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PORTUGUESE LIGA

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
2 Benfica 25 6 3 81
3 Sporting 24 6 4 78
4 Braga 24 3 7 75
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 By Tom Kundert

Aves win Portuguese Cup and cap miserable season for Sporting

With 42-year old goalkeeper Quim leading the way, tiny Aves stunned mighty Sporting to win their first-ever title.
With 42-year-old goalkeeper Quim leading the way, tiny Aves stunned mighty Sporting to win their first title.

OEIRAS, Portugal -- The final match of the Portuguese season produced a stunning spectacle at the sun-drenched Jamor national stadium on the outskirts of Lisbon as modest Desportivo das Aves, a club from a town of just 9,000 inhabitants, beat giants Sporting to lift the Portuguese Cup for the first time.

An opportunistic brace by Aves striker Alexandre Guedes, a former youth player at Sporting, set up a deserved victory. Fredy Montero's acrobatic effort in the 85th minute meant Aves had to survive...

Sporting Lisbon end 'horror movie' week with cup final loss to Aves

LISBON, Portugal -- Sporting Lisbon lost the Portuguese Cup final on Sunday, only days after their players were assaulted by disgruntled fans in training.

Sporting lost 2-1 to Aves, who finished 13th in the 18-team Portuguese league and had never previously won the cup.

Alexandre Guedes scored in the 16th and 72nd minutes, while Sporting's Fredy Montero struck in the 85th.

The result capped a tense week for Sporting after a group of fans forced their way into the team's training centre and assaulted...

Arsenal's Cristiano Ronaldo bid failed over £12m price tag - Arsene Wenger

Stewart Robson and the rest of the FC pundits aren't sold on the bookie's favourite, Mikel Arteta, leading Arsenal to the promised land.
ESPN's Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen feels Arsenal need to bring in several key defenders if the club is to challenge for sivlerware.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal failed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo as a teenager because they wouldn't match Manchester United's £12 million bid for Sporting CP starlet.

Wenger identified Ronaldo as the player he most regrets missing out on in an interview with Arsenal's official website, and described how close he was to signing the Portuguese player as an 18-year-old in 2003.

"He was here with his mother and we were very close," Wenger said. "Then Man United came in and they had Carlos Queiroz at...

Sporting Libson players attacked during training, Bas Dost hurt

Bas Dost
Bas Dost

A group of fans forced their way into Sporting Lisbon's training center on Tuesday and assaulted its players and staff.

Sporting issued a statement condemning what it calls "acts of vandalism and the attacks on [our] athletes, coaches and professional staff."

Public television RTP said around 50 intruders, who had covered their faces to not be identified, interrupted training and assaulted a number players and staff. They also trashed a changing room.

Dutch striker Bas Dost suffered cuts to his...

Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Celta Vigo fined by FIFA for breaking transfer regulations

Benfica's Estadio da Luz
Benfica, who play at Estadio da Luz, have been fined by FIFA for breaking transfer regulations.

FIFA have fined Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, as well as Celta Vigo and Rayo Vallecano, for third-party involvement in transfer deals.

The organisation announced on Thursday the sanctions given to several clubs and federations who have breached FIFA regulations but did not reveal which transfers had led to the punishment.

Benfica, second in the Primeira Liga, were fined 150,000 Swiss francs (approximately £109,000 or $155,000) for entering into two contracts that enabled a third party to influence...