A studious weekend for the Lions

Lions,

[ Friendly ] Lions 7-0 Gremio (26 Jan 2013)

On Saturday we played a friendly as we wanted to stay focus for the title race! The opponent the Hawks/Gremio from the SPL were chosen in order to be well prepared to play versus DIB next month. We were goalie-less as Dim pulled out last moment but we discovered hidden goalie talent, especially Gwen and Allan were impressive to say the least. It was great to see Chris S back on the pitch after his long lasting injury. We were definitely not goal-less we won 7-0 and even the President himself netted a goal (penalty) !

[ SPL ] Century Park FC 0-3 Shanghai Lions (27 Jan 2013)

On Sunday it was a serious game versus Shanghai 2000. We knew we had to play better than last week in order to stay in the title race. However Simon together with co-coach Gwen tried to sabotage the team by not announcing the line-up on the website. God bless everybody was motivated including Jeff’s beautiful twin girls as they were dancing around on the field during the warm up.

We started very well and played good football. The reward came within 5 minutes by a good header from Adam, soon after Joel found the net and after that Terao-san blasted home the third !

Second half Amine was very unlucky to dislocate his shoulder but his shoulder is back in place after a visit to the hospital. We should have scored at least four more goals but failed to hit on target so we won 3-0 instead of 7-0.

Something for the next training to work on is to finish in front of an open goal ! One more high-light was Michael’s performance as at the half time break he looked pale as a ghost blaming it on his food in take the day before but our suspicion was that it was an dangerous alcohol mix combined with potato chips. Ten minutes before the end of the game our man form Kansas went down screaming with pain as he got cramp in both legs ! It was also good to see Matze back with his Starbucks in his hand this time as supporter!

 

Both days I was very pleased with the team spirit of the Lions. It’s a real joy to work with all of you and I hope this spirit will lead us to many trophies !

We have a good week ahead of us this Thursday the Sports Awards at the Camel Bar. We expect all the Lions to come for a beer and support the Shanghai Sports Community! Saturday we will play the Beavers and hope that DIB will slip up a second time versus Re-United and on Sunday we will play the French ERS and we don’t need motivation for this game as everybody like to kill the French Fries!

 

Enjoy Life Enjoy being a Lion!

 

Cheers
Freek

SPL Lions beat Super 48 for their 1st game of 2013

[ SPL ] Super 48 FC 0-3 Shanghai Lions (20 Jan 2013)

First game for our SPL Lions this weekend against the Japanese team, Super 48.

Game start at 2pm with 11 Lions against 10 SUPER 48… As coach Six ask it, the goal was to score as much as possible against this team, and that’s why we choice to start in 3-4-3.

As we excepted, it was a one way game were our defenders, Jeff, Mickael and Nathan had not a lot to do. But Lions don’t play well and play to slow. Even if Super 48 is an old team, they had a better fighting spirit as the Lions. Lions take it to easy and had opportunities, but play to slow. The Japanese could stay and way behind. So defending was easy and our shots were not on target…

Finally, Dave could score the 1st goal, just before the Half-time. Poor result for the Lions..

Lions have to be better in second half. We start to play a bit better, but we still miss the target again and again. Lions shoot for shoot, but not for score. Our forwarders are in a bad day.

Hopefully, we had a nice shot from our Midfield and captain Garret to score the 2nd  goal 25 minutes after the beginning of the 2nd half !!!

We need also our defender, Michael W. to come upfront and help us to score the 3rd and final goal.

We had many many opportunities to score, but we could not hit the target, even with very easy situations.

So we have a lot of work to do in finishing our opportunities in a good way, because we will not have so many opportunities against other teams.

Let’s work this weakness on training so that we can catch it up for the next game against the Shanghai 2000.

Cheers
Coach Six

Lions beat ReUnited

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 2-1 ReUnited FC (19 Jan 2013)

Lions,

Finally we had a tough game! Our strategy was to score first so that we would have more space and play on the counter attack. Re-united seemed to have bought several new African players overnight and we had to find a way to deal with their speed and pace.  We even gifted them a goal by not clearing a corner and we were behind 1-0 ! Of course we had opportunities but somehow couldn’t finish it. God bless we had Azzeddine who brilliantly placed a shot over the Reunited keeper. It boosted our spirit and soon we got a penalty rewarded because of a handball! Azzeddine made it 2-1.

The second half we knew a third goal would be needed to secure the three points but the ReUnited defenders kept on shooting missiles to their fast forwards ! The scariest moment was a missile which landed right in between Jack and Fabi who were left shocked seeing that the Reunited striker got the ball with only an open goal in front of him. We didn’t know that Jack coming from Virginia had several kung fu lessons before coming to China and out of the blue he managed to get his big toe to the ball while flying through the polluted air just enough to lift it over the cross bar ! It was all down to our fighting spirit we knew what was at stake and our strength was our team spirit with very motivated substitutes. In the end they lost it got one red card and deserved another one. We have stayed composed throughout the whole game and I think that’s the progress we have made as a team and that’s why we are on a record run of 10 games undefeated.

Shooters now third drew versus the Azzurri 2-2 are 10 points behind us and DIB who are now second are 8 points behind. We cannot wait to play them in March ! We have no game Saturday but will try and organize a friendly game as we need to stay focused and fit!

 

Go Lions Go!

 

Cheers
Coach Freek

Lions continue their unbeaten run in 2013

[SIFL] Krauts FC 2-7 Shanghai Lions (12 Jan 2013)

Lions,

It was really good to see everybody back on the field ! The weather was good and our spirit was high.  We beat the Krauts 8-0 in our last 2012 game, so the expectations were high. However the Germans were building a replica of the German Wall and made it difficult for us to play. On top we gave them a belated Christmas gift in the form of a penalty and went 1-0 down.

Allan equalized right before half time with a left footed screamer in the top corner ! The key for us was to stay calm and composed and that’s just what we did… Gwen, our joker, got special instructions from me to terminate the Germans by himself. After 5 minutes in the second half he (being our left back) scored as if he was our striker and soon saw another goal going in!

That was it game over we could have score over 10 goals but especially Jonny and Dani decided to stay goal-less in 2013! Jonny was complaining about it because he was on the bench but I told him he can go back on when Dani would score!

7-2 it was and we now have scored 52 goals in 9 games and conceded 12! Shooters didn’t play so we are now 8 points ahead of them and DIB.

Big game this weekend versus Re-United and a win will be a must and we guarantee a lot of goals in this game… hopefully only for the Lions!

 

Train hard and stay away from the flu !

 

Cheers
Coach Freek

Lions back to work !

Lions,

We need to get back in shape as soon as possible ! Our first training of 2013 start this week Wednesday and we need everybody to attend !

Saturday Lions, we know what is at stake unbeaten in the first half of the season but we can expect that every opponent will be extremely motivated to be the first team to give us a defeat. To me the league will be won in January / February and not on the last day of the season. Its up to us to show that we really want it and we need to fight for it each and every game. I am convinced that when we take it easy we will get punished. Plan your business trips / holidays properly so that you will not miss a single game ! Train hard !

Sunday Lions, we don’t have the SPL title race in our own hands now but it means we can play without pressure. Lets make sure we play better the second half of the season and have no more slip ups. We let the other teams slip up ! The key to success will be commitment to train, commitment to play every week, commitment to team spirit, commitment to club events !

Young Lions, train every week. All the effort you put into training will make you a stronger and better player ! We will look for our first win as a team and our objective is to play good football !

Go Lions back to work !

Cheers Coach Freek/Simon

We are at the start of a new year !!!

Dear Lions,

We are at the start of a new year ! Instead of looking back I would like to look forward.

I can see the Lion’s Football Club growing further as well we will continue to build a good reputation for ourselves.

People acknowledge that we are a well organized organisation.

We are in the running for both the SPL and the SIFL title and we will give it our best shot by hard work at trainings, discipline on the pitch and last but not least good team spirit on and off the field !

We will continue to develop our U18 team and we hope to add an U16 team next season.

The veterans will defend their shanghai masters title this year and they look stronger each and every year as more Lions reach the magic number over being over 35 !

We will organize the Lions summers 7’s again and are thinking of a Lions Cup in September ! As well we will organize events at our Lions Lounge at BLOC our sponsor !

I wish all the Lions a great sports year ! Remember that YOU are the Shanghai Lions Football Club !

Freek – President

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