Sporting Clube de Portugal, or Sporting for short, was founded on 1 July 1906 in Lisbon. Together with the other clubs that make up Portugal’s “big three”, FC Porto and Benfica, Sporting have never been relegated from the top tier of Portuguese football.
Sporting’s colours are green and white, which feature on the club’s crest with a golden lion. The club are nicknamed os Leões (the Lions). The club’s traditional home kit features green and white hooped shirts and socks with white shorts.
The club’s stadium is the Estadio Jose Alvalade, which has been the club’s home since 2003. The stadium was built for the Euro 2004 tournament and has a capacity of 50,095.
Sporting have won eighteen Primeira Liga titles, most recently in the 2001-02 season. The club has also won sixteen Portuguese Cups, eight Portuguese Super Cups and the 1964 European Cup Winners’ Cup. In the 2004-05 season, the club finished runners-up in the UEFA Cup. Despite hosting the final, Sporting lost 3-1 to CSKA Moscow.
The club is noted for its successful youth academy. Notable graduates include Ballon d’Or winners Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Nani, Ricardo Quaresma, Miguel Veloso, Joao Moutinho and Jose Fonte.
The club’s all-time leading goalscorer is Fernando Peyroteo, who scored 543 goals for the club in just 327 appearances. Hilario da Conceicao holds the record for the most appearances for the club, with 471. Other notable former players include Frank Rijkaard, Peter Schmeichel, Mario Jardel, Danny, Gabriel Heinze and Marcos Rojo.
Notable former managers of the club include Bobby Robson, Carlos Queiroz, Laszlo Boloni and Paulo Bento. The club is now managed by Jorge Jesus, who joined the club in June 2015 in a controversial switch from arch-rivals Benfica.