Sporting Clube de Portugal, referred to coloquially as Sporting, Sporting CP or Sporting Lisbon, is a Portuguese sports club based in Lisbon. The club is particularly renowned for its football department. With more than 100,000 registered club members, Sporting is one of the most successful and popular sports clubs in Portugal. Its teams, athletes and supporters are often nicknamed Os LeÃµes (English: The Lions).
Sporting boasts a new stadium, EstÃ¡dio JosÃ© Alvalade, built for the 2004 European Football Championship. Sporting also has a world-class football training facility (Academia Sporting in Alcochete), which accommodated Portugal during the Euro 2004 competition, and has helped to produce some of the best Portuguese players, such as LuÃs Figo, LuÃs Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma, among many others.
Along with Benfica and FC Porto, Sporting is one of "The Big Three" sports clubs in Portugal.