Transfer Round-Up 2015: Departures

As always with Sporting, there were plenty of entrances and exits throughout the transfer window, so here’s a breakdown of all of those who left the Alvalade albeit temporarily or permanently.

Maurício to Lazio (€2,600,000): A transfer that was essentially made in January but was made permanent by Lazio over the summer adding a little bit extra to Sporting’s transfer budget.

Cédric Soares to Southampton (€6,500,000): Considering the right fullback had only a year left on his contract this wasn’t a bad fee and Cédric has already made a solid start to life in England. However, had his contract been sorted out sooner Sporting could have kept or got a far greater fee for the Portugal international.

Lewis Enoh to Lokeren (€350,000): Not a bad profit for a player who cost only a tenth of that when brought in Sourense back in January 2014. The Cameroonian performed adequately enough for the B team and demonstrated that Sporting can make profit from their second string players.

Nuno Reis to Metz (free): It’s sad to see Nuno Reis not make it at Sporting after spending so long with the club and being so impressive at youth level. A move to Metz though may give his career a kickstart.

José Postiga to Rio Ave (free): Unable to agree to a new contract with Sporting the young striker has moved to Rio Ave on a free transfer. Postiga has yet to play for his new club as he faces some stiff competition to become a first pick Primeira Liga striker.

André Geraldes to Belenenses (loan): Geraldes has rejoined the club where he so impressed two seasons ago. Under Ricardo Sá Pinto the fullback will hopefully return to Sporting for next season ready to slot into the first team.

Liu Yiming to Pinhalnovense (free): The young Chinese defender was unable to break in the B team so has been given a free transfer to join 3 of his compatriots at Pinhalnovense. Some regular first team football is exactly what he needs at this time in his career.

Lisandro Semedo to Reading (free): A frustrating situation in which Semedo and Sporting were unable to come to terms with a new contract for the promising winger. Joining Championship side Reading is an interesting choice for the player.

José Marinheiro to Coruchense (free): The young goalkeeper has been released from Sporting and has joined up with GD Coruchense in the Campeonato Nacional Seniores Série G.

Naby Sarr to Charlton Athletic (€2,000,000): Sporting did well to double their money after selling Naby Sarr after just one season. The physically excellent but error-prone centre-back was ousted by Tobias Figueiredo, Paulo Oliveira and later Ewerton last season. He will face a very different challenge in the Championship.

Miguel Lopes to Granada (loan): Another move for Miguel Lopes who is still suffering from the high wages he was given when he joined the club under Godinho Lopes. The right-back had a solid run in the team last season under Marco Silva but Jorge Jesus seems to prefer João Pereira and Ricardo Esgaio.

Héldon Ramos to Rio Ave (loan): Still unable to break into the first team at Sporting, Héldon will be joining Rio Ave for the remainder of the season.

Simeon Slavchev to Apollon Limassol (loan): Another player unable to find a way into Jorge Jesus’ plans. The Bulgarian midfielder still seems to be struggling to adapt to Portuguese football.

Betinho to Belenenses (undisclosed): It’s a shame that Betinho never made it into the Sporting team after having been so promising at youth level. A wasted year last season with Brentford this move to Belenenses could be a huge boost for the young striker’s career.

João Palhinha to Moreirense (loan): João Palhinha seemed to impress Jorge Jesus and was quickly integrated into first team training during pre-season. A loan to Moreirense could give the midfielder some much needed Primeira Liga experience to develop even further. Will hopefully come back better and stronger.

Wallyson Mallmann to OGC Nice (loan): Surprisingly, Nice have an option to buy Mallmann at the end of this loan. Wallyson looked like he may have been likely for a first team berth this season but instead will be playing in Ligue 1. If the Brazilian midfielder does return to Sporting next season he will hopefully be able to fight his way into the first team.

Rúben Semedo to Vitória de Setúbal (loan): Another play who looked like he had convinced Jorge Jesus of his talents but just fell short of being integrated into the first team. Semedo did play in the Supertaça before being loan to Setúbal where he will hopefully develop like João Mário did there a few seasons ago.

Mica Pinto to Recreativo de Huelva (loan): One of the trio of players loan to Recreativo managed by former B team manager José Dominguez. The left-back is in need of a loan move out after so long playing B team football.

Luís Ribeiro to Recreativo de Huelva (loan): Similar to Mica Pinto in as much as he has perhaps played too much B team football and needs a move to develop further.

Kikas to Recreativo de Huelva (loan): A different challenge for Kikas after his season in Romania last year. It’s probably only a matter of time before he departs the club on a permanent basis.

Michaël Ciani to Espanyol (free): Well, that was quick. Ciani came, saw and left. Sporting could still profit from the French defender as they retain a small amount of his rights for a future transfer.

Diego Capel to Genoa (€1,300,000): Sad to see the Spanish winger leave after such a long stint at the club but after being unable to feature for Marco Silva often last season coupled with his high wages the writing was on the wall. The transfer fee is low for a player of his quality but Sporting will be happy to free up space on the wage bill for new contracts. Best of luck to Diego Capel!

Iuri Medeiros to Moreirense (loan): Iuri Medeiros impressed on loan at Arouca last season but didn’t impress Jesus enough, the manager preferring the young Gelson Martins over him. There’s still plenty of time for the exiting winger though and hopefully this loan deal helps.

Shikabala to Zamalek (€650,000): FINALLY! Shikabala has been a disaster of transfer. It was always a risky move but regardless, nothing went well. After so long AWOL, Shikabala returns to Zamalek for a profit. Not sure how Bruno de Carvalho managed that one.

Filipe Chaby to União da Madeira (loan): Chaby helped União da Madeira get promoted to the Primeira Liga and now he can help them stay there. This is a step up un level that could be key in the midfielder’s development.

Diego Rubio to Real Valladolid (free): An excellent signing from the perspective of Valladolid. The Chilean was in fantastic form for the B team when he returned from Norway last season. Rubio may well go on to score plenty of goals for the Spanish side.

Ramy Rabia to Al Ahly (€750,000): Rabia returns to Al Ahly for about the same fee as when was signed, the defender just wasn’t able to make an impression in the first team with Tobias Figueiredo ahead of him in the pecking order.

Wilson Eduardo to Braga (free): Another player it’s sad to see go. Wilson Eduardo has plenty to offer and will undoubtably do well for Braga. A good move for the player and for Braga though Sporting will be disappointed not to get a transfer fee they retain rights to the player for any future transfers.

Jorge Santos to Salgueiros (free): Gazela just wasn’t able to make the step up to Sporting B’s level of football after his mve last season as was loaned to Salgueiros last season. Jorge Santos has now moved there on a permanent basis.

Estimated transfer sales: €14,150,000

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January 2014 Transfer Window Round-Up

It was a busy transfer window for Sporting that went right to the last few seconds, here’s recap of the comings and goings of the January window:

Transfers In:

The transfer of Shikabala was completed just seconds before the closing of the transfer window. The terms with the player had been agreed early on in the day and the player had passed a medical before the transfer looked off due to complications with the player’s former club, Zamalek. Sporting were able to just make the transfer of the mercurial Egyptian playmaker in time with Sporting to pay approximately €500,000 to the club.

Shikabala has a contract until 2018 with a transfer release clause of €45,000,000 and will early the number 7 shirt.

Earlier on in the day Sporting also completed the transfer of Héldon Ramos from Marítimo for a fee of €1,400,000. An earlier bid by Sporting for both Héldon and Rúben Ferreira was turned down by Marítimo but the club were able to secure the transfer on deadline day.

Héldon has a contract until 2019 with a the familiar release clause of €45,000,000 and will be wearing the number 20 shirt.

Sticking with Marítimo, Sporting also agreed terms with Leocísio Sami to join the club for free at the beginning of the new season. Sami is out of contract with Marítimo this year but no word yet on the details of the contract.

That’s not all for what was a busy transfer deadline day, as Matías Pérez joined up with the B team. The Paraguayan central-defender from Club National will be on loan for 18 months at the club with Sporting have an option to buy in the future.

One big deal that was overshadowed perhaps was the completion of Fredy Montero’s transfer from Seattle Sounders. There was plenty of speculation that another club could snap up the Colombian forward but Sporting have made the deal permanent.

Elsewhere there was  the surprise signing of Ousmane Dramé on a free transfer from Padova to reinforce the B team. He will be another attacking option after the signing of Lewis Enoh from Sourense was completed just before the transfer window opened.

There was no departure for wantaway midfielder Elias with the club failing to agree terms with Flamengo and other interested clubs. For now the player is eligible to play for Sporting but that seems an unlikely outcome, the player will still be training with the B team, and it is likely that he can still move to Brazil where the season doesn’t begin until March.

Victor Golas also returns from his uneventful loan spell at Corona Braşov and will likely fight for his B team spot with Mickaël Meira and Luís Ribeiro.

Transfers Out:

The two big departures of the winter window were that of Jeffrén Suárez and Zakaria Labyad.

The former has rescinded his contract to join Real Valladolid. The club will save a massive €7.2m in future contracts to the player.

The latter, Labyad, was loaned out to Dutch club Vitesse where he will spend 18 months on loan with the club again saving money from the Moroccan’s wages.

A deal that was the most mutual was that of Fabián Rinaudo going on loan to Italian side Catania. The Argentine midfielder was finding it difficult to play any football due to the supreme season of William Carvalho. The midfielder was rewarded with a new contract as Sporting wish to keep hold of the midfielder if possible.

The only other permanent deal away from the club was that of Alexandre Guedes who joined Catalan club Reus Deportiu but there were plenty of other loan deals:

João Mário and Betinho to Vitória de Setúbal
Diogo Salomão to Deportivo de La Coruña
Salim Cissé to Arouca
Tobias Figueiredo to Reus Deportiu
Nuno Reis to Cercle Brugge

So it was in all a successful winter break for Sporting. The money saved from the wages of Zakaria Labyad and Jeffrén Suárez covering all of the signings into the club with some leftover.

Transfer News 23/01/14

Another round-up of the latest transfer news and rumours…

With Atlético Mineiro dropping out and China seemingly no longer an option, Elias is getting closer and closer to signing with Flamengo. The two clubs are apparently almost ready to complete the deal with a figure being stated at around €5-6m for 50% of the player. Indeed, Flamengo are hoping the deal can be finalised today.

Nuno Reis looks set to leave for Cercle Brugge now on a permanent deal. The B team captain, who was one of many to get sent of against Leixões yesterday, is keen on the move. The stumbling block is that Sporting want €1m for the centre-back so instead a long term loan deal with an option to buy maybe favoured instead.

Betinho is another player who could leave Sporting B – but only on loan. Like João Mário and Salim Cissé who have both left for more competitive first team football the same may happen to Betinho. Although that would leave the B team light in attacking options going forward. Although the breakthroughs of Matheus Pereira and Daniel Podence could ease that situation.

Elsewhere Rayo Vallecano seems to be the only club interesting in signing Jeffrén Suárez. The player does want to leave for Rayo but the two clubs have yet to agree on a transfer fee for the player.

André Carrillo is reportedly ready to leave and double his wages at Stade Rennais.

Result: SPORTING B 1-1 Leixões

Sporting B drew 1-1 with Leixões in a high eventful game in Alcochete that had more emphasis on the referee than the football. Referee Hélder Malheiro brandished the red card no more than 7 times in the game.

The first came early on when Mauro Riquicho was sent off whilst giving away a penalty. Riquicho himself had just come back into the side after serving a suspension for his previous red card. Brazilian Talles scored the resulting penalty for Leixões.

It was a penalty in Sporting’s favour that gave the home side the equaliser before half-time. There was more controversy: Goalkeeper Chastre was sent off as well as a player on the Leixões bench, Moreira, meaning the forward could not be used a substitute for the game. Ricardo Pinto came on for Chastre but could do nothing to stop Esgaio, who is excellent from the penalty spot.

The red cards were even more plentiful in the second half. Firstly, Nuno Reis received a second yellow card leaving Sporting with 9 men on the pitch.

Then Hélder Malheiro turned his attentions to the visiting team. A player who has been heavily linked with Sporting recently, Anderson Esiti, received his second yellow card in the 80th minute making the times both down to 9 men.

In the 89th minute Cadinha was also sent off leaving Leixões with just 8 players left on the pitch and with Sporting little time to take any advantage. The visitors also had assistant coach João Esteves sent off from the bench as well.

Both team’s managers were dismayed and shocked by the refereeing and Leixões have requested an emergency meeting with the Conselho de Arbitragem of the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (referee’s council of the Portuguese football association). Sporting have yet to comment on the match.

SPORTING B XI: Mickaël Meira; Mauro Riquicho (RC), Rúben Semedo, Nuno Reis (YC, RC), Mica Pinto (YC); Hugo Sousa, Wallyson Mallmann (YC) (Matheus Pereira, 87′), Kikas; Ricardo Esgaio (Scored, 43′), Iuri Medeiros (Filipe Chaby, 56′), Cristian Ponde (YC) (Daniel Podence, 56′, YC)
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, Tobias Figueiredo, Wilson Manafá, Lewis Enoh

William Carvalho: Player of the Month Again

William Carvalho’s fantastic season continues as he wins his second SJPF Player of the Month award on the bounce and his third SJPF award in a row.

All three of the Player of the Month awards have been given to Sporting players now after Fredy Montero scooped up the first award for August / October. William Carvalho however won the SJPF Young Player of the Month award that month.

For December’s award William Carvalho beat out competition from teammate Adrien Silva and Porto’s Carlos Eduardo.

Elsewhere William Carvalho, André Martins and Cédric Soares were nominated for the Young Player of the Month award too but Paulo Oliveira for Vitória de Guimarães was the eventual winner.

Nuno Reis and Ricardo Esgaio were also nominated for the Young Player of the Month award in the Segunda Liga but lost out to Vítor Bruno of Penafiel.

Transfer News 04/01/14

With the transfer window open there has been plenty of speculation in the press about various Sporting players as well as some concrete news as well. Here’s a recap of any recent developments:

Elias today trained with the B team after his return from Flamengo and thus now finds him in the same position as Jeffrén Suárez and Zakaria Labyad with all three players likely to leave soon.

There are plenty of rumours surrounding Kelechi Iheanacho possibly moving to Sporting. The club are said to be set to make a €300,000 bid for the the Nigerian U-17 starlet who is currently at the Taye Academy. There have plenty plenty of rumours since the midfielder impressed in the U-17 World Cup with Manchester City, Porto, Monaco, Arsenal, Udinese and Chelsea are just a small fraction of the clubs he has been linked to recently.

Victor Golas looks set to be set for a contract extension shortly. The Brazilian goalkeeper is currently on loan at Corona Braşov. The club are looking to tie the goalkeeper down until 2017.

Alexis Escudero, signed from Sporting’s new feeder club Real Cartagena, is set to join up in Lisbon at the end of the month. José Dominguez’s club has just started their pre-season.

There’s plenty of rumours around loan moves from B team players the latest have suggested Nuno Reis may join up on loan with Ricardo Sá Pinto at OFI Crete as well as the possibility of Ricardo Esgaio joining up with Cercle Brugge.

Fabián Rinaudo has been in Italy this weekend as he negotiates with Catania.

William Carvalho is still hugely featured in any British paper’s transfer rumour section with Manchester United having monitored the player intensively recently.

In some other news:

Daniel Carriço is set to make his loan deal to Sevilla from Reading permanent and the transfer fee of €1.5m will see Sporting get €75,000. Better than nothing.

Bruno de Carvalho has stated that the door will always be open for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to the Alvalade. Of course, it’s not going to happen just yet.

Nuno Reis Returns to Cercle Brugge

Nuno Reis is set to return to Cercle Brugge on loan when the transfer window reopens in January.

The 22-year old centre back has spent 2 years at the Belgian club previously from 2010-2012 and is set to return to get some much needed competitive football outside of the Segunda Liga.

Cercle Brugge, who of course have partnership with Sporting, were keen to emphasise that this move was in their best interests and not just Sporting forcing players onto them.

Nuno Reis will join fellow B-team player Gaël Etock, who has been at the club since the start of the season having played 11 games and scored twice.

The club currently sits in 8th in the league and Nuno Reis may get a chance to face another Sporting player in Renato Neto, who is currently on loan at 9th place Gent.

The partnership with Cercle Brugge has been a largely successful one with William Carvalho, Renato Neto, Amido Baldé, and William Owusu all having spent spells at the club. William Carvalho’s improvement since he joined the club has certainly been remarkable.

RESULT: Oliveirense 2-3 SPORTING B

Sporting B’s excellent run of form continues with a hard fought victory away to Oliveirense.

In what was a very even start to the game at the Estádio Carlos Osório it was Sporting B who managed to get themselves in the lead just before the end of the first half thanks to Betinho.

A two goals inside of two minutes not long after the restart put Sporting B firmly in control. Firstly through Betinho once more and the second from in-form Iuri Medeiros.

The home side then began to get back into the game, firstly through midfielder Carela. Just 2 minutes after that an own goal by Nuno Reis put Oliveirense right back into the game.

After 67 minutes Salim Cissé was brought in place of Betinho, the Guinean striker making his return from injury.

Fortunately Sporting managed to hold on to move themselves up to 3rd in the Segunda Liga albeit having played 1 game more than 4th place Portimonense.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro; Mauro Riquicho (YC), Nuno Reis, Hugo Sousa (YC), Sambinha (YC); Fabrice Fokobo, Luka Stojanović (Wallyson Mallmann, 65′), Ricardo Esgaio; Diogo Salomão, Iuri Medeiros (Scored, 54′), Betinho (Scored 45′, 53′) (Salim Cissé, 67′)
Substitutes Not Used: Mickaël Meira, Wilson Manafá, Tobias Figueiredo, Seejou King, Kikas

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

Sporting Youngsters Called Up to the Portugal U-20 Squad

The Portugal squad for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia has been announced and there are 4 Sporting players included.

The U-20 squad is remarkably similar to the squad taken to the Toulon Tournament, in which Portugal failed to make it out of the group stages due to goal difference. Luis Ribeiro is the only Sporting player in the U-20 squad who did not feature in the Toulon Tournament that was incidentally won by the upcoming U-20 World Cup hosts Colombia.

The full U-20 squad is below with Sporting players highlighted in bold:

Luís Ribeiro, Mika, Tiago Maia; Aníbal Capela, Cédric Soares, Luís Martins, Mário Rui, Nuno Reis, Roderick; Danilo, Pelé, Júlio Alves, Sana, Ricardo Dias, Sergio Oliveira; Alex, Amido Baldé, Nélson Oliveira, Rafael Lopes, Caetano, Serginho