Last weekend the SPL organized a football festival in cooperation with That’s Magazine and the Goldenbridge Company in Green City Jinqiao. That’s magazine organized the Battle of the Bands competition where High School students from all over Shanghai showed their musical talents live on stage. We, as SPL, organized a mini world cup tournament for over 400 boys and girls. On Saturday we had 24 teams of the younger ones aged 4-8 years old. The weather was perfect with clear blue sky and the fields were full with supporting parents and family ! Everybody enjoyed the games and when the boys and girls after the games were paraded to the stage it was all smiles and proud parents taking pictures. Every player got a medal and became a world champion.
On Sunday the weather was perfect again and we had 12 U10 teams in the morning. For them they also received a medal on stage and they were happy to pose for all the parents ! The group were the older ones and we organized a 7 aside tournament for U12 and U14 teams. England and Portugal were the winners of their groups and everybody of the total 8 teams went home with a nice cup ! The day ended with the older players U16 showing of their skills ! What stood out was the fair play and the speed of the games ! In the end France proved to be too strong and took the Cup home !
With no injuries and plenty of happy players its was a day to remember ! The SPL thanked the coaches and parents and referees and That’s Magazine and the Goldenbridge Company for the wonderful two days !
It was great to be back on the pitch last Saturday ! The heavy rain made the pitch difficult to play on for our friendly game against the Krauts. As usual we started slow and the Krauts tested Radouane a few times. Soon we picked up the pace and started to play good football. We had good movement by our two youngsters Chris and Arnault as they give the Krauts defenders a hard time. It was 4-0 at half time. In the second half we conceded a penalty and the Krauts scored one more by their striker Stas but the Lions kept playing football until the very end and it ended at an 8-2 win. Three goals by Azz and 3 by Arnault and 2 by Benji.
On Sunday unfortunately the game got cancelled due to the excessive rains !
We have a very exciting program for the Lions ahead of us and a busy schedule right from the start of the season:
Aug. 26th: final of the Summer 7’s tournament between Lions 1 & Lions 2 at our training pitch
Wed. Aug 29 – Friendly Match 1300 pm at SCSC against 3united
Sunday Aug 30th – First SPL game 1300 pm at Jinqiao against Super 48
Sat .Sept 5th – Our own Lions Cup 7 aside tournament with 20 teams taking part whole day at the New Bund !
Sept 5/6th – Shanghai Masters tournament for the veterans all day at Waigaoqiao
Sat. Sept 12th – SIFL opening tournament all day at Waigaoqiao
Looking at this program it’s good to be a Lion ! Enjoy all the playing opportunities !
We are pleased to announce that Zoely the daughter of our legend Bob was voted best woman player of the U8 tournament at the American School ! Zoely is coached by Azzeddine and its great to see that the hard work at the trainings paid off ! Well done Zoely you are already better than your father ! Keep playing !
The time has come to celebrate CNY and we will do so with a very special program on Thursday Feb. 12th 2015 starting from 7.30pm at La Creperie on 1 Taojiang lu, close to Dongping lu, opposite of the Camel. We go to this one (and not the Jing’an one) because there are the Awards of the BEST SPORT TEAM 2014 in Shanghai at the Camel bar around 9.30pm. We have every intention on winning this award, so we hope to go to the Camel bar after our dinner at our sponsor La Creperie to collect it as a a team.
Summary of the program:
7.30pm: meeting at La Creperie (1 Taojiang lu, close to Dongping lu)
7.30 to 9.30pm: dinner at La Creperie (same 150 rmb deal as before)
9.30 to 10.30pm: Awards ceremony at Camel Bar (just opposite of La Creperie)
Please reply asap to let us if you come alone or with someone, as we need to communicate to our sponsor the exact number of people who will come.
It is indeed a strange summer this year the temperatures are nowhere near last season’s record highs. Last season we were grasping for air and water during our boot camp with 38 degrees celcius. Yesterday it was cool and raining and with a lot of people still on leave we had a reasonable turn out of young and old. Azzedine did a perfect job to make everybody at ease and selected some simple but efficient drills. All in all a good start to the new season.
This Saturday we will play a friendly versus Japan 4 to 6pm at SRFC Waigaoqiao / ps register on line / if you are new send an email to our management.
The week after we will have training sessions both on Sat.and Sunday 10am-12am at Jinqiao / Dulwich and one of them including a Martial Art session by a Taekwondo 9th time World Champion and black belt is 4 other Martial Arts…! All this is for our preparation for the Shanghai Master Veteran Tournament and our own second edition of the Lions Cup.
Azzeddine and Charles have done a tremendous job on the organization of the Lions Cup and managed to get 20 teams (+ 2 on the waiting list) to participate, including teams from Xiamen, Kunming, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, etc.. !
Meanwhile we have still two more Wednesdays to go in the Lions Summer 7’s, the Semis and Finals, which is just a great way to stay fit during the Summer.
During last week game Big John unfortunately hurt his knee. we hope it is nothing serious and we wish him a speedy recovery. Let’s hope to see him back on the field with us soon !
As most of you must know by now, we attended the That’s Magazine Sports Award at the Camel Bar yesterday evening and guess what; we won the SHANGHAI 2013 BEST SPORT TEAM AWARD!!!, all sports included, It is actually the second time we win this award, but it it still feels good! This award goes to all Lions that have contributed to our incredible success in 2013, winning SIFL/SPL/VETERANS leagues, LIONS Cup, Xiamen & Phuket tournaments, etc… ! We honestly deserve it, because we are by far the best football club in Shanghai!!!!
To go on proving it, we need to win again both leagues this year and it starts by winning our 2 important games this weekend.
We had a memorable Christmas party last Friday ! With over 30 Lions showing up we knew it was going to be fun !
First it was dinner time at Tamati our sponsor. The president himself arrived at 2000 pm and was very surprised that nobody was there and he was wondering whether he went to the wrong Tamati but soon one by one the players alone or with girlfriends and wives started to drop in ! Tamati is a good place for us as always the staff is there to help us out and they are very friendly. Beside the 30 pct discount we got a free beer and by now the pasta’s / pizza’s / soups are our favorites food before or after games !
The President in his speech explained how the Shanghai Lions have evolved into something special this year mainly due to senior teams performances and the addition of the youth teams as well the veteran winning the first ever veteran league in Shanghai !
The youth is what sets us apart from any other club in Shanghai and they will secure our future as a club ! There was a thank you to all the girlfriends and wives for letting us play our favorite sport every week and for their support of the club.
After dinner we were heading for our private comedy show / The stage was set as we had 4 comedians performing with Butch a comedian celebrity from the USA stealing the show, several Lions and in particular the Presisdent was targeted to make fun about. It really was a very fun show ! We booked it for 1 hour but lasted it much longer than that !
Afterward some Lions went to the Revolucion Bar to finish of a fun night. Others went home to prepare for our early morning game versus the Krauts in the SIFL !
Great evening which everybody Lion present enjoyed !
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you !
Enjoy your time off and make sure to come back slim and fit from your holidays !