Moçambola

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Moçambola
Country Mozambique
Confederation CAF
Founded 1976
Number of teams 14
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Taça de Moçambique
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current champions Liga Muçulmana
(2013)
Most championships Costa do Sol (9)
2012

Moçambola (or Campeonato Moçambicano de Futebol, Portuguese for Mozambican Football Championship) is the top division of Mozambican football (soccer), and it is organized by the Mozambican Football Federation.

History[edit]

In 1976, shortly after the country's independence from Portugal, the competition's first season was contested. Only five clubs took part: Académica Maputo, AD Pemba, Desportivo de Maputo, Desportivo Tete, and Textáfrica.[1]

Until 2005, the competition was named Liga 2M. In 2005, the league was renamed to Moçambola.

Competition format[edit]

The league consists of 14 clubs, with each team competing against each other team twice, round-robin style, for a total of 26 matches per season. The bottom three clubs in the league table are relegated to the second division. It currently takes place between the months of March/April and October.[2][3]

Moçambola - clubs 2014[edit]

2013 standings[edit]

1. Liga Muçulmana              26 15 7  4  41 16   25 52 Champions
2. Ferroviário Beira           26 13 6  7  32 24   8  45  
3. HCB Songo                   26 11 9  6  29 16   13 42  
4. Ferroviário Maputo          26 11 6  9  26 21   5  39  
5. Costa do Sol                26 10 9  7  32 21   11 39  
6. Maxaquene                   26 11 6  9  28 27   1  39  
7. FC Chibuto                  26 11 6  9  28 27   1  39  
8. Ferroviário Nampula         26 9  9  8  23 25  -2  36  
9. Desportivo de Nacala        26 8  11 7  20 18   2  35  
10. Estrela Vermelha (Beira)   26 7  9  10 17 25  -8  30  
11. Têxtil Punguè              26 7  8  11 20 30  -10 29
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12. Chingale de Tete           26 7  7  12 13 19  -6  28 (Relegated)
13. Vilankulo FC               26 7  5  14 17 29  -12 26 (Relegated)
14. Matchedje Maputo           26 4  4  18 15 43  -28 16 (Relegated)

List of champions[edit]

Colonial champions[edit]

Since independence[edit]

Titles by team[edit]

Club
Titles
Costa do Sol 9
Ferroviário de Maputo 9
Desportivo de Maputo 6
Maxaquene 5
Liga Muçulmana de Maputo 3
Matchedje Maputo 2
Ferroviário de Nampula 1
G.D.R. Textáfrica 1
Têxtil Punguè 1

Topscorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
2002 Mozambique Genito CD Maxaquene 11
2004 Ruben Ferroviário da Beira
2005 Mozambique Maurício Pequenino Desportivo de Maputo 14
2006 Mozambique Maurício Pequenino Desportivo de Maputo 11
2007 Mozambique CD Costa do Sol 16
2008 Mozambique Luis Ferroviário de Maputo 15
2009 Mozambique Jerry Sitoe Ferroviário de Maputo 16
2010 Mozambique Jerry Sitoe Ferroviário de Maputo 16
2011 Mozambique Betinho CD Maxaquene 15
2012 Mozambique Sonito Liga Muçulmana de Maputo 9

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