Sporting’s Europa League Group Stage Squad Announced

Sporting’s squad for the group stage for the UEFA Europa League has been announced on the UEFA website. The full squad with B team members is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Victor Golas, Luís Ribeiro
Defenders: Daniel Carriço, Xandão, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Cédric Soares*, Tiago Ilori*, Emiliano Insúa, Tobias Figueiredo*, Michael Pinto*
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Marat Izmailov, Zakaria Labyad, Fabián Rinaudo, Adrien Silva, Bruno Pereirinha, André Martins, Danijel Pranjić, Kikas*, Edelino Ié*, Filipe Chaby*, João Mário*, Luís Cortez*, Elias, Gelson Fernandes, Zezinho
Forwards: Jeffrén Suárez, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Capel, Valentín Viola, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané*, Iuri Medeiros*, Ricardo Esgaio*, Bruma*, Betinho*

(* – Players with an asterisk are on the ‘B list’)

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.

Match Report: SPORTING 3-0 Marítimo

Sporting advanced into the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal with a 3-0 win over Marítimo. André Carrillo opened the scoring before Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored after his second penalty kick of the night and Emiliano Insúa finishing it off.

With Elias suspended from the previous game Domingos Paciência chose to chose André Martins in his position. André Carrillo also started the game after Bruno Pereirinha started last time out against Académica.

Sporting were on the attack early on and André Martins had the first chance of the match but he shot over from close range. There will be worry for Sporting as minutes later Daniel Carriço went off injured after just 20 minutes meaning André Santos came on as his replacement.

Marítimo were a threat on the counter attack and Baba Diawara forced Rui Patrício into a smart save early on to the keep the scores level.

Two minutes afterwards and Stijn Schaars’ through-ball found Ricky van Wolfswinkel free in the area. His shot though was well saved by Marítimo goalkeeper Ricardo Ferreira. The rebound fell to André Martins who could only hit the bar.

Oguchi Onyewu had the best chance of the half as Stijn Schaars fed a chipped ball into his path but the American defender’s diving header went just wide.

André Martins was booked for diving in the area just before the break when replays showed that there was definitely a major shout for a penalty.

Shortly after the break and Sporting to the goal they needed when Diego Capel’s cross found André Carrillo drifting in from the right. The Peruvian hit an excellent header to put Sporting in the lead and score his first-ever Sporting goal.

Sporting were given a penalty after 55 minutes when Igor Rossi pulled back Ricky van Wolfswinkel as the Dutchman went through on goal, referee Artur Soares Dias had no choice but to send the Brazilian defender off. Ricky van Wolfswinkel stepped up to take the penalty but his shot could only hit the post and bounce out of danger.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel didn’t get much chance to dwell on the incident as minutes later Sporting got another penalty. This time João Guilherme took down André Carrillo in the area and van Wolfswinkel stepped up again. Despite of the efforts of Marítimo players to put van Wolfswinkel off this time he smashed the penalty into the same corner but the correct side of the post to put Sporting 2-0 ahead.

Marítimo didn’t give up though and Danilo Dias found himself through 1-on-1 with Rui Patrício. Danilo tried to go around the goalkeeper but Patrício did well to stand his ground and save the Marítimo man’s shot.

Emiliano Insúa rounded off the scoring on the 82nd minute when he shot at Ricardo Ferreira. Ricardo saved well but the rebound fell kindly to Insúa who had a simple header to finish the game off for Sporting.

That win avenges the defeat to Marítimo suffered earlier in the season and advancing into the semi-finals in which the possible opponents include Académica, Oliveirense or the winner of Nacional and Moreirense.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Ânderson Polga (YC), Oguchi Onyewu, Emiliano Insúa (Scored 82′, YC); Daniel Carriço (André Santos 20′, YC), Stijn Schaars, André Martins (YC, Bruno Pereirinha 69′); André Carrillo (Scored 48′, Santiago Arias 84′), Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Scored 60′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Evaldo Fabiano, Valeri Bojinov, Diego Rubio

Match Report: SPORTING 2-0 Braga

Sporting progressed into the last sixteen of the Taça de Portugal with a comfortable win over SC Braga, with Diego Capel and, rather fortuitously, Emiliano Insúa providing the goals.

It was a big night in particular for coach Domingos Paciência as he faced the side he sent to the Europa League final last year.

With the international break ensuring some of Sporting’s players who were unavailable for the 3-1 win of União de Leiria returned match fit it meant Domingos chose a centre-back partnership of Ânderson Polga and Oguchi Onyewu.

The game started out fairly evenly with both sides making chances but the first goal came after fifteen minutes when Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s ball found Diego Capel on the bar side of the box. He jinked back into the box and rounded goalkeeper Tommaso Berni to slot the ball home into an empty net.

Sporting’s second came as a result of a freekick after Ewerton was adjudged to have fouled Ricky van Wolfswinkel out side the box. The resulting freekick from Matías Fernández was parried out by goalkeeper Berni but, unlucky for Braga, the ball bounced straight onto the chest of Emiliano Insúa and rebounded in to the net.

Braga were still making a game of it and provided Sporting’s defence a tough time, in particular Braga coach Leonardo Jardim may feel aggrieved that referee Jorge Sousa failed to give a penalty for Polga’s foul on the dangerous Alan.

The game though stayed 2-0 up until half-time with a scoreline that perhaps a tad harsh on Braga for their first half efforts.

Just two minutes after the restart and Braga were down to ten men. Elias was sent through on goal and Uwa Elderson as the last defender took the Brazilian midfielder out to give Jorge Sousa the easiest decision of the night to make.

The sending off meant Sporting were now able to control more possession and play the game at their own pace whilst trying to add further goals. Oguchi Onyewu came close to converting a Stijn Schaars freekick but narrowly missed making contact with the ball.

Braga’s best chance of the second half came through substitute Paulo César whose powerful header hit the inside of Rui Patrício’s post just seconds after he came onto the pitch.

Later it was the turn of André Carrillo to be a substitute to hit the woodwork. The Peruvian’s superbly struck hit from outside the area cannoned back off Berni’s bar. Capel collected the ball but his cross in front of the face of goal failed to be converted by another Sporting player.

In the end it turned out to be a more comfortable evening than perhaps Sporting had imagine. The draw on for the next round of the Taça de Portugal will be decided on Tuesday with Sporting and Benfica now considered favourites after Porto’s shock exit to Académica last night.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Ânderson Polga (YC), Oguchi Onyewu, Emiliano Insúa (Scored 21′, YC) (Evaldo Fabiano 75′); André Santos (YC) (Daniel Carriço 66′), Stijn Schaars, Elias; Matías Fernández (André Carrillo 66′), Diego Capel (Scored 14′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (YC)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Santiago Arias André Martins, Valeri Bojinov

Sporting Players Called for International Duty

A whole host of Sporting players have been called up for international duty by their respective clubs.

The international week will take place this week until Sporting return to action in the Taça de Portugal to take on Famalicão on the 15th October.

Below is the full list of Sporting players who will be on international duty this week;

Argentina: Emiliano Insúa and Fabián Rinaudo
Brazil: Elias
Bulgaria: Valeri Bojinov
Chile: Matías Fernández
Netherlands: Stijn Schaars
Peru: Alberto Rodríguez
Portugal: Rui Patrício and João Pereira
Portugal U21: André Martins, Luís Ribeiro, Cédric Soares, Pedro Mendes and Wilson Eduardo
USA: Oguchi Onyewu

Match Report: SPORTING 2-1 Lazio

Sporting had to survive 50 minutes down to 10 men as they managed a 2-1 win over Lazio to keep them top of Group D in front of an atmospheric Estádio José Alvalade.

It took Sporting longer to open the scoring than in their last games with the game going past the 3rd minute mark still without a goal.

Sporting started to grow into the game as time went on and managed to take the lead through the red-hot Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the 21st minute. A freekick fell to Diego Capel on the far left hand side who sent a ball in on his right foot. Van Wolfswinkel, no doubt high in confidence after his goalscoring run, managed to flick the ball into the corner of the net with his trailing left leg to send the Lions 1-0 up.

It forced Lazio to open up more to try and equalise which in turn meant Sporting had the opportunities to attack more. Stijn Schaars and Ânderson Polga both having shots well saved by Lazio’s Italian international goalkeeper, Federico Marchetti.

Lazio pulled one back 5 minutes before half-time Hernandes put in a freekick to the far post and Miroslav Klose, criminally unmarked, was able to slide the ball under the legs of Rui Patrício to draw the Italian side level.

Sporting though were still a threat going forward and they went ahead again just before half-time through Emiliano Insúa. The Argentinian left-back’s long range shot was enough to beat Marchetti.

Insúa, foolishly, was booked for excessive celebration after his goal, a booking that would come to haunt him just 5 minutes into the second half.

Just after the break Lazio immediately made a change, goalscorer Miroslav Klose was replaced by the dangerous Djibril Cissé.

Emiliano Insúa’s second yellow card was a harsh decision by Belgian referee Serge Gumienny. The referee perceived Insúa to have raised his arm into the face of Lazio’s Álvaro González but Insúa will have a right to be aggrieved with his hand still at a normal height to shield the ball it was an accidental contact.

Emiliano Insúa becomes the first Sporting Clube de Portugal player to be sent off in the 2011/2012 season.

Domingos Paciência reacted immediately to the sending off bringing on Evaldo to replace André Carrillo to keep back four of Sporting in tact.

The sending off opened the game further with Lazio now having the greater chances. Cissé’s low drive fizzing past Rui Patrício’s post was the first real chance for Lazio since the sending off.

Although Sporting defended well with Oguchi Onyewu and Fabian Rinaudo in particular stand outs for the Lisbon side they did also have to rely on luck to see the game out.

One chance in particular left Lazio coach Edy Reja, sitting in the stands amongst some of the Sporting supporters, in disbelief that his team failed to find the net. First Rui Patrício was forced to make a reactive save to Giuseppe Sculli’s header which fell to Abdoulay Konko. Konko had a glorious chance with Patrício out of the game but his shot could only rattle the crossbar.

This prompted another defensive change from Paciência with Daniel Carriço, playing for the first time since the end of August, to take the place of the lively Diego Capel.

The best chance of the game fell to the feet of Lazio captain Tommaso Rocchi. Cissé used his pace to get by then Sporting defence before crossing into Rocchi who looked certain to score but his header somehow went wide.

There would be one final let-off for Sporting in stoppage time. Giuseppe Sculli picked up the ball in an offside position but the linesman didn’t flag, Daniel Carriço came to make the challenge and did so by grabbing Sculli’s shirt. Sculli straight away hit the deck but the Belgian referee only booked Sculli for his simulation with Carriço getting away with the possibility of conceding a penalty.

Sporting’s victory sits them comfortably at the top of their group with FC Vaslui showing they’re no pushovers in second place after two draws. Should Sporting win at home to FC Vaslui in the Verde e Branco’s next home game in the Europa League, then they will know qualification is almost fully secured.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Ânderson Polga, Oguchi Onyewu, Emiliano Insúa (Scored 45+2, YC, YC+RC); Fabián Rinaudo (YC), Stijn Schaars, Matías Fernández (André Santos 70′); André Carrillo (Evaldo Fabiano 53′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Scored 21′), Diego Capel (Daniel Carriço 74′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, André Martins, Diego Rubio, Valeri Bojinov

Match Report: FC Zürich 0-2 SPORTING

Sporting got off to the ideal start in their first game of the Europa League group stages with an away victory over Switzerland’s FC Zürich. Lazio could surprisingly only draw at home to FC Vaslui which means Sporting top Group D after the first round of games.

Sporting began the game in the best possible fashion, after just 3 minutes a Stijn Schaars freekick floated to an unmarked Emiliano Insúa, who cleverly turned in midair before heading to the goalkeeper’s opposite side for his first Sporting goal in just his second game. Zurich will have only themselves to blame for it, poor marking meant Insúa was left with plenty of room, though nothing can be taken away from Insúa’s great finish.

Sporting continued to press Zurich often whenever the Swiss side had possession and when in possession looked to create down wings, especially the left side through the impressive Insúa and also though Diego Capel.

FC Zürich’s first chance fell on the 16th minute. Oguchi Onyewu passed the ball back to Rui Patrício who proceeded to save the back pass. The Sporting player’s felt like Onyewu had been fouled before the pass and perhaps that explains Patrício’s decision to pick up the ball.

Freekicks inside the box are always tricky to defend and Sporting had to rely on luck to survive this one. Ricardo Rodríguez’s shot only managed to hit the outside of the post and Sporting survived a genuine moment of danger.

Sporting went back on to the attack shortly just minutes later, a Stijn Schaars freekick was well saved by Zurich goalkeeper, Johnny Leoni, who could only palm it out to Diego Capel on the outside of the box. The Spaniard shot again and Leoni once again managed an impressive save.

Leoni though could do nothing about the next Sporting chance. Once again Insúa and Capel linked up on the left hand side, and Insúa found himself in lots of space to play a square pass for Ricky van Wolfswinkel to tap home. The Dutchman now scoring his second goal after opening his Sporting account at the weekend.

Zurich failed to create much in the attacking third, the Swiss team tried to play long balls in behind the defence to catch out the centre-back partnership of Onyewu and Rodríguez but the two were capable of dealing with the runs in behind the defence.

In the 26th minute came Zurich’s second best chance of the half after their earlier freekick. A neat interchange outside the box fed in Alexandre Alphonse, but his pass to the lively Yasine Chikhaoul was well cut out by the Sporting defence.

Sporting went in to the break after a comfortable second half after a more confident half from the lions so far this season.

In the second half Zurich stepped up their game, with Sporting having taken their foot off the pedal with a 2 goal cushion. Zurich did have their chances though, the impressive Admir Mehmedi hitting the post in the 57th minute after weaving past Insúa and Alberto Rodríguez.

That scare may well have been a deciding factor in Domingos Paciência’s first substitution of the game, bringing on midfielder André Santos for the lively forward André Carrillo, which meant moving Bruno Pereirinha on to the right and Santos into the middle.

For his next move, Paciência brought on Diego Rubio for the goal scorer Ricky van Wolfswinkel, and then the final change was a far more defensive one. Evaldo came on for the very impressive Diego Capel, with Insúa moving into Capel’s former position.

76 minutes in and Ricardo Rodríguez, the man who hit the freekick onto the post in the first half, stepped up to take another one but this time the shot hit smashed the bar instead of the post with Patrício beaten.

Diego Rubio had a great chance to open his account with the club in a competitive match, after a typically battling Fabián Rinaudo found space for the Chilean forward but Rubio’s resulting shot went narrowly wide.

Zurich made it slightly worrying for Sporting in the closing stages of the game. A goalmouth scramble could so easily have ended up in a Zurich goal and in the very last seconds of the game Alexandre Alphonse headed over the bar with a free header from a corner.

In the end though a 2-0 win away from home in the Europa League is a very positive result and for the first time since the 24th January of this year have Sporting one two games on the bounce.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Alberto Rodríguez, Oguchi Onyewu, Emiliano Insúa (Scored 4′); Fabián Rinaudo, Stijn Schaars Bruno Pereirinha; André Carrillo (André Santos 59′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Scored 21′, YC) (Diego Rubio 65′), Diego Capel (Evaldo Fabiano 74′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Ânderson Polga, André Martins, Valeri Bojinov

Report: Paços de Ferreira 2-3 SPORTING

Sporting Clube de Portugal got their first 3 points of the league season with, in the circumstances, a highly impressive away against Paços de Ferreira.

Sporting could not have made it harder for themselves, after 75 minutes Paços de Ferreira were 2-0 against Sporting and must have thought that they would at least come away with some points against the misfiring Leões side.

For the starting XI, coach Domingos Paciência made some changes to the starting eleven. Of course, Yannick Djaló and Hélder Postiga have both moved on to other clubs and so they both had to be replaced (previously they had started every match under Paciência). In the place of Yannick was the returning Bruno Pereirinha and in the place of Postiga was a first start of Valeri Bojinov.

Another interesting selection in the starting XI was the inclusion of Oguchi Onyweu, making his Primeira Liga debut, in place of Ânderson Polga. Emiliano Insúa in the place of Evaldo Fabiano. Elias also made his first appearance for Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Paços took the lead within the first 5 minutes with Michel opening the scoring, striking from the result of an indirect freekick. It is the kind of goal that Sporting have become far too used to conceding recently.

Stijn Schaars had the closest chance of the first half with his freekick curling on to the bar with the Paços goalkeeper Cássio well beaten.

Going into half-time it felt like a familiar scenario for any Sportinguistas watching. For the most part Sporting had the better of the play but still found themselves a goal behind with only themselves to blame.

In the 55th minute the game looked dead and buried for Sporting as Michel’s header made it 2-0 to Paços de Ferreira on the night.

Sporting though refused to capitulate and on the 71st minute Nuno Santos picked up his second yellow on the night after a foul on Diego Rubio, meaning Paços were down to ten men.

Sporting were quick to take advantage and found their way back into the match on the 76th minute, with Marat Izmailov’s deflected shot sneaking its way into the net. It was a fortunate break for Sporting but one that they took the utmost advantage of.

Just 3 minutes later, debutant Elias made it 2-2 and only 5 minutes after that Ricky van Wolfswinkel timely got his first Sporting goal to make it 2-3 and to eventually give Sporting the 3 points on the night.

It was a great win for Sporting to stop Paços de Ferreira from becoming too much of a bogey team and ensured Domingos Paciência and Sporting picked up their first league win of the season thus far.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Alberto Rodríguez, Oguchi Onyewu, Emiliano Insúa (YC); Fabián Rinaudo, Stijn Schaars (Marat Izmailov 46′, Scored 76′); Bruno Pereirinha (Diego Rubio 55′), Elias (Scored 79′), Diego Capel; Valeri Bojinov (Ricky van Wolfswinkel 64′, Scored 84′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Ânderson Polga, Evaldo Fabiano, André Santos

SPORTING vs. Marítimo Preview

Sporting will want to kick off their league season now after finally getting their first competitive win at home to Nordsjælland on Thursday.

There will be more selection problems for Domingos Paciência, especially up front. Hélder Postiga once again failed to find the mark against Nordsjælland where as Valeri Bojinov looked impressive after coming off the bench to make his debut. Ricky van Wolfswinkel will of course also be pushing for the striker position.

Jeffrén Suárez could be fit to return after a thigh strain kept him out of the last two games, although Matías Fernández and Alberto Rodríguez are doubts with Luis Aguiar and Bruno Pereirinha both looking set to definitely miss out.

Emiliano Insúa could make his debut although having only just joined the club it could be more likely that Evaldo will keep his spot for the short term.

André Santos looked very good last time out and scored a goal. That could mean Domingos will leave the also impressive Fabián Rinaudo on the bench once more.

Marítimo lost their last game 2-0 away to Braga after a 0-0 draw with Beira-Mar in the first leg. The Marítimo manager, Pedro Martins, had a 3 year spell as a Sporting player. On top of that Marítimo forward, Sérgio Marakis, spent some of his youth career at the Sporing Academy.

In the corresponding game last season on the 22nd August Sporting ran out 1-0 winners. An 89th minute Matías Fernández penalty was enough after Liédson was brought down in the box.

With Porto having already won their first two games Sporting must keep winning to put pressure on the Champions.

Possible SPORTING XI:

Rui Patrício

João Pereira – Daniel Carriço – Ânderson Polga – Evaldo Fabiano

Fabián Rinaudo – Stijn Schaars

Yannick Djaló – Marat Izmailov – Diego Capel

Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Emiliano Insúa Signs for Sporting

Today Sporting Clube de Portugal have completed their 15th summer signing in Emiliano Insúa, the Argentina and former Liverpool left-back.

Insúa spent last year on loan to Galatasaray after failing to make an impact at Anfield. The arrival this summer of José Enrique from Newcastle United meant that playing time for the Argentine would become even harder to get, and at only 22 he still has a lot to give.

Emiliano Insúa has signed a 5 year contract with Sporting and will now have to contend with Evaldo Fabiano and Atila Turan for the left back spot.

There is no word yet on any transfer fee and for now the details remain undisclosed.

“I am delighted to start training and playing here,” Insúa told the Sporting official website.

“Sporting is one of the big Portuguese clubs and is recognised for having top players.

“The club is always looking to win titles. I will give everything for Sporting.”

Insúa has been given the number 48 shirt and could well take some part of the game at home to Marítimo on Sunday.