Draws for Benfica at Vitória Guimarães and Porto at Belenenses resulted in Benfica clinching the 2014/15 Portuguese championship with one game to spare this afternoon. 

Benfica missed a succession of early chances and had to settle for a goalless draw, but Porto could not take advantage as a late Tiago Caeiro equaliser for Belenenses cancelled out the mandatory Jackson Martínez goal for the Dragons, on the stroke of half time. 

Benfica win back-to-back titles for the first time since way back in 1984. 

As soon as the final whistle was blown at the Dom Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimarães, huge celebrations began all over Portugal, with the epicentre at the Marquês de Pombal statue in central Lisbon, where the Benfica team would arrive around one o'clock in the morning to join the impromptu party alongside an estimated 200,000 people. 

 

Reactions to Benfica's title triumph

 

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus:

"The players deserve it. We've worked for 11 months for this. It may not be a squad with so much quality as in previous years, but it's very united, an authentic family, and in certain games that made the difference. It was fundamental to win this title. Benfica hadn't won consecutive championships for over 30 years and it was a goal we had set from pre-season. 

"I'm not bothered about criticism from others, who try to devalue our team. Benfica deserves this title because of our quality of football. We are the team that scored the most goals, we have a dynamism and a playing style that is unique in our league. 

"We beat a great team, FC Porto, who have great players and one of the best strikers in Europe. We won because we were a more united and a more experienced team. 

"There were two key games. The draw against Porto at the Luz, where we knew if we didn't lose they would have little chance of catching us, and the draw at the Alvalade, because at the time if Sporting won they could have joined the title race. We cancelled out one opponent, then the other." 

 

FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui:

"The play that led to the Belenenses goal was absurd. Congratulations to those who contributed to Benfica becoming champions."

 

Benfica captain Luisão:

"Benfica worked very hard throughout the season. We had to listen to a lot of words trying to take away merit from what we were doing. But while others were talking we just focused on our job. This was fundamental for winning the title. 

"A lot of things have changed since I came to this club [in 2003/2004], and now it has a marvellous structure. The mentality has changed too. We are now reaping the fruits because at the start it wasn't easy."

 

Benfica striker Lima: 

"It is more than deserved and this title more difficult than last season. By winning a second successive championship, we will go down in the history at the club."

 

Benfica midfielder Pizzi:

"I always dreamed of winning the championship, and it's even better alongside these fantastic fans. It's the high point of my career. We were superior from the first moment. The secret was the togetherness of the whole squad. Now it's time to celebrate."

 

Benfica left-back Eliseu:

"Jesus played a very important role in winning the title, he is the main reason we are celebrating now. Not even in my dreams could I imagine a year like this, I still can't believe it. Lopetegui would do well to congratulate Benfica but I don't believe this will happen." 

 

Benfica centre-back Jardel:

"In other seasons I didn't play much but this one the boss put his trust in me. I contributed to the title, and that goal at the Alvalade was important. What made the difference was the togetherness and I can't neglect to pay tribute to our captain, Luisão, who is an out-of-this-world person."

 

Benfica goalkeeper Júlio César:

"I'm so happy and very emotional. I want to thank the president, my team-mates and the coaching staff for making it possible for me to be part of this incredible family. It's indescribable. Only playing here can you understand the magnitude of Benfica." 

 

Benfica midfielder Nico Gaitán: 

"It's beautiful repeating what we did last season. Important players left and others came in. We helped those who arrived and now we're all really happy. The party at the Marquês is amazing. I've had experience of it before, and those who haven't have been warned..."

 

Benfica striker Jonas:

"This is what you work for in football, to be champions. It's marvellous. We led the table from early on and fortunately we've been crowned winners! We are champions because we are a united group and work hard every day. That should be emphasised." 

 

Related: 10 reasons why Benfica won the league

 

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BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lol, ok enough of that. Congrats to all the Benfica fans here and elsewhere. It wasn't Jorge Jesus' best work, and he was helped by a poor Banderas clone, but he and the squad still deserve credit. As a fan...

BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lol, ok enough of that. Congrats to all the Benfica fans here and elsewhere. It wasn't Jorge Jesus' best work, and he was helped by a poor Banderas clone, but he and the squad still deserve credit. As a fan of football in general, it is exciting to see such down-to-the-wire competition.

But as a Portista, this sucks. Sports, as life, is all about ebbs and flows. I know the boys in blue will be back to make waves next year. I was initially supportive of keeping Lopetegui on annother year, but after today's draw and the general form of the club in the last 2 months, I'm having doubts.

If Vitor Pereira were to be brought back somehow, or if we can take Marco Silva (who for some odd reason has no place at Sporting), I would welcome either of these men over Banderas. I also want Josue and Carlos Eduardo back from their loan spells. Both these guys have had very good loan spells and deserve to be brought back.

Again, congrats to all the aguias fans. We'll be back next season.

Cheers

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Hi Chris,
At least I find a true sportsman within the great FC PORTO, I am a true Benfica fan, which never tries to create cheap excuses with the failures of my team, or speak out of term of my adversaries, LONG LIVE the sport and healthy...

Hi Chris,
At least I find a true sportsman within the great FC PORTO, I am a true Benfica fan, which never tries to create cheap excuses with the failures of my team, or speak out of term of my adversaries, LONG LIVE the sport and healthy rivalry.
Let's meet again next year, and that Benfica won the Tri...

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BICAMPEAOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great feeling to see title number 34 wrapped up with a match to spare. None of the millions of Benfiquistas would have fancied a high pressure last match still needing 3 points to guarantee the title, it was a...

BICAMPEAOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great feeling to see title number 34 wrapped up with a match to spare. None of the millions of Benfiquistas would have fancied a high pressure last match still needing 3 points to guarantee the title, it was a relief to have won it in advance! Fully deserved title as we lead the table all season long. And just like last season, it was a case of our title rivals (last season Sporting, this year Porto) hoping every week that we would slip up to have a chance of sneaking the title from us. We didn't lose a single match against our 2 main rivals and were simply the most consistent team overall, so there can be no arguments whatsoever.

Great work from Jorge Jesus, to have lost more than half the successful team of last year, and come storming back again this year with a total new team, means this is the most impressive of his title wins at the club. According to Chris Canada and some others, JJ is a "crap coach", but the reality is he has lead the table for the majority of 5 of the 6 years since he's been at the club, despite always losing the key players every transfer window and having to build brand new teams every year. Even in 2012 and 2013, when the title was snuck from us right at the end, we had led the table for most of both of those seasons. Add to this 2 European finals (both of which we should've won), and JJ has done a tremendous job at the club, and thanks to LFV for keeping faith in him.

The team was less spectacular than last season, but there were some elements this season that have been the best in the JJ era imo. More balanced than in seasons gone by, where it was all attack attack attack! This year we still attacked well (top scorers in the Liga) but were also very strong defensively, and there seemed to be more of a unity within the team and squad than in previous seasons. The goals were shared across the team: the attacking duo of Jonas and Lima hit an impressive combined tally, but the defensive back 4 all weighed in with scoring contributions, and the likes of Talisca, Salvio and Pizzi also got important goals along the way. Porto in contrast were very dependent on Jackson getting the majority of the goals for them. Another key factor was that we had a lot of leaders in the team this season and experience in the squad, which was vital.

As for Senor Flopetegui and his constant whining all season long: bem feito pa! Instead of congratulating his rivals for winning a deserved title (the classy thing to do), he said something yesterday like, "Congrats to everyone who helped Benfica win the title". Lol, a total loser indeed! For all his ridiculous claims of a "protective blanket" for Benfica, he couldn't even beat Belenenses yesterday in a match they needed to win to harbor any hope of winning the title. So that was the fault of the protective blanket too right? He couldn't even score a goal against Benfica in either of the Classico head to heads, let alone win any of them...I guess that was the fault of the protective blanket too right? Firstly he must go look into the recent history of the Portuguese Liga, and his own backyard and president, if he wants to really find out about corruption in this country. Secondly he's just been trying to divert attention from the fact that him and his team weren't good enough to keep pace with Benfica all season long, despite having probably the most squad depth this season, and he refused to take any responsibility himself, choosing instead to blame blame blame. That's the mark of a loser and a club like Porto deserves better than that.

Anyway this title really feels great after the mass exodus of last summer, and if the team manages to hold on to their key players this time around, and to JJ of course, I can see the team pushing on from this next season and being very competitive yet again. FORCA!!!!

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YES!!! What a fantastic feeling. I'm so happy for this squad, management and the fans. It wasn't easy but mission accomplished.
This might have been JJ's best job as a manager. We lost some key figures from last campaigns winning squad, yet JJ...

YES!!! What a fantastic feeling. I'm so happy for this squad, management and the fans. It wasn't easy but mission accomplished.
This might have been JJ's best job as a manager. We lost some key figures from last campaigns winning squad, yet JJ was able to get this team together. I found it more impressive that JJ really had to move players around. Talisca started on fire and when he tapered off, Pizzi was able to step in. With Fejsa's and Amorim's injuries, several players had to step up quickly. Nico and Salvio missed significant time as well. As always, we might lose a few, but I'm excited with the possibilities of this squad. The youngsters/newbies should better next campaign.
I do feel that we were disappointing in European play, but with the losses we had, it was always going to take a while for the squad to gel.

I am really surprised, but I guess I shouldn't be, at Lopetegui's comments. Not sure if the pressure got to him, but he's become unraveled. I actually watched the match verse Belem, and Porto's goal was against the run of play. Yes, it was nice goal, but Belem had more opportunities. They just lacked the quality to finish. Porto which might need some further retooling.

Congratulations to Benfica. A well deserved title, next week the fans will be able to celebrate at the Luz.

Eu So Benfica
Eu So Campeao

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LOL at Lotepiggy's comment "congratulations to everyone that helped Benfica win the title." Complete lack of class and an enormous sore loser. It makes this championship that much sweeter. Hopefully Porto does themselves a favou, and get rid of...

LOL at Lotepiggy's comment "congratulations to everyone that helped Benfica win the title." Complete lack of class and an enormous sore loser. It makes this championship that much sweeter. Hopefully Porto does themselves a favou, and get rid of that mature fool.

Rumo ao 35 next year!

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And the hits keep on coming.
Benfica signs a new kit sponsorship with Fly Emirates. A five million a year deal for the next three years.
I'm thrilled that this club has not stood pat and has always tried to grow and move forward. We have a huge...

And the hits keep on coming.
Benfica signs a new kit sponsorship with Fly Emirates. A five million a year deal for the next three years.
I'm thrilled that this club has not stood pat and has always tried to grow and move forward. We have a huge marketing campaign world wide, and this could only further that.
It's that marketing might that keeps us relevant and allows us to carry such a large squad. There's a lot of grumbling from fans about youngsters being brought in and going out on loan immediately. But that has been done by design, since Benfica actually profits from those loan deals.
Let me add, that's why I always back the players whenever they want more money or make demands. Clubs get to bounce them around wherever they see fit, so I understand when players want their say.

Let me add that it was great to see former Benfiquistas congratulating and honoring the club on social media. It goes to show the pull this club has on fans and players alike. The pressure is huge, but the love is great.

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