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2004–05 in Portuguese football

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Start date  2004
Similar  2005–06 Primeira Liga, 2009–10 Primeira Liga, 2008–09 Primeira Liga, 2007–08 Primeira Liga, 2012–13 Primeira Liga

The 2004–05 season saw Benfica clinch the SuperLiga Galp Energia title after almost 11 years without the championship. The SuperLiga had one of the most competitive years, with both Braga and Boavista fighting for the title for a reasonable amount of time, closing the gap on the Big Three of Benfica, Porto and Sporting CP. The Big Three all managed to qualify for the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, while Braga, Vitória de Guimarães and Vitória de Setúbal qualified for the 2005–06 UEFA Cup. Benfica did not manage to achieve the double, losing to Vitória de Setúbal in the 2004–05 Taça de Portugal final.


In the League of Honour, Paços de Ferreira won the title and alongside newcomers Naval 1º de Maio and former competitors Estrela da Amadora secured their place in the first level of Portuguese football for 2005–06.

In the UEFA competitions, the Portuguese teams qualified in the 2003–04 season were Porto and Benfica in the Champions League; Sporting CP, Braga, Martítimo and Nacional in the UEFA Cup; and União de Leiria in the 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Early in the season, Porto lost the 2003 UEFA Super Cup to 2002–03 Champions League victors Milan. Porto would ultimately reach the round of 16 of the Champions League, where they were eliminated by Internazionale. In the middle of the season, Porto also won their second Intercontinental Cup against Once Caldas. Meanwhile, Sporting CP managed to reach the UEFA Cup Final (which was already chosen to be played at Sporting's Estádio José de Alvalade) where they lost to CSKA Moscow. The fact that Leiria reached the finals of the Intertoto Cup is also noteworthy.

Meanwhile, the Portugal national football team managed to secure a comfortable position that would prove decisive in the qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2006.


After almost 11 years, the longest "drought" period in Benfica's history comes to an end. It was an "awkward" season, mainly due to the inconsistency of the perennial title candidates. Never a team had won the championship with such a small amount of points since victories awarded three points. The 65 points of Benfica would only be sufficient to manage a fourth-place finish the year before and, considering a percentage of points awarded, their score of 64% would not have been enough to place them in first or second in any other of the previous Portuguese championships. Inconsistency was present in Benfica's season, but their main rivals were no better. In the upper part of the table, Braga's season was noteworthy: it was fighting for the title only four games before the end of the season.

These teams were promoted from the League of Honour at the start of the season:

  • Estoril (champion)
  • Vitória de Setúbal (2nd placed)
  • Penafiel (3rd placed)
  • UEFA competitions and relegations

    These teams were qualified for the UEFA competitions of 2005–06:

  • UEFA Champions League
  • Champions Benfica (group stage)
  • 2nd placed Porto (group stage)
  • 3rd placed Sporting CP (third qualifying round)
  • UEFA Cup
  • 4th placed Braga (first round)
  • 5th placed Vitória de Guimarães (first round)
  • Cup winner Vitória de Setúbal (first round)
  • These teams were relegated to the League of Honour at the end of the season:

  • Relegations
  • 16th placed Moreirense
  • 17th placed Estoril
  • 18th placed Beira-Mar
  • Top scorers

  • 1 Liédson (Sporting CP) 24
  • =2 João Tomás (Braga) 15
  • =2 Simão (Benfica) 15
  • 4 Wesley (Penafiel) 14
  • 5 Henry Antchouet (Belenenses) 12
  • =6 Albert Meyong (Vitória de Setúbal) 11
  • =6 Benni McCarthy (Porto) 11
  • 8 Zé Manuel (Boavista) 10
  • =9 Roberto (Penafiel) 9
  • =9 Wender (Braga) 9
  • =9 Jorginho (Vitória de Setúbal) 9
  • Porto

    UEFA Champions League group H

    UEFA Champions League round of 16


    UEFA Champions League third qualifying round

    UEFA Cup first round

    UEFA Cup group F

    UEFA Cup round of 32

    Sporting CP

    UEFA Cup first round

    UEFA Cup group D

    UEFA Cup round of 32

    UEFA Cup round of 16

    UEFA Cup quarter-finals

    UEFA Cup semi-finals

    UEFA Cup final


    UEFA Cup first round


    UEFA Cup first round


    UEFA Cup first round

    União de Leiria

    UEFA Intertoto Cup third round

    UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-finals

    UEFA Intertoto Cup finals

    Taça de Portugal

    Vitória de Setúbal won their third Cup after beating Benfica 2–1 at the final played 29 May in the Estádio do Jamor. Simão scored first for Benfica, a penalty in the fifth minute, but an own goal by Ricardo Rocha in the 26th minute and another by Albert Meyong for Setúbal turned the game around.

    These teams were promoted from the Second Division B at the start of the season:

  • Gondomar (North Zone champion)
  • Espinho (Centre Zone champion)
  • Olhanense (South Zone champion)
  • Promotions and relegations

    The following teams were promoted to the SuperLiga (future Liga for 2005–06:

  • Promotions
  • Champions – Paços de Ferreira
  • 2nd placed – Naval 1º de Maio
  • 3rd – Estrela da Amadora
  • The following teams were relegated to the Second Division for 2005–06:

  • Relegations
  • 11th placed – Felgueiras (due to economical problems)
  • 13th placed – Alverca (due to economical problems)
  • 18th placed – Espinho
  • Portugal national team

    KEY: WCQ3 = World Cup Qualification match - Group 3; F = Friendly


    2004–05 in Portuguese football Wikipedia