News Round-Up 05/08/16

Sporting players and former academy products were in action last night in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Portugal beat Argentina 2-0 thanks to goals from Gonçalo Paciência and Pité.

Included in Rui Jorge’s starting XI were Tobias Figueiredo and captain Ricardo Esgaio. André Martins, Edgar Ié and Tiago Ilori also featured with Carlos Mané an unused substitute.

Teófilo Gutiérrez also scored for Colombia in their match against Sweden but it is uncertain how much longer he will be a Sporting player.

Sporting have bolstered their attacking options for the B team with 2 signings. The first is the loan signing of 22-year old Bilel Aouacheria from Sporting Covilhã with an option to buy. The second is another loan signing, of 19-year old Portugal youth international Ricardo Almeida from Moreirense for 2 seasons.

With Eduardo seemingly on his way to Chelsea, Sporting are apparently close to signing Beto as the new back up goalkeeper to Rui Patrício. According to the Portuguese press, Beto just needs to complete his medical before signing a 2-year contract with the option of an extra year, he has been out of contract after his spell at Sevilla. Beto will be returning to Sporting after having been at the club from 1995-2004.

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Sporting Players Named in the Olympic Squad

Portugal players have been selected for Rui Jorge’s Portugal squad for the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil.

The squad of 18 players includes Sporting players Ricardo Esgaio, Tobias Figueiredo, and Carlos Mané. As well as that it also includes former Sporting players André Martins, Edgar Ié, and Tiago Ilori.

Teófilo Gutiérrez has also been selected in Colombia’s squad.

Sporting News Round-Up

So, since it’s been a while since the last Leões/Lions post (yes, it’s been a really long while) here is a round-up of all the transfers and other pre-season news so far. As you know, there is always something happening at Sporting so there is a lot to write about.

Transfers in:

Zakaria Labyad was a deal done way back during the season but he has now officially become a Sporting player. Labyad will be in London over the summer representing Morocco at the Olympics. PSV Eindhoven, Labyad’s former club, are now seeking financial compensation for the deal.

Sporting’s next signing was Gelson Fernandes on the 4th July. Fernandes came from French side Saint-Étienne after having spent the second half of 2012 on loan to Udinese. Gelson’s deal is a 4-year contract with a buyout clause of €25m.

9 days later and Sporting completed another signing by signing former Bayern München player Danijel Pranjić. The Croatian has had his injuries in recent times but will reinforce Sporting in midfield was well as occasionally on the left-hand side in defence or attack.

The signings didn’t stop there as Khalid Boulahrouz joined the club for free just 4 days after that on the 18th July. The Netherlands and ex-Chelsea defender has been at VfB Stuttgart until his contract expired. Boulahrouz can play at both right-back and centre-back and has been handed a two-year contract.

Most recently Sporting completed the signing of Marcos Rojo the Argentinian left-back / centre-back from Spartak Moscow. The former Estudiantes player had been rumoured to join Benfica months ago but in the end chose Sporting instead.

Transfers out:

As already ported on the blog João Pereira has moved onto Valencia. Ânderson Polga left the club too and is still yet to find a new team. Long-time servant Tiago also retired.

Deportivo de La Coruña signed André Santos on loan as well as being able to keep Diogo Salomão for another season. More recently both Alberto Rodríguez and Evaldo Fabiano have also joined the newly promoted Spanish team.

Jaime Valdés officially became a Parma player after he was on loan there last season.

Edgar Ié and Agostinho Cá were all set to join Internazionale last month. Indeed, the deal had been reported as completed by various media outlets. Since then it emerged that the deal had in fact not gone through and now the pair have joined Barcelona instead and will play for the B team next season.

Other Sporting players have been released and found new clubs such as Diogo Rosado (Genoa), Mexer (Nacional), André Marques (FC Sion), Mateus Fonseca (FC Chiasso), and Rodolfo Simões (Marítimo).

As well as the following players leaving the club on loan: William Owusu (Westerlo), William Carvalho (Cercle Brugge), and Miguel Serôdio (Varzim).

Pre-Season Games:

Sporting opened Pre-Season with an 11-0 win over minnows Atlético Clube do Cacém. The Sintra club were unsurprisingly soundly beaten thanks to goals from Iuri Medeiros, Filipe Chaby, Emiliano Insúa, Adrien Silva, André Martins, Ricky van Wolfswinkel (x2), Diego Rubio (x2), and Wilson Eduardo (x2).

Last Thursday Sporting ended up losing 1-0 to Charlton Athletic in a game played at the Municipal de Lepe, the home of lower league side San Roque de Lepe. A last minute goal from Johnnie Jackson game the London club the win.

Sporting’s team for the game was:

Marcelo Boeck; Bruno Pereirinha (Cédric Soares 46′), Daniel Carriço (YC) (Nuno Reis 59′), Xandão (Oguchi Onyewu 59′), Emiliano Insúa (Danijel Pranjić 59′); Fabián Rinaudo (Gelson Fernandes 46′), Adrien Silva (Stijn Schaars 59′), Elias (André Martins 46′); Jeffrén Suárez (Wilson Eduardo 46′), Diego Capel (André Carrillo 56′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 59′)

Sporting next face Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night with kick off at 20:30.

Official: Agostinho Cá and Edgar Ié to Internazionale

As suspected Internazionale have snapped up two of Sporting’s most promising youngsters, Agostinho Cá and Edgar Ié have both joined the Italian club.

Both youth players have been a large part of Sporting’s successful U-19 team but will now join Internazionale’s promising crop of youngsters mostly acquired from other clubs at a young age.

Agostinho Cá will leave for a mere €800,000 (with a possibility of add-ons depending on his success) where was Edgar Ié moves for free.

Rumours also say that João Mário also turned down Internazionale.

Agostino Cá and Edgar Ié Rumours to Inter Increase

Previously reported back in March it seems Agostinho Cá’s (pictured top) move to Internazionale may well come into fruition soon and that Edgar Ié (pictured bottom, with Felipe Chaby) will also be joining him.

Midfielder Agostinho Cá and defender Edgar Ié (brother of midfielder Edilino Ié) now seem set to be moving from Sporting to Italian side Internazionale.

According to some sources the pair will leave the club at €800,000 each with their transfer fees rising to up to €3,000,000 depending on certain clauses.

After the departure of João Carlos to Liverpool back in summer this would mark another disappointing departure of young promising talent that has yet to even make a debut for  the team. More importantly it will mean two players leaving the club for small transfer fees.

NextGen Match Report: SPORTING 5-1 Liverpool

Sporting’s U19 side ended the group stages of the NextGen tournament in emphatic fashion beating Liverpool 5-1.

The fixture had the potential to be a fairly stale affair with both teams having progressed through the group stages already. Happily though the game turned out to be an exciting encounter with both sides having chances with some good attacking football on display.

Edgar Ié opened the scoring for Sporting after 18 minutes when Betinho laid off a free-kick from outside the area for the Guinea-Bissauan to drill a low hard shot past the reach of Tyrell Belford to put the group leaders ahead.

Felipe Chaby’s low drive gave Sporting a 2 goal margin when he was found in acres of space in the Liverpool box.

Liverpool pulled one back just 4 minutes later with Michael Ngoo shooting past Rafael Veloso. The big man did well to weave his way through the penalty box to put the Anfield back in with a chance.

Ricardo Sá Pinto’s side looked good in possession but were susceptible to the pace of Liverpool on the counter-attack and before the end of the half Rafael Veloso needed to make a few saves to keep Sporting’s lead in tact.

It took 8 minutes after the restart for Sporting to grab a third goal – this one a superb strike from Betinho. Betinho skillfully converting a cross in with a spectacular overhead scissors kick to put Sporting 3-1 ahead and grabbing his 5th goal of the NextGen tournament. Betinho was getting on the end of a cross again once again on the 61st minute to make it 4 for Sporting and seal the victory for the young lions.

Sporting weren’t finished there though as substitute Gaël Etock hit a superb strike from long range over the head of Tyrell Belford to add extra panache to the final scoreline an ensure they go into the knock-out stages as one of the tournament’s favourites.

SPORTING XI: Rafael Veloso; Ricardo Esgaio, Edgar Ié (Scored 19′), Tiago Ilori, Mica; Iuri Medeiros (YC), João Mário, João Carlos, Felipe Chaby (Scored 34′) (Agostinho Cá 67′), Bruma (Carlos Mané 74′); Betinho (Scored 53′, 61′) (Gaël Etock 82′, Scored 86′)
Subs Not Used: Pedro Duarte, Rúben Semedo, Rodolfo Simões, Mateus Fonseca

Match Report: Angola 4-0 SPORTING

A young Sporting side was defeated 4-0 by the Angolan national team in the Estádio 11 de Novembro. The match, a friendly to celebrate the 36th anniversary of Angola’s independence, was a great opportunity for those players not on international duty to keep up their match fitness and to give first team experience to some of the juniors.

Indeed many of the juniors got a chance to play, in the starting XI Domingos Paciência gave playing time to Rúben Semedo, Edgar Ié, and Felipe Chaby.

Angola took the lead after just 13 minutes through Flávio the forward of Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab. It proved to be a very tough match for Sporting’s young centre-back pairing of Semedo and Ié.

The home side doubled their lead after 40 minutes through the young Petro Atlético defender Miguel leaving Sporting with an uphill battle for the second half.

Paciência made changes for the second half bringing on Farley Rosa, Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Tiago Ferreira. The changes made little chance as Sporting looked fairly stale going forward and it was apparent it was indeed being viewed as a friendly game for some of Sporting’s senior players.

Angola got a third later on in the game through another Petro Atlético player, the superbly named striker Love. With the game all but decided Paciência gave playing time to more youngsters with Luís Cortez, Rodolfo Simões and Iuri Medeiros coming on before Caála midfielder Osório made it 4-0 for a great win for the Angolan team.

More important than the result was the match fitness for the first team players before the upcoming Taça de Portugal game against Braga after the international break. The U-19 players too will be happy with their game time for their fitness as they face a trip to Molde in the NextGen Series on Saturday before playing Liverpool at home the week after.

SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck (Tiago Ferreira 46′); Santiago Arias, Rúben Semedo, Edgar Ié, Evaldo Fabiano; Felipe Chaby (Rodolfo Simões 85′), André Santos (Luís Cortez 80′), Bruno Pereirinha (Farley Rosa 46′); André Carrillo (Iuri Medeiros 80′), Diego Rubio (Diego Capel 46′), Valeri Bojinov (Ricky van Wolfswinkel 46′)
Subs Not Used: Daniel Carriço