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June 22, 2017 by Paul Soto

Where to Ball — as in Basketball — in Lisbon

It’s hard to be a baller in Lisbon. A crowded city, the domination of futebol, and the lack of a national basketball tradition make playing proper basketball a tough task for those new to Lisbon. However, with a little research and a transport pass, it’s possible to find a good pick-up game (or amateur leagues, if ball is life).

Competitive basketball through local leagues exists mostly outside the city center, in areas such as Queluz, Estoril, Restelo, and Alges. Many teams, or clubes, feature varying age and skill levels for both male and female athletes. For adults, there is the Seniors level, which is geared toward high-level amateur athletes between the ages of 18 and 35. For older ballers or less-serious adult competitors, many clubs offer a Veteranos team for ages 18-60+.

While teams seem open to having non-Portuguese players on board, it is highly advised to have basic conversational Portuguese down as practices are commanded at higher speeds than your polite and drunk Lisboeta friends do on a Friday night.

Here is a list of amateur teams you can check out around town.


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