It was a special match for many reasons but above all it would be the last legend game for 6 Lions legends as 4 of them are moving back to Europe this summer and Dan is moving back to Hong-Kong ! We wanted to send them home with a great game of football but after 5 minutes we were down 1-0 as stand in goalie and Jerome had a miscommunication Jerome was talking to Mathias in German and Mathias was talking to Jerome in French, you can guess the final result a beautiful own goal by Jerome ! The first quarter was rather flat from our side we needed a goal to get started and Fred and Jeremy did just that and we turned the game around ! In the next quarter Nicolas and Freek got on the score sheet but in the third quarter with Fred F our captain on the bench we played the opponent from the field with fast movement and deadly finishing from Bob who scored a hat-trick within 10 minutes. The last quarter there was much at stake we asked our captain to prove they once he would be on the pitch he can make a difference for the team and we asked Seb playing his last match to score or otherwise he needed to pay all the beers after the match. He did it within 5 minutes and now it was time for Mathias to come in and play upfront as he moved forward there was a great cross in and his first ball was a header home. Now we needed Simon on the score sheet and miracles do exist as he scored as well ! We tried to get Dan on the score sheet as well but just didn’t have enough time left ! Rommie got the last chance of the game. After the match it was all smiles and a small goodbye speech for the leaving legends. The message given was that once you are a Lions Legend you will always be a Lions legends no matter where you are ! Fred had arranged nice champagne to end a fantastic day of football with good friends in Shanghai ! We wish Mathias, Simon, Ralph, Andre and Dan and Seb all the best in their future live !
It was a memorable game for the Lions not all for good reasons ! As we had to start with 8 players after a few late cancelations and some players not showing up. Khalil made it 9 and after 15 minutes in the game Azzedinne and the president himself made it 11. By that time we were 1-0 down and the heavy rain and difficult pitch didn’t make it easy for us we had no subs and our two forards were close to 100 years old ! At half time our mind was set to enjoy the game and make the most out of it ! Azzurri thought they won the game when they scored 2-0 with a header. The magic about the Lions is that they never give up and never panic if things are going against them. As it was Fabie with a very strong header that put us back in the game and we pushed more and more forward and kept only three guys at the back. The strategy paid off when Tomas equalized with a great strike in the near corner leaving the Azzurri goalie with no chance. Patrick who played his last SIFL game for the Lions soon would give us the icing on the cake after Azzeddine corner he launched a bullet which left some holes in the net ! Now we were 3-2 up ! The Azzurri got a few free kicks towards the end and hit the outside of the post and the Lions were trying to tick the clock away at the corner flag including the President himself who showed some old tricks and he managed to get a corner out of the scrum ! Happy ending for the Lions and the beers did taste good after the game.
We will play the Shooters in the final on May 7th 1500 kick off ! Obvious we are all looking forward to it !
After an important win on Saturday vs Azzurris 5-3, we had two big games for our club on Sunday !
First, the legends were up against the Wales Bellies, a strong rugby playing football team. We got a bit of shock when we shook hands before the game as we counted 18 players on their side vs us only 13 ! But………….our first 20 minutes were the best of this season so far, as we combined like Barcelona and finished like Bayern ! Within 20 minutes. we were 3-0 up with goals from Laid (header) and Nicolas two goals ! We didn’t expect this great start and Wales asked us to cancel the first 20 minutes of course we had no choice to reject it…..Wales did come back on a fast break from their best player as he scored the 3-1 but just a few minutes later our new comer Arnaud scored 4-1. The rest of the game it was about Mathias playing forward and scoring two goals and captain Fred Fus0 not scoring any goals but just being off side times whereas there were no linesmen in the SPLV league !
In the SPL, we were up against Super 48 who actually played in the veteran league a few hours before and its was obvious we would win the game ! The first half was more about the missed chances despite being up 3-0 but in the second half the Lions were serious about the game and played better football the best goal of the game came from Laid not because of his strike but about his build up as we passed the ball 11 times before we scored ! Mathieu got a hat-trick which was great for a new born father !!! Our closed opponent Century Park lost their game vs Cowboys today which put us in a better position with 3 points clear in the league table !
We have 5 games to go in the SPL and we have all in our own hands !
Lets all come to the trainings and prepare well for the last games of the season !
It has been a long time since the legends lost a SPL Veteran league game ! We were up against the Emeralds a good football playing side and the encounters we have are always close and intense in a positive sense. We welcomed Jerome back in the squad after long absence due to a bad injury as well we welcomed Bob’ son Leo (14) to make his Lions debut. In the first 20 minutes we struggled to get our passing right the disease was spread over the whole squad and it was by a great strike from Emeralds left back who went on a run and powered the ball in the top corner to give Emerald the lead. At least we got the wake up goal and in the next 20 minutes Fred F got a great opportunity to equalize but his shot missed the target. On the other side we helped Emerald to extend their lead as we put the ball in our own goal…… to make it 0-2 for them.
We responded well by a great free kick from Bob as the ball flew in the top corner out of reach of the Emerald goalie which is not easy if you have seen the length of the arms of their goalie ! From then on the game was interesting as the Lions we desperate searching for the equalizer and the Emeralds were waiting for their counter attack goal to put the game to bed ! It was a great game to watch and the speed of the game was very fast. Laid came close with a header / Charles got a gift from the Emerald goalie after he mis kicked straight to Chalres feet but he couldn’t score. Laid got a good free kick but it went just over the bar and last but not least Charles went one on one with the Emerald goalie but he missed and claimed there was a mole in the field when he kicked. Final score 2-1 for them. As losing is part of the game we still enjoyed our beers after the game and are sure we will be motived in our next game to start winning again ! Well done to Emeralds !
This weekend we will play the Oranje in the SIFL and Japan in the SPL !
Lets all come to the trainings to stay sharp and focused !
On Sat., the weather was amazing with 24 degrees and no wind. We were up against our old rivals ReUnited in the semi final of the Hebiguchi Cup. Without Azzedinne, we knew we had to step up as a win would also give us a boost for the remaining 4 league games. The lions were ready for business straight from the kick off. We try to get the possession in hands and dominate the midfield. It was a cross in from captain Benji which took a slight deflection that give us the 1-0 lead. In the 2nd half, the game was more open as due to the hot weather players started to get tired and it gave the Lions plenty of counter attacking opportunities. It was the ReUnited winger who tried to cross the ball in from the left but to his horror saw his ball going back to the middle line where Danni picked it up and went straight to the goal. In a split second, he saw the Reunited goalie a bit far from his goal line and lobbed the ball perfectly over him to make it 2-0 for the Lions. After this, we dominated the game but failed to score on countless occasions and as it goes in football if you don’t score the other team will and ReUnited pulled one goal back with 5 minutes to go. The tried to push for the equalizer but in the end the Lions defense held strong. The beers tasted good after the final whistle and we are set up for a classic Shooters vs Lions battle in the final of the cup mid May !
Our next game will be against the Krauts this Saturday and we need to win to stay in the title race of the SIFL !
On Sunday the weather changed as it was cold (8 degrees) and foggy. We were up against the Galacticos in the SPL. Our opponent had not won a game this season and we knew that if we stayed focused we could work on our goal tally. Nicolas opened the score after 10 minutes and soon Dave with a light hamstring injury got his two goals enough for him to take rest and let our young Lion Giacomo (15) make his debut. Arnault was too fast for the Galacticos defenders and netted two goals to make it 5-0 at half time. In the second half it was time for the President to try and get on the score sheet and he did it a few seconds after kick off with his second touch of the ball after great assist from Teves. Soon teves got hims self on the score sheet to make his first Lions goal and snatch another deflected ball. The president finished a poor goal kick and was looking for a hat- trick…..! Arnault scored one on a fast break and with another break the President got his hat-trick to end a great day for the Lions Tomas got his goal as well. It ended 12-0 good result for the Lions and a club record win. Its worthwhile to mention that Simon came close to scoring on three occasions but………he only killed a few birds !
Next will be a BIG game for the Lions in the SPL as we will play against Gremio with 8 games to go this season !
Let’s all go to the training and prepare for the decisive part of the season !
When the game started the weather was nice ! We had a highly motivated team at the start of the game as we like BIG games and games against the Marlins are always a fierce battle. In the first half both team were mainly battling it out on the midfield not many opportunities for both sides. The lions were more skill full in the short passes but the Marlins defending strong. It was 10 minutes before half time when a good pass from Charles found Danni who dubbed the ball to Azzeddine and with a quick pass Danni got the ball back and finished to make it 1-0. Soon after we got a great opportunity to make it 2-0 but we missed for the open goal ! In the second half we lost some of our midfield play and the Marlins with the help of the wind started to counter more with long balls. A dubious penalty given by the referee put the Marlins back in the game 1-1 and soon after disaster struck when Jack our defender was clearly tripped by a Marlins attacker in our box but instead of the free kick for us, Kevin the referee gave the Marlins a corner. We didn’t deal well with it and the scored 2-1 ! We had to push forward ourselves now and with our young squad we tried to get a least an equalizer however it was not to be our day. Frustrating day for us but we are still on top of the SPl with one point more than Century Park FC and plenty of games to go as we are only half way in the season !
Our next game will be Sunday 1300 @ waigaoqiao against the galacticos
We had a fantastic turn out at our Lions Christmas Party and it was great to have so many friends together ! The setting was perfectly done by Fred @ Mortons with one long table for everybody. Thomas our ex goal keeper specially flew over from Malaysia to attend the party. Traditionally there were speeches and people who came with a tie got it cut into pieces as it will bring good luck to the Lions. Francois and Mus came with tie and left without ! The last person left Mortons at 130 but the next stop was Unico for many Lions until very late……!
The next day we had our last SIFL game of the year against HStone FC,a Chinese local team. Having the party the night before but with a 3 pm kick off we got all players on time. HStone FC decided to defend only as they only got 2 players making it over the middle line in the first half. We stayed calm and tried to find holes in their defense by good combination football. We controlled the game and with 2 goals by Allan and 1 by Aga and 1 by Dani we took a 4-0 lead. For the second half the target was to keep the cleansheet and keep scoring more goals. The first we did but the second we failed as we hit the post twice and wasted a few more opportunities. In the end we could live with the 4-0 win as it meant we ended the 2015 season unbeaten in the SIFL league as well this season we played 6 games and conceded only one goal which is one of our strong points !
On Sunday we played the SPL Santa Cup with a fantasy line up. Nothing serious just fun play !
We wish all Lions a very good break for Christmas and a good time with their families back home in case they go back ! We hope that 2016 will be another great football year for the Lions !
See you all in early January ! Cheers Freek on behalf of the Lions Management !
I am very pleased to inform you that our game in the SPL between Lions and Century Park will be broadcasted LIVE on PPTV Sport Channel this Sunday 29th of November, 2015 at 14:00! This is a historic milestone both for the SPL and Shanghai Lions Football Club. As it means that finally we can reach out to the local football fans as this channel as very popular among the Chinese people and viewed all over the country. On top our family and friends living outside Shanghai will be able to watch the match live as well. The same filming crew who is in charge of the China Super League will do our game with a total of 5 camera’s around the pitch. There will be a live commentator as well and we hope that this will a stepping stone for our club to get more sponsors interested to help us develop our club especially for our youth players !
You can download the PPTV Sports app on your mobile “PPTV体育” or watch the game on your PC via Baidu . We hope that if you can you will come to the Century Park to support the team or otherwise watch the game on PPTV.
Let’s enjoy this special Lions moment and hopefully with a great performance of the team on Sunday !
ot high by now as we started to play good football up next was Ferie another Japanese team and finally Fred F scored which was important as beside Charley he was our target man. Surprise Surprise Gwenn scored his second and almost took of his shirt showing his tattoo’s but in front of the Japanese that was not so smart. We drew Emerald for the semi finals we played our best football of the day and created a few good opportunities but couldn’t score. It stayed 0-0 and we were going for the penalties / a few people were ordered not to take them …. But Fred F was first and scored right and Emerald missed their first Liad was next and scored left and Thierry made sure Charles couldn’t score as he was next in the line up and because of his stop Charles couldn’t take his penalty.
Back in the final against Japan FC who we beat last year on penalties. We pushed hard to get the 1-0 lead and managed to get several corners however we couldn’t score from those. The best player of the tournament Japan no 10 had other ideas on one of the rare counter attacks he decided to take a straight volley and the ball flew unstoppable in the top corner with 1 minute to go ! It was harsh as we didn’t concede any goal during the whole tournament but with such a beauty we accepted our faith ! The beers on the way back in the bus did taste good and we are already looking forwards to next year’s Masters !
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 !