Liga NOS 2018/19 was another memorable campaign in which we witnessed individual performances of the highest quality week in week out.

The aim of the Figure of the Week feature is to capture said displays but with the intention of representing no individual more than once (otherwise the likes of João Félix and Bruno Fernandes would have shared the honour throughout!)

It also provides a nice opportunity to promote performances and stories of those from the lesser known teams, particularly to audiences outside of Portugal. My particular intention was to attempt to represent all clubs in the league as evenly as possible, within reason in terms of how each round of matches panned out.

With that in mind I thought I’d produce a feature with the chance to look back at each article from each gameweek from the season gone, and also a couple of interesting accompanying numbers. Enjoy!

Week 1 - Pizzi, Benfica

Week 2 - Nani, Sporting

Week 3 - Douglas Jesus, Vitória Guimarães

Week 4 - Gelson Dala, Rio Ave

Week 5 - Shoya Nakajima, Portimonense

Week 6 - Vítor Gomes, Aves

Week 7 - Berto, Vitória Setúbal

Week 8 - Muriel, Belenenses

Week 9 - Arsénio Martins, Moreirense

Week 10 - Bas Dost, Sporting

Week 11 - Fredy Ribeiro, Belenenses

Week 12 - Moussa Marega, Porto

Week 13 - Dyego Sousa, Braga

Week 14 - Líca, Belenenses

Week 15 - Heriberto Tavares, Moreirense

Week 16 - António Tomané, Tondela

Week 17 - Tiago Fernandes, Chaves

Week 18 - Tiquinho Soares, Porto

Week 19 - João Félix, Benfica

Week 20 - Mateus, Boavista

Week 21 - Bruno Fernandes, Sporting

Week 22 - Sardor Rashidov, Nacional

Week 23 - Chiquinho, Moreirense

Week 24 - Kikas, Belenenses

Week 25 - Joel Tagueu, Marítimo

Week 26 - Mattheus Oliveira, Vitória Guimarães

Week 27 - Luiz Phellype, Sporting

Week 28 - Haris Seferović, Benfica

Week 29 - Rafa Silva, Benfica

Week 30 - Bruno Moreira, Rio Ave

Week 31 - William, Chaves

Week 32 - Osama Rashid, Santa Clara

Week 33 - Davidson, Vitória Guimarães

Week 34 - Jhon Murillo, Tondela

Clubs represented in the feature:

Sporting (4), Benfica (4), Moreirense (3), Belenenses (3), Vitória Guimarães (3), Porto (2), Chaves (2), Rio Ave (2), Tondela (2), Marítimo (1), Nacional (1), Santa Clara (1), Vitória Setúbal (1), Braga (1), Aves (1), Portimonense (1), Boavista (1)

The Lisbon sides end up dominating the feature, in part no surprise given the outrageous talent the clubs possess (João Félix, Bruno Fernandes etc) but fair mentions for sides that arguably surprised many this season, especially Moreirense who confounded all expectations to finish 6th. Porto not featuring quite as much as they could have, perhaps reflective of what was overall a disappointing season for them. Feirense the only side not to feature, in reality a tough team to have picked a figure from in what was a disastrous campaign for the side from Santa Maria de Feira.

How does 2018/19 compare to 2017/18?

I began writing for this feature in 2017/18 and comparing the results between the campaigns provides some interesting ups and downs in terms of how clubs have fared.

2017/18 Figures of the Week

Week 1 - Daniel Ramos, Marítimo

Week 2 - Bruno Xadas, Braga

Week 3 - Bruno Fernandes, Sporting

Week 4 - Miguel Cardoso, Rio Ave

Week 5 - Rodrigo Pinho, Marítimo

Week 6 - Shoya Nakajima, Portimonense

Week 7 - André Sousa, Belenenses

Week 8 - Rui Patrício, Sporting

Week 9 - Moussa Marega, Porto

Week 10 - Yacine Brahimi, Porto

Week 11 - Abel Ferreira, Braga

Week 12 - Jonas, Benfica

Week 13 - Quim, Aves

Week 14 - João Novais, Rio Ave

Week 15 - Daniel Podence, Sporting

Week 16 - Rúben Ribeiro, Rio Ave

Week 17 - Bas Dost, Sporting

Week 18 - Pepa, Tondela

Week 19 - Raphinha, Vitória Guimarães

Week 20 - Fabrício, Portimonense

Week 21 - Alex Telles, Porto

Week 22 - Tiquinho Soares, Porto

Week 23 - Ricardo Esgaio, Braga

Week 24 - Yusupha, Boavista

Week 25 - Andrija Živković, Benfica

Week 26 - Ricardo Valente, Marítimo

Week 27 - Ricardo Horta, Braga

Week 28 - Edinho, Vitória Setúbal

Week 29 - Raúl Jimenéz, Benfica

Week 30 - Ricardo Pereira, Porto

Week 31 - Tyler Boyd, Tondela

Week 32 - Cláudio Ramos, Tondela

Week 33 - Matheus Pereira, Chaves

Week 34 - André Pereira, Vitória Setúbal

Clubs represented in the feature 2017/18:

Porto (5), Sporting (4), Braga (4), Benfica (3), Tondela (3), Marítimo (3), Rio Ave (3), Vitória Setúbal (2), Portimonense (2), Chaves (1), Aves (1), Boavista (1), Vitória Guimarães (1), Belenenses (1)

By comparison, Porto feature a lot more in this year, perhaps unsurprising given they ended up lifting the league title. Braga feature more prominently in what was in some ways a breakthrough campaign, while Marítimo and Rio Ave both experienced far more memorable seasons than the one just gone, finishing 7th and 5th respectively. Tondela coasted to safety with impressive ease in 2017/18, hence some more spotlight, while Moreirense battled the drop throughout and failed to feature.

Repeat performers

A number of the players written about in 2017/18 moved onto bigger things, with now English Premier League players Rui Patrício, Raúl Jimenéz and Ricardo Pereira among them. The following Liga NOS stars though managed repeat-worthy performances to feature in consecutive seasons:

  • Bas Dost
  • Bruno Fernandes
  • Moussa Marega
  • Tiquinho Soares
  • Shoya Nakajima

There are plenty more comparisons and statistics to garner from these selections but I don't want to waffle on forever.

In conclusion these are just a snapshot of thoughts behind another fascinating season in Portugal and an opportunity to relive some of the best moments and performers of the campaign. Roll on 2019/20!


By Jamie Farr