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.

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Transfer News 03/04

According to A Bola Sporting are shortly going offer Eric Dier a new deal. The English defender’s contract is currently set to expire in 2016 with a bargain release clause of €20m (one of the smallest in the squad). Sporting wish to extend that deal until 2018 with a much higher release fee (likely to be at least €45m).

Sticking with Record they think Sporting are interested in Nacional’s Aly Ghazal. The club say they will not sell for €3m for 80% of the player. Porto, West Brom and Rayo Vallecano are also said to be interested.

A Bola say Sporting are going to try and sign Vitória de Guimarães’ 22-year old defender Paulo Oliveira once again. The club were said to have had a previous offer rejected but are still determined to sign the player. Paulo Oliveira has a €4m release clause.

Moving on to O Jogo they think Sporting are after Vitória de Setúbal’s winger Ricardo Horta. The 19-year old began his career at Benfica before moving to Setúbal and has turned plenty of heads in the Liga this season. Sporting have good links with Setúbal and could even get the player for between €800,000 and €1m.

After being put in La Gazzetta dello Sport’s top 60 young players recently, Carlos Mané has apparently also impressed Juventus.

Agostinho Cá to Leave in Summer?

A Bola today reported that 18 year-old midfielder Agostinho Cá may leave at the end of summer. The paper sources the player’s agent, Paulo Rodrigues, who seems to be flaunting his player to various clubs including Juventus, Internazionale, AC Milan and Valencia.

The Guinea-Bissau born midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the 2012/2013 season. Sporting included in his contract a release clause of €20,000,000 but the agent believes a bid of €1.5m or 2m maybe enough for a buyer to secure his signature.

If Agostinho Cá was to leave it would be another midfield prospect leaving the Academy in recent time. João Carlos left for Anfield in January.

It could be that Paulo Rodrigues is just applying pressure on Sporting to award the player an improved contract but failing that it would be a shame to see another youth product leave before managing to play for the first team.

Report: SPORTING 2-1 Juventus

Picture via A BolaSporting put in arguably their best performance thus far in pre-season in Toronto, winning 2-1 against the Italian giants Juventus. The scoreline probably didn’t reflect the superiority that Sporting showed – especially in the first half.

The weather in Toronto was hardly ideal with heavy rain and blustering winds, and yet it seemed to have little effect on the football. Sporting once again went with the same shape as in their past few games under Domingos Paciência – a sort of 4-1-3-2, with Fabián Rinaudo as the destroyer and Stijn Schaars playing the ball around.

Schaars and Rinaudo in fact were two of the stand out players for Sporting, but in the first half the star of the show was Yannick Djaló.

Yannick opened the scoring after 13 minutes when a Stijn corner was headed down by the American Oguchi Onyewu into the past of Yannick. His close range finish gave Sporting a deserved lead.

In the 36th minute Yannick beat two Juventus players before rifling an effort that left even Gianluigi Buffon helpless to stop it. Yannick proved what he can, on his very best, be capable of producing.

After the half-time break Juventus changed almost their entire squad, only Giorgio Chiellini remained from the Juve team that began the match. Sporting made a substitution of their own with Marcelo Boeck coming on for Rui Patrício.

Like with many other friendlies like this, the quality of the game dipped in the second half. Regardless Sporting still looked lively and showed great passion to win back possession should it be conceded. Rinaudo especially stood out as the main man in the centre of the field.

With 63 minutes gone Juventus looked to be back in the game. Substitute Luca Toni headed home but the goal was disallowed for offside – a decision with replays proved to be the correct one.

As the 67th minute passed it was now Sporting’s turn to ring in a large amount of changes. Diego Rubio, André Santos, André Martins, Tiago Ilori and Ânderson Polga all entered the fray. The substitutions lead to Sporting no longer as secure with their lead – as Juventus desperately tried to crawl one back.

When Juventus did score, it was a brilliant one. Alessandro Del Piero beat the offside trap to bringing the ball forward and chip Marcelo Boeck with an absolutely beautiful lob. It was a sensational goal from a player who despite being a couple of months away from 37, has still remained a fantastic football player.

Juventus threatened Sporting again later on in the match that left for a slightly nervous finish for Sporting. In the end though, the Leões took what was their most impressive win so far since the beginning of pre-season and will be hoping to do well again in their next match against Valencia.

SPORTING Team (4-1-3-2): Rui Patrício (Marcelo Boeck 45′), João Pereira (João Gonçalves 82′), Daniel Carriço (Ânderson Polga 67′), Oguchi Onyewu (Tiago Ilori 67′), Evaldo; Fabián Rinaudo; Bruno Pereirinha (André Santos 67′), Stijn Schaars, Yannick Djaló (Scored 13′ & 36′) (Valeri Bojinov 82′); Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 67′), Hélder Postiga (YC) (André Martins 67′).
Subs Not Used: N/A

News Catch Up: Fabián Rinaudo, Luis Aguiar, Diego Rubio, Pre-Season

After a few days without posting, typically quite a lot happens, so here’s a catch up of what didn’t get posted in the last few days:

Fabián Rinaudo (pictured in training) is officially a Sporting player after signing from Gimnasia La Plata. La Plata were relegated this season, but Rinaudo was one of the few players who still looked good.

Rinaudo signed a 4 your contract:

“I could never miss this opportunity to come to Europe and to a big club like Sporting.”

Sporting has signed both Diego Rubio and Luis Aguiar, and they are expected to be presented officially in a few hours.

Diego Rubio, 18, signs from Colo-Colo of Chile and has a 5 year contract with Sporting. Rubio said in a club interview:

“I’m living a dream. I am willing to give everything to get my opportunity and then seize it with goals for the team.”

Luis Aguiar was signed from Dynamo Moscow, where he spent time on loan at Peñarol and playing under Domingos Paciência. Aguiar will be given the no. 22 jersey for next season, and he also had a few things to say after his transfer:

“I am very excited with this new challenge. I feel I have deserved to get to a big club where I want to be  to help improve the results of last year and get the titles.”

And finally Sporting have announced a few more pre-season friendlies, they will travel to the Netherlands for a few warm-up games, then to Kleve in Germany for the game against MKE Ankaragücü, before the big friendlies later in the month against Valencia and Juventus. Here’s all the pre-season fixtures so far:

July 13th: FC Presikhaaf vs. SPORTING
July 16th: Telstar vs. SPORTING
July 19th: Ankaragücü vs. SPORTING
July 23: SPORTING vs. Juventus
July 30: SPORTING vs. Valencia

You find find a full list of fixtures, including next season’s Liga Sagres games at the new Fixtures page.