Loan Watch Update (08/13-10/13)

So, it’s yet another international break so it’s time to see how some of the Sporting players are fairing away from the club.

Zezinho: Veria FC are currently rock bottom of the Greek Superleague but at the very least Zezinho is getting some first-team competitive football. Zezinho has so far made 4 appearances for Veria although his last appearance was in a 6-0 loss.

Valentín Viola: Valentín Viola maybe back at the club he has been a life-long fan of but on-field things aren’t quite so fantastic. Viola has played 8 games on his return to Argentina and has been on the losing side in every single one. The club is in terrible form having not won a game since June and have lost 10 of their last 12.

Diego Rubio: Diego Rubio has been getting some first team football in Romania with Pandurii but has yet to find the net for his new side.

Elias: Elias’ form has improved since his return to Brazil and the Brazilian club are allegedly waiting out the dispute between Elias and Sporting before deciding how to proceed in signing the midfielder permanently.

Miguel Lopes: After joining Lyon due to the defender’s high wage demands, Miguel Lopes has played 8 games with the club before a hamstring injury put him out of action in September.

Renato Neto: The Brazilian midfielder has played 9 times since returning to Gent for his second spell with the club.

Gaël Etock: After 9 games with Cercle Brugge the Cameroonian forward has scored twice and seems to be benefiting from his stay with Sporting’s feeder club.

Victor Golas and William Owusu: Both players were reported to have joined Corona Braşov on loan but neither has even made a squad appearance yet. If anyone has any more information into this deal then do please get in touch.


Transfer Round Up 2013: Departures

So, that’s the transfer window done and dusted and all around there’s quite a few positives for the club, Bruno de Carvalho and Sporting fans.

In a nice two-part post let’s look at the departures from the club before we get to the good stuff:

Gael Etock to Cercle Brugge (loan): There was initially some confusion as to whether or not this move was a loan or a permanent deal. Judging by the fact that the Belgian club’s website states his contract is until 2014 we’ll assume that this is a loan deal. Cercle Brugge is essentially our feeder club, after all. Etock was called up to a few of Jesualdo Ferreira’s first team squads last season but could only make the bench some more competitive team football may well be what he needs.

Renato Neto to Gent (loan): I had though perhaps that Renato Neto may get some B team action this year but he has been sent to Gent on loan again for another season. The Brazilian midfielder still has a contract with Sporting until 2015 so still has a chance to make an impact at the club when he returns.

Gelson Fernandes to Freiburg (€500,000): He must definitely won’t be missed. Failed to produce much in his stint with the club and was loaned out to FC Sion as soon as possible.

Farley Rosa to FK Sevastopol (?): Initially Farley Rosa looked rather good for the U19 team. Some may remember his fantastic goal against Liverpool at Anfield in the NextGen tournament. He couldn’t force his way into the B team last year and was moved on to Ukrainian club Sevastopol. No idea about any fees involved (I assume there was at least something) as this was not a widely reported on transfer.

Luís Cortez to Belenenses (?): A similar case here to the Farley Rosa transfer. Another youngster who showed some promise but perhaps just wasn’t good enough to make the grade at the Alvalade. At Belenenses he may have hoped to get some first team football was immediately loaned out to SC União Torreense.

Miguel Lázaro to Vitória FC (?): 18-year old goalkeeper who made the transfer to the other side of the river to join Setúbal.

Miguel Lopes to Lyon (loan): The French club have an option to purchase the right-back for €10,000,000 should they want to. The main reason for this loan is Miguel Lopes’ high wages (thanks again, Godinho). He had a fairly solid end to the season although nothing spectacular.

Stijn Schaars and Santiago Arias to PSV Eindhoven (€1,600,000): Stijn Schaars’ sale is another transfer that aimed to reduce the wage budget although last year he was not nearly as good as he was in his debut season. The price is perhaps a little low when you consider how promising Santiago Arias looked at times whilst still being very young. Hopefully the club has inserted a % of future sale clause in his contract.

Sunil Chhetri to JSW Bangalore (?): Sunil Chhetri barely got a look-in at Sporting B last year and the entire transfer seemed like a ploy by Godinho Lopes to try and get some interest from Indian investors or tap into the market there. Neither or those worked and we also got a player who was not very good. No word on the transfer fee (if any).

Valentín Viola to Racing Club (loan): Viola returns to the club he calls home to Racing Club (he has a tattoo of the club’s crest on his arm). The Argentinian forward never impressed to much at the Alvalade scoring just 2 goals in 28 games. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t not make his return to his old club permanent after the loan deal is done.

Jorge Chula to Marítimo (free): Signed as an addition to the B team, Jorge Chula never managed to impress too much. A solid player that should do just fine at Marítimo instead.

Leandro Grimi to Godoy Cruz (?): Leandro Grimi looked very promising once upon a time after first arriving at AC Milan. He never managed to build on that and he has moved permanently to the club where he was on loan last year. No word on any fee but I imagine not much if anything.

Nii Plange to Vitória Guimarães (free): Nii Plange was signed essentially to fill out the ranks of the B team last year. The Burkinabé / Ghanian isn’t a bad player and will probably do ok at Guimarães and indeed Sporting will receive 50% of any future transfer fee.

André Santos to Vitória Guimarães (free): We all had high hopes for André Santos but it seems his development stalled and now was perhaps the perfect time for him to leave the club. André Santos’ contract was terminated with the club so he was free to move on.

Atila Turan to Stade de Reims (free): Turan looked promising when he first signed for Sporting from Grenoble Foot 38 but couldn’t manage to force his way into the team and spent most of his time out on loan. Sporting will receive 40% of any future transfer.

Tiago Ilori to Liverpool (€7,500,000): A hugely talented prospect but Ilori’s demand for higher wages meant he was likely to leave the club. Liverpool had long been interested and finally managed to get their man for a fair fee. Included in the contract is a clause that will mean Liverpool cannot sell the player to either FC Porto or Benfica

Danijel Pranjic to Panathinaikos (free): I was hopeful when Sporting signed Danijel Pranjic that would be a great addition to the squad… how wrong I was. Pranjic failed to make any sort of an impact at the club and he was free to leave for Greece.

Diego Rubio to Pandurii (loan): The club that is now best known for knocking out Jesualdo Ferreira’s Braga out of the Europe League have taken Diego Rubio on loan with an option to buy for €10,000,000. Rubio arrived in Portugal from Chile with huge promise but needs some more competitive football to try and fulfil it.

Zezinho to Veria FC (loan): Zezinho looked like he was just about to break into the Sporting team at the end of last season and had a few rather good showing in midfield (especially against FC Porto). The club have decided to give him a loan to Greece where he should be facing a higher level of competition more regularly then he would with the B team. May well help improve his development.

Bruma to Galatasaray (€10,000,000): Finally. The saga ended. Bruma played just 13 games for Sporting but from what you would have read in the papers you’d be forgiven for thinking he had been at the club for a decade. Bruma took some bad advice and failed to worm his way out of his contract to move away from the club. After the entire debacle with the courts there was no way back for Bruma at Sporting. Indeed, Bruno de Carvalho will happy to have received such a substantial offer for a player who would have been able to sign for any other club for free in January. On top of the initial transfer fee there are also €3,000,000 worth of future add-ons as well as a similar clause in the contract to that of Tiago Ilori that ensure Galatasaray cannot sell the player to Porto or Benfica.

Khalid Boulahrouz released: YAY!

EDIT: Victor Golas to Corona Brasov (loan): A very late move sees Sporting B goalkeeper to Romanian side Corona Brasov on loan. The move will see Luís Ribeiro and Mickaël Meira compete for the B team spot.

Total profit from player sales (estimated): €20,100,000

Perhaps some of the most important pieces of business over the summer now is those who didn’t go.

Rui Patrício: How on earth we kept Rui Patrício, I don’t know. It helped that Bruno de Carvalho had made sure any bids would have to be substantial and, considering Patrício’s talent, fair. There were rumours of Monaco, Arsenal and a whole host of other big spending clubs but nothing came of it and São Patrício remains saving our asses for another year.

Diego Capel: Although very talented Diego Capel seemed likely to leave with his high wages and Sporting hoping to make some sort of money out of the Spanish winger but the transfer window shut before any deal was made. There seemed to be various clubs interested from Liverpool to Olympique de Marseile but, for now, Capel stays.

Jeffrén Suárez: The disappointing Jeffrén stays at the Alvalade for another season. A mix of injury, high wages and some poor performances made it likely that the winger would leave but despite interest from a host of La Liga club no deal was made. A stint in the B team maybe likely as he becomes back up to André Carrillo, Wilson Eduardo, Diego Capel and even Diogo Salomão.

Zakaria Labyad: Still only 20 but Zakaria Labyad did not seem to be anyway near the level we may have expected from him last season. Frequently wasteful or anonymous Labyad couldn’t find a first team place although his technical talent is without question. Labyad’s high wages meant to club were keen to get rid of him and sent him to the B team. The player had flirted with the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Ajax, and a few other Dutch clubs but nothing came of it.

Evaldo: How is he still here? The club did try to cancel Evaldo’s contract but the player did not want to and so will stay for at least another season and pick up some more money. Evaldo will now become back up to Jefferson, Welder and perhaps Mica.

In tomorrow’s post we look at all of our new signings as well as all the many players who were handed new long-term deals at the club.

Sporting News Round-Up

It’s been a while since our last update so there’s plenty of news to catch-up on before Sporting take on Rio Ave in the first home league game of the season tomorrow.

Firstly, last Sunday the Primeira Liga returned to action last weekend and Sporting took on Vitória de Guimarães at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques and the game ended a dull 0-0 after a promising opening. Fortunately Braga, Benfica and Porto also drew all of their opening league games so a false start is not too bad.

The game also saw official debuts for Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Gelson Fernandes and Zakaria Labyad with the latter appearing as a substitute. Here was Ricardo Sá Pinto’s team for the game:

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo (YC), Emiliano Insúa; Gelson Fernandes (Zakaria Labyad 72′), Adrien Silva (André Martins 46′, YC), Elias; André Carrillo (YC), Diego Capel (Jeffrén Suárez 89′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (YC)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Stijn Schaars, Fabián Rinaudo

After that Sporting opened up their Europa League campaign with a trip to Denmark to face AC Horsens. Again Sporting drew but managed to get a goal too courtesy of André Carrillo after Martin Spelmann opened the scoring for the home side.. Indeed, Ricky van Wolfswinkel will feel aggrieved that he failed to score when the Dutchman wasted a couple of chances throughout the game. The performance at the very least, was an improvement over the game against Guimarães.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Emiliano Insúa; Stijn Schaars (Zakaria Labyad 58′), Adrien Silva, Elias (André Martins 78′); André Carrillo (Scored 79′), Jeffrén Suárez (Diego Capel 66′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Xandão, Gelson Fernandes

There was also news that Rui Patrício has signed a new contract with Sporting taking him with the club all the way until 2018. This will at least put any transfer rumours to bed for a few days.

Patrício said that he was “very happy with this outcome” and “renewing with Sporting was something I really wanted”. Rui also said how he wanted to help the younger players out whilst at Sporting to improve their development.

Meanwhile in the B team for Oceano –

Sporting B picked up their first competitive win since they returned to action this season. Sporting won 2-1 against Sporting Clube da Covilhã after going behind to Gilberto’s early strike. It was Betinho and Diego Rubio (returning from suspension) who got the goals for Oceano. João Gonçalves stepped in for Santiago Arias who was injured in the last game against Guimarães B. Pedro Mendes also saw a red card after receiving a late second yellow card meaning he would miss the next game against Atlético Clube de Portugal.

Sporting B XI: Victor Golas; João Gonçalves (Iuri Medeiros 68′, YC), Pedro Mendes (YC, YC+RC), Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Pinto; João Mário (Filipe Chaby 87′), Zezinho (YC), Ricardo Esgaio (YC); Bruma, Nii Plange (Diego Rubio 72′), Betinho
Subs Not Used: Luís Ribero, Tiago Ilori, Atila Turan, Gaël Etock

Atlético Clube de Portugal proved a tricky tie for Oceano da Cruz’s men at the Estádio Tapadinha. The game was very even with Victor Golas being Sporting’s best player for most of the game.

Bruma was the man who made the difference with an excellent strike to put Sporting ahead after 72 minutes with Atlético goalkeeper Filipe Leão helpless to stop it.

Sporting went further ahead just 5 minutes later via another Ricardo Esgaio penalty after a handball in the area. Atlético pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute when Hugo Carreira headed in from close range to set up a very nervous finish for Sporting.

The game was made certain in the very final seconds when Gaël Etock ran through a tired Atlético defence and slotted under Leão to give Sporting B another win.

Sporting B XI: Victor Golas; João Gonçalves (Filipe Chaby 46′, YC), Tiago Ilori, Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Pinto (YC); Zezinho, Ricardo Esgaio (Scored 76′), Iuri Medeiros; Bruma (Scored 72′), Diego Rubio (Eric Dier 78′), Betinho (Gaël Etock 46′, Scored 90+5′)

Match Report: SPORTING B 1-0 Vitória de Guimarães B

Oceano’s Sporting B picked up their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over 10-men Vitória de Guimarães B thanks to Ricardo Esgaio’s penalty.

There were two changes from the team that lost in the first game to Oliveirense with Nii Plange and Gaël Etock coming in for Filipe Chaby and the suspended Diego Rubio.

The game though was poor in quality with the little action from either side. The key moment of the game came 7 minutes before half-time when Guimarães goalkeeper Assis was sent off by referee Rui Silva for taking down a Sporting forward in a one-on-one situation resulting in a penalty.

The Vitória B manager Luíz Felipe sacrificed Tiago Almeida to bring on goalkeeper Miguel Oliveira. The 18-year-old goalkeeper was then sent the wrong way by Ricardo Esgaio’s cool penalty.

At the start of the second half Oceano was forced into a substitution as Santiago Arias looked to have picked up an injury and was replaced by João Gonçalves.

The rest of the game continued in the slow-paced manner it had began. Vitória de Guimarães now with one man shorter were more determined to remain organised and prevent Sporting from scoring again.

This led to an uneventful half but it does mean Sporting B get their first win of the season with the next game away to Sporting Clube da Covilhã on Wednesday.

SPORTING B XI: Vitor Golas; Santiago Arias (João Gonçalves 45′), Pedro Mendes, Tobias Figueiredo (YC), Michael Pinto; João Mário, Zezinho, Bruma; Ricardo Esgaio (Scored 40′), Nii Plange (Betinho 90′), Gaël Etock (Filipe Chaby 68′)
Subs Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Tiago Ilori, Atila Turan, Iuri Medeiros

Sporting B So Far

There’s been plenty of news for Oceano Cruz and José Dominguez’s Sporting B ahead of the return of B-Sides to Portuguese football. Here is the story so far.

Transfers in:

Sporting have looked to reinforce the B team to add experience to some of the youngsters at the club. The first signing was Gonçalo Silva, 19-year-old midfielder who has spent time with youth teams at Benfica, Belenenses, Oeiras, and most recently, Portimonense.

Next came 20-year-old Lucas Patinho who signed on loan from Fluminense. Patinho plays as an attacking midfielder and has in the past been compared to Deco.

Sporting B added experience with the signing of India captain Sunil Chhetri from Indian side Mohun Bagan until 2014. At 27 Chhetri will be expected to give guidance to some of the younger players.

Sporting have also added Burkina Faso international Nii Plange from Feyenoord Academy. The Ghanian club is linked with the Netherlands club Feyenoord.

Forward Jorge Chula has also joined from União de Leiria. Chula had preivously been a youth-team player at FC Porto.

Lastly is Ruan Yang, a 19-year-old Chinese midfielder who joined from Hangzhou Greentown.

Pre-Season Games:

Sporting B have played twice so far. The first game was on Saturday 14th July against 1º de Maio Sarilhense. Sporting B won 5-0 with a brace from Kikas, as well as goals from Sunil Chhetri, Gaël Etock and Nii Plange.

Most recently was a friendly against Académica in which Sporting B provided a surprise 4-1 victory.

The Sporting B side that started the game was: Luís Ribeiro; Santiago Arias, Eric Dier, Fabrice, Atila Turan; Luís Almeida, José Lopes, Renato Neto; Filipe Chaby, Iuri Medeiros, Plange

Later on in the game saw the addition of Ricardo Esgaio, João Mário, Lucas Patinho, Sunil Chhetri, Ruan Yang, Tobias Figueiredo and Bruma. The goals came from Nii Planga (x2), Turan and Bruma.

Sporting B’s next fixture is against Naval 1.º de Maio on Sunday.

NextGen Match Report: SPORTING 5-1 Liverpool

Sporting’s U19 side ended the group stages of the NextGen tournament in emphatic fashion beating Liverpool 5-1.

The fixture had the potential to be a fairly stale affair with both teams having progressed through the group stages already. Happily though the game turned out to be an exciting encounter with both sides having chances with some good attacking football on display.

Edgar Ié opened the scoring for Sporting after 18 minutes when Betinho laid off a free-kick from outside the area for the Guinea-Bissauan to drill a low hard shot past the reach of Tyrell Belford to put the group leaders ahead.

Felipe Chaby’s low drive gave Sporting a 2 goal margin when he was found in acres of space in the Liverpool box.

Liverpool pulled one back just 4 minutes later with Michael Ngoo shooting past Rafael Veloso. The big man did well to weave his way through the penalty box to put the Anfield back in with a chance.

Ricardo Sá Pinto’s side looked good in possession but were susceptible to the pace of Liverpool on the counter-attack and before the end of the half Rafael Veloso needed to make a few saves to keep Sporting’s lead in tact.

It took 8 minutes after the restart for Sporting to grab a third goal – this one a superb strike from Betinho. Betinho skillfully converting a cross in with a spectacular overhead scissors kick to put Sporting 3-1 ahead and grabbing his 5th goal of the NextGen tournament. Betinho was getting on the end of a cross again once again on the 61st minute to make it 4 for Sporting and seal the victory for the young lions.

Sporting weren’t finished there though as substitute Gaël Etock hit a superb strike from long range over the head of Tyrell Belford to add extra panache to the final scoreline an ensure they go into the knock-out stages as one of the tournament’s favourites.

SPORTING XI: Rafael Veloso; Ricardo Esgaio, Edgar Ié (Scored 19′), Tiago Ilori, Mica; Iuri Medeiros (YC), João Mário, João Carlos, Felipe Chaby (Scored 34′) (Agostinho Cá 67′), Bruma (Carlos Mané 74′); Betinho (Scored 53′, 61′) (Gaël Etock 82′, Scored 86′)
Subs Not Used: Pedro Duarte, Rúben Semedo, Rodolfo Simões, Mateus Fonseca

Gaël Etock to Join Sporting on Loan

Gaël Etock, a young Cameroonian striker who as brought through Barcelona’s youth system, is set to join Sporting on loan after having been signed by Chelsea.

Barcelona had the youngster set for stardom but Chelsea have come into to swoop for the starlet. Etock, inevitably, has earned comparison to former Barcelona man, Samuel Eto’o.

It is a strange transfer though, as it’s doubtful just how many minutes Etock will get here at Sporting. With new signing of Ricky van Wolfwinkel and Hélder Postiga as the established strikers, chances maybe few and far between for Etock.