Sporting and Braga face off after 39 years (and fans are back)

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Sporting and Sp. Braga are fighting this Saturday for the first title of the season (and the fans will already be in the stands). The meeting of the 43rd edition of the Cândido de Oliveira super cup is scheduled for this Saturday, at the Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, starting at 20:45.

Tonight, the national champion Sporting and the winner of the Portuguese Cup Sporting de Braga compete for the first title of the season, at the Estádio Municipal de Aveiro.

According to Sapo24, this will be the 153rd game between Sporting and Sporting de Braga, in all competitions: 130 in the national championship, 16 in the Portuguese Cup, two in the Super Cup and four in the League Cup.

Overall, the lions have shown an advantage over the arsenalists, having won 94 games (62%) and lost 35 (23%).

The most recent meeting between the two teams took place on April 25 this year, for the 29th round of the national championship, and ended with a 1-0 victory for the lions.

O initial eleven Sporting will be able to count on Adán, the centrals Gonçalo Inácio, Coates and Feddal, the laterals Esgaio and Nuno Mendes, the central midfielders Palhinha and Matheus Nunes and a trio at the front, composed by Pedro Gonçalves, Jovane and Paulinho, the publication also advances.

Sporting de Braga will line up Paulo Oliveira, Raul Silva and Sequeira, ahead of Matheus, Fabiano and Galeno in the corridors, Al Musrati and Castro as central midfielders and a trio up front, composed of Fransérgio, Ricardo Horta and Abel Ruiz. And there may be two new features: central Paulo Oliveira (ex-Eibar), who was once a lion, and Brazilian right-back Fabiano, returning to Braga after loan in 2020/21 to Académica.

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Carlos Carvalhal stressed this Friday that, despite the “respect for Sporting”, Sporting de Braga wants win the Super Cup for the first time in its history Cândido de Oliveira football.

“With a lot of respect for Sporting, but we want to win and bring the Super Cup to Braga, in 100 years of history the club has never won it,” said the coach at the pre-match press conference, which was attended by the president arsenalista, António Salvador, in the press room.

Carlos Carvalhal said that he expects a Sporting de Braga team to be “extremely competitive”, after a pre-season in which he highlighted three private games for his “huge competitiveness”, against Farense, Marseille and Paços de Ferreira.

“That was important, we responded well, always in an ever-increasing and evolutionary way and we reached 15 days, a week from starting the season already close to our best“, said.

The coach also said that the two teams arrive in “equal circumstances” for Saturday’s game, which “is 50/50”.

“The details are very important [nestes jogos], concentration and focus, we worked that with the players to be in the top on Saturday”, but it is a game of “unpredictable outcome”, considered.

The coach, who noted that there was “a natural anxiety for each game and for a final”, stressed that Sporting de Braga “has always the obligation to fight to win every game they play” and that they “never enter to draw”.

Asked if he was convinced of Sporting’s superiority in last season’s three matches (League Cup final and championship), all won by the lions, Carlos Carvalhal noted that Sporting de Braga had the “usual posture” in these games of always playing for win.

“Whether with Sporting, FC Porto or Benfica, the Braga will come in to play face to face, eye to eye, to win”, he said.

The coach admitted that being able to win a trophy that does not yet exist in the Sporting de Braga museum “has its weight”.

“If we can do what hasn’t been done… What moves us is winning the trophies, in a year or so this is the third final, it’s a very good sign that Braga is present in the decisions. If we can go down in history by winning the Super Cup for the first time, it has its weight,” he said.

Carlos Carvalhal also said he was “extremely satisfied” with the return of fans to the stadiums.

“We are from the teams that, with their support, we could have done even more, they are very welcome, we hope to bring joy to the 5,000 who are in Aveiro and then celebrate in Braga with those who could not travel”, he said.

Lucas Mineiro, Piazon and Fábio Martins, all due to punishment, are out of the coach’s options for the game.

Sporting’s coach, Reuben Amorim, considers that “the season will be much more exhausting, a huge challenge”.

“We’re going to play different competitions, we have more responsibility, but let’s face it without fear. We had a very good season, but with very low points too, and we have to pay attention to those moments, knowing that Sporting has a lot of pressure. We look at the new challenge with great enthusiasm”, he said.

Fans’ return to stadiums

Na measure that will extend to all games in the 2021/2022 League, the public also returns this Saturday to the stadiums, after one year and four months absence — there will be 10 thousand adherents.

After several meetings between the president of the Portuguese Professional Football League, Pedro Proença, and the health authorities, it is already known which rules will govern the access of supporters to the sports venues in the two professional competitions.

Second advances A Bola, for now, the stadium capacity remains limited to 33% of capacity — which means that between each spectator there must be two seats apart and that the first two rows of stands will be unoccupied unless they are at least two meters apart. , for the lawn.

Furthermore, all fans need to present a digital certificate, which can be obtained in three ways: complete vaccination, negative test (PCR performed 72 hours before or antigen in the previous 48 hours) or declaration of cure of covid-19 in the last six months.

The mask inside the stadiums will continue to be mandatory and the entrances and exits will have to take place in different places.

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