Women’s Championship Fixtures Announced

Women’s football finally returns to Sporting next season. On Wednesday the Portuguese FA released the fixtures. Sporting begin the season away to Belenenses before ending it at home to CF Benfica.

Here’s the list in full:

vs. Belenenses (Away)
vs. Viseu 2001 (Home)
vs. Clube de Albergaria (Away)
vs. A-dos-Francos (Home)
vs. Braga (Away)
vs. CAC (Home)
vs. Vilaverdense (Away)
vs. Estoril (Home)
vs. Ouriense (Away)
vs. União Ferreirense (Home)
vs. Valadares Gaia (Away)
vs. Boavista (Home)
vs. CF Benfica (Away)
vs. Belenenses (Home)
vs. Viseu 2001 (Away)
vs. Clube de Albergaria (Home)
vs. A-dos-Francos (Away)
vs. Braga (Home)
vs. CAC (Away)
vs. Vilaverdense (Home)
vs. Estoril (Away)
vs. Ouriense (Home)
vs. União Ferreirense (Away)
vs. Valadares Gaia (Home)
vs. Boavista (away)
vs. CF Benfica (Home)

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:

vs. Marítimo (Home)
vs. Paços de Ferreira (Away)
vs. FC Porto (Home)
vs. Moreirense (Home)
vs. Rio Ave (Away)
vs. Estoril (Home)
vs. Vitória de Guimarães (Away)
vs. Tondela (Home)
vs. Nacional (Away)
vs. Arouca (Home)
vs. Boavista (Away)
vs. Vitória de Setúbal (Home)
vs. Benfica (Away)
vs. Braga (Home)
vs. Belenenses (Away)
vs. Feirense (Home)
vs. Chaves (Away)
vs. Marítimo (Away)
vs. Paços de Ferreira (Home)
vs. FC Porto (Away)
vs. Moreirense (Away)
vs. Rio Ave (Home)
vs. Estoril (Away)
vs. Vitória de Guimarães (Home)
vs. Tondela (Away)
vs. Nacional (Home)
vs. Arouca (Away)
vs. Boavista (Home)
vs. Vitória de Setúbal (Away)
vs. Benfica (Home)
vs. Braga (Away)
vs. Belenenses (Home)
vs. Feirense (Away)
vs. Chaves

Transfer Round-Up 2015: Departures

As always with Sporting, there were plenty of entrances and exits throughout the transfer window, so here’s a breakdown of all of those who left the Alvalade albeit temporarily or permanently.

Maurício to Lazio (€2,600,000): A transfer that was essentially made in January but was made permanent by Lazio over the summer adding a little bit extra to Sporting’s transfer budget.

Cédric Soares to Southampton (€6,500,000): Considering the right fullback had only a year left on his contract this wasn’t a bad fee and Cédric has already made a solid start to life in England. However, had his contract been sorted out sooner Sporting could have kept or got a far greater fee for the Portugal international.

Lewis Enoh to Lokeren (€350,000): Not a bad profit for a player who cost only a tenth of that when brought in Sourense back in January 2014. The Cameroonian performed adequately enough for the B team and demonstrated that Sporting can make profit from their second string players.

Nuno Reis to Metz (free): It’s sad to see Nuno Reis not make it at Sporting after spending so long with the club and being so impressive at youth level. A move to Metz though may give his career a kickstart.

José Postiga to Rio Ave (free): Unable to agree to a new contract with Sporting the young striker has moved to Rio Ave on a free transfer. Postiga has yet to play for his new club as he faces some stiff competition to become a first pick Primeira Liga striker.

André Geraldes to Belenenses (loan): Geraldes has rejoined the club where he so impressed two seasons ago. Under Ricardo Sá Pinto the fullback will hopefully return to Sporting for next season ready to slot into the first team.

Liu Yiming to Pinhalnovense (free): The young Chinese defender was unable to break in the B team so has been given a free transfer to join 3 of his compatriots at Pinhalnovense. Some regular first team football is exactly what he needs at this time in his career.

Lisandro Semedo to Reading (free): A frustrating situation in which Semedo and Sporting were unable to come to terms with a new contract for the promising winger. Joining Championship side Reading is an interesting choice for the player.

José Marinheiro to Coruchense (free): The young goalkeeper has been released from Sporting and has joined up with GD Coruchense in the Campeonato Nacional Seniores Série G.

Naby Sarr to Charlton Athletic (€2,000,000): Sporting did well to double their money after selling Naby Sarr after just one season. The physically excellent but error-prone centre-back was ousted by Tobias Figueiredo, Paulo Oliveira and later Ewerton last season. He will face a very different challenge in the Championship.

Miguel Lopes to Granada (loan): Another move for Miguel Lopes who is still suffering from the high wages he was given when he joined the club under Godinho Lopes. The right-back had a solid run in the team last season under Marco Silva but Jorge Jesus seems to prefer João Pereira and Ricardo Esgaio.

Héldon Ramos to Rio Ave (loan): Still unable to break into the first team at Sporting, Héldon will be joining Rio Ave for the remainder of the season.

Simeon Slavchev to Apollon Limassol (loan): Another player unable to find a way into Jorge Jesus’ plans. The Bulgarian midfielder still seems to be struggling to adapt to Portuguese football.

Betinho to Belenenses (undisclosed): It’s a shame that Betinho never made it into the Sporting team after having been so promising at youth level. A wasted year last season with Brentford this move to Belenenses could be a huge boost for the young striker’s career.

João Palhinha to Moreirense (loan): João Palhinha seemed to impress Jorge Jesus and was quickly integrated into first team training during pre-season. A loan to Moreirense could give the midfielder some much needed Primeira Liga experience to develop even further. Will hopefully come back better and stronger.

Wallyson Mallmann to OGC Nice (loan): Surprisingly, Nice have an option to buy Mallmann at the end of this loan. Wallyson looked like he may have been likely for a first team berth this season but instead will be playing in Ligue 1. If the Brazilian midfielder does return to Sporting next season he will hopefully be able to fight his way into the first team.

Rúben Semedo to Vitória de Setúbal (loan): Another play who looked like he had convinced Jorge Jesus of his talents but just fell short of being integrated into the first team. Semedo did play in the Supertaça before being loan to Setúbal where he will hopefully develop like João Mário did there a few seasons ago.

Mica Pinto to Recreativo de Huelva (loan): One of the trio of players loan to Recreativo managed by former B team manager José Dominguez. The left-back is in need of a loan move out after so long playing B team football.

Luís Ribeiro to Recreativo de Huelva (loan): Similar to Mica Pinto in as much as he has perhaps played too much B team football and needs a move to develop further.

Kikas to Recreativo de Huelva (loan): A different challenge for Kikas after his season in Romania last year. It’s probably only a matter of time before he departs the club on a permanent basis.

Michaël Ciani to Espanyol (free): Well, that was quick. Ciani came, saw and left. Sporting could still profit from the French defender as they retain a small amount of his rights for a future transfer.

Diego Capel to Genoa (€1,300,000): Sad to see the Spanish winger leave after such a long stint at the club but after being unable to feature for Marco Silva often last season coupled with his high wages the writing was on the wall. The transfer fee is low for a player of his quality but Sporting will be happy to free up space on the wage bill for new contracts. Best of luck to Diego Capel!

Iuri Medeiros to Moreirense (loan): Iuri Medeiros impressed on loan at Arouca last season but didn’t impress Jesus enough, the manager preferring the young Gelson Martins over him. There’s still plenty of time for the exiting winger though and hopefully this loan deal helps.

Shikabala to Zamalek (€650,000): FINALLY! Shikabala has been a disaster of transfer. It was always a risky move but regardless, nothing went well. After so long AWOL, Shikabala returns to Zamalek for a profit. Not sure how Bruno de Carvalho managed that one.

Filipe Chaby to União da Madeira (loan): Chaby helped União da Madeira get promoted to the Primeira Liga and now he can help them stay there. This is a step up un level that could be key in the midfielder’s development.

Diego Rubio to Real Valladolid (free): An excellent signing from the perspective of Valladolid. The Chilean was in fantastic form for the B team when he returned from Norway last season. Rubio may well go on to score plenty of goals for the Spanish side.

Ramy Rabia to Al Ahly (€750,000): Rabia returns to Al Ahly for about the same fee as when was signed, the defender just wasn’t able to make an impression in the first team with Tobias Figueiredo ahead of him in the pecking order.

Wilson Eduardo to Braga (free): Another player it’s sad to see go. Wilson Eduardo has plenty to offer and will undoubtably do well for Braga. A good move for the player and for Braga though Sporting will be disappointed not to get a transfer fee they retain rights to the player for any future transfers.

Jorge Santos to Salgueiros (free): Gazela just wasn’t able to make the step up to Sporting B’s level of football after his mve last season as was loaned to Salgueiros last season. Jorge Santos has now moved there on a permanent basis.

Estimated transfer sales: €14,150,000

Rubio, Rabia, Wilson Eduardo and Gazela All Depart

There have been plenty of late exits from Sporting yesterday with 4 players given transfers out of the club – Diego Rubio, Ramy Rabia, Wilson Eduardo and Jorge Santos.

First is the departure of Chilean Diego Rubio to Spanish side Real Valladolid on a free transfer with Sporting retaining 70% of the rights to the player. Rubio joined Sporting back in 2011 making 20 appearances for the first team and scoring 1 goal. The striker also had a incredibly prolific spell with the B team earlier this year.

Secondly, Ramy Rabia returns to Egypt returns to Al Ahly SC after a season in Portugal for the same transfer fee of €750,000 though Sporting get 15% of a future transfer fee. Rabia played 3 games for the first team last season, all of the in the Taça da Liga, as well as 21 times for the B team.

Next is the departure of Wilson Eduardo to Braga. The forward has been at Sporting since 2002, aged 12, when he joined from FC Porto. Since then he had loan spells at Real Sport Clube, Portimonense, Beira-Mar, Olhanense, Académica, Dinamo Zagreb and ADO Den Haag. In total Wilson Eduardo played 24 goals and scored 5 goals for the first team. Wilson Eduardo moves to Braga on a free transfer though Sporting retain the rights to 45% of the player.

Finally, Jorge Santos, more commonly known as Gazela has rescinded his contract with the club. The 22-year old winger joined the B team last season but failed to make an impression and was loaned to Salgueiros. Now it looks likely he will return to the club after being released by Sporting.

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.


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.

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.

Result: SPORTING 2-1 Braga

Sporting came from behind at home to Braga to keep the pressure on Benfica. An unfortunate Rui Patrício own goal had put the visitors ahead but a Jefferson penalty and an Islam Slimani goal gave Sporting the 3 points.

Leonardo Jardim was without the suspended Adrien Silva and Fredy Montero so Gérson Magrão filled in for Adrien in midfield and Islam Slimani started in attack supported by Carlos Mané and André Carrillo. The Peruvian was making his 100th appearance for Sporting.

The home side had begun the better but were unstuck in the 36th minute when Rui Patrício’s attempt to go back in goal saw him inadvertently deflect the ball that was rebounding from the post.

Sporting equalised when Carlos Mané was fouled in box in the 68th minute. Left-back Jefferson stepped up to cooly covert the penalty and score his first ever goal for Sporting.

Then, just 5 minutes later, Sporting got the winner through Islam Slimani. The Algerian has been on an impressive goal scoring run lately and always seems to bag important goals. His deflected shot was enough to give Sporting all 3 points.

This win puts pressure on Benfica and Porto who play later today.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício (YC); Cédric Soares, Maurício, Marcos Rojo, Jefferson (Scored, 70′); William Carvalho (YC), Gérson Magrão (YC), André Martins (Héldon Ramos, 57′); André Carrillo (Diego Capel, 63′), Carlos Mané (Vítor Silva, 81′), Islam Slimani (Scored, 74′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Wallyson Mallmann, Wilson Eduardo

Squad for the Braga Game

There’s a few interesting selections in Leonardo Jardim’s squad for Saturday night’s league game against Braga.

With the suspensions of ever-present Adrien Silva and Fredy Montero, Leonardo Jardim has elected not to bring in a striker from the B-team and Wallyson Mallmann makes his first appearance in a Sporting squad.

The 20-year Brazilian midfielder is unlikely to start ahead of Vítor Silva, Gérson Magrão, or Eric Dier but could feature from the bench to make his full debut.

Islam Slimani is the only out-and-out striker in the squad, in what is a big opportunity for him to become the club’s first choice striker. Wilson Eduardo and Carlos Mané however can both play the second striker role.

The full list:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, William Carvalho
Defenders: Maurício, Marcos Rojo, Cédric Soares, Jefferson, Eric Dier, Iván Piris
Midfielders: André Martins, William Carvalho, Vítor Silva, Gérson Magrão, Wallyson Mallmann
Forwards: Islam Slimani, Carlos Mané, Wilson Eduardo, Héldon Ramos, Diego Capel, André Carrillo, Diego Capel

Result: Braga 1-2 SPORTING

Sporting returned to winning ways thanks to a late Cédric Soares goal to defeat Jesualdo Ferreira’s 10-man Braga and regain 2nd place.

Leonardo Jardim made 3 changes from the team that drew at home to Rio Ave in the last round. Marcos Rojo returned from

injury and started ahead of Eric Dier in central defence. Diogo Salomão (his first Sporting game since Braga away in May 2011) took Diego Capel’s place after the Spanish winger’s injury and André Carrillo, perhaps surprisingly, started ahead of the in-form Wilson Eduardo.

Sporting got off to a fantastic start when Fredy Montero headed in from Jefferson’s corner after just 5 minutes. The Colombian marking his 7th goal in just 6 games so far for the club.

From there though it was Braga who took firm control of the game and they managed to get their equaliser as Alan’s long range effort caught Rui Patrício unsighted.

The game turned on it’s head when Aderlan Santos was sent off for a foul on Fredy Montero. The Brazilian defender brought down the Colombian as Montero looked set to be one-on-one with Eduardo and referee Paulo Baptista had no hesitation. Things then went from bad to worse from Braga when Paulo Vinícius pulled up injured and had to be replaced leaving Braga without their two main centre-backs.

From that point on Sporting had complete control of the game and Fredy Montero was unlucky not to double his tally with a diving header before the break but the sides still went in level.

Jardim made one change at half-time bringing on Wilson Eduardo for Diogo Salomão. It had not been a bad first game back from Salomão but the change made sense as Sporting went all out to attack.

Sporting though were up against a solid Braga side and despite the efforts of Montero and Wilson Eduardo found it difficult to create too much although André Carrillo managed to waste a few opportunities.

The away side had to wait until the 86th minute before they found the breakthrough. A long range effort from Cédric Soares somehow managed to find its way through and past Eduardo to give Sporting a hugely valuable 3 points.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (Scored, 86′), Maurício, Marcos Rojo, Jefferson (YC); William Carvalho (YC), Adrien Silva (YC) (Islam Slimani, 77′), André Martins (Vítor Silva, 64′); Diogo Salomão (Wilson Eduardo, 45′), André Carrillo, Fredy Montero (Scored, 5′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Fabián Rinaudo, Gérson Magrão

Sporting Open to a New Stadium Name

According to quotes from Record, Bruno de Carvalho and Sporting are willing to listen to offers to the naming rights of the Alvalade.

The proposal to change the name of the Estádio José Alvalade name to a sponsored one may well be fought with resistance considering the club history involved. The issue will be brought up and discussed at the upcoming general assembly. Indeed, many fans would prefer the issue of the moat be addressed first.

Of course, given Sporting’s financial situation all possible avenues of income will be looked at by the club.

The club will be waiting for a proposal first but the fact that the issue has been brought up may suggest that there is something in the works.

Perhaps with the recent news of Braga’s current financial successes, who of course play at the Estádio AXA, then Sporting may look to follow suit.