[SIFL News] Round 24 – Games played on 22 Apr 2017

* Shanghai Cosmos (above) promoted to Premier League
* Jordan Campbell scores 5!

* Shanghai United & FC Oranje relegated

Premier League

First Division

  • Shanghai Cosmos 13-2 Long Tang AFC
  • Happy FC 1-4 Shanghai Vikings FC
  • Voodoo Child 3-1 Anzacs FC 3-1
  • Shanghai Tianfu FC 1-6 Voodoo

Premier League 

The Shanghai Lions FC faced the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. The Lions showed up with a strong squad to try and stop the Shooters unbeaten run in what is now the fourth time these teams have met this season. 

The game started and moved quickly from end to end. The Shooters were always looking the more dangerous and Mike McGirr broke the deadlock nicely heading a cross from Wilson Scott into the far corner for 0-1 and that’s how a tight half ended.

The next goal was always going to be important and the Shooters got it soon after the restart. Wilson Scott showed some neat skill to go round the Lions left back before putting it on a plate for Stefan Sturm to side foot home with virtually his first touch of the ball for 0-2. 

Their lead was increased minutes later as Wilson Scott helped on a corner swung into the near post. The Lions keeper kicked the header attempting to clear it rebounded off a defender straight into the goal for 0-3. 

The Shooters were in firm control but the Lions kept fighting though and with 10mins to go nearly got themselves back into it. 

First Simon Spangenberg volleyed in a flick on from a free kick for 1-3 before Azzeddine Takouloufa converted a 20 yard free kick to make it 2-3. 

The Shooters held firm though and saw out the game to take all three points with Wilson Scott picking up man of the match honors. 

John Jofre, Chris Banyard, Mike McGirr and Roland Broughton are edging nearer to the first Shooters Championship in years. 

Benoit Doche: “We will be champions soon and that’s because this season were are the best team, Im so ‘appy I could dance.”


Azzurri FC did battle with Shanghai ReUnited. After about 15mins in, ReUnited had their stand-in keeper sent off when he handled the ball outside the box trying to clear a chip by the Azzurri striker. 

From that moment on it was always going to be a struggle for ReUnited. Azzurri scored quickly afterwards via a Guillermo Santamaria strike taking a 1-0 lead and they doubled the score when Anti Hintsanen found the net for 2-0 just before halftime. 

ReUnited responded positively in the second period and if they had converted one of their chances at the beginning of the half, they could have gotten back into to the game to turn things around. 

The game ended 2-0 with Guillermo Santamaria picking up man of the match honors. With this win Azzurri jumped the Lions in the standings and moved to fourth spot. 

With 10 men for most of the match it was just a too big a mountain to climb for ReUnited and their title hopes took a huge blow with this defeat. The Azzurri took to Cages to celebrate their win and met up with the orange crew for a thrilling Third-Half@Cages!

Above: Azzurri goal scorers Anti Hintsanen and Guillermo Santamaria. Andrea Speranza: “We should be leading the charts as no one played better than us recently.”


Shanghai Japan FC locked horns with FC Oranje. The Dutch took to the field with keeper number nine this season; Lolo Barranco. The team was further strengthened with a lethal striker.

The Oranje keeper was being tested from the get go and had to make a great save in the opening phase when Tomoyuli Hirai was played free on the right for a one on one.  Keeper Barranco kept his goal clean and that inspired the Dutch greatly. Something was brewing. 

At the half hour mark, Mubanga Vwalika beat the Japan offside trap and moved in the box for a one on one. In a last ditch effort to keep his goal clean the Japan stand-in keeper took out the ball and the striker as well and a penalty was what followed. 

Berto Mose stepped up and converted the spot kick taking a 0-1 Oranje lead. A reversal of fortunes for the men in orange as they suddenly found themselves one nil up instead a goal down. 

Aaron Breeds then seemed to score but it was ruled offside. He was not going to be denied the second time though as Mubanga got him the ball on the left. Breeds went passed a defender then took a shot that found the net doubling the Dutch score to 0-2 and that’s how an entertaining half ended. 

In the second half, Japan put more men on the midfield forward pressing Oranje’s back four and after about 15mins their pressure yielded when they worked the ball in the back of the net. However it was ruled offside as well and 0-2 it stayed. 

Japan’s pressing left them somewhat exposed at the back and Oranje capitalized on that via a quick counter. Mubanga played the ball to Mose on the left who slotted home at the near post for 0-3. 

Mose then got the ball a few meters outside the box on the left, he took a look at the keeper and curled the ball at the far post for 0-4 completing his hattrick (below). 

With a minute on the clock Coach took the field. Japan promptly scored a consolation goal when Hirai lined up behind a free kick on the left just outside the box. He shot it perfectly over the wall at the near post and determined a final 1-4 score line. 

Oranje’s Tank Zhang picked up man of the match honors with amazing control on difficult pitch. Below: Berto Mose, Tank Zhang, Tomoyuki Hirai & Aaron Breeds. Tank: “I’m the tallest.”

The victory meant the mother of all streaks was finally broken. A 300% jump from the nil, the biggest gain made on the day. Reasons for massive celebrations as the Oranje franchise ushered in a new age orange dawn.

Winning ways continued a few days later as the Oranje Latino combination clinched the first ever Cages 4v4 Silver Cup. Moises Merida, Tom Bus, Jeroen van Zanden and Luis Narino. Bus: “OK not gold but I can tell you there is nothing wrong with my hands there is absolutely no problem there.”

It was also the first time in SIFL history that both Cages teams recorded victories in the Premier League. All took to the pub for the legendary Third-Half@Cages. Guess who won? Oranjeboom was there!

The Cages 4v4 Gold Cup final was being contested by T10 (blue) and Ola with T10 captained by Willem Wolleswinkel winning the final 7-5. 

Wolleswinkel (above left): “My middle name is Van Basten and T10 were simply the best in the first ever Cages 4v4”.


Shanghai 3United locked horns with Shanghai United. The first half was a battleground of physicality, high-speed winds, uneven patches of hard ground and a myriad of attacks launched against both defensive lines. 

Both teams were eager to get a first half goal but it just wasn’t written in the stars. Both teams created chances but neither side were able to convert and the half ended with a 0^0 spectacle score. 

In the second half, 3United came out dominating, consistently defending and pushing through the United ranks. Around the 60th minute, Armando Chiu was finally able to break the stalemate when he shot a short corner towards goal that spun in for a 1-0 3U lead. 

United found a second wind after conceding the goal and for the next ten minutes really tested the 3U midfield and backline looking for the equalizer. 

However, the 3U defense was solid and cleared all offensive threats. With 15mins to play the momentum of the game tipped back to 3United. 

Kenny Barnabee received a loose ball in the box and left footed a grounding ball into goal for 2-0 to seal 3United’s lead and that’s how the match ended. Derek Yesionowski (below) picked up man of the match honors. 

With this win 3U have secured Premier League presence for next season. Yesionowski: “All the hard work to stay competitive in a higher division is rewarded filling the squad with elation and pride.”


First Division

Shanghai Cosmos were pitted against Long Tang AFC. Cosmos came into this game wary of Long Tang’s recent good form and knowing that a win would seal promotion. 

Long Tang’s squad of approximately 28 could have startled Cosmos’ nerves. However, Jordan Campbell’s pure hattrick inside 14mins settled the nerves, with the pick of the three a clever chip over the outrushing keeper and a 3-0 Cosmos lead. 

After Jonny Sellars’ brilliant fourth – a spin and first time finish on the edge of the box, his simple headed fifth and an epic 40-yard own goal, Cosmos found themselves 6-0 up after 40mins.  

Cosmos went into halftime knowing that the game should be safe, despite captain Jasper Verdam (#5) voicing his dissatisfaction about Cosmos not living up to his totaalvoetbal expectations. 

In the second half, Cosmos veteran and former manager, Chris Colman, was brought on to captain the Cosmos in his final game before moving back to Europe. Best wishes mate! 

However, it was 55-year-old Ant Spark’s pace down the right that proved the difference early on and his cross found Campbell for 7-0. Shortly after, Criss Kang’s lack of activity was put to the test and he came out second best, giving Long Tang something to celebrate at 7-1.

Striker Adam Stringer spent much of the game praying to Elvis to give him a goal. His prayers were answered after 55mins, when he met Jonny Sellars cross for 8-1 and then Conor Maye’s pass for 9-1. 

Shortly after, the two remaining members of the Bogan Triumvirate were introduced and it didn’t take long for Shaun ‘B Rabbit’ Kastelijn to make an impact. Stringer’s ‘deity’ obviously told him not to be selfish and he turned provider for B Rabbit to make it 10-1. 

Coach and part time footballer, Ryan Morgan, played in Campbell for 11-1, before Tom ‘Hodor’ Morris, found the other bogan, Peter ‘Straight Red’ Bradford, for 12-1. 

Not content with his name not appearing on the score sheet, Jasper Verdam, gleefully headed into his own net for 12-2, proving he really is a ‘total footballer’. 

Maye then played in B Rabbit with his fifth assist of the game for a 13-2 final score. The only disappointment of the day was the lack of Fireball at the second home of the Cosmos, Yong Kang Lu Tap House. Man of the match honours went to Jordan Campbell with 5 goals!


Happy FC crossed swords with Shanghai Vikings FC. The Vikings left nothing to chance and prepped themselves well before the match. Once the game got underway the furry of the Vikings became evident.  

Adebowale Adewale found the net twice while Christopher Mitchell and Christopher Gumppenberg both scored once for a 0-4 Vikings lead at halftime. 

HFC regrouped somewhat in the second half and their defense denied further Vikings scoring. However they continued the scoring with an own goal. The match ended with a 1-4 score line. Adewale (#89) picked up man of the match honors. 


Shanghai Tianfu FC were pitted against Voodoo.  A late kick off meant that it could have all kicked off in the Shanghai heat but thankfully the Tianfu keeper threw the only punches. Even still it took 45mins for both sides to calm down and relax enough to play football instead of being a gang of bellends. 

The score at that point was 1-1 but those disappointed by the poor return on goals could console themselves with the number of bookings, drop-balls, and rash challenges from a fullback who was being egged on by the Vikings in full voice. 

Bad decisions (from every single player, the officials and the watching Vikings alike) had marred the first half but a chance to regroup and rethink saw Voodoo look more purposeful from the restart, creating chance after chance. In time the goals followed – five in the second half without reply for a 6-1 win. 

Olivier Courades, the third most French Frenchman on the pitch got a goal and two assists, Jack ‘The Sheriff’ Webster scored a goal of the season contender.  

There was a debut goal and assist for Smoggy Ryan Annandale and a debut yellow for Froggy Pierre Ferrand. Jonny White scored a hattrick that may have had a helping hand from one of the Tianfu keeper’s windmills. 

A good win at the end of the day but definitely a game of two halves. The less said about the first, the better. Xiwei Wang scored for Tianfu and Jonny White picked up man of the match honors. 


Voodoo Child were slotted against the Anzacs FC. VC were missing many injured souls including tactical genius Kam currently in Trumpland with his girlfriend advising on nutritional benefits of fast food. 

However a first for VC they started the game knowing exactly what they should be doing and no one had been offended in the pre-match team talk with all names being remembered – well done to Cossack it’s a tough act to follow. 

VC started brightly with Rob Thomas offering a great outlet down the right side and Kristian Larsen making his first voodoo start in three years. Thomas then picked up the ball just inside the Anzacs half and fed it to Santa who slotted it past the keeper for a 1-0 VC lead. 

 

Soon after Ned Kelly stepped up and delivered the most delightful ball to Tony Waygood who sweetly placed it in the bottom left corner for 2-0 and that’s how the first half ended. Another VC first at halftime – they were not lambasted for any individual fault. 

In the second half, VC struck again with Andy Rodriguez picking up a loose ball in the box and slotting it home for 3-0. VC were in control but then had a man sent off for a petulant kick and continued the contest with 10 men. 

The Anzacs started to build momentum while panic set in for VC in the final 40mins. The Anzacs then got a free kick just outside the box. Jon Banks lined up behind the ball and put it away getting a goal back at 3-1. 

This led to more panic from VC however with committed players such as Doto Pandan (fresh from Oakham Curry Club initiation) who just never gave up one can see that this team is not just poppadum thin! 

The last 15mins were full kitchen-sink tactics as the Anzacs threw everything at it but they couldn’t get the vital second goal. VC stood firm and saw the result through, not in the least by some great goalkeeping from the DanZak Queen. 

The match ended with a 3-1 score line with Tony Waygood picking up man of the match honors. The Anzacs ended up 5th in the standings while Voodoo Child will finish above Voodoo this season, bragging rights for the entire summer! 

As is tradition, the Anzacs went to back to the Grand Yard Bar and raised a glass in remembrance of Anzac Day-lest we forget!


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

Tom Bus

Lions beat the Krauts 5-1 to stay on top in the SPL

Lions,

[SPL] Shanghai Krauts 1 – 5 Shanghai Lions FC

It was a perfect day with blue sky and 25 degrees and we played on a perfect pitch ! With Thomas Zitoun’s father as assistance coach we were all set. We played well in the first half the strategy was to pass the ball around and let the opponent chase the ball in the hot weather. The Lions took the lead by a penalty well taken by Thomas Z and soon doubled the score after a corner of Azz landed on Laid’s head. Terao who enjoyed having Six back in the squad saw his deflected shot going in to make it 3-0 just before half time. To start a second half with 3-0 up is always a bit of a let down. Our pace dropped and we couldn’t hold the ball for long. The Krauts had a few fast and physical forwards which kept us busy at the back. Dim had a few good saves which helped us. Tomas C scored the 4-0 after a good build up but the Krauts got a goal back. The final score was made by a blast from Azz 5-1 the game ended. The beers and the meat plates tasted good after the match.

We have one week break before we will play our most important last game of the season ! We will play the Marlins on May 7th ! We expect everybody to come to the training and stay focused !

Cheers
Freek

Lions lose fourth straight against Shooters

[SIFL] Shanghai Lions FC 2 – 3 Shanghai Shooters

The Lions showed up with a strong squad to try and stop the Shooters unbeaten run in what is now the forth time these teams have met this season. The game started and moved quickly from end to end. In the 1st 15 mn, the Shooters were always looking the more dangerous however and Mcgirr broke the deadlock, nicely heading a cross from Wilson Scott into the far corner. A few more chances came and went on both side before the tight half ended 0-1.

The next goal was always going to be important and the Shooters got it soon after the restart. Wilson Scott showed some neat skill to go round Nico before putting it on a plate for Stefan Sturm to side foot home with virtually his first touch of the ball, having come on as a half time sub. Their lead was increased minutes later as Wilson Scott helped on a corner swung into the near post. Dim kicked the header attempting to clear it, but smashed it instead into his own defender Jack Boller. It rebounded off him straight into the goal for 0-3. The Lions kept fighting though and with 10 mins to go nearly got themselves back into it. First Simon Spangenberg volleyed in a flick on from a free kick before Azz converted a 20 yard free kick to make it 2-3. The Shooters held firm though and saw out the game to take all 3 points with Wilson Scott receiving MoM.

[SIFL News] Round 23 – Games played on 15 Apr 2017

 

Premier League

  • Big Bamboo SH Shooters AFC 8-1 Shanghai Japan FC
  • Shanghai ReUnited 5-0 Shanghai 3United
  • Shanghai United 3-1 Shanghai Krauts FC
  • FC Oranje 1-4 Azzurri FC

First Division

  • Voodoo 2-3 Shanghai Cosmos
  • Long Tang AFC 4-1 Voodoo Child
  • Anzacs FC 2-1 Kangbei United FC

SIFL First: 3 own goals in 1 match!


Premier League

The Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC, back from their warm weather training in Bangkok the week before, were ready for Shanghai Japan FC andthe baking sun. For the first time in history they brought a squad that outnumbered Japan, a big help in the heat. 

Keen to keep the lead at the top the table the Shooters started well pressing high. After some combination down the right, Gui Leclercq laid a ball off to Wilson Scott who looped it over the keeper for 1-0. 

The second came soon after as Mike McGirr slotted home for 2-0. The third came via a Japan player as it deflected in off him from a Simon Moore effort and 3-0. Japan then managed to get a goal back via a Tomoyuki Hirai penalty. The half ended 3-1 to the Shooters. 

The second half began and the Shooters soon restored their three-goal cushion as McGirr nicely converted a free kick from the edge of the box for his second of the day for 4-1. 

Japan held on until the final 10mins when the flood gates opened with Leclercq scoring first from a nice back heel volley from a Daniele Baldo cross for 5-1, then turning home a low cross in the box for 6-1 before finding the net once more to grab his hattrick for 7-1. 

Then, Kevin Wiessler (#10) beat the offside trap to score the final goal to finish the game 8-1. Gui Leclercq picked up man of the match honors, Below: Loic Chudy, Leclercq, Kevin Wiessler and Simon Moore. 


Shanghai ReUnited crossed swords with Shanghai 3United for the second time this season. The push for the title has revitalized the ReU squad and this time around they did better than their 1-0 win in their previous encounter. 

The early exchanges were quite equal before the ReU strike force slowly started to tell. Clear-cut chances were few and far between in the first quarter. 3U’s Nick Law dragged one shot wide while ReU’s Sascha Höltke hit the post after a scramble in the box.

ReU’s pressure kept 3U pinned back and when Alex Pozhar’s run forced an own goal ReUnited lead the contest 1-0. Another own goal doubled their lead to 2-0 and that’s how 45mins of football ended. 

In the second half, ReU’s pressure forced another own goal sending them up 3-0. Höltke then scored from a penalty for 4-0 and a close range finish from Adam Kling for 5-0 completed the scoring. 

Sascha Höltke picked up man of the match honors in his last match for ReUnited. Thanks for all those goals mate and good luck in Germany! New SIFL Record: 3 own goals in 1 match!

With this victory ReUnited is now three wins away from their first ever Premier League Championship. Herr Flick: “In the Park Tavern something came to my ears that the Shooters may have used illegal players.”


Shanghai United locked horns with the Shanghai Krauts FC. Dictator Bilgin G. was there motivating his troops in different languages and frequently had to come to the rescue denying the fast United strike force. 

General Stoyan Atsarov (#30) was on hand as well and lined up behind the occasional Kraut free kick deep into Russian territory. The sun didn’t make it easier for the aging Krauts but they ploughed and soldiered on. 

The return of Danyl Bondarchuk fired up United and with the likes of Andrey Kravchenko, Mikhail Bobylev, Nikolai Filatov, Adil Temirkhan and legend Igor Tsudin to name a few, they simply over and outran the German defensive lines. 

The solid United performance yielded a goal and they went up 1-0, which was also the halftime score. Their dominance continued in the second half as United scored two more goals. 

Mirko Franco found the net for the Krauts for a final 3-1 United victory. Danyl Bondarchuk, Joe Mystery and man of the match Adil Temirkhan scored the goals. 

Danyl B: “We found a new sponsor with more than 6,000 fresh beers daily, lots of Vodka and free marketing for our Tsudin Moonshine brand.”


FC Oranje were pitted against Azzurri FC. Oranje came with several new payers to try and turn the tide versus a determined Azzurri side. At stake was the Cages Cup

Most play took place in the midfield and Azzurri slowly encroached into Dutch territory. The pressure finally yielded when from one Italian attack the ball ended up at Anti Hintsanen who scored the 0-1.

Oranje created some chances and especially their midfield performed well. The Azzurri defensive lines stood well though and no more goals were scored sending both teams to tea with a 0-1 score line. 

Oranje’s new shoe number five Berto Mose showed up for the second half. No sooner play resumed of he fired a rocket from the edge of the box evening out the score at 1-1 and game on. 

In the next 10mins the Dutch pressed forward and created several chances. They took the game to Azzurri and the boys in blue were getting nervous. Then, from a fluent Azzurri attack, Hintsanen got the ball in the box near the back line being forced wide by a defender. 

He quickly turned while under pressure and lobbed the ball over the keeper for 1-2. Adam Kluger got in on the scoring for 1-3 and soon after that Kwame timed a long ball in the box to perfection heading it in for 1-4. 

With 10mins on the clock it was time the coach took to the field in match #586. It ended 1-4 with Imanol Des Valls picking up man of the match honors. Azzurri won the Cages Cup and the bus race back while Oranje booked another Third-Half@Cages victory. 

Above: Anti Hintsanen, Bertrand Mose, Adam Kluger, Tom Bus and Kwame Agyei-Owusu. Oranjeboom was there and all was wonderful!


First Division 

Voodoo rocked up to Waigaoqiao to meet the highflying Shanghai Cosmosbut knew that it would be a tough task to bring them down to earth thanks to yet another threadbare squad cobbled together at the last minute. 

It might have been 9am but it was hotter than anything that the Oakham Curry Club have ever eaten and promised to be as tiring as reading one of their reviews. 

Things went from bad to worse when 13 men Voodoo saw that Cosmos had brought an entire galaxy of players. The league leaders were brighter from the off, creating chance after chance as Voodoo struggled to comprehend the basics of amateur football. 

Jack Greenwell sent Cosmos 0-1 up and they should have had more before Voodoo snatched an equalizer on the break through the in-form Evan ‘Mile High’ Kleinberg. Honors even at the half and a great advert for the league. 

Then, a severely depleted Voodoo midfield yielded a header from a goal kick that split the defense and allowed Adam Stringer to finish for 1-2. Voodoo did not give up as the in-form Kleinberg quickly became the not-so-in-form Kleinberg only to draw Voodoo level with a tap-in from Larry Olivier’s cut back for 2-2. 

Jonny Sellars then scored Cosmos’ third for 2-3 to secure all three points despite a frantic Voodoo finish. Sellars picked up man of the match honors. Jordan Campbell” We cant wait to the kick some ass in the Premier League.”

Jonny White (above): “The SIFL should adopt a new formula based on dividing the number of players on each team, their age and their shirt numbers rather than which side scores more.” 


Long Tang AFC did battle with Voodoo Child. VC’s bid for title glory came to an end versus their bogey team Long Tang. The warning signs were there, 33 degrees accounted for Matt Eddy arranging a work event and sweet baby Jesus was out making history with his own batch of younglings.

Fat Nick, having been shopped for siphoning off lunch money from his students, couldn’t get them along. Nevertheless VC started out well and created a few chances. 

However, Long Tang with the understanding of the sun being very high took to the very productive system of ‘the pass’ over the top, followed up by quick lad running by and placing it in the goal, 3-0 was very quickly achieved. 

Things were changed up and young Doto Panda, highlighted as pacey and fit, was introduced. Yet another contender for Voodoo’s illustrious biggest liar award, being his main contribution. 

The second half was much more competitive and Paul Waller crafted a beautiful consolation goal that was put away by Santa Vardy for 3-1. 

Long Tang weren’t done and Joe Liar ‘marathon runner in any condition’ refused to run because was tired, gave Long Tang their fourth for a final 4-1 score line. Man of the match Guodong Jing scored a hatrrick while Yi Ding netted one. 


The Anzacs FC crossed swords with Kangbei United FC. Anzacs started strong and had Jon Banks (#10) in the line-up. That turned out to be working very well for them most noticeably in the first 45mins of football. 

The Anzacs went up 1-0 via a Banks goal. He then scored their second from just outside the box due to Stu Bell’s excellent five-yard pass for the assist and 2-0 up for the Anzacs at halftime. 

Towards the end Kangbei scored a consolation goal via a Yang Zhouyuan strike for a final 2-1 score line. Jon Banks picked up man of the match honors. With this win the Anzacs solidified their fifth spot in the rankings. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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Tom Bus

Legends showed character and spirit to beat the Cowboys

[Veteran] Shanghai Lions FC 6 – 4 Cowboys

Lions, it was hot last Sunday with temperatures close to 27 degrees ! We were up against a very good playing Chinese team the Cowboys ! We knew this game would be hard and tried to play very composed as most of the Cowboy players are faster than us…

We had a great start as Bob finished a fast counter after 5 minutes. However we soon realized we had a hole in the middle as they sliced through and quickly scored the equalizer. It was a wake up call but we got another one as they scored again.

In the next twenty we changed our tactics and put an extra legend on the midfield to close the gaps and it worked very well. Soon Gwen scored the equalizer and Bob has an awesome volley to give us the lead. It was a great 20 minutes for us as we scored one more by Romain to make it 4-2.

In the next 20 minutes our tactics were to slow down the pace and sit back and wait for a good counter opportunity. Eventually it worked however a beautiful dive from one of the Cowboys was rewarded by the referee for a penalty. Some Lions started to lose their head in the heat of the game and after they scored the penalty we lost our focus. No wonder that the Cowboys could equalize.

In the last 20 minutes the Legends gave it all and showed fantastic team spirit and play. It was Francois who just came in and his first ball was a powerful header from a corner flying in the goal ! The legends celebrated as if they had won the Champions League but it was deserved ! The icing on the cake came from a great combination between Matthieu and Freek who launched Romain who outplayed the blond keeper and chipped the ball back to Matthieu and he made the final score 6-4 win for the Lions !

 

Life is good and its great to be a Lions Legend !

 

Cheers
Happy Freek

SPL V Standings

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

Lions stay on top of the SPL despite their draw against Century Park FC

[SPL] Century Park FC 0 – 0 Shanghai Lions FC

Lions, it was a BIG Game last Sunday in Jinqiao ! On a perfect pitch a win would bring the lions closer to the title and a loss would put the Lions in a more difficult situation. We were up against the fast and fit youngsters of Century Park and with a temperature of 28 degrees we knew that it wont be an easy game. The game evolved with two different halves.

In the first half we had opted to put Benji as right back as Aga got a last moment injury ! Century Park figured out quickly to try and go through the middle instead of over the flanks and almost managed to score when Fafa was set up but an alert Dim snatched the ball away from him. From our side we tested their defense with long balls which they found hard to defend. Dave and Felix came close but missed the last finishing touch ! Soon after it looked as if Century Park would score but the Lions get help from the post.

At half time we stepped it up and made some changes which helped the team. We took control of the match in the first part of the second half and hit the cross bar twice. We got several corners and free kicks but just couldn’t get that final shot or header. Century Park was still dangerous on a few fast counters and the best chance was for Fafa when he sliced through our defense and found himself right in front of Dim our goalie. He was in fine form and blocked the shot. In the end the match ended in goal less draw but it was an excellent game from both teams. Both teams lacked a bit of luck to clinch the three points.
With two games to go for us we have all in our own hands or feet ! Lets all come to the training and stay focused for the last two games !

Cheers
Freek

[SIFL News] Round 22 – Games played on 08 Apr 2017

 

Premier League

First Division

  • Voodoo 7-0 HFC
  • Kangbei United FC 2-4 Voodoo Child (above)
  • Long Tang AFC 3-0 Shanghai Tianfu FC
  • Anzacs FC 0-7 Shanghai Cosmos

Premier League

Shanghai ReUnited battled it out with Shanghai Japan FC and continued their strong run of form with a comfortable victory over a team who proved a tough nut to crack in previous encounters. 

ReU went into the match knowing that only a win would do to keep their title dreams alive and the first quarter of the game proved testing. 

The Japanese started with great energy pushing ReUnited back with intricate play while ReU were struggling to get hold of the ball. Japan created several chances but without causing problems for the ReU defense. 

ReUnited gradually started to push Japan back and play took place on their half. They were rewarded by this territorial advantage when debutant Lucas Malina headed home powerfully from a Karsten Knerr corner taking a 1-0 ReU lead. 

This goal proved wonders for ReUnited and it wasn’t long before they doubled the scored. Lucas Da Silva added a second goal after being put through by Steve Ishemezwe sending ReU up 2-0 at halftime. 

In the second half, Mandela arrived and ReU had even more firepower. It wasn’t long before their attack yielded again adding to the score-line. 

Ishemezwe, Adam Kling and Mandela (2) completed the scoring with Japan grabbing a consolation goal by Tomoyuki Hirai somewhere in the mix for a final 6-1 ReUnited victory. 

With this win ReUnited are now just one point behind the Shooters and can move to first spot when they meet them in their next encounter. 

Oleksandr Pozhar picked up man of the match honors. (above with all scorers)


FC Oranje did battle with Shanghai Lions FC. With several key Lions players at the Bangkok 7s, the Dutch were dreaming of a result with some new players. At kick off time they still faced a strong Lions squad with fresh recruits as well from the School of Freek Thought. (SFT)

The Lions meant business and quickly ended all dreaming as they pinned Oranje back deep onto their half. The pressure yielded when the Lions scored from just outside the box with a shot that sailed in at the near post for a 0-1 lead after just 5mins. 

The men in orange then strung together a few moments that got them near the tight French box but the end pass was lacking. Just before halftime the Lions doubled the score and the first 45mins football ended with the Lions up 0-2. 

More of the same in the second half with the Lions pressing the Dutch back four and Oranje trying to combine through the middle. At the 75th minute the French scored again for 0-3. 

With 10mins on the clock it was time for the Dutch master to make an appearance and raise the bar in eager anticipation of the infamous third half at Cages. 

The Lions warmly welcomed the effort and raised the bar as well as they quickly scored two more goals for a final 0-5 score line. Gwendall Volant (2), Dave O’Reilly, Agajan Nyyazberdiyev and Jiang Yingchen scored the goals.

Volant (above) picked up man of the match honors. Tom Bus on match#585: “Orange Plastics & China Challenge said the right product development is key.” Cages & Beyond Relocation could not agree more! 

The men in orange went to their local where they out drank Azzurri and recorded another Third-Half@Cages victory. Oranjeboom was there and all was well!


Shanghai United locked horns with Azzurri FC. United came with a starting eleven for this match. Azzurri had a full squad as well and the men in blue meant business from the get go.

Adam Kluger, Kwame and Alex Brown made frequent excursions from their midfield deep into United territory and caused all sorts of danger all morning. Kluger: “My brother Fleddy taught me the ropes.”

Anti Hintsanen was in fine form and at the right end of a fluent Azzurri attack beating the United keeper (above). Hintsanen scored two more in the match and completed a hattrick.

Azurri went to tea with a comfortable 0-2 lead and continued their scoring ways in the second half as they netted three more for an overall 0-5 victory. 

Imanol Des Valls and Patrick Ruiz Arbeloa scored the other Azzurri goals with Des Valls picking up man of the match honors. The men in blue went toCages to celebrate another fine Azzurri performance. 


Shanghai Krauts FC crossed swords with Shanghai 3United. For the first 15mins the Krauts were playing a man down and were defending gallantly. 3United had three or four chances to create something dangerous but the Krauts defense dealt with everything cleanly. 

When the Krauts’ 11th player finally filled their missing slot, the game was able to open up. Within the next 10mins, Armando Chiu found himself in front of goal and put away the first goal of the game giving 3United the 0-1 lead. 

The Krauts answered soon afterwards with and striker Stanislav Korchazhinkii taking a quick turn around the defense and tying up the game with a well placed low shot for 1-1. 

Within the time it takes to tie a pair of football boots, 3U had pushed straight back up into the Kraut box and Oraz Arslanow pushed through onto a free ball smacking in an answer to the Krauts’ goal to retake the lead at 1-2. 

Two minutes later Joshua Chileshe received a ball just outside the box, one touched it past a defender then rocketed it in at the near post for 1-3. Soon after that Oraz Arslanow made it 1-4 with a smashing header from a perfect Joe Williams cross.  

The Krauts did not give up and continued to fight for chances. They were rewarded when a ball bounced through the defensive line where Korchazhinkii ran onto it and two-touched it into the net getting a goal back and 2-4. 

However, 3United hadn’t finished yet and scored again. This time it was Joe Williams who put the ball in the net to end the half with a 2-5 score line. 

In the second half, Team 3U found their groove once more and hammered away at the Krauts’ defense. Arslanow completed his hattrick, Radu Pughiuc netted two goals and Williams scored another one for a final 2-9 score line. With 4 assists and 2 goals Joe Williams picked up man of the match honors. (above with all goal scorers)

With this win 3U is 3 points above relegation and hot on the Krauts tail.


First Division 

Anzacs FC negotiated the Shanghai Cosmos. Due to a couple of late dropouts and a serious health issue related to fake eggs, Cosmos came into the game with a lighter than average squad.

However, a mistake in the Anzac defence allowed Jordan Campbell to finish from the edge of the box for a 0-1 Cosmos. Three minutes later, a quality cross from Carl Ballantine, caused both striker Adam Stinger and the Anzacs centre back to lose control and the ball ended up in the back of the net for 0-2. 

Cosmos relaxed and started playing some nice football. After 28mins, Conor Maye beat two men with a ‘regulation’ Cruijff turn playing in Stringer for a 0-3 halftime score. After 52mins, Maye’s corner was dropped at the feet of Stringer for a tap in and 0-4. 

Cosmos were looking comfortable until keeper Criss Kang’s ‘air-kick’ caused chaos in defence, but just like the Big Bang, chaos lead to creation and a long clearance allowed Jack Greenwell to play in One Direction’s Harry Handley down to right. His cross found Campbell for 0-5. 

Then, another long clearance found Jonny Sellars who played in Stringer who completed his hattrick for 0-6 and the first Cosmos hattrick this season. 

On minute 88, Stringer returned the favour and played Jonny Sellars through for a final 0-7 score line with Jack Greenwell picking up man of the match honors. With this win the Cosmos tops the table two points clear of the Vikings. 

Cosmos went back to Tap House to watch Adam Stringer complete the customary triple shot of Fireball handstand for his hattrick and engage in lively debate about which player most resembles a character from Game of Thrones. Hodor!! 


Kangbei United FC lined up to play versus Voodoo Child. After having nearly a month off, there were some slight concerns as to whether VC were being disciplined with their fitness. Dicko liar staying true to form by declaring on the bus ride over that he no longer eats and basically only drinks from time to time. 

A positive of the long lay off was some extra time for the depleted ranks to return from injury. At kick off it looked all so easy, VC lined up with 16 and Kangbei with 10. Danger man Jackson Katta and Disney’s knee highlighted by Jules. 

Ten minutes in, all was looking splendid for VC, some great work on the right by young Luuk Drediute, using his pace and vision on the small amount of grass remaining to link up with new Jesus and young Henrik for a great finish and a 0-1 VC lead. 

However in 2017 VC have made hard work of it and the Kangbei danger man Jackson Katta, although isolated, injured and possibly working to Dicko’s regime, managed to score two in quick succession to send Kangbei up 2-1, which it remained until halftime and manager Kam had a sulk on.

Another halftime good cop bad cop episode was conducted with Kam & the Cossack, a change of formation was implemented and to great fanfare, the founding member of the OCC (see OCC website for details) was introduced into the middle of the park.

VC came out with much more energy and Santa slid in to convert a great cross from Fat Nick in the first couple of minutes to restore parity at 2-2 and it was all VC from there on in. Santa bagged his second for 2-3 and young Luuk got the goal his hard work deserved for 2-4. 

Irish, Rob and Kam all came on for mini Cameo’s, but match fitness is still some way off. Minion in goal will be out for several months, warm regards to Dicko for stepping up between the sticks again. 

A good game and respect between the sides with no cards distributed. The lady ref marshaled well. VC’S Nicolas Lewis picked man of the match honors. Jules: “I eat danger men for breakfast.”


Voodoo faced HFC on the day. With the Voodoo squad unusually full, there was an air of optimism about as Magic Sam Woollard announced he was “Fackin well up for it”. This optimism was helped by HFC’s starting line-up of just nine. 

The game got under way with long spells of Voodoo pressure with Evan Kleinberg, FX, Ben Avery and Rooney pressing HFC’s defenders relentlessly. Voodoo were rewarded for their efforts as Sam Woollard forced an own goal, finishing off a tidy move down the right for a 1-0 Voodoo lead. 

The remainder of the half followed this pattern with voodoo squandering several chances, Joey Rooney defying the laws of physics with one effort, while Avery, FX and Kleinberg all getting close.

With the half drawing to a close, Voodoo were handed the chance for a second when Olivier Courades went down under a ‘robust’ challenge while contesting a corner. Kleinberg stepped up to drive home for a 2-0 lead at halftime. 

The second half saw Voodoo continue to dominate, with the electric pace of George, Mike and Jack keeping HFC at bay. Meanwhile the midfield and attack combined well, causing havoc for the HFC defense. 

It didn’t take long for Voodoo to make it three as Magic Sam pulled a rabbit out of the hat with a 55-yard lob and 3-0. The fourth arriving 10mins later as Evan Kleinberg finished off a great team move by lofting the ball over the keeper for 4-0. 

Voodoo continued to pile on the pressure, with the ‘harassment’ skills of the forward line impressing Jack Webster on the sideline. Voodoo made it 5-0 as Derreck Lilly arrived late to smash home from the edge of the area. 

Voodoo then completed a hat trick of lobs as FX finished for 6-0. Liam rounded off the scoring with minutes to play to make it 7-0. A well deserved three points for the Voodoo with Evan Kleinberg picking up man of the match honors. 


Long Tang AFC were pitted against Shanghai Tianfu FC in a Chinese derby. Both teams came prepared though some of their kit got lost in the washing. 

Once the match got underway Long Tang played the most dominant of football and created the better chances. 

Their power play paid of as Long Tang found the net twice in the first half for a 2-0 lead at halftime. 

In the second half, Long Tang continued to create opportunities and that yielded another goal for 3-0 and that’s how the contest ended. Renwu Yi (2) and Yi Ding scored the goals with Long Tang’s Lei Yang 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

Legends ended second in the plate competition in Bangkok

Lions,

Some of our Legends and Lions players escaped the rainy weather in Shanghai and took part in the International tournament in Bangkok this weekend. It was the first time we got a team together in Bangkok. The scene was set with a blue sky and 32 degrees we arrived with a good hang over on the excellent grass fields !

This 35th International Far East Football Tournament was also the opportunity to bound back with some of our Lions Abroad… To mention a few, Jerome Le Carrou, Andre Diame, Thomas Chataigner, Francois Mosnier & Thomas Gauthier. Big smiles & good old story sharing… Once a Lion, forever a Lion 🙂

Our first game was against a Dubai team and we got an easy 2-0 victory. However in the second game we got smashed by a local French team who in the end won the tournament we were down 2-0 after 5 minutes and lost 5-0. They showed us how to play 7 aside football ! In our last game on Saturday we were down 1-0 but our Thai guest player equalized to give us a 1-1 draw.

On Sunday all of our Thai guest players were not showing up we all have our theories what happened but actually it was a good thing for the team because with less players we started to fight harder and played more composed. We were up against a team from Borneo who were good especially in the heat but we defended very well. Nicolas had a counter opportunity but just missed it and they got lucky with one strike as we couldn’t clear the ball and the beat us 1-0. In the second game we played a German team who thought they could kick us out of the tournament but it ended 0-0 ! We converted all of our three penalties and in form goalie Pascal stopped the Germans last penalty.

This lead us to the plate cup final where we were up against a south African team. We gave it all to win the title and it was James who scored the opening goal soon followed by 2-0 by Laid ! At 2-0 we should have put the game to bed but instead we still were looking for the 3-0 ! It costed us the victory as we were exposed at the back and they a few very talented athletic players. It ended 2-2 and in the penalty shoot out we hit the cross bar and the cup went to South-Africa !

Overall we had a great experience and made a good impact in the tournament on and off the pitch ! We will be back next season hopefully with a full Legends squad !

 

This week we have training on Tuesday, no game on Saturday but two BIG GAMES on Sunday

 

Cheers
Freek

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