Xiamen Amoy 7aside Cup on June 11th 2013

Lions,

We have been invited to go to XIAMEN on June 11th 2013 to play a  7aside tournament called the The “Amoy Cup“.

June 9th to 11th 2013 being the Dragon Boat Festival, meaning Chinese National Holidays, nobody is supposed to work on that days, so it is the perfect excuse to go there play a football tournament!

There will be 12 teams competing and we can only bring 12 players maximum per team.

We have accepted the invitation and already registered a team in this tournament!

Our plan is to fly there on Sunday June 9th morning, enjoy Xiamen on June 9th and 10th, go to the beach, party hard…Then, we play/win the tournament on Tuesday June 11th, and fly back in the evening.

All players are welcome to come with their girlfriend/wife/kids of course….

The forecasted costs for this tournament are:

  • Tournament fees: 200 rmb/pers.
  • Round Trip Flight ticket: approx. 2000 rmb/pers.
  • Hotel room: 200 rmb/pers./night

Thus, we need all the interested players to register NOW for this tournament at Xiamen Amoy Cup 2013

We look forward to spend some good time there and bring another trophy to our collection…

 

Shanghai LIONS Management

SHANGHAI LIONS‘ 7’s CUP on Sept.7th & 8th 2013

Lions Cup logo 2013

The Shanghai Lions Football Club is delighted to announce the organization of its first 7 aside International Football Tournament on SEPT 7th & 8th 2013. We are very used to organize big football tournament every year in Shanghai, mainly for Chinese Teams, but for this edition, we are going for THE BIGGEST FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT ever organized in China! We are expecting 48 teams from all over Asia.

  • Location: The Shanghai Rugby Football Club
  • Entry Fees: 3450 rmb/team or 550 USD/team
  • Nb of Teams: 32 Teams in Open and 16 Teams in Masters O’35

TOURNAMENT PROGRAM

  • Sat. Sept. 7th – from 10.am to 4.30pm – Football Tournament Round Robin Matches
  • Sund. Sept. 8th
    • from 1pm to 5pm – Football Tournament Finals
    • from 5pm to 5.30pm – Awards Ceremony – Party

TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEES DETAILS

  • We ask for 3450 rmb/team or 550 USD/team (max. 15 players/team)
  • This covers pitch rental, referees, water stations on pitch, tournament pennant, trophies for winners (cups and medals), T-shirt for each player, captain’s briefing,welcome and awards tournament parties.
  • We require a Deposit of 1400 rmb/team or 200 USD/team to reserve your slot in the tournament.
  • The registrations deadline is August 24th 2013.

PLAYING VENUE

The Shanghai Rugby Football Club – Waigaoqiao Pudong – Shanghai is a huge multi-sport complex which provides a world-class range of sports, recreational facilities and everything you wish for…

The tournament will be held on four 7aside REAL GRASS football fields.

More info at: www.shanghaifootballclub.com

ENTERTAINMENT/FUN

We will offer numerous Entertainment options, such as:

  • Some contests such as: Penalties Shootout, 1 on 1 vs keeper, Juggle, Speed dribbling, etc…
  • Some fun activities like: GIANT SUMO fights, Dunk Tank, Shot Speed Measurement, Fun Lottery, Trampoline Football, Professional Themed Pictures, etc…
  • Professional Masseuses onsite for some 15mn leg, head or back massages
  • There will be a very original Awards Ceremony, with some new funny kind of trophies and prizes…
  • A Fun packed tournament AFTER PARTY, with exceptional drink deals in a top Shanghai nightclub…

Moreover, a lot of Great food & drink deals will be available on site.

ACCOMMODATION

We do have special partnerships with trusted hotel, for all kind of budgets. Just contact us for assistance.

For non-China teams, we can assist you in writing you invitation letters to get tourism VISA quicker.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question, cheers,

 

Charles GEORG and Freek BOELEN

Mobile: 0086-13816104242
Email: info@shanghai-lions.com
Website: www.shanghai-lions.com

[SPL News] Finally Spring has arrived

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

What a wild weather we had in March temperatures dropping like a stone and after that moving up like a rocket. It was a hard Sunday for us as the drizzle turned into rain during the day so we had no choice but to cancel two games. Yamada-san is getting more grey by the week as the schedule is tough this season ! As discussed at the Captains meeting we cannot allow postponements any longer.

We are pleased to announce that thanks to Gonzalo the goal keeper of the Flamenkos we started a collaboration with Estrella Galicia. Its one of the oldest and most famous beer companies in Spain. Founded in 1906 in the La Coruna area by the Rivena family. Until today the family still runs this company and they are involved in many sport related events, for instance they are the shirt sponsor of Deportivo La Coruna for many years. As they are trying to get a feet into the Chinese market we came up with the idea to help the promote their beer. Every week the Committee with the help of the referees will vote the “SPL team of the week”. The get the vote it can be for any reason as long it’s a positive contribution to what the SPL stands for Fun, Fair, Friends and Football ! The team of the week will receive free beer delivered to address they will give us / can be the sponsor bar or the house of the Captain for instance. In return the team will take a picture with our team of the week banner to put on our SPL website. We will start this weekend ! They just increased their total production to 250 mln liters per year so that should be enough for us !

  • Galacticos 2-1 Super 48

Big game for the two teams at the bottom of the SPL. Super 48 looked young and aggressive on the day but the Galacticos were up for a fight. No goals half time but in the second half Tim Wright scored for the Galacticos 1-0. Super 48 responded straight with a Suarez dive tricking the referee and a goal 1-1. Man of the match was veteran Mike O Brian he scored the winner with a solid left foot strike 25 yards out ! First victory for the Galacticos and of course they had a good reason to celebrate until late !

  • Pistolera Bulls 1-5 Gremio

Ailton was on fire and Bilgin troups were finding it hard to defend him. First half Gremio took a 0-3 lead but in the second half the Pistolera Bulls were the stronger team but failed to score. Two counter attacks sealed the win fr Gremio. Bilgin was trying to set a record three games in row without a yellow card but failed he is no going for the record most yellows in a season !

Unfortunately this was the first forfeit of the season / 18 Lions players had a training session at Waigaoqiao no Flamenkos around.

 

The weather looks good for our Easter Weekend round four games this time !

  • 1000-1200 Super 48 – Pistolera Bulls
  • 1200-1400 Japan – Lions
  • 1400 – 1600 Galacticos – Flamenkos
  • 1400-1600 Shanghai 2000 – ERS

 

Enjoy Spring in Shanghai best time of the year !

 

Cheers
Freek – SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee

Lions are getting closer and closer

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 2-2 D.I.B. FC - March 23, 2013

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 2-2 D.I.B. FC – March 23, 2013

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 2-2 D.I.B. FC (23 Mar 2013)

We had our biggest game of the season last Saturday. DIB our closest contender needed a win to stay in the title race. We did our preparation well as to what best tactics to use having watched them play a couple of times but looking at the team of DIB who were warming up this time it looked like they had put out the strongest team they could find in Shanghai for the occasion. Our strategy was to always stay calm and composed as we were 8 points ahead of DIB second in the league, so the pressure was on them not on the Lions!

Didier Njewel's fly above Felipe's leg into the box

Didier Njewel’s fly above Felipe’s leg

However 5 minutes into the game Felipe, not aware his opponent striker, Didier Njewel (1), was an ex-pro who played for Shanghai East Asia FC in the 2011-2012 season, did fly over his leg in the box. Question was whether he touched him or not… Felipe and the referee were clear he was flying over his leg and there was no penalty given, but it was our wake up call!

Five minutes later we were on the counter attack and Jerome shot ended up in the feet of Romain who tried to shoot himself and miss-hit the ball completely and surprisingly  the defender of DIB gave the ball back to Romain and asked him to shoot again, sure this time 1-0 for the Lions! Perfect start however a DIB corner landed on the head of their striker at the near post and they equalized.

In the second half we played better and controlled most of the game. It seemed our fitness level was better and we were a bit surprised that DIB was not fighting for the win. It was time to bring Jonny O’Shea, who needed to vomit after the warming up, on to do the damage. 15 minutes before the end he dribbled past two DIB defenders and managed a perfect left foot cross on Man Of the Match Dani, who headed the ball into the top corner! We were on cloud nine and with the clock ticking away we thought we got this until an injury time free kick of DIB was not defended properly and was straight shot in! Final score 2-2.

Lions scored heads down DIB

Lions scored heads down DIB

Its always good to learn from mistakes as that’s the only way to get better ! Dimitri our goalie had an outstanding game and overall I was very pleased with our team performance as we all felt that we were the better team. Big plus was our composure as except for a small black out of Fabie (think he thought it was earth hour) we took all the knocks and hits and kept on playing football all the time.

These are the games we will remember of this season and now it’s looking good for the Lions 4 games to go and we are 8 points clear on both DIB and the Shooters as I have mentioned many times before this season goal difference is key and we are +23 goals ahead of DIB and + 33 goals ahead of the Shooters. Although we know that two more wins will give us our first SIFL title all of the Lions want to win all the last 4 games to make it a whole season unbeaten run!!!

 

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions - D.I.B. FC - Celebration(1)

After the game we all went to Bloc for our brunch and I was pleased by the food choice of Dani who helped my choose. Plans for the next poker game were laid out by Charles and Chris and the Lions remained humble in spirit not celebrating anything as their next game will be the most important of the season against the Dutch next Saturday. Nothing but a win will do!

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions - D.I.B. FC - Celebration

[ SPL ] FC Flamenkos 0-5 Shanghai Lions (24 Mar 2013)

On Sunday, it was also a memorable Lions day. We won 5-0 but not without controversy. I received phone call from the Flamenkos Captain late on Saturday saying he didn’t have a team and needed to forfeit the game. As we didn’t play last week and we are in the last stage of the competition and had a very good chance to win the league I thought it would be very bad not to play. A quick phone call to Simon did the job we intended to play 8 a side among ourselves to stay focused and fit and wouldn’t announce it to anybody as otherwise our players would party too much ! 45 minutes before kick off I got a call from Garret shouting where are the Flamenkos ….!! Told him the Flamenkos were gone! Angry faces but we did have a very good session for ourselves with 18 lions showing up! Only four games to go and if we win all of them we will be SPL Champions. We cannot let go this opportunity Lions! Next up is Japan and too bad for them it will be our revenge for the 2-2 draw earlier this season! And believe it our not we will play at Jinqiao!

 

Big weekend ahead for all Lions ! Train good and stay focused !

 

Cheers,
Freek

Veteran Lions clinch their second win in a row

[ Veteran ] Bellwood FC 1-3 Shanghai Lions (17 Mar 2013)

Our “Creme de la Creme” Lions had an early game last Sunday at 9:00 AM at waigaqiao. The opponent the Bellewoods FC got a bit scared when the saw so many Lions showing up. Adam made his come back after two years not having played and Matze made his way back into the squad. On top Charles and Nicolas made their debut as a veteran. Dressing room talks are different for the veterans, most of the time its about “How are your knees” is “Your back ok ?” , “How are your kids?” !

From the start we dominated the game and played our usual Lions style with short passes. We saw some brilliant crosses from Thomas one of them straight from the corner flag ending up right into the feet of our oldest lion Yamada, who happened to be our left back…..!! Goals from Nicolas,Thomas and Fred gave us a comfortable 3-0 lead at half time. In the second half we played with only above 35 players and held out strong. The referee gave them a goal which was acceptable as we knew the game was in our pocket. So here we are even the old Lions are going strong and leading the veterans league ! Well done and great spirit on and off the pitch !

This coming weekend we have two massive games on Saturday we play DIB who are second in the SIFL and a win would put us 11 points clear. On Sunday we play Flamenkos a must win to stay in the race for the SPL title ! Please come out to watch and support the Lions in this important games !

 

Stay focused and train focused!

 

Cheers
Freek

[SIFL News] Round 19 – Games played on 09 Mar 2013

On a warm spring day on March 9, 2013 Round 19 of the Shanghai International Football League took place with league games. A total of 46 goals were scored in 10 fixtures. The Shanghai Puxi Lions fought an epic battle with Shanghai Japan. Controversy continues to haunt the Shooters. Shanghai 3United finally broke their losing streak and recorded the highest score of the day. Shentong Metro FC are the new sheriffs in First Division (above). Best debut ever as 3United’s fresh of the boat sign-up Henri Ripatti scores 4! It was a day of keepers with spectacular saves as well as blunders.

Premier League

Fourth-ranked Shanghai Krauts FC squared off with 6th ranked Shanghai ReUnited. (above) It proved to be a good game from the start. The Germans led by their Spanish captain Joel Terrades defended brilliantly and kept the ReU offense far from their goal. The Krauts seemed to play counter football while ReU played a more controlling game and had most ball possession. No goals were scored in the first 45mins and both teams went to tea with a spectacle score 0-0.

After the break the Krauts counter yielded as in the 55th minute Joel Terrades broke the ban dribbling around the ReU defense then fired a shot that beat the ReU keeper for a 0-1 Krauts lead. ReUnited responded with furious attacks but the German defensive line stood well with goalie Julian Reinard making several saves with cat-like reflexes. ReU’s pressure finally yielded in the 61st minute when Robert Eitel Mbappe Nsile (below) scored the equalizer 1-1. A fast counter finished by Philipp Theiler (above left) restored the Krauts lead 1-2. Joel Terrades (above right) topped his good performance with his 2nd goal of the day and a 1:3 Kraut lead. ReUnited were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of the game. Ishemezwe (below) stepped up to take it and proved to be human after all when he missed it and 1-3 it stayed. Kraut Terrades received man of the match honors.

 

FC Oranje were up in arms to try and stop the DIB FC train. With their first match versus DIB still fresh in mind the young Orange duke jam-packed the midfield with power and thrust to play a 4-5-1 formation. From the get go DIB pressed the Oranje defense and halfway through the 1st half they scored from a counter over the right. Bin Xu (above) received the ball in the 16 and slotted home scoring the opening goal. A few moments later Oranje build up through the midfield and delivered the ball to the striker on fire Benoit Doche (below-middle). He dribbled from right to left and struck the ball beautifully as it curled passed the DIB goalie for the equalizer 1-1. Despite more DIB pressure the Orange defense held out for a 1-1 halftime score. In the 2nd half DIB continued to put pressure on the Orange defense and when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box Bin Xu got behind the ball and drilled it home taking a 1-2 DIB lead. Soon after that man of the match Bin Xi completed his hattrick when he scored DIB’s 3rd. That pretty much did the trick and DIB held on to a deserved 1-3 victory and 3 points in the bag in their pursuit of the run-away-Lions. The young duke extended his cap record to 357.

 

Beaver United were slotted against Azzurri FC. Fledie’s blother A. Kluger got back on the score sheet finding the net with ease of a moose in wetlands. However, despite dominating the opening, Azzurri conceded the first goal of the match when Beaver Christian Ohlin (above)scored a tap in off of a rebound. In what has become something of a trend this season, the Light Blue were made to pay for missed chances early on. However, Azzurri were level minutes later as goalkeeper David Mori punted down field to combine with Adam Kluger for a one-touch finish over the Beaver keeper. Kluger was at it again minutes later as he lifted another over the Beaver goalie, whose heroics between the sticks kept his side in the match. With a halftime score of 2-1, everything was still up for grabs, but a quick tap in from Azzurri poacher Kwame (below right) and a dribble finish from hattrick boy Kluger sealed the deal for an Azzurri 4-1 final score line. Kluger (left below) received man of the match honors. No cards in this game as the ref didn’t bring any.

 

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC were up against the Shanghai Vikings FC. The controversy in this match was that there was no controversy. There was apparently not an ounce of controversy according to Peter Rosselli (below): “The absence of controversy made us all cry, we were holding hands in the showers and sang hymns”.

The Shooters had most ball possession in the 1st half yet it was the Vikings who came closest to scoring with goalie Christian Banyard pulling off a couple of important saves and 0-0 it stayed at halftime. The Shooters broke the deadlock in the 2nd half following good build up play down the right. Fedja Selimovic provided the finish as he drilled his shot into the near corner for a 1-0 Shooters lead. The Shooters pressed for a second but a combination of great defending, poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept the Vikings in the game. A second goal arrived with little over 10mins to go as Gui Leclerq had time to set himself up and drill a long-range effort into the roof of the net for a 2-0 lead. The Vikings didn’t stop playing and pressed for a goal. Having been caught offside on a few occasions they were able to break the trap next time around and send Max Twisselmann through on goal who made no mistake of scoring the 2-1. Despite a nervy last few minutes it was too little too late for the Vikings as a well fought match with no controversy as controversy was brought to an end. The Shooters held on to a 2-1 victory against Shanghai Vikings despite a nervy last few minutes. Shooter Alejandro Meana was voted man of the match.

 

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 3-2 Japan FC (09 Mar 2013)

On the hottest day in March since 1921 league leaders Shanghai Lions FC were negotiating Shanghai Japan FC. Their plan was to start strong and make sure not to do anything stupid. Very wishful thinking of the French as their goalie Dimitri Le Sant fell asleep on the subway and ended up taking the same stretch three times. No choice but to put Chris Saune in goal resulting in excellent play in the opening phase of the match. Then disaster struck for the Lions as they failed to clear a ball in the box and the Japanese got a toe to it putting it in the net for a 0-1 Japan lead. A moment later Japan headed home from their only corner of the game when their striker leapfrogged over the entire French defense for a 0-2 Japan lead. The upset was in the air and DIB punters were seen calling their bookies. Temperatures were rising and it was a blood-boiling affair for Lions coach Frank Boulain: “Dropping points at this stage is not possible”. Their fairytale season appeared to turn into a horror movie. But the French kept their composure, displayed great team spirit and got on with it. Romain Haution put one back just before the half was over for a 1-2 halftime score.

In the 2nd half the Lions started well as Azzeddine Takouloufa set himself up for a free kick and send the ball onto the ropes evening out the score 2-2. The Lions kept up the pressure but despite 158 corners and 127 free kicks it remained deadlocked with 5mins to go. Then out of nowhere Haution shot an easy ball towards the Japanese goalie who seemed to pick it up but completely missed it and the ball rolled over the line putting the French in front 3-2, which was also the final score. Benjamin Guerin received man of the match honors. Japan’s goals were scored by Hirai and Iljima. The Lions appeared to have the luck of champions and have now extended their winning streak to 15 games. Captain Jerome Le Carrou celebrated his 30th birthday. Congratulations on your youthful play mate!

 

First Division

Long Tang AFC did battle with Shanghai 3United. It was a momentous day and plenty of sunshine for the 3U squad as they ended their losing streak in a big way. Long Tang was able to net a goal and go up 1-0 early in 1st half. 3U kept their heads up creating several chances of their own. Finally newly acquired Henri Ripatti was able to chip the keeper evening out the score to 1-1 to end the half. The 2nd half became an entirely new game as 3U’s passing and combination play and a great team effort yielded a flurry of goals out-scoring Long Tang 6:1 in the half for an aggregate 2-7 3U win. Goals fromHenri Ripatti (4), Etienne Bernhardt (1) Julien Walemme (1)and Hamse Ali (1) lead 3U to their first victory in months and promise they will not be letting up. Long Tang’s goals were scored by Terry Gao and Baston Zheng. Henri Ripatti received man of the match honors on his maiden day of play. The euphoria of 3United knew no boundaries as they have translated their winning ways into a financial consultancy advising on winning strategies. (above)

 

On a glorious afternoon at Weigaoqiao the Shanghai Sauerkrauts (above) kicked off againstKangbei United FC. Without two of it’s regular starters Bligin Guengoermues and Julien Puentes, who were both being ruled out due to excessive crime points (a matter seemingly incomprehensible to Bilgin (front seat above) who was well in line for this season’s fair play award). Staying with their regular 4-2-3-1 formation SSK soon found themselves 2 goals down as Kangbei exploited considerable space in the midfield to tap in 2 goals within 15mins. A typical Brazilian wonder strike from Kercio Murilo Maranho Chuangsaw SSK reduce the gap after 27mins. This was quickly nullified as Kangbei scored again to turn 3-1 at the half. Stirring half time words from captain Niclas Meyer awoke SSK as they scored quickly with goals from Kercio and midfielder Christoph Dilk to draw level 3-3. Continuous attacks from Kangbei somehow managed to be thwarted by some amazing saves from SSK keeper Lars Ertizinger and managed to keep the game set up for an amazing finish as striker Marin Delchev scored after 75mins putting team SSK ahead 4-3. A frantic 15mins followed with a youthful Kangbei side pressing hard against the tired and aging stars of SSK. However old heads prevailed and team SSK managed to pull off one of their best wins of the season having come from 3-1 down to win 4-3. Leaving Kangbei a little frazzled and their coach unable to make the post match interview. Kangbei’s Zheng Xie netted twice while his colleague Li Ke Ma got 1 goal. SSK’s Kercio Chuang was voted man of the match.

 

Voodoo Child were pitted against Shentong Metro FC. On a hot day VC’s cause was not helped by late withdrawals for work and alcohol reasons of most of their team. A small squad against a fit & fast Chinese team was not the best plan to have and things were further compounded by Walshy’s inability to tell the time and a late arrival rounded off a bad start to the Child’s day. The VC put that behind with a stirring start to the game, creating chances and enjoying good possession. This was rewarded with a fine goal by Chris Walshand deserved lead. As has been the case before, despite VC’s dominance, Metro scored the equalizer 1-1 with their first meaningful attack. They scored again at the stroke of halftime that saw the VC keeper nominate himself for ‘blunder of the season’ resulting in a 1-2 Metro lead at halftime. In the 2nd half the Child mourned the loss of talismanic Dicko to back injury which meant a beheaded VC took to the field and despite a good start to the half VC had to fish the ball out of the net on one more occasion for a 1-3 Metro score. VC never stopped trying but on the day Metro put their chances away and played some good neat football. Metro’s goals were scored by Benny Shou Bin, Steven Jie and Oscar Hao Feng. Man of the match honors went to Steven Jie. Captain Dicko after the match: “The Camel make us drink like idiots but we are looking forward returning to WGQ with their fine, honest and completely neutral set of refs”. With this win Shentong Metro are top dogs for the first time this season.

 

Shining HFC were slotted against First Division leaders Voodoo. Heavy traffic heading towards WGQ meant that both teams had little time for warm-ups as this was definitely reflected in the 1st half which produced some of the least entertaining football of the season so far. Shining happily sat back with 11 men behind the ball as Voodoo failed to break their defense down. Voodoo failed to produce the type of football that they have shown most of the season and looked more interested in basking in the eagerly anticipated summer. Their heads were at gulping down cold beers instead of trying to gain 3 points towards promotion. Voodoo had 2 long range efforts skim the top of the bar, while Shining had one attempt swept off the line via a last ditch tackle from Sean King and 0-0 it stayed at halftime. In the 2nd half Voodoo showed more promise but the Shining defense stayed strong allowing very little space for Voodoo to play in. Then from a lucky break after several deflections from a throw-in Shining player Jimmy Lu lobbed Voodoo Keeper Mike VanDerHoff who was on his goal line. Voodoo were later informed by VanDerHoff that the ball ‘moved several times and even hovered above his head for several seconds before finally going over the goal line’. The goal finally kicked Voodoo into gear and several chances came and went. Mike McMillen produced a mazy run down the wing but failed to deliver the end pass. Damian Pilat almost found the net in the dying moments with an acrobatic kick but was denied by the Shining keeper, to the amazement of the Voodoo team (amazed by Pilat’s acrobatic skills) The game finished 1-0 to Shining and Voodoo’s task of claiming the First Division title just became significantly more difficult. Shining’s Liqing Zhu (above) was voted man of the match.

 

Anzacs FC locked horns with Shanghai Cosmos. The Cosmos got off to a flying start playing combination football that yielded 2 goals from the usual suspects Graham McNally and Jordan Campbell for a 0-2 Cosmos lead at halftime. In the 2nd half Anzacs came back strong when Julian Gras got on the score sheet for Anzacs. Then disaster struck when Cosmos’ Conall Cassidy scored an own goal and determine the final score of 2-2 sharing the spoils. Mike Snowdon received man of the match honors for Cosmos while Steven Walker ran away with these honors for Anzacs.

 

In the Premier League the Shanghai Lions FC have cemented their lead at the top with 39 points from 13 games followed by DIB FC with 31 points and the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC on 3rd spot with 29 points. The Shanghai Krauts FC are on 4th spot with 21 points followed by Azzurri FC with 19 points and Shanghai ReUnited on 6th spot with 14 points. Shanghai Japan FC, FC Oranje and Shanghai Vikings FC are on 7th, 8th and 9th spot with 11 points each. Beaver United are ‘Lords of the Basement’ with 10 points.

 

In the First Division Shentong Metro FC have climbed to first place with 28 points from 12 games overtaking Voodoo who are now in 2nd place with 27 points. Shanghai Cosmos are on 3rd with 22 points. Anzacs FC and Voodoo Child are on 4th and 5th spot with 18 points each followed by Shining HFC with 17 points and Shanghai Sauerkrauts with 16 points. Long Tang AFC and Kangbei United FC are on 8th and 9th spot with 12 points each. Shanghai 3United are closing ranks with 8 points but can look forward to a prosperous business as financial consultants.

 

Coming Saturday March 16, 2013 Round 20 of the Shanghai International Football League will be played at the Shanghai Rugby & Football Club and Tianma Golf & Country Club. At stake are the Hebiguchi Cup semi finals; FC Oranje vs Shentong Metro FC and Shanghai ReUnited vs Big Bamboo Shooters AFC as well as the SIFL Plate first round. Visit the official website to find out more.

[SPL News] SPL getting more interesting week by week

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

What an unbelievable weather we witnessed last weekend. Saturday we faced the hottest day since 1874 even during the night it was 26 degrees but when we were ready to kick off the SPL games on Sunday it was freezing cold and barely 8 degrees ! Well the SPL is for tough teams who can play under any weather circumstances and that’s what we did. We saw some top contenders dropping points over the weekend which makes it even more exciting at the top !

  • Galacticos 0-5 Japan

Fair game with no cards. Galacticos are trying to regroup themselves and are building on a new team some big signings are said to be in the pipe-line. Japan struggling this season was very happy with all the three points.

  • ERS 2-2 Marlins

The French tried to end their poor run were very motivated to get a good result. The Marlins in the early part of the season a goal scoring machine are now finding it more difficult to find the net. ERS took a solid two nil lead in the first half. Even in the second half all looked fine for them however with 20 minutes to go Mcgoo once again brought the Marlins back in the game and another goal by Gui made the final result. No winner and mixed feelings for both teams !

  • Super 38 3-0 Cowboys

The strong wind at Waigaoqiao did play a major role in the game. First half the cowboys had the wind in their backs and took advantage with a simple 0-2 lead. In the second half Super 38 showed their intentions and started to attack helped by the wind. The cowboys lost the grip on the game and a penalty brought the Japanese one goal back. Frustration started to creep in the Cowboys game and there was another foul in the edge of the box. Debatable whether in or outside but the referee gave another penalty 2-2 ! Super 38 was flying high and scored with a superb header the winner 3-2 ! At this stage all the cowboys were frustrated and a clear foul of one of their players was a straight red. With 5 minutes on the clock all Cowboys went for an early shower which cost them a 3-0 defeat.

After Bilin’s good team performances of the last couple of weeks some of his best players got offers from European Clubs. In order to cash in some money Bilgin sent them on loan. So no Stoyan for instance. Of course if you face the lions you will not get an easy game and they took a 2-0 lead at half time. Second half the Lions had the strong wind in the back and added three more goals. Bilgin comment after the game “ we are quite happy with 0-5 loss only “ summed it up for the day.

  • Shanghai 2000 2-5 Flamenkos

Open game especially in the first half with both teams playing attacking football. Flamenkos scored two goals in five minutes and went into the dressing room with a 0-3 lead. Shanghai 2000 came out stronger after a strong half time talk of Karl and managed a goal back. Pressure was mounting and Nic the Flamenkos goalie needed to avoid the 2-3 by fouling the player resulting in an early shower for him. Last week the Flamenkos also played with 10 men so it seems they are ok with that as they made 1-4 ! Final score 2-5.

 

Interesting times in the SPL and every week we see some surprise results. First we have our Captains meeting this Thursday at Dr Beer and Sunday we have 5 teams in action ! We hope the weather will be normal and the rain will be less !

  • 1000-1200 Galacticos – Gremio
  • 1200-1400 Cowboys – Flamenkos
  • 1400-1600 Pistolera Bulls – Marlin
  • 1400-1600 Japan – ERS @ Waigaoqiao
  • 1400-1600 Shanghai 2000 – Super 48 @ Century Park

 

Enjoy the SPL !

 

Cheers
Freek – SPL President on behalf of the committee

Lions strengthen their position on top of SIFL & SPL

Lions,

We had a very interesting weekend with good results for both teams !

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 3-2 Shanghai Japan FC (09 Mar 2013)

On Saturday as we all know it was the hottest day in March since 1921 ! We had Japan on our menu and the plan was to start strong and make sure not to do anything stupid… Well Dim our goalie fell asleep in the subway and ended up taking the same stretch three times.

Chris in goal and for 7 minutes we really played well. After that disaster struck as we failed to clear a ball in the box and the Japanese got a toe to it and leaving Chris helpless 1-0. Never mind its good to come from behind once in while or?? Then Japan got their one and only corner of the game and even Jonny is taller than the Japanese so no problem for us right ? Well not really, they scored from the corner, unbelievable… Its started to look like a horror move. The only positive point about this bad spell was that we stayed calm and didn’t start to blame each other. Temperatures were rising and so did my blood pressure. Its not possible to drop points at this time of the competition versus Japan. God bless Romain put one back just before the half time.

Second half we played our game and Azz scored a nice free kick however after 15 corners and a few free kicks it was still 2-2. 20 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes to go…..2-2. Than out of nowhere Romain shot an easy ball towards the Japanese Goalie who seemed to pick it up but completely missed it and the ball rolled in ! 3-2 three points and 15 games won !

Without luck you can never be Champion ! At night most of the players were present to celebrate our Captains 30’s birthday. Spirit was very good and I didn’t mind to have a bad game before our “most important game of the season” in two weeks versus DIB !

[ SPL ] Pistolera Bulls 0-5 Shanghai Lions (10 mar 2013)

Sunday it was freezing cold and the wind was extremely strong. Right in front of our eyes we saw our main contender the Cowboys losing versus Super 48 who are on the bottom of the SPL. Chinese were so frustrated that they walked off the pitch with 5 minutes to go ! Our motivation was boiling to take this opportunity and I saw a Lions team with Championship ambition  on the field.

We played very solid football and were 2-0 up versus the Bulls at half time.

With the wind in our back we scored some great goals in the second half and with a 5-0 win we had our fifth clean sheet in row !

We could have scored more but Michael our made in “Kansas” striker was each time 10 meter off side. His explanation was that his running speed was too fast but most of us believe it was the opposite. We do remember Michael’s wrestling skills with the Bulls striker as he was lifted above the Bulls head as if he was a paper doll from Kansas. When we heard that the Marlins drew versus the French it was time to order more beer as we realized that things are looking good for the Lions with 5 games to go. For once we liked the French people !

 

Great weekend with both Lions teams on top of their leagues and both teams have 5 games to go ! Lets focus and train hard as each and every game left we need to win  !

 

Cheers
Happy Freek

Old Lions member David Huynh departure message

Dear football mates,

I left China on Sunday and went back to the real source of the Lions, the great city of Lyon in France :).
Thank to football, I have met great encounters and had lots of fun during those 12 years in Shanghai.
All the best for the end of season and wish you to win every award
It was fun to have played football with you guys.
Cheers,

Lions in the SIFL Cup semi final

Lions,

Great weekend with a lot of action on and off the field !

[ SIFL Cup ] Kangbei United FC 1-7 Shanghai Lions (02 Mar 2013)

On Saturday, it was freezing cold (welcome to Shanghai) and our opponent were all Chinese, so it was a good build up for the DIB game in three weeks time.

The idea was to play good football but it’s getting more and more difficult on the WGQ pitch nowadays, as well most of our players appeared to be frozen in the first 30mn. However we did manage to score and had a 2-0 lead in the first half.

We never were in trouble and in the second half we pushed a bit harder and more lions put there name on the score sheet 7-1 final score and up to the semi’s vs either DIB, Shooters or Japan.

Six games to go for the championship and our next game on Sat. March. 9th is versus Japan at 9:00 am! so you better all put your alarm clock on right NOW !!!

[ Veteran ] Dulwich Dribblers 0-7 Shanghai Lions (03 Mar 2013) 

On Sunday, it was beautiful weather (welcome to Shanghai) and we managed to pull a 13 member Lions squad together, with an average age of 38. Our youngest veteran was Alex, who confirmed that he was still 14 years old…

We played the Dulwich Dribblers and its seemed they had a hangover from the night before as there was a cloud of alcohol hanging over the pitch. We went for the half time tea 2-0.

In the second half the Lions appeared to be fitter and in better shape. The reward was a clean sheet and a 7-0 victory. Special word for Yamada-san who is the second Japanese converted into a Lion and the first Japanese who came late for the game (5 minutes before kick-off).

This veteran league is great for our club as it give the us more depth and more playing opportunities for our members !

For more info on Lions Veteran’s team and league, it’s here

SPL

The SPL Lions did good business while they were not playing. Two of their main rivals dropped points. The Cowboys drew 1-1 vs the Bulls and the Marlins drew 1-1 vs the Flamenkos. With these results, it keeps the Lions on top of the SPL and looking at the table, the SPL is the most interesting league in Shanghai this season. Hope you remember why I told all the players that the goal difference is key.  All the four top teams still need to play each other. You can place your bets now with Charles “Al Capino Poker Face”

SPL TABLE

1)      Lions                     played 14             points 34             goal diff               56

2)      Cowboys             played 12             points 31             goal diff               45

3)      Gremio                 played 13             points 31             goal diff               32

4)      Marlins                 played 11             points 26             goal diff               61

 

Lions enjoy these interesting times and train hard and stay focused !

 

Cheers
Freek

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