Taça de Portugal Draw: Famalicão (Away)

The draw for the Taça de Portugal has been made and Sporting will face FC Famalicão away from home on the 16th October.

The game takes place just before the game against Borussia Dortmund so expect a second string Sporting side to feature.

The last time the two teams met was also in the Taça de Portugal back in January 2015 when goals from André Carrillo, João Mário, Paulo Oliveira, and Fredy Montero completed a comfortable 4-0 win.

Sporting Squad to Face Real Madrid

Sporting’s squad that travels to Spain to face Cristiano Ronaldo and friends tomorrow has been announced.

The Champions League allows for bigger squads than the Primeira Liga so it’s no surprise to see players like Vladimir Stojković make the cut.

Here’s the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Beto, Vladimir Stojković
Defenders: João Pereira, Ezequiel Schelotto, Ricardo Esgaio, Rúben Semedo, Sebastián Coates, Paulo Oliveira, Douglas Teixeira, Marvin Zeegelaar, Jefferson
Midfielders: William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Bruno César, Elias, Radosav Petrović, Marcelo Meli, Bruno Paulista
Forwards: Lazar Marković, Bryan Ruiz, Gelson Martins, Matheus Pereira, Alan Ruiz, André, Bas Dost, Joel Campbell, Luc Castaignos

Futebol Feminino: Belenenses 0-5 SPORTING

The Women’s football team returned with a bang after a 21-year absence from the league. Nuno Cristovão’s side won 5-0 in a very one sided game.

The game was not shown on TV, however highlights of the goals are now up and can be found here.

The pick of the goals was probably the first, when Tatiana Pinto looped a shot over the Belenenses goalkeeper after 12 minutes gone. Diana Silva made it 2-0 just before half-time heading in from a corner.

In the second half the goals came through Solange Carvalhas, Fátima Pinto, and Joana Marchão.

Usually, a 5-0 in the first round of the league puts you at the top of the table but with Braga winning 9-0 in their game it sees Sporting second.

SPORTING XI: Patrícia Morais; Rita Fontemanha, Bruna Costa, Matilde Figueiras, Joana Marchão; Patrícia Gouveia, Fátima Pinto, Tatiana Pinto; Solange Carvalhas, Diana Silva, Ana Capeta

Sporting Announce Squad for Women’s First Game

Sporting announced Nuno Cristovão’s first squad for Sporting’s first women’s match of the season.

After a promising pre-season for an entirely new team, Sporting will be cautiously optimistic for that can achieve this year. Sporting take on Belenenses on the Liga Futebol Feminino later today. Here’s the squad:

Goalkeepers: Inês Pereira, Patrícia Morais
Defenders: Bruna Costa, Elsa Ventura, Joana Marchão, Matilde Figueiras, Rita Fontemanha, Tânia Rodrigues
Midfielders: Ana Rita Viegas, Fátima Pinto, Patrício Gouveia, Sara Granja, Tatiana Pinto
Forwards: Ana Capeta, Bárbara Marques, Diana Silva, Filipa Mandeiro, Solange Carvalhas

Champions League Squad Announced

The squad for Sporting’s Champions League campaign has been announced. UEFA has yet to publish the “B” list, meaning some youth team players like Matheus Pereira and Gelson Martins don’t feature but that should follow shortly.

All of the new signings feature, the only missing name from the first team squad proper is goalkeeper Ažbe Jug.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Beto, Vladimir Stojković*, Luís Maximiano*, Pedro Silva*
Defenders: Ezequiel Schelotto, Jefferson, Sebastián Coates, Paulo Oliveira, Douglas Teixeira, João Pereira, Rúben Semedo, Ricardo Esgaio, Marvin Zeegelaar, Pedro Empis*, Mauro Riquicho*, Ivanildo Fernandes*, Guilherme Ramos*, Abdu Conté*, Gonçalo Vieira*, Jefferson Encada*
Midfielders: Radosav Petrović, Bruno César, William Carvalho, Elias, Adrien Silva, Marcelo Meli, Bruno Paulista, Alan Ruiz, Bubacar Djaló*, Gelson Martins*, Bruno Paz*, Pedro Ferreira*, Fábio Martins*
Forwards: Lazar Marković, Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz, André, Luc Castaignos, Bas Dost, Luís Eloi*, Matheus Pereira*

*B list

Edited 13/9 to include to include the B squad.

Official: João Mário to Internazionale

The transfer of João Mário to Internazionale has finally been completed. The player moves from Lisbon to Milan with a value of €40,000,000 with a possible bonus of a further €5,000,000 in the future, depending on objectives.

João Mário joined Sporting at 11-years old along with his older brother, Wilson Eduardo. He made his debut for the club in December 2011 against Lazio. João Mário always looked promising coming through the youth systems but really caught the eye during his loan move to Vitória de Setúbal and shortly after that cemented his place in the team as a starter.

At €40+5m João Mário becomes the most expensive sale in Sporting’s history. The previous 3 were all to Manchester United, Nani back in 2008 for €25.5m, Marcos Rojo in 2014 for €20m and Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2003 for €15m.

João Mário left a message on Instagram for the fans: “Where to start? 14 marvellous years that I will not forget. At this time the only word that comes to my head is thanks. Thanks to Sporting for everything they have done for me. I started like any kid who arrives at the academy and dreams of getting to the first team. Since the first day I knew I had made the right choice and I thank all of the people without exception who were part of this story. From the management, all the trainers I had, all of the people who worked for years at the academy, my big thank you! They will stay in my heart as well as all the Sportinguistas for the support and admiration. From today I am now one more fan. Thank you to Inter for this opportunity and for all the care during this journey. Eager to start.”

Obrigado por tudo, João Mário!

News: João Mário, Pedro Delgado, Luc Castaignos, Naldo

João Mário is in Milan to complete his signing with Internazionale. The two clubs seem to have finally come to an agreement and, presumably, Inter have managed to make the transfer work whilst still agreeing with Financial Fair Play. The transfer should be made official soon.

The signing of Pedro Delgado from Inter is also nearly complete. The player is apparently in Lisbon completing his medical. The player has apparently had other proposals from clubs in England and Italy but is set to return to Sporting, where he previously featured at youth level.

Sporting are apparently close to completing the signing of Luc Castaignos from Eintracht Frankfurt. The Dutch striker, who turns 24 in September, will be signing for a fee believed to be between €2.5m and €3m according to Mais Futebol. The signing of Castaignos would certainly make Islam Slimani’s departure a more likely outcome. Indeed, France Football were reporting that Leicester City want to up their bid for the Algerian striker.

Naldo has left Sporting to join Krasnodar on a permanent transfer. It was initially believed to be a loan deal but the Russian club have signed the player for 4 seasons. Once again, no word yet of a transfer fee.

One transfer fee we do know is that Douglas Teixeira joined Sporting for €1m, aaccording to Trabzonspor themselves. If Douglas is the replacement to Naldo, it looks like Sporting may have made a profit with that one.

Champions League Draw, Douglas, André

There’s plenty of big news to catch up on with the Champions League draw, the signings of Douglas and André, the departure of Alberto Aquilani, and the usual transfer rumours.

Firstly, we’ll look at the Champions League draw. It’s a very tough group for Sporting but does involve the return of a familiar face to the Alvalade. Here are the full Champions League fixtures:

14th September: Real Madrid vs. SPORTING
27th September: SPORTING vs. Legia Warszawa
18th October: SPORTING vs. Borussia Dortmund
2nd November: Borussia Dortmund vs. SPORTING
22nd November: SPORTING vs. Real Madrid
7th December: Legia Warszawa vs. SPORTING

It’s looking like 3rd place is going to be the most likely outcome of that group but the return of Cristiano Ronaldo should be a great moment.

Madrid, Dortmund and Legia will also be the opponents for Sporting’s U19 side as Sporting return to the UEFA Youth League.

Yesterday Sporting also completed the long expected transfer of Douglas Teixeira from Trabzonspor. The Brazilian turned Dutch central defender has a 3-year contract with the option of an extra year.

No word of a transfer fee but the 28-year old is going to find it difficult to get in the team ahead of Rúben Semedo and Sebastián Coates. This is should accelerate the departures of Naldo, rumoured to be joining Krasnodar on loan shortly, and Ewerton.

The departure of Alberto Aquilani has finally concluded. The Italian midfielder rescinded his contract and has joined Pescara.

Before that, on Wednesday evening there was the signing of Brazilian forward André from Corinthians. Apparently, Sporting have used some of the debt owed the club by Corinthians (back from the transfer of Elias) as part of the transfer fee but no official word on the value.

André signs a contract until 2019 with an option of 2 more seasons and a release clause of €60,000,000.

According to O Jogo, Sporting want to give a new contract to Gelson Martins. Martins currently has a contract until 2021, however Sporting want to increase the player’s wages as well extend the length of the contract.

A Bola say that there are Primeira Liga clubs looking to sign Daniel Podence on loan, with Sporting willing to allow the player to gain experience elsewhere.

Finally, the rumours of the signing of Bas Dost have returned. If you believe all the rumours then Sporting have competition from some English sides however should Sporting sign the Wolfsburg man it is likely it could lead to the exit of Islam Slimani.

Sporting Sign Joel Campbell on Loan

As expected, Sporting have completed the transfer of Joel Campbell on loan from Arsenal.

Campbell said this at his presentation: “I am here to win the league! I want to pay back the confidence people have shown in me. Of course I spoke with Bryan Ruiz, who told me a lot of good things about the club, but it was the support of the president and coach that made me take this decision. I will work as hard as I can and results will speak for themselves. I know what I can do and I hope everything goes well here.”

There was no word on whether, as speculated in the press, there is an option for Sporting to buy the player at the end of the loan agreement.

Campbell could make his debut for Sporting on Sunday against FC Porto.