Sporting players called up to Portugal squads

The latest squad selections for the Portuguese national teams have been announced and, as ever, Sporting are greatly represented.

The biggest news is Gelson Martins’ first called up to the senior squad by Fernando Santos. The winger’s excellent start to the season has not gone unnoticed however Rúben Semedo has not made it to the senior team and is included in the U21 squad.

Portugal: Rui Patrício, William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Gelson Martins
Portugal U21: Domingos Duarte, Rúben Semedo, Tobias Figueiredo, Pedro Empis, Francisco Geraldes, Daniel Podence
Portugal U19: Abdu Conté, Bruno Paz, Gonçalo Vieira, Pedro Marques

Elsewhere there were players selected for the Women’s side as well. Susana Cova named 5 Sporting players in her U19 team and 3 Sporting players were selected for the U17 team.

Portugal U19: Bárbara Marques, Bruna Costa, Inês Pereira, Neuza Besugo, Tânia Rodrigues
Portugal U17: Joana Martins, Beatriz Conduto, Carolina Monteiro


Champions League Squad Announced

The squad for Sporting’s Champions League campaign has been announced. UEFA has yet to publish the “B” list, meaning some youth team players like Matheus Pereira and Gelson Martins don’t feature but that should follow shortly.

All of the new signings feature, the only missing name from the first team squad proper is goalkeeper Ažbe Jug.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Beto, Vladimir Stojković*, Luís Maximiano*, Pedro Silva*
Defenders: Ezequiel Schelotto, Jefferson, Sebastián Coates, Paulo Oliveira, Douglas Teixeira, João Pereira, Rúben Semedo, Ricardo Esgaio, Marvin Zeegelaar, Pedro Empis*, Mauro Riquicho*, Ivanildo Fernandes*, Guilherme Ramos*, Abdu Conté*, Gonçalo Vieira*, Jefferson Encada*
Midfielders: Radosav Petrović, Bruno César, William Carvalho, Elias, Adrien Silva, Marcelo Meli, Bruno Paulista, Alan Ruiz, Bubacar Djaló*, Gelson Martins*, Bruno Paz*, Pedro Ferreira*, Fábio Martins*
Forwards: Lazar Marković, Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz, André, Luc Castaignos, Bas Dost, Luís Eloi*, Matheus Pereira*

*B list

Edited 13/9 to include to include the B squad.

SPORTING B 1-2 Portimonense

Sporting B lost on the first weekend of the Segunda Liga season. New signing Bilel Aouacheria gave Sporting the lead from the penalty spot but 2 goals from Pires gave the win to the visitors.

João de Deus played an almost unrecognisable side to the one he had last season. Mama Baldé captained the what was a very young side with goalkeeper Pedro Silva the only other player to have played a significant amount of B team games before.

Sporting opened the scoring after just 18 minutes when Bilel Aouacheri was fouled in the area. The French forward then duly converted from the penalty spot.

In the second half Portimonense fought back and 2 goals from Jorge Pires gave the visitors the win.

This season could prove to be tricky for Sporting B and João de Deus with such a huge overhaul in the squad and with many players out on loan. However this gives a huge opportunity to the youngsters coming through to prove their worth.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Fidel Escobar, Guilherme Ramos, David Sualehe (Bubacar Djaló, 74′); Ronaldo Tavares, Fábio Martins (Edu Pinheiro, 84′), Ricardo Guimarães, Pedro Empis; Ricardo Almeida (Bruno Paz, 69′), Bilel Aouacheri
Substitutes Not Used: Luís Maximiano, Diogo Nunes, Ivanildo Fernandes, Luís Elói