2008–09 Taça da Liga

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2008–09 Taça da Liga
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Dates 2 August 2008 – 21 March 2009
Teams 32
Final positions
Champions Benfica (1st title)
Runners-up Sporting CP
Tournament statistics
Matches played 53
Goals scored 124 (2.34 per match)
Top scorer(s) Liédson (4)

The 2008–09 Taça da Liga was the second edition of the Taça da Liga, also known as Carlsberg Cup due to sponsorship reasons. The first matches were played on August 2, 2008, and the final was held on March 21, 2009, at the Estádio Algarve in Faro. Present for the second time in the final of this competition, Sporting were once again defeated 3–2 on penalties, this time by their rivals S.L. Benfica.


After the first season, a change in the format was approved by the Portuguese League for Professional Football.[1] The Cup began with a two-legged round between teams from Liga de Honra (2nd level). Winners were joined by the clubs classified 7th–14th from last season's Portuguese Liga (1st level) plus 2 promoted to this season's Liga. There were 6 groups of 3 teams each, and every team played 2 games (once home and once away). Winners of the groups joined the top-6 teams from the last season's Portuguese Liga and there were 3 groups of 4 teams, each team playing 3 games. Winners of the groups and the best second-placed team competed in the one-legged semifinals, with the winners advancing to the final.

Participating clubs[edit]

This is a list of clubs participating in the 2008–09 Portuguese League Cup:

First round[edit]

The matches were played on August 2 (first legs) and August 9 and 10, 2008 (second legs).

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Feirense 1–2 Vizela 1–2 0–0
Santa Clara 1–2 Olhanense 0–0 1–2
Estoril 2–1 U.D. Oliveirense 1–0 1–1
Varzim 0–1 União de Leiria 0–0 0–1
Sporting da Covilhã w/o Boavista[2] / /
Freamunde 3–3 (p. 4–2) Desportivo das Aves 3–1 0–2
Portimonense 1–4 Gil Vicente 0–2 1–2
Gondomar 3–3 (p. 5–4) Beira-Mar 3–1 0–2

Second round[edit]

The matches were played from August 16 to November 5, 2008.

Group A[edit]

Group B[edit]

Group C[edit]

Group D[edit]

Group E[edit]

Group F[edit]

Third round[edit]

The matches were played from December 14, 2008 to January 18, 2009.

Group A[edit]

Group B[edit]

Group C[edit]


The Semifinals were held as one-legged matches with the two teams that had the highest amount of points in the Third Round being given the home ground advantage.[3] The draw was held at the LPFP headquarters on 20 January 2009, 12:30 UTC. The matches were played on 4 February 2009.[4]

19:00 UTC
Sporting CP 4 – 1 Porto
Romagnoli Goal 35' (pen.)48' (pen.)
Derlei Goal 65'80'
Sektioui Goal 9'


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Carlsberg Cup vai ter novo modelo: competição terá 55 jogos (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ a b Boavista were excluded from the League Cup due to missing players' inscription deadline: Clube excluído da Taça da Liga Archived August 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Regulamento de Competições (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ Apurados para as meias-finais (in Portuguese)