Pioneers: How football took hold in Portugal

Please share: On the night of Sunday 10 July 2016 in Paris, Portugal slammed the door shut on France’s talented attack for 120 minutes despite losing its talismanic leader Cristiano Ronaldo early on. It wasn’t a vintage final – major tournament finals rarely are in the modern era – but in those dying seconds of […]

Football City Guide: Lisbon

Please share: 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 […]

Football Travel Podcast: FC St.Pauli and Portugal

Please share: 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 […]


Football Travel: Belenenses

Please share: 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 […]

Football Travel: Estoril Praia

Please share: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 […]

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Football Travel: Benfica

Please share: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 […]