Football City Guide: Lisbon

The Portuguese capital Lisbon is home to two of the country’s ‘Big Three’ football clubs, but there are other teams worth visiting in Lisbon aside from SL Benfica and Sporting. The winding streets of Lisbon’s Alfama district come alive after dark with the wistful sound of Fado, expressive songs of saudade – yearning. Lisbon is a melancholy town; […]

Football Travel Podcast: Episode Seven

In this month’s Football Travel Podcast we speak to one of Germany’s most famous clubs – FC St Pauli of Hamburg – and get an introduction to the domestic scene in Portugal from a local football writer:   FC St Pauli, with Martin Drust (00.59): FC St Pauli’s Millerntor Stadium is a stone’s throw from […]

Belenenses

Football Travel: Belenenses

We visit one of the most scenic grounds in world football, Restelo, the home of Os Belenenses, and its privileged view over the Tagus estuary.   Here’s a question for you: The ‘Big Three’ of Portuguese football – Benfica, Sporting and FC Porto – between them have won all the country’s league championships since its […]

Football Travel: Estoril Praia

The seaside town of Estoril, west of Lisbon, has a rich sporting heritage. We visit its top-flight club, Estoril Praia, for an afternoon of winter sun.   Estoril, a 30-minute ride out of Lisbon, has many claims to fame. Its casino is reputed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale from the time […]

Benfica fans

Football Travel: Benfica

Lisbon’s ‘Eagles’ are one of European football’s biggest names. Despite no longer competing for top honours, a pilgrimage to the Estadio da Luz is a must for any football traveller.   Historically, it’s one of Europe’s most successful clubs. Benfica – or Sport Lisboa e Benfica (SLB) to use its full name – also has […]