Thursday , 19 May 2022

Primeira Liga

Nineteen years without a win. How Sporting went to the long-awaited championship

When the referee signalled the end of the Sporting and Boavista match at Jose Alvalada, the stands were empty, but there was no silence. Fireworks were already exploding in the sky, and thousands of fans were shouting outside the stadium. President Frederico Varandas embraced others with tears in his eyes. “Sporting” still managed — champions of Portugal. The last time he won, a young 17-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo learned the basics of football at the academy. 19 years of waiting Portuguese football has always been divided into three grandees — the so-called Os Três Grandes, or “big three”. Sporting, Benfica, Porto. In …

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