Sporting Lisbon in town

Sunday evening (September 15) will see SC Olhanense take on high-flying Sporting Lisbon at the Algarve Stadium, Faro, kick-off 5.45pm.

The transfers of Tiago Ilori, who joined Liverpool FC as featured in last week’s Algarve Resident, and Bruma to Galatasaray (Turkey) means that English-born Eric Dier may well make his first start of the season for Sporting.

Dier, who grew up in the Algarve, recently made his U21 international debut in England’s 6-0 thumping of Scotland. It will be a special day for Olhanense’s goalkeeper Ricardo, who served Sporting Lisbon with great panache from 2003 to 2007, and made 118 appearances for the Lisbon giants.

Ricardo played 79 times for Portugal, and was the first keeper to make three saves in a World Cup penalty shoot-out when he denied Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in the quarter-finals in 2006.

Tickets for the game can be purchased at the José Arcanjo Stadium in Olhão (behind McDonalds on the EN125) until midday on Saturday (September 14), from the Olhanense Club Shop in the Ria Shopping Centre, or before the game at the Algarve Stadium on Sunday. Socio-member tickets are €5, whilst tickets for members of the public range from €10 to €20. Look out for the English language match day programme, produced by the Olhanense Expat Supporters Group, which will be on sale at the Stadium. Chris Wright