The first game between the ‘big ones’ of the 2021/22 edition of the I League of football will pit national champion Sporting against the former title holder FC Porto, at Estádio José Alvalade, in Lisbon, today dictated the draw.
At a ceremony held at the Porto Alfândega Congress Centre, the ‘classic’ between ‘lions’ and ‘dragons’ was scheduled for the weekend of September 11th and 12th, just days before the two rivals’ debut in the group stage of the Champions League.
The I League draw also determined that, on round 13, Sporting will face Benfica na Luz, on December 4th or 5th, just before the sixth and final round of the first phase of the main European competition, to which the ‘eagles’ ‘ will try to reach the qualifying rounds.
Three and a half weeks after the Lisbon derby, on December 29, Benfica will travel to Estádio do Dragão to face FC Porto, in a ‘classic’ that promises to focus attention on the 16th and penultimate round of the first round of the championship.
The complementary half of the competition is a ‘mirror’ of the first and has a FC Porto-Sporting on the 22nd round, on 12 or 13 February 2022, a Sporting-Benfica on the 30th, on 16 or 17 April , and a Benfica-FC Porto at the 33rd and penultimate one, on May 7th or 8th.
Sporting de Braga will host the ‘lions’ on the second round, on August 14th or 15th, two weeks after discussing the Cândido de Oliveira Super Cup, and visit the ‘eagles’ on the 11th, on November 6th or 7th, and the ‘dragons’ on the 14th, on December 11th or 12th.
The ‘arsenalists’ will receive the eternal rival from Minho Vitória de Guimarães scheduled for the fourth round, on 28 or 29 August, while the Porto derby between FC Porto and Boavista will take place in the 10th round, on the weekend of October 30th and 31st.
The draw for the top division respected several conditions defined by the League of Clubs on Wednesday, including the impossibility of Benfica and Sporting, FC Porto and Boavista, Sporting Braga and Vitória de Guimarães, Gil Vicente and Famalicão and Moreirense and Vizela simultaneously at home or away on the same round.
There was also a point to prevent, as far as possible, consecutive matches of a club against the five teams with the best average rating in the last three seasons (FC Porto, Benfica, Sporting, Sporting de Braga and Vitória de Guimarães).
The Club League also inhibited successive matches with opponents integrated in European competitions (Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference League) and a couple of consecutive visits to the autonomous regions of Azores (Santa Clara) and Madeira (Maritime).
The 88th edition of the I Liga starts on the weekend of August 7th and 8th and ends between May 14th and 15th, 2022, with the two play-off games between the 16th placed in the main division and the third place in the II League scheduled for May 21 and 29, respectively.
Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.
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