‘Os Leoes’ – The Lions
‘Os Verde e Brancos’ – The Green and Whites
A defensive midfielder that leaves everything out on the pitch.
A workhorse who runs from start to finish and one of few players with real quality.
A promising career was blemished with abysmal mistakes at an early age but he has found his feet and has been closely watched by the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona and now Monaco. Comfortably Portugal’s number one.
The young Peruvian has pace and skill in abundance and could be a key to get Sporting out of their troubles.
One of the greatest ever Bulagrian footballers played for Sporting from 1991 to 1995 and scored 43 goals in 138 games.
Sporting’s all-time record goalscorer… enough said.
Known for his Porto days, the Brazilian had an immense 2001/02 season with Sporting in which he scored 42 domestic goals to help win the Taca de Portugal and league title.
The Real Madrid winger emerged into the Sporting in 2002 and impressed Sir Alex Ferguson in a friendly who would sign him for £12 million. The rest is history.
The one time World Player of the Year played for Sporting in 1989 and by 1995 was wanted all around the world. He controversially signed for both Juventus and Barcelona in the same window, earning him a global ban. The Portuguese midfielder than went on to represent Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
Simao is one of Portugal’s most travelled players and swapped Sporting for Barcelona in 1999. Simao then returned to Lisbon, only to sign for rivals Benfica. Traitor #1
Once touted as the new Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani didn’t quite excel as expected at Manchester United but is a quality winger nonetheless.
Joao Moutinho was given his debut in 2004 but emerged more frequently in 2005 and 2006. By 2008 he was already club captain and chased by Europe’s leading powerhouses. He stayed only to leave in 2010 to Porto. #Traitor 2
Known for his exuberant showboating, Ricardo Quaresma had a bigger potential than Cristiano Ronaldo when he left to sign for Barcelona in 2003. He flopped, signed for Porto, joined Inter Milan and now finds himself in the United Arab of Emirates on a huge contract at Al-Ahli. A talent gone to waste.
The young winger shows striking resemblances to that of Sporting’s many big time wingers and is the most promising player in our academy.
The centre back is being chased by Liverpool vigorously which shows just how good he can be.
Portugal hasn’t had a successful big time striker in major tournaments since Nuno Gomes in Euro 2000. Benfica’s Nelson Oliveira is touted as the next big thing, but youthful Betinho is close.
Estadio Jose Alvalade
The 50,000 capacity stadium was one of the arenas used in Euro 2004 hosted by Portugal, yet to be blessed by league glory.
Objectives Throughout Our Journey
1. To get European football for next season – We desperately need money so getting back into Europe is essential and we have a season off to focus on doing so.
2. Become a talent pool – Sporting used to compete with the likes of Ajax and Barcelona but have instead invested terribly in recent years, leaving both the club in debt and in poor domestic state. If we are to get back on track, we need to invest in our kids.
3. Win the cup – There are two cups up for grabs and we need to win them and return a breed of winners.
4. Win the league – We want that number 1 spot which we haven’t had since 2002.
5. European Longevity – Ideally, we want to be consistent in Europe by reaching the knockout stages in the Champions League.
6. Win the Champions League – Both Porto and Benfica have got themselves the most coveted trophy in Europe and we want to join the party.
7. Become a powerhouse – Ultimately, we want to become one of the biggest clubs in Europe or the World. We are hungry for success. We don’t have the resources just yet but we will build and grow.