SPORTING B 5-1 Cova da Piedade

Sporting B returned to winning ways in style with a 5-1 thrashing off Cova da Piedade. A brace from Leonardo Ruiz and goals from Pedro Delgado, Matheus Pereira and Bilel Aouacheria gave Sporting the win.

João de Deus had 2 reinforcements from the first team squad with Ricardo Esgaio and Matheus Pereira both starting to regain their match fitness. Cova da Piedade had a familiar face in their team with Evaldo starting in defence.

It was 21 minutes before Sporting took the lead through Leonardo Ruiz, the Colombian heading in Matheus Pereira’s cross. The Brazilian winger had been the danger for Sporting early on in the game.

Most of the goals came in the second half and it was only a minute after the restart that Ruiz completed his brace. This time it was Mama Baldé with the cross for Ruiz to head in yet again.

However, Cova da Piedade got back in the back when Boubakar Kouyaté fouled Christian Irobiso in the area. André Carvalhas stepped up to put the penalty past Pedro Silva.

This time Sporting B didn’t concede a late equaliser as Pedro Delgado popped up to make it 3-1 in the 66th minute, his first goal for Sporting B.

In the 79th minute Matheus Pereira got a much deserved goal after his excellent display and then just before the end substitute Bilel Aouacheria completed the route.

This was easily Sporting B’s best performance of the season and hopefully they can continue their form against Viseu in their next game to get out of the bottom third of the table.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Boubakar Kouyaté, Ivanildo Fernandes, Pedro Empis; Fábio Martins (Edu Pinheiro, 86′), Ricardo Guima, Pedro Delgado (Scored, 66′) (Bilel Aouacheria, 82′, Scored 90′); Ricardo Esgaio, Matheus Pereira (Scored, 79′), Leonardo Ruiz (Scored 21′, 46′) (Ronaldo Tavares, 71;)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Fidel Escobar, Budag Nasyrov, Jovane Cabral

SPORTING B 2-2 Gil Vicente

Sporting B were denied a much needed win by a last minute Gil Vicente equaliser in Alcochete.

João de Deus’ men have been struggling to get wins in recent weeks but this time the coach had reinforcements. Ricardo Esgaio, Bruno Paulista and Matheus Pereira all started, the 3 first team players in need of first team action.

All 4 goals came in the last 30 minutes of the game. Gil Vicente struck first through defender Ricardo Miranda.

Sporting hit back immediately through substitute Pedro Marques, who was the hero against Real Madrid in the UEFA Youth Cup, scoring just a minute after Miranda’s goal.

It looked like Marques had struck the winner for Sporting when he made it 2-1 in the 80th minute.

However Gil Vicente stole a point in the end with Brazilian midfielder Arthur Rezende beating Pedro Silva to make it 2-2.

Sporting currently sit way down in 20th place but with so many games left and a young team that should only get better there shouldn’t be any reason for Sporting to panic just yet.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Ricardo Esgaio, Fidel Escobar (Bilel Aouacheria, 46′), Boubakar Kouyaté, Ivanildo Fernandes; Bruno Paulista (YC), Ricardo Guima, Pedro Delgado (Jovane Cabral, 77′); Pedro Empis, Matheus Pereira, Ronaldo Tavares (Pedro Marques, 57′, Scored 61′, 80′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Fabrice Fokobo, Budag Nasyrov, Leonardo Ruiz

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…

SPORTING B 1-2 Vizela

Sporting B’s difficult start to the Segunda Liga season continued with a home defeat to Vizela.

It was a dull game in Alcochete that took until the second half to really get going. Bilel Aouacheria had the first chance on goal when he hit the post.

However Vizela took the lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half. Mama Baldé fouled Filipe Augusto. Elízio converted past Pedro Silva to put the visitors in the lead.

Just 5 minutes later and the visitors scored again. This time Mário Mendonça set up Kukula to make it 2-0.

Sporting did manage to pull one goal back but it was too late in the game to make a difference. Substitute Pedro Empis was fouled in the area by Diogo Lamelas. Leonardo Ruiz stepped up and converted the penalty, the Colombian’s first goal for Sporting.

Sporting’s youngsters need to improve over the international break to avoid a possible relegation struggle. Their next game is away to Varzim on the 11th September.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Guilherme Ramos (Edu Pinheiro, 80′), Ivanildo Fernandes, David Sualehe; Ricardo Guima, Fábio Martins; Bilel Aouacheria (Pedro Empis, 70), Elves Baldé; Leonardo Ruiz, Ricardo Almeida (Pedro Marques, 70′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Boubakar Kouyaté, Bruno Paz, Budag Nasyrov

Sporting Sign Luc Castaignos, Bas Dost and Pedro Delgado and Other News

It was a very busy weekend off the pitch as as as Sporting completed 3 transfer deals.

First, Bas Dost signed from Wolfsburg on a 4-year contract with a €60,000,000 release clause. The Dutch striker will certainly become the replace to Islam Sllimani, with the Algerian set to depart.  The transfer fee is believed to be in the region of €10m. Bas Dost scored 47 goals in 115 appearances for Wolfsburg and has so far made 6 appearances for the Netherlands national team.

Pedro Delgado signed from Internazionale with Sporting holding 50% of the rights of the player. The 19-year old signs a 2-year contract with an option for 3 more and a release clause of €45,000,000. Delgado, who briefly played for Sporting’s youth system as well as with Portimonense will begin at the B team.

Delgado could make his debut for the B team later today in the game against Vizela.

In what will presumably be Sporting’s last transfer of the season Luc Castaignos joined from Eintracht Frankfurt. The Dutch forward signs a 3 year contract with the option of 2 more and a release clause of €60,000,000. No word yet of a transfer fee, but along with André and Joel Campbell, Castaignos is another reinforcement to what will be a brand new attacking line-up for Jorge Jesus. Castaignos scored 5 goals in 17 games in Germany last season.

Islam Slimani looked set to complete his move to Leicester City. The club’s chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was apparently at the Alvalade during the game against Porto to complete the move.

Finally, Carlos Mané has apparently agreed to a 2-year loan to Stuttgart. Mané came off from the bench against Porto but has found game time difficult to come by at Sporting the arrival of Jorge Jesus and the emergence of Gelson Martins.

Famalicão 1-1 SPORTING B

Sporting B came from behind to draw 1-1 with Famalicão with Ivanildo Fernandes getting the goal.

João de Deus gave a debut to Colombian forward Leonardo Ruiz. Guilherme Ramos returned to the team after his suspension in the place of Fidel Escobar.

It was the home side who started the better and they got their goal through Diego Medeiros after just 14 minutes gone.

Sporting improved after the goal and got an equaliser in the 67th minute when Ricardo Guima’s shot was saved by Victor Braga. The rebound fell to Ivanildo Fernandes who converted from close range.

Sporting almost had the game one near the end through the 16-year old Elves Baldé but it ended 1-1.

It was an improvement over the last game against Fafe but there is still work to do for João de Deus and Sporting B.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Guilherme Ramos, Ivanildo Fernandes (Scored, 67′), David Sualehe; Fábio Martins, Ricardo Guima; Aouacheria Bilel, (YC) Jovane Cabral (Elves Baldé, 63′, YC); Leonardo Ruiz (Fidel Escobar, 85′), Ricardo Almeida (Pedro Marques, 79′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Pedro Empis, Edu Pinheiro, Budag Nasyrov

SPORTING B 2-4 Fafe

Sporting B failed to hold on to their half-time lead to lose 2-4 against Fafe at the Academia Sporting, Ronaldo Tavares and Pedro Marques scored the goals for João de Deus’ side.

Sporting were without the suspended Guilherme Ramos so Ivanildo Fernandes filled in at centre-back alongside Fidel Escobar. Pedro Marques and Bilel Aouacheria also started in the place of Elves Baldé and Ricardo Almeida.

Sporting played their best football in the first half. Ronaldo Tavares got the lead in the 33rd minute after some excellent individual work.

Alan Júnior pulled one back for Fafe but immediately afterwards Pedro Marques but Sporting back in the lead.

The visitors improved after the break and drew level early on in the second-half through Ferrinho.

Then, two goals in as many minutes gave Fafe the win. First through Evandro Brandão and then Leandro Borges.

Late in the game João de Deus handed a debuts to the Azerbaijani midfielder Budag Nasyrov and Jovane Cabral, the 18-year old Cape Verdean forward.

This defeat is a reminder of what a difficult season it could be for João de Deus and his young team.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Fidel Escobar, Ivanildo Fernandes, David Sualehe (Elves Baldé, 72′); Fábio Martins, Ricardo Guima (YC), Pedro Empis; Pedro Marques (Scored, 42′) (Jovane Cabral, 61′), Ronaldo Tavares (Scored, 33′), Bilel Aouacheria (Budag Nasyrov, 82′)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Bubacar Djaló, Edu Pinheiro, Ricardo Almeida

Sporting Sign Boubakar Kouyaté

Sporting have completed the signing of Boubakar Kouyaté from Moroccan club Kawkab de Marrakech.

The Malian born defender, who was signed by Kawkab from AS Bamako in 2015, will play for the B team.

The 23-year old signs a 3-year contract with the option of a further 2 years on top. The recision clause is €45,000,000.

Sporting da Covilhã 1-2 SPORTING B

Sporting B got their first win after coming from behind against Sporting da Covilhã. The home side led through Agostinho Soares at half-time but a goal from Ricardo Almeida and an own goal from Éder Díez gave Sporting the win.

João de Deus made one change from the team that lost against Portimonense with a debut for 16-year old Elves Baldé in the place of Bilel Aouacheria.

It was a fairly even game from both teams with chances at either end. Ronaldo Tavares and Ricardo Almeida looked dangerous for Sporting going forward.

Pedro Silva, in the Sporting goal, was needed to make some excellent saves. He was eventually beaten by Agostinho Soares just before the break.

Sporting improved in the second-half and eventually equalised through Ricardo Almeida after some good work from Pedro Empis on the left wing. After the goal Almeida was replaced by another debutant, 18-year old Pedro Marques.

The winner came in the 76th minute when Mama Baldé’s shot rebounded off of Spanish forward Éder Díez.

Late on in the game Guilherme Ramos was sent off but Sporting managed to hold on the secure the win.

SPORTING B XI: Pedro Silva; Mama Baldé, Fidel Escobar, Guilherme Ramos (YC, RC), David Sualehe; Fábio Martins, Ricardo Guima, Ronaldo Tavares, Pedro Empis (Bubacar Djaló); Elves Baldé (Bruno Paz), Ricardo Almeida (Scored, 60′, Pedro Marques)
Substitutes Not Used: Vladimir Stojković, Diogo Nunes, Ivanildo Fernandes, Edu Pinheiro

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