"Stars" on our side
by Pedro Hélder Maia
Transl. from www.sporting.pt
In spite of a clear advantage in the total score of the receptions of Estrela da Amadora, it is obvious that many times Sporting finds problems in this match, having even registered six negative results in 13 games (3 draws and 3 defeats).
It didn't start well the history of these games, with a 0-1 defeat in 88/89, Vítor Damas was then the interim coach in a very troubled season - he replaced Pedro Rocha and would be replaced by Manuel José, and the last souvenirs are also negative, with 0-1 last season, in what was the first defeat of Paulo Bento as coach of the Lions. Liedson missed a penalty right at the end of the match. Meanwhile there were some great games by Sporting as host of the tricolores.
At the 12th round of 1995/96, for example, the Lions won 6-2 on a game full of emotions. Carlos Queiroz lead the green and white team, who scored by Sá Pinto (2), Oceano, Pedro Barbosa, Amunike and Pedro Martins, on his first official goal for Sporting.
A similar goal difference - the biggest in this match - happened on April 2004, with a 4-0 win, the last so far. In that game the star was Liedson, who signed a hat-trick, being the other goal scored by the Romanian Niculae.
Other clear wins happened in 1993/94, 3-0 with a brace of Iordanov and a goal of Capucho and in 1998/99, also 3-0 then with goals by Edmilson, Iordanov and Leandro.
The other ocasions where the Lions were able to celebrate a victory happened in 89/90, 2-0 with goals by Gomes and Edel - the first and only goal scored by this striker at the service of the club, and 90/91, 1-0 with a goal scored by Oceano and 2000/01, also 1-0 by João Pinto.
In conclusion, this is a match in which, in spite of being clearly favourite and of its supporters not expecting nothing less than a win, Sporting's "stars" will have to be at their highest level to justify their worth.
Iordanov and Liedson, both with 3 goals, are the best scorers in the history of this game, being in the current squad the Brazilian striker the only player that already scored against Estrela.
SCORES for the Portuguese League
SPORTING-Estrela da Amadora
88/89 – 0-1
89/90 – 2-0
90/91 – 1-0
93/94 – 3-0
94/95 – 0-1
95/96 – 6-2
96/97 – 0-0
97/98 – 2-2
98/99 – 3-0
99/00 – 1-1
00/01 – 1-0
03/04 – 4-0
05/06 – 0-1
7 SPORTING wins
3 Est. Amadora wins
23 SPORTING goals – 1,8 per game
8 Est. Amadora goals – 0,6 per game
SPORTING – 65,4%
Est. Amadora – 34,6%