Portuguese semipro soccer team Sporting CP has proven once again that they have some of the most fanatical women’s soccer supporters in the world.
On Sunday, the Lionesses played at the National Stadium in Lisbon for their first ever Portugal Cup final against SC Braga. The game attracted 12,213 roaring fans—most of whom wore the Sporting green and white—which is the largest attendance for a Portuguese women’s soccer match in the country’s history.
The energy in the stadium carried Sporting through what was an extremely close match. The Lionesses beat the Warriors 2-1 to win their first ever Portugal Cup title.
— Rodrigo (@ouentnao) June 4, 2017
In their inaugural season, the Sporting CP women have become a national icon after having won the Liga Futebol Feminino Allianz in May and now the Portugal Cup. The team was recently featured in a international women’s soccer ad campaign called #WePlayStrong, a movement to encourage more girls across to world to play the beautiful game.
Girls. Football. Power. You’ve got to see this. Together #WePlayStrong 💪⚽
— #WePlayStrong (@WePlayStrong_) May 31, 2017
Portugal’s women’s national team has never qualified for a World Cup in the history of the tournament. But there’s a chance that Sporting’s talent may bolster the nation’s hope in earning its first birth.