Académica 1-3 SPORTING

Sporting won 3-1 in Coimbra despite more misgivings about refereeing performances. Sporting had 2 penalties but still had plenty to complain about with referee Bruno Esteves resulting in Jorge Jesus being sent to the stands.

After the dismal scenes in Moscow during the week Jorge Jesus brought Jefferson back into left back and Carlos Mané started ahead of Bryan Ruiz. Ricardo Esgaio started ahead of the suspended João Pereira.

Mané paid the faith back almost immediately calmly slotting past Brazilian goalkeeper Lee after just 6 minutes gone on the clock.

Sporting were completely dominant in the match and got their second goal 18 minutes later when André Carrillo found Islam Slimani in plenty of space. The Algerian beautifully chipped Lee with his left foot to double Sporting’s lead.

The controversy began later when Bruno Esteves judged Adrien Silva’s tackle of Leandro Silva to be a penalty, though if it was one it was incredibly soft. Rabiola coverted the penalty emphatically, smashing it into the top left-hand corner with Rui Patrício unable to do anything about it.

A far more controversial moment for Esteves came later when Islam Slimani wasn’t awarded a penalty after he was brought down by João Real just before the interval. It was an obvious penalty, despite João Real initially getting a touch to the ball his trailing leg took out the striker who would have been through on goal.

This caused plenty of fury from Sporting players and staff with Esteves sending Jorge Jesus to the stands and Bruno de Carvalho soon followed on his own accord.

Académica, after being dominated in the first half, improved in the second, though Sporting were still the better team. The home side defended better and were given more confidence from reducing the scoreline in the first half.

Still, Adrien Silva should have put the game to bed when Fernando Alexandre handballed in the penalty area. The midfielder, usually so good at penalties, hit the post for what could have been an important 3rd goal for Sporting.

Sporting had another penalty in the 82nd minute this time Fernando Alexandre pulling back Islam Slimani as he was about to burst through on goal. Bruno Esteves showed the midfielder his second yellow card. This time substitute Alberto Aquilani stepped up to take the penalty and cooly converted to give Sporting the win and moving them up to 2nd place behind Porto.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ricardo Esgaio, Paulo Oliveira, Naldo, Jefferson (YC) (Jonathan Silva, 87′); Adrien Silva (YC), João Mário; André Carrillo (Alberto Aquilani, 70′), Carlos Mané (Scored, 6′); Teófilo Gutiérrez (Bryan Ruiz, 64′), Islam Slimani (Scored, 24′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Tobias Figueiredo, Gelson Martins, Fredy Montero

Youngsters Called Up to Portugal U17 Squad

Four Sporting youth players have been called up the Portugal U17 squad by Hélio Sousa for a friendly tournament at St. George’s Park in England.

Defender João Oliveira, midfielder Miguel Luís, and forwards Leandro Tipote and Rafael Leão have all be called up.

Portugal will face Turkey on August 26th, Italy on August 28th and, finally, England on August 30th.

Weekend Round-Up: Draw against Académica, Sporting B win, Marcos Rojo Speaks

It was a busy weekend for Sporting fans with the first team finally returning to action, albeit in disappointing circumstances.

Sporting we’re 1-0 up until the 90th minute before Rafael Lopes equalised for Académica. Sporting were not helped by William Carvalho who was sent off midway through the second half.

Marco Silva’s line-up was not far away from what would be considered Sporting’s “strongest” XI albeit with Naby Sarr making his debut replacing the suspended Macros Rojo. Fredy Montero also started ahead of the suspended Islam Slimani.

Sporting started off well and found their goal in the 15th minute when Jefferson floated in a fantastic cross that found the head of André Carrillo. The Peruvian winger headed down onto the post and into the net.

There were concerns for Sporting near the end of the half when Cédric Soares took a knock. The right-back managed to play on until half-time but was then replaced by another debutant, Oriol Rosell playing out of position at right-back. Marco Silva did have Ricardo Esgaio in his squad for the trip to Coimbra but not on the substitutes bench.

Sporting looked fairly comfortable until the 66th minute when William Carvalho received his second yellow card. The midfielder had looked out of sorts through out most of the game with an alarming amount of his passes going astray.

Marco Silva gave a debut to Paulo Oliveira not long after to try and sure up Sporting’s defence but they could only hold out until the 90th minute when Rafael Lopes struck well to earn Académica a point.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (Oriol Rosell, 45′), Maurício, Naby Sarr, Jefferson; William Carvalho (YC, RC), Adrien Silva, André Martins (Paulo Oliveira, 72′); André Carrillo, Héldon Ramos (Diego Capel, 62′), Fredy Montero
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, João Mário, Carlos Mané, Junya Tanaka

Sporting B however faired better with their game as they won 3-1 at home to Santa Clara.

Francisco Barão was without Rúben Semedo who was suspended for an altercation with Lewis Enoh last week.

It was the Cameroonian Enoh who opened the scoring when he finished a cross from Ricardo Esgaio.

Sporting were caught out for Santa Clara’s equaliser as a short corner found the defence flat-footed only for Materazzi to find himself in acres of space to make it 1-1 at half-time.

The B team improved greatly after the break and looked far more threatening than they did during the first half. Despite that though they found it difficult to break through the Santa Clara defence.

It looked like the B team were set to copy the first team’s scoreline until just 5 minutes before the end when Tobias Figueiredo headed home. The lead was doubled just minutes later this time by substitute Filipe Chaby.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Ricardo Esgaio, Sambinha (YC), Tobias Figueiredo (Scored, 85′), Mica Pinto; Fabrice Fokobo (Mauro Riquicho, 59′), Wallyson Mallmann, Ryan Gauld (Filipe Chaby, 83′, Scored, 90+3′); Daniel Podence (Iuri Medeiros, 62′, YC), Ousmane Dramé, Lewis Enoh (Scored, 18′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Domingos Duarte, João Palhinha, Jorge Santos

Marcos Rojo appeared on Sporting TV and apologised for his recent conduct that led to his suspension. The Argentine defender failed to turn up to training leading to a huge bust up between the club and Doyen Sports.

Rojo said “I’m sorry for what happened because I feel that I was unprofessional. Now I will try to correct the situation.”

The defender also denied a rumoured physical confrontation between himself and Bruno de Carvalho.

“Tomorrow I return to work with the squad, with my companions, and this is the most important and what we really like to do.”

Rojo did not rule out an eventual transfer away but stated he would like such a deal to be beneficial for both himself and the club. “But let me make it clear that I am very happy at the club, I love the way they treat me.”

News Round-Up 06/07

A round-up of all things Sporting over the past few days.

Abel Ferreira was released from his contract as head coach of Sporting B. The former U19 coach took over from José Dominguez at the start of last season and guided the club to 6th place in the Segunda Liga.

Abel will be succeeded by his assistant and former Sporting player Francisco Barão.

Barão may well be without the services of Tobias Figueiredo as Marco Silva sees the 20-year defender as possibly good enough to be promoted to the first team next season.

The first fixtures of the new season have been announced; Sporting begin their campaign away to Académica before a home game against Arouca. Sporting will finish the season away to Rio Ave. Meanwhile, the B team will kick off away to Farense before ending the season away to Braga B.

Braga have signed Sporting goalkeeper Victor Golas for the next 2 seasons. No word on any transfer fee, if any, for the Brazilian-Polish goalkeeper who has been at Sporting since 2007.

And, another day, another award for William Carvalho this time being named Revelation of the Year by the Liga de Clubes.

Transfer News 23/04

As we get ever closer to the end of the season the transfer rumours multiply…

Italian website Tuttomercato says that Sporting have been offering Diego Capel to English clubs. The Spaniard is one of the best paid players at the club and an exit has been often talked about in the last year. Newcastle United and Sunderland are said to be interested with bids of €5m apparently acceptable for Sporting.

O Jogo is linking Sporting with Académica left-back Djavan. The Brazilian is on loan at the club from Corinthians Alagoano as Sporting look to add depth in defence with it looking likely there will be no back up left-back next season.

This is due to Iván Piris set to leave the club and return to São Paulo. The Paraguayan’s future remains unclear as the player is owned by both São Paulo and Uruguayan Segunda División side Deportivo Maldonado. Sporting do have an option to purchase the player for €3m should they chose to but the fact that Piris has played more the B team than the senior perhaps demonstrates why they will not be activating that clause.

Eric Dier has been linked with a move to Russia with André Villas-Boas’ Zenit Saint Petersburg interested. Dier currently has a contract until 2016 with a €20m release clause but according to Russian paper Izvestia Zenit will looking to bid at €4m. Cue Bruno de Carvalho’s tears of laughter.

Closer to home Ricardo Esgaio is set to be promoted to the first team next season as is João Mário, who has been impressing on loan recently at Vitória de Setúbal.

Result: SPORTING 0-0 Académica

Match Report from PortuGOAL.net:

“Académica managed to come away from Sporting with a point ensuring all three of the Portugal’s big clubs dropped points with Sporting missing a golden opportunity to go top ahead of Benfica. To make matters worse for Sporting, Jefferson picked up an injury and William Carvalho’s yellow card means he will miss the Lisbon derby.

Leonardo Jardim once again put his faith Carlos Mané as the young winger started the game along side Wilson Eduardo. Elsewhere it was the usual first team for Sporting.

Sérgio Conceição stuck with the exact same starting line up that defeated Gil Vicente in the last round of the Primeira Liga.

During the first 3 minutes of the game the Sporting fans inside the Alvalade all stood with their backs towards the pitch in protest of Porto vs. Marítimo game in the Taça da Liga restarting late.

Despite that it was the home side who started the strongest of all with Fredy Montero, playing his first game since his loan deal from Seattle Sounders was made permanent, having a shot well saved by Ricardo. Just a minute later and Jefferson hit the post, albeit with a wicked deflection.

After that early Sporting pressure Académica became a more solid defensive unit and Sporting, despite some pretty football, were unable to create anymore clear cut chances.

Indeed, the closest anyone game in the second half was Académica’s right-back Marcelo Gioano. Bombing forward the Brazilian hit a fierce shot that hit Rui Patrício’s bar with the goalkeeper likely beaten.

It wasn’t far into the second half before Leonardo Jardim resorted to the usual plan B of bringing on Islam Slimani.

The in-form Algerian almost scored in seconds. Some good work by Jefferson on the left and the Brazilian whipped in a cross for Fredy Montero. The Colombian headed down to Islam Slimani just a yard out of goal. The Algerian’s shot was blocked by the only other Algerian on the pitch; Académica’s Rafik Halliche putting his body in front to deny a certain goal.

The attack cost Sporting as Jefferson was badly injured and it meant Académica could counter as Sporting were temporarily down to 10 men. Substitute Manoel had a glorious chance from close range but his miskick found Cleyton who shot just wide.

The home side had a big shout for a penalty turned down when an Adrien corner appeared to have hit Halliche on the arm but was not awarded by referee Paulo Baptista.

The game ended frantically as Académica looked to hit Sporting on the break and Sporting throwing everything they had at the visitors.

In the 86th minute Islam Slimani once again had a glorious chance from a William Carvalho cross that was flicked on by Eric Dier. Some superb goalkeeping by Ricardo was the only thing that prevent Sporting from scoring.

There was more bad news for Sporting in the 2nd minute of stoppage time when William Carvalho was booked for a foul. This means the midfielder will miss the upcoming derby away to Benfica.

The result will be hugely disappointing for Leonardo Jardim and his men. Islam Slimani, in particular, will feel guilty having failed to score with the game’s best chance. Sérgio Conceição will no doubt be very happy with the point and the performances of Halliche and Ricardo in particular stood out. The result means Académica go ahead of Rio Ave to take 8th place.”

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Maurício, Marcos Rojo (YC), Jefferson (Eric Dier, 63′); William Carvalho (YC), Adrien Silva, André Martins (Islam Slimani, 57′); Wilson Eduardo (Diego Capel, 71′), Carlos Mané, Fredy Montero
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Iván Piris, Gérson Magrão, André Carrillo

Transfer Round Up 2013: Signings

Well, that last post sure had a lot of outgoing. Now let’s see who arrived at the club.

Leonardo Jardim: Well, we have to start with the manager. There were some who wanted Jesualdo Ferreira to stay in charge of Sporting after he rescued what was a disastrous season but injecting some youth into the team. Bruno de Carvalho however wanted former Braga and Olympiacos manager, Leonardo Jardim. So far, it is looking like an excellent recruitment but only time will tell.

Jefferson from Estoril (€400,000): After the sale of Emiliano Insúa back in January and after the loan finished of the distinctly average Joãozinho, Sporting were after a new left-back. Jefferson was one of Estoril’s best players as he helped the club have one of its best ever seasons. From early signs so far it seems that Sporting have grabbed quite the bargain.

Seejou King from Nordsjaelland (undisclosed): Seejou King originally arrived on loan from the Danish club to compete in the B team but impressed enough to warrant making contract permanent. There is no word on any transfer fee but with the left-back having only one year of his contract with his former club remaining the fee would likely have been a compensatory one.

Sambinha from 1º Dezembro (undisclosed): A versatile player who impressed enough to gain a contract from Sporting. Sambinha is likely to be spending most of his time in Sporting B and indeed was part of the team that won the Taça da Honra earlier in pre-season.

Fredy Montero from Seattle Sounders (loan): Initially a loan move but more than likely to be turned into a transfer with the player already agreeing terms to stay at the club for longer. No word yet on what the future transfer fee might be but should he continue to play as he has started this season (5 goals in the opening 3 games) then any fee will be worth it.

Hugo Sousa (free): Hugo Sousa had been playing in Cyprus but left his club AE Paphos due to unpaid wages. The young central defender has signed a 5-year deal with Sporting and will initially start life in the B team but may well be cover for the central defenders in the first team as the season goes on.

Maurício from Sport Recife (€330,000): I was unable to find an official transfer fee for Maurício but the player did have a buy out clause of €330k at Sport and so that figure would have to be the maximum. Rumour has it that with the player’s intention to leave and his relatively short remaining contract that Bruno de Carvalho did manage to get an even better deal for the player. So far he seems to have settled in nicely and may well end up much better than Xandão at the very last. Indeed, Maurício scored on the first day of the season against Arouca – a great way to mark your debut.

Salim Cissé from Académica (€300,000): Signed as back up to Fredy Montero from Académica (who will receive 10% of any future transfer fee). Cissé is likely to be frequently playing for the B team to keep up his match fitness as he tries to become the number one back-up ahead of another new signing in Islam Slimani.

Welder from Palmeiras (loan): The 22-year old Brazilian signs on loan from Palmeiras. No word of any deals for future fees for the player. Welder can play either his preferred right-back role or at left-back as well.

Gerson Magrão from Esporte Clube Primavera (free): Magrão has spent the last few years on loan at Santos and also Figueirense after a spell with Dynamo Kiev. The 28-year old midfielder has plenty of experience to add to Sporting although his debut didn’t go so well. He was replaced by André Martins midway through the first-half having failed to make an impact on the game. He can only improve from there.

Islam Slimani from CR Belouizdad (Undisclosed): Forward Slimani will join Fredy Montero and Salim Cissé as our set of strikers for the forthcoming season. Slimani has an excellent scoring record in his native Algeria but we are yet to see whether that will convert to Portugal. No word on the fee paid for the player.

Tiziu from Corinthians (free): Promising youngster who had at one point been hugely rated in Brazil before his exceptional development stalled. At just 19-years of age there is still plenty of time for the player to grow as he will be giving Betinho competition leading the line of the B team.

Iván Piris from São Paulo (undisclosed): The Paraguayan right-back had spent last year on loan at AS Roma but the Italian club did not take up the option to sign him. Indeed, Sporting have yet to announce whether the signing of Piris is a similar deal to Roma’s or a full transfer but it is perhaps most likely that it will start of initially as a loan. Perhaps the best bit of Piris’ transfer is that the player had apparently been on Benfica’s radar.

Vítor from Paços de Ferreira (undisclosed): An unexpected last minute signing but Vítor has plenty of experience and should add depth to midfield. Vítor had been linked with Middlesborough, Hull City and other English clubs but eventually ended up at Sporting for an, as of yet, undisclosed fee. It seems that super-agent Jorge Mendes was instrumental in the deal. Rumour has the deal could be worth up to €600,000.

Total spent from player purchases (estimated): €1,630,000

Estimated total summer spending: -€18,470,00

As well as the new signings, perhaps the best aspect of Bruno de Carvalho’s first summer as Sporting president was the long term contracts handed out to some incredibly promising players. With the early departures of several youth prospects in recent years (João Carlos, Agostinho Cá, Edgar Ié, etc.) this should help ensure Sporting profit from what they help cultivate.

From tvi24, a full list of this summer’s new deals:

Mauro Riquicho: until June 2016, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Rúben Semedo: until June 2017, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Diogo Salomão: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Mica Pinto: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
João Mário: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Wilson Eduardo: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
William Carvalho: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Luís Ribeiro: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Ricardo Esgaio: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Edelino Ié: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Carlos Mané: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Filipe Chaby: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Cristian Ponde: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Iuri Medeiros: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Kikas: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Tobias Figueiredo: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Betinho: until June 2018, (€60,000,000 release clause)

So. All in all a successful summer for Sporting. Bruno de Carvalho is quickly righting the many wrongs of the Godinho era and it seems that the club have not only made a tidy profit but with various clauses in contracts will stand to make future profits as well. What more could we ask for at this stage?

Sporting News Round-Up

It’s been a busy week for Sporting with a few games, the close of the transfer window, and the Europa League groups drawn so it’s time for another huge round-up of all the Sporting news.

First, we’ll catch up with Sporting’s last two games in which Sporting had varying success.

The first was a massively disappointing 0-1 defeat at home to Rio Ave. Edimar’s well worked goal in the 40th minute was enough for the visitors to secure the win. The game was typical of the first opening games for Sporting. Sporting had plenty of possession but failed to break through the Rio Ave defence and at times looked hugely out of ideas – and when they did make chances proceeded to miss them. In the second-half also saw the debut of the new Argentine forward Valentín Viola.

Sporting XI: Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo (YC), Emiliano Insúa; Gelson Fernandes (YC) (Valentín Viola 72′), Adrien Silva (Zakaria Labyad 46′), Elias (André Martins 46′); André Carrillo (YC), Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Danijel Pranjić, Jeffrén Suárez

After the game Ricardo Sá Pinto was furious and promised a win and goals in the next game in the Europa League against AC Horsens. Last week the sides drew 1-1 and Horsens goalkeeper Frederik Rønnow stole the show.

Sá Pinto’s side truly delivered with a thumping 5-0 victory to secure a place in the Europa League group stages (draw to follow). Danijel Pranjić started ahead of Emiliano Insúa at left-back to make his full Sporting debut.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who had been misfiring in previous games, opened the scoring after 8 minutes with a lovely half-volleyed finish. Thomas Kortegaard was unfortunate to see a ball bounce cruelly off his knee and then into the net to put Sporting 2-0 ahead at half-time.

After the restart Ricky van Wolfswinkel got his second goal from close range after some poor Horsens defending from a corner. André Carrillo scored the goal of the game when his superb strike from the edge of the area hit the underside of the cross bar and went in before a good Elias strike finished the hammering.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Danijel Pranjić; Gelson Fernandes (Daniel Carriço 74′), Adrien Silva (André Martins 65′), Elias; André Carrillo (Jeffrén Suárez 65′), Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Xandão, Emiliano Insúa, Zakaria Labyad

On Friday 31st August came the Europa League draw which saw Sporting drew in Group G alongside FC Basel, KRC Genk, and Videoton FC.

Interestingly, Hungarian side Videoton are managed by one-time Sporting player Paulo Sousa. As well as that Renato Neto is also on loan at the Hungarian club from Sporting and it is where former Sporting player Marco Caneira is currently playing.

Full fixtures:

20th September: SPORTING vs. Basel
4th October: Videoton vs. SPORTING
25th October: Genk vs. SPORTING
8th November: SPORTING vs. Genk
22nd November: Basel vs. SPORTING
6th December: SPORTING vs. Videoton

Before we move onto all the transfer news there will be Sporting players involved for Portugal over the next international window:

Portugal: Rui Patrício
Portugal U-21: Cédric Soares, André Martins and Pedro Mendes

Speaking of Rui Patrício. Patrício signed a new contract with the club keeping him at the club now until the end of the 2017/2018 season. On top of that Rui Patrício’s release clause has been increased to €40,000,000.

So now to the transfers.

Sporting completed only one transfer in to the club and that was of Júlio Alves (brother of Bruno Alves) joining Sporting B on loan for the season from Turkish club Beşiktaş.

There were plenty of moves out of the club though, albeit almost all loan deals…

Florent Sinama Pongolle cancelled his contract with Sporting meaning he is now a free agent. Pongolle spent last season on loan at Saint-Étienne and will be widely remembered as being one of Sporting’s most wasteful signings.

Wilson Eduardo will be spending next season on loan at Académica after almost making it into the first team this year.

Valeri Bojinov, who was certainly never going to play for Sporting again, has moved on loan to Hellas Verona. Bojinov had long been rumoured to be joining Torino but ended up at Hellas instead.

B-Team defender João Gonçalves will join Vitória de Guimarães on loan.

Another B-Team defender, Atila Turan, will be in Turkey next season playing for Orduspor. He’ll be playing alongside former Sporting player Miguel Garcia.

And finally, in the most surprising move, Oguchi Onyewu will be playing for Málaga next year. Onyewu did little wrong last season with Sporting but his loan deal will mean he get more first-team football. The arrivals of Rojo and Boulahrouz made his departure more likely.

So there you have it! The B-Team are facing Marítimo B later today with a report to follow later.

Sporting B So Far

There’s been plenty of news for Oceano Cruz and José Dominguez’s Sporting B ahead of the return of B-Sides to Portuguese football. Here is the story so far.

Transfers in:

Sporting have looked to reinforce the B team to add experience to some of the youngsters at the club. The first signing was Gonçalo Silva, 19-year-old midfielder who has spent time with youth teams at Benfica, Belenenses, Oeiras, and most recently, Portimonense.

Next came 20-year-old Lucas Patinho who signed on loan from Fluminense. Patinho plays as an attacking midfielder and has in the past been compared to Deco.

Sporting B added experience with the signing of India captain Sunil Chhetri from Indian side Mohun Bagan until 2014. At 27 Chhetri will be expected to give guidance to some of the younger players.

Sporting have also added Burkina Faso international Nii Plange from Feyenoord Academy. The Ghanian club is linked with the Netherlands club Feyenoord.

Forward Jorge Chula has also joined from União de Leiria. Chula had preivously been a youth-team player at FC Porto.

Lastly is Ruan Yang, a 19-year-old Chinese midfielder who joined from Hangzhou Greentown.

Pre-Season Games:

Sporting B have played twice so far. The first game was on Saturday 14th July against 1º de Maio Sarilhense. Sporting B won 5-0 with a brace from Kikas, as well as goals from Sunil Chhetri, Gaël Etock and Nii Plange.

Most recently was a friendly against Académica in which Sporting B provided a surprise 4-1 victory.

The Sporting B side that started the game was: Luís Ribeiro; Santiago Arias, Eric Dier, Fabrice, Atila Turan; Luís Almeida, José Lopes, Renato Neto; Filipe Chaby, Iuri Medeiros, Plange

Later on in the game saw the addition of Ricardo Esgaio, João Mário, Lucas Patinho, Sunil Chhetri, Ruan Yang, Tobias Figueiredo and Bruma. The goals came from Nii Planga (x2), Turan and Bruma.

Sporting B’s next fixture is against Naval 1.º de Maio on Sunday.

Taça de Portugal Draw: Nacional

The semi-finals for the Taça de Portugal were drawn today with Sporting drawing Nacional with the possibility of playing the winner of Académica against Oliveirense in the finals.

The first leg will be played at the Alvalade on the 11th January with the return leg on the 8th February in Madeira.

The two sides met recently at the Alvalade  back on the 11th December when Oguchi Onyewu’s first-half header was enough to give Sporting the win.