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Portuguese Traditional Games and Sports By: •Diogo Coelho, 8ºA •Pedro Ribeiro, 8ºA
Playing in the pastIn those days life was less stressful and television orcomputer games were not the main entertainment.
Pião - Spinning Top• Roll up the string around the top and throw it to the floor.• Try to knock over the other players tops .• The person whose top is spinning in the end is the winner.
Cabra-Cega The blind she-goat (Blindman’s buff)Material: a blindfoldThe game should be played on flat cleanground, preferably with no holes on it.The first player (the she-goat) isblindfolded. The other players walk aroundhim/her, touch him/her while they say“blind she-goat, blind she-goat”, allavoiding being caught up but without goingfar from the blind she-goat.When one of the players is caught up theshe-goat is supposed to identify him/herusing her/his tact (his/her hands only).In case he/she succeeds, the caught andidentified player is the next blind she-goat.
Cabra-Cega The blind she-goat (Blindman’s buff)In some children’s games there is a dialogue before the gamestarts :- Blind she-goat, where are you coming from?- From Penela (name of a Portuguese town) .- Do you bring cornbread with cinnamon (canela in Portuguese)?- Yes.- Will you give some?- No!
Material:Jogo da Macaca a small smooth stone; paint or chalk to draw a course made out of squares. Monkey Game • The first child tosses the stone to square one. If the stone (Hopscotch) touches the line or lands out of the square, the child loses his/her turn . • If the stone falls inside the right square, the child will hop from square to square, skipping the square where the stone is, standing on one foot, except at squares 3,4 and 6,7, where he/she will place a foot on each square. • On the reverse trip he/she picks up the stone (standing on one or two feet, depending on the squares he/she’s at). • If the child succeeds, he/she can go on tossing his/her stone to square number two, repeating the same pattern. • Whenever a child fails, it’s another child’s turn. • The winner is the one who first reaches “house” number 8, tossing his/her stone and doing all the course according to the rules.
Tug of War• Two or more players can play it.• Only a long strong rope is required .• The purpose of a team is to drag the other team until their first player crosses the borderline.
Jogo do Sapo - Toad Game• Each player has to toss and insert a disc or bean bag into one or more of the holes , or in the toad’s mouth.• The person who scores the most points wins.
Malha game• Very popular recreational game in the country.• The aim of the game is to knock down/get as close as possible to a pin or a marker using a disk of metal (called “malha”).
Three-legged race• It involves two participants attempting to complete a short sprint with the left leg of one runner strapped to the right leg of another runner. The aim is to run together without falling over, and beat the other contestants to the finish line.
Most Popular Sports
FootballThe first place where football was played in Portugal was in Camacha,Madeira Island, in 1875.The first game in continental Portugal was held in January 1889, on the site ofthe bullring of Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, today. The match placed Portugalagainst England, and ended with the victory of the Portuguese team 2-1.Sport Lisboa Benfica is the club with more members worldwide, according tothe Guiness book of records, which shows the interest that this sport awakensin Portugal. Eusébio (the black panther) - Benficas and Portugals most renowned player, considered one of the best players of all- time.
Athletics the one that has given our Athletics is the most prestigious sport in Portugal. It is also country more international titles, either individual or collective. The first official athletics competition in Portugal took place on June 26, 1910, and was entitled "National Olympics." The track and field athletes better known in Portugal are Rosa Mota, Carla Sacramento, and Elsa Amaral. Nelson Évora is the current triple jump olympic champion.Rosa Mota, former marathon Nelson Évora - current Carla Sacramento – formerrunner, considered one of the triple jump olympic world champion. A track wasbest runners of the 20th champion. named in her honour in Seixal.century.
Hockey on skatesIn Portugal, it is believed that hockey had its origin in a game called “choca”. Thisgame was played by five players armed with a stick (which could, or not be curvedat the tip), and a small wooden ball (or a pine cone) called “choca”.The first historical account brings us to 1873, when D. Maria Pia (queen ofPortugal) presented the first skates in Mafra. For a long time hockey was linked tothe aristocracy.Portugal is the country with the highest number of world titles, followed by Spain.
CanoeingCanoeing has been gaining more and more supporters in our country.In Portugal, canoeing began in the 1930s.The enthusiasm for this sport originated from the regular descent of the River Douro madeby Spanish teams . Thereafter canoeing spread throughout the country.The Portuguese Canoeing Federation (FCP) was founded on March 10, 1979.Our country has great geographical and climatic conditions for this activity.