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Portuguese Primeira Liga

The Primeira Liga aka Liga PT is the top level flight of professional football in Portugal. The Liga title is contested by 18 clubs each season. The 2014-15 season will be the 81st edition of the domestic competition. Despite having 18 teams, most of the media and fan attention is centered upon the "Big Three": Benfica, Porto, and Sporting. These clubs have won a total of 78 titles between them. Outside of the "Big Three" there has ever only been two other teams that have won the Primeira Liga: Belenenses and Boavista each once.

Despite the Liga PT being a small league in a small nation (apx. 10 million pop.), it's teams have enjoyed considerable amount of success in Europe with four Europa League finalists and one champions in the last four Europa League editions. You may recognize some famous active player that catapulted their careers in the Liga PT, such names include: DiMaria, Hulk, Pepe, David Luiz, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Ramires, Falcao, Diego Costa and James Rodriguez to name a few.

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Interested in learning how you can watch the 2014-15 Liga PT? Check out our Liga PT Multi-Platform Broadcast Guide here.

Did you know? The Lisbon club Benfica is the most successful club in Portugal having won the Liga PT title on 33 occasions. They just completed a treble in the 2013-14 season winning all domestic titles but losing the Europa League Final for the second time in a row.

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Table

Pos. TeamMPWDLGFGADP
1   Benfica 10 8 1 1 23 7 +16 25
2 Vitória Guimarães 10 7 2 1 20 8 +12 23
3 Porto 10 6 4 0 19 5 +14 22
4 Belenenses 10 6 2 2 15 11 +4 20
5 Sporting Braga 10 5 3 2 15 7 +8 18
6 Paços de Ferreira 10 5 3 2 15 10 +5 18
7 Rio Ave 10 5 2 3 19 10 +9 17
8 Sporting CP 10 4 5 1 18 10 +8 17
9   Moreirense 10 3 4 3 7 9 -2 13
10   Marítimo 10 4 0 6 15 15 +0 12
11 Vitória Setúbal 10 3 2 5 8 16 -8 11
12 Estoril 10 2 4 4 15 20 -5 10
13 Boavista 10 3 1 6 7 18 -11 10
14 Académica 10 1 5 4 7 12 -5 8
15 Nacional 10 2 2 6 7 13 -6 8
16 Arouca 10 2 2 6 6 18 -12 8
17   Penafiel 10 1 1 8 6 19 -13 4
18   Gil Vicente 10 0 3 7 7 21 -14 3

 

Top Scorers

PlayerTeamGoalsPenalties
Talisca Benfica 8 0
M. Maâzou Marítimo 7 0
J. Martínez Porto 7 1
Deyverson Belenenses 7 0
Bruno Moreira Paços de Ferreira 6 0
Ahmed Hassan Koka Rio Ave 6 0
Kuca Estoril 4 0
Diego Lopes Rio Ave 4 0
Éder Sporting Braga 4 1
B. Mensah Vitória Guimarães 4 1
Fransérgio Marítimo 4 0
Miguel Rosa Belenenses 4 0
E. Salvio Benfica 4 0
I. Slimani Sporting CP 4 0
J. Alvez Vitória Guimarães 3 0

Channels licensed to broadcast Primeira Liga in United States

 

News

State of Play: Analysis of Major European Leagues, November International Break
Bleacher Report
The world of football has reached another international break, the last one in 2014 and indeed the last one until March of next year. It provides clubs and managers with a chance to assess how things are progressing in the 2014-15 season and perhaps ...
Gerso Fernandes Scores Outrageous Goal from Impossible Angle for Moreirense
Bleacher Report
The 23-year-old made something out of nothing to score a miraculous goal for Moreirense vs. Gil Vicente in Portugal's Primeira Liga. With his back to goal and simply shielding the ball from a defender, he propped the ball up and kicked it over his head ...
Gaitan extends contract with Portuguese champions Benfica
FOXSports.com
... May 3, 2010, originating from Boca Juniors." Gaitan, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Liverpool, played his part as Benfica secured a domestic treble by winning the Primeira Liga, Taca de Portugal and Taca da Liga last season.
Hot Seat Watch for World Football Coaches After Weekend of Nov. 7-9
Bleacher Report
Another weekend of action has seen some sides improve their league positions, run of form and points tallies—but others have tailed off alarmingly or lost a big fixture. The buck always stops with the manager in such situations and, to reflect that ...
Slimani scores at both ends as Sporting avenge Schalke defeat
Yahoo News UK
Last season's Portuguese Primeira Liga runners-up were left seething two weeks ago when a controversial stoppage-time penalty gave Schalke a 4-3 win after Sporting had fought back from 3-1 down to level at 3-3. Schalke went ahead with their first ...
Stats: EPL player wages are almost twice as much as La Liga and Bundesliga
Sportskeeda
Portugal's Primeira Liga doesn't even make the top 10 while England's next tier, the Championship, is the eighth best paid league in the world. Meanwhile, other popular leagues like United States' Major League Soccer is in 22nd place with an average ...
MLS Needs To Start Paying More
MLS Multiplex
According to a report from The Daily Mail, Major League Soccer ranks 22nd in the world in terms of a player's average salary. ... Liga MX is just ahead of the Primeira Liga in Portugal, with an average salary of £265, 625, over £100, 000 more than MLS.
Week in Review – Portuguese Football Highs and Lows
Portugal Futbol
Unfortunately Sporting dropped in the standings because of this major faux pas and their unbeaten Liga run evaporated leaving Porto as the only unbeaten side in the Primeira Liga. Last up was Porto who was at home in the Estadio do Dragao to face ...
Raheem Sterling, Lazar Markovic Nominated For European Golden Boy Award
NESN.com
When the award for European soccer's top young player is given out in December, Liverpool might have something to celebrate. Raheem Sterling, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi are among the 40 nominees for ... Markovic, 20, helped Benfica win the ...
West Ham vs. Manchester City: Score, Grades, Reaction from Premier League ...
Bleacher Report
Eliaquim Mangala has found the pace and power of the Premier League much different to the Portuguese Primeira Liga since his summer move from Porto. He almost turned the ball into his own net on nine minutes, but Joe Hart was alert and able to push the ...

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