List of Portuguese football champions

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Campeonato Nacional
Campeonato de Portugal (1922–1938)
Primeira Divisão (1938–1999)
Primeira Liga (1999–2002)
SuperLiga (2002–2005)
Liga (2005–present)
Founded
1922
Number of Teams
16
Current Champions
S.L. Benfica
Country
Portugal
Portugal
Most successful club
S.L. Benfica
(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.

History[edit]

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).

At the end of the 1921–22 season, F.C. Porto were the first club to be crowned champions after beating Sporting 3–1 after extra time in an extra third hand of the final.

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[edit]

Year Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third Place Top Scorer
1922 Porto (1) Sporting none Emílio Ramos (Sporting)
and Tavares Bastos (Porto) (2)
1922–23 Sporting (1) Académica Porto
Marítimo
N/A
1923–24 Olhanense (1) Porto Marítimo
Vianense
N/A
1924–25 Porto (2) Sporting Espinho
Olhanense
N/A
1925–26 Marítimo (1) Belenenses Porto
Olhanense
N/A
1926–27 Belenenses (1) Vitória de Setúbal Benfica
Barreirense
N/A
1927–28 Carcavelinhos (1) Sporting Benfica
Vitória de Setúbal
N/A
1928–29 Belenenses (2) União de Lisboa Sporting
Vitória de Setúbal
N/A
1929–30 Benfica (1) Barreirense Belenenses
União de Lisboa
N/A
1930–31 Benfica (2) Porto Marítimo
Vitória de Setúbal
N/A
1931–32 Porto (3) Belenenses Benfica
Barreirense
N/A
1932–33 Belenenses (3) Sporting Porto
Vitória de Setúbal
N/A
1933–34 Sporting (2) Barreirense Benfica
Vitória de Setúbal
N/A
1934–35 Benfica (3) Sporting Porto
Carcavelinhos
N/A
1935–36 Sporting (3) Belenenses Benfica
Marítimo
N/A
1936–37 Porto (4) Sporting Benfica
Belenenses
N/A
1937–38 Sporting (4) Benfica Académica
Marítimo
N/A

League: 1938–present[edit]

Year Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Third Place Silver Ball (Top Scorer)
1938–39 Porto (5) Sporting Benfica Costuras (Porto) (18)
1939–40 Porto (6) Sporting Belenenses Fernando Peyroteo (Sporting)
and Slavkoo Kordnya (Porto) (20)
1940–41 Sporting (5) Porto Belenenses Fernando Peyroteo (Sporting) (29)
1941–42 Benfica (4) Sporting Belenenses Correia Dias (Porto) (36)
1942–43 Benfica (5) Sporting Belenenses Julinho (Benfica) (24)
1943–44 Sporting (6) Benfica Atlético Francisco Rodrigues (Vitória de Setúbal) (28)
1944–45 Benfica (6) Sporting Belenenses Francisco Rodrigues (Vitória de Setúbal) (21)
1945–46 Belenenses (4) Benfica Sporting Fernando Peyroteo (Sporting) (37)
1946–47 Sporting (7) Benfica Porto Fernando Peyroteo (Sporting) (43)
1947–48 Sporting (8) Benfica Belenenses António Araújo (Porto) (36)
1948–49 Sporting (9) Benfica Belenenses Fernando Peyroteo (Sporting) (40)
1949–50 Benfica (7) Sporting Atlético Julinho (Benfica) (28)
1950–51 Sporting (10) Porto Benfica Manuel Vasques (Sporting) (29)
1951–52 Sporting (11) Benfica Porto José Águas (Benfica) (28)
1952–53 Sporting (12) Benfica Belenenses Matateu (Belenenses) (29)
1953–54 Sporting (13) Porto Benfica João Martins (Sporting) (31)
1954–55 Benfica (8) Belenenses Sporting Matateu (Belenenses) (32)
1955–56 Porto (7) Benfica Belenenses José Águas (Benfica) (28)
1956–57 Benfica (9) Porto Belenenses José Águas (Benfica) (30)
1957–58 Sporting (14) Porto Benfica Arsénio Duarte (CUF) (23)
1958–59 Porto (8) Benfica Belenenses José Águas (Benfica) (26)
1959–60 Benfica (10) Sporting Belenenses Edmur Ribeiro (Vitória de Guimarães) (25)
1960–61 Benfica (11) Sporting Porto José Águas (Benfica) (27)
1961–62 Sporting (15) Porto Benfica Veríssimo (Porto) (23)
1962–63 Benfica (12) Porto Sporting José Augusto Torres (Benfica) (26)
1963–64 Benfica (13) Porto Sporting Eusébio (Benfica) (28)
1964–65 Benfica (14) Porto CUF Eusébio (Benfica) (28)
1965–66 Sporting (16) Benfica Porto Eusébio (Benfica) and
Ernesto Figueiredo (Sporting) (25)
1966–67 Benfica (15) Académica Porto Eusébio (Benfica) (31)
1967–68 Benfica (16) Sporting Porto Eusébio (Benfica) (42)
1968–69 Benfica (17) Porto Vitória de Guimarães Manuel António (Académica) (19)
1969–70 Sporting (17) Benfica Vitória de Setúbal Eusébio (Benfica) (20)
1970–71 Benfica (18) Sporting Porto Artur Jorge (Benfica) (23)
1971–72 Benfica (19) Vitória de Setúbal Sporting Artur Jorge (Benfica) (27)
1972–73 Benfica (20) Belenenses Vitória de Setúbal Eusébio (Benfica) (40)
1973–74 Sporting (18) Benfica Vitória de Setúbal Héctor Yazalde (Sporting) (46)
1974–75 Benfica (21) Porto Sporting Héctor Yazalde (Sporting) (30)
1975–76 Benfica (22) Boavista Belenenses Rui Jordão (Benfica) (30)
1976–77 Benfica (23) Sporting Porto Fernando Gomes (Porto) (26)
1977–78 Porto (9) Benfica Sporting Fernando Gomes (Porto) (25)
1978–79 Porto (10) Benfica Sporting Fernando Gomes (Porto) (27)
1979–80 Sporting (19) Porto Benfica Rui Jordão (Sporting) (31)
1980–81 Benfica (24) Porto Sporting Tamagnini Nené (Benfica) (20)
1981–82 Sporting (20) Benfica Porto Jacques Pereira (Porto) (27)
1982–83 Benfica (25) Porto Sporting Fernando Gomes (Porto) (36)
1983–84 Benfica (26) Porto Sporting Fernando Gomes (Porto) and
Tamagnini Nené (Benfica) (21)
1984–85 Porto (11) Sporting Benfica Fernando Gomes (Porto) (39)
1985–86 Porto (12) Benfica Sporting Manuel Fernandes (Sporting) (30)
1986–87 Benfica (27) Porto Vitória de Guimarães Paulinho Cascavel (Vitória de Guimarães) (22)
1987–88 Porto (13) Benfica Belenenses Paulinho Cascavel (Sporting) (23)
1988–89 Benfica (28) Porto Boavista Vata Garcia (Benfica) (16)
1989–90 Porto (14) Benfica Sporting Mats Magnusson (Benfica) (33)
1990–91 Benfica (29) Porto Sporting Rui Águas (Benfica) (25)
1991–92 Porto (15) Benfica Boavista Ricky (Boavista) (30)
1992–93 Porto (16) Benfica Sporting Jorge Cadete (Sporting) (18)
1993–94 Benfica (30) Porto Sporting Rashidi Yekini (Vitória de Setúbal) (21)
1994–95 Porto (17) Sporting Benfica Hassan Nader (Farense) (21)
1995–96 Porto (18) Benfica Sporting Domingos Paciência (Porto) (25)
1996–97 Porto (19) Sporting Benfica Mário Jardel (Porto) (30)
1997–98 Porto (20) Benfica Vitória de Guimarães Mário Jardel (Porto) (26)
1998–99 Porto (21) Boavista Benfica Mário Jardel (Porto) (37)
1999–2000 Sporting (21) Porto Benfica Mário Jardel (Porto) (37)
2000–01 Boavista (1) Porto Sporting Renivaldo Pena (Porto) (22)
2001–02 Sporting (22) Boavista Porto Mário Jardel (Sporting) (42)
2002–03 Porto (22) Benfica Sporting Fary Faye (Beira-Mar) and
Simão Sabrosa (Benfica) (18)
2003–04 Porto (23) Benfica Sporting Benni McCarthy (Porto) (20)
2004–05 Benfica (31) Porto Sporting Liédson (Sporting) (25)
2005–06 Porto (24) Sporting Benfica Meyong (Belenenses) (17)
2006–07 Porto (25) Sporting Benfica Liédson (Sporting) (15)
2007–08 Porto (26) Sporting Vitória de Guimarães Lisandro López (Porto) (24)
2008–09 Porto (27) Sporting Benfica Nenê (Nacional) (20)
2009–10 Benfica (32) Braga Porto Cardozo (26)
2010–11 Porto (28) Benfica Sporting Hulk (Porto)
2011–12 Porto (29) Benfica Braga Cardozo (Benfica) (20)
2012–13 Porto (30) Benfica Paços de Ferreira Jackson Martínez (Porto) (26)
2013–14 Benfica (33) Sporting Porto Jackson Martínez (Porto) (20)

Bold indicates double winners - i.e. League title + cup

Total titles won[edit]

Eight clubs have been champions.

Club Winners Runners-up Third-place Winning Years
Benfica
33
28
20
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
Porto
30
24
16
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
Sporting
22
24
23
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
Belenenses
4
5
16
1926–27, 1928–29, 1932–33, 1945–46
Boavista
1
3
2
2000–01
Marítimo
1
0
5
1925–26
Olhanense
1
0
2
1923–24
Carcavelinhos
1
0
1
1927–28

Teams currently playing in the Liga are in bold.
Defunct teams are in italics.

Total titles won by city[edit]

Eight clubs have been champions, from a total of 4 cities.

City Number of Titles Clubs
LSB.png Lisbon
60
Benfica (33), Sporting (22), Belenenses (4), Carcavelinhos (1)
PRT.png Porto
31
Porto (30), Boavista (1)
OLH2.png Olhão
1
Olhanense (1)
FNC.png Funchal
1
Marítimo (1)

Doubles, Trebles and Quadruples[edit]

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.

Year Winner Trophies
1940–41 Sporting Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1942–43 Benfica Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1947–48 Sporting (2) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1953–54 Sporting (3) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1954–55 Benfica (2) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1955–56 Porto Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1956–57 Benfica (3) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1963–64 Benfica (4) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1968–69 Benfica (5) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1971–72 Benfica (6) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1973–74 Sporting (4) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1980–81 Benfica (7) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1981–82 Sporting (5) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1982–83 Benfica (8) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1986–87 Benfica (9) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1987–88 Porto (2) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
1997–98 Porto (3) Primeira Divisão, Taça de Portugal
2001–02 Sporting (6) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2002–03 Porto (4) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Cup
2005–06 Porto (5) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2008–09 Porto (6) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2009–10 Benfica (10) Primeira Liga, Taça da Liga
2010–11 Porto (7) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Europa League

See also[edit]