Transfer Round-Up 2014: Departures

It was another hectic transfer window for Sporting with plenty of entrances and exits. Here’s a round up of every move out of the club this summer. We’ll be recapping the exciting signings later on.


Leonardo Jardim to AS Monaco (€3,000,000): After an impressive season with Sporting, Monaco came calling and chose Leonardo Jardim to replace Claudio Ranieri. Sporting got compensation for the move thought to be about €3,000,000. It seems Jardim left on good terms and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him return at some point in the future.

Victor Golas to Braga (Undisclosed): The Polish-Brazilian goalkeeper move on after failing to break into the Sporting team. At 23-years old he now needs competitive football but now needs to get ahead of Stanislav Kritsyuk. No word on any fees for the player but it is likely to minimal with a view to Sporting getting a cut of a future transfer.

Fabián Rinaudo to Catania (€3,000,000): It’s a shame to see Fito Rinaudo leave. The fierce Argentinian midfielder always gave everything he had in a Sporting shirt. The emergence of William Carvalho however meant he was unable to find a place in the team again. Unfortunately, with Catania’s relegation last season it now means the player will be in Serie B and he really deserves better. €3,000,000 isn’t a bad fee and Sporting have made a profit from him.

Wilson Eduardo to Dinamo Zagreb (Loan): Despite scoring a few goals in pre-season Wilson Eduardo was loaned out to Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatian club have an option to buy the player for a future fee. Eduardo simply had too much competition with other recognised wingers Diego Capel, André Carrillo, Carlos Mané, Shikabala and now Nani all fighting for places in the team.

Diogo Salomão to Deportivo de La Coruña (Loan): Another stint to Deportivo for Salomão as he recovers from the serious injury he picked up there last season. It’s likely that at some point Deportivo may actually pay for the player they keep signing.

Zezinho to AEL Limassol (Loan): It’s a shame for Zezinho, after being promoted to the first team by Jesualdo Ferreira a couple of seasons ago he’s never been give a chance to try and find his way back. He’s give another loan out and a chance to use the Greek he picked up at Veria. AEL have the option to buy the player should they choose to.

Valentín Viola to Kardemir Karabükspor (Loan): Viola seemed determined to try and fight for his space at Sporting and was back in training and given time to impress. Unfortunately for him he was deemed surplus and will now spend next out on loan. The Turkish club have the option to buy as well.

Eric Dier to Tottenham Hotspur (€4,000,000): Certainly the most disappointing departure for Sporting with such a meagre fee and the player’s potential. This season he would certainly have finally broken into a first team starting place but after failing to renegotiate a contract, the release clause value was a major issue, he left instead on a pittance.

William Owusu to Royal Antwerp (Free): The Ghanian failed to break through the Sporting team and instead had several loans to different clubs. Should be a good signing for Royal Antwerp.

Marcos Rojo to Manchester United (€20,000,000): Well this is a transfer that’s going to keep on going for a while. The fallout between Sporting and third-party company Doyen Sports was not pretty and will certainly lead to legal action. Sporting have paid €4,000,000 to Spartak Moscow and the original sum (believed to be a similar fee) to Doyen Sports. For now.

Rúben Semedo to Reus Deportiu (Loan): A good loan for both sides. Semedo needed some non B-team football and it seemed still had some issues after recently being suspended. Tobias Figueiredo seemed to benefit to a loan at Reus last season so hopefully Semedo will do the same.

Vítor Silva to Reus Deportiu (Free): A Shame for Vítor Silva to be stepping down so many divisions but good that at least he will be playing more football.

Hugo Sousa to Waasland-Beveren (Free): Hugo Sousa was always a solid utility player for Sporting B covering all defensive positions as well as defensive midfield. Still, a move to another club is certainly a good option for him.

Mickaël Meira to AEL Limassol (Undisclosed): Unlikely to be a large fee, if any, for the young goalkeeper who spent his last 5 seasons coming through the Sporting ranks. Hopefully, he’ll now get some more game time. Sporting will be receiving 40% of any future transfer fees for the player.

Kikas to Rapid București (Loan): Kikas has spent almost his entire life at the club and it’s such a shame he can’t quite manage to break into the first team. A spell at Rapid București should do him some good though. The Romanian club have the option of purchasing the player for €4,000,000 at the end of the spell.

Luka Stojanović to Apollon Limassol (Undisclosed): Was highly promising when he first signed for the club but it seems Stojanović was deemed surplus. His move to Apollon should kick start his career but no word of any fees or future sales fees.

Betinho to Brentford (Loan): Probably the least expected of the loans but certainly a small coup for Brentford. Betinho will wear the 22 shirt for the team currently 8th in the Championship.

Estimated Transfer Income: (~€23,000,000)

Overall not a bad window for Sporting although the departure of Eric Dier for such a nominal fee is disappointing. The club’s profit on Rojo (if it stands) made the significant amount of money for the club.

Most importantly Sporting managed to keep hold of the likes of William Carvalho, Rui Patrício, Islam Slimani, Adrien Silva, etc.


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.

News Round-Up: 22/07

Cypriot club AEL Limassol have taken Zezinho on loan for the rest of the season. The 21-year old midfielder spent last season on loan at Greek club Veria FC. Sporting have not including a clause for Limassol to buy the player after the loan.

O Jogo seem to think the protracted transfer for Egyptian centre-back Ramy Rabia may be finally near to an end. The 21-year old from Al-Ahly is set to sign a 5-year deal. No official word on the transfer just yet.

Rui Patrício, William Carvalho and Islam Slimani have all returned to training after their extended breaks following the World Cup. The trio will join up with Sporting’s training camp in the Netherlands.

Not everyone will be going to the camp; Vítor Silva, Salim Cissé, Mica Pinto and Rúben Semedo are all missing despite a few other youngsters joining up. Speculation will mount for the departure of Vítor Silva but the other 3 are likely to be loan moves if anything.

Transfer News 26/03/14

Here we go with another look at the transfer news and/or lies from the media recently.

Record believes Sporting are looking Vitória de Setúbal forward Pedro Tiba to reinforce the team next season. The papers states Sporting’s good relations with Setúbal could ease the transfer.

In fairly unsurprising news it looks like Sporting won’t be retaining Gérson Magrão’s services after this season. The Brazilian has failed to impress when he has featured for Sporting so far this season. Record also say that Vítor Silva could also leave at the end of the season.

Sporting are looking to secure a further 20% of the economic rights for left-back Jefferson with the club currently owning 60% of the former Estoril player – this could cost Sporting €300,000.

Time is running out for Elias to secure a return to Brazil with the transfer window for clubs in Brazil shutting on the 31st March. Corinthians are the most recent club said to be interested in making a new offer.

As always, William Carvalho is being linked with other clubs, AS Monaco the most recent to be linked with the player.

And to save the most bizarre news to last – Leonardo Jardim is currently at 8/1 to become the next Nottingham Forest manager according to Sky Bet. Having said that, Sky Bet always publish ridiculous things like that to get people to give up more money.

Sporting Beat 1.º de Agosto in Friendly

In preparation for the upcoming game against Penafiel in the Taça da Liga Sporting played a friendly match against 1.º de Agosto at the Academia Sporting with Sporting winning 2-1.

The Angolan side was visiting Portugal for a training camp. Daúto Faquirá’s men did take the lead against Sporting through Guilherme Afonso but goals from André Carrillo and Vítor Silva meant Sporting turned out as winners.

The game set up by Leonardo Jardim for players like Vítor Silva who have not had much time to improve their match fitness lately.

Result: SPORTING 3-0 Marítimo

A superb strike from Carlos Mané followed by goals from Vítor Silva and Marcos Rojo gave Sporting the win in the Taça da Liga against Marítimo in the Alvalade.

Leonardo Jardim made changes to his team for this Taça da Liga match. Marcelo Boeck started in goal, as he usually does in cup games, and elsewhere Eric Dier started in defence, Vítor Silva in midfield, Islam Slimani in attack, and most notably, a first start for Carlos Mané.

It was the youngster who made the biggest impression in the game early on. Some good link up with Jefferson down the left hand-side saw Mané cut inside on to his right foot and force a good save out of Wellington.

That though was just a sighter for his next shot. This time Adrien found Mané, who again cutting in from the left-side on to his right foot, the young winger curled a beautiful precision shot into the top corner with Wellington helpless.

Marítimo though threatened up front especially through the right hand side with Danilo Dias giving Jefferson a tough time.

Sporting, though, were almost the makers of their own undoing. A simple ball by Marcos Rojo was needlessly given away and Marítimo had an excellent chance. Héldon was found in the box and his first shot was well saved by Marcelo Boeck. The Brazilian goalkeeper did even better to prevent Héldon from scoring the rebound.

Seconds later and Sporting could have gone ahead. This time Carlos Mané operating down the right hand side pulled back for Islam Slimani to finish from close range but his shot was well blocked by the Marítimo defence.

A mistake by Eric Dier let in Marítimo after the young defender mistimed his header. Derley was away and Marcos Rojo had to step in and was lucky when his foul was only a yellow card when perhaps some referees may have shown red.

Sporting made a great start to the second-half as within 4 minutes Vítor Silva had made it 2-0. The move started play by Islam Slimani to hold the ball up, the Algerian then fed in Diego Capel down the right wing. Capel’s low cross fell to Vítor Silva at the far post who finished powerfully on the half-volley.

Marítimo did well after that and had several chances to peg Sporting back. Marcelo Boeck however had an outstanding game and Eric Dier made a couple of great late interventions.

Marcos Rojo polished off the scoreline in the 84th minute as he headed in powerfully from a Jefferson corner to make it 3-0, and add to the crucial Taça da Liga goal difference.

Despite some frailties in defence it was an excellent performance from Sporting with Marcelo Boeck, William Carvalho and Carlos Mané in particular impressing. The 3 goal cushion also puts pressure on Porto as they face Penafiel tomorrow.

SPORTING XI: Marcelo Boeck; Cédric Soares, Eric Dier, Marcos Rojo (YC) (Scored, 84′), Jefferson; William Carvalho (YC), Adrien Silva (YC) (Gérson Magrão, 73′), Vítor Silva (Scored, 49′); Carlos Mané (Scored, 18′) (Diogo Salomão, 83′), Diego Capel (André Carrillo, 67′), Islam Slimani
Substitutes Not Used: Rui Patrício, Maurício, André Martins, Fredy Montero

Result: SPORTING 8-1 SC Alba

Sporting expectedly thrashed a resilient Sport Clube de Alba side 8-1 at the Estádio José Alvalade in the Taça de Portugal.

Leonardo Jardim was making sure there’d be no mistakes with a strong team selection. Fabián Rinaudo made his first start of the season along side Adrien and Vítor Silva in midfield. Vítor making his first start for the first team. Gérson Magrão filled the left-back role whilst Iván Piris played right-back. Jardim went for a very strong front 3 of André Carrillo, Wilson Eduardo and Fredy Montero.

Unsurprisingly Sporting started on top straight away against the minnows from Albergaria-a-Velha. Fredy Montero in particular had an excellent change in the first 10 minutes after being fed in on goal by a great pass from Vítor Silva but his chip sailed over the bar.

Sporting did make the opening in the 16th minute when Fredy Montero was fed down the left-hand channel and he crossed low for Wilson Eduardo to fire home from close range.

After another four minutes the home side then doubled their lead when a Vítor Silva cross was tapped in from close range by Marcos Rojo.

Sporting went close to another goal soon after Iván Piris broke free down the right-side and crossed to Montero who head onto André Carrillo. Carrillo’s close-range shot was well saved by Luís Santos. The Colombian now already in double-figures for the season.

In the 30th minute Wilson Eduardo found Fredy Montero who cleverly finished past Luís to make it 3-0. Replays showed that the striker may have been fractionally offside.

Vítor Silva almost made it 4 in the 38th minute after being put through on goal by Fredy Montero but the midfielder his shot over when he should have easily scored.

The first-half had been an easy game for Sporting, perhaps best proven by the 75% possession they enjoyed.

Leonardo Jardim made one change at the interval with youngster Rúben Semedo on for Marcos Rojo. The young centre-back making his full debut for the first team.

The second-half started much slower than the first with Sporting well in control of proceedings.

There was a big worry when Adrien Silva went down and looks to have took a knock. The midfielder was about to be substituted when Fredy Montero popped up again to grab the fourth goal after an excellent cross from the left-hand side by Gérson Magrão. Montero taking his goals tally for the season up to 11 goals.

Diego Capel made his return for the injured Adrien Silva. It took the Spanish winger just a minute before getting on the scoresheet after somehow excellently getting on to the end of André Carrillo’s cross.

Vítor Silva was the next to get on the scoresheet after some good play by André Carrillo and then Wilson Eduardo who crossed the ball low. Fredy Montero did well to dummy for the charging Vítor Silva to side foot the ball into the net to make it 6-0.

A mix up at the back between Marcelo Boeck and Rúben Semedo meant that Alba managed to get consolation goal. Carlos Santos was left with an empty goal for an easy tap in. Considering the excellent attitude of the Alba team and, especially, their supporters it was a great moment for the club.

Islam Slimani had an excellent opportunity to get his first goal for Sporting but Luís Santos made an excellent save to deny him one-on-one.

The Algerian forward did manage to get his first goal at last in the 85th minute to make it 7-1 to the home side. Vítor Silva again was the man who made the goal, the midfielder giving Leonardo Jardim a headache before his selection against Porto.

The scoring wasn’t done there though as Fredy Montero managed to grab another hat-trick at Sporting. Piris cut back the ball to Montero who did well to go past one play and smash the ball past Santos to make it 8 on the night. Montero getting his 12th goal in just 8 games.

In all it was a comfortable game, as expected, for Sporting. With focus now fully shifted onto the game against FC Porto next week.

Sporting XI: Marcelo Boeck; Iván Piris, Maurício, Marcos Rojo (Scored, 20′) (Rúben Semedo, 45′), Gérson Magrão; Fabián Rinaudo (YC), Adrien Silva (Diego Capel, 57′, scored, 59′), Vítor Silva (Scored, 67′); Wilson Eduardo (Scored, 16′), André Carrillo (Islam Slimani, 68′, Scored 86′), Fredy Montero (Scored, 31′, 57′)
Substitutes Not Used: Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, André Martins, Carlos Mané

Result: SPORTING B 3-2 Moreirense

Sporting B ran out 3-2 winners at the Alvalade thanks to a late winner from in-form Salim CIssé. The B team had been 2-0 up but Moreirense pegged them level only for the Guinean to win the game late on.

Abel Ferreira fielded a strong B team side even with some players away on international duty. Vítor Silva made his first appearance for the B team along side Gérson Magrão and Marcelo Boeck.

Salim Cissé opened the scoring for the home side after just 10 minutes to continue his run of good form after heading in from a Gérson Magrão cross.

Magrão then went from provider to scorer to grab his first goal for the B team. It was a fantastic long range effort from the Brazilian who may now be settling into Portuguese football after an tentative start.

Sporting went into the break 2-0 up and looking relatively comfortable. The visitors had a few opportunities in the first half though with Rui Miguel hitting the post.

It was Moreirense who certainly began the second-half the stronger of the two sides. It wasn’t long before they managed to find an equaliser thanks to substitute Diogo Cunha.

Moreirense then equalised in the 77th minute through Rui Miguel and it looked like the B team may be throwing away their excellent work.

That was until once against Salim Cissé pounced, this time just 3 minutes before the end of the game, to get his 4th goals in 3 games thanks to an assist from Mauro Riquicho.

This result moves Sporting B up to 9th in the table and is their 2nd win in a row. Abel’s side will be looking to find some of the great form that served them so well in the Segunda Liga last season.

Sporting B XI: Marcelo Boeck; Mauro Riquicho, Rúben Semedo (YC), Nuno Reis, Hugo Sousa; Kikas, Vítor Silva (YC), Gérson Magrão (Scored, 36′); Filipe Chaby (Luka Stojanović, 60′), Carlos Mané (Alexandre Guedes, 90′), Salim Cissé (Scored, 10′, 87′)
Substitutes Not Used: Mickaël Meira, Sambinha, Edelino Ié, Wallyson Mallmann, Iuri Medeiros

Vítor Named in the B-Team Squad

Vítor Silva is the most prominent player in Abel Ferreira’s squad for the game against Moreirense tomorrow. Other first team players include Marcelo Boeck and Gérson Magrão.

These players are likely to feature in the first team against SC Alba in the Taça de Portugal next Sunday with this game no doubt serving to improve their match fitness.

Should Vítor play for Abel Ferreira’s side it will be his first appearance in the B team.

Sporting are without Ricardo Esgaio, João Mário and Betinho who are currently on duty with the Portugal U21 team.

The full list for the game against Moreirense is:

Goalkeepers: Marcelo Boeck, Mickael Meira
Defenders: Mauro Riquicho, Hugo Sousa, Rúben Semedo, Sambinho, Nuno Reis
Midfielders: Vítor Silva, Gérson Magrão, Luka Stojanović, Kikas, Edelino Ié, Wallyson Mallmann, Filipe Chaby
Forwards: Iuri Medeiros, Salim Cissé, Alexandre Guedes, Carlos Mané

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