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.


Match Report: Celtic U19 1-2 SPORTING U19

Sporting made it two wins out of two in their NextGen Series campaign so far with a 2-1 victory in Glasgow against Celtic. After Celtic opened the scoring Iuri Medeiros equalised just before half-time followed by a late Luís Cortez winner.

There was early concern for Sporting after just 10-minutes when Tobias Figueiredo was substituted and Braima Candé had to come on to replace him. It will be a worry also for B Team manager Oceano. Tobias replaced Pedro Mendes early on in the B Team’s game against Marítimo B last week and having both injured will be a major concern.

It was then Celtic who took the lead in the 23rd minute after Callum McGregor teed up Denny Johnson in the box for the home side.

After a slow start for Sporting they started to improve as the game went on and Iuri Medeiros got the equaliser after Carlos Mané’s pass just before half-time.

Sporting got better in the second-half and substitute Luís Cortez scored an excellent long-range effort to give Sporting the win in the 76th minute.

It was another good result for the young Sporting side before they have a far more tricky NextGen fixture against PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands on the 26th September before playing the result of the group games all at home later on in the year.

Sporting U19 XI: Mickaël Meira; Mauro Riquicho (Wilson Manafa 54′), Tobias Figueiredo (Braima Candé 10′), Rúben Semedo (YC), Michael Pinto; Edilino Ié, Farley Rosa (Bruma 66′), Filipe Chaby; Iuri Medeiros (Scored 45′), Carlos Mané (Cristian Ponde 66′), Alexandre Guedes (Luís Cortez 66′, Scored 76′)
Subs Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Wallynson Mallmann

Sporting’s Europa League Group Stage Squad Announced

Sporting’s squad for the group stage for the UEFA Europa League has been announced on the UEFA website. The full squad with B team members is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Victor Golas, Luís Ribeiro
Defenders: Daniel Carriço, Xandão, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Cédric Soares*, Tiago Ilori*, Emiliano Insúa, Tobias Figueiredo*, Michael Pinto*
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Marat Izmailov, Zakaria Labyad, Fabián Rinaudo, Adrien Silva, Bruno Pereirinha, André Martins, Danijel Pranjić, Kikas*, Edelino Ié*, Filipe Chaby*, João Mário*, Luís Cortez*, Elias, Gelson Fernandes, Zezinho
Forwards: Jeffrén Suárez, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Capel, Valentín Viola, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané*, Iuri Medeiros*, Ricardo Esgaio*, Bruma*, Betinho*

(* – Players with an asterisk are on the ‘B list’)

Match Report: Angola 4-0 SPORTING

A young Sporting side was defeated 4-0 by the Angolan national team in the Estádio 11 de Novembro. The match, a friendly to celebrate the 36th anniversary of Angola’s independence, was a great opportunity for those players not on international duty to keep up their match fitness and to give first team experience to some of the juniors.

Indeed many of the juniors got a chance to play, in the starting XI Domingos Paciência gave playing time to Rúben Semedo, Edgar Ié, and Felipe Chaby.

Angola took the lead after just 13 minutes through Flávio the forward of Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab. It proved to be a very tough match for Sporting’s young centre-back pairing of Semedo and Ié.

The home side doubled their lead after 40 minutes through the young Petro Atlético defender Miguel leaving Sporting with an uphill battle for the second half.

Paciência made changes for the second half bringing on Farley Rosa, Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Tiago Ferreira. The changes made little chance as Sporting looked fairly stale going forward and it was apparent it was indeed being viewed as a friendly game for some of Sporting’s senior players.

Angola got a third later on in the game through another Petro Atlético player, the superbly named striker Love. With the game all but decided Paciência gave playing time to more youngsters with Luís Cortez, Rodolfo Simões and Iuri Medeiros coming on before Caála midfielder Osório made it 4-0 for a great win for the Angolan team.

More important than the result was the match fitness for the first team players before the upcoming Taça de Portugal game against Braga after the international break. The U-19 players too will be happy with their game time for their fitness as they face a trip to Molde in the NextGen Series on Saturday before playing Liverpool at home the week after.

SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck (Tiago Ferreira 46′); Santiago Arias, Rúben Semedo, Edgar Ié, Evaldo Fabiano; Felipe Chaby (Rodolfo Simões 85′), André Santos (Luís Cortez 80′), Bruno Pereirinha (Farley Rosa 46′); André Carrillo (Iuri Medeiros 80′), Diego Rubio (Diego Capel 46′), Valeri Bojinov (Ricky van Wolfswinkel 46′)
Subs Not Used: Daniel Carriço

NextGen U19 Begins Tonight

The new NextGen tournament begins tonight as Sporting’s U19 team travels to Anfield to face Liverpool in their first game. Ricardo Sá Pinto, who will be coaching the NextGen Sporting team, said of the game “Our players have a different level of competition, we know these setbacks, but we will do our best, without losing our identity and way of playing.”

The squad traveling to Liverpool is: Alexandre Guedes, Betinho, Bruma, Filipe Chaby, Carlos Mané, Farley Rosa, Iuri Medeiros, João Teixeira, João Mário, Luís Cortez, Mica Pinto, Mickaël Meira, Rafael Veloso, Ricardo Esgaio, Rodolfo Simões, Rúben Semedo, Tiago Ilori.

There will be pressure for Sporting’s young team, with the reputation of the club as a leader in youth football to be defended.

For those in the UK the match will be broadcast live on Liverpool’s own TV channel.