2014–15 Taça de Portugal

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2014–15 Taça de Portugal
Country Portugal
Dates6 September 2014 – 31 May 2015
Teams135
ChampionsSporting CP (16th title)
Runners-upBraga
Matches played103
Goals scored343 (3.33 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Jonas (6 goals)[1]

The 2014–15 Taça de Portugal was the 75th season of the Taça de Portugal, the premier Portuguese football knockout cup competition organised by the Portuguese Football Federation.

The competition was contested by a total of 135 clubs, comprising teams from the top three tiers of Portuguese football[n 1] and the winners of the District Cups. It began with the first-round matches on 6 September 2014 and concluded on 31 May 2015 with the final at the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras,[2] where Sporting CP defeated Braga 3–1 on penalties, after a 2–2 draw at the end of extra-time. This was the first time that the competition's final was decided by a penalty shootout. With this victory, Sporting CP secured their 16th title in the competition and ended a seven-year run without winning official competitions, following their win at the 2008 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.

The title holders were Benfica, who beat Rio Ave 1–0 in the 2014 final to win the competition for a record 25th time. They were not able to defend their title after being defeated 1–2 by eventual finalists Braga in the fifth round.

As the winners, Sporting CP earned the right to play in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League group stage. However, since they qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League play-off round through their league placing, their cup winners place in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League group stage was transferred directly to the highest-placed team in the league qualified for the UEFA Europa League (Braga) – instead of being given to the cup runners-up, as in previous seasons[3] –, with the highest-placed team in the league that did not qualify to European competitions (Belenenses) receiving a place in the third qualifying round.[4]

Format[edit]

As in the previous season, the competition format was organised in a knockout system consisting of seven rounds before the final match. A total of 99 teams – 79 competing in the third-tier Campeonato Nacional de Seniores (excluding Marítimo C) and the 20 District Cup winners – enter the tournament in the first round, with 49 of them receiving a bye to the next round. In the second round, these teams are joined by the 18 teams competing in the second-tier Segunda Liga (excluding B teams) and the 25 winners of the first round. In the third round, the 18 top-tier Primeira Liga teams enter the competition for the first time, playing against the 46 winners of the second round. Unlike the previous rounds, which are contested as one-legged fixtures, the semi-finals are played over two legs in a home-and-away basis. The final is played at a neutral venue, traditionally the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras.

Round Teams
remaining
Teams
involved
Winners from the
previous round
New entries
in this round
Leagues entering in this round
First round 135 99 none 99 Campeonato Nacional de Seniores
District Football Associations (District Cup winners)
Second round 110 92 74 18 Segunda Liga
Third round 64 64 46 18 Primeira Liga
Fourth round 32 32 32 none none
Fifth round 16 16 16 none none
Quarter-finals 8 8 8 none none
Semi-finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

Teams[edit]

A total of 135 teams competing in the top three tiers of the Portuguese football plus the District FA Cups were considered eligible by FPF to participate in the competition:

Schedule[edit]

All draws are held at the FPF headquarters in Lisbon. Match kick-off times are in WET (UTC+0) from the fourth round to the first leg of the semi-finals, and in WEST (UTC+1) during the rest of the competition.

Round Draw date Main date(s) Fixtures Teams Prize money[5]
First round 29 July 2014 6–7 September 2014 25 135 → 110 €2,000
Second round 11 September 2014 27–28 September 2014 46 110 → 64 €3,000
Third round 2 October 2014 18–19 October 2014 32 64 → 32 €4,000
Fourth round 27 October 2014 23 November 2014 16 32 → 16 €5,000
Fifth round 27 November 2014 17 December 2014 8 16 → 8 €7,500
Quarter-finals 22 December 2014 7 January 2015 4 8 → 4 €10,000
Semi-finals 4 March 2015 (1st leg)
8 April 2015 (2nd leg)
4 4 → 2 €15,000
Final 31 May 2015 1 2 → 1 €300,000 (winner)
€150,000 (runner-up)

First round[edit]

A total of 99 teams from the Campeonato Nacional de Seniores (CN) and the District Football Associations (D) entered in the first round.[6] The draw took place on Tuesday, 29 July 2014, at 12:00 WEST,[7] and determined the 50 teams playing this round and the 49 teams receiving a bye to the second round. Matches were played on 6 and 7 September 2014.[6]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Camp. Nac. Seniores District FAs Total
18 / 18
18 / 18
79 / 79
20 / 20
135 / 135
Fixtures

Second round[edit]

A total of 92 teams contested the second round: the 25 winners of the first round, the 49 teams given a bye to this round, and the 18 teams competing in the Segunda Liga (II). The draw took place on Thursday, 11 September, at 12:00 WEST, and matches were played on 27 and 28 September 2014.[8]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Camp. Nac. Seniores District FAs Total
18 / 18
18 / 18
59 / 79
15 / 20
110 / 135
Fixtures

Third round[edit]

A total of 64 teams contested the third round: the 46 winners of the second round and the 18 teams competing in the Primeira Liga (I). The draw took place on Thursday, 2 October, at 12:00 WEST, and matches were played on 17–19 October 2014.[9][10]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Camp. Nac. Seniores District FAs Total
18 / 18
12 / 18
30 / 79
4 / 20
64 / 135

Fixtures

Fourth round[edit]

A total of 32 teams contested the fourth round. The draw took place on Monday, 27 October, at 12:00 WET, and matches were played on 21–23 November 2014.[11][12]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Camp. Nac. Seniores District FAs Total
13 / 18
8 / 18
11 / 79
0 / 20
32 / 135

Fixtures

Fifth round[edit]

A total of 16 teams contested the fifth round. The draw took place on Thursday, 27 November, at 12:30 WET, and matches were played on 16–18 December 2014.[13][14]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Camp. Nac. Seniores District FAs Total
10 / 18
3 / 18
3 / 79
0 / 20
16 / 135
Fixtures

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals took place on Monday, 22 December, at 12:30 WET, and matches were played on 6–8 January 2015.[15]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Camp. Nac. Seniores District FAs Total
7 / 18
0 / 18
1 / 79
0 / 20
8 / 135
Fixtures

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-final pairings were determined on 22 December 2014, following the draw for the quarter-finals. This round was contested over two legs in a home-and-away system, with the first leg played on 4 March and 7 April 2015 and the second leg played on 8 and 30 April 2015.

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga Segunda Liga Camp. Nac. Seniores District FAs Total
4 / 18
0 / 18
0 / 79
0 / 20
4 / 135

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

Final[edit]

Sporting CP2–2 (a.e.t.)Braga
Slimani Goal 84'
Montero Goal 90+3'
Report Éder Goal 16'
Rafa Goal 25'
Penalties
Adrien Penalty scored
Nani Penalty scored
Slimani Penalty scored
3–1 Penalty scored Alan
Penalty missed Pinto
Penalty missed Éder
Penalty missed Agra
Attendance: 35,890
Referee: Marco Ferreira

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Reserve teams from Primeira Liga clubs (B teams) were ineligible to participate.
  2. ^ Marítimo C, a reserve team which plays in the Series D, is ineligible to play in the competition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taça de Portugal 2014_2015 :: Estatísticas". zerozero.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Taça de Portugal: Primeira ronda sorteada" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  3. ^ "UEFA: finalista vencido da Taça deixa de ir à Europa" (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Strategic talks in Dubrovnik". UEFA. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Comunicado Oficial No. 104" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Taça de Portugal: Primeira ronda sorteada" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Sorteio das provas nacionais" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Taça de Portugal: Jogos da 2.ª eliminatória" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Taça de Portugal: Sorteio a 2 de outubro" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Taça de Portugal: Clássico à 3.ª eliminatória" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Taça de Portugal: Sorteio a 27 de outubro" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Taça de Portugal: sorteio dos 16 avos de final" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Taça de Portugal: Mais dez equipas apuradas" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Taça de Portugal: "Oitavos" definidos" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Taça de Portugal: Sorteio dos quartos e meias-finais" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.

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