Porto vs Desportivo Aves will be played at Estádio Municipal de Aveiro at 15:45 ET / 19:45 GMT on August 4, 2018, just under a week before the Dragons embark on their title defense. It is none other than Sérgio Conceição’s men that are the favorites to lift the Super Cup, but they will face a tricky opposition in C.D. Aves.
FC Porto Win 37 Primeira Ligas, 16 Taça de Portugals and four major European trophies, FC Porto can boast with a colorful and successful history. To this day, they are the only Portuguese club to win five league titles in a row, a feat they have achieved in the period from 1995 to 1999. Porto holds long-standing rivalries with the two other members of the Portuguese “Big Three”: Benfica and Sporting.
FC Porto Main Trophies:
Primeira Liga: 28
Taça de Portugal: 16
European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 2
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: 2
Though Porto was first formed in 1893, they soon entered a period of inactivity due to their president losing his enthusiasm for the club activities. The club was reactivated in 1907, at which point they started entering a number of local competitions and regional championships.
In 1935, Porto took part in the inaugural season of the Primeira Liga; by the end of the decade, their trophy cabinet was richer for three titles. Yet, these early successes did not lead to lasting domination, and Porto soon found themselves playing second fiddle to Benfica and Sporting. During the next three decades, they only managed to win two Primiera Liga titles and three Taça de Portugal trophies.
The returning of José Maria Pedroto as the club’s manager in 1976 was the first omen of brighter days ahead. They won six trophies by the end of the 80s, more than they had managed in their first eight decades of existence. Moreover, they also claimed three Taça de Portugals, as well as their first European Cup with a 2-1 victory over the favored Bayern Munich.
The following decade was even more impressive, at least domestically speaking; with Benfica and Sporting in a major slump, Porto obliterated the opposition, claiming seven Primeira Ligas (the first two was under the management of Bobby Robson), and four Taça de Portugals.
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