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Sporting Clube de Portugal
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AZ Alkmaar

Sporting at home on 28th of April
Alkmaar at home on 5th of May

Sporting Suspensions/Injures:
Nothing to report

Alkmaar Suspensions/Injuries:
Joris Mathijsen (injured for 6 months)
Barry Opdam (suspended for first game)
Meerdink (injured since March)

Back for Sporting:
Hugo Viana will be back after Newcastle declined him the right to play in the Quarters, while Liedson will be back having faced a one-match suspension for picking up a yellow card in the first leg match against Newcastle.

Back for Alkmaar:
Nothing to report

The Road To The Semi Finals
Sporting CP
First Round: Win 2-0 at home, and tie 0-0 away to SK Rapid Wien to make the group stage

Group Stage/Group D: Win 4-1 at home to Panionios, Win to Dinamo Tbilisi 4-0 away, Lose to Sochaux at home 1-0, Tie Newcastle Away 1-1 to finish group third in order with 7 points to advance to the round of 32

Round of 32: Win 2-1 at home, and win 2-1 away to Feyenoord to make the round of 16.

Round of 16: Win 3-2 away, and 1-0 home to Middlesbrough to make the Quarter Finals

Quarter Finals: Lose 1-0 away, and win 4-1 at home to Newcastle to make Semi Finals

Az Alkmaar
First Round: Win 3-2 away, and win 2-1 at home to PAOK to make the Group Stage

Group Stage/Group F: Win 2-0 at home to Auxerre, Win 3-1 away to Amica, Win 1-0 at home to Rangers, lose 2-0 to GAK away, but go through to the Round of 32, having first place in Group F with 9 points

Round of 32: Tie 0-0 away, and win 2-1 at home to Aachen to advance to the Round of 16.

Round of 16: Win 3-1 away, and win 2-1 at home to Shakhtar and make the Quarter Finals

Quarter Finals: Win 2-1 away, and tie 1-1 at home to Villarreal to go through to the Semi-Finals

European Record
Sporting 8-2-2

Az Alkmaar 9-2-1

Domestic Record
Sporting 15-6-7 [Second Place] 28 Games

Az Alkmaar 18-6-3 [Second Place] 27 Games

Full European Squads
Sporting
No Name DoB Nationality

Goalkeepers 4
1 Nélson 20.10.1975 POR
12 Tiago 16.04.1975 POR
13 Mário Felgueiras 12.12.1986 POR
76 Ricardo 11.02.1976 POR

Defenders 9
4 Anderson Polga 09.02.1979 BRA
6 Hugo 11.08.1976 POR
14 Joseph Enakarhire 06.11.1982 NGA
15 Miguel Garcia 04.02.1983 POR
18 Mário Sérgio 28.07.1981 POR
21 Paito 05.07.1982 MOZ
22 Beto 03.05.1976 POR
23 Rui Jorge 27.03.1973 POR
24 Miguel Veloso 11.05.1986 POR

Midfielders 8
5 Carlos Martins 29.04.1982 POR
8 Pedro Barbosa 06.08.1970 POR
11 Rodrigo Tello 14.10.1979 CHI
26 Fabio Rochemback 10.12.1981 BRA
27 Custódio 24.05.1983 POR
28 João Moutinho 08.09.1986 POR
37 Rogerio 28.02.1976 BRA
45 Hugo Viana 15.01.1983 POR

Forwards 8
9 Marius Niculae 16.05.1981 ROM
10 Sá Pinto 10.10.1972 POR
17 Roudolphe Douala 25.09.1978 CMR
31 Liedson 17.12.1977 BRA
32 Yannick 05.05.1986 GUI
36 Carlos Saleiro 25.02.1986 POR
87 Mauricio Pinilla 04.02.1984 CHI
99 João Mota 21.11.1980 BRA

Az Alkmaar

Goalkeepers 4
1 Henk Timmer 03.12.1971 HOL
24 Theo Zwarthoed 19.11.1982 HOL
25 Beau Molenaar 10.03.1985 HOL
26 Job Bulters 22.03.1986 HOL

Defenders 8
2 Jan Kromkamp 17.08.1980 HOL
3 Kew Jaliens 15.09.1978 HOL
4 Barry Opdam 27.02.1976 HOL
5 Joris Mathijsen 05.04.1980 HOL
12 Juha Reini 19.03.1975 FIN
14 Tom Zoontjes 30.03.1985 HOL
15 Tim de Cler 08.11.1978 HOL
29 Ron Vlaar 16.02.1985 HOL

Midfielders 9
6 Denny Landzaat 06.05.1976 HOL
8 Olaf Lindenbergh 06.02.1974 HOL
10 Adil Ramzi 14.07.1977 MOR
18 Michael Buskermolen 02.03.1972 HOL
20 Barry van Galen 04.04.1970 HOL
27 Haris Medunjanin 08.03.1985 BHZ
30 Marien Willemnsen 18.09.1984 HOL
32 Magid Jansen 06.10.1983 HOL
33 Christy Janga 25.12.1985 HOL

Forwards 9
7 Ali Elkhattabi 17.01.1977 MOR
9 Stein Huysegems 16.06.1982 BEL
11 Tarik Sektioui 13.05.1977 MOR
17 Martijn Meerdink 15.09.1976 HOL
19 Robin Nelisse 25.01.1978 HOL
21 Kenneth Perez 29.08.1974 DEN
22 Arjan Wisse 10.06.1985 HOL
28 Ramsy Villan 27.03.1985 HOL
31 Jordy Van Wijk 24.01.1984 HOL
 

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WE´RE GONNA WIN! ALL WAY TO THE FINAL!

FORÇA SPORTING!
 

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Hey, welcome on board nunomigueljorge ... good to see a Sportinguista around, hope we will read more from you in the following period.

Good luck to Sporting, I believe the can make it! Yet still no need to underestimate AZ Alkmaar, they kicked out Alemannia Achen :eek: ;)
 

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Good luck to sporting that 4-1 thrashing over newcastle really suprised me the finals for the uefa cup are in lisboa aren't they ?
 

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hrvatski kralj said:
Good luck to sporting that 4-1 thrashing over newcastle really suprised me the finals for the uefa cup are in lisboa aren't they ?

In Lisbon yes!! Actualy in Sporting Lisbons stadium: Alvalade XXI

Tnx for the welcome post Bier!

Hope we can win the cup! It would be ansewome.. Portugal Teams winning 3 European Cups 3 years in a row! I belive we can make it!
 

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nunomigueljorge said:
In Lisbon yes!! Actualy in Sporting Lisbons stadium: Alvalade XXI

Tnx for the welcome post Bier!

Hope we can win the cup! It would be ansewome.. Portugal Teams winning 3 European Cups 3 years in a row! I belive we can make it!

welcome mate

it would be nice to have Portuguese clubs winning European trophies during three consecutive seasons (UC + CL + UC)
 

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Thanks to Sporting we(Portugal) already went ahead of Germany in the UEFA Coefficients for 2006-2007 season, and pending them winning the whole thing, we could go ahead of France and get 7 teams into European Competition!

To O_Glorioso: I don't believe they've ever met; refferring to a quick google check anyways.

Not funny or even coincidential at all but thought I'd point out the not-so-obvious, but not-so-interesting.
Euro 2004:
Portugal Vs. England Quarters
Portugal Vs. Holland Semis

UEFA Cup 05:
Sporting (Portugal) Vs. Newcastle (England) Quarters
Sporting (Portugal) Vs. Az Alkmaar (Holland) Semis

Only catch is they won't face a Greek team in the final...
 

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Hm, I was to tired too go out and watch the game today ... after all Sporting is not Benfica ;) ) so I have to depend in livescore.com ... but they don't satisfy me so far 1:1 at halftime ... Sporting have to improve the score if they want to make the final. C'mon Sporting ... if I'm informed correctly, AZ miss a lot of their key-protagonists today due to injuries
 

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They were showing the game on RTPI. Pinilla scored an outstanding goal, but then he had the chance to double his tally by flicking it in and couldn't manage :D . The commentators had a few laughs about that. That away goal may hurt Sporting though, all Alkmaar need is to win 1-0 to advance now. However, I don't see that happening.
 

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Same here, this result should help Sporting to go through. Yet I would go as far as predicting the following final: Sporting - CSKA ... the Lisbon revenge I was seeking for since CSKA knocked out Benfica ;)
 

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Bier said:
Same here, this result should help Sporting to go through. Yet I would go as far as predicting the following final: Sporting - CSKA ... the Lisbon revenge I was seeking for since CSKA knocked out Benfica ;)
That would be lovely :D
 

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The goal Pinilla missed at the end wasn't entirely his fault. After eluding 5 dutchmen he gave Liedson a perfect pass to which he later gave back behind Pinilla.

This wasn't Liedson's game by a mile.
 

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Good game of football.

Sporting had all of the ball possession throughout the entire match but failed to penetrate AZ's compact defence. They didn't create much goalscoring chances apart from a huge chance that Pinilla (isn't he still owned by Inter, btw ?) missed right at the death.

I loved the way Douala played, he's so freaking fast :eekani: , he was amongst Sporting's best players especially in the first half as his darting runs troubled AZ. Liedson I thought was disappointing, too many times he was caught in an offside position and didn't look threatening.

That Anderson Polga fellow is such a joke of a defender, I wonder why he's playing for Sporting ? :lala: He gifted Newcastle United a goal in the return leg that could've knocked his team out of the competition and tonight he committed another blunder but luckily for him Ricardo saved the day. I've watched Sporting three times this season and in each and every single time their backline looked vulnerable and shaky. If not for their excellent midfield that is really good at keeping possession and dominating games they would've struggled even more at the back. Another factor to their defensive fragility is the fullbacks. I Barely notice Rui Jorge and Rogerio doing any defending at all ! They're always pushing up the field and making forward runs, which leaves the defence exposed.

Anyway, Sporting are surely the better footballing side, more pleasing to the eye than AZ but in football you never know. AZ did look dangerous when they tried to attack in the second half and with that crappy defence that Sporting have, AZ can score a goal or two in Holland and make it to the final.
 

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I think it's very obvious that Sporting have a weak defense, I guess that's why they put so much efficience on offense. I honestly believe they are a very good attacking team and would fair well against some of Europe's top defense's.
 

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Somehwat dissapointed with Sporting. Lots of posession, but hardly ever really dangerous.

AZ could do little more than defend. Shame they're missing 4 very good players. Next week AZ will be vulnerable. Again personal problems in defense... but this time they will have to go on attack more than they did last night.

Still, AZ have a good chance of reaching the final which surprised me a bit.

Good luck to them.
 

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Feyenoord thought the same of getting a 2-1 at the Alvalada and look what happened to them?

Unless Sporting get some major injuries in the game against Braga, I don't see Alkmaar being able to match the domination that will be presented by Sporting's controllive midfield.
 

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AZ has many personel problems, so you might be right.

But have you seen how AZ has taken the likes of Auxerre and Rangers by storm at home? AZ is not a defensive team originally but also not a team that tries to dominate the entire match. So far they usually start with a lightning speed offensive in which they almost always score a goal. After that they take it a bit more easy.

If AZ can reach the level they have reached earlier in the UEFA Cup this will be one hell of a match and I think AZ will surprise many Sporting fans who seem to think that AZ came this far by counterattacking football or something.

We will see what Co Adriaanse chooses to do :D

I expect a very tight match with both sides having to endure pressure from each other. In tight games like this (especially a semi final)... you never know beforehand what might happen.
 
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