Taça da Liga

Taça da Liga
Founded 2007
Region Portugal
Number of teams 35 (2016–17 season)
Current champions Benfica (7th title)
Most successful club(s) Benfica (7 titles)
Television broadcasters RTP[1]
Sport TV
Website http://www.ligaportugal.pt/
2016–17 Taça da Liga

The Taça da Liga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtasɐ dɐ ˈliɣɐ]), known outside Portugal as the Portuguese League Cup, is a football cup competition organized by the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP) that is contested by the clubs competing in the Primeira Liga and Segunda Liga, the top two tiers of Portuguese football.[2] Unlike the French and English league cups, the winners do not qualify for European competitions.

The competition was established in the 2007–08 season,[2] after a proposal by Sporting CP and Boavista was approved by LPFP member clubs at a meeting in Porto, on 28 November 2006. Due to sponsorship reasons, it was known as Carlsberg Cup during the first three seasons, and as bwin Cup in 2010–11. From the 2015–16 season, it will be known as Taça CTT. Most of the participating clubs take the chance to rotate their main squad and give opportunities to youngsters.

The current holders are Benfica who defeated Marítimo 6–2 in the 2016 Taça da Liga Final to secure a record seventh title in the competition.


The Taça da Liga format has suffered changes every season since the competition's debut 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:


Season Winners Score Runners-up Date Venue
2007–08 Vitória de Setúbal 0–0 (3–2, pso) Sporting CP 22 March 2008 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé
2008–09 Benfica 1–1 (3–2, pso) 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 29 January 2017 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons Runner-up seasons
Benfica 7 0 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
Vitória de Setúbal 1 0 2007–08
Braga 1 0 2012–13
Sporting CP 0 2 2007–08, 2008–09
Porto 0 2 2009–10, 2012–13
Marítimo 0 2 2014–15, 2015–16
Paços de Ferreira 0 1 2010–11
Gil Vicente 0 1 2011–12
Rio Ave 0 1 2013–14

Participating clubs

Team City Years First season Last season Titles Runners-up
2Vitória de Setúbal Setúbal102008201710
4Sporting CPLisbon102008201702
4FC PortoPorto102008201702
7Gil VicenteBarcelos102008201701
7Paços de FerreiraPaços de Ferreira102008201701
7Rio AveVila do Conde102008201701
10Académica de CoimbraCoimbra102008201700
10Desportivo das AvesVila das Aves102008201700
10FeirenseSanta Maria da Feira102008201700
10Santa ClaraPonta Delgada102008201700
10Vitória de GuimarãesGuimarães102008201700
21Sporting da CovilhãCovilhã92009201700
23OliveirenseOliveira de Azeméis82009201600
27MoreirenseMoreira de Cónegos72011201700
29Naval 1º de MaioFigueira da Foz62008201300
29VarzimPóvoa de Varzim62008201700
29União da MadeiraFunchal62012201700
32União de LeiriaLeiria52008201200
32Atlético CPLisbon52012201600
36Académico de ViseuViseu42014201700
41Estrela da AmadoraAmadora22008200900
41FamalicãoVila Nova de Famalicão22016201700
45Cova da PiedadeCova da Piedade12017201700


All-time top scorers

Rank Nat. Player Goals Games Goal Ratio Years Clubs
1 Portugal Tozé Marreco 12[5] 23 0.522 2011– Desportivo das Aves, União da Madeira, Naval, Tondela
2 Brazil Liédson 11[6] 13 0.846 2007–2011 Sporting
3 Portugal Rabiola 9[7] 16 0.562 2009– Porto, Desportivo das Aves, Penafiel
Brazil Lima 9[8] 16 0.562 2009–2015 Belenenses, Braga, Benfica
Portugal Clemente 9[9] 25 0.36 2009– Chaves, Oliveirense, Santa Clara
6 Paraguay Óscar Cardozo 7 18 0.389 2007–2014 Benfica
Brazil Jonas 7 8 0.875 2014– Benfica
Brazil Matheus 7 11 0.636 2007–2011 Vitória de Setúbal, Braga
Brazil Rafael Porcellis 7 8 0.875 2011– Santa Clara, Feirense
Portugal Miguel Rosa 7 20 0.35 2008– Estoril, Carregado, Belenenses

Bold = Still active

Goalscorers by seasons

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 Jiménez  Mexico Benfica 4
Talisca  Brazil Benfica


Main/Naming Sponsor

Period Sponsor Name
2007–2010 Carlsberg Carlsberg Cup
2010–2011 Bwin Bwin Cup
2011–2015 No main sponsor Taça da Liga
2015– CTT Taça CTT

Other Sponsors


As of 2016:

See also


  1. "Taça da Liga com transmissão na RTP" [Taça da Liga with broadcasting on RTP]. TSF (in Portuguese). TSF. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Taça da Liga – Acerca desta Competição" [About this competition]. lpfp.pt (in Portuguese). Portuguese League for Professional Football. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  3. Boavista excluded from 2009 League Cup after missing players inscription deadline (Portuguese)
  4. Boavista excluded from professional competitions after failing to pay debts (Portuguese)
  5. 1 2 "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.
  6. "Os 5 melhores marcadores de sempre da Taça da Liga" [The 5 best top scorers ever in Taça da Liga] (in Portuguese). bolanarede. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  7. "Os 5 melhores marcadores de sempre da Taça da Liga" [The 5 best top scorers ever in Taça da Liga] (in Portuguese). bolanarede. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  8. "Os 5 melhores marcadores de sempre da Taça da Liga" [The 5 best top scorers ever in Taça da Liga] (in Portuguese). bolanarede. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  9. "Os 5 melhores marcadores de sempre da Taça da Liga" [The 5 best top scorers ever in Taça da Liga] (in Portuguese). bolanarede. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
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