Youth tied with Juventus 3-3 in the Summer Heat

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summer heatOriginally, we had 17 players on the list for this friendly game against Juventus Academy Shanghai but we got last moment drop-outs while facing 34 degrees with no clouds summer heat… Well, we knew it would not going to be easy! Luckily we got Philipp willing to help out in goal giving us an extra-man on the bench.

It was clear that this summer heat will play a major role as many players were already looking at the sideline asking for substitution early in the game. Still, it was good to welcome Matty back in the squad who didn’t play for the last 6 months while being abroad. It was a dribble from Matty who ran himself into 3 defenders but still got a small touch to pass to Lewis who gave us the 1-0 lead. It was early in the game and within 5 minutes Juventus leveled the score 1-1.

Playing 4 spells of 20 minutes we started to get grip on the game in the second 20 with us having more possession and fighting hard to get the ball back when we lost it. Also, our confidence was getting stronger and stronger it resulted in a fine finish from Yuv after Juventus defense couldn’t clear the ball from a cross in!

In the third 20 we controlled the midfield and created more and more counter-attacks and after a couple, it was Matty scoring the 3-1 at a counter.

In the last 20 minutes, we tried to defend what we achieved as a team so far and all looked good but a free kick on the far left sailed over Philipp to bring Juventus back in the game. With 5 minutes to go, we thought we got a clear penalty when Matty was fouled in the box but the referee might have been too tired to blow the whistle in the very last minute while we have blocked all their through balls for 79 minutes one slipped through and the Juventus player was one on one with our keeper he scored and the final score 3-3 was a fact!

Given the severe conditions, we must give big compliments to all the players today as you all showed character, teamwork as well as team spirit. We were very happy today with our new players Justin Diego & Subaru-san… Well done to all the parents who came out to watch and gave support to our players!

We will let you know about the next event either a match or training next week. We will try to get an earlier morning or evening slot in order to avoid the summer heat.

 

Have a good rest and see you next week.

 

Cheers
Freek, Pat & Nick

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Youth team enjoyed five-a-side football

five-a-sideIt was a beautiful day last Saturday clear skies but the temperature was a bit high close to 30 degrees. We came up with the idea to have a small mini five-a-side football at Qi Yi among ourselves! Total we had 4 teams with one team consisting of coaches & parents. Each match was 5 minutes and it was a joy to watch. There were a lot of fun moments and the speed of the matches was very high. Overall it was a great event and we plan to organize another round of five-a-side maybe against the Lions Senior players or Legends!

Cheers
Freek

Friendly game for our youth against YKFC

Friendly gameThis friendly game against YKFC was a little special as it had been several months since we last played 11 aside due to Covid-19!  However, we have been training for a couple of weeks so it was a nice test to see how do we stand compared to December where we were playing our best level this season.

In the first half, we were wondering why we played so slow and without conviction! Nobody said a word in the field and we couldn’t see a smile on the players’ faces. I guess it was a combination of the long break not playing on a full-size pitch combined with the very hot and humid weather… We took a 2-0 lead both goals from Jason back from the USA in our squad. YKFC managed a few times to get through the middle and had a few shots on goal but they were easy catches for Yu Xuan our stand in goalie!

We took our half time talk to get our team back on track and told the players foremost to enjoy the match and smile and have fun. It worked as the second half was a good display of teamwork and good combination! Jason quickly scored a third and Yuv showed us how easy it is to score with one move to set him free and he put the ball in the far corner in the net! YKFC did get a goal back but deserved also a compliment as they only had 11 players which is hard in the weather conditions and the gave us good opposition!

Overall we were happy with this friendly game… especially because we had a good mix of players with young and more experienced and there was good teamwork/spirit on the pitch. Step by step we will get our fitness and our field playback. We will look for more 11 aside match opportunities to play as that’s what we need now!

It was great to see so many parents come out and support the players! We appreciate that a lot! Of course, we’d like to tell our youth teammates abroad who are blocked overseas for now that we miss you guys a lot and hope that you soon can return to play with the Lions again!

 

See you all on Friday at the training!   

 

Cheers
Patrick, Nick, Freek & Azz

Youth are back to training

back to trainingWe were so happy to see most of our youth players back to training last Friday 🙂 Some parents even came out to support far away in Putuo!

We had a friendly match versus J-Academy and the pitch size was a bit strange as it was 9 vs 9 with 7 aside goals… However, the most important for us was the be able to be back on the field and smell the grass! We had 12 players with Mathew helping out as goalie as Koki is still in Japan and couldn’t come back. Kevin has a blister during the warming up so not a lot of options to change the team. We started well against Juventus and the game was tight for most of the time both sides had chances but missed the target no surprise after such a long time not being able to play! In the second half, we also played well but we could see the impact on our players of being at home and not being able to play for such a long time and Juventus seemed to be more fit and took advantage of that!

We will work on that in the coming weeks and will get the players back in shape and mentally good condition step by step as what is happening around the world, of course, has an impact on each and every one! As the Concordia field is not available and most schools are still closed we booked Qi Yi field for 8 weeks every Friday evening starting this Friday 1830-2030! Later when we see the development of the players we can add a second training day but we like to rebuild step by step! So we hope all our youth players will come to the training on Friday and we will help them to get back their fitness and positive mind!

We will look for friendly matches and if the schools would reopen we can also restart league matches! For the older youth, they can continue to train with the seniors and will be selected for senior matches! For the players who unfortunately could not make it back yet we hope you can all come back in the near future we are all waiting for you! For now, that’s Paris, Koki, Casey, Alvaro, Nikita.

Also, Yuma-san will not return because his parents moved back to Japan… Farewell, my friend! We will miss you very much! You are and will be an incredible player and remember “once a Lion always a Lion”! So good luck in Japan and anytime you are back in Shanghai you can play for the Lions!

See you all on Friday ! 18:30 at Qi Yi!

Cheers
Freek, Nick, Pat & Azz

Lions are back to business

back to businessIt was a beautiful day and we could play on a beautiful natural grass field with a great group of positive motivated youth, senior and legends Lions. We were all happy being back to business playing football as most countries are still in lockdown and stopped all the outdoor activities!

We played a friendly against Japan and we had 22 players signed up including three new players Pim from Holland, Haroun from France and Hiro-san from Japan. As Japan had a lot of players as well we opted for 4 x 30 minutes with Lions’ president taking the role of referee.

In the first 30 minutes, both Japan and the Lions played a bit conservative so the 0-0 scoreline was no surprise. In the second 30 minutes, Japan fielded a bit more older players whereas we had another mixed team with young and old. We managed to play well in the counter and got several opportunities. Philipp and Hiro-san scored to give the Lions a good 2-0 lead. In the next 30 minutes, Japan had his younger team out again and because we had a mixed team it caused us some problems to stop their fast and furious counters. Finally, they surprised our defense with a very quickly taken free-kick after a Jerome handball at the edge of the box. Right after, coach Pat made a change to take Jerome off and put FL in his place but they scored again. With their fast pace and quick movement, Japan managed to outplay us a couple of times and they took a 2-4 lead! After this we stepped up and controlled the game better and in the last 30 minutes our aim was to turn the game around and we tried hard and had multiple opportunities but credit to the Japanese goalkeeper he did a great job we managed to get one goal back but it was not enough even a bicycle kick from Fred Fuseau didn’t help in the end!

Great match and all players left with a happy feeling! So step by step we will get our fitness back but the most important is to support each other on-and-off the pitch. No matter you are young or old, any time we can play football we shall take it with pleasure and feeling blessed to enjoy the occasion!

It was a special day being back to business and hopefully, many more are to come! Big Hug to all the Lions and their families!

Cheers
Freek

Legends beat Shanghai Bulls in pre-season friendly match

shanghai bullsIt was a very hot Sunday 30 with degrees and no wind! We were facing the Shanghai Bulls, a new french veteran team in our pre-season opening match.

In the first 20 minutes, we played our best football with good pressure and fast combinations. We let the Bulls ran after the ball and tried to keep the possession. A great cross from Nico on the left found Bob at the far post and he headed the ball in the right corner to give us a 1-0 lead.

In the next 20 minutes, we dropped the speed and level partly due to the heat… The Bulls who didn’t have many shots on target yet equalized by a deflected strike!

In the third 20 minutes, we got our best chances to bring the match to bed… James came close with a flying header and Tomas went one on one with the keeper. It was Nico (in good form in this match) who gave the lead back to us with a fine strike.

In the last 20 minutes, there was plenty of space as players were getting tired running up and down the pitch. The icing on the cake was a great run by Imad who found Rick who finished calmly to make the final score 3-1 for the Legends against Shanghai Bulls.

 

The beers after the match tasted good. On the 22nd of September 2019, we will play our first league match of the season 2019/2020.

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions Legends beat Shanghai Scottish 2-1 in a friendly

[ Friendly ] Shanghai Lions FC 2 – 1 Shanghai Scottish

shanghai scottishAs the season is coming to an end soon we were happy to play a friendly against Shanghai Scottish last Sunday ! The weather was very humid and hot and we had a nice mix of players ! The first twenty minutes we played well as Mike was keeping Carlton Palmer, the ex-national England player, busy while we had Adam and Masa flying on the wings. It was a great strike of Patrick after he was ordered to shoot by half the team that gave us a 1-0 lead. The Scotts played well and compact and were dangerous on the counter. They hit the cross bar and post but our stand in goalie the president himself was not impressed however they did equalize with a header. In the balance of the match we struggled to find solutions in the box but had most of the possession… credit to the Scotts who defended well and never gave up the fight. The hard work on our side was rewarded two minutes from the end when Azz set up our upcoming left back Conway who didn’t hesitate to put the ball in the net !

 

The beers after the match tasted good !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions Legends beat Lions Youth 6-4 in a friendly match

friendly match[ Friendly ] Lions Legends 6 – 4 Lions Youth

Last Sunday it was what call real football weather ! Rainy and and a strong cold wind however it didn’t take away the importance of the Legend game versus our own youth team ! 14 Legends showed up and 18 Youth Players.

We played according to the SPL V format 4 x 20 minutes and in the first 20 minutes the youth showed their speed and hunger for goals however the Legends took a 2-0 lead. The youth got a goal back on a fast counter.

In the second 20 minutes the youth played their best football and the game was good entertainment for the parents who came out to watch ! goals on both ends from quick counters resulted in a 4-4 score line.

In the third twenty minutes the Legends took more and more possession and controlled the game but they failed to score.

In the last 20 minutes the youth tried their best but were running out of energy as the Legends kept passing the ball around and managed to score two goals to make the final score 6-4 !

Overall it was a very good experience for both the Legends and our Youth players we will surely organize a re-match in the near future !

We have training on Tuesday for the Seniors and Wednesday and Friday for our Youth !

This Saturday our Youth will play against Dulwich Earthquakes 14:00 kick off at Concordia & on Sunday Senior will play against Japan 13:00 kick off at SCSC.

 

Looking forward to some good games of football and a bit better weather !

 

Cheers
Freek

Shanghai Lions win their first trophy of the season in Taicang

The Shanghai Lions FC followed the invitation of Taicang Lan De Group and Taicang Government to play the first “Sino-German Friendship Cup” in Taicang (Jiangsu Province) on Saturday 08th of July 2017.

The Lions team was warmly welcomed in a great atmosphere with top professional arrangements. A nice crowd of spectators, municipal government leaders, cheerleaders and attending media including Taicang and Suzhou TV stations made this event a big happening.

Also on the pitch the Lions once more proved why they enjoy an excellent football reputation in Shanghai and beyond Shanghai borders. Even though it was a friendly match, both teams wanted to win this cup. It was a great match from both sides and definitely great entertainment for all visitors. Finally the Lions won 3-2 with Guillaume, Kev and Benji scoring for our team.

After the match both teams were invited by the Lan De Group to an excellent BBQ with many beers sealing the new established friendship between the two teams. There are definitely more matches to follow. Once more it showed, football knows no borders and is always building bridges regardless of nationality, language, cultural and other differences.

You can read more about this event here & here

Lions start 2015 with a win !

Lions,

 

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.

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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 !

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Cheers Freek

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