News Round-Up 13/5

All three of the Portuguese daily sports papers are going with the story of AS Monaco looking to bring in Leonardo Jardim to replace Claudio Ranieri. The Italian has guided the cash-rich club from Ligue 2 to 2nd place in Ligue 1 but rumours are mounting that Monaco will instead be hiring Jardim. Record say that should they do so Sporting will be entitled to €3 or €5m in compensation depending on which article you read. RTP state that they think Jardim’s departure to Monaco will be announced within the next few hours.

Should the Jardim to Monaco deal go through it seems Sporting have their replacement ready made in Marco Silva. Silva guided Estoril to a very impressive 4th position this year but has refused to renew his contract with the club adding to the rumours.

Monaco aren’t the only club interesting in the services of Leonardo Jardim, the manager has also been linked with jobs at Tottenham Hotspur and PAOK.

Elsewhere, Fabián Rinaudo expects to continue playing in Italy. The Argentine midfielder has been on loan at Catania where the club have an option of buying the player for €5m. It seems to the club can’t afford the figure so another loan deal maybe likely.

Wilson Eduardo is wanted by… Angola. The forward was born in Portugal but is eligible to play for Angola despite playing for Portugal at U21 level.

Sticking with international news Iuri Medeiros and Rúben Semedo have been called up to Portugal’s U20 squad for the 2014 Toulon Tournament. They could face teammate Eric Dier who has been selected for England’s team.

Meanwhile there are 4 players called up for Portugal’s U19 team with Hélio Sousa naming Mauro Riquicho, João Palhinha, Gelson Martins and Domingos Duarte.

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Match Report: Angola 4-0 SPORTING

A young Sporting side was defeated 4-0 by the Angolan national team in the Estádio 11 de Novembro. The match, a friendly to celebrate the 36th anniversary of Angola’s independence, was a great opportunity for those players not on international duty to keep up their match fitness and to give first team experience to some of the juniors.

Indeed many of the juniors got a chance to play, in the starting XI Domingos Paciência gave playing time to Rúben Semedo, Edgar Ié, and Felipe Chaby.

Angola took the lead after just 13 minutes through Flávio the forward of Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab. It proved to be a very tough match for Sporting’s young centre-back pairing of Semedo and Ié.

The home side doubled their lead after 40 minutes through the young Petro Atlético defender Miguel leaving Sporting with an uphill battle for the second half.

Paciência made changes for the second half bringing on Farley Rosa, Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Tiago Ferreira. The changes made little chance as Sporting looked fairly stale going forward and it was apparent it was indeed being viewed as a friendly game for some of Sporting’s senior players.

Angola got a third later on in the game through another Petro Atlético player, the superbly named striker Love. With the game all but decided Paciência gave playing time to more youngsters with Luís Cortez, Rodolfo Simões and Iuri Medeiros coming on before Caála midfielder Osório made it 4-0 for a great win for the Angolan team.

More important than the result was the match fitness for the first team players before the upcoming Taça de Portugal game against Braga after the international break. The U-19 players too will be happy with their game time for their fitness as they face a trip to Molde in the NextGen Series on Saturday before playing Liverpool at home the week after.

SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck (Tiago Ferreira 46′); Santiago Arias, Rúben Semedo, Edgar Ié, Evaldo Fabiano; Felipe Chaby (Rodolfo Simões 85′), André Santos (Luís Cortez 80′), Bruno Pereirinha (Farley Rosa 46′); André Carrillo (Iuri Medeiros 80′), Diego Rubio (Diego Capel 46′), Valeri Bojinov (Ricky van Wolfswinkel 46′)
Subs Not Used: Daniel Carriço

Sporting Prepare for Angola Friendly

Sporting today flew out to Angola in preparation for Thursday’s friendly game against Angola.

With Rui Patrício, João Pereira (Portugal), Matías Fernández (Chile), Elias (Brazil), Stijn Schaars (Holland) and André Martins (Portugal U-21) from the senior squad all on international duty they will miss the game.

Ânderson Polga, Alberto Rodríguez, Emiliano Insúa, Jeffrén Suárez, and Oguchi Onyewu don’t travel as they recover from their injuries hopefully in time for the Taça de Portugal game with Braga. Fabián Rinaudo and Marat Izmailov are the squad’s two long-term injuries.

The squad also features several juniors but some of those players are with the Portugal-U19 squad. Rafael Veloso, João Mário, Tiago Ilori João Carlos, Bruma, Betinho, and Ricardo Esgaio all feature for Edgar Borges’s squad as they take on the Hungary U-19 team in the UEFA U-19 Championship qualifying rounds.

The full list of players traveling –

Goalkeepers: Tiago Ferreira, Marcelo
Defenders: Evaldo Fabiano, Santiago Arias, Daniel Carriço, Bruno Pereirinha, Rúben Semedo, Rodolfo Simões, Edgar Ié
Midfielders: André Santos, Filipe Chaby, Farley Rosa, Luís Cortez, Diego Capel, André Carrillo
Forwards: Valeri Bojinov, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Rubio, Iuri Medeiros

Later today the team will attend a ceremony in tribute to Agostinho Neto – who was the first President of Angola and a huge figure in the country’s independence.

The game will be played on Thursday at 19:00 Lisbon time.