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2017–18
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The 2017–18 Primeira Liga (also known as Liga NOS for sponsorship reasons) will be the 84th season of the Primeira Liga, the top professional league for Portuguese association football clubs. Benfica are the defending champions for a fourth season in a row. Since Portugal dropped from sixth to ninth place in the UEFA association coefficient rankings at the end of 2016-17 season, the league has lost its UEFA Europa League group stage round berth. Further, the champions will still have to enter directly to UEFA Champions League group stage, but the 2nd placed team will have to begin in the third qualifying round. In addition, three teams have been dropped to two teams, while the the third- and fourth-placed teams will begin at the third and second qualifying round, respectively, of the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League.

Teams

Eighteen teams will compete in the league – the top sixteen teams from the previous season, as well as two teams promoted from the LigaPro.

Portimonense became the first club to be promoted on 23 April 2017 and will play in Primeira Liga for the first time since the 2010–11 season. On 21 May 2017, after a 2–1 win in Azores against Santa Clara, they were crowned champions. The other team promoted were runners-up Desportivo das Aves, following a 2–2 draw against União da Madeira on 30 April 2017. This will mark the return of the Vila das Aves' team to the top flight after a 10-season absence.

The two promoted clubs replaced Nacional and Arouca. Nacional confirmed their relegation on 5 May 2017, 15 years after their promotion, when Moreirense, who were also struggling to escape relegation, beat Braga. On the last matchday, Arouca's 4–2 defeat against Estoril sealed their relegation, four seasons after having been promoted for the first time to Primeira Liga.

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity 2016–17 finish
Belenenses Lisbon Estádio do Restelo 19,856 14th
Benfica Lisbon Estádio da Luz 64,642 1st
Boavista Porto Estádio do Bessa 30,000 9th
Braga Braga Estádio Municipal de Braga 30,286 5th
Chaves Chaves Estádio Municipal Eng. Manuel Branco Teixeira 8,000 11th
Desportivo das Aves Vila das Aves Estádio do CD Aves 5,441 2nd (LP)
Estoril Estoril Estádio António Coimbra da Mota 8,000 10th
Feirense Santa Maria da Feira Estádio Marcolino de Castro 5,401 8th
Marítimo Funchal Estádio do Marítimo 10,600 6th
Moreirense Moreira de Cónegos Parque de Jogos Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas 6,153 15th
Paços de Ferreira Paços de Ferreira Estádio Capital do Móvel 6,404 13th
Porto Porto Estádio do Dragão 50,035 2nd
Portimonense Portimão Estádio Municipal de Portimão 6,000 1st (LP)
Rio Ave Vila do Conde Estádio dos Arcos 9,065 7th
Sporting CP Lisbon Estádio José Alvalade 50,044 3rd
Tondela Tondela Estádio João Cardoso 5,000 16th
Vitória de Guimarães Guimarães Estádio D. Afonso Henriques 30,008 4th
Vitória de Setúbal Setúbal Estádio do Bonfim 13,468 12th

Personnel and sponsors

Team Manager Captain Kit Manufacturer Sponsors
Belenenses Flag of Portugal Domingos Paciência Flag of Portugal Gonçalo Silva Lacatoni Kia Motors
Benfica Flag of Portugal Rui Vitória Brazil Luisão adidas Emirates
Boavista Flag of Portugal Miguel Leal Flag of Senegal.svg Idris Lacatoni Mestre da Cor
Braga Flag of Portugal Abel Ferreira Brazil Alan Lacatoni Invest in Braga
Chaves Flag of Portugal Luís Castro Flag of Portugal Nuno André Coelho Lacatoni Chaves - Capital Termal
Desportivo das Aves Flag of Portugal Ricardo Soares Flag of Portugal Nélson Lenho Macron MEO
Estoril Flag of Portugal Pedro Emanuel Flag of Portugal Diogo Amado Nike Banco BIC
Feirense Flag of Portugal Nuno Manta Flag of Portugal Cris Santos Legea Mestre da Cor
Marítimo Flag of Portugal Daniel Ramos Flag of Portugal Edgar Costa Nike Santander Totta
Moreirense Flag of Portugal Manuel Machado Flag of Portugal André Micael CDT
Paços de Ferreira Flag of Portugal Vasco Seabra Cape Verde Ricardo Lacatoni Fixpaços
Portimonense Flag of Portugal Vítor Oliveira Flag of Portugal Ricardo Pessoa Mizuno McDonald's Portimão
Porto Flag of Portugal Sérgio Conceição Flag of Spain Iván Marcano New Balance MEO
Rio Ave Flag of Portugal Miguel Cardoso Flag of Portugal Tarantini adidas MEO
Sporting CP Flag of Portugal Jorge Jesus Flag of Portugal Adrien Silva Macron NOS
Tondela Flag of Portugal Pepa Brazil Kaká CDT Laboratórios BASI
Vitória de Guimarães Flag of Portugal Pedro Martins Flag of Portugal Josué Sá Macron Shirt sponsor varies from match to match
Vitória de Setúbal Flag of Portugal José Couceiro Flag of Portugal Frederico Venâncio Hummel Kia Motors

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Porto Flag of Portugal Nuno Espírito Santo Resigned 22 May 2017 Pre-season Flag of Portugal Sérgio Conceição 8 June 2017
Desportivo das Aves Flag of Portugal José Mota Resigned 23 May 2017 Flag of Portugal Ricardo Soares 27 May 2017
Rio Ave Flag of Portugal Luís Castro Mutual consent 24 May 2017 Flag of Portugal Miguel Cardoso 12 June 2017
Moreirense Flag of Portugal Petit Mutual consent 26 May 2017 Flag of Portugal Manuel Machado 27 May 2017
Chaves Flag of Portugal Ricardo Soares Resigned 27 May 2017 Flag of Portugal Luís Castro 1 June 2017
Boavista Flag of Portugal Miguel Leal Resigned 13 September 2017 16th Flag of Portugal Jorge Simão 14 September 2017

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Porto  (C) 34 28 4 2 82 18+64 88 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Benfica 34 25 6 3 80 22+58 81 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
3 Sporting CP 34 24 6 4 63 24+39 78 Qualification for the Europa League group stage
4 Braga 34 24 3 7 74 29+45 75 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
5 Rio Ave 34 15 6 13 40 42−2 51 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
6 Chaves 34 13 8 13 47 55−8 47
7 Marítimo 34 13 8 13 36 49−13 47
8 Boavista 34 13 6 15 35 44−9 45
9 Vitória de Guimarães 34 13 4 17 45 56−11 43
10 Portimonense 34 10 8 16 52 60−8 38
11 Tondela 34 10 8 16 41 50−9 38
12 Belenenses 34 9 10 15 33 46−13 37
13 Desportivo das Aves 34 9 7 18 36 51−15 34
14 Vitória de Setúbal 34 7 11 16 39 62−23 32
15 Moreirense 34 8 8 18 29 50−21 32
16 Feirense 34 9 4 21 32 48−16 31
17 Paços de Ferreira  (R) 34 7 9 18 33 59−26 30 Relegation to
LigaPro
18 Estoril  (R) 34 8 6 20 29 61−32 30
Updated to games played on 24 April 2017
Source: Liga Portugal
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Statistics

Top goalscorers

As of 27 August 2017
Rank Player Club Goals MPG
1 Brazil Jonas Benfica 5 70
2 Flag of Cameroon Vincent Aboubakar Porto 4 86
3 Flag of Portugal Bruno Fernandes Sporting 3 87
Switzerland Haris Seferović Benfica 112
Netherlands Bas Dost Sporting 120
Flag of Portugal Gelson Martins Sporting
4 Flag of Argentina Toto Salvio Benfica 2 112
Flag of Portugal Tomané Tondela 120
Flag of Mali Moussa Marega Porto 164

Top assists

As of 27 August 2017
Rank Player Club Assists
1 Flag of Argentina Marcos Acuña Sporting 4
2 Flag of Portugal Ricardo Esgaio Braga 2
Flag of Portugal Bruno Moreira Paços de Ferreira
Flag of Peru Paolo Hurtado Vitória Guimarães
Flag of Spain Óliver Torres Porto
Brazil Jonas Benfica
Flag of Portugal Rúben Ribeiro Rio Ave

Own goals

Rank Player Club Own goals
1 Flag of Portugal Cris Santos Feirense 1
Flag of Argentina Lisandro López Benfica
Flag of Portugal Gonçalo Paciência Vitória Setúbal
Flag of Portugal David Bruno Tondela

Scoring

As of 19 August 2017

Match streaks

As of 13 August 2017
  • Longest winning run: 5 matches
    • Sporting CP, from matchday 1 (6 August 2017) to matchday 5 (8 September 2017)
    • Porto, from matchday 1 (9 August 2017) to matchday 5 (9 September 2017)
  • Longest unbeaten run: 5 matches
    • Sporting CP, from matchday 1 (6 August 2017) to matchday 5 (8 September 2017)
    • Porto, from matchday 1 (9 August 2017) to matchday 5 (9 September 2017)
    • Benfica, from matchday 1 (9 August 2017) to matchday 5 (9 september 2017)
  • Longest winless run: 5 matches
    • Chaves, from matchday 1 (7 August 2017) to matchday 5 (9 September 2017)
    • Paços de Ferreira, from matchday 1 (8 August 2017) to matchday 4 (26 August 2017)
  • Longest losing run: 4 matches
    • Portimonense, from matchday 2 (13 August 2017) to matchday 5 (8 September 2017)
  • Most consecutive draws: 2 matches
    • Vitória de Setúbal, from matchday 3 (20 August 2017) to matchday 4 (25 August 2017)
    • Moreirense, from matchday 1 (6 August 2017) to matchday 2 (12 August 2017)
    • Feirense, from matchday 1 (7 August 2017) to matchday 2 (12 August 2017)
    • Paços de Ferreira, from matchday 3 (26 August 2017) to matchday 4 (9 September 2017)

Discipline

As of 15 August 2017

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Domestic cups
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Domestic leagues

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Domestic cups

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League cups

England · Estonia · Finland '17 '18 · France · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland '17 '18 · Israel · Latvia · Northern Ireland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '17 '18 · Romania · Scotland · Wales

Supercups

Albania · Andorra · Armenia · Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bulgaria · Cyprus · Czech Republic · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands · France · Georgia · Germany · Gibraltar · Hungary · Iceland · Israel · Italy · Kazakhstan · Lithuania · Macedonia · Malta · Moldova · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Poland · Portugal · Republic of Ireland '17 '18 · Romania · Russia · San Marino · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Turkey · Ukraine

UEFA competitions

Champions League (qualifying phase and play-off round · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Europa League (qualifying phase and play-off round · group stage · knockout phase · Final)
Super Cup

International competitions

2018 FIFA World Cup (UEFA qualification) · 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

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