Sporting News Round-Up

It’s been a busy week for Sporting with a few games, the close of the transfer window, and the Europa League groups drawn so it’s time for another huge round-up of all the Sporting news.

First, we’ll catch up with Sporting’s last two games in which Sporting had varying success.

The first was a massively disappointing 0-1 defeat at home to Rio Ave. Edimar’s well worked goal in the 40th minute was enough for the visitors to secure the win. The game was typical of the first opening games for Sporting. Sporting had plenty of possession but failed to break through the Rio Ave defence and at times looked hugely out of ideas – and when they did make chances proceeded to miss them. In the second-half also saw the debut of the new Argentine forward Valentín Viola.

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

After the game Ricardo Sá Pinto was furious and promised a win and goals in the next game in the Europa League against AC Horsens. Last week the sides drew 1-1 and Horsens goalkeeper Frederik Rønnow stole the show.

Sá Pinto’s side truly delivered with a thumping 5-0 victory to secure a place in the Europa League group stages (draw to follow). Danijel Pranjić started ahead of Emiliano Insúa at left-back to make his full Sporting debut.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who had been misfiring in previous games, opened the scoring after 8 minutes with a lovely half-volleyed finish. Thomas Kortegaard was unfortunate to see a ball bounce cruelly off his knee and then into the net to put Sporting 2-0 ahead at half-time.

After the restart Ricky van Wolfswinkel got his second goal from close range after some poor Horsens defending from a corner. André Carrillo scored the goal of the game when his superb strike from the edge of the area hit the underside of the cross bar and went in before a good Elias strike finished the hammering.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Danijel Pranjić; Gelson Fernandes (Daniel Carriço 74′), Adrien Silva (André Martins 65′), Elias; André Carrillo (Jeffrén Suárez 65′), Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Xandão, Emiliano Insúa, Zakaria Labyad

On Friday 31st August came the Europa League draw which saw Sporting drew in Group G alongside FC Basel, KRC Genk, and Videoton FC.

Interestingly, Hungarian side Videoton are managed by one-time Sporting player Paulo Sousa. As well as that Renato Neto is also on loan at the Hungarian club from Sporting and it is where former Sporting player Marco Caneira is currently playing.

Full fixtures:

20th September: SPORTING vs. Basel
4th October: Videoton vs. SPORTING
25th October: Genk vs. SPORTING
8th November: SPORTING vs. Genk
22nd November: Basel vs. SPORTING
6th December: SPORTING vs. Videoton

Before we move onto all the transfer news there will be Sporting players involved for Portugal over the next international window:

Portugal: Rui Patrício
Portugal U-21: Cédric Soares, André Martins and Pedro Mendes

Speaking of Rui Patrício. Patrício signed a new contract with the club keeping him at the club now until the end of the 2017/2018 season. On top of that Rui Patrício’s release clause has been increased to €40,000,000.

So now to the transfers.

Sporting completed only one transfer in to the club and that was of Júlio Alves (brother of Bruno Alves) joining Sporting B on loan for the season from Turkish club Beşiktaş.

There were plenty of moves out of the club though, albeit almost all loan deals…

Florent Sinama Pongolle cancelled his contract with Sporting meaning he is now a free agent. Pongolle spent last season on loan at Saint-Étienne and will be widely remembered as being one of Sporting’s most wasteful signings.

Wilson Eduardo will be spending next season on loan at Académica after almost making it into the first team this year.

Valeri Bojinov, who was certainly never going to play for Sporting again, has moved on loan to Hellas Verona. Bojinov had long been rumoured to be joining Torino but ended up at Hellas instead.

B-Team defender João Gonçalves will join Vitória de Guimarães on loan.

Another B-Team defender, Atila Turan, will be in Turkey next season playing for Orduspor. He’ll be playing alongside former Sporting player Miguel Garcia.

And finally, in the most surprising move, Oguchi Onyewu will be playing for Málaga next year. Onyewu did little wrong last season with Sporting but his loan deal will mean he get more first-team football. The arrivals of Rojo and Boulahrouz made his departure more likely.

So there you have it! The B-Team are facing Marítimo B later today with a report to follow later.

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Week’s News Round Up: Nordsjælland, Ramón de Carranza

Since your author has been away for the last week obviously there hasn’t been any new posts over the past week so it’s time to just remind everyone and myself of what happened over the past week:

Sporting were drawn against the Danish Superliga side Nordsjælland in the Europa League qualifying round. FC Nordsjælland qualified for the tournament after winning the the 2011 Danish Cup. The first leg will be played in Denmark at Nordsjælland’s Farum Park on the 18th August before the return leg at the José Alvalade on the 25th August.

Interestingly, included in the UEFA squad for the Europa League games is Valeri Bojinov. Bojinov was thought to be out until September but his inclusion may indicate a more rapid recovery than expected. Matías Fernández features for the first time after his summer in the Copa América with Chile. There had been rumours of Yannick Djaló departing the club but his inclusion means should he play then he would be cup-tied in Europe.

The squad for the game follows beneath but changes are allowed until midnight the day before the first tie.

SPORTING Squad to face Nordsjælland:
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Tiago Ferreira and Marcelo Boeck
Defenders: Alberto Rodríguez, Daniel Carriço, Ânderson Polga, Oguchi Onyewu, Evaldo Fabiano, João Pereira, Atila Turan
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Marat Izmailov, Diego Capel, Matías Fernández, Fabián Rinaudo, Luis Aguiar, Bruno Pereirinha, André Santos, Jeffrén Suárez, André Carrillo, Yannick Djaló
Forwards: Valeri Bojinov, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Rubio, Hélder Postiga

Last weekend there was the Ramón de Carranza Trophy in Cádiz between Cádiz, Málaga, Udinese and Sporting. Sporting finished last in tournament having lost out to Spain’s big-spenders Málaga 3-1 and Italy’s most entertaining team, Udinese, on penalties. The game against Málaga also featured the debut of the new signing, Jeffrén and Atila Turan made his debut against Udinese.

Diego Rubio though was perhaps the most outstanding player over the two games as he continued to try and force his way into the starting XI for Saturday’s opening Liga game at home to Olhanense.

For point of reference here’s the details for both of the games:

Sporting XI vs. Malaga: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Oguchi Onyewu (Daniel Carriço 45′), Alberto Rodríguez, Evaldo Fabiano; André Santos; Yannick Djaló (Fabián Rinaudo 45′), Stijn Schaars (André Martins 58′), Diego Capel (Jeffrén Suárez 45′); Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 58′, Scored 61′), Hélder Postiga (André Carrillo 45′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Marcelo Boeck, Atila Turan, Ânderson Polga
(Goals for Málaga: Júlio Baptista 35′ & 76′, Ruud van Nistelrooy 42′)

Sporting XI vs. Udinese: Marcelo Boeck; Bruno Pereirinha, Daniel Carriço (Alberto Rodríguez 45′), Ânderson Polga, Atila Turan (Evaldo Fabiano 45′); Fabián Rinaudo, André Martins; Jeffrén Suárez (André Carrillo 76′), Stijn Schaars (André Santos 45′), Yannick Djaló (Diego Capel 45′); Hélder Postiga (Diego Rubio 45′, Scored 48′ & 90+3′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Rui Patrício, Oguchi Onyewu, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, João Pereira
(Goals for Udinese: Almen Abdi 14′, Antonio Floro Flores 81′)
(Sent off for Udinese: Danilo Larangera)

Penalties:
SPORTING 9-10 UDINESE

André Martins Scored
Diego Rubio Scored
Diego Capel SAVED
André Carrillo Scored
André Santos Scored

Ânderson Polga Scored
Bruno Pereirinha Scored
Evaldo Fabiano Scored
Fabián Rinaudo Scored
Marcelo Boeck Scored
André Martins SAVED
Antonio Floro Flores Scored
Giampiero Pinzi Scored
Juan Surraco Scored
Neuton SAVED
Diego Fabbrini Scored

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu Scored
Dušan Basta Scored
Joel Ekstrand Scored
Giovanni Pasquale Scored
Samir Handanovič Scored
Antonio Floro Flores Scored