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Juventus battle past Sporting in Champions League

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus rallied from a bizarre Alex Sandro own goal to battle past Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on Wednesday and move second behind Barcelona in Champions League Group D.

The Portuguese visitors surged ahead after 12 minutes in the Allianz Stadium when the ball accidentally bounced off the Brazilian left-back and into his own net after Gianluigi Buffon had saved from Gelson Martins.

Juventus battle past Sporting in Champions League

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus rallied from a bizarre Alex Sandro own goal to battle past Sporting Lisbon 2-1 on Wednesday and move second behind Barcelona in Champions League Group D.

The Portuguese visitors surged ahead after 12 minutes in the Allianz Stadium when the ball accidentally bounced off the Brazilian left-back and into his own net after Gianluigi Buffon had saved from Gelson Martins.

10-man Barca cruise as club plead for Catalonia dialogue

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona shrugged off an early Gerard Pique red card and the distractions of a first match at the Camp Nou since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia to beat Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday.

A Dimitrios Nikolaou own goal and second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Lucas Digne ensured a comfortable evening for the hosts on the field, while the political tension sweeping across Catalonia was seen in the stands despite a low turnout due to torrential rain.

Juventus not in crisis, insists Allegri

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri insisted Tuesday that the Serie A champions were not in crisis despite recent setbacks.

Italian title-winners in the last six seasons, Juventus lost to Lazio on Saturday - a first home defeat in over two years - to trail leaders Napoli by five points.

Adrien Silva trains with Leicester as club mulls transfer appeal

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London (AFP) – Adrien Silva is now training with Leicester City while the Premier League club consider going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over his transfer saga.

The Foxes’ appeal to FIFA to secure the registration of the Portuguese midfielder was last week rejected by world football’s governing body.

FIFA reject Leicester’s appeal to register Silva

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London (AFP) – Leicester City’s appeal to register Adrien Silva was rejected by FIFA on Wednesday despite support from the English Football Association after the paperwork was submitted 14 seconds late on deadline day.

The club and the FA had asked FIFA to ratify the midfielder’s transfer after the late delivery of the paperwork for the £22 million ($29 million, 25 million euros) move from Sporting Lisbon, but it was denied and he will now not be able to play until January.

FIFA reject Leicester’s appeal to register Silva

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London (AFP) – Leicester City’s appeal to register Adrien Silva was rejected by FIFA on Wednesday despite support from the English Football Association after the paperwork was submitted 14 seconds late on deadline day.

The club and the FA had asked FIFA to ratify the midfielder’s transfer after the late delivery of the paperwork for the £22 million ($29 million, 25 million euros) move from Sporting Lisbon, but it was denied and he will now not be able to play until January.

Spain and Portugal ‘Liga Iberica’ mooted

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Lisbon (AFP) – The creation of a ‘Liga Iberica’ involving top clubs from Spain and Portugal has been targeted for 2019, the Portuguese League said on Wednesday.

The Liga Iberica would allow Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and the likes to measure up against Spanish giants like Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Spain and Portugal ‘Liga Iberica’ mooted

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Lisbon (AFP) – The creation of a ‘Liga Iberica’ involving top clubs from Spain and Portugal has been targeted for 2019, the Portuguese League said on Wednesday.

The Liga Iberica would allow Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and the likes to measure up against Spanish giants like Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Every second counts as Leicester scramble to register Silva

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London (AFP) – Leicester face a fight with FIFA to secure the immediate availability of Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva after reportedly missing the deadline to register their new signing by just 14 seconds.

Craig Shakespeare’s side agreed a £22 million ($28 million, 24 million euros) deal with Sporting Lisbon for the 28-year-old on August 31, the final day of the summer transfer window.

Every second counts as Leicester scramble to register Silva

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London (AFP) – Leicester face a fight with FIFA to secure the immediate availability of Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva after reportedly missing the deadline to register their new signing by just 14 seconds.

Craig Shakespeare’s side agreed a £22 million ($28 million, 24 million euros) deal with Sporting Lisbon for the 28-year-old on August 31, the final day of the summer transfer window.

Portugal’s Sa Pinto named coach of Standard Liege football club

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Brussels (AFP) – Former Portuguese international Ricardo Sa Pinto, 44, has been named as the new coach of Standard Liege, the Belgian giants announced on Sunday.

Sa Pinto played for Standard towards the end of his playing career. Last season, he coached Greek outfit Atromitos, while he previously coached Sporting Lisbon amongst others.

Glasgow Rangers confirm Caixinha as new boss

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scottish giants Rangers confirmed the appointment of Pedro Caixinha as their new manager on Saturday.

Caixinha arrived at Glasgow Airport on a flight from Dubai at midday on Saturday and his move to Ibrox was officially announced just hours later.

The 46-year-old Portuguese coach has agreed a three-year contract and will be tasked with ending Celtic’s long reign as Scotland’s preeminent force.

Out of favour Markovic sent on loan to Hull by Liverpool

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Kingston upon Hull (United Kingdom) (AFP) Serbian international winger Lazar Markovic has been sent straight back out on loan to Premier League strugglers Hull on Monday by rivals Liverpool after a spell at Sporting Lisbon was cut short.

The 22-year-old who has joined until the end of the season returned to Liverpool after all three parties agreed it was best to bring his year long loan to Sporting to a premature end.

Out of favour Markovic sent on loan to Hull by Liverpool

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Kingston upon Hull (United Kingdom) (AFP) Serbian international winger Lazar Markovic has been sent straight back out on loan to Premier League strugglers Hull on Monday by rivals Liverpool after a spell at Sporting Lisbon was cut short.

The 22-year-old who has joined until the end of the season returned to Liverpool after all three parties agreed it was best to bring his year long loan to Sporting to a premature end.

Bale suffers ankle injury in Real win

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Lisbon (AFP) Real Madrid suffered a huge injury scare just 11 days before facing Barcelona in La Liga as Gareth Bale hobbled off with a right ankle injury in the European champions 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Bale has been in supreme form in recent weeks having tied his future to the European champions with a bumper contract extension to 2022.

Bale suffers ankle injury in Real win

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Lisbon (AFP) Real Madrid suffered a huge injury scare just 11 days before facing Barcelona in La Liga as Gareth Bale hobbled off with a right ankle injury in the European champions 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Bale has been in supreme form in recent weeks having tied his future to the European champions with a bumper contract extension to 2022.

Real Madrid strike late to progress on Ronaldo’s homecoming

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Lisbon (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo was lauded like a king of his return to where his career began at Sporting Lisbon, but Real Madrid showed no mercy in booking their place in the knockout stages for a 20th consecutive season with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.

However, victory came at a cost for the European champions as Gareth Bale limped off just before the hour mark with an ankle injury just 11 days before Real travel to face Barcelona in El Clasico.

Real Madrid’s Bale forced off with ankle injury

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Lisbon (AFP) Real Madrid suffered a huge injury scare just 11 days before facing Barcelona as Gareth Bale hobbled off with a right ankle injury just under an hour into their Champions League clash at Sporting Lisbon.

Bale has been in supreme form in recent weeks having tied his future to the European champions with a bumper contract extension to 2022.

Homecoming king Ronaldo eyes European century

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Lisbon (AFP) Fresh from vanquishing Atletico Madrid with his 39th Real Madrid hat-trick, Cristiano Ronaldo will be guaranteed a hero's welcome when he returns to where his career began at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Ronaldo has another landmark in his sights as he is just two goals short of 100 in European competitions and history suggests he won't go easy on the side that handed him his breakthrough.

Homecoming king Ronaldo eyes European century

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Lisbon (AFP) Fresh from vanquishing Atletico Madrid with his 39th Real Madrid hat-trick, Cristiano Ronaldo will be guaranteed a hero's welcome when he returns to where his career began at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Ronaldo has another landmark in his sights as he is just two goals short of 100 in European competitions and history suggests he won't go easy on the side that handed him his breakthrough.

Dortmund suspend Aubameyang for Sporting clash

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday suspended star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for their Champions League game against Sporting Lisbon "for internal reasons".

"The coach has taken the decision and it is absolutely correct," Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky.

Dortmund suspend Aubameyang for Sporting clash

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel on Wednesday suspended star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for their Champions League game against Sporting Lisbon "for internal reasons".

"The coach has taken the decision and it is absolutely correct," Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky.

Transfers & Rumours

The 14-Second Man: Adrien Silva Trains With Leicester City For First Time, Chooses Very Apt Squad Number (Photos)

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While still unable to represent his new club until January, the good news is that Adrien Silva has been cleared to start training with the rest of the Leicester City squad.

The Portuguese midfielder joined the Foxes from Sporting Lisbon on transfer deadline day but, despite being afforded a two-hour extension, the buying club still managed to overshoot the deadline for his registration by 14 seconds.

Leicester: FIFA Reject Appeal Over Botched Adrien Silva Transfer, Midfielder Stuck In Limbo Until January

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Leicester City have had their appeal over the botched registration of Adrien Silva rejected by FIFA.

The Foxes attempted to sign Silva from Sporting Lisbon on deadline day but missed the cut-off by 14 seconds.

The majority of the £22million deal had been agreed earlier in the window, but Leicester left it until the very last moment to start finalising the small print and, even with a specially requested two-hour extension, managed to overshoot the deadline, thus leaving FIFA with no choice but to reject the application.

Rock The Cradle: Bebeto’s Son, As Welcomed Into The World At USA ’94, Has Just Signed For Sporting Lisbon (Photo)

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Romario, Mazinho and new father Bebeto "rock the cradle" at the 1994 World Cup (Photo: PA)

In what is certain to come as alarming news for footballs fans of a certain age, the newbornbaby that Bebeto welcomed into the world at the 1994 World Cup is now a mature and fully functioning adult.

Portugal

Leicester City: FIFA Reject Adrien Silva Transfer Application After Deadline Missed By 14 Seconds

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Leicester City have had their attempts to sign Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon nixed by FIFA after the Foxes left it just a smidgen too late on deadline day.

The bulk of the £22million deal had been squared away earlier in the window, but the Foxes left it until deadline day to agree terms and finalise some of the small print.

Arsenal bid £70m for William Carvalho and Gelson Martins

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Arsenal have lodged a £70m bid for Sporting Lisbon pair William Carvalho and Gelson Martins, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola. The Gunners...

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Wandering Hands: Sporting Lisbon B Substitute Manages To Concede Penalty While Warming Up Behind Goal (Video)

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Poor old Budag Nasirov somehow managed the extraordinary feat of both conceding a penalty and getting himselfbooked over15 minutes before he came on as a substitute during Sporting Lisbon B's recent Segunda Liga tie against Academica.

Bizarrely, the 20-year-old Azerbaijaniwas warming-up behind the Sporting goal when he was penalised for handling a wayward cross before it had gone fully out of touch.

Sporting Lisbon Fined £650 After Rowdy Fans Throw Packet Of Beans At Opposing Goalkeeper

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In what surely must be unprecedented, Sporting Lisbon have been fined after their fans hurled a bag of beans at their opponent's goalkeeper.

According to O Jogo, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) have beenstung after a packet of lupini beans were thrown in the direction of Maritimo 'keeper Charles during the 2-2 draw between the two teams on Saturday.

Os Belenenses

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Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses are very much Lisbon's third team after the big two of Benfica and Sporting.



Founded in 1919, Os Belenenses play their home games at the 19,000 capacity Estádio do Restelo in Belem in the west of the Portuguese capital, where crowds average a lowly 1,500 unless one of the big three Portuguese clubs, Benfica, Sporting or Porto, are in town.

Arsenal

Arsenal set to bid €15m for Portugal international

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Joel Campbell to return to Arsenal – but for how long?

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Campbell will return to Arsenal, but he doesn't seem too excited! Joel Campbell has become a forgotten man under Arsene Wenger, despite the player offering quite a bit of promise during his time on the pitch. The Costa Rican international was shipped out on loan to Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon during the summer, after Wenger [.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid and Porto stars among our #JF70 top young talents of the week, week 10

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Scottish Referee Might Lose Politician Job After Choosing Real Madrid Match Over Parliamentary Meeting

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One of the Scottish officials on duty in the Champions League this week may end up losing his day job after ducking out to attendthe game between Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid.

Douglas Ross, a Member of Scottish Parliament with the Conservatives, has received calls to be sacked after missing an important parliamentary committee meeting in order to run the line at the Jose Alvalade Stadium on Tuesday night.

Devastating injury blow for Real Madrid, world class star ruled out for several weeks with injury

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Real Madrid have been dealt a devastating injury blow before next week’s El Clasico.

Los Blancos have confirmed that Gareth Bale is set to be sidelined for around three months with an ankle injury. The Wales international damaged his ankle during Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon earlier this week.

Here’s A Lovely Little Vignette About Cristiano Ronaldo Meeting Young Fans In Sporting Lisbon’s Press Zone

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As you may be aware, a certain prodigal son returned to Sporting Lisbon last night, with Cristiano Ronaldo afforded VIP status for the duration of Real Madrid's visit to the JoseAlvalade.

Of course, Ronaldo played a prominent part in Madrid's 2-1 win but it was after the game, in the UEFA-sanctioned mixed zone (for press) that the Portuguese superstar really shone.

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Champions League: Young Barcelona Fan Bursts Onto Pitch To Kiss Lionel Messi’s Saintly Feet (Photo & Video)

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Barcelona were hardly at their fluid best but still managed to see off Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday evening thanks to a scruffy Luis Suarez header that deflected in off former Liverpool and Stoke defender Sebastian Coates.

Despite having a quiet night by his own imperious standards, Lionel Messi was still the centre of attention, especially for a young Barca fan who breached the perimeter hoardings in a desperate attempt to interact with his idol.

West Ham Owners Refuse To Comment After Being Called ‘The Dildo Brothers’ By Sporting Lisbon President

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West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are reportedly unprepared to pass further comment after being referred to as 'The Dildo Brothers' by Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho.

The two clubs are currently at loggerheads over a botched deadline day move for Sporting midfielder William Carvalho, with Sporting's director of communications, Nuno Saraiva, branding Sullivan a "liar" and a "parasite" after the latter claimed the transfer collapsed because the Portuguese club failed to leave enough time for a medical.

Sporting Lisbon’s New Away Kit Features Covert Messages In Both Braille And Morse Code (Photo)

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Sporting Libson (or Sporting Clube de Portugal if you'd prefer) have unveiled a couple of new shirts for 2017/18, and one comes with a rather unique feature.

Suppliers Macron have incorporated a special message into the away jerseys, which first and foremost features a motto stamped in Braille under the club crest.