Europa League Squad Announced

Sporting have announced their Europa League squad for the upcoming group stages. No real surprises in the squads, Sporting certainly benefitting from being able to register Tobias Figueiredo, Carlos Mané and Gelson Martins as “B” players.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Ažbe Jug, Guilherme Oliveira*, Pedro Silva*, Vladimir Stojković*
Defenders: Jonathan Silva, Jefferson, Ewerton, Paulo Oliveira, Naldo, Ricardo Esgaio, Tobias Figueiredo*, Domingos Duarte*, Mauro Riquicho*
Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani, William Carvalho, João Mário, Adrien Silva, André Martins, Bruno Paulista, Francisco Geraldes*, Fábio Martins*, Rafael Barbosa*
Forwards: Junya Tanaka, Islam Slimani, Fredy Montero, André Carrillo, Teófilo Gutiérrez, Carlos Mané*, Cristian Ponde*, Daniel Podence*, Gelson Martins*, Matheus Pereira*

*”B list”

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Sporting Announce Champions League Squad

Sporting have announced their squad for the upcoming Champions League play-off games against CSKA Moscow. The inclusions of William Carvalho and Ewerton, who have been injured over pre-season, is a welcome return.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Ažbe Jug
Defenders: João Pereira, Ricardo Esgaio, Paulo Oliveira, Naldo, Ewerton, Jefferson, Jonathan Silva
Médios: William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Alberto Aquilani, João Mário, André Martins
Avançados: André Carrillo, Bryan Ruiz, Junya Tanaka, Fredy Montero, Teófilo Gutiérrez, Islam Slimani

This, of course, doesn’t include the “B” list of players allowed to be included to Champions League squads. Any players can be registered who were born after 1st January 1994. This includes the likes of Wallyson Mallmann, Rúben Semedo, Gelson Martins and Carlos Mané.

Sporting’s Champions League Squad Announced

Sporting have sent their squad list to UEFA which includes some notable absentees. Both Miguel Lopes and Shikabala are absent from the least leading to speculations over their future, the latter is expect to return to for a 4th stint with Zamalek. There were though inclusions for Ryan Gauld, Ramy Rabia, Hadi Sacko and André Geraldes.

The full list:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Luís Ribeiro, Guilherme Oliveira*, Pedro Silva*, Vladimir Stojković*
Defenders: Cédric Soares, André Geraldes Ricardo Esgaio*, Ramy Rabia, Maurício, Paulo Oliveira, Naby Sarr, Jefferson Jonathan Silva, Mica Pinto*, Tobias Figueiredo*, Domingos Duarte*, Wilson Manafá*, Bruno Wilson*, Bernardo Carlos*, Hugo Meira*, Mauro Riquicho*, João Serrano*
Midfielders: William Carvalho, Oriol Rosell, Simeon Slavchev, Adrien Silva, João Mário*, André Martins, Ryan Gauld, Wallyson Mallmann*, Filipe Chaby*, Francisco Geraldes*, Fábio Martins*, Rafael Barbosa*, Edelino Ié*
Forwards: Diego Capel, Nani, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané*, Héldon Ramos, Nani, Hadi Sacko,Junya Tanaka, Fredy Montero, Islam Slimani, Cristian Ponde*, Iuri Medeiros*, Daniel Podence*, Gelson Martins*, José Postiga*, Matheus Pereira*

The players with asterisks are part of the UEFA “B list”.

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.

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: Famalicão 0-2 SPORTING

Sporting progressed into the next round of the Taça de Portugal through a brace from the in-form Ricky van Wolfswinkel against a Famalicão that ended the game with 9 men on the pitch.

Domingos Paciência played a relatively strong team from the start with the likes of Stijn Schaars, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Capel and Emiliano Insúa all starting. Paciência also handed a debut to summer signing Marcelo Boeck in goal.

Sporting were the better side through-out the match unsurprisingly with the gap of stature and position between the two sides. Although Famalicão did well for what was a great occasion for the club and its fans that was in the top flight almost a decade ago.

Sporting’s first great chance came through André Santos, his powerful shot from outside of the area. João Pereira with a shot went close with Pedro Silva needing to clear the ball after the line.

For the second half Paciência made two changes at half time, bringing on Alberto Rodríguez for Daniel Carriço and Bruno Pereirinha for Oguchi Onyweu, moving Evaldo into the centre.

As Sporting went longer without a goal it gave a fighting Famalicão team more hope of pulling off an unlikely story. Famalicão finally forcing Marcelo Boeck into a good save through former Porto youth team player André Claro.

Sporting finally managed to take the lead through a penalty converted by the in-form Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Famalicão’s defender Palheiras brought down Matías Fernández in the area to give Sporting their first penalty of the new season.

The goal seemed to take the wind out of Famalicão and the sending off just minutes later seemed to make the result a certainty. Jorginho picked a second yellow card for a foul on Stijn Schaars.

Things then got bad to worse for Famalicão, Bruno Pereirinha breaking down on the right hand side and swept in a great cross for van Wolfswinkel to head home from close range and to make it 8 goals in 9 games for the Dutch forward.

The second goal effectively ended the game as a contest and the game was beyond doubt when Famalicão’s Talocha hand ball meant referee Artur Soares Dias had to reduce the home side to 9 men.

It was a fairly basic victory and gives the team a platform to build on before the Europa League game against FC Vaslui and excellent run out for some of the players who’ve yet to play a large amount of minutes..

SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck (YC); João Pereira, Daniel Carriço (Alberto Rodríguez 46′, YC), Oguchi Onyewu (Bruno Pereirinha 46′), Evaldo Fabiano; André Santos, Stijn Schaars, Matías Fernández; Diego Capel (YC) (Diego Rubio 75′), Emiliano Insúa, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (Scored 62′, 67′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Santiago Arias, Ânderson Polga, André Martins

Marcelo Boeck in Lisbon and Set to Sign for Sporting

Sporting are set to sign Marítimo goalkeeper Marcelo Boeck as a new back up goalkeeper. With the rumours of Rui Patrício moving away becoming less vocal, it seems Patrício will be staying on for another year, so Marcelo Boeck will be fighting out with Tiago for who should be the second choice goalkeeper.

According to A Bola, Boeck is in Lisbon right now and will be presented later today.

Boeck only cost Marítimo €400,000 when they signed him from the Brazilian club Internacional back in 2007.