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LigaPro
Ledman LigaPro logo.jpg
Country Portugal
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1990 (as Segunda Divisão de Honra)
Number of teams 22
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 Porto B (1st title)
(2015–16)
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 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 to 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 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 teams scheduled for the 2017–18 season.[3][4]

Nineteen 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 Porto B, who won the title for the first time in the 2015–16 season, becoming the first reserve team to win the Portuguese second-tier championship title.

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.[5] 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 9,544 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
2015–16 Porto B 86 Chaves 81 Feirense 78 24 Nigeria Simy Gil Vicente 20

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
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
Chaves 0 1 2015–16

All-time ranking[edit]

Last updated following the 2015–16 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 23 840 321 231 288 1214 1030 979 51 1991 2016 2nd
2 Feirense 20 714 256 203 255 971 858 836 22 1991 2016 2nd
3 Penafiel 20 676 255 204 217 969 784 747 37 1993 2016 3rd
4 Portimonense 18 636 219 195 222 852 769 777 -8 1991 2016 2nd
5 Santa Clara 15 506 193 152 181 731 623 596 27 1999 2016 1st (1 title)
6 Leixões 14 508 183 146 179 695 570 545 25 1991 2016 1st (1 title)
7 Varzim 13 472 178 141 153 675 553 527 26 1991 2016 2nd
8 Chaves 13 466 169 144 153 655 537 538 -1 1994 2016 2nd
9 Estoril 14 496 171 136 149 648 556 487 69 1991 2012 1st (2 titles)
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 Sporting da Covilhã 13 436 125 132 179 507 414 492 -76 1997 2016 4th
17 Paços de Ferreira 8 274 132 87 67 483 368 289 79 1991 2005 1st (3 titles)
18 Moreirense 10 310 127 95 118 476 440 413 27 1996 2014 1st (2 titles)
19 Freamunde 12 390 119 117 154 474 460 527 -67 1991 2016 5th
20 Maia 9 344 125 80 139 455 477 496 19 1991 2006 4th
21 Naval 1º de Maio 9 312 113 103 96 442 419 384 35 1999 2014 2nd
22 Ovarense 11 374 130 104 163 431 445 581 -136 1992 2006 6th
23 Académico de Viseu 9 342 110 94 138 424 333 392 -59 1991 2016 4th
24 Gil Vicente 7 264 109 89 66 416 357 271 86 1998 2016 1st (2 titles)
25 Olhanense 8 244 102 85 97 391 300 295 5 1992 2016 1st (1 title)
26 Oliveirense 9 330 98 90 142 384 382 482 -100 2002 2016 4th
27 União de Lamas 9 306 98 68 140 362 310 433 -123 1995 2003 6th
28 Trofense 9 280 90 79 111 349 295 366 -72 2007 2015 1st (1 title)
29 União de Leiria 6 204 94 56 54 337 280 184 94 1991 2009 1st (1 title)
30 Nacional 8 272 86 76 110 334 322 351 -29 1992 2002 3rd
31 Leça 7 238 92 55 91 331 290 317 -27 1994 2003 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 Sporting B 4 176 77 48 51 279 247 214 33 2013 2016 4th
36 Porto B 4 176 78 41 56 278 254 208 50 2013 2016 1st (1 title)
37 Benfica B 4 176 72 48 56 264 288 234 54 2013 2016 5th
38 Campomaiorense 5 170 73 34 63 253 240 208 32 1993 2002 1st (1 title) Ended football team in 2013.
39 Alverca 5 180 67 44 59 245 196 165 31 1996 2005 2nd
40 Atlético CP 6 206 53 60 93 219 211 279 -69 2012 2016 11th
41 Farense 4 168 57 48 63 217 177 186 -9 2003 2016 10th
42 Gondomar 5 158 52 41 65 201 191 186 5 2005 2009 5th
43 Tondela 4 130 53 40 37 199 163 149 14 2013 2015 1st (1 title)
44 Braga B 4 176 51 48 77 199 182 227 -45 2013 2016 15th
45 Marco 5 170 51 45 74 197 209 274 -65 2001 2006 4th
46 Torreense 5 174 48 48 78 192 188 255 -67 1991 1998 3rd
47 Louletano 4 140 49 32 59 179 164 180 -16 1991 1994 9th
48 Vizela 4 124 40 45 39 165 139 135 4 2006 2009 3rd
49 Vitória de Guimarães B 3 134 42 35 57 161 161 180 -19 2013 2016 9th
50 Tirsense 3 102 42 31 30 157 98 88 10 1992 1997 1st (1 title)
51 Arouca 3 102 39 33 30 150 144 125 19 2011 2013 2nd
52 Famalicão 3 114 39 28 47 145 123 141 -18 1995 2016 6th
53 Marítimo B 4 130 35 28 67 133 115 171 -56 2013 2015 16th
54 Benfica Castelo Branco 3 106 29 31 46 118 90 140 -50 1991 1993 5th
55 Oriental 2 92 24 27 41 99 94 126 -32 2015 2016 15th
56 Salgueiros 2 68 25 18 25 93 86 93 -7 2003 2004 5th
57 Fátima 3 90 18 32 40 86 85 131 -36 2008 2011 8th
58 Esposende 2 68 16 18 34 66 55 99 -44 1999 2000 14th
59 Imortal 2 68 15 21 32 66 76 108 -32 2000 2001 15th
60 Amora 2 68 14 23 31 65 57 95 -38 1993 1995 17th
61 Barreirense 2 72 12 24 36 60 57 117 -60 1991 2006 15th
62 Vitória de Guimarães 1 30 16 7 7 55 44 20 24 2007 2007 2nd
63 Mafra 1 46 12 18 16 54 37 40 -3 2016 2016 21st
64 O Elvas 1 38 14 10 14 52 45 45 0 1991 1991 14th
65 Desportivo de Beja 1 34 9 10 15 37 44 55 -11 1997 1997 17th
66 Recreio de Águeda 1 38 10 5 23 35 41 73 -32 1991 1991 18th
67 Boavista 1 30 9 5 16 32 28 44 -16 2009 2009 15th
68 Olivais e Moscavide 1 30 7 6 17 27 26 42 -16 2007 2007 15th
69 Lusitano VRSA 1 38 4 13 21 25 16 45 -29 1991 1991 19th
70 Carregado 1 30 6 6 18 24 26 47 -21 2010 2010 16th
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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