Portuguese Super League 2019/2020 season preview Football

Benfica win 37th Portuguese title

Benfica have won their 37th league trophy last season. It's Benfica's first league title since the 2016/17 season and sixth in the last decade as they confirm their status as the most successful team in Portugal. Benfica trailed Porto by seven points in the beginning of the year, but finished the season with 87 points, two ahead of Porto, who were last year's champions, with Sporting third on 74 points. Porto will play in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League, while Benfica goes straight into the group stage. Third-placed Sporting qualified for the Europa League along with fourth-placed Braga.

  • Champions: Benfica (Champions League group stage)
  • Runners-up: Porto (Champions League QR3)
  • Third place and Cup winners: Sporting Lisbon (Europe League group stage)
  • Fourth place: Braga (Europe League QR3)
  • Fifth place: Guimaraes (Europe League QR2)
  • Relegated: Chaves, Nacional, Feirense
  • Promoted: Pacos Ferreira, Famalicao, Gil Vicente.

Gil Vicente returned to the Portuguese top-flight for this season after the club's forced relegation in 2006, for using an ineligible player, was nullified in court in May 2016.

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

Braga appoint Sa Pinto as their new manager

Braga have appointed Ricardo Sa Pinto as their new manager. Club president Antonio Salvador has chosen the 46-year old coach as the successor of Abel Ferreira, who has joined Greek champions PAOK. Sa Pinto has agreed a two-year contract. Despite his first managerial job coming in 2012, the Braga job is already Sa Pinto's 10th in the seven years since. He has never spent more than a single year at any club he has managed either, always either leaving or being sacked before his tenure lasts any longer. He has significant experience across the continent though, having managed in Portugal, Serbia, Greece, Belgium and Poland, in addition to Saudi Arabia with Al-Fateh.

Vitor Oliveira takes helm of Gil Vicente

Highly successful manager Vitor Oliveira is the new boss of Gil Vicente. Since starting out as a manager 34 years ago, Oliveira has taken 24 jobs at 17 clubs and won promotion 11 times, including with Pacos Ferreira last term. He has already previously managed Gil Vicente twice in his career. Oliveira's successor at Pacos Ferreira is Filipe Rocha Filo.

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Nuno Manta Santos named as Maritimo coach

Nuno Manta Santos succeeds Petit as the coach of the Madeiran club Maritimo. The 40-year-old has spent his entire career in Feirense, having started in the 2010/11 season. In 2016/17, he became deputy to Jose Mota until a defeat, curiously by Maritimo (2-0), which then dictated the departure of Mota and the promotion of Nuno as the main coach. During his first season he led Feirense to finish the league in eighth place, with 48 points. His coach position at Feirense came to an end on the 20th day of the last season after the team lost to Boavista 2-0.

Carvalhal returns in Portugal

Former Sporting coach Carlos Carvalhal is back in football as manager of Rio Ave. The former Sheffield Wednesday boss had been without a job since Swansea City chose not to renew his contract a year ago. Carvalhal spent two-and-a-half seasons as Sheffield Wednesday manager, in which time he twice led the Owls to the Championship play-offs. Rio Ave are the 12th different club that Carvalhal has managed in his homeland alone, where he last worked nine years ago.

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10St. Clara42-211-9-14

The Portuguese football league standings for season 2018/2019.

Benfica and Porto strong favorites

Ending Benfica's 4-year title winning streak in 2017/18 seems a distant memory for Sergio Conceicao's side, as two defeats to the Eagles last year as well as some costly dropped points in unexpected circumstances saw the Dragons relinquish their league championship after building a seemingly unassailable lead by Christmas, losing out to the tune of a 2-point margin at the end of the season. Benfica and Porto are again favourites for the Portuguese title this campaign, while their main rivals are Sporting and Braga.

Benfica have built a reputation for developing youth and selling them on for substantial money, but the latest sale of Felix to Atletico Madrid has taken that to a whole new level. His move of €120m to Atletico has taken Benfica's income on player departures for this year alone to approximately €180m. Benfica and Porto are comfortably amongst the top ten European clubs with regards to money made on the sale of players over the last ten years. Porto are ninth with €765.7m since 2009 and Benfica are second in the ranking having made a remarkable €960m in player sales over the same period of time, just €40m short of 1 billion euros.

Porto2.25Santa Clara201
Guimaraes101Gil Vicente501
Rio Ave101Tondela501
Moreirense151Pacos Ferreira501

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2019/20 Portuguese football league

Portuguese Cup finals in last five years

2019   Sporting - Porto   2:2 (Sporting won 5-4 pen.)
2018   Aves - Sporting   2:1
2017   Benfica - Guimaraes   2:1
2016   Braga - Porto   2:2 (4:2 on penalties)
2015   Sporting - Braga   2:2 (Sporting won 3-1 pen.)

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)


Goalkeeper Quentin Beunardeau (1); Defense: Afonso Figueiredo (0.6), Adi Mehremic (0.5), Adam Dzwigala (0.4); Midfield: Kahraba (2.2), Enzo Zidane (1), Mehrdad Mohammadi (0.6), Claudio Falcao (0.5), Ruben Macedo (0.5); Forward: Welinton Junior (0.5), Kevin Yamga (0.4).


Goalkeeper Andre Moreira (0.8); Defense: Goncalo Silva (1.5), Francisco Varela (0.5), Chima Akas (0.3); Midfield: Jonatan Lucca (1), Benny (0.9), Andre Santos (0.8), Andre Sousa (0.7), Imad Faraj (0.5); Forward: Lica (0.6), Alhassane Keita (0.6).

Benfica Lisbon

Goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos (10); Defense: Ruben Dias (32), Alejandro Grimaldo (32), Ferro (15); Midfield: Rafa Silva (28), Pizzi (25), Gedson Fernandes (20), Florentino (15), Gabriel (13); Forward: Raul de Tomas (20), Haris Seferovic (18).


Goalkeeper Helton Leite (1); Defense: Neris (1), Marlon (0.8), Lucas Tagliapietra (0.7), Carraca (0.7); Midfield: Heriberto Tavares (3), Rafael Costa (0.7), Gustavo Sauer (0.7), Paulinho (0.7); Forward: Yusupha Njie (1), Alberto Bueno (0.8).


Goalkeeper Tiago Sa (4); Defense: Bruno Viana (6), Raul Silva (5), Nuno Sequeira (4); Midfield: Ricardo Horta (9), Xadas (5), Andre Horta (4.5), Fransergio (4.5); Forward: Wilson Eduardo (6), Trincao (6), Paulinho (5).


Goalkeeper Rafael Defendi (0.1); Defense: Nehuen Perez (2.5), Josh Tymon (1), Alex Centelles (1), Lionn (0.5); Midfield: Uros Racic (5), Diogo Goncalves (2), Fabio Martins (1.5), Nicolas Schiappacasse (1); Forward: Toni Martinez (1.2), Anderson Silva (0.4).

Gil Vicente

Goalkeeper Denis (0.8); Defense: Alex Pinto (1.3), Ygor Nogueira (0.5), Henrique Gomes (0.4); Midfield: Lourency (0.6), Claude Goncalves (0.4), Joao Afonso (0.4), Bogdan Mladenovic (0.4), Bozhidar Kraev (0.4); Forward: Zakaria Naidji (1), Sandro Lima (0.7).


Goalkeeper Jhonatan (1); Defense: Pedrao (5), Rafa Soares (3.5), Falaye Sacko (2.5), Florent Hanin (1.3); Midfield: Andre Andre (4), Alhassan Wakaso (3), Davidson (3), Mikel Agu (2); Forward: Alexandre Guedes (2.5), Andre Pereira (2.5).


Goalkeeper Charles (1.5); Defense: Zainadine Junior (1), Bebeto (1), Douglas Grolli (0.8), Dejan Kerkez (0.8); Midfield: Josip Vukovic (0.8), Jorge Correa (0.8), Rene (0.6), Fabricio Baiano (0.6); Forward: Daizen Maeda (0.8), Rodrigo Pinho (0.7).


Goalkeeper Pedro Trigueira (0.2); Defense: Joao Aurelio (0.8), Lazar Rosic (0.6), Iago Santos (0.6), Anthony D'Alberto (0.5); Midfield: Filipe Soares (1), Pedro Nuno (0.9), Ibrahima (0.6), Alex Soares (0.6); Forward: David Texeira (0.8), Fabio Abreu (0.5).

Pacos Ferreira

Goalkeeper Ricardo Ribeiro (0.6); Defense: Oleg Reabciuk (0.8), Bruno Santos (0.7), Marco Baixinho (0.6), Jorge Silva (0.6); Midfield: Pedrinho (0.7), Bernardo Martins (0.6), Rafael Gava (0.6), Mohamed Diaby (0.5); Forward: Getulio (0.9), Yago Cesar (0.7).


Goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda (0.8); Defense: Koki Anzai (1.5), Lucas Possignolo (1), Jadson (0.8); Midfield: Paulinho (3), Tabata (3), Pedro Sa (2), Dener (1.5), Aylton Boa Morte (1.5); Forward: Jackson Martinez (3), Marlos Moreno (0.7).


Goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin (4.5); Defense: Alex Telles (35), Renzo Saravia (5), Diogo Leite (5); Midfield: Danilo Pereira (30), Shoya Nakajima (25), Jesus Corona (22), Otavio (17); Forward: Moussa Marega (30), Vincent Aboubakar (15), Tiquinho Soares (12).

Rio Ave

Goalkeeper Pawel Kieszek (0.4); Defense: Nelson Monte (1.8), Toni Borevkovic (1), Messias (0.8), Pedro Amaral (0.8); Midfield: Filipe Augusto (1), Nuno Santos (1), Diego Lopes (1), Gabrielzinho (0.8); Forward: Carlos Mane (1.8), Mehdi Taremi (1.7).

Santa Clara

Goalkeeper Andre Ferreira (0.3); Defense: Fabio Cardoso (1.5), Patrick (1), Cesar Martins (0.8), Joao Afonso (0.7); Midfield: Osama Rashid (2), Bruno Lamas (0.8), Chico Ramos (0.6), Carlos (0.6); Forward: Thiago (0.7), Guilherme Schettine (0.7).


Goalkeeper Giorgi Makaridze (0.7); Defense: Artur Jorge (0.6), Bruno Pires (0.4), Andre Sousa (0.4); Midfield: Carlinhos (1), Eber Bessa (0.8), Hildeberto (0.6), Nuno Valente (0.5); Forward: Helder Guedes (1.5), Brian Mansilla (1.3), Khalid Hachadi (0.8).

Sporting Lisbon

Goalkeeper Renan Ribeiro (3.5); Defense: Marcos Acuna (18), Sebastian Coates (15), Valentin Rosier (8); Midfield: Bruno Fernandes (55), Wendel (10), Rodrigo Battaglia (8), Raphinha (8), Jovane Cabral (6); Forward: Bas Dost (17), Luciano Vietto (7).


Goalkeeper Claudio Ramos (2); Defense: Philipe Sampaio (0.9), Yohan Tavares (0.6), Bruno Wilson (0.4), Filipe Ferreira (0.4); Midfield: Denilson (1.3), Xavier (1), Jhon Murillo (1), Joao Pedro (0.7); Forward: Jonathan Toro (0.4), Rubilio Castillo (0.3).