It 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.
As 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 !
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 !
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.
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.