Europa League Squad Announced

Sporting have announced their Europa League squad for the upcoming group stages. No real surprises in the squads, Sporting certainly benefitting from being able to register Tobias Figueiredo, Carlos Mané and Gelson Martins as “B” players.

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Ažbe Jug, Guilherme Oliveira*, Pedro Silva*, Vladimir Stojković*
Defenders: Jonathan Silva, Jefferson, Ewerton, Paulo Oliveira, Naldo, Ricardo Esgaio, Tobias Figueiredo*, Domingos Duarte*, Mauro Riquicho*
Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani, William Carvalho, João Mário, Adrien Silva, André Martins, Bruno Paulista, Francisco Geraldes*, Fábio Martins*, Rafael Barbosa*
Forwards: Junya Tanaka, Islam Slimani, Fredy Montero, André Carrillo, Teófilo Gutiérrez, Carlos Mané*, Cristian Ponde*, Daniel Podence*, Gelson Martins*, Matheus Pereira*

*”B list”

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Sporting’s Europa League Group Stage Squad Announced

Sporting’s squad for the group stage for the UEFA Europa League has been announced on the UEFA website. The full squad with B team members is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck, Victor Golas, Luís Ribeiro
Defenders: Daniel Carriço, Xandão, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Cédric Soares*, Tiago Ilori*, Emiliano Insúa, Tobias Figueiredo*, Michael Pinto*
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Marat Izmailov, Zakaria Labyad, Fabián Rinaudo, Adrien Silva, Bruno Pereirinha, André Martins, Danijel Pranjić, Kikas*, Edelino Ié*, Filipe Chaby*, João Mário*, Luís Cortez*, Elias, Gelson Fernandes, Zezinho
Forwards: Jeffrén Suárez, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Capel, Valentín Viola, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané*, Iuri Medeiros*, Ricardo Esgaio*, Bruma*, Betinho*

(* – Players with an asterisk are on the ‘B list’)

Sporting News Round-Up

It’s been a busy week for Sporting with a few games, the close of the transfer window, and the Europa League groups drawn so it’s time for another huge round-up of all the Sporting news.

First, we’ll catch up with Sporting’s last two games in which Sporting had varying success.

The first was a massively disappointing 0-1 defeat at home to Rio Ave. Edimar’s well worked goal in the 40th minute was enough for the visitors to secure the win. The game was typical of the first opening games for Sporting. Sporting had plenty of possession but failed to break through the Rio Ave defence and at times looked hugely out of ideas – and when they did make chances proceeded to miss them. In the second-half also saw the debut of the new Argentine forward Valentín Viola.

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

After the game Ricardo Sá Pinto was furious and promised a win and goals in the next game in the Europa League against AC Horsens. Last week the sides drew 1-1 and Horsens goalkeeper Frederik Rønnow stole the show.

Sá Pinto’s side truly delivered with a thumping 5-0 victory to secure a place in the Europa League group stages (draw to follow). Danijel Pranjić started ahead of Emiliano Insúa at left-back to make his full Sporting debut.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who had been misfiring in previous games, opened the scoring after 8 minutes with a lovely half-volleyed finish. Thomas Kortegaard was unfortunate to see a ball bounce cruelly off his knee and then into the net to put Sporting 2-0 ahead at half-time.

After the restart Ricky van Wolfswinkel got his second goal from close range after some poor Horsens defending from a corner. André Carrillo scored the goal of the game when his superb strike from the edge of the area hit the underside of the cross bar and went in before a good Elias strike finished the hammering.

Sporting XI: Rui Patrício; Cédric Soares, Khalid Boulahrouz, Marcos Rojo, Danijel Pranjić; Gelson Fernandes (Daniel Carriço 74′), Adrien Silva (André Martins 65′), Elias; André Carrillo (Jeffrén Suárez 65′), Diego Capel, Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Xandão, Emiliano Insúa, Zakaria Labyad

On Friday 31st August came the Europa League draw which saw Sporting drew in Group G alongside FC Basel, KRC Genk, and Videoton FC.

Interestingly, Hungarian side Videoton are managed by one-time Sporting player Paulo Sousa. As well as that Renato Neto is also on loan at the Hungarian club from Sporting and it is where former Sporting player Marco Caneira is currently playing.

Full fixtures:

20th September: SPORTING vs. Basel
4th October: Videoton vs. SPORTING
25th October: Genk vs. SPORTING
8th November: SPORTING vs. Genk
22nd November: Basel vs. SPORTING
6th December: SPORTING vs. Videoton

Before we move onto all the transfer news there will be Sporting players involved for Portugal over the next international window:

Portugal: Rui Patrício
Portugal U-21: Cédric Soares, André Martins and Pedro Mendes

Speaking of Rui Patrício. Patrício signed a new contract with the club keeping him at the club now until the end of the 2017/2018 season. On top of that Rui Patrício’s release clause has been increased to €40,000,000.

So now to the transfers.

Sporting completed only one transfer in to the club and that was of Júlio Alves (brother of Bruno Alves) joining Sporting B on loan for the season from Turkish club Beşiktaş.

There were plenty of moves out of the club though, albeit almost all loan deals…

Florent Sinama Pongolle cancelled his contract with Sporting meaning he is now a free agent. Pongolle spent last season on loan at Saint-Étienne and will be widely remembered as being one of Sporting’s most wasteful signings.

Wilson Eduardo will be spending next season on loan at Académica after almost making it into the first team this year.

Valeri Bojinov, who was certainly never going to play for Sporting again, has moved on loan to Hellas Verona. Bojinov had long been rumoured to be joining Torino but ended up at Hellas instead.

B-Team defender João Gonçalves will join Vitória de Guimarães on loan.

Another B-Team defender, Atila Turan, will be in Turkey next season playing for Orduspor. He’ll be playing alongside former Sporting player Miguel Garcia.

And finally, in the most surprising move, Oguchi Onyewu will be playing for Málaga next year. Onyewu did little wrong last season with Sporting but his loan deal will mean he get more first-team football. The arrivals of Rojo and Boulahrouz made his departure more likely.

So there you have it! The B-Team are facing Marítimo B later today with a report to follow later.

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′)

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

UEFA Europa League Draw: Metalist Kharkiv

Following Sporting’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester City last night and away goal qualification against the English side, today the draw for the next round of the Europa League took place.

Ukrainian side FC Metalist Kharkiv will be Sporting’s opponents in the Quarter-Finals set to take place on the 29th March and 5th April.

Metalist, a side with a huge South American contingent, is the current club of former Sporting defender Marco Torsiglieri. The Argentine joined Metalist on loan last season before securing a permanent deal at the start of the new year and will be set to face his former team.

Kharkiv go to this stage by defeating Olympiacos on away goals in the last round having already thoroughly beaten Red Bull Salzburg in Round of 32.

Should Sporting advance they will then face the winner of Schalke 04 and Athletic Club.

Full Fixtures / Results Here

Match Report: SPORTING 1-0 Legia Warszawa (3-2 agg.)

Sporting qualified to the Last 16 of the UEFA Europa League with a 1-0 win on the night over Legia Warszawa and 3-2 on aggregate due to Matías Fernández’s late freekick.

Ricardo Sá Pinto brought in Alberto Rodríguez in the place of the injured Oguchi Onyewu, Daniel Carriço took Fabián Rinaudo’s role and Matías Fernández replaced the cup-tied Elias.

The first half was an even contest devoid of much action. Legia failed to create chances against the Sporting defence and the game because a midfield battle. The first half finished with little of note to talk about and with chances in the game few and far between.

The second half had some more action, albeit mostly from Russian referee Vladislav Bezborodov, who handed out 8 yellow cards in that second period with 11 in the game in total. Most of those going to the tough-tackling away side.

Sporting though did get their goal after 83 minutes when Matías Fernández’s freekick went past everyone and into Dušan Kuciak’s goal.

It wasn’t the most exciting game but Sporting progress to face Manchester City (who knocked out Porto) in the next round with games to be played on the 8th and 15th March.

There will be concern for Sporting though, the three substitutions made by Ricardo Sá Pinto were all forced changed due to injury. Marat Izmailov and André Carrillo’s does not look to serious but Alberto Rodríguez will go under further assessment before it can be determined when he will return.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; João Pereira (YC), Ânderson Polga, Alberto Rodríguez (Xandão 71′), Emiliano Insúa; Daniel Carriço (YC), Stijn Schaars (YC), Matías Fernández; Marat Izmailov (Bruno Pereirinha 77′), André Carrillo (YC) (Diego Capel 70′, YC), Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Subs Not Used: Marcelo Boeck, Renato Neto, André Santos, Sebastián Ribas

UEFA Europa League Draw: Legia Warszawa

Today’s Europa League draw has Sporting Clube de Portugal drawn against Legia Warszawa of Poland in the round of 32 before a possible fixture against Porto or Manchester City in the last 16.

Sporting will travel to Warsaw for the first leg on the 16th February before the second leg at home on the 23rd February. The fixture will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs, indeed it will be the first time Sporting play in Poland.

Should Sporting progress then they will face the winner of the game between 2011 Europa League winners Porto and the well-monied Manchester City. Those two possible games would be played on the 8th and 15th March.

Full list of fixtures can be found on the Results / Fixtures page

Match Report: Lazio 2-0 SPORTING

A young Sporting side failed to keep Lazio at bay as the home side ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Libor Kozák and Giuseppe Sculli.

With top spot in the group already assured with the win over FC Zürich two weeks ago, Sporting had the opportunity to field a second string side. Indeed they did as Domingos Paciência picked a young team with fringe players included as well. Out of the starting eleven and substitutes, Paciência had chosen 5 players currently in the U-19 team as well as giving Diego Rubio his first start.

Lazio knew before the game that this was a match they had to win as well as relying on FC Zürich to win at home to FC Vaslui.

The home side began the stronger side against a weakened Sporting team with Giuseppe Sculli being a constant menace on the right hand side and making it a very tough game for Evaldo. Marcelo Boeck did well on occasions when he was tested but just three minutes before the half-time when Senad Lulić’s cross found the head of Libor Kozák to put the Italian side ahead.

Sporting began the second half as the better side holding more of the possession but Giuseppe Sculli’s goal just ten minutes after the restart ended Sporting’s hopes for a comeback.

The real highlight of the second half for Sporting was the full senior debut for João Mário, captain of the U-19 team. The midfielder looked good when he came on and the former Porto youngster looks like he could be a real prospect for the future.

In the end it was essentially a nothing game for Sporting with the result having no affect. It was though a good opportunity for the youngsters to get European experience as well as giving match fitness to to fringe players. The main focus now, as it always has been, is Sunday’s game away to Académica.

SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck; Bruno Pereirinha, Oguchi Onyewu (João Mário 76′), Tiago Ilori, Evaldo Fabiano; André Santos, Stijn Schaars (Daniel Carriço 70′), André Martins; André Carrillo, Diego Rubio (Emiliano Insúa 65′), Valeri Bojinov
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Ricardo Esgaio, João Carlos, Betinho

Lazio vs. SPORTING Preview

Sporting will travel to the Stadio Olimpico tomorrow knowing they have already qualified top of Group D and can afford to experiment and play youngsters.

Lazio meanwhile have to beat Sporting and hope that FC Vaslui slip up against FC Zürich or else they are eliminated from the competition.

Since Sporting’s 2-1 win at the Alvalade back in September, Lazio have lost only one game in all competitions, a 1-0 defeat to Juventus back in November. The Romans currently sit 4th in Serie A just two points behind the league leaders Juventus and Udinese, and with a tough clash against Udinese on Sunday could consider making their weekend game a priority.

Domingos Paciência is not willing to risk too many players having left behind Ânderson Polga, João Pereira, Elías, Diego Capel and Ricky van Wolfswinkel – some of the key players so far this season. Domingos will instead then be looking ahead to this weekend’s liga fixture away in Coimbra against Académica. Paciência also confirmed that Valeri Bojinov, Marcelo Boeck and Stijn Schaars (who missed out last weekend through suspension) will play.

Included in the squad are five junior players: Tiago Ilori (who has already made his debut), Ricardo Esgaio, João Mário, João Carlos, and Betinho. Meaning the full squad traveling to Italy is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Marcelo Boeck
Defenders: Daniel Carriço, Oguchi Onyewu, Evaldo Fabiano, Emiliano Insúa, Tiago Ilori, Ricardo Esgaio
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, André Santos, André Martins, Bruno Pereirinha, João Mário, João Carlos
Forwards: Valeri Bojinov, André Carrillo, Diego Rubio, Betinho

Paciência stressed to the press earlier that although Sporting have little to play for in terms of competition they will still have the club’s reputation to defend. With the team having won the last three fixtures on the bounce there will be hope that the club can once again go on a winning run the period over September and October that saw the side win ten games in a row.

Possible Sporting XI:

Marcelo Boeck

Bruno Pereirinha – Daniel Carriço – Oguchi Onyewu – Evaldo Fabiano

Stijn Schaars – André Santos – André Martins

André Carrillo – Valeri Bojinov – Diego Rubio