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“We have been dreaming of reaching the final"

By Jornal Sporting
28 Apr, 2017

Hugo Canela warns of the difficulties in facing a wounded JMS Hurry-Up side

Sporting CP might hold a five-goal advantage (32-27) from the first-leg of the Challenge Cup played in the Netherlands last week, nonetheless coach Hugo Canela has warned his players to be cautious for this Saturday's reverse fixture.

“We are expecting a difficult game. Hurry-Up have come back from 10 goals down before, after winning the second-leg away by 12 goals. They threw everything forward and I am expecting them to do exactly the same thing tomorrow, so we have been working on that in training this week. They have nothing to lose, so it will be a hard game", said Canela, adding: "We have been dreaming of reaching the final since the start of the competition, but we still have a lot of work to do. We know that five goals is nothing in handball and we want to get through unbeaten."

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JMS Hurry-Up, 27-Sporting CP, 32

By Jornal Sporting
23 Apr, 2017

Sporting CP secure important first-leg win in the Netherlands

Sporting CP's handball stars secured an important in the Netherlands this weekend, beating JMS Hurry-Up 32-27 in the Challenge Cup semifinals.

The team form Alvalade led by a narrow 15-14 at the break, before pulling away after the break. In particularly brilliant form were Frankis Carol and Pedro Portela, netting give times each.

The second-leg will be held in Lisbon on the 29th of April, with a place in the Challenge Cup finals up for grabs.

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"This team likes the big events"

By Jornal Sporting
21 Apr, 2017

Luís Cruz looks ahead to the weekend's Challenge Cup visit to JMS Hurry-Up

Sporting CP will travel to the Netherlands this weekend for a Challenge Cup encounter against JMS Hurry-Up. Sporting CP assistant coach Luís Cruz was on hand this Friday to speak about the encounter. 

Analysing the opposition, Cruz affirmed: "They play safe in attack and make decisions that are pretty reliable. Defensively they are quite similar to the model we are used to in Portugal. It will be a tough place to go,  but I am going to be honest: this team likes the big events. We are the favourites in the Netherlands, but if we aren't on our game then it will be a whole lot harder."

"Objective was to win by as many as possible"

By Jornal Sporting
25 Mar, 2017

Hugo Canela praises his players for Saturday's dominating Challenge Cup showing against AC Doukas

Sporting CP put on a convincing performance in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals this Saturday, establishing a 12-goal lead ahead of the second-leg tomorrow against AC Doukas.

Coach Hugo Canela was understandably satisfied, peaking with radio journalists at the final whistle: "Our objective was to win by as many goals as possible and we played really well in defence, which let us go forward on the break and build up such a big lead in the first-half. The second-half could have been better, but it is normal. We came into this on the back of some tough games and we are still recovering a bit."

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Sporting CP, 35-AC Doukas, 23

By Jornal Sporting
25 Mar, 2017

Alvalade secure 12-goal lead ahead of second-leg aginst AC Doukas

Sporting CP secured a comfortable win by margin of 12 (35-23) this Saturday against the Greek side AC Doukas, in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

The team from Alvalade dominated from start to finish and had already established a 3-0 lead before the Greeks found the back of the net for the first time, after five minutes of action. Building on their solid opening, Hugo Canela's side smartly managed the rest of the half and went in at the break with a 21-10 lead.

Canela used the second-half to rotate his players, bringing on the young goalkeeper Manuel Gaspar in place of Cudic, but it made little difference to the balance of proceedings and by the time the full-time whistle blow Sporting CP had constructed a 12-goal cushion for the second-leg.

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"We are counting on the fans"

By Jornal Sporting
24 Mar, 2017

Francisco Tavares highlights the role of the fans for the hosting of AC Doukas

Sporting CP handball star Francisco Tavares is looking for the backing of the fans for the coming hosting of AC Doukas in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

"We are counting on the fans, they give us that extra push. We have avoided travelling to Greece, which gives us a bit more rest", said Tavares.

Sporting CP vs. AC Doukas will get underway at 15h00 on Sunday the 26th of March.

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"We have the things we need"

By Jornal Sporting
24 Mar, 2017

Hugo Canela setting the bar high for the Challenge Cup quarter-finals

Sporting CP's handball coach, Hugo Canela, sat down the the Sporting CP official website this week to speak about the coming double header against AC Doukas, in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

"Every game is difficult, especially with this being an international game. AC Doukas are coming here to get a win I am sure. We have the things we need to come out on top of this and we have the obligation as Sporting CP to go for the win in every single game."

Doukas await in Challenge Cup 1/4 finals

By Jornal Sporting
28 Feb, 2017

Sporting CP drawn against AC Doukas in Challenge Cup

Sporting CP will take on the Greek side AC Doukas in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

The Greeks come into the game on the back of a double win against the Turkish side Tasova Yibo SK (32-28 and 34-30).

Should Sporting CP move into the semi-finals, the winners of JMS Hurry-Up vs. HKM Sala will await.

Quarter-finals (25/26th of March and 1st/2nd of April)
HC Sloga Pozega (SRB) vs Valur (ISL)
AHC Potaissa Turda (ROU) vs HB Dudelange (LUX)
JMS Hurry-Up (NED) vs HKM Sala (SVK)

Semi-finals (22nd/23rd and 29th/30th of April)
JMS Hurry-Up vs HKM Sala - AC Doukas vs SPORTING CP
HC Sloga Pozega vs Valur - AHC Potaissa Turda vs HB Dudelange

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Sporting CP, 34-Pelister Bitola, 26

By Jornal Sporting
19 Feb, 2017

Alvalade secures Challenge Cup quarter-final spot with second win in two days

Sporting CP had already done the hard yards yesterday, with a 32-18 win against Pelister Bitola, and Sunday confirmed the expected qualification for the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a 34-26 victory.

With an aggregate score of 66-44, Sporting CP's European adventure continues, in search of another Challenge Cup for the Alvalade museum.
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Sporting CP, 32-Pelister Bitola, 18

By Jornal Sporting
18 Feb, 2017

Sporting CP dominate in Challenge Cup first-leg

Sporting CP secured a massive lead in the first-leg of the Challenge Cup last-16 this weekend, with a 32-18 victory over the Macedonian side Pelister Bitola.
As the final result suggests, Sporting CP dominated from start to finish and had already built up a 16-7 margin at the break. The second-half continued in the same tine, with Sporting CP eventually finishing off with a 14-goal advantage.
The second-leg will be played in the Ginásio Clube do Sul Sports Arena this Sunday the 19th of February, at 18h00. 


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