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.

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Europa League Squad Announced

Sporting have announced their Europa League squad for the upcoming group stages. No real surprises in the squads, Sporting certainly benefitting from being able to register Tobias Figueiredo, Carlos Mané and Gelson Martins as “B” players.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Ažbe Jug, Guilherme Oliveira*, Pedro Silva*, Vladimir Stojković*
Defenders: Jonathan Silva, Jefferson, Ewerton, Paulo Oliveira, Naldo, Ricardo Esgaio, Tobias Figueiredo*, Domingos Duarte*, Mauro Riquicho*
Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani, William Carvalho, João Mário, Adrien Silva, André Martins, Bruno Paulista, Francisco Geraldes*, Fábio Martins*, Rafael Barbosa*
Forwards: Junya Tanaka, Islam Slimani, Fredy Montero, André Carrillo, Teófilo Gutiérrez, Carlos Mané*, Cristian Ponde*, Daniel Podence*, Gelson Martins*, Matheus Pereira*

*”B list”

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”.

Sporting Youngsters Win the “Young Promises” Trophy in Spain

José Lima’s young Sporting side had a great weekend end in Badajoz, Spain culminating in winning the Trofeo Jóvenes Promesas (Troféu Jovens Promessas).

The two-day tournament took place over Friday and Saturday with Sporting beginning Friday in Group A along side Atlético Madrid and a select XI from Vejas Bajas.

Sporting began with a 2-0 win over the Vejas Bajas XI in 45 match thanks to goals from Francisco Geraldes and Fábio Martins.

Next the team faced Atlético Madrid and won 3-2. This time with the goals from Rúben Ribeiro and Flávio Silva. The two Atlético Madrid goals coming from two penalties which, according to the Sporting official website, were non-existent.

These results lead to a full 90 minute game against Villarreal in the final which ended in a superb win for the Sporting youth side. The youngsters were 5-0 up after just 23 minutes. Goals game from Lisandro Semedo, José Postiga (x3), and Daniel Podence with the game finishing 5-1 at the end.

José Lima’s team for the final was: Vladimir Stojkovic; Bernardo Carlos, Domingos Duarte, Hugo Meira, João Serrano; Braima Candé, Francisco Geraldes, José Lúcio; Lisandro Semedo, José Postiga, Daniel Podence

The team completely changed for the second part of the game when the team was: Guilherme Oliveira; João Marques, Bruno Wilson, Vumi Mpasi, Rúben Ribeiro; João Palhinha, Gelson Martins, Fábio Martins; Matheus Pereira, Mama Baldé, Flávio Silva.

Sporting youngsters also scooped awards with winners including José Postiga (top scorer, 3 goals), Daniel Podence (young promise) and Francisco Geraldes (best player).

José Lima said after the game: “In sporting terms, everything was for the best. Winning the tournament and a rout Villarreal 5-1 in the final. Socially, coming to Spain has also been a success.”