transfer news - 2009



Sporting have signed right back João Pereira, 25, from Sporting Braga for a fee of three million euros. Pereira, who has signed a contract until 2014, came through the ranks of Benfica, with whom he made his league début.

Benfica have signed Brazilian forward Alan Kardec, Brazilian U-20 international.

Paços de Ferreira have terminated the contract of Brazilian forward Ciel, due to disciplinary problems.


Sporting are releasing Felipe Caicedo, the Equatorian striker on loan from Manchester City. Caicedo has been given several chances to make his mark at Sporting but has never impressed.

Olhanense have released five players ahead of the January transfer window: Ricardo Campos, Lamardo, Gomis, Fábio and Guga, who was instrumental in getting the club promoted last season.

Nacional's Brazilian central defender Clebão, 26, is returning to his previous club São Carlos due to his inability to adapt to life in Madeira.


Vitória de Guimarães have signed forward Fábio Felício, 27, a free agent after terminating his contract with Russian champions Rubin Kazan. In Portugal, Felício has represented Académica, União de Leiria, and Marítimo.


Sporting have announced that the year-long contract with Spanish midfielder Miguel Angel Angulo, 32, has been terminated by mutual consent. Angulo was signed in August but has never settled and has disappointed in the few run-outs he has been given.

In-form winger Tiago Targino has extended his contract with Vitória de Guimarães until 2014.


Benfica have extended Angel di Maria's contract for an extra three seasons to 2015. The value of the rescission clause in the contract is now 40 million euros.


Peru U-20 international striker striker Jair Baylón has been loaned by Sporting Braga to San Martin of the Peruvian first division. He had been loaned to Liga de Honra side Gil Vicente but failed to adapt.


Benfica have signed Brazilian midifielder Felipe Menezes on a five-year contract. Menezes was recently sold by Goiás to São Paulo for 1.3 million euros.

Benfica have also extended Paraguayan striker Óscar Cardozo's contract for two years until 2014 and made the rescission clause 60 million euros.

Sporting Braga have loaned midfielder Fernando Alexandre, 24, to Leixões for a season.

Vitória de Setúbal have signed goalkeeper Nuno Santos and Brazilian forward Guilherme Lucrécio, both on one-year contracts. Santos was contracted to Vitória de Guimarães last season. Lucrécio, 22, comes from São Paulo side Mirassol. On Thursday, the club also signed Senegalese defender François, who was at Boavista last season.

Former Sporting, FC Porto and União de Leiria forward Derlei has signed a short-term contract with Brazilian club Vitória de Baía.


Académica have signed Luso-French midfielder Amaury Bischoff, 22, on a two-year contract. The signing will relieve pressure on the midfield after the weekend's injury to Bruno Amaro, who will be out for fkve weeks. Bischoff is a Portugal U-21 internatinal and was most recently on arsenal's books.

Leixões captain and midfielder Bruno China has signed for Mallorca on a three-year contract, the fee a reported 500,000 euros. China has been at Leixões since he was eight.

Brazilian striker Adriano has rescinded his contract with FC Porto and signed a one-year deal with Sporting Braga. Adrian was in dispute with Porto and did not play a single official minute for them last season.

Paços de Ferreira have signed goalkeeper António Filipe, 24, on a four-year contract from Vizela.

Brazilian forward Marcelinho of Naval has signed a two-year contract for UAE side Sharjah FC for a reported 900,000 euros.


FC Porto have extended Brazilian forward Hulk's contract for two years, until 2014. The club has upped the player's rescission clause in the process; it now stands at 100 million euros. Porto own 50% of the player's pass.

Belenenses have signed centrl defender Beto, 33, who recently rescinded his contract with Spanish club Recreativo de Huelva. Beto made his name as captain at Sporting.

Leixões midfielder Bruno China is set to join Mallorca on a three-year contract.

Rio Ave have signed the Argentinian forward Franco Parodi, 19, on a one-year contract from Spartak Nalchik of Russia.


FC Porto's Argentinian left back Nelson Benítez, 25, has joined Vitória de Setúbal on a season's loan.

Winger Ivanildo, 23, has rescinded his contract with FC Porto and will play for second tier club Portimonense this season.

Vitória de Setúbal have signed Algerian central defender Kheireddine Zarabi, 25, released by Belenenses at the end of the season.

Sporting Braga have signed Brazilian forward Osvaldo from UAE club Al-Ahli on loan for a season.

Former Sporting captain and central defender Beto, 33, has rescinded his contract with Spanish side Recreativo de Huelva.


Sporting's Argentinian midfielder Romagnoli has returned to San Lorenzo, his first home, on a three-year contract, costing the Argentinian club 1.4 million euros.

Uruguayan international midfielder Álvaro Fernandez has signed a one-year contract with Vitória de Setúbal.

Belenenses have signed Portuguese U-21 international left back Tiago Gomes, at Osasuna last season.


Vitória de Guimarães have taken Brazilian central defender Leandro Silva on loan from Benfica for a season.

Olhanense have signed Nigerian forward Nwokolo, 23, on a two-year contract from Persija Jakarta.

Forward António Semedo, 30, has signed for Romanian side Unirea Urziceni on a four-year contract. Semedo, who recently rescinded his contract with Steaua Bucharest, joins the club that won the Romanian title last season.


Benfica have signed left sided Portuguese international César Peixoto from Sporting Braga, paying 400,000 euros for 50% of his pass. He is Benfica's ninth new signing of the season after Patric, Ramires, Shaffer, Saviola, Javí Garcia, Weldon, Keirrison (on loan from Barcelona) and Júlio César.


Sporting have terminated the contract of Argentinian midfielder Leandro Romagnoli, who may be heading back to San Lorenzo. Romagnoli was at Sporting for four years, and had one more of his contract to run.

Benfica have loaned young Brazilian midfielder Fellipe Bastos to Belenenses for a season.


Brazilian left back Alonso has signed for Marítimo on a three-year contract, moving down the hill from Madeiran rivals Nacional, with whom his contract expired at the end of the season after five years at Choupana.

Brazilian central defender Éder Baiano, 25, has joined newly promoted Olhanense from Guarani.


FC Porto have sold centre-back João Paulo to Le Mans for 1.5 million euros. His contract will be for three years, subject to his passing the usual medical tests.

Brazilian defender Danielson has rescinded his contract with Russian club Khimki and will play for Paços de Ferreira in the coming season.

Málaga have decided not to keep former Portuguese international Jorge Andrade, who is a free agent after rescinding with Juventus.


Júlio César, 22, is Benfica's eighth signing of the pre-season. The goalkeeper signs from Belenenses on a five-year contract for a fee of 500 thousand euros. He was previously under current Benfica coach Jorge Jesus at Belenenses. At Benfica he joins new signings Patric, Shaffer, Ramires, Javi Garcia, Weldon, Saviola and Keirrison.

Rui Costa, Benfica's Dirctor of Football, said that one of the existing goalkeepers – Moreira, Quim or Moretto – would be released. Befncia have loaned Cameroonian midfielder Gilles Binya to Neuchâtel Xamax of Switzerland, while Romanian left back Laszlo Sepsi has been loaned to Racing Santander.

Belenenses have replaced Júlio César between the posts with Nélson, 33, who had rescinded his contract after a season at Estrela da Amadora.

Midfielder Hugo Viana, 26, has signed for Sporting Braga on loan from Valência. Braga is his fifth club after Sporting, Newcastle, Osasuna and Valência.

Portuguese international striker Edinho has signed for Málaga from AEK Athens.


Benfica have signed Brazilian striker Keirrison, 20, on loan from Barcelona, who bought the player for 14 million euros from Palmeiras.

União de Leiria have signed midfielder Silas, 32. Silas was at UDL between 2001 and 03 before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He became a free agent this summer after his contract with Belenenses expired.

Sporting have loaned forward Rui Fonte, 19, to Vitória de Setúbal.


FC Porto centre back Milan Stepanov, 26, has joined Málaga on loan for a season, with an option for the Spanish club to buy the Serbian for five million euros. Stepanov has a contract with Porto until 2011.


Sporting have secured the loan from Manchester City of Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo for no fee, with an option to sign him outright at the end of the season for 10 million euros. It is not clear who will be paying Caicedo's salaries.

Argentinian midfielder Sebastian Prediger, 22, is FC Porto's 11th reinforcement of the pre-season. Costing 3.3 million euros from Cólon, Prediger joins Beto, Miguel Lopes, Nuno André Coelho, Maicon, Álvaro Pereira, Belluschi, Valeri, Falcao, Varela and Orlando Sá at the Dragão.

FC Porto have sold midfielder Ibson, last season loaned to Flamengo, to Spartak Moscow for a reported four million euros.

Vitória de Setúbal have signed Polish midfielder Przemysłlaw Tadeusz Kaźzmierczak, who terminated his contract with FC Porto last week. Kaz has also represented Boavista in Portugal and Derby County in England. Vitória have aso taken goalkeeper Mário Felgueiras, 22, on loan from Sporting Braga.

Corinthians have loaned midfielder Lulinha to second tier side Estoril Praia for a season.

Scottish club Hearts have signed João Moreira and Zezinando on three-year deals, joining left back José Gonçalves. Forward Moreira, 23, moves from Valência, although he has spent four years on loan to Rayo Vallecano, Nacional, Leixões and Beira Mar. Midfielder Zezinando, 22, signs from Sporting, who loaned him in recent seasons to Estoril, Atlético and Real Massamá.

Former Portuguese international centre-back Jorge Andrade is at Málaga for a trial period prior to a possible one-year contract. Andrade has been plagued with injuries in recent years, and he terminated his contract by mutual consent with Juventus last season.


Benfica have signed Spanish defensive midfielder Javi Garcia, 22, from Real Madrid for seven million euros, to be paid over five years. Also arriving at the Luz is Brazilian striker Weldon (Santos de Andrade), 28, from Sport Recife for just 150 thousand euros. Weldon was at Belenenses under current Benfica coach Jorge Jesus in the 2007/08 season, scoring 12 goals in 27 league games.

Benfica forward Balboa, signed for four million euros from Real Madrid a year ago, has been released. He played just 18 incomplete games for the club (344 minutes). Also out of the squad are Maniche's brother Jorge Ribeiro, Fellipe Bastos and Nuno Oliveira . Oliveira returns to the juniors, while Bastos will be loaned out.

FC Porto have loaned Brazilian forward Cláudio Pitbull, in his last season under contract to Porto, to Madeiran club Marítimo. Last season Pitbull was at Rapid Bucharest, and two seasons ago at Vitória de Setúbal.


FC Porto left back Aly Cissokho has signed for Lyon for a fee of 15 million euros, plus 20% of any future transfer fee. Cissokho was to have joined AC Milan but the deal fell through, ostensibly because of a dental problem; this time he passed the medical tests.

Cameroonian striker Christian Pouga, 23, has moved to Leixões on loan from Sevilla. He joins goalkeeper Diego (Santo André, Brazil), Cristian Trombetta (Nueva Chicago, Argentina), Nélson (Freamunde), Cauê (Santo André, Brazil), Bruno Gallo (Vasco da Gama, Brazil), Fábio Espinho (Espinho), Faioli (Vasco da Gama, Brazil) and Tiago Cintra (previously loaned out to Amarante).

Midfielder Hugo Leal, 29, a free agent after a season at relegated Trofense, is to join Spanish second division side Salamanca for a season. He joins winger Laionel, at Vitória de Setúbal last season.


FC Porto's Lisandro López passed his medical at Lyon on Saturday and signed a five-year contract. The Argentinian striker becomes Lyon's most expensive ever signing at 24 million euros.


FC Porto have signed Senegalese striker Kalidou Coulibaly Yero, 17, on a three-year contract from Istres. Coulibaly is likely to be registered with Porto's junior side this season, or may be loaned out to a Liga de Honra club.

Porto have loaned forward Bruno Gama to Rio Ave for a season. Gama was loaned to Vitória de Setúbal for the last two seasons.

Porto have effectively compensated Setúbal by loaning them winger Candeias.


Liedson signed a two-year extension to his contract with Sporting on Thursday. He will now stay at the club until 2012, unless someone offers 20 million euros to sign him.

Benfica have dropped the idea of signing Colombian international Radamel Falcao Garcia after the player apparently upped his salary demands when all seemed agreed. It is rumoured that FC Porto might now be interested in the striker.

Sporting Braga have signed central defender Paulão from Naval on a free. The contract is for two years.

Olhanense have signed striker Zequinha from FC Porto (rescinded contract) on a three-year contract.

Belenenses have signed midfielder Ivan from Estoril.


Portuguese U-21 midfielder Stélvio has been loaned by Sporting Braga to newly-promoted União de Leiria. Stélvio is the ninth new face at União, joining goalkeepers Djuricic (from Hajduk Kula) and Hélder Godinho (Feirense); defenders Jean Batista (Guaratinguetá), Vítor Moreno and Hugo Gomes (both Estrela da Amadora), Diego Gaúcho (Gil Vicente) and Nuno Gomes (Varzim); and midfielder Pape Sow (Châteauroux).

Belenenses have signed Cameroonian forward Jean Paul Yontcha, 26, from CS Otopeni da Roménia on a free (end of contract). Yontcha joins Barges (Estoril) as Belenenses' second signing.

FC Porto and Sporting legend Mário Jardel, 35, was to be presented as a reinforcement of Brazilian third tier side Rio Branco on Saturday … but he did not show. The reasons for SuperMário's absence are unknown.


Sporting Braga have taken Italian midfielder Rodrigo Possebon, 20, on a season's loan from Manchester United.

Midfielder Rui Miguel, 25, has moved to Vitória de Guimarães from Polish club Zaglebie Lubin on a four-year deal. Rui Miguel was loaned to Paços de Ferreira last season.

Académica have signed Nacional's midfielder Bruno Amaro on a season's loan. Os estudantes have also signed Emídio Rafael, 23, from Portimonense and Jonathan Bru from Istres.

Naval have signed the French left-winger Bourama Ouattara, 24, from Chateauroux. He is Naval's third French signing after NKake and Aboubacar Tandia.

Sporting expect to receive around 2.5 million euros from Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid. Ronaldo came through Sporting's youth academy before moving to Manchester United.


Tarik Sektioui, 32, whose contract with FC Porto came to an end this summer, has joined Ajman Club of the UAE on a one-season deal; he will reportedly earn 1.2 million euros.

Winger Diogo Valente, 25, has joined Sporting Braga from FC Porto on a three-year deal; he was loaned out to Leixões last season.

FC Porto have also sold Paulo Machado, 23, to Toulouse after loaning him to Saint Étienne last season; the contract is for four years.

Tiago Ronaldo, 20, has signed a two-year contract with Standard Liège; he finished his contract with Vitória de Guimarães at the end of last season.

Hugo Valdir, 25, has signed for Rio Ave. The left back was at Standard Liège last season.

Goalkeeper Hilário, 33, has extended his contract with Chelsea until 2011.


Sporting have signed Chilean midfielder Matías Fernandez on a four-year contract from Villareal. The fee was four million euros, but the rescission clause in his new contract gives a value of 25 million.

Sporting's star striker Liedson has extended his contract with the club until 2012.


After three years at the Dragão, Argentinian captain Lucho González, 28, has moved to Marseilles for 18 million euros, which could rise to 24 million depending on performance.


Benfica have confirmed the signing of Argentinian forward Javier Saviola from Real Madrid for five million euros. The contract will be for three years, with an extra year as optional, pending medical tests.

Also pending is the signing of Villareal's Chilean player Matías Fernández by Sporting, although the clubs have agreed in principle to the move.

Vitória de Guimarães have signed right back Alex, 29, from Wolfsburg, where he spent the last four seasons. He was previously at Vitória in the 2004/05 season, and before that at Benfica.

Sporting Braga have signed full back Ney, 28, from Estrela da Amadora.

Rio Ave have signed midfielder Ricardo Chaves, 31, from Vitória de Setúbal on a two-year deal.

Real Madrid confirmed on Friday that they have a definitive agreement with Manchester United for the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, on a six-year contract, as from 1 July.


FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa has said that left back Aly Cissokho will not leave the club for less than 15 million euros. The French player was set to join AC Milan before the transfer was put on hold because of a problem with his teeth. Milan tried to get the price down, but the Porto president appears to be calling their bluff.

Sporting Gijon of Spain have signed Vitória de Guimarães' central defender Gregory.


Last season's top scorer, Nené of Nacional, has signed for Italian club Cagliari on a four-year contract; the fee is around four million euros.

Veteran striker João Tomás, 34, has joined Rio Ave. He scored 12 goals in 28 games for Boavista in the second tier last season.

Midfielder Fernando Alexandre, 23, who started off at Benfica, has signed for Sporting Braga on a four-year contract.

Brazilian club Vasco da Gama have loaned midfielder Bruno Gallo, 21, to Leixões. He follows compatriot Alexandre Faioli from and to the same club.

Portuguese international forward Eliseu has moved from Málaga to Lázio on a five-year contract.


Jorge Gonçalves is returning to Portuguese football, on loan to Vitória de Guimarães after a year at Racing Santander. Before he left for Spain, Gonçalves shone for Leixões.

Rio Ave have signed forward Wesllem, 24, from Leça.


Inter Milan coach José Mourinho has confirmed, in an interview to Portuguese news agency Lusa, that Ricardo Quaresma, loaned out to Chelsea last season, will participate in the Italian club's pre-season. Mourinho also confirmed an interest in signing Chelsea's Portuguese international centre-back Ricardo Carvalho.

Vitória de Setúbal's Cape Verdean right back Janício, 29, has signed a two-year contract with Cyprus club Anorthosis Famagusta.

Rio Ave have signed Portuguese U-21 international 'keeper Pedro Trigueira from Boavista.


FC Porto have sold French left back Aly Cissokho to AC Milan for a reported 13.5 million euros. The player cost Porto just 400,000 euros when they signed him from Vitória de Setúbal in January.

Naval have signed Senegalese forward Kalidou Coulibaly Yero, 17, from French club Istres. Asked how many years his contract would run for, Naval president Aprígio Santos said "Many".


After four seasons at the club, full back Nuno Valente, 34, has been released by Everton. He made just two appearances last season.


Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Real Madrid from Manchester United for a reported 94 million euros. Ronaldo's first club, Sporting, will receive between 2.5 and 3 million euros for developing him as a youngster. The Portuguese international forward is the most expensive player of all time, ahead of Zinedine Zidane, Kaká and Luís Figo, who moved from Barcelona to Real Madrid in 2000 for 58.5 million euros.

Sporting's Brazilian forward Derlei has rejected an offer to renew for another season and will leave the club.

Full back Rúben Ribeiro has moved from Leixões to Nacional on a four-year contract.

Sporting Braga's central defender Paulo Jorge, 28, has signed for Cyprus club Apoel Nicosia. The club captain spent ten years at Braga and played in 147 games.


Benfica have signed Argentinian left back José Alberto Schaffer, 23, from Racing Avellaneda for a reported 2 million euros. The contract will be for four years.

Ivory Coast central defender Marc Zoro, loaned by Benfica to Vitória de Setúbal last season, has said that he will not play for Benfica again, although his contract runs until 2012.

Académica captain Nuno Piloto has joined Greek club Iraklis on a three-year contract.


There were few significant moves in this year's January transfer window, with Benfica and Sporting signing not a single player. Moves by club were as follows:

In: Amorerinha (Cluj), Hélder Cabral (Vejle), Saleiro (Vitória de Setúbal), Júlio César (Atlético de Valdevez)
Out: Edson (Rio Ave), Pavlovic (FC Vaslui), Sarmento (Sporting de Covilhã), Berger, Cléber, Garcés

In: Ávalos (Duisburg), Diakité (Dynamo Bucharest), Kiko (Turku), Saulo (Naval), Tininho (West Brom)
Out: Tiago Schmit (Feirense), Vanderlei (Marisol), Carlos Alves (Oriental), Edimilson (olicais e Moscavide), João Paulo (Olhanense), Tiago Figueiredo (Real), Matheus, Júnior Negão, Evandro Paulista

In: -
Out: Léo (Santos), Makukula (Bolton), Zoro (Vitória de Setúbal)

Estrela da Amadora:
In: Tengarrinha (FC Porto)
Out: Filipe Figueiró (Criciúma), Têti (Boavista SC), Garavano (Portimonense), Monteiro (Sporting de Covilhã), Marcelo (Oriental), Adul (Oriental)

FC Porto:
In: Cissokho (Vitória de Setúbal), Andrés Madrid (Sporting Braga)
Out: Candeias (Rio Ave), Lino (PAOK), Pelé (Portsmouth), Bolatti (Huracán), Tengarrinha (Estrela da Amadora)

In: Angulo (w/o club), R Silva (CRB Alagoas), Sony (Aigle Noir)
Out: Diogo Luís (Limassol), Marques (Vizela), Wesley (Vaslui), Nwoko, Serginho Baiano

In: Aquino (Palestino), Enzo Gutierrez (R. Talca), Ytalo (Goiás), Rodrigo António (Vasco da Gama), Takahito (Urawa Red)
Out: Cadu (Bahia), Pedro Moutinho (Rio Ave), Rodri (Salamanca), Bruno Fogaça, Juliano

In: Duje Cop, Salino (Ipitanga)
Out: Rafael Bastos (V. Baía)

In: Camora (w/o club)
Out: -

Paços de Ferreira:
In: Jorginho (Asteras Tripolis), Danielson (Khimki), Pedro Queirós (G. Bistrita)
Out: Furtado (União de Leiria), Josa (América Sergipe), Tiago Valente (Aves), China

Rio Ave:
In: Candeias (FC Porto), Edson (Académica), Yazalde (Varzim), Fábio Coentrão (Zaragoza), Pedro Moutinho (Marítimo)
Out: A. Carvalhas (Olhanense), Ribeiro (Beira-Mar), Semedo (APOP), Mateus

Sporting Braga:
In: Cristiano
Out: Dani Mallo (Falkirk), Linz (Grasshoppers), Kieszek (Vitória de Setúbal), Palmeiro (Ribeirão), Andrés Madrid (FC Porto)

In: -
Out: Stojkovic (Getafe)

In: Charles Chad (Ceará), Dagil (Estoril), Moustapha Stella Abidjan), Varela (Estoril)
Out: Bessa

Vitória de Guimarães:
In: Cícero (Dynamo Moscow), Custódio (Dynamo Moscow), Milhazes (Timisoara), Santana Carlos (P. Luanda)
Out: Momha (Gençlerbiligi), Pedro Henriques (Sporting de Covilhã), Márcio Martins

Vitória de Setúbal:
In: Joeano (B. Jerusalem), Kieszek (Sporting Braga), Zoro (Benfica), Filipe Brigues (juniors)
Out: Cissokho (FC Porto)

(source: Record)


FC Porto have loaned out midfilders Pelé (Portsmouth) and Bolatti (Huracán of Argentina), while they have signed Argentinian midfielder Andrés Madrid from Sporting Braga. Madrid, 27, had been at Braga since 2004.

Braga have loaned Austrian striker Roland Linz, 27, to Swiss club Grasshoppers until the end of the season.


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