Taça da Liga

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Taça da Liga
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Organising body Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional
Founded 2007
Region Portugal
Number of teams 34 (2018–19 season)
Current champions Sporting (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Benfica (7 titles)
Television broadcasters RTP[1]
Sport TV
Website Taça CTT
2018–19 Taça da Liga

The Taça da Liga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtasɐ dɐ ˈliɣɐ]), known outside Portugal as the Portuguese League Cup, is an annual football club competition organised by the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP) for teams competing in the Primeira Liga and LigaPro, the top two tiers of Portuguese football.[2] Unlike the French and English league cups, the winners do not qualify for European competitions.

The Taça da Liga was established in the 2007–08 season, thus becoming the third official competition for professional clubs in Portugal,[2] after a proposal by Sporting and Boavista was approved by LPFP members on 28 November 2006. Due to sponsorship reasons, it is currently known as Allianz Cup.

Benfica are the most decorated team, having won a record seven trophies. The current holders are Sporting, who defeated Vitória de Setúbal in the 2018 final to secure their first title in the competition.

Format[edit]

The Taça da Liga format has suffered changes throughout the competition's history in order to increase the number of matches and also revenue for both clubs and LPFP. Since the 2015–16 season, the approved format is the following:

  • First round – One-legged ties between all Segunda Liga teams (except reserve or B teams), with the winner advancing to the next round. In case of an odd number of participating teams, one team receives a bye to the next round.
  • Second round – One-legged ties between the first-round winners, the twelve Primeira Liga teams ranked 5th–16th in the previous season, and the two teams promoted from the Segunda Liga. The winner advances to the next round.
  • Third round – Four groups of four teams played in a single round-robin format, each containing three second-round winners and one of the four top-placed Primeira Liga season teams of the previous season. The group winners advance to the next round.
  • Knockout phase – Semi-finals and final played as one-legged fixtures played in a neutral ground.

Finals[edit]

Season Winners Score Runners-up Date Venue
2007–08 Vitória de Setúbal 0–0
(3–2 p)
Sporting CP 22 March 2008 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé
2008–09 Benfica 1–1
(3–2 p)
Sporting CP 21 March 2009 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé
2009–10 Benfica (2) 3–0 Porto 21 March 2010 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé
2010–11 Benfica (3) 2–1 Paços de Ferreira 23 April 2011 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra
2011–12 Benfica (4) 2–1 Gil Vicente 14 April 2012 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra
2012–13 Braga 1–0 Porto 13 April 2013 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra
2013–14 Benfica (5) 2–0 Rio Ave 7 May 2014 Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria
2014–15 Benfica (6) 2–1 Marítimo 29 May 2015 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra
2015–16 Benfica (7) 6–2 Marítimo 20 May 2016 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra
2016–17 Moreirense 1–0 Braga 29 January 2017 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé
2017–18 Sporting CP 1–1
(5–4 p)
Vitória de Setúbal 27 January 2018 Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons Runner-up seasons
Benfica 7 0 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
Sporting CP 1 2 2017–18 2007–08, 2008–09
Braga 1 1 2012–13 2016–17
Vitória de Setúbal 1 1 2007–08 2017–18
Moreirense 1 0 2016–17
Porto 0 2 2009–10, 2012–13
Marítimo 0 2 2014–15, 2015–16
Paços de Ferreira 0 1 2010–11
Gil Vicente 0 1 2011–12
Rio Ave 0 1 2013–14

Participating clubs[edit]

Team City Years First season Last season Titles Runners-up
1 Benfica Lisbon 12 2008 2019 7 0
2 Sporting CP Lisbon 12 2008 2019 1 2
3 Braga Braga 12 2008 2019 1 1
3 Vitória de Setúbal Setúbal 12 2008 2019 1 1
5 Moreirense Moreira de Cónegos 9 2011 2019 1 0
6 Porto Porto 12 2008 2019 0 2
6 Marítimo Funchal 12 2008 2019 0 2
8 Paços de Ferreira Paços de Ferreira 12 2008 2019 0 1
8 Rio Ave Vila do Conde 12 2008 2019 0 1
10 Gil Vicente Barcelos 11 2008 2018 0 1
11 Académica de Coimbra Coimbra 12 2008 2019 0 0
11 Belenenses Lisbon 12 2008 2019 0 0
11 Desportivo das Aves Vila das Aves 12 2008 2019 0 0
11 Estoril Estoril 12 2008 2019 0 0
11 Feirense Santa Maria da Feira 12 2008 2019 0 0
11 Leixões Matosinhos 12 2008 2019 0 0
11 Nacional Funchal 12 2008 2019 0 0
11 Portimonense Portimão 12 2008 2019 0 0
11 Santa Clara Ponta Delgada 12 2008 2019 0 0
11 Vitória de Guimarães Guimarães 12 2008 2019 0 0
21 Penafiel Penafiel 11 2008 2019 0 0
21 Sporting da Covilhã Covilhã 11 2009 2019 0 0
23 Olhanense Olhão 10 2008 2017 0 0
23 Oliveirense Oliveira de Azeméis 10 2009 2019 0 0
25 Arouca Arouca 9 2011 2019 0 0
26 Beira-Mar Aveiro 8 2008 2015 0 0
26 Trofense Trofa 8 2008 2015 0 0
26 Freamunde Freamunde 8 2008 2017 0 0
26 Varzim Póvoa de Varzim 8 2008 2019 0 0
30 União da Madeira Funchal 7 2012 2018 0 0
30 Chaves Chaves 7 2010 2019 0 0
30 Tondela Tondela 7 2013 2019 0 0
33 Naval 1º de Maio Figueira da Foz 6 2008 2013 0 0
33 Boavista Porto 6[3][4] 2008 2019 0 0
33 Académico de Viseu Viseu 6 2014 2019 0 0
36 União de Leiria Leiria 5 2008 2012 0 0
36 Atlético CP Lisbon 5 2012 2016 0 0
38 Farense Faro 4 2014 2019 0 0
38 Famalicão Vila Nova de Famalicão 4 2016 2019 0 0
40 Fátima Fátima 3 2008 2011 0 0
40 Vizela Vizela 3 2008 2017 0 0
40 Cova da Piedade Cova da Piedade 3 2017 2019 0 0
43 Estrela da Amadora Amadora 2 2008 2009 0 0
43 Gondomar Gondomar 2 2008 2009 0 0
43 Oriental Lisbon 2 2015 2016 0 0
43 Mafra Mafra 2 2016 2019 0 0
47 Carregado Carregado 1 2010 2010 0 0
47 Fafe Fafe 1 2017 2017 0 0
47 Real Queluz 1 2018 2018 0 0

Players statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

As of match played 10 January 2017[5]
Rank Nat. Player Apps Goals Years Clubs
1 Portugal João Pedro 34 4 2007–2015 Beira-Mar, Leiria, Oliveirense, Naval, Braga Belenenses, Moreirense
Portugal Ricardo Pessoa 33 6 2007– Portimonense, Moreirense
3 Portugal Edgar Sá 33 2 2008–2016 Covilhã, Santa Clara
4 Brazil Jardel 32 1 2009– Estoril, Olhanense, Benfica
Portugal Tarantini 32 4 2007– Portimonense, Rio Ave
6 Portugal Guedes 30 7 2007– Penafiel, Paços Ferreira, Rio Ave
Portugal Lourenço Almeida 30 2 2007–2014 Penafiel, Beira-Mar, Vitória de Setúbal, Desportivo das Aves, Santa Clara, Académico de Viseu
7 Canada Steven Vitória 29 4 2007–2014 Olhanense, Covilhã, Estoril, Benfica
Portugal Filipe Gonçalves 29 2 2007–2016 Vitória Setúbal, Paços Ferreira, Trofense, Moreirense, Estoril
Portugal Pedro Ribeiro 29 1 2007–2017 Gil Vicente, Trofense, Belenenses, Penafiel

Goalscorers[edit]

All-time top scorers[edit]

As of match played 10 January 2017[6]
Rank Nat. Player Goals Games Years Clubs
1 Portugal Tozé Marreco 12 24 2011– Desportivo das Aves, União da Madeira, Naval, Tondela
2 Portugal Liédson 11 13 2007–2011 Sporting
3 Brazil Jonas 9 11 2014– Benfica
Portugal Rabiola 9 16 2009– Porto, Desportivo das Aves, Penafiel
Brazil Lima 9 16 2009–2015 Belenenses, Braga, Benfica
Portugal Miguel Rosa 9 22 2008– Estoril, Carregado, Belenenses
Portugal Clemente 9 25 2009– Chaves, Oliveirense, Santa Clara
8 Brazil Rafael Porcellis 7 9 2012– Santa Clara, Feirense, União da Madeira
Brazil Matheus 7 11 2007–2011 Vitória de Setúbal, Braga
Paraguay Óscar Cardozo 7 18 2007–2014 Benfica
Portugal Hélder Guedes 7 30 2007– Penafiel, Paços Ferreira, Rio Ave

Bold = Still active

Goalscorers by seasons[edit]

Season Player Country Club Goals
2007–08 Matheus Brazil Brazil Vitória de Setúbal 5
2008–09 Liédson Brazil Brazil Sporting CP 4
2009–10 Carlão Brazil Brazil União de Leiria 3
2010–11 Hugo Vieira Portugal Portugal Gil Vicente 5
2011–12 Baba Diawara Senegal Senegal Marítimo 4
Rodrigo Spain Spain Benfica
Miguel Rosa Portugal Portugal Belenenses
2012–13 Fabrício Brazil Brazil Sporting da Covilhã 5
Josué Portugal Portugal Paços de Ferreira
Porcellis Brazil Brazil Santa Clara
Rabiola Portugal Portugal Desportivo das Aves
2013–14 Tozé Marreco Portugal Portugal Tondela 3
Jackson Martínez Colombia Colombia Porto
Moreira Portugal Portugal Leixões
Ricardo Pessoa Portugal Portugal Portimonense
Wágner Brazil Brazil Moreirense
2014–15 Jonas  Brazil Benfica 5
2015–16 Raúl Jiménez  Mexico Benfica 4
Talisca  Brazil Benfica
2016–17 Welthon  Brazil Paços de Ferreira 4
2017–18 Gonçalo Paciência  Portugal Vitória de Setúbal 5

Sponsorship[edit]

Since its inception (except in the period between 2011–15) the Taça da Liga has had the following naming sponsors meaning it has been known by different names:

Period Sponsor Name
2007–2010 Carlsberg Carlsberg Cup
2010–2011 Bwin Bwin Cup
2011–2015 No main sponsor Taça da Liga
2015–2018 CTT Taça CTT
2018– Allianz Allianz Cup

Other sponsors[edit]

Records[edit]

As of 10 January 2016[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taça da Liga com transmissão na RTP" [Taça da Liga with broadcasting on RTP]. TSF (in Portuguese). TSF. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Taça da Liga – Acerca desta Competição" [About this competition]. lpfp.pt (in Portuguese). Portuguese League for Professional Football. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Boavista excluded from 2009 League Cup after missing players inscription deadline "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-05.  (Portuguese)
  4. ^ Boavista excluded from professional competitions after failing to pay debts [1] (Portuguese)
  5. ^ "Stats". thefinalball. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Stats". thefinalball. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Stats". thefinalball. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Cardozo? Jonas? Jackson? Golos na Taça da Liga é mais com Tozé Marreco" [Cardozo ? Jonas ? Jackson? Goals in the League Cup is More with Toze Marreco] (in Portuguese). zerozero. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 

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