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…

Advertisements

Weekend Rond-Up: Sporting beat Arouca, B team wins and more…

A look back at another bumper weekend for Sporting. Both teams turned out victors with fine margins. Meanwhile there were developments for Vítor Silva and Rúben Semedo.

Sporting left it late to pick up their first win of the season at home to Arouca. Carlos Mané scored from close range after Junya Tanaka’s shot rebounded of the post. Meanwhile Nani’s first game back at Sporting resulted in a missed penalty.

Marco Silva was without the suspended William Carvalho so Oriol Rosell dropped into defensive midfield whilst Naby Sarr kept his place alongside Maurício in defence. Ricardo Esgaio started ahead of the injured Cédric Soares and Nani went straight into the starting XI along side André Carrillo.

The game was certainly much tougher than their first game at the Alvalade last season, also against Arouca, when they ran out 5-1 winners.

Arouca goalkeeper Mauro Goicoechea was the star of the first half keeping out Fredy Montero excellent on two occasions.

There were improvements in the second half and the game’s major controversial moment came in 63rd minute when Sporting won a penalty. Adrien Silva was set to take the penalty as usual until Nani insisted that he take the penalty to try and score on his return. However the winger’s penalty saved by the impressive Goicoechea to give Nani an awkward start on his return from Portugal.

It seemed like Arouca and Goicoechea were going to be able to continue to keep Sporting at bay if not go on and score themselves but Sporting left it late to grab the winner. Marco Silva must be given credit for his gung-ho tactics with Sporting ending the game in the unorthodox 4-1-5 formation.

A Jefferson cross found debutant substitute Junya Tanaka in space in the 3rd minute of extra time.. The Japanese forward’s snap shot hit the post but Carlos Mané pounced on the rebound to give Sporting the winner.

The late win should give Marco Silva’s team confidence ahead of the next game against Benfica at the Luz on Sunday.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ricardo Esgaio, Maurício, Naby Sarr, Jefferson (YC); Oriol Rosell (Carlos Mané, 46′, Scored 90+3, YC), Adrien Silva (YC), André Martins (Diego Capel, 76′); Nani (Junya Tanaka, 77′, YC), André Carrillo, Fredy Montero
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Paulo Oliveira, Jonathan Silva, João Mário

Sporting B also ran out winners with Ousmane Dramé getting the only goal in a 1-0 victory away to Olhanense.

The French forward diverted a low Daniel Podence cross into the goal in the 53rd minute.

Olhanense were reduced to 10-men in the 60th minute when former Sporting youngster Pedro Celestino received his second yellow card.

The teams were even when 81st minute goalscorer Dramé received a straight red card.

Late into the game Francisco Barão gave a professional debut for youngster Gelson Martins when the 19-year old came on as a substitute for Lewis Enoh.

The result moves Sporting B up to 6th in the Segunda Liga.

SPORTING B XI: Luís Ribeiro (YC); Mauro Riquicho, Sambinha, Tobias Figueiredo (YC), Mica Pinto; Fabrice Fokobo, Wallyson Mallmann, Ryan Gauld (Iuri Medeiros, 66′); Daniel Podence (YC) (Filipe Chaby, 75′), Lewis Enoh (Gelson Martins, 90+2′), Ousmane Dramé (Scored, 53′) (RC)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Domingos Duarte, João Palhinha, Jorge Santos

Today Sporting announced two players moving to CF Reus Deportiu. It seems Sporting has close ties with the Catalonia club after Alexandre Guedes transferred permanently to Reus last season as well as Tobias Figueiredo spend a loan spell there.

Vítor Silva has made a permanent transfer to the Segunda División B club representing a large step down for the 30-year old midfielder. The transfer is without a free but should Reus sell on for more than €300,000 than Sporting will be due 25% of the fee.

Also Rúben Semedo has moved to the club on loan for the season with the Spanish club playing the player’s wages in full. The defender has had his share of off-field problems, most recently with a training ground bust-up with Lewis Enoh, so a loan move away is certainly a good option for the club.

Finally it seems Islam Slimani’s future with Sporting may have been resolved. The Algerian forward returned to first-team training today and could feature in the squad to face Benfica next weekend.

Result: SPORTING 1-0 Olhanense

Youngster Carlos Mané gave Sporting the only goal as they returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory of relegation-strugglers Olhanense.

Match report from PortuGOAL.net:

“Sporting looked to bounce back from Tuesday’s derby defeat to Benfica at the Alvalade against relegation-threatened Olhanense.

Leonardo Jardim kept new signing Héldon Ramos in at the start along side Carlos Mané. William Carvalho returned after his costly suspension and left-back Jefferson returned to the team after his injury lay-off.

Meanwhile Olhanense boss Giuseppe Galderisi was without the injured Mario Santana but Federico Dionisi returned to the starting line-up after his serving suspension.

As expected it was the home side who started out the better of the two teams. The first real sight of goal from Sporting coming from an Adrien Silva corner in which Maurício almost opened the scoring with a back post header. The Brazilian central-defender just missing the mark.

Just 4 minutes later though and Sporting got the goal. Some great skill by Fredy Montero carved his way into the box and the Colombian found Carlos Mané just yards in front of an open goal for the 19-year old to get his 3rd goal in just 4 starts.

There was controversy in the 27th minute when it looked like Fredy Montero had doubled Sporting’s lead after heading in from a Jefferson freekick. The goal was ruled out for offside though despite the Colombian being at least a yard onside. The incident strangely mirroring a similar occurrence in the reverse fixture when an offside Montero goal was allowed to stand.

Olhanense were doing themselves no favours with their defending from corners as, in the 40th minute, Sporting again went close. This time Marcos Rojo at the far post looked certain to score but the Slovenian goalkeeper Vid Belec did superbly well to punch off his line.

The visitors did show that they were still a threat to Sporting just before half-time when Federico Dinisi found room in front of Rui Patrício but the goalkeeper, celebrating his 26th birthday today, easily saved from the Italian’s shot.

Giuseppe Galderisi made a change at half-time bringing on Pelé to replace Rui Duarte and the visitors improved dramatically over the first half.

Sporting started to find it difficult to create in the final third and Olhanense looked more and more dangerous.

Paulo Sérgio had a great chance in the 63rd minute as the Olhão club countered but the forwards powerful shot was well saved by Rui Patrício.

Olhanense beginning to threaten seemed to wake Sporting up and, thanks to the introduction of Wilson Eduardo and André Carrillo it was them who began to threaten again.

The Peruvian looked like he had a point to prove and one beautiful long range curling effort bounced off the post with Belec beaten.

Olhanense gave Sporting one last big scare in the game when it looked like Dionisi was going to tap-in to equalise but the striker’s shot was blocked. The resulting rebound could have gone anywhere but in the end went just past Rui Patrício’s post in a moment of panic at the Alvalade.

So it finished, in the end, a subdued win over Olhanense for Sporting. The only real concern for Leonardo Jardim is that his team could not build on their early lead, Fredy Montero now reaching 600 minutes without a goal is certainly not helping matters. Meanwhile William Carvalho’s excellent return showed just how important he is to the team.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Marcos Rojo (YC), Jefferson; William Carvalho (YC), Adrien Silva (YC), André Martins (Islam Slimani, 88′); Héldon Ramos (André Carrillo, 75′), Carlos Mané (Scored, 14′) (Wilson Eduardo, 66′), Fredy Montero
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Eric Dier, Vítor Silva, Diego Capel

Olhanense Want to Loan Ricardo Esgaio and João Mário

A Bola is today reporting that Algarve club Olhanense is interested in loaning Ricardo Esgaio and João Mário.

The paper says Olhanense manager Paulo Alves has identified the two as fitting into his system and the club will try and secure loans for the two players when the transfer window reopens in January.

Ricardo Esgaio has been in excellent form for the B team again this season but has not yet had a look in for Leonardo Jardim in the first team. Some regular first team Primeira Liga action could well be a positive mood for the versatile player.

João Mário seems to have fallen down the pecking order under Abel Ferreira with rumours that the two do not see eye to eye. A loan move for him would be best for everyone and Cercle Brugge have previously been mentioned as possibility.

Result: Olhanense 0-2 SPORTING

Sporting kept the pressure on Porto with a comfortable win in the Algarve against Olhanense

With Marcos Rojo injured Leonardo Jardim chose Eric Dier ahead of Rúben Semedo to replace him. Elsewhere Diego Capel started ahead of André Carrillo after the Peruvian’s international commitments saw him return late from South America.

The first half started off edgy but Sporting got into their stride late on in the half. Diego Capel in particular had an excellent chance midway through the half but his shot was hit straight at Ricardo.

Olhanense did give Sporting one major concern from a corner when Oumar Diakhité hit the bar from a corner but for the most part if it was Sporting on time.

Sporting improved greatly after half-time and soon started the scoring just 5 minutes after the restart.

It began when Rui Duarte fouled Diego Capel outside the area. André Martins took the resulting freekick which Fredy Montero jumped ahead of Ricardo to nod home. Replays showed that Montero had been in an offside position but the goal was allowed to stand and the Colombian scored his 6th of the season.

Sporting doubled the lead on the 58th minute. Wilson Eduardo picked up on the ball on the left-hand side and cleverly crossed low across the face of goal for André Martins to pop up and score his first ever goal for Sporting to make it 2-0.

From there on Sporting looked comfortable. There was time for Leonardo Jardim to also give new signing Vítor Silva his debut as Sporting wrapped up all 3 points.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Maurício, Eric Dier, Jefferson; William Carvalho (YC), Adrien Silva (Fabián Rinaudo, 82′), André Martins (YC) (Scored, 58′) (Vítor Silva, 69′); Diego Capel (André Carrillo, 69′), Wilson Eduardo, Fredy Montero (Scored, 50′)
Substitutes Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Rúben Semedo, Gerson Magrão, Islam Slimani

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

Report: SPORTING 1-1 Olhanense

Sporting’s beginning to the a promising new season didn’t exactly go as many had planned at home to Olhanense. Wilson Eduardo’s superb strike against his parent club meant Sporting would have to come from behind but were unable to score until Marat Izmailov’s 77th minute goal.

The game marked the official debuts of a whole host of new signings; Alberto Rodríguez, Fabián Rinaudo, Stijn Schaars, Jeffrén, Diego Rubio, and Diego Capel. It showed too, as there was a lack of cohesion in the team going forward, for all of the Sporting possession there lacked a cutting edge. It’s a familiar theme to last season although there’s still plenty of hope for the rest of the season.

Somewhat surprising was that Domingos Paciência did not go for the 4-1-3-2 formation that had been prevalent through-out most of pre-season instead opting for 3 in midfield with Schaars the more advanced ahead of Rinaudo and André Santos.

Another surprise was that Paciência left Daniel Carriço on the bench instead choosing Ânderson Polga and Alberto Rodríguez as the centre-back pairing and meaning João Pereira captained the team.

It was 29 minutes until Wilson Eduardo’s goal put Olhanense ahead. Wilson Eduardo is one of 3 Sporting players on loan at Olhanense currently along side João Gonçalves and Mexer. There will be concerns with how Eduardo was able to get his shot away without being closed down sooner but the strike was so good that Rui Patrício, on his 62nd consecutive Liga start, could do nothing. It should be noted that Wilson Eduardo did not celebrate after scoring.

The goal was against the run of play though, Hélder Postiga was unlucky not to have scored by that point with Olhanense’s Brazilian goalkeeper Fabiano doing well to prevent a Postiga header and a Jeffrén drive.

There was a controversial moment too after Jeffrén’s well saved shot as the ball bounced back out there looked to be a hand used by the Olhanense player but the referee, Carlos Xistra, did not give a penalty.

In the second half again a Jeffrén delivery caused danger with Hélder Postiga getting on the end of it with a header but it went narrowly wide of the goal.

The equaliser came in the 77th minute with a long cross from Evaldo found Marat Izmailov at the back post who’s shot was well saved by Fabiano but the goalkeeper could only rebound the ball back in to Izmailov’s feet and then passed it calmly into the net.

In the 89th minute a Stijn Schaars strike went narrowly wide to win the game for Sporting but the game finished 1-1.

Although performance wise this wasn’t the worst for Sporting the lack of finishing may well be a concern. Sporting next face Nordsjælland away on Thursday before the next league game in Aveiro away to Beira-Mar.

SPORTING: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Ânderson Polga, Alberto Rodríguez, Evaldo Fabiano; Fabián Rinaudo (YC), André Santos (Marat Izmailov 45′, Scored 77′), Stijn Schaars; Jeffrén Suárez (YC) (Diego Rubio 55′), Yannick Djaló (Diego Capel 63′); Hélder Postiga
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Daniel Carriço, Bruno Pereirinha, Ricky van Wolfswinkel

SPORTING vs. Olhanense Preview

The season is finally upon us and Sporting Clube de Portugal are back in competitive action with the opener against Sporting Clube Olhanense at the José Alvalade.

It’s been a massive summer for Sporting with a new President, Manager and an entirely new-look and vastly improved squad. Even with the recent friendly defeats it’s hard not to still feel optimistic about the upcoming season.

Olhanense are some way away from them their early form of last year but the Olhão outfit aren’t too shabby. Ivanildo looks to be a good signing for them and manager Dauto Faquirá will be happy for another mid-table finish once more. Perhaps Olhanense will be looking to try and exploit the relative lack of cohesion amongst the Sporting team which is natural after such a massive rejuvenation this summer.

Domingos Paciência will be watched closely with his team selection, some names like Rui Patrício and Daniel Carriço are obvious inclusions but it’s the array of attacking options that will be causing headaches for Paciência.

The likes of Diego Capel, Jeffrén, and André Carrillo will be fighting for the places that would usually have been taken by Yannick Djaló or Marat Izmailov. Up front too Hélder Postiga sees competition from Ricky van Wolfswinkel and the impressive young Chilean, Diego Rubio.

The second centre-back slot along site captain Daniel Carriço will prove to be a headache although it is likely that Alberto Rodríguez is currently in the lead for that position.

Still, regardless of team selection a winning start will certainly be expected especially in front of the home fans.

Some players are doubts for the match, Matías Fernández is properly not entirely fit after his Copa América exploits, Luis Aguiar hasn’t had too much pre-season after an early injury and Valeri Bojinov is almost certainly out.

Possible SPORTING XI:

Rui Patrício

João Pereira – Daniel Carriço – Alberto Rodríguez – Evaldo Fabiano

Fabián Rinaudo

Yannick Djaló – Stijn Schaars – Diego Capel

Ricky van Wolfswinkel – Hélder Postiga