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Portuguese pair keeping busy

Published: Wednesday 22 December 2004, 12.09CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal are to part with midfield player Tinga while SL Benfica are promoting youth talent.
 
 
Published: Wednesday 22 December 2004, 12.09CET

Portuguese pair keeping busy

Sporting Clube de Portugal are to part with midfield player Tinga while SL Benfica are promoting youth talent.

Portugal's remaining two UEFA Cup contenders are busy reshuffling their squads ahead of the resumption of the competition next February, and their keenly awaited domestic meeting on 8 January.

Going home
Sporting Clube de Portugal have agreed to the transfer of 26-year-old midfielder Tinga to Brazilian side SC Internacional. The player has reportedly agreed a four-year contract with the Porto Alegre club in his homeland, with Sporting receiving part-ownership rights to Internacional midfield players Cleiton Xavier and Labarthe in return.

Trio to sign
Meanwhile, SL Benfica are to hand contracts to three promising youngsters, the 19-year-old midfield players João Vilela and Hélio Roque, as well as 18-year-old defender Tiago Gomes. All have already trained with the Lisbon club's first team, and were in action last night in a 4-1 victory against AD Oliveirense in the Portuguese Cup fifth round.

 
Last updated: 22/12/04 13.33CET

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