Sporting Clube de Portugal, OM, ComC, MHIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈspɔɾtĩɡ(ɨ) ˈkluβ(ɨ) ðɨ puɾtuˈɣaɫ]) (Euronext: SCP) or Sporting CP is a sports club based in Lisbon, Portugal, that is best known for its football team. The club is referred to simply as Sporting in Portuguese-speaking countries; in English-speaking countries it is often named as Sporting Lisbon (in part to differentiate from other organisations such as Sporting de Gijón) but the city does not feature anywhere in the club title.
As of 23 May 2016, Sporting is the world's sixth-largest club in terms of club members (140,000) and is one of the "Três Grandes" (Big Three) football clubs in Portugal. They are nicknamed Leões (Lions) and Verde e Brancos (Green and Whites). The club's anthem, "A Marcha do Sporting" (Sporting's March), was written in 1955.
Founded in Lisbon on 1 July 1906, Sporting were a founding member of the Primeira Liga and, along with rivals S.L. Benfica and FC Porto, have never been relegated from the top flight of Portuguese football since its establishment in 1934. Sporting are the third most successful Portuguese football club, with 50 titles in all the Portuguese competitions and one international title, the 1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup. Domestically, they have won 18 Primeira Liga titles, 16 Portuguese Cups (Taça de Portugal), four Championships of Portugal (a record tied with Porto) and eight Portuguese Super Cup titles.
Sporting's football youth academy system has developed players such as Paulo Futre, Simão, Nani, Ricardo Quaresma and Ballon d'Or recipients Cristiano Ronaldo and Luís Figo. Sporting are currently ranked 54th in UEFA club rankings.Close