A Decade in Portuguese Football: A Statistical View

From January 1st 2010 to December 31st 2019, Portuguese football has witnessed a lot and will go down as one of the most memorable in the history of this nation. Aaron Barton for Próxima Jornada takes a statistical look at Portuguese football, both at domestic level and the national team.

(All records and statistics are correct from January 1st 2010 to December 31st 2019)

Primeira Liga Decade Top Scorers:

  1. Jonas 110 goals – SL Benfica
  2. Lima 83 goals – Belenenses, SC Braga & SL Benfica
  3. Bas Dost 76 goals – Sporting CP
  4. Jackson Martinez 76 goals – FC Porto and Portimonense
  5. Oscar Cardozo 63 goals – SL Benfica
  6. Moussa Marega 62 goals – FC Porto, CS Marítimo & Vitória SC
  7. Pizzi 58 goals – SL Benfica & Paços De Ferreira
  8. Tiquinho Soares 57 goals – FC Porto, Vitória SC & CD Nacional
  9. Wilson Eduardo 51 goals – SC Beira-Mar, SC Olhanense, Académica, SC Braga & Sporting CP
  10. Islam Slimani 48 goals – Sporting CP

Primeira Liga Golden Boot winners

2009/10 – Oscar Cardozo

2010/11 – Hulk

2011/12 – Oscar Cardozo & Lima

2012/13 – Jackson Martinez

2013/14 – Jackson Martinez

2014/15 – Jackson Martinez

2015/16 – Jonas

2016/17 – Bas Dost

2017/18 – Jonas

2018/19 – Haris Seferović

Primeira Liga Winners

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SL Benfica celebrate lifting the title in 2016/17, their 36th title at the time and 4th title in a row.

  1. SL Benfica – 6 Liga titles
  2. FC Porto – 4 Liga titles

Managers this decade with most Liga titles

  1. Jorge Jesus – 3 Primeira titles (09/10, 13/14 & 14/15)
  2. Vitór Pereira – 2 Primeira titles (11/12 & 12/13)
  3. Rui Vitória – 2 Primeira titles (15/16 & 16/17)
  4. André Vilas-Boas – 1 Primeira title (10/11)
  5. Bruno Lage – 1 Primeira title (18/19)
  6. Sergio Conceição – 1 Primeira title (17/18)

Primeira Liga clubs in Europe

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FC Porto – Europa League Winners (2011)

SC Braga – Europa League Runners-up (2011)

SL Benfica – Europa League Runners-up (2013 & 2014)

A Seleção

This decade was huge for the Seleção, it brought not just one, but two international honours.

European Champions (2016)

Nations League Champions (2019)

Euro 2016 marked the first time that Portugal had ever won an international honour after several near misses. The final in France was won courtesy of an Eder goal that will go down in the history books forever. Beating France on their home soil in Paris is undoubtedly the greatest footballing moment in the history of this wonderful nation.

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The Nations League gave the Portuguese another chance of silverware, the new format saw Portugal play in a group stage before playing two knockout games, a 3-1 semi-final victory over Switzerland and a 1-0 final victory against the Dutch, courtesy of a Gonçalo Guedes winner!

National Team Tournament Positions

2010 World Cup – Round of 16

2012 European Championships – Semi-finals

2014 World Cup – Group Stage

2016 European Championships – WINNERS

2018 World Cup – Round of 16

2019 Nations League – WINNERS

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