List of Portuguese football champions
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|Campeonato de Portugal (1922–1938)
Primeira Divisão (1938–1999)
Primeira Liga (1999–2002)
|Number of Teams|
|Most successful club|
(33 times champions)
The Portuguese football champions are the winners of the highest competition in Portuguese football, which is currently the Primeira Liga. Teams in bold are those who won the double of League Championships and Cup of Portugal in that season.
The first competition that defined the Portuguese football champion was called Campeonato de Portugal (Championship of Portugal). It corresponds to today's Cup of Portugal, and was held in a knock-out basis.
In 1934 an experimental league competition was formed. It would succeed, and from the 1938–39 season it would start defining the champions. Until then the winner were only "league champions".
The former Championship of Portugal became the Cup of Portugal, and the experimental league became the National Championship of the First Division, usually called First Division.
When the Portuguese League for Professional Football took control of Portugal's main competition, the name was changed to Primeira Liga (Premier League), being changed again in 2002 to SuperLiga (called SuperLiga Galp Energia for sponsorship reasons), and then to just Liga in 2005 (Liga Betandwin.com in 2005–06, BWINLiga in 2006–07 and 2007–08, Liga Sagres in 2008–09 and Liga ZON Sagres in 2010–11).
S.L. Benfica, with 33 titles (plus three experimental leagues), have been crowned champions more times than any other club having dominated during the 1960s and 1970s. They are followed by F.C. Porto with 30 titles (plus one experimental league), who dominated in the 1990s and 2000s, who in turn are followed by Sporting Clube de Portugal with 22 titles and dominating national competitions in the 1940s and 1950s. C.F. Os Belenenses and Boavista F.C. have been the only other clubs which managed to win the League Championship at least once. Other clubs managed to win the National Championship as knock-out basis competition.
Campeonato de Portugal (Championship of Portugal): 1922–1938
Bold indicates double winners - i.e. League title + cup
Total titles won
Eight clubs have been champions.
||1929–30, 1930–31, 1934–35, 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|
||1921–22, 1924–25, 1931–32, 1936–37, 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, 2012-2013|
||1922–23, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1937–38, 1940–41, 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, 2001–02|
||1926–27, 1928–29, 1932–33, 1945–46|
Teams currently playing in the Liga are in bold.
Defunct teams are in italics.
Total titles won by city
Eight clubs have been champions, from a total of 4 cities.
|City||Number of Titles||Clubs|
||Benfica (33), Sporting (22), Belenenses (4), Carcavelinhos (1)|
||Porto (30), Boavista (1)|
Doubles, Trebles and Quadruples
Double, called Dobradinha, in the context of Portuguese football, means winning the Primeira Liga (Premier League, previously Primeira Divisão) and the Taça de Portugal (Cup of Portugal) in the same season. Since the creation of the Taça da Liga (League Cup) in the 2007–08 season, a variation of the Primeira Liga and Taça da Liga victories can be counted as a Double. The first double was achieved by Sporting in 1941 and the most recent by Porto in 2011.
The Treble usually refers either winning the domestic treble of League and the two cup comptitions or winning the UEFA Champions League (formerly the European Cup) in the same season as achieving a double. No Portuguese club has ever achieved either of the two combinations, in spite of both Benfica and Porto coming close. Porto has, however, achieved another version of the Treble twice: in 2003 winning the League, Cup and UEFA Cup and in 2011 winning the League, Cup and UEFA Europa League. The Quadruple refers to winning the league title, UEFA Champions League (formerly the European Cup) as well as both cup competitions. This feat has never been achieved by a Portuguese club to date.