My dad gets the O Jogo paper and on Saturdays there is a special insert, a revista simply called J. Anyways, I was reading issue #40 and there was an article regarding the Sporting captains armband. The last few years have been hellish times for the captain. To wit: Custódio, the current captain, will soon be officially an ex-captain once his deal to Dinamo Moscow has been finalized. Prior to him, there has been Sá Pinto, who left for Standard de Liège when Sporting was unwilling to extend him a contract (after he had said that he was retiring after the 05/06 season, mind you). Sá Pinto took over from Beto, who as we all know got into a dust-up with Custódio in a training session, lost his starting role, and soon left for Bordeaux (he's now with Recreativo Huelva in Spain). Beto took over from Pedro Barbosa, whom Sporting did not sign after the 2004/05 season as the coach at that time, José Peseiro, thought that having Wender from Braga was a better choice Anyways, Barbosa held onto the captains armband for sometime, taking over from Iordanov, who finished his career after the 00/01 season and left under acrimonious circumstances - he wanted a testimonial match, the club agreed, and never gave him a portion of the gat (they are still in court over the issue). Iordanov took over the captain's armband from another charismatic yet controversial player, Oceano. He, too, wanted to extend a contract with Sporting beyond the 97/98 season, but the club had no interest in that. He left to join Toulouse in France for a season long swan song. I would propose that no-one get the captain's armband, but unfortunately that isn't going to happen. Therefore, all I can hope for is that neither one of João Moutinho or Miguel Veloso get the armband on a full-time role. The most logical choice would be for Ricardo to assume it, given that his departure from the club in the next year or so is rather imminent. Any thoughts?