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Football in Lisbon

02/07/2014 16:48:48

Football in Lisbon

Football, the Portuguese unofficial but undeniably most popular sport, from Cristiano Ronaldo to Eusébio, Benfica, Sporting, Porto and José Mourinho, this small country breathes, sweats and cries football.

The sport, first introduced in 1875 by an English student in Madeira, soon began to grow on popularity, spreading through the island. But it wasn’t until 1888 that the game was first taught and the next January the first official game was played, Portugal vs England. The Portuguese team won 2-1, a victory well commemorated, since England was the birthplace of football.

The big and important stadiums in Portugal were all built for the 2004 European Championship. If you are a football fan, watching a live match in Lisbon is really easy and fun. Two of the three big Portuguese teams are from Lisbon, and their stadiums, Benfica’s Estádio da Luz and Sporting’s Estádio José Alvalade, have a capacity of 65 and 50 thousand people respectively and had a combined cost of 240 million euros.

But football is not only to be seen; at its best it’s a sport to be played. While in Nova, try to join or even create a team, ask for information in Nova’s Students Union, and enjoying a great mach.

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