Champions League Draw, Douglas, André

There’s plenty of big news to catch up on with the Champions League draw, the signings of Douglas and André, the departure of Alberto Aquilani, and the usual transfer rumours.

Firstly, we’ll look at the Champions League draw. It’s a very tough group for Sporting but does involve the return of a familiar face to the Alvalade. Here are the full Champions League fixtures:

14th September: Real Madrid vs. SPORTING
27th September: SPORTING vs. Legia Warszawa
18th October: SPORTING vs. Borussia Dortmund
2nd November: Borussia Dortmund vs. SPORTING
22nd November: SPORTING vs. Real Madrid
7th December: Legia Warszawa vs. SPORTING

It’s looking like 3rd place is going to be the most likely outcome of that group but the return of Cristiano Ronaldo should be a great moment.

Madrid, Dortmund and Legia will also be the opponents for Sporting’s U19 side as Sporting return to the UEFA Youth League.

Yesterday Sporting also completed the long expected transfer of Douglas Teixeira from Trabzonspor. The Brazilian turned Dutch central defender has a 3-year contract with the option of an extra year.

No word of a transfer fee but the 28-year old is going to find it difficult to get in the team ahead of Rúben Semedo and Sebastián Coates. This is should accelerate the departures of Naldo, rumoured to be joining Krasnodar on loan shortly, and Ewerton.

The departure of Alberto Aquilani has finally concluded. The Italian midfielder rescinded his contract and has joined Pescara.

Before that, on Wednesday evening there was the signing of Brazilian forward André from Corinthians. Apparently, Sporting have used some of the debt owed the club by Corinthians (back from the transfer of Elias) as part of the transfer fee but no official word on the value.

André signs a contract until 2019 with an option of 2 more seasons and a release clause of €60,000,000.

According to O Jogo, Sporting want to give a new contract to Gelson Martins. Martins currently has a contract until 2021, however Sporting want to increase the player’s wages as well extend the length of the contract.

A Bola say that there are Primeira Liga clubs looking to sign Daniel Podence on loan, with Sporting willing to allow the player to gain experience elsewhere.

Finally, the rumours of the signing of Bas Dost have returned. If you believe all the rumours then Sporting have competition from some English sides however should Sporting sign the Wolfsburg man it is likely it could lead to the exit of Islam Slimani.

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Beto Returns to Sporting

Sporting have announced the signing of goalkeeper Beto on a free transfer. Beto, who was at Sevilla last season, signs on a 2-year deal with an option of a further year. His contract has a release clause of €45,000,000.

Beto never played for Sporting’s senior squad despite being playing for the B team. Since then the 34-year old has been at Chaves, Marco, Leixões, Porto, Cluj, Braga, and Sevilla.

With Rui Patrício the undisputed number 1 choice it is likely Beto will mostly feature in cup games.

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.

Week Round-Up 29/08

It’s been a very busy week for Sportinguistas. There was the Champions League draw, a new signing, Sporting B won and the international call ups. Here’s a round up of the week…

First there were Paulo Bento’s Portugal call-ups. Rui Patrício, Adrien Silva, William Carvalho and Nani all made it into the squad. Cédric Soares presumably missing out through injury. Portugal will be hosting Albania in a European qualifying game.

Rui Jorge’s U21 side named 5 Sporting players for their games against Norway and Azerbaijan. Paulo Oliveira, Ricardo Esgaio, João Mário, Iuri Medeiros and Carlos Mané all feature.

Elsewhere Simeon Slavchev has been called up to Bulgaria, André Carrillo to Peru, Junya Tanaka to Japan, Islam Slimani to Algeria, Héldon Ramos to Cape Verde, Ramy Rabia and Shikabala to Egypt, and Ryan Gauld has been called up to Scotland U21s.

Following up on Cédric Soares, A Bola reports that Sporting expect him to return in time to face Belenenses.

Thursday saw the draw for the Champions League. Sporting’s first participation in the tournament since 2008/2009. Sporting have been drawn along side Chelsea, Schalke 04 and Maribor.

Sporting’s fixtures are as follows:

17th September: vs. Maribor (A)
30th September: vs. Chelsea (H)
21st October: vs. Schalke 04 (A)
5th November: vs. Schale 04 (H)
25th November: vs. Maribor (H)
10th December: vs. Chelsea (A)

The draw also affects Sporting’s U19 side who will face the same teams in their UEFA Youth League draw. Coach José Lima describing it is a “very difficult” group.

Also on Thursday Sporting announced the signing of another forward. 20-year old Frenchman Hadi Sacko has joined from Girondins de Bordeaux after having spent 2014 on loan at Le Havre. The fee for the player is believed to be €1,400,000.

Sacko has signed a 6-year contract with a €60,000,000 release clause.

Elsewhere there was the departure of Hugo Sousa from the B team. The 22-year old defender was released from his contract and has joined Belgian side Waasland-Beveren for 3 years.

Finally, on Tuesday Sporting B moved up to second place in the Segunda Liga with a 3-0 win over Desportivo das Aves. Francisco Barão started with a strong team as Simeon Slavchev, Ramy Rabia and Jonathan Silva all made their B team debuts. Sporting B were also without the suspended Ousmane Dramé leaving the starting line-up with no recognised striker.

It was the Argentine left-back who started the scoring with a beautifully hit strike in the 30th minute leaving Quim with no hope of saving.

Sporting B doubled their league in the 63rd minute when Mica Pinto, playing on the right-side of midfield, pulled the ball back for Ryan Gauld. The Scot’s shot was deflected before going in.

The impressive Ramy Rabia helped with the 3rd goal. His 84th minute shot after a Iuri Medeiros freekick was well saved but the ball bounced to substitute Lewis Enoh to secure the win for Sporting B.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho, Ramy Rabia (YC), Tobias Figueiredo (YC), Jonathan Silva (Scored, 30′); Fabrice Fokobo, Wallyson Mallmann, Simeon Slavchev (Iuri Medeiros, 65′); Ryan Gauld (Scored, 63′); Mica Pinto (YC) (Gelson Martins, 70′), Daniel Podence (Lewis Enoh, 79′, Scored, 84′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Sambinha, João Palhinha, Jorge Santos

News Round-Up 02/07: Sporting Sign Ryan Gauld

Sporting have completed the surprising signing of Dundee United Ryan Gauld for a fee of approximately €3,750,000. The announcement was made on the night of Sporting’s 108th birthday with Gauld signing a 6-year contract with a release fee clause of €60m.

18-year old Gauld, who was been nicknamed “Mini-Messi”, had been linked with a whole host of clubs after breaking through into the Dundee United team including Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Last season Gauld scores 7 goals in 37 games for the Dundee club.

At last night’s birthday gala Sporting (I Gala Honoris Sporting) presented its own awards here are the nominations and results from the football-related categories:

Youth Team of the Year was won by the U16 Juvenis B. They beat out competition from U17 Juvenis A, U16 Iniciados A, and U14 Incidiados B.

Best Academia Sporting football school was won by (Escolas Acadmeia Sporting Club Internacional de Foot-Ball) EAS CIF ahead of EAS Carnide, EAS Póvoa de Santa Iria and EAS Toronto.

Revelation of the Year went to, unsurprisingly, William Carvalho. Almost nominated were Carlos Mané, Cédric Soares, and João Mário.

William Carvalho of course one Footballer of the Year with Adrien Silva, Fredy Montero and Marcos Rojo also in contention.

And finally, Coach of the Year was won by Leonardo Jardim, beating out youth coach José Lima, U16 coach Pedro Gonçalves and U14 coach Tiago Fernandes.

Also presented last night were the club’s new kits for the upcoming season. After Sporting’s deal with Puma expired Macron are now manufacturing the kits. The goalkeeper’s shirt can be second second from left and the away and home kits fifth and sixth in the row.

Elsewhere defender Maurício admitted he would consider a call up to the Portugal national team should he not be called up by Brazil. Although with Paulo Bento’s well known dislike of “naturalised” players this option seems unlikely.

Sporting Sign Junya Tanaka

Sporting have completed the signing of Kashiwa Reysol forward Junya Tanaka on a 5-year contract with a €60,000,000 release clause.

Tanaka arrived in Lisbon yesterday to complete his transfer and after having passed a medical was unveiled as a Sporting player today. O Jogo speculate the deal will cost Sporting €750,000.

26-year old Tanaka broke into football as a Kashiwa Reysol player in 2010 and has since scored 53 goals in 170 matches for Chiba club as well as having so far made 1 appearance for the national team.

Sporting Sign André Geraldes

Sporting have signed André Geraldes from İstanbul Başakşehir for a fee believed to be around €600,000.

The 23-year old right back will provide cover for Cédric Soares after having a successful spell on loan at Belenenses from his parent club. Geraldes has signed until 2019 with the typical release clause of €45,000,000.

André Geraldes started his career at Maia before moving onto Rio Ave where two loan spells at Chaves and Aves were enough to secure him a move to Turkey with İstanbul Başakşehir.

News Round-Up 9/6

Sporting have announced another new signing, this time to strengthen the B team – Jorge Santos, nicknamed Gazela, from Padroense. It’s quite a step up for the 21-year old winger who was playing in the AF Porto Divisão de Elite last season.

Santos has signed a contract until 2020 with the very familiar €45,000,000. The longevity of the deal shows that Sporting’s scouting team feel like they must have found an exciting prospect.

Litos, former Sporting player and manager, revealed he turned down the opportunity to replace Abel Ferreira in managing the B team. Litos was still open to returning to the club in some capacity in future but felt like now was not the right time.

With Sporting find it hard to find a deputy right-back for Cédric Soares, Record speculates that Miguel Lopes could return to action for Sporting. Lopes spent last season on loan at Lyon but it seems the French club will not be using their option to buy the player. The only possible problem with this is the player’s high wages.

Sticking with Record they Sporting have agreed a deal to bring in 18-year old right back Jorge Silva from Leixões. The defender was said to have been at the Academia Sporting in Alcochete to sign a 1-year deal with option of extension for a further 4 years.

Record seem to believe Sporting are putting more influence into Egypt with the club not only getting close to an agreement with Al Ahly for Ramy Rabia but also a pre-season friendly in the country too. The friendly, they say, could earn the club around €350,000.

A Bola say Sporting are watching Romanian forward George Ţucudean. Ţucudean is currently on loan at Dinamo București from his parent club Standard Liège and has received praise from former Sporting man Marius Niculae.

The paper also links Sporting with another forward this time Serbian Filip Kostic currently at Dutch side FC Groningen. The 21-year old impressed at the club last season although the club insist they have yet to receive any offers.

Moving on to O Jogo who say Wilson Eduardo, deemed surplus at Sporting, has attracted interest from clubs in Turkey and Greece. The winger has plenty of competition in the squad and is looking to leave.

Finally, Bruno de Carvalho announced that the long-awaited Sporting TV is set to launch on the 1st July which also coincides with the club’s 108th birthday.

News Round-Up 3/6: Oriol Rosell Signs for Sporting

Oriol Rosell’s transfer to Sporting from Sporting Kansas City is completed and the Spanish midfielder has signed a 5-year contract with a €45,000,000 release clause.

The 21-year old will bolster Sporting’s midfield no doubt with European football in mind. No news of the transfer fee involved but O Jogo guesses that it is likely to be €1,000,000. Rosell becomes Sporting’s third signing this summer after the arrivals of Simeon Slavchev and Paulo Oliveira.

Elsewhere Record say that Sporting are still negotiating with Audax São Paulo for Rafael Martin’s after the forward’s excellent season at Vitória de Setúbal although they may meet competition from Benfica.

A Bola say that Sporting hope to close the deal for Ramy Rabia from Al-Ahly by the end of the week. The two clubs had disputed about the values for the 21-year old defender made his debut with the club at 17 and has already played several times for the Egyptian national team.

Stoke City are apparently after Diego Capel with Sporting wanting €8m for the player but Stoke would prefer a value around €4-5m.

Torino look set to beat Sporting to the signing of Josef Martínez from Young Boys. The 21-year old forward from Venezuela has impressed at FC Thun.

Club Tijuana’s 24-year old attacking midfielder Fidel Martínez is another name mentioned in the papers as interesting Sporting. Sporting may consider the Ecuadorian as an eventual replacement for Diego Capel.

Sporting are also considering the possibility of signing Nacional’s Fernando Marçal to deputise for Jefferson.

News Round-Up 30/05

A round-up of some of the news from Portugal’s daily papers…

This year’s Taça da Honra will be held at the Estádio do Restelo with Sporting, Benfica, Belenenses and Estoril once again competing. Current holders Sporting will kick-off on the 18th July against Belenenses before potentially facing Benfica or Estoril in the final on the 20th July. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Taça da Honra.

O Jogo is reporting that André Martins is set to be offered a contract extension that will extended his deal at the club until 2018. The negotiations have been going on but the paper reports that it is likely to be finalised with Martin on a €35,000-a-week contract with a €45,000,000 release clause.

In transfer rumours Arsenal at the latest club to be linked with Eric Dier. Dier’s father was said to be unhappy with the defender’s lack of football last season but with Marcos Rojo looking likely to leave Dier could soon find himself in playing more next season although he will have to compete with new signing Paulo Oliveira for that spot. Arsenal are apparently willing to offer €6,000,000 for the player.

Marcos Rojo rumours are continuing in full force with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona the latest clubs rumoured to be in for the defender. Sporting are said to be hoping for between €10-15m before they decide to sell.

There are apparently more options for Fabián Rinaudo should he wish to leave the club. As well as Catania being extremely interested the midfielder has been linked with a whole host of clubs in his native Argentina with Boca Juniors, Racing Club, Rosario Central and his former club Gimnasia La Plata all said to be interested.

Sporting have been linked with the signing of Iranian 18-year old left-winger Ali Hazami. Hazami is currently with Foolad FC in Iran and the player’s agent says that the player is just waiting for an offer from Sporting with Pohang Steelers of Korea also interested.

The transfer of Marko Petković from Red Star Belgrade is getting closer with Record saying the player has agreed to join the club and they are confident that the Serbian right-back will be Sporting’s 3rd signing of the transfer window.

Finally Sporting are also continuing their interest in Marítimo’s Derley. Record said that the player’s agent arrived in Portugal last Monday ahead of negotiations for the player.