Boavista FC, who along with Belenenses are the only two clubs outside of FC Porto, Benfica and Sporting to have won the League Championship, could be on their way back from sporting obscurity.
Last week the Court of Appeal in Lisbon ruled that the decision to demote them from the Premier Liga was not legitimate.
The club was embroiled in allegations of referee intimidation in 2003–04 before being demoted to the Portuguese second division in 2008 following the ‘Apito Dourado’ (Golden Whistle) corruption investigation.
The following year they were relegated to the Portuguese third tier, where they have stayed since, battling with financial problems.
Boavista president João Loureiro says the club are seeking compensation, in terms of their football status and their finances but spoke of the club needing to remain patient.
Boavista could potentially make a huge compensation claim for lost earnings over the past five seasons.
Legal experts appear divided over whether the club can realistically return to the top flight straight-away, and it remains to be seen exactly how the Portuguese League for Professional Football (LPFP) now manage the situation.