SPORTING 1-4 AS Monaco

It was a disappointing result for Sporting’s first competitive friendly of the 2016/2017 season, losing 4-1 to Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco in Switzerland.

Jorge Jesus started the game with just one recognised midfielder, debutant Radosav Petrović played alongside captain Bryan Ruiz in the middle of the pitch. Otherwise, there was some familiar names to the starting line-up.

Sporting started off well but Valère Germain scored early on for Monaco. Daniel Podence pulled one back with great skill after the 20 minute mark but the lead didn’t last long when Radamel Falcao was given space in the box to head home.

In the second-half Monaco were much the better side, ex-Sporting manager Leonardo Jardim’s side were clearly in better shape and sharpness after having started pre-season earlier. Radamel Falcao grabbed a second to make it 3 before Guido Carrillo finished the scoring.

Sporting will be back in action tomorrow against Stade Nyonnais before facing Zenit St. Petersburg, PSV Eindhoven and Lyon.

SPORTING XI: Ažbe Jug; Ezequiel Schelotto, Sebastián Coates, Rúben Semedo, Marvin Zeegelaar (Jefferson, 74′); Radosav Petrović (João Palhinha, 64′), Bryan Ruiz (Alberto Aquilani, 74′); Matheus Pereira (Bruno César, 64′), Gelson Martins (Teófilo Gutiérrez, 64′), Daniel Podence (Scored, 21′, YC) (Iuri Medeiros, 64′); Hernán Barcos (Islam Slimani, 64′)

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Transfer Round-Up 2014: Departures

It was another hectic transfer window for Sporting with plenty of entrances and exits. Here’s a round up of every move out of the club this summer. We’ll be recapping the exciting signings later on.

Departures:

Leonardo Jardim to AS Monaco (€3,000,000): After an impressive season with Sporting, Monaco came calling and chose Leonardo Jardim to replace Claudio Ranieri. Sporting got compensation for the move thought to be about €3,000,000. It seems Jardim left on good terms and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him return at some point in the future.

Victor Golas to Braga (Undisclosed): The Polish-Brazilian goalkeeper move on after failing to break into the Sporting team. At 23-years old he now needs competitive football but now needs to get ahead of Stanislav Kritsyuk. No word on any fees for the player but it is likely to minimal with a view to Sporting getting a cut of a future transfer.

Fabián Rinaudo to Catania (€3,000,000): It’s a shame to see Fito Rinaudo leave. The fierce Argentinian midfielder always gave everything he had in a Sporting shirt. The emergence of William Carvalho however meant he was unable to find a place in the team again. Unfortunately, with Catania’s relegation last season it now means the player will be in Serie B and he really deserves better. €3,000,000 isn’t a bad fee and Sporting have made a profit from him.

Wilson Eduardo to Dinamo Zagreb (Loan): Despite scoring a few goals in pre-season Wilson Eduardo was loaned out to Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatian club have an option to buy the player for a future fee. Eduardo simply had too much competition with other recognised wingers Diego Capel, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané, Shikabala and now Nani all fighting for places in the team.

Diogo Salomão to Deportivo de La Coruña (Loan): Another stint to Deportivo for Salomão as he recovers from the serious injury he picked up there last season. It’s likely that at some point Deportivo may actually pay for the player they keep signing.

Zezinho to AEL Limassol (Loan): It’s a shame for Zezinho, after being promoted to the first team by Jesualdo Ferreira a couple of seasons ago he’s never been give a chance to try and find his way back. He’s give another loan out and a chance to use the Greek he picked up at Veria. AEL have the option to buy the player should they choose to.

Valentín Viola to Kardemir Karabükspor (Loan): Viola seemed determined to try and fight for his space at Sporting and was back in training and given time to impress. Unfortunately for him he was deemed surplus and will now spend next out on loan. The Turkish club have the option to buy as well.

Eric Dier to Tottenham Hotspur (€4,000,000): Certainly the most disappointing departure for Sporting with such a meagre fee and the player’s potential. This season he would certainly have finally broken into a first team starting place but after failing to renegotiate a contract, the release clause value was a major issue, he left instead on a pittance.

William Owusu to Royal Antwerp (Free): The Ghanian failed to break through the Sporting team and instead had several loans to different clubs. Should be a good signing for Royal Antwerp.

Marcos Rojo to Manchester United (€20,000,000): Well this is a transfer that’s going to keep on going for a while. The fallout between Sporting and third-party company Doyen Sports was not pretty and will certainly lead to legal action. Sporting have paid €4,000,000 to Spartak Moscow and the original sum (believed to be a similar fee) to Doyen Sports. For now.

Rúben Semedo to Reus Deportiu (Loan): A good loan for both sides. Semedo needed some non B-team football and it seemed still had some issues after recently being suspended. Tobias Figueiredo seemed to benefit to a loan at Reus last season so hopefully Semedo will do the same.

Vítor Silva to Reus Deportiu (Free): A Shame for Vítor Silva to be stepping down so many divisions but good that at least he will be playing more football.

Hugo Sousa to Waasland-Beveren (Free): Hugo Sousa was always a solid utility player for Sporting B covering all defensive positions as well as defensive midfield. Still, a move to another club is certainly a good option for him.

Mickaël Meira to AEL Limassol (Undisclosed): Unlikely to be a large fee, if any, for the young goalkeeper who spent his last 5 seasons coming through the Sporting ranks. Hopefully, he’ll now get some more game time. Sporting will be receiving 40% of any future transfer fees for the player.

Kikas to Rapid București (Loan): Kikas has spent almost his entire life at the club and it’s such a shame he can’t quite manage to break into the first team. A spell at Rapid București should do him some good though. The Romanian club have the option of purchasing the player for €4,000,000 at the end of the spell.

Luka Stojanović to Apollon Limassol (Undisclosed): Was highly promising when he first signed for the club but it seems Stojanović was deemed surplus. His move to Apollon should kick start his career but no word of any fees or future sales fees.

Betinho to Brentford (Loan): Probably the least expected of the loans but certainly a small coup for Brentford. Betinho will wear the 22 shirt for the team currently 8th in the Championship.

Estimated Transfer Income: (~€23,000,000)

Overall not a bad window for Sporting although the departure of Eric Dier for such a nominal fee is disappointing. The club’s profit on Rojo (if it stands) made the significant amount of money for the club.

Most importantly Sporting managed to keep hold of the likes of William Carvalho, Rui Patrício, Islam Slimani, Adrien Silva, etc.

Leonardo Jardim Leaves Sporting

As expected Leonardo Jardim has left support and was announced in a press conference by Bruno de Carvalho, Augusto Inácio and Leonardo Jardim at the Alvalade tonight. Although Jardim refused to say whether he will be joining Monaco he is expected to be presented as Monaco manager shortly.

Similarly Bruno de Carvalho refused to comment on whether a new manager had been chosen (although Marco Silva will no doubt be unveiled by the end of the week).

At the press conference the coach said: “Sporting SAD and coach Leonardo Jardim reached an agreement for the termination of his contract”. Bruno de Carvalho also revealed the club will receive a fee of €3,000,000 for the Leonardo Jardim although this could rise depending on the coach’s success in Ligue 1. Should Jardim return to manager another Portuguese club within the next 4 years then Sporting would be owed €15m.

The President went on to say: “We have to thank [Leonardo Jardim] for all of his professionalism and the way he dedicated [himself] to Sporting”.

Bruno de Carvalho went onto say that the door was always open for Jardim to return “We ended this relationship with feelings of respect and friendship”

“It was a very good year in terms of what we had envisioned for Sporting.”

Leonardo Jardim followed by saying “Thank you to the president for having faith in me. It was with great pride that I worked here.”

Jardim has done brilliantly well to restore Sporting as a force in Portuguese football after the omnishambles of the 2012/2013 season. Jardim was in charge for 35 games in total resulting in 23 wins, 8 draws and only 4 defeats leaving a total winning percentage of just under 66%.

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.

Transfer News 26/03/14

Here we go with another look at the transfer news and/or lies from the media recently.

Record believes Sporting are looking Vitória de Setúbal forward Pedro Tiba to reinforce the team next season. The papers states Sporting’s good relations with Setúbal could ease the transfer.

In fairly unsurprising news it looks like Sporting won’t be retaining Gérson Magrão’s services after this season. The Brazilian has failed to impress when he has featured for Sporting so far this season. Record also say that Vítor Silva could also leave at the end of the season.

Sporting are looking to secure a further 20% of the economic rights for left-back Jefferson with the club currently owning 60% of the former Estoril player – this could cost Sporting €300,000.

Time is running out for Elias to secure a return to Brazil with the transfer window for clubs in Brazil shutting on the 31st March. Corinthians are the most recent club said to be interested in making a new offer.

As always, William Carvalho is being linked with other clubs, AS Monaco the most recent to be linked with the player.

And to save the most bizarre news to last – Leonardo Jardim is currently at 8/1 to become the next Nottingham Forest manager according to Sky Bet. Having said that, Sky Bet always publish ridiculous things like that to get people to give up more money.