Pre-Season Review: 2015/2016

5 games, 4 wins, 1 draw, 2 trophies. Not a bad start to life at Sporting for Jorge Jesus! With a new 4-2-2-2 system and some new reinforcements it was interesting to watch this new Sporting side develop. Here’s a rundown of what we saw this pre-season…

Sporting kicked off the new season with a training ground friendly against CD Mafra with a 3-1 win. Jefferson, Islam Slimani and Junya Tanaka got the goals for Sporting with the notable inclusion of Gelson Martins in the starting eleven. João Pereira made his return to Sporting as a second-half substitute.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Miguel Lopes, Paulo Oliveira, Tobias Figueiredo, Jefferson; Oriol Rosell, Adrien Silva; Carlos Mané, Gelson Martins; Fredy Montero, Islam Slimani

After the break Jesus fielded an entirely new team –

Marcelo Boeck; João Pereira, Rúben Semedo, Naby Sarr, Jonathan Silva; Simeon Slavchev, Ricardo Esgaio; Iuri Medeiros, Diego Capel; Valentín Viola, Junya Tanaka

Next came an even more comfortable win, again behind closed doors, against Atlético Clube de Portugal. Fredy Montero, Carlos Mané, Gelson Martins and a rare brace from Naby Sarr giving Sporting the win.

Again Jesus elected to choose 2 different teams in an effort to judge as many players in action as possible. New signing Naldo made his first appearance in the second half.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Paulo Oliveira, Tobias Figueiredo, Jefferson; Adrien Silva, João Mário; Gelson Martins, Carlos Mané; Fredy Montero, Islam Slimani

Then for the second 45: Marcelo Boeck; Ricardo Esgaio, Naldo, Naby Sarr, Jonathan Silva; Rúben Semedo, Oriol Rosell, Wallyson Mallmann; Diego Capel, Iuri Medeiros; Junya Tanaka

Sporting then flew down to South Africa to participate in the Cape Town Cup hosted by Ajax Cape Town. Sporting drew the hosts in the first game with the winner facing off against either Crystal Palace or Supersport United.

Ajax Cape Town proved to be tricker than expected for Sporting. After Carlos Mané’s opening goal, the South African side pulled one back after Naldo handballed in the area, and Cecil Lolo dispatched the penalty. The hosts then took the lead in the 80th minute through Franklin Cale. Just 4 minutes later however, Rúben Semedo towered to head in from a corner to bring the game straight to penalties after the 90 minutes.

Ricardo Esgaio scored the winning penalty for Sporting after Rui Patrício made 2 saves to deny Ajax. The game also saw debuts for Michaël Ciani and Teófilo Gutiérrez

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira (Ricardo Esgaio, 46′), Paulo Oliveira (Michaël Ciani, 72′), Tobias Figueiredo (Naldo, 46′), Jefferson (Jonathan Silva, 46′); João Mário (Wallyson Mallmann, 72′), Adrien Silva (Rubén Semedo, 78′), André Martins (Fredy Montero, 46′); Gelson Martins (Iuri Medeiros. 70′), Carlos Mané (André Carrillo, 46′); Islam Slimani (Teófilo Gutiérrez, 46′)

Next for Sporting came a sterner test against Crystal Palace. It was an end to end match with Rui Patrício pulling out some fantastic saves throughout the match to deny the London team.

Substitute Fredy Montero’s second-half brace gave Sporting the win and their first trophy under Jorge Jesus, albeit the Cape Town Cup.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira (Ricardo Esgaio, 61′), Paulo Oliveira (Tobias Figueiredo, 81′), Naldo, Jefferson; Rúben Semedo (João Mário, 37′), Adrien Silva (Wallyson Mallmann, 81′); Gelson Martins (Carlos Mané, 46′), André Carrillo (Oriol Rosell, 61′); Teófilo Gutiérrez (Fredy Montero, 61′), Islam Slimani (Diego Capel, 90+1′)

The final pre-season game was back at the Alvalade with the annual Troféu Cinco Violinos. This time, AS Roma, 2nd in Serie A last year were to be the opponents.

It was 2 quick-fire goals in the second half that gave Sporting the win. Islam Slimani headed in Jefferson’s corner for the first and Carlos Mané poached for the second.

This was by far the most polished pre-season performance from Sporting and it was where Jorge Jesus’ new tactics really felt like they were working. Roma were limited to very few chances with Sporting dominating the ball for the majority of the game.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício (Marcelo Boeck, 77′); João Pereira (Ricardo Esgaio, 78′), Paulo Oliveira, Naldo (Tobias Figueiredo, 60′), Jefferson; Adrien Silva (Wallyson Mallmann, 78′), João Mário (Rúben Semedo, 59′); André Carrillo (Gelson Martins, 71′), Bryan Ruiz (Carlos Mané, 46′); Teófilo Gutiérrez (Fredy Montero, 60′), Islam Slimani (André Martins, 71′)

The win will give Sporting huge confidence going into next week’s 2015 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira against Benfica.

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Pre-Season: SPORTING B 6-0 Atlético Clube de Portugal

Sporting B kicked off their pre-season emphatically with a 6-0 win in a training ground game against Atlético Clube de Portugal at the Academia Sporting.

Ousmane Dramé and Luka Stojanović both scored and there were braces for Edelino Ié and Lewis Enoh.

The full list of players to feature is – Mickaël Meira, Vladimir Stojković, Wilson Manafá, Liu Yiming, Samba, Mica Pinto, Fabrice Fokobo, Wallyson Mallmann, Filipe Chaby, Daniel Podence, Ousmane Dramé, Jorge Silva, Ricardo Esgaio, Nuno Reis, Rúben Semedo, Yan Zihao, Kikas, Iuri Medeiros, Lewis Enoh, Matheus Pereira, Hugo Sousa, Rúben Ribeiro, Zezinho, Luka Stojanović, Edilino Ié, and Seejou King. The game marked Jorge Santos first appearance on field in a green and white shirt since his transfer over the summer.

Result: SPORTING B 3-0 Atlético Clube de Portugal

Sporting B won comfortably 3-0 thanks to two goals from Ricardo Esgaio and one from Filipe Chaby.

Again the B team game was played at the Academia Sporting to protect the Alvalade pitch. Abel Ferreira playing what seems to be his usual team although Eric Dier was also involved in the game and Mickaël Meira kept his place in goal ahead of Luís Ribeiro..

Sporting B took just 10 minutes to get the lead thanks to Ricardo Esgaio. The game started bright but was bogged down into a midfield battle until the break.

The home side improved after the break and it took 3 minutes for Ricardo Esgaio to double Sporting’s lead after receiving a cross from Chaby.

Chaby went from provider to scorer for Sporting’s third goal. Iuri Medeiros’ shot was saved by goalkeeper Filipe Leão but the midfielder reacted quickest to head home and make it 3-0.

After that Sporting were in total control of the game and ran out comfortable winners in the end.

SPORTING B XI: Mickaël Meira; Mauro Riquicho (Wilson Manafá, 89′), Eric Dier, Nuno Reis, Hugo Sousa; Fabrice Fokobo (Kikas, 78′), Wallyson Mallmann, Filipe Chaby (Scored, 67′); Ricardo Esgaio (Scored 10, 48′), Iuri Medeiros (Seejou King, 71′), Betinho
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Rúben Semedo, Luka Stojanović, Cristian Ponde

Sporting News Round-Up

It’s been a while since our last update so there’s plenty of news to catch-up on before Sporting take on Rio Ave in the first home league game of the season tomorrow.

Firstly, last Sunday the Primeira Liga returned to action last weekend and Sporting took on Vitória de Guimarães at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques and the game ended a dull 0-0 after a promising opening. Fortunately Braga, Benfica and Porto also drew all of their opening league games so a false start is not too bad.

The game also saw official debuts for Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Gelson Fernandes and Zakaria Labyad with the latter appearing as a substitute. Here was Ricardo Sá Pinto’s team for the game:

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo (YC), Emiliano Insúa; Gelson Fernandes (Zakaria Labyad 72′), Adrien Silva (André Martins 46′, YC), Elias; André Carrillo (YC), Diego Capel (Jeffrén Suárez 89′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (YC)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Stijn Schaars, Fabián Rinaudo

After that Sporting opened up their Europa League campaign with a trip to Denmark to face AC Horsens. Again Sporting drew but managed to get a goal too courtesy of André Carrillo after Martin Spelmann opened the scoring for the home side.. Indeed, Ricky van Wolfswinkel will feel aggrieved that he failed to score when the Dutchman wasted a couple of chances throughout the game. The performance at the very least, was an improvement over the game against Guimarães.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Emiliano Insúa; Stijn Schaars (Zakaria Labyad 58′), Adrien Silva, Elias (André Martins 78′); André Carrillo (Scored 79′), Jeffrén Suárez (Diego Capel 66′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Xandão, Gelson Fernandes

There was also news that Rui Patrício has signed a new contract with Sporting taking him with the club all the way until 2018. This will at least put any transfer rumours to bed for a few days.

Patrício said that he was “very happy with this outcome” and “renewing with Sporting was something I really wanted”. Rui also said how he wanted to help the younger players out whilst at Sporting to improve their development.

Meanwhile in the B team for Oceano –

Sporting B picked up their first competitive win since they returned to action this season. Sporting won 2-1 against Sporting Clube da Covilhã after going behind to Gilberto’s early strike. It was Betinho and Diego Rubio (returning from suspension) who got the goals for Oceano. João Gonçalves stepped in for Santiago Arias who was injured in the last game against Guimarães B. Pedro Mendes also saw a red card after receiving a late second yellow card meaning he would miss the next game against Atlético Clube de Portugal.

Sporting B XI: Victor Golas; João Gonçalves (Iuri Medeiros 68′, YC), Pedro Mendes (YC, YC+RC), Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Pinto; João Mário (Filipe Chaby 87′), Zezinho (YC), Ricardo Esgaio (YC); Bruma, Nii Plange (Diego Rubio 72′), Betinho
Subs Not Used: Luís Ribero, Tiago Ilori, Atila Turan, Gaël Etock

Atlético Clube de Portugal proved a tricky tie for Oceano da Cruz’s men at the Estádio Tapadinha. The game was very even with Victor Golas being Sporting’s best player for most of the game.

Bruma was the man who made the difference with an excellent strike to put Sporting ahead after 72 minutes with Atlético goalkeeper Filipe Leão helpless to stop it.

Sporting went further ahead just 5 minutes later via another Ricardo Esgaio penalty after a handball in the area. Atlético pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute when Hugo Carreira headed in from close range to set up a very nervous finish for Sporting.

The game was made certain in the very final seconds when Gaël Etock ran through a tired Atlético defence and slotted under Leão to give Sporting B another win.

Sporting B XI: Victor Golas; João Gonçalves (Filipe Chaby 46′, YC), Tiago Ilori, Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Pinto (YC); Zezinho, Ricardo Esgaio (Scored 76′), Iuri Medeiros; Bruma (Scored 72′), Diego Rubio (Eric Dier 78′), Betinho (Gaël Etock 46′, Scored 90+5′)

Sporting News Round-Up

It’s been a good while since our last news round-up so here we are again. Where do we even start?

Transfer News:

Last time we checked Alberto Rodríguez was on his way to be yet another Sporting player at Deportivo de La Coruña. This deal in fact never was completed and in a complete turn around instead Alberto Rodríguez’s contract with the club was bought out and he was free to go. He then signed for Nuno Espírito Santo’s Rio Ave.

Luis Aguiar joined San Lorenzo on a 2-year deal after having failed to make a single appearance for the club. In fact his only appearance at all for the club was a 3-0 friendly defeat to Valencia at the Alvalade last year.

Matías Fernández completed his transfer to Fiorentina after 3 years with Sporting. Matías was an excellent player during his time at the club and we wish him the best of luck. Fiorentina paid €3,500,000 for the attacking midfielder with the possibility of further money from additional add-on clauses.

Renato Neto, who featured frequently in the second-half of the season for Sporting has been given another loan move after his previous spell with Cercle Brugge. Neto has joined Hungarian club Videoton FC until the end of the season. Videoton incidentally is where former Sporting defender Marco Caneira now plays.

It’s not all players going out though. On July 29th Racing Club in Argentina confirmed that Valentín “Titín” Viola was set to join Sporting. There had been interest from various European clubs for the forward with Benfica in particular also interested. Although Viola has not yet been unveiled as a Sporting player the official announcement is expected soon with the player already in Lisbon as we speak.

In various other transfer news: Diogo Rosado (who had been expected to sign for Genoa) now looks likely instead to join Blackburn Rovers will the deal being reported to be completed shortly. Juary Soares who was released from the club this season has signed for União de Leiria. Nuno Reis has joined Olhanense for a season-long loan deal. After spending last year at Genk, Leandro Grimi is now having a loan at Argentinian club Godoy Cruz. Amido Baldé will also be on loan with Vitória de Guimarães. Finally, Fabrice Fokobo has joined Sporting B from Njalla Quan Sport Academy. Fokobo had previous had a loan spell with Panathinaikos.

Fixture News:

Last Friday saw the draw of the Europa League qualifying stage. Sporting will face yet another Europa League trip to Denmark this time to take on AC Horsens who finished 4th in the Danish Supaliga last season as well as runners up to FC København in the Danish Cup. Full details will be found the the Results / Fixtures page.

Abel’s U-19 side also found out their opponents for this year’s NextGen Series group stages. Sporting have been draw in a group with Aston Villa, Celtic and PSV Eindhoven. The first game will be away to Aston Villa on Wednesday 15th August.

Recent Results:

Sporting 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday (22/07/12)
Goals: André Martins (11′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (69′)
Sporting XI: Marcelo Boeck (Victor Golas 88′); Bruno Pereirinha (Cédric Soares 46′), Daniel Carriço (Khalid Boulahrouz 46′), Xandão (Oguchi Onyewu 46′), Emiliano Insúa (Danijel Pranjić 46′); Stijn Schaars (Adrien Silva 46′), Gelson Fernandes (YC) (Elias 46′), André Martins (Matías Fernández 60′); Jeffrén Suárez (André Carrillo 46′), Diego Capel (Wilson Eduardo 81′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (YC) (Diego Rubio 81′)
Subs Not Used: Nuno Reis

In the Pepe Supercup mini-tournament contested in shorter games between Sporting and local clubs Atlético Clube de Portugal and Belenenses Sporting won via penalty shootout victories after two goalless draws with each team.

Sporting 3-1 Saint-Étienne (28/07/12)
Goals: André Carrillo (35′, 59′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (71′)- Bakary Sako (75′)
Sporting XI: Rui Patrício (Marcelo Boeck 46′); Cédric Soares (Bruno Pereirinha 46′), Khalid Boulahrouz (Daniel Carriço 46′ (Oguchi Onyewu 69′)), Marcos Rojo (Xandão 46′), Danijel Pranjić (Emiliano Insúa 46′); Stijn Schaars (Gelson Fernandes 46′, YC), Elias (Adrien Silva 46′), André Martins (Fabián Rinaudo 61′, YC); André Carrillo (Jeffrén Suárez 61′), Diego Capel (Wilson Eduardo 77′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 77′)
Subs Not Used: Nuno Reis, Marat Izmailov

Getafe 1-0 Sporting (03/08/12)
Goals: Diego Castro (59′)
Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Bruno Pereirinha, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marco Rojo, Danijel Pranjić; Stijn Schaars (Adrien Silva 61′), Elias, André Martins (Jeffrén Suárez 61′); André Carrillo, Diego Capel (Wilson Eduardo 76′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 22′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Xandão, Fabián Rinaudo, Gelson Fernandes

Sporting 3-1 Moghreb Tétouan (04/08/12)
Goals: Daniel Carriço (42′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (66′), Mourtada Fall (72′ OG) – Moussa Traoré (55′)
Sporting XI: Marcelo Boeck; Cédric Soares, Xandão, Daniel Carriço (Oguchi Onyewu 67′), Emiliano Insúa; Fabián Rinaudo (André Martins 65′), Adrien Silva, Gelson Fernandes; Jeffrén Suárez (Bruma 82′), Wilson Eduardo (Danijel Pranjić 76′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Iuri Medeiros 87′)
Subs Not Used: Rui Patrício, Macros Rojo, Stijn Schaars, Diego Rubio

‘B’ Teams Confirmed for Next Season

Confirmation came today of the B Teams now being included into the Liga de Honra for next season. There had been discussions of clubs using B Teams frequently in the last and now it will become a reality for the 2012/2013 Liga de Honra.

Sporting B will be one of those teams along with B sides from Benfica, Porto, Braga, Marítimo and Vitória de Guimarães. The teams will not be able to be promoted and will not participate in cup competitions. More in depth information into the new working of the second-tier can be found over at PortuGOAL.

Now the speculation will mount as to which players will make up the extra team and who will become the B side’s new manager. Abel, who coached the U-19 team after Ricardo Sá Pinto’s step up to the senior squad, could be seen as a major contender at this point.

So far, Atila Turan’s agent has said that his player would be willing to play for Sporting B after the Frenchman’s loan at Beira-Mar last season. There have also been rumours of Fluminense’s Lucas Patinho joining Sporting and to begin his career with the B team.

Other likely players include the U-19 players who are now too old and many loan returnees for example Vítor Golas, Nuno Reis, João Gonçalves, Wilson Eduardo, Diogo Rosado, André Marquez and Amido Baldé.

None of the fixtures for the next season have been announced yet but games against local sides like Belenenses and Atlético CP as well as the B teams of rival clubs will be eagerly anticapted.

Transfer Deadline Catch-Up: Postiga, Djaló, Grimi, Turan, and Zezinho

It was a busy transfer deadline day at Sporting Clube de Portugal to finish off an extraordinary summer of transfer activity. Sporting today have sold 2 players and and also loaned out 2 players today to reduce the size of the squad with no more signings after yesterday’s capture of Elias.

The most surprising transfer news of the day are the departures of Yannick Djaló and Hélder Postiga to OGC Nice and to Real Zaragoza respectively. Leandro Grimi has moved out on loan to Belgian Champions, Genk. Zezinho has also moved out on loan to the recently promoted Liga de Honra side Atlético Clube de Portugal. Finally, new boy Atila Turan has moved on loan to Beira-Mar.

Firstly, Hélder Postiga has moved on from Sporting Clube de Portugal to the financially troubled La Liga side, Real Zaragoza – probably due to the influence of Jorge Mendes a the club. Postiga’s transfer went for €1,000,000 with the possibility of that transfer price doubling depending on performance clauses. Due to a deal with Porto, the club from which Sporting signed Postiga (for a fee of €2,5000,000 back in 2008), the Dragões will get €500,000 of the transfer fee. The surprising factor of the deal is that Postiga seemed to be a part of Domingos Paciência plans as he, like Yannick Djaló, had played every game so far this season.

Postiga had began the season in misfiring fashion having failed to find the net so far and his total record with Sporting comes to 18 goals in 109 matches. His departure means Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Valeri Bojinov, and Diego Rubio will all be fighting to start as the main forward.

Yannick Djaló has moved on to the Ligue 1 side OGC Nice. The Guinea-Bissau-born Portugal international has been at the club since he was 11-years old, coming through the Sporting Academy. Djaló was sold for €4,500,000 for 75% of his ownership and will sign a 3-year deal with the Nice-based club.

Yannick Djaló made his debut for the club on the 16th September 2006 and has this season started every game for Domingos Paciência. With the signings of Diego Capel and Jeffrén it seems that the generally inconsistent but sometimes brilliant forward is no longer surplus to requirements at the Alvalade.

Leandro Grimi, who has been seen as not being part of the future plans of Sporting, has been moved on loan to KRC Genk. The former AC Milan left back had only been on the fringes of the squad last season with the arrival of Evaldo and this season’s arrival of Emiliano Insúa ensured that Grimi would need to go out on loan if he is to find football this year.

Youngster Zezinho has moved on loan to the newly promoted Atlético Clube de Portugal. The Guinea-Bissau has previously had a loan spell with Estoril and will now gain experience with Atlético in the Liga de Honra.

Atila Turan has yet to make his debut at Sporting after having signed this summer from Grenoble Foot, the Frenchman probably would have played his part at some point this season and his loan move is because of an injury to another Sporting player on loan at the Aveiro club, André Marques. Although it is also possible that the signing of Emiliano Insúa is a factor in this deal and it ensures Turan will play more football this year.

And so concludes Sporting Clube de Portugal’s amazing transfer window. 16 new players have signed to the club and many have gone to perhaps begin a new era for the club.