Two brilliant goals from Memphis Depay saw Manchester United take a huge step towards returning to the Champions League group stages as they beat Club Brugge 3-1 winners at Old Trafford on Tuesday in their play-off first leg match.
While United, who missed out on Champions League action last year, will take a comfortable looking two-goal lead to Belgium, Sporting Lisbon will have a slender one-goal advantage to bring with them to Moscow, although their 2-1 win over CSKA ended the Russian side's nine-game unbeaten streak in Champions League qualifying games.
Liverpool plot move for €45m United and Arsenal target as Steven Gerrard replacement - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to report from Portuguese media outlet Record, Liverpool have entered the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. The 22 year old Portuguese is one of the hottest young prospects in Europe and had earlier been heavily linked with Arsenal and Manchester United last summer.
Sporting Lisbon beat Gil Vicente 2-0 in the Portuguese top flight on Sunday evening, with Manchester United loanee Nani nabbing the second goal of the game by absolutely whelping one in from 30 yards out.
Indeed, the strike was so outrageous that the man himself couldn't help but break down in tears at the sheer beauty of his masterpiece.
Nani has claimed Manchester United are keen for him to return to Old Trafford on a permanent basis once his loan to Sporting Lisbon expires.
The 28-year-old was allowed to join his former club on loan in August, as Louis Van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements, but the Portuguese insists he's still wanted by United and that he's been ensured he has a long-term future at Old Trafford.
Arsenal make £20m star prime January target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to reports in the reliable Italian website TMW, Arsenal are set to make Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho as their prime January transfer target. The 22 year old was also heavily linked with the Gunners in the summer but despite the London club offering €16m plus Joel Campbell on loan to the Portuguese club, Carvalho stayed put in his homeland.
Arsenal plot £20m move for Manchester United target; January Transfer possible - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
There is no doubt that Arsenal are in dire need of a central defensive midfielder in the upcoming January Transfer window. Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho was a summer target for the Gunners but the Portuguese youngster stayed at the club despite intense speculations.
Stoke City v Chelsea Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Suddenly, after a frustrating stalemate at Sunderland and an unexpected loss to Newcastle, the runaway Premier League leaders don't look so runaway after all! Just three points ahead of last season's winners Manchester City, the Blues' ‘invincible' status has been shattered, with a chaotic festive period to truly test their mettle and staying power.
We woke up to plenty of headlines yesterday about Gary Cahill and Chelsea players going to ground rather than another important three points for Chelsea. Chelsea beat Hull 2-0 with goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to maintain our three point lead in the Premier League.
It wasn't the best performance of the season but we ground out the result against a plucky Hull side at the weekend.
Gary Cahill believes Europe's top clubs will be wary of drawing Chelsea in the Champions League's last 16.
The England defender was hurt by Chelsea's semi-final elimination last season and says Jose Mourinho's men are "dangerous" and more experienced this term.
Cahill also thinks the Blues, who face Hull in their first Barclays Premier League contest since their 23-match unbeaten streak came to an end, can build momentum after responding from the loss at Newcastle by beating Sporting Lisbon 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Days after Sporting Lisbon won the Portuguese Cup in dramatic fashion, the club would experience even more drama. Cup-winning manager Marco Silva, withthree years left on his current deal, was replaced by Jorge Jesus, who managed cross-city rivals Benfica since 2009, and led them to the last two Liga titles.
Sporting Lisbon were away this week to Moreirense for league action. For Monday's match, manager Marco Silva went with a 4-4-2 lineup instead of the usual 4-3-3, and instead of one striker, he went with two, Junya Tanaka and former Seattle Sounder Fredy Montero.
With the exception of a few defensive hiccups, Sporting put together a very good display, and easily rolled over Moreirense 4-1.
In what could be the first sign that the Revolution are ready to explore the benefits of their partnership with Sporting Lisbon, a report surfaced on Friday that the coaching staff will look at Cape Verdean International Héldon Ramos during the preseason.
Ramos, 26, is an attacking midfielder who's often slotted on the left side of the midfield.
With a 1-1 semi-final second leg draw against Rio Ave last night ensuring Sporting Braga safe passage into the Taça de Portugal (Portuguese cup) final, head coachSergio Conceicao was left with a debt he needed to settle.
Having promised before the game that he would run home from Rio Ave's stadium should Sporting Braga make it through to the final,Conceicao laced up his trainers after the final whistle and, along with his backroom staff, jogged the 24 miles back to Braga.
Newcastle were reported to be interested in Sporting Lisbon striker/winger Andre Carrillo last month, but as we know Newcastle didn't bring in any players in January, and with the terrible news yesterday that Siem de Jong has suffered a second collapsed lung in 18 months (he will probably now be out for the rest of [.
There is a report in the Portuguese newspaper A Bola, that Newcastle United are interested in signing Sporting Lisbon winger/striker Andre Carrillo. Andre Carrillo 23 year-old SportingLisbon forward The 23 year-old is certainly the right age, and he can play as an out-and-out striker or as a winger, so he is quite versatile, and [.
It's quite obvious that Sporting Lisbon are very willing to sell their winger Diego Capel, and Newcastle have been linked with having an interest in him for over twelve months now. Diego Capel Sporting Lisbon seem desperate to get rid of him Last January he was available for around £5M, but that was probably [.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Angel Di Maria, David De Gea, Diego Costa. These are just some of the superstars that Jorge Mendes represents. Mendes is a Portuguese soccer agent who is one of the most influential in the world and lays claim to about 68% of all player transactions at Sporting Lisbon, Benfica, and Porto (Portuguese soccer clubs) and its said to have brokered over 1 billion pounds worth of trades.