Lions enjoyed the SPL end of the season tournament !

Lions,

It was Charly’s last game for the Lions on Chinese soil as after spending more than 10 years in China he and his family are moving back to France. We had two teams in the groups and it meant we could let the new players and youngsters have a taste of SPL football. Unfortunately, it started to rain in the morning and never stopped but once on the field in action it didn’t matter anymore. As our trade mark both teams lost their first game and after that it was game on. In our second game against the cowboys which we won Dani got hurt on his ankle and unfortunate for him and the lions that was the end of the tournament for him. Next up we beat ERS and drew 1-1 vs Century Park, but it was not enough as ERS won the final against Super 48. We played for third place and won by penalties. Charles last kick was a penalty which he blasted in the left corner overall a fun day our other team ended 7th end after a penalty shoot our vs the Marlins.

After the match we received our 10th SPL Championship trophy  ! The special reward went to Charly who was the first player to be crowned “legend” of the SPL after all he had contributed to make the SPL a success !

Great day and we hope all the Lions will come this Friday to the farewell party ! But of course first expect everybody to turn up for our next training on Tuesday to keep working on our fitness and skills !

Cheers Freek

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Lions one step closer to their 10th SPL title !

Lions,

 

Luckily the rain stopped on Sunday and the pitch in Jinqiao was great ! Just before the game started, we came to know that Century Park Fc, our title contender, had won, so we needed to get a result out of our game versus the Marlins.

The Marins were missing some players but got the help from some good youngsters ! Both defense played well in the first part of the game and the goal keeper were not tested. The lions controlled the midfield in the first half and try to get a goal. it was a fast break from Az to Tevz who was not selfish and let Tomas finish the job and he gave us a 1-0 lead.

In the 2nd half, we should have scored at least two goals in the first 15 min. all what was needed was a simple tip in. As we didn’t finish, it the game slipped away the Marlins got more confident and got several free kicks but couldn’t score either ! A super run from Kevin the dj put him one on one with the goalie but him not being selfish passed the ball to Tomas and he finished it off 2-0. Much joy for Tomas boys as papa scored !!

With tired legs, we were looking forward to the final whistle but a poor clearance of our defense let the actual Marlins goalie Dale become a hero as he scored to make it 2-1. In the end, that was the final score and now we can clinch the title on Sunday we have 8 goals better goal difference 3 points more and one game more to play.

We hope that all Lions supporters and friends will all come to support our team on Sunday 1430 at Century Park and hopefully have a nice celebration after the game !

 

Cheers Freek

 

 

Lions left empty handed after penalties in the Hebiguchi Cup Final!

Lions,

 

Last Saturday May 21st 2016,  we were playing the Hebiguchi cup final in the SIFL ! Conditions were very difficult, as it had been raining the whole day, which made the pitch hard to play on. As the game started and moved on, we quickly noticed the referee was very poor as he never stopped the Shooters from dangerous tackling and when Dani was purposely kicked in the chest right in front of the referee he didn’t even gave a card !

As the frustration crept in, we couldn’t play our usual passing game due to the pitch and we were more worried about our legs than looking for a goal. It stayed 0-0 at half time and in the second half we tried to look for a break through / we got plenty of free kicks but most ended in the hands of Chris the Shooters goalie.

With a few minutes left on the clock, it was a Shooters corner which gave them the lead it seemed like game over but 2 minutes later on a fast break it was Tevz who was fouled just in the box and got us a penalty. Az stayed cool and made it 1-1 ! After the final whistle, it was straight to penalties although we had good intentions we missed 2 out of 5 and couldn’t stop theirs. After the match we congratulated the Shooters with the Cup win.

Next Saturday it will be the end of the season tournament and closing ceremony where we can pick up our trophies !

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Cheers freek

Lions stay on top in the SPL after they beat ERS 3-1 !

Lions,

 

The moment we stepped on the great pitch of Century Park it started to rain and it never stopped so it made it a bit harder for the players. For the spectators the game didn’t disappoint as both teams were playing their best and it was a great game to watch ! We had a strong squad with 5 motivated subs on the bench. In the first part of the game the Lions tried to slice thru the ERS defense and especially Tevz managed to get through on the left. On one occasion he was brought down when he wanted to shoot on target but the referee had no intention to give us a penalty. Ers was sitting back patiently trying to overcome the Lions storm but with a brilliant individual act of their striker flipping the ball over Jack and after that over Dim they took a 0-1 lead. It was a set back for the Lions but we responded within 5 minutes when Danni broke loose and blasted the ball in the top corner. Ers was caught off guard by the quick response and soon after made a defensive error which Danni converted with ease. It was 2-1 at half time and we knew it was far from over however the fresh legs of the subs coming in did help the team. We decided to play compact and not to rush forward. In the end we didn’t give a way any scoring opportunity to ERS except for some long distance shots. We were dangerous on the counter both Felix and Allan had great scoring opportunities but the slippery field made it hard to control the ball. We did get our reward after great build and a good assist fm Dave to Azz to make it 3-1. Credit to ERS who kept trying until the final whistle. In the end it was an important win as with three games to go we are still 3 points ahead of Century Park and we have one game in hand !

The beers afterwards at the Kerry Hotel tasted very good and that was a good preparation for our next game against old rival the Marlins ! Let’s support the Lions and all come and watch our last games of the season !

 

On Saturday we will play our last game of the season against the Shooters the Hebiguchi Cup final to make it trophy number 3 !

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Cheers Happy Freek

Lions clinched another trophy on Saturday !

Lions,

 

On Saturday, we were up against the old rival the Shooters in the SIFL Champions Cup final ! We were missing Fabitch and Jack and of course Pat who left for Germany. We then had to make some changes into our regular line up and opted for Simon as stopper. The Shooters started well and the “in form” Mcgoo and Wilson caused us some trouble, however they couldn’t find the net and we scored first after 20 min when a great free kick from Felix sailed over the Shooters goalie and Dani was there to score with a nice header.

Just before half time the Shooters did come back and equalized when they spotted a hole in our defense. It was 1-1 at half time and we knew that we had to change something and we put Benj in in the defense and moved Simon up. With 15 min into the 2nd half Dani showed some skill on the left as he lobbed the ball over his opponent who reacted too late and fouled him in the box. The very moody and poor referee on the day pointed to the spot and Az nailed it to gave us the lead back.

Shooters showed good spirit as it was still a final to win some silverware and kept pushing forward. They scored after a great combination through the middle and an unstoppable strike. Good stuff for the spectators by now and the Lions stroke back by a great run and cross from Aga who found Az and he gave us the 3-2 lead. The turning point of the game soon followed when Aga cleared a ball in our box put the Shooters player felt over his leg in the move and the poor referee gave a penalty to the Shooters. We feared for the worst when Mcgoo stood up but…….. Dim our keeper stopped the penalty with class. We knew we were on the way of winning the match and Simon put the icing on the cake after a fine cross of Khalil as he blasted the ball in the goal to make it 4-2 ! We have one more final to play in two weeks the Hebiguchi Cup again against the Shooters as our captain Benj stated after the game lets get one more trophy !

 

On Sunday in the SPL the Lions will play ERS at the Century Park field for a decisive match and a win will put us closer to the title !

 

Cheers Freek

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Legends lost 2-1 against Emerald FC

Lions,

 

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 !

 

Cheers Freek

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Legends start the new season with a 3-0 win !

Lions,

 

It was another beautiful day on Sunday over 20 degrees in February ! The legends were ready for the first game of the new SPL V season. With a large squad and two new players (Nicolas and Andrea) we were up against England. Last season we tied 2-2 with them and in the first 20 minutes of the game it was obvious we have not played to getter since early December. Most balls didn’t reach the other player or the first touch was not there no shot on target…….well when you are a bit older you need a bit more time to get upto full speed ! In the second 20 minutes it was a bit better from our side but England held up strong with 10 players in defense. It was in the third 20 minutes that we killed the game first Charles with a tip in although it looked like an own goal Charles claimed the goal at once ! Soon after Charles set Fred one on one with the goalie and with the goal wide open Fred managed to shoot at the goalie………luckily for him and us he dropped the ball and gave Fred a second chance 2-0 ! To complete the successful third quarter Charles scored his second to make it 3-0. In the last quarter we were looking for one more goal especially Gwenn tried very hard but failed in front of goal !

 

It was a good result and a good start of the season ! Our next game will be on March 20th against the Emerald !

 

Cheers Freek

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Lions stay on top in the SPL despite losing against the Marlins !

Lions,

 

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

 

Cheers Freek

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Lions beat Japan 3-0 to stay in title race of SIFL !

Lions,

 

It was a beautiful day last Saturday ! A rare blue sky with 17 degrees all in all a great day for football in Shanghai. We had to play Japan who had tied against us in the previous encounter and also gave trouble to other title contenders ! So we knew we had to take the game serious and that’s what we did. Japan opted for a 9 player defense and hoped for one or two counters to score. However the Lions took possession during the first half and looked dangerous in the built up. Danni was brought down by the goal keeper and Azzeddine stepped up to give the Lions the lead. The Lions kept pressing and soon after Azzeddine blasted the ball behind the Japanes goalie with a low strike. Knowing the goal difference is important at this stage of the competition the Lions scored a third by a good run and finish of Danni ! It was three nil at half time and maybe that was the problem for the second half as the game was basically over. Our objective was to keep the clean sheet and Radouane our goalie had to make a few great saves to make that reality !

 

We are level on points with the Shooters but have one game in hand and 4 games to go we will take it game by game and stay focused as we like to end the season in the swimming pool !

 

This coming Saturday we will play Reunited for the semi cup final ! Let’s stay focused and train hard so that we peak in the last games of the season !

 

Cheers Freek

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