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Tiago Rocha elected as the best player of the EHF Champions League 8th Round

By Sporting CP
20 Nov, 2019

The Portuguese International is standing out!

Tiago Rocha, part of our Handball team, was elected as the Best Player of the 8th Round of the Group Stage of EHF Champions League.

The seven goals scored against HT Tatran Prešov, contributing to the 22-37 win, was the main factor for him to be voted as the Best Player of the round. Tiago Rocha told  Jornal Sporting, how proud he was for having been distinguished.

"I want to thank everyone who voted for me. Having a Sporting CP player nominated for best player of the week is extremely important, especially in a competition that has the best players in the planet. This just shows how big Sporting CP is and I am truly satisfied with that. It was equally important to win the game", he started by saying. Tiago also mentioned his team mates, who are the reason for having played so well against HT Tatran Prešov.

Tiago Rocha finished his interview by saying the he expects Sporting CP Handball team to go ahead with the good exhibitions for the next two games of the EHF Champions League. The objective is still to go through to the next stage of the Competition.

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Expressive Win in Slovakia

By Sporting CP
14 Nov, 2019

HT Tatran Prešov stood no chance against the Lions

Sporting CPs Handball team flew to Slovakia to play against HT Tatran Prešov. The Lions won by expressive 22-37 for the eighth round of the group stage of the EHF Champions League.

The Lions dominated the match from early on, having reached half time already winning by 10-16. Sporting CP never stopped gaining momentum and the game finished with a difference of 15 goals to the home team. 

Tiago Rocha and Valentin Ghionea were the top scorers of the match, with 7 goals each. With this win, Sporting CP is now in second place of Group C, with 11 points, and well placed to go through to the next phase of the EHF Champions League.

This Saturday, 16th of November, Thierry Anti's lads will visit FC Porto, the Portuguese National Champion.

Sporting CP: Pedro Valdés (3), Gonçalo Vieira, Carlos Ruesga (4), Frankis Carol (C, 5), Aljoša Čudić (GR), Tiago Rocha (7), Tomás Van Zeller (GR), Francisco Tavares (2), Manuel Gaspar (GR), Arnaud Bingo (3), Valentin Ghionea (8), Nemanja Mladenović (1), Ivan Nikčević (1), Marko Vujin (3) and Luís Frade.

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At home: The Lion is King.

By Jornal Sporting
10 Sep, 2018

The Handball team won against Braga ABC, by 30-23, for the 2nd round of the championship

"Win for us." The 996 fans present at the João Rocha Pavilion requested and, with no option of choice, the Sporting Clube de Portugal handball team agreed. In a match played until the last second under the watchful eye of Frederico Varandas, Club President, the lions ended up winning with a 30-23 victory against the ABC of Braga, for the second match of the National Championship .

In this particular game, we can, without a doubt, highlight the most crucial position of all: goalkeeper. Unstoppable throughout the encounter, Aljosa Cudic presented all the Sportinguistas with categorical defenses who, on several occasions, 'saved the lion's skin'. 

In a first part on an 'equal foot', it was up to Frankis Carol to open the scoring in favor of the Greens and Whites. In a team full of talent it becomes very competitive to fight for the place of the best scorer of the match. In the first half we can highlight the four goals of Frankis Carol, the three of Pedro Solha and, among others, those of the reinforcements Chiuffa and Neven Stjepanivic, which in the case of the latter, reversed the disadvantage to 5-4, and after the 9th minut, the advantage was of six goals (16-10).

Returning from the interval, the commanders of Hugo Canela appeared in a higher level compared to the first part. It was also up to Frankis Carol to open the count on the scoreboard again. Always changing between the six and seven goals, Frankis Carol's right-hand finish, Ivan Nikcevic's free-kick, Chiuffa's strike, and Rueda and Edmilson's performance. In a (good) fusion of technical-tactical factors, the lions did reached the first of many victories in the João Rocha Pavilion. To all of you, Sportinguistas, "Welcome to Handball".

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"The continuation of my dream"

By Jornal Sporting
15 Jun, 2017

Bosko Bjelanovic agrees new contract

Bosko Bjelanovic has become the latest Alvalade athlete to extend his contract, following on from fellow handball star Ivan Nikcevic earlier in the week.

"This is the continuation of my dream. I have always been treated well by this club and I have always done my best. Now I want to carry on from where we left off last year and win the Super Cup. Internationally we will be in the Champions League and we want to do well", said Bosko after penning the deal, adding a word on the prospect of playing in the João Rocha Arena: "I have seen a lot of pictures already and I really want to play in there. It will be a really powerful weapon for us I am sure."

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Sporting CP extends Nikcevic deal

By Jornal Sporting
13 Jun, 2017

Alvalade handball star overjoyed with contract extension

"It is an honour to be able to use this shirt for another season, after such a great year", said Ivan Nikcevic, just minutes after penning a contract extension on the back of a season which saw Sporting CP lift a long-awaited national league title in addition to the Challenge Cup.

For Nikcevic, this is the perfect time to be at Sporting CP, particularly with new a new arena just about to open: "The first time I visited the club's museum I felt a huge drive to get my name on the wall in there too. With the help of the fans and the team I have done that and I am really happy. This was a really special season for the fans. I know how much they wanted the national title. I am really looking forward to playing in the João Rocha Arena in front of thousands of fans and thanks to the club and president Bruno de Carvalho I will have that experience."

Statement: Sporting Clube de Portugal

By Jornal Sporting
08 Jun, 2017

Carlos Galambas new Handball director

Sporting Clube de Portugal informs that Carlos Galambas is the new director of the club's handball department.

Galambas represented Sporting CP as a player from 2009 to 2011, in the process winning the Challenge Cup.

Sporting CP wishes Carlos Galambas the best of professional and personal success.

Sporting Clube de Portugal would like to thank Jorge de Sousa for his effort and dedication last season, guiding the club to a Challenge Cup and National Championship.

Sporting CP wishes Jorge de Sousa a speedy recovery.

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"As captain I feel really proud of the players"

By Jornal Sporting
28 May, 2017

Carlos Carneiro highlights his team's ability to manage the Challenge Cup final

"This was one of our objectives at the start of the season. Not everything has went as we would have liked, but we are going into the final stretch with a chance at every one of our objectives", said captain Carlos Carneiro at the final whistle of the Challenge Cup final this weekend.

Obviously ecstatic, the Alvalade skipper added: "We played really intelligently and managed the pace and the result. We won both finals and every single game in this competition. It was really special and this is the trophy I was missing. As captain I fell really proud of my players. This is a fantastic group of lads, packed with quality. We deserve this for the work we have put in. "

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"You can't do this kind of thing on your own"

By Jornal Sporting
28 May, 2017

Hugo Canela praises his players for their dedication in Challenge Cup win

Hugo Canela was understandably full of praise for his players this weekend following the Challenge Cup final win in Romania, highlighting his side's dedication in bringing European silverware to Alvalade.

"The players were really physically intense, even though Potaissa Turda had a lot of support from the crowd. We were really strong", said the Sporting CP handball coach, adding: "This is the first of three objectives we have this year. It has been a really fantastic first year for me and I want to thank president Bruno de Carvalho for travelling with us. You can't do this kind of thing on your own and I have to thank the players who came with us, like Pedro Solha and Oneto who are both injured, or Manuel Gaspar who is a young player who has spent a lot of time with us. Of course a special word for our director Jorge Sousa too. Thank you Jorge for the confidence and for putting such a good team together. Finally I want to thank my wife. None of this would be happy without our wives supporting us."

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"A win for all three million Sporting fans"

By Jornal Sporting
28 May, 2017

President Bruno de Carvalho in Romania for Challenge Cup celebrations

Bruno de Carvalho made the trip Romania for the Challenge Cup final this weekend and the Alvalade leader couldn't be happier with the latest edition to the Alvalade trophy cabinet: "This is a win for all three million Sporting fans and this is what we work for. Our handball department deserves this. Now the lads can celebrate, before we focus on the other objectives we have. This is Sporting CPs's 25th European title and it is great to see the players and fans so happy."

"Despite building up a big lead in Lisbon we didn't let our guard down here and the whole squad showed a fantastic attitude. This is Sporting CP's DNA, wanting to win and never giving up. If we can win by twenty goals then why should we stop at five? The players have to push themselves to the limit and that is what they did", finished Bruno de Carvalho.

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Sporting CP lifts Challenge Cup

By Jornal Sporting
27 May, 2017

Alvalade beat Potaissa Turda to claim Sporting CP's 25th European title

Absolute Lions! Sporting CP tallied a second win against Potaissa Turda this weekend (30-24) this weekend to bring the Challenge Cup back to Lisbon. Having already racked up a lead of 9 goals in the Portuguese capital in the first-leg, Hugo Canela's side went out for the second-leg in Romania all the more determined to win Alvalade's 25th European title.

More experienced and emotionally controlled, Sporting CP brushed off the hosts' early probes forward. Matej Asanin was in magnificent form in the Alvalade goal, doing his fair share of the work in what was already a 13-9 lead at the break.

The Romanians were backed by a brilliant crowd of 2,000, but Ivan Nikcevik, Bozovic and Portela were in a rampant mood and kept the scoreboard ticking over in Sporting CP's favour. Canela's side really raced away with it after the break, finally building up a 30-24 final result to secure the silverware for a second time.


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