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

Futebol Feminino: Belenenses 0-5 SPORTING

The Women’s football team returned with a bang after a 21-year absence from the league. Nuno Cristovão’s side won 5-0 in a very one sided game.

The game was not shown on TV, however highlights of the goals are now up and can be found here.

The pick of the goals was probably the first, when Tatiana Pinto looped a shot over the Belenenses goalkeeper after 12 minutes gone. Diana Silva made it 2-0 just before half-time heading in from a corner.

In the second half the goals came through Solange Carvalhas, Fátima Pinto, and Joana Marchão.

Usually, a 5-0 in the first round of the league puts you at the top of the table but with Braga winning 9-0 in their game it sees Sporting second.

SPORTING XI: Patrícia Morais; Rita Fontemanha, Bruna Costa, Matilde Figueiras, Joana Marchão; Patrícia Gouveia, Fátima Pinto, Tatiana Pinto; Solange Carvalhas, Diana Silva, Ana Capeta

Sporting Announce Squad for Women’s First Game

Sporting announced Nuno Cristovão’s first squad for Sporting’s first women’s match of the season.

After a promising pre-season for an entirely new team, Sporting will be cautiously optimistic for that can achieve this year. Sporting take on Belenenses on the Liga Futebol Feminino later today. Here’s the squad:

Goalkeepers: Inês Pereira, Patrícia Morais
Defenders: Bruna Costa, Elsa Ventura, Joana Marchão, Matilde Figueiras, Rita Fontemanha, Tânia Rodrigues
Midfielders: Ana Rita Viegas, Fátima Pinto, Patrício Gouveia, Sara Granja, Tatiana Pinto
Forwards: Ana Capeta, Bárbara Marques, Diana Silva, Filipa Mandeiro, Solange Carvalhas

Women’s Pre-Season Fixtures Announced

The pre-season games for the Women’s Football team have been announced. They will first travel to Spain before the rest of the games back in Portugal.

Here’s the full list:

13th August:
Olivenza Femina vs. SPORTING
Santa Teresa vs. SPORTING

21st August:
SPORTING vs. SC Huelva

27th August:
Beira-Baixa vs. SPORTING

31st August:
SPORTING vs. Quintajense

4th September:
Paio Pires vs. SPORTING

Women’s Championship Fixtures Announced

Women’s football finally returns to Sporting next season. On Wednesday the Portuguese FA released the fixtures. Sporting begin the season away to Belenenses before ending it at home to CF Benfica.

Here’s the list in full:

September:
vs. Belenenses (Away)
vs. Viseu 2001 (Home)
October:
vs. Clube de Albergaria (Away)
vs. A-dos-Francos (Home)
vs. Braga (Away)
November:
vs. CAC (Home)
vs. Vilaverdense (Away)
vs. Estoril (Home)
vs. Ouriense (Away)
December:
vs. União Ferreirense (Home)
vs. Valadares Gaia (Away)
January:
vs. Boavista (Home)
vs. CF Benfica (Away)
vs. Belenenses (Home)
vs. Viseu 2001 (Away)
February:
vs. Clube de Albergaria (Home)
vs. A-dos-Francos (Away)
vs. Braga (Home)
vs. CAC (Away)
March:
vs. Vilaverdense (Home)
vs. Estoril (Away)
vs. Ouriense (Home)
vs. União Ferreirense (Away)
April:
vs. Valadares Gaia (Home)
vs. Boavista (away)
vs. CF Benfica (Home)

SPORTING 2-1 Wolfsburg

Sporting looked back to themselves after an uneasy pre-season with a 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg in the annual Troféu Cinco Violinos. The game saw the return of William Carvalho, João Mário and Adrien Silva to the starting line-up and the difference was obvious.

Indeed, Jorge Jesus’ starting XI for this match was his regular line-up for the second half of last season, so it was very much a full strength Sporting.

Before the match new signing Marcelo Meli was paraded in front of the fans. The Argentinian midfielder joins on loan from Boca Juniors.

Sporting opened the scoring through Islam Slimani, who’s smart finish beat goalkeeper Koen Casteels after Wolfsburg failed to deal with a cross.

Christian Träsch fouled Bruno César in the area to give Sporting a penalty. Adrien Silva stepped up and duly delivered with his effort.

Ricardo Rodríguez also pulled one back before half-time with a thunderous volley but Rui Patrício made an outstanding save to deny him.

At half-time Sporting paraded the new women’s football team.

The second half was a slower game with both sides making plenty of substitutions. Wolfsburg pulled a goal back through Anton-Leander Donkor in the 78th minute.

Wolfsburg couldn’t provide an equaliser though and Sporting once again won the Troféu Cinco Violinos. Most importantly though for Sporting and Jorge Jesus, the team was back to looking its old self.

Sporting now have two remaining pre-season games before the opening game of the season. They will face Real Betis and Nice on the 4th and 5th of August.

SPORTING XI: Rui Patrício; Ezequiel Schelotto (João Pereira 64′, YC), Rúben Semedo (Ewerton, 76′), Sebastián Coates (Naldo, 76′), Marvin Zeegelaar (YC) (Jefferson, 64′); William Carvalho (Alberto Aquilani, 76′), Adrien Silva (Scored, 34′) (João Palhinha, 55′), João Mário (Iuri Medeiros, 46′); Bruno César (Daniel Podence, 76′, YC), Bryan Ruiz (Matheus Pereira, 76′), Islam Slimani (Scored, 26′) (Alan Ruiz, 55′)
Substitutes Not Used: Ažbe Jug, Hernán Barcos