We were going to meet the Outsiders, a group of rugby veterans from Brisbane, with an average age of 50, and we were worried about it. We were worried because the information we got, was that this tour was the Outsiders’ last trip to play rugby outside of Australia. So, that was a big deal. We wanted them to have their last tour as extraordinary as the value and friendliness of the group, who are legendary all over the world. The first match they played was in Estádio Universitário de Lisboa (University Stadium of Lisbon), against the Lawbsters, the Portuguese national team. For the second match, we chose to take them to Évora, a World Heritage Site. We knew we had to find the right teams for the Outsiders, meaning that the teams had to have quality players, but at the same time, players within the same age group.
Posted: 19 October 2018
You must respect tradition in sports, and that´s what we did when we hosted in Lisbon the women football team of Skarphedin. Founded in 1891, the Norwegian club is now one of the strongest in the country, with teams competing in several sports, including, of course, alpine sky. The football girls came to train in the sun, and they are a very interesting group. The youngest is 15 years old, the oldest is 39 years old, and they have room for a mother and a daughter in the team. They were pleased with the training facilities and more pleased with the break to do some shopping in one of our shopping districts. To discover why professional football teams, want to work with us, feel free to contact us.
Posted: 03 May 2018
Last week, we did live the amazing experience of hosting football players of 17 different nationalities. No, it was not a special assignment from FIFA, even though we have heard that they are thinking about us to do something big in Portugal, and it was not yet the mega tournament that we are looking forward to organizing. In fact, it was only one team, with players from 17 different countries that now have only one nationality. The team was Switzerland´s FC Unterstrass.
Posted: 15 March 2018
If you are a sports insider, you know that if you want a serious professional, you should hire a Dutch player. They are 100 percent focused, always keen on target. Don’t forget about Gullit. So, when a few days ago, we hosted the girls from HBS Craeyenhout, a field hockey team from The Hague, we were a bit concerned. These girls, playing in their national league, came here to work hard. And indeed, they had the no fuss, no-frills approach. Scheduled time was sharp to the minute, training sessions were hard, even for 20-year old girls. And, of course, the game was a serious affair. They beat our national team for 7–0. But, the following day, we took them to walk for a while in the old streets of Lisbon to experience our city life. We are nice people, and the girls started to relax, and to smile a lot. Then we took them on a Sit way tour – a tour on a Segway’s vehicle with adapted seats. The day was sunny, people were waving in a friendly way. The girls were happy, some of them couldn’t even stop laughing. Mission accomplished.
Posted: 09 March 2018
What is rugby? There will never be a moment like that one. On the other side, you have the most powerful team in the world. Fifteen mental and physical ultimate warriors, 100% disciplined, masters of skills. But this is you and your lads, and you have been working a hell of a lifetime for this game.
Posted: 31 August 2018
Louise Holte is a serious football coach and she had a serious problem. Toppidrettsgymnaset I Telemark U19 boys and girls’ teams had a pre-season to deal with, and their coaches and teachers had four teams to get in shape. The problem was that you cannot do much in Skien, Norway, with the pitch full of snow and frozen temperatures.
Posted: 23 February 2018
It is not every day that we have truly, classic, legendary champions with us. Believe it or not, we spent the last days hosting “Les Espoirs du Perpignan”, or the Under–23 of the Union Sportive Arlequins Perpignanais, or USAP Perpignan, one of the mythologic rugby jerseys of France. These big boys, national champions in 2017, travelled to Lisbon to a training camp. The Perpignan´s academy is really a champions factory, where Guilhem Guirado, David Marty, Sébastien Vahaamahina and Tommaso Allan, amongst others, learned their skills. The technical team and the boys did enjoy our program, but let´s be honest here, the fun was all on our side. After all, it is not every day that you can enjoy champagne rugby alive.
Posted: 12 February 2018
In those years when he was the King of all the pitches, the joy did return to the game. We watched Ronaldinho Gaúcho for the free–kicks, for the long diagonal passes, for the sequence of dribbles in less than an inch of land. But above all, we watched him because his movements were a joyful football dance, and there was always a sunny smile on his face. In the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, he took the world.
Posted: 30 January 2018
KV Mechelen players came to Spain only for a quiet and professional Winter training camp. The team needs to fit the second leg of Belgium Football Jupiler Pro League, and to have a retreat in Islantilla, in the South of Spain, one of the best sports facilities of our portfolio, seems to be more than perfect. Players and staff arrived in a good mood to work, and they became even happier when they confirmed that the pitches were first class, and the accommodation even better. Not to mention that the Wi-Fi signal was strong everywhere, of course.
Posted: 19 January 2018
Watch out, these young women from Institute of Rugby, California, will not come to Portugal just to have fun. As the representatives of Southern California in our female tournament at the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival, the U19 girls are taking it very seriously.
Posted: 30 August 2018
According to the report of our field correspondent, these U15, and U16 Stockport Rugby lads are a potential danger for their teachers. The boys, wrote our correspondent, are always keen to anything and their energy reserve is bigger than Russia’s oil capacity. The boys left their Grammar School and the Grey Island on December 7th and on that same day, they were walking around Cascais seafront and training on the beach.
Posted: 27 December 2017
Suddenly the world is discovering this precious spot at the southern tip of Europe. A few days ago, the World Travel Awards, the most respected entity on the tourism field, gave two of their most distinguished “Oscars”, to our country. We get the “World´s Leading Destination”, and Lisbon, our capital, the “World´s Leading City Break Destination”
Posted: 20 December 2017
Not quiet nor relaxed, the old red devil Eric Cantona, the one of a kind United striker that spread magic and some odd emotions on England’s and Europe’s pitches in the 90´s. These days, “The King”, despite of his very hipster beard, he is far from being at peace with the world and even further in hiding some of his strong views about the beautiful game.
Posted: 30 August 2018
You should always keep in mind that love works on a reciprocity basis. You know all about this, how much you give, is how much you get. Except for the taxman, of course. Being this the case, you cannot expect that after your pitch boots would have given all for you in battle, in fact being your intimate supplier of power, speed, and stability, they, full of dust, mud, and pain, will be happy to be thrown to some dark corner.
Posted: 07 December 2017
The U15 girls from Étoile Mouzillon came to the Lisbon Football Youth Cup 2017 to fight the best and learn from it. The French girls took the Cup seriously, and they collected, in their community near Nantes, the necessary money for the trip.
Posted: 30 November 2017
The mister of the Vila Praia de Âncora Football Club was relentless with his U15 girls throughout the tournament. “Activate, girls, activate,” he shouted periodically at each game to force them to put into practice the tactic planned in the shade of Jamor grove. It worked. Rugged and disciplined, the girls from Vila Praia de Âncora surprised Sporting, and then managed to master the remaining games, taking the Lisbon Cup home.
Posted: 17 November 2017