Taça de Portugal Draw: Famalicão (Away)

The draw for the Taça de Portugal has been made and Sporting will face FC Famalicão away from home on the 16th October.

The game takes place just before the game against Borussia Dortmund so expect a second string Sporting side to feature.

The last time the two teams met was also in the Taça de Portugal back in January 2015 when goals from André Carrillo, João Mário, Paulo Oliveira, and Fredy Montero completed a comfortable 4-0 win.

Champions League Draw, Douglas, André

There’s plenty of big news to catch up on with the Champions League draw, the signings of Douglas and André, the departure of Alberto Aquilani, and the usual transfer rumours.

Firstly, we’ll look at the Champions League draw. It’s a very tough group for Sporting but does involve the return of a familiar face to the Alvalade. Here are the full Champions League fixtures:

14th September: Real Madrid vs. SPORTING
27th September: SPORTING vs. Legia Warszawa
18th October: SPORTING vs. Borussia Dortmund
2nd November: Borussia Dortmund vs. SPORTING
22nd November: SPORTING vs. Real Madrid
7th December: Legia Warszawa vs. SPORTING

It’s looking like 3rd place is going to be the most likely outcome of that group but the return of Cristiano Ronaldo should be a great moment.

Madrid, Dortmund and Legia will also be the opponents for Sporting’s U19 side as Sporting return to the UEFA Youth League.

Yesterday Sporting also completed the long expected transfer of Douglas Teixeira from Trabzonspor. The Brazilian turned Dutch central defender has a 3-year contract with the option of an extra year.

No word of a transfer fee but the 28-year old is going to find it difficult to get in the team ahead of Rúben Semedo and Sebastián Coates. This is should accelerate the departures of Naldo, rumoured to be joining Krasnodar on loan shortly, and Ewerton.

The departure of Alberto Aquilani has finally concluded. The Italian midfielder rescinded his contract and has joined Pescara.

Before that, on Wednesday evening there was the signing of Brazilian forward André from Corinthians. Apparently, Sporting have used some of the debt owed the club by Corinthians (back from the transfer of Elias) as part of the transfer fee but no official word on the value.

André signs a contract until 2019 with an option of 2 more seasons and a release clause of €60,000,000.

According to O Jogo, Sporting want to give a new contract to Gelson Martins. Martins currently has a contract until 2021, however Sporting want to increase the player’s wages as well extend the length of the contract.

A Bola say that there are Primeira Liga clubs looking to sign Daniel Podence on loan, with Sporting willing to allow the player to gain experience elsewhere.

Finally, the rumours of the signing of Bas Dost have returned. If you believe all the rumours then Sporting have competition from some English sides however should Sporting sign the Wolfsburg man it is likely it could lead to the exit of Islam Slimani.

Women’s Pre-Season Fixtures Announced

The pre-season games for the Women’s Football team have been announced. They will first travel to Spain before the rest of the games back in Portugal.

Here’s the full list:

13th August:
Olivenza Femina vs. SPORTING
Santa Teresa vs. SPORTING

21st August:
SPORTING vs. SC Huelva

27th August:
Beira-Baixa vs. SPORTING

31st August:
SPORTING vs. Quintajense

4th September:
Paio Pires vs. SPORTING

Women’s Championship Fixtures Announced

Women’s football finally returns to Sporting next season. On Wednesday the Portuguese FA released the fixtures. Sporting begin the season away to Belenenses before ending it at home to CF Benfica.

Here’s the list in full:

September:
vs. Belenenses (Away)
vs. Viseu 2001 (Home)
October:
vs. Clube de Albergaria (Away)
vs. A-dos-Francos (Home)
vs. Braga (Away)
November:
vs. CAC (Home)
vs. Vilaverdense (Away)
vs. Estoril (Home)
vs. Ouriense (Away)
December:
vs. União Ferreirense (Home)
vs. Valadares Gaia (Away)
January:
vs. Boavista (Home)
vs. CF Benfica (Away)
vs. Belenenses (Home)
vs. Viseu 2001 (Away)
February:
vs. Clube de Albergaria (Home)
vs. A-dos-Francos (Away)
vs. Braga (Home)
vs. CAC (Away)
March:
vs. Vilaverdense (Home)
vs. Estoril (Away)
vs. Ouriense (Home)
vs. União Ferreirense (Away)
April:
vs. Valadares Gaia (Home)
vs. Boavista (away)
vs. CF Benfica (Home)

Primeira Liga Fixtures Announced

The Primeira Liga fixtures for the 2016/2017 season have been announced. Sporting’s begin the season at the Alvalade hosting Marítimo with the first big game of the season at home to Porto 2 weeks later. The season ends at home to Chaves.

Here’s the full list:

August:
vs. Marítimo (Home)
vs. Paços de Ferreira (Away)
vs. FC Porto (Home)
September:
vs. Moreirense (Home)
vs. Rio Ave (Away)
vs. Estoril (Home)
October:
vs. Vitória de Guimarães (Away)
vs. Tondela (Home)
vs. Nacional (Away)
November:
vs. Arouca (Home)
vs. Boavista (Away)
December:
vs. Vitória de Setúbal (Home)
vs. Benfica (Away)
vs. Braga (Home)
vs. Belenenses (Away)
January:
vs. Feirense (Home)
vs. Chaves (Away)
vs. Marítimo (Away)
vs. Paços de Ferreira (Home)
February:
vs. FC Porto (Away)
vs. Moreirense (Away)
vs. Rio Ave (Home)
vs. Estoril (Away)
March:
vs. Vitória de Guimarães (Home)
vs. Tondela (Away)
vs. Nacional (Home)
April:
vs. Arouca (Away)
vs. Boavista (Home)
vs. Vitória de Setúbal (Away)
vs. Benfica (Home)
vs. Braga (Away)
May:
vs. Belenenses (Home)
vs. Feirense (Away)
vs. Chaves

Week Round-Up 29/08

It’s been a very busy week for Sportinguistas. There was the Champions League draw, a new signing, Sporting B won and the international call ups. Here’s a round up of the week…

First there were Paulo Bento’s Portugal call-ups. Rui Patrício, Adrien Silva, William Carvalho and Nani all made it into the squad. Cédric Soares presumably missing out through injury. Portugal will be hosting Albania in a European qualifying game.

Rui Jorge’s U21 side named 5 Sporting players for their games against Norway and Azerbaijan. Paulo Oliveira, Ricardo Esgaio, João Mário, Iuri Medeiros and Carlos Mané all feature.

Elsewhere Simeon Slavchev has been called up to Bulgaria, André Carrillo to Peru, Junya Tanaka to Japan, Islam Slimani to Algeria, Héldon Ramos to Cape Verde, Ramy Rabia and Shikabala to Egypt, and Ryan Gauld has been called up to Scotland U21s.

Following up on Cédric Soares, A Bola reports that Sporting expect him to return in time to face Belenenses.

Thursday saw the draw for the Champions League. Sporting’s first participation in the tournament since 2008/2009. Sporting have been drawn along side Chelsea, Schalke 04 and Maribor.

Sporting’s fixtures are as follows:

17th September: vs. Maribor (A)
30th September: vs. Chelsea (H)
21st October: vs. Schalke 04 (A)
5th November: vs. Schale 04 (H)
25th November: vs. Maribor (H)
10th December: vs. Chelsea (A)

The draw also affects Sporting’s U19 side who will face the same teams in their UEFA Youth League draw. Coach José Lima describing it is a “very difficult” group.

Also on Thursday Sporting announced the signing of another forward. 20-year old Frenchman Hadi Sacko has joined from Girondins de Bordeaux after having spent 2014 on loan at Le Havre. The fee for the player is believed to be €1,400,000.

Sacko has signed a 6-year contract with a €60,000,000 release clause.

Elsewhere there was the departure of Hugo Sousa from the B team. The 22-year old defender was released from his contract and has joined Belgian side Waasland-Beveren for 3 years.

Finally, on Tuesday Sporting B moved up to second place in the Segunda Liga with a 3-0 win over Desportivo das Aves. Francisco Barão started with a strong team as Simeon Slavchev, Ramy Rabia and Jonathan Silva all made their B team debuts. Sporting B were also without the suspended Ousmane Dramé leaving the starting line-up with no recognised striker.

It was the Argentine left-back who started the scoring with a beautifully hit strike in the 30th minute leaving Quim with no hope of saving.

Sporting B doubled their league in the 63rd minute when Mica Pinto, playing on the right-side of midfield, pulled the ball back for Ryan Gauld. The Scot’s shot was deflected before going in.

The impressive Ramy Rabia helped with the 3rd goal. His 84th minute shot after a Iuri Medeiros freekick was well saved but the ball bounced to substitute Lewis Enoh to secure the win for Sporting B.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho, Ramy Rabia (YC), Tobias Figueiredo (YC), Jonathan Silva (Scored, 30′); Fabrice Fokobo, Wallyson Mallmann, Simeon Slavchev (Iuri Medeiros, 65′); Ryan Gauld (Scored, 63′); Mica Pinto (YC) (Gelson Martins, 70′), Daniel Podence (Lewis Enoh, 79′, Scored, 84′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Sambinha, João Palhinha, Jorge Santos

Pre-Season Fixtures Announced

Sporting have finally announced the fixtures for the upcoming pre-season campaign.

July 12th: vs. Azores XI for the Troféu Pauleta at the Estádio de São Miguel in Ponta Delgada.

July 18th / July 20th: Defending the Taça de Honra at the Restelo in Belém. Sporting will face Belenenses first on the 18th before, hopefully, facing the winner of Estoril and Benfica on the 20th. Last season Sporting fielded a B team for this game whilst on tour.

July 22nd-29th: Training camp in Doorwerth in the Netherlands. Three friendly games are scheduled for this time but no details yet.

1st August: Troféu Cinco Violinos game against Lazio at the Alvalade. Here the squad will be presented to the fans.

4th August: A trip to Egypt to take on Al Ittihad Alexandria for the Egyptian’s club’s 100th anniversary.

6th August: Away to FC Midtjylland in Herning, Denmark. Sporting aim to play a squad of half A and half B team players.

August 9th / August 10th: Participating in Troféu Teresa Herrera in La Coruña. Also in that tournament are Deportivo de La Coruña, Sporting Gijón, and Uruguayan club Club Nacional de Football. Last year’s winners were Real Madrid.

News Round-Up 06/07

A round-up of all things Sporting over the past few days.

Abel Ferreira was released from his contract as head coach of Sporting B. The former U19 coach took over from José Dominguez at the start of last season and guided the club to 6th place in the Segunda Liga.

Abel will be succeeded by his assistant and former Sporting player Francisco Barão.

Barão may well be without the services of Tobias Figueiredo as Marco Silva sees the 20-year defender as possibly good enough to be promoted to the first team next season.

The first fixtures of the new season have been announced; Sporting begin their campaign away to Académica before a home game against Arouca. Sporting will finish the season away to Rio Ave. Meanwhile, the B team will kick off away to Farense before ending the season away to Braga B.

Braga have signed Sporting goalkeeper Victor Golas for the next 2 seasons. No word on any transfer fee, if any, for the Brazilian-Polish goalkeeper who has been at Sporting since 2007.

And, another day, another award for William Carvalho this time being named Revelation of the Year by the Liga de Clubes.

News Round-Up 30/05

A round-up of some of the news from Portugal’s daily papers…

This year’s Taça da Honra will be held at the Estádio do Restelo with Sporting, Benfica, Belenenses and Estoril once again competing. Current holders Sporting will kick-off on the 18th July against Belenenses before potentially facing Benfica or Estoril in the final on the 20th July. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Taça da Honra.

O Jogo is reporting that André Martins is set to be offered a contract extension that will extended his deal at the club until 2018. The negotiations have been going on but the paper reports that it is likely to be finalised with Martin on a €35,000-a-week contract with a €45,000,000 release clause.

In transfer rumours Arsenal at the latest club to be linked with Eric Dier. Dier’s father was said to be unhappy with the defender’s lack of football last season but with Marcos Rojo looking likely to leave Dier could soon find himself in playing more next season although he will have to compete with new signing Paulo Oliveira for that spot. Arsenal are apparently willing to offer €6,000,000 for the player.

Marcos Rojo rumours are continuing in full force with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona the latest clubs rumoured to be in for the defender. Sporting are said to be hoping for between €10-15m before they decide to sell.

There are apparently more options for Fabián Rinaudo should he wish to leave the club. As well as Catania being extremely interested the midfielder has been linked with a whole host of clubs in his native Argentina with Boca Juniors, Racing Club, Rosario Central and his former club Gimnasia La Plata all said to be interested.

Sporting have been linked with the signing of Iranian 18-year old left-winger Ali Hazami. Hazami is currently with Foolad FC in Iran and the player’s agent says that the player is just waiting for an offer from Sporting with Pohang Steelers of Korea also interested.

The transfer of Marko Petković from Red Star Belgrade is getting closer with Record saying the player has agreed to join the club and they are confident that the Serbian right-back will be Sporting’s 3rd signing of the transfer window.

Finally Sporting are also continuing their interest in Marítimo’s Derley. Record said that the player’s agent arrived in Portugal last Monday ahead of negotiations for the player.

Lisbon Derby Postponed Until Tuesday 20:15

The Lisbon derby has been postponed until tomorrow at 20:15 after heavy winds compromised the integrity of the roof at the Estádio da Luz.

With various bits of the stadium raining down the only safe thing to do was postpone the game. Hopefully, Benfica will be able to fix the problem with their stadium.

Portuguese Football League president Mario Figueiredo said: “There were small pieces of glass which had come off the roof.

“An emergency meeting was held around 15 minutes before the kick-off and we asked the civil defence if the game could go ahead. They said it couldn’t and told us to evacuate the stadium as quickly as possible.

“Fortunately this measure was decided in good time because shortly afterwards the pieces (of the roof) started to fall. A tragedy was avoided.

“We had to take this drastic decision.”

Up until then though teams had been announced and, more than likely, these will be the same teams that will kick-off on Tuesday. Leonardo Jardim named:

Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Marcos Rojo, Iván Piris; Eric Dier, Adrien Silva, André Martins; Héldon Ramos, Fredy Montero, Islam Slimani

A very interesting line up from Leonardo Jardim who named Fredy Montero and Islam Slimani starting for the first time this season. Héldon was also set to make his debut and as expected Piris filling in for Jefferson and Eric Dier filling in for William Carvalho.

Jorge Jesus lined up with a more usual starting eleven of:

Jan Oblak; Maxi Pereira, Ezequiel Garay, Luisão, Siqueira; Nicolás Gaitán, Ljubomir Fejsa, Enzo Pérez, Lazar Markovic; Lima, Rodrigo