[SIFL News] Round 21 – Games played on 25 Mar 2017

 

Premier League

Shanghai ReUnited (above) victorious over Shanghai Lions FC. Azzurri FC beat Shanghai Krauts FC. Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC win versus FC Oranje. Shanghai Japan FC record monster score versus Shanghai United of 17-1. 

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos beat Kangbei United FC. Shanghai Vikings FC win versus Voodoo. Anzacs FC edge Shanghai Tianfu FC. Long Tang AFC victorious over HFC. 

* Japan establish new SIFL record-17 goals (one half)
* Four hattricks in one game
* Double hattrick Tomoyuki Hirai
* Hattricks by Hiroki Kato & Yuki Fujiwara

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Yoku Endo, Naoya Yokoyama, Osamu Sakurai, Kibou Yamamoto one goal each


In the Premier League, the Shanghai Lions FC did battle with Shanghai ReUnited. ReUnited performed good versus a weakened Lions team and their effort was rewarded with a rare victory bagging three valuable points for ReU’s title chase. 

ReU now need five more wins, a difficult but achievable task, to secure the biggest prize for the first time in their history since 2006!


The match started cagily with some of the ReU players arriving late, at one point it seemed that Coach Becker would be making a surprise appearance! The Lions had the better of the game and hit the post in the early exchanges. 

Gradually ReU started to find their way into the game though with Lucas Da Silva spraying passes from a central position and opening the French up on the wings. Adam Kling fired ReU’s best chance over the bar and the half ended 0-0. 

It was clear this was ReU’s best opportunity to beat the Lions and three points could not be passed up if they wanted to be true title contenders. The second half was a crucial half amidst tension and focus from kick off.


ReU came out strong and Alex Pozhar ran into the box to score the opener taking a 0-1 ReU lead. Then the goals quickly started flowing with Da Silva and twice Steve Ishemezwe to complete the scoring for a final 0-4 score line. Ronald Kana (above) picked up man of the match honors. With this win ReUnited are edging closer to their first ever title. Five victories to go! 


The Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC faced ‘Kings of the Basement’FC Oranje.  Shooters started strong taking control of the game. Having already hit the bar and missed a penalty the boys from Big Bamboo finally opened the scoring with Benoit Doche smashing home from close range taking a 1-0 lead. 

Ale Kamke made it two soon after latching on to Scott Wilson’s through ball and lobbing the onrushing keeper for 2-0. Two became three as Tom Webster showed some quick feet to shift the ball from left to right before drilling it into the corner for 0-3 and that’s how the half ended. 

The second half started and Oranje had their best chance of the game as Mubanga Vwalika raced through for a one on one with the keeper. Chris Banyard came out of the box then blocked the shot with his hands denying the Dutch a certain goal. Clearly a red but a yellow was given. 

It wasn’t long before more hullabaloo followed as keeper Banyard picked up a ball from a back pass by his own defender while being challenged by the orange strike force for what looked liked another certain goal. A free kick was given and then the very controversial Banyard tipped it over the bar. Banyard: “I thrive on hullabaloo eat it for breakfast and swallow all.”

Oranje were pressuring the Shooters back four but the goal fell on the other side when Scott Wilson made it 4-0 poking home Broughton’s through ball. That’s how it ended with Wilson picking up man of the match honors. 

The Shooters went on to enjoy a truly big Big Bamboo session as they bid a fond and messy farewell to long time Shooter and all round great guy Carlos Gonzales (#8) who played his last game on Saturday. Good luck in your next ventures mate-all the best!

The boys in orange headed to Cages in celebration of match number 584, partied with Azzurri and picked up another Oranjeboom boom victory. Five more to go to win the inaugural Third-Half@Cages’s Cup! 


Azzurri FC were scheduled versus Shanghai Krauts FC. Having already sealed the inaugural Cages Cup by beating Oranje home and away, the men in blue were in a buoyant mood. They came out of the blocks best as they scored twice taking a 2-0 lead at halftime. The Krauts regrouped somewhat in the second half when they found the net as well via a Stanislav Korchazhinkii strike. 

Azzurri then put the game to bed when they scored again for a final 3-1 victory. Antti Hintsanen, Imanol Valls and Javi del Valle scored the goals with Hintsanen picking up man of the match honors. Azzurri very happy went toCages for beers & burgers and celebrate with Oranje. 


Shanghai Japan FC negotiated Shanghai United and established a new SIFL scoring record. This wasn’t evident in the first 45mins of football as defensive lines of both teams stood well for a 0-0 score at halftime. 

In the second half the floodgates opened completely as Japan found the net a record breaking 17 times. United was able to save honors when Temirkhan Adil scored their lone goal. 

Tomoyuki Hirai scored 6 goals in one half-a double hattrick! Hiroki Kato and Yuki Fujiwara scored a hattrick each while Yoku Endo, Naoya Yokoyama, Osamu Sakurai and Kibou Yamamoto all netted one. 

An unfortunate own goal by United made it 17 total with Osamu Sakurai picking up man of the match honors. A record-breaking performance of 17 goals in one half. Well done boys, you raised the bar making history!


In the First Division, Shanghai Vikings FC locked horns with Voodoo. With the holy Voodoo management trinity all absent and a depleted squad the Voodoo lined up with unfamiliar XI. The tone was set with a less than lively warm up and that form carried into the game with Voodoo all over the place in the first ten minutes. 

Vikings took the lead as a seemingly innocuous free kick found its way into the Voodoo net for 1-0 and the gap was widened by a second not long after for 2-0. 

After a bad start for the Voodoo, Alex ‘Meetchy’ Meecham and the ‘Karate Kid’ (#25) put in some hard tackles which seemed to spark the Voodoo into life. Their very French left wing combo of FX and Pierre Olivier began to have some joy down the flank, creating some decent chances. 

The spell of pressure came and went as the Vikings broke and left the Voodoo defense looking flat-footed and scored the 3-0 with the game still in first gear. Vikings managed to capitalize on yet another error in defense to make it 4-0 going into the break.

The second half saw Voodoo come into the game more, with spells of pressure from both teams, creating some decent chances. Olivier Courades and Derreck Lilly coming closest for Voodoo and Miguel Reya making some decent stops to keep out the Vikings. 

It looked like the second half would remain goalless until the Vikings got their fifth through possibly one of the most majestic own goals ever witnessed in the SIFL for a final 5-0 score line. Leslie Campbell, Anders Bruun, Christopher Mitchell and man of the match Eric Bado scored the Vikings goals. 


Shanghai Cosmos were pitted against Kangbei United FC. With Cosmos in cup action last week, the door was open for Vikings to pillage top spot in division one. After their disappointing cup defeat, Cosmos were back to focusing on league matters against a recently re-energized Kangbei side.

Even after kick off, Kangbei players continued to arrive thick and fast. Cosmos, however, were straight out of the blocks and striker Adam ‘Moses’ Stringer collected Conor Maye’s pass, spun his man and drove a rising shot past the keeper for 1-0 and continued his record of scoring in every league game this season. 

Four minutes later, Jonny ‘Yeshua’ Sellars, drove into the box, his shot was saved leaving Jack ‘Jesus is a Rochdale girl’ Greenwell with a simple finish for 2-0. A few minutes later, Kangbei worked the ball well down the left side and an Emmanuel Seneck cross was expertly finished by Chris ‘Judas’ Wade with a diving header, securing his first goal in a Cosmos shirt this season for 2-1. 

Cosmos weren’t finished yet and, despite some protests from the subs bench about Jordan Campbell’s free kick ability, he floated a heavenly ball into the box, leaving Yeshua to rise above the mere mortals and head home and 3-1 to Cosmos at halftime. 

At the start of the second half, Conor Maye played a ball over the top. The keeper came and then stopped, allowing Rochdale’s finest to get there first, round the keeper and slot into an empty net for 4-1. 

Throughout the second half, Cosmos introduced a series of bond villains from the subs bench, but despite their aspirations for world domination and devious tactics, they were unable to further break down the Kangbei rearguard. Cosmos won the contest 4-1 with Jonny Sellars picking up man of the match honors. 


Shanghai Tianfu FC crossed swords with the Anzacs FC. The Anzacs were cocked and ready and started well. They put the Tianfu defense under more and more pressure and that yielded in a goal for a 0-1 Anzacs lead at halftime. 

In the second half, Tianfu started to play better and found the net. The Anzacs’ consistency shone through though as they managed to score as well. The contest ended in a 1-2 Anzacs victory. Sheng Wang scored for Tianfu. Steve Walker and Dan Aubin found the net for the Anzacs with Walker picking up man of the match honors. 


Happy FC were pitted against Long Tang AFC. It was Long Tang’s day as they found form and quickly went ahead. They scored four in the first half for a 0-4 score line at halftime. 

In the second half, HFC found the net as well via a Jihua Shi strike. Long Tang scored two more for a final 1-6 score line. Renwu Yi (2), Guodong Jing (2), Yi Ding and Liang Shan scored the Long Tang goals with Liang Shan picking 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

[Lions Abroad] Jonathan O’Shea

Jonathan O'SheaWe tracked down Johnny O’ Shea a player who have contributed a lot to the success of the Lions on and off the pitch !  We asked him the following questions to get an idea how he has been since he left China and the Lions !

Freek Boelen

Interviewee of the month: Jonathan O’Shea

FB: Johnny where do you currently live ? You are still single ? or married with two kids like Charly ?

JOS: Firstly, I live in a town called Middlesbrough. Yes, the famous one built the Sydney bridge and the team that had Juninho, Hasslebaink, Ravanelli, Emmerson, Boksic, Paul Ince and Paul Gascoigne all playing for them. I am still not married and have no children, however, I am putting the weight on like Charly. I am dating, so we will see where it goes.

FB: Are you still playing soccer and if yes what team if no what you you do in your free time ?

JOS: I don’t play 11 aside any more over here because I don’t enjoy the style of play, the weather and most of the all the way the people behave. They just want to fight all the time. The football played in the Lions team was far more enjoyable because we got the ball on the floor and passed it around. I do however, play 7 aside on a large 7 aside pitch. This game is quick and is a very enjoyable game to play in. Unfortunately, I snapped my groin over 5 weeks ago and haven’t been able to do any form of sport at all since then. So my fitness it deteriorating too quick for my liking. 

FB: What do you miss the most from living in China and what you don’t’ miss at all ?

JOS: I miss many things in China. The ease of transport was a great thing. The metro system worked like clock work and was extremely reliable and cheap. The taxis were cheap and easily accessible. I miss the hot weather and the enormous choice of restaurants, bars and coffee shops to go to. The atmosphere in China is one thing I miss a lot of. Here in England everything shuts at 6 at the latest and then everyone goes home to just sit down and laze on the sofa. When it is dark, it seems as though it is a ghost town. In contrast, Shanghai seems to have a second wind at night and many more great things open up and come to life – the night markets for example. The city of Shanghai is extremely cosmopolitan and I really miss being able to just meet up with people on an evening or during the weekend and not one of them is English. It is so refreshing to have great company from many different countries throughout the world, especially Europe. This brings me onto the company of the Lions. One major aspect I really miss from China is getting up on a Saturday or Sunday morning (even at 6 am, it made no difference to me) and think, ‘yes I am playing football today with the best team in Shanghai’. My reasons for this are because the style of play, the mix of nationalities, but most of all the family that all the lions players made the team to be. There are many things I miss about China (especially the girls in the summer when they wear those tight skimpy short) and could keep on going.  

What I don’t miss about China is mainly the enormity of people always wanting to go to the same place at the same time. The Chinese did not know how to do things on their own or how to queue. They definitely could have been a bit more respectful, but I grew to enjoy this. It’s part of the package. One more thing I didn’t like, but it only happened on a very few occasions, was how the Chinese seemed to only be interested in right there right now. They could not think about the long term of things. So they tried to rip me off when trying to get some things sorted for business. If only they thought about dealing in a better way, then they would get my business for the long term. 

FB: What are your best memories playing for the Lions ?

JOS: Memories for Lions??? Well, I have quite a few. I remember the first time I turned up for the lions during the summer tournament. I had only arrived in Shanghai the week before I Charly had replied to email right away asking me to come along and play. Straight away I felt at home and enjoyed how we played football and how everyone was given an opportunity and welcomed in. I trained with another team that week, and within 5 minutes I knew the Lions team was for me. I remember winning the cup and right after winning, we all jumped into the plunge pool. Some great celebrations went on. Latina after the Sunday games was always fun. It was great food and a really good opportunity to drink. You know I liked to have a drink or two. I remember my birthday quite well and seeing Francois stuck in the bush after he had drank the Mongolian Baizhou. That stuff was disgusting! Winning team of the year, two years running. It was always nice to be stood there collecting the trophy with the team. And of course, you Freek. Now I remember you and your great management team talks before the game (FUCK Them all). But what was great about you, was how you always put the team first and always made time for each individual even with your hectic schedule. Oh, and how you always did your long chant on big celebration nights. I honestly don’t know how you can last for so long. 

FB: You wake up soaked in sweat and just had a terrible nightmare about the Lions what was the nightmare about ?

JOS: If i did wake up from a nightmare about the Lions, it would be realizing that it is no longer there for me to come and visit, or that the team has just capitulated and lose every week 6, 7, 8, 9 to zero, just like the Anzacs. 

FB: We all remember your excellent performance during the Hangzhou tournament and sharing a room with Chris Martinez we wonder what kind of bed time stories he have told you ? can you share one or two ?

JOS: Honestly, I can’t really remember the bed time stories I had with Chris, but I do remember have long, deep and meaningful stories about his wine business and how the competition is stifling his. 

FB: You became famous as our Shooters killer as you seemed to play your best games against them what was your motivation like ?

JOS: My motivation for playing against the shooters. Them being British of course. My self being British, every time I played against them I had to beat them. They had British arrogance when ever I saw them and I had to knock this down. It’s always nice to beat the British scum…

FB: Is it true that you can fly ?

JOS: I might have been able to fly when I first joined the shooters, but all the amazing food and happy hour deals in Shanghai impacted on that ability and weighed me down. 

FB: What was your best goal for the Lions can you describe it ?

JOS: Not entirely sure which was my best goal, I can’t really remember them all. But I do remember scoring a header against the Germans. We took a short corner and I could hear you shouting to not take it short. Jerome crossed it in and there I was out jumping everyone and powering it into the top corner. There was another goal in which I rounded the shooter’s keeper with my right foot and placed it in the goal. I remember Azz saying he didn’t think I was able to do that. 

FB: What changed for you after Brexit ?

JOS: When it comes to Brexit, I knew for ages that we were going to vote out. Everyone up North has nothing here and therefore we were all saying vote out. Since the vote, nothing has changed. All we hear is people moaning about it in London, and up in the North, the Government do nothing to assist us, so we would rather see what the unknown brings than just stay in the same terrible situation. 

FB: Do you plan to visit China any time soon ?

JOS: I really want to come back to China, I always talk about it and say that I really hope to visit there again. I intend to play for the legends one day now that I am the correct age. I am now a primary school teacher and am looking to move abroad and work in an international school. I should speak to Dave or Garret. They may be able to put a good word in for me. 

FB: If we organize a Lions Match in France would you come over ?

JOS: If you do arrange a game in France, I will definitely come over and play, if it is at a date that I am free. Due to being a teacher, I only have the holidays to come over. But I would love to play again so please arrange it during the holidays. 

FB: Have you met other Lions players abroad ?

JOS: Outside of China, I have met up with one of the Lions players. This was Allan. We were both partying on the Island Hvar in Croatia and realized we were both staying in the same hotel. Id like to visit more players, and intend to hopefully go over to France one time to catch up with some. 

Great to hear from you Johnny and indeed we hope to see you back in China one day !

Cheers
Freek

Lions keep on its “Russian Mountain” ballad in SIFL

Lions,

[SIFL] Shanghai Lions FC 0 – 4 Shanghai ReUnited

Earlier in the week, we were once more struggling to make a team for the Saturday SIFL game… Thanks to the help of few legends such as Gwen or Laid + youngster Riccardo, we finally managed to make a team.  Without players such as Azz & Felix plus the fact that captain Benji had to start on the bench with a back pain, we were not the only the team to have depth bench issues… Sebastian Becker from ReUnited himself had to dress-up to make the number while waiting his black superstars slowly to come 15 mn after the game.

So we started the 1st half organized in 4-3-3 with youngster Riccardo as GK and Rad upfront. As the pitch was in really really poor state, our goal was to avoid stupid mistake in the back and try to play in counter as much as possible. The plan worked well and both team neutralized each other with only 1 or 2 opportunities. Best 1st half opportunity came from Rad who hit the post after a nice combination.

At half-time, we said that keeping organized & winning the physical combat + second balls shall be key to win the game. Well, it was meant to be words only… Poor free kick from the all defense line was a sign that technicality was missing… A midfield in perdition after experienced Thomas Zitoun left us at half-time for personal duties… It was too much and we quickly took a goal followed by 2 others with 25 mn to go. In order to stop the bloodshed, Benji came in to stabilized the midfield… It proved to work a little as we started to play better and enjoy our game a bit despite an anecdotal 4th goal from ReUnited & a beautiful header from Jack which hit the post.

 

After Shooters game last weekend, this is the 2nd time in a row that we lose a SIFL game while managing to get to half-time at 0-0. On both occasions, our opponents were not playing amazing football. Tactically and mentally, our level is probably not good enough and not so long ago, it was us crushing our opponents in 2nd half. Beside the lack of depth in our squad, our poor fitness / commitment to the training is probably the main reason behind our troubles this year… Fitness is key and as always we give you plenty of training opportunities.

Cheers
Francois

Lions Legends stay on top of SPL Veteran League

Legends,

[Veteran] Shanghai Lions FC 5-0 England

It was a beautiful day on a not so beautiful pitch ! We were up against England and we got all our tactical information about our opponent from Max Kirby the night before the game ! We knew the game would be different than our last two games against Japanese teams but with a 16 player motivated squad we were up to it !

Despite the awful pitch we managed to pass the ball around and let the Brits run after the ball. Bob in fine form and captain for the occasion was set free and lobbed the ball over the keeper. Gwen, our baby legend added a second to give us a 2-0 lead in the first twenty minutes.

In the next twenty minutes we lost some of our play and England pushed a bit harder. Still we managed to score the 3-0 by Bob.

In the next 20 minutes we couldn’t find the next as our pace dropped and we started to lose focus.

As we had to work on our goal difference we decided to give it all in the last 20 minutes of the match and it worked as Nicolas finished cool after a “freek kick” from the President. Bob completed his hat-trick and Gwen took a goal away from Fred who was in ideal position to score but Gwen opted to take the ball and hammered it into the balls of our President …..instead of the net !

Overall our 5-0 victory tasted good and so did the beer after the match. We are on top of the SPL V with three clean sheets 21 goals scored in 3 matches !

 

In April we have two BIG GAMES against the Cowboys and the Welsh Bellies so for now its back to the training pitch !

 

Cheers
Freek

[SIFL News] Round 20 – Games played on 18 Mar 2017

 

SIFL Cup Quarterfinals

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC win versus Shanghai Lions FC. Azzurri FC beat Shanghai Cosmos. Shanghai Japan FC victorious over Kangbei United FC. Shanghai 3United edge Voodoo. 

First Division
Shanghai Vikings FC beat Long Tang AFC to top table. 

SIFL Cup Quarterfinals

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC faced the Shanghai Lions FC in their Quarters. The second week in a row the two top tier teams met. The Shooters put the Lions under pressure and chances came and went with Roland Broughton probably coming the closest but the half ended 0-0.

The second half began and within minutes of the restart the Shooters took the lead. Wilson Scott picked up the ball and fooled everyone with a cross that the Lions keeper misjudged, leaving it to go in to the far corner of the empty goal and 1-0 to the Shooters. 

The Lions, who had been moaning all match, took it up a notch now and managed to pull a goal back-working the ball around the box before a through ball found Allan Mendel to dink over the Shooter stopper evening out the score 1-1. 

Shooters picked it up another gear after this and were soon back in the lead as Wilson ‘Target Man’ Scott scored again- this time on purpose- heading in Mike McGirr’s corner at the far post for a 2-1 lead.  

With 10mins to go, Ale Kamke made it 3-1 turning neatly in the box to hammer home and seal a place in the Semis for the Shooters. Wilson Scott won man of the match honors and went off to celebrate his birthday in true Hull lad style. 


Shanghai Cosmos did battle with Azzurri FC. Azzurri put in another clockwork performance similar to the week before and this time versus Cosmos, one of three First Division teams that made it through to the Quarters. 

A very solid Azzurri performance in the first half saw its continuance in the second half. All balls fell in the Cosmos net three scored by Azzurri and one scored by the Universe themselves. Antti Hintsanen, Kwame Agyei-Owusu and Andrea Speranza scored for Azzurri. 

Giulio Bortolaso picked up man of the match honors. With this win Azzurri advance to Semis. The men in blue went to Cages for massive celebrations and picked up another Third-Half@Cages win. (Oranje went fishing)


Kangbei United FC locked horns with Shanghai Japan FC. Japan returned to fine form and routed Kangbei United in a convincing first half where they dominated the midfield with forward pressing. 

That lead to several chances and three of those found the net sending the Japanese into the break 0-3 up. In the second half, Kangbei did something back as they scored as well via a Sheng Zhang strike. 

The Japanese scored as well and won the contest 1-4. Takuya Nakano (2) and Kosuke Nagai scored for Japan as did an unfortunate Kangbei player with an own goal (above). Tomoyuki Hirai picked up man of the match honors. 


Voodoo were slotted versus Shanghai 3United (above) in their quarters. 3United started out with some dominant play while Voodoo earned some possession and pushed hard. 

With 15mins left in the half, trusty striker Nick Law ran onto a through ball from Joe Williams and hustled past the Voodoo lines and keeper to give 3U the 0-1 lead. Voodoo then put a spell on it trying to change things around but the half ended with a 0-1 score line. 

In the second half, Voodoo mixed up their attack and put a lot more pressure on 3United but the goal fell at the other end. Sascha Höltke lobbed a cross to the edge of the box to Nick Law (#15) who headed home scoring his second of the day for a 0-2 3U lead. 

Towards the end Voodoo were awarded a penalty and got a goal back when Jonny White (above) converted for 1-2. Voodoo then launched an all or nothing offense but the red brigade hung on to a 1-2 3U victory and a place in the semis. Derek Yesionowski (below) picked up man of the match honors. 


First Division

Shanghai Vikings FC were paired with Long Tang AFC. The Vikings knew that a victory on the day would see them leapfrog to first spot in the standings and were motivated to the teeth to make that happen. 

Once the match got underway they pinned Long Tang back to their own half creating several chances. Jasper Scheuermann converted two of these when he found the Long Tang net taking a commanding 2-0 Vikings lead at halftime. 

Long Tang did something back in the second half when they scored via Wei Huang strike getting a goal back at 2-1 and that’s how the match ended. Stefan Søgaard (above) picked up man of the match honors. Søgaard: “Vikings are well on their way to loot and pillage the Premier League.”


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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

Tom Bus

Lions beat ERS 6-0 to stay on top in the SPL

Lions,

Shanghai Lions FC 6-0 Etoile Rouge de Shanghai

The weather was typical of March weather cold and rainy but the pitch was great ! We knew as we are heading to the final matches of the season that a slip up would cost us dearly !

With Charly back in the back we started fresh and motivated. ERS decided to sit back and wait for a counter opportunity but within 5 minutes Azz opened the score for the Lions. ERS played the same tactics and the Lions got plenty of opportunities to score more but failed as Felix hit the post and Jack managed to play a ball wide 50cm in front of the goal….! It was our pilot who gave us the 2-0 just before half time with a bullet header after a great cross from Felix.

In the second half ERS had to come of course and we slowed down a bit. Rad replaced Tomas upfront and he got plenty of opportunities to score but managed just one to make it 3-0. Felix scored next after a great Azz free kick and at the end we could have score plenty of goals as ERS was running out of steam and Azz scored two great goals to make the final score 6-0. A good cleans sheet and three games to go in the SPL !

Lets all come to the training to work on our fitness and skill & there is no SPL game this coming Sunday !

Cheers
Freek

Lions out of the SIFL Cup

Lions,

Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 3 Shanghai Shooters

On Saturday we faced the Shooters once again and with a record 20 players saying No to the game it was a real challenge to make a team. In the end we managed and started the match on the very poor pitch with good fighting spirit.

The first opportunities were for the Lions we got two free kicks right on the edge of the box but failed on both occasions. The first half ended 0-0 and at half time we promised to step up the game as we felt we could win the game.

Five minutes in disaster struck as a poor goal kick ended on the foot of Wilson who tried to cross but saw his ball flying in…..We started to play better and better and didn’t give up. It was a good combination and a great assist from Gwen to Allan who chipped the ball behind the Shooters goalie to level the game. It lifted our spirit but from a corner we left Wilson alone at the second post and he gave the Shooters the lead back with a header. We got two more free kicks on the edge but our efforts were poor. The Shooters with 20 players had some fresh legs to come in the field in the last 15 minutes where as our legs with only 12 players started to get tired. The scored a third with a good strike from the left to put the game to bed.

We will play Reunited this Saturday !

Cheers
Freek

[SIFL News] Round 19 – Games played on 11 Mar 2017

 

Hebiguchi Cup Semifinals
Azzurri FC beat Shanghai Japan FC. Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC win versus Shanghai Lions FC to set up final between Azzurri and Shooters.  

Plate

Voodoo beat Long Tang AFC. Kangbei United FC victorious over Shanghai Tianfu FC. Shanghai Vikings FC and Anzacs FC handed regulatory wins.  

* Kangbei’s Jackson Katta scored 4!


Hebiguchi Cup Semifinals

Shanghai Lions FC crossed swords with the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. A 20 players Shooters squad turned up to face the Lions in the first of their two semifinals clashes. The Lions welcomed Charles Georg back for a rare appearance. Below with Azzeddine Takouloufa prior to the contest. Sun out, smiles around, confidence was high. 

The Shooters started quickly out the blocks pressing high putting the Lions back four under pressure. The pressure told as the Lions soon conceded a free kick on the edge of the box, Michael McGirr stepped up and curled one towards the corner and a deflection off the wall helped it on its way into the back of the net for a 0-1 Shooters lead. 

The Lions meanwhile were finding it hard to create chances against a determined Shooter defense. Felix Vroegop came closest after the Lions picked up from a hastily taken Shooters free kick. The French striker then came face to face with Chris Banyard and it looked like the Lions would equalize. The keeper however was equally to the task and saved well keeping his goal clean. 

The match was getting tetchy at this point with the Lions clearly getting frustrated at the Shooters’ pressing and yellows were handed out on both sides. The half ended however without any other incidents.

In the second half, the Shooters were more threatening. That became evident by another horror tackle. John Terry elbowed Azzeddine to the ground from behind causing serious injury. It was another act of uncontrolled Shooter aggression and Azz had to be carried off while Terry escaped red once again the c*nt. (under investigation)

With arguably the best player of the league gone, it wasn’t long before the Shooters took every advantage. They got another free kick at the edge of the box and this time Gui Leclercq (#33) stepped up and put a low drive into the far corner to double the Shooters lead to 0-2. 

Soon after that the Lions got a free kick taken by Felix Vroegop (#27). He curled the ball over the extensive Shooter wall getting a goal back at 1-2. The Shooters then wrapped up the game as McGirr turned home a ball from close range for 1-3 and game over. Loic Chudy picked up man of the match honors. 

It was Simon Moore’s day as he earned cap number 100 for the Shooters at the highest level. Congrats mate, well done! The Shooters will now face Azzurri in the Hebiguchi Cup Final 2017. It’s going to be a spectacle!


Shanghai Japan FC were pitted against Azzurri FC. Azzurri came well prepared as Japan’s recent form caused concern for the Italian formation. Azzurri did good in the first half. Their defensive lines stood well and their offense did what was expected from them. 

They found the net once so that the first 45mins ended in a 0-1 score line. The men in blue continued their scoring ways in the second half finding the net another three times for a final 0-4 Azzurri victory. 

Antti Hintsanen (2), Nicolas Fajardo and club legend Andrea Speranza scored for Azzurri with Fajardo picking up man of the match honors. With this win Azzurri advance to final where they will face the Shooters. 

Warhorse Speranza: “That’s fantastic, will tell the lads to beef up on burgers at Cages we wont be taking prisoners for the final. John Terry must be punished!” Azzurri soldiered on and recorded a rare Third-Half@Cages win as well. (Oranje had a by) 


Plate

Long Tang AFC did battle with Voodoo. Another meeting between them meant four-and-a-half uninterrupted hours of this matchup for the ages. 

Truth be told a combination of a 9am kickoff, a pitch that has seen better days and no one being able to concentrate because there were loads of Frisbee pillocks parading about the park including one top hat in a top hat meant that minds were understandably elsewhere. 

A more physical Long Tang lineup made for a scrappy game with half-chances at a premium for both sides. Some very wasteful finishing from the Voodoo number whatever-the-equivalent-of-9-numbered-between-36-and-72*trunc(n+2); adding to the feeling it would be goalless at the break which turned out to be true. 

But it was false. Ice Cold Phil Boyle (ICPB) won and scored a nerveless penalty for 0-1 before Sam Woollard rolled back the years by miss hitting a cross into the Long Tang goal for a 0-2 score line at the half. 

The second half saw the introduction of some Voodoo players dressed for Frisbee only outdone by Long Tang’s centre half who was wearing white tights without shorts for a strong look. 

Long Tang then won a penalty, which was converted by Liang Shan for 1-2. Voodoo scored again towards the end when FX got his big Danny McBride French forehead on a Big Dog corner for 1-3 and that’s how the contest ended with Jack Webster picking up man of the match honors. 


Kangbei United FC locked horns with Shanghai Tianfu FC. Kangbei mobilized their entire foreign contingent for this game and that proved wonders. 

They scored three times in the first half for a 3-0 score line at halftime. Tianfu’s heads dropped while Kangbei marched on in the second half finding the net another four times for an overall 7-0 Kangbei victory. 

Jackson Katta (4), Emmauel Seneck, Sidyck and Juan Jose scored the Kangbei goals with Katta picking up man of the match honors. 

Anzacs FC were paired with HFC. Unhappy on the day, Happy FC forfeited the game handing a regulatory 5-0 victory to the Anzacs. 

Shanghai Vikings FC were scheduled to play Voodoo Child. VC had a no show as well handing the Vikings a 5-0 win too-nuf said. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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Tom Bus

Lions legends on top of the SPL V

Lions,

[Veteran] Shanghai Lions FC 8 – 0 FC Strosso

Where on Saturday the Lions struggled to get a team, on Sunday the Legends showed what it is about commitment as despite the early kick off at 10:00 we had 17 players showing up and all players were above 35 ! We had terao-san making his debut for the Legends and Pino our new Serie A star making his debut as well.

Despite the difficult pitch we worked well with our passing game and let our Japanese opponent chase the ball. Bob opened the score for us and soon Laid scored our second. Our objective was a clean-sheet and the longer the match lasted the more opportunities we got. Nicolas showed his skill of terminator once in the box as he scored 3 goals. Bob scored his second but after that there was something wrong with his legs as the most easy tip ins ended wide or at the keeper. In the last 20 we pushed for more goals with Fred our captain and the president himself coming on. Within three minutes the President kept his reputation of having a high ratio of goals per minutes played as he scored with the outside of his foot. Nicolas scored his 4th to make the final score 8-0 !

The beer tasted good after the match and it was great to have youngster Charly back in the squad as he came all the way from Strasbourg to play with us !

Our next game will be on March 26 and we will face a stronger opponent England !

We hope to see many legends to come to the training on Tuesday!

SPL Veteran Standings (Season 2017/2018)

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Shanghai Lions Football ClubShanghai Lions FC 6 6 0 0 42 4 38 18
2 Emerald 3 3 0 0 22 2 20 9
3 Welsh Bellies 4 3 0 1 15 9 6 9
4 Shanghai Scottish 3 2 0 1 9 8 1 6
5 Japan FC 2 1 0 1 9 6 3 3
6 Cowboys 3 1 0 2 9 12 -3 3
7 England 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7 0
8 FC Strosso 1 0 0 1 0 8 -8 0
9 FC Shanghai Super 48 3 0 0 3 3 26 -23 0
10 P/F 5 0 0 5 6 33 -27 0

Cheers
Happy Freek

Lions out of the Hebiguchi Cup

Lions,

[SIFL HEBIGUCHI CUP] Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 3 Shanghai Shooters

What was supposed to be a beautiful day ended in bad day for the Lions ! We hardly could find 11 players for our match against old rival the shooters and were lucky to have Patrick and Charles back as they both are visiting China this week.

The pitch was a disaster of course for both teams but for us it makes it very hard to play our usual passing and combination game. Both teams couldn’t display and decent football and the Shooters took an early lead after poor clearance and a deflected shot. Just before half time we had our best chance as Felix was on the run and saw his effort just go wide. As we had only Lyndon on the bench we were ok to go 1-0 down into half time as with one goal we could get back in the game.

All our good intentions were dashed by a horrific foul on Azzeddine when a shooter players run into him with his elbow from the back while he wanted to chest a high ball. Azz was in serious pain and had to go off while the Shooter player only got yellow and could play on. The Shooters got a free kick at our box and our 7 men wall was not enough to stop Gui’s free kick in the right corner. Felix give us a bit of hope when his free kick flew behind Chris the shooters goalie. The Shooters scored another goal to make the final score 1-3.

 

We wish Azzeddine a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the pitch soon !
We play the Shooters again this Saturday in SIFL Cup (15:00 kick-off) and hope to have more players signing up for the match.

 

Cheers
“Sad” Freek

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