Terao A. & Remy DC: 1st LIONS to pay the 2500 rmb membership fees

Lions,

Special big up for Terao Atsushi and Remy De carvalho who are the first LIONS player to pay the 2013 – 2014 LIONS Membership fees  of 2500 rmb.

Just a reminder for all the other LIONS player that we need you to pay at 500 rmb asap so we can order the new equipment for the upcoming new season. The 500 rmb can be given to either Chris S. , Simon, Az or Charles.

Cheers,

LIONS Management

A great end to a great Season !

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

It couldn’t get any hotter than that in Green City. A sizzling heat broke the hottest day recorded in June since 1834 ! Nonetheless we had 12 teams lined up to play the end of the season tournament. The field was in perfect condition thanks to the Grass Master and the tents around the field could give the players at least some shade. Several teams had their end of the season party the night before and you could tell that in the first games of the tournaments. Teams were divided on two groups, one with the top 6 finishers of the SPL and one with the bottom 6 finishers of the SPL. It would give a fair chance to the lower ranked teams to play a final ! The cowboys showed their 8 aside skill and went into the final one point ahead of the Lions and in the other group the Samba’s (Japan) topped their group right ahead of the Pistolera Bulls. The final was won by the Cowboys as they had more energy left in their legs. Great spirit in the tournament and everybody enjoyed the games !

 

Final ranking of the end of the season tournament :

1)      Cowboys

2)      Samba’s

3)      Lions

4)      Pistolera Bulls

5)      Gremio

6)      Japan

7)      Flamenkos

8)      Galacticos

9)      Marlins

10)   Shanghai 2000

11)   Super 48

12)   ERS

 

After that it was party time at Latina and helped by the great weather and music, beers, food and  of course the Brazilian dancers, we could all enjoy the celebrations !

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Once again we like to thank everybody who helped to complete our tenth SPL anniversary and made it the best season sofar !

 

Thank you to Yamada-san (schedule), Frederik (website), Adam for the Jinqiao field, Karl for Century Park field, James and David for the Waigaoqiao field, the Referees, the Dulwich school, Latina, Team Managers, The Captains, all SPL Players and team Sponsors   !

 

Cheers Freek SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee !

Lions wish Jamie Mc Carry a speedy recovery !

Jamie had to undergo a sudden knee operation in Shanghai after a self inflicted challenge during the Scotland vs England game.

It left him wondering whether he will ever be able to play again however we still believe in miracles ! Jamie

We wish Jamie a good recovery and hope to see him back on the pitch next season either as manager or player !

Please send your wishes to Jamie by posting a message ! Cheers Freek

Lions clinch the SIFL double

Lions & Lions supporters,

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It was hot on Saturday morning in Shanghai ! We had many activities on the program but first it was the SIFL Cup final against the Dutch ! We had a large squad but everybody was motivated and focused with one goal in mind to win the Cup.

 

Idea was too start aggressive and take advantage of the Dutch being nervous. Jonny O Sh…, warned us to stay calm if we were 1-0 down. Problem was that we were leading 3-0 after 20 minutes. Mr Mendel and High Flyer Jack scored the goals for us. We gave them a goal back to make the game more interesting and the referee helped as well a little to award the Dutch a penalty after one of their players slipped. We were back into a real cup thriller 3-2 ! The second half the legs were getting tired after a long season and we needed to work hard to keep the score as it was. We almost blew when we let the Dutch fast forward run thru our total defense only to see his shot being denied by the post. That’s what they call the Champions Luck ! Final whistle and time to celebrate our double !

 

After the Cup final we played the end of the season tournament as were in the group of death, Azzurri and DIB and Shooters……! Not easy with the Cup game in the legs ! Think in the end we ended 3rd or 4th !

After it was beer time and collection time for our trophies :

  1. SIFL opening tournament Cup
  2. SIFL Cup
  3. SIFL Champions Cup
  4. Dream team medals : Azz + Jerome + Benji + Dani + Dimitri
  5. MVP : Azz
  6. Coach of the Year : Freek

With all the trophies we headed to BLOC for our end of the season Lions Party! Absolute fun and great atmosphere everybody got an award for their contribution this season !

On Sunday we collected our SPL Champions Cup and ended third in the tournament there. Now we really need a Clubhouse for our silverware! What a weekend ! Amazing Lions !

 

Happy Happy Happy Freek

Summer 7’s Lions Tournament every Wed. 8 to 10pm

Lions,

We are organizing the 2nd edition of its SUMMER 7’s Football Tournament starting from this Wednesday June 19th at 8pm, at our training field.

There are 8 teams: 4 Lions teams + ERS + KRAUTS + JAPAN + VOODOO

The tournament will run every Wednesday from 8.00pm to 10.00pm, for 10 consecutive weeks from June 19th to to Aug. 21st 2013.

We will need all of you to register on the website to let us know if you can play each wednesday and we will let you know by email if you play from 8 to 9 om or from 9 to 10pm (or both in some cases if needed) cheers,

 

Shanghai LIONS FC Management

Azzeddine T.: 13601741461   – Main manager of this tournament

Charles G. 13816104242

Simon S. 18616706527

Freek Boelen

Lions win the third edition of the Amoy Cup in Xiamen !

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Sometimes it’s good to step out of your comfort zone and try a tournament or match outside Shanghai ! That’s just what we did we managed to get 14 Lions willing to take on the challenge in Xiamen ! Both teams were in separate groups of 6 and needed to end 4th or higher to make to the quarter final. That was 5 games for each in the humid and hot weather of Xiamen. The pitch was in a beautiful location on an tourist island and real grass / the size of the pitch was small which in the end was good and resulted in many many Lions goals ! Lions B, the older and experienced lions helped by two experienced Xiamen players (old..) , were having a tough group but still managed to end 3rd in the group ! Lions A, the fast and furious helped by Lions Legend Kely, in the easy group won all their games and ended 1st in their group. The quarter final started after a heavy rain break and the opponent of Lions B appeared to be too fast and too strong, Xiamen African Star ! Lions A cruised into the semi’s after crushing a Latino Team with more than 10 goals ! However they were up against the same African team as Lions B, within 5 minutes we were 1-0 down and the Africans started to party, however it takes much more to beat a Lions team. Within three minutes we leveled with a skillful strike of Kely and before the Africans knew it they were losing good play by Azz and good finish by Charles. In the second half we locked the game with a 3-1 score and win ! The final was against a Chinese local team and the field was packed with tourists watching our game ! After 7 games of football the legs were tired and the pace was slow however we scored by Gui on a very fast break. In the second half we found more space and a perfect cross of Kely was nicely headed home in the top corner by Gui. We knew we wouldn’t give this away anymore but we let the Chinese score with a bicycle kick in the last minute to make everybody happy !mmexport1371102543191

Time to party we were the first outsider to win this tournament ! It was a well deserved and a great team effort, including family and friends who came out to support us ! This was a very well organized tournament with a good level of football.  Victor, our Lions A goalie was voted goalie of tournament and Gui our top scorer with 18 goals in 8 games was miraculously denied to the top scorer trophy  ! However we won the Cup and showed the people in Xiamen who are the Lions ! We received many compliments afterwards about our display of football as well our fair play !

 

Lets win one more Cup on Saturday (SIFL Cup Final) and then celebrate this great season all together at Bloc !

 

Cheers Happy Freek (who scored a penalty with his head !)

Feeback from Dan, organizer of Xiamen football tournament

Hi Freek,

 

Hope you and the team arrived back in Shanghai without troubles? It was really great you guys made it to our tournament and honest speaking;  the LIONS are a very talent, disciplined and organized Team! Good Job! You have moved up our tournament level of this year and I will be happy to see you guys next year again! I will work on it, getting more teams like yours inside the tournament for next year!

I will start to arrange now our first trip to Shanghai and keep you update for the schedule!

Have a good night and thanks again!

 

Cheers dan

[SPL News] End of season tournament & ceremony

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Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

Finally it’s time to relax and just have a great day of fun ! It’s also to time look back at our 10 years of SPL and look forward to our next 10 years of the SPL ! All of course with football / beer / meat / samba / dance !

For the tournament its 8 aside however if a team is short on players you can jointly agree to play 7 aside. As well if you are short players during the day you can borrow players from other teams and pay them in beers ! The Samba’s is a mix of Japan and Super 48 to make the total of 12 teams. We play on three pitches in Jinqiao and please ask your players to abstain from smoking ! Make sure to be on time as we play with a central whistle to start and end games !

For the party it will be our biggest ever and we do hope you will all join with your family and friends to share the fun after a long season ! We have several awards to be given out so its important team managers and players to be present ! Samba dancers are hired and the band from Brasil will play great music to heat us up for the world cup in 2014 ! Latina is going all out to make sure we have a fantastic party !

The all you can eat BBQ buffet will be available to SPL players and friend for 120 rmb and drinks will be 30 rmb (including Caiperinia !!). Lets all pray hard that the rain will stay away and we can party all day !!

 

Cheers,
Freek – SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee

[SPL News] 10th season is over

Amigo’sand Amiga’s,

All good things come to an end. The SPL season is no exception ! We had three games to play before we could evaluate the final ranking and performances of the teams. The weather was good and this season we have been lucky with the weather ! No complaints to the weather gods from our side !

  • Flamenkos 1-1 ERS

There was nothing at stake anymore in this game and the atmosphere was very friendly. Leftovers from Frederik’s goodbye Shanghai Party were shared between the teams and the referees. ERS scored first and after that it was a festival of missing opportunities for the Flamenkos. Sharing the points and the friendship was a good way to  end the season for our number 5th and 6th of the SPL !

  • Galacticos 0-17 Marlins

Despite the high score line the game was always good in sport and credit to the Galacticos who never gave up to try and score a goal. Marlins were happy with the result and ended up drinking away the Shanghai Beer Stock in Blue Marlin after the game.  Banksy in person closed down the establishment in the dark hours of the night !

  • Shanghai 2000 1-9 Cowboys

It was hard for the Shanghai 2000 players to stop Zhuang our SPL top scorer ! He just never stops scoring goals. First half it was 0-5 and luckily Shanghai 2000 could score a goal in the second half as they missed a few opportunities in the first.

 

Looking back it was an amazing season with hardly any incidents. I think that’s a great achievement of all the managers and players of the SPL !  Of course the Referees and the Grass-masters have done a fantastic job every week ! Its the confirmation that we are on the right track in the SPL. In the SPL we all respect our opponents and we respect the game of football and yes we battle for 90 minutes but afterwards we shake hands and have a chat or a beer to talk about the game.

We played a record 110 games at the three best locations in Shanghai  ! Total goals scored 698 !

We will wait until the 16th of June at our end of the season party to put everybody in the spotlight. There will be plenty of awards to give away ! Don’t miss the party.

A Quick recap of the ranking :

  • 11th Galacticos – Difficult season for them as they struggled to have a solid team base after a few key players left last season. What stood out for me was their spirit and the love for the sport. Losing almost every week is hard for any team, but the Galacticos never ever gave up and still managed to have fun during the games.  If they can get a solid base group of players together next season they can be back at their best !
  • 10th Super 48 – Despite ending close to the bottom of the SPL Super 48 had their best seasons ever. They gave many teams a lot of trouble and the highlight for them was their victory over the cowboys. If every game was only 45 minutes long they would end up in the Top 6 of the SPL no doubt about that. They are a big contender for the Fairplay  Cup this season. As well its rumored they will change their name to Super 38 next season !
  • 9th Pistolera Bulls – Looking at the performance of the Bulls this season it’s obvious that with 91 goals conceded they had their problems in the defense. I have seen games where Bilgin opted for a one man defense, most of the time himself. In this way he could collect more yellow cards and in that sense the strategy worked. Overall fitness level is another point of concern for the Bulls as they are not getting any younger and some of their players need to carry the extra kilos. Bilgin is working on a mega deal with the largest fitness center operator in Shanghai to get his player back to their old level. Scoring is no problem for the Bulls with over two goals per game on average !
  • 8th Japan – This will be the lowest ranking for Japan in the SPL. One of the problems is that their top striker only scored 8 goals. If they could have scored more than their 46 goals they would easily have ranked 6th place or better. Of course their season had  highlights as well a come back to clinch a draw versus the Flamenkos after being down 5-0 will be remembered far beyond Tokyo ! A draw versus the Lions as well as its not easy to take points from them. We expect a better performance from Japan next season !
  • 7th Shanghai 2000 – Our rooky of the year ! Playing on the super pitch at Century Park as their home ground we can conclude that they had a decent first year in the SPL. Too bad that their top goals scorer Hugo had to leave China half way through the season but still they managed to score 63 goals. Shanghai 2000 are a team with experienced players and a good disciplinary record. In China that’s a good asset to own besides many properties !
  • 6th Flamenkos – If only everybody would have come to each game they promised to come they would have been in the top of the SPL.  A mix of Champions League games / Formula 1 / El Classico’s resulted in a small squad. If everybody was present they were a hard team to beat. With only 53 goals scored it as well were the missed opportunities that kept them out of the title race this season !
  • 5th ERS – A few very good players left at the end of last season. It resulted in a difficult first half of the season. It was their teams spirit that kept them alive and after Chinese New Year they had a very good run of results. Scoring goals was their problem you cannot blame their strikers as together they scored 50 pct of ERS’s total of 44 goals. A good scoring midfielder will surely send them in the top the SPL next season. ERS scouts are already searching the globe ! Fifth place out of 11 teams is not a bad result !
  • 4th Marlins – Before the start of the season Steve disclosed to me that their strategy was to win the SPL on goal difference in the final game of the season. For very long it seemed to be the right choice. They ended up scoring an all time SPL record of 123 goals ! Helped by goal scoring machines like Kevin and Fedja and Gui who together scored 63 pct of their total. However in the final games of the season they let the title slip out of their hands or feet…or heads. ! Having scored the most goals this season and having the second best defensive record in the league might leave you with the question why they only ended on the 4th place !
  • 3th Gremio – Very solid team performance until the very end of the season. First year to operate under the Gremio name and despite losing the title they can look back at a successful season. They had a solid defense the third best in the league but scored  a bit less goals compared to the other top 4 teams, 83 goals ! However some of those goals surely belong to the SPL “Best Goals of the Season” !
  • 2nd Cowboys – To say that the Cowboys were the surprise factor of the season is an understatement ! We never knew that Cowboys could play football ! They had a super season ending only 5 points behind the Lions. Their strength was their attacking duo Zhuang and Chen KL. Zhuang became the SPL top scorer with 40 goals ! The cowboys reached over 100 goals for the season in their last game. Defense was not as strong conceding 43 goals but overall a fantastic result for them !
  • 1st Lions – The Lions thought they had lost it when in the last game of 2012 they lost against the Marlins 4-3. However after the game all players stayed back for a few beers to heal the pain as team ! It helps to always be positive and the conclusion of the day was that they needed to win all the games left for the season in order the be Champions ! This is exactly what happened. The secret of their success was by all means their defense as they conceded only 2 goals in the rest of the season and 18 in total. By beating their closest rivals in the last games of the season we can say that they deserved the Championship !

 

Let’s all celebrate the good end of the season tournament on the 16th of June followed by the SPL Party and the SPL awards Ceremony !

Thank you for being part of the SPL. You all made the SPL Special !

 

Cheers
Happy Freek – SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee

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