2008–09 Primeira Liga
|Relegated||Estrela da Amadora
|Europa League||Benfica (playoff round)
Nacional (playoff round)
Braga (playoff round)
Paços de Ferreira (third qualifying round)
|Goals scored||552 (2.3 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Nenê (20)|
|Biggest home win||Braga 5–0 Estrela da Amadora
(27 October 2008)
|Biggest away win||Maritimo 0–6 Benfica
(12 July 2008)
|Highest scoring||Paços de Ferreira 3–4 Benfica (7 goals)
(22 September 2008)
|Highest attendance||60,022 (Benfica 2–0 Sporting CP)
(27 September 2008)
|Portuguese football 2008–09|
|Primeira Liga (Tier 1)|
|Liga de Honra (Tier 2)|
|Segunda Divisão (Tier 3)|
|Terceira Divisão (Tier 4)|
|Taça de Portugal (Cup)|
The 2008–09 Primeira Liga was the 75th season of the Primeira Liga, the top professional league for Portuguese association football clubs. It began on 22 August 2008 and ended on 24 May 2009. Porto were the three-time defending champions and secured a fourth consecutive title for the second time in their history.
Promotion and relegation
Teams relegated to Liga de Honra
Boavista have also been relegated as a punishment for their participation in a match fixing scandal in 2003–04 season. Thereby Paços de Ferreira, who were originally scheduled to be relegated, were saved from demotion.
Teams promoted from Liga de Honra
Leiria and Boavista were replaced by two promoted teams from Liga de Honra. The first were Trofense, who clinched the second level title. This is their first appearance in Primeira Liga .
They were accompanied by Rio Ave, who returned to Primeira Liga after two seasons spent in Liga de Honra.
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Porto (C)||30||21||7||2||61||18||+43||70||2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|2||Sporting CP||30||20||6||4||45||20||+25||66||2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|3||Benfica||30||17||8||5||54||32||+22||59||2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round|
|5||Braga||30||13||11||6||38||21||+17||50||2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round|
|8||Vitória de Guimarães||30||10||8||12||32||36||−4||38|
|10||Paços de Ferreira||30||9||7||14||37||42||−5||34||2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1||PAC 1–0 EST
EST 0–2 PAC
|11||Estrela da Amadora (R)||30||8||10||12||26||38||−12||34||Relegation to Liga de Honra 2|
|13||Naval 1º de Maio||30||7||8||15||25||39||−14||29|
|14||Vitória de Setúbal||30||7||5||18||21||46||−25||26|
|16||Trofense (R)||30||5||8||17||25||42||−17||23||Relegation to Liga de Honra|
Source: lpfp.pt (Portuguese)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head away goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th matches won; 7th goals scored.
1Since Porto, winners of Cup of Portugal 2008–09, already qualified for 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, cup runners-up Paços de Ferreira earned a spot in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
2Estrela da Amadora were relegated after this season ended due to financial problems. Therefore, Belenenses is saved from relegation.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Home \ Away||ACA||BEL||BEN||BRA||EST||LEI||MAR||NAC||NAV||PAÇ||POR||RAV||SCP||TRO||VGU||VSE|
|Estrela da Amadora||1–0||1–1||1–2||2–2||2–1||0–0||1–0||1–0||0–2||2–4||2–0||1–3||1–0||1–0||0–0|
|Naval 1º de Maio||2–1||1–1||1–2||1–2||0–0||1–0||1–0||0–4||0–0||1–0||0–1||0–1||3–1||0–0||2–2|
|Paços de Ferreira||1–1||1–1||3–4||0–2||1–0||4–0||2–1||2–3||2–1||0–2||2–0||0–0||1–0||1–1||2–0|
|Vitória de Guimarães||3–2||3–1||1–2||0–0||0–0||1–0||2–1||0–2||1–0||0–0||1–3||0–1||1–2||0–1||1–1|
|Vitória de Setúbal||2–1||2–0||0–4||0–3||1–0||0–1||0–2||2–0||0–1||2–1||0–3||1–0||0–2||0–2||2–4|
|7||William||Paços de Ferreira||9|
|Roberto||Vitória de Guimarães||8|
SJPF Player of the Month
SJPF Young Player of the Month
- Primeira Liga Champions – Porto
- Primeira Liga Top Scorer – Nenê (20 goals)
- Primeira Liga Player of the Year – Bruno Alves
- Primeira Liga Goalkeeper of the Year – Beto
- Primeira Liga Referee of the Year – Olegário Benquerença
- "Inscrição do E. Amadora rejeitada, Belenenses fica na Liga" [Registration of E. Amadora rejected, Belenenses is in Liga] (in Portuguese). Mais futebol. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
- "Melhor marcador – Liga Sagres 2008–2009". www.lpfp.pt. Retrieved 21 January 2010. (Portuguese)
- "Jogador do Mês de Setembro – Yebda". SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010. (Portuguese)
- "Jogador do Mês de Outubro – Braga". SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010. (Portuguese)
- "Jogador do Mês Novembro – Beto". SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010. (Portuguese)
- "Jogador do Mês Dezembro – Peskovic". SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010. (Portuguese)
- "Liedson recebe título de melhor jogador do mês". dn.sapo.pt. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010. (Portuguese)
- "Sindicato dos Jogadores distingue Hulk". futebolar.portugalmail.pt. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010. (Portuguese)
- "Baba é o rei de Março". infordesporto.sapo.pt. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010. (Portuguese)
- "Jogador do Mês Abril – Liedson". SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010. (Portuguese)
- "Jogador do Mês Maio – Cardozo". SJPF. Retrieved 21 January 2010. (Portuguese)
- Calendar of the Portuguese League (Portuguese)