Sporting’s first home match in the Portuguese capital took place only in the third round after the start of the season. Therefore, the game against a modest league debutant, Chaves, was a priori in the category of heightened interest. Fans were advised not to put it off and to buy a ticket a week before the game.

Good Portugal did just that, arriving at the Alvalade Stadium on Monday. However, there had already been no seats for several sectors. When choosing a ticket, we noticed two different price tags on the poster. One of them is noticeably cheaper.

It sounds loud, but in reality, it’s elementary to arrange. It turns out that it’s a membership discount for official fans. You need to go to the company store and pay 6.5 or 13 euros, depending on the tickets you want. A monthly partnership is included, during which you can buy all the tickets for 5-10 euros cheaper.

This feature is especially advantageous for fans with children. The child of such a card will cost only 3 euros, but with it, you can buy tickets for matches for only 10 euros (adult fr. So even at the first match, you can save a lot of money. If anything, membership cannot be paid after a month, and it automatically expires.

The stadium and surroundings are immersed in green on the day of the game. Particularly striking is the pink, ladies’ version. Already at the exit from the metro, elderly salespeople chant the memorized text and offer scarves for 5 euros.

Despite the excitement, you can still buy a ticket at the ticket office for some sections. But there is a long queue of about 100 meters. Keep in mind that this is not the only ticket office. The next one is to the right of the main entrance, literally 200 meters away. And the number of people there is significantly less.

On regular days the 50 thousand people Avalade Stadium is used as a shopping center. And on the day of the game, it continues to work. This is very convenient because right before the match you can stop by the supermarket or fast food to get something to eat. There you can also grab a bottle of beer, and after the game, you can go to the movie theater on the top floor. Also, before the game, there are traditional ball competitions.

Now about beer. In the former Soviet Union, it’s common to remember the times nostalgically when you could drink a couple of glasses of lager at the stadium. Skeptics of the ban on alcoholic beverages cite the example of Europe; they say people drink there, and it’s okay. They don’t. In Portugal, no alcohol is sold at a soccer match. Unless you have a soft drink, but drink it yourselves.

Never mind, there’s enough to see at the match even without it. Entourage goes down your spine at the beginning of the game when the teams take the field, and the music fades away. That’s when you hear the first a cappella of the ultras.

The singing in Lisbon is very fantastic. The author has been to officially the loudest stadium in the world, where Besiktas of Turkey plays, but in Portugal, it seems as if the entourage is not the least bit worse.

The meat of the game starts at halftime when the fans start a real brawl. They are not that interested in the match, and to achieve catharsis, they sing their favorite songs, march around and use the iron fences as a drum. Fences, Carl.

The children in the stadium are incredibly adorable. They are rubbed on the cheek by random passersby, after which they make an essential show that they are in no way inferior to the adults. Charges are shouted, and flags are waved. The buzz.

“Sporting lost their second match in a row and are still looking for their game after the departure of a key midfielder. “Maldição!” a seemingly very good-natured gaffer swore for the entire 90 minutes. The fans saw the team off with a sense of utmost anger and middle fingers on their hands.

But that didn’t stop those in attendance from getting an aesthetic sense of pleasure from visiting the arena and recharging their batteries for the week to come. Maybe then their club will finally break its bad streak.

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