Since your author has been away for the last week obviously there hasn’t been any new posts over the past week so it’s time to just remind everyone and myself of what happened over the past week:
Sporting were drawn against the Danish Superliga side Nordsjælland in the Europa League qualifying round. FC Nordsjælland qualified for the tournament after winning the the 2011 Danish Cup. The first leg will be played in Denmark at Nordsjælland’s Farum Park on the 18th August before the return leg at the José Alvalade on the 25th August.
Interestingly, included in the UEFA squad for the Europa League games is Valeri Bojinov. Bojinov was thought to be out until September but his inclusion may indicate a more rapid recovery than expected. Matías Fernández features for the first time after his summer in the Copa América with Chile. There had been rumours of Yannick Djaló departing the club but his inclusion means should he play then he would be cup-tied in Europe.
The squad for the game follows beneath but changes are allowed until midnight the day before the first tie.
SPORTING Squad to face Nordsjælland:
Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Tiago Ferreira and Marcelo Boeck
Defenders: Alberto Rodríguez, Daniel Carriço, Ânderson Polga, Oguchi Onyewu, Evaldo Fabiano, João Pereira, Atila Turan
Midfielders: Stijn Schaars, Marat Izmailov, Diego Capel, Matías Fernández, Fabián Rinaudo, Luis Aguiar, Bruno Pereirinha, André Santos, Jeffrén Suárez, André Carrillo, Yannick Djaló
Forwards: Valeri Bojinov, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Diego Rubio, Hélder Postiga
Last weekend there was the Ramón de Carranza Trophy in Cádiz between Cádiz, Málaga, Udinese and Sporting. Sporting finished last in tournament having lost out to Spain’s big-spenders Málaga 3-1 and Italy’s most entertaining team, Udinese, on penalties. The game against Málaga also featured the debut of the new signing, Jeffrén and Atila Turan made his debut against Udinese.
Diego Rubio though was perhaps the most outstanding player over the two games as he continued to try and force his way into the starting XI for Saturday’s opening Liga game at home to Olhanense.
For point of reference here’s the details for both of the games:
Sporting XI vs. Malaga: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Oguchi Onyewu (Daniel Carriço 45′), Alberto Rodríguez, Evaldo Fabiano; André Santos; Yannick Djaló (Fabián Rinaudo 45′), Stijn Schaars (André Martins 58′), Diego Capel (Jeffrén Suárez 45′); Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Diego Rubio 58′, Scored 61′), Hélder Postiga (André Carrillo 45′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Marcelo Boeck, Atila Turan, Ânderson Polga
(Goals for Málaga: Júlio Baptista 35′ & 76′, Ruud van Nistelrooy 42′)
Sporting XI vs. Udinese: Marcelo Boeck; Bruno Pereirinha, Daniel Carriço (Alberto Rodríguez 45′), Ânderson Polga, Atila Turan (Evaldo Fabiano 45′); Fabián Rinaudo, André Martins; Jeffrén Suárez (André Carrillo 76′), Stijn Schaars (André Santos 45′), Yannick Djaló (Diego Capel 45′); Hélder Postiga (Diego Rubio 45′, Scored 48′ & 90+3′)
Subs Not Used: Tiago Ferreira, Rui Patrício, Oguchi Onyewu, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, João Pereira
(Goals for Udinese: Almen Abdi 14′, Antonio Floro Flores 81′)
(Sent off for Udinese: Danilo Larangera)
SPORTING 9-10 UDINESE
|André Martins Scored
Diego Rubio Scored
Diego Capel SAVED
André Carrillo Scored
André Santos Scored
Ânderson Polga Scored
Bruno Pereirinha Scored
Evaldo Fabiano Scored
Fabián Rinaudo Scored
Marcelo Boeck Scored
André Martins SAVED
|Antonio Floro Flores Scored
Giampiero Pinzi Scored
Juan Surraco Scored
Diego Fabbrini Scored
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu Scored
Dušan Basta Scored
Joel Ekstrand Scored
Giovanni Pasquale Scored
Samir Handanovič Scored
Antonio Floro Flores Scored