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Get To Know Sporting Lisbon

26 July 2015


Ahead of Crystal Palace's Cape Town Cup final against Sporting Lisbon today, find out all you need to know about the Portuguese side.

Sporting booked their place in the Cape Town Cup final by overcoming Ajax Cape Town on penalties in their semi final after the sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Sporting's goalscorers on the night were Carlos Mane and Ruben Semedo, but goalkeeper Rui Patricio was the hero of the day as he saved two penalties in the shoot-out to guide his side to the clash against the Eagles.

The club are one of the "Tres Grande" (big three) in Portugal alongside Benfica and Porto and have won 45 domestic trophies, 18 of which have been league titles, but just the one European trophy which came way back in 1964 when they won the European Cup Winners Cup.

However their last league triumph was back in 2002 and last season saw them finish in third place in the Primeira Liga, although did they lift the Portuguese Cup after beating Braga on penalties. They also participated in the Champions League but were eliminated at the group stage, and have the chance to compete in the competition again this season should they make it through the play-off round.

They are coached by Jorge Jesus who only arrived at the club last month, having previously managed Benfica to the league title last season - his third success at the club. He is someone who Alan Pardew knows well after the two faced each other in the Europa League back in 2013/14 when the Eagles boss was managing Newcastle United.

The current squad has plenty of familiar faces to it, including their star man William Carvalho who has been making a name for himself as a defensive midfielder for the club, coming through the club's academy, as well as appearing in the Portugal national side. Islam Slimani is a threat up front having scored 15 goals in 37 games for Algeria, and Brian Ruiz is a new recruit having swapped life at Fulham for Lisbon. They also have young Scottish talent Ryan Gauld in their ranks, who scored twice in five appearances last season.

Some of the great and good of Portuguese football have represented the club over the years, most notably Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo 

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