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.
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
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.
SuperCup Cândido de Oliveira
-2004 SuperCup Cândido de Oliveira
was won by FC Porto
who defeated UD Leiria
in the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
, in August 2003
UEFA Champions League
Two Portuguese teams participated in the 2003
edition of UEFA Champions League
: FC Porto
. However, Benfica
failed to progress beyond their opening tie, losing to the italian
in the third knockout round. FC Porto
went on to win their second European trophy in two years, beating Partizan Belgrade
, Manchester United
, Deportivo La Coruña
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
and União de Leiria
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
in the first round, but were surprised in the following round by Turkish
, 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
See: Euro 2004