Founded on 28 September 1893, it is one of the “Big Three” (Portuguese: Três Grandes) teams in Portugal, together with Lisbon-based rivals Benfica and Sporting CP, which have competed in every season of the Primeira Liga since its establishment in 1934.
The team is nicknamed Dragões (Dragons), for the mythological creature standing atop the club’s crest, or Azuis e brancos (Blue and white), for the kit colours; their supporters are called Portistas. Since 2003, Porto have played its home games at the Estádio do Dragão, which replaced the previous 52-year-old ground, the Estádio das Antas.
Porto is the most successful Portuguese club in terms of overall titles, having won a total of 74 official titles. Domestically, Porto has won 27 Primeira Liga titles, five of which consecutively (between 1994–95 and 1998–99), a record in Portuguese football. Other national honours achieved by the club include the Taça de Portugal (16 times), the defunct Campeonato de Portugal (a record four times, along with Sporting CP) and the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (a record 20 times).
Porto became the second team in Portuguese league history, after Benfica, to complete two 30-game seasons without defeats, namely in the 2010–11 and 2012–13 seasons. In the former, Porto achieved the largest difference of points ever between champion and runner-up (21 points) in a three-points-per-win system, on its way to a second quadruple.
Internationally, Porto won seven major titles: the European Cup/UEFA Champions League in 1987 and 2004, the UEFA Cup/Europa League in 2003 and 2011, the UEFA Super Cup in 1987, and the Intercontinental Cup in 1987 and 2004.
It is the only Portuguese club to have won any of the last three competitions, and to have achieved a continental treble of domestic league, cup and European titles
In addition, Porto finished as runners-up at the 1983–84 European Cup Winners’ Cup and the 2003, 2004 and 2011 editions of the UEFA Super Cup.
Former defender João Pinto holds the record for most matches played in all competitions and in the Primeira Liga, while former goalkeeper Vitor Baía has the most appearances in international competitions.
Baía is also the most titled player, having won 25 trophies during his career in Porto.
Portuguese striker Fernando Gomes is the all-time club goalscorer in all competitions, having also scored the most league goals
In European competitions, Porto’s record goalscorer is Radamel Falcao, with 22 goals
After going public in 1997, Porto created several satellite companies:
FC Porto – youth football, basketball, handball, roller hockey, athletics, club’s magazine, etc.
FC Porto – Futebol SAD (professional football companie); SAD stands for Sociedade Anónima Desportiva
Porto Estádio (stadium management)
Porto Multimédia (official site and multimedia products)
Porto Comercial (merchandising)
Porto Seguro (insurance)
The FCPorto SAD is listed in the Euronext Lisbon stock exchange.