#70SportWays (5): José Alvalade, father of Sporting CP
For our Sporting friends it is a temple. For European sportsmen it is one of the most beautiful stadiums of our Continent. For history of football, he is the founder and first member of Sporting Clube de Portugal. He is José Alfredo Holtreman Roquette (born 10th October 1885), better known as José Alvalade, the fifth of our #70SportWays, whose story is linked to sport, multisport and to our Leões friends.
José Alvalade was an aristocrat, who became interested in sport from a young age. On April 1906, he expressed the intention to form a new sports club in Lisbon and he made his dream come true, also thanks to the support of his grandfather Alfredo Augusto das Neves Holtreman, 1st Viscount of Alvalade. His grandfather made the grounds available for the costruction of a new stadium in the current areas of Lumiar, Campo Grande and Alvalade in Lisbon and then became the first president of Sporting Clube de Portugal, founded on 1st July 1906.
José Alvalade, founder of the club, was the first club member and he was also a Multisport athlete, since he used to practice not only football, but also cricket and tennis. During the founding period, he had the desire to make Sporting a “great club, as big as the biggest in Europe”. As Luigi Bigiarelli in Rome for S.S. Lazio, Josè Alvalade was guided by the idea to open the way to sport to everyone. And that is why several years after his death, the 1947 Sporting CP General Assembly decided that the stadium should have been named Estádio “José Alvalade”, in his honor.