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"It's incredible!"

By Sporting CP
07 May, 2024

First words from Rúben Amorim and his players after the title win

As soon as Sporting CP's 24th Liga Portugal title was confirmed, the party began all over the country and the world, with Sportinguistas celebrating the achievement. In the VIP Area at the Estádio José Alvalade, coach Rúben Amorim and some of the players spoke for the first time about the title triumph, with the rest expressing all their happiness on the bus that took the squad to the Marquês de Pombal square.

Rúben Amorim
“It’s a huge joy to win this title. Is it special? Yes, because for the first title people said it was an atypical season, without fans and European competitions, but this time there was everything and we managed to do it. Now it's time to try for a third title. Did I watch FC Famalicão vs. SL Benfica? I watched it with my players, we were having dinner and everything went well. I dedicate this title to all of the Sportinguistas. I think the key moment was the derby in Alvalade, which was an important step, and after that we were very consistent. Will I stay on at the club? There are still more things to be done, but I have a contract and I am the coach of Sporting CP.”

Sebastián Coates
“This title is our own merit, as we were the best team in the league. I dedicate this title to the entire team, our families and the fans, who have always supported us and suffered with us throughout the season. Now it’s time to celebrate and enjoy it.”

Viktor Gyökeres
“It’s my first title. I still can’t believe it. I have goosebumps, it's something I've never experienced before. Thank you very much to the Sportinguistas, who have been fantastic. I love being at Sporting CP and it's been fantastic, but we still have some games to win and we're going to try to finish the season in the best possible way. Then we'll see what happens. Rúben Amorim is an excellent coach, I like him, so I would like to continue with him. He was the one who brought me to Sporting CP and it has been a very good season.”

Morten Hjulmand
“We deserved the title, as we were the best team this season. This group is very special; there are different personalities but everyone has great character. That's why we've finished in first place. It's fantastic and now I can't wait to get to Marquês de Pombal and celebrate with the fans.”

Geny Catamo
“I've been waiting for this since I arrived at Sporting CP. Sporting CP are a huge club. I have no words to describe this. I'm very happy, it's a dream that came true. I feel very proud of my journey and the work I have done. I owe a lot to Sporting CP and I thank them for the way they helped me and for being here to celebrate a great title win with the Leonina family. People said that the game against SL Benfica was the title decider, and now we can say it was worth it because it decided everything. Thank you to the Sportinguistas for their support.”

Franco Israel
“I've never experienced this before, it's incredible. They wanted me to spend the night in the hospital, but I said there was no way. If we were crowned champions, I had to come here. Hard work pays off. We had a tough year, but with hard work and growth we achieved our goal. All games are important, but the derby against SL Benfica was crucial."

Eduardo Quaresma
"It is inexplicable. The first title I won with Sporting CP was good, but this one is even better. I hope there are many more to come, but now let’s it's time to party.”

Koba Koindredi
“This is why I came to Sporting CP, to experience these moments. I have no words to describe it. I always believed that we could win the title, right from the beginning. Now it’s time to enjoy the party.”

Jeremiah St. Juste
“We worked hard during the season and finally won the title. I know that people in Portugal are very passionate and it shows. I'm grateful for this experience, which is incredible. This is what I wanted when I signed for Sporting CP and we achieved it, so I thank everyone for this. Portugal is green!”

Matheus Reis
“It's my second time, but nothing compares to this. In the first title it was still the time of COVID-19, but now it is ten times better. Thank you to the team and the fans, and everything we've been through this season is paying off. Many thought we would be crowned champions next week, but I had faith it would be now. Sporting CP fans are unique, nothing compares to them. This club is a family, with passion and devotion. Everything we did during the season culminated in this, so I'm very happy. It’s an experience of a lifetime."

Iván Fresneda
“It’s spectacular, I’ve never seen anything like it. I dreamed of this since I arrived at Sporting CP, but I didn't think it would happen in my first season, after the difficulties I had. It's a great joy to be here because it was a difficult time for me personally, but I'm very happy and grateful to the Sportinguistas."

Ousmane Diomande
“I'm very happy. We have to celebrate and then prepare for the Taça de Portugal final. Sporting CP fans celebrating is crazy, I've never seen anything like it. It's my first time and it's like a dream, I'm enjoying it. This club is a family, everyone loves each other and the fans love the players. We are very happy and now we have to enjoy it.”

Francisco Trincao
“I was already expecting a party like this, because of the receptions we have had after the away games and the last one at home, but I can't explain the feeling. It's crazy, everyone has been incredible throughout the year and I want to say thank you, because without them this wouldn't be possible. I was recently talking to my father, with whom I have watched Sporting CP games since I was little. Being able to experience this with my parents is something that leaves me speechless. I am very happy and may it be repeated many times”.

Ricardo Esgaio
“It was a dream to become champion for the club where I spent a large part of my formative years. I was confident that this would happen from the moment I returned to Sporting CP”.