21st February 2017. By Danni Biggs So with the nation still in high spirits after being crowned champions at the Euros in 2016 we look into the Portuguese Primeira Liga: The Big Three. Only two other teams have broken the consecutive success of Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon. Boavista and Belenenses are the only two teams who have disrupted the continuous dominance and success of The Big 3 in 1946 and 2001.
Staggeringly, with all three teams together they have won the Portuguese Primeira Liga 80 times, Benfica being the most with 35 times. The rivalry between all three clubs is intense motivating each team to improve and succeed. The competitiveness from players, staff and even fans is intense due to the vital points that will decide the upcoming Championship title.
Three-time Defending Champions Benfica
Benfica, currently top of the table are playing as three-time defending champions after
Sporting Lisbon haven't exactly been experiencing a drought of success in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. On the contrary, the Lions have won 18 league titles over the years-the third highest tally of any Portuguese soccer club. They've also finished as the league runners-up on five occasions in the past 10 years, most recently in the 2013 2014 season. Add 2014 2015 victories in both the Portuguese Cup and the Portuguese SuperCup, and things are going fairly well as Sporting Lisbon lead the way in the 2015/16 Portuguese League.
Sporting Lisbon (or Sporting CP, as they are often referred) are undoubtedly one of the three great football clubs in Portugal. They've won 18 national championship titles, and just last season, they clinched the Portuguese Cup, beating SC Braga in a penalty shootout to earn the trophy. Yet, in spite of Sporting's undeniably solid statistics, they haven't actually won a title in Portugal's Premeira Liga since the 2001 2002 season. Can Sporting Lisbon clinch the Premeira Liga in the 2015 - 2016 season, and give the Lions a spot at the top of the podium once more?
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Most eyes in the soccer world this past weekend were fixed on the opening weekends for Germany's Bundesliga, France's Ligue 1, or the Dutch Eredivisie-not to mention the second weekend of the 2015 2016 English Premier League. Also launched over the weekend, though, was the Portuguese Primeira Liga, where it looks like the reigning champions from Benfica are already establishing a thorough title defense. Keep reading for more information on week one Premeira Liga 2015 - 2016 fixtures.
Benfica surged into the new season in high style, crushing Estoril 4-0 to establish an impressive three-point, +4 goal difference start to the season. Unsurprisingly, the four-point win places Benfica at the top of the Premeira Liga table.