In 1894 the king Carlos I created a natinal cup, to be played annually by teams from all Portuguese cities. The cup would be played at the field of the last winner and definitely won by the first team who won it three years in succession. But only one edition was played, in 1894, by one team from Oporto (F.C. Porto) and one from Lisbon (F.C. Lisbonense, the predecessor of CIF-Clube Internacional de Futebol). The cup was called "Taça D. Carlos I" and had an incription that said: "Football Championship das Cidades de Portugal" (football championship of the cities of Portugal).
I-Oporto, 02-Mar-1894 - F.C. Porto 0-1 F.C. Lisbonense [played at Campo Alegre] F.C. Lisbonense: Guilherme Ferreira Pinto Basto (cap.); M. Keating, R. Locke; C.D. Rankin, Clyde de Barley, Arthur Paiva Raposo; F. Palmer, Carlos Villar, J. Pittuck, Affonso Villar, J. Thomson. F.C. Porto: MacGeock; F. Guimarans, A. Nugent; A. Dagge, MacMilan, Albert Kendall; F.H. Ponsonly (cap.), Adolfo Ramos, MacKeckenie, R. Ray, Alfred Kendall. Referee: Eduardo Ferreira Pinto Basto.
The next attempt to create a national cup was developed, in 1912, by Sport Clube Império, who intended to create a cup for teams from all over the country. It was called "Taça de Portugal" (Portuguese Cup); it also was referred to as Taça Império after the organisers. But only two teams inscribed in the competition, because the others said there were no dates available (sic!). Organised by S.C. Império:
I-Lisboa, 28-Jan-1912 - S.L. Benfica 3-0 S.C. Império [played at Campo da Palhavã] NB: Sporting C.P. and C. Internacional F. may have been scheduled to meet in another semifinal but it was never played and Benfica were winners. II-Lisboa, semifinals: 23-Feb-1913 - Sporting C.P. 2-3 C. Internacional F. 25-Dec-1913 - S.L. Benfica 2-1 S.C. Império final: S.L. Benfica w/o C.I.F. [dns] NB: C.I.F. didn't play the final, so at not to lose the prestige won at the Regional Championship (sic!).A third edition was held in 1918 between three teams, following a merger in 1917 between S.C. Império and Lisboa F.C. into Império Lisboa Clube:
20-Oct-1918 S.L. Benfica 2-1 Império L.C. 10-Nov-1918 Império L.C. 2-0 Sporting C.P. 8-Dec-1918 S.L. Benfica 5-2 Sporting C.P. [rescheduled from 17-Nov] 1.S.L. Benfica 2 2 0 0 7- 3 4 2.Império Lisboa C. 2 1 0 1 3- 2 2 3.Sporting C.P. 2 0 0 2 2- 7 0 NB: a game 24-Nov-1918 S.L. Benfica 3-3 Império L.C. originally also was part of the competition but as the remaining games (both involving Sporting) were not played anymore, it was not considered in the final ranking and Benfica were proclaimed winners.
The "Liga Sportiva de Trabalhos Eclécticos e a Sociedade Promotora da Educação Física Nacional" created the "Jogos Olímpicos Nacionais" (National Olympic Games), which included also football.
I-Lisboa, 19-Jun-1910 - S.L. Benfica 2-1 Sport União Belenense [played at Campo da Feiteira] II-Lisboa, 18-Jun-1911 - finalists unknown III-Lisboa, 19-May-1912 - S.L. Benfica 5-1 C. Internacional F. [played at Campo das Larajeiras] IV-Lisboa, Jun-1913 - S.L. Benfica w/o Sporting C.P. [dns] [a match on 27-Mar-1913, SLB 3-0 CIF, may have been part of this competition]
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