So, this is my (me) new blog about Sporting Clube de Portugal. I feel I should add some background into why a guy from Manchester is doing a blog about a team from Lisbon.
Yes, I’m far from being Lisbon born and bred and (as far as I’m aware) I have no sort of Portuguese ancestry whatsoever. Still, there was something about this club that sort of grabbed me and they quickly became my second team (behind Manchester United). Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Manchester was my main exposure to the club. After he become a huge favourite here, I decided to check out his first professional club, “Sporting Lisbon”. I soon learned that “Sporting Lisbon” wasn’t their name and I started to get into the club and know the players more and more. I enjoyed watching the likes of Moutinho (yes, I know), Nani, and Liédson playing good football in a superb stadium.
It has become hard for me to truly connect though, there’s little Portuguese football coverage in England, and I have been resigned to streams, translations and luckily some great sites.
So I’ve decided to take it further. I’m going to start my own blog and I’m going to try and learn Portuguese with the end goal of going to the José Alvalade to watch the Leões play.
Edit 28/05/12: So the blog has gone well so far and my love for Sporting is increasing. Although I’ve still not seen Sporting play at the Alvalade I have now seen Sporting play in Portugal… at Jamor for the 2012 Taça de Portugal final.
Edit 04/09/13: A week in Lisbon included a superb trip to the Alvalade to watch Sporting thrash Arouca 5-1. Portuguese slightly improving… but not by much.