We had a fantastic turn out at our Lions Christmas Party and it was great to have so many friends together ! The setting was perfectly done by Fred @ Mortons with one long table for everybody. Thomas our ex goal keeper specially flew over from Malaysia to attend the party. Traditionally there were speeches and people who came with a tie got it cut into pieces as it will bring good luck to the Lions. Francois and Mus came with tie and left without ! The last person left Mortons at 130 but the next stop was Unico for many Lions until very late……!
The next day we had our last SIFL game of the year against HStone FC,a Chinese local team. Having the party the night before but with a 3 pm kick off we got all players on time. HStone FC decided to defend only as they only got 2 players making it over the middle line in the first half. We stayed calm and tried to find holes in their defense by good combination football. We controlled the game and with 2 goals by Allan and 1 by Aga and 1 by Dani we took a 4-0 lead. For the second half the target was to keep the cleansheet and keep scoring more goals. The first we did but the second we failed as we hit the post twice and wasted a few more opportunities. In the end we could live with the 4-0 win as it meant we ended the 2015 season unbeaten in the SIFL league as well this season we played 6 games and conceded only one goal which is one of our strong points !
On Sunday we played the SPL Santa Cup with a fantasy line up. Nothing serious just fun play !
We wish all Lions a very good break for Christmas and a good time with their families back home in case they go back ! We hope that 2016 will be another great football year for the Lions !
See you all in early January ! Cheers Freek on behalf of the Lions Management !
On Saturday we played Oranje the dutch team in the SIFL. We had a strong line up and motivated Lions to work on scoring goals. The weather was hard for the coach and subs and supporters as the temperature dropped to 4 degrees and it was raining. Nonetheless the Lions took the game serious and focused on short passes. Azzeddine opened the score with a hard strike slightly deflected and Danni tried the same and score two goals in 5 minutes. It was 3-0 at half time and we decided to keep trying to score more goals and to focus on our field play with a lot of possession. Azzeddine made it 4-0 and when we got a penalty it was time for Patrick to step up back from a long injury he scored in the left corner. Laid and Arnault both scored to make the final score 7-0. It was good for our goal difference as we kept the clean sheet and conceded only one goal in the last 5 games !
On Sunday morning the Legends participated in the SPL V Santa Cup. A fun tournament where every player had to wear a santa hat during the games. We had a strong line up but lost two players after 5 minutes as both Max and Matze were hindered by old injuries from the championship game against Scotland the week before. We defended well in our group stage games as nobody could score against us. We scored plenty of goals with Charles and Fred in fine form we even beat the best 7 aside team Japan 2-0 ! So were in the final but we didn’t expect to get a goal against us early in the game. It changed the game and we were forced to push forward Seb came closest but his effort hit the cross bar. In the end FC Strosso won it and we accepted defeat ! Afterwards we did get our SPL V Championships trophy of the 2015 season. It was a great way to end a great season for the Lions Legends !
In the SPL we faced Galacticos and in this game we needed as well to work on our goal difference we did just that with goals from Nicolas / Dave / Patrick and Arnault 4x ! A good result and happy with the cleansheet. The SPL will take a brean now and will be back in 2016 !
We will have our Christmas Party this Friday @ Mortons and we hope that many Lions will attend as this is the time of the year to celebrate a great 2015 for the Lions FC !
It was a historic event when one of our SPL game was live broadcast on PPTV. The setting was perfect at Century Park with 5 camera’s around the field the match didn’t disappoint either with a 4-2 score line. We hope to repeat this in the future and hope to be able to get sponsorship for it as PPTV is watched all over China and actually is the largest internet TV company in the world ! It’s a perfect set up to let the local people enjoy our SPL games as we can entertain people with our football games for sure. We got 4 games last Sunday and could catch up with our schedule. Originally we planned the Santa Cup on December 6th but the with so many games cancelled due to the wet weather we have no choice to play league games first. We still have small hope to hold the Santa cup on December the 13th weather permitting of course !
Cowboys 7-2 AVL Galacticos
Galacticos are improving with the help of some new players. Half time it was 3-0 for the cowboys with an in form Zhuang scoring 3 goals. The second half the Galacticos were looking for goals and scored two by Peter and Mike but the Cowboys added another 4 to make the final score 7-2 !
Krauts 3-3 Super 48
Bilgin complained about the name of Super 48 as the Japanese side looked young and fresh. He suggested to change their name into Super 24 maybe not a bad idea. That the Krauts goalie didn’t show up for the first 45 minutes didn’t help the Krauts. It was a hard game for them. Super 48 scored first but the Krauts fought back with goals from Oli and Aydin with a header. In the second half Super 48 was fitter and moved faster on the difficult and heavy pitch they equalized and even took the lead. Bilgin ordered a final attack and it was Marin’s header that decided the final score at 3-3 !
ERS 4-3 Japan
It was an entertaining game with both teams playing attacking football ! ERS surprised Japan with an early goal by Baiyang after a nice pass from Momo. ERS thought it would be an easy game but with three minutes Japan scored two goals on fast counter attacks. ERS was in a shock for sometime but regrouped themselves when Nico scored the equalizer in the 34th minute. Just before half time Nico scored again to make it 3-2. In the second half Japan kept pushing forward and now ERS was playing on the counter. In the 84th minute ERS sealed the deal after a great combination of short passes Viet scored. Japan didn’t give up and got a goal back but too late to change the final score, 4-3 for ERS !
With camera’s everywhere both teams were eager to show a good game of football. It was a battle between young and fast players (CP FC) and older and more experience players (Lions). Usually Century Park would score in the first 10 minutes of the game but this time a poor clearance of the their defender set up Azzeddine who spotted the CP FC goalie in front of the his goal and lobbed the ball over him. The game went back and forward but Century Park equalized by Johnson to make it 1-1 at half time. In the second half the Lions got several free kicks but failed to score however in the 65th minute Johnson got his second yellow and CP FC was down to 10 men. They were pushed back but scored a great goal on fast counter good cross and a good header from Stach. It showed 8 minutes to go on the clock and now it was down to the experience of the Lions player to turn the game around. They did just that by scoring three goals in 8 minutes two by felix the Lions youngster and one goal by Dani. Great game for the spectators that’s for sure !
We have four games this Sunday on three venues !
1300 Gremio vs Japan @ Waigaoqiao
1430 Marlins vs ERS @ Jinqiao
1200 Lions vs AVL Galacticos @ Century Park
1400 Krauts vs Century Park FC @ Century Park
Lets enjoy the last SPL league games of 2015 !
SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee !
On Saturday we had 16 Lions ready to fight we started well and quickly took control of the midfield playing with 5 midfielders after 10 min we got rewarded a penalty kick by the female referee but Azzeddine saw his kick being stopped by the Reunited goalie. For the rest of the match we could keep the Reunited players out of our box and it was at a corner for us that Felix who took it found Dani at the back post and he didn’t hesitate to header it home. After that reunited got a great chance but our goalie Radouane showed his skill and saved it. In the second half Reunited added one more striker and started to push more and more they got a few chances but our defense was outstanding on the day ! Just before the end Patrick made his come back after over 6 month of injury woes and it lifted our spirit good enough to take all three points with a clean sheet and Yngve voted man of the match.
[ Veteran ] Shanghai LIONS 3-1 Scotland
On Sunday the legends had their game of life or death ! Scotland was the opponent and they would be champions if they beat us so the stakes were very high. However we had a big line up of 17 players with Jamie in the coaching role and Fred as Captain. Due to our 20 minutes warm up for the first time this season we were all over Scotland for the first 20 minutes. Fred escaped on the right and could have shot on target but instead he found Farid in the box he nicely gave us the 1-0 lead. In this kind of game to score first is essential as it means half the job is done ! Ten minutes later another escape from Fred this time he shot but the keeper dropped right into the feet of Laid, 2-0 !! We kept dominating the game but forgot to score more. It was from a corner that the Scots scored with a header and it was game on suddenly. Scotland played very hard and physical but our defense showed their strength with 20 minutes to go it was still 2-1. The game got nasty with a red card for Scotland and a yellow for us. With two minutes to go Jeremy went on the run and made a one two with Farid and Jeremy smashed the ball in the net. We knew we got the title and the party could start ! Brilliant game, good coaching, fantastic fighting spirit and well deserved Champions of the SPL Veteran League !! The legends started slow this season but as the season went by each week they played better and better and were motivated to win the title ! Its great to so legends still being hungry for titles, that must be the Lions Spirit !
Right after that we were suddenly seeing our Lions everywhere on mobile phones and in living rooms. Suddenly there was buzz in Shanghai as it was the first ever live SPL game on PPTV the largest internet TV company in the world. We had a great line up and motivation was very high as we could go back on top in the SPL. We started well and Century Park looked a bit nervous both teams went for pressing and a mistake put Azzedine free how saw the keeper too far out and he lobbed it over the keeper and tried to celebrate in front of the camera. Century Park a much improved side also got their chances and the levels to 1-1 which was the half time score. The second half the Lions got plenty of opportunities plenty of free kicks and the game got a bit harder. It cost century park a player with 25 minutes to go as he got red carded. Lions were in control but suddenly with 8 minutes to go Century Park scored by a good cross and a great header ! What happened next will be remembered for a long time as all Lions decided to fight and never gave up. Patrick came on to lift our spirits and with all the energy we had we went to look for goals in an amazing power display we score three goals in the last 8 minutes two by Felix and one by Dani. By now we figured out how to celebrate in front of the camera and I am sure we added thousands of fans in china by this turn around !
After the game we could look back at the great PPTV coverage and Nicolas was kind enough to but some highlights out for everybody ! Waauw it cannot get any better than this !
Its hard to describe the feelings we had to go through after we won all three games by fighting and showing great spirit in every game. You have to BE A LION to understand this feeling only we know it and that makes us stand out. A lot of hard work on and off the pitch suddenly got paid off in fantastic manner ! Sure we will celebrate it with a great Christmas Party but also we cannot wait to our next games next weekend !