Vastly experiencesd striker who has 81 caps for Portugal, scoring 23 goals. One of the veterans of the 'golden generation' who won the World Youth Cup in the early 1990s and went on to reach the latter stages of the European Championships in 1996 and 2000. He spent most of his career with Benfica, with whom he was regularly top scorer. He joined Sporting a year ago. Other previous clubs include Athletico Madrid and Boavista.
Capped 31 times by Portugal, scoring once. Made his name with northern rivals Porto but was snapped up in a controversial transfer at the time in 1998. A first team starter ever since. Played in all three of Portugal's matches at the 2002 World Cup.
Has 44 caps for Portugal, scoring nine goals. Outstanding member of the Portuguese national squad over the last decade. Transferred to Sporting from Salgueiros in 1994 before enjoying three seasons in La Liga with Real Sociedad. Played in both the 1996 and 2000 Euro Finals but missed the 2002 World Cup through injury.
Portuguese youth and U21 international is rated one of the brightest young talents anywhere in Europe. Sporting have kept him on board for at least another season before even more lucrative and ultimately irresistible offers pour in.
Capped six times by Brazil. Defensive midfielder who joined Sporting from Barcelona this summer in a part-exchange deal that saw striker Ricardo Quaresma heading for the Nou Camp. Rochemback's father and uncle, both former professionals, recommended him as a teenager to Beira Rio and he soon turned pro and gained recognition at top Brazilian outift Internacional of Porto Alegre. Barcelona signed him two years ago.
We take a look at five key men to watch from Sporting Lisbon's ranks before Sunday's friendly at the Lane.