During the days of its foundation, in 1906, José Alvalade announced his well known wish to transform Sporting into a ‘big club, as big as the biggest in Europe’. Today, more than a century later, the Club’s record expresses that extraordinary show of confidence that was manifested by José Alvalade as part of the Club’s principles, values, winning drive and spirit of sportsmanship shown by its founders.
The Club can now boast thousands of titles, more than three million fans across every continent and more than one hundred thousand associates, and hundreds of Supporters Clubs, Affiliates and Delegations.
In 1996, Sporting began a new lease of life, with new statutes that where fit to face the modern age and would lay the foundations for a business group and Society of Soccer Sports (SAD) that would be admitted into the Portuguese Stock Exchange in 1998. The ambitious process of transformation in this period guided Sporting down a path of modernization of its practices and infrastructures.
Inaugurated in June of 2002, The Sporting Academy is the first of such size and quality to be built in Portugal. The Academy is one of the most modern and well equipped facilities of its kind in Europe; situated in a tranquil environment and climate that is recommended for the preparation of football teams.
As one of Sporting’s strategic pillars, the Academy offers excellent working conditions for professionals, as well as being the essential part in the functioning of the Club’s football school for the training of talents. Cristiano Ronaldo, Luís Figo and many others are the result of the importance of developing skills that is a Sporting Clube de Portugal Futebol trademark.
This training and developing DNA and the relevance of Sporting Clube de Portugal Futebol inside and outside Portugal are strong assets to this project and we are strongly committed to share our experience and our know-how to other partners and people in general.
Sporting, with more than one hundred years of history, is proud to act as a role-model in key areas of society: such as education and health. The reputation of the Club permits the use of its image, associated with a diverse range of causes, as a social agent that can play an important role in civil society and in the seeking of solutions to the needs of society; with the Club, in the very least, providing support for the overcoming of any adversary.