Primeira Liga

Primeira Liga
Organising body Liga Portuguesa de
Futebol Profissional
Founded 1934 (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
League cup(s) Taça da Liga
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Porto (28th title)
Most championships Benfica (36 titles)
Top goalscorer Fernando Peyroteo (332 goals)
TV partners List of broadcasters
2018–19 Primeira Liga

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 (except in the 2018–19 season in which the three lowest placed teams are relegated to the Segunda Liga due to the integration in the Primeira Liga of Gil Vicente in the next season. However, the Portuguese Football Federation appealed to proceed with this integration as soon as possible.[1]

Founded in 1934 as an experimental league called Campeonato da Liga da Primeira Divisão, it was officialised in 1938 and named Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Divisão until 1999, when it was called 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 (28) and Sporting CP (18) – 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 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.[3] The Primeira Liga also reached a world ranking of 4th according to IFFHS's 2011 ranking.[4]


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.[5]

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).[6] Porto finished the regional championship in third place again, which did not grant entry into the Primeira Liga.[7] However, a second expand (from 10 to 12) in the same season was decided, which allowed the club to participate.[8]

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.[6]

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

"Big Three" performance over the last 10 seasons
SeasonBenficaPortoSporting CP

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 (36 times), Porto (28) 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.

Benfica is the club with most league, cup and league cup titles, as well as the most domestic titles (79) and overall titles won (81, excluding the Latin Cup).

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.

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 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.

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 for the 2005–06 season, the name was changed to BWINLIGA in July 2006.[9][10]

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".[11]

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

Official match ball


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 sixth placed team.

UEFA ranking

UEFA League Ranking at the end of the 2016–17 season:[14]

2018–19 clubs

Location of teams in 2018–19 Primeira Liga (Madeira)
Location of teams in 2018–19 Primeira Liga (Azores)
Team Location Stadium Capacity 2017–18 finish
Belenenses Lisbon Estádio Nacional 37,593 12th
Benfica Lisbon Estádio da Luz 65,647 2nd
Boavista Porto Estádio do Bessa 28,263 8th
Braga Braga Estádio Municipal de Braga 30,286 4th
Chaves Chaves Estádio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira 8,870 6th
Desportivo das Aves Aves Estádio do CD Aves 5,441 13th
Feirense Santa Maria da Feira Estádio Marcolino de Castro 5,600 16th
Marítimo Funchal Estádio do Marítimo 10,600 7th
Moreirense Moreira de Cónegos Parque de Jogos Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas 6,153 15th
Nacional Funchal Estádio da Madeira 5,200 1st (LP)
Portimonense Portimão Estádio Municipal de Portimão 5,950 10th
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 13,277 2nd (LP)
Sporting CP Lisbon Estádio José Alvalade 50,095 3rd
Tondela Tondela Estádio João Cardoso 5,000 11th
Vitória de Guimarães Guimarães Estádio D. Afonso Henriques 30,000 9th
Vitória de Setúbal Setúbal Estádio do Bonfim 15,497 14th


    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 an average attendance by club:[15]

    Club Average Stadium
    Attendance(%) Accumulated Stadium
    1Benfica53,20964,64282.93%904,553Estádio da Luz
    2Sporting CP43,62350,04487.16%%741,599Estádio José Alvalade
    3Porto42,67450,43185.29%725,461Estádio do Dragão
    4Vitória de Guimarães16,01530,00853.37%272,255Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
    5Braga11,70630,28638.65%198,998Estádio Municipal de Braga
    6Marítimo7,07210,93266.93%120,216Estádio dos Barreiros
    7Boavista5,62330,00020.55%95,585Estádio do Bessa
    8Vitória de Setúbal4,11113,46828.80%69,890Estádio do Bonfim
    9Feirense3,9075,60071.69%66,412Estádio Marcolino de Castro
    10Rio Ave3,8899,06543.42%66,116Estádio do Rio Ave FC
    11Chaves3,6279,00040.89%61,658Estádio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira
    12Paços de Ferreira3,5076,40438.63%59,612Estádio da Mata Real
    13Belenenses3,34419,85622.27%56,851Estádio do Restelo
    14Portimonense3,1589,54464.04%53,693Estádio Municipal de Portimão
    15Aves2,6355,44144.69%44,803Estádio do CD Aves
    16Tondela2,3735,00047.46%40,344Estádio João Cardoso
    17Estoril2,2758,00028.83%38,673Estádio António Coimbra da Mota
    18Moreirense2,2646,15336.80%38,494Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril

    List of champions and top scorers

    Season Champion Points Second place Points Third place Points Teams Rounds Points
    Bola de Prata
    (Top Scorer)
    Club Goals
    Campeonato da Liga da Primeira Divisão
      1934–35 Porto22Sporting CP20Benfica198142 ptsManuel SoeiroSporting CP14
      1935–36 Benfica21Porto20Sporting CP168142 ptsPingaPorto21
      1936–37 Benfica (2)24Belenenses23Sporting CP198142 ptsManuel SoeiroSporting CP24
      1937–38 Benfica (3)23Porto23Sporting CP238142 ptsFernando PeyroteoSporting CP34
    Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Divisão
      1938–39 Porto (2)23Sporting CP22Benfica218142 ptsCosturasPorto18
      1939–40 Porto (3)34Sporting CP32Belenenses2510182 ptsF. Peyroteo / S. KodrnjaSporting CP / Porto29
      1940–41 Sporting CP23Porto20Belenenses198142 ptsFernando PeyroteoSporting CP29
      1941–42 Benfica (4)38Sporting CP34Belenenses3012222 ptsCorreia DiasPorto36
      1942–43 Benfica (5)30Sporting CP29Belenenses2810182 ptsJulinhoBenfica24
      1943–44 Sporting CP (2)31Benfica26Atlético CP2410182 ptsFrancisco RodriguesVitória de Setúbal28
      1944–45 Benfica (6)30Sporting CP27Belenenses2710182 ptsFrancisco RodriguesVitória de Setúbal21
      1945–46 Belenenses38Benfica37Sporting CP3212222 ptsFernando PeyroteoSporting CP37
      1946–47 Sporting CP (3)47Benfica41Porto3314262 ptsFernando PeyroteoSporting CP43
      1947–48 Sporting CP (4)41Benfica41Belenenses3714262 ptsAntónio AraújoPorto36
      1948–49 Sporting CP (5)42Benfica37Belenenses3514262 ptsFernando PeyroteoSporting CP40
      1949–50 Benfica (7)45Sporting CP39Atlético CP3014262 ptsJulinhoBenfica29
      1950–51 Sporting CP (6)45Porto34Benfica3014262 ptsManuel VasquesSporting CP29
      1951–52 Sporting CP (7)41Benfica40Porto3614262 ptsJosé ÁguasBenfica28
      1952–53 Sporting CP (8)43Benfica39Belenenses3614262 ptsMatateuBelenenses29
      1953–54 Sporting CP (9)43Porto36Benfica3214262 ptsJoão MartinsSporting CP31
      1954–55 Benfica (8)39Belenenses39Sporting CP3714262 ptsMatateuBelenenses32
      1955–56 Porto (4)43Benfica43Belenenses3714262 ptsJosé ÁguasBenfica28
      1956–57 Benfica (9)41Porto40Belenenses3314262 ptsJosé ÁguasBenfica30
      1957–58 Sporting CP (10)43Porto43Benfica3614262 ptsArsénio DuarteCUF do Barreiro23
      1958–59 Porto (5)41Benfica41Belenenses3814262 ptsJosé ÁguasBenfica26
      1959–60 Benfica (10)45Sporting CP43Belenenses3614262 ptsEdmur RibeiroVitória de Guimarães25
      1960–61 Benfica (11)46Sporting CP42Porto3314262 ptsJosé ÁguasBenfica27
      1961–62 Sporting CP (11)43Porto41Benfica3614262 ptsVeríssimoPorto23
      1962–63 Benfica (12)48Porto42Sporting CP3814262 ptsJosé Augusto TorresBenfica26
      1963–64 Benfica (13)46Porto40Sporting CP3414262 ptsEusébioBenfica28
      1964–65 Benfica (14)43Porto37CUF do Barreiro3514262 ptsEusébioBenfica28
      1965–66 Sporting CP (12)42Benfica41Porto3414262 ptsEusébio / E. FigueiredoBenfica / Sporting CP25
      1966–67 Benfica (15)43Académica40Porto3914262 ptsEusébioBenfica31
      1967–68 Benfica (16)41Sporting CP37Porto3614262 ptsEusébioBenfica43
      1968–69 Benfica (17)39Porto37Vitória de Guimarães3614262 ptsManuel AntónioAcadémica19
      1969–70 Sporting CP (13)46Benfica38Vitória de Setúbal3614262 ptsEusébioBenfica20
      1970–71 Benfica (18)41Sporting CP38Porto3714262 ptsArtur JorgeBenfica23
      1971–72 Benfica (19)55Vitória de Setúbal45Sporting CP4316302 ptsArtur JorgeBenfica27
      1972–73 Benfica (20)58Belenenses40Vitória de Setúbal3816302 ptsEusébioBenfica40
      1973–74 Sporting CP (14)49Benfica47Vitória de Setúbal4516302 ptsHéctor YazaldeSporting CP46
      1974–75 Benfica (21)49Porto44Sporting CP4316302 ptsHéctor YazaldeSporting CP30
      1975–76 Benfica (22)50Boavista48Belenenses4016302 ptsRui JordãoBenfica30
      1976–77 Benfica (23)51Sporting CP42Porto4116302 ptsFernando GomesPorto26
      1977–78 Porto (6)51Benfica51Sporting CP4216302 ptsFernando GomesPorto25
      1978–79 Porto (7)50Benfica49Sporting CP4216302 ptsFernando GomesPorto27
      1979–80 Sporting CP (15)52Porto50Benfica4516302 ptsRui JordãoSporting CP31
      1980–81 Benfica (24)50Porto48Sporting CP3716302 ptsNenéBenfica20
      1981–82 Sporting CP (16)46Benfica44Porto4316302 ptsJacques PereiraPorto27
      1982–83 Benfica (25)51Porto47Sporting CP4216302 ptsFernando GomesPorto36
      1983–84 Benfica (26)52Porto49Sporting CP4216302 ptsFernando Gomes / NenéPorto / Benfica21
      1984–85 Porto (8)55Sporting CP47Benfica4316302 ptsFernando GomesPorto39
      1985–86 Porto (9)49Benfica47Sporting CP4616302 ptsManuel FernandesSporting CP30
      1986–87 Benfica (27)48Porto46Vitória de Guimarães4116302 ptsPaulinho CascavelVitória de Guimarães22
      1987–88 Porto (10)66Benfica51Belenenses4820382 ptsPaulinho CascavelSporting CP23
      1988–89 Benfica (28)63Porto56Boavista4920382 ptsVataBenfica16
      1989–90 Porto (11)59Benfica55Sporting CP4618342 ptsMats MagnussonBenfica33
      1990–91 Benfica (29)69Porto67Sporting CP5720382 ptsRui ÁguasBenfica25
      1991–92 Porto (12)56Benfica46Boavista4418342 ptsRickyBoavista30
      1992–93 Porto (13)54Benfica52Sporting CP4518342 ptsJorge CadeteSporting CP18
      1993–94 Benfica (30)54Porto52Sporting CP5118342 ptsRashidi YekiniVitória de Setúbal21
      1994–95 Porto (14)62Sporting CP53Benfica4918342 ptsHassan NaderFarense21
      1995–96 Porto (15)84Benfica73Sporting CP6718343 ptsDomingos PaciênciaPorto25
      1996–97 Porto (16)85Sporting CP72Benfica5818343 ptsMário JardelPorto30
      1997–98 Porto (17)77Benfica68Vitória de Guimarães5918343 ptsMário JardelPorto26
      1998–99 Porto (18)79Boavista71Benfica6518343 ptsMário JardelPorto36
    Primeira Liga
      1999–2000 Sporting CP (17)77Porto73Benfica6918343 ptsMário JardelPorto37
      2000–01 Boavista77Porto76Sporting CP6218343 ptsPenaPorto22
      2001–02 Sporting CP (18)75Boavista70Porto6818343 ptsMário JardelSporting CP42
      2002–03 Porto (19)86Benfica75Sporting CP5918343 ptsFary FayeBeira-Mar18
      2003–04 Porto (20)82Benfica74Sporting CP7318343 ptsBenni McCarthyPorto20
      2004–05 Benfica (31)65Porto62Sporting CP6118343 ptsLiédsonSporting CP25
      2005–06 Porto (21)79Sporting CP72Benfica6718343 ptsAlbert MeyongBelenenses17
      2006–07 Porto (22)69Sporting CP68Benfica6716303 ptsLiédsonSporting CP15
      2007–08 Porto (23)75(1)Sporting CP55Vitória de Guimarães5316303 ptsLisandro LópezPorto24
      2008–09 Porto (24)70Sporting CP66Benfica5916303 ptsNenêNacional20
      2009–10 Benfica (32)76Braga71Porto6816303 ptsÓscar CardozoBenfica26
      2010–11 Porto (25)84Benfica63Sporting CP4816303 ptsHulkPorto23
      2011–12 Porto (26)75Benfica69Braga6216303 ptsÓscar CardozoBenfica20
      2012–13 Porto (27)78Benfica77Paços de Ferreira5416303 ptsJackson MartínezPorto26
      2013–14 Benfica (33)74Sporting CP67Porto6116303 ptsJackson MartínezPorto20
      2014–15 Benfica (34)85Porto82Sporting CP7618343 ptsJackson MartínezPorto21
      2015–16 Benfica (35)88Sporting CP86Porto7318343 ptsJonasBenfica32
      2016–17 Benfica (36)82Porto76Sporting CP7018343 ptsBas DostSporting CP34
      2017–18 Porto (28)88Benfica81Sporting CP7818343 ptsJonasBenfica34
    • (1) Porto saw six points subtracted for corruption allegations in the Apito Dourado,[16] but they recovered those points in July 2017.

    Performance by club

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

    Club Winners Runner-ups Winning Years and 2nd Place Years
    Benfica 36 28 1936, 1937, 1938, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
    Porto 28 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, 2018
    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
    1937, 1946, 1955, 1973
    1976, 1999, 2001, 2002
    Vitória de Setúbal

    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 2017–18 season.[17] 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
    3Sporting CP84487723641460497407517322532920182228124831934–351934–351[A]
    5Vitória de Guimarães733017215483551280730373062-254101113381941–422007–083
    7Vitória de Setúbal 702520200467948384227393037-29813296211934–352004–052
    8Boavista 552349167064342060722022302-1001321045251935–362014–151
    11Rio Ave249177722342153237931020-2272241979–802008–095
    16Paços de Ferreira20770648193191264709908-1991231990–912017–183
    17CUF Barreiro237696102071482558281003-175122161942–431975–763[B]
    20União de Leiria18711584184159241620771-1512241979–802011–125
    21Atlético CP247106321921343069761285-309211371943–441976–773
    23Gil Vicente18662604169155280601839-238111990–912014–155
    25Estrela da Amadora16608540144176220521680-1591988–892008–097[C]
    29Sporting da Covilhã1545740612679201585834-2491341947–481987–885
    31Lusitano de Évora1441236411664184494722-2281121952–531965–665
    32Sporting de Espinho113793549691167336523-1871974–751996–977
    36União da Madeira6206208486298177300-1231989–902015–1610
    37Naval 1º de Maio6193184494689160255-952005–062010–118[D]
    42União de Tomar6162172433396178331-1531968–691975–7610
    44O Elvas5148146373772211283-721947–481987–888
    47Desportivo das Aves4107128253271114203-891985–862017–1813
    48Académico de Viseu410512827247781237-1561978–791988–8913
    50Santa Clara3103102243147106150-441999–20002018–1914
    54Lusitano VRSA372782194894210-1161947–481949–5012
    57Unidos de Lisboa36254188281511456111940–411942–434[H]
    58Académico do Porto5608218658137300-1631934–351941–427[I]
    59SL Elvas2544817328108167-591945–461946–479[J]
    66União de Coimbra1223057182254-321972–731972–7315[M]
    67Ginásio de Alcobaça1193047192056-361982–831982–8316
    69União de Lisboa111143293049-19111934–351934–356[G]
    71Casa Pia131410131256-441938–391938–398

    A. ^ Never relegated.
    B. ^ Renamed Fabril in 2000.
    C. ^ Club folded in 2011.
    D. ^ Club folded in 2017.
    E. ^ Club ended football team in 2013.
    F. ^ Club folded in 2007.
    G. ^ Merged to form Atlético CP in 1942.
    H. ^ Club ended football team in 2009.
    I. ^ Club ended football team in 1964.
    J. ^ Merged to form O Elvas in 1947.
    K. ^ Club folded in 2005.
    L. ^ Club folded in 1984.
    M. ^ Club folded in 2016.

    Last updated: 15 June 2018

    Primeira Liga
    Campeonato de Portugal
    Portuguese District Championships
    Clubs no longer in competition


    • 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).
    • In 2017–18, Porto tied Benfica's 88 points record (28 wins, 4 draw and 2 defeats in 34 games).



    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


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