Sporting News Round-Up

It’s been a while since our last update so there’s plenty of news to catch-up on before Sporting take on Rio Ave in the first home league game of the season tomorrow.

Firstly, last Sunday the Primeira Liga returned to action last weekend and Sporting took on Vitória de Guimarães at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques and the game ended a dull 0-0 after a promising opening. Fortunately Braga, Benfica and Porto also drew all of their opening league games so a false start is not too bad.

The game also saw official debuts for Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Gelson Fernandes and Zakaria Labyad with the latter appearing as a substitute. Here was Ricardo Sá Pinto’s team for the game:

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares (YC), Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo (YC), Emiliano Insúa; Gelson Fernandes (Zakaria Labyad 72′), Adrien Silva (André Martins 46′, YC), Elias; André Carrillo (YC), Diego Capel (Jeffrén Suárez 89′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (YC)
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Stijn Schaars, Fabián Rinaudo

After that Sporting opened up their Europa League campaign with a trip to Denmark to face AC Horsens. Again Sporting drew but managed to get a goal too courtesy of André Carrillo after Martin Spelmann opened the scoring for the home side.. Indeed, Ricky van Wolfswinkel will feel aggrieved that he failed to score when the Dutchman wasted a couple of chances throughout the game. The performance at the very least, was an improvement over the game against Guimarães.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Emiliano Insúa; Stijn Schaars (Zakaria Labyad 58′), Adrien Silva, Elias (André Martins 78′); André Carrillo (Scored 79′), Jeffrén Suárez (Diego Capel 66′), Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Xandão, Gelson Fernandes

There was also news that Rui Patrício has signed a new contract with Sporting taking him with the club all the way until 2018. This will at least put any transfer rumours to bed for a few days.

Patrício said that he was “very happy with this outcome” and “renewing with Sporting was something I really wanted”. Rui also said how he wanted to help the younger players out whilst at Sporting to improve their development.

Meanwhile in the B team for Oceano –

Sporting B picked up their first competitive win since they returned to action this season. Sporting won 2-1 against Sporting Clube da Covilhã after going behind to Gilberto’s early strike. It was Betinho and Diego Rubio (returning from suspension) who got the goals for Oceano. João Gonçalves stepped in for Santiago Arias who was injured in the last game against Guimarães B. Pedro Mendes also saw a red card after receiving a late second yellow card meaning he would miss the next game against Atlético Clube de Portugal.

Sporting B XI: Victor Golas; João Gonçalves (Iuri Medeiros 68′, YC), Pedro Mendes (YC, YC+RC), Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Pinto; João Mário (Filipe Chaby 87′), Zezinho (YC), Ricardo Esgaio (YC); Bruma, Nii Plange (Diego Rubio 72′), Betinho
Subs Not Used: Luís Ribero, Tiago Ilori, Atila Turan, Gaël Etock

Atlético Clube de Portugal proved a tricky tie for Oceano da Cruz’s men at the Estádio Tapadinha. The game was very even with Victor Golas being Sporting’s best player for most of the game.

Bruma was the man who made the difference with an excellent strike to put Sporting ahead after 72 minutes with Atlético goalkeeper Filipe Leão helpless to stop it.

Sporting went further ahead just 5 minutes later via another Ricardo Esgaio penalty after a handball in the area. Atlético pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute when Hugo Carreira headed in from close range to set up a very nervous finish for Sporting.

The game was made certain in the very final seconds when Gaël Etock ran through a tired Atlético defence and slotted under Leão to give Sporting B another win.

Sporting B XI: Victor Golas; João Gonçalves (Filipe Chaby 46′, YC), Tiago Ilori, Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Pinto (YC); Zezinho, Ricardo Esgaio (Scored 76′), Iuri Medeiros; Bruma (Scored 72′), Diego Rubio (Eric Dier 78′), Betinho (Gaël Etock 46′, Scored 90+5′)


Match Report: UD Oliveirense 1-0 Sporting B

Oceano da Cruz’s Sporting B team didn’t get off to a winning start in the Segunda Liga (formerly, Liga de Honra) with a defeat to UD Oliveirense.

Oceano picked a very young Sporting B side for this game with Pedro Mendes and Victor Golas the team’s most senior starting players at 21-years-old.

Despite some good football Sporting B it was Oliveirense who took the lead thanks to Luís Barry after 38 minutes. In truth Sporting should have already been 2 goals ahead by that time with Ricardo Esgaio missing two excellent chances.

Sporting B tried to push on in the second half but failed to create as Oliveirense defended well.

There was drama late on when Diego Rubio, just two minutes after being given a yellow card, was shown a straight red card by referee Bruno Esteves. Replays showed the decision to be incredibly harsh with Rubio sent off for seemingly was just a high boot.

Still, there shouldn’t be too much to be concerned about just yet for Oceano. His team played some good football and results aren’t the most important part of the B team concept – it is the regular playing time that will benefit these players. In particular Santiago Arias, João Mário and Mica Pinto looked good.

Sporting B XI: Victor Golas; Santiago Arias, Pedro Mendes, Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Pinto; João Mário, Filipe Chaby (Iuri Medeiros 61′), Zezinho; Bruma, Ricardo Esgaio (Jorge Chula 81′), Diego Rubio (YC, RC)
Subs Not Used: Luís Ribeiro, João Gonçalves, Luís Cortez, Luka Stojanović, Carlos Mané

Sporting B So Far

There’s been plenty of news for Oceano Cruz and José Dominguez’s Sporting B ahead of the return of B-Sides to Portuguese football. Here is the story so far.

Transfers in:

Sporting have looked to reinforce the B team to add experience to some of the youngsters at the club. The first signing was Gonçalo Silva, 19-year-old midfielder who has spent time with youth teams at Benfica, Belenenses, Oeiras, and most recently, Portimonense.

Next came 20-year-old Lucas Patinho who signed on loan from Fluminense. Patinho plays as an attacking midfielder and has in the past been compared to Deco.

Sporting B added experience with the signing of India captain Sunil Chhetri from Indian side Mohun Bagan until 2014. At 27 Chhetri will be expected to give guidance to some of the younger players.

Sporting have also added Burkina Faso international Nii Plange from Feyenoord Academy. The Ghanian club is linked with the Netherlands club Feyenoord.

Forward Jorge Chula has also joined from União de Leiria. Chula had preivously been a youth-team player at FC Porto.

Lastly is Ruan Yang, a 19-year-old Chinese midfielder who joined from Hangzhou Greentown.

Pre-Season Games:

Sporting B have played twice so far. The first game was on Saturday 14th July against 1º de Maio Sarilhense. Sporting B won 5-0 with a brace from Kikas, as well as goals from Sunil Chhetri, Gaël Etock and Nii Plange.

Most recently was a friendly against Académica in which Sporting B provided a surprise 4-1 victory.

The Sporting B side that started the game was: Luís Ribeiro; Santiago Arias, Eric Dier, Fabrice, Atila Turan; Luís Almeida, José Lopes, Renato Neto; Filipe Chaby, Iuri Medeiros, Plange

Later on in the game saw the addition of Ricardo Esgaio, João Mário, Lucas Patinho, Sunil Chhetri, Ruan Yang, Tobias Figueiredo and Bruma. The goals came from Nii Planga (x2), Turan and Bruma.

Sporting B’s next fixture is against Naval 1.º de Maio on Sunday.

Team News for the Vitória Match

There’s plenty of news ahead of the penultimate game of this season, against Vitória in Setubal.

  • It seems to be a good week for Yannick Djaló. Yannick looks set to be fit after early worries of whether or not he would be able to participate in Sunday’s game. Although he has been doing specialised training, there is confidence that he will play this weekend. On top of that the attacking midfielder is set to be handed a new and improved contract to keep him at the club. It’s also his 25th birthday today, so happy birthday Yannick.
  • Maniche looks set to return and fill the roll of the suspended André Santos after he was sent off in the last match against Portimonense. It will be Maniche’s first match since February 27th in the 1-0 defeat to Nacional.
  • Carlos Saleiro is looking unlikely to make the cut for the squad. Saleiro has been doing individual training at the gym, and could be a late inclusion should training progress from today. The Lisbon born striker will be reassessed tomorrow.
  • Caretaker coach José Couceiro has been absent lately due to personal issues which has meant he has been in Angola. It’s not certain what these issues are or when he will return. José Lima and Oceano have been in charge of the training sessions so far
  • The referee in charge with be Paulo Batista, and he will be assisted by Paulo Soares and Jorge Cruz. We’ll be hoping that Batista can do a much better job than Duarte Gomes and Artur Soares Dias recently.

More Fallout from Saturday’s Game

It seems the earlier match report here on Leões/Lions was slightly deceiving. In that it failed to mention, Duarte Gomes handing out even more punishment to the Sporting team. This on top of the 2 sendings off issued in the match against Portimonense.

A Bola today reports on the fact that Duarte Gomes sent off assistant coach and former player Oceano da Cruz after the match. As well as that there was also a yellow card for Marat Izmailov at the end of the game seemingly again, for dissent.

Simon Vukčević was also unable to get away from the wrath of Gomes, as he received an official warning from the referee after the match too, which apparently equates to a yellow card as well.

We’ll all be hoping Duarte Gomes will not be refereeing the crucial end of the season match against Braga then.