[SIFL News] Round 11 – Games played on 10 Dec 2016

Premier League

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC and Shanghai Lions FC tie. Shanghai United victorious over Shanghai 3United. Shanghai Japan FC beat FC Oranje. Shanghai ReUnited win versus Azzurri FC. 

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos waltzed over Long Tang AFC. Shanghai Vikings FC beat Happy FC. Voodoo Child beat Anzacs FC. Voodoo and Shanghai Tianfu FC play a draw. 


In the Premier League, FC Oranje crossed swords with Shanghai Japan FC. The Oranje franchise came with new balls, new strategy and new kit featuring three new sponsors; Orange Plastics, Xindao and Cages-Shanghai’s number 1 sports pub. 

It inspired them greatly as they took the game to the Japanese with focus on attack. In the opening phase of the match the game went back and forth much to the surprise of everyone.  

About 25mins in, Japan were awarded a free kick on the left 20 meters out. Yasutomo Toyofuku lined up behind the ball and crossed it in the box. The entire Dutch defense watched it bouncing in to the goal for a 0-1 Japan lead. 

Oranje stuck to script and kept attacking. A few moments after the opening goal, the Dutch combined through the middle to play Tank Zhang free on the right. In a one on one with the keeper his effort went just wide and 0-1 it stayed after 45mins of play. 

In the second half, both teams kept attacking. In the 55th minute Oranje had a huge chance when Daan van Eijkel received the ball in box but his effort hit the Japan keeper and the rebound went wide. 

At the other end Tomoyuki Hirai was played free for a one on one with Dutch keeper Robin de Vos. The Fox made a brilliant save to keep his team in the match. 

A few moments later, Japan beat the offside trap and their striker marched towards the keeper for another one on one. Keeper De Vos came out forcing an early shot that went wide of the goal. 

The Dutch launched an all or nothing offense in the final minutes but Japan held on and secured a 0-1 victory. Yasutomo Toyofuku received man of the match honors. 

Ralph Reijntjes and keeper Robin de Vos (above) played their last match for FC Oranje, thanks boys, spread the gospel we are open for new signings. The Oranje franchise went to the Radisson Blu Hong Quan for their annual Christmas dinner and football quiz. 

Team Tom Jansen & Aurelien Souici (below) won the quiz and laid claim to five cases of Oranjeboom beer. On January 7 2017, FC Oranje will stage their new years party at Cages. 


Shanghai United did battle with Shanghai 3United. United started ferocious on the match and displayed an enormous will to win. 

It paid off as the 3United keeper had to fish the ball out of the net twice for a 2-0 United lead after 45mins of football. In the second half 3United regrouped somewhat and were able to keep their goal clean.

United took the foot of the pedal and simply played out the match. The contest ended with a 2-0 score line. Nikolai Filatov and man of the match Khomych Mykola scored United’s goals. 


Shanghai ReUnited squared off versus Azzurri FC. ReUnited continued their great start to the season with their sixth win in seven games. It means they will go into the Christmas break still unbeaten in all competitions.

It was a testing game in which both teams created chances. ReU opened up the Italian team only once when Mandela ran through their defense and then shot over the crossbar. Azzurri had several chances as well but the half ended in a 0-0 stalemate. 

In the second half, ReUnited upped the tempo and deservedly went ahead when Robert Eitel headed home from a cross by Miles Dycaico for 1-0. After that ReU locked up the match until William Hall diverted an Azzurri cross into his own net for 1-1. 

ReUnited responded well as their offense carved out more and more chances but with Azzurri keeper Alex Dai Zhao in fine form the second goal proved elusive. 

Some controversy as from one of the ensuing ReU attacks the ball ended up at Mandela who’s shot blasted onto the cross bar then appeared to cross the goal line before it bounced out and 1-1 it stayed. 

ReUnited kept going and they finally got their reward when Adam Kling fired a powerful shot retaking the lead at 2-1. ReUnited then calmly played out the remainder of the match and ended the contest without much pressure. Adam Kling was voted man of the match. 

It was a great result for ReUnited and great first half of the season as they have laid the foundations for another title run. They can now enjoy the Christmas break in fine spirits knowing that the opponents’ title aspirations suffered some serious dents. Azzurri didn’t care and went on to Cages where all the fun is….all the time!


Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC were up against the Shanghai Lions FC. First action of the match was Daniele Paolini’s broken nose but he quickly signaled thumbs up and got on with it. 

The Lions started well playing good and fast combinations that created havoc in the Shooters defense. They then broke down the right and crossed in to find Allan Mendel at the back post to half volley in taking a 0-1 Lions lead. 

It could have been 2-0 if Jack Boller’s flying header did not land on the post. Shooters weren’t ready to give in so early and fought hard to pull themselves back into the game. Before halftime this paid off as Tom Webster crossed from the left for Gui Leclercq to nod home, evening up the scores 1-1 before the whistle went. 

The second half began and the Shooters started attacking with real intent. This led to their second of the day as Stefan Sturm flicked in another Webster cross for 2-1. Now on top they really could and should have made it three but they failed to convert more chances.

The Lions showed spirit and did not let up. David Rosenberg came close to evening out the score but keeper Chris Barnyard made a brilliant save and denied him. In the final phase it was Jack Boller’s looping header from a corner that tied the score 2-2. It was a well-deserved equalizer with both teams sharing the spoils.  

Shooter Guy Leclercq and Lion Azzeddine Takouloufa received man of the match honors. Simon Moore: “We should have won!”


In the First Division, Long Tang AFC were pitted against Shanghai Cosmos. Cosmos were looking to extend their winning streak to five games. Straight from the whistle, Cosmos were pressing high and opened the scoring within the first few minutes. Jack Greenwell’s pass was redirected by Jonny Sellars for Conor Maye to put in the net and 0-1 to Cosmos.  

From this point on, the rest of the game was a like a miss of the season compilation video on YouTube; Jordan Campbell’s air kick, Carl Ballantyne blazing over from 5 yards, Adam Stringer heading wide and three disallowed goals. 

Cosmos finally settled the nerves. A nice interchange between Adam Stringer and Johnny Sellars left the latter one on one for 0-2. After a brief Long Tang resurgence, Campbell played in Stringer for 0-3 and Jack Greenwell made it 0-4 with a low drive before halftime. 

In the second half, further blooper footage was recorded and Danny Dyer was contacted to provide the voiceover. In the 54th minute Campbell made it 0-5 with volleyed effort. The Mitchell brothers, on a rare excursion away from the Queen Vic, made light work of the right back and created room for Jonny Sellars to head home for 0-6. 

Cosmos then broke away in midfield and Campbell finished for 0-7. Pete Bradford tucked away Campbell’s low cross for 0-8, before Ant ‘Grant’ Spark’s shot was saved allowing Bradford to head into an empty net for 0-9 and that’s how the contest ended. 

Long Tang kept fighting until the end and probably deserved a couple of goals late on. Jack Greenwell received man of the match honors. Cosmos departed to celebrate being Herbstmeister and also goalkeeper Criss Kang’s stag party at Manhattan.


Anzacs FC lined up to play against Voodoo Child. Good run of form lately for VC and with a victory on the day the league summit was possible, if only for a few hours.

The Anzacs certainly made them work for it. The first half was a stale affair with shots from outside the box commonplace. Lots of graft but no guile. 

Fortunately for VC the deadlock was broken just before half time. Tony Waygood finally making use of his unnormal height to flick on for Jesus France to dispatch for a 0-1 VC lead at halftime. 

Nogood having not conceded and claimed an assist was promptly withdrawn – it could only go downhill.

A rousing team talk inspired the men and the Anzacs scored straight away in second half to make it 1-1. 

But VC have some heart and Ned Kelly was unleashed as if the night before maybe something was different in him. A super hattrick and assists galore! 

VC looked a bit vulnerable at set pieces however as the Anzacs scored all three goals from those. Typically, Ian Mote rolled back the years with two wonder strikes with Barrie Scrymgeour getting in on the scoring as well. The match ended 3-5 to VC with Ned Kelly picking up man of the match honors. 

Goal scorers above: Barrie Scrymgeour, Ian Mote (2), Pay Mullarkey, Ned Kelly (3), Sam France and legend Thorsten Kalus.  An excellent first half of the season for VC who will face Voodoo next stop. 


Shanghai Vikings FC locked horns with Happy FC. The Vikings had a field day and executed a very deadly campaign leaving the opposition no chance other than save honor. First half 2-0 up, final score 5-1. Jie Zhang scored the lone HFC goal. 

The Vikings displayed an enormous team effort. Mikkel Lund Pedersen, Begench Garahanov, Stefan Søgaard, Jonas Franceschina, Mikkel Rønnow Mouritsen all found the net. Man of the match: Christopher Gumppenberg.


Voodoo slugged it out versus Shanghai Tianfu FC. It was the last league game before the continental-style winter break and unseasonably warm for December. 

It made the wait for the ref to kickoff the game quite pleasant rather than a complete waste of f**king time. 

He made up for it once the game eventually started and got into the festive spirit dishing out more unwanted cards than that one weird lad at the office who smells of mince and Lynx Java. 

Jack Webster was in fine form scoring his first goal for the club sending Voodoo up 1-0. Voodoo created several more chances to increase their lead but the half ended with a 1-0 score line. 

The second half was more of the same but it was the blues who silenced the massive crowd. 

Voodoo gifted the ball to Tianfu to start off a great move that finished with a goal and the equalizer at 1-1 and that’s how the match ended. Damo Pilat and Yu Zhu received man of the match honors. 

Voodoo had the chances to win but the forwards, notably new boy Bertie, couldn’t finish their dinner – surely no coincidence that they were not enjoying the turkey with all the trimmings at the club Xmas party in the new-look Camel after the game. 

What’s the answer to the enigma that is the Voodoo season? Let’s hope it’s to be found at the bottom of a bottle and before facing the VD-riddled VC on derby day.

Jonny White: “The way their goal came about might yet get the mismanagement trio the sack this Christmas.”


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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Enjoy your Christmas break, best wishes for the New Year and see you all in 2017!

Tom Bus

 

Legends enjoyed the Santa Cup

It was great weather last Sunday ! The SPL Santa cup took place in Jinqiao the tournament saw 16 teams in action all wearing the Santa hats as you were not allowed to play without one. The tournament was pure for fun and that’s how the legends played ! The actual high lite of the tournament was a charity match organized by Azzeddine and Freek between the Lions and the children from the Will foundation ! It was a great experience for both the children and the Lions players. Nothing better than to see those kids smile and having fun. We were happy that we could give a bit of joy to these children who have been left behind by their  parents due to their disabilities !

 

We hope to to this again in the near future !

 

Cheers
Freek

SPL to support the “Will Foundation” at the Santa Cup

Dear team managers, captains & players,

Christmas is the time to spend with your family and friends ! It’s for this reason we organize the SANTA Cup to be able to enjoy our beloved game of football together with all our friends. We are fortunate that we are able to play our matches week after week and that we are able to make so many news friends though football !

We have been thinking to give back to the people who are less fortunate especially during this time of the year.

will-foundationWe have been in contact with Marten of the Will Foundation which was established on 2004. The foundation mission is to help the “unseen children” in China who are left behind without identity and most of the time with some disabilities. This Foundation has been doing great work over the years raising money and hope for the children. Currently they have 12 children who they are helping with learning creating and being active as a human being. They are building a house in Chongming Island (崇明岛) where these children will have the opportunity to be grow up in a good environment. These children love sports any sports and for sure Football so we have invited them to join the SANTA CUP.

We will play a match with them, take some nice pictures and we hope to raise money for them which the can use for their future.

We like to request each team to buy one sports item like a basket ball / soccer ball / volley ball / tennis racket (etc…) for them and we will give it to the children after the match. We will have a box at the field and in the Blue Marlin where you can donate money and we hope that all of you can contribute to a better future for the ones left behind !

 

We thank you upfront for your cooperation & See you at the SANTA CUP
PS: Some mothers will sell Christmas Cookies on the field and all the proceed will go to the foundation !

 

Cheers
Freek / Yamada-san

Santa Cup Schedule

Dear all,

Please see below the game schedule for the Santa Cup at the Jinqiao field !  It’s pure a fun tournament 7 aside and we will have some beers and food at Latina after the games (Brazilian dancers have been ordered). The Veterans of the SPL V will play at the same venue so there will be a good amount of Santa’s running around in Jinqiao ! Weather outlook is great and hopefully the pollution will be blown away !

Cheers
Freek / Yamada-san

SPL Senior

                                                    FIELD 3 (Group A)                                                             FIELD 4 (Group B)

1215-1240                                CENTURY PARK FC – ERS                                              MM FC –GALACTICOS

1240-1305                                LIONS – MARLINS                                                       KRAUTS – JAPAN

1305-1330                                ERS – LIONS                                                                    GALAC – JAPAN

1330-1415                                CHARITY MATCH                                                               CHARITY MATCH

1420-1445                                CENTURY PARK FC – MARLINS                                   KRAUTS – MM FC

1445-1510                                 LIONS – CENTURY PARK                                           JAPAN – MM FC

1510-1535                                 ERS – MARLINS                                                                 GALAC – KRAUTS

1535-1600                                 A 4 vs B 4                                                                               A 3 vs B 3

1600-1625                                 A 2 vs B 2                                                                              A 1 vs B 1 (FINAL)

 

SPL Veteran

                                                                     FIELD  1  (GROUP A)                              FIELD  2  (GROUP B)

1200-1215                                                  EMERALD – LIONS                            PUDONG U – ENGLAND

1215-1230                                                  JAPAN – SCOTLAND                              SUPER 48 –STROSSO

1230-1245                                                  WELSH B – EMERALD                          FC FERIE –PUDONG U

1245-1300                                                  LIONS – JAPAN                                   ENGLAND –SUPER 48

1315-1330                                                   SCOTLAND – EMERALD                     STROSSO –PUDONG U

1330-1415                                                   CHARITY MATCH                                  CHARITY MATCH

1415-1430                                                   WELSH B –LIONS                             FC FERIE –ENGLAND

1430-1445                                                  EMERALD – JAPAN                               PUDONG U – SUPER 48

1445-1500                                                  SCOTLAND – WELSH B                        STROSSO – FC FERIE

1500-1515                                                   WELSH B – JAPAN                                ENGLAND –STROSSO

1515-1530                                                   SCOTLAND – LIONS                         SUPER 48 – FC FERIE

1545-1600                                                  A 5 VS B 5                                                   A4 VS B 4

1600-1615                                                   A3 VS B3                                                    A2 VS B2

1615-1630                                                   A1 VS B1       (FINAL)                      

Match Reports [Week 48]

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We had our Christmas dinner last Friday December 02nd. A nice gathering as always with a good mix of senior and legends. The highlight of this year was “the guess who” picture game organized by Freek. From the texture of the grain to picture color you could see ages passing but still some Lions were easier to recognize than others. Special mention to Gwendal with his Chris Waddle hair cut AKA “La brosse a queue de rat”… It was obviously him but wanted to see Simon with hair. Another mention to Tomas who tried to get photocolored but we had design expert Radouane watching 🙂

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Beside, please find below the match reports from last week. Click on the links below to get squad information, pictures & game statistics & highlights.

Lions Legends ended 3rd in the SPL veteran league after a great season
VETERAN
DECEMBER 4, 2016, 11:00
Japan FC 3 – 0 Shanghai Lions FC

Lions beat Century Park FC 1-0
SPL
DECEMBER 4, 2016, 14:00
Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 0 Century Park FC

[SIFL News] Round 10 – Games played on 03 Dec 2016

 

Premier League

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC take top spot with win over Shanghai Japan FC (above). Shanghai Krauts dispose of Shanghai United. Azzurri FC beat FC Oranje. Shanghai ReUnited win versus Shanghai 3United. 

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos edge out Voodoo and tops table. Voodoo Child beat Long Tang AFC. Anzacs FC beat Kangbei United FC. Shanghai Tianfu FC victorious over Shanghai Vikings FC. 

* Sam France scored 4…. again!


In the Premier League, Shanghai Japan FC did battle with the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. Grand Shooters Founder & Chairman John Jofre (above) was in town to celebrate the recent 500th game landmark and ensure the team was up to scratch. The match started evenly and both teams were well matched. 

Anibal Correira got injured and had to come off. His presence in midfield was missed as Japan began to find more space in between the Shooter lines moving the ball around nicely. This soon paid off as Takuya Nakano pounced onto a through ball to then lob the onrushing keeper to give Japan the 1-0 lead.

It was short lived however as Pierre Dantin whipped in a corner for Roland Broughton to delicately glance into the far bottom corner for 1-1. This was soon followed by a second, as a hopeful lofted free kick was not dealt with by the Japan backline, allowing Broughton to half volley the bouncing ball inside the near post giving Shooters a 1-2 lead going into the break.

In the second half, the Shooters grabbed an early third goal, as fox in the box Broughton was on hand to apply a classy finish from a Gui Leclercq assist to get his hattrick and 1-3. Japan upped the ante after this, looking for a way back into the game and played some good stuff. However they could not find their way through the Shooters’ defense. 

The one occasion they did they hit the post and then the bar. Japan continued to push but the Shooters caught them on a quick break allowing Gui Leclercq to tee Kevin Weissler up for a tap in into an empty goal for 1-4 and that is how a tough contest ended. Roland Broughton once again rolled back the years with his hattrick earning himself man of the match honors. 


Shanghai Krauts FC were up against Shanghai United. The Krauts came with a fantastic bench with dreams of goals, glory and lederhosen. 

General Stoyan Atsarov was there and motivated his troops to just think of all things German such as ordnung und pünktlichkeit. Only then Fritz would reach nirvana. 

Fritz did just that as Stanislav Korchazhinkii netted the first goal taking a 1-0 Krauts lead. Before the half was over the Krauts scored again sending both teams to tea with a 2-0 score line. 

United made some good plays on their own but the Siegfried line held out well and keeper Jonathan Cleasen from the Ol Transvaal (above) kept his goal clean. Sister Sarie Marais was in town and witnessed a flawless performance. 

The second half arrived and the Krauts just went on with their deadly efficiency. They netted the third for 3-0 and when they scored the fourth for 4-0 the match was effectively over. 

Korchazhinkii scored two goals as did his colleague Moussa Rouag who promptly received man of the match honors. 

Bilgin G: “I was kidnapped by the Russian mafia and vodkaboarded unable to mail match reports will buy Tom Bus beer for life.”


Azzurri FC locked horns with FC Oranje in a Cages derby and first leg of the inaugural Cages Cup. The Dutch Italian combination came up with a number of novelties such as bus race back to the pub. 

Oranje employed a flexible axis of evil to try and do some damage to the sturdy Azzurri defense. From the start the men in blue moved the ball around quickly and play took place mostly on the Dutch half. 

Despite some outstanding saves by keeper Robin de Fox, it was a matter of time before Azzurri would score a goal. In the 18th minute it came when Marco Michelazzo (above) found the net taking a 1-0 lead. 

Oranje regrouped somewhat with the occasional attempt at counter but they could not prevent most of play taking place deep in Dutch territory. Adam Kluger then rounded off another Azzurri attack and doubled their tally to two. The half ended with a 2-0 score line. 

In the second half, Oranje’s flexible axis of evil moved up to try and claw a goal back. More goals would be scored and it came when Antti Hintsanen slotted home to make it 3-0. 

Desperate times called for desperate measures and the Dutch resorted to the aging master to turn the tide. It worked immediately, records were broken and Tank Zhang’s effort from a difficult angle (above) almost found the net. A glorious comeback suddenly appeared possible. 

Despite Dutch courage, man of the match Alex Brown had the last laugh when he pounced on a lose ball outside the box that flew in for 4-0 and that’s when the fat lady started singing. First leg Cages Cup bragging rights to Azzurri. In breaking with tradition the management may decide to make the Cages Runners-up Cup the larger of the two. 

The bus race was on, a feat that surely Bus senior was going to win-NOT! Azzurri beat them to it by a mere 2mins and 18 seconds. The men in orange bought beers for all men blue and had a blast at Cages playing porn hole and darts. 

Below: Antti Hintsanen, Alex Brown, Tom Bus, Adam Kluger and Marco Michelazzo. Oranje won the Third Half by a landslide. Brown: “Oranje out drank everyone and deserve a bigger cup.” Miss Tennessee could not agree more. Oranjeboom boom boom!


Shanghai ReUnited were pitted against Shanghai 3United. It was the first time in history the two teams faced off against each other in a SIFL derby. 3United was prepared for one of the toughest games they would ever have to play and it was against a group of players that we call friends and brothers. The sun was out, the sky was blue, the pitch was dry and emotions were high.

 

Straight from the first whistle, 3United was on the defensive all over the field. It was truly a team effort, with every 3U player going one hundred percent on each and every tackle and 50/50 ball. ReU kept the pressure high and consistent for the entire 45mins yet the 3U defense was able to stop all dangerous attacks. 

There was a hopeful moment halfway through the first 45mins when Oraz Arslanow ran onto a through ball alone behind the ReU defense. But Cody Ahlstrom made a spectacular save and touched the ball just enough to put it on to the bar for a 0^0 spectacle score at halftime. 

The second half played out much the same with ReUnited stepping up their play. 3U keeper Matthias Kuck made some amazing saves keeping his goal clean. ReUnited were awarded a penalty but missed it and then, an almost sure goal was sent into orbit from less than one meter away. 

It all changed when Mandela (above) won a ball in the middle. He went on to beat three defenders and smacked a grounder past a diving defender and keeper to give ReUnited a 1-0 lead. 3U tried an all or nothing offense in the last 20mins but were unable to create anything dangerous and the game ended 1-0 to ReUnited. Mandela received man of the match honors. 

It was Romain Peythieu’s (middle) last match for 3United. He will be sadly missed not only as a player and captain, but also as a highly valued committee member. All the best in Paris mate, send us a postcard☺.

The boys from ReU & 3U went to their Xmas party at the Park Tavern and had plenty of meaningful conversations about monsters of Cosmos.  

In the First Division, Shanghai Cosmos squared off with Voodoo. Following the Vikings defeat earlier on the day, Cosmos and Voodoo faced off for table-topping bragging rights. The opening exchanges were end to end with Voodoo clearly edging it. 

Cosmos keeper Criss Kang (above) kept his team in the game when he saved a swerving drive with legs in the 13th minute, before tipping a looping header over the bar in minute 15. At the other end, Jordan Campbell caused problems for the Voodoo defense, but he couldn’t find the net. 

An electric run from the effervescent Evan Kleinberg sent the Cosmos defenders into a dizzy haze before he slotted into the bottom corner taking a 0-1 Voodoo lead. Cosmos responded at the half hour mark when Conor Maye found a completely free Jordan Campbell, but he couldn’t get his header on target. 

Shortly after that from another Voodoo attack, Marco Luraghi smashed the cross bar on the turn, then, the finest defensive midfielder Voodoo has ever fielded, Sam Woollard smashed home a bobbling ball from the edge of the box on the slide doubling Voodoo’s lead to 0-2. 

The second Voodoo goal prompted the introduction of eventual game-changer and new Cosmos recruit Adam Stringer. Just before halftime Jonny Sellars gave Cosmos a lifeline, running from inside his own half, beating a couple of defenders and somehow looping his second attempt over the Voodoo keeper for 2-1 and that’s how the half ended.  

The second half started slowly but in the 55th minute the game came to life again when Campbell turned his marker and slotted the ball through for Adam Stringer to even out the score at 2-2. Soon after that, Stringer’s powerful header made it 2-3 from Paul Baird’s cross. 

Voodoo stepped up, were all over the place and with 10mins to go Phil Boyle pulled it back to 3-3. Voodoo then had a chance to win the game but keeper Kang made a brilliant save to stop Voodoo going back in front. 

Adam Stringer was on his way to complete a hattrick but was tripped in the box and Cosmos had a chance to steal three points from the penalty spot. Jordan Campbell (#7) dispatched with easy sending the keeper the wrong way for 4-3. Cosmos clung on for an epic win and top of the table bragging rights. Jonny Sellars received man of the match honors. 


Voodoo Child crossed swords with Long Tang AFC. Fresh from a week off on his jollies, VC captain Kam was back to great fanfare. With all the pressure of last week the Cossack had aged noticeably and had to rely on Ned Kelly to bail him out in his hour of need, the impeding closure of M&S is bad news for them both.

It was an uneventful build up to the game, with a couple of chunky UK colony members, nearly feeling the wrath of equal rights and opportunities Disney Bus Nazi Dave. 

Luckily they managed to catch up to the bus and Jules Goodes’ pre-match warm up wasn’t too badly affected. There were loads of changes on the wings, Brian ‘Santa’ Claus, Andrew Rodriguez and young Pat Mullarakey running all game.  

The first half ended with VC up 4-0 and scored two more in the second half for a final 6-0 score line. Sam ‘Jesus’ France was at it again scoring four. Irish Andy Graydon (with beard) literally terrorized the Long Tang defense and also had a blinder adding a couple of goals too. Jesus received man of the match honors. 

A great game, well controlled by the ref and his team, was capped off with handshakes all round, only Irish was booked, and Eric Johan the Dutch chopper somehow escaped yellow. 


Kangbei United FC were pitted against the Anzacs FC. The Anzacs pressed on early creating one clear chance when Dan Aubin hit the post, and then Ian Mote was outrageously penalized for tackling the KB keeper on the rebound, when an open net would have beckoned.

 

Kangbei soon got up to full strength most noticeably Jackson Katta who had scored a hattrick against the Anzacs in a cup game before. The Anzacs hatched a plan to man mark him. 

The first half was pretty tight; with Kangbei trying to play counter but without any success as Katta was being double-teamed at every opportunity. As the Anzacs settled down and started working the ball across the pitch they looked more dangerous. Still the half ended goalless.

In the second half, Kangbei won a corner in the first minute, which the Anzacs failed to clear. Kangbei captain Joye Yang (#10) stole in unmarked at the back post to head home the opening goal and a 1-0 Kangbei lead. 

The Anzacs fought back quickly and around 15mins in Ben Davis picked up the ball and drove into the area going through a couple of tackles before driving the ball into the roof of the net for the equalizer and his first goal in Anzacs colors.

The Anzacs then had their best spell of the game and soon found the net again when Dan Aubin scored at the near post for 1-2 from a Joe Hatch assist. Moments after that Aubin scored again finishing high into the net from another Hatch cross to make it 1-3.

With a couple of minutes to go Kangbei came back when Jackson Katta went down in the box. Katta converted the ensuing spot kick to pull one back at 2-3. It was little too late as the Anzacs played out the rest of the game safely. 

Above: Joye Yang, Dan Aubin, legend Thorsten Kalus, Jackson Katta and man of the match Ben Davis. Ian Mote: “Good performance by everyone, especially those who weren’t fit and were coerced into playing. I think you thought it was worth it!”


Shanghai Tianfu FC locked horns with the Shanghai Vikings FC. The Vikings’ rape and pillaging campaign the night before had not gone very well. It would spell a bad omen for them going into this fixture. 

Both teams played attacking football using the midfield to launch quick attacks over the flanks. It lead to several bankable chances on both sides. 

In the first half, Tianfu drew first blood when they scored the 1-0. The Vikings put on some pressure to try and score the equalizer. They managed to do so when they were awarded a penalty towards the end of the half. 

Mikkel Lund Pedersen (above) converted from the spot kick for 1-1 and that is how an entertaining half ended. 

Tianfu regrouped in the second half and created several chances. From one such offense they slowly encroached towards the Vikings goal until they finally managed to work the ball over the line taking a 2-1 lead. 

The Vikings then gave it a final push but to no avail as the Tianfu defense denied them and the matched ended in a 2-1 Tainfu victory. 

Tao Sun and Shi Hang Li scored for Tianfu. Tao Sun received man of then match honors. Below: Shi Hang Li, Tianfu keeper Zhu Yun, Tao Sun and Viking Mikkel Pedersen. 


STANDINGS


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Tom Bus 

 

[SPL News] Santa is coming to the SPL

sunday-dec-4-436Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

It was excellent weather last Sunday ! Unseasonably warm with close to 18 degrees !  We had the last two league games of 2016 at Century Park and many local people came to watch our games !

This Sunday we will organize our Santa Cup !  A fun 7 aside tournament where we like to show our friendship and SPL spirit ! We combine this year with the SPL V Santa Cup which will make a great setting at the Jinqiao field with 4 pitches and 18 teams in action ! Green City will be full with Santa’s ! We as well organize a charity match for the Will Foundation for the children in need ! After our hard work on the pitch we can relax at Latina have a few beers and enjoy the BBQ (180 rmb all you can eat inclusive of 60 rmb drink coupon) and see the performance of the Brazilian band and dancer ! It will be a great way to end another great SPL year ! At Latina we will do a LIVE Draw of the SPL Cup with the team managers ! So don’t miss the action !

Lions 1-0 Century Park

It was great day and a great game on the perfect pitch of Century Park ! Beforehand the Lions were warned about the speed and pressure of the young players of Century Park as they have scored in all their games in the first 5-10 minutes. They did get their chances but failed to score. The Lions defended well after that and were waiting for their counter opportunity. Felix came very close to open the score and Dim the Lions goalie had a brilliant save with a one on one to keep their clean sheet. The lions decided to step up in the second half and take more control of the game.  Their combinations started to work and they created several opportunities. The hard work they showed was paid off when Dave had a great through ball which was laid off twice and presented to good old Capitano Tomas. He didn’t hesitate and scored the 1-0 with 5 minutes to go on the clock. Century Park tried to push forward in the last minutes but couldn’t create real danger in the Lions box.

MM FC 4-1 ERS

It was one of those days that the Japanese showed their qualities with speed and short passes and always dangerous on the counter attacks !

 

We hope to see many Santa’s on Sunday !

 

Cheers
Freek and Yamada-san

[SIFL News] Round 9 – Games played on 26 Nov 2016

 

Hebiguchi Cup

Voodoo Child, Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC, Shanghai United, Shanghai ReUnited, Shanghai 3United, Shanghai Japan FC, Shanghai Lions FC and Azzurri FC (above) all reached the Quarterfinals. 

Takyua Nakano scored 5.

Kevin Weissler & Awolo Ekene scored 4 each.

Shooters played their 500th match.


Shanghai Krauts FC faced Voodoo Child. With VC missing their inspirational leader Kam due to an urgent engagement with Marks & Spencer’s children’s department, the reins were given to the oldest (not wisest) man Greg Siccardi. 

VC started brightly and had some great early chances this was not a surprise considering Supervisor Dave Roberts’ efforts. With Jules Goodes taking on the role of bald and ball player (original ball player currently benched), spraying the balls forward the best chance fell to a fully refreshed Irish Andy Graydon to spoon it over the bar. 

The Krauts were restricted to shooting from long range with Gary Schwarzer well and truly up to the task. At the end of the first half there was controversy and the referee had a tough call as to whether Sam ‘Jesus’ France had been brought down in the box. Nothing was given and 0-0 it stayed after 45mins of football. 

Starting the second half, again VC controlled the pace and picked up a free kick on the right hand side. Brian ‘Santa’ Claus (above) delivered a beautiful ball in to glance off shiny scalp of Eric Johan taking a 0-1 VC lead. 

This spurred VC on and Greg Siccardi who had been quiet all game weighed down by expectation hit a hopeful long ball, with the defender coming across to clear it, it was held up in puddle, Paul Waller (above) pounced and took the opportunity to cap his return to run in and slide the ball into the net for 0-2.

Building on this, angry Pat Mullarkey came to the fore, almost like someone in the team had been rubbing him or his significant other up the wrong way, and with this determination took advantage of some confusion in the krauts penalty area to pinch the ball and slide it past a helpless keeper for 0-3. 

At this point for VC, The Postman came on and immediately delivered. With Jesus picking the ball up down the right and making his way into the 18-yard box he looked up and saw Tony Nogood making darting runs. Having played the ball behind him he had to move dynamically, nimbly, gracefully, delicately, and powerfully to lift it into the empty net for 0-4. Jesus then scored 0-5. 

Krauts managed to get a goal back when Lorenzo Tognini’s powerful shot went in the bottom right corner for 1-5. They had a chance for another goal when they were awarded a penalty but keeper Gary Wright made a delicious save for a final 1-5 score line.

Sam France received man of the match honors, stepped back on his cloud and blessed the infidels. All was good.


 

Defending champions Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC played their 500th match versus top of the First Division Voodoo. The weather had not been kind to the pitch as both teams turned up with fans in very muddy conditions on a cold and rainy afternoon. 

Shooters’ large squad outnumbered the 13 men Voodoo team. The first half started and with the middle looking like a dodgy toilet in a restaurant there was a lot of wing play.

After 5mins Simon Moore turned in Roland Broughton’s near post flick on from a corner and 1-0 to Shooters. The lead was doubled a few minutes later when Alejandro Kamke (below) spanked a half volley into the top bin for 2-0.

All was looking very comfortable for the Shooters until Wilson Scott smashed a low pull backed cross into the top corner of his own net for 2-1 providing a glimmer of hope for Voodoo. Scott however quickly made amends winning a penalty that he duly converted this time at the right end for 3-1.

A puddle, the rock in defense, denied Steven Fong brilliantly all game, he later had a shot cleared off the line. But not to be deterred the Shooters managed another two before the break with Mike McGirr and Broughton scoring for a 5-1 lead at halftime.

Shooters made seven or eight changes at the break stretching master tactician Broughton’s mathematical ability. However, a masterstroke it was as debutant Pierre Dantin crossed with his first touch for Kevin Weissler also just on, to sweep home one min after the restart for 6-1. 

Six quickly became 12 as Weissler scored another three, Dantin two and Stefan Sturm one. Having reached 12 the ref ended the game and Shooters moved on to the next round. Alejandro Kamke received man of the match honors. 

Captain Roland Broughton became the Shooters’ all time appearance leader with 268 caps and counting. (ED-Congrats mate, way to go!)

Pill Boyle: “It was an enormous honor to play against these clowns with their fancy records and all. We almost came back should have beaten them… hard!”


Shanghai ReUnited were scheduled versus Shanghai Tianfu FC. ReUnited reached the next round with a comfortable victory over First Division Shanghai Tianfu FC. The game was played in difficult weather; with the ground cut up with puddles and a nasty wind playing it’s part. 

 

Although the pitch made it difficult to pass the ball ReU started comfortably and it would be a matter of time before they would score.  

After great work from Tobi Junior and Max Dyckerhoff, Nick Waters tapped in for 1-0. Dyckerhoff and Junior grabbed further goals before halftime and ReU went into the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead. 

The second half was much like the first with added angst from the Chinese team as the game slipped away from them completely. 

Karsten Knerr flicked in a Mandela shot for 4-0 before Tianfu were awarded a penalty that they missed. Tianfu were threatening more at this stage and got a goal in open play for 4-1. 

It was only consolation as ReU scored two more in the last phase of the game through Mandela, directly from a corner, and again Dyckerhoff for a final 6-1 ReUnited win. Tobi Junior received man of the match honors. 


Shanghai 3United did battle with Shanghai Cosmos. A very consistent performance from a very determined 3United side. They scored in the first half taking a 1-0 lead and that’s how 45mins of football ended. 

3U scored again in the second half for a final 2-0 3United win and a place in the Quarters. Nick Law and Serge Mbougo scored the goals while their colleague Joe Williams received man of the match honors. 


Shanghai Japan FC crossed swords with Long Tang AFC. Japan took no chances in this encounter as the Hebiguchi Cup is named after one of their earlier players who tragically passed on during a SIFL game.

They did very well in the first half going up 4-0, which was also the halftime score. 

In the second half they continued with power play and scored five more goals. Long Tang were able to save honor and found the net via a Yi Ding strike for a final 9-1 Japan win. 

Takuya Nakano (#55) scored 5 while his colleague Yoku Endo scored 3. Long Tang scored another, albeit in their own goal. Yasutomo Toyofuku received man of the match honors. Toyofuku: “Thanks Long Tang but we kindly give these honors to Nakano who scored FIIIIIIVE!”


Kangbei United FC were pitted against Shanghai United. United came with all guns blazing and Igor Tsudin brought some Russian music to motivate their players and fans. It worked wonders they were in for a monster. 

The fans were in fine spirits as well and before no time the Kangbei keeper had to fish the ball out of the net. He kept fishing as the half ended with United up 0-4. 

In the second half they kept their scoring ways going and found the net another five times. Kangbei got in on the scoring as well and got two past the keeper for a final 9-2 score line. 

Jackson Katta and Zouyuan Yang scored for Kangbei. Awolo Ekene (4), Nikolai Filatov (2), Anton Devine, Danyl Bondarchuk, and man of the match Artem Chaus scored for United. 


Shanghai Lions FC did battle with FC Oranje. Oranje came prepared but the champions arrived just with 9 players including President Freek Boelen who played in goal in the opening phase. 

Oranje smelled blood and were able to get one passed the keeper after just 3mins. Tank Zhang got the ball on the right and crossed in the box for Marijn ten Wolde to tap in taking a 0-1 Oranje lead. Moments later Oranje were awarded a free kick about 20 meters out (above). Tank Zhang fired a shot that landed on the cross bar and 0-1 it stayed. 

After 15mins two more Lions showed up, they finally had 11 on the pitch and started to play better. Oranje defended well not giving the Lions much space. In the last minute of the half the Lions were awarded a dubious free kick. Azzeddine Takouloufa delivered the ball at the far post were unmarked Fabian Barbet (#5) headed home from close range evening out the score at 1-1 and that’s how the half ended. 

In the second half, Lyndon Gong took between the sticks for the Lions. The Lions played more dominant while Oranje played counter. It yielded as Marijn ten Wolde scored his second of the day when he converted a rebound from an Aurelien Souici shot retaking a 1-2 lead for the Orangemen. 

The Lions upped the pressure and play took place deep into Dutch territory. At the hour mark the pressure yielded as captain Benjamin Guerin (#69) scored the equalizer at 2-2. The Dutch knew that without their regular keeper the Lions would be vulnerable in a penalty shootout should it remain tied. 

Oranje defended for what they were worth but were dealt a blow when sweeper Ralph Rijntjes got injured and had to come off. Now it was the French that smelled blood and in the 86th minute David Rosenberg broke the deadlock and scored to send the Lions up 3-2 for the first time in the match. 

Frozen toes set in further depleting the Dutch defense. The Lions then sealed the deal when Felix Vroegop (#27) blasted the ball in the net for a final 4-2 score line. David Rosenberg (#30) received man of the match honors. Marijn ten Wolde (middle):”We deserved to win!” The boys went to Cages to celebrate match number 576. Oranjeboom was there!


Shanghai Vikings FC locked horns with Azzurri FC. The men in blue were up to the task in aquatic conditions and drew first blood taking a 0-1 lead at halftime. 

The Vikings came back strong and evened out the score midway through the second half when they were awarded a penalty. Jens Christensen (below) coolly converted from the spot kick for 1-1. 

The Vikings created some bankable chances but the goal fell on the other side despite some heroic saves from Vikings stand-in keeper Henrik Kragh. 

When Azzurri scored the 1-2, it gave them a bit of momentum as they ploughed on piling up pressure on the Danish box. 

Eventually Italian persistence paid off as they were awarded a penalty towards the end. Nick Velani (#4) stepped up and put the game to bed when he hammered the ball home to determine a final 1-3 score line. 

Alex Brown (#29) and Marco Michelazzo (#20) scored the other Azzurri goals. Nick Velani (#4) received man of the match honors. The boys were in a buoyant mood and went to Cages to celebrate their hard fought victory and drink with Oranje in the third half. 

Goal scorers below with Vikings Stefan Søgaard and keeper Henrik Kargh, who made a phenomenal spectacular save all players stopped to applaud the effort.  

Hebiguchi Cup Quarterfinals

Following fixtures will be played on Saturday January 21, 2017:

  • Shanghai Lions FC vs Shanghai United
  • Shanghai ReUnited vs Azzurri FC
  • Voodoo Child vs Shanghai Japan FC
  • Shanghai 3United vs Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC

STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

[SPL News] Santa Cup is around the corner

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,spl-santa-cup

It’s an understatement that time flies in Shanghai ! This week we have been busy for the preparation of next week’s Santa Cup ! Its going to be great as we have the Veterans and the Seniors playing at the same time all at the Jinqiao Pitch. The weather outlook is excellent but unfortunately snow will be missing ! After the games we will have the games we have the chance to wish each other happy holidays and a Merry Christmas. There will be price ceremonies and a lot of beer and other winter drinks !

We had three SPL games last Sunday and have two more league games next Sunday to complete another successful football year in Shanghai !

Krauts 2–2 MM FC

The Krauts missed their front man Stas but took a 1-0 lead in the first half / the second half was an open play from both teams but at a 2-2 score MM FC tried to slow down the game as they were happy with the result on the other end Bilgin was fuming as he concluded whenever he is not on the pitch the Krauts are conceding and giving a way early Christmas gifts !

Lions 6–2 ERS

It was a tactical game in the first 30 minutes as ERS decided to stay deep and only had their number 9 Ondrej upfront. He still caused the Lions trouble as they gave him too much space and they were not alert enough in defense. However the Lions took the lead after a fine combination  ended at Felix who scored with a low strike. ERS responded quick and equalized after the Lions failed to clear the ball. However right before half time Mathieu of the Lions finished a quick counter to make it 2-1. At half time the Lions tried to organize their defense better and were looking for the third goal it was a great ball fm Aga which set free Azzeddine and he was not selfish and laid off the ball to Mathieu who scored his second. By now the Lions had control over the game as ERS had to come out more and it helped them to counter fast / plenty of opportunities but ERS did come close to get back in the game as they got a penalty awarded but the effort was stopped by the Lions goalie ! The Lions made it 4-1 on a counter but ERS did get a penalty again and this time they scored by Ondrej but there was not much time left on the clock and the Lions scored another two goals in the last few minutes of the game.

Century Park FC 3–3 Marlins

According to both managers it was a great game and a good spectacle for the supporters ! Century Park started in their usual fashion strong and fast and the man in form Fafa scored twice in the first 10 minutes. The marlins came back in the game by a Wilson goal but soon after Century Park made their third by a fast counter finished by Max. The Marlins never gave up and scored just before half time. In the second half a few things changed the game Century Park got a red card for their Captain and they were forced to defend more and more and Dale the Marlins goalie got injured and was replaced by field player Banksy. Banksy kept a clean sheet and the Marlins hard work was paid off in the final minutes when a long ball into the box was finished by Jon to make it 3-3 ! Great game of football and good promotion of the SPL games !  Steve the Marlins manager will have to figure out who to put in goal for the next game ! We will know it in January !  

 

We have our final two SPL League games of 2016 at Century Park

  • 12:00 ERS – MM FC @ Century Park
  • 14:00 Lions – Century Park FC @ Century Park

We are almost ready for the Santa Cup !!

Cheers
Freek / Yamada-san

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