Taça da Liga

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Taça da Liga
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Organising bodyLiga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional
Founded2007
RegionPortugal
Number of teams34 (2019–20 season)
Current championsBraga (2nd title)
Most successful club(s)Benfica (7 titles)
Television broadcastersRTP 1 (final)
Sport TV
WebsiteTaça CTT
2019–20 Taça da Liga

The Taça da Liga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtasɐ dɐ ˈliɣɐ]), known outside Portugal as 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.[1] 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,[1] after a proposal by Sporting and Boavista was approved by LPFP members on 28 November 2006. For sponsorship reasons, it is currently known as Allianz Cup (with the English word cup).

Benfica are the most decorated team, having won a record seven trophies (four consecutively). The current holders are Braga, who defeated Porto in the 2020 final to secure their second 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]

Taça da Liga Finals
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
2018–19 Sporting CP (2) 1–1 (3–1 p) Porto 26 January 2019 Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga
2019–20 Braga (2) 1–0 Porto 25 January 2020 Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning years Runner-up years
Benfica 7 0 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
Sporting CP 2 2 2018, 2019 2008, 2009
Braga 2 1 2013, 2020 2017
Vitória de Setúbal 1 1 2008 2018
Moreirense 1 0 2017
Porto 0 4 2010, 2013, 2019, 2020
Marítimo 0 2 2015, 2016
Paços de Ferreira 0 1 2011
Gil Vicente 0 1 2012
Rio Ave 0 1 2014

Participating clubs[edit]

Team City Years First season Last season Titles Runners-up
1 Benfica Lisbon 13 2008 2020 7 0
2 Sporting CP Lisbon 13 2008 2020 2 2
3 Braga Braga 13 2008 2020 2 1
4 Vitória de Setúbal Setúbal 13 2008 2020 1 1
5 Moreirense Moreira de Cónegos 10 2011 2020 1 0
6 Porto Porto 13 2008 2020 0 4
7 Marítimo Funchal 13 2008 2020 0 2
8 Paços de Ferreira Paços de Ferreira 13 2008 2020 0 1
8 Rio Ave Vila do Conde 13 2008 2020 0 1
10 Gil Vicente Barcelos 12 2008 2020 0 1
11 Académica Coimbra 13 2008 2020 0 0
11 Desportivo das Aves Vila das Aves 13 2008 2020 0 0
11 Estoril Estoril 13 2008 2020 0 0
11 Feirense Santa Maria da Feira 13 2008 2020 0 0
11 Leixões Matosinhos 13 2008 2020 0 0
11 Nacional Funchal 13 2008 2020 0 0
11 Portimonense Portimão 13 2008 2020 0 0
11 Santa Clara Ponta Delgada 13 2008 2020 0 0
11 Vitória de Guimarães Guimarães 13 2008 2020 0 0
20 Penafiel Penafiel 12 2008 2020 0 0
20 Sporting da Covilhã Covilhã 12 2009 2020 0 0
22 Belenenses Lisbon 11 2008 2018 0 0
22 Oliveirense Oliveira de Azeméis 11 2009 2020 0 0
24 Olhanense Olhão 10 2008 2017 0 0
25 Arouca Arouca 9 2011 2019 0 0
25 Varzim Póvoa de Varzim 9 2008 2020 0 0
27 Beira-Mar Aveiro 8 2008 2015 0 0
27 Trofense Trofa 8 2008 2015 0 0
27 Freamunde Freamunde 8 2008 2017 0 0
27 Chaves Chaves 8 2010 2020 0 0
27 Tondela Tondela 8 2013 2020 0 0
32 União da Madeira Funchal 7 2012 2018 0 0
32 Boavista Porto 7[2][3] 2008 2020 0 0
32 Académico de Viseu Viseu 7 2014 2020 0 0
35 Naval Figueira da Foz 6 2008 2013 0 0
36 União de Leiria Leiria 5 2008 2012 0 0
36 Atlético CP Lisbon 5 2012 2016 0 0
36 Farense Faro 5 2014 2020 0 0
36 Famalicão Vila Nova de Famalicão 5 2016 2020 0 0
40 Cova da Piedade Cova da Piedade 4 2017 2020 0 0
41 Fátima Fátima 3 2008 2011 0 0
41 Vizela Vizela 3 2008 2017 0 0
41 Mafra Mafra 3 2016 2020 0 0
44 Estrela da Amadora Amadora 2 2008 2009 0 0
44 Gondomar Gondomar 2 2008 2009 0 0
44 Oriental Lisbon 2 2015 2016 0 0
44 Belenenses SAD Lisbon 2 2019 2020 0 0
48 Carregado Carregado 1 2010 2010 0 0
48 Fafe Fafe 1 2017 2017 0 0
48 Real Queluz 1 2018 2018 0 0
48 Casa Pia Lisbon 1 2020 2020 0 0
48 Vilafranquense Vila Franca de Xira 1 2020 2020 0 0

Players statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

As of 2018–19 season[4]
Rank Nat. Player Apps Goals Years Clubs
1 Brazil Jardel 38 1 2009– Estoril, Olhanense, Benfica
2 Portugal Tarantini 37 4 2007– Portimonense, Rio Ave
3 Portugal Ricardo Pessoa 35 7 2007–2018 Portimonense, Moreirense
4 Portugal João Pedro 34 4 2007–2015 Beira-Mar, Leiria, Oliveirense, Naval, Braga Belenenses, Moreirense
Portugal Filipe Gonçalves 34 3 2007– Vitória Setúbal, Paços Ferreira, Trofense, Moreirense, Estoril, Nacional da Madeira, Oliveirense
6 Portugal Edgar Sá 33 2 2008–2016 Covilhã, Santa Clara
7 Portugal Hélder Guedes 32 7 2007–2018 Penafiel, Paços Ferreira, Rio Ave
8 Portugal Pires 31 5 2008– Portimonense, Clube Desportivo das Aves, Feirense, Moreirense, Penafiel
9 Portugal Edgar Costa 30 5 2009– Nacional da Madeira, Moreirense, Marítimo
Portugal Lourenço Almeida 30 2 2007–2014 Penafiel, Beira-Mar, Vitória de Setúbal, Desportivo das Aves, Santa Clara, Académico de Viseu

Bold = Still active and playing in Portugal

Goalscorers[edit]

All-time top scorers[edit]

As of 2018–19 season[5]
Rank Nat. Player Goals Games Years Clubs
1 Portugal Tozé Marreco 12 25 2010– Desportivo das Aves, União da Madeira, Naval, Tondela, Académica
2 Portugal Liédson 11 13 2007–2013 Sporting, Porto
3 Brazil Jonas 10 15 2014– Benfica
4 Brazil Lima 9 16 2009–2015 Belenenses, Braga, Benfica
Portugal Rabiola 9 16 2007–2015 Porto, Desportivo das Aves, Penafiel
Portugal Dyego Sousa 9 21 2010– Leixões, Tondela, Portimonense Marítimo, Braga
Portugal Edinho 9 22 2007– Marítimo, Académica, Braga, Vitória de Setúbal, Feirense
Portugal Miguel Rosa 9 24 2008– Estoril, Carregado, Belenenses, Cova da Piedade
Portugal Clemente 9 27 2007–2019 Chaves, Oliveirense, Santa Clara

Bold = Still active and playing in Portugal

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
2018–19 Paulinho  Portugal Braga 4
Dyego Sousa  Portugal Braga
2019–20 Ricardo Horta  Portugal Braga 4
Tiquinho Soares  Brazil Porto

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

Records[edit]

As of 10 January 2016[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Taça da Liga – Acerca desta Competição" [About this competition]. lpfp.pt (in Portuguese). Portuguese League for Professional Football. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  2. ^ 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.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) (Portuguese)
  3. ^ Boavista excluded from professional competitions after failing to pay debts [1] (Portuguese)
  4. ^ "Taça da Liga: Estatísticas". zerozero.pt.
  5. ^ "Taça da Liga: Estatísticas". zerozero.pt.
  6. ^ "Stats". thefinalball. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  7. ^ "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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