Primeira Liga Fixtures Announced

The Primeira Liga fixtures for the 2016/2017 season have been announced. Sporting’s begin the season at the Alvalade hosting Marítimo with the first big game of the season at home to Porto 2 weeks later. The season ends at home to Chaves.

Here’s the full list:

August:
vs. Marítimo (Home)
vs. Paços de Ferreira (Away)
vs. FC Porto (Home)
September:
vs. Moreirense (Home)
vs. Rio Ave (Away)
vs. Estoril (Home)
October:
vs. Vitória de Guimarães (Away)
vs. Tondela (Home)
vs. Nacional (Away)
November:
vs. Arouca (Home)
vs. Boavista (Away)
December:
vs. Vitória de Setúbal (Home)
vs. Benfica (Away)
vs. Braga (Home)
vs. Belenenses (Away)
January:
vs. Feirense (Home)
vs. Chaves (Away)
vs. Marítimo (Away)
vs. Paços de Ferreira (Home)
February:
vs. FC Porto (Away)
vs. Moreirense (Away)
vs. Rio Ave (Home)
vs. Estoril (Away)
March:
vs. Vitória de Guimarães (Home)
vs. Tondela (Away)
vs. Nacional (Home)
April:
vs. Arouca (Away)
vs. Boavista (Home)
vs. Vitória de Setúbal (Away)
vs. Benfica (Home)
vs. Braga (Away)
May:
vs. Belenenses (Home)
vs. Feirense (Away)
vs. Chaves
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Weekend Rond-Up: Sporting beat Arouca, B team wins and more…

A look back at another bumper weekend for Sporting. Both teams turned out victors with fine margins. Meanwhile there were developments for Vítor Silva and Rúben Semedo.

Sporting left it late to pick up their first win of the season at home to Arouca. Carlos Mané scored from close range after Junya Tanaka’s shot rebounded of the post. Meanwhile Nani’s first game back at Sporting resulted in a missed penalty.

Marco Silva was without the suspended William Carvalho so Oriol Rosell dropped into defensive midfield whilst Naby Sarr kept his place alongside Maurício in defence. Ricardo Esgaio started ahead of the injured Cédric Soares and Nani went straight into the starting XI along side André Carrillo.

The game was certainly much tougher than their first game at the Alvalade last season, also against Arouca, when they ran out 5-1 winners.

Arouca goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea was the star of the first half keeping out Fredy Montero excellent on two occasions.

There were improvements in the second half and the game’s major controversial moment came in 63rd minute when Sporting won a penalty. Adrien Silva was set to take the penalty as usual until Nani insisted that he take the penalty to try and score on his return. However the winger’s penalty saved by the impressive Goicoechea to give Nani an awkward start on his return from Portugal.

It seemed like Arouca and Goicoechea were going to be able to continue to keep Sporting at bay if not go on and score themselves but Sporting left it late to grab the winner. Marco Silva must be given credit for his gung-ho tactics with Sporting ending the game in the unorthodox 4-1-5 formation.

A Jefferson cross found debutant substitute Junya Tanaka in space in the 3rd minute of extra time.. The Japanese forward’s snap shot hit the post but Carlos Mané pounced on the rebound to give Sporting the winner.

The late win should give Marco Silva’s team confidence ahead of the next game against Benfica at the Luz on Sunday.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ricardo Esgaio, Maurício, Naby Sarr, Jefferson (YC); Oriol Rosell (Carlos Mané, 46′, Scored 90+3, YC), Adrien Silva (YC), André Martins (Diego Capel, 76′); Nani (Junya Tanaka, 77′, YC), André Carrillo, Fredy Montero
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Paulo Oliveira, Jonathan Silva, João Mário

Sporting B also ran out winners with Ousmane Dramé getting the only goal in a 1-0 victory away to Olhanense.

The French forward diverted a low Daniel Podence cross into the goal in the 53rd minute.

Olhanense were reduced to 10-men in the 60th minute when former Sporting youngster Pedro Celestino received his second yellow card.

The teams were even when 81st minute goalscorer Dramé received a straight red card.

Late into the game Francisco Barão gave a professional debut for youngster Gelson Martins when the 19-year old came on as a substitute for Lewis Enoh.

The result moves Sporting B up to 6th in the Segunda Liga.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro (YC); Mauro Riquicho, Sambinha, Tobias Figueiredo (YC), Mica Pinto; Fabrice Fokobo, Wallyson Mallmann, Ryan Gauld (Iuri Medeiros, 66′); Daniel Podence (YC) (Filipe Chaby, 75′), Lewis Enoh (Gelson Martins, 90+2′), Ousmane Dramé (Scored, 53′) (RC)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Domingos Duarte, João Palhinha, Jorge Santos

Today Sporting announced two players moving to CF Reus Deportiu. It seems Sporting has close ties with the Catalonia club after Alexandre Guedes transferred permanently to Reus last season as well as Tobias Figueiredo spend a loan spell there.

Vítor Silva has made a permanent transfer to the Segunda División B club representing a large step down for the 30-year old midfielder. The transfer is without a free but should Reus sell on for more than €300,000 than Sporting will be due 25% of the fee.

Also Rúben Semedo has moved to the club on loan for the season with the Spanish club playing the player’s wages in full. The defender has had his share of off-field problems, most recently with a training ground bust-up with Lewis Enoh, so a loan move away is certainly a good option for the club.

Finally it seems Islam Slimani’s future with Sporting may have been resolved. The Algerian forward returned to first-team training today and could feature in the squad to face Benfica next weekend.

Squad list to face Arouca

Sporting have announced the squad that will face Arouca at the Alvalade tomorrow night. Simeon Slavchev and Jonathan Silva both feature and could make their debuts. Nani also features after receiving his certificate allowing him to play.

Sporting will be without the injured Cédric Soares and the suspended William Carvalho. Miguel Lopes has been restored to the Sporting squad but isn’t fit enough to feature so Ricardo Esgaio looks set to start at right-back.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck
Defenders: Ricardo Esgaio, Maurício, Paulo Oliveira, Naby Sarr, Jefferson, Jonathan Silva
Midfielders: Oriol Rosell, Adrien Silva, Simeon Slavchev, João Mário, André Martins
Forwards: André Carrillo, Carlos Mané, Héldon Ramos, Diego Capel, Nani, Fredy Montero, Junya Tanaka

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.

January 2014 Transfer Window Round-Up

It was a busy transfer window for Sporting that went right to the last few seconds, here’s recap of the comings and goings of the January window:

Transfers In:

The transfer of Shikabala was completed just seconds before the closing of the transfer window. The terms with the player had been agreed early on in the day and the player had passed a medical before the transfer looked off due to complications with the player’s former club, Zamalek. Sporting were able to just make the transfer of the mercurial Egyptian playmaker in time with Sporting to pay approximately €500,000 to the club.

Shikabala has a contract until 2018 with a transfer release clause of €45,000,000 and will early the number 7 shirt.

Earlier on in the day Sporting also completed the transfer of Héldon Ramos from Marítimo for a fee of €1,400,000. An earlier bid by Sporting for both Héldon and Rúben Ferreira was turned down by Marítimo but the club were able to secure the transfer on deadline day.

Héldon has a contract until 2019 with a the familiar release clause of €45,000,000 and will be wearing the number 20 shirt.

Sticking with Marítimo, Sporting also agreed terms with Leocísio Sami to join the club for free at the beginning of the new season. Sami is out of contract with Marítimo this year but no word yet on the details of the contract.

That’s not all for what was a busy transfer deadline day, as Matías Pérez joined up with the B team. The Paraguayan central-defender from Club National will be on loan for 18 months at the club with Sporting have an option to buy in the future.

One big deal that was overshadowed perhaps was the completion of Fredy Montero’s transfer from Seattle Sounders. There was plenty of speculation that another club could snap up the Colombian forward but Sporting have made the deal permanent.

Elsewhere there was  the surprise signing of Ousmane Dramé on a free transfer from Padova to reinforce the B team. He will be another attacking option after the signing of Lewis Enoh from Sourense was completed just before the transfer window opened.

There was no departure for wantaway midfielder Elias with the club failing to agree terms with Flamengo and other interested clubs. For now the player is eligible to play for Sporting but that seems an unlikely outcome, the player will still be training with the B team, and it is likely that he can still move to Brazil where the season doesn’t begin until March.

Victor Golas also returns from his uneventful loan spell at Corona Braşov and will likely fight for his B team spot with Mickaël Meira and Luís Ribeiro.

Transfers Out:

The two big departures of the winter window were that of Jeffrén Suárez and Zakaria Labyad.

The former has rescinded his contract to join Real Valladolid. The club will save a massive €7.2m in future contracts to the player.

The latter, Labyad, was loaned out to Dutch club Vitesse where he will spend 18 months on loan with the club again saving money from the Moroccan’s wages.

A deal that was the most mutual was that of Fabián Rinaudo going on loan to Italian side Catania. The Argentine midfielder was finding it difficult to play any football due to the supreme season of William Carvalho. The midfielder was rewarded with a new contract as Sporting wish to keep hold of the midfielder if possible.

The only other permanent deal away from the club was that of Alexandre Guedes who joined Catalan club Reus Deportiu but there were plenty of other loan deals:

João Mário and Betinho to Vitória de Setúbal
Diogo Salomão to Deportivo de La Coruña
Salim Cissé to Arouca
Tobias Figueiredo to Reus Deportiu
Nuno Reis to Cercle Brugge

So it was in all a successful winter break for Sporting. The money saved from the wages of Zakaria Labyad and Jeffrén Suárez covering all of the signings into the club with some leftover.

Salim Cissé Loaned to Arouca

Guinean forward Salim Cissé has been loaned to Arouca for the rest of the season.

The 21-year old has found opportunities hard to come by and, due to Islam Slimani and Fredy Montero, has yet to make a first team appearance. Cissé had impressed for the B team until picking up an injury, having scored 5 goals in the 9 games he has played so far.

Result: Arouca 1-2 SPORTING

Match report from PortuGOAL.net:
Sporting prevailed in an entertaining game played in difficult conditions against Arouca as both teams ended the game with 10 men. Bruno Amaro put the home side ahead after 15 minutes but a Marcos Rojo header and an Islam Slimani strike put Sporting back on top of the league, at least for now.

Arouca were without new signing Rui Sampiao due to the player still waiting on his certificate to play as Pedro Emmanuel’s side looked to build on their important win last time out against Belenenses. Meanwhile Leonardo Jardim was without the suspended Cédric Soares meaning Iván Piris switched to right-back with Jefferson returning.

Arouca started the brightest of the two teams on what was a terrible pitch. With the grass cutting up and plenty of standing water it was going to be a tough night for Sporting with their style of play.

Indeed, it was Arouca who scored the first goal. Some good work down their left side, which had been threatening throughout the opening stages, resulted in Bruno Amaro finding lots of space in the box. The midfielder beating Rui Patrício from close range with 15 minutes gone in the game.

Sporting were finding the game difficult early on but managed an equaliser 10 minutes later. A long range shot from William Carvalho went for a contentious corner. Marcos Rojo rose the highest to head the ball powerfully into the night to score his second in as many games.

The home side did well after that set back and finished the first half the stronger of the two teams – coping better with the ever worsening conditions.

It didn’t take long into the second half for Leonardo Jardim to make a chance as islam Slimani was brought on for Diego Capel to provide a more ariel threat.
The Algerian did as was asked and soon set up Fredy Montero for a good chance with a knock down header but the Colombian’s shot was well blocked by Nuno Coelho.

The visitors were much improved in the second half and William Carvalho almost scored a delicious chip to put Sporting ahead. Getting first to a cleared ball in the box William chipped the goalkeeper Cássio but hit the post. Marcos Rojo was straight on the rebound but again an Arouca defender was there to block the shot.

Arouca went down to men in the 62nd minute when Luís Tinoco picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Islam Slimani. Sporting’s numerical advantage lasted just 4 minutes when Macros Rojo picked up a second yellow card for a shove on Serginho making it 10 versus 10.

Islam Slimani put Sporting ahead just minutes after the sendings off with a great 72nd minute strike. Receiving a cross from the left wing Slimani chested down to find space a hit a vicious shot that Cássio’s hand could not stop finding the net.

Arouca had one last great chance of the game to get level in the game on the 85th minute when Pintassilgo’s cross found Roberto Rodrigo but his header went just wide of Rui Patrício’s goal.

It was a scrappy end to an entertaining game but it was a huge 3 points for Leonardo Jardim’s men that they really had to fight for. Pedro Emmanuel’s men played well in the first half but found it difficult to cope in the second half especially against substitute Islam Slimani was brought on.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Iván Piris, Maurício, Marcos Rojo (Scored, 25′, YC, RC), Jefferson; William Carvalho (Eric Dier, 70′), Adrien Silva, André Martins; Wilson Eduardo (YC), Diego Capel (Islam Slimani, 52′, Scored, 72′), Fredy Montero (Gérson Magrão, 86′, YC)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Vítor Silva, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané