Lions roar in Portugal

Sporting leads the Liga NOS with a ten-point advantage over Porto. Amorim's project with Adán, Feddal, Porro and Antunes, among others, succeeds.


A little over two years ago, Sporting Portugal was going through the biggest institutional crisis in its history. The club's most important players confronted the board and threatened the institution with unilateral terminations of their contracts after the team's fans stormed a training session due to poor sporting results. Among them were Bruno Fernandes, Rui Patricio, Willian Carvalho, Bas Dost and Gelson Martins, among others. Although the contracts were not finally canceled, all of the team's heavyweights left Sporting in the following season and a half, leaving good money in the club's coffers.

With that money raised in the last two years (50 million for Bruno Fernandes and 25 for Willian Carvalho, for example), the club took the idea of renovating from top to bottom and started the house on the foundations: in the summer it signed a coach for 10 million euros (the third most expensive in history) to be given full powers. The choice of this one, yes, was risky. The young Ruben Amorim (35 years old) had only trained 13 matches in the First Division against Sporting Braga, although in his half season in the elite he won the Portuguese League Cup.

The template was also completely renewed. Some are old acquaintances of LaLiga, such as Adán, Porro, Antunes or Feddal, and others were almost unknown talents of Portuguese football (none played for Benfica or Porto) for whom the lions spent a good amount of money. Examples of this are Gonçalves (6.5 million) and Paulinho (16 million) .

With the new team assembled, Amorim has built an almost perfect machine. It is the only club in the major European leagues that is not defeated (16 wins and three draws) and it is also the least beaten, having conceded only ten goals in the domestic competition. The Liga NOS already has it almost in the pot (it takes ten points to Porto, second) and it has already won the Taça de la Liga, the first title of the new season in Portugal. The crisis is behind us. Now the lions roar.

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