Academia Sporting

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Academia Sporting
LocationAlcochete, Portugal
Coordinates38°43′49″N 8°51′0″W / 38.73028°N 8.85000°W / 38.73028; -8.85000Coordinates: 38°43′49″N 8°51′0″W / 38.73028°N 8.85000°W / 38.73028; -8.85000
OwnerSporting Clube de Portugal
TypeSports facility

The Academia Sporting (English: Sporting Academy) is the name given to Sporting's training facilities located outside Alcochete, Portugal.


Inaugurated in 2002, The Sporting Academy is the first of such size and quality to be constructed in Portugal. The Academy is one of the most modern and well equipped academies in Europe; situated in a tranquil environment and climate that is recommended for the preparation of football teams. Devoted to training and management, the complex is ready to prepare for football competition of any characteristic.

The Sporting Academy is characterised by its environment of privacy: in not only being situated in a rural area but in also being monitored by various security systems. The 250 thousand square metres ( 250.000 m2 ).

Known for its football youth academy system, Sporting has developed footballers such as Paulo Futre, Luís Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Miguel Veloso, Luís Boa Morte, Dani Carvalho, Ricardo Quaresma, Simão Sabrosa, Hugo Viana, Nuno Valente, Miguel, Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, Daniel Carriço, Marco Caneira, André Santos, André Martins, Carlos Saleiro, João Gonçalves, Nuno Reis, Pedro Filipe Mendes, André Marques, Adrien Silva, Bruno Pereirinha, Renato Neto, Wilson Eduardo, Rui Fonte, Amido Baldé, William Owusu.

The academy was one of the training grounds for the Portugal national football team during Euro 2004.[1] A number of European clubs choose the Sporting's Academia for training in the off-season. The Academy (known as the Academia de Alcochete) has been renamed Sporting/Puma Academy (Academia Sporting/Puma) to reflect the sponsorship and naming contract signed by the club and the sports brand Puma in 2006; the contract lasts until 2012.

Sporting's Academy was also the first sports academy in Europe to receive the ISO9001:2008.[2] – a quality certification awarded by EIC, a Portuguese anonymous society responsible for this type of reward, which is recognised both locally and internationally.[3][4]
In March 2010, the television channel CNN is on your television reporting on the sporting academy, where it refers to a million people migrate to the "factory of talents".[5] In June 2010, the Sporting signed the first contract for consultancy in sports training at the international level, with Al-Ahli Saudi Soccer Academy, from Saudi Arabia, a partnership that would last for three years.[6]

On 15 May 2018, after Sporting finished third in the Portuguese league, several players and coaches were attacked by around 50 supporters of Sporting at the academy.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ "FPF signs protocol on handing Sporting Academy".
  2. ^ "ISO 9001:2008, Quality management systems - Requirements".
  3. ^ "Academia Sporting is the best in Europe" (in Portuguese). DN. 2010-01-18.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Quality Academy" (in Portuguese). Record. 2010-01-18.
  5. ^ "CNN is reporting on the Sporting Academy". 4 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  6. ^ "Three-year partnership with Al-Ahli in youth football" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  7. ^ Reuters (15 May 2018). "Sporting players, staff attacked by hooded supporters at training ground". As. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  8. ^ Kiley, Ben (15 May 2018). "Sporting Lisbon players attacked at training ground after failing to secure Champions League spot". Sports Joe. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Jesus e jogadores agredidos na Academia" [Jesus and players attacked at Academy]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 15 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.

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