Sporting Squad to Face Real Madrid

Sporting’s squad that travels to Spain to face Cristiano Ronaldo and friends tomorrow has been announced.

The Champions League allows for bigger squads than the Primeira Liga so it’s no surprise to see players like Vladimir Stojković make the cut.

Here’s the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Beto, Vladimir Stojković
Defenders: João Pereira, Ezequiel Schelotto, Ricardo Esgaio, Rúben Semedo, Sebastián Coates, Paulo Oliveira, Douglas Teixeira, Marvin Zeegelaar, Jefferson
Midfielders: William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Bruno César, Elias, Radosav Petrović, Marcelo Meli, Bruno Paulista
Forwards: Lazar Marković, Bryan Ruiz, Gelson Martins, Matheus Pereira, Alan Ruiz, André, Bas Dost, Joel Campbell, Luc Castaignos

SPORTING 3-0 Moreirense

Sporting retained top spot of the Primeira Liga with a comfortable 3-0 win of Moreirense. The visitors were proving difficult opponents until Ângelo Neto stupidly got himself sent off in the first half which made it plain sailing for Sporting.

Jorge Jesus was without the departed Islam Slimani so Bas Dost made his debut in place of the Algerian. Bruno César dropped down to left-back and Joel Campbell made his first start. Alan Ruiz started ahead of Bryan Ruiz whilst new signings Elias, André, and Lazar Marković were on the bench.

Initially Sporting it found it difficult to find time on the ball against Moreirense Pepa’s team pressed high up the pitch and caused Sporting problems with their pace.

Sporting did find a goal though after 27 minutes. William Carvalho’s looped pass found Gelson Martins in the area. The winger, fresh off scoring against Porto, made no mistake here against Giorgi Makaridze.

Moreirense shot themselves in the foot when Ângelo Neto received his second yellow card after just 34 minutes. His first had been for wearing his wedding ring and this one was for a studs up challenge on William Carvalho.

After that the game was all Sporting, especially in the second half when Sporting’s attack flowed more than in the first.

Sporting got the 2nd goal after 52 minutes when Alan Ruiz found the head of Joel Campbell. The Costa Rican made no mistake from close range to continue his eye catching start to life in Portugal.

The third goal came through Bas Dost who needed to goes at it but the Dutch man opened his account.

Sporting breezed through the rest of the match in which Jorge Jesus gave debuts (and re-debuts) to Lazar Marković, André and Elias.

Having the job finished early was important for Sporting with facing Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ezequiel Schelotto, Sebastián Coates, Rúben Semedo, Bruno César; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (Elias, 67′); Gelson Martins (Lazar Marković, 60′), Joel Campbell; Alan Ruiz (André, 78′), Bas Dost
Substitutes Not Used: Beto, Paulo Oliveira, Jefferson, Bryan Ruiz

Champions League Squad Announced

The squad for Sporting’s Champions League campaign has been announced. UEFA has yet to publish the “B” list, meaning some youth team players like Matheus Pereira and Gelson Martins don’t feature but that should follow shortly.

All of the new signings feature, the only missing name from the first team squad proper is goalkeeper Ažbe Jug.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Beto, Vladimir Stojković*, Luís Maximiano*, Pedro Silva*
Defenders: Ezequiel Schelotto, Jefferson, Sebastián Coates, Paulo Oliveira, Douglas Teixeira, João Pereira, Rúben Semedo, Ricardo Esgaio, Marvin Zeegelaar, Pedro Empis*, Mauro Riquicho*, Ivanildo Fernandes*, Guilherme Ramos*, Abdu Conté*, Gonçalo Vieira*, Jefferson Encada*
Midfielders: Radosav Petrović, Bruno César, William Carvalho, Elias, Adrien Silva, Marcelo Meli, Bruno Paulista, Alan Ruiz, Bubacar Djaló*, Gelson Martins*, Bruno Paz*, Pedro Ferreira*, Fábio Martins*
Forwards: Lazar Marković, Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz, André, Luc Castaignos, Bas Dost, Luís Eloi*, Matheus Pereira*

*B list

Edited 13/9 to include to include the B squad.

Official: Elias Signs for Corinthians

Yes, it’s finally over – the Elias transfer saga. The protracted dealing has now been closed and the player has rejoined his former club Corinthians.

At times it seemed the transfer was never going to happen and a street fight between Bruno de Carvalho and Eliseu Trindade the more likely outcome.

Corinthians have paid €4m for 50% of the player’s economic rights and 100% of his sporting rights. Should the Brazilian club decide to pay for the player’s future rights then Sporting could recoup the record €8m Godinho Lopes paid for him back in 2011. Elias was also one of the highest paid players at the club and Sporting are set save themselves €8m in the sale of the player.

In his time at Sporting Elias played 49 times scoring 4 goals in the process.

Transfer News 26/03/14

Here we go with another look at the transfer news and/or lies from the media recently.

Record believes Sporting are looking Vitória de Setúbal forward Pedro Tiba to reinforce the team next season. The papers states Sporting’s good relations with Setúbal could ease the transfer.

In fairly unsurprising news it looks like Sporting won’t be retaining Gérson Magrão’s services after this season. The Brazilian has failed to impress when he has featured for Sporting so far this season. Record also say that Vítor Silva could also leave at the end of the season.

Sporting are looking to secure a further 20% of the economic rights for left-back Jefferson with the club currently owning 60% of the former Estoril player – this could cost Sporting €300,000.

Time is running out for Elias to secure a return to Brazil with the transfer window for clubs in Brazil shutting on the 31st March. Corinthians are the most recent club said to be interested in making a new offer.

As always, William Carvalho is being linked with other clubs, AS Monaco the most recent to be linked with the player.

And to save the most bizarre news to last – Leonardo Jardim is currently at 8/1 to become the next Nottingham Forest manager according to Sky Bet. Having said that, Sky Bet always publish ridiculous things like that to get people to give up more money.

January 2014 Transfer Window Round-Up

It was a busy transfer window for Sporting that went right to the last few seconds, here’s recap of the comings and goings of the January window:

Transfers In:

The transfer of Shikabala was completed just seconds before the closing of the transfer window. The terms with the player had been agreed early on in the day and the player had passed a medical before the transfer looked off due to complications with the player’s former club, Zamalek. Sporting were able to just make the transfer of the mercurial Egyptian playmaker in time with Sporting to pay approximately €500,000 to the club.

Shikabala has a contract until 2018 with a transfer release clause of €45,000,000 and will early the number 7 shirt.

Earlier on in the day Sporting also completed the transfer of Héldon Ramos from Marítimo for a fee of €1,400,000. An earlier bid by Sporting for both Héldon and Rúben Ferreira was turned down by Marítimo but the club were able to secure the transfer on deadline day.

Héldon has a contract until 2019 with a the familiar release clause of €45,000,000 and will be wearing the number 20 shirt.

Sticking with Marítimo, Sporting also agreed terms with Leocísio Sami to join the club for free at the beginning of the new season. Sami is out of contract with Marítimo this year but no word yet on the details of the contract.

That’s not all for what was a busy transfer deadline day, as Matías Pérez joined up with the B team. The Paraguayan central-defender from Club National will be on loan for 18 months at the club with Sporting have an option to buy in the future.

One big deal that was overshadowed perhaps was the completion of Fredy Montero’s transfer from Seattle Sounders. There was plenty of speculation that another club could snap up the Colombian forward but Sporting have made the deal permanent.

Elsewhere there was  the surprise signing of Ousmane Dramé on a free transfer from Padova to reinforce the B team. He will be another attacking option after the signing of Lewis Enoh from Sourense was completed just before the transfer window opened.

There was no departure for wantaway midfielder Elias with the club failing to agree terms with Flamengo and other interested clubs. For now the player is eligible to play for Sporting but that seems an unlikely outcome, the player will still be training with the B team, and it is likely that he can still move to Brazil where the season doesn’t begin until March.

Victor Golas also returns from his uneventful loan spell at Corona Braşov and will likely fight for his B team spot with Mickaël Meira and Luís Ribeiro.

Transfers Out:

The two big departures of the winter window were that of Jeffrén Suárez and Zakaria Labyad.

The former has rescinded his contract to join Real Valladolid. The club will save a massive €7.2m in future contracts to the player.

The latter, Labyad, was loaned out to Dutch club Vitesse where he will spend 18 months on loan with the club again saving money from the Moroccan’s wages.

A deal that was the most mutual was that of Fabián Rinaudo going on loan to Italian side Catania. The Argentine midfielder was finding it difficult to play any football due to the supreme season of William Carvalho. The midfielder was rewarded with a new contract as Sporting wish to keep hold of the midfielder if possible.

The only other permanent deal away from the club was that of Alexandre Guedes who joined Catalan club Reus Deportiu but there were plenty of other loan deals:

João Mário and Betinho to Vitória de Setúbal
Diogo Salomão to Deportivo de La Coruña
Salim Cissé to Arouca
Tobias Figueiredo to Reus Deportiu
Nuno Reis to Cercle Brugge

So it was in all a successful winter break for Sporting. The money saved from the wages of Zakaria Labyad and Jeffrén Suárez covering all of the signings into the club with some leftover.

Transfer News 23/01/14

Another round-up of the latest transfer news and rumours…

With Atlético Mineiro dropping out and China seemingly no longer an option, Elias is getting closer and closer to signing with Flamengo. The two clubs are apparently almost ready to complete the deal with a figure being stated at around €5-6m for 50% of the player. Indeed, Flamengo are hoping the deal can be finalised today.

Nuno Reis looks set to leave for Cercle Brugge now on a permanent deal. The B team captain, who was one of many to get sent of against Leixões yesterday, is keen on the move. The stumbling block is that Sporting want €1m for the centre-back so instead a long term loan deal with an option to buy maybe favoured instead.

Betinho is another player who could leave Sporting B – but only on loan. Like João Mário and Salim Cissé who have both left for more competitive first team football the same may happen to Betinho. Although that would leave the B team light in attacking options going forward. Although the breakthroughs of Matheus Pereira and Daniel Podence could ease that situation.

Elsewhere Rayo Vallecano seems to be the only club interesting in signing Jeffrén Suárez. The player does want to leave for Rayo but the two clubs have yet to agree on a transfer fee for the player.

André Carrillo is reportedly ready to leave and double his wages at Stade Rennais.

Transfer News 08/01/14

Another round of the various rumours surrounding Sporting in recent days…

According to France Football, USM Alger’s Abderrahmane Bourdim is set to go on trial at Sporting shortly. The youth international has been gathering interest from Monaco and Dijon.

João Mário may not be on his way to Cercle Brugge after all with the player now set to join Vitória de Setubal until the end of the season.

The Elias saga continues this time with Corinthians and Atlético Mineiro also names mentioned but the midfielder still wants to return to Flamengo.

There is currently interest in Zakaria Labyad from Fulham, FC Twente and his former club, PSV Eindhoven. A loan deal for the player until the end of the season is the most likely option at the moment.

Brazilian fullback Welder was looking likely to exit the Alvalade this month with the Palmeiras man not getting much football but the player’s agent, Beto Rappa, says the player is enjoying his time at the club and wants to stay to earn his place in the team.

Bruno de Carvalho is hoping for the club to repurchase the rights of two Sporting players: William Carvalho and Marcos Rojo. The President wants to do it before the start of the World Cup with the club hoping to cash in on large transfer fees afterwards. Sporting currently own 60% of the economic rights of William Carvalho but just 25% of Marcos Rojo.

In a more bizarre story A Bola are reporting that Sporting have been monitoring the situation of Jorge Fucile as he is surplus to requirements at FC Porto. The Uruguayan defender is free to move on from the club with the player almost certain to join Club Nacional de Football it is unlikely he’ll be at Sporting anytime soon as especially with Sporting being well covered in that area.

Transfer News 04/01/14

With the transfer window open there has been plenty of speculation in the press about various Sporting players as well as some concrete news as well. Here’s a recap of any recent developments:

Elias today trained with the B team after his return from Flamengo and thus now finds him in the same position as Jeffrén Suárez and Zakaria Labyad with all three players likely to leave soon.

There are plenty of rumours surrounding Kelechi Iheanacho possibly moving to Sporting. The club are said to be set to make a €300,000 bid for the the Nigerian U-17 starlet who is currently at the Taye Academy. There have plenty plenty of rumours since the midfielder impressed in the U-17 World Cup with Manchester City, Porto, Monaco, Arsenal, Udinese and Chelsea are just a small fraction of the clubs he has been linked to recently.

Victor Golas looks set to be set for a contract extension shortly. The Brazilian goalkeeper is currently on loan at Corona Braşov. The club are looking to tie the goalkeeper down until 2017.

Alexis Escudero, signed from Sporting’s new feeder club Real Cartagena, is set to join up in Lisbon at the end of the month. José Dominguez’s club has just started their pre-season.

There’s plenty of rumours around loan moves from B team players the latest have suggested Nuno Reis may join up on loan with Ricardo Sá Pinto at OFI Crete as well as the possibility of Ricardo Esgaio joining up with Cercle Brugge.

Fabián Rinaudo has been in Italy this weekend as he negotiates with Catania.

William Carvalho is still hugely featured in any British paper’s transfer rumour section with Manchester United having monitored the player intensively recently.

In some other news:

Daniel Carriço is set to make his loan deal to Sevilla from Reading permanent and the transfer fee of €1.5m will see Sporting get €75,000. Better than nothing.

Bruno de Carvalho has stated that the door will always be open for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to the Alvalade. Of course, it’s not going to happen just yet.

Elias Could Return to Sporting Training Tomorrow

The saga of midfielder Elias is continuing and the Brazilian could return to training with the club tomorrow.

After a successful stint on loan in Brazil with Flamengo, Elias has returned to Lisbon where he could still continue with the club.

Elias though has been looking to leave the club and it was thought that a Brazilian team (especially Flamengo) would be signing him but Sporting have yet to receive an offer they feel is good enough for the player.

A meeting was held today between the club and the player but no agreement was made. The player’s agent and father Eliseu Trindade is still hopeful of a transfer and will now be looking at European clubs as well as possibility.

Until then Eliseu Trindade has said that Elias will be training with the club on Saturday.