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Football : Portuguese Super League 2017/2018 season preview

Benfica seal 36th Portuguese title

Benfica have cemented themselves as Portugal's dominant football force by winning the league title for yet another season. It is the 36th league title for Benfica, who led the league since the fifth week, nine more than Porto's 27. Portugal's most successful team have reasserted themselves as the dominant domestic force in recent years after Porto won 20 of the 29 titles between 1985 and 2013. In 83 Portuguese Liga seasons, Benfica (36), Sporting (18) and Porto (27) have won all but two of the championships, with Belenenses and Boavista the exceptions, and the big three dominated again in 2016/17. Sporting were expected to push their neighbours the hardest, but it was Porto who have offered the strongest challenge.

Second division champions Portimonense were promoted for the first time since the 2010/11 season, while runners-up Aves returned to the top flight after a 10-season absence. The two promoted clubs replaced Nacional and Arouca.

teamtitles12/1313/1414/1515/1616/17
Benfica3621111
Porto2713232
Sporting1872323
Belenenses1-146914
Boavista1--13149
Braga-49445
Guimaraes-9105104
Maritimo-1069136
Pacos Ferreira-3158713
Rio Ave-6111067
Setubal-127141512
Estoril-5412810
Moreirense-15-111215
Tondela----1616
Feirense-----8
Chaves-----11
Portimonense------
Aves------

The overall number of titles since 1934 for each club in Portuguese Super Liga and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Porto confirm Sergio Conceicao as new manager

Porto have confirmed the appointment of former Portugal international Sergio Conceicao as their new head coach on a two-year deal. After guiding Nantes from 19th to seventh in half a Ligue 1 season, Conceicao has taken the step up to coach the Portuguese giants. The 42-year-old, who made 56 appearances for Portugal, played for Porto from 1996-98 and once again in 2004. Conceicao replaces his former team-mate Nuno Espirito Santo, who departed the Estadio Dragao after Porto finished six points behind Benfica in the title race. They also reached the last 16 of the Champions League before losing to Juventus and suffered a shock elimination on penalties at the hands of Chaves in the Portuguese Cup.

This page is introduction to the 2017/2018 Portuguese Super League season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Portugal page.

New season, new coaches

Former Porto manager Luis Castro is the new coach of Chaves. He arrives from Rio Ave, who appointed Miguel Cardoso as their new boss. Castro replaces Ricardo Soares, who left the club to join newly-promoted Aves. Manuel Machado signed a one-year contract with former club Moreirense.

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
1Benfica825425-7-2
2Porto765222-10-2
3Sporting703221-7-6
4Guimar.621118-8-8
5Braga541515-9-10
6Maritimo50213-11-10
7Rio Ave49214-7-13
8Feirense48-1414-6-14
9Boavista43-310-13-11
10Estoril38-610-8-16
11Chaves38-78-14-12
12Setubal38-910-8-16
13P.Ferreira36-138-12-14
14Belenen.36-189-9-16
15Moreiren.33-158-9-17
16Tondela32-238-8-18
17Arouca32-249-5-20
18Nacional21-364-9-21

The Portuguese football league standings for season 2016/2017 .

Odds by bookmakers

Benfica are favourites for their fifth successive title this campaign, while their main rivals are Porto and Sporting. However, it should be noted that Benfica transfers include the loss of Nelson Semedo to Barcelona for €30m, goalkeeper Ederson Moraes to Manchester city for €40m, and Victor Lindelof to Manchester United for €35m. Rivals Sporting have been active in the transfer window this summer. Fabio Coentrao arrives from Real Madrid and Jeremy Mathieu from Barcelona to add some structure to their defence. Porto lost their top goal scorer Andre Silva, who moved to big-spending Milan for a reported €38m. But they have exercised their option to buy Atletico Madrid starlet Oliver Torres for €20m at the end of his loan.

teamoddsteamodds
Benfica2.2Belenenses751
Porto2.88Chaves751
Sporting Lisbon3.6Estoril751
Braga126Setubal751
Guimaraes151Aves1001
Maritimo201Moreirense1001
Boavista251Pacos Ferreira1001
Rio Ave251Portimonense1001
Feirense501Tondela1001

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017/18 Portuguese football league

Portuguese Cup finals in last five years

2017   Benfica - Guimaraes   2:1
2016   Braga - Porto   2:2   (4:2 on penalties)
2015   Sporting - Braga   2:2   (Sporting won 3-1 pen.)
2014   Benfica - Rio Ave   1:0
2013   Guimaraes - Benfica   2:1

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Aves

Goalkeeper Adriano Facchini (0.2); Defense: Ponck (0.9), Nelson Lenho (0.4), Rodrigo Defendi (0.4); Midfield: Vitor Gomes (0.8), Ryan Gauld (0.8), Washington Santana (0.6), Nildo Petrolina (0.6); Forward: Salvador Agra (2), Sami (1), Derley (1).

Belenenses

Goalkeeper Ricardo Fernandes (0.2); Defense: Joao Diogo (1.5), Vincent Sasso (1), Goncalo Silva (1); Midfield: Florent Hanin (1), Roni (0.8), Andre Sousa (0.8), Robert Ahman-Persson (0.6); Forward: Miguel Rosa (1.3), Maurides (1.3), Abel Camara (1).

Benfica Lisbon

Goalkeeper Bruno Varela (2.5); Defense: Alejandro Grimaldo (9), Lisandro Lopez (5), Andre Almeida (5); Midfield: Pizzi (20), Ljubomir Fejsa (12), Andreas Samaris (8); Forward: Eduardo Salvio (18), Rafa Silva (15), Raul Jimenez (12), Konstantinos Mitroglou (12).

Boavista

Goalkeeper Vagner (0.6); Defense: Stephane Sparagna (1), Vitor Bruno (0.8), Joao Talocha (0.8), Edu Machado (0.8); Midfield: Idris Mandiang (0.6), Fabio Espinho (0.6), Alex Gorrin (0.4), Carraca (0.4); Forward: Renato Santos (1), Mateus (0.6).

Braga

Goalkeeper Marafona (2.5); Defense: Jefferson (3), Baiano (2.5), Marcelo Goiano (2); Midfield: Danilo (4.5), Nikola Vukcevic (2.5), Fransergio (2); Forward: Wilson Eduardo (3.5), Pedro Santos (3.5), Rui Fonte (3), Ahmed Hassan (3).

Chaves

Goalkeeper Ricardo Nunes (0.2); Defense: Paulinho (1.3), Domingos Duarte (1), Ruben (1); Midfield: Jefferson (1.5), Renan Bressan (1.5), Pedro Tiba (1.5); Forward: Matheus Pereira (2), Jorginho (1.5), Perdigao (1), Jordan (1).

Estoril

Goalkeeper Jose Moreira (0.2); Defense: Goncalo Brandao (0.9), Oumar Diakhite (0.7), Mano (0.6), Nuno Lopes (0.6); Midfield: Lucas Evangelista (1.6), Carlinhos (0.8), Eduardo (0.7); Forward: Andre Claro (1.5), Kleber (1.5), Allano Lima (0.9).

Feirense

Goalkeeper Dele Alampasu (0.1); Defense: Antonio Briseno (0.8), Flavio (0.6), Luis Rocha (0.4); Midfield: Luis Aurelio (0.6), Tiago Silva (0.6), Babanco (0.4), Alphonse (0.4); Forward: Oghenekaro Etebo (1), Gustavo Ermel (0.8), Jose Valencia (0.8).

Guimaraes

Goalkeeper Miguel Silva (1.5); Defense: Pedrao (2.5), Josue Sa (2.5), Joao Aurelio (1.8), Konan (1.5); Midfield: Paolo Hurtado (2.5), Guillermo Celis (2), Bongani Zungu (2); Forward: Raphinha (2), Fabio Sturgeon (2), Sebastian Rincon (2).

Maritimo

Goalkeeper Gottardi (0.8); Defense: Zainadine Junior (1), Luis Martins (0.5), Fabio China (0.4); Midfield: Erdem Sen (2.3), Joao Gamboa (0.8), Eber Bessa (0.8), Fabio Pacheco (0.7); Forward: Edgar Costa (1.5), Gevorg Ghazaryan (1), Ricardo Valente (1).

Moreirense

Goalkeeper Giorgi Makaridze (1.5); Defense: Pierre Sagna (0.8), Andre Micael (0.7), Mohamed Abarhoun (0.7), Iago Santos (0.6); Midfield: Neto (0.5), Bruno Ramires (0.5), Wallyson Mallmann (0.4); Forward: Arsenio (1.7), Emmanuel Boateng (1.5), Ousmane Drame (0.8).

Pacos Ferreira

Goalkeeper Mario Felgueiras (0.4); Defense: Marco Baixinho (1), Filipe Ferreira (1), Bruno Santos (1), Hector Quinones (0.9); Midfield: Pedrinho (1.3), Andre Leal (1), Vasco Rocha (0.8); Forward: Welthon (2), Rabiola (0.9), Bruno Moreira (0.8).

Portimonense

Goalkeeper Ricardo Ferreira (0.6); Defense: Lumor (0.8), Inacio (0.8), Ruben Fernandes (0.7), Felipe Macedo (0.6); Midfield: Paulinho (0.8), Ewerton (0.6), Pedro Sa (0.5), Fabricio (0.5); Forward: Rui Costa (0.6), Wilson Manafa (0.6).

Porto

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas (2); Defense: Bruno Martins Indi (11), Felipe (10), Alex Telles (9), Ricardo Pereira (9); Midfield: Danilo Pereira (20), Oliver Torres (14), Hector Herrera (13); Forward: Yacine Brahimi (18), Jesus Corona (12), Vincent Aboubakar (10).

Rio Ave

Goalkeeper Cassio (0.3); Defense: Marcelo (1.7), Lionn (0.8), Yuri Ribeiro (0.6); Midfield: Pele (2.5), Chico Geraldes (1.5), Ruben Ribeiro (1.3), Tarantini (0.8); Forward: Yonathan Del Valle (1.8), Helder Guedes (1.3), Nuno Santos (1).

Setubal

Goalkeeper Pedro Trigueira (0.5); Defense: Frederico Venancio (2), Patrick (1.5), Cesar Martins (1), Vasco Fernandes (1), Nuno Pinto (1); Midfield: Costinha (1.3), Tomas Podstawski (1), Joao Teixeira (0.8); Forward: Joao Amaral (1), Goncalo Paciencia (0.8).

Sporting Lisbon

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio (16); Defense: Sebastian Coates (7), Fabio Coentrao (5), Ezequiel Schelotto (4.5); Midfield: William Carvalho (25), Adrien Silva (25), Bruno Fernandes (7.5); Forward: Gelson Martins (20), Bas Dost (16), Marcos Acuna (7), Alan Ruiz (7).

Tondela

Goalkeeper Claudio Ramos (1); Defense: Joaozinho (0.9), Yordan Osorio (0.6), David Bruno (0.6), Nick Ansell (0.5); Midfield: Claude Goncalves (0.6), Helder Tavares (0.6), Azongha Tembeng Abenego (0.5), Pedro Nuno (0.5); Forward: Joca (0.7), Tomane (0.6).

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