11 Facts About Sporting CP


Sporting Clube de Portugal, otherwise known simply as Sporting, as Sporting CP, or often as Sporting Lisbon, is a football club in Lisbon.

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In July 2020, Sporting CP announced that it had 106,625 active members, following its last recount.

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Sporting CP inaugurated their new venue, Jose Alvalade Stadium, on 10 June 1956, which would be their home ground until 2003.

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Sporting CP reached the UEFA Cup semi-final in 1991, losing against Internazionale.

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Domestically, Sporting CP had back-to-back wins in the Portuguese Cup in 2007 and 2008.

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The audit criticized many football transfers in the 2000s, in which the club paid commissions well above market prices to player agents, and discovered that Sporting CP even had paid commissions without evidence of written contracts.

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Under Jesus' tenure, Sporting CP won the Portuguese Super Cup for the eighth time, against back-to-back champions Benfica.

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Since its formation, on 1 July 1906, Sporting CP has had six crests, all of which have included the color green and the lion.

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Later, on 14 May 1994, a memorable derby was played at the old Jose Alvalade Stadium, crowded to the top, as winning the derby could be a decisive step for Sporting CP in trying to regain the title, which by that time they had not won for 12 years.

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Sporting CP were considered the favourites, with a squad composed by Luis Figo, Paulo Sousa, Krasimir Balakov, Ivaylo Yordanov, Emilio Peixe, Stan Valckx, and others; therefore, Benfica were seen as the underdogs.

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Sporting CP played their matches there until 2003, when the stadium was demolished.

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