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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 Portimonense (1st title)
(2016–17)
Most championships Paços de Ferreira (3 titles)
TV partners Sport TV
Benfica TV
Porto Canal
Sporting TV
Website http://www.ligaportugal.pt/
2017–18 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 20 teams, including the reserve sides (B teams) of several top-flight clubs. This number may be reduced to 18 teams for the 2018–19 season and in the next season Gil Vicente may be promoted to the Primeira Liga. However, the Portuguese Football Federation appealed to the integration as soon as possible.

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 Portimonense, who won the title for the first time in the 2016–17 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 29,744 6th
Académico de Viseu Viseu Estádio do Fontelo 8,046 17th
Arouca Arouca Estádio Municipal de Arouca 5,000 3117th (PL)
Benfica B Lisbon Caixa Futebol Campus 2,720 4th
Braga B Braga Estádio 1º de Maio 5,000 7th
Cova da Piedade Cova da Piedade Estádio Municipal José Martins Vieira 3,500 16th
Famalicão Vila Nova de Famalicão Estádio Municipal 22 de Junho 5,037 15th
Gil Vicente Barcelos Estádio Cidade de Barcelos 12,032 13th
Leixões Matosinhos Estádio do Mar 6,798 18th
Nacional Funchal Estádio da Madeira 5,586 3118th (PL)
Oliveirense Oliveira de Azeméis Estádio Carlos Osório 1,435 31 (CP)
Penafiel Penafiel Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril 5,230 5th
Porto B Porto Estádio Dr. Jorge Sampaio 8,272 12th
Real Queluz Complexo Desportivo do Real SC 1,200 31 (CP)
Santa Clara Ponta Delgada Estádio de São Miguel 4,000 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 2,500 3rd
Varzim Póvoa de Varzim Estádio do Varzim SC 7,280 9th
Vitória de Guimarães B Guimarães Estádio D. Afonso Henriques 30,008 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

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
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
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 ranking[edit]

Last updated following the 2016–17 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 24 882 344 243 295 1295 1093 1017 76 1991 2017 2nd
2 Penafiel 21 718 273 213 232 1032 840 802 38 1993 2017 3rd
3 Feirense 20 714 256 203 255 971 858 836 22 1991 2016 2nd
4 Portimonense 19 678 244 203 231 935 839 816 23 1991 2017 1st (1 title)
5 Santa Clara 16 548 209 164 195 791 667 638 29 1999 2017 1st (1 title)
6 Leixões 15 550 193 162 195 741 614 593 21 1991 2017 1st (1 title)
7 Varzim 14 514 195 151 168 736 598 575 23 1991 2017 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 Académica 11 386 151 93 122 606 499 403 96 1991 2017 2nd
11 União da Madeira 13 440 150 137 153 587 536 519 17 1993 2017 2nd
12 Sporting da Covilhã 14 478 140 149 189 569 465 533 -68 1997 2017 4th
13 Rio Ave 10 342 157 83 92 554 478 349 129 1992 2008 1st (2 titles)
14 Felgueiras 12 408 141 124 142 547 482 484 -2 1993 2005 3rd Folded in 2005.
15 Beira-Mar 9 348 143 109 96 538 649 333 288 1996 2015 1st (2 titles)
16 Freamunde 13 432 128 130 174 514 499 579 -80 1991 2017 5th
17 Sporting de Espinho 11 378 134 109 135 511 471 437 34 1991 2005 1st (1 title)
18 Paços de Ferreira 8 274 132 87 67 483 368 289 79 1991 2005 1st (3 titles)
19 Moreirense 10 310 127 95 118 476 440 413 27 1996 2014 1st (2 titles)
20 Académico de Viseu 10 384 123 107 154 476 382 446 -64 1991 2017 4th
21 Gil Vicente 8 306 122 106 78 472 404 320 84 1998 2017 1st (2 titles)
22 Maia 9 344 125 80 139 455 477 496 19 1991 2006 4th
23 Naval 1º de Maio 9 312 113 103 96 442 419 384 35 1999 2014 2nd
24 Ovarense 11 374 130 104 163 431 445 581 -136 1992 2006 6th
25 Olhanense 9 286 109 92 125 419 345 378 -33 1992 2017 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 Porto B 5 218 94 53 70 338 306 257 49 2013 2017 1st (1 title)
30 União de Leiria 6 204 94 56 54 337 280 184 94 1991 2009 1st (1 title)
31 Nacional 8 272 86 76 110 334 322 351 -29 1992 2002 3rd
32 Sporting B 5 218 92 58 68 334 311 276 35 2013 2017 4th
33 Leça 7 238 92 55 91 331 290 317 -27 1994 2003 1st (1 title)
34 Benfica B 5 218 90 57 71 327 344 292 52 2013 2017 4th
35 Vitória de Setúbal 5 170 89 43 38 310 302 169 133 1992 2004 2nd
36 Belenenses 5 170 83 49 38 298 250 162 88 1992 2013 1st (1 title)
37 Estrela da Amadora 5 170 75 57 48 282 222 163 59 1992 2005 1st (1 title) Folded in 2010.
38 Braga B 5 218 67 62 89 261 246 277 -31 2013 2017 7th
39 Campomaiorense 5 170 73 34 63 253 240 208 32 1993 2002 1st (1 title) Ended football team in 2013.
40 Alverca 5 180 67 44 59 245 196 165 31 1996 2005 2nd
41 Vitória de Guimarães B 4 176 60 41 75 221 215 230 -15 2013 2017 9th
42 Atlético CP 6 206 53 60 93 219 211 279 -69 2012 2016 11th
43 Farense 4 168 57 48 63 217 177 186 -9 2003 2016 10th
44 Vizela 5 166 49 64 53 211 178 184 -6 2006 2017 3rd
45 Gondomar 5 158 52 41 65 201 191 186 5 2005 2009 5th
46 Tondela 4 130 53 40 37 199 163 149 14 2013 2015 1st (1 title)
47 Famalicão 4 156 53 39 64 198 170 191 -21 1995 2017 6th
48 Marco 5 170 51 45 74 197 209 274 -65 2001 2006 4th
49 Torreense 5 174 48 48 78 192 188 255 -67 1991 1998 3rd
50 Louletano 4 140 49 32 59 179 164 180 -16 1991 1994 9th
51 Tirsense 3 102 42 31 30 157 98 88 10 1992 1997 1st (1 title)
52 Arouca 3 102 39 33 30 150 144 125 19 2011 2013 2nd
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 Cova da Piedade 1 42 14 11 17 53 45 59 -14 2017 2017 16th
65 O Elvas 1 38 14 10 14 52 45 45 0 1991 1991 14th
66 Fafe 1 42 11 12 19 45 39 52 -13 2017 2017 20th
67 Desportivo de Beja 1 34 9 10 15 37 44 55 -11 1997 1997 17th
68 Recreio de Águeda 1 38 10 5 23 35 41 73 -32 1991 1991 18th
69 Boavista 1 30 9 5 16 32 28 44 -16 2009 2009 15th
70 Olivais e Moscavide 1 30 7 6 17 27 26 42 -16 2007 2007 15th
71 Lusitano VRSA 1 38 4 13 21 25 16 45 -29 1991 1991 19th
72 Carregado 1 30 6 6 18 24 26 47 -21 2010 2010 16th
73 Real 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
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.

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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