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


Sporting’s Champions League Squad Announced

Sporting have sent their squad list to UEFA which includes some notable absentees. Both Miguel Lopes and Shikabala are absent from the least leading to speculations over their future, the latter is expect to return to for a 4th stint with Zamalek. There were though inclusions for Ryan Gauld, Ramy Rabia, Hadi Sacko and André Geraldes.

The full list:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Luís Ribeiro, Guilherme Oliveira*, Pedro Silva*, Vladimir Stojković*
Defenders: Cédric Soares, André Geraldes Ricardo Esgaio*, Ramy Rabia, Maurício, Paulo Oliveira, Naby Sarr, Jefferson Jonathan Silva, Mica Pinto*, Tobias Figueiredo*, Domingos Duarte*, Wilson Manafá*, Bruno Wilson*, Bernardo Carlos*, Hugo Meira*, Mauro Riquicho*, João Serrano*
Midfielders: William Carvalho, Oriol Rosell, Simeon Slavchev, Adrien Silva, João Mário*, André Martins, Ryan Gauld, Wallyson Mallmann*, Filipe Chaby*, Francisco Geraldes*, Fábio Martins*, Rafael Barbosa*, Edelino Ié*
Forwards: Diego Capel, Nani, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané*, Héldon Ramos, Nani, Hadi Sacko,Junya Tanaka, Fredy Montero, Islam Slimani, Cristian Ponde*, Iuri Medeiros*, Daniel Podence*, Gelson Martins*, José Postiga*, Matheus Pereira*

The players with asterisks are part of the UEFA “B list”.

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.

Transfer News 23/04

As we get ever closer to the end of the season the transfer rumours multiply…

Italian website Tuttomercato says that Sporting have been offering Diego Capel to English clubs. The Spaniard is one of the best paid players at the club and an exit has been often talked about in the last year. Newcastle United and Sunderland are said to be interested with bids of €5m apparently acceptable for Sporting.

O Jogo is linking Sporting with Académica left-back Djavan. The Brazilian is on loan at the club from Corinthians Alagoano as Sporting look to add depth in defence with it looking likely there will be no back up left-back next season.

This is due to Iván Piris set to leave the club and return to São Paulo. The Paraguayan’s future remains unclear as the player is owned by both São Paulo and Uruguayan Segunda División side Deportivo Maldonado. Sporting do have an option to purchase the player for €3m should they chose to but the fact that Piris has played more the B team than the senior perhaps demonstrates why they will not be activating that clause.

Eric Dier has been linked with a move to Russia with André Villas-Boas’ Zenit Saint Petersburg interested. Dier currently has a contract until 2016 with a €20m release clause but according to Russian paper Izvestia Zenit will looking to bid at €4m. Cue Bruno de Carvalho’s tears of laughter.

Closer to home Ricardo Esgaio is set to be promoted to the first team next season as is João Mário, who has been impressing on loan recently at Vitória de Setúbal.

Transfer News 28/03/14

You can tell it’s near the end of the season as those transfer rumours are really hotting up.

Olympique de Marseille are apparently pursuing both Diego Capel and manager Leonardo Jardim. Capel has been linked with the French side before and it seemed likely at one stage that Marseille would be his destination but nothing came of it.

Jardim’s case is different but reflects the fact that the manager only has a further season remaining on his contract. Record says the manager wants to say and last night in a television interview with TVI 24 that the process for a renewal will be dealt with at the end of the season.

Fabián Rinaudo is currently on loan at Serie A’s bottom club Catania but the Sicilian club have expressed interest in keeping the player. Catania are ready to pay €5,000,000 to keep the player at the club but that would solely rely on whether they regain top flight status in Serie A.

After having already bought one Sporting centre-back it seems Liverpool are linked with another, this time Marcos Rojo. The Argentinian certainly has improved this season and that may well have gone noticed by other clubs.

Result: Benfica 4-3 SPORTING (AET)

Match report from

“Sporting came back from 3-1 down after a sensational Óscar Cardozo hat-trick to take the game into extra time only for a Rui Patrício error for Luisão’s header to give Benfica the victory. The action packed game that saw goals from Diego Capel, Maurício and Islam Slimani’s dramatic equaliser to take the game to extra time will no doubt be remembered as one of the best matches of the season.

Jorge Jesus decided to go with a 3-man Benfica midfield of Nemanja Matić, Enzo Pérez and Rubén Amorim to try and take control of the game. Leonardo Jardim was forced into one change into what is, it seems, his preferred Sporting line up with Iván Piris needing to step in at right-back for the injured Cédric Soares.

It was Sporting who started off the brighter but it was the home side who took the lead. A rash tackle my Marcos Rojo on the edge of the area lead to Óscar Cardozo, a man who loves facing Sporting, to step up. Cardozo smashed his shot low and under the wall to put Benfica ahead. Cardozo had a chance to score another just minutes afterwards but Rui Patrício managed to tip his shot onto the bar.

The game slowed down after the first goal and become a midfield battle with neither side able to create many chances.

Indeed, there was little goalmouth action until Sporting got their equaliser. Good build up play saw Fredy Montero find Wilson Eduardo on their right hand side. Wilson’s long cross was emphatically finished by Diego Capel lurking at the far post.

Sporting were only on level terms for 5 minutes until Cardozo struck once more. The visitors failed to clear their lines and Nicolás Gaitán was able to float a cross to the back post for the Paraguayan forward to head home from close range.

Óscar Cardozo completed a sensational hat-trick just before the break. William Carvalho, recently called up to the Portugal squad, was guilty of losing possession in midfield that allowed Benfica to rush forward. Cardozo was found in space and curled an unstoppable finish into Patrício’s top right hand corner.

Benfica started the second-half in charge of the game as Sporting looked to try and and push further forward. The game seemed more like to got to 4-1 than 3-2 but it was Sporting who managed to get a goal back.

André Martins’ corner in the 62nd minute was met by a towering leap from centre-defender Maurício to give Leonardo Jardim’s side a big confidence boost. Jardim then followed up by bringing on Islam Slimani for André Martins in an attempt to grab an equalising goal.

Sporting though just could not break through Benfica and the Eagles were still in control of the game. Óscar Cardozo almost got his 4th goal of the game but Rui Patrício got down well to save his shot from close range.

That lucky escape seemed to wake Sporting up and they had their best chance to equalise just seconds after. Substitute Islam Slimani found himself free in space and his near post shot rattled against the post.

It seemed that Benfica were to see out the game but an Adrien Silva freekick in the 3rd minute of stoppage time found the head of Islam Slimani to send the game into extra time, despite Artur’s attempted save. Conceding again from a set-piece will no doubt give Jorge Jesus cause for concern.

Sporting looked to have gained confidence in the early stages of extra time after their equaliser but a bizarre goal saw Benfica in the lead again. Luisão’s very soft header from a freekick as he going down in the penalty area slipped through Rui Patrício’s legs when it looked like the Portugal goalkeeper had it under a control. A rare, and costly “frango” from Patrício.

In the second period of extra time Sporting had a big shout for a penalty as Carlos Mané’s attempt at a hooked cross looked to have hit André Almeida on the arm. Replays showed that although the ball did undoubtably touch the right-back’s hand it was difficult to to tell what else the defender could have done in such close proximity. Islam Slimani was booked for his protests.

The Algerian was in the thick of it again seconds late as he spurned a magnificent chance to equalise as Benfica started to look rattled. His header in front of goal from close range whistled just past the post.

Benfica then came closest as Ivan Cavaleiro’s shot was superbly saved by Rui Patrício from close range. The following rebound by André Gomes then crashed off of the woodwork.

Sporting’s hopes faded with just over 5 minutes of extra time left to go when Marcos Rojo, who had not had the best of games again, was sent off for a second yellow card for a foul on substitute Ivan Calveleiro. There was though still time for Fredy Montero to have one last last chance for Sporting but Artur was able to save and make sure it was Benfica who progressed.

The result will be a huge boost for Jorge Jesus as he looks to keep his job secure. He will though have some concerns about his sides defending once again from set-pieces.

Leonardo Jardim will be happy with the heart his team displayed, a far better performance than that against Porto. Individual errors, with Macros Rojo in particular a culprit, will be a big concern.”

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Iván Piris, Maurício, Marcos Rojo, Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, André Martins (Islam Slimani, 70′); Wilson Eduardo (André Carrillo, 60′), Diego Capel (Carlos Mané, 81′), Fredy Montero
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Fabián Rinaudo, Vítor Silva

Result: SPORTING 3-2 Marítimo

Sporting had to comeback from behind to beat a physical Marítimo side with the visitors up 2-1 at the break. An Adrien Silva penalty gave Sporting the win in the end with the Madeira club finishing the game with 10 men.

Leonardo Jardim made 4 changes from the team who lost to Porto in the last round. Vítor Silva, Jefferson, Diego Capel and Eric Dier all started the game.

It was a tough game against a very strong Marítimo game with referee Bruno Esteves in the spotlight for various controversial decisions.

Sporting took the lead with just under a half-hour gone in the game when Diego Capel’s shot from outside the box rifled past Johnny Leoni.

It didn’t take long for Marítimo to reply when a soft freekick was awarded outside the Sporting area and Rúben Ferreira scored directly. Rui Patrício may well have been disappointed in himself for failing to save at the near post.

The away side then took the lead from another controversial decision. Jefferson was unlucky to have conceded the penalty for what was judged to be a foul on Sami. Héldon slotted easily past Patrício to make it 2-1 to Marítimo before the break.

Sporting were unhappy when Diego Capel was seen to have been elbowed off the ball but this was an incident entirely missed by the referee at the time.

Jardim made a change on half-time with the ineffective André Carrillo being replaced by Wilson Eduardo. The substitute firing just over from long range not long after appearing.

Fredy Montero had a rare misfiring day so it was down to another substitute, Islam Slimani, to grab the equaliser. The Algerian forward headed in at the far post after Diego Capel’s left-wing cross. Slimani now with his second goal for the club and his first in the league.

The referee awarded a penalty to Sporting when Fredy Montero was pushed in the box whilst attempting to go for a header by João Diogo, the defender then received his second yellow card of the game. Adrien Silva stepped up to slot home impressively to put Sporting back on track.

Sporting are now just 3 points behind Porto after their draw against Belenenses with Benfica in the Taça de Portugal the next opponents.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Eric Dier, Marcos Rojo, Jefferson (YC); William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (Scored, 76′), Vítor Silva (Islam Slimani, 63′ – Scored, 67′); André Carrillo (Wilson Eduardo, 46′), Diego Capel (Scored, 28′) (Carlos Mané, 82′), Fredy Montero (YC)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Maurício, Fabián Rinaudo, André Martins

Result: SPORTING 8-1 SC Alba

Sporting expectedly thrashed a resilient Sport Clube de Alba side 8-1 at the Estádio José Alvalade in the Taça de Portugal.

Leonardo Jardim was making sure there’d be no mistakes with a strong team selection. Fabián Rinaudo made his first start of the season along side Adrien and Vítor Silva in midfield. Vítor making his first start for the first team. Gérson Magrão filled the left-back role whilst Iván Piris played right-back. Jardim went for a very strong front 3 of André Carrillo, Wilson Eduardo and Fredy Montero.

Unsurprisingly Sporting started on top straight away against the minnows from Albergaria-a-Velha. Fredy Montero in particular had an excellent change in the first 10 minutes after being fed in on goal by a great pass from Vítor Silva but his chip sailed over the bar.

Sporting did make the opening in the 16th minute when Fredy Montero was fed down the left-hand channel and he crossed low for Wilson Eduardo to fire home from close range.

After another four minutes the home side then doubled their lead when a Vítor Silva cross was tapped in from close range by Marcos Rojo.

Sporting went close to another goal soon after Iván Piris broke free down the right-side and crossed to Montero who head onto André Carrillo. Carrillo’s close-range shot was well saved by Luís Santos. The Colombian now already in double-figures for the season.

In the 30th minute Wilson Eduardo found Fredy Montero who cleverly finished past Luís to make it 3-0. Replays showed that the striker may have been fractionally offside.

Vítor Silva almost made it 4 in the 38th minute after being put through on goal by Fredy Montero but the midfielder his shot over when he should have easily scored.

The first-half had been an easy game for Sporting, perhaps best proven by the 75% possession they enjoyed.

Leonardo Jardim made one change at the interval with youngster Rúben Semedo on for Marcos Rojo. The young centre-back making his full debut for the first team.

The second-half started much slower than the first with Sporting well in control of proceedings.

There was a big worry when Adrien Silva went down and looks to have took a knock. The midfielder was about to be substituted when Fredy Montero popped up again to grab the fourth goal after an excellent cross from the left-hand side by Gérson Magrão. Montero taking his goals tally for the season up to 11 goals.

Diego Capel made his return for the injured Adrien Silva. It took the Spanish winger just a minute before getting on the scoresheet after somehow excellently getting on to the end of André Carrillo’s cross.

Vítor Silva was the next to get on the scoresheet after some good play by André Carrillo and then Wilson Eduardo who crossed the ball low. Fredy Montero did well to dummy for the charging Vítor Silva to side foot the ball into the net to make it 6-0.

A mix up at the back between Marcelo Boeck and Rúben Semedo meant that Alba managed to get consolation goal. Carlos Santos was left with an empty goal for an easy tap in. Considering the excellent attitude of the Alba team and, especially, their supporters it was a great moment for the club.

Islam Slimani had an excellent opportunity to get his first goal for Sporting but Luís Santos made an excellent save to deny him one-on-one.

The Algerian forward did manage to get his first goal at last in the 85th minute to make it 7-1 to the home side. Vítor Silva again was the man who made the goal, the midfielder giving Leonardo Jardim a headache before his selection against Porto.

The scoring wasn’t done there though as Fredy Montero managed to grab another hat-trick at Sporting. Piris cut back the ball to Montero who did well to go past one play and smash the ball past Santos to make it 8 on the night. Montero getting his 12th goal in just 8 games.

In all it was a comfortable game, as expected, for Sporting. With focus now fully shifted onto the game against FC Porto next week.

Sporting XI: Marcelo Boeck; Iván Piris, Maurício, Marcos Rojo (Scored, 20′) (Rúben Semedo, 45′), Gérson Magrão; Fabián Rinaudo (YC), Adrien Silva (Diego Capel, 57′, scored, 59′), Vítor Silva (Scored, 67′); Wilson Eduardo (Scored, 16′), André Carrillo (Islam Slimani, 68′, Scored 86′), Fredy Montero (Scored, 31′, 57′)
Substitutes Not Used: Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, André Martins, Carlos Mané

Diego Capel Ready to Return

Diego Capel is set to return from the injury that has ruled him out for the last few weeks.

Capel is back to training now and should be available for selection in the Taça de Portugal game against SC Alba that should prove a good way for him to regain match fitness ahead of the game afterwards against Porto.

Of course, it won’t be easy for Diego Capel to force himself back into the team with André Carrillo and Wilson Eduardo playing so well.

Meanwhile Jefferson is still injured and is unlikely to fit enough for the Porto game but there is still an outside chance.

Diego Capel Out for 3 Weeks

Sporting have announced that Diego Capel will be injured for the next 3 weeks after being taken off in the 1-1 draw against Rio Ave last Saturday.

The Spanish winger’s left thigh muscle will be a blow to Sporting and may see Diogo Salomão step up to the first team once more to support Wilson Eduardo and André Carrillo.

There is better news as Marcos Rojo returned to training today and should be back for the upcoming match against Braga.