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Portugal – Sports
Football, also known as soccer, is undeniably the most popular sport in Portugal, as well as the most practiced one. Many international football stars, such as Ronaldo and Figo come from Portugal, and the Portuguese take great pride in their national football team as it is one of the highest-ranking football teams not only in Europe, but the whole world.
Benfica, Porto, and Sporting are three major Portuguese football clubs that, not only have great support from the Portuguese fans of this sport, but they also have fans all over the world.
There are two globally-relevant football events that take place in Portugal: The Portuguese Cup and The Portuguese Liga. The Portuguese Liga is was recently renamed Liga Sagres, after its main sponsor.
Cycling is arguably the second most popular sport in Portugal. A major cycling event, called Volta a Portugal, is a major event in this sport that is annually hosted in our country. It is a long distance cycling race for professionals.
Boavista and S.L Benfica are two of the major Portuguese professional cycling teams.
Athletics is another major sport in Portugal, with long tradition and numerous professionals and fans from all over the country.
With so many beautiful golf courses all over the country, it comes as no surprise that golf is also a rather popular sport among the Portuguese. Most of the highest-quality golf courses are located in the Estoril and the Algarve.
The sunny Algarve hosts the annual Algarve Open Portugal golf tournament where professionals from all over the country, and the world, compete for titles.
The long coastline of Portugal combined with the warm, mild weather provides ideal conditions for all manners of water sports, which then results in this type of sport being particularly popular in Portugal.
Guincho, located north of Lisbon, is one of many Portuguese areas that are globally-renowned for their surfing and windsurfing conditions.
The Portuguese athletes have also achieved global success in this type of sport. In particular, they have earned titles as European and world champions in body boarding, and European champions in surfing.
Other popular sports in Portugal include: Motor sports, Bullfighting, and traditional games such as Jogo do Sapo (Toad Game) and Jogos de Queijos (Cheese Game).