Transfer Round-Up 2014: Departures

It was another hectic transfer window for Sporting with plenty of entrances and exits. Here’s a round up of every move out of the club this summer. We’ll be recapping the exciting signings later on.


Leonardo Jardim to AS Monaco (€3,000,000): After an impressive season with Sporting, Monaco came calling and chose Leonardo Jardim to replace Claudio Ranieri. Sporting got compensation for the move thought to be about €3,000,000. It seems Jardim left on good terms and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him return at some point in the future.

Victor Golas to Braga (Undisclosed): The Polish-Brazilian goalkeeper move on after failing to break into the Sporting team. At 23-years old he now needs competitive football but now needs to get ahead of Stanislav Kritsyuk. No word on any fees for the player but it is likely to minimal with a view to Sporting getting a cut of a future transfer.

Fabián Rinaudo to Catania (€3,000,000): It’s a shame to see Fito Rinaudo leave. The fierce Argentinian midfielder always gave everything he had in a Sporting shirt. The emergence of William Carvalho however meant he was unable to find a place in the team again. Unfortunately, with Catania’s relegation last season it now means the player will be in Serie B and he really deserves better. €3,000,000 isn’t a bad fee and Sporting have made a profit from him.

Wilson Eduardo to Dinamo Zagreb (Loan): Despite scoring a few goals in pre-season Wilson Eduardo was loaned out to Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatian club have an option to buy the player for a future fee. Eduardo simply had too much competition with other recognised wingers Diego Capel, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané, Shikabala and now Nani all fighting for places in the team.

Diogo Salomão to Deportivo de La Coruña (Loan): Another stint to Deportivo for Salomão as he recovers from the serious injury he picked up there last season. It’s likely that at some point Deportivo may actually pay for the player they keep signing.

Zezinho to AEL Limassol (Loan): It’s a shame for Zezinho, after being promoted to the first team by Jesualdo Ferreira a couple of seasons ago he’s never been give a chance to try and find his way back. He’s give another loan out and a chance to use the Greek he picked up at Veria. AEL have the option to buy the player should they choose to.

Valentín Viola to Kardemir Karabükspor (Loan): Viola seemed determined to try and fight for his space at Sporting and was back in training and given time to impress. Unfortunately for him he was deemed surplus and will now spend next out on loan. The Turkish club have the option to buy as well.

Eric Dier to Tottenham Hotspur (€4,000,000): Certainly the most disappointing departure for Sporting with such a meagre fee and the player’s potential. This season he would certainly have finally broken into a first team starting place but after failing to renegotiate a contract, the release clause value was a major issue, he left instead on a pittance.

William Owusu to Royal Antwerp (Free): The Ghanian failed to break through the Sporting team and instead had several loans to different clubs. Should be a good signing for Royal Antwerp.

Marcos Rojo to Manchester United (€20,000,000): Well this is a transfer that’s going to keep on going for a while. The fallout between Sporting and third-party company Doyen Sports was not pretty and will certainly lead to legal action. Sporting have paid €4,000,000 to Spartak Moscow and the original sum (believed to be a similar fee) to Doyen Sports. For now.

Rúben Semedo to Reus Deportiu (Loan): A good loan for both sides. Semedo needed some non B-team football and it seemed still had some issues after recently being suspended. Tobias Figueiredo seemed to benefit to a loan at Reus last season so hopefully Semedo will do the same.

Vítor Silva to Reus Deportiu (Free): A Shame for Vítor Silva to be stepping down so many divisions but good that at least he will be playing more football.

Hugo Sousa to Waasland-Beveren (Free): Hugo Sousa was always a solid utility player for Sporting B covering all defensive positions as well as defensive midfield. Still, a move to another club is certainly a good option for him.

Mickaël Meira to AEL Limassol (Undisclosed): Unlikely to be a large fee, if any, for the young goalkeeper who spent his last 5 seasons coming through the Sporting ranks. Hopefully, he’ll now get some more game time. Sporting will be receiving 40% of any future transfer fees for the player.

Kikas to Rapid București (Loan): Kikas has spent almost his entire life at the club and it’s such a shame he can’t quite manage to break into the first team. A spell at Rapid București should do him some good though. The Romanian club have the option of purchasing the player for €4,000,000 at the end of the spell.

Luka Stojanović to Apollon Limassol (Undisclosed): Was highly promising when he first signed for the club but it seems Stojanović was deemed surplus. His move to Apollon should kick start his career but no word of any fees or future sales fees.

Betinho to Brentford (Loan): Probably the least expected of the loans but certainly a small coup for Brentford. Betinho will wear the 22 shirt for the team currently 8th in the Championship.

Estimated Transfer Income: (~€23,000,000)

Overall not a bad window for Sporting although the departure of Eric Dier for such a nominal fee is disappointing. The club’s profit on Rojo (if it stands) made the significant amount of money for the club.

Most importantly Sporting managed to keep hold of the likes of William Carvalho, Rui Patrício, Islam Slimani, Adrien Silva, etc.


Weekend Round-Up: Derby Stalemate, Beira-Mar Victory and Meira Leaves

Match report from

The first derby of the season was another highly exciting encounter at the Estádio da Luz. Jorge Jesus’ Benfica welcomed back Enzo Peréz into the team after he missed the win against Boavista through injury. Ruben Amorim picked up an injury in that game was replaced by André Almeida in the starting line-up.

Sporting were still without regular right-back Cédric Soares so Marco Silva kept faith in youngster Ricardo Esgaio over the recently recalled Miguel Lopes. William Carvalho was restored into midfield in the place Oriol Rosell after he served his suspension and Islam Slimani also recently patched things up with Sporting management and he started up front ahead of Fredy Montero.

It was the home side who began the game the better as Sporting struggled to settle down. It was the visitors who had the first sniff at goal when a Jefferson corner found the head of the returning Islam Slimani but the Algerian’s header missed.

Talisca had the first opportunity for Benfica when his freekick was tipped over by Rui Patrício. The goalkeeper was called into action again when Luisão found space after a short corner routine.

Benfica opened the scoring with a fantastically worked goal. Eduardo Salvio and Maxi Pereira combined well down the right-flank. Maxi’s flick found Nico Gaitán whose shot was powerful enough to beat Rui Patrício and send the home fans into raptures.

It took a while for Sporting to grow into the game. They were given a gigantic helping hand by the fringe of Artur.

The goalkeeper was closed down by André Carrillo and after a bad touch he could only fire his kick directly at the Peruvian. The ball bounced kindly for Islam Slimani to head into an empty from less than a yard away. It was a farcical goal that may mean that Júlio César will be in-between the sticks for Benfica’s next game.

Their next chance again came to Islam Slimani. Adrien Silva’s shot was blocked and fell into the path of the striker behind the Benfica defence. His shot was a tame effort easily caught by Artur.

Sporting’s high pressure made the entire Benfica back line nervous with Sporting managing to create attacks by capitalising on mistakes.

The home side had to good chances to take the lead soon after the restart. Nico Gaitán found space down the left-hand side but his audacious attempt to chip Rui Patrício went over the bar. Soon after Salvio also had a decent effort from outside the area that just went wide.

Benfica had a spell of dominance with a half hour to go after a series of chances. Salvio’s chance was the better of the 3 or 4 great chances the home side created. Lima did well down the left hand side and easily got the best of Naby Sarr. Lima’s pull back found Salvio on the penalty spot but his shot was well saved by Patrício.

Salvio had an even better chance 5 minutes later when Sporting’s defence was easily cut open once more. Lima’s cross from the left hand side found Salvio in acres of space but the Argentinian’s shot hit the wrong side of the netting.

With 12 minutes left Nico Gaitán almost got his second from a corner but his header went just over Patrício’s post.

Islam Slimani almost won the game for Sporting just 2 minutes from the end when he found space at the far past after Nani’s cross. The striker’s shot was stopped by Artur to keep the scores level.

It was another fascinating and compelling derby and in the end the scores were perhaps reflective of the game despite Benfica having the better of the second half they could easily have let it slip in the dying minutes.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ricardo Esgaio (YC), Maurício, Naby Sarr, Jefferson; William Carvalho, Adrien Silva (YC) (Carlos Mané, 79′), André Martins (Oriol Rosell, 81′); Nani, André Carrillo (YC) (Diego Capel, 60′), Islam Slimani (Scored, 20′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Paulo Oliveira, Fredy Montero, Junya Tanaka

Meanwhile Sporting B went from 0-1 up to 2-1 down away to Beira-Mar earlier on Sunday. Daniel Podence grabbed the opener for Sporting B but veteran striker Índio gave Beira-Mar the win with 2 goals in 2 minutes.

It was Sporting who had the better of the first half, dominating possession and Daniel Podence’s curling effort after 19 minutes gone was certainly indicative of the away sides play in the first half.

Beira-Mar improved drastically after the break but it was two set pieces that were the downfall of Francisco Barão’s side.

First, Mauro Riquicho gave a freekick away for a foul on Billal Sebaihi. Íncio converted from the freekick.

Sporting shot themselves in the foot in the 3rd minute of stoppage time after conceding a penalty. Again, Íncio stepped up and struck his effort past Luís Ribeiro.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho, Sambinha, Tobias Figueiredo, Mica Pinto; Fabrice Fokobo, Wallyson Mallmann, Iuri Medeiros; Daniel Podence (Scored, 19′) (Mama Baldé, 76′), Ryan Gauld (Ousmane Dramé, 64′), Lewis Enoh (Gelson Martins, 70′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Domingos Duarte, Wilson Manafá, Jorge Santos

Finally yesterday also saw the departure of former Sporting B goalkeeper Mickaël Meira to AEL Limassol on a full transfer for an undisclosed amount.

Meira will be joining up with on-loan Sporting player Zezinho – the Cyprus club having a large Portuguese contingent there..

Mickaël Meira spent 5-years coming through the youth ranks at Sporting after signing from Fátimo in 2009.

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.