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Lisbon’s Football Legacy: A Deep Dive into the City’s Soccer Teams

Having lived in Lisbon for 5 years, I thought I knew all the soccer teams in Lisbon, especially given my days playing Football Manager as a kid. But to my surprise Lisbon alone boasts around 19 semi-professional and professional soccer teams!

This doesn’t even factor in the numerous teams gracing the lower leagues. Soccer is an integral part of the city, from the astroturf pitches in its heart to the vibrant cheers echoing from local stadiums.

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Sporting, Benfica, Casa Pia, and Estoril, but with a lot more clubs to explore, my Lisbon football journey is far from over.

Casa Pia's Estádio Pina Manique, a capacity of only 2,574! Crazy considering they are a top flight club!
Casa Pia’s Estádio Pina Manique, a capacity of only 2,574! Crazy considering they are a top flight club!

I strongly suggest experiencing a live football match in Lisbon. The contrasts are fascinating, particularly the stark differences in infrastructure among teams in the Primeira Liga. Take, for instance, the tiny stadium of Casa Pia with a capacity of only 2,574 versus the colossal 65,000-capacity Estádio da Luz.

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There’s a unique charm in supporting the smaller local teams. I can vouch for this firsthand, having had memorable days out watching Estoril and Casa Pia.

For these smaller teams, it’s often possible to buy a ticket on match day at the stadium and experience the nostalgia of walking through the old-fashioned turnstiles.

However, for giants like Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, especially for the big games, it’s wise to purchase a ticket in advance. 

Estádio da Luz, an incredible stadium fit for any club. Soccer teams in Lisbon
Estádio da Luz, an incredible stadium fit for any club.

So, if you’re keen on immersing yourself in Lisbon’s soccer culture, this guide will provide you with a thorough overview of the major teams in the district. Let’s kick things off!

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Map of Soccer Teams in Lisbon: From Semi-Pro to Pro

Discover the landscape of soccer in Lisbon with our interactive map. Highlighting both semi-pro and professional clubs, this is an ideal tool for enthusiasts aiming to visit and tick off each club from their tour list. Dive in and plan your soccer journey through the city.

Primeira Liga: The Top Tier

SL Benfica

Benfica, one of Portugal’s most storied and successful football clubs, is renowned for its passionate fan base and electrifying match-day atmosphere.

The Estádio da Luz, Benfica’s home ground, is a temple to football and a must-visit for any sports enthusiast. The following is my personal account of a memorable Champions League night spent in the heart of Portuguese football.

I had the opportunity to experience a Champions League night at Benfica’s stadium, where they faced off against Ajax. The match concluded in a 2-2 draw, and true to Benfica’s form, they didn’t make it easy for themselves.

Even though my seat was towards the top of the stands, I had a clear, unblocked view. The field and stadium were lit up beautifully. This was one of my first times at a Portuguese football match, and interestingly, I discovered they don’t sell alcoholic beverages.

I travelled to the stadium from Almirante Reis using a Whoosh scooter, my favorite mode of transportation for short journeys around Lisbon. They’re not only fun to ride but also the most comfortable and affordable e-scooters for rent in Lisbon, only €5 for a day pass. Just be aware of any restricted areas near your destination.

I bought my ticket for around €30 via the Benfica website, which I found to be great value for a Champions League group stage match.

For tickets, stadium tours, and more information, you can visit their official site at www.slbenfica.pt.

My filming attempt while at the Benfica vs Ajax Champions League Group game.
My filming attempt while at the Benfica vs Ajax Champions League Group game.

Brief History

  • Founded on 28 February 1904, it is one of the “Big Three” clubs in Portugal, along with FC Porto and Sporting CP.
  • Benfica is the most successful football club in Portuguese football, with 83 major trophies won, including 37 Primeira Liga titles and 26 Taca de Portugal titles.
  • The club has a rich history in European competitions, having won the European Cup twice in the 1960s.

Stadium

  • The Estádio da Luz, officially named “Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica”, is the home stadium of S.L. Benfica.
  • Located in Lisbon, it was inaugurated on 25 October 2003.
  • The stadium has a seating capacity of 64,642, making it the largest stadium in Portugal.
  • It has hosted several international matches, including games in the 2004 UEFA European Championship.

Achievements

S.L. Benfica has won numerous titles, including:

  • 37 Primeira Liga titles 🤯
  • 26 Taca de Portugal titles
  • 7 Taca da Liga titles
  • 2 European Cups (in 1961 and 1962)

The club has also reached 10 European Cup finals, which is a record for a club from a country without a “Big Five” league.

Notable Players

Over the years, Benfica has been home to several legendary players. Some of the notable ones include:

  • Eusébio: Often considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, he played for Benfica from 1960 to 1975, scoring 473 goals in 440 official matches.
  • Rui Costa: A talented midfielder who played for Benfica in two spells, first from 1990 to 1994 and then from 2006 to 2008.
  • Nené: Played for the club from 1968 to 1986 and is one of the top scorers in the club’s history.
  • Luisão: A central defender who played for Benfica from 2003 to 2018 and is one of the club’s most capped players.

Sporting CP

Sporting Clube de Portugal, known as Sporting, is a pillar of Portuguese football with a history of nurturing top talent. Here’s a snapshot from a Champions League evening that I experienced at Estádio José Alvalade.

I had the privilege of attending another Champions League match, this time against Manchester City.

Securing a ticket for this game was more challenging than for the Benfica match; I had to become a ‘socio’ member. This involved visiting the club’s sporting office at the stadium and registering for €15. The process was straightforward, with no ID required.

The Estádio José Alvalade, much like Benfica’s stadium, is a stunning, contemporary venue.

Tickets for this particular game were on the pricier side at €65, but I was fortunate to get a seat close to the pitch.

I’d highly recommend a visit, whether for a Champions League match or a Primeira Liga game – which are significantly cheaper.

Also, watch out for national matches; they often take place here or at the Estádio da Luz.

For tickets, tours and more information visit www.sporting.pt.

My ticket for the Lisbon vs Manchester City Champions League game, a 5-0 loss, whoops.
My ticket for the Lisbon vs Manchester City Champions League game, a 5-0 loss, whoops.

Brief History

  • The club was founded on 1 July 1906 and is one of the “Big Three” clubs in Portugal that have never been relegated from the Primeira Liga, alongside Benfica and Porto.
  • Sporting’s youth academy has produced notable footballers such as Luís Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • The club’s anthem is “A Marcha do Sporting” and its supporters are called “sportinguistas”.
  • Sporting is the second largest sports club by membership in Portugal and among the top three in terms of non-affiliated fans.

Stadium

  • Estádio José Alvalade
  • Capacity: 50,095
  • The current stadium was built in 2003, replacing the previous one from 1956.
Estádio José Alvalade
Estádio José Alvalade

Achievements

  • Sporting is the third most decorated Portuguese football team with 54 major trophies.
  • Domestically, they have won 19 League titles, 17 Taças de Portugal, 4 Campeonato de Portugal, 4 Taças da Liga, and 9 Supertaças Cândido de Oliveira.
  • In European competitions, they won the 1963–64 European Cup Winners’ Cup and were runners-up in the UEFA Cup in 2005.

Notable Players

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Casa Pia A.C.

Casa Pia Atlético Clube’s return to Portugal’s top football league after 83 years is a tale steeped in history. This club’s story is unique, tied to the Casa Pia orphanage established in the 18th century.

A modern Estádio Pina Manique
A modern Estádio Pina Manique

Casa Pia’s narrative is intricately woven with the 18th-century institution, Casa Pia, dedicated to the nurturing and education of orphans or children from troubled backgrounds.

The establishment, recognizing the importance of sports in holistic development, embraced football when it made its way to Portuguese shores in the late 19th century.

The students, known as Casapianos, not only adopted the sport enthusiastically but etched a historic mark on January 22, 1898, by triumphing over the British Carcavellos Club, showcasing the first flicker of local talent against international players

The club’s storied journey is encapsulated in the highly recommended Filipe D’Avillez’s book “One Thousand Miles to Jamor,” which delves into the origins of Casa Pia Atlético Clube, shedding light on the history of Os Gansos (The Geese).

Casa Pia's nickname is "Os Gansos," which translates to "The Geese."
Casa Pia’s nickname is “Os Gansos,” which translates to “The Geese.”

Casa Pia’s legacy extends to the birth of Benfica, one of Portugal’s football giants. A cohort of Casa Pia students laid the foundation of Sport Lisboa in 1904, which eventually merged with Grupo Sport Benfica, birthing the iconic club, Sport Lisboa e Benfica​​.

The 2022-23 season of Casa Pia Atlético Clube in the Primeira Liga wasn’t just a footballing affair but a historic voyage back to the top echelons of Portuguese football, epitomized in their spirited match against Benfica in Leiria​.

This journey reflects not just a club’s perseverance but the indelible imprint of a remarkable institution on the footballing landscape of Portugal.

When I last visited tickets were €12 on the gate (Sept 2022).

For more information visit casapiaac.pt.

Brief History

  • Casa Pia Atlético Clube is a multi-sports club founded in 1920 and is based in Lisbon, Portugal. It is best known for its professional football team that competes in the Primeira Liga.
  • The club is named after Casa Pia, a Portuguese children’s charity. Many of its athletes come from this institution.
  • Its football stadium is Estádio Pina Manique, named in honor of Pina Manique, the founder of the Casa Pia children’s charity.
  • Casa Pia A.C. has a rich history, having played 25 sports, and uniquely practiced Baseball regularly in Portugal.
  • On 18 December 1921, during Portugal’s international debut against Spain, Casa Pia FC provided four players, including Cândido de Oliveira, who was the team captain.
  • The team was promoted to LigaPro in 2019 and played in the Primeira Liga in the 2022–23 season for the first time in 83 years.

Stadium

  • Estádio Pina Manique in Lisbon
  • Capacity: 2,574

Achievements

Casa Pia A.C. has had various successes in its history:

  • Won the Lisbon Regional Championship and the Lisbon Cup in its debut season without a single defeat.
  • Defeated Benfica 2-1 shortly after its foundation to win the Bronze Herculano Santos.
  • Played in three tournaments abroad within 17 months of its foundation: Paris, San Sebastián, and Seville.
  • The club’s best player was Cândido de Oliveira, one of the founders and the captain. He played a significant role in the club’s rise in Lisbon’s football scene.

Notable Players

  • Cândido de Oliveira: One of the founders of the club and the captain. He grew up in Casa Pia as an orphan and played a pivotal role in the club’s success in its early years.

Recent History

  • In the 2020–21 season, Casa Pia had its 71st participation in National Championships, starting from the 1938–39 season.

Honours

  • Campeonato de Lisboa: Champions (1) in 1920–21
  • Lisbon Cup: Champions (1) in 1920–21

G.D. Estoril Praia

Just 30 minutes west of Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré train station lies Estoril, known for its casino, which is believed to have inspired Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale during his World War II espionage days.

Estoril also boasts a rich sports heritage, hosting tennis and golf opens, and until 1997, it was a staple in the Formula One circuit.

Nestled on a hill, a short 20-minute stroll from Tamariz beach, is the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota.

Similar to Madrid’s Rayo Vallecano or Braga in northern Portugal, it features stands on only three sides. With a capacity of 8,000, it’s seldom filled to the brim.

Training facilities and stadium at G.D. Estoril Praia
Training facilities and stadium at G.D. Estoril Praia

Estoril Praia may welcome modest attendances, but their vibrant fans, donning blue and yellow and rhythmically beating drums, bring life to the games.

Tickets are around €13. For more information visit estorilpraia.pt.

Brief History

  • Early Beginnings: Founded on 17 May 1939 as Grupo Desportivo Estoril Plage. The club’s badge and kit colors were inspired by Estoril’s beaches. Initially, they played in the Campeonato de Lisboa and also competed in the Taça de Portugal. They reached the Taça de Portugal final in the 1943–44 season but lost to Benfica.
  • Decline and Revival: After spending time in the top flight, they were relegated in the 1952–53 season. They spent 22 years in the Segunda Divisão before returning to the top flight. The late 1980s saw the appointment of Fernando Santos as manager, who helped the club gain promotion to the top flight again.
  • Recent Years: At the start of the millennium, they were in the Portuguese Second Division. They achieved back-to-back promotions and returned to the top flight. In the 2011–12 season, they won the Liga de Honra and were promoted to the first division. The 2012–13 season marked their return to the Primeira Liga, finishing fifth and qualifying for the Europa League.

Stadium

  • Located in Estoril, Estádio António Coimbra da Mota has a seating capacity of 8,015. It has been used by the Swedish national football team as a training ground for UEFA Euro 2004 and has also hosted matches of the Portuguese youth team and the Portuguese national rugby union team.

Achievements

G.D. Estoril Praia has had some notable achievements, particularly in the 2011-2012 season when various personnel from the club were honored for their outstanding performances. Licá was awarded the LPFP Liga de Honra Player of the Year, Vagner secured the LPFP Liga de Honra Goalkeeper of the Year title, and Marco Silva was named the LPFP Liga de Honra Coach of the Year​.

In the 2022-23 season, the club marked its 84th season and its second consecutive season in Portugal’s top flight. During this season, G.D. Estoril Praia participated in the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, and Taça da Liga​.

However, the team’s performance in the Liga NOS has been challenging, as they are currently ranked 18th out of 18 teams, with a win rate of 13% as of the time the data was collected. The club’s home form has been average with 1 win, 1 draw, and 2 losses, while their away form has been very poor with 0 wins, 0 draws, and 4 losses​.

Domestic Honours

  • Taça de Portugal: Runners-up (1): 1943–44
  • Liga Portugal 2: Winners (3): 2003–04, 2011–12, 2020–21
  • Portuguese Second Division: Winners (5): 1941–42, 1943–44, 1945–46, 1974–75, 2002–03
  • Liga Intercalar: Winners (1): 2009–10
  • “FPF” Cup (First Division): Runners-up (1): 1976–77
  • AF Lisbon First Division: Winners (1): 1968–69

Notable Players

G.D. Estoril Praia has seen remarkable talents over the years, including Gale Agbossoumonde, Jorman Aguilar, Ailton, Andrés Aimar, and Mauro Airez

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Liga Portugal 2: The Heart and Soul of Lisbon’s Football

Belenenses

Brief History

  • C.F. Os Belenenses, commonly known as Belenenses, is a Portuguese sports club based in the Belém parish of Lisbon.
  • The club was founded on 23 September 1919.
  • Belenenses is one of the most historic football clubs in Portugal and has won the Primeira Liga once and the Taça de Portugal three times.
  • While they have not achieved the same European success as some of their Portuguese counterparts, their domestic achievements and contributions to Portuguese football are significant.
Fans of B-SAD (Belenenses SAD)
Fans of B-SAD (Belenenses SAD)

Stadium

  • Estádio do Restelo is the home stadium of C.F. Os Belenenses.
  • Located in the Belém district of Lisbon, it has been the club’s home since its inauguration.
  • The stadium boasts a seating capacity of 25,000.
  • Over the years, it has hosted several significant matches, both at the club and international level.

Achievements

Belenenses has a rich history in Portuguese football, with several titles to their name. Their achievements include:

  • Primeira Liga: Winners (1) – 1945–46
  • Taça de Portugal: Winners (3) – 1941–42, 1959–60, 1988–89

Notable Players

Throughout its history, Belenenses has been home to several notable players who have made significant contributions to the club. Some of the standout names include:

  • Matateu: A legendary striker for Belenenses in the 1950s and 1960s, he is considered one of the club’s greatest ever players.
  • Vicente Lucas: Another iconic figure from the 1960s, he was known for his defensive prowess and leadership on the field.
  • José António: A key player in the 1980s, he made over 200 appearances for the club.
  • Silas: Played for the club in the early 2000s and later returned as a coach.

C.D. Mafra

Brief History

  • Clube Desportivo Mafra is a Portuguese association football club currently competing in the Liga Portugal 2, the second tier of the Portuguese football league system.
  • On December the 2th 2021, Marcelo, the former left back of Real Madrid bought a 70% stake in Mafra for €7.5m
  • The club is based in the town of Mafra and was founded on 24 May 1965.
  • They predominantly played within Portugal’s regional leagues until they won the Associação de Futebol de Lisboa Division 1 title in the 1991–92 league season, which led to their promotion to the national leagues.

For more information visit www.cdmafra.com

Stadium

  • The club owns the Campo Doutor Mário Silveira stadium, but matches are played at the Estádio Municipal de Mafra.
Estádio Municipal de Mafra
Estádio Municipal de Mafra

Footballing History

  • C.D. Mafra has had various successes and challenges throughout its history. They have competed in different tiers of Portuguese football, from the Terceira Divisão to the Liga Portugal 2.
  • The club has won the Campeonato de Portugal twice, in the 2014–15 and 2017–18 seasons.
  • Their journey in the Liga Portugal 2 has seen them finish in various positions, with the 2022–23 season seeing them finish 6th.

Honours

  • Campeonato de Portugal: Champions in 2014–15 and 2017–18
  • Terceira Divisão: Champions in 2001–02
  • Associação de Futebol de Lisboa Division 1: Champions in 1991–92
  • Associação de Futebol de Lisboa Division 2: Champions in 1975–76
  • Associação de Futebol de Lisboa Division 3: Champions in 1970–71

U.D. Vilafranquense

Brief History

  • U.D. Vilafranquense is a defunct Portuguese football club from Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon District.
  • The club was founded on 12 April 1957 and played in the Liga Portugal 2, the second tier of the Portuguese football league system, following its promotion in 2019.
  • The club’s journey in the league lasted until 2023, after which it relocated to Aves and became a new club, AVS Futebol SAD, from the 2023–24 season.
  • The club was created through the merger of four local sports clubs: Grupo de Foot-Ball Operário Vilafranquense, Águia Sport Club Vilafranquense, Hóquei Clube Vilafranquense, and Ginásio Vilafranquense.

For more information visit udvfutsad.com

Stadium

  • The club owned the Campo do Cevadeiro but played their matches at the Estádio Municipal in Rio Maior due to inadequate facilities at their original home ground.
Estádio Municipal de Rio Maior
Estádio Municipal de Rio Maior

Recent Developments

  • In the 2016–17 Taça de Portugal, Vilafranquense achieved notable success by defeating G.S. Loures, Vilaverdense F.C., and G.D. Vitória de Sernache. They even managed to beat the top-flight team F.C. Paços de Ferreira.
  • During the 2018–19 Campeonato de Portugal, Vilafranquense finished second in Serie C behind U.D. Leiria. They won promotion after defeating Lusitânia F.C. and then Leiria on penalties. This marked the club’s first time in a national second division.
  • The club faced challenges, including having to play their LigaPro home games 50 kilometers away due to the inadequate facilities of their original stadium.
  • At the end of the 2022–23 season, U.D. Vilafranquense relocated to Aves and transformed into a new club, AVS Futebol SAD, starting from the 2023–24 season.

Notable Achievements

  • The club’s significant achievements include reaching the fourth round of the Taça de Portugal in the 2016–17 season and earning promotion to the Liga Portugal 2 in the 2018–19 season.

C.F. Estrela da Amadora

Brief History

  • C.F. Estrela da Amadora is a Portuguese professional sports club based in Amadora, northwest of Lisbon. The team recently competed in the Primeira Liga after winning promotion from Liga Portugal 2 in the 2022–23 season.
  • The club is the successor of the original Clube de Futebol Estrela da Amadora, which was founded in 1932 but went extinct in 2011 due to financial problems and bankruptcy.
  • The club was newly founded in 2020 when Clube Desportivo Estrela merged with Club Sintra Football, taking the latter’s place in the third-tier Campeonato de Portugal.

Stadium

  • The club plays its matches at Estádio José Gomes.
Estádio José Gomes
Estádio José Gomes

Recent Developments

  • The current club was established in 2020 after a merger between Clube Desportivo Estrela and Club Sintra Football. The club did not inherit the honors of its predecessors and is effectively a new entity.
  • After the original Clube de Futebol Estrela da Amadora closed in 2011, supporters founded Clube Desportivo Estrela to continue the legacy and other sports activities of the original club.
  • In 2018, CD Estrela created a senior football team that played in the Lisbon Football Association regional championships. By 2020, the club merged with Club Sintra Football and took its place in the Campeonato de Portugal.
  • The club’s first season ended with promotion, even though they lost the play-off final to C.D. Trofense.
  • Estrela secured promotion to the Primeira Liga via the playoffs in the 2022–23 season, defeating C.S. Marítimo on penalties. Former France international Patrice Evra became the new majority shareholder.

For more information visit cdestrela.pt

Kit

  • Estrela’s kit is predominantly white, with the shirt split into three colors: red on the left, white in the middle, and green on the right. This design has earned them the nickname ‘the tricolours’. The shorts and socks are white.

Honours

  • The club’s significant achievements include reaching the Primeira Liga via the playoffs in the 2022–23 season.
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S.C.U. Torreense

Brief History

  • Sport Clube União Torreense is a Portuguese sports club best known for its association football section. The club was founded in Torres Vedras in 1917 as Sport União Torreense.
  • The club has participated six times in the Portuguese Liga, with its last appearance in the 1991–92 season. Its best results in the top flight were two seventh-place finishes in the 1955–56 and 1956–57 seasons.
  • Torreense reached the final of the Taça de Portugal in 1956 but lost 2–0 to FC Porto.
  • Over the years, the club has played in various tiers of Portuguese football, including the Portuguese Second Division and Terceira Divisão. In the 2021–22 season, they won the Liga 3 title.

For more information visit torreense.com

Stadium

  • Estádio Manuel Marques in Torres Vedras, built in 1925, has a seating capacity of 12,000.
Overhead shot of Estádio Manuel Marques in Torres Vedras
Overhead shot of Estádio Manuel Marques in Torres Vedras

Recent Achievements

  • Torreense was promoted to the Liga Portugal 2 for the 2022–23 season after winning the Liga 3 title in the 2021–22 season.

Honours

  • Taça de Portugal: Finalists in 1956
  • Segunda Divisão: Champions in 1954–55
  • Liga 3: Champions in 2021–22

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B-SAD (Belenenses SAD)

Brief History

  • B-SAD is a Portuguese professional football club based in Lisbon, founded on 30 June 2018 as an independent entity. It emerged as a rebel offshoot of Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses.
  • They played four seasons in the Primeira Liga before being relegated to the Liga Portugal 2 for the 2022–23 season.
  • Before changing their name after the 2021–22 season, they were referred to as Belenenses SAD, officially Os Belenenses – Sociedade Desportiva de Futebol, SAD.

Background and Legal Status

  • The historic football club C.F. Os Belenenses created its SAD (Sociedade Anónima Desportiva) in 1999 to run its professional football section. In 2012, due to financial troubles, the club members voted to sell 51% of its SAD to an investor, Codecity, led by Rui Pedro Soares.
  • Tensions between the Club and SAD led to the expiration of the protocol that regulated relations between both entities on 30 June 2018. This resulted in the birth of B-SAD as an autonomous football club.
  • B-SAD joined the Lisbon Football Association as member number 1198.
  • The historic achievements of Belenenses, such as the victories in the 1945–46 Campeonato Nacional and its 3 Taças de Portugal, belong solely to the Club, as they were won before the creation of the SAD in 1999.
  • In October 2018, B-SAD was prohibited from using the name, cross, and symbols of the original Belenenses by an intellectual property court decision.

Stadium

  • B-SAD started playing home games at the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras, paying rent to the state to use it.
  • In May 2022, B-SAD reached an agreement to rent the Estádio das Seixas from Lisbon Football Association District League team Atlético Malveira in Malveira.
Estádio das Seixas
Estádio das Seixas

Footballing History

  • Under manager Silas, B-SAD played its first game on 28 July 2018, winning against U.D. Oliveirense in the Taça da Liga.
  • The team’s first Primeira Liga game resulted in a win at C.D. Tondela on 11 August.
  • B-SAD faced challenges, including managerial changes and issues like renting stadiums for home games.
  • On 19 October 2021, after a challenging start to the season, Petit resigned. The team faced further challenges, including a significant outbreak of the Omicron variant, which affected their lineup in matches.
  • B-SAD played for one season in Liga Portugal 2, finishing 16th and qualifying for the promotion/relegation playoff. They lost to Länk FC Vilaverdense and began their journey in Liga 3.

Recent Developments

  • On 7 March 2023, the boards of B-SAD and C.D. Cova da Piedade approved a merger. However, their place in Liga 3 was denied by the Portuguese Football Federation, and the merger was overturned. B-SAD has since enrolled to play in the Setúbal FA district divisions.

F.C. Alverca

Brief History

  • Futebol Clube de Alverca is a Portuguese football club based in Alverca do Ribatejo, Vila Franca de Xira.
  • The club was founded on 1 September 1939. After many years in the lower tiers of Portuguese football, Alverca was promoted to the top level in 1998. They played in the top tier for several seasons but faced relegation multiple times. For a period, the club acted as a feeder club to S.L. Benfica. Financial difficulties led to the club folding in 2005.
  • In 2006, Alverca was re-established, starting at the regional level. They achieved promotion back to the national level in 2017–18. A notable achievement was their 2–0 victory against Sporting CP in the third round of the Taça de Portugal in 2019.
  • Before F.C. Alverca’s existence, there were two other sports clubs in Alverca: “Alverca Futebol Clube” and “Sporting Clube de Alverca”, both of which unfortunately did not last long. The name “Sporting Clube de Alverca” was chosen after a vote among its members, with the majority being fans of Sporting CP.

For more information visit fcalverca.pt

Stadium

  • Complexo Desportivo FC Alverca in Alverca do Ribatejo, Portugal, with a capacity of 8,700.
Complexo Desportivo FC Alverca
Complexo Desportivo FC Alverca

Achievements

  • Promoted to the top level in 1998.
  • Victory against Sporting CP in the third round of the Taça de Portugal in 2019.
  • Registered with several Portuguese sports federations and associations, participating in a variety of sports disciplines.

Real S.C.

Brief History

  • Real Sport Clube (Real S.C.) is a Portuguese football club based in Queluz and Massamá.
  • The club was created on 7 August 1995, resulting from the merger of two existing clubs in the parishes of Queluz and Massamá: Grupo Desportivo de Queluz (founded on 25 December 1951) and Clube Desportivo e Recreativo de Massamá (founded on 9 April 1950).
  • Officially, the date of 25 December 1951 was adopted as the foundation date of Real Sport Clube. This date was chosen because, at the time of the merger, Grupo Desportivo de Queluz had the oldest affiliation with the AFL (Associação de Futebol de Lisboa).

For more information visit realsportclube.com

Stadium

  • Real S.C. plays its home matches at Estádio do Real Sport Clube, Queluz. 
Estádio do Real SC
Estádio do Real SC

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Atlético Clube de Portugal

Brief History

  • Atlético Clube de Portugal is a Portuguese sports club from the parish of Alcântara, within the city of Lisbon.
  • The club was founded on 18 September 1942 as a result of the merger of two clubs from Alcântara: Carcavelinhos Football Club and União Foot-Ball Lisboa.
  • Historically, the club had various sports sections including Field Hockey, Swimming, Sport Fishing, Cycle-Touring, Table Tennis, Rugby, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Triathlon, and Handball.
  • The club’s early years were marked by significant success, not only in football but also in Basketball and Field Hockey.

For more information visit atleticocp.pt

Stadium

  • Estádio da Tapadinha is the home stadium of Atlético Clube de Portugal.
  • Located in Lisbon, it has been the club’s home since its renovation in 1945.
  • The stadium has a seating capacity of 4,000.
Old school stands at Estádio da Tapadinha
Old school stands at Estádio da Tapadinha

Achievements

Atlético Clube de Portugal has had various achievements in its history:

  • Football: The club has had two appearances in the Portuguese Cup final in 1946, although they lost on both occasions. They also won the 2nd Division title in 1944/45.
  • Basketball: The club’s basketball team won several titles, including the 1942/43 Regional Championship of Lisbon, the Cup of Honor in 1943/44, a 2nd Division in 1943/44, and a Portuguese Cup in 1953/54.
  • Rugby: The rugby section won two Regional Championships of Lisbon.
  • In recent years, the club achieved promotion to the Liga 3 for the first time in its history and became champions of the Campeonato de Portugal in the 2022–23 season.

Clube Oriental de Lisboa

Brief History

  • Clube Oriental de Lisboa is a Portuguese football club based in Lisbon.
  • The club was founded in 1946 as a result of the merger of three clubs: Grupo Desportivo Os Fósforos, Marvilense Futebol Clube, and Chelas Futebol Clube.
  • The idea of creating a single club representing the eastern part of Lisbon was first proposed in 1936, but it wasn’t until a decade later that the merger took place.
  • Over the years, the club has seen various highs and lows, including promotions and relegations across different tiers of Portuguese football.

For more information visit oriental.pt

Stadium

  • Estádio Engenheiro Carlos Salema is the home stadium of Clube Oriental de Lisboa.
  • Located in Lisbon, it has been the club’s home since its renovation in 1945.
  • The stadium has a seating capacity of 8,500.
Estádio Engenheiro Carlos Salema
Estádio Engenheiro Carlos Salema

Achievements

  • Clube Oriental de Lisboa has had a notable history in Portuguese football:
    • The club’s first game was in 1946 against reigning champion Belenenses, where they narrowly lost 2–1.
    • In the 1949–50 season, Oriental won the league title in the Segunda Divisão, achieving promotion to the top tier of Portuguese football.
    • The club has won multiple league titles in the 1950s and has faced both promotions and relegations throughout its history.
    • In recent years, they achieved promotion to the Portuguese second tier for the first time since 1989.

S.U. 1º Dezembro

Brief History

  • Sociedade União 1º Dezembro is a sports club from Sintra, Portugal.
  • The club was founded on 1 December 1880, with the football section being established later on 6 April 1938.
  • The women’s football section was founded in 1995 and has been dominant in Portuguese women’s football, winning the national top league, the Campeonato Nacional, multiple times.
  • After their first championship title in 1999–2000, the women’s team won every season from the 2001–02 season onwards for eleven championships in a row, making them Portugal’s record champion in women’s football.
  • However, at the end of the 2013–2014 season, the women’s football team was disbanded due to economic issues.

For more information visit 1dezembro.com

Stadium

  • Campo Conde Sucena is the home stadium of S.U. 1º Dezembro.
  • Located in Sintra, it has been the club’s home for many years.
  • The stadium has a seating capacity of 1,000.
Campo Conde Sucena
Campo Conde Sucena

Achievements

S.U. 1º Dezembro has had various achievements in its history:

  • Men’s Football: The team plays in the Liga 3 and has had various promotions and relegations throughout its history.
  • Women’s Football: The team has won the Portuguese women’s championship 12 times (2000, 2002 to 2012) and the Portuguese Women’s Cup 7 times (2004, 2006 to 2008, 2010 to 2012).

S.U. Sintrense

Brief History

  • Sport União Sintrense is a club that has been recognized as a “Public Utility” since 30 March 1985.
  • The club was founded on 7 October 1911, as noted in its historical records.
  • Sintrense was established by a group of young individuals who attended the José Domingos Morais Primary School, located in the Estefânia neighborhood of Sintra.
  • After its initial period of establishment leading up to the early 1920s, Sintrense began to compete alongside other local clubs such as Sintra Futebol Clube and S. Pedro Futebol Clube. This created a fierce rivalry and growing enthusiasm that lasted until the 1930s. Sintra Futebol Clube eventually ceased to exist, and S. Pedro underwent various changes, ultimately merging with Sociedade União 1º de Dezembro.

For more information visit susintrense.pt

Stadium

  • Sintrense plays its home matches at Estadio do Sport União Sintrense.
Estadio do Sport União Sintrense
Estadio do Sport União Sintrense

Achievements

  • One of the significant achievements of Sintrense was their promotion to the 2nd National Division in 1964.

Notable Players

GS Loures

Brief History

  • Grupo Sportivo de Loures (GS Loures) is a Portuguese football club located in Loures, Portugal.
  • The club was founded on 13 August 1913 by local footballers who used to play in a plot of land called Casaréus in Loures.
  • Their inaugural match was a friendly against Sporting CP, which they won 3–1.
  • Over the years, the club expanded its sports offerings. In the 1950s, they added facilities for cycling, athletics, table tennis, and roller hockey. Handball was introduced in 1978, and futsal was added in 2004.

For more information visit gsloures.pt

Stadium

  • Campo José da Silva Faria is the home stadium of GS Loures.
  • Located in Loures, it has been the club’s home for many years.
  • The stadium has a seating capacity of 2,000.
Campo José da Silva Faria
Campo José da Silva Faria

Achievements

  • GS Loures competes in the Campeonato de Portugal. In the 2021–22 season, they finished 3rd in the Campeonato de Portugal Serie E during the first stage and 2nd in the Relegation Serie I during the second stage.

SG Sacavenense

Brief History

  • Sport Grupo Sacavenense (SG Sacavenense) is a Portuguese football club based in Sacavém, Loures.
  • The club was founded on 5 March 1910.
  • Over the years, SG Sacavenense has competed in various tiers of Portuguese football and has been an integral part of the footballing landscape in the region.

Stadium

  • SG Sacavenense plays its home matches at Campo do Sacavenense.
Campo do Sacavenense
Campo do Sacavenense

Well, that’s a wrap! Lisbon’s football scene is a mesmerizing blend of top-tier giants and grassroots heroes. From the iconic Estadio da Luz (the stadium of light) to the humble grounds of Sacavenense. So, the next time you’re in Lisbon, of course visit one of the big teams like Sporting Club de Portugal but why not also support one of the minnows and have a real taste of Portuguese footballing culture?

Got any tips or experiences you’d like to share that weren’t mentioned here? Maybe I’ve missed a club? Do let me know in the comments below!

Soccer Teams in Lisbon – FAQs

Which football teams are based in Lisbon?

SL Benfica, Sporting CP, Casa Pia A.C., G.D. Estoril Praia, Belenenses, C.D. Mafra, U.D. Vilafranquense, C.F. Estrela da Amadora, S.C.U. Torreense, B-SAD (Belenenses SAD), F.C. Alverca, Real S.C., Atlético Clube de Portugal, Clube Oriental de Lisboa, S.U. 1º Dezembro, S.U. Sintrense, GS Loures, SG Sacavenense.

How many soccer teams are in Lisbon?

At the time of writing there are 19 Semi Professional and Professional football teams based in Lisbon.

Who is the Big 3 in Portugal football?

SL Benfica, Sporting CP & FC Porto.

What football stadiums are in Lisbon?

Estádio da Luz (SL Benfica), Estádio José Alvalade (Sporting CP), Estádio Pina Manique (Casa Pia A.C.), Estádio António Coimbra da Mota (G.D. Estoril Praia), Estádio do Restelo (Belenenses), Estádio Municipal de Rio Maior (U.D. Vilafranquense), Estádio José Gomes (C.F. Estrela da Amadora), Estádio Manuel Marques (S.C.U. Torreense), Estádio Municipal de Mafra (C.D. Mafra), Complexo Desportivo FC Alverca in Alverca do Ribatejo (F.C. Alverca), Estádio do Real Sport Clube (Real S.C.), Estádio da Tapadinha (Atlético Clube de Portugal), Estádio Engenheiro Carlos Salema (Clube Oriental de Lisboa), Campo Conde Sucena (S.U. 1º Dezembro), Estadio do Sport União Sintrense (S.U. Sintrense), Campo José da Silva Faria (GS Loures), Campo do Sacavenense (SG Sacavenense).

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