[SIFL News] Round 26 – Games played on 13 May 2017

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC clinch Premier League Championship.

 

Shanghai Cosmos wins First Division Championship.

 

Shanghai Vikings FC promoted to Premier League.

 


Premier League

First Division

  • Shanghai Cosmos 2-1 Shanghai Vikings FC
  • Kangbei United FC 2-2 Long Tang AFC
  • Voodoo Child 1-2 Voodoo

Premier League

Azzurri FC faced the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. A win would crown the Shooters SIFL Champions so they left nothing to chance. 

In their way was an Azzurri side who thought they could spoil the celebrations and a ReU side acting as Italian cheerleaders for the day. As usual a proper game ensued; lots of tackles, lots of energy and great football too. 

Deeming himself unsafe to be close to anyone the grand dictator Zippy (#19) banished himself to the opposite touchline from everyone else to bark his instructions/insults in isolation. Wilson Scott hobbled off and Loic Chudy soon after him as they both sacrificed their legs for the Shooter cause in a frantic half. 

Eventually the deadlock broke around the 30-minute mark. Gui ‘game changer’ Leclercq lived up to his self-given title and channeling his inner Zlatan met a Mike McGirr corner with an acrobatic volley into the far corner. The half ended 0-1 to the Shooters.

In the second half, the Shooters went out knowing they were now really close. The belief showed as they took control of the game and started a full-scale assault on the Azzurri box. Eventually the pressure told and as is becoming now usual a penalty was given for handball in the box. 

Kevin Wiessler stepped up, but although blasting it well it was too close to keeper Alex Zhao, who palmed it out with a strong hand. The Azzurri got some belief back and ReU got the pom poms out. 

Wiessler picked himself up though and soon after found himself one on one, having been slipped through by Stefan Sturm. This time he made no mistake and slotted home to double the Shooters lead to 0-2. The Shooters looked in firm control now and it seemed like it was all over. 

However the men in blue didn’t give up and the Shooters love doing things the hard way. First a clearance on the left was smashed straight into a teammate and into the path of Guillermo Santamaria, who put it into the corner of the net for 1-2.

A fifth penalty in two games was then given (again handball in the box) and can be crowned the worst decision of the five, but Javier Turull (#21) made no mistake evening out the score at 2-2

Shooters now could have sh*t themselves and caved, but they showed the belief they have had all season and instead went all out to win the game. Two minutes from time pops up Benoit Doche (middle below) who smashed the ball into the net on what he called “an impossible angle” for 2-3. 

The Shooters went mental, the Italians were defeated and Shooters were Champions! Mayhem ensued; the Shooter bus will never be the same again and the Big Bamboo is lucky to still be one piece. With his championship goal, Benoit Doche picked up man of the match honors. 

After five long years the Shooters are back on top. A big compliment to ReUnited for running the Shooters close and the Azzurri for a great game. CAMPEONES, CAMPEONES, OLE, OLE, OLE! Well done boys, congratulations great team effort. 


Shanghai ReUnited were pitted against the Shanghai Krauts FC. ReUnited went into the game knowing only a win would do to put some pressure on to the Shooters before their game with Azzurri. 

ReUnited were comfortable throughout the ninety minutes and the pressure they put onto a shaky Krauts defense led to a complete collapse for them as ReU entered the break 5-0 up. 

ReU’s debutant Denis Arych opened the scoring with a spectacular volley from twenty-five yards and from then on it was a bit of a procession. 

A Mandela first half hattrick, a fine goal from Adam Kling and another long-range strike from Arych in the second half completed the scoring for a 6-0 ReUnited win. 

Mandela picked up man of the match honors. Afterwards ReU settled down to watch the Azzurri and Shooters game and although the Italian team fought valiantly, it was not to be for ReU as the title race was lost to the Shooters.


Shanghai Japan FC crossed swords with the Shanghai Lions FC. Japan were determined to get a result against the champions of previous season. 

Japan’s fast combination play confused the Lions a great deal while the Lions were unable to find any holes in the tight Japan defense. 

Japan’s dominance resulted in the only goal of the first half sending Japan up 1-0 after 45mins of football.

In the second half, the Lions tried to do something back but Japan simply outpaced them and continued to find the net. 

The Lions did get a consolation goal by David Hunter but Japan scored three more for a final 4-1 Japan win. 

Tomoyuki Hirai (2) and Hiroki Kato (2) scored the goals (below with David Hunter). Yasutomo Toyofuku picked up man of the match honors. 


Shanghai 3United clashed with a revamped FC Oranje squad at the early time slot. Oranje was coming off a smashing of Japan two weeks earlier, while 3United had also beaten Japan in the SIFL Cup semi-finals the weekend before. 

Oranje was fired up after their first win of the season and 3United was hoping to further their win streak despite missing a few starting players. During the first half, it was Oranje who had the upper hand and within 10mns created several bankable chances. 

Their offense was continually exploiting holes in the 3U defense and midfield throughout the half and resulted in the first goal of the game at around the 15-minute mark. 

After a 3U free kick, the ball ended up at Berto Mose in the Oranje half. He quickly overran the midfield then launched Manual Troconis over the right flank. Troconis made the backline and crossed the ball in the box to Mose who half volleyed it in at the far post taking a 0-1 Oranje lead. 

3United reacted well and 5mins later saw Joe Williams earn a penalty which Nick Law clinically saw into the left corner of the goal evening out the score at 1-1. Soon after Oranje also earned a penalty but keeper Jonny Sumner spectacularly saved their effort and even it stayed. 

Oranje kept up the pressure and from a fluent attack Mubanga Vwalika played the ball to Tank Zhang (below) who set himself up for a one on one and slotted home with a low drive retaking the lead for Oranje at 1-2 and that’s how an entertaining first 45mins of football ended. 

In the second half, 3United finally found some structure and teamwork and became the dominant force of the two teams. But despite having most of the possession and momentum, they struggled to create anything dangerous in front of goal. 

Oranje was still pushing to solidify their lead and were awarded another penalty after a handball in the box. Keeper Sumner saved Oranje’s second effort as well at 1-2 it stayed. 

It gave 3United momentum for a final push into the tight orange box. Oranje started defending with all they had subbing along the way playing the clock. 

In the 88th minute 3U’s determination finally yielded. A ball won in the Oranje defense made it’s way to the midfield and reached Nick Law at the edge of the box. Law didn’t hesitate, turned the ball with his first touch and rocketed a shot into the top right corner to even the score line at 2-2. 

Despite a frantic few seconds the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Oranje’s Tank Zhang (above with Berto Mose, Nick Law & Tom Bus) and 3U’s keeper Jonny Sumner picked up man of the match honors. 

Oranje took to Cages to celebrate match #588, 4 points and 6 goals in the last 2 fixtures to end the season on a positive note. The boys won the Third-Half@Cages as well. Oranjeboom was there!


First Division

Shanghai Cosmos were scheduled to play the Shanghai Vikings FC. A win or tie would seal the Championship for Cosmos. However, they were very anxious about the possibility of a 27-goal swing, which would hand the title to Vikings. 

A nervy start by a new look Cosmos back four, including One Direction’s Harry Handley, who Jasper had proudly proclaimed he ‘groomed’ all season. Interpret that how you please!

On 28 minutes, the breakthrough came. Ant Spark opened the scoring with a cracking right footed drive from a Conor Maye cross for 1-0, giving him a story tell his grandchildren when he sees them in the summer.

Just before halftime, Adam Stringer made it 2-0 when a great Jordan Campbell flick found Maye who crossed for Stringer to finish at the second attempt. Leaving him just a few goals short of topping the Cosmos scoring chart, currently held by his biggest fan Jordan Campbell. 

In the second half, the Vikings were more determined than ever to swing the goal difference in their favor and had the better of the exchanges. 

They had to wait until the final ten minutes when they were awarded a penalty to make it 2-1 via a Stefan Soegaard spot kick conversion. A nervous end was played out and the game ended 2-1. Man of the match honors went to Harry Handley

Knowing Cosmos had secured the title, stand in coach Conor Maye lead the celebrations and traditional punishment Fireball shots at Tap House. 

Andy Wiles, making his season debut, didn’t do well, following shots for first appearance, full kit wanker, still wearing his shin pads at 7pm, being from Coventry. Doesn’t matter, Cosmos are champions!!!


Voodoo Child were paired to Voodoo on derby day. For the Voodoo it didn’t get off to a great start with the Minister of Transport confounded by a rogue bus driver meaning that 90% of players made it to the pitch with seconds to spare. 

For VC, a win would keep them in with a slim chance of finishing in the top two and therefore going up. As such VC went into the game with many injured souls returning to action.

It was Voodoo Child who started the brighter of the sides, with their patented passing game splitting the Voodoo midfield as if it was the bill for their girlfriend experiences on the recent VC tour to Bangkok. 

Chances were at a premium, as you might expect from a 1pm kickoff in the Shanghai heat and both teams lined up in a 4-5-1 formation, and it had all the excitement of a tax return until Jack ‘Nice Swan’ Webster took the game by the scruff of the neck and laid on a pass that has already gone down in club folklore. 

Jonny White was on hand to tap it in after the hard work from the Wirral Pogba and Voodoo had drawn first blood taking a 0-1 lead. That put them at ease and they added another before the interval thanks to Ben ‘I don’t lose derbies’ Avery who used his boss eyes to boss effect in sending King Lear (below) the wrong way and 0-2. 

The only hope for VC came with the introduction of Sam ’Jesus’ France after four months lost in the wilderness seeking inspiration while nursing an ankle injury. 

The second half began much better for VC with Ned Kelly (below with new trainee for illegal outback activities) through on goal only to slice wide and another near miss for Kelly came after good work from a Jesus cut back. 

The Child had the better of the second half with the man they call Jesus rising like, well, Jesus to head in getting a goal back at 1-2. Jesus: “Get lost, seek inspiration and score!”

But they could not turn their superior league position into an equalizer and 1-2 it finished before the club cemented its reputation as the only club to have an open-top bus tour for finishing in third and fourth. Voodoo’s Mike Wrynne picked up man of the match honors. 

Well done to Kam for his organization and inspirational team talks throughout a highly successful season for VC. Kam: “We gave Voodoo a little lift for the cup semi game next week.”


Kangbei United FC did battle with Long Tang AFC in a Chinese derby. The game got underway with both teams making their offensive intentions clear. Chances came and went but both sides were in balance and got on the score sheet once for a 1-1 tie at halftime. 

In the second half more of the same as both squads found the net once. The match ended in a 2-2 stalemate with both teams sharing the spoils. 

Jiangang Sun and Nianhui Cheng scored the Kangbei goals. Guodong Jing and Jun Wu scored for Long Tang. Kangbei’s Siwei Ren and Long Tang’s Jun Wu picked up man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

 

Lions lose 4-1 in their last SIFL 16/17 game

Lions,

[ SIFL ] Japan FC 4 – 1 Shanghai Lions FC

Earlier this season, the Japanese team ended up our tittle’s hope with a poor draw performance which trigger a series of unusual defeats. For this last SIFL game of season 2016/2017, the expectation was to crush the “poor” Japanese aiming to finish this difficult season on a positive note. It was also the last game of our young goalie, Riccardo Cuda, whom for the occasion has been given the captainship.

We started the game on our traditional 4-3-3 with Romain & Fabi in the back but our light warm-up paid its tribute as we struggled to get pass the midfield with a good pressing from our opponents. After a few alerts, Japanese striker finished us off after a Gerard’s slipping from Romain. We brought fresh blood after 30 mn with the entry of Rosie and Kevin and game leveled off with few opportunities of both side. 1-0 for Japan at half-time.

In 2nd half, we decided to play a little more direct to avoid Japan’s pressing in the midfield. Unfortunately, Japan scored quickly another goal by the inevitable and talented Hirai… From this moment, we finally started to play a little better and David Hunter in his excellent box to box quality reduced the scored. As we were pushing for the equalizer, we depleted our defensive line and conceded another 2 goals from a header and a long range lucky shot.

Now that season is over, it will be time soon for analysis and we will need to discuss what’s our plan for next year.

In the meantime, we still have training and few important games to play such a Veteran game against Welsh Bellies & SPL Cup game against Century Park next Sunday.

Cheers
Lions Management Team

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[SIFL News] Round 25 – Games played on 06 May 2017

SIFL Cup Semis

  • Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 2-5 Azzurri FC
  • Shanghai 3United (above) 3-1 Shanghai Japan FC

First Division

  • Shanghai Cosmos 1-1 Voodoo Child 1-1
  • Shanghai Tianfu FC 4-1 Kangbei United FC

SIFL Cup Semis

The Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC locked horns with Azzurri FC. Two teams high on confidence arrived to face off in the SIFL Cup semi. That confidence took a bit of knock as they both lined up on a pitch that had somehow managed to only to lose more grass and grow more holes over the holiday break. 

As the game started the Azzurri took it to the Shooters with balls over the top stretching the back three. A long ball in the box cannoned onto a defender’s arm and the ref didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot. Nick Velani converted the ensuing penalty taking a 0-1 Azzurri lead.

Azzurri came close to a second soon after as Javier Turull’s header had to be cleared of the line by Simon Moore. The Shooters picked their momentum as the half wore on though and went after the Azzurri, who were tiring, however they couldn’t create any clear openings. Halftime came with score stuck at 0-1. 

Shooters felt the momentum was with them as they started the second half with the same intensity as the end of the first. However the Azzurri got their second as another cross hit the arm of another Shooter defender for another penalty. 

Javier Turull smashed in the spot kick for 0-2. Shooters now had a really tough battle to back into a game but they kept going though and soon enough got their opening; one of their shots hit an Azzurri defender on the arm. Mike McGirr scored the third penalty of the game for 1-2 and Shooters feeling the come back was on and stepped it up another gear. 

Sure enough finally the ball looped out of the Azzurri box to Shooter Steven Fong who hit it on the volley with his left foot straight in the top corner for 2-2. Shooters went wild and the game went to extra time.

The Azzurri were knackered and the Shooters were confident they could finish them off. The first few minutes of extra time it looked like it was going to happen, but the Azzurri defended with everything and found the reserves to get themselves back in the game in. 

First Guillermo Santamaria turned his defender and set up Kwame to tap in for 3-2. Soon after Santamaria scored himself picking up the ball and going on a solo run before finishing nicely for 4-2. 

The Shooters tried in vain for another come back, but Guillermo Santamaria finished off the game as he scored once again in the last minutes latching on to a long ball over the top. The game finished 5-2 with Santamaria picking up man of the match honors. On June 10, Azzurri will face Shanghai 3United in the final. 

The men in blue were in a buoyant mood and took to Cages where winning ways continued as they also picked up a rare Third-Half@Cages victory. 


Shanghai 3United climbed the SIFL cup ladder to reach the penultimate stage versus Shanghai Japan FC in their semifinal clash. Japan had come out on top in their past two league games but 3United was ready to end that losing streak as well as to make history and make it to the cup final.

The match started at a fast pace right out of the starting gates. Japan were using their overlapping runs and two touch football to try and find a hole in the 3U defense, while 3U was pressuring hard down the wings looking for a dangerous opening. 

The intensity continued to ratchet up during the first half and at about 30mins in finally resulted in the first goal. Leo Kwon received the ball just outside the Japan box, touched past one defender then turned another two entering the box looking for a shot opportunity. 

Kwon was then fouled and a penalty was what followed. Nick Law converted the spot kick taking a 1-0 3U lead. Play continued to go from one end of the field to the other with 3United seeing some dangerous chances but when the halftime whistle blew, the score remained 1-0.

In the second half, 3United continued their excellent team display, dominated the midfield and cleared all Japan attacks. At the hour mark, Amine Hammadi got the ball to Nick Law who struck it sweetly from 35 meters out as it sailed in the top corner for 2-0. 

Soon afterwards, Hammadi popped a short lob into the Japan box where Josh Chilean was waiting to send it into the corner of the goal to increase 3U’s lead to 3-0.  

Despite being down by three goals, Japan did not relent and in the last minute of the game, Yosuke Tokuyama was able to net a header off a cross into the top corner for a consolation goal. The contest ended with a 3-1 score line. Joe Williams picked up man of the match honors.

A well-deserved victory for 3United and with this win they advance to the SIFL Cup final for the first time in club history where they will face Azzurri FC. 


First Division 

Shanghai Cosmos did battle with Voodoo Child with the Championship at stake. So it was no surprise that the entire Cosmos squad were available for this one, including Pac Siddiqi and Shoeless Andy Wiles. 

In contrast, Voodoo Child had upped the mind games prior to the game with claims that their squad was depleted. VC showed up with the usual suspects and most noticeably a new keeper called Simon Lear. 

Almost immediately after kick off, it became clear that VC were happy to soak up pressure and hit Cosmos on the break. Cosmos carved out chance after chance, with Jordan Campbell hitting the post, Jonny Sellars heading towards the top corner and Jack Greenwell wasting a one on one. Cosmos simply couldn’t find a way past VC’s towering new goalkeeper Simon Lear.

The breakthrough came on 40 minutes when Simon the Giant saved Campbell’s initial shot allowing Adam Stringer to follow up for 1-0. The biggest Cosmos crowd since last season’s cup final, including an animated Cardboard Carl, erupted on the sidelines. 

The celebrations were short lived. On the stroke of halftime, VC picked up a free kick just inside the Cosmos half where Jonny White delivered a great ball for Ben Avery to prod home for 1-1 and that’s how the first 45 minutes ended. 

Cosmos began to tire the second half and the introduction of a number of subs created further chances for Campbell, Stringer and Greenwell. However, King Lear had other ideas. 

With 15 to play the Cosmos launched another attack. Stringer raced down the left and played a low ball into the box. A few players made contact and the ball bounced over the keeper. The Cosmos army erupted for a second time, but the celebrations were muted again when King Lear hand clasped the ball on the goal line and 1-1 it stayed. 

Still convinced that totaalvoetbal is the answer, Verdam resurrected the Libero role for the final ten minutes. Of course, this lead to chaotic Cosmos defending, a contentious disallowed goal for VC and keeper Criss Kang making a brilliant save. 

VC then had a great opportunity to snatch the game from Cosmos, with some great work down the right by Ben Avery. He knocked the ball across to Doto Pandam who had it at his feet with the goal open but then decided to take a break as he played more than his customary seven minutes. 

This didn’t deter Verdam with his lovely gazelle like moves and there was still time for him to win it. On the edge of the box, he lifted the ball over a defender and with the Championship for the taking the effort ended with an air-kick. 

One all it finished. Jasper Verdam (above) picked up man of the match honors in his last match for Cosmos as he is moving back to Europe.  Good luck in Sweden mate! 

Verdam: “Yesh it was my last match, we earned a point and the Championship coz no way Vikings gonna score 27 goals in 2 games. Job done-total football all the way!” 

VC have snatched two points from Cosmos this season and are already looking forward to the derby versus Voodoo coming Saturday. 

Tactical genius Kam: “We will bring all stars and come with all guns blazing to give Voodoo a whooping they deserve, we are just better.”

Cosmos v Voodoo Child match statistics:


Shanghai Tianfu FC crossed swords with Kangbei United FC. Kangbei enjoyed a strong first half with determined play. Their effort yielded as hit man Jackson Katta was there to score sending Kangbei up 0-1 at halftime. 

In the second half, the roles reversed when Tianfu finally found their groove and were all over Kangbei’s tight box. Their dominance led a flurry of goals by Jinqi Sheng, Xiaorong Wu (2) and Xiwei Wang. The match ended 4-1 to Tianfu with Xiaorong Wu picking up man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

[SIFL News] Round 24 – Games played on 22 Apr 2017

* Shanghai Cosmos (above) promoted to Premier League
* Jordan Campbell scores 5!

* Shanghai United & FC Oranje relegated

Premier League

First Division

  • Shanghai Cosmos 13-2 Long Tang AFC
  • Happy FC 1-4 Shanghai Vikings FC
  • Voodoo Child 3-1 Anzacs FC 3-1
  • Shanghai Tianfu FC 1-6 Voodoo

Premier League 

The Shanghai Lions FC faced the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. The Lions showed up with a strong squad to try and stop the Shooters unbeaten run in what is now the fourth time these teams have met this season. 

The game started and moved quickly from end to end. The Shooters were always looking the more dangerous and Mike McGirr broke the deadlock nicely heading a cross from Wilson Scott into the far corner for 0-1 and that’s how a tight half ended.

The next goal was always going to be important and the Shooters got it soon after the restart. Wilson Scott showed some neat skill to go round the Lions left back before putting it on a plate for Stefan Sturm to side foot home with virtually his first touch of the ball for 0-2. 

Their lead was increased minutes later as Wilson Scott helped on a corner swung into the near post. The Lions keeper kicked the header attempting to clear it rebounded off a defender straight into the goal for 0-3. 

The Shooters were in firm control but the Lions kept fighting though and with 10mins to go nearly got themselves back into it. 

First Simon Spangenberg volleyed in a flick on from a free kick for 1-3 before Azzeddine Takouloufa converted a 20 yard free kick to make it 2-3. 

The Shooters held firm though and saw out the game to take all three points with Wilson Scott picking up man of the match honors. 

John Jofre, Chris Banyard, Mike McGirr and Roland Broughton are edging nearer to the first Shooters Championship in years. 

Benoit Doche: “We will be champions soon and that’s because this season were are the best team, Im so ‘appy I could dance.”


Azzurri FC did battle with Shanghai ReUnited. After about 15mins in, ReUnited had their stand-in keeper sent off when he handled the ball outside the box trying to clear a chip by the Azzurri striker. 

From that moment on it was always going to be a struggle for ReUnited. Azzurri scored quickly afterwards via a Guillermo Santamaria strike taking a 1-0 lead and they doubled the score when Anti Hintsanen found the net for 2-0 just before halftime. 

ReUnited responded positively in the second period and if they had converted one of their chances at the beginning of the half, they could have gotten back into to the game to turn things around. 

The game ended 2-0 with Guillermo Santamaria picking up man of the match honors. With this win Azzurri jumped the Lions in the standings and moved to fourth spot. 

With 10 men for most of the match it was just a too big a mountain to climb for ReUnited and their title hopes took a huge blow with this defeat. The Azzurri took to Cages to celebrate their win and met up with the orange crew for a thrilling Third-Half@Cages!

Above: Azzurri goal scorers Anti Hintsanen and Guillermo Santamaria. Andrea Speranza: “We should be leading the charts as no one played better than us recently.”


Shanghai Japan FC locked horns with FC Oranje. The Dutch took to the field with keeper number nine this season; Lolo Barranco. The team was further strengthened with a lethal striker.

The Oranje keeper was being tested from the get go and had to make a great save in the opening phase when Tomoyuli Hirai was played free on the right for a one on one.  Keeper Barranco kept his goal clean and that inspired the Dutch greatly. Something was brewing. 

At the half hour mark, Mubanga Vwalika beat the Japan offside trap and moved in the box for a one on one. In a last ditch effort to keep his goal clean the Japan stand-in keeper took out the ball and the striker as well and a penalty was what followed. 

Berto Mose stepped up and converted the spot kick taking a 0-1 Oranje lead. A reversal of fortunes for the men in orange as they suddenly found themselves one nil up instead a goal down. 

Aaron Breeds then seemed to score but it was ruled offside. He was not going to be denied the second time though as Mubanga got him the ball on the left. Breeds went passed a defender then took a shot that found the net doubling the Dutch score to 0-2 and that’s how an entertaining half ended. 

In the second half, Japan put more men on the midfield forward pressing Oranje’s back four and after about 15mins their pressure yielded when they worked the ball in the back of the net. However it was ruled offside as well and 0-2 it stayed. 

Japan’s pressing left them somewhat exposed at the back and Oranje capitalized on that via a quick counter. Mubanga played the ball to Mose on the left who slotted home at the near post for 0-3. 

Mose then got the ball a few meters outside the box on the left, he took a look at the keeper and curled the ball at the far post for 0-4 completing his hattrick (below). 

With a minute on the clock Coach took the field. Japan promptly scored a consolation goal when Hirai lined up behind a free kick on the left just outside the box. He shot it perfectly over the wall at the near post and determined a final 1-4 score line. 

Oranje’s Tank Zhang picked up man of the match honors with amazing control on difficult pitch. Below: Berto Mose, Tank Zhang, Tomoyuki Hirai & Aaron Breeds. Tank: “I’m the tallest.”

The victory meant the mother of all streaks was finally broken. A 300% jump from the nil, the biggest gain made on the day. Reasons for massive celebrations as the Oranje franchise ushered in a new age orange dawn.

Winning ways continued a few days later as the Oranje Latino combination clinched the first ever Cages 4v4 Silver Cup. Moises Merida, Tom Bus, Jeroen van Zanden and Luis Narino. Bus: “OK not gold but I can tell you there is nothing wrong with my hands there is absolutely no problem there.”

It was also the first time in SIFL history that both Cages teams recorded victories in the Premier League. All took to the pub for the legendary Third-Half@Cages. Guess who won? Oranjeboom was there!

The Cages 4v4 Gold Cup final was being contested by T10 (blue) and Ola with T10 captained by Willem Wolleswinkel winning the final 7-5. 

Wolleswinkel (above left): “My middle name is Van Basten and T10 were simply the best in the first ever Cages 4v4”.


Shanghai 3United locked horns with Shanghai United. The first half was a battleground of physicality, high-speed winds, uneven patches of hard ground and a myriad of attacks launched against both defensive lines. 

Both teams were eager to get a first half goal but it just wasn’t written in the stars. Both teams created chances but neither side were able to convert and the half ended with a 0^0 spectacle score. 

In the second half, 3United came out dominating, consistently defending and pushing through the United ranks. Around the 60th minute, Armando Chiu was finally able to break the stalemate when he shot a short corner towards goal that spun in for a 1-0 3U lead. 

United found a second wind after conceding the goal and for the next ten minutes really tested the 3U midfield and backline looking for the equalizer. 

However, the 3U defense was solid and cleared all offensive threats. With 15mins to play the momentum of the game tipped back to 3United. 

Kenny Barnabee received a loose ball in the box and left footed a grounding ball into goal for 2-0 to seal 3United’s lead and that’s how the match ended. Derek Yesionowski (below) picked up man of the match honors. 

With this win 3U have secured Premier League presence for next season. Yesionowski: “All the hard work to stay competitive in a higher division is rewarded filling the squad with elation and pride.”


First Division

Shanghai Cosmos were pitted against Long Tang AFC. Cosmos came into this game wary of Long Tang’s recent good form and knowing that a win would seal promotion. 

Long Tang’s squad of approximately 28 could have startled Cosmos’ nerves. However, Jordan Campbell’s pure hattrick inside 14mins settled the nerves, with the pick of the three a clever chip over the outrushing keeper and a 3-0 Cosmos lead. 

After Jonny Sellars’ brilliant fourth – a spin and first time finish on the edge of the box, his simple headed fifth and an epic 40-yard own goal, Cosmos found themselves 6-0 up after 40mins.  

Cosmos went into halftime knowing that the game should be safe, despite captain Jasper Verdam (#5) voicing his dissatisfaction about Cosmos not living up to his totaalvoetbal expectations. 

In the second half, Cosmos veteran and former manager, Chris Colman, was brought on to captain the Cosmos in his final game before moving back to Europe. Best wishes mate! 

However, it was 55-year-old Ant Spark’s pace down the right that proved the difference early on and his cross found Campbell for 7-0. Shortly after, Criss Kang’s lack of activity was put to the test and he came out second best, giving Long Tang something to celebrate at 7-1.

Striker Adam Stringer spent much of the game praying to Elvis to give him a goal. His prayers were answered after 55mins, when he met Jonny Sellars cross for 8-1 and then Conor Maye’s pass for 9-1. 

Shortly after, the two remaining members of the Bogan Triumvirate were introduced and it didn’t take long for Shaun ‘B Rabbit’ Kastelijn to make an impact. Stringer’s ‘deity’ obviously told him not to be selfish and he turned provider for B Rabbit to make it 10-1. 

Coach and part time footballer, Ryan Morgan, played in Campbell for 11-1, before Tom ‘Hodor’ Morris, found the other bogan, Peter ‘Straight Red’ Bradford, for 12-1. 

Not content with his name not appearing on the score sheet, Jasper Verdam, gleefully headed into his own net for 12-2, proving he really is a ‘total footballer’. 

Maye then played in B Rabbit with his fifth assist of the game for a 13-2 final score. The only disappointment of the day was the lack of Fireball at the second home of the Cosmos, Yong Kang Lu Tap House. Man of the match honours went to Jordan Campbell with 5 goals!


Happy FC crossed swords with Shanghai Vikings FC. The Vikings left nothing to chance and prepped themselves well before the match. Once the game got underway the furry of the Vikings became evident.  

Adebowale Adewale found the net twice while Christopher Mitchell and Christopher Gumppenberg both scored once for a 0-4 Vikings lead at halftime. 

HFC regrouped somewhat in the second half and their defense denied further Vikings scoring. However they continued the scoring with an own goal. The match ended with a 1-4 score line. Adewale (#89) picked up man of the match honors. 


Shanghai Tianfu FC were pitted against Voodoo.  A late kick off meant that it could have all kicked off in the Shanghai heat but thankfully the Tianfu keeper threw the only punches. Even still it took 45mins for both sides to calm down and relax enough to play football instead of being a gang of bellends. 

The score at that point was 1-1 but those disappointed by the poor return on goals could console themselves with the number of bookings, drop-balls, and rash challenges from a fullback who was being egged on by the Vikings in full voice. 

Bad decisions (from every single player, the officials and the watching Vikings alike) had marred the first half but a chance to regroup and rethink saw Voodoo look more purposeful from the restart, creating chance after chance. In time the goals followed – five in the second half without reply for a 6-1 win. 

Olivier Courades, the third most French Frenchman on the pitch got a goal and two assists, Jack ‘The Sheriff’ Webster scored a goal of the season contender.  

There was a debut goal and assist for Smoggy Ryan Annandale and a debut yellow for Froggy Pierre Ferrand. Jonny White scored a hattrick that may have had a helping hand from one of the Tianfu keeper’s windmills. 

A good win at the end of the day but definitely a game of two halves. The less said about the first, the better. Xiwei Wang scored for Tianfu and Jonny White picked up man of the match honors. 


Voodoo Child were slotted against the Anzacs FC. VC were missing many injured souls including tactical genius Kam currently in Trumpland with his girlfriend advising on nutritional benefits of fast food. 

However a first for VC they started the game knowing exactly what they should be doing and no one had been offended in the pre-match team talk with all names being remembered – well done to Cossack it’s a tough act to follow. 

VC started brightly with Rob Thomas offering a great outlet down the right side and Kristian Larsen making his first voodoo start in three years. Thomas then picked up the ball just inside the Anzacs half and fed it to Santa who slotted it past the keeper for a 1-0 VC lead. 

 

Soon after Ned Kelly stepped up and delivered the most delightful ball to Tony Waygood who sweetly placed it in the bottom left corner for 2-0 and that’s how the first half ended. Another VC first at halftime – they were not lambasted for any individual fault. 

In the second half, VC struck again with Andy Rodriguez picking up a loose ball in the box and slotting it home for 3-0. VC were in control but then had a man sent off for a petulant kick and continued the contest with 10 men. 

The Anzacs started to build momentum while panic set in for VC in the final 40mins. The Anzacs then got a free kick just outside the box. Jon Banks lined up behind the ball and put it away getting a goal back at 3-1. 

This led to more panic from VC however with committed players such as Doto Pandan (fresh from Oakham Curry Club initiation) who just never gave up one can see that this team is not just poppadum thin! 

The last 15mins were full kitchen-sink tactics as the Anzacs threw everything at it but they couldn’t get the vital second goal. VC stood firm and saw the result through, not in the least by some great goalkeeping from the DanZak Queen. 

The match ended with a 3-1 score line with Tony Waygood picking up man of the match honors. The Anzacs ended up 5th in the standings while Voodoo Child will finish above Voodoo this season, bragging rights for the entire summer! 

As is tradition, the Anzacs went to back to the Grand Yard Bar and raised a glass in remembrance of Anzac Day-lest we forget!


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

Tom Bus

Lions lose fourth straight against Shooters

[SIFL] Shanghai Lions FC 2 – 3 Shanghai Shooters

The Lions showed up with a strong squad to try and stop the Shooters unbeaten run in what is now the forth time these teams have met this season. The game started and moved quickly from end to end. In the 1st 15 mn, the Shooters were always looking the more dangerous however and Mcgirr broke the deadlock, nicely heading a cross from Wilson Scott into the far corner. A few more chances came and went on both side before the tight half ended 0-1.

The next goal was always going to be important and the Shooters got it soon after the restart. Wilson Scott showed some neat skill to go round Nico before putting it on a plate for Stefan Sturm to side foot home with virtually his first touch of the ball, having come on as a half time sub. Their lead was increased minutes later as Wilson Scott helped on a corner swung into the near post. Dim kicked the header attempting to clear it, but smashed it instead into his own defender Jack Boller. It rebounded off him straight into the goal for 0-3. The Lions kept fighting though and with 10 mins to go nearly got themselves back into it. First Simon Spangenberg volleyed in a flick on from a free kick before Azz converted a 20 yard free kick to make it 2-3. The Shooters held firm though and saw out the game to take all 3 points with Wilson Scott receiving MoM.

[SIFL News] Round 23 – Games played on 15 Apr 2017

 

Premier League

  • Big Bamboo SH Shooters AFC 8-1 Shanghai Japan FC
  • Shanghai ReUnited 5-0 Shanghai 3United
  • Shanghai United 3-1 Shanghai Krauts FC
  • FC Oranje 1-4 Azzurri FC

First Division

  • Voodoo 2-3 Shanghai Cosmos
  • Long Tang AFC 4-1 Voodoo Child
  • Anzacs FC 2-1 Kangbei United FC

SIFL First: 3 own goals in 1 match!


Premier League

The Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC, back from their warm weather training in Bangkok the week before, were ready for Shanghai Japan FC andthe baking sun. For the first time in history they brought a squad that outnumbered Japan, a big help in the heat. 

Keen to keep the lead at the top the table the Shooters started well pressing high. After some combination down the right, Gui Leclercq laid a ball off to Wilson Scott who looped it over the keeper for 1-0. 

The second came soon after as Mike McGirr slotted home for 2-0. The third came via a Japan player as it deflected in off him from a Simon Moore effort and 3-0. Japan then managed to get a goal back via a Tomoyuki Hirai penalty. The half ended 3-1 to the Shooters. 

The second half began and the Shooters soon restored their three-goal cushion as McGirr nicely converted a free kick from the edge of the box for his second of the day for 4-1. 

Japan held on until the final 10mins when the flood gates opened with Leclercq scoring first from a nice back heel volley from a Daniele Baldo cross for 5-1, then turning home a low cross in the box for 6-1 before finding the net once more to grab his hattrick for 7-1. 

Then, Kevin Wiessler (#10) beat the offside trap to score the final goal to finish the game 8-1. Gui Leclercq picked up man of the match honors, Below: Loic Chudy, Leclercq, Kevin Wiessler and Simon Moore. 


Shanghai ReUnited crossed swords with Shanghai 3United for the second time this season. The push for the title has revitalized the ReU squad and this time around they did better than their 1-0 win in their previous encounter. 

The early exchanges were quite equal before the ReU strike force slowly started to tell. Clear-cut chances were few and far between in the first quarter. 3U’s Nick Law dragged one shot wide while ReU’s Sascha Höltke hit the post after a scramble in the box.

ReU’s pressure kept 3U pinned back and when Alex Pozhar’s run forced an own goal ReUnited lead the contest 1-0. Another own goal doubled their lead to 2-0 and that’s how 45mins of football ended. 

In the second half, ReU’s pressure forced another own goal sending them up 3-0. Höltke then scored from a penalty for 4-0 and a close range finish from Adam Kling for 5-0 completed the scoring. 

Sascha Höltke picked up man of the match honors in his last match for ReUnited. Thanks for all those goals mate and good luck in Germany! New SIFL Record: 3 own goals in 1 match!

With this victory ReUnited is now three wins away from their first ever Premier League Championship. Herr Flick: “In the Park Tavern something came to my ears that the Shooters may have used illegal players.”


Shanghai United locked horns with the Shanghai Krauts FC. Dictator Bilgin G. was there motivating his troops in different languages and frequently had to come to the rescue denying the fast United strike force. 

General Stoyan Atsarov (#30) was on hand as well and lined up behind the occasional Kraut free kick deep into Russian territory. The sun didn’t make it easier for the aging Krauts but they ploughed and soldiered on. 

The return of Danyl Bondarchuk fired up United and with the likes of Andrey Kravchenko, Mikhail Bobylev, Nikolai Filatov, Adil Temirkhan and legend Igor Tsudin to name a few, they simply over and outran the German defensive lines. 

The solid United performance yielded a goal and they went up 1-0, which was also the halftime score. Their dominance continued in the second half as United scored two more goals. 

Mirko Franco found the net for the Krauts for a final 3-1 United victory. Danyl Bondarchuk, Joe Mystery and man of the match Adil Temirkhan scored the goals. 

Danyl B: “We found a new sponsor with more than 6,000 fresh beers daily, lots of Vodka and free marketing for our Tsudin Moonshine brand.”


FC Oranje were pitted against Azzurri FC. Oranje came with several new payers to try and turn the tide versus a determined Azzurri side. At stake was the Cages Cup

Most play took place in the midfield and Azzurri slowly encroached into Dutch territory. The pressure finally yielded when from one Italian attack the ball ended up at Anti Hintsanen who scored the 0-1.

Oranje created some chances and especially their midfield performed well. The Azzurri defensive lines stood well though and no more goals were scored sending both teams to tea with a 0-1 score line. 

Oranje’s new shoe number five Berto Mose showed up for the second half. No sooner play resumed of he fired a rocket from the edge of the box evening out the score at 1-1 and game on. 

In the next 10mins the Dutch pressed forward and created several chances. They took the game to Azzurri and the boys in blue were getting nervous. Then, from a fluent Azzurri attack, Hintsanen got the ball in the box near the back line being forced wide by a defender. 

He quickly turned while under pressure and lobbed the ball over the keeper for 1-2. Adam Kluger got in on the scoring for 1-3 and soon after that Kwame timed a long ball in the box to perfection heading it in for 1-4. 

With 10mins on the clock it was time the coach took to the field in match #586. It ended 1-4 with Imanol Des Valls picking up man of the match honors. Azzurri won the Cages Cup and the bus race back while Oranje booked another Third-Half@Cages victory. 

Above: Anti Hintsanen, Bertrand Mose, Adam Kluger, Tom Bus and Kwame Agyei-Owusu. Oranjeboom was there and all was wonderful!


First Division 

Voodoo rocked up to Waigaoqiao to meet the highflying Shanghai Cosmosbut knew that it would be a tough task to bring them down to earth thanks to yet another threadbare squad cobbled together at the last minute. 

It might have been 9am but it was hotter than anything that the Oakham Curry Club have ever eaten and promised to be as tiring as reading one of their reviews. 

Things went from bad to worse when 13 men Voodoo saw that Cosmos had brought an entire galaxy of players. The league leaders were brighter from the off, creating chance after chance as Voodoo struggled to comprehend the basics of amateur football. 

Jack Greenwell sent Cosmos 0-1 up and they should have had more before Voodoo snatched an equalizer on the break through the in-form Evan ‘Mile High’ Kleinberg. Honors even at the half and a great advert for the league. 

Then, a severely depleted Voodoo midfield yielded a header from a goal kick that split the defense and allowed Adam Stringer to finish for 1-2. Voodoo did not give up as the in-form Kleinberg quickly became the not-so-in-form Kleinberg only to draw Voodoo level with a tap-in from Larry Olivier’s cut back for 2-2. 

Jonny Sellars then scored Cosmos’ third for 2-3 to secure all three points despite a frantic Voodoo finish. Sellars picked up man of the match honors. Jordan Campbell” We cant wait to the kick some ass in the Premier League.”

Jonny White (above): “The SIFL should adopt a new formula based on dividing the number of players on each team, their age and their shirt numbers rather than which side scores more.” 


Long Tang AFC did battle with Voodoo Child. VC’s bid for title glory came to an end versus their bogey team Long Tang. The warning signs were there, 33 degrees accounted for Matt Eddy arranging a work event and sweet baby Jesus was out making history with his own batch of younglings.

Fat Nick, having been shopped for siphoning off lunch money from his students, couldn’t get them along. Nevertheless VC started out well and created a few chances. 

However, Long Tang with the understanding of the sun being very high took to the very productive system of ‘the pass’ over the top, followed up by quick lad running by and placing it in the goal, 3-0 was very quickly achieved. 

Things were changed up and young Doto Panda, highlighted as pacey and fit, was introduced. Yet another contender for Voodoo’s illustrious biggest liar award, being his main contribution. 

The second half was much more competitive and Paul Waller crafted a beautiful consolation goal that was put away by Santa Vardy for 3-1. 

Long Tang weren’t done and Joe Liar ‘marathon runner in any condition’ refused to run because was tired, gave Long Tang their fourth for a final 4-1 score line. Man of the match Guodong Jing scored a hatrrick while Yi Ding netted one. 


The Anzacs FC crossed swords with Kangbei United FC. Anzacs started strong and had Jon Banks (#10) in the line-up. That turned out to be working very well for them most noticeably in the first 45mins of football. 

The Anzacs went up 1-0 via a Banks goal. He then scored their second from just outside the box due to Stu Bell’s excellent five-yard pass for the assist and 2-0 up for the Anzacs at halftime. 

Towards the end Kangbei scored a consolation goal via a Yang Zhouyuan strike for a final 2-1 score line. Jon Banks picked up man of the match honors. With this win the Anzacs solidified their fifth spot in the rankings. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

[SIFL News] Round 22 – Games played on 08 Apr 2017

 

Premier League

First Division

  • Voodoo 7-0 HFC
  • Kangbei United FC 2-4 Voodoo Child (above)
  • Long Tang AFC 3-0 Shanghai Tianfu FC
  • Anzacs FC 0-7 Shanghai Cosmos

Premier League

Shanghai ReUnited battled it out with Shanghai Japan FC and continued their strong run of form with a comfortable victory over a team who proved a tough nut to crack in previous encounters. 

ReU went into the match knowing that only a win would do to keep their title dreams alive and the first quarter of the game proved testing. 

The Japanese started with great energy pushing ReUnited back with intricate play while ReU were struggling to get hold of the ball. Japan created several chances but without causing problems for the ReU defense. 

ReUnited gradually started to push Japan back and play took place on their half. They were rewarded by this territorial advantage when debutant Lucas Malina headed home powerfully from a Karsten Knerr corner taking a 1-0 ReU lead. 

This goal proved wonders for ReUnited and it wasn’t long before they doubled the scored. Lucas Da Silva added a second goal after being put through by Steve Ishemezwe sending ReU up 2-0 at halftime. 

In the second half, Mandela arrived and ReU had even more firepower. It wasn’t long before their attack yielded again adding to the score-line. 

Ishemezwe, Adam Kling and Mandela (2) completed the scoring with Japan grabbing a consolation goal by Tomoyuki Hirai somewhere in the mix for a final 6-1 ReUnited victory. 

With this win ReUnited are now just one point behind the Shooters and can move to first spot when they meet them in their next encounter. 

Oleksandr Pozhar picked up man of the match honors. (above with all scorers)


FC Oranje did battle with Shanghai Lions FC. With several key Lions players at the Bangkok 7s, the Dutch were dreaming of a result with some new players. At kick off time they still faced a strong Lions squad with fresh recruits as well from the School of Freek Thought. (SFT)

The Lions meant business and quickly ended all dreaming as they pinned Oranje back deep onto their half. The pressure yielded when the Lions scored from just outside the box with a shot that sailed in at the near post for a 0-1 lead after just 5mins. 

The men in orange then strung together a few moments that got them near the tight French box but the end pass was lacking. Just before halftime the Lions doubled the score and the first 45mins football ended with the Lions up 0-2. 

More of the same in the second half with the Lions pressing the Dutch back four and Oranje trying to combine through the middle. At the 75th minute the French scored again for 0-3. 

With 10mins on the clock it was time for the Dutch master to make an appearance and raise the bar in eager anticipation of the infamous third half at Cages. 

The Lions warmly welcomed the effort and raised the bar as well as they quickly scored two more goals for a final 0-5 score line. Gwendall Volant (2), Dave O’Reilly, Agajan Nyyazberdiyev and Jiang Yingchen scored the goals.

Volant (above) picked up man of the match honors. Tom Bus on match#585: “Orange Plastics & China Challenge said the right product development is key.” Cages & Beyond Relocation could not agree more! 

The men in orange went to their local where they out drank Azzurri and recorded another Third-Half@Cages victory. Oranjeboom was there and all was well!


Shanghai United locked horns with Azzurri FC. United came with a starting eleven for this match. Azzurri had a full squad as well and the men in blue meant business from the get go.

Adam Kluger, Kwame and Alex Brown made frequent excursions from their midfield deep into United territory and caused all sorts of danger all morning. Kluger: “My brother Fleddy taught me the ropes.”

Anti Hintsanen was in fine form and at the right end of a fluent Azzurri attack beating the United keeper (above). Hintsanen scored two more in the match and completed a hattrick.

Azurri went to tea with a comfortable 0-2 lead and continued their scoring ways in the second half as they netted three more for an overall 0-5 victory. 

Imanol Des Valls and Patrick Ruiz Arbeloa scored the other Azzurri goals with Des Valls picking up man of the match honors. The men in blue went toCages to celebrate another fine Azzurri performance. 


Shanghai Krauts FC crossed swords with Shanghai 3United. For the first 15mins the Krauts were playing a man down and were defending gallantly. 3United had three or four chances to create something dangerous but the Krauts defense dealt with everything cleanly. 

When the Krauts’ 11th player finally filled their missing slot, the game was able to open up. Within the next 10mins, Armando Chiu found himself in front of goal and put away the first goal of the game giving 3United the 0-1 lead. 

The Krauts answered soon afterwards with and striker Stanislav Korchazhinkii taking a quick turn around the defense and tying up the game with a well placed low shot for 1-1. 

Within the time it takes to tie a pair of football boots, 3U had pushed straight back up into the Kraut box and Oraz Arslanow pushed through onto a free ball smacking in an answer to the Krauts’ goal to retake the lead at 1-2. 

Two minutes later Joshua Chileshe received a ball just outside the box, one touched it past a defender then rocketed it in at the near post for 1-3. Soon after that Oraz Arslanow made it 1-4 with a smashing header from a perfect Joe Williams cross.  

The Krauts did not give up and continued to fight for chances. They were rewarded when a ball bounced through the defensive line where Korchazhinkii ran onto it and two-touched it into the net getting a goal back and 2-4. 

However, 3United hadn’t finished yet and scored again. This time it was Joe Williams who put the ball in the net to end the half with a 2-5 score line. 

In the second half, Team 3U found their groove once more and hammered away at the Krauts’ defense. Arslanow completed his hattrick, Radu Pughiuc netted two goals and Williams scored another one for a final 2-9 score line. With 4 assists and 2 goals Joe Williams picked up man of the match honors. (above with all goal scorers)

With this win 3U is 3 points above relegation and hot on the Krauts tail.


First Division 

Anzacs FC negotiated the Shanghai Cosmos. Due to a couple of late dropouts and a serious health issue related to fake eggs, Cosmos came into the game with a lighter than average squad.

However, a mistake in the Anzac defence allowed Jordan Campbell to finish from the edge of the box for a 0-1 Cosmos. Three minutes later, a quality cross from Carl Ballantine, caused both striker Adam Stinger and the Anzacs centre back to lose control and the ball ended up in the back of the net for 0-2. 

Cosmos relaxed and started playing some nice football. After 28mins, Conor Maye beat two men with a ‘regulation’ Cruijff turn playing in Stringer for a 0-3 halftime score. After 52mins, Maye’s corner was dropped at the feet of Stringer for a tap in and 0-4. 

Cosmos were looking comfortable until keeper Criss Kang’s ‘air-kick’ caused chaos in defence, but just like the Big Bang, chaos lead to creation and a long clearance allowed Jack Greenwell to play in One Direction’s Harry Handley down to right. His cross found Campbell for 0-5. 

Then, another long clearance found Jonny Sellars who played in Stringer who completed his hattrick for 0-6 and the first Cosmos hattrick this season. 

On minute 88, Stringer returned the favour and played Jonny Sellars through for a final 0-7 score line with Jack Greenwell picking up man of the match honors. With this win the Cosmos tops the table two points clear of the Vikings. 

Cosmos went back to Tap House to watch Adam Stringer complete the customary triple shot of Fireball handstand for his hattrick and engage in lively debate about which player most resembles a character from Game of Thrones. Hodor!! 


Kangbei United FC lined up to play versus Voodoo Child. After having nearly a month off, there were some slight concerns as to whether VC were being disciplined with their fitness. Dicko liar staying true to form by declaring on the bus ride over that he no longer eats and basically only drinks from time to time. 

A positive of the long lay off was some extra time for the depleted ranks to return from injury. At kick off it looked all so easy, VC lined up with 16 and Kangbei with 10. Danger man Jackson Katta and Disney’s knee highlighted by Jules. 

Ten minutes in, all was looking splendid for VC, some great work on the right by young Luuk Drediute, using his pace and vision on the small amount of grass remaining to link up with new Jesus and young Henrik for a great finish and a 0-1 VC lead. 

However in 2017 VC have made hard work of it and the Kangbei danger man Jackson Katta, although isolated, injured and possibly working to Dicko’s regime, managed to score two in quick succession to send Kangbei up 2-1, which it remained until halftime and manager Kam had a sulk on.

Another halftime good cop bad cop episode was conducted with Kam & the Cossack, a change of formation was implemented and to great fanfare, the founding member of the OCC (see OCC website for details) was introduced into the middle of the park.

VC came out with much more energy and Santa slid in to convert a great cross from Fat Nick in the first couple of minutes to restore parity at 2-2 and it was all VC from there on in. Santa bagged his second for 2-3 and young Luuk got the goal his hard work deserved for 2-4. 

Irish, Rob and Kam all came on for mini Cameo’s, but match fitness is still some way off. Minion in goal will be out for several months, warm regards to Dicko for stepping up between the sticks again. 

A good game and respect between the sides with no cards distributed. The lady ref marshaled well. VC’S Nicolas Lewis picked man of the match honors. Jules: “I eat danger men for breakfast.”


Voodoo faced HFC on the day. With the Voodoo squad unusually full, there was an air of optimism about as Magic Sam Woollard announced he was “Fackin well up for it”. This optimism was helped by HFC’s starting line-up of just nine. 

The game got under way with long spells of Voodoo pressure with Evan Kleinberg, FX, Ben Avery and Rooney pressing HFC’s defenders relentlessly. Voodoo were rewarded for their efforts as Sam Woollard forced an own goal, finishing off a tidy move down the right for a 1-0 Voodoo lead. 

The remainder of the half followed this pattern with voodoo squandering several chances, Joey Rooney defying the laws of physics with one effort, while Avery, FX and Kleinberg all getting close.

With the half drawing to a close, Voodoo were handed the chance for a second when Olivier Courades went down under a ‘robust’ challenge while contesting a corner. Kleinberg stepped up to drive home for a 2-0 lead at halftime. 

The second half saw Voodoo continue to dominate, with the electric pace of George, Mike and Jack keeping HFC at bay. Meanwhile the midfield and attack combined well, causing havoc for the HFC defense. 

It didn’t take long for Voodoo to make it three as Magic Sam pulled a rabbit out of the hat with a 55-yard lob and 3-0. The fourth arriving 10mins later as Evan Kleinberg finished off a great team move by lofting the ball over the keeper for 4-0. 

Voodoo continued to pile on the pressure, with the ‘harassment’ skills of the forward line impressing Jack Webster on the sideline. Voodoo made it 5-0 as Derreck Lilly arrived late to smash home from the edge of the area. 

Voodoo then completed a hat trick of lobs as FX finished for 6-0. Liam rounded off the scoring with minutes to play to make it 7-0. A well deserved three points for the Voodoo with Evan Kleinberg picking up man of the match honors. 


Long Tang AFC were pitted against Shanghai Tianfu FC in a Chinese derby. Both teams came prepared though some of their kit got lost in the washing. 

Once the match got underway Long Tang played the most dominant of football and created the better chances. 

Their power play paid of as Long Tang found the net twice in the first half for a 2-0 lead at halftime. 

In the second half, Long Tang continued to create opportunities and that yielded another goal for 3-0 and that’s how the contest ended. Renwu Yi (2) and Yi Ding scored the goals with Long Tang’s Lei Yang picking up man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

[SIFL News] Round 21 – Games played on 25 Mar 2017

 

Premier League

Shanghai ReUnited (above) victorious over Shanghai Lions FC. Azzurri FC beat Shanghai Krauts FC. Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC win versus FC Oranje. Shanghai Japan FC record monster score versus Shanghai United of 17-1. 

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos beat Kangbei United FC. Shanghai Vikings FC win versus Voodoo. Anzacs FC edge Shanghai Tianfu FC. Long Tang AFC victorious over HFC. 

* Japan establish new SIFL record-17 goals (one half)
* Four hattricks in one game
* Double hattrick Tomoyuki Hirai
* Hattricks by Hiroki Kato & Yuki Fujiwara

*
Yoku Endo, Naoya Yokoyama, Osamu Sakurai, Kibou Yamamoto one goal each


In the Premier League, the Shanghai Lions FC did battle with Shanghai ReUnited. ReUnited performed good versus a weakened Lions team and their effort was rewarded with a rare victory bagging three valuable points for ReU’s title chase. 

ReU now need five more wins, a difficult but achievable task, to secure the biggest prize for the first time in their history since 2006!


The match started cagily with some of the ReU players arriving late, at one point it seemed that Coach Becker would be making a surprise appearance! The Lions had the better of the game and hit the post in the early exchanges. 

Gradually ReU started to find their way into the game though with Lucas Da Silva spraying passes from a central position and opening the French up on the wings. Adam Kling fired ReU’s best chance over the bar and the half ended 0-0. 

It was clear this was ReU’s best opportunity to beat the Lions and three points could not be passed up if they wanted to be true title contenders. The second half was a crucial half amidst tension and focus from kick off.


ReU came out strong and Alex Pozhar ran into the box to score the opener taking a 0-1 ReU lead. Then the goals quickly started flowing with Da Silva and twice Steve Ishemezwe to complete the scoring for a final 0-4 score line. Ronald Kana (above) picked up man of the match honors. With this win ReUnited are edging closer to their first ever title. Five victories to go! 


The Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC faced ‘Kings of the Basement’FC Oranje.  Shooters started strong taking control of the game. Having already hit the bar and missed a penalty the boys from Big Bamboo finally opened the scoring with Benoit Doche smashing home from close range taking a 1-0 lead. 

Ale Kamke made it two soon after latching on to Scott Wilson’s through ball and lobbing the onrushing keeper for 2-0. Two became three as Tom Webster showed some quick feet to shift the ball from left to right before drilling it into the corner for 0-3 and that’s how the half ended. 

The second half started and Oranje had their best chance of the game as Mubanga Vwalika raced through for a one on one with the keeper. Chris Banyard came out of the box then blocked the shot with his hands denying the Dutch a certain goal. Clearly a red but a yellow was given. 

It wasn’t long before more hullabaloo followed as keeper Banyard picked up a ball from a back pass by his own defender while being challenged by the orange strike force for what looked liked another certain goal. A free kick was given and then the very controversial Banyard tipped it over the bar. Banyard: “I thrive on hullabaloo eat it for breakfast and swallow all.”

Oranje were pressuring the Shooters back four but the goal fell on the other side when Scott Wilson made it 4-0 poking home Broughton’s through ball. That’s how it ended with Wilson picking up man of the match honors. 

The Shooters went on to enjoy a truly big Big Bamboo session as they bid a fond and messy farewell to long time Shooter and all round great guy Carlos Gonzales (#8) who played his last game on Saturday. Good luck in your next ventures mate-all the best!

The boys in orange headed to Cages in celebration of match number 584, partied with Azzurri and picked up another Oranjeboom boom victory. Five more to go to win the inaugural Third-Half@Cages’s Cup! 


Azzurri FC were scheduled versus Shanghai Krauts FC. Having already sealed the inaugural Cages Cup by beating Oranje home and away, the men in blue were in a buoyant mood. They came out of the blocks best as they scored twice taking a 2-0 lead at halftime. The Krauts regrouped somewhat in the second half when they found the net as well via a Stanislav Korchazhinkii strike. 

Azzurri then put the game to bed when they scored again for a final 3-1 victory. Antti Hintsanen, Imanol Valls and Javi del Valle scored the goals with Hintsanen picking up man of the match honors. Azzurri very happy went toCages for beers & burgers and celebrate with Oranje. 


Shanghai Japan FC negotiated Shanghai United and established a new SIFL scoring record. This wasn’t evident in the first 45mins of football as defensive lines of both teams stood well for a 0-0 score at halftime. 

In the second half the floodgates opened completely as Japan found the net a record breaking 17 times. United was able to save honors when Temirkhan Adil scored their lone goal. 

Tomoyuki Hirai scored 6 goals in one half-a double hattrick! Hiroki Kato and Yuki Fujiwara scored a hattrick each while Yoku Endo, Naoya Yokoyama, Osamu Sakurai and Kibou Yamamoto all netted one. 

An unfortunate own goal by United made it 17 total with Osamu Sakurai picking up man of the match honors. A record-breaking performance of 17 goals in one half. Well done boys, you raised the bar making history!


In the First Division, Shanghai Vikings FC locked horns with Voodoo. With the holy Voodoo management trinity all absent and a depleted squad the Voodoo lined up with unfamiliar XI. The tone was set with a less than lively warm up and that form carried into the game with Voodoo all over the place in the first ten minutes. 

Vikings took the lead as a seemingly innocuous free kick found its way into the Voodoo net for 1-0 and the gap was widened by a second not long after for 2-0. 

After a bad start for the Voodoo, Alex ‘Meetchy’ Meecham and the ‘Karate Kid’ (#25) put in some hard tackles which seemed to spark the Voodoo into life. Their very French left wing combo of FX and Pierre Olivier began to have some joy down the flank, creating some decent chances. 

The spell of pressure came and went as the Vikings broke and left the Voodoo defense looking flat-footed and scored the 3-0 with the game still in first gear. Vikings managed to capitalize on yet another error in defense to make it 4-0 going into the break.

The second half saw Voodoo come into the game more, with spells of pressure from both teams, creating some decent chances. Olivier Courades and Derreck Lilly coming closest for Voodoo and Miguel Reya making some decent stops to keep out the Vikings. 

It looked like the second half would remain goalless until the Vikings got their fifth through possibly one of the most majestic own goals ever witnessed in the SIFL for a final 5-0 score line. Leslie Campbell, Anders Bruun, Christopher Mitchell and man of the match Eric Bado scored the Vikings goals. 


Shanghai Cosmos were pitted against Kangbei United FC. With Cosmos in cup action last week, the door was open for Vikings to pillage top spot in division one. After their disappointing cup defeat, Cosmos were back to focusing on league matters against a recently re-energized Kangbei side.

Even after kick off, Kangbei players continued to arrive thick and fast. Cosmos, however, were straight out of the blocks and striker Adam ‘Moses’ Stringer collected Conor Maye’s pass, spun his man and drove a rising shot past the keeper for 1-0 and continued his record of scoring in every league game this season. 

Four minutes later, Jonny ‘Yeshua’ Sellars, drove into the box, his shot was saved leaving Jack ‘Jesus is a Rochdale girl’ Greenwell with a simple finish for 2-0. A few minutes later, Kangbei worked the ball well down the left side and an Emmanuel Seneck cross was expertly finished by Chris ‘Judas’ Wade with a diving header, securing his first goal in a Cosmos shirt this season for 2-1. 

Cosmos weren’t finished yet and, despite some protests from the subs bench about Jordan Campbell’s free kick ability, he floated a heavenly ball into the box, leaving Yeshua to rise above the mere mortals and head home and 3-1 to Cosmos at halftime. 

At the start of the second half, Conor Maye played a ball over the top. The keeper came and then stopped, allowing Rochdale’s finest to get there first, round the keeper and slot into an empty net for 4-1. 

Throughout the second half, Cosmos introduced a series of bond villains from the subs bench, but despite their aspirations for world domination and devious tactics, they were unable to further break down the Kangbei rearguard. Cosmos won the contest 4-1 with Jonny Sellars picking up man of the match honors. 


Shanghai Tianfu FC crossed swords with the Anzacs FC. The Anzacs were cocked and ready and started well. They put the Tianfu defense under more and more pressure and that yielded in a goal for a 0-1 Anzacs lead at halftime. 

In the second half, Tianfu started to play better and found the net. The Anzacs’ consistency shone through though as they managed to score as well. The contest ended in a 1-2 Anzacs victory. Sheng Wang scored for Tianfu. Steve Walker and Dan Aubin found the net for the Anzacs with Walker picking up man of the match honors. 


Happy FC were pitted against Long Tang AFC. It was Long Tang’s day as they found form and quickly went ahead. They scored four in the first half for a 0-4 score line at halftime. 

In the second half, HFC found the net as well via a Jihua Shi strike. Long Tang scored two more for a final 1-6 score line. Renwu Yi (2), Guodong Jing (2), Yi Ding and Liang Shan scored the Long Tang goals with Liang Shan picking up man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

Lions keep on its “Russian Mountain” ballad in SIFL

Lions,

[SIFL] Shanghai Lions FC 0 – 4 Shanghai ReUnited

Earlier in the week, we were once more struggling to make a team for the Saturday SIFL game… Thanks to the help of few legends such as Gwen or Laid + youngster Riccardo, we finally managed to make a team.  Without players such as Azz & Felix plus the fact that captain Benji had to start on the bench with a back pain, we were not the only the team to have depth bench issues… Sebastian Becker from ReUnited himself had to dress-up to make the number while waiting his black superstars slowly to come 15 mn after the game.

So we started the 1st half organized in 4-3-3 with youngster Riccardo as GK and Rad upfront. As the pitch was in really really poor state, our goal was to avoid stupid mistake in the back and try to play in counter as much as possible. The plan worked well and both team neutralized each other with only 1 or 2 opportunities. Best 1st half opportunity came from Rad who hit the post after a nice combination.

At half-time, we said that keeping organized & winning the physical combat + second balls shall be key to win the game. Well, it was meant to be words only… Poor free kick from the all defense line was a sign that technicality was missing… A midfield in perdition after experienced Thomas Zitoun left us at half-time for personal duties… It was too much and we quickly took a goal followed by 2 others with 25 mn to go. In order to stop the bloodshed, Benji came in to stabilized the midfield… It proved to work a little as we started to play better and enjoy our game a bit despite an anecdotal 4th goal from ReUnited & a beautiful header from Jack which hit the post.

 

After Shooters game last weekend, this is the 2nd time in a row that we lose a SIFL game while managing to get to half-time at 0-0. On both occasions, our opponents were not playing amazing football. Tactically and mentally, our level is probably not good enough and not so long ago, it was us crushing our opponents in 2nd half. Beside the lack of depth in our squad, our poor fitness / commitment to the training is probably the main reason behind our troubles this year… Fitness is key and as always we give you plenty of training opportunities.

Cheers
Francois

[SIFL News] Round 20 – Games played on 18 Mar 2017

 

SIFL Cup Quarterfinals

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC win versus Shanghai Lions FC. Azzurri FC beat Shanghai Cosmos. Shanghai Japan FC victorious over Kangbei United FC. Shanghai 3United edge Voodoo. 

First Division
Shanghai Vikings FC beat Long Tang AFC to top table. 

SIFL Cup Quarterfinals

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC faced the Shanghai Lions FC in their Quarters. The second week in a row the two top tier teams met. The Shooters put the Lions under pressure and chances came and went with Roland Broughton probably coming the closest but the half ended 0-0.

The second half began and within minutes of the restart the Shooters took the lead. Wilson Scott picked up the ball and fooled everyone with a cross that the Lions keeper misjudged, leaving it to go in to the far corner of the empty goal and 1-0 to the Shooters. 

The Lions, who had been moaning all match, took it up a notch now and managed to pull a goal back-working the ball around the box before a through ball found Allan Mendel to dink over the Shooter stopper evening out the score 1-1. 

Shooters picked it up another gear after this and were soon back in the lead as Wilson ‘Target Man’ Scott scored again- this time on purpose- heading in Mike McGirr’s corner at the far post for a 2-1 lead.  

With 10mins to go, Ale Kamke made it 3-1 turning neatly in the box to hammer home and seal a place in the Semis for the Shooters. Wilson Scott won man of the match honors and went off to celebrate his birthday in true Hull lad style. 


Shanghai Cosmos did battle with Azzurri FC. Azzurri put in another clockwork performance similar to the week before and this time versus Cosmos, one of three First Division teams that made it through to the Quarters. 

A very solid Azzurri performance in the first half saw its continuance in the second half. All balls fell in the Cosmos net three scored by Azzurri and one scored by the Universe themselves. Antti Hintsanen, Kwame Agyei-Owusu and Andrea Speranza scored for Azzurri. 

Giulio Bortolaso picked up man of the match honors. With this win Azzurri advance to Semis. The men in blue went to Cages for massive celebrations and picked up another Third-Half@Cages win. (Oranje went fishing)


Kangbei United FC locked horns with Shanghai Japan FC. Japan returned to fine form and routed Kangbei United in a convincing first half where they dominated the midfield with forward pressing. 

That lead to several chances and three of those found the net sending the Japanese into the break 0-3 up. In the second half, Kangbei did something back as they scored as well via a Sheng Zhang strike. 

The Japanese scored as well and won the contest 1-4. Takuya Nakano (2) and Kosuke Nagai scored for Japan as did an unfortunate Kangbei player with an own goal (above). Tomoyuki Hirai picked up man of the match honors. 


Voodoo were slotted versus Shanghai 3United (above) in their quarters. 3United started out with some dominant play while Voodoo earned some possession and pushed hard. 

With 15mins left in the half, trusty striker Nick Law ran onto a through ball from Joe Williams and hustled past the Voodoo lines and keeper to give 3U the 0-1 lead. Voodoo then put a spell on it trying to change things around but the half ended with a 0-1 score line. 

In the second half, Voodoo mixed up their attack and put a lot more pressure on 3United but the goal fell at the other end. Sascha Höltke lobbed a cross to the edge of the box to Nick Law (#15) who headed home scoring his second of the day for a 0-2 3U lead. 

Towards the end Voodoo were awarded a penalty and got a goal back when Jonny White (above) converted for 1-2. Voodoo then launched an all or nothing offense but the red brigade hung on to a 1-2 3U victory and a place in the semis. Derek Yesionowski (below) picked up man of the match honors. 


First Division

Shanghai Vikings FC were paired with Long Tang AFC. The Vikings knew that a victory on the day would see them leapfrog to first spot in the standings and were motivated to the teeth to make that happen. 

Once the match got underway they pinned Long Tang back to their own half creating several chances. Jasper Scheuermann converted two of these when he found the Long Tang net taking a commanding 2-0 Vikings lead at halftime. 

Long Tang did something back in the second half when they scored via Wei Huang strike getting a goal back at 2-1 and that’s how the match ended. Stefan Søgaard (above) picked up man of the match honors. Søgaard: “Vikings are well on their way to loot and pillage the Premier League.”


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

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