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Sporting Clube de Portugal

Sporting CP
Sporting badge
Full name Sporting Clube de Portugal
Nickname(s) Leões (Lions)
Verde-e-Brancos (Green and White)
Short name SCP
Founded 1 July 1906 (1906-07-01)
Ground Estádio José Alvalade
Ground Capacity 50,095
President Bruno de Carvalho
Manager Jorge Jesus
League Primeira Liga
2014–15 Primeira Liga, 3rd
Website Club home page

Sporting Clube de Portugal, OM, ComC, MHIH[1][2] (Portuguese pronunciation: ) (Euronext: SCP) or Sporting CP (often colloquially known as Sporting in Lusophone countries and as Sporting Lisbon in Anglophone countries) is a Portuguese sports club based in Lisbon.[3][4][5] Although they compete in a number of different sports, Sporting are best known for their association football team.

Founded in Lisbon on 1 July 1906, they are one of the "Três Grandes" (The Big Three) football clubs in Portugal. With 120,000 club members,[6][7] their teams, athletes and supporters are often nicknamed Leões (English: Lions) by their fans.

Sporting were a founding member of the Primeira Liga and, together with Benfica and FC Porto, have never been relegated from the First Division of Portuguese football since the league's establishment in 1934. Sporting are the third most successful Portuguese football club, with forty-five titles in Portuguese competitions and one international title, the 1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup. Domestically, they have won eighteen Primeira Liga titles, sixteen Portuguese Cups (six doubles), four Championship of Portugal titles (a record tied with Porto) and eight Portuguese SuperCup titles.

Sporting Clube de Portugal are ranked thirty-seventh in UEFA club rankings.[8]


  • History 1
  • Name 2
  • Team colors 3
    • Kits 3.1
    • Crests 3.2
    • Facilities 3.3
      • Stadium 3.3.1
      • Youth Academy 3.3.2
  • Club records 4
  • Honours 5
    • Domestic competitions 5.1
    • International competitions 5.2
    • Pre-Season competitions 5.3
  • Players 6
    • Current squad 6.1
    • Out on loan 6.2
    • Award winners 6.3
    • Portuguese Top Goalscorer 6.4
    • Player of the Year 6.5
  • Former coaches 7
  • Clubs officials 8
    • Directive Board 8.1
    • General Assembly 8.2
    • Fiscal and Disciplinary Council 8.3
    • Sporting – Sociedade Desportiva de Futebol, S.A.D. 8.4
    • Others 8.5
  • Other sports 9
  • Presidents 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


The UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1963-1964 was won by Sporting Clube de Portugal, who defeated MTK Budapest of Hungary in the final. It was the only time a Portuguese team side won a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup trophy.[9]

Sporting CP entered the competition defeating Atalanta in the qualifying round, then past APOEL F.C. (in what was the biggest win in a single UEFA competitions game to date: 16–1), Manchester United, Olympique Lyonnais and in the end defeated MTK Budapest in a two round final to win their first European title.

Sporting also reached a second European final, being runners-up in the 2005 UEFA Cup Final against PFC CSKA Moscow.

Sporting reached three other European semi-finals. In both the Cup Winners Cup of 1974 and the UEFA Cup of 1991,[10] it lost to the eventual winners 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" or "Sporting Portugal". Outside Portugal, the club 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. 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

Sporting ever since its formation in 1906 has always had the green and white colours. The first kit from 1907 was all white, until 1908 when they introduced the now referred by fans as "Classic" kit, with the vertical stripes.



Since its formation, on 1 July 1906, Sporting has had six crests, all of which have included the colour green and the lion. There were the 50 years and the 100 years anniversary crests, but they got removed the following year.

The current crest

These were the anniversary crests, the ones used in 1956 and 2006. These weren't actually worn in kits which were played in matches but were used as emblems by fans. Notably, the 50 years anniversary crest came with the 1956 Estádio José Alvalade which was destroyed later in order for the new Estádio José Alvalade which was built for the UEFA Euro 2004 championship in Portugal.



José Alvalade Stadium
José Alvalade Stadium Interior

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 has a capacity of 50,095 spectators.[11]

Youth Academy

Club records


Domestic competitions

  • 1922–23, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1937–38

International competitions

Pre-Season competitions


Current squad

As of 1 September 2015[12]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Rui Patrício (3rd Captain)
3 DF Jonathan Silva
4 DF Jefferson
5 DF Ewerton
6 MF Alberto Aquilani
8 FW Junya Tanaka
9 FW Islam Slimani
10 FW Fredy Montero
14 MF William Carvalho (Vice-Captain)
15 DF Paulo Oliveira
17 MF João Mário
18 FW André Carrillo
19 FW Teófilo Gutiérrez
20 MF Bryan Ruiz
No. Position Player
21 DF João Pereira
22 GK Marcelo Boeck
23 MF Adrien Silva (Captain)
24 MF Oriol Rosell
26 GK Ažbe Jug
28 MF André Martins
30 MF Bruno Paulista
36 FW Carlos Mané
44 DF Naldo
47 DF Ricardo Esgaio
55 DF Tobias Figueiredo
60 FW Gelson Martins
MF Zakaria Labyad

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
32 MF Simeon Slavchev (at Apollon Limassol until 30 June 2016)
35 DF Rúben Semedo (at Vitória de Setúbal until 30 June 2016)
42 MF Wallyson Mallmann (at OGC Nice until 30 June 2016)
45 MF Iuri Medeiros (at Moreirense until 30 June 2016)
MF João Palhinha (at Moreirense until 30 June 2016)

Award winners

(Whilst playing for Sporting CP)

European Golden Boot[13]
African Footballer of the Year[14]
Bulgarian Footballer of the Year[15]
Algerian Ballon d'Or[16]
UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Golden Player[17][18]
FIFA U-20 World Cup[19]

Golden Ball

Silver Ball

Bronze Ball

UEFA European Under-17 Championship Golden Player Award[20]
Portuguese Golden Ball[21]
Portuguese Footballer of the Year[22] 1.Diário Popular Newspaper award; 2.Record Newspaper award
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[23]

The 100 Greatest Players of the 20th Century[24]

Portuguese Top Goalscorer

The Portuguese League top scorer was awarded the Silver Shoe from 1934-35 until 1951-52. Since the 1952–53 season the sports newspaper A Bola awards the Silver Ball prize.[25]

Year Winner G
1934–35 Manuel Soeiro 14
1936–37 Manuel Soeiro 24
1937–38 Fernando Peyroteo 34
1939–40 Fernando Peyroteo1 29
1940–41 Fernando Peyroteo 29
1945–46 Fernando Peyroteo 37
1946–47 Fernando Peyroteo 43
1948–49 Fernando Peyroteo 40
Year Winner G
1950–51 Manuel Vasques 29
1953–54 João Martins 31
1965–66 Ernesto Figueiredo1 25
1973–74 Héctor Yazalde2,3 46
1974–75 Héctor Yazalde 30
1979–80 Rui Jordão 31
1985–86 Manuel Fernandes 30
1987–88 Paulinho Cascavel 23
Year Winner G
1992–93 Jorge Cadete 18
2001–02 Mário Jardel3 42
2004–05 / Liédson 25
2006–07 / Liédson 15
1Shared award; 2Portuguese Record; 3European Golden Shoe

Player of the Year

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.[26]

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

Former coaches

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

Clubs officials

As of 24 October 2012.[27]

Directive Board

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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[28]

  • 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

Sporting Clube de Portugal has various sports departments.

Sporting Clube de Portugal Active Sections
Aikido pictogram aikido Athletics pictogram athletics Archery pictogram archery F1 pictogram auto racing
Basketball pictogram basketball Beach soccer pictogram beach soccer Billiard pictogram billiards Olympic pictogram Boxing boxing
Olympic pictogram Canoeing (slalom) canoeing Capoeira pictogram capoeira Chess pictogram chess Olympic pictogram Equestrian equestrianism
Football pictogram football Futsal pictogram futsal Golf pictogram golf Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram gymnastics
Olympic pictogram Handball handball Judo pictogram judo Karate pictogram karate Kickboxing pictogram kickboxing
Korfball pictogram korfball Mixed Martial Arts pictogramme krav maga Shooting pictogram painball Roller hockey pictogram roller hockey
Rowing pictogram rowing Rugby union pictogram rugby union Shooting pictogram shooting Artistic roller skating pictogram skating
Angling pictogram sport fishing Swimming pictogram swimming table tennis Taekwondo pictogram taekwondo
Triathlon pictogram triathlon Water polo pictogram water polo

Extinct sections



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  2. ^ Sporting awarded the degree of Honorary Member of the Order of Prince Henry| url=| publisher=Centenário Sporting
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External links

  • Official website (Portuguese) (English)
  • Sporting Clube de Portugal at UEFA
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