Sporting Clube de Portugal
</small> <small>MH IH
</small> () (), also known as Sporting
or Sporting CP
, and in English
often unofficially and wrongly referred as Sporting Lisbon
, is a Portuguese
multi-sports club based in Portugal's capital city of Lisbon
. Although they successfully compete in a number of different sports, Sporting is mostly known for its association football
team. Founded in Lisbon in July 1, 1906, it is one of the "Três Grandes" (The Big Three
, in English) football clubs in Portugal, with Sport Lisboa e Benfica
and Futebol Clube do Porto
being the other two clubs, Sporting's two biggest rivals.
With more than 100,000 registered club members, its teams, athletes and supporters are often nicknamed Leões
() by its fans.
During the first century of the club's existence, the teams and the athletes of Sporting won 1 Olympic gold medal, as well as many silver and gold medals and thousands of national and district titles.
During the founding period (1906), José Alvalade made known his wish to transform Sporting into a "....big Club, as big as the biggest in Europe". Daring to clear pathways in a time when, in Portugal, sports were still activities in their developmental stages and having mainly elitist characteristics, the first "Sportinguistas" managed to found what became the present day successful... Read More