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Old Sporting Lisbon shirts, from the 1970s - green white hoops

This page shows the history of Sporting Lisbon football shirts and jerseys in the 1970 decade. Practically all these old Sporting jerseys are match worn (worn by a Sporting player on the pitch or on the substitute bench during a game, or prepared for the team players that were not called for the game). At the time, replica shirts as those sold in the official Sporting Lisbon shop were mostly unavailable.

At the time, there weren't specific numbers assigned to specific players, and the shirts of the initial team were simply numbered one to eleven. Sporting Lisbon often used different jersey models in the same season, and also used the same shirts in different seasons, sometimes years apart. This makes identification of shirts difficult, and it may not always be possible to assign a given kit to a given season, let alone player. This means that there are no guarantees that all the shirts here are correctly identified. Some of the shirts come from sources close to the players and are very well identified. Others are difficult to tell exactly. In any case, this is the best that could be done and any further information is welcome.

Note from January 2015: several assignments on this page are wrong. We now have all the data, but lack of time means we will correct things - one day.

Sorting Lisbon match worn shirts from the beginning of the 1970s - the perfect lion

Sporting Clube de Portugal

Earlu 1970s, Match worn by José Augusto (sub-21). This model was worn by the U21 at least already in 1972, but with the old style club symbol

With thanks to the owner of the shirt, grandson of the player, Mr. Igor Nunes

Portugal Sporting Lisbon match worn shirt


The match worn shirts attributed to the brilliant center defender Bastos are with absolute certanty worn by Bastos. The origin of these shirts, sourced from close relationships, leaves no doubts. As for the year, it is harder and some uncertanty may remain, except when a given date has been assured. In the beginning of the 1970s at least four different home kit models were used by Sporting Lisbon players.

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1973/1974. National champion and Cup winner

Matchworn by Bastos. Similar shirts were already used in the 60s.

worn in game by defender Bastos 1972 1974 home shirt


Sporting Lisbon game worn shirts from the mid 1970s

The lion in the Sporting Lisbon crest can be useful when trying to identify the origin and season of match worn shirts of this period. In the beginning of the 1970 decade, perfect and stylised lions were used in the players worn jerseys. This is documented by many period photos and pictures. Then, later on in the 70s, more primitive looking lions showed up, which looked a bit more fat. In the md 70s, the Sporting lion could change from shirt to shirt, and there s evidence that in some cases players commisioned their own shirts. This was probably more the exception than the norm, anyway, the Club crests looked as they were sewed manually. The lions shown below belong to this category.

One interesting note is that the first Sporting Lisbon shirts with sponsor were used in 1974/75, in a friendly game in France. Sponsors were only finally introduced in 1987/88.

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1972/1973. Cup winner.

Match worn by Bastos against Benfica in the away game 8 October 1972. Sporting lost 4-1 (photo from the game, where Bastos is making a faul on Eusebio leading to a penalty that Eusebio scored).

With thanks to Joana Pessoa

shirt match worn by Bastos Sporting Benfica 1972 Eusebio

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

Match worn home shirt from 1974/1975 or 1980/81. The Sporting symbol is equal to that of the following shirt so they should be from the same year.

With thanks to Mr. Nuno Ruivo

1974 1975 1980 1981 Sporting Portugal maillot porté en jeu

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

Team training kit. The symbol is equal and made of the same material as the one from the previous shirt, so they must be from the same season.

70s replica Sporting shirt maillot Portugal

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1975/76

Home shirt worn in match

Sporting Lisbonne 75 76 maillot de jeu porte

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1975/1976

Matchworn

With thanks to Mr. Nuno Ruivo

70er Sporting Lissabon spielertrikot


The shirt worn by Sporting Lisbon players at the end of the 1970s

Sometime near the end of the decade, the lion in the Sporting Lisbon shirt crest was once more stylized, elegant, perfect, with a machine-stich look. In fact, it became what it had been at the beginning of the 1970s. There are Sorting Clube de Portugal shirts from the early 70s exactly equal to shirts that are with absolute certainty from the late 70s. This is hard on a Sporting Lisbon shirt collector, because particularly jerseys worn by the team players on the pitch become that much harder to identify.

In some cases, like the Inacio shirts show here and in the Sporting shirts of the 1980s, are unproblematic, because their source precludes any doubt, but this is not always the case.

From the considerations above, one might think that Sporting Lisbon shirts with chubby lions stitched by hand are necessarily from the mid 1970s. Unfortunately, exactly the same feline symbols showed up again in the Sporting Club Portugal shirt of the early 80s.

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1976/1977

Home matchworn shirt

Sporting Lisbon matchworn unknown player 1976 1977 Palhares

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1976/1977

Traditional hooped shirt, matchworn by Inácio

With thanks to Mr. Nuno Ruivo

MWS Inacio home shirt match worn club Sporting

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

Probably 1976/1977

Match worn shirt of the great captain Manuel Fernandes, on display at the Sporting Museum

With thanks to the photographer, Mr. Rui Trindade, on his first visit to Alvalade

Sporting Lisbon museum historic shirt on display

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1977/1978

Shirt worn by Da Costa, in the match against Atletico Mineiro 18 August 1977, swap with Darcio

Shirt worn by Da Costa against Atletico Mineiro 18 August 1977

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1977/1980

Match worn shirt, unknown player

SCP 1978 1979 1980 home shirt Portugal team

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1977/78 or 1978/79

Old matchworn Sporting Lisbon shirt, player Jordão, a legendary striker

Old matchworn Sporting Lisbon shirt, player Jordão, a legendary striker

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1977/1980

Sporting Lisbon home hooped match worn shirt, unknown player

Sporting Lisbon home hooped match worn jersey, unknown player 1970s

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1977/78 ou 1978/79. Joaquim Murça Sporting Lisbon shirt, it is identical to the Jordão top above, only the number os different

With thanks to Mr. Nuno Ruivo

Sporting Lisbon top Joaquim Murca 1977/78 1978/79

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1979/80. There are shirts with the player number in this format at least in 77/78 and 79/80

Worn in match by an unknown Sporting Club Portugal Player

maillot ancien du Sporting Lisbonne du Portugal 1977 78 79 80

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

1977/1980. There are shirts with such numbers at least in 77/78 and 79/80

Match worn shirt, unknown player

With thanks to Mr. Nuno Ruivo

kit Sporting Portugal 1977 78 79 80

 

Sporting Clube de Portugal

Probably 1979/80. Match worn by Jordão

With thanks to Mr. Nuno Ruivo

Sporting Lisbon jersey 1981/82 match worn by Rui Jordao


Concluding remarks on the Sporting Lisbon 1970s shirt

What we can conclude from all these match worn Sporting Lisbon kits from the 1970s, is that this was the last decade where Sporting used equipments without a brand or official maker. These shirts are absolutely perfect, they scream SPORTING through each thread: the fabric (pure cotton), the shape, the colour, the elegance. The current Sporting jerseys, as beautiful as they are, cannot compare.

In the end of the 1970s and in the beginning of the 1980s, some Sporting goalkeepers used Adidas jerseys.

As a final note, the size of these shirts can be surprising: if held or worn they look very small. This is how they were used by the Sporting players on the soccer pitch, tightly fitting.

 


Youth football shirts

These are shirts from Sporting's youth football teams. Identification is difficult since similar shirts were worn in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and in some cases upo to the 1990s

Sporting Clube de Portugal

Early 1980s. This U14 shirt was offered to the linesman Chris van de Laar after the 11 december 1985 game against Atlético de Bilbao, intended for his son Roy who was 12 at the time.

With thanks to Roy and Chris van de Laar

With thanks to Roy and Chris van de Laar
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