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Official UEFA Cup 2007/08 thread: Sporting CP

The European Cups are back and Sporting is again involved in the UEFA Cup.

We host in about an hour FC Basel in the first leg of the 1/16 finals. It will be a special game as we will be playing our 200th European match.

The Swiss are currently top of their league with a 5 point lead and had a solid display during the group stage.

Nevertheless, Sporting is on another level and although we go on not playing the same kind of football that we have shown in the last couple of seasons, it is also true that in this season's Champions League matches, we had a strong campaign, good enough to put is in the group of clubs with a shot to reach the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Cup.

This may be the starting XI presented by Paulo Bento in the game that starts at 21h45 CET:


Rui Patrício
Abel - Tonel - Anderson Polga - Grimi
Miguel Veloso
Celsinho - Izmailov
João Moutinho
Liedson - Vukcevic

SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORTING!!! :fero:

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Milestone no millstone for Sporting
Tuesday 12 February 2008
by José Nuno Pimentel from Lisbon
in uefa.com


Sporting Clube de Portugal will play their 200th UEFA club competition fixture against FC Basel 1893 and Marat Izmailov is sure his side "can win the UEFA Cup".

Lone success
As long as there have been UEFA club competitions, Sporting have been involved – the Lisbon side took part in the first European Champion Clubs' Cup tie, drawing 3-3 at home against JSD Partizan – now Serbia's FK Partizan – on 4 September 1955, prior to losing the second leg in Belgrade 5-2. Their only silverware to date came in the 1963/64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, with João Morais scoring direct from a corner to win 1-0 against MTK Budapest in a replay in Deurne, Belgium, after a 3-3 draw in the first match in Brussels.

'That's my goal'
However, 25-year-old Russia midfielder Izmailov – currently on loan at the club from FC Lokomotiv Moskva – feels that another European title might be in the offing for the famous Lisbon side. "I believe that we can win the UEFA Cup," said the midfielder, whose goal against champions FC Porto gave Sporting the Portuguese Super Cup back in August. "We have a good team so we have all the conditions to win the competition. That's my goal and the team's too."

Final defeat
The team have had big ambitions before. They reached the semi-finals of the 1990/91 UEFA Cup, losing out to FC Internazionale Milano and more recently got to the 2004/05 UEFA Cup final, staged at their own Estádio José Alvalade, but lost 3-1 to PFC CSKA Moskva. A bewildering result, but perhaps not as confusing as events following their exit from the 1973/74 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final.

Bizarre return
Drawn against German side 1. FC Magdeburg, Sporting drew 1-1 in Lisbon but lost 2-1 in the return leg on 24 April 1974 to bow out of the competition. Bizarrely it then took them two days to get home again. The day after the game, the bloodless Carnation Revolution saw the overthrow of the authoritatian Portuguese government and prompted the closure of all of national airports. The Sporting players ended up having to fly to Madrid, making the final leg of their return home by coach.

'We'll be better'
Sporting's chances of deposing Porto as Liga champions look slender, but coach Paulo Bento remains optimistic of his side earning a 50th UEFA competition win against Basel and is hoping for "a victory without conceding". Liedson, one of the stars of that 2004/05 UEFA Cup campaign, hopes the weekend's 2-1 Portuguese Cup win against CS Marítimo augurs well for European tie No200. "It's important to go into a hard match like a UEFA Cup tie on the back of a victory," said the 30-year-old Brazilian. "We are not at our best yet but I am sure that we'll be better on Wednesday."

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Official line-up is out:

Rui Patrício
Abel - Tonel - Polga - Grimi
Miguel Veloso
João Moutinho - Izmailov
Romagnoli
Liedson - Vukcevic


Subs: Stojkovic, Ronny, Pereirinha, Farnerud, Celsinho, Purovic and Rodrigo Tiuí.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOO!!!!!!

1-0 after 9'

Izmailov......Romagnoli.....VUKCEVIC!

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Rui Patrício! what a save!

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this ****in' linesman should be skinned alive

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We should be 2-0 up already. Come on!

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Sporting is playing well and seem to be able to finish Basel off in the first leg.
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1-0 HT

A great first half by Sporting in the line of our European games this season. We should have scored more than one after so much football.

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This is a bloody massacre but we stay only winning 1-0

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! !!!!

VUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKCEVIC!!!!!!!! 2-0!

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What a goal! :eekani:

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Great goal by vukcevic.

Liedson just hit the post now....

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Liedson hits the post! Festival!

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Pereirinha and Rodrigo Tiuí IN
Izmailov and Vukcevic OUT

Vukcevic fell on his arm and it doesn't look good. SHIT!

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Sporting 2-0 FC Basel FT

Without a doubt this was our best game of the season so far. What a schizophrenic team we have this season! We should have won at least by 4 goals but hopefully we will manage to show the Swiss how to play football again next week.

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FFS Vukcevic dislocated his shoulder and he is out for 3 weeks

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good game by sporting very nice congrats.
nice to see vukcevic tonight
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good game by sporting very nice congrats.
nice to see vukcevic tonight
Thanks. Let's hope Simon comes back soon with the same quality he was showing right now.

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