Portuguese Handball First Division

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Andebol 1
Current season, competition or edition:
2016–17 Andebol 1
Liga Portuguesa de Andebol logo.jpg
Countries  Portugal
Confederation Europe Europe (EHF)
Founded 1951
Number of teams 14
Relegation to Portuguese Handball Second Division
Domestic cup(s) Portuguese Handball Cup
Portuguese Handball Super Cup
International cup(s) EHF Champions League
EHF Challenge Cup
Current champions Sporting CP (18th title)
Most championships Porto (20 titles)
TV partners Sport TV, A Bola TV, Benfica TV
Porto Canal, Sporting TV
Website www.fpa.pt (in Portuguese)

The Portuguese Handball First Division, also known as Andebol 1, is the premier handball league in Portugal. It is contested by 14 teams, with the bottom two being relegated to the Second Division.

League-Federation dispute[edit]

In the early 2000s, the clubs created an association (Portuguese Handball Clubs League) that organized the premier professional handball league in Portugal, called Liga Portuguesa de Andebol, (or Portuguese Handball League). However, in 2002 a disputed started between the League and the Portuguese Handball Federation. As of result of that, Portuguese Handball Federation refused to accept the League Champion as National Champion, and renamed the second handball league as Divisão de Elite, and its Champions was declared Portuguese Champions.[1][2][3]

The dispute finished in 2005, with the Federation recognizing the League Champion, but by 2008 the League was had ended and all clubs and competitions were under Federation scope. The premier professional handball league in Portugal was renamed again as Primeira Divisão Portuguesa de Andebol.


The teams contesting the 2016–17 Andebol 1 season are:[4]

Team Location Venue
ABC/UMinho Braga Pavilhão Flávio Sá Leite
Águas Santas Águas Santas Pavilhão da Associação Atlética de Águas Santas
Arsenal Braga Pavilhão Flávio Sá Leite
Avanca Estarreja Pavilhão da Associação Atlética de Avanca
Belenenses Lisbon Pavilhão Acácio Rosa
Benfica Lisbon Pavilhão da Luz Nº 2
Fafe Fafe Pavilhão Municipal de Fafe
Madeira SAD Funchal (Madeira) Pavilhão Desportivo do Funchal
Maia/ISMAI Maia Pavilhão Municipal da Maia
Boa Hora Lisbon Pavilhão Fernando Tavares
Porto Porto Dragão Caixa
São Mamede Matosinhos Pavilhão Eduardo Soares
Sporting CP Lisbon Pavilhão Paz e Amizade
Sporting da Horta Horta (Azores) Pavilhão Desportivo da Horta



Note: (*) - League Champions


Club Titles Seasons
FC Porto 20 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Sporting CP 18 1952, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2001, 2017
ABC Braga 13 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2016
Benfica 07 1962, 1975, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1990, 2008
CF Belenenses 05 1974, 1976, 1977, 1985, 1994
Salgueiros 01 1953
Madeira SAD 01 2005

EHF coefficient ranking[edit]

For the 2015–16 season[6]