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

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SPORTING 0-0 OGC Nice

Sporting played a dull 0-0 draw with OGC Nice, with the highlight of the match being another Rui Patrício penalty save, in the final pre-season game.

Jorge Jesus made a few changes to the team that lost to Real Betis yesterday. William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, and João Mário all starting. Rúben Semedo also returned to the team after his injury a week ago.

The game was even throughout with Sporting it finding it difficult to break down Nice’s defence and Nice looking to counter whenever possible. The best of Sporting’s attempts came through a few long range strikes from Alan Ruiz.

The big talking point of the game came just before half-time when the referee awarded a soft penalty for to Nice. Alassane Pléa stepped up to take it but Rui Patrício once again was equal to the task and palmed the penalty away.

The second-half lacked the excitement of the first but even with Islam Slimani coming on from the bench Sporting found it difficult to find a way through the French side’s defence.

Jorge Jesus will at least be happy with a defence that didn’t leak goals today ahead of Sporting’s first game of the season against Marítimo.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ezequiel Schelotto (João Pereira, 62′), Sebastián Coates, Rúben Semedo, Jefferson (Marvin Zeegelaar, 73′); William Carvalho (Marcelo Meli, 73′), Adrien Silva (Radosav Petrović, 46′), João Mário (Daniel Podence, 62′, Bruno Paulista, 85′), Bruno César (Gelson Martins, 46′); Bryan Ruiz (Iuri Medeiros, 62′), Alan Ruiz (Islam Slimani, 62′)
Substitutes Not Used: Ažbe Jug, Vladimir Stojković, Paulo Oliveira, Ewerton, Naldo, Alberto Aquilani, João Palhinha, Matheus Pereira

SPORTING 2-3 Real Betis

Sporting succumbed to another pre-season defeat, this time in the Algarve against Real Betis. Sporting took the lead through Alan Ruiz before Rubén Castro scored a hatrick. Islam Slimani pulled on back before the end but it wasn’t enough against an unnecessarily combative Betis side.

Jorge Jesus gave a rare start to Bruno Paulista in midfield alongside William Carvalho. Bryan Ruiz and Alan Ruiz lead the line from the start in what was an otherwise familiar Sporting side.

It was Alan Ruiz who took the lead after just 17 minutes but a quick fire double from Rubén Castro put Betis ahead. Each of the Betis goals exposing a frailty in Sporting’s defence, the kind that has marred pre-season thus far.

Regardless of the score Sporting were the better team with the majority of the possession where as Real Betis, in typical Gustavo Poyet fashion, were more interested in getting as physical as possible.

After the break Jesus brought on João Pereira, Paulo Oliveira, Daniel Podence and Radosav Petrović.

Again Sporting were the better of the two teams but some more bad defending allowed Castro to complete his hatrick after 58 minutes.

Jesus made a few more changes immediately afterwards including bringing on new signing Marcelo Meli.

A Jefferson cross found the head of Islam Slimani to pull one back for Sporting but it wasn’t enough. Although, in the last second of the game Sporting should have had a penalty when Marcelo Meli was obviously brought down in the area but nothing was given.

Sporting have lost plenty this pre-season but the overall performance here was good, all that is needed is for the defensive mistakes to be ironed out. Naldo and Ewerton do not seem to be performing at all under Jesus and it is unlikely they will still be at the club in September.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ezequiel Schelotto (João Pereira, 46′, YC), Sebastián Coates (Paulo Oliveira, 46′), Naldo (Ewerton, 74′), Marvin Zeegelaar (Jefferson, 60′); William Carvalho (Radosav Petrović, 46′), Bruno Paulista (João Palhinha, 60′), Gelson Martins (Iuri Medeiros. 60′), Bruno César (Marcelo Meli, 60′); Bryan Ruiz (Daniel Podence, 46′), Alan Ruiz (Scored, 17′) (Islam Slimani, 60′, Scored, 75′)
Substitutes Not Used: Ažbe Jug, Vladimir Stojković, Rúben Semedo, João Mário, Adrien Silva, Alberto Aquilani, Matheus Pereira

SPORTING 2-1 Wolfsburg

Sporting looked back to themselves after an uneasy pre-season with a 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg in the annual Troféu Cinco Violinos. The game saw the return of William Carvalho, João Mário and Adrien Silva to the starting line-up and the difference was obvious.

Indeed, Jorge Jesus’ starting XI for this match was his regular line-up for the second half of last season, so it was very much a full strength Sporting.

Before the match new signing Marcelo Meli was paraded in front of the fans. The Argentinian midfielder joins on loan from Boca Juniors.

Sporting opened the scoring through Islam Slimani, who’s smart finish beat goalkeeper Koen Casteels after Wolfsburg failed to deal with a cross.

Christian Träsch fouled Bruno César in the area to give Sporting a penalty. Adrien Silva stepped up and duly delivered with his effort.

Ricardo Rodríguez also pulled one back before half-time with a thunderous volley but Rui Patrício made an outstanding save to deny him.

At half-time Sporting paraded the new women’s football team.

The second half was a slower game with both sides making plenty of substitutions. Wolfsburg pulled a goal back through Anton-Leander Donkor in the 78th minute.

Wolfsburg couldn’t provide an equaliser though and Sporting once again won the Troféu Cinco Violinos. Most importantly though for Sporting and Jorge Jesus, the team was back to looking its old self.

Sporting now have two remaining pre-season games before the opening game of the season. They will face Real Betis and Nice on the 4th and 5th of August.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ezequiel Schelotto (João Pereira 64′, YC), Rúben Semedo (Ewerton, 76′), Sebastián Coates (Naldo, 76′), Marvin Zeegelaar (YC) (Jefferson, 64′); William Carvalho (Alberto Aquilani, 76′), Adrien Silva (Scored, 34′) (João Palhinha, 55′), João Mário (Iuri Medeiros, 46′); Bruno César (Daniel Podence, 76′, YC), Bryan Ruiz (Matheus Pereira, 76′), Islam Slimani (Scored, 26′) (Alan Ruiz, 55′)
Substitutes Not Used: Ažbe Jug, Hernán Barcos

Zenit St. Petersburg 4-2 SPORTING / Estoril 0-2 SPORTING B

There was mixed fortunes for both Sporting teams as pre-season continued. The first team lost 4-2 to Zenit St. Petersburg with Bruno César and Gelson Martins scoring for Jorge Jesus’ team but João de Deus’ B team did pick up a win against Estoril.

Jesus rotated his team completely from the win over Stade Nyonnais with the likes of Alan Ruiz and Radosav Petrović starting. Bryan Ruiz also started in a deeper role once again, an experiment that hopefully only lasts until the Euro 2016 Champions return to the team.

Zenit took the lead after just 8 minutes when Jorge Jesus’ former player Javi García scored past Ažbe Jug. Sporting bounced back immediately though, through Bruno César after excellent play from Gelson Martins.

Yuri Zhirkov made it 2-1 in the 16th minute although Jug would have felt he could have done better. Aleksandr Kerzhakov made it 3 immediately afterwards, this time after a mistake from Rúben Semedo.

Hernán Barcos set up Gelson Martins before half-time to pull one back for Sporting.

The game slowed down in the second half with both sides making plenty of substitutes. Zenit though managed one more goal through Luka Djordjević just before the end to make it 4-2.

SPORTING XI: Ažbe Jug; Ezequiel Schelotto, Sebastián Coates, Rúben Semedo, Marvin Zeegelaar (Jefferson, 86′); Radosav Petrović (João Palhinha, 68′), Bryan Ruiz (Ricardo Esgaio, 89′); Bruno César (Scored, 9′) (Matheus Pereira, 63′), Gelson Martins (Scored, 37′) (Iuri Medeiros, 68′); Alan Ruiz (YC) (Daniel Podence, 46′), Hernán Barcos (Islam Slimani, 46′)

At Alcochete Sporting B beat Estoril 2-0 thanks to goals from new signing Edu Pinheiro and youngster Ronaldo Tavares. No word yet of any more details about the match.

Stade Nyonnais 1-3 SPORTING

Stade Nyonnais 1-3 SPORTING

SPORTING XI: Vladimir Stojković; João Pereira (Scored, 27′) (Ricardo Esgaio, 78′), Naldo, Paulo Oliveira (Ewerton, 81′), Jefferson (Scored, 37′) (Marvin Zeegelaar, 78′); João Palhinha (Radosav Petrović, 63′), Alberto Aquilani (Bryan Ruiz, 63′), Bruno César (Carlos Mané 63′); Alan Ruiz (Scored, 12′) (Islam Slimani, 78′), Iuri Medeiros (Gelson Martins, 63′), Lukas Spalvis (Hernán Barcos, 54′)

SPORTING 1-4 AS Monaco

It was a disappointing result for Sporting’s first competitive friendly of the 2016/2017 season, losing 4-1 to Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco in Switzerland.

Jorge Jesus started the game with just one recognised midfielder, debutant Radosav Petrović played alongside captain Bryan Ruiz in the middle of the pitch. Otherwise, there was some familiar names to the starting line-up.

Sporting started off well but Valère Germain scored early on for Monaco. Daniel Podence pulled one back with great skill after the 20 minute mark but the lead didn’t last long when Radamel Falcao was given space in the box to head home.

In the second-half Monaco were much the better side, ex-Sporting manager Leonardo Jardim’s side were clearly in better shape and sharpness after having started pre-season earlier. Radamel Falcao grabbed a second to make it 3 before Guido Carrillo finished the scoring.

Sporting will be back in action tomorrow against Stade Nyonnais before facing Zenit St. Petersburg, PSV Eindhoven and Lyon.

SPORTING XI: Ažbe Jug; Ezequiel Schelotto, Sebastián Coates, Rúben Semedo, Marvin Zeegelaar (Jefferson, 74′); Radosav Petrović (João Palhinha, 64′), Bryan Ruiz (Alberto Aquilani, 74′); Matheus Pereira (Bruno César, 64′), Gelson Martins (Teófilo Gutiérrez, 64′), Daniel Podence (Scored, 21′, YC) (Iuri Medeiros, 64′); Hernán Barcos (Islam Slimani, 64′)

Pre-Season Review: 2015/2016

5 games, 4 wins, 1 draw, 2 trophies. Not a bad start to life at Sporting for Jorge Jesus! With a new 4-2-2-2 system and some new reinforcements it was interesting to watch this new Sporting side develop. Here’s a rundown of what we saw this pre-season…

Sporting kicked off the new season with a training ground friendly against CD Mafra with a 3-1 win. Jefferson, Islam Slimani and Junya Tanaka got the goals for Sporting with the notable inclusion of Gelson Martins in the starting eleven. João Pereira made his return to Sporting as a second-half substitute.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Miguel Lopes, Paulo Oliveira, Tobias Figueiredo, Jefferson; Oriol Rosell, Adrien Silva; Carlos Mané, Gelson Martins; Fredy Montero, Islam Slimani

After the break Jesus fielded an entirely new team –

Marcelo Boeck; João Pereira, Rúben Semedo, Naby Sarr, Jonathan Silva; Simeon Slavchev, Ricardo Esgaio; Iuri Medeiros, Diego Capel; Valentín Viola, Junya Tanaka

Next came an even more comfortable win, again behind closed doors, against Atlético Clube de Portugal. Fredy Montero, Carlos Mané, Gelson Martins and a rare brace from Naby Sarr giving Sporting the win.

Again Jesus elected to choose 2 different teams in an effort to judge as many players in action as possible. New signing Naldo made his first appearance in the second half.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Paulo Oliveira, Tobias Figueiredo, Jefferson; Adrien Silva, João Mário; Gelson Martins, Carlos Mané; Fredy Montero, Islam Slimani

Then for the second 45: Marcelo Boeck; Ricardo Esgaio, Naldo, Naby Sarr, Jonathan Silva; Rúben Semedo, Oriol Rosell, Wallyson Mallmann; Diego Capel, Iuri Medeiros; Junya Tanaka

Sporting then flew down to South Africa to participate in the Cape Town Cup hosted by Ajax Cape Town. Sporting drew the hosts in the first game with the winner facing off against either Crystal Palace or Supersport United.

Ajax Cape Town proved to be tricker than expected for Sporting. After Carlos Mané’s opening goal, the South African side pulled one back after Naldo handballed in the area, and Cecil Lolo dispatched the penalty. The hosts then took the lead in the 80th minute through Franklin Cale. Just 4 minutes later however, Rúben Semedo towered to head in from a corner to bring the game straight to penalties after the 90 minutes.

Ricardo Esgaio scored the winning penalty for Sporting after Rui Patrício made 2 saves to deny Ajax. The game also saw debuts for Michaël Ciani and Teófilo Gutiérrez

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira (Ricardo Esgaio, 46′), Paulo Oliveira (Michaël Ciani, 72′), Tobias Figueiredo (Naldo, 46′), Jefferson (Jonathan Silva, 46′); João Mário (Wallyson Mallmann, 72′), Adrien Silva (Rubén Semedo, 78′), André Martins (Fredy Montero, 46′); Gelson Martins (Iuri Medeiros. 70′), Carlos Mané (André Carrillo, 46′); Islam Slimani (Teófilo Gutiérrez, 46′)

Next for Sporting came a sterner test against Crystal Palace. It was an end to end match with Rui Patrício pulling out some fantastic saves throughout the match to deny the London team.

Substitute Fredy Montero’s second-half brace gave Sporting the win and their first trophy under Jorge Jesus, albeit the Cape Town Cup.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira (Ricardo Esgaio, 61′), Paulo Oliveira (Tobias Figueiredo, 81′), Naldo, Jefferson; Rúben Semedo (João Mário, 37′), Adrien Silva (Wallyson Mallmann, 81′); Gelson Martins (Carlos Mané, 46′), André Carrillo (Oriol Rosell, 61′); Teófilo Gutiérrez (Fredy Montero, 61′), Islam Slimani (Diego Capel, 90+1′)

The final pre-season game was back at the Alvalade with the annual Troféu Cinco Violinos. This time, AS Roma, 2nd in Serie A last year were to be the opponents.

It was 2 quick-fire goals in the second half that gave Sporting the win. Islam Slimani headed in Jefferson’s corner for the first and Carlos Mané poached for the second.

This was by far the most polished pre-season performance from Sporting and it was where Jorge Jesus’ new tactics really felt like they were working. Roma were limited to very few chances with Sporting dominating the ball for the majority of the game.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício (Marcelo Boeck, 77′); João Pereira (Ricardo Esgaio, 78′), Paulo Oliveira, Naldo (Tobias Figueiredo, 60′), Jefferson; Adrien Silva (Wallyson Mallmann, 78′), João Mário (Rúben Semedo, 59′); André Carrillo (Gelson Martins, 71′), Bryan Ruiz (Carlos Mané, 46′); Teófilo Gutiérrez (Fredy Montero, 60′), Islam Slimani (André Martins, 71′)

The win will give Sporting huge confidence going into next week’s 2015 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira against Benfica.

Sporting Win the Taça de Honra 2014

Sporting won the Taça de Honra in the competitions 100th anniversary after comfortably beating Benfica in the final 1-0.

Before getting to the final Sporting had to beat Belenenses as the Estádio do Restelo. Two goals in the space of 3 minutes gave Sporting a 2-0 lead in the first half. First a fantastic strike by Wilson Eduardo before a great freekick from André Martins.

Sporting had the most of the first half but the game changed in the second with both sides making plenty of substitutions including a first appearance for Simeon Slavchev. Belenenses pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute through an André Geraldes own goal but Sporting went through in the end.

SPORTING XI vs. Belenenses: Marcelo Boeck; Cédric Soares (André Geraldes, 45′), Maurício (Paulo Oliveira, 46′), Eric Dier, Jefferson (Mica Pinto, 60′); Oriol Rosell (Rúben Semedo, 60′), Adrien Silva (Simeon Slavchev, 46′), André Martins (Scored, 33′) (João Mário, 46′); Wilson Eduardo (Scored, 30′) (Carlos Mané, 46′), André Carrillo (Diego Capel, 46′), Fredy Montero (Junya Tanaka, 46′)
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Vítor Silva, Shikabala, Ryan Gauld, Héldon Ramos, Salim Cissé

So Sporting went on to face Benfica in the final after Benfica defeated Estoril in their game. With the departure of Wilson Eduardo to Dinamo Zagreb earlier today Marco Silva brought in Diego Capel in another wise unchanged line-up.

Sporting started the better over Benfica but it took a while before Sporting created any chances. André Carrillo hit the post midway through the first half but it took until the 42nd minute for Sporting to find the night. A mistake from João Teixeira in midfield mend Sporting could break and André Carrillo found space down the right. The Peruvian crossed for André Martins to finish from close range.

The goal proved to be enough with Benfica creating very little in the second half where as Sporting were for the most part comfortable in possession and perhaps should have doubled their lead. Certainly Fredy Montero had a great chance to after a glorious pass from Adrien Silva.

One goal was enough in the end for Sporting to win the Taça de Honra and get pre-season off to an excellent start.

Before being handed the trophy Marcelo Boeck, who captained the side on both occasions, was awarded best goalkeeper of the tournament and André Martins top goalscorer.

News Round-Up: 16/07/04

Sporting were 4-0 winners in a behind closed doors inter-squad friendly against Sporting B last night. Goals from Wilson Eduardo, Salim Cissé, Héldon Ramos and André Martins gave Marco Silva’s side an expected win over Francisco Barão’s B squad. You’d be worried if it was any other way.

In other news Simeon Slavchev has returned to training after a minor injury meant he missed the game against the Açores XI.

Sporting looked to have captured to youth players to develop with the club next season according to Record. Versatile midfield Diogo Barbosa and and forward Luís Eloi are both 18-years old. Barbosa has already been well travelled despite his age with stints in the youth systems of Benfica, Porto, and Watford.

Sporting have been told by transfer target Alexander Milošević’s agent that the club should hurry up if they wish to capture AIK’s 22-year old Swedish centre-back. The agent claims that there is currently strong interest from a Serie A club. O Jogo speculates that that club is Hellas Verona.

Sticking with O Jogo, they believe recently managerless Juventus are readying a €16m bid for Marcos Rojo. The Argentine’s value has certainly increased after an impressive World Cup but he has been rumoured to join every other club you can think of.