2003–04 in Portuguese football

2003–04 in Portuguese football

The 2003-2004 football season in Portuguese football was clearly dominated by FC Porto. Although Porto did not manage the double, the Portuguese club won the UEFA Champions League, becoming the first Portuguese team to do so in the current form of the competition.

Domestic competitions


*Champion: FC Porto (UEFA Champions League group stage)
*UEFA Champions League third qualifying round: SL Benfica
*UEFA Cup: Sporting Clube de Portugal, CD Nacional, SC Braga, CS Marítimo
*UEFA Intertoto Cup: UD Leiria
*Relegation: FC Alverca, FC Paços de Ferreira, CF Estrela da Amadora

The 2003-2004 season was dominated by FC Porto. After winning the SuperLiga, the Cup of Portugal and the UEFA Cup in 2003, José Mourinho's side dominated the championship from start to finish.

SL Benfica continued it's long period without winning the SuperLiga (since 1993-1994) but maintained the second place achieved in 2002-2003.

Sporting Clube de Portugal had a disappointing season, finishing third. At the end of the season coach Fernando Santos resigned.

CD Nacional was the great surprise finishing fourth. Due to Porto's success in European competition the previous year, the third (Sporting Clube de Portugal), fourth (CD Nacional) and fifth placed (SC Braga) teams qualified for the UEFA Cup.

Cup of Portugal

*Winner: SL Benfica
*Runner-up: FC Porto

The 2003-2004 edition of the Cup of Portugal was won by SL Benfica, It was Benfica's first trophy in 8 years. They defeated FC Porto 2-1 in the final.

Because both teams in the final had already qualified for the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup spot usually allocated to the winner of the Cup went to CS Marítimo, who finished sixth in the SuperLiga.

uperCup Cândido de Oliveira

The 2003-2004 SuperCup Cândido de Oliveira was won by FC Porto who defeated UD Leiria in the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, in August 2003.

Minor leagues

*League of Honour
** Champion: GD Estoril-Praia
** Promoted: GD Estoril-Praia, Vitória FC, FC Penafiel
** Relegated: Sporting da Covilhã, União da Madeira and SC Salgueiros (due to financial problems)

*Second Division B
** Northern zone champion: Gondomar SC
** Central zone champion: SC Espinho
** Southern zone champion: Olhanense SC
** Relegated: ?

*Third Division
** Serie A champion: SC Valenciano
** Serie B champion: GD Ribeirão
** Serie C champion: SC Penalva do Castelo
** Serie D champion: Benfica Castelo Branco
** Serie E champion: Casa Pia AC
** Serie F champion: Atlético Clube de Portugal
** Serie Açores champion: Operário dos Açores
** Promoted: ?
** Relegated: ?

International competitions

UEFA Champions League

Two Portuguese teams participated in the 2003-2004 edition of UEFA Champions League: FC Porto and Benfica. However, Benfica failed to progress beyond their opening tie, losing to the italian side Lazio in the third knockout round. FC Porto went on to win their second European trophy in two years, beating Partizan Belgrade, Marseille, Manchester United, Lyon, Deportivo La Coruña and Monaco on their way. The only team Porto faced and failed to beat was Real Madrid in the group stage.


The Portuguese participants in this edition of the UEFA Cup were: Benfica, Sporting and União de Leiria.
Benfica entered the first round of the UEFA Cup after losing in the Champions League knockout round. They were the most successful Portuguese team in the competition, reaching the fourth round, where they were once again defeated by an italian team, Inter Milan. Prior to this, they beat La Louvière, Molde and Rosenborg.
Sporting beat Malmö in the first round, but were surprised in the following round by Turkish team Gençlerbirligi, who beat Sporting in their own stadium by 3-0.
União de Leiria entered in the final preliminary round, where they beat Coleraine, but they were knocked out in the first round by Molde (who were subsequently beaten by Benfica in the following round).

UEFA Intertoto Cup

UEFA SuperCup

National team

Euro 2004

"See: Euro 2004"

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