SCOUTING REPORT: Sporting Lisbon’s Carlos Mané Scores Brilliant Goal Against Marítimo

Posted: January 18, 2014 in Primeira Liga, Scouting Report, Sporting Lisbon, Videos
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Portuguese winger Carlos Mané made the most of his first ever start with Sporting Lisbon’s senior squad by scoring a sensational goal in a League Cup match against Marítimo on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old took control of the ball just inside the box before unleashing a curler passed goalkeeper Wellington to put his team ahead. Sporting would go on to win 3-0.

The League Cup is one of two domestic cup competitions in Portugal. In the group stages, clubs like Sporting often play in empty stadiums and the matches rarely receive much attention even in the Portuguese media.

But Carlos Mané’s brilliant strike against the Madeira-based club made headlines in what was a fairly eventful week in Portuguese football. All of Portugal’s major football dailies made mention of the goal on their front page the day after.

Like his rivals at FC Porto and Benfica, Sporting manager Leonardo Jardim has chosen to rest many of his more established players so far in the competition. In doing so, he has given Mané and other young academy players more game action with the senior club.

The normally stoic-looking Jardim was caught on camera flashing a rare smile after his young star put his team ahead against Marítimo.

Born in Lisbon, Mané is a member of Portugal’s large Bissau-Guinean community which is developing an excellent football tradition. Sporting Braga striker Éder and Galatasaray winger Bruma were both born in the country but moved to Portugal at a young age.

Mané comes from Quinta do Mocho in the Sacavém district of Lisbon, near the city’s international airport. The community remains very close to his heart.

He paid tribute to his old Lisbon neighborhood after making his debut as a substitute in a league match against Vitória Setúbal in October.

“It was a very special day for me, which I will never forget. Thank you to my family. Thank you to all the sportinguistas. Thank you, Quinta do Mocho,” he said.

Mané joined the club at the age of seven. He was a key player when Sporting Lisbon’s youth outfit won the Portuguese Junior Championship in 2011-12.

Mané also scored five goals at the 2012-13 NextGen Series, helping Sporting finish third in the competition. He has also represented Portugal at all junior levels since the U-15s. He is currently playing with Portugal’s U19 squad.

Mané began playing with Sporting’s reserve squad in the country’s second division last year. But he showed such great promise that manager Leonardo Jardim began to select him for the senior squad this season.

A creative, intelligent player with excellent technical ability, Mané feels most comfortable on the wing but could play centrally as well.

Celtic and Manchester United are said to be monitoring his progress. Although, he is unlikely to leave anytime soon. Sporting Lisbon are not particularly deep on the wings, which could mean that there is room for Mané on the senior squad.

Mané signed an extension with Sporting this summer and is now under contract until 2018. The deal includes a €45 million release clause.

VIDEO: Carlos Mané Scores A Brilliant Golaço Against Marítimo (January 14th)

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