Even though Portugal is a small country, we have a tremendous love for all things football. From Cristiano Ronaldo to Jose Mourinho, Portugal holds its own among football's elite. Going to a game in Lisbon can be lots of fun, especially since two (Sporting Club de Portugal and Benfica) of the three "big teams" right here in the city.
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The "Cathedral" (Stadium of Light) is a site that should not be missed by real footbal lovers. Recently crowned Portuguese Champions, Benfica has more members than any other team. Arrive early and grab some terribly unhealthy food and cold beer at a food cart, keeping an eye out for Portuguese legend Eusebio, known to attend. Be smart and take the metro (Alto dos Moínhos) as parking can be a nightmare.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Ricardo Quaresma, Nani, and many other big Portuguese names got their start at this Club and its world-famous youth development school. The stadium, designed by Portuguese architect Tómas Taveira, has been dubbed "the bathroom" by Benfica fans because of its external tiling. Don't call it that infront of any "Lion" supporter though.
This often overlooked team is a favourite of "underdog" fans everywhere, but the last time this team won the league was in 1946. Tickets are cheap, pride is high from local supporters, and the Stadium has a great view out over the river Tejo. Atmosphere is freindly and good for the whole family.