Sporting Clube de Portugal – Who are ya?

Sporting Clube de Portugal was founded in 1906 and is most famous for its football team. Part of the big three Portuguese clubs along with Benfica and Porto, they’ve never been relegated from the top flight in Portugal and have won the third most trophies, 48 including 18 League titles. They also won the European Cup Winners Cup back in 1964.

We’ve played them twice before in the 1969/70 Fairs Cup, drawing 0-0 away and winning 3-0 at Highbury.

Nicknamed Leões (Lions) or Verde e brancos (Green and whites), they have a club anthem called  “A Marcha do Sporting” (Sporting’s March) which is played at the club’s stadium, Estádio José Alvalade, before each home match. Sounds a bit like German/Austrian apres ski music to me. (update: video changed for a better version and includes a rendition of My Way 🙂 )

Lisbon is by all accounts a beautiful city with the Statue of Christ the King overlooking the Tagus.

Portuguese food (source

Alheira de Mirandela

The alheira, a type of fowl sausage, is one of the cheapest and most common Portuguese dishes with a fascinating history. When the Jewish population was expelled from Portugal in 1498, many hid in the mountainous region of Trás-os-Montes in the northeast of Portugal, practising their religion in secret while pretending they had converted to Catholicism. One way to do this was to ostensibly make, display and eat sausages so that everyone would think they were no longer keeping kosher. Nowadays, the dish is available in any corner eatery.

Caldeirada de Enguias

Aveiro, located between Porto and Coimbra, is famous for its eels which are most often eaten simply fried or in a soup. Fishermen at Murtosa and Torreira  (not Lucas!) beaches, just outside Aveiro, make an eel stew seasoned with saffron and accompanied by bell peppers, combining beautifully with the crisp white wines of the Bairrada region, just south of Aveiro.


The signature dish of Porto, the francesinha is not a meal for the fainthearted. The dish comprises of two slices of bread interspersed by steak, ham, sausage and chorizo, covered in melted Edam and drizzled in a secret, spicy, tomato based sauce, all served with chips and optionally crowned with a fried egg.

Sopa de Cação

While tubarão is the common word for shark in Portuguese, once it reaches your table it becomes cação. The fish is marinated in coriander, lemon and garlic before being brought to the boil and the soup is commonly eaten with bread, particularly a corn-flour type known as broa.



43 Responses to Sporting Clube de Portugal – Who are ya?

  1. LB says:

    I like the look of that eel dish.

  2. LBG says:

    The sausage looks like it’s starting to get excited because it’s been tied up!

  3. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks Chas.

    Don’t like eel but the other dishes look tasty especially the Francesinha. Any food topped by a fried egg is enticing.

    As to Sporting, I went to the Highbury game in that Fairs Cup run. Can’t remember anything about it, probably to my pre-match routine of the time 😀 😀

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks Chas, although you’ve only served to remind me how utterly hopeless I am because this is the type of away fixture/location I should have got my act together and attended

  5. chas says:

    Here’s your namesake’s goal against Lisbon in 1969. 🙂

  6. chas says:

    GG’s goals too!

  7. Big Raddy says:

    Somewhat low-key but better than our AGM’s

  8. fred1266 says:

    Shame If things had gone as planned I could have told you how those dishes actually tasted

  9. RC78 says:

    so who will we line up?

    Leno – Lichten, Mustafi, Holding, ? – Guendouzi, LT, Elneny – Miky, Ramsey – Wellbeck

    What is your opinion?

  10. RC78 says:

    Emery is pessimistic…about our LBs

  11. fred1266 says:

    The other Greek CB, mavropanos is he injured

  12. Big Raddy says:

    Another slew of games tonight. What to watch?

    Can’t watch PSV as they are playing the Miscreants, L’pool will easily win so that isn’t interesting, has to be PSG vs Napoli or Barca/Inter.

  13. chas says:

    Spuds are at 5.55pm so you can watch two games.

  14. Big Raddy says:

    Can’t watch Spuds unless they are at least two down with 10 mins to go.

  15. mickydidit89 says:


    Just looked up both Italian sides’ league standings for the important stuff

    Naples have scored 18
    Inter have scored 13

    PSG V NAPLES it is then

  16. mickydidit89 says:


    Who/what were the hoodies in the pic Erik and I enjoyed so much this morning

    I’ll go for Halloween but I hoping for something far weirder

  17. fred1266 says:

    BR you from Canada right?

  18. mickydidit89 says:

    He’s an English Gentleman with bad habits who resides in Denmark

    He was sent into exile

  19. chas says:

    The hoodies photo is the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters club annual get together from 1911.

    It’s rumoured the hoods were worn because they were too embarrassed to be seen in public.

  20. GunnerN5 says:

    They can’t hide Chas – their smell always gives them away.

  21. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh ok 🙂

    Seriously, where do you find that stuff, and more worryingly, what do you stick into google

  22. GunnerN5 says:

    Spurs GK sent off with 10 minutes left Spurs winning 1-2

  23. chas says:

    It was Halloween. You were right.
    1911 was the right year.

    It was just shite that popped up on twitter.

    I just Googled ‘old Halloween photos’ to find the photo again and it was on this site.

  24. GunnerN5 says:

    2-2 with 5 minutes left

  25. Big Raddy says:

    Only watched the last 10 minutes – red card and an equaliser. Really enjoyed it.

  26. Big Raddy says:

    Fred. I am a Londoner but was asked tp leave for being a very naughty boy. As Micky says, at present I reside in Denmark

  27. Big Raddy says:

    Spurs fans blaming the referee 😀 😀 😀

  28. GunnerN5 says:

    Fred, I’m also a Londoner, born in Highbury, I now live in Canada – by choice.

  29. GunnerN5 says:


    My choice as I did not want to spend my life being judged by my accent, I found the class structure to be stifling and in Canada there is no noticeable structure and ones personal growth is based on ability and not class.

    I am proud of my heritage and proud to live in such a free and open cosmopolitan society as Canada. My children and future generations will be able to live their lives in the manner they choose and not a life dictated by class.

    I have no idea if your two words were in jest or serious and I seldom give this much thought but you got me thinking.

  30. fred1266 says:

    Or ok cool so how the football coverage in Denmark

  31. fred1266 says:

    Ok was mixing up you with BR with you my apologies

  32. chas says:


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  34. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All.

    6.54 !! Superb.

  35. LBG says:

    Morning all
    Love the match man 0647, and the fashionable puttees of a hundred years ago

  36. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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