Sporting Clube de Portugal

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Sporting CP
Sporting badge
Full name Sporting Clube de Portugal
Nickname(s) Sportinguistas
Leões (Lions)
Verde-e-Brancos (Green and White)
Short name Sporting
Founded 1 July 1906; 108 years ago (1906-07-01)
Ground Estádio José Alvalade
Ground Capacity 50,095
President Bruno de Carvalho
Coach Marco Silva
League Primeira Liga
2013–14 Primeira Liga, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Sporting Clube de Portugal, OM, ComC, MHIH[1][2] (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈspɔɾtĩɡ ˈklub(ɨ) dɨ puɾtuˈɡaɫ]) (EuronextSCP) (internationally known as Sporting Lisbon), also referred to as Sporting or Sporting CP is a Portuguese multi-sports club based in Portugal's capital city of Lisbon. Although they compete in a number of different sports, Sporting is best known for its association football team.

Founded in Lisbon on 1 July 1906, it is one of the "Três Grandes" (The Big Three) football clubs in Portugal. With more than 100,000 registered club members,[3] its teams, athletes and supporters are often nicknamed Leões (English: The Lions) by its fans.

Sporting was one of the founding members of the Primeira Liga in 1933 and, together with Benfica and Porto, it has never been relegated from the First Division of Portuguese football. Sporting is the third most successful Portuguese football club with 44 titles in Portuguese domestic competitions and one International title.

In domestic football, Sporting have won a total of 18 Primeira Liga titles, 15 Portuguese Cups, 4 Championship of Portugal titles (a record tied with Porto) and 7 Portuguese SuperCup titles. Internationally, Sporting won the 1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup and were runners-up in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup.


Throughout its long history, Sporting has reached two European finals and two European semi-finals, once in the Cup Winners Cup in 1974 and the other in the UEFA Cup in 1991,[4] in both cases losing to the eventual winner of the competition.

In 2012, Sporting reached their fifth European semi-final in its history, losing to Athletic Bilbao of Spain in the UEFA Europa League.


Within Portugal, Sporting Clube de Portugal is often referred to simply as "Sporting". Outside Portugal, it is often known as "Sporting Lisbon". The club has attempted to shed this name, particularly through ex-president Sousa Cintra and his staff, in an effort to become known abroad by its correct name. Despite this, some non-Portuguese media still uses Sporting Lisbon due to precedent and to avoid confusion with other clubs such as Sporting Clube de Braga, Sporting Clube da Covilhã, Sporting Clube Farense, Sporting Clube Olhanense and Sporting de Gijón, instead of using a more accurate name like Sporting Portugal. UEFA has historically used the designation Sporting CP in English-language scorelines and match reports on its own site, but as of January 2010 uses the club's full Portuguese name.

Team colors[edit]


Sporting's home jersey 2006-07

The badges[edit]

Since its formation, on 1 July 1906, Sporting has had six badges, all of which have included the colour green and the lion.[5]



Derby de Lisboa's kick-off

Sporting's stadium, Estádio José Alvalade, was built for the UEFA Euro 2004 championship. The stadium was designed by Tomás Taveira and was classified by UEFA as a five-star stadium, enabling it to host finals of major UEFA events. This stadium, originally projected to hold only 40,000 spectators at any given time, has a capacity of 50,095.[6]

Youth Academy[edit]

Club records[edit]

See Sporting Clube de Portugal records and statistics.


Domestic competitions[edit]

  • 1922–23, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1937–38
  • 1914-1915, 1918-1919, 1921-1922, 1922-1923, 1924-1925, 1927-1928, 1930-1931, 1933-1934, 1934-1935, 1935-1936, 1936-1937, 1937-1938, 1938-1939, 1939-1940, 1940-1941, 1941-1942, 1942-1943, 1944-1945, 1946-1947
  • 1914-1915, 1915-1916, 1916-1917, 1947-1948, 1961-1962, 1963-1964, 1965-1966, 1970-1971, 1984-1985, 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 2013-2014, 2014-2015

International competitions[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 August 2014.[7] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Portugal GK Rui Patrício (Captain)
2 Egypt DF Ramy Rabia
3 Brazil DF Maurício
4 Brazil DF Jefferson
7 Egypt MF Shikabala
8 Portugal MF André Martins
9 Algeria FW Islam Slimani
10 Colombia FW Fredy Montero
11 Spain MF Diego Capel
13 Portugal DF Miguel Lopes
14 Portugal MF William Carvalho
17 Portugal MF João Mário
18 Peru FW André Carrillo
19 Japan FW Junya Tanaka
No. Position Player
20 Cape Verde FW Héldon Ramos
22 Brazil GK Marcelo Boeck
23 Portugal MF Adrien Silva
24 Spain MF Oriol Rosell
25 France FW Hadi Sacko
26 Portugal DF Paulo Oliveira
27 Scotland MF Ryan Gauld
29 France DF Naby Sarr
32 Bulgaria MF Simeon Slavchev
33 Argentina DF Jonathan Silva
36 Portugal FW Carlos Mané
41 Portugal DF Cédric Soares
47 Portugal DF Ricardo Esgaio
77 Portugal MF Nani (on loan from Manchester United)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Guinea-Bissau MF Zézinho (at Cyprus AEL Limassol)
Chile FW Diego Rubio (at Norway Sandnes Ulf)
Portugal FW Wilson Eduardo (at Croatia Dinamo Zagreb)
No. Position Player
Portugal FW Betinho (at England Brentford)
Argentina FW Valentín Viola (at Turkey Karabükspor)

Award winners[edit]

(Whilst playing for Sporting CP)

European Golden Boot
African Footballer of the Year
Bulgarian Footballer of the Year
DZFoot d'Or
UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Golden Player
FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Ball[8]
Silver Ball
Bronze Ball
UEFA European Under-17 Championship Golden Player Award
Portuguese Golden Ball
CNID Footballer of the Year or Portuguese Footballer of the Year
LPFP Primeira Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year
LPFP Primeira Liga Goalkeeper of the Year
Segunda Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team

FIFA 100

The 100 Greatest Players of the 20th Century

Player of the Year[edit]

The Player of the Year award is named after former player Francisco Stromp, and was instituted from 1992. The list below is a list of winners of the award.[9]

Year Winner
1992 Bulgaria Krasimir Balakov
1993 Netherlands Stan Valckx
1994 Portugal Luís Figo
1995 Portugal Oceano
1996 Portugal Ricardo Sá Pinto
1997 Brazil Marco Aurélio
1998 Bulgaria Ivaylo Yordanov
1999 Portugal Delfim Teixeira
Year Winner
2000 Argentina Alberto Acosta
2001 Portugal Beto
2002 Portugal João Pinto
2003 Portugal Pedro Barbosa
2004 Portugal Rui Jorge
2005 Portugal João Moutinho
2006 Portugal Ricardo
2007 Brazil/Portugal Liédson
Year Winner
2008 Portugal Tonel
2009 Brazil/Portugal Liédson
2010 Portugal Daniel Carriço
2011 Portugal Rui Patrício
2012 Portugal Rui Patrício
2013 Portugal Adrien Silva
2014 Portugal William Carvalho
2015 Portugal Nani

Former coaches[edit]

For details on former coaches, see List of Sporting Clube de Portugal managers.

Clubs officials[edit]

As of 24 October 2012.[10]

Directive Board[edit]

  • President: Bruno de Carvalho
  • Vice-Presidents: Artur Torres Pereira, Carlos Vieira, Vicente Moura, Vítor Silva Ferreira, António Rebelo
  • Vowel: Bruno Mascarenhas Garcia, Luís Roque, Rui Caeiro, Alexandre Henriques, José Quintela
  • Substitutes: Rita Matos, Luís Gestas, Jorge Sanches, Luís Loureiro

General Assembly[edit]

  • President: Jaime Marta Soares
  • Vice-President: Rui Solheiro
  • Secretaries: Miguel de Castro, Luís Pereira, Tiago Abade
  • Substitutes: Diogo Orvalho, Manuel Mendes, Rui Fernandes

Fiscal and Disciplinary Council[edit]

  • President: Jorge Bacelar Gouveia
  • Vice-President: Nuno Marques
  • Vowels: Óscar Figueiredo, Vicente Caldeira Pires, Vítor do Vale, Miguel Fernandes, Jorge Gaspar
  • Substitutes: João Peixoto da Silva, Nuno dos Santos, Ricardo Cabral

Sporting – Sociedade Desportiva de Futebol, S.A.D.[edit]

Directive Board

  • President: Bruno de Carvalho


  • Chartered Accountants Society: KPMG & Associados, SROC, S.A.
  • Society Secretaries: Patrícia Silva Lopes, Hugo Serra de Moura (Substitute)
  • Shareholders' Committee: José Filipe de Mello, Castro Guedes


Leões de Portugal[11]

  • President: António Menezes Rodrigues
  • Vice-Presidents: Maria Helena Dias Ferreira, Maria da Graça Nunes de Carvalho, Maria Isabel Monteiro Nobre
  • Vowels: António Aguiar de Matos, Eduardo Amaro Júlio
  • Treasurer: José Monteiro de Castro
  • Substitute: Jorge Galrão Jorge, Mário Simões, Ana Rita Ferreira

Other sports[edit]

Sporting has various other sports departments.



  1. ^ Awards and Sporting Portugal 1906
  2. ^ Sporting awarded the degree of Honorary Member of the Order of Prince Henry| url= publisher=Centenário Sporting
  3. ^ "Sporting reaches 100,000 members" (in Portuguese). DN Desporto. 29 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "1990/91: Matthäus makes the difference for Inter –". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Sporting Clube de Portugal". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Portugal 1991: Back-to-back triumph for hosts[dead link]
  9. ^ "Prémios Stromp" [Awards Stromp]. Forum SCP (in Portuguese). Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Governing Bodies". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  11. ^ "Leões de Portugal". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 

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