On Saturday the Lions faced the Orange a must win game because our closest competitors both won their games. Our game plan was to start aggressive and get an early goal. We did just that right after kick off within one minute Romain nicely put the ball in the top corner. Full of confidence we started to look for more goals but the Dutch Wall stood well and beside Felix hitting the post our other efforts were not on target. Danni did make it 2-0 with a header just before half time. In the second half we pushed for more goals as the goal difference is important at this stage of the competition. Right after the kick off of the second half we struck again and this time it was Patrik who finally scored for the Lions with an easy tip in ! Actually the dutch played better in the second half as they pushed more forward and created a few chances however it left their defends exposed on Lions counter attacks ! We did work on our goal difference as with more goals from Danni, Tevz, Benji 2 x and Azzeddine 2 x the game ended with a 9-0 win ! The president keen to get on the score sheet as well had a great chance when he was alone in front of the keeper as his head said chip it over him but his feet didn’t listen as the ball was an easy catch for the dutch goalie !
On Sunday the Lions faced Japan and were having a thin squad without their regular goalie Dim who was replaced by stand ins Garret and Francois. The start was good as the Lions took a 2-0 lead with goals from Tevz and Gwenn with a 30 meter blast ! In the second half Japan came back and scored so in the end the Lions had to fight and dig deep the keep the three points and stay on top of the SPL ! They just did that !
Next week were are off due to the Qinming Festival but the weekend after we have big games ahead of us ! On Saturday we will play the Azzuri and our competitors Reunited and Shooters will play each other in their last match of the season ! Let’s go for all three points and hope they will draw as that would be fantastic for us ! On Sunday we play Super 48 in the SPL with 6 games to go in that competition only a win will do !
Let’s all join the training to stay sharp and focused as we are reaching the final stages of the season !
It has been a long time since the legends lost a SPL Veteran league game ! We were up against the Emeralds a good football playing side and the encounters we have are always close and intense in a positive sense. We welcomed Jerome back in the squad after long absence due to a bad injury as well we welcomed Bob’ son Leo (14) to make his Lions debut. In the first 20 minutes we struggled to get our passing right the disease was spread over the whole squad and it was by a great strike from Emeralds left back who went on a run and powered the ball in the top corner to give Emerald the lead. At least we got the wake up goal and in the next 20 minutes Fred F got a great opportunity to equalize but his shot missed the target. On the other side we helped Emerald to extend their lead as we put the ball in our own goal…… to make it 0-2 for them.
We responded well by a great free kick from Bob as the ball flew in the top corner out of reach of the Emerald goalie which is not easy if you have seen the length of the arms of their goalie ! From then on the game was interesting as the Lions we desperate searching for the equalizer and the Emeralds were waiting for their counter attack goal to put the game to bed ! It was a great game to watch and the speed of the game was very fast. Laid came close with a header / Charles got a gift from the Emerald goalie after he mis kicked straight to Chalres feet but he couldn’t score. Laid got a good free kick but it went just over the bar and last but not least Charles went one on one with the Emerald goalie but he missed and claimed there was a mole in the field when he kicked. Final score 2-1 for them. As losing is part of the game we still enjoyed our beers after the game and are sure we will be motived in our next game to start winning again ! Well done to Emeralds !
This weekend we will play the Oranje in the SIFL and Japan in the SPL !
Lets all come to the trainings to stay sharp and focused !
On Saturday, we were up against the Krauts, a German team with a good German mentality. It does happen sometimes during a season that a team is switched off and its hard to explain but the Lions were just not there in the first 45 mn. We could have substituted the whole team except our goalie Radouane who was keen to keep a clean sheet. Arnault got a great chance to open the score with a header but he missed in front of the open goal. Patrick hit the cross bar and Bilgin the krauts coach re-invented the german wall as he ordered all his players to defend on their own half. In the second half, we played better and created plenty of opportunities but failed to take the them. Felix got the best chance for the Lions as the ball already passed the keeper and a slightest touch would have rolled the ball in the goal but somehow he shot the ball over the cross bar. It stayed 0-0 in the end and it was a fair result. We are still full in the title race as the Shooters drew as well. We have 3 games to go and our next game will be in 2 weeks against the Dutch !
On Sunday, we were up against Gremio. We tried to capitalize on the slow start of Gremio as their players arrived late. Tomas and Kevin could have both opened the score in the first 5 minutes but their shot went over the cross bar. Tevz was dangerous on the wing and a foul on him gave us a penalty, which not many players wanted to take. So the honor went to Allan, just back from Colombia and he saw his effort stopped by the Gremio goalie. Tomas hit the cross bar with a nice free kick but it stayed 0-0 at half time. In the second half, we played a bit faster and were looking for the opening goal. A tomas free kick found Laid who tipped the ball behind the keeper ! Finally we scored ! We should have been 2-0 up soon after when Charles was alone in front of the keeper but his effort was too soft and an easy pick up for the goalie. In the dying seconds Gremio hit the cross bar but it stayed 1-0 for the Lions. A good result for the Lions which kept us number one in the SPL with a 3 points lead.
Let’s all come to the training on Wednesday and stay focused ! The Lions Legends will play this Sunday against the Emerald in their second game of the season !
Lets go Lions ! Cheers Freek
Please see below the list of all upcoming games until end of May 2016:
– SIFL last game Sat. April 16th at 3pm vs KRAUTS at WGQ
– SPL Sun. April 17th at 1pm vs COWBOYS at Jinqiao
– SIFL Champions Cup game Wed. April 20th at 8pm vs KRAUTS at Training Field
– SIFL Champions Cup Sat. April 23rd at 1pm vs JAPAN at WGQ
– LEGENDS Sun. April 24th at 11am vs STROSSO at WGQ
– SPL Sun. April 24th at ? vs KRAUTS at ?
– SIFL Champions Cup Sat. May 7th at 11am vs SHOOTERS at WGQ
– SPL Sun. May 15th at 1pm vs ERS at Jinqiao
– LEGENDS Sun. May 22nd at 11am vs FERIE at WGQ
– SPL Sun. May 22nd at 3pm vs MARLINS at Jinqiao
– SPL Sun. May 29th at 3pm vs CENTURY PARK FC at CENTURY PARK
On Sat., the weather was amazing with 24 degrees and no wind. We were up against our old rivals ReUnited in the semi final of the Hebiguchi Cup. Without Azzedinne, we knew we had to step up as a win would also give us a boost for the remaining 4 league games. The lions were ready for business straight from the kick off. We try to get the possession in hands and dominate the midfield. It was a cross in from captain Benji which took a slight deflection that give us the 1-0 lead. In the 2nd half, the game was more open as due to the hot weather players started to get tired and it gave the Lions plenty of counter attacking opportunities. It was the ReUnited winger who tried to cross the ball in from the left but to his horror saw his ball going back to the middle line where Danni picked it up and went straight to the goal. In a split second, he saw the Reunited goalie a bit far from his goal line and lobbed the ball perfectly over him to make it 2-0 for the Lions. After this, we dominated the game but failed to score on countless occasions and as it goes in football if you don’t score the other team will and ReUnited pulled one goal back with 5 minutes to go. The tried to push for the equalizer but in the end the Lions defense held strong. The beers tasted good after the final whistle and we are set up for a classic Shooters vs Lions battle in the final of the cup mid May !
Our next game will be against the Krauts this Saturday and we need to win to stay in the title race of the SIFL !
On Sunday the weather changed as it was cold (8 degrees) and foggy. We were up against the Galacticos in the SPL. Our opponent had not won a game this season and we knew that if we stayed focused we could work on our goal tally. Nicolas opened the score after 10 minutes and soon Dave with a light hamstring injury got his two goals enough for him to take rest and let our young Lion Giacomo (15) make his debut. Arnault was too fast for the Galacticos defenders and netted two goals to make it 5-0 at half time. In the second half it was time for the President to try and get on the score sheet and he did it a few seconds after kick off with his second touch of the ball after great assist from Teves. Soon teves got hims self on the score sheet to make his first Lions goal and snatch another deflected ball. The president finished a poor goal kick and was looking for a hat- trick…..! Arnault scored one on a fast break and with another break the President got his hat-trick to end a great day for the Lions Tomas got his goal as well. It ended 12-0 good result for the Lions and a club record win. Its worthwhile to mention that Simon came close to scoring on three occasions but………he only killed a few birds !
Next will be a BIG game for the Lions in the SPL as we will play against Gremio with 8 games to go this season !
Let’s all go to the training and prepare for the decisive part of the season !
Reunited game on Sat. March 5th 2016 pics:
Galacticos game pics: