The 2016–17 Taça de Portugal is the 77th season of the Taça de Portugal, the premier knockout competition in Portuguese football. It is also known as Taça de Portugal Placard due to sponsorship by sports betting game Placard.
The competition is contested by a total of 155 clubs, including teams from the top-three tiers of the Portuguese football league system and representatives of the fourth-tier District leagues and cups. It began with the first-round matches on 3 September 2016 and will conclude on 28 May 2017, with the final at the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras.
The semi-final pairings were determined on Tuesday, 20 December 2016, following the draw for the quarter-finals.This round will be contested over two legs in a home-and-away system; the first legs will be played on 1 March and the second legs will be played on 5 April 2017.
Vitória de Guimarães have qualified for the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup after beating Sporting Clube de Portugal (0-1) in the quarter-finals. In a inconsistent match played by Vitoria, Hernâni's 80th-minute goal earned the triumph for his team and consequent access to the Portuguese Cup semi-finals. Now, the Conquistadores will face the Chaves in a tie that will be played with two matches.
With the win over Jorge Jesus' Sporting, Desportivo de Chaves secured a place in the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup. The 'Flavian' walk up to this point was not easy. On the way were Porto and Sporting with only one last obstacle remaining before the final match. Carlos Ponck was responsible for the goal that eliminated Sporting Clube de Portugal Cup and became one of the heroes of the 'flaviense' team. The player of Desportivo de Chaves was not an unknown face in Alvalade where he had already tried his luck. The Cape Verdean midfielder came to be connected to the leonine club in tests, but was dismissed by the 'lions' in 2013 after a month of work after having come from Cape Verde in pursuit of the dream of being a football player.
Estoril-Praia reached the semi-finals of the Portuguese Football Cup with a 2-1 victory at Académica in the II Liga thanks to a Kléber goal in the 85th minute. It was the first victory of the new coach of Estoril, the Spaniard Pedro Carmona. The Canarians are in the semi-finals for the first time since the season 1943/44, the year they reached the final, and will face Benfica in the next round.
Benfica are set to play in the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup, where they will play with Estoril. Leixões turned out to be an easy prey for the eagle (6-2), who remains extremely cynical and effective at scoring goals. The Reds decided to qualify in the first 40 minutes. With more caution than expected, because the opponent was of Liga II, Rui Vitória understood that the best solution was to resolve early and then rest with the course of the minutes. And that's exactly what happened.
The final, at the National Stadium, in the middle of the Jamor Valley, is scheduled for 28 May.