Last Sunday, our junior team was motivated to play against two Japanese Senior teams. We also appreciated the support of the parents who came to watch despite the cold and rain.
In total, we played 4 games of 25 minutes.
We won the 1st 2-0,
we tied the 2nd 0-0,
lost the 3rd 1-2,
and tied the last 0-0.
What we liked was that all the players tried to play good combination football despite facing a (much) more experienced Japanese opponents. When the whole team is in the same playing mode it is really a joy to watch. We saw many players step up and take more responsibility and that’s the way forward for us. Things to improve is to stay focused at the back against a stronger opponent… You cannot afford a mistake so it’s all about taking a fast/right decision when you are under pressure. We explained also that the first cross into the box is better instead of taking another touch and cross afterward. We like our forwards to be open-minded and look for nearby solutions if they are boxed in. Last but not least, we need to practice on our finishing as we could have won all 4 matches if we finished the shots better.
Overall we were happy about today and we will see you all the training on Thursday. We will play Japan U18 next Sunday at 13:00 at Waigaoqiao.
We don’t know what it is about cup games to make them different but for sure this was a game to either remember or to forgot. With only 11 regular players available and the president himself who just turned 52 as only sub we knew it was not going to be easy. A few players looked like “hanged over” when they arrived and when we started to play it became obvious as we didn’t manage to play three passes in a row. 3United took advantage when we failed to clear the ball and scored the 1-0 lead. We had to step up and we did than and Tomas got the best opportunity when he was set up one on one with the goalie but his shot was too soft to beat him. Half time talk was not pleasant but no other choice we liked to turn around the game. We got the best chance when we got a penalty but Azzeddine missed the target however we got another penalty 15 minutes later because of a handball and this time he put the ball in the net. Lions looked for the winner but actually 3united came closest with a free kick which we stopped by a good reflex of radouane ! It stayed 1-1 and with a team not in good spirit and shape it was a big challenge for us to win on penalties. We lined up 5 players and Felix our youngster was brave enough to take the first and scored but Agawho took the second saw his ball bounce back from the cross bar. Luckily the 3 united player tried to copy Aga. Nicolas was next and scored and Tomas did the same so the race was tight ! Francois was our last take and he made a surprise move aiming left shooting right only to see his shot hit the post ! If 3united would score the next one it was over and ……Radouane saved it ! Next up was Benji but he was not in good shape as he come of several times during the game claiming to have eaten a wrong shrimp. The eyes were on the president could he take the pressure at such an old age….?? No hesitation the ball flew in the left corner and 3United shot their next penaly wide. OK no real celebrations for obvious reaons after playing so bad but we did turn the very negative into a slight positive at least !
Like the Captain said we need to get back at work ! Back at the training indeed it was not good to have such a long break but let’s prepare well for our next league game against Japan !
We are glad to announce that we managed to book the great Century Park Football Park for our Young Lions trainings. For the exact address please see our website under “our fields”. The boys will train on Wednesday from 1800-2000 and the girls will train on Fridays from 1800-2000 / The trainings will start on September 10 and last until December 12 with a break during the October holiday.
The trainings will be held by experienced coaches who all are part of the Lions FC and will focus on all aspects of modern football. Fitness, strength, power, speed, skill and teamwork will a come into play during the sessions.
We plan to have an introduction training open to all youth players on Friday 29th of August on that day you can also register for the season and fill in the registration forms.
If you are between 15-18 years old and interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / attention Freek/Azzedine
We are pleased to offer your son or daughter the possibility to improve their Football skills as an individual player !
Attached you can find the introduction of Coerver skill training’s method which is renowned world wide! We will start with the U10 and U12 group first with a maximum of 20 players per group and we will work on a first come first serve basis.
U10 training 80 minutes every Friday at the Century Park Field from 1600-1720 hrs
U12 training 80 minutes every Friday at the Century Park Field from 1740-1900 hrs
Any question feel free to ask. We will start once we have the first kids registered could be as soon as 9th of November!