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LigaPro
Ledman LigaPro logo.jpg
Country Portugal
Confederation UEFA
Founded 2016–present
2012–2016 (as Segunda Liga)
2005–2012 (as Liga de Honra)
1999–2005 (as Segunda Liga)
1990–1999 (as Segunda Divisão de Honra)
Number of teams 24
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Primeira Liga
Relegation to Campeonato de Portugal
Domestic cup(s) Taça de Portugal
League cup(s) Taça da Liga
International cup(s) Europa League (via domestic cup)
Current champions Tondela (1st title)
(2014–15)
Most championships Paços de Ferreira (3 titles)
TV partners Sport TV
Benfica TV
Porto Canal
Sporting TV
Website http://www.ligaportugal.pt/
2015–16 LigaPro

The LigaPro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈliɣɐˈpɾɔ]; English: ProLeague), also called Ledman LigaPro for sponsorship reasons,[1] is the second-highest division of the Portuguese football league system, after the Primeira Liga. At the end of each season, the top-finishing teams are promoted to the Primeira Liga, and the lowest-ranked teams are relegated to the third-tier Campeonato de Portugal.

The LigaPro was introduced during the 2015–16 season,[2] following a rebranding of the division, which was previously known as Segunda Liga (Second League, 1999–2005 and 2012–2016) and Liga de Honra (League of Honour, 2005–2012). Before falling under the auspices of the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP) in 1999, the division was known as the Segunda Divisão de Honra (Second Division of Honour), having replaced the Segunda Divisão (Second Division) as the second tier of Portuguese football in 1990.

The division is contested nationwide by a total of 24 teams, including the reserve sides (B teams) of several top-flight clubs. This number will be reduced to 22 in the 2016–17 season, with a further reduction to 20 and 18 teams scheduled for the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons, respectively.[3]

Eighteen different clubs have won the division title. The most successful team at this level is Paços de Ferreira, with three wins, including the inaugural season. The current champions are Tondela, who won the title for the first time in the 2014–15 season.

History[edit]

Before 1990, there was only one professional nationwide football league in Portugal, the Primeira Divisão (First Division). Lower placed teams were relegated to the Segunda Divisão (Second Division), a regional league, while the top teams from that league would be promoted to the First Division. Starting with the 1990–91 season, a new second-tier professional league was created, taking the name Segunda Divisão de Honra, while the previous Segunda Divisão became the third-tier league and was renamed Segunda Divisão B.

In 1999, the Portuguese League for Professional Football (LPFP) took control of the two nationwide levels and renamed the league Segunda Liga (Second League), while in 2005 it was renamed Liga de Honra and the Segunda Divisão B reverted to its original name. In 2012, the second tier of Portuguese football was renamed again Segunda Liga and in 2016 it was renamed LigaPro.

Format[edit]

Between the 2014–15 season and 2015–16 season, there are 24 clubs in the Segunda Liga. For the 2016–17 season it is foreseen to reduce the number of teams from 24 to 22.[4] During the course of a season, each club plays all teams twice — once at their home stadium and once at their opponent's — for a total of 46 games. At the end of each season, the two top teams are promoted to Primeira Liga and the five lowest placed teams are relegated to the Campeonato de Portugal. The B teams can't be promoted to Primeira Liga but can be demoted to the Campeonato de Portugal if they end the season in one of the relegation positions or if the main team is also relegated to the same league.

Broadcasting[edit]

Sport TV broadcasts two matches per week. Benfica TV broadcasts Benfica B and Farense home games, while Porto Canal broadcasts Porto B home games, and Sporting TV broadcasts Sporting B home games.

Clubs[edit]

Location of teams in 2015–16 LigaPro (Azores)
Club City Stadium Capacity 2014–15 finish
Académico de Viseu Viseu Estádio do Fontelo 8,046 12th
Atlético CP Lisbon Estádio da Tapadinha 2,500 22nd
Benfica B Lisbon Caixa Futebol Campus 2,720 6th
Braga B Braga Estádio 1º de Maio 5,000 21st
Chaves Chaves Estádio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira 8,000 3rd
Desportivo das Aves Vila das Aves Estádio do CD Aves 5,441 18th
Famalicão Vila Nova de Famalicão Estádio Municipal 22 de Junho 10,000 312nd (CNS)
Farense Faro Estádio de São Luís 7,000 11th
Feirense Santa Maria da Feira Estádio Marcolino de Castro 5,401 7th
Freamunde Freamunde Campo do SC Freamunde 3,919 8th
Gil Vicente Barcelos Estádio Cidade de Barcelos 12,032 3117th (PL)
Leixões Matosinhos Estádio do Mar 6,798 20th
Mafra Mafra Parque Desportivo Municipal de Mafra 1,100 311st (CNS)
Olhanense Olhão Estádio José Arcanjo 5,661 16th
Oliveirense Oliveira de Azeméis Estádio Carlos Osório 1,435 17th
Oriental Lisbon Campo Eng. Carlos Salema 1,860 15th
Penafiel Penafiel Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril 5,230 3118th (PL)
Portimonense Portimão Estádio Municipal de Portimão 6,000 14th
Porto B Porto Estádio Dr. Jorge Sampaio 8,272 13th
Santa Clara Ponta Delgada Estádio de São Miguel 12,500 19th
Sporting CP B Lisbon CGD Stadium Aurélio Pereira 1,180 5th
Sporting da Covilhã Covilhã Estádio Municipal José dos Santos Pinto 2,055 4th
Varzim Póvoa de Varzim Estádio do Varzim SC 7,280 313rd (CNS)
Vitória de Guimarães B Guimarães Estádio D. Afonso Henriques 30,008 9th

Champions[edit]

For champions at this level before 1990, see Portuguese Second Division.
Season Champion Points Runner-up Points Third place Points Teams Top scorer Club Goals
1990–91 Paços de Ferreira 51 Estoril 46 Torreense 45 20 Bulgaria Eduard Eranosyan Leixões 22
1991–92 Sporting de Espinho 50 Belenenses 48 Tirsense 45 18 Nigeria Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal 22
1992–93 Estrela da Amadora 48 União da Madeira 47 Vitória de Setúbal 47 18 Nigeria Rashidi Yekini Vitória de Setúbal 34
1993–94 Tirsense 46 União de Leiria 45 Chaves 45 18 Brazil Edinho Portimonense 16
1994–95 Leça 46 Campomaiorense 46 Felgueiras 44 18 Croatia Tihomir Rudež Campomaiorense 20
1995–96 Rio Ave 68 Vitória de Setúbal 62 Sporting de Espinho 62 18 Portugal Paulo Vida Desportivo das Aves 22
1996–97 Campomaiorense 62 Varzim 59 Académica 58 18 Portugal Carlos Freitas Desportivo de Beja 17
1997–98 União de Leiria 70 Beira-Mar 64 Alverca 62 18 Portugal Armando Santos Moreirense 21
1998–99 Gil Vicente 68 Belenenses 61 Santa Clara 55 18 Brazil Marcão Varzim 23
1999–2000 Paços de Ferreira (2) 65 Beira-Mar 65 Desportivo das Aves 61 18 Brazil Marcão Varzim 27
2000–01 Santa Clara 67 Varzim 64 Vitória de Setúbal 64 18 Brazil Brandão Santa Clara 24
2001–02 Moreirense 64 Académica 62 Nacional 62 18 Spain Ibón Pérez
Portugal Paulo Vida
Brazil Rômulo
Brazil Serginho
Chaves
Paços de Ferreira
Nacional
Nacional
18
2002–03 Rio Ave (2) 63 Alverca 60 Estrela da Amadora 57 18 Brazil Igor Maia 20
2003–04 Estoril 67 Vitória de Setúbal 64 Penafiel 61 18 Brazil Fábio Hempel Salgueiros 25
2004–05 Paços de Ferreira (3) 69 Naval 1º de Maio 62 Estrela da Amadora 60 18 Brazil Rincón Paços de Ferreira 18
2005–06 Beira-Mar 68 Desportivo das Aves 64 Leixões 62 18 Brazil Cássio
Portugal Nuno Sousa
Maia/Chaves
Gondomar
20
2006–07 Leixões 60 Vitória de Guimarães 55 Rio Ave 53 16 Brazil Roberto Alcântara Leixões 17
2007–08 Trofense 52 Rio Ave 51 Vizela 50 16 Brazil Júlio César Santa Clara 13
2008–09 Olhanense 58 União de Leiria 53 Santa Clara 52 16 Brazil Djalmir Olhanense 20
2009–10 Beira-Mar (2) 54 Portimonense 54 Feirense 52 16 Portugal Reguila Trofense 15
2010–11 Gil Vicente (2) 55 Feirense 55 Trofense 54 16 Portugal Bock Freamunde 15
2011–12 Estoril (2) 57 Moreirense 52 Desportivo das Aves 50 16 Brazil Joeano Arouca 19
2012–13 Belenenses 94 Arouca 73 Leixões 68 22 Brazil Joeano Arouca 24
2013–14 Moreirense (2) 79 Porto B 77 Penafiel 73 22 Portugal Pires Moreirense 22
2014–15 Tondela 81 União da Madeira 80 Chaves 80 24 Portugal Tozé Marreco
Brazil Erivelto
Tondela
Sporting da Covilhã
23

Statistics[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons Runner-up seasons
Paços de Ferreira 3 0 1990–91, 1999–2000, 2004–05
Beira-Mar 2 2 2005–06, 2009–10 1997–98, 1999–2000
Rio Ave 2 1 1995–96, 2002–03 2007–08
Estoril 2 1 2003–04, 2011–12 1990–91
Moreirense 2 1 2003–02, 2013–14 2011–12
Gil Vicente 2 0 1998–99, 2010–11
União de Leiria 1 2 1997–98 1993–94, 2008–09
Belenenses 1 2 2012–13 1991–92, 1998–99
Campomaiorense 1 1 1996–97 1994–95
Espinho 1 0 1991–92
Estrela da Amadora 1 0 1992–93
Tirsense 1 0 1993–94
Leça 1 0 1994–95
Santa Clara 1 0 2000–01
Leixões 1 0 2006–07
Trofense 1 0 2007–08
Olhanense 1 0 2008–09
Tondela 1 0 2014–15
Varzim 0 2 1996–97, 2000–01
Vitória de Setúbal 0 2 1995–96, 2003–04
União da Madeira 0 2 1992–93, 2014–15
Académica 0 1 2001–02
Alverca 0 1 2002–03
Naval 1º de Maio 0 1 2004–05
Desportivo das Aves 0 1 2005–06
Vitória de Guimarães 0 1 2006–07
Portimonense 0 1 2009–10
Feirense 0 1 2010–11
Arouca 0 1 2012–13
Porto B 0 1 2013–14

All-time ranking[edit]

Last updated following the 2013–14 season
# Club Seasons Played Won Drawn Lost Points Goals for Goals against Goal difference First season Last season Best placing Notes
1 Desportivo das Aves 23 794 302 221 271 1147 972 931 41 1991 2016 2nd
2 Penafiel 20 630 242 182 206 908 735 701 34 1993 2016 3rd
3 Feirense 20 668 235 188 245 893 803 798 5 1991 2016 2nd
4 Portimonense 18 590 199 177 214 774 712 732 -20 1991 2016 2nd
5 Santa Clara 15 460 178 140 162 674 574 544 30 1999 2016 1st (1 title)
6 Estoril 14 456 171 136 149 648 556 487 69 1991 2012 1st (2 titles)
7 Leixões 14 462 169 133 160 640 525 489 36 1991 2016 1st (1 title)
8 Varzim 13 426 161 127 138 610 502 479 23 1991 2016 2nd
9 Chaves 13 420 148 126 146 574 477 499 -22 1994 2016 3rd
10 Rio Ave 10 342 157 83 92 554 478 349 129 1992 2008 1st (2 titles)
11 Felgueiras 12 408 141 124 142 547 482 484 -2 1993 2005 3rd Folded in 2005.
12 Académica 10 344 134 82 108 544 457 368 89 1991 2002 2nd
13 Beira-Mar 9 348 143 109 96 538 649 333 288 1996 2015 1st (2 titles)
14 União da Madeira 12 398 133 124 141 523 484 476 8 1993 2015 2nd
15 Sporting de Espinho 11 378 134 109 135 511 471 437 34 1991 2005 1st (1 title)
16 Paços de Ferreira 8 274 132 87 67 483 368 289 79 1991 2005 1st (3 titles)
17 Moreirense 10 310 127 95 118 476 440 413 27 1996 2014 1st (2 titles)
18 Maia 9 344 125 80 139 455 477 496 19 1991 2006 4th
19 Sporting da Covilhã 13 390 112 113 165 449 369 444 -73 1997 2016 4th
20 Naval 1º de Maio 9 312 113 103 96 442 419 384 35 1999 2014 2nd
21 Ovarense 11 374 130 104 163 431 445 581 -136 1992 2006 6th
22 Freamunde 12 344 99 103 142 400 408 491 -83 1991 2016 6th
23 Académico de Viseu 9 296 97 77 122 368 287 332 -45 1991 2016 4th
24 União de Lamas 9 306 98 68 140 362 310 433 -123 1995 2003 6th
25 Oliveirense 9 284 92 79 113 355 340 393 -53 2002 2016 4th
26 Gil Vicente 7 218 93 75 50 354 299 215 84 1998 2016 1st (2 titles)
27 Trofense 9 280 90 79 111 349 295 366 -72 2007 2015 1st (1 title)
28 União de Leiria 6 204 94 56 54 337 280 184 94 1991 2009 1st (1 title)
29 Nacional 8 272 86 76 110 334 322 351 -29 1992 2002 3rd
30 Leça 7 238 92 55 91 331 290 317 -27 1994 2003 1st (1 title)
31 Olhanense 8 198 83 73 82 322 258 256 2 1992 2016 1st (1 title)
32 Vitória de Setúbal 5 170 89 43 38 310 302 169 133 1992 2004 2nd
33 Belenenses 5 170 83 49 38 298 250 162 88 1992 2013 1st (1 title)
34 Estrela da Amadora 5 170 75 57 48 282 222 163 59 1992 2005 1st (1 title) Folded in 2010.
35 Campomaiorense 5 170 73 34 63 253 240 208 32 1993 2002 1st (1 title) Ended football team in 2013.
36 Alverca 5 180 67 44 59 245 196 165 31 1996 2005 2nd
37 Sporting B 4 130 59 37 34 214 186 155 31 2013 2016 4th
38 Benfica B 4 130 57 38 35 209 229 170 59 2013 2016 5th
39 Gondomar 5 158 52 41 65 201 191 186 5 2005 2009 5th
40 Tondela 4 130 53 40 37 199 163 149 14 2013 2015 1st (1 title)
41 Marco 5 170 51 45 74 197 209 274 -65 2001 2006 4th
42 Torreense 5 174 48 48 78 192 188 255 -67 1991 1998 3rd
43 Porto B 4 130 52 33 44 192 174 156 18 2013 2016 2nd
44 Louletano 4 140 49 32 59 179 164 180 -16 1991 1994 9th
45 Atlético CP 6 160 41 45 74 168 162 223 -62 2012 2016 11th
46 Vizela 4 124 40 45 39 165 139 135 4 2006 2009 3rd
47 Farense 4 122 42 37 43 163 128 130 -2 2003 2016 10th
48 Tirsense 3 102 42 31 30 157 98 88 10 1992 1997 1st (1 title)
49 Arouca 3 102 39 33 30 150 144 125 19 2011 2013 2nd
50 Braga B 4 130 36 36 58 142 135 173 -38 2013 2016 15th
51 Marítimo B 4 130 35 28 67 133 115 171 -56 2013 2015 16th
52 Benfica Castelo Branco 3 106 29 31 46 118 90 140 -50 1991 1993 5th
53 Vitória de Guimarães B 3 88 26 23 39 101 101 113 -12 2013 2016 9th
54 Salgueiros 2 68 25 18 25 93 86 93 -7 2003 2004 5th Ended football team in 2005.
55 Fátima 3 90 18 32 40 86 85 131 -36 2008 2011 8th
56 Famalicão 3 68 21 10 37 73 59 90 -31 1995 2016 12th
57 Esposende 2 68 16 18 34 66 55 99 -44 1999 2000 14th
58 Imortal 2 68 15 21 32 66 76 108 -32 2000 2001 15th
59 Amora 2 68 14 23 31 65 57 95 -38 1993 1995 17th
60 Barreirense 2 72 12 24 36 60 57 117 -60 1991 2006 15th
61 Oriental 2 46 15 13 18 58 47 59 -12 2015 2016 15th
62 Vitória de Guimarães 1 30 16 7 7 55 44 20 24 2007 2007 2nd
63 O Elvas 1 38 14 10 14 52 45 45 0 1991 1991 14th
64 Desportivo de Beja 1 34 9 10 15 37 44 55 -11 1997 1997 17th
65 Recreio de Águeda 1 38 10 5 23 35 41 73 -32 1991 1991 18th
66 Boavista 1 30 9 5 16 32 28 44 -16 2009 2009 15th
67 Olivais e Moscavide 1 30 7 6 17 27 26 42 -16 2007 2007 15th
68 Lusitano VRSA 1 38 4 13 21 25 16 45 -29 1991 1991 19th
69 Carregado 1 30 6 6 18 24 26 47 -21 2010 2010 16th
70 Mafra 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2016 2016 none
Competing in Primeira Liga
Competing in Segunda Liga
Competing below Segunda Liga
Not competing (See Notes)

For standardization purposes, a win is worth three points for all clubs.

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