Sporting have been invited to play in the Teresa Herrera pre-season tournament in Coruña. Other teams involved will be Zaragoza, Deportivo and possibly Bayern Munich.
Boavista lost the first game on their tour of North America 1-3 to Metrostars. The inevitable Ricardo Sousa scored Boavista's goal. The team travel north now to Canada to meet London City.
Sporting were reduced to eight men in the second half of their 'friendly' with New England Revolution
Thursday. Sporting complained bitterly about the referee Erich Simmons, who was apparently much too generous with cards (reds to João Pinto, Paulo Bento and Silva), failed to give a clear penalty on Liedson and disallowed a clean goal byt eh same player. Coach Fernando Santos revealed after the game that he had been on the point of withdrawing his team. For the record, Sporting lost 1-2, their goal scored by
Niculae with a header.
In the second game of their tour of the USA, Sporting thrashed Rhode Island Stingrays 9-0 with goals from Andrew Daniels (O.G.), Pedro Barbosa, Diogo, Silva, Niculae, Tello (2) and João Pinto (2).
Sporting lost the first game of their tour of the USA 1-4 to San José. Sporting opened the scoring through Liedson, but then collapsed, watched by 6,000. Sporting's Argentinian defender
Quiroga broke his nose in the dying stages.
Sporting are in the USA to play four friendlies on a coast-to-coast tour. They start against San José Thursday, play Rhode Island Stingrays Sunday, New England Revolution
Thursday 20 May and Pioneers (Massachusetts) Sunday 23.
After a disappointing season, Boavista will go on a mini-tour of North America
at the end of this month. The following friendlies have been scheduled: Syracuse Salty Dogs (23 May), MetroStars (26 May), London City (28 May) and Toronto Supra (30 May). Coach Jaime Pacheco
has recalled various players who were out on loan during the season, but will leave behind Rui Óscar, Pedrosa, Mário Loja, Pedro Santos, Duda and Jocivalter, possibly because they will be released from the club.
Sporting will play in a pre-season four-team mini-tournament in Newcastle, England at the end of July/beginning of August. They will play Feyenoord
of Holland, and the winners will play the winners of Newcastle v Glasgow Rangers.
Dutch side PSV Eindhoven are lined up as guests at the inauguration of Gil Vicente's new stadium, scheduled for May 22nd. The opposition and date depend on the fee requested and the state of the
Académica lost 0-1 at home to visiting American side Kansas City Tuesday.
União de Leiria lost 0-1 at home to visiting American side Kansas City Thursday, Josh Wolff getting the goal.
Académica beat US club Chicago Fire 2-0 Thursday, Marcelo and Buszaky getting the goals. Chicago Fire are runners up of the last American League.
Sporting beat German side Wolfsbug 4-0 at the Alcochete training complex Wednesday in front of two thousand spectators. Clayton and Toñito in the first half, Clayton again and
Moutinho in the second provided the goals.
Boavista drew 0-0 with Málaga in the game organised to inaugurate the now-completed Bessa
stadium and which served also to draw to a close the club's centenary year. Boavista cannot seem to escape a frustrating incapacity for goalscoring this season, not helped by the absence of top scorer Ricardo Sousa.
Boavista lined up: William; Rui Óscar, Paulo Turra, Éder e Viveros; Jorge Silva, Raul Meireles e André; Martelinho, Fary and Jocivalter (Plus:
Khadim, Mário Loja, Hélder Calvino, Luiz Cláudio, Duda, Pedro Santos, Felipe Anunciação, Cafu, Hugo Ferreira, Rui Lima, Vítor Borges and Ali).
There was at least a goal in the other game of the evening to inaugurate the Estádio Municipal de Braga. Sporting Braga beat Celta de Vigo 1-0, defender Paulo Jorge
heading home from a corner on 14 minutes to become the first to score in the stadium and to give Sporting Braga their first win there.
Braga lined up: Quim; Éder, Paulo Jorge, Nem, Jorge Luís, Barroso, Soderstrom, Bruno Gama, Paulo Sérgio, Pena, Wender (Plus:
Pedro Costa, Wooter, Marco, Maurício, Artur Jorge, Vanzini, Castanheira, Henrique, Foley, Igor, João Pedro, Nené, Narcisse and Nuno Rocha.)
Torreense 1-0 Alverca
Beira-Mar 7-1 União de Lamas
Sporting squeezed a 0-0 draw out of Tottenham in London Sunday. It was a bit of a dour contest, and the 'keepers were the most in evidence, Ricardo
saving Sporting with a double-stop after five minutes, Keller stopping Lourenço in the last five.
Sporting Braga beat Salgueiros, of the Liga de Honra, 2-1 Sunday. Henrique put Braga in front on the half hour, Djalmir equalised from the spot twenty minutes from time and
Barroso gave Braga the result two minutes later, also from the spot.
Marítimo also won, 4-1 against Pontassolense in the Torneio Autonomia in Funchal, Madeira. Van der Gaag and Danny gave Marítimo the lead in the first half, Gaúcho
extended it five minutes into the second half, Pepe scored an own goal to give Pontassolense a consolation a quarter of an hour from the end but Joel Santos, five minutes from time, sewed it up.
Belenenses beat Spanish side Español of Barcelona 2-1
Saturday in the official presentation of the Lisbon side to the fans. A luke-warm first half gave way to a lively second, Español opening the scoring on the hour through Tamudo from the spot, Neca
equalising ten minutes from time, also with a penalty and Antchouet getting the winner in the dying minutes.
Boavista lost Friday at Wolverhampton Wanderers, newly promoted to the English Premiership. Iverson and Verpakovskis in the second half gave Wolves the 2-0
result. Boavista are struggling to find themselves in this pre-season period, and time is running out before the season starts proper.
Boavista left behind in Portugal four players who, according to coach Sanchez (backed up by president João Loureiro) have not been pulling their weight: Ali, signed from Gil Vicente,
Márcio Santos and Rui Lima, who returned to the club from loan spells, and Yuri. All four will play against Ermesinde Sunday to try to prove their worth.
Sporting's last adversary of the pre-season is Tottenham, Sunday. The team will travel to London and return on the same day.
Sporting Braga beat local rivals Vitória de Guimarães 2-0 Thursday in the Taça da Amizade. Castanheira in the first half and Narcisse
supplied the goals. The second leg of the Taça will be next Wednesday in Guiimarães.
Sporting put in their best display of the pre-season to convincingly beat an admittedly depleted Manchester United 3-1 Wednesday in a game to mark the inauguration of the new Alvalade XXI
Stadium. Luís Filipe got the first goal in the new stadium on 25 minutes. João Pinto added two in the second half, and the hapless Hugo
was the first player to score an own goal in the new stadium to give Manchester United a consolation five minutes from time (see match reports). "It was a game that will never be forgotten," said a
visibly delighted coach Fernando Santos. Alex Ferguson
gave the reason for the defeat: "We've been on tour a long time and we were a bit tired. Apart from that, we played various young players, and that's why we conceded so many goals."
FC Porto finished their pre-season undefeated, beating Dutch side Groningen 1-0 Wednesday. Marco Ferreira scored after five minutes.
Benfica lost their last game before the crucial trip to Rome to face Lázio. They were one-up through Cristiano after an hour against Moreirense, but then a hat-trick within a quarter of an hour
by Armando turned it round to make the score 3-1 to the northern team.
Sporting's friendly with Manchester United on Wedensday, to mark the inauguration of their new Alavalade XXI Stadium (50,000) is a sell-out.
FC Porto's final friendly of the pre-season will be against Dutch first division side Groningen, to be played in the northern town of Vila do Conde.
Benfica won Boavista's Torneio Centenário by beating Divisão de Honra side Leixões 5-2 Sunday. Benfica had it all sewn up within half an hour, Cristiano, Hélder
and Sokota doing the business. Leixões put a question mark over the result early in the second half with a goal from João Pedro, Tiago extended the lead to three once again on 55, Pedras
scored with an immaculate free kick to make it 4-2 on 65 and Sokota
got his second on the stroke of time to confirm the result. Benfica deserved the win for their overall domination, but kudos to Leixões for their never-say-die attitude.
Earlier in the evening, Boavista found themselves left with the wooden spoon in their own celebration when they lost 0-1 to Sporting, Lourenço
beating the offside trap to head home on the stroke of half-time. Boavista finished the tournament with no wins and no goals scored ...
Leixões (of the Divisão de Honra) reached the final of the Torneio Centenário by beating Sporting on penalties Saturday. The northern club had gone two-up with goals by João Pedro
(a header) on 25 and Doriva (a penalty) just after the break. Sporting's 'keeper Ricardo, who had conceded the penalty, made amends by scoring one of his own on 75 minutes, and Silva
equalised with a lovely jink and volley from the edge of the box two minutes from time. Sporting's Paulo Bento was the only player to miss a penalty in the shoot-out, leaving Leixões to face Benfica in Sunday's final, while Boavista will play Sporting earlier in the day for third place. The teams lined up:
Sporting: Ricardo, Mário Sérgio (Paulo Bento), Hugo, Quiroga, Rui Jorge, Carlos Martins (Luís Filipe), Rochemback, João Pinto, Cristiano Ronaldo (Toñito), Silva, Tello (Lourenço).
Leixões: Marco, Amaral (Odé), Renato, Nuno Silva, Eduardo, Wesnalton (Ricardo Jorge), Doriva (Joel), Guerra, Tonanha (Detinho), João Pedro (Brito), Zamorano
Sporting Braga beat Gil Vicente 1-0 at Gil's official presentation of this season's squad, Castanheira scoring after just 25 minutes.
Naval, of the Divisão de Honra, beat Académica by the same score, Rui Duarte scoring after 20 minutes.
Newly-promoted Alverca beat newly- relegated Vitória de Setúbal 2-1. Rodolfo Lima put Alverca in front on 50 minutes, Mário Carlos equalised 15 minutes later, and ten minutes from time,
Zeferino gave Alverca the result.
Benfica beat Boavista 2-0 at the Bessa Friday in the Torneio Centenário (to mark Boavista's 100th birthday). Boavista were bright in the first quarter of an hour but Benfica dominated after that and were two-up by half time. On the half hour,
Cristiano headed home a Zahovic corner, and five minutes from half time, Simão's shot from the edge of the box was deflected past Khadim by Ricardo Silva. The game also served to inaugurate Boavista's
North Stand; the new Bessa is now three parts completed.The teams lined up:
Boavista: Khadim, Rui Óscar (João Paulo), Éder, Ricardo Silva, Rui Lima, Raul Meireles, André (Frechaut), Ricardo Sousa (Hélder Calvino), Martelinho, Luiz Cláudio, Ali (Cafu).
Benfica: Moreira, Miguel, Argel, Ricardo Rocha, Cristiano, Petit, Fernando Aguiar (Tiago), Zahovic (Alex), Geovanni (Andersson), Sokota (Carlitos), Simão.
FC Porto beat Deportivo La Coruña 2-0 in the Troféu Juan Acuña at Corunha's Riazor stadium Wednesday. Porto dominated with their first touch passing and pressing game and deserved the win.
Benni McCarthy got the first on 27 minutes after a good combination on the left between Deco and César Peixoto and a cross from the latter, while sub Jankauskas
took just five minutes to get the second on 68, a well-place low shot from the edge of the box.
FC Porto lined up:
Nuno, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Nuno Valente, Tiago, Pedro Mendes, Maniche, Deco, McCarthy, César Peixoto (Also: Pedro Emanuel, Bosingwa, Alenitchev, Ricardo Fernandes, Mário Silva, Jankauskas
and Bruno Moraes)
Sporting could only draw 1-1 at Divisão de Honra side Estoril. Carlitos put Estoril in front, while Lourenço
equalised for Sporting, both in the first half. "I feel embarrassed," said coach Fernando Santos after a lacklustre display by the Superliga side.
Sporting lined up:
Nélson, Rui Bento, Quiroga, Custódio, Paíto, Paulo Bento, Toñito, Sá Pinto, Luís Filipe, Lourenço, Clayton. (Also: Hugo, Miguel Garcia, Carlos Martins and Cristiano Ronaldo)
Vitória de Guimarães beat Ovarense of the Divisão de Honra 1-0 with a goal after 35 minutes by João Tomás, his first since his loan move from Bétis.
Académica beat Segunda B side Casa Pia 2-0 with first half goals from Dejlmer and Pedro Henriques.
Sporting drew 1-1 with Bruges Tuesday. They were 1-0 down in the first half, Verheyen given all sorts of space in front of goal, but João Pinto
saved Sporting's blushes, heading home from a Tello free-kick. Sporting won 4-3 on penalties to lift the Euro-Lusa Cup.
Tickets for the general public for the inauguration of Sporting's Alvalade XXI stadium will go on sale on August 4th. Tickets for the game between Sporting and Manchester United
on August 6th will be between 40 and 80 euros.
FC Porto beat Paris St Germain 2-0 on their own turf Saturday. An accomplished first half display gave them two goals, an own goal from Dehu
after a free-kick by Deco, and an opportunist strike from Benni McCarthy. Porto were less objective in the second half, but did enough to hold onto the lead from a poor PSG.
FC Porto lined up:
Vítor Baía, Paulo Ferreira, Jorge Costa (injured 1st Half - Ricardo Carvalho), Pedro Emanuel, Nuno Valente, Deco, Bosingwa, Ricardo Fernandes, Alenitchev, Derlei, McCarthy.
In the Second half: Nuno, Tiago,
Maniche, Marco Ferreira, Pedro Mendes, Mário Silva, Jankauskas, Ricardo Costa, César Peixoto.
Benfica lost to Belenenses on penalties after their game in the Taça do Algarve ended 2-2
at full time. Belenenses went in 2-0 up at half time after Benfica coach Camacho had tried to experiment in his line-up. Antchouet and Verona
got the goals for Belenenses, and in the second half, two defenders equalised for Benfica: Argel and Cristiano.
Académica beat Sporting Braga 2-1 in the inauguration of the municipal stadium in the town of Seia. Delmer put Os Estudantes in front on a quarter of an hour, and Braga left it until ten minutes from time to equalise,
Barroso from the spot. But Académica had one more up their sleeve, and Lucas fixed the final result a minute later.
Boavista, now under the command of Bolivian Erwin Sanchez, could only draw 1-1 at Div. de Honra club Estoril Praia. Estoril looked much the better team in the first quarter of the
game, going one-up on 16 minutes after Rui Dduarte broke down the left and crossed low for former Benfica midfielder Luis Carlos
to touch past Wiliam, apparently first choice 'keeper after the sale of Ricardo to Sporting.
Boavista composed themselves and came back, pushed on by a mature display from youngster Raul Meireles
in midfield. Twenty minutes into the second half, Fréchaut, returning after almost an entire season injured, put Luiz Claudio through with a long ball, new Estoril 'keeper Fabrice blocked him but Martelinho
was following up to tap in. Estoril's excellent winger Carlitos and ´keeper Fabrice notwithstanding, Boavista dominated the second half and could have won but for some poor shooting and the woodwork.
Vitória de Guimarães inaugurated their renovated and improved Estádio D Afonso Henriques Friday, a record 25,000 crowd present to watch an impressive Vitória beat Germany's Kaiserslautern 4-1.
Afonso Martins and Nuno Assis gave Vitória a two-goal lead going into the break, Rubens Junior and Guga
made it four in the second half. Kaiserslautern got a consolation from the spot ten minutes from time through Bjelica. The game also served to present to the Vitória fans new loan signing João Tomás
Sporting scored for a change in their friendly with French side Bastia. João Pinto and Pedro Barbosa (penalty) did the honours in the first half which set the score at 2-0
. The game was especially significant for the début of 'keeper Ricardo.
Sporting lined up:
Ricardo, Mário Sérgio (Miguel Garcia, 80m), Quiroga (Beto, 71m), Hugo (Custódio, 74m), Rui Jorge (Paíto, 50m; Lourenço, 84m), Rui Bento (Paulo Bento, 14m), Rochemback, 71m), Pedro Barbosa (Sá Pinto, 46m), João Pinto
(Silva, 57m), Luís Filipe (Carlos Martins, 57m), Cristiano Ronaldo (Toñito, 71m), Tello (Clayton, 46m).
Nacional of Madeira beat Estrela da Amadora by the same score, 2-0, Friday, in Rio Maior, 100 kms north of Lisbon. Last season's top scorer for Nacional, the Brazilian Adriano
, got both goals within the first 25 minutes.
FC Porto drew 0-0 with Hanover '96 in Germany Thursday.
FC Porto lined up:
First half:: Nuno, Paulo Ferreira, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Mário Silva, Tiago, Alenichev, Pedro Mendes, Bosingwa, Ricardo Fernandes, McCarthy.
Second half: Vítor Baía, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Costa, Pedro Emanuel, Nuno Valente, Pedro Mendes, Maniche, Deco, Marco Ferreira, Jankauskas, César Peixoto.
Sporting drew 0-0 with Monaco Wednesday, the third friendly in succession in which the 'Lions' have failed to score (0-1 v Alverca, 0-1 v Benfica).
Other friendlies Wednesday:
Beira-Mar 0-0 Boavista
Arcos de Valdevez 0-3 Sporting Braga
Odivelas 1-2 Belenenses
Varzim 1-4 Paços de Ferreira
Nacional 0-0 União de Leiria
Oriental 3-2 Estrela da Amadora
Ovarense 0-2 Rio Ave
Taipas 0-5 V. Guimarães
V. Setúbal 1-1 Alverca
Vianense 2-2 Marítimo
FC Porto beat Fortuna Sittard of the Dutch second division 4-1 Tuesday, but they went in at half-time one-down from an own-goal by Ricardo Costa. In the second half, the side from the
North of Portugal turned it on and hit four through Derlei (2), McCarthy and Peixoto.
Benfica beat Sporting 1-0 in the first clássico of the season, a friendly played in front of six thousand Portuguese emigrants in Nyon, Switzerland. Midfielder Fernando Aguiar, returned
form a loan spell at União de Leiria, headed the only goal on the half hour. Both coacvhes played down the result: "In these games we can win or not, but that's not the most important thing," said Benfica's Spanish
coach José Camacho, while Sporting's Fernando Santos was upbeat: "It was a very good game for us because it allowed us to build up our rhythm."
The teams lined up:
Benfica: Moreira, Miguel, Argel, Hélder, Ricardo Rocha (Armando, 76m), Fernando Aguiar, Andersson (Ednilson, 88m), Carlitos (Geovanni, 46m), Roger (Zahovic, 46m), Alex (Simão, 46m), Fehér (Sokota, 46m)
Tiago, Mário Sérgio, Hugo (Quiroga, 36m), Beto, Rui Jorge (Paíto, 79m), Rui Bento (Luís Filipe, 72m), Paulo Bento (Pedro Barbosa, 46m), Carlos Martins (Custódio, 46m); João Pinto (Clayton, 61m), Cristiano Ronaldo, Silva (Sá Pinto, 46m).
Newly promoted Estrela da Amadora beat Académica, also by 1-0. Alex got the goal on a counter-attack after 52 minutes.
Benfica lost 1-2 to Panathinaikos of Greece in their first real test of the season in Nyon, Switzerland. Sokota
opened the scoring for Benfica in the second half after coming as a substitute for Féher, but Papadopolous got two to give the Greek side the right to celebrate.
Académica beat Belenenses 3-0 Tuesday. Fábio Felício, Xano and Delmer scored the goals in the second half.
Sporting have arranged a friendly with Tottenham Hotspur for August 10th, away..