It was a great weekend for the Lions

Lions,

[SIFL Cup] Shanghai Lions FC 2 – 1 Shanghai ReUnited

On Saturday we were up against our rivals Reunited in the SIFL Cup round ! The morning started with a surprise as suddenly Patrick showed up at Waigiaqiao. He came over for a 3 week holiday but didn’t tell anybody. Unfortunately his luggage was missing but Rad helped out by bringing size 46 boots !

The pitch was very hard to play and it affected our game in the early parts. It even got worse when we got a penalty against us after a silly foul from our side. Reunited scored and took the lead. When the game progressed we took more control of the game and Reunited hardly came into our box. One minute before half time we scored one of our best ever Lions goals ! It started from the defense with Nicolas to Kevin and Kevin to Azz and Azz wide to Patrick who crossed with his left foot…. The ball flying high to Aga who was on the right edge of the box…..and he launched a rocket volley in the left corner leaving a hole in the net !

At half time we made it clear that the team who wanted to win the most would end up winning the game. We stepped it up and took full control of the game. We got several corners and came close a few occasion as well the Reunited goalie had a miracle save on an effort by Azz. In the end it was from a Felix corner that Fabi headed home what proved to be the winner ! Great second half and great team effort !

[SPL] Shanghai Lions FC 14 – 1 FC Shanghai Super 48

On Sunday the pitch and the weather was great. A few hangovers were spotted at the warming up but the spirit was great !

Dim came back from France and went straight to the game and Rad was launched as our own “Lions Zlatan” as he played upfront. Within one minute he scored with a cool finish and soon Felix made it 2-0. The Japanese opponent MMFC got a goal back but we started to play very good combination football and the Japanese were ripped apart. Some great goals followed by Kevin Rad Felix and Tomas.

Half time score was 9-1 and we wanted to work on our goal difference so we tried to add more goals in the second half. We did it by Rad / Felix / Dave and Freek (53) who scored with the hand of God…..to make the final score 14-1 which is a Club record.

Obvious the beers tasted good after the game and now we have 5 games to go in the SPL Championship we are 3 points clear and have a 6 goals better goal difference versus our rival Century Park.

Schedule

We have a busy schedule next weekend with the 3 games ! Saturday we play the Krauts in the SIFL @ 900 AM / Sunday the Legends will kick off their new season vs Super 48 @ 900 AM and in the afternoon we play Japan in the SPL @ 1300 at Waigaoqiao.

We expect everybody to come to the training on Tuesday to prepare for the weekend games !

 

Cheers
Freek

[SIFL News] Round 16 – Games played on 18 Feb 2017

 

Premier League

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

First Division

Shanghai Vikings win versus Long Tang AFC. Anzacs FC beat HFC. Kangbei United FC and Shanghai Tianfu FC share the spoils with draw as did Voodoo Child versus Shanghai Cosmos. 


In the Premier League, the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC crossed swords with Shanghai ReUnited. Shooters missing some key midfielders in Webster, Scott and Fong, however they showed their depth of squad, still able to field a strong line up with a good bench. 

The dry bumpy field made quick passing difficult and chances were few and far between as both defenses held strong. ReUnited saw a Karsten Knerr free kick palmed on to the bar early on, but struggled to create anything of note from open play. 

The Shooters who had similarly had been limited in their chances took the lead though as Emmet O’Brien reacted quickest to side foot a loose ball in the ReUnited box for a 1-0 Shooters lead. The Shooters then defended strongly to keep the lead going into the halftime break. 

Broughton urged more of the same and the Shooters went back on knowing the next 45mins could put them one big step closer to the title. Another tight and really hard battled half played out under the Waigaoqiao morning sun. 

A couple of half chances were all either team could muster. Ultimately, despite ReUnited throwing everything they had forward, they couldn’t break through the solid Shooter team who made sure that one goal would be all they needed on the day to take home all three points. Emmet O’Brien received man of the match honors. 


Shanghai 3United locked horns with Azzurri FC. 3U knew that despite having had good performances against in-form Azzurri in the past, this was not going to be a walk in the park. The game started with 3United on the defensive with Azzurri dominating possession. 

The 3U defense dealt well with all Azzurri attacks and once the ball was won back, 3U launched their counterattacks upon the Italians lines. This back and forth lasted the entire half without any goals for a 0-0 score line at halftime. 

About 15mins into the second half, keeper Collin Cunnings smashed a dropkick punt deep into Azzurri territory in the path of Nick Law (above). He took a few quick touches into the box for a one on one with the keeper before slamming the ball into the back of the net taking a 1-0 3U lead. 

With 30mins left on the clock, Azzurri renewed their attacks putting more men into offensive positions. They hit the woodwork on several occasions and keeper Cunnings had to make some acrobatic saves to keep the nil. In the end it was the defense that won the battle as 3U held on to their 1-0 lead. Collin Cunnings picked up man of the match honors. 

For the Azzurri it didn’t matter coz knowing that Oranje had a by they all went to Cages where they finally managed to win a 

Third-Half@Cages!


 

Shanghai United were pitted against Shanghai Lions FC. The Lions were still recovering from the previous week shocker versus Azzurri and at the start of the match they were still looking to get their grove back. 

United just focused on attack and played their own game. They did well in the opening phase pushing the French back deep onto their own half. The pressure finally yielded when Andrey Kravchenko found the net taking a 1-0 lead and that’s how 45mins of football ended. 

The Lions regrouped in the second half and started finding their form with combinations and created chance after chance. They were able to equalize early on in the half for 1-1. That opened the floodgates as United ran out of steam. 

Felix Vroegop was in fine form scoring a hattrick while Tomas Carbrera Cuyas, Thomas Zitoun and man of the match Azzeddine Takoufoula all netted once for a final 1-6 Lions victory. 


Shanghai Krauts FC faced Shanghai Japan FC. Their previous encounter took place in a water soaked pitch were ze Germans triumphed 2-0. Under sunshine soaked blue skies Japan was ready for revenge. 

Both teams were quite solid in the first half. The Krauts attacked from the middle with striker Stas penetrating Japan’s defense. On one such excursion he won a free kick that just went wide. Japan played their trademark combinations to try and create chances but the rough winter pitch greatly hindered that and the half petered out with a 0^0 spectacle score. 

In the second half, Japan took more initiative and slowly approached the Krauts goal. At the 15-minute mark Kosuke Nagai’s effort hit the post and Tomoyuki Hirai lobbed a shot over the bar. Japan then strengthened their midfield for more control and that effort yielded 15mins from time. 

Hajime Sumitomo finally found the net by a lovely one-touch goal assisted by Takuya Nakano taking a 0-1 Japan lead. The ice-breaking goal caused chaos in the German mindset and it looked like total destruction was near. Just 2mins later Takuya Nakano easily scored a volley from corner kick to double the score to 0-2. 

Yuki Fujiwara then followed with a strong header to make it 0-3 and that left the Krauts without power to fight back. Japan sunk Das Boat and won the war! With a great goal and two assists, Takuya Nakano (above) picked up man of the match honors. 


Big day in the First Division with top of the table clash between Voodoo Child and Shanghai Cosmos. VC were boosted by returning disciples however the numbers were matched by a very large both literally and figuratively Cosmos squad. While the Hong Kong Chairman of the Oakham Curry Club had also made the trip over to watch the game. 

The game started with both teams playing some quality football and the ball did touch the ground once or twice in the first 30mins. Cosmos had the upper hand in the first half with their midfield trio dominating and dictating play.  

Kam the tactical genius was too busy cutting his nails to watch all the play. Towards the end Cosmos launched a long free kick into the VC penalty area and after a bit of chaos Adam Stringer scored with a strong strike taking a 0-1 Cosmos lead. 

The second half started in a similar vein with lots of long balls. VC started to get a foothold with Phil Boyle making some crunching challenges in the middle of the park. Cosmos had a number of opportunities to put the game to bed but keeper Minion stood up to the task and produced save after save.

Then after Tony Nogood was removed, VC went up another level and with Jesus driving down the left then cut in then fired back into the left hand corner evening out the score 1-1. After a panicky few last minutes the game ended with a 1-1 score line. VC’s Andy Cameron and Cosmos’ Jonny Sellars received man of the match honors. 

A couple of special mentions. First to Chairman Dave, hope you had a fun/lonely Saturday night. Secondly to Hong Kong Chairman of the Oakham Curry Club who had also made the trip over to watch the game. Thank you, OCC, OCC, OCC. (http://www.oakhamcurryclub.com/).

OCC Chairman: “Thanks Kam, you are a true genius and next season we will be sponsoring your great football club-eat more curry!”


The Anzacs FC lined up to Happy FC. The Anzacs had the early possession and were seeing some success with wingbacks Snorri Arnessen and Stephen Walker. After about 20mins they won a free kick swung in by Andy Shepherd and as HFC’s defense all stopped, Dylan Crompton stole in behind to side foot home the opening goal for 1-0. 

HFC had some shots from distance but without danger. The Anzacs were keen to push on for a second and it eventually came, albeit from an unlikely source when from a corner, the HFC keeper dropped the ball from over his own line for 2-0, which was also the halftime score. 

Clearly the next goal would be crucial and for once it came from the Anzacs. Sam Di Marco again popping up in the right place at the right time to fire home for 3-0. The game then became a bit disjointed for a while and there was a bit of niggle on both sides. 

The Anzacs then extended their lead when working the ball all the way across the back to put Stephen Walker away down the wing and then the cross found Sebastian Zhang to smash home for 4-0. In the last minute the Anzacs repeated their and Crompton bundled home a cross from a yard out with not a defender in sight. It finished 5-0 to the Anzacs. Andy Shepherd picked up man of the match honors. 


Long Tang AFC did battle with Shanghai Vikings FC. The Vikings had a field day and displayed a solid performance with great football. In the first half they scored two goals for a 0-2 halftime score. 

The Vikings kept scoring in the second half for a final 0-5 victory. Martin Larsen (2), Adebowale Adewale, Christopher Gumppenberg and man of the match Jasper Scheuermann scored the Vikings goals. 


Kangbei United FC lined up to play Shanghai Tianfu FC. Kangbei United came looking for a victory to try and claw out of the basement. Tianfu also came with attacking attentions and both teams did not disappoint. 

Both teams found the net once in the first half for a 1-1 halftime score. In the second half they continued exactly the same way and both teams scored one more goal for a final 2-2 draw sharing the spoils.

Jiajun Yang and Jackson Katta scored the Kangbei goals while Xiaorong Wu and Sheng Wang netted for Tianfu. Katta and Wang picked up man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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

Tom Bus

 

[SIFL News] Round 15 – Games played on 11 Feb 2017

 

Premier League

Shanghai Krauts FC (above) beat FC Oranje. Azzurri FC defeat Shanghai Lions FC. Shanghai ReUnited win versus Shanghai United. Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters score nine versus Shanghai 3United. 

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos beat Happy FC. Anzacs FC win versus Long Tang AFC. Voodoo edge out Kangbei United FC. Shanghai Vikings and Voodoo Child share the spoils with tie. 

* Wilson Scott & Kevin Wiessler both scored 4!


In the Premier League, Shanghai United were pitted against Shanghai ReUnited. ReUnited got back to winning ways with a 5-1 victory over their old rivals United. It was a hard fought game in the first half before ReUnited’s extra class paid off in the second. 

ReU came into the match knowing that only three points would do considering the consistent form of their title rivals the Shooters. ReU were also aware that United could prove an obstinate foe. 

The game took a while to get going but ReU steadily started to create chances and were rewarded after a fine move. Moritz Uthoff headed home at the far post from a Sascha Höltke cross taking a 0-1 ReU lead. 

ReU continued to play well but some defensive slackness allowed United striker Andrey Kravchenko to run free at keeper Cody Ahlstrom. Kravchenko then got fouled and a penalty was what followed which was duly converted by Kravchenko himself evening out the score 1-1. 

Soon afterwards ReU were granted their own penalty after a handball in the box but failed to convert it and so both teams when into halftime with the game still tight and tensions high. 

The second half could have been a difficult affair for ReU as they lost Moritz Uthoff and David Conrad to injury and were down to only 11 fit players but Tobi Junior chose a good time to turn on the magic with a second half hattrick, which including two overhead kicks for a 1-4 ReU lead.

Debutant Joshua capped the 1-5 victory with a screamer from twenty yards, which put a gloss on the result, but was not a completely accurate representation of the game and first half in particular. Tobi Junior picked up man of the match honors. 


FC Oranje crossed swords with Shanghai Krauts FC. The Dutch have a bit of a streak going and are still playing for their first win. They came to attack but so did ze Germans. New for Oranje was when trainer Melvin Lo took between the sticks as keeper number 8!

For the Krauts, Atsarov, Korchazhinkii, Madaminov and Schwab combined well in the middle and pushed Oranje back to their half. After about 10mins Stanislav Korchazhinkii had a first chance when connecting from an Azim Madaminov cross over the left but his effort went wide. 

The second time Korchazinkii moved in from the left he scored at the far post taking a 0-1 Krauts lead. A few moments after that the Krauts won a free kick about 25 meters out. Thomas Schwab lined up to take it and saw it disappear at the far post for 0-2. 

Oranje pressed on and created several chances as well. Just before halftime the Dutch got a bankable chance at the far post but Tank Zhang’s blast went just over and the half ended with the Krauts 0-2 up. 

In the second half, the Germans continued to combine through the middle and that resulted in several chances. Dutch latest keeper Melvin Lo made some brilliant saves to keep the Orangemen in the game. At the other end Tank Zhang had another one-on-one with the keeper but the keeper saved it and 0-2 it stayed. 

The Krauts then scored two quick goals going up 0-4 effectively putting the game to bed. But not before a flurry of records were in the making when the ageing master and super chief Wild van Bill took to the field. Dictator Bilgin G (below with Wild van Bill) was so awestruck he had to leave the pitch on a stretcher. In the end, ze Germans won 0-4, Oranje second! (c*nts) Stanislav Korchazhinkii was voted man of the match.  

Not to be deterred, the new record holders (match #581) and men of Dutch courage went to Cages for celebrations. The Azzurri were already there after cheating on the bus race back and had to buy the beers, which they didn’t. Azzurri went home, Oranje drank the bar and ran a riot winning another glorious Third-Half@Cages. Oranjeboom was there! Below goals scorers Schwab, Korchazhinkii and Atsarov with the record holder. 


Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC faced Shanghai 3United. Always good for spectacle, the Shooters did not disappoint in this fixture either and clearly had rampage on their minds knowing that a superior goal difference is as good as a point at the end of the season.  

Particular Kevin Wiessler and Wilson Scott were in fine form. The first half netted 5 goals for the Shooters going into the halftime break with the match practically over. 

With great effort and fanfare the Shooters continued in the second half scoring four more goals and when all the dust had settled, they clocked nine on the score board for a final 9-0 win. 

Keven Wiessler and Wilson Scott both scored four, Mike Mcgirr got the other one with Scott picking up man of the match honors. Benoit Doche almost scored as well but it just didn’t want to go in. At night he did not have any such trouble.  

Mcgirr (next to Scott & Wiessler): “We play like that we will beat Herr Flick’s bunch on Saturday give them a whooping and be champions!” 


Shanghai Lions FC did battle with Azzurri FC. For the men in blue this was the most widely anticipated match of the season. Azzurri were dominating the first 20mins with beautiful play and controlled tempo. 

Starting from the back, working the ball towards the right hand side, a ball was played inside to Giulio ‘Frodo’ Bortolaso who played it to Antti Hintsanen completely splitting open the Lions defense. Hintsanen executed a perfect slide tackle onto the ball, slotting it in the near post for a 0-1 Azzurri lead. 

The next goal was an unfortunate decision by the ref from a corner, as the ball struck the hand of a Lions player. The Lions keeper initially saved the ensuing spot kick but Javier del Valle latched onto the ball as it bounced of the keeper to unleash a thunderbolt, an absolute cracker-jacker for 0-2. 


After 30mins, Nico Fajardo picked up the ball on the right side of the box. Fajardo released enough venom with his right clubfoot to ping the ball into the roof of the net against a really angry and overweight Lions goalkeeper for a 0-3 Azzurri lead.  

The Lions then got a goal back when Romain Haution found the net for 1-3. On the 40th minute mark Antti Hintsanen picked up the ball on the corner of the 6-yard box and got it to Stephen Yuan at the back post. Yuan slide tackled it into the goal taking a 1-4 Azzurri lead. The game became a bit scrappy after that and frustrations crept in the Lions’ play. 

Towards the end the Azzurri were awarded a penalty from a foul by the angry fat keeper. The ensuing spot kick was duly converted by Nick ‘Zorro’ Velani for a final 1-5 score line. Giulio Bortolaso picked up man of the match honors. 

Zorro (above): “F*ck me, this was a showcase of amazing football against a team that clearly never lost before. One goal changed the mindset of the whole team. Either way, the Lions lost gracefully!” 


In the First Division, Happy FC slugged it out with Shanghai Cosmos. After the long spring festival break, some HFC players decided to attend the lantern festival celebrations so they had to start with only 9 players. 

Cosmos took full advantage when Adam Stringer made it 0-1 after only 3mins. Left wing Ant Spark put in a number of telling crosses early on and Stringer converted one to make it 0-2 with a glancing header after 12mins. 

Left back Chris Wade opened his account for 0-3 with a goal direct from a corner after 35mins and by that time HFC’s 11 were all there. Another pinpoint Sparky cross allowed Jack Greenwell to make the halftime score 0-4 

In the second half, HFC made a game of it and were on the attack from the start, forcing Cosmos keeper Criss Kang into making a couple of good saves. Paul Ainslie scored with a simple finish for 5-0 when HFC’s stand-in keeper dropped the ball at his feet. 

After only coming on at halftime, Akbar Karenga, in his final appearance, asked to be subbed off because Friday night’s street food was coming back to haunt him. He returned from the stalls just in time to be reintroduced and convert a penalty for 0-6 and his first and only goal for Cosmos. We all wish him good luck with his return to London. 

Aussie center forward and part time bookie Shaun Kastelijn caught a defender napping in the box and made it 0-7. Shortly after, Tom Morris, should have really done better with his overhead kick attempt from the edge of the box, before Kastelijn scored a second from another Sparky cross for a 0-8 final score. Man of the match honors went to midfield maestro Jack Greenwell.


Voodoo locked horns with Kangbei United FC. At the best of times in winter Voodoo struggle for numbers, let alone a 7am meet. With a few of the established heads missing through work and ‘other commitments’, Voodoo scrounged around to find a few new players make their debut for the mighty Voodoo. 

In atypical Voodoo fashion, they started the brighter of the two teams in the opening passages of play but in typical Voodoo fashion struggled to find the net until our trusted French Voodoo legend FX arrived late and came fresh off the bench to score a 20-yard screamer with pretty much his first touch of the game and a 1-0 Voodoo lead. 

This really changed the confidence levels and this first was followed up with a very quick second through great lead-up play and finish by Jack ‘the Lad’ Webster for 2-0 and before too long, Voodoo had made it three due to an easy tap in from Maxy ‘Three Stripes’ Strobel (above) to close out a very positive half for the team in red and a 3-0 lead.

Confidence was high at the break with the boys adamant that they wouldn’t follow the usual trend and drop their bundle and their lead but a quick goal with a great finish to Kangbei had them on the front foot at 3-1 and peppering the Voodoo backline.  

A great show of individual strength and composure to finish from the big American Derreck Lilly restored the halftime lead to 4-1 and eased Voodoo tensions. Another cracking goal from Kangbei for 4-2 and a followed up tap in made it 4-3 and a final 15mins of squeaky bum time. 

Voodoo played out the match and booked a great win and a fair game played by all. Lennert the Dutch Maestro (above) closely edged out Olivier ‘left back’ Corades for man of the match honors – a great effort from both considering they registered just before deadline the day before. Jiamin Hou (2) and Jackson Katta scored the Kangbei goals. 


Long Tang AFC lined up to play versus Anzacs FC. Early on Long Tang took most of the possession happy enough to pass the ball sideways without really getting in behind the Anzacs defense. 

The Anzacs carved out a couple of chances from set-pieces while Long Tang beat the offside trap twice but no goals were noted and halftime came with scores level at 0-0. In the second half, Long Tang opened the scoring when from a cross the ball got touched onto the bar for Cao Yixi (below) to nod in the opening goal taking a 1-0 Long Tang lead. 

However the Anzacs were not behind for long; they won a free kick halfway inside their half. Andy Shepherd bent it towards the back post and saw it going into the corner for 1-1. 

Moments later Sam Di Marco latched on to a long kick by keeper Hunt with only one defender to beat and beat him he did before sliding in the second goal taking a 1-2 Anzacs lead. Long Tang put pressure on the Anzacs towards the end and created a few chances, which the Anzacs did at their end as well. 

Then in the last minute the Anzacs got another free kick outside their area. This time Daniel Zhang curved it left-footed towards the near post where Stephen Pek was first to react and hit home the rebound off the post for a final 1-3 score line and three points for the Anzacs. Kieran Hunt picked up man of the match honors. 

 


Shanghai Vikings FC negotiated Voodoo Child. VC were looking to carry on the good form of 2017 against their bogey side the Vikings, and went for a line up mixing pace and youth from the Fat Nick Academy, with experience and no pace being covered by some VC stalwarts.

Following some well-organized drills and a rallying team talk, the first half was one-way traffic VC taking a 0-2 lead by a goal from Ned Kelly from a glorious Fat Nick ball and an own goal after some minor assistance from the Vikings keeper.

Jules Goodes selected in the midfield this week after claims of supreme fitness and without the threat of penalties at the end of the match was able to flourish. With Paul Waller able to dictate play even whilst carrying a very bad injury (below).

For the second half, the Viking Luwan training regime began to bear fruits while VC ailments set in and the team were pushed back. Some players after having `exerting’ holidays seemed to tire more and the sun maybe went in someone’s eyes to let the Vikings get a goal back at 2-1. 

The Vikings (above) got their tails up and as with the first game, snatched a goal with the last kick of the game to tie it up 2-2, a fair result after a battling performance by both teams. Adebowale Adewale and Kasper Kristensen scored the Vikings goals. Nick Lewis and Kasper Kristensen received man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

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

Happy Rooster everyone-the Cock is coming!

Tom Bus

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