- 2005-06 in Portuguese football
The 2005-06 season in Portuguese football saw
FC Porto, led by Co Adriaanse, clinch their twenty-first title and win the Portuguese Cup. Sporting Clube de Portugalsecured second place, which gives them a direct entrance into next season's UEFA Champions League. SL Benficahad a disappointing season, however they returned to the spotlight of European football with a good run in the Champions League. SC Bragaand CD Nacionalchallenged Sporting CP, SL Benficaand FC Portofor a major part of the season. Nacional, in particular, broke up "Os Grandes" for most of the season, beating Sporting Clube de Portugal2-1 at home in a memorable victory, before falling away towards the end of the saeson. Braga finished the season in fourth place and Nacional finished fifth in the table after having slipped all the way to seventh at one point. Two famous Portuguese clubs: Vitória SC "de Guimarães" and CF «Os Belenenses»were relegated.
Also of note was the suspension of Benfica midfielder,
Nuno Assis, after testing positive for a banned substance in a league match [http://www.uefa.com/uefa/Keytopics/kind=1/newsId=395716.html] . This positive test has been challenged very aggressively by Benfica's management, as the tests seem to have failed to follow proper procedures [http://www.correiodamanha.pt/noticia.asp?id=204276&idselect=12&idCanal=12&p=200] , as 72 hours passed between the collection of the sample and the tests.
Early in the season, Benfica won the
SuperCup Cândido de Oliveirain a match against previous cup winner Vitória FC "de Setúbal".
In European club competitions, Benfica reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League after eliminating
Manchester United FCin the group phase and title-holders FC Liverpoolin the first round, only to be eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual finalists Barcelona FC. Meanwhile, Porto had a relatively bad season, failing to qualify through the group stage and not even securing a spot in the UEFA Cup. Sporting was eliminated in the third qualifying round of the Champions by Udinese Calcioand went on to fail again in the first round of the UEFA Cup, eliminated at the hands of Halmstad BK. All Portuguese teams failed to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Cup, with the exception of Vitória de Guimarães, which managed to surpass Wisła Kraków, but failed to progress past the group stages.
UEFA Cup first round
UEFA Champions League first knockout round
Vitória FC "de Setúbal"
UEFA Cup first round
Cup of Portugal
FC Portowon their 17th Portuguese Cup after beating Vitória FC(Setúbal) 1-0 on May 14th, 2006.
Round of 16 to Final
16TeamBracket | RD1=Round of 16
Desportivo das Aves
Vitória de Guimarães
Estrela da Amadora
Vitória de Guimarães
Vitória de Guimarães
League of Honour
Promoted and relegated teams
These teams were relegated from the
SuperLiga Galp Energiaat the start of the season:
Gil Vicente F.C.(12th placed, relegated in sport courts)
Moreirense FC(16th placed)
GD Estoril-Praia(17th placed)
SC Beira-Mar(18th placed)
These teams were promoted from the Portuguese Second Division B at the start of the season:
FC Vizela(Northern Zone champion)
Sporting C. da Covilhã(Central Zone champion)
FC Barreirense(Southern Zone champion)
Promotions and relegations
According to the
Portuguese Football Federation, only two teams will be promoted to the League of Honour at the end of the season. The champions of Series A will play their Series B counterparts in a playoff, and the same will happen for the champions of Series D and C. The winners will be promoted to the League of Honour.
* Lousada (B) vs. Trofense (A)
* Olivais e Moscavide (D) vs. Oliveirense (C)
Also according to the Federation, the last 4 of every Series will be relegated to the Third Division. And, if a reserve "B" team is relegated or quits, another additional team will be relegated to the Third Division.
C. Atlético de Valdevez
GD União Torcatense
Aliados FC de Lordelo
FC Pedras Rubras
S. Benfica e Castelo Branco
CF União de Coimbra
FC Oliveira do Hospital
Casa Pia AC
Vitória FC "de Setúbal" B
C. Oriental de Lisboa
Portugal national football team
"KEY: WCQ3 = World Cup Qualification match - Group 3; F = Friendly"
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