2015–16 Taça de Portugal

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2015–16 Taça de Portugal
Taça de Portugal Placard
Country  Portugal
Dates 5 September 2015 – 22 May 2016
Teams 155
Champions Braga (2nd title)
Runners-up Porto
Matches played 170
Goals scored 545 (3.21 per match)

The 2015–16 Taça de Portugal was the 76th season of the Taça de Portugal, the premier knockout competition in Portuguese football. As of the 2015–16 season, it was known as Taça de Portugal Placard due to sponsorship by sports betting game Placard.[1]

The competition was contested by a total of 155 clubs – an increase of 20 clubs compared to the previous edition –, including teams from the top-three tiers of the Portuguese football league system[lower-alpha 1] and representatives of the fourth-tier District leagues and cups. It began with the first-round matches on 5 September 2015 and concluded on 22 May 2016, with the final at the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras.

In the final for the second consecutive season, Braga beat Porto 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out and won the competition for the second time, 50 years after their first triumph in the 1965–66 edition.[2] The title holders were Sporting CP, but they were eliminated in the fifth round by Braga, in a replay of the the previous final.

Format

As in the previous season, the competition format was organised in a knockout system consisting of seven rounds before the final match. For this season, the number of participating clubs increased from 135 to 155, to accommodate twice the number of teams from the District levels. The concept of repechage was introduced, meaning that teams eliminated in one round could still compete in later rounds, to provide an even number of teams necessary to avoid byes.

A total of 118 teams entered the tournament in the first round, 78 competing in the third-tier Campeonato de Portugal and 40 representatives from the District Football Associations. In the second round, the previous round winners were joined by the 19 teams competing in the second-tier LigaPro. In the third round, the 18 top-tier Primeira Liga teams entered the competition for the first time, playing against the 46 winners of the second round. In both second and third rounds, teams from higher tiers played away against teams from lower tiers; after the third round, the draw had no restrictions.[3]

Unlike the earlier one-legged rounds, the semi-finals are played as two-legged ties, with home and away matches. The final is played as a one-off match at a neutral venue, traditionally the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras.

Round Teams
remaining
Teams
involved
Teams from the
previous round
New teams
in this round
Leagues entering in this round (tier level)
First round 155 118 none 118 Campeonato de Portugal (3rd)
District Football Associations (4th)
Second round 110 92 59+14 19 LigaPro (2nd)
Third round 64 64 46 18 Primeira Liga (1st)
Fourth round 32 32 32 none none
Fifth round 16 16 16 none none
Quarter-finals 8 8 8 none none
Semi-finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

Teams

A total of 155 teams competing in the top-four tiers of Portuguese football plus the winners (or losing finalists) of the District Football Association Cups were considered eligible by the Portuguese Football Federation to participate in the competition:

Schedule

All draws are held at the FPF headquarters in Lisbon. Match kick-off times are in WET (UTC+0) from the fourth round to the semi-finals, and in WEST (UTC+1) during the rest of the competition.

Round Draw date Main date(s) Fixtures Teams Prize money[4]
First round 31 July 2015 5–6 September 2015 59 155 → 110 €2,000
Second round 14 September 2015 26–27 September 2015 46 110 → 64 €3,000
Third round 1 October 2015 17–18 October 2015 32 64 → 32 €4,000
Fourth round 23 October 2015 21–22 November 2015 16 32 → 16 €5,000
Fifth round 26 November 2015 15–17 December 2015 8 16 → 8 €7,500
Quarter-finals 21 December 2015 12–14 January 2016 4 8 → 4 €10,000
Semi-finals 2–4 February 2016 (1st leg)
1–3 March 2016 (2nd leg)
4 4 → 2 €15,000
Final 22 May 2016 1 2 → 1 €300,000 (winner)
€150,000 (runner-up)

First round

A total of 118 teams from the Campeonato de Portugal (CP) and the District Football Associations (D) entered the first round.[5] The draw took place on Friday, 31 July 2015, at 11:00 WEST. The teams were divided into eight groups of 14 or 16 teams according to geographic criteria. Matches were played on 5, 6, 16 and 23 September 2015.

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga LigaPro Campeonato de Portugal District FAs Total
18 / 18
19 / 19
78 / 78
40 / 40
155 / 155
Fixtures

Second round

A total of 92 teams participated in the second round, comprising the 59 winners of the previous round, the 19 non-reserve teams competing in the 2015–16 LigaPro (II), and 14 teams randomly drawn from among the first-round losers (repechage). The draw took place on Monday, 14 September 2015, at 11:00 WEST. Matches were played on 26–27 September and 8 October 2015. According to the new competition regulations, Segunda Liga sides played their matches away against lower division opponents.[6]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga LigaPro Campeonato de Portugal District FAs Total
18 / 18
19 / 19
53 / 78
20 / 40
110 / 155
Repechage

The following 14 first-round losing teams were selected to compete in the second round:

Fixtures

Third round

A total of 64 teams participated in the third round, which included the 46 winners of the previous round and the 18 teams competing in the 2015–16 Primeira Liga (I). The draw took place on Thursday, 1 October 2015, at 12:00 WEST. Matches were played on 16–18 October 2015. Similarly to what occurred with Segunda Liga teams in the previous round, Primeira Liga sides played their matches away against lower division teams.[7]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga LigaPro Campeonato de Portugal District FAs Total
18 / 18
14 / 19
25 / 78
7 / 40
64 / 155
Fixtures

Fourth round

A total of 32 teams participated in the fourth round, all of which had advanced from the previous round. The draw took place on Friday, 23 October 2015, at 12:00 WEST,[8] and unlike previous rounds, was free of restrictions.[9] Matches were played on 20–22 November 2015.[9]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga LigaPro Campeonato de Portugal District FAs Total
15 / 18
7 / 19
10 / 78
0 / 40
32 / 155
Fixtures

Fifth round

A total of 16 teams participated in the fifth round, all of which had advanced from the previous round. The draw took place on Thursday, 26 November 2015, at 11:00 WET.[10] Matches were played on 15–17 December 2015.[11]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga LigaPro Campeonato de Portugal District FAs Total
10 / 18
5 / 19
1 / 78
0 / 40
16 / 155
Fixtures

Quarter-finals

A total of eight teams will participate in the quarter-finals, all of which advanced from the previous round. The draw took place on Monday, 21 December 2015, at 12:00 WET.[12] Matches were played on 13 January 2016.[13]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga LigaPro Campeonato de Portugal District FAs Total
7 / 18
1 / 19
0 / 78
0 / 40
8 / 155
Fixtures

Semi-finals

The semi-final pairings were determined on 21 December 2015, following the draw for the quarter-finals.[12] This round was contested over two legs in a home-and-away system; the first leg was played on 3–4 February and the second leg was played on 2 March 2016.[13]

Number of teams per tier entering this round
Primeira Liga LigaPro Campeonato de Portugal District FAs Total
3 / 18
1 / 19
0 / 78
0 / 40
4 / 155
Fixtures

3 February 2016
20:00 WET (UTC±00:00)
Gil Vicente (II) 0–3 (I) Porto
http://www.zerozero.pt/jogo.php?id=4838306 Neves Goal 45+1'
Suk Goal 59'
Oliveira Goal 70'
Estádio Cidade de Barcelos, Barcelos
Attendance: 4,092
Referee: Manuel Mota

2 March 2016
21:00 WET (UTC±00:00)
Porto (I) 2–0 (II) Gil Vicente
Chidozie Goal 11'
Marega Goal 80'
http://www.zerozero.pt/jogo.php?id=4838307
Estádio do Dragão, Porto
Attendance: 4,863
Referee: Sérgio Piscarreta

Porto won 5–0 on aggregate.


4 February 2016
20:00 WET (UTC±00:00)
Braga (I) 1–0 (I) Rio Ave
P. Santos Goal 7' (pen.) http://www.zerozero.pt/jogo.php?id=4838308
Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga
Attendance: 7,537
Referee: Bruno Paixão

2 March 2016
19:00 WET (UTC±00:00)
Rio Ave (I) 0–0 (I) Braga
http://www.zerozero.pt/jogo.php?id=4838309
Estádio do Rio Ave FC, Vila do Conde
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Nuno Almeida

Braga won 1–0 on aggregate.

Final

Notes

  1. Reserve or B teams are not eligible to participate.
  2. Marítimo B, a reserve team which plays in the Series A, is ineligible to play in the competition.
  3. Varzim B, a reserve team which plays in the Series B, is ineligible to play in the competition.
  4. Not to be confused with Associação Académica de Coimbra – O.A.F. (from Primeira Liga).

References

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  2. "SC Braga vence Taça de Portugal Placard" [SC Braga wins Taça de Portugal Placard] (in português). FPF. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Repescados, grandes fora de casa e mais dérbis locais: o que muda na Taça" [Repechaged teams, big teams playing away and local derbies: what changes in the Cup]. Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 30 April 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Comunicado Oficial No. 79" [Official press release] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  7. "Taça de Portugal: Sorteio da 3.ª eliminatória está marcado" [Portuguese Cup: Third round draw is scheduled] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Alteração da Data do Sorteio da IV Eliminatória da Taça de Portugal" [Portuguese Cup fourth round draw date changed] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Taça de Portugal: IV eliminatória definida" [Portuguese Cup: Fourth round decided] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Taça de Portugal Placard: sorteio da 5.ª eliminatória a 26 de novembro" [Portuguese Cup Placard: Fifth-round draw on 26 November] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Taça de Portugal Placard: oitavos de final sorteados" [Placard Portuguese Cup: Round of 16 drawn] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Taça de Portugal Placard: sorteios a 21 de dezembro" [Portuguese Cup Placard: draws on 21 December] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Taça de Portugal Placard: o caminho para o Jamor" [Placard Portuguese Cup: the path to Jamor] (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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