List of Portuguese football champions

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Primeira Liga Experimental (1934–1938)
Primeira Divisão (1938–1999)
Primeira Liga (1999–present)
Founded
1934
Number of Teams
18
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.

History[edit]

The first competition that defined the Portuguese football champion was called Campeonato de Portugal (Championship of Portugal). It corresponds to today's Taça de Portugal and was held in a knock-out basis, although the Championship of Portugal titles don't count as Taça de Portugal titles and the winners of the Championship of Portugal no longer count as Portuguese football champions.

In 1934 an experimental league (Primeira Liga Experimental) was formed. It would be well-succeeded, 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 Taça de Portugal, and the experimental league became the National Championship of the First Division, usually called First Division (Primeira Divisão).

Since 1999, the First Division is called Premier League (Primeira Liga).

At the end of the 1934–35 season, F.C. Porto were the first club to be crowned champions. They also won the first Championship of Portugal in the 1921-22 season.

S.L. Benfica, with 33 titles, 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 27 titles, who dominated in the 1990s and 2000s, who in turn are followed by Sporting Clube de Portugal with 18 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 (each won it once).

List of champions and top scorers[edit]

Clubs Players
Season Champion Points Runner-up Points Third place Points Teams Rounds Points
/win
Bota de Prata
(Top Scorer)
Club Goals
Primeira Liga (Experimental)
  1934–35 Porto 22 Sporting CP 20 Benfica 19 8 14 2 pts Manuel Soeiro Sporting CP 14
  1935–36 Benfica 21 Porto 20 Sporting CP 16 8 14 2 pts Pinga Porto 21
  1936–37 Benfica (2) 24 Belenenses 23 Sporting CP 19 8 14 2 pts Manuel Soeiro Sporting CP 24
  1937–38 Benfica (3) 23 Porto 23 Sporting CP 23 8 14 2 pts Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 34
Primeira Divisão
  1938–39 Porto (2) 23 Sporting CP 22 Benfica 21 8 14 2 pts Costuras Porto 18
  1939–40 Porto (3) 34 Sporting CP 32 Belenenses 25 10 18 2 pts Fernando Peyroteo
Slavko Kodrnja
Sporting CP
Porto
29
  1940–41 Sporting CP 23 Porto 20 Belenenses 19 8 14 2 pts Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 29
  1941–42 Benfica (4) 38 Sporting CP 34 Belenenses 30 12 22 2 pts Correia Dias Porto 36
  1942–43 Benfica (5) 30 Sporting CP 29 Belenenses 28 10 18 2 pts Julinho Benfica 24
  1943–44 Sporting CP (2) 31 Benfica 26 Atlético CP 24 10 18 2 pts Francisco Rodrigues Vitória de Setúbal 28
  1944–45 Benfica (6) 30 Sporting CP 27 Belenenses 27 10 18 2 pts Francisco Rodrigues Vitória de Setúbal 21
  1945–46 Belenenses 38 Benfica 37 Sporting CP 32 12 22 2 pts Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 37
  1946–47 Sporting CP (3) 47 Benfica 41 Porto 33 14 26 2 pts Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 43
  1947–48 Sporting CP (4) 41 Benfica 41 Belenenses 37 14 26 2 pts António Araújo Porto 36
  1948–49 Sporting CP (5) 42 Benfica 37 Belenenses 35 14 26 2 pts Fernando Peyroteo Sporting CP 40
  1949–50 Benfica (7) 45 Sporting CP 39 Atlético CP 30 14 26 2 pts Julinho Benfica 28
  1950–51 Sporting CP (6) 45 Porto 34 Benfica 30 14 26 2 pts Manuel Vasques Sporting CP 29
  1951–52 Sporting CP (7) 41 Benfica 40 Porto 36 14 26 2 pts José Águas Benfica 28
  1952–53 Sporting CP (8) 43 Benfica 39 Belenenses 36 14 26 2 pts Matateu Belenenses 29
  1953–54 Sporting CP (9) 43 Porto 36 Benfica 32 14 26 2 pts João Martins Sporting CP 31
  1954–55 Benfica (8) 39 Belenenses 39 Sporting CP 37 14 26 2 pts Matateu Belenenses 32
  1955–56 Porto (4) 43 Benfica 43 Belenenses 37 14 26 2 pts José Águas Benfica 28
  1956–57 Benfica (9) 41 Porto 40 Belenenses 33 14 26 2 pts José Águas Benfica 30
  1957–58 Sporting CP (10) 43 Porto 43 Benfica 36 14 26 2 pts Arsénio Duarte CUF 23
  1958–59 Porto (5) 41 Benfica 41 Belenenses 38 14 26 2 pts José Águas Benfica 26
  1959–60 Benfica (10) 45 Sporting CP 43 Belenenses 36 14 26 2 pts Edmur Ribeiro Vitória de Guimarães 25
  1960–61 Benfica (11) 46 Sporting CP 42 Porto 33 14 26 2 pts José Águas Benfica 27
  1961–62 Sporting CP (11) 43 Porto 41 Benfica 36 14 26 2 pts Veríssimo Porto 23
  1962–63 Benfica (12) 48 Porto 42 Sporting CP 38 14 26 2 pts José Augusto Torres Benfica 26
  1963–64 Benfica (13) 46 Porto 40 Sporting CP 34 14 26 2 pts Eusébio Benfica 28
  1964–65 Benfica (14) 43 Porto 37 CUF Barreiro 35 14 26 2 pts Eusébio Benfica 28
  1965–66 Sporting CP (12) 42 Benfica 41 Porto 34 14 26 2 pts Eusébio
Ernesto Figueiredo
Benfica
Sporting CP
25
  1966–67 Benfica (15) 43 Académica de Coimbra 40 Porto 39 14 26 2 pts Eusébio Benfica 31
  1967–68 Benfica (16) 41 Sporting CP 37 Porto 36 14 26 2 pts Eusébio Benfica 43
  1968–69 Benfica (17) 39 Porto 37 Vitória de Guimarães 36 14 26 2 pts Manuel António Académica Coimbra 19
  1969–70 Sporting CP (13) 46 Benfica 38 Vitória de Setúbal 36 14 26 2 pts Eusébio Benfica 20
  1970–71 Benfica (18) 41 Sporting CP 38 Porto 37 14 26 2 pts Artur Jorge Benfica 23
  1971–72 Benfica (19) 55 Vitória de Setúbal 45 Sporting CP 43 16 30 2 pts Artur Jorge Benfica 27
  1972–73 Benfica (20) 58 Belenenses 40 Vitória de Setúbal 38 16 30 2 pts Eusébio Benfica 40
  1973–74 Sporting CP (14) 49 Benfica 47 Vitória de Setúbal 45 16 30 2 pts Héctor Yazalde Sporting CP 46
  1974–75 Benfica (21) 49 Porto 44 Sporting CP 43 16 30 2 pts Héctor Yazalde Sporting CP 30
  1975–76 Benfica (22) 50 Boavista 48 Belenenses 40 16 30 2 pts Rui Jordão Benfica 30
  1976–77 Benfica (23) 51 Sporting CP 42 Porto 41 16 30 2 pts Fernando Gomes Porto 26
  1977–78 Porto (6) 51 Benfica 51 Sporting CP 42 16 30 2 pts Fernando Gomes Porto 25
  1978–79 Porto (7) 50 Benfica 49 Sporting CP 42 16 30 2 pts Fernando Gomes Porto 27
  1979–80 Sporting CP (15) 52 Porto 50 Benfica 45 16 30 2 pts Rui Jordão Sporting CP 31
  1980–81 Benfica (24) 50 Porto 48 Sporting CP 37 16 30 2 pts Nené Benfica 20
  1981–82 Sporting CP (16) 46 Benfica 44 Porto 43 16 30 2 pts Jacques Pereira Porto 27
  1982–83 Benfica (25) 51 Porto 47 Sporting CP 42 16 30 2 pts Fernando Gomes Porto 36
  1983–84 Benfica (26) 52 Porto 49 Sporting CP 42 16 30 2 pts Fernando Gomes
Nené
Porto
Benfica
21
  1984–85 Porto (8) 55 Sporting CP 47 Benfica 43 16 30 2 pts Fernando Gomes Porto 39
  1985–86 Porto (9) 49 Benfica 47 Sporting CP 46 16 30 2 pts Manuel Fernandes Sporting CP 30
  1986–87 Benfica (27) 48 Porto 46 Vitória de Guimarães 41 16 30 2 pts Paulinho Cascavel Vitória de Guimarães 22
  1987–88 Porto (10) 66 Benfica 51 Belenenses 48 20 38 2 pts Paulinho Cascavel Sporting CP 23
  1988–89 Benfica (28) 63 Porto 56 Boavista 49 20 38 2 pts Vata Benfica 16
  1989–90 Porto (11) 59 Benfica 55 Sporting CP 46 18 34 2 pts Mats Magnusson Benfica 33
  1990–91 Benfica (29) 69 Porto 67 Sporting CP 57 20 38 2 pts Rui Águas Benfica 25
  1991–92 Porto (12) 56 Benfica 46 Boavista 44 18 34 2 pts Ricky Boavista 30
  1992–93 Porto (13) 54 Benfica 52 Sporting CP 45 18 34 2 pts Jorge Cadete Sporting CP 18
  1993–94 Benfica (30) 54 Porto 52 Sporting CP 51 18 34 2 pts Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal 21
  1994–95 Porto (14) 62 Sporting CP 53 Benfica 49 18 34 2 pts Hassan Nader Farense 21
  1995–96 Porto (15) 84 Benfica 73 Sporting CP 67 18 34 3 pts Domingos Paciência Porto 25
  1996–97 Porto (16) 85 Sporting CP 72 Benfica 58 18 34 3 pts Mário Jardel Porto 30
  1997–98 Porto (17) 77 Benfica 68 Vitória de Guimarães 59 18 34 3 pts Mário Jardel Porto 26
  1998–99 Porto (18) 79 Boavista 71 Benfica 65 18 34 3 pts Mário Jardel Porto 36
Primeira Liga
  1999–00 Sporting CP (17) 77 Porto 73 Benfica 69 18 34 3 pts Mário Jardel Porto 37
  2000–01 Boavista 77 Porto 76 Sporting CP 62 18 34 3 pts Pena Porto 22
  2001–02 Sporting CP (18) 75 Boavista 70 Porto 68 18 34 3 pts Mário Jardel Sporting CP 42
  2002–03 Porto (19) 86 Benfica 75 Sporting CP 59 18 34 3 pts Fary Faye Beira-Mar 18
  2003–04 Porto (20) 82 Benfica 74 Sporting CP 73 18 34 3 pts Benni McCarthy Porto 20
  2004–05 Benfica (31) 65 Porto 62 Sporting CP 61 18 34 3 pts Liédson Sporting CP 25
  2005–06 Porto (21) 79 Sporting CP 72 Benfica 67 18 34 3 pts Albert Meyong Belenenses 17
  2006–07 Porto (22) 69 Sporting CP 68 Benfica 67 16 30 3 pts Liédson Sporting CP 15
  2007–08 Porto (23) 69(1) Sporting CP 55 Vitória de Guimarães 53 16 30 3 pts Lisandro López Porto 24
  2008–09 Porto (24) 70 Sporting CP 66 Benfica 59 16 30 3 pts Nenê Nacional 20
  2009–10 Benfica (32) 76 Braga 71 Porto 68 16 30 3 pts Óscar Cardozo Benfica 26
  2010–11 Porto (25) 84 Benfica 63 Sporting CP 48 16 30 3 pts Hulk Porto 23
  2011–12 Porto (26) 75 Benfica 69 Braga 62 16 30 3 pts Óscar Cardozo Benfica 20
  2012–13 Porto (27) 78 Benfica 77 Paços de Ferreira 54 16 30 3 pts Jackson Martínez Porto 26
  2013–14 Benfica (33) 74 Sporting CP 67 Porto 61 16 30 3 pts Jackson Martínez Porto 20
  • (1) Porto saw six points subtracted in the Apito Dourado bribery allegations, reducing their 20-point lead (total 75 points) to 14. But on May 2011, the Central Administrative Court of the South of Portugal ruled that decision, taken in 2008 on a controversial meeting made by the Justice Council of the Portuguese Football Federation, as being "inexistent". The Portuguese Football Federation has announced it would appeal from this decision the Administrative Supreme Court.

Performance by club[edit]

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

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years and Runner-Up Years
Benfica 33 27 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
Porto 27 24 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
Sporting CP 18 20 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
Belenenses
01
03
1937, 1946, 1955, 1973
Boavista
01
03
1976, 1999, 2001, 2002
Académica de Coimbra
01
1967
Vitória de Setúbal
01
1972
Braga
01
2010

Performance by city[edit]

Five clubs have been champions, from a total of 2 cities.

City Number of Titles Clubs
LSB.png Lisbon
52
Benfica (33), Sporting (18), Belenenses (1)
PRT.png Porto
28
Porto (27), Boavista (1)

Doubles, Trebles and Quadruples[edit]

The Double, called Dobradinha in Portuguese, means winning the Primeira Liga and the Taça de Portugal in the same season. The first double was achieved by Sporting in 1941 and the most recent by Benfica in 2014.

The Treble, called Triplete in Portuguese, usually refers either winning the domestic treble of Primeira Liga, the Taça de Portugal and the Taça da Liga (domestic treble) or winning a UEFA competition, the Primeira Liga and the Taça de Portugal (continental treble) in the same season. The Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira doesn't count. Benfica is the only Portuguese club to have achieved a domestic treble by winning the Primeira Liga, the Taça de Portugal and the Taça da Liga in 2014 and FC Porto is the only Portuguese club to have achieved a continental treble by winning the Primeira Liga, the Taça de Portugal and the UEFA Cup in 2003 and by winning the Primeira Liga, the Taça de Portugal and the UEFA Europa League in 2011.

The Quadruple, called Quadriplete in Portuguese, refers to winning 4 titles in the same season. This feat has only been achieved by FC Porto (furthermore twice) in the 1987-1988 season, when it won the European Super Cup, the Intercontinental Cup, the Primeira Liga and the Taça de Portugal, and in the 2010-2011 season, when it won the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, the Primeira Liga, the UEFA Europa League and the Taça de Portugal.

Teams below have made the Double:

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
2005–06 Porto (5) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2008–09 Porto (6) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2010–11 Porto (7) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2013–14 Benfica (10) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal

Teams below have made the Treble:

Year Winner Trophies
2002–03 Porto Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Cup
2010–11 Porto (2) Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Europa League
2013–14 Benfica Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, Taça da Liga

The below teams have made the Quadruple:

Year Winner Trophies
1987–88 Porto Intercontinental Cup, European Super Cup, Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal
2010–11 Porto (2) Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Europa League

See also[edit]