Most of the players are back and the Christmas period is always hard for some players. Back home there are many family and friends waiting and of course we tend to eat and drink more than we should ! It was for this reason we organized a friendly match versus Japan. Japan is the perfect opponent for friendlies as they never stop running.
We started the game with one minute silence for the victims of the terror attacks in France. Objective was to play good football and to focus less on the score. Within 5 minutes we were down 1-0 but after that we were in control of the game. Chakib leveled and Nadim was in great form in his last game for the lions as he will go back to Holland. He scored three goals to make the final score 4-1 for the Lions. Lions goalie Ethan had two great saves as well. Overall a good work out for everybody !
This coming weekend we will be in full force back in action. On Saturday in the SIFL we will play our old rival the Shooters and a win will put them behind in the Championship race. On Sunday we will play the Bulls in the SPL.
Obvious we ask all players to attend the training on Wednesday so that we can get back our fitness !
Playing at 4’o clock didn’t help as it was sizzling hot 35 degrees and no cooling breeze to be found. We got a good bunch of Lions some old (Garret) and some new ! Some arrived late blaming the traffic however a recent survey on traffic in China pointed out that the traffic in Shanghai over the last three months was the worst in China even worse than Beijing.
Japan is always a good opponent for friendlies as they never stop running. In the end over the 3 x 30 minutes we managed to score 5 goals and gave one to the Japanese.
After the game we were off to celebrate Azzedine’s 30th birthday and looking at the Lions turn out at Muse on the Bund we don’t have to worry about our team spirit ! Great Party and thanks goes to Big Johns help who unfortunately couldn’t attend due to his knee injury !
Next will be a special training session this Saturday for now its planned at Century Park from 1000-1200. A World Champion Taekwondo will teach the lions some Martial Art Secrets which we can use during our tough season ahead of us. Don’t miss this unique experience.
On Sunday we booked the Jinqiao field from 1400-1600 for a training for youth and veterans but senior players who like to get in shape and put some extra work on are more than welcome to join !
On the weekend of 6 and 7 September we will have the Lions Cup and the Shanghai Masters !
We have been approached by the British Consulate to play a friendly match for a special occasion in Shanghai. One of the famous UK Marine vessel will be docked in Shanghai next week. It has been a very long time since a foreign marine vessel from England docked in China. The crew of the vessel are big football fans , so a game has been organized. The game will be held on Thursday 12th of December.
Here is the plan in place, as follows:
Pick up outside Shangai Port International Cruise Terminal (SPICT), 358 Dong Daming Lu, Hongkou, Shanghai
Arrive The British International School, Puxi, Shanghai (BISS)111 Jinguang Road, Huacao Town, Minhang, Shanghai, 201107
14.00 – 15.30
Football match at BISS
15.30 – 16.00
Minhang to Hongmei Lu (bar / cafe area)
Hongmei Lu to SPICT
The pitch at BISS is ASTRO-TURF so please bring the right shoes!
We have a 35 seat bus to take both teams to the ground. Any problems with the bus please contact Ina Bao on 1381 879 2884 or Stuart Proudlock on 1381 867 7432
Your contact at BISS is Sue Smith 021 5226 3211 ext.1827
If you are able to play pls send an email to Azz as soon as possible
Because they liked the level of the previous game and our way to play football, the Ex-professional want to play again this coming Saturday at Luwan. The 1st game they won 5-4 and the 2nd one we won 4-3. So it’s time to find a real winner and also it’s a good occasion to prepare the game vs DIB next week.
We are not ready yet and i think we should all come Saturday. We don’t have other options. Some of you didn’t showed up at the training so we expect you guys to come and be there.
Please confirm as soon as possible your availability for Saturday.
It was a busy Saturday for the Lions this 24th of August, 2013. In the evening, Lions were honored to play a friendly versus a team composed of Chinese ex-professional football stars such as Zheng Kewei (郑科伟) and Gong Lei (宫磊).
Lions’ bench was a little short in depth and we lost this friendly game 5-4 (2-2 in the 1st half). Although our team was much younger, our opponents proved us that touch, class and skills matter in football… Yes, we did run after the ball but it was a very friendly atmosphere and we hope to renew the experience soon.
Earlier in the day, some Lions were invited to represent Shanghai International Football League (SIFL) for the round 2 of the Maserati Neptune Cup in Shanghai. The first round took take place in Beijing On July 13th, 2013 with 4 teams: Shanghai SIFL, Beijing Media, IFFC Dream Team and National Media.
Shanghai SIFL won 2013 edition beating IFFC “Dream Team” 2-0 in final.
Kevin Wiessler from Shooters got tournament MVP award.
It was madness last Saturday for the 1st friendly of season 2013-2014 vs Japan FC. We lost a few guys on the way and we ended-up with 14 players while we should have been 30 with a temperature nearing 40 degrees… Definitely too hot to enjoy playing football but let’s say a good training to lose weight.
On Saturday we played a friendly as we wanted to stay focus for the title race! The opponent the Hawks/Gremio from the SPL were chosen in order to be well prepared to play versus DIB next month. We were goalie-less as Dim pulled out last moment but we discovered hidden goalie talent, especially Gwen and Allan were impressive to say the least. It was great to see Chris S back on the pitch after his long lasting injury. We were definitely not goal-less we won 7-0 and even the President himself netted a goal (penalty) !
On Sunday it was a serious game versus Shanghai 2000. We knew we had to play better than last week in order to stay in the title race. However Simon together with co-coach Gwen tried to sabotage the team by not announcing the line-up on the website. God bless everybody was motivated including Jeff’s beautiful twin girls as they were dancing around on the field during the warm up.
We started very well and played good football. The reward came within 5 minutes by a good header from Adam, soon after Joel found the net and after that Terao-san blasted home the third !
Second half Amine was very unlucky to dislocate his shoulder but his shoulder is back in place after a visit to the hospital. We should have scored at least four more goals but failed to hit on target so we won 3-0 instead of 7-0.
Something for the next training to work on is to finish in front of an open goal ! One more high-light was Michael’s performance as at the half time break he looked pale as a ghost blaming it on his food in take the day before but our suspicion was that it was an dangerous alcohol mix combined with potato chips. Ten minutes before the end of the game our man form Kansas went down screaming with pain as he got cramp in both legs ! It was also good to see Matze back with his Starbucks in his hand this time as supporter!
Both days I was very pleased with the team spirit of the Lions. It’s a real joy to work with all of you and I hope this spirit will lead us to many trophies !
I’m writing this email in English as we’ll have a German guest tomorrow. Somehow, it’s normal as in the situation they didn’t screw it up, we’d all be German now… We’ll also have an American guest. In the situation they didn’t screw it up as well… we all understand, right?
Following my first communication, I thought it will be easier to get this team in place… Finally, I have sent over 70 emails and I have to admit that you’re the real ones. Thank you!!!
It seems we, French people, always have good excuses and it probably also means that once we stop with regular senior Football, it’s forever…
Please let me know if any problem to attend. It’s important!!!
Meeting directly at WGQ at 12.15
Game start at 13.00
Scots will play in light blue and as our other Lions teams are playing as well this weekend, we’re short of Jerseys. It means you have to bring your own national equipment and we’ll probably look like a patchwork. More seriously, I’ll bring Red bibs but bring your own shirt, short, socks, etc…
Also, pitch is not free (sorry la). Keep in mind I will ask you RMB 100 as participation fee to pay the pitch (or less hopefully)
I’ll bring some Pastis to be shared with our Scottish friends after the game. If some of you guys want to bring some pate, baguette or any french liquors, feel free to do so. Mus is gonna take care of the cockerel and let’s have fun tomorrow.
Any question, please let me know and/or feel free to share with everyone.
Note: It would have been fun to look like our glorious ancestors… Guess it’s too late to grow the “Moustache” and tailor old fashioned equipment.
Beware Scottish are ready, noisy with their crazy pipes and would probably win the “3eme mi-temps / 3rd half”.