Summer Transfers 2016 Review: Departures

So, how did Sporting do in the transfer market this summer? Here’s a look. First, we’ll start with the departures before the far more exciting stuff of arrivals.

André Carrillo to Benfica (Free) – Enough has been said of this transfer already.

Héldon Ramos to Rio Ave (Loan) – Another loan move for Cape Verdean and once again at Rio Ave. The forward doesn’t seem to feature in Jorge Jesus’ plans so it is only a matter of time before his permanent departure.

Mica Pinto to Belenenses (Free) – Mica Pinto was progressing well in the youth system and B teams but he suffered some major injuries which has hurt his development. Hopefully he can get back to his potential at Belenenses.

Luís Ribeiro to Estoril (Free) – Another player who had plenty of games for the B team but didn’t quite make the grade. Currently has José Moreira and Thierry Graça to beat in the pecking line up.

André Geraldes to Vitória de Setúbal (Loan) – Loan moves to Vitória de Setúbal seem to be a good thing for a lot of Sporting players lately, like João Mário and Rúben Semedo. Geraldes is 25-years old now so he really needs to impress if he wants to break into the Sporting first team.

Tobias Figueiredo to Nacional (Loan) – Tobias was on the fringes of the first team, with the arrival of Sebastián Coates making it difficult for him to get game time. A full season loan at Primeira Liga side should do that and so far he has scored against Benfica for the Madeira side, so that’s a good start.

Francisco Sousa to Gondomar (Free) – Featured for the U19s last season but not deemed good enough to be promoted to the B team so he leaves for Gondomar.

Jorge Silva to Leixões (Free) – Returns to his former club after failing to make the grade with the B team.

Seejou King to Aves (Free) – Had a really bad injury last season but Seejou King is another one who did well for the B team but couldn’t find their way into the senior side. Has yet to make his debut for the club.

Miguel Lopes to Akhisar (Loan) – Miguel Lopes is still a victim of his own high wage demands, another ghost of the Godinho Lopes regime. He joins a large Portuguese speaking contingent at Akhisar in Turkey.

Rafael Barbosa to União da Madeira (Loan) – Although the B team could use his services so far this season, Barbosa has been given a loan to União to improve his game. The 20-year old featured regularly last season and has so far played 6 times for União.

Zhang Lingfeng to Torreense (Free) – The Chinese midfielder didn’t make the grade for the club at youth level so has been given a new lease of life at Torreense.

Domingos Duarte to Belenenses (Loan) – Has played in all 3 of Belenenses’ opening games so far. The young central defender has been improving massively in the last year so can hopefully evolve to the next level in Belém.

Filipe Chaby to Sporting da Covilhã (Loan) – Chaby was an excellent prospect at youth levels but a few injuries have stalled his development. At 22-years old now it’s important that the midfielder impresses for Covilhã this season.

Cristian Ponde to Sporting da Covilhã (Loan) – Much like Chaby, this is Cristian Ponde’s season to try and shine. This is the forward’s first loan move away from the club and scored his first goal for Covilhã against Portimonense last weekend.

Oriol Rosell to Belenenses (Loan) – Rosell didn’t get as much game time at Vitória de Guimarães last season as was expected or needed. It seems Jorge Jesus isn’t a fan of the Spanish midfielder so this may be more a shop window loan for him.

Simeon Slavchev to Lechia Gdansk (Loan) – The Bulgarian midfielder arrived at Sporting a few years ago with a good reputation in his native Bulgaria. Slavchev has yet to convince though so he goes on another excursion, this time to Poland.

Hadi Sacko to Leeds United (Loan) – The French forward scored the winning goal on his Championship debut against Birmingham City. It is unlikely that he will return to Sporting after his loan season though.

Ousmane Dramé to Moreirense (Free) – The French forward was given a new lease of life in Portugal after his career in Italy floundered. He will be remembered for his one game and one amazing goal in the first team.

Zezinho to Levadiakos (Free) – The Guinea-Bissau international looked good for the first team when Jesualdo Ferreira first brought him in back in 2012, but the midfielder fell just short of the required ability for the first team.

Ryan Gauld to Vitória de Setúbal (Loan) – Another player who will hopefully make a large amount of progress at Setúbal. This is the Scottish midfielder’s first taste of Primeira Liga football so hopefully he can progress and fulfil his massive potential.

Francisco Geraldes to Moreirense (Loan) – A player who has already had a great start to life at Moreirense. When the rumours of Adrien Silva possibly moving to Leicester City, there were many calls for Geraldes to be called from loan to fulfil his role. Geraldes looks set to have an outstanding season and will hopefully return ready for the first team next season.

Aya Diouf to Sertanense (Loan) – The Senegalese defender only joined Sporting’s academy a few years ago and will move on loan to Sertanense before being given a B team shot.

Guilherme Oliveira to Cova da Piedade (Loan) – The young goalkeeper has plenty of competition at the club with Pedro Silva, Vladimir Stojković and Luís Maximiano currently the favoured choices. The 21-year old desperately needs regular gam time.

Teófilo Gutiérrez to Rosario Central (Loan, €1,200,000 fee) – Just when Teó was getting good he decided he wanted to return to Argentina. The move was a prolonged affair with the Colombian preferring River Plate as his destination. Although this is a loan move I wouldn’t expect to see Gutiérrez in a Sporting shirt again.

Kikas to Leixões (Free) – Kikas certainly can’t be faulted for his loyalty to the club and it’s only a shame he couldn’t break into the first team. Hopefully goes on to have a great career.

André Martins to Olympiakos (Free) – Despite his promise, André Martins couldn’t make his way into the team with the arrival of Jorge Jesus. Now he joins Paulo Bento in Greece and another player who hopefully finds his way back into prominence.

João Palhinha to Belenenses (Loan) – João Palhinha looked awfully close to getting into the first team this season but just fell short despite featuring a lot in pre-season. Hopefully improves ready to take his spot next season.

Alberto Aquilani to Pescara (Free) – After being stupidly sent off in a humiliating pre-season friendly, that probably sealed the departure of Aquilani. The Italian midfielder looked classy whenever he played but was not going to break into the first team last season and it seems even with the departure of João Mário was not a part of Jesus’ plans and departs.

Naldo to Krasnodar (€4,500,000) – Bought for €3m and sold for €4.5m, isn’t a bad piece of business from Bruno de Carvalho. Initially the Brazilian looked solid alongside Paulo Oliveira in defence but with the arrival of Sebastián Coates and the emergence of Rúben Semedo he found games hard to come by.

Hernán Barcos to Vélez Sarsfield (Loan) – Barcos didn’t impress at all in his stint, joining as part of the transfer of Fredy Montero out to China last season, he didn’t come close to the Colombian’s talent. Although his departure is a loan he is unlikely to return to the club.

João Mário to Internazionale (€40,000,000) – What can we say about João Mário? On the pitch and off the pitch the creative midfielder was a class act. There’s been plenty written about this so I don’t need to expand too much but hopefully João Mário excel at Inter and returns to the club one day in the future. The transfer fee, of course, is a record sale by Sporting and credit must go to Bruno de Carvalho for the negotiations.

Jonathan Silva to Boca Juniors (Loan) – The left-back has had his loan move to Boca Juniors extended after impressing there. With Jefferson seemingly not favoured by Jorge Jesus and Bruno César and Marvin Zeegelaar as the alternatives there’s certainly a spot for the Argentinian in the squad next season.

Ewerton to Kaiserslautern (Loan) – The Brazilian central defender was similar to Naldo in the sense that initially he looked solid but with other players emerging he fell down the pecking order. A move to the Bundesliga could be a good option for him and the German club have the option to buy the player at the end of the loan move.

Iuri Medeiros to Boavista (Loan) – Medeiros again got very close to the first team but just fell short so he will go on another loan move. He impressed at Moreirense last season and at 22-years old now this should hopefully be his final loan move before breaking into the first team.

Carlos Mané to Stuttgart (Loan) – Held back by the emergence of Gelson Martins and, perhaps, the arrival of Jorge Jesus, Carlos Mané hasn’t quite made it yet. After being incredibly promising early on and popping up with goals it seems his future may lie elsewhere. Of course, after his 2 season loan spell at Stuttgart, Mané could return to the club better than ever.

Daniel Podence to Moreirense (Loan) – Much like Iuri Medeiros, Daniel Podence was very close to making it into the first team this season. The diminutive and tricky attacker looked impressive in pre-season but recent transfers meant his first team appearances would be rare. With Sporting’s currently stacked list of young, tricky, quick attacking wingers extending to Matheus Pereira, Gelson Martins, Iuri Medeiros, Carlos Mané and Podence himself a loan move is the best option for him.

Wallyson Mallmann to Standard Liège (Loan) – Again so close yet so far for Wallyson as far as being promoted to the first team goes. Another loan spell may well be his last if he doesn’t impress Jorge Jesus.

Rúben Ribeiro to Aves (Free) – Some websites seem to have this transfer down as a loan but O Jogo claimed the player had rescinded his contract to join Aves on a 2-year deal. Indeed, a loan would probably have been better had he wanted to try and move up the ranks but it seems he’ll be going a different route.

Salim CIssé to Olhanense (Free) – The Guinean forward initially looked very promising but he hasn’t developed as Sporting would have hoped so he could revive his career with Olhanense after rescinding his contract.

Islam Slimani to Leicester City (€30,000,000) – Obrigado, Islam Slimani. Super Slim won everyone over with his passion, his late goals and his performances in the big games. Again, not much else is needed to be said about him as he was a firm favourite with the fans. Initially joining for €300,000 and leaving for 100x more, this will also be seen as the club’s best bit of transfer business to date. Hopefully goes on to have an excellent career and return in the future.

Zakaria Labyad (Released) – What could have been with Zakaria Labyad. The Moroccan has the talent and the potential but he can’t seem to find it when it matters, he won’t be missed and was a relic of the Godinho era.

Total loanees – 24 (almost putting Chelsea to shame)
Income – €75,700,000

Part 2 to follow later…

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Primeira Liga Fixtures Announced

The Primeira Liga fixtures for the 2016/2017 season have been announced. Sporting’s begin the season at the Alvalade hosting Marítimo with the first big game of the season at home to Porto 2 weeks later. The season ends at home to Chaves.

Here’s the full list:

August:
vs. Marítimo (Home)
vs. Paços de Ferreira (Away)
vs. FC Porto (Home)
September:
vs. Moreirense (Home)
vs. Rio Ave (Away)
vs. Estoril (Home)
October:
vs. Vitória de Guimarães (Away)
vs. Tondela (Home)
vs. Nacional (Away)
November:
vs. Arouca (Home)
vs. Boavista (Away)
December:
vs. Vitória de Setúbal (Home)
vs. Benfica (Away)
vs. Braga (Home)
vs. Belenenses (Away)
January:
vs. Feirense (Home)
vs. Chaves (Away)
vs. Marítimo (Away)
vs. Paços de Ferreira (Home)
February:
vs. FC Porto (Away)
vs. Moreirense (Away)
vs. Rio Ave (Home)
vs. Estoril (Away)
March:
vs. Vitória de Guimarães (Home)
vs. Tondela (Away)
vs. Nacional (Home)
April:
vs. Arouca (Away)
vs. Boavista (Home)
vs. Vitória de Setúbal (Away)
vs. Benfica (Home)
vs. Braga (Away)
May:
vs. Belenenses (Home)
vs. Feirense (Away)
vs. Chaves

SPORTING 1-0 Nacional

Sporting had a tough night at the Alvalade against a stubborn Nacional. The visitors were down to 10 men after Nuno Sequeira was sent off after just 30 minutes. However, it took until the 86th minute for Fredy Montero to produce the game’s winning goal.

With André Carrillo still unavailable to be selected to Jorge Jesus whilst the Peruvian looks set to leave the club, young Gelson Martins was given a starting role in his place. Elsewhere, João Mário started ahead of Alberto Aquilani and Ricardo Esgaio was at right-back.

Sporting were fully in control of possession throughout the match but found it difficult to make a break through the Nacional defence.

That job was made easier when Nuno Sequeira received his second yellow card after just a half-hour. Nacional may have found it harsh but Sequeira was incredibly rash.

Despite going down to 10 men, Sporting still couldn’t break through the Nacional defence. Islam Slimani had a few half-chances and Gelson Martins caused plenty of problems but they couldn’t find the final ball.

Sporting improved after the introductions of Carlos Mané and Fredy Montero. Indeed, the two linked up for the goal just 4 minutes from time.

It was a hard fought win but it sees Sporting 4 points ahead of Benfica and in 2nd place behind Porto on goal difference.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ricardo Esgaio, Paulo Oliveira (YC), Naldo, Jefferson; Adrien Silva, João Mário (André Martins, 77′); Bryan Ruiz (Carlos Mané, 65′), Gelson Martins; Teófilo Gutiérrez (Fredy Montero, 54′, Scored, 83′), Islam Slimani (YC)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Tobias Figueiredo, Jonathan Silva, Alberto Aquilani

News Round-Up 3/6: Oriol Rosell Signs for Sporting

Oriol Rosell’s transfer to Sporting from Sporting Kansas City is completed and the Spanish midfielder has signed a 5-year contract with a €45,000,000 release clause.

The 21-year old will bolster Sporting’s midfield no doubt with European football in mind. No news of the transfer fee involved but O Jogo guesses that it is likely to be €1,000,000. Rosell becomes Sporting’s third signing this summer after the arrivals of Simeon Slavchev and Paulo Oliveira.

Elsewhere Record say that Sporting are still negotiating with Audax São Paulo for Rafael Martin’s after the forward’s excellent season at Vitória de Setúbal although they may meet competition from Benfica.

A Bola say that Sporting hope to close the deal for Ramy Rabia from Al-Ahly by the end of the week. The two clubs had disputed about the values for the 21-year old defender made his debut with the club at 17 and has already played several times for the Egyptian national team.

Stoke City are apparently after Diego Capel with Sporting wanting €8m for the player but Stoke would prefer a value around €4-5m.

Torino look set to beat Sporting to the signing of Josef Martínez from Young Boys. The 21-year old forward from Venezuela has impressed at FC Thun.

Club Tijuana’s 24-year old attacking midfielder Fidel Martínez is another name mentioned in the papers as interesting Sporting. Sporting may consider the Ecuadorian as an eventual replacement for Diego Capel.

Sporting are also considering the possibility of signing Nacional’s Fernando Marçal to deputise for Jefferson.

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.

Result: SPORTING 0-0 Nacional

Sporting were held to a goalless draw at the Alvalade thanks to some physical defending and a disallowed goal.

Leonardo Jardim started with the same team that beat Belenenses but they found this game much more difficult.

The first half in particular was full of late tackles as Sporting struggled to create. Referee Manuel Mota ignoring some of the more physical challenges made by Nacional players.

The best chance of the first half for Sporting was through an André Martins freekick that forced Eduardo Gottardi into a good save.

The first half finished goalless and Leonardo Jardim was forced into a chance after André Martins picked up a knee injury. Islam Slimani came on to replace him as Sporting went to try a more direct route to goal.

The big moment of the match came in the 65th minute when Islam Slimani had a legitimate goal wrongly disallowed. A Cédric Soares cross found the Algerian pulling away from his marker to head in but Manuel Mota had other ideas. The referee may have given a foul for an early altercation with Fredy Montero but if so then he blew his whistle very late.

Sporting though couldn’t find another way through and lacked some of the creativity that André Martins would have provided had he not been injured.

The result means that Sporting, Benfica, and Porto are all tied first in the league with Sporting top due to a superior goal difference.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Maurício, Marcos Rojo, Jefferson (YC); William Carvalho, Adrien SIlva, André Martins (Islam Slimani, 45′); André Carrillo (Wilson Eduardo, 68′), Diego Capel (Carlos Mané, 84′, YC), Fredy Montero (YC)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Vítor Silva, Gérson Magrão

Sporting News Round-Up

So, since it’s been a while since the last Leões/Lions post (yes, it’s been a really long while) here is a round-up of all the transfers and other pre-season news so far. As you know, there is always something happening at Sporting so there is a lot to write about.

Transfers in:

Zakaria Labyad was a deal done way back during the season but he has now officially become a Sporting player. Labyad will be in London over the summer representing Morocco at the Olympics. PSV Eindhoven, Labyad’s former club, are now seeking financial compensation for the deal.

Sporting’s next signing was Gelson Fernandes on the 4th July. Fernandes came from French side Saint-Étienne after having spent the second half of 2012 on loan to Udinese. Gelson’s deal is a 4-year contract with a buyout clause of €25m.

9 days later and Sporting completed another signing by signing former Bayern München player Danijel Pranjić. The Croatian has had his injuries in recent times but will reinforce Sporting in midfield was well as occasionally on the left-hand side in defence or attack.

The signings didn’t stop there as Khalid Boulahrouz joined the club for free just 4 days after that on the 18th July. The Netherlands and ex-Chelsea defender has been at VfB Stuttgart until his contract expired. Boulahrouz can play at both right-back and centre-back and has been handed a two-year contract.

Most recently Sporting completed the signing of Marcos Rojo the Argentinian left-back / centre-back from Spartak Moscow. The former Estudiantes player had been rumoured to join Benfica months ago but in the end chose Sporting instead.

Transfers out:

As already ported on the blog João Pereira has moved onto Valencia. Ânderson Polga left the club too and is still yet to find a new team. Long-time servant Tiago also retired.

Deportivo de La Coruña signed André Santos on loan as well as being able to keep Diogo Salomão for another season. More recently both Alberto Rodríguez and Evaldo Fabiano have also joined the newly promoted Spanish team.

Jaime Valdés officially became a Parma player after he was on loan there last season.

Edgar Ié and Agostinho Cá were all set to join Internazionale last month. Indeed, the deal had been reported as completed by various media outlets. Since then it emerged that the deal had in fact not gone through and now the pair have joined Barcelona instead and will play for the B team next season.

Other Sporting players have been released and found new clubs such as Diogo Rosado (Genoa), Mexer (Nacional), André Marques (FC Sion), Mateus Fonseca (FC Chiasso), and Rodolfo Simões (Marítimo).

As well as the following players leaving the club on loan: William Owusu (Westerlo), William Carvalho (Cercle Brugge), and Miguel Serôdio (Varzim).

Pre-Season Games:

Sporting opened Pre-Season with an 11-0 win over minnows Atlético Clube do Cacém. The Sintra club were unsurprisingly soundly beaten thanks to goals from Iuri Medeiros, Filipe Chaby, Emiliano Insúa, Adrien Silva, André Martins, Ricky van Wolfswinkel (x2), Diego Rubio (x2), and Wilson Eduardo (x2).

Last Thursday Sporting ended up losing 1-0 to Charlton Athletic in a game played at the Municipal de Lepe, the home of lower league side San Roque de Lepe. A last minute goal from Johnnie Jackson game the London club the win.

Sporting’s team for the game was:

Marcelo Boeck; Bruno Pereirinha (Cédric Soares 46′), Daniel Carriço (YC) (Nuno Reis 59′), Xandão (Oguchi Onyewu 59′), Emiliano Insúa (Danijel Pranjić 59′); Fabián Rinaudo (Gelson Fernandes 46′), Adrien Silva (Stijn Schaars 59′), Elias (André Martins 46′); Jeffrén Suárez (Wilson Eduardo 46′), Diego Capel (André Carrillo 56′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 59′)

Sporting next face Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night with kick off at 20:30.

Match Report: Nacional 1-3 SPORTING (3-5 agg.)

Sporting progressed through to the final of the Taça de Portugal to face off against Académica after beating Nacional 3-1 (5-3 agg.).

The game saw the return of Fabián Rinaudo to the Sporting team after he picked up his bad injury in the Europe League game against FC Vaslui back in November. Domingos Paciência also gave a debut to Brazilian central-defender Xandão on loan from São Paulo.

In truth it was Nacional who began the better side but after just 19 minutes Fabián Rinaudo marked his return with his first ever goal for the club. Rinaudo’s strike from outside the area hit Vladan Giljen’s left-hand post and went in.

Nacional to their credit continued with the best of the game but were unable to find an opening to goal.

Things though went from bad to word for Nacional as Mario Rondón received a red card for his second bookable offence after a foul on the returning Rinaudo.

After the break though Pedro Caixinha’s did finally manage to score. A mix up in defence between Rui Patrício and Ânderson Polga allowed Diego Barcellos to head-in the equaliser for the home side after 64 minutes which would have meant Nacional would go through on away goals.

Sporting took the lead again when Claudemir pulled down Emiliano Insúa in the penalty area to concede a penalty. Ricky van Wolfswinkel confidentially slotted home to put Sporting ahead.

With the extra man advantage Sporting were able to take control of the game and, in stoppage time, João Pereira’s superb run and finish finished the game off for Sporting.

Sporting will have Académica at the Estádio do Jamor on Sunday 20th May for the Taça de Portugal. It is a welcome reprise from the shabby start to 2012.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Xandão (YC), Ânderson Polga (YC), Emiliano Insúa; Fabián Rinaudo (Sebastián Ribas 71′), Elias, Matías Fernández; André Carrillo (YC), Diego Capel (Evaldo Fabiano 52′, YC), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Daniel Carriço 82′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Renato Neto, André Martins, Marat Izmailov

SPORTING vs. Nacional Preview

Sporting return to Taça de Portugal action tomorrow in the first leg of the semi-final against Nacional.

With last weekend’s draw against Porto making the chances of winning the league increasingly unlikely it adds to the importance of this year’s taça which is more than winnable for Sporting. Should they progress into the final after beating Nacional then they will either Académica de Coimbra or Oliveirense who Sporting know they have a great chance of beating.

The two sides met just last month in the liga when Oguchi Onyewu’s header gave Sporting a close 1-0 win.

Domingos Paciência’s squad for the forth-coming game is:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck
Defenders: João Pereira, Santiago Arias, Alberto Rodríguez, Ânderson Polga, Oguchi Onyewu, Evaldo Fabiano, Emiliano Insúa
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Diego Capel, Matías Fernández, Jeffrén Suárez, Renato Neto, André Martins, Elias
Forwards: Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Valeri Bojinov, André Carrillo, Sebastián Ribas

The inclusions of the returning Alberto Rodríguez and new boy Sebastián Ribas are certainly worth mentioning. It will be interesting to note whether Renato Neto will retain his play in the middle of the park too.

Marat Izmailov picked up an injury in the draw against Porto but it is not thought to be serious and although he may miss this match is thought to be returning soon. Daniel Carriço is still recovering and Xandão also misses out.

One of the most telling omissions is that of André Santos who did not even feature on the bench of the last game. Rumours of him departing are increasing rapidly and Domingos’ recent comments will not help to stop that when he told the media “I have already told him what I think. I talk to my players face to face, with no exceptions.”

Sporting will want to get as a large a win as possible in the first leg to try and make the second leg more manageable with the fixtures being so thick and faster over the next few months.

Taça de Portugal Draw: Nacional

The semi-finals for the Taça de Portugal were drawn today with Sporting drawing Nacional with the possibility of playing the winner of Académica against Oliveirense in the finals.

The first leg will be played at the Alvalade on the 11th January with the return leg on the 8th February in Madeira.

The two sides met recently at the Alvalade  back on the 11th December when Oguchi Onyewu’s first-half header was enough to give Sporting the win.