Soccer is by far Portugal's most popular sport, and Lisbon has three teams, which play at least weekly during the September–May season. Although you can buy tickets on the day of a game at the stadiums, it's best to get them in advance from the ABEP booth in the Praça dos Restauradores.
Arrive at matches early; there's usually a full program of entertainment first, including children's soccer, marching bands, and fireworks. Before every Benfica home game the club’s emblem, an eagle, swoops around the stadium. Be wary of pickpockets in soccer stadium crowds.
Estádio da Luz. Benfica, Lisbon's most famous soccer team, plays in the northwest part of the city. Their stadium holds 65,000 spectators, is the biggest in Portugal, and is one of the biggest in Europe. Inside is a small museum that is open daily. It costs €15 for adults (€6 for children), while a stadium visit costs €10 (€4 for kids); if you combine them you pay €20 (€8 for kids). Avenida General Norton Matos, Benfica, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1500-313. 707/200–100. www.slbenfica.pt. Metro: Alto dos Moinhos.
Estádio José de Alvalade Século XXI. Benfica's big local rival, Sporting Clube de Portugal, plays at this stadium in the north of city. Rua Fernando da Fonseca, Alvalade, Lisbon, Lisbon, 1600-464. 707/204–444. www.sporting.pt. Metro: Campo Grande.