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LigaPro
Ledman LigaPro logo.jpg
Founded 1990 (as Segunda Divisão de Honra)
Country Portugal
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 20
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
Current champions Nacional (1st title)
(2018–19)
Most championships Paços de Ferreira (3 titles)
TV partners Sport TV
Benfica TV
Porto Canal
Sporting TV
Website http://www.ligaportugal.pt/
2018–19 LigaPro

The LigaPro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈliɣɐˈpɾɔ]; English: ProLeague), also referred to as 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 founded in 1990 as the Segunda Divisão de Honra (Second Division of Honour), superseding the now-folded Segunda Divisão (Second Division) as the second tier of Portuguese football. When the division came under the auspices of the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP) in 1999, it was renamed Segunda Liga (Second League), a designation that was kept until 2016, with the exception of a period between 2005 and 2012, when it was known as Liga de Honra (League of Honour). The current branding and sponsorship were introduced during the 2015–16 season.[2]

The division is contested nationwide by 20 teams, including the reserve sides (B teams) of several top-flight clubs. This number will be reduced to 18 teams for the 2018–19 season.

Twenty different teams have won the division title; the most successful is Paços de Ferreira, with three wins, including the inaugural season. The current champions are Nacional, who won the title for the first time in the 2017–18 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]

In the 2016–17 season, there are 22 clubs in the Segunda Liga (24 in the seasons before). For the 2017–18 season it is foreseen to reduce the number of teams from 22 to 20.[3] 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 42 games. At the end of each season, the two top teams are promoted to Primeira Liga and the four lowest ranked teams will be relegated to the 2017–18 Campeonato de Portugal. There will be also a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off involving the 17th- and 18th-placed teams of 2016–17 LigaPro and both second-placed teams of the Campeonato de Portugal promotion groups (North and South).[4] 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 home games, while Porto Canal broadcasts Porto B home games, and Sporting TV broadcasts Sporting B home games.

Clubs[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity 2016–17 finish
Académica Coimbra Estádio Cidade de Coimbra 29,622 6th
Académico de Viseu Viseu Estádio do Fontelo 7,744 17th
Arouca Arouca Estádio Municipal de Arouca 5,000 17th (PL)
Benfica B Lisbon Caixa Futebol Campus 2,720 4th
Braga B Braga Estádio 1º de Maio 28,000 7th
Cova da Piedade Cova da Piedade Estádio Municipal José Martins Vieira 3,000 16th
Famalicão Vila Nova de Famalicão Estádio Municipal 22 de Junho 5,300 15th
Gil Vicente Barcelos Estádio Cidade de Barcelos 12,046 13th
Leixões Matosinhos Estádio do Mar 9,766 18th
Nacional Funchal Estádio da Madeira 5,200 18th (PL)
Oliveirense Oliveira de Azeméis Estádio Carlos Osório 4,000 (CP)
Penafiel Penafiel Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril 5,320 5th
Porto B Porto Estádio Municipal Jorge Sampaio 8,270 12th
Real Queluz Complexo Desportivo do Real SC 1,200 (CP)
Santa Clara Ponta Delgada Estádio de São Miguel 13,277 10th
Sporting CP B Lisbon CGD Stadium Aurélio Pereira 1,180 14th
Sporting da Covilhã Covilhã Estádio Municipal José dos Santos Pinto 2,055 8th
União da Madeira Funchal Centro Desportivo da Madeira 2,300 3rd
Varzim Póvoa de Varzim Estádio do Varzim SC 7,280 9th
Vitória de Guimarães B Guimarães Estádio D. Afonso Henriques 30,000 11th

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
2015–16 Porto B 86 Chaves 81 Feirense 78 24 Nigeria Simy Gil Vicente 20
2016–17 Portimonense 83 Desportivo das Aves 81 União da Madeira 64 22 Portugal Pires Portimonense 23
2017–18 Nacional 71 Santa Clara 66 Académico de Viseu 64 20 Cape Verde Ricardo Gomes Nacional 21

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
Moreirense 2 1 2001–02, 2013–14 2011–12
Estoril 2 1 2003–04, 2011–12 1990–91
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
Porto B 1 1 2015–16 2013–14
Portimonense 1 1 2016–17 2009–10
Santa Clara 1 1 2000–01 2017–18
Espinho 1 0 1991–92
Estrela da Amadora 1 0 1992–93
Tirsense 1 0 1993–94
Leça 1 0 1994–95
Leixões 1 0 2006–07
Trofense 1 0 2007–08
Olhanense 1 0 2008–09
Tondela 1 0 2014–15
Nacional 1 0 2017–18
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
Desportivo das Aves 0 2 2005–06, 2016–17
Académica 0 1 2001–02
Alverca 0 1 2002–03
Naval 1º de Maio 0 1 2004–05
Vitória de Guimarães 0 1 2006–07
Feirense 0 1 2010–11
Arouca 0 1 2012–13
Chaves 0 1 2015–16

All-time LigaPro table[edit]

The all-time LigaPro table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in LigaPro since its inception in 1990. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2017–18 season. For comparison, older seasons have been calculated according to the three-points-per-win rule.

Pos Team S Pts GP W D L GF GA GD 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th T Debut Since/
Last App
Best Notes
1 Desportivo das Aves 25 1275 882 344 243 295 1093 1026 67 2 1 3 2 1 9 1990–91 2016–17 2
2 Penafiel 22 1094 768 290 224 254 948 879 69 2 5 2 8 1992–93 2015–16 3
3 Feirense 20 971 704 256 203 245 851 835 16 1 2 1 2 6 1990–91 2015–16 2
4 Portimonense 19 935 678 244 203 231 838 816 22 1 1 1 1 2 6 1990–91 2016–17 1
5 Santa Clara 17 857 606 228 173 205 722 679 43 1 1 2 2 1 7 1998–99 2017–18 1
6 Leixões 16 797 588 207 176 205 664 636 28 1 2 2 5 1990–91 2010–11 1
7 Varzim 15 786 552 208 162 182 668 642 26 2 3 5 1990–91 2015–16 2
8 Académica 12 669 424 190 99 135 558 443 115 1 1 2 2 3 9 1990–91 2016–17 2
9 Chaves 13 655 466 169 144 153 555 538 17 1 2 1 4 1993–94 2015–16 2
10 Estoril 14 649 456 171 136 149 554 487 67 2 1 1 1 5 1990–91 2011–12 1
11 Sporting da Covilhã 15 646 546 159 169 218 574 665 -91 1 1 1996–97 2008–09 4
12 União da Madeira 13 633 478 163 144 171 580 572 8 2 1 3 1992–93 2017–18 2
13 Rio Ave 10 551 332 156 83 93 476 348 128 2 1 1 2 2 8 1991–92 2007–08 1
14 Felgueiras 12 547 408 141 124 143 482 482 0 1 1 1 3 1992–93 2004–05 3 [A]
15 Académico de Viseu 11 540 422 140 120 162 432 486 -54 1 1 2 1990–91 2013–14 3
16 Beira-Mar 10 538 348 143 109 96 418 333 85 2 2 1 5 1995–96 2014–15 1
17 Freamunde 12 514 432 128 130 174 499 578 -79 1 1 2 1990–91 2016–17 5
18 Sporting de Espinho 11 511 378 134 109 135 471 437 34 1 1 2 1990–91 2004–05 1
19 Gil Vicente 9 508 344 130 118 96 433 356 77 2 2 4 1997–98 2017–18 1
20 Moreirense 10 476 340 127 95 118 440 413 27 2 1 3 1995–96 2013–14 1
21 Maia 10 457 344 126 79 139 477 496 19 1 1 2 1990–91 2005–06 4 [B]
22 Paços de Ferreira 8 453 276 122 87 67 369 289 80 3 1 1 5 1990–91 2004–05 1
23 Naval 1º de Maio 10 436 310 111 103 96 420 384 36 1 2 3 1998–99 2013–14 2 [C]
24 Oliveirense 10 433 368 111 100 157 427 529 -102 1 1 1 3 2001–02 2017–18 4
25 Ovarense 11 431 374 110 101 163 446 582 -136 1 1 1991–92 2005–06 6
26 Olhanense 9 419 326 109 92 125 345 379 -257 1 1 2 1991–92 2016–17 1
27 Nacional 9 405 310 105 90 115 394 396 -2 1 1 2 1991–92 2017–18 1
28 Porto B 6 396 256 113 57 86 360 311 49 1 1 2 2012–13 2012–13 1
29 Benfica B 6 376 256 104 64 88 398 352 46 1 1 1 3 2012–13 2012–13 4
30 Sporting B 6 376 256 103 67 86 360 339 21 1 1 1 3 2012–13 2017–18 4 [D]
31 União de Lamas 9 362 306 98 68 140 310 433 -123 2 2 1994–95 2002–03 6
32 Trofense 8 349 280 90 79 111 292 367 -75 1 1 2 2006–07 2014–15 1
33 União de Leiria 6 338 204 94 56 54 280 185 96 1 2 3 1990–91 2008–09 1
34 Leça 7 331 238 92 55 91 290 317 -27 1 1 2 1993–94 2002–03 1
35 Vitória de Setúbal 5 310 170 89 43 38 302 169 133 2 2 1 5 1991–92 2003–04 2
36 Braga B 6 307 256 77 76 103 290 325 -35 2012–13 2012–13 7
37 Belenenses 5 300 170 84 48 38 252 161 91 1 2 1 4 1991–92 2012–13 1
38 Estrela da Amadora 5 282 170 75 57 38 222 163 59 1 2 1 4 1991–92 2004–05 1 [B]
39 Vitória de Guimarães B 5 271 214 74 49 91 259 279 -20 2012–13 2014–15 9
40 Campomaiorense 5 253 170 73 34 63 240 208 32 1 1 2 1992–93 2001–02 1 [E]
41 Famalicão 5 246 194 66 48 80 216 240 -24 1 1 1994–95 2015–16 6
42 Alverca 5 245 170 67 44 59 198 167 31 1 1 2 1995–96 2004–05 2
43 Farense 4 219 168 57 48 63 177 186 -9 2002–03 2015–16 10
44 Atlético CP 5 219 206 53 60 93 211 279 -68 2011–12 2015–16 11
45 Vizela 5 211 166 49 64 53 178 184 -6 2005–06 2016–17 3
46 Arouca 4 209 140 55 44 41 186 162 24 1 1 1 3 2010–11 2017–18 2
47 Gondomar 5 200 158 53 41 64 193 188 5 1 1 2004–05 2008–09 5
48 Marco 5 200 170 52 44 74 210 272 -62 1 1 2000–01 2005–06 4 [F]
49 Tondela 3 199 130 53 40 37 163 149 14 1 1 2012–13 2014–15 1
50 Torreense 5 192 174 48 48 78 188 255 -67 1 1 1990–91 1997–98 3
51 Louletano 4 179 140 49 32 59 164 180 -16 1990–91 1993–94 10
52 Tirsense 8 154 102 41 31 30 98 88 10 1 1 2 1991–92 1996–97 1
53 Marítimo B 3 132 130 35 27 68 115 172 -57 2012–13 2014–15 16
54 Benfica Castelo Branco 3 118 106 29 31 46 90 140 -50 1 1 1990–91 1992–93 5
55 Cova da Piedade 2 104 80 28 20 32 87 105 -18 2016–17 2016–17 9
56 Oriental 2 99 92 24 27 41 94 126 -32 2014–15 2015–16 15
57 Salgueiros 2 93 68 25 18 25 86 93 -7 1 1 2002–03 2003–04 6
58 Fátima 3 86 90 18 32 40 85 121 -36 2007–08 2010–11 8
59 Esposende 2 66 68 16 18 34 55 99 -44 1998–99 1999–2000 14
60 Imortal 2 66 68 15 21 32 76 108 -32 1999–2000 2000–01 15
61 Amora 2 65 68 14 23 31 57 95 -38 1992–93 1994–95 17
62 Barreirense 2 60 72 12 24 36 57 117 -60 1990–91 2005–06 15
63 Vitória de Guimarães 1 55 30 16 7 7 44 20 24 1 2006–07 2006–07 2
64 Mafra 1 54 46 12 18 16 37 40 -3 2015–16 2017–18 21
65 O Elvas 1 52 38 14 10 14 45 45 0 1990–91 1990–91 14
66 Fafe 1 45 42 11 12 19 52 65 -13 2016–17 2016–17 20
67 Desportivo de Beja 1 37 34 9 10 15 44 55 -11 1996–97 1996–97 17
68 Águeda 1 35 38 10 5 23 41 73 -32 1990–91 1990–91 18
69 Boavista 1 32 30 9 5 16 28 44 -16 2008–09 2008–09 15
70 Real 1 32 38 8 8 22 47 61 -14 2017–18 2017–18 20
71 Olivais e Moscavide 1 27 30 7 6 17 26 42 -16 2006–07 2006–07 15
72 Lusitano VRSA 1 25 38 4 13 21 16 45 -29 1990–91 1990–91 19
73 Carregado 1 24 30 6 6 18 26 47 -21 2009–10 2009–10 16

A. ^ Club folded in 2005.
B. ^ Club folded in 2011.
C. ^ Club folded in 2017.
D. ^ Club ended football team in 2018.
E. ^ Club ended football team in 2013.
F. ^ Club ended football team in 2007.

Last updated: 19 June 2018

Primeira Liga
LigaPro
Campeonato de Portugal
Portuguese District Championships
Clubs no longer in competition

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quatro jogos televisionados da jornada 28 já com a presença do novo patrocinador" [Four televised matchday 28 games already featuring the new sponsor] (in Portuguese). Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP). Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Aí está a Liga Pro!" [Here is LigaPro!] (in Portuguese). LPFP. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Segunda Liga will have less teams in 2016/2017 season". Sapo Desporto (in Portuguese). Sapo Desporto. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Aprovadas todas as propostas da Direção" [Board's proposals all approved] (in Portuguese). LPFP. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 

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