Monday, February 15, 2010

Not exactly familiar squad? Quite right – apart from Dinis, Damas, and Hilario nobody else really played for the national team, and even these three did not become major stars. Dinis was the best promise at the time, yet he faded quickly. On top of it, the photo itself is wrong, as if to confirm the relative obscurity of the club – by mistake of the printers, it appears blue and white. Perhaps true green and white Spoting fans were enraged by that. Sorry, Portugal had to wait for many more years until becoming football power again, and colours became familiar enough to avoid embarrassing mistakes. But Sporting faded further soon – with the emergence of powerful FC Porto, which somewhat switched domestic rivalry in different direction. More or less, this was the last year Sporting (Lisbon) were the number two club in Portugal.