Sporting Lisbon - Club Overview
Sporting Clube de Portugal, commonly referred to as Sporting CP or Sporting and colloquially known as Sporting Lisbon outside of Portugal, is a Portuguese multi-sports club based in Portugal's capital city of Lisbon. Although they successfully compete in a number of different sports, Sporting is mostly known for its association football team. Founded in Lisbon in July 1, 1906, it is one of the "Três Grandes" (The Big Three in English) football clubs in Portugal, with Benfica and Porto being the other two clubs, Sporting's two biggest rivals. With more than 100,000 registered club members, its teams, athletes and supporters are often nicknamed Leões (English: The Lions) by its fans.
During the first century of the club's existence, the teams and the athletes of Sporting won 3 Olympic gold medal, as well as many silver and bronze medals and thousands of national and district titles.
Sporting was one of the founding members of the Primeira Liga in 1933 and it has never been relegated from the Primeira Divisão (First Division) of Portuguese football, along with FC Porto and Benfica.
Sporting is the third most successful Portuguese football club in Portuguese competitions, with 44 titles, behind Benfica, which has 67 titles, and FC Porto, which has 64 titles, and the third most successful Portuguese football club in international competitions, with 1 title, behind FC Porto, which has 7 titles, and behind Benfica, which has 3 titles. It is the third most successful Portuguese football club in terms of total titles, with 45 titles, behind FC Porto, which has 71 titles, and Benfica which has 70 titles.
Domestically, Sporting won a total of 18 Portuguese Liga titles, 19 Championship of Portugal/Portuguese Cup titles and 7 Portuguese SuperCup titles.
Internationally, Sporting won the 1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup and were runners-up in the 2004-05 UEFA Cup.
FacilitiesTop training facilities
Top youth facilities
Extensive youth recruitment
Affiliated ClubsSporting CP B - Portugal
Portimonense - Portugal
Estoril - Portugal
Casa Pia - Portugal
Academica - Portugal
Olhanense - Portugal
Cercle Brugge - Belgium
Fatima - Portugal
Setubal - Portugal
Al-Ahli (KSA) - Saudi Arabia
2012-13 Season ExpectationsThe minimum expectation is that the club wins the Liga ZONS SAGRES title this season.
The minimum expectation is that the club reaches the Second Knockout Round of the UEFA Europa League.
The board do not regard the Taca de Portugal as an important competition, and will judge the season based on performance in other competitions.
The board do not regard the Taca de Liga as an important competition, and will judge the season based on performance in other competitions.
2012-13 Season BudgetsA transfer budget of £4m has been made available to purchase new players.
A wage budget of £275k p/w has been made available for players' wages.