Sporting Clube de Portugal, ComC, MHIH, OM, or Sporting CP, is a sports club based in Lisbon, Portugal, that is best known for its football team. The club is usually referred to simply as Sporting in Portuguese-speaking countries; in English-speaking countries it often called Sporting Lisbon.
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 decorated Portuguese football club, with 47 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), 4 Championship of Portugal (a record tied with Porto), 1 Taça da Liga and 8 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 53rd in UEFA club rankings.