson Martínez Porto 20
      2014–15 Benfica (34)85 Porto 82 Sporting CP 7618343 pts Jackson Martínez Porto 21
      2015–16 Benfica (35)88 Sporting CP 86 Porto 7318343 pts Jonas Benfica 32
      2016–17 Benfica (36)82 Porto 76 Sporting CP 7018343 pts Bas Dost Sporting CP 34
      2017–18 Porto (28)88 Benfica 81 Sporting CP 7818343 pts Jonas Benfica 34
      2018–19 Benfica (37)87 Porto 85 Sporting CP 7418343 pts Haris Seferović Benfica 23
      2019–20 Porto (29)82 Benfica 77 Braga 6018343 pts Carlos Vinícius Benfica 19

    Performance by club

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

    ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning seasonsRunner-up seasons
    Benfica 37291935–36, 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, 2018–191943–44, 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 29271934–35, 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, 2019–201935–36, 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
    Sporting CP 18211940–41, 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, 2001–021934–35, 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 131945–461936–37, 1954–55, 1972–73
    Boavista 132000–011975–76, 1998–99, 2001–02
    Académica 011966–67
    Vitória de Setúbal 011971–72
    Braga 012009–10

    All-time Primeira Liga table

    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 2019–20 season. [19] For comparison, older seasons have been calculated according to the three-points-per-win rule.

    PosTeamSPtsGPWDLGFGAGD1st2nd3rd4th5th6thTDebutSince/
    Last App
    BestNotes
    1 Benfica 8654462432166445431458822136374637291541861934–35 1934–35 1 [A]
    2 Porto 865296243216254393745394214932452927131131841934–35 1934–35 1 [A]
    3 Sporting CP 86501124321501508423529423202974182129134851934–35 1934–35 1 [A]
    4 Belenenses 7731582146877527742335227456071314988431934–35 2017–18 1
    5 Vitória de Guimarães 75311922228635308293136313424101213391941–42 2007–08 3
    6 Braga 642728195675546373826572704-47121463261947–48 1975–76 2
    7 Vitória de Setúbal 722590207269450887027943119-32513296211934–35 2019–20 2
    8 Boavista 572432173866643463822642381-1171321045251935–36 2014–15 1
    9 Académica 641935170451638780123463003-6571268171934–35 2015–16 2
    10 Marítimo 401661131744636250414751651-17665111977–78 1982–83 5
    11 Rio Ave 2610178402612343458911108-2173251979–80 2008–09 5
    12 Estoril 2691277223919533810441231-1872351944–45 2017–18 4
    13 Beira-Mar 278968582182423988831340-457111961–62 2012–13 6
    14 Farense 238577542221913417961093-2971231970–71 2020–21 5
    15 Paços de Ferreira 21809682204197281744959-2151231990–91 2019–20 3
    16 Nacional 19777622204165253743818-11522151988–89 2020–21 4
    17 Salgueiros 247747401971833608041377-5731121943–44 2001–02 5
    18 CUF Barreiro 237696102071482558281003-175122161942–43 1975–76 3 [B]
    19 Leixões 257136701831643237501186-4361121936–37 2009–10 5
    20 União de Leiria 18711584184159241620771-1512241979–80 2011–12 5
    21 Atlético CP 247106321921343069761285-309211371943–44 1976–77 3
    22 Gil Vicente 19705638180165293640882-242111990–91 2019–20 5
    23 Varzim 21683618169176273638913-2751121963–64 2002–03 5
    24 Portimonense 17638542168134240586740-1541121976–77 2017–18 5
    25 Chaves 16633548160153235608773-1652241985–86 2018–19 5
    26 Barreirense 246175921661193077581195-43712471937–38 1978–79 4
    27 Estrela da Amadora 16608540144176220521680-1591988–89 2008–09 7
    28 Olhanense 205655161471242458001057-25712251941–42 2013–14 4
    29 Sporting da Covilhã 1545740612679201585834-2491341947–48 1987–88 5
    30 Penafiel 14435434106117211351625-2741980–81 2014–15 10
    31 Lusitano de Évora 1441236411664184494722-2281121952–53 1965–66 5
    32 Moreirense 103823369597144349465-106112002–03 2014–15 6
    33 Sporting de Espinho 113793549691167336523-1871974–75 1996–97 7
    34 Tirsense 82682566573118219370-1511967–68 1995–96 8
    35 Famalicão 72612306760103258397-139111946–47 2019–20 6
    36 União da Madeira 6206208486298177300-1231989–90 2015–16 10
    37 Naval 1º de Maio 6193184494689160255-952005–06 2010–11 8 [C]
    38 Santa Clara 5188170465074185236-511999–2000 2018–19 9
    39 Oriental 71871905037103224438-214111950–51 1974–75 5
    40 Alverca 5181170483785192266-741998–99 2003–04 11
    41 Campomaiorense 5178170483488186287-1011995–96 2000–01 11 [D]
    42 Feirense 71752224443135187403-2161962–63 2018–19 8
    43 Tondela 5171170443987174254-802015–16 2015–16 10 [A]
    44 Torreense 6163164443189183316-1331955–56 1991–92 7
    45 União de Tomar 6162172433396178331-1531968–69 1975–76 10
    46 Desportivo das Aves 61601964040116173320-1471985–86 2019–20 13
    47 O Elvas 5148146373772211283-721947–48 1987–88 8
    48 Arouca 4145132373461134187-53112013–14 2016–17 5
    49 Leça 4124124332566120231-1111941–42 1997–98 12
    50 Académico de Viseu 410512827247781237-1561978–79 1988–89 13
    51 Caldas 4103104262553124235-1111955–56 1958–59 10
    52 Montijo 3899023204791155-641972–73 1976–77 13 [E]
    53 Amora 3899022234590143-531980–81 1982–83 12
    54 Belenenses SAD 2786819212869105-362018–19 2018–19 9 [A]
    55 Lusitano VRSA 372782194894210-1161947–48 1949–50 12
    56 Sanjoanense 47010416226686249-1631946–47 1968–69 10
    57 Carcavelinhos 56982191251103223-1201121935–36 1941–42 4 [F]
    58 Unidos de Lisboa 36254188281511456111940–41 1942–43 4 [G]
    59 Académico do Porto 5608218658137300-1631934–35 1941–42 7 [H]
    60 Elvas 2544817328108167-591945–46 1946–47 9 [I]
    61 Fafe 14138914152947-181988–89 1988–89 16
    62 Felgueiras 1333489172947-181995–96 1995–96 16 [J]
    63 Seixal 22952783744150-1061963–64 1964–65 12
    64 Riopele 1273069152351-281977–78 1977–78 15 [K]
    65 Águeda 1263075182555-301983–84 1983–84 15
    66 Trofense 1233058172542-172008–09 2008–09 16
    67 União de Coimbra 1223057182254-321972–73 1972–73 15 [L]
    68 Ginásio de Alcobaça 1193047192056-361982–83 1982–83 16
    69 Vizela 1193047193171-401984–85 1984–85 16
    70 União de Lisboa 111143293049-19111934–35 1934–35 6 [F]
    71 Oliveirense 1112232172273-511945–46 1945–46 12
    72 Casa Pia 131410131256-441938–39 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: 5 August 2020
    Primeira Liga
    LigaPro
    Campeonato de Portugal
    Portuguese District Championships
    Clubs no longer in competition

    Records

    Team records

    Individual records

    Player transfer fees

    Top transfer fees paid by Primeira Liga clubs
    RankPlayerFee (min.)DateTransferReference(s)
    1 Flag of Uruguay.svg Darwin Núñez €24M4 September 2020 Flag of Spain.svg Almería Benfica [22]
    2 Flag of Mexico.svg Raúl Jiménez €21.8M21 July 2016 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid Benfica [23]
    3 Flag of France.svg Imbula €20M1 July 2015 Flag of France.svg Marseille Porto [24]
    Flag of Spain.svg Óliver Torres 9 February 2017 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid Porto [25]
    Flag of Spain.svg Raúl de Tomás 3 July 2019 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid Benfica [26]
    Flag of Germany.svg Julian Weigl 2 January 2020 Flag of Germany.svg Borussia Dortmund Benfica [27]
    Flag of Brazil.svg Everton Soares 14 August 2020 Flag of Brazil.svg Grêmio Benfica [28]
    8 Flag of Brazil.svg Hulk €19M14 May 2011 Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo Verdy Porto [29]
    9 Flag of Brazil.svg Pedrinho €18M11 March 2020 Flag of Brazil.svg Corinthians Benfica [30]
    10 Flag of Brazil.svg Carlos Vinícius €17M20 July 2019 Flag of Italy.svg Napoli Benfica [31]
    Top transfer fees received by Primeira Liga clubs
    RankPlayerFee (min.)DateTransferReference(s)
    1 Flag of Portugal.svg João Félix €126M3 July 2019 Benfica Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid [32]
    2 Flag of Portugal.svg Rúben Dias €68M29 September 2020 Benfica Flag of England.svg Manchester City [33] [34]
    3 Flag of Portugal.svg Bruno Fernandes €55M [lower-alpha 2] 29 January 2020 Sporting CP Flag of England.svg Manchester United [35]
    4 Flag of Brazil.svg Éder Militão €50M14 March 2019 Porto Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid [36]
    5 Flag of Colombia.svg James Rodríguez €45M24 May 2013 Porto Flag of France.svg Monaco [37]

    Television

    2020–21 until 2022–23

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

    Portugal

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

    International broadcasters

    See also

    Notes

    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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