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

Match Report: Aston Villa U19 1-3 SPORTING U19

Abel’s U-19 side started their NextGen campaign with a solid victory away to Aston Villa. Michael Drennan opened the scoring for Villa before Edilino Ié, Carlos Mané and a Tobias Figueiredo penalty gave Sporting an opening win.

Sporting’s youngsters started the game slowly and it was 18-year-old Irish striker Michael Drennan who put Aston Villa ahead.

It didn’t take long for Sporting to fight back when Carlos Mané’s strike hit the post and Edilino Ié was the first man to react as he headed home past goalkeeper Calum Barreett.

The goal seemed to give confidence to Sporting as they started to take control of the game from then onwards after Villa’s early good play.

Sporting doubled their advantage 5 minutes before the second-half through Carlos Mané as he pounced on some lax Aston Villa defending to slot home.

After the break Sporting went further ahead when Mané’s run from the left hand-side resulted in a penalty for Sporting. Captain Tobias Figueiredo, fresh off of his debut for the B-team, smashed the ball into the roof of the net to make the victory comfortable for Sporting.

Sporting U-19 XI: Mickaël Meira; Mauro Riquicho, Tobias Figueiredo (Scored 63′), Rúben Semedo, Michael Pinto (YC); Edilino Ié (Scored 31′), Wallynson Mallmann (Luís Cortez 63′), Farley Rosa (Cristian Ponde 75′); Carlos Mané (Scored 39′) (YC), Iuri Medeiros (Filipe Santos 85′), Alexandre Guedes (Wilson Jacó 87′)
Subs Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Gelson Martins

Sporting News Round-Up

It’s been a good while since our last news round-up so here we are again. Where do we even start?

Transfer News:

Last time we checked Alberto Rodríguez was on his way to be yet another Sporting player at Deportivo de La Coruña. This deal in fact never was completed and in a complete turn around instead Alberto Rodríguez’s contract with the club was bought out and he was free to go. He then signed for Nuno Espírito Santo’s Rio Ave.

Luis Aguiar joined San Lorenzo on a 2-year deal after having failed to make a single appearance for the club. In fact his only appearance at all for the club was a 3-0 friendly defeat to Valencia at the Alvalade last year.

Matías Fernández completed his transfer to Fiorentina after 3 years with Sporting. Matías was an excellent player during his time at the club and we wish him the best of luck. Fiorentina paid €3,500,000 for the attacking midfielder with the possibility of further money from additional add-on clauses.

Renato Neto, who featured frequently in the second-half of the season for Sporting has been given another loan move after his previous spell with Cercle Brugge. Neto has joined Hungarian club Videoton FC until the end of the season. Videoton incidentally is where former Sporting defender Marco Caneira now plays.

It’s not all players going out though. On July 29th Racing Club in Argentina confirmed that Valentín “Titín” Viola was set to join Sporting. There had been interest from various European clubs for the forward with Benfica in particular also interested. Although Viola has not yet been unveiled as a Sporting player the official announcement is expected soon with the player already in Lisbon as we speak.

In various other transfer news: Diogo Rosado (who had been expected to sign for Genoa) now looks likely instead to join Blackburn Rovers will the deal being reported to be completed shortly. Juary Soares who was released from the club this season has signed for União de Leiria. Nuno Reis has joined Olhanense for a season-long loan deal. After spending last year at Genk, Leandro Grimi is now having a loan at Argentinian club Godoy Cruz. Amido Baldé will also be on loan with Vitória de Guimarães. Finally, Fabrice Fokobo has joined Sporting B from Njalla Quan Sport Academy. Fokobo had previous had a loan spell with Panathinaikos.

Fixture News:

Last Friday saw the draw of the Europa League qualifying stage. Sporting will face yet another Europa League trip to Denmark this time to take on AC Horsens who finished 4th in the Danish Supaliga last season as well as runners up to FC København in the Danish Cup. Full details will be found the the Results / Fixtures page.

Abel’s U-19 side also found out their opponents for this year’s NextGen Series group stages. Sporting have been draw in a group with Aston Villa, Celtic and PSV Eindhoven. The first game will be away to Aston Villa on Wednesday 15th August.

Recent Results:

Sporting 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday (22/07/12)
Goals: André Martins (11′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (69′)
Sporting XI: Marcelo Boeck (Victor Golas 88′); Bruno Pereirinha (Cédric Soares 46′), Daniel Carriço (Khalid Boulahrouz 46′), Xandão (Oguchi Onyewu 46′), Emiliano Insúa (Danijel Pranjić 46′); Stijn Schaars (Adrien Silva 46′), Gelson Fernandes (YC) (Elias 46′), André Martins (Matías Fernández 60′); Jeffrén Suárez (André Carrillo 46′), Diego Capel (Wilson Eduardo 81′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (YC) (Diego Rubio 81′)
Subs Not Used: Nuno Reis

In the Pepe Supercup mini-tournament contested in shorter games between Sporting and local clubs Atlético Clube de Portugal and Belenenses Sporting won via penalty shootout victories after two goalless draws with each team.

Sporting 3-1 Saint-Étienne (28/07/12)
Goals: André Carrillo (35′, 59′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (71′)- Bakary Sako (75′)
Sporting XI: Rui Patrício (Marcelo Boeck 46′); Cédric Soares (Bruno Pereirinha 46′), Khalid Boulahrouz (Daniel Carriço 46′ (Oguchi Onyewu 69′)), Marcos Rojo (Xandão 46′), Danijel Pranjić (Emiliano Insúa 46′); Stijn Schaars (Gelson Fernandes 46′, YC), Elias (Adrien Silva 46′), André Martins (Fabián Rinaudo 61′, YC); André Carrillo (Jeffrén Suárez 61′), Diego Capel (Wilson Eduardo 77′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 77′)
Subs Not Used: Nuno Reis, Marat Izmailov

Getafe 1-0 Sporting (03/08/12)
Goals: Diego Castro (59′)
Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Bruno Pereirinha, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marco Rojo, Danijel Pranjić; Stijn Schaars (Adrien Silva 61′), Elias, André Martins (Jeffrén Suárez 61′); André Carrillo, Diego Capel (Wilson Eduardo 76′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 22′)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Xandão, Fabián Rinaudo, Gelson Fernandes

Sporting 3-1 Moghreb Tétouan (04/08/12)
Goals: Daniel Carriço (42′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (66′), Mourtada Fall (72′ OG) – Moussa Traoré (55′)
Sporting XI: Marcelo Boeck; Cédric Soares, Xandão, Daniel Carriço (Oguchi Onyewu 67′), Emiliano Insúa; Fabián Rinaudo (André Martins 65′), Adrien Silva, Gelson Fernandes; Jeffrén Suárez (Bruma 82′), Wilson Eduardo (Danijel Pranjić 76′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Iuri Medeiros 87′)
Subs Not Used: Rui Patrício, Macros Rojo, Stijn Schaars, Diego Rubio

NextGen Quarter Final Date and Venue Announced

The NextGen Series will return on Wednesday 25th January and will include Sporting’s game against Internazionale.

The game will be held at the Alvalade and will be a one-legged tie (Sporting gain home advantage through being group winners) and will be another chance for Ricardo Sá Pinto’s side to show off their talents.

NextGen Quarter Final Draw

The NextGen Series announced today the draw for the quarter finals of the tournament.

Ricardo Sá Pinto’s U19 side will face either Internazionale or Basel in the next round with the final date and venue yet to be determined. The game is set to be at home for Sporting (meaning probably at the Alvalade or perhaps the Restelo) as Sá Pinto’s team were group winners and will be facing the runners up of group 4.

NextGen Match Report: SPORTING 5-1 Liverpool

Sporting’s U19 side ended the group stages of the NextGen tournament in emphatic fashion beating Liverpool 5-1.

The fixture had the potential to be a fairly stale affair with both teams having progressed through the group stages already. Happily though the game turned out to be an exciting encounter with both sides having chances with some good attacking football on display.

Edgar Ié opened the scoring for Sporting after 18 minutes when Betinho laid off a free-kick from outside the area for the Guinea-Bissauan to drill a low hard shot past the reach of Tyrell Belford to put the group leaders ahead.

Felipe Chaby’s low drive gave Sporting a 2 goal margin when he was found in acres of space in the Liverpool box.

Liverpool pulled one back just 4 minutes later with Michael Ngoo shooting past Rafael Veloso. The big man did well to weave his way through the penalty box to put the Anfield back in with a chance.

Ricardo Sá Pinto’s side looked good in possession but were susceptible to the pace of Liverpool on the counter-attack and before the end of the half Rafael Veloso needed to make a few saves to keep Sporting’s lead in tact.

It took 8 minutes after the restart for Sporting to grab a third goal – this one a superb strike from Betinho. Betinho skillfully converting a cross in with a spectacular overhead scissors kick to put Sporting 3-1 ahead and grabbing his 5th goal of the NextGen tournament. Betinho was getting on the end of a cross again once again on the 61st minute to make it 4 for Sporting and seal the victory for the young lions.

Sporting weren’t finished there though as substitute Gaël Etock hit a superb strike from long range over the head of Tyrell Belford to add extra panache to the final scoreline an ensure they go into the knock-out stages as one of the tournament’s favourites.

SPORTING XI: Rafael Veloso; Ricardo Esgaio, Edgar Ié (Scored 19′), Tiago Ilori, Mica; Iuri Medeiros (YC), João Mário, João Carlos, Felipe Chaby (Scored 34′) (Agostinho Cá 67′), Bruma (Carlos Mané 74′); Betinho (Scored 53′, 61′) (Gaël Etock 82′, Scored 86′)
Subs Not Used: Pedro Duarte, Rúben Semedo, Rodolfo Simões, Mateus Fonseca

NextGen Match Report: Molde 3-4 SPORTING

Sporting’s NextGen side won 4-3 in an exciting encounter in Norway to enforce their position firmly on top of Group 2.

Sporting were without some of their usual NextGen starters with Betinho and those who were a part of the trip to Angola: Rúben Semedo, Rodolfo Simões, Edgar Ié, Filipe Chaby, Farley Rosa, Luís Cortez, and Iuri Medeiros.

The scoring began after just 4 minutes when Mateus Fonseca put Sporting ahead before Ivar Furu equalised for the home side after the 18th minute. Alexandre Guedes put Ricardo Sá Pinto’s side ahead before the half-time break.

Shortly after the beginning of the second half midfielder João Mário added a third for Sporting before just 8 minutes later grabbing a fourth goal.

Molde didn’t lie down after that though and came back into the match first through Zlatko Tripic’s goal and then Simon Markeng ensured a nervous finish for Sporting but they held on to make it 4 wins out of 5 NextGen matches so far.

The final group game for Sporting is on Wednesday as they host Liverpool before the knock-out rounds of the competition in 2012.

SPORTING XI: Rafael Veloso; Ricardo Esgaio, Mica Pinto, Tiago Ilori, Agostinho Cá; Bruma (Altaír Júnior 56′), João Mário, João Carlos, Mateus Fonseca (Edelino Ié 56′), Carlos Mané; Alexandre Guedes (Betinho 77′)
Subs Not Used: Mickael Meira, Pedro Duarte.

NextGen Report: Wolfsburg 0-0 SPORTING

Ricardo Sá Pinto’s U-19 team managed a 0-0 draw away to Wolfsburg to assure them of qualification to the later rounds of the NextGen Series. It would now take only a huge goal swing by Liverpool and for Sporting to lose their last 2 games for the youngsters not to finish top of their group.

Sporting were without Tiago Ilori due to the first team’s defensive injuries meaning Ilori had to be kept in Lisbon as a back up.

This was a significantly better performance from Stephan Schmidt’s Wolfsburg than back in September when, although the score was only 2-1, the side was soundly beaten.

In the first half although there were no goals there certainly was action. Wolfsburg’s Robin Knoche had the ball in the net that was disallowed for offside. Later Maximilian Arnold, who scored Wolfsburg’s goal when the two sides met in September, failed to convert a 1 on 1 situation against Sporting goalkeeper Rafael Veloso. Sporting too had the ball in the net and ruled out for offside.

The second half was more even with Sporting coming into the game more but still both sides failed to find the final pace to gain the goal. Wolfsburg were then reduced to ten men as Maximilian Arnold was sent off for a second yellow card offence.

It is a positive result overall for Sporting and they can now look forward to the knock-out stages of the tournament in which the competition will get tougher and tougher.

SPORTING XI: Rafael Veloso; Ricardo Esgaio, Edgar Ié, Rúben Semedo, Rodolfo Simões; Iuri Medeiros, Filipe Chaby, João Mário, João Teixeira (Carlos Mané 87′), Bruma; Betinho
Subs Not Used: Mickael Meira, Michael Pinto, Edilino Ié, Farley Rosa, Mateus Fonseca, Alexandre Guedes

NextGen Report: SPORTING 6-1 Molde

The Sporting Clube de Portugal U19 NextGen side won their third of three games in the NextGen Series leaving them 5 points clear at the top of their group with a goal difference of +9.

The game was held at the home of Belenenses, the Estádio do Restelo and immediately Sporting were on the attack with Bruma hitting the post in the opening moments.

It took only 6 minutes for the youngsters to get their first goal of the night, Carlos Chaby and Iuri Medeiros linking up with Chaby finishing the move. Another 6 minutes gone and once again Sporting hit the back of the net, this time Iuri Medeiros went from provider to scorer.

Sporting stayed on top of game throughout the first half, with goalkeeper Rafael Veloso having little to do throughout the match. Just a minute before the half-time whistle, Sporting got their third goal of the game. Betinho, who scored in each of the previous two games, getting his third of the competition before the break.

Sporting had the better of the second but did not dominate as they did in the first with the side already in cruise control. Molde did get one back through midfielder Magnus Stamnestrø.

Ten minutes in though and once again Betinho was amongst the scorers, securing his 4th of the competition and Sporting’s 4th of the night.

Late on Sporting added two more goals to make the tally even more impressive. First Carlos Mané got a goal before Farley Rosa made it 6 on the night.

Sporting U19 XI: Rafael Veloso; Edgar Ié, Rúben Semedo, Tiago Ilori, Michael Pinto; Bruma, João Mário (YC), João Carlos Teixeira (Luis Cortez 45′), Iuri Medeiros (Scored 13′), Carlos Chaby (Scored 6′) (Farley Rosa 83′, Scored 89′); Betinho (Scored 44′, 55′) (Carlos Mané 66′, Scored 88′).
Subs Not Used: Mickael Meira, Rodolfo Simões, Ricardo Esgaio, Edilino Ié

NextGen Report: SPORTING 2-1 Wolfsburg

Sporting Clube de Portugal’s U19 side made it 2 wins out of 2 with a victory at home to VfL Wolfsburg on a very wet night at the Alvalade. Ricardo Sá Pinto’s youngsters came into the game off a very impressive 3-0 win away to Liverpool at Anfield.

Sporting’s first goal came through the same man who was one of the stand out players in the first match, Betinho. Betinho scored just before half-time in the 45th minute after a dominate performance from the young Leões.

Wolfsburg came into the game more in the second half and equalised in the 56th minute through Maximilian Arnold but the German side’s did not stay equal for long. On the 60th minute Sporting took the lead once more, this time through Carlos Chaby which proved to be the winning goal after some good work with Iuri Medeiros.

The conditions in Lisbon didn’t help the game at all, with the torrential rain making the pitch a hazard to play on and affecting the ball’s movement.

The result though leaves Sporting now at the top of Group 2 and continuing to impress. Stephan Schmidt’s Wolfsburg on the other hand half lost both of their first games now and will have work to do later on.

Sporting’s next game in the NextGen Series on the 21th September at home to Molde.

Sporting U19 XI: Rafael Veloso; Ricardo Esgaio, Edgar Ié, Tiago Ilori, Michael Pinto; João Mário, Bruma, João Carlos, Chaby (Edilino Ié 75′), Iuri Medeiros (Rúben Semedo 85′); Betinho (Mané 75′)
Subs Not Used: Mickael Meira, Rodolfo Simões, Farley Rosa, Alexandre Guedes.