Portuguese Third Division

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Portuguese Third Division
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Country Portugal
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1948
Folded 2013
Number of teams 82
Levels on pyramid 3 (1948–1990)
4 (1990–2013)
Promotion to Portuguese Second Division
Relegation to Portuguese District FA Leagues
Domestic cup(s) Taça de Portugal
Most championships Benfica e Castelo Branco,
Bragança (4 Titles)
Website http://www.fpf.pt

The Terceira Divisão Portuguesa (in English: Portuguese Third Division) was a football league in Portugal, situated at the fourth level of the Portuguese football league system. The Third Division was initially the third level of the Portuguese pyramid but with the creation of the Segunda Liga in 1990–91, it became the fourth level. The competition merged with the Portuguese Second Division at the end of the 2012–13 to form a new enlarged third level league, the Campeonato Nacional de Seniores.

Competition[edit]

The Portuguese Third Division was established in 1948 and in its last season had 7 Sections with the Championship of each being divided into two phases.

The 6 Sections (A, B, C, D, E, F) within Mainland Portugal each had 12 teams and played 22 matches in the first phase. This was followed by the second phase where the top 6 teams in each section competed in the Promotion Group and played 10 matches to determine the champion teams from each Group that would be promoted to Portuguese Second Division. The last 6 teams in each Section competed in the Relegation Group and played 10 matches to determine the last 3 teams to be relegated to the District Leagues.

In the Azores Section there were 10 teams that played 18 matches in the first phase. This was followed by the second phase where the top 4 teams in the Section competed in the Promotion Group and played 6 matches to determine the champion team that would be promoted to Portuguese Second Division. However limitations were placed on promotion to the Portuguese Second Division dependent upon the position of the 6 teams from Azores competing in the Second Division Championship. If no teams from Azores finished in a relegation position in Second Division then the lowest placed team played a two leg play-off with the winners of the Third Division Azores Section to determine the remaining team from Azores that would compete in the Second Division. The last 6 teams in the Section competed in the Relegation Group and played 10 matches to determine the last 3 teams to be relegated to the District Leagues.

Seasons - League Tables[edit]

Decade
1940s: 1947–48 1948–49 1949–50
1950s: 1950–51 1951–52 1952–53 1953–54 1954–55 1955–56 1956–57 1957–58 1958–59 1959–60
1960s: 1960–61 1961–62 1962–63 1963–64 1964–65 1965–66 1966–67 1967–68 1968–69 1969–70
1970s: 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79 1979–80
1980s: 1980–81 1991–82 1992–83 1993–84 1994–85 1995–86 1996–87 1997–88 1998–89 1989–90
1990s: 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000
2000s: 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10
2010s: 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13

List of champions[edit]

Third-tier League: 1947–1990[edit]

Season Champions Final Score Runners-up
1947–48 Cova da Piedade 5 – 2 Académico de Viseu
1948–49 Almada 2 – 0 Tirsense
1949–50 Ovarense 6 – 3 Operário Vilanfranquese
1950–51 Juventude de Évora[1] 1 – 0 Sanjoanense
1951–52 Lusitano VRSA 2 – 2, 2 – 1 Caldas
1952–53 Vila Real
1953–54 Coruchense
1954–55 O Elvas[2] 2 – 1 Chaves
1955–56 Almada
1956–57 Serpa[3] 2 – 1 Vila Real
1957–58 Oliveirense
1958–59 Beira-Mar
1959–60 Benfica e Castelo Branco[4] 2 – 1 Sacavenense
1960–61 Seixal 3 – 1 Vila Real
1961–62 Varzim 2 – 1 Luso
1962–63 Os Leões 3 – 2 Famalicão
1963–64 União de Lamas 2 – 1 Almada
1964–65 União de Tomar 3 – 1 Ovarense
1965–66 Montijo 3 – 1 Tirsense
1966–67 Vizela 4 – 3 Tramagal
1967–68 Seixal 2 – 1 Boavista
1968–69 União de Lamas 1 – 1, 1 – 0 Farense
1969–70 Olhanense 2 – 0 União de Coimbra
1970–71 Cova da Piedade 3 – 0 Gil Vicente
1971–72 Caldas 3 – 2 Oliveirense
1972–73 Lusitânia Lourosa 1 – 0 Lusitano de Évora
1973–74 Paços de Ferreira 2 – 1 Estrela de Portalegre
1974–75 União de Santarém 2 – 0 Sporting da Covilhã
1975–76 Portalegrense 4 – 0 União de Coimbra
1976–77 Rio Ave 3 – 2 Cova da Piedade
1977–78 Sacavenense 3 – 1 Desportivo das Aves
1978–79 Bragança 5 – 3 Oriental
1979–80 Vasco da Gama 1 – 0 Sanjoanense
1980–81 União de Coimbra 3 – 1 O Elvas
1981–82 Vizela 2 – 1 Atlético CP
1982–83 Esperança de Lagos 2 – 2 (3 – 1p) Guarda
Season Serie A Serie B Serie C Serie D Serie E Serie F
1983–84 Desportivo das Aves Lusitânia Lourosa Estarreja Estrela de Portalegre Montijo Campinense
Championship play-off canceled
Season Champions Final Score Runners-up
1984–85 União de Santarém 2 – 1 Académico de Viseu
1985–86 Bragança 3 – 2 União de Santiago
1986–87 Louletano 1 – 0 Marco
1987–88 Portalegrense 1 – 0 Luso
1988–89 Mirense 4 – 2 Famalicão
1989–90 Montijo 1 – 0 Lousada

Fourth-tier League: 1990–2013[edit]

Season Champions Final Score Runners-up
1990–91 Vasco da Gama 4 – 2 Lusitânia Lourosa
1991–92 Trofense 3 – 1 Olivais e Moscavide
1992–93 Odivelas 1 – 1p União de Coimbra
1993–94 Limianos 2 – 0 Lusitano de Évora
1994–95 Desportivo de Beja 1 – 0 Lamego
1995–96 Fafe 1 – 0 Alcanenense
1996–97 Dragões Sandinenses 1 – 0 Lourinhanense
1997–98 Vilafranquense 3 – 0 Freamunde
1998–99 Vianense 3 – 0 (7 – 6p) Lusitânia
1999–2000 Paredes 1 – 1 Seixal
Season Serie A Serie B Serie C Serie D Serie E Serie F Serie Azores Serie Madeira
2000–01 Caçadores das Taipas Vila Real Oliveira do Hospital Benfica e Castelo Branco Olivais e Moscavide Amora Lusitânia Not Held
Season Champions Final score Runners-up
2001–02 Mafra 1 – 0 Dragões Sandinenses
Season Serie A Serie B Serie C Serie D Serie E Serie F Serie Azores Serie Madeira
2002–03 Bragança Lixa Estarreja Alcaíns Sintrense Pinhalnovense Santo António Not Held
2003–04 Valenciano Ribeirão Penalva do Castelo Benfica e Castelo Branco Casa Pia Atlético CP Operário
2004–05 Os Sandinenses Aliados de Lordelo Nelas Portomosense Benfica B Silves Madalena
2005–06 Maria da Fonte Vila Meã União de Lamas Eléctrico Atlético CP Estrela de Vendas Novas Lusitânia
2006–07 Valdevez Leça Anadia Caldas Caniçal Lagoa Angrense
2007–08 Mirandela Amarante Arouca Monsanto Oriental Mineiro Aljustrelense Praiense
2008–09 Vieira Paredes Tondela Sertanense Camacha Louletano Vitória do Pico
2009–10 Macedo de Cavaleiros Joane Coimbrões Sporting Pombal Torreense Juventude de Évora Madalena Andorinha
2010–11 Mirandela Amarante Cinfães Monsanto Caldas Estrela de Vendas Novas Angrense Ribeira Brava
2011–12 Joane Cesarense Académico de Viseu Benfica e Castelo Branco Futebol Benfica Farense Lusitânia Pontassolense
2012–13 Bragança Felgueiras 1932 Grijó Sourense Lourinhanense União de Montemor Praiense Not Held

Titles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ANIVERSÁRIO JUVENTUDE SPORT CLUBE (Portuguese)
  2. ^ GD Chaves history (Portuguese)
  3. ^ FC Serpa (Portuguese)
  4. ^ SBCB History (Portuguese)