The LIONS Management wish all of you and your family/friends a happy new year 2014!
Let’s hope to do even better than 2013, which is going to be hard, but possible…
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:
Time Football 13.00 Pick up outside Shangai Port International Cruise Terminal (SPICT), 358 Dong Daming Lu, Hongkou, Shanghai 14.00 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) 17.00 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.
Azz and Simon
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.
As it is the May holidays and we want to stay fit, we organize a friendly game vs Japan at Jing’an stadium on April 30th from 10am to 12am.
Priority will be given to the SOL team as they have a big upcoming game vs Gremio on May 5th.
Please register at Friendly game vs Japan at Jing’an
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.
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 !
We have a good week ahead of us this Thursday the Sports Awards at the Camel Bar. We expect all the Lions to come for a beer and support the Shanghai Sports Community! Saturday we will play the Beavers and hope that DIB will slip up a second time versus Re-United and on Sunday we will play the French ERS and we don’t need motivation for this game as everybody like to kill the French Fries!
Enjoy Life Enjoy being a Lion!
Opposed to China in a friendly on Monday in Recife, Brazil atomized Chinese selection 8-0 with 6 goals in 2nd half. The striker Neymar has been the architect of this win, signing a hat-trick. Ramires, Lucas, Hulk, Liu Jianye (og) and Oscar are the other scorers.
It seems to be China biggest defeat in their football modern history.
China starting XI v Brazil:
All goals and video here
Old French Lions and/or “Les bleus”,
We’re organizing a friendly Veteran game on 15th of September against the Shanghai Scottish Football Team.
Getting old or busy, we have not played together for a while and I’m taking this opportunity to call for “the old french legionnaires guard”.
Click here to register
Team is mostly a veterans team (over 35s). They have played the Shanghai English and the Shanghai Irish and will shortly play the Shanghai Dutch. If truth be told they prefer whisky to red wine and deep fried Mars bars to the fine cooking but they do have a great love of traditional Celtic music. In short, they would really like to take on Les Blues because they believe “Scotland are the ORIGINAL Blues”.
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