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Benfica’s rivalry with Sporting Lisbon, known as the Derbi de Lisboa, is by far the fiercest rivalry in Portuguese football. The sporting enmity dates back to 1907, when no less than eight Benfica players joined Sporting a few days ahead of the game. The matches between these teams are closely followed by Portuguese people around the world, and in all of the country’s former colonies. Naturally, such rivalry attracts interests from other football fans as well.
However, the picture wouldn’t be complete without mentioning FC Porto, who are actually closer to Benfica in the numbers of titles won (28) than Sporting (18). Apart from these three teams, only Belenenses and Boavista can say that they know what it feels like to be crowned champions of Portugal.
Benfica were founded back in 1904, and the full name of the club is Sport Lisboa e Benfica. As has already been pointed out, they’ve won 37 league titles so far – the most in the country by some distance. The Portuguese league as such began in 1934. Having finished in third place in its maiden season, Benfica then won the title three times in a row and their days of glory began. The pinnacle of their history to this day came in the 60s. Managed by the legendary Bela Guttman, they won the 1960 and 1961 European Cup and played in three more finals. They also won eight league titles in that decade, and they received the France Football European Team of the Year award in 1968.
Benfica continued dominating the Portuguese scene throughout the 70s and the 80s, but that’s where financial problems started creeping up on them. In the early 90s, Porto also established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, winning 18 titles since then. Now, the rivalry between them is very fierce, though Sporting continue to hover near the top as well.