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Our football has a new competition especially tailored for those players that for different reasons can't yet make it to the first team.

What used to be called Campeonato de Reservas is now known by the weird name of Liga Intercalar and it arrives to give some playing time to a few first squad players and also to spot some quality youngsters coming from the youth levels.

Liga Intercalar started last season but it only happened in the North of our country. It was played by 10 teams and it was won by Trofense.

From 2008/09 on, we will have a national level tournament divided by two regional zones (Norte and Sul) with 9 and 6 teams respectively.

The format is as follows:

There will be two leagues played by the 15 clubs participating at Liga Intercalar - Winter League (Oct-Dec) and Spring League (Dec-Mar). In each of these two leagues, teams will play each other only once.

The Quarter-finals will be played as follows:

Winner of Winter League vs Runner-up Spring League
Winner of Spring League vs Runner-up Winter League

In this way, the Final will be the only moment where teams from both regional zones will be able to face each other, so that the national champion can be found.

Here are the participating clubs:

Zona Norte:
Boavista, Desp. Aves, FC Porto, Feirense, Freamunde, Gondomar, Leixões, Paços de Ferreira and Varzim

Zona Sul:
Belenenses, Benfica, Estrela da Amadora, Mafra, Sporting and Torreense.
 

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ZONA NORTE:

Round 1

15.10.2008
Leixões 0-4 Freamunde
Feirense 1-1 Varzim
Desp. Aves 1-1 Paços de Ferreira
Boavista 1-0 FC Porto


Table
1 Freamunde ...............1G 1W 0D 0L 4-0 3P
2 Boavista .................1G 1W 0D 0L 1-0 3P
3 Varzim ...................1G 0W 1D 0L 1-1 1P
3 Paços de Ferreira ...1G 0W 1D 0L 1-1 1P
3 Feirense ..............1G 0W 1D 0L 1-1 1P
3 Desp. Aves .........1G 0W 1D 0L 1-1 1P
9 FC Porto ...........1G 0W 0D 1L 0-1 0P

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ZONA SUL

Round 1

22.10.2008
Sporting - Mafra
Estrela da Amadora - Belenenses

05.11.2008
Benfica - Torreense
 

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yet another competition? i mean....we have added already the league cup, now this?

imo its way too much

we already have the taça and the league cup, this 3rd cup is pointless

whats next, liga dos ultimos?:D
 

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yet another competition? i mean....we have added already the league cup, now this?

imo its way too much

we already have the taça and the league cup, this 3rd cup is pointless

whats next, liga dos ultimos?:D

I don't think you've read the whole post or maybe you didn't get the point. This is a tournament for those players that will not get normally a chance to play in any of our official competitions (Liga, Cup and League Cup) thus it has nothing to do with those three and it comes to fill a gap that existed for a long time. A gap that will give the chance for clubs like yours to give some playing time to your young players, that usually do quite well at youth level but that end up having their careers wasted in lower league teams.
 

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nah, i did read, but wasnt that the purpose of the league cup already?

at least it was one of the arguments used when it was formed
 

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nah, i did read, but wasnt that the purpose of the league cup already?

at least it was one of the arguments used when it was formed

No it wasn't. The argument for the start of the League Cup was different. Clubs complained they did not have enough games with the reduction of the size of our top league therefore they supported the creation of a third tournament. Obviously that with the amount of features that exists at the moment, coaches are forced to rotate players in League Cup games and even in the initial rounds of the Cup but that is very different from the kind of people that will be playing in Liga Intercalar. Let us say that in terms of Benfica, this is a Mantorras tailored tourno. :D
 

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it was one of the arguments yes nuno;)

but oh well, let there be another cup
 
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