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Chilean skipper pens Alvalade deal

By Jornal Sporting
29 Dec, 2016

Champions League winner Marco Oneto agrees contract until the end of the season

Sporting CP has officially signed the Chilean captain Marco Oneto. With more than 80 international caps under his belt, Oneto was also crucial in his country's run to a 3rd place finish in the Pan American Games.

The 34-year old is an imposing figure, standing 2.04m tall and weighing in at 112 kilos. He has enjoyed a brilliant career in Spain, winning the Copa del Rey twice, along with a Spanish Supercup and a National Championship. He was also part of the FC Barcelona team that won the 2011 Champions League.

Reflecting on the deal, Oneto proved happy with the move to the Portuguese capital: "Sporting CP is a globally recognised name. It is one of the bet clubs in Europe and fights for the title. This is a great opportunity and I want to build on the expectations that people have. I know a lot about the Portuguese League already and I know it is really competitive, which is good for my career. I am really looking forward to getting down to work."

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"There are no easy matches in European competition"

By Jornal Sporting
29 Nov, 2016

Zupo Equisoain on the Challenge Cup last-32 draw

The Challenge Cup last-32 draw has pitted Sporting CP against the Macedonian side Pelister Bitola.

Speaking about the draw, coach Zupo Equisoain affirmed the difficulties of travelling to such a tough venue: "They have a long history in European handball and their arena holds three or four thousand people. The atmosphere will be the hardest thing. There are no easy matches in European competition and we will have to play well in the first-leg so we can decide it in Lisbon."
The first-leg will be played on the 18th or 19th of February 2017. 
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Challenge Cup: Sporting CP, 37-Romagna, 24

By Jornal Sporting
20 Nov, 2016

Sporting CP cruise into Challenge Cup last-16

After setting the pace wth a 32-25 win on Saturday, Sporting CP breezed past ASD Romagna on Sunday by a convincing margin of 37-24, securing a place in the Challenge Cup last-16 in the process.

As the final result suggests, Zupo's side once again dominated. A special note for the junior star Manuel Gaspar, who stepped in for Cudic in goal in the second-half and put on a fine display.

"It was a good debut and I did what I have been doing in training. I could have done a bit better a times, but that is part of it. Hopefully I will keep improving over time", said Gaspar at the final whistle.

Zupo also spoke with the press at the final whistle: "It was an easy game. The Italians were tired from two games in 24 hours, especially in the second-half. We created problems for them when we started playing 5x1 in defence and started to steal possession. That made it a lot easier."

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"We controlled things"

By Jornal Sporting
20 Nov, 2016

Carlos Carneiro expecting an even stronger Sporting CP for Sunday's second-leg

Carlos Carneiro took a moment to speak with radio journalists after Sporting CP's Challenge Cup first-leg win against Romagna Handball (32-25) on Saturday afternoon.

"Romagna have their strong points and they didn't give up. We did alright and we controlled things", said Carneiro, happy with his side's seven goal lead going into Sunday's second-leg: "Tomorrow we will play as if it was 0-0 and we want to do better than we did today. We have what it takes to take on anyone in this competition."

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Challenge Cup: Sporting CP, 32-Romagna, 25

By Jornal Sporting
19 Nov, 2016

Sporting CP off on the right foot in Challenge Cup third round

Sporting CP cliamed an important first-leg win against Romagna Handball (32-25) this Saturday afternoon, in the Challenge Cup third round.

The team from Alvalade controlled from start to finish and eventually opened up a seven-goal lead going into Sunday's second-leg. Romagna Handball did not have the benefit of Sporting CP's wealth of European experience and Zupo's side comfortably went about building up the final result.

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"Try and win both games"

By Jornal Sporting
18 Nov, 2016

Coach Zupo Equisoain on the weekend's hosting of Romagna

Alvalade handball coach Zupo Equisoain was with the press ahead of the weekend's Challenge Cup hosting of the Italian outfit Romagna.

"They are made up of Italian players and don't have a single foreign player. Their left winger and one of the centres are really important for how they play, but we have the better team. The lads are in a good space psychologically right now, especially after the derby win. We will try and win both games and play the best handball possible", said Equisoain.

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"We are favourites"

By Jornal Sporting
18 Nov, 2016

João Pinto looking to trigger another run to Challenge Cup silverware

The Challenge Cup last-32 has finally arrived, with Sporting CP to face the Italian side Romagna on the 19th and 20th of November.

João Pinto shared his thoughts on the coming encounter, in what the right flanker is hoping could be the start of a repeat of 2010's trophy win.
"We want to win and the Challenge Cup is no exception to that. The lads are feeling really motivated and confident right now", said Pinto, going on to speak about what has been a busy fixture schedule: "Honestly I like playing more than training and any athlete probably feels the same. Of course is is harder physically, so we have to manage the squad well."
Pinto finished with a word on the weekend's opposition: "From what the coach has said, they are a tall team and they have some good players who like to shoot a lot. They defend with everyone back, just like we do, but we are favourites."

Bozovic pens two year deal

By Jornal Sporting
08 Jul, 2016

Handbal star makes the move to Alvalade from RK Metalurg Skopje

The Austrian handball player Janko Bozovic is the latest of a series of signings to join Alvalade in recent weeks. Bozovic has already claimed national titles in Italy (Italgest Casarano) and Belarus (HC Meshkov Brest) and this will be his 10th time aboard having already tallied up experience in Norway, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Belarus, Macedonia and Qatar.

Statement: Fábio Magalhães

By Jornal Sporting
02 Jul, 2016

Sporting CP terminates contract with Fábio Magalhães

Sporting Clube de Portugal has decided, on mutual agreement, to terminate its contract with the handball player Fábio Magalhães.

Magalhães joined the club in 2009/10 and played a part in the squad that won the Challenge Cup that same season.

Sporting CP thanks Fábio Magalhães for his dedication to the club during his seven seasons with us.

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Igor Zabic agrees deal with Sporting CP

By Jornal Sporting
27 Jun, 2016

Slovenian giant makes the move to Lisbon

"I am really happy to sign for Sporting! It was an easy decision. It is a good club with a good tradition in lots of sports, not just handball." That was how Igor Zabic opened his first interview in a Sporting shirt this week, after sealing his move to Alvalade.

Standing at 2.01m and weighing 95kg, the giant Slovenian proved full of ambition: "I know we will have a great team next season and their was no reason for me not to sign. I hope to fight for first place and I always want to win, but we have to show that on the court."

Having already spent spells with Orosházi FKSE (Hungary), RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, RK Maribor Branic (Slovenia) and Slask Wroclaw (Poland), Zabric also proved knowledgeable on Portuguese handball: "I know that four teams fight fo the title here: Sporting, Porto, Benfica and Braga (ABC). It is a really balanced league."


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