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Big Derby for the Portuguese Cup Quarter-Finals

By Sporting CP
19 Feb, 2020

The draw took place this Wednesday

Sporting CP's futsal team will face SL Benfica for the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Cup. The draw was held this Wednesday in Oeiras. The game is scheduled for the 12th of March, and will take place at the Matosinhos Congress and Sports Center.

The derby is the big game of the Portuguese Cup quarter-finals, which will also feature Portimonense SC vs. Tram FC, AD Modicus vs. CR Leões de Porto Salvo and SC Braga vs. Side ACD. The semi-finals will be played on Saturday, 14th of March, and the Final will take place on Sunday, 15th of March.

Photo by Mário Vasa

Let's Defend What's Ours!

By Sporting CP
21 Nov, 2019

The current Futsal European Champions won the first game against Novo Vrijeme Makarska.

Sporting CP's Futsal team started the UEFA Futsal Champions League the right way by beating 4-0 the Croatians Novo Vrijeme Makarska by 4-0. 

With Gonçalo Portugal as the goalie, the Lions scored the first goal in the first minute by Alex. Seven minutes later, the second goal arrived by Pany Varela shot towards goal.

Even though the team wasn't playing at full throttle, the Lions took control of the match and showed their superiority against the two time and current Croatian Champions. 

Until the end of the first half, the Green and White team could have scored more goals but our opponents goalie was provnig to be a very tough wall to break through. 

The second-half started the same way as the first one - with goals. Léo shot straight towards goal and instants after that, Pauleta grabbed the opportunity of scoring another, after Léo's perfect pass. The result was set: 4-0.

This Friday, the Lions will play the second game of this Elite Round of the UEFA Futsal Champions League against MFC Ayat.

Photo by José Lorvão

Impressive Numbers

By Sporting CP
14 Nov, 2019

Amazing Win Against SC Braga/AAUM

Sporting CP's futsal team hosted and beat SC Braga / AAUM 7-2 for the 11th round of the Placard League.

With Gonçalo Portugal as the Lions goalkeeper and Alex Merlim out of Nuno Dias's options, the Lions strated to create goal opportunities before the timer hit the 10 minutes. 

The first goals of the match came from the Portuguese International, Pany Varela, with a beautiful chip over the keeper.

Right before the break, in just two minutes, the Lions had already scored three goals with the later two being scored by Cavinato and the Captain João Matos.

With 16 seconds to go, the Lions could not take their foot off the gás, and the fourth goal appeared naturally. Alex was the scorer this time. The result was set by the end of the first 20 minutes as the green and white team was ahead by 4.

After a strong first half, the second part of the game started with another green and white goal by Pauleta. Almost immediately after came the sixth goal following a beautiful play by Rocha, who dribbled two opponents and the opposing goalkeeper. 

The visiting team managed to score a goal after 7 minutes into the second half. Two minutes later, Alex scored the Lions 7th goal. 

In a one-way match, SC Braga/AAUM still managed to score their second goal however there was little they could do against a very strong Sporting CP who was constantly backed by chanting fans. 

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Someone call the Museum: There's another Super Cup on the way!

By Jornal Sporting
10 Sep, 2018

The futsal team won 11-0 against Fabril, winning their 8th trophy in the competition

"Yes, hello? Am I talking to the Sporting Museum? Get some space, we're leaving Loulé with another trophy in our pockets!"

After the 11-0 victory against Fabril, the futsal team is on its way to Alvalade.

The commanders of Nuno Dias entered the court wanting to solve the game as early as possible with quick offensive transitions. The first attack came just in the opening minute from Cavinato, who opened the score at the Municipal Sports Pavilion in Loulé, after an assist from Léo, the number 17 only had to touch it in.

The story about the second goal is very simple: Dieguinho enters, Dieguinho scores (5 '). The ball then went back to game only to increase the advantage. This time through Pany Varela (6 '), assisted by Varela after recovering the ball by Dieguinho. The same trio for the fourth goal, but with positions changed, gave right to the second goal of Dieguinho, served by Pany (7 ').

Speaking of scoring second goals, the arrival to the half dozen had the "wizard" Merlin as the protagonist (9 'and 10'), after two hits towards the goal.

At half-time, the lions had already had a hand on the Super Cup, while Fabril had little time to breathe and recover from each goal.

Cavinato went on to make the first goal of the second half (28 '). Special attention was also given to the eighth goal of the afternoon, which was scored by Dani (30 '), in what was his first goal in an official competition for the senior team. Merlin closed his personal account by signing a total of three goals.

To finish in beauty, Pany scored his second (39 ') and Pedro Cary was the last to shout "goal" with all the Sportinguists who moved to Loulé. Eight Conquered Supercups and one certainty: This is an omen for a season in which the futsal of Sporting CP will need (more) space in the storefront that is destined to them in the green and white Museum.


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Nuno Dias considered best coach of SportZone League

By Jornal Sporting
27 Aug, 2018

Three-time National Champion has won another achievement after a dreamy season

The three-time National Champion futsal coach, Nuno Dias, was chosen - for the third time in a row - as the best coach of the 2017/18 SportZone League.

The coach, who has been ahead of Sporting CP’s futsal team since the season of 2012, is also the coach with more titles in Portugal

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Sporting CP wins the Masters Cup against the European Champion

By Jornal Sporting
30 Aug, 2018

Nuno Dias's team discipline made the diference

It was the title match and the lions don’t usually fail when it comes to raising trophies. In the re-issue of the last two UEFA Futsal Cup finals, Sporting CP beat Inter Movistar (4-2) and won the Masters Cup. In Portimão, and with many green and white supporters in the stands, the three-time national champions became the first Portuguese team to win the coveted pre-season trophy.

Although we have several new faces, the team dynamic remains; "We knew it was not going to be an easy competition. Sporting CP did their job well and we achieved these two victories. This shows the power that our team has, even with many players leaving and the entry of others. The group is reacting well and those who arrived too", confirmed Dieguinho.

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"I am really happy to carry on here"

By Jornal Sporting
13 Jun, 2017

André Sousa pens extended deal with Sporting CP

Following closely after the announcement of an extension with handball star Ivan Nikcevic, the Alvalade futsal goalkeeper André Sousa has also put pen to paper.

"I am really happy to carry on here. This is the extension of the last three years of hard work", said Sousa, setting out his ambition for the coming season and the inauguration of the João Rocha Arena: "In terms of objectives we want more of the same: to win every competition we are in. I am sure every team is looking forward to their first match in the new arena, just like the fans are."

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"Our time will come"

By Jornal Sporting
30 Apr, 2017

Miguel Albuquerque reflects on Sunday's final in Almaty

As leader of Sporting CP's futsal department, Miguel Albuquerque was inevitably asked to comment on this season's UEFA Futsal Cup campaign, brought to an end in Almaty this weekend.

"There isn't a lot to say when you lose a final by such a heavy result. What I said to the lads that we might not be the best in the world, but we certainly aren't the worst. Obviously the result isn't what we wanted and it is humiliating, because the difference between Sporting CP and Inter really isn't that big. It was harsh for us, particularly after how we played to get here. We lost in Almaty in 2017 the same way we did in 2011, but our team is made up of men of character and our time will come", said the Alvalade director.

Miguel Albuquerque went on to reflect on his side's run to the final: "We started back in the Main Round in Italy and we were brilliant. Then we knocked out the Russian champion and beat the European champion in the semi-finals, but we came up just short in the final. As the leader of the project I take full responsibility. Winning is easy, losing is hard and reacting properly is even harder."

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"We stand together"

By Jornal Sporting
30 Apr, 2017

João Matos rallies his team after Sunday's UEFA Futsal Cup loss

João Matos spoke with the Sporting Journal and Sporting TV at the final whistle in Almaty on Sunday, after his side missed out to Inter Movistar.

"It was a heavy result and maybe a bit humiliating for a final. We have to take responsibility for that. We didn't play well, our finishing was not up to scratch and various factors added to the score", affirmed the Sporting CP skipper, continuing: "We got here not just because of the quality we have in the squad, but because we stand together and are more like a family. This isn't the time for us to be unhappy with each other. We arrived here together and we will leave here together. Second place is better than third or forth and it just wasn't our day. Inter did really well and we were not as competent as we usually are."

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"The numbers are ridiculous"

By Jornal Sporting
30 Apr, 2017

Nuno Dias shakes off UEFA Futsal Cup loss with a word of praise for his team

"We played well and I stick by what I said after the semi-finals: It is an honour to be the coach of this team", said Nuno Dias in his post-match press conference on Sunday, after his side missed out to a highly effective Inter Movistar team in the UEFA Futsal Cup Final.

The Sporting CP coach was frustrated with the final result, however that did not dent his confidence in his players: "My players fight for the best results possible, but that didn't happen today. The difference today was in a few situations that we didn't do well in and that Inter took advantage of. We were on top on a few occasions, but we didn't take our opportunities. We were missing that bit of confidence that a goal gives. We didn't deserve such a heavy result today, the numbers are ridiculous. The lads are understandably sad, but we are still in a lot of competitions and still have a lot of games to win."


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