A galaxy of superstars has donned the famous green and white hoops of Sporting Lisbon.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Fernando Peyroteo*.
And, apart from relatively minor differences in style, they’ve all worn practically the same home shirt.
But has this always been the case? And what is the history of the Sporting Lisbon home kit?
History of the Sporting Lisbon Home Kit
Well, it begins in 1902 with a side named Sport Clube de Belas. Destined for a brief but spectacular existence, Belas wore a white shirt and played in front of thousands including the royal family.
Despite their undeniable popularity, the side would only play a handful of games together and disbanded shortly after.
A New Club is Formed
Two years later, members of that Belas side decided to form a new team, this time naming it Campo Grande Football Club.
Ambitious, but not so imaginative, Campo Grande simply adopted the white colours of Sport Clube de Belas.
It didn’t take long, however, for cracks to form.
Some wanted to take their sporting endeavours seriously. While others were more interested in pursuing the social aspects. And so the club split.
From its ashes rose a new side – one that would go on to become one of Portugal’s most successful – Sporting Clube de Portugal.
With its foundation on July 1, 1906, came a new look, the addition of a rather fetching green.
Hoops Make Their Debut
Initially, Sporting divided their strip down the middle. A green half and a white half. The design was named the “Stromp” after club founder, Francisco Stromp, and the style and name are still used for some of Sporting’s alternative kits.
But somewhere in the late ‘20s or early ‘30s, Sporting ditched the Stromp for their home kits and adopted hoops, taking inspiration from Sporting’s rugby team. And the design change stuck.
Since that point, the Leões have remained relatively consistent in their kit design.
The year 1981 saw the introduction of a kit manufacturer’s logo. Puma’s leaping cat. Which was replaced a year later by the rooster of French brand, Le Coq Sportif.
The final major change came in the 1987/88 season when Danish company Hummel took over. And, for the first time, a full-time shirt sponsor was introduced.
Claiming this prestigious spot was Portuguese air-conditioning company, FNAC. No, probably not as exciting as it could have been. But a historic look none-the-less.
Where Can I Buy or Sell Vintage Sporting Lisbon Kits?
Buying or selling a vintage Sporting Lisbon kit is easy. Simply head to FutbolMarkt’s Marketplace. There, you’ll find an extensive collection of football memorabilia, sold by football fans just like you. Can’t see what you want? Not a problem. Simply head to the Wanted Items section and put a call out. Someone will get back to you soon.
*Fernando Peyroteo is Sporting CP’s leading scorer with 544 goals in 334 appearances. At 1.63 goals a game, he’s got a better scoring record than Pele at Santos (0.98), Lionel Messi at Barcelona (0.88), and Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid (1.03). Stats correct as of January 2, 2020, from FIFA.com.
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