SPORTING B 3-1 Leixões

Sporting’s win over Leixões was overshadowed after a terrible injury to Mauro Riquicho could keep the right-back out for the rest of the season.

João de Deus brought in Rúben Ribeiro for the player’s Sporting B debut, slotting in at left back.

Coming off a great win over Oriental last time out Sporting kept up their excellent play.

Indeed, it took just 2 minutes for Sporting to get the lead when Matheus Pereira’s freekick was headed in from close range by Sambinha.

An even better set piece came 7 minutes later when a clever passing move from Sporting found Domingos Duarte able to score from close range.

Diogo Nunes pulled one back for Leixões in a half with goals all scored by central defenders.

Not long after the restart João de Deus brought on Diogo Salomão for Rafael Barbosa. The winger showing excellent attitude to play for the B team despite being unable to find a new club over the summer.

The incident the game will be remembered for came in the 62nd minute when Alemão went in on a tackle on Riquicho. Immediately the players signalled to the physio to deal with the terrible injury that could end the defender’s season.

Sporting tried to seal the game and get a third but the balance in the game shifted after Sambinha saw a straight red card.

Leixões went in search for an equaliser which allowed Sporting to counter and just before the end Cristian Ponde made it 3-1 to secure all 3 points.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mauro Riquicho (Mama Baldé, 65′), Domingos Duarte (Scored, 9′), Sambinha (Scored, 2′) (RC), Rúben Ribeiro; Fabrice Fokobo, Ryan Gauld, Rafael Barbosa (Diogo Salomão, 55′); Daniel Podence (YC) (Hadi Sacko, 73′), Matheus Pereira, Cristian Ponde (Scored, 89′)
Substitutes Not Used: Guilherme Oliveira, Ivanildo Fernandes, Seejou King, Zezinho

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Transfer Round Up 2013: Signings

Well, that last post sure had a lot of outgoing. Now let’s see who arrived at the club.

Leonardo Jardim: Well, we have to start with the manager. There were some who wanted Jesualdo Ferreira to stay in charge of Sporting after he rescued what was a disastrous season but injecting some youth into the team. Bruno de Carvalho however wanted former Braga and Olympiacos manager, Leonardo Jardim. So far, it is looking like an excellent recruitment but only time will tell.

Jefferson from Estoril (€400,000): After the sale of Emiliano Insúa back in January and after the loan finished of the distinctly average Joãozinho, Sporting were after a new left-back. Jefferson was one of Estoril’s best players as he helped the club have one of its best ever seasons. From early signs so far it seems that Sporting have grabbed quite the bargain.

Seejou King from Nordsjaelland (undisclosed): Seejou King originally arrived on loan from the Danish club to compete in the B team but impressed enough to warrant making contract permanent. There is no word on any transfer fee but with the left-back having only one year of his contract with his former club remaining the fee would likely have been a compensatory one.

Sambinha from 1º Dezembro (undisclosed): A versatile player who impressed enough to gain a contract from Sporting. Sambinha is likely to be spending most of his time in Sporting B and indeed was part of the team that won the Taça da Honra earlier in pre-season.

Fredy Montero from Seattle Sounders (loan): Initially a loan move but more than likely to be turned into a transfer with the player already agreeing terms to stay at the club for longer. No word yet on what the future transfer fee might be but should he continue to play as he has started this season (5 goals in the opening 3 games) then any fee will be worth it.

Hugo Sousa (free): Hugo Sousa had been playing in Cyprus but left his club AE Paphos due to unpaid wages. The young central defender has signed a 5-year deal with Sporting and will initially start life in the B team but may well be cover for the central defenders in the first team as the season goes on.

Maurício from Sport Recife (€330,000): I was unable to find an official transfer fee for Maurício but the player did have a buy out clause of €330k at Sport and so that figure would have to be the maximum. Rumour has it that with the player’s intention to leave and his relatively short remaining contract that Bruno de Carvalho did manage to get an even better deal for the player. So far he seems to have settled in nicely and may well end up much better than Xandão at the very last. Indeed, Maurício scored on the first day of the season against Arouca – a great way to mark your debut.

Salim Cissé from Académica (€300,000): Signed as back up to Fredy Montero from Académica (who will receive 10% of any future transfer fee). Cissé is likely to be frequently playing for the B team to keep up his match fitness as he tries to become the number one back-up ahead of another new signing in Islam Slimani.

Welder from Palmeiras (loan): The 22-year old Brazilian signs on loan from Palmeiras. No word of any deals for future fees for the player. Welder can play either his preferred right-back role or at left-back as well.

Gerson Magrão from Esporte Clube Primavera (free): Magrão has spent the last few years on loan at Santos and also Figueirense after a spell with Dynamo Kiev. The 28-year old midfielder has plenty of experience to add to Sporting although his debut didn’t go so well. He was replaced by André Martins midway through the first-half having failed to make an impact on the game. He can only improve from there.

Islam Slimani from CR Belouizdad (Undisclosed): Forward Slimani will join Fredy Montero and Salim Cissé as our set of strikers for the forthcoming season. Slimani has an excellent scoring record in his native Algeria but we are yet to see whether that will convert to Portugal. No word on the fee paid for the player.

Tiziu from Corinthians (free): Promising youngster who had at one point been hugely rated in Brazil before his exceptional development stalled. At just 19-years of age there is still plenty of time for the player to grow as he will be giving Betinho competition leading the line of the B team.

Iván Piris from São Paulo (undisclosed): The Paraguayan right-back had spent last year on loan at AS Roma but the Italian club did not take up the option to sign him. Indeed, Sporting have yet to announce whether the signing of Piris is a similar deal to Roma’s or a full transfer but it is perhaps most likely that it will start of initially as a loan. Perhaps the best bit of Piris’ transfer is that the player had apparently been on Benfica’s radar.

Vítor from Paços de Ferreira (undisclosed): An unexpected last minute signing but Vítor has plenty of experience and should add depth to midfield. Vítor had been linked with Middlesborough, Hull City and other English clubs but eventually ended up at Sporting for an, as of yet, undisclosed fee. It seems that super-agent Jorge Mendes was instrumental in the deal. Rumour has the deal could be worth up to €600,000.

Total spent from player purchases (estimated): €1,630,000

Estimated total summer spending: -€18,470,00

As well as the new signings, perhaps the best aspect of Bruno de Carvalho’s first summer as Sporting president was the long term contracts handed out to some incredibly promising players. With the early departures of several youth prospects in recent years (João Carlos, Agostinho Cá, Edgar Ié, etc.) this should help ensure Sporting profit from what they help cultivate.

From tvi24, a full list of this summer’s new deals:

Mauro Riquicho: until June 2016, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Rúben Semedo: until June 2017, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Diogo Salomão: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Mica Pinto: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
João Mário: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Wilson Eduardo: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
William Carvalho: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Luís Ribeiro: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Ricardo Esgaio: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Edelino Ié: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Carlos Mané: until June 2018, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Filipe Chaby: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Cristian Ponde: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Iuri Medeiros: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Kikas: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Tobias Figueiredo: until June 2019, (€45,000,000 release clause)
Betinho: until June 2018, (€60,000,000 release clause)

So. All in all a successful summer for Sporting. Bruno de Carvalho is quickly righting the many wrongs of the Godinho era and it seems that the club have not only made a tidy profit but with various clauses in contracts will stand to make future profits as well. What more could we ask for at this stage?