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Sporting Clube de Portugal (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). Recently, Sporting Portugal has been used by some foreign media to identify the club.
Sporting 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. On 2 August 2017, Sporting announced they had reached 160,000 club members.
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 46 titles in all the Portuguese competitions and one international title, the 1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup. Domestically, they have 18 Primeira Liga titles, 16 Portuguese Cups (Taça de Portugal), four Championships of Portugal (a record tied with Porto) and eight Portuguese Super Cup trophies.
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 57th in UEFA club rankings.
Sporting also has achievements in other sports, being the third most decorated club in terms of European silverware (in different tiers), with 25 trophies – football, roller hockey (6), athletics (16) and handball (2) – placed behind Real Madrid (37) and Barcelona (92).Close