Santa Clara Secures Promotion to Betclic League

Santa Clara secures promotion to Portugal's I Liga after AVS's 0-0 draw with Leixões and Nacional's 3-2 win over Tondela. Both Santa Clara and Nacional return to the top tier, finishing second and first respectively in the II Liga.

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Santa Clara Secures Promotion to Betclic League

Santa Clara Secures Promotion to Betclic League

Santa Clara has secured promotion to the Portuguese I Liga, also known as the Betclic League, after AVS's 0-0 draw with Leixões in the 33rd round of the second league. This result, combined with Nacional's 3-2 victory in Tondela, ensured Santa Clara's return to the top tier after a year's absence.

Santa Clara finished the season in second place with 67 points, just one point behind Nacional, who secured the top spot with 68 points. AVS finished in third place with 64 points.

The 33rd and penultimate round of the 2023/24 edition of the II Liga took place on Sunday. A goal from Carlos Daniel in the 90+5th minute gave Nacional the victory over Tondela, sealing their promotion and first-place finish.

Santa Clara's promotion marks their ninth appearance in the I Liga, Portugal's top professional soccer league. The club, based in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, was founded in 1927 and has a history of moving between the top two divisions.

Nacional, meanwhile, returns to the I Liga for their 21st participation among the top teams after spending the last two seasons in the second tier. The Madeira-based club has a proud history, having won the Portuguese Cup in 1910 and finishing as runners-up in the league in 1916.

The promotion of Santa Clara and Nacional sets the stage for an exciting 2024/25 season in the Betclic League. Both clubs will be eager to make their mark and establish themselves among Portugal's elite soccer teams.

Key Takeaways

  • Santa Clara secures promotion to Portuguese I Liga after 1-year absence.
  • Santa Clara finishes 2nd with 67 points, Nacional tops with 68 points.
  • AVS finishes 3rd with 64 points, missing promotion.
  • Santa Clara returns to I Liga for 9th time, Nacional for 21st.
  • Both teams aim to make mark in 2024/25 Betclic League season.