September 1893. Out of nothing, FC Porto was founded from a secret ambition that became a tough and inflexible reality. António Nicolau d´Almeida, a fine sportsman and an expert Oporto Wine trader, was invited by the F.C. Porto president to a game against Club Lisbonense. This was the first appearance of many in a football match for the club, in more than an hundred years of history. Deep and insightful enthusiasm marked the years that followed F.C. Porto foundation. The goal of José Monteiro da Costa was to unite the efforts of the local community with the strong English representation in Oporto. This led to extinction of Grupo Recreativo "O Destino" in favour of F.C. Porto. It was the beginning of a structure built on a strong foundation.
The founders were a group of men strongly determined to create a symbol, a crest or an icon, in which future generations would take pride. Their remarkable initiative is still remembered today. Blue and white were the colours chosen, as meaning of pureness, calmness and stillness of the mind. At that time these colours were also represented in the Portuguese national flag.
FC Porto evolved, and began to focus on national and universal goals. In the first crest, the symbol was, of course, a football with the FCP. initials. Twenty years later, the Oporto city shield became a vital part of the FC Porto badge. In 1948, the 3-2 victory over Arsenal, at the time known as the best team in the world, was proof of the blue and whites’ potential.
Over the years, FC Porto grew as its conquests became bigger and its place in European and world football grew in establishment. The symbol of a region shocked the country and surprised the world. The 1980’s were one of the most memorable decades. In 1987 and 1988, FC Porto won the European Champions Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the European Super Cup – an outstanding achievement and proof of the success of a special philosophy in sports.
Few years later, F.C. Porto achieved a goal that no other club in Portugal had ever accomplished. Five championships in a row were remarkable, another great chapter in the clubs’ history. Nowadays, the world changed and Portugal too has evolved. Sporting infrastructure is now more complex, but FC Porto remains at the top. The club remained winning and the dynamics persisted. FC Porto is now represented all over the country and all over the world.
The Centro de Treinos e Formação Desportiva Porto Gaia and the Estádio do Dragão are modern world class infrastructures. The future shines bright, as the club conquered the UEFA Cup, in the 2002/03 season, the UEFA Champions League, in 2003/04, the Intercontinental Cup, in 2004, and the Europa League, in 2010/11.
At the end of last season, FC Porto became the most successful Portuguese club. Beyond the reality that surrounds football, F.C. Porto showed its greatness in other sports, and the honours speak for themselves.
The club is also strong in basketball, handball, roller hockey, billiards, swimming, athletics, adapted sport, motorsports, boxing, camping, chess, fishing, karate and weightlifting. These teams contribute to successful tradition and ensure the diversity and necessary involvement in the community’s well-being.