[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

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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

Lions out of the SIFL Cup

Lions,

Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 3 Shanghai Shooters

On Saturday we faced the Shooters once again and with a record 20 players saying No to the game it was a real challenge to make a team. In the end we managed and started the match on the very poor pitch with good fighting spirit.

The first opportunities were for the Lions we got two free kicks right on the edge of the box but failed on both occasions. The first half ended 0-0 and at half time we promised to step up the game as we felt we could win the game.

Five minutes in disaster struck as a poor goal kick ended on the foot of Wilson who tried to cross but saw his ball flying in…..We started to play better and better and didn’t give up. It was a good combination and a great assist from Gwen to Allan who chipped the ball behind the Shooters goalie to level the game. It lifted our spirit but from a corner we left Wilson alone at the second post and he gave the Shooters the lead back with a header. We got two more free kicks on the edge but our efforts were poor. The Shooters with 20 players had some fresh legs to come in the field in the last 15 minutes where as our legs with only 12 players started to get tired. The scored a third with a good strike from the left to put the game to bed.

We will play Reunited this Saturday !

Cheers
Freek

[SIFL News] Round 19 – Games played on 11 Mar 2017

 

Hebiguchi Cup Semifinals
Azzurri FC beat Shanghai Japan FC. Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC win versus Shanghai Lions FC to set up final between Azzurri and Shooters.  

Plate

Voodoo beat Long Tang AFC. Kangbei United FC victorious over Shanghai Tianfu FC. Shanghai Vikings FC and Anzacs FC handed regulatory wins.  

* Kangbei’s Jackson Katta scored 4!


Hebiguchi Cup Semifinals

Shanghai Lions FC crossed swords with the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. A 20 players Shooters squad turned up to face the Lions in the first of their two semifinals clashes. The Lions welcomed Charles Georg back for a rare appearance. Below with Azzeddine Takouloufa prior to the contest. Sun out, smiles around, confidence was high. 

The Shooters started quickly out the blocks pressing high putting the Lions back four under pressure. The pressure told as the Lions soon conceded a free kick on the edge of the box, Michael McGirr stepped up and curled one towards the corner and a deflection off the wall helped it on its way into the back of the net for a 0-1 Shooters lead. 

The Lions meanwhile were finding it hard to create chances against a determined Shooter defense. Felix Vroegop came closest after the Lions picked up from a hastily taken Shooters free kick. The French striker then came face to face with Chris Banyard and it looked like the Lions would equalize. The keeper however was equally to the task and saved well keeping his goal clean. 

The match was getting tetchy at this point with the Lions clearly getting frustrated at the Shooters’ pressing and yellows were handed out on both sides. The half ended however without any other incidents.

In the second half, the Shooters were more threatening. That became evident by another horror tackle. John Terry elbowed Azzeddine to the ground from behind causing serious injury. It was another act of uncontrolled Shooter aggression and Azz had to be carried off while Terry escaped red once again the c*nt. (under investigation)

With arguably the best player of the league gone, it wasn’t long before the Shooters took every advantage. They got another free kick at the edge of the box and this time Gui Leclercq (#33) stepped up and put a low drive into the far corner to double the Shooters lead to 0-2. 

Soon after that the Lions got a free kick taken by Felix Vroegop (#27). He curled the ball over the extensive Shooter wall getting a goal back at 1-2. The Shooters then wrapped up the game as McGirr turned home a ball from close range for 1-3 and game over. Loic Chudy picked up man of the match honors. 

It was Simon Moore’s day as he earned cap number 100 for the Shooters at the highest level. Congrats mate, well done! The Shooters will now face Azzurri in the Hebiguchi Cup Final 2017. It’s going to be a spectacle!


Shanghai Japan FC were pitted against Azzurri FC. Azzurri came well prepared as Japan’s recent form caused concern for the Italian formation. Azzurri did good in the first half. Their defensive lines stood well and their offense did what was expected from them. 

They found the net once so that the first 45mins ended in a 0-1 score line. The men in blue continued their scoring ways in the second half finding the net another three times for a final 0-4 Azzurri victory. 

Antti Hintsanen (2), Nicolas Fajardo and club legend Andrea Speranza scored for Azzurri with Fajardo picking up man of the match honors. With this win Azzurri advance to final where they will face the Shooters. 

Warhorse Speranza: “That’s fantastic, will tell the lads to beef up on burgers at Cages we wont be taking prisoners for the final. John Terry must be punished!” Azzurri soldiered on and recorded a rare Third-Half@Cages win as well. (Oranje had a by) 


Plate

Long Tang AFC did battle with Voodoo. Another meeting between them meant four-and-a-half uninterrupted hours of this matchup for the ages. 

Truth be told a combination of a 9am kickoff, a pitch that has seen better days and no one being able to concentrate because there were loads of Frisbee pillocks parading about the park including one top hat in a top hat meant that minds were understandably elsewhere. 

A more physical Long Tang lineup made for a scrappy game with half-chances at a premium for both sides. Some very wasteful finishing from the Voodoo number whatever-the-equivalent-of-9-numbered-between-36-and-72*trunc(n+2); adding to the feeling it would be goalless at the break which turned out to be true. 

But it was false. Ice Cold Phil Boyle (ICPB) won and scored a nerveless penalty for 0-1 before Sam Woollard rolled back the years by miss hitting a cross into the Long Tang goal for a 0-2 score line at the half. 

The second half saw the introduction of some Voodoo players dressed for Frisbee only outdone by Long Tang’s centre half who was wearing white tights without shorts for a strong look. 

Long Tang then won a penalty, which was converted by Liang Shan for 1-2. Voodoo scored again towards the end when FX got his big Danny McBride French forehead on a Big Dog corner for 1-3 and that’s how the contest ended with Jack Webster picking up man of the match honors. 


Kangbei United FC locked horns with Shanghai Tianfu FC. Kangbei mobilized their entire foreign contingent for this game and that proved wonders. 

They scored three times in the first half for a 3-0 score line at halftime. Tianfu’s heads dropped while Kangbei marched on in the second half finding the net another four times for an overall 7-0 Kangbei victory. 

Jackson Katta (4), Emmauel Seneck, Sidyck and Juan Jose scored the Kangbei goals with Katta picking up man of the match honors. 

Anzacs FC were paired with HFC. Unhappy on the day, Happy FC forfeited the game handing a regulatory 5-0 victory to the Anzacs. 

Shanghai Vikings FC were scheduled to play Voodoo Child. VC had a no show as well handing the Vikings a 5-0 win too-nuf said. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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

Tom Bus

Lions out of the Hebiguchi Cup

Lions,

[SIFL HEBIGUCHI CUP] Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 3 Shanghai Shooters

What was supposed to be a beautiful day ended in bad day for the Lions ! We hardly could find 11 players for our match against old rival the shooters and were lucky to have Patrick and Charles back as they both are visiting China this week.

The pitch was a disaster of course for both teams but for us it makes it very hard to play our usual passing and combination game. Both teams couldn’t display and decent football and the Shooters took an early lead after poor clearance and a deflected shot. Just before half time we had our best chance as Felix was on the run and saw his effort just go wide. As we had only Lyndon on the bench we were ok to go 1-0 down into half time as with one goal we could get back in the game.

All our good intentions were dashed by a horrific foul on Azzeddine when a shooter players run into him with his elbow from the back while he wanted to chest a high ball. Azz was in serious pain and had to go off while the Shooter player only got yellow and could play on. The Shooters got a free kick at our box and our 7 men wall was not enough to stop Gui’s free kick in the right corner. Felix give us a bit of hope when his free kick flew behind Chris the shooters goalie. The Shooters scored another goal to make the final score 1-3.

 

We wish Azzeddine a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the pitch soon !
We play the Shooters again this Saturday in SIFL Cup (15:00 kick-off) and hope to have more players signing up for the match.

 

Cheers
“Sad” Freek

[SIFL News] Round 18 – Games played on 04 Mar 2017

 

Premier League
Shanghai Japan FC win versus Shanghai 3United. Shanghai ReUnited beat FC Oranje. Shanghai Lions victorious over Shanghai Krauts FC. Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC grab point versus Azzurri FC. 

First Division

Kangbei United FC beat HFC. Voodoo Child win versus Shanghai Tianfu FC. Voodoo (above) victorious over Long Tang AFC. Shanghai Vikings FC beat the Anzacs FC. 


In the Premier League, top ranked Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC did battle with Azzurri FC. Two big rivals squared off against each other in their first meeting this season. 

The Azzurri have recently beaten both ReUnited and Lions, so the Shooters knew they would have to work hard to keep their title challenge going strong and retain their unbeaten record this season.

The pitch wasn’t helping either team play football and from the start it was clear it was going to be a tight game with few chances. Both sides battled hard and looked to play the ball early to their forward players. 

Azzurri started drawing fouls in the Shooters half and threatened from the resulting free kicks, with keeper Banyard having to stretch to claw out one effort.  

The Shooters meanwhile looked most dangerous from corners, coming close on two occasions. However the half finished 0-0 with both defenses looking solid.

The second half saw the Azzurri midfield starting to take a bit more of a hold on the game as the Shooters had to dig in, looking to break away down the wings on counters. 

Finally the deadlock broke when the Azzurri’s Guillermo Santamaria whipped a good ball into the middle of the box to Nicolas Fajardo who at full stretch managed to hook the ball looping it up and over the Shooter keeper. One nil to Azzurri with 15mins left to play. 

The goal seemed to wake the Shooters up a bit and they threw everything going forward, taking more control of the game. However shots were blocked and crosses cleared and it was looking like the Azzurri were going to leave with all three points. 

But with literally the last move of the game Loic Chudy delivered a free kick in to the box, which found its way to Stefan Sturm. The big German stooped down to head in the equalizer (below) to cue wild celebrations for the Shooters. 

The final whistle went after the restart and the points were shared leaving the Shooters still undefeated this season. Goal scorers Nicolas Fajardo and Stefan Sturm picked up man of the match honors. 

Azzurri were a little hard done by as they had the better of the match, defended well until the very last second and deserved more from this game. They all went to Cages for beers and burgers and drank with their mates from up North in another glorious Third-Half@Cages. Better luck next time boys!


Shanghai Japan FC faced Shanghai 3United (below). Japan continued to get results versus good teams and this match was no exception. 

Japan went up 1-0 then 2-0 before 3United could get a goal back via an Oraz Arslanow strike for 2-1 score line at halftime. 

In the second half 3United tried to get another goal but the Japanese defensive lines held out great and the match ended 2-1 to Japan. 

Yoku Endo (above) and Hajime Sumitomo scored the goals for Japan. Yasutomo Toyofuku picked up man of the match honors. With this victory Japan cemented their grip on 5th spot in the ranking competing with Azzurri FC for 4th.


FC Oranje were slotted against Shanghai ReUnited. ReUnited are still in the title race and were on guard against Oranje who are still playing for a first win, it was ReU’s to lose.

The match got underway with ReU controlling the midfield putting the Dutch defense under pressure from the get go. After a few bankable chances it was Adam Kling who opened the scoring. Free in the box he found the unmarked near post for 0-1 after 8.5mins. 

Oranje then played a good phase getting close the ReU box but their defense did well to clear all threats. Towards the end of the half some serious chances were created but the orange strike force did not score and neither did ReUnited. Game still open. 

In de last 5mins ReU picked it up a notch and simply overran the orange lines with the ball ending up over the goal line with an accidental claw out by the falling Dutch defense that ended up in the net as well. 

A red card was what followed and Oranje continued with ten. The ensuing penalty was swiftly dealt with by Sascha Höltke sending ReUnited up 0-2 at halftime (above). The mood was buoyant and upbeat, the sun was out. Twas a lovely spring day minds were already at beers afterwards. 

The Dutch however, never give up and were firm and steadfast to complete their mission and bring their German General more into play to pressure the ReU defense and crack them up good in the second half. 

It actually resulted in a few chances but a foul in the tight Dutch box was what happened at the other end. Another penalty was easily delivered by Mandela (above) effectively putting the game to bed with a 0-3 score line. 

Just as the General was making progress getting closer to goal, ReU’s sinister ploy of ‘kicking the Kraut out’ took shape. Thomas ‘Kraut Slayer’ Corbett (#25) unceremoniously kicked Christian ‘General’ Böcking off the pitch. The same happened during their previous encounter clearly showing Herr Flick’s wicked ways of engagement. 

It was time for Tom Bus to step in. Besides silky ageless play it was a great moment for Oranjeboom exposure (below). A number of new records were established clearly swinging back the momentum to Team Orange with another bar raising performance. 

In the end ReUnited won 0-8. Adam Kling (2), Sascha Höltke (2), Steve Ishemezwe, Ronald Kana & Mandela Ngueguim scored the goals with Höltke (#96) picking up man of the match honors. 

All the fine scoring fellows above with Cages, China Challenge, Beyond Relocation, Radisson Blu Hong Quan, Xindao, KCL Foods, Infinity, Orange Plastics and the record holder in humble attendance. 

Oranje took #583 for what it was and went to Cages in celebration of raising the bar. Third-Half@Cages was won, bar was raided, crowd went crazy. Their undefeated clean sweep streak has not gone unnoticed in the league underscoring the enormous depth, reach and potential of FC Oranje-Shanghai’s oldest & finest football club-We Believe in Turn Over! (& Elvis)

Meanwhile, ReUnited’s comfortable win sees them still in hot pursuit for the title as the Shooters dropped two valuable points. Herr Flick: “This means ze fate of ze league is back in our hands-pleasant news for Berlin.”


Shanghai Lions FC crossed swords with Shanghai Krauts FC. The Lions stand-in goalie didn’t make the early kick off time so that President Freek Boelen started in goal. 

It proved to be a masterstroke as the new stand-in keeper saved a one on one with the very fast Krauts striker Stanislav Korchazhinkii and 0-0 it stayed. The Lions started a bit slow and not a lot of chances were created for both teams. 

Tomas Cabrera opened the score for the Lions 1-0 and just before halftime the Lions got their second by Tomas Zitoun for 2-0. In the second half, the Lions picked up the pace, started to pass better and danced around the pitch a bit more. 

Without substitutes, The Krauts ran out of steam and the Loins found the net several times. Felix Vroegop netted two, Tomas Cabrera scored his second and Agajan Nyazberdiyev got a goal as well. 

President Freek Boelen (above) then switched from keeper to striker and became an instant sensation when he got in on the scoring as well for a final 7-0 Lions victory. Felix Vroegop picked up man of the match honors. Boelen: “I can basically play anywhere.”


In the First Division, Shanghai Tianfu FC lined up to play against Voodoo Child. A relatively strong VC squad was able to deal with further injury; Ben Nogoodwin’s struck down with a sore throat, we will pray for his quick recovery.

VC were looking to get back on track against Tianfu, who were hoping they were still scarred from the last meet. And so it seemed Tianfu were very content to sit back and try hit VC on the break with screaming war cries. 

Mad Eddy and Tony Nogood were able to mop up with relative ease, even though it was very very sunny and the ball very very high. It seemed complacency was VC’s worst enemy. Nil nil at the break and all to play for. Time for a change, a big change, a game changer you might say.

Ian Dixon back from his travels was introduced and rallied the troops. A penalty was soon earned by Dicko, which sir Ned Kelly dispatched with ease taking a 0-1 VC lead. 

Followed up shortly by a nasty Andy Rodriguez thunderbolt that he will talk about for years to come for 0-2. Finally young Patrick Mullarkey finished off a great move with a sterling effort for a final 0-3 score line. 

Wright brother Gary had Kam’s blessing for a tireless display up and down the wings. Only black spot was two further injuries to Irish and Julian Goodes. Ned Kelly picked up man of the match honors. (above with legend Dixon, Mullarkey and Rodriguez) 


Happy FC were paired against Kangbei United FC (above) in another Chinese derby. Both teams started well and created several chances. 

However the keepers were equally to the tasks as no goals were scored in the first half. 

In the second half, Kangbei put more weight in the match. Their Cameroonian contingent stepped up and made the difference in this entertaining contest. 

Emmanuel Seneck scored a goal as did Jiamin Hou sending Kangbei up 2-0, which was also the final score. Kangbei’s Halidou Moussa (#9) was voted man of the match. 


Voodoo slugged it out with Long Tang AFC. They say sequels are never as good as the original but the SIFL casted a handsome leading man as the ref and went for an early kick off time in the will they, won’t they comedy that is Voodoo versus Long Tang. 

The result?  We quote the reviews – “five stars” (Gary Bushell, The Sun), “monster, monster” (Eric Hall) and “Bruv wtf this is mad” (Stormzy). For anyone who didn’t see the original game last week they hadn’t missed much. 

The game kicked off and quicker than you can see a DVD special feature commentary track with goal scorers. Jonny White (above) had met a deep Fabby Fab cross to cushion a lobbed volley over the keeper from the edge of the area taking a 1-0 Voodoo lead but he should have passed. 

The fastest goal of the season for the Voodoo but it did little to settle the nerves as Long Tang looked to employ their not-so-secret weapon of playing it diagonal over a flat (footed) back four.  

First Blood Part II went to Voodoo as well after Ben ‘Spider Ankles’ Avery pressured the Long Tang backline and popped it off to the Taliban whiskered hitman to lash a left foot shot in off the bar when he should have passed for a 2-0 halftime score line. 

Second half saw the introduction of Sam Woollard’s glacial pace to complement Jack ‘I can’t believe he’s only 23 and that slow’ Webster, which saw Long Tang start the better of the sides. But it turned into an open game with chances at both ends. 

The next goal came from Avery nodding in at the back stick after another excellent Fabien cross from a flowing team move for 3-0 (above). Voodoo’s fourth came from what must have been a shanked White shot from the wing for 4-0. 

Long Tang answered back as soon as Big Dog was let off his leash and Phil Boyle started his goalkeeping heroics by picking the ball out of the back of the net from a Jinfu Gan strike and 4-1 (below). Big Dog then slipped White through once more and he lobbed the onrushing keeper from distance for his hattrick and 5-1, but he should have passed. 

A solid win with some goals and nice to see Alex Meecham back in the fold after an awkward toenail injury. No one got booked so to next week when Voodoo play Long Tang for the final time this season. It’s going to be emotional. Below: man of the match Jonathan White with Jinfu Gan and Ben Avery. 


Shanghai Vikings FC locked horns with Anzacs FC. About 10mins into the game the Vikings won a free kick on the left of the box. A Viking swung it in on target and high and it snuck between the keeper’s outstretched hands and the bar for a 1-0 Vikings lead.  

The Vikings (above-below) kept pressing and had a few more chances which last gasp defense and keeper Thorsten dealing with the Anzacs managed to keep out. 

 

At the other end the Anzacs started to create a few chances with first James Viera breaking through and going very close when his curling shot beat the keeper but not the far post. Stephen Pek then had a chance, which he struck well but also landed on the post and the half ended with a 1-0 score line. 

The second half kicked off and after about 5mins the Vikings got another free kick on the left edge of the box. The same Viking strolled up and struck it over the wall into the opposite corner doubling the score to 2-0. 

After that Anzacs captain Ian Mote got tackled and face planted into the ground while the Vikings then scored the 3-0 and then netted one for the Anzacs for 3-1. Towards the end the Vikings scored two more for a final 5-1 score line. 

Jens Christensen (2) Adebowale Adewale (2) and Mikkel Lund Pedersen scored the Vikings’ goals with Jens Christensen picking up man of the match honors. (above)


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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Tom Bus

Three wins for the Lions this weekend

Lions,

Beforehand we struggled to make full squads for our games this weekend, especially we ran out of goal keepers ! However in the end we managed with some last moment help and with great spirit on the pitch by the Lions and Legends to win all three of our games !

[SIFL] Shanghai Lions FC 7 – 0 Shanghai Krauts

On Saturday in the SIFL, we had a very early morning game at 9:00 versus the Krauts. Except for our stand in goalie all players were on time and that was a good sign.

So the President had to start in goal and he saved a one on one of the Krauts fast striker. Lions started a bit slow and not much chances for both teams. Tomas CC. opened the score for the Lions and just before half time we got our second by Thomas Z.

At half time we agrees to pick up the pace of the game and started to pass better and control the game. The Krauts with no substitutes started to feel the pain and the Lions found the net several times by Felix x2, Aga, Tomas and even the President came on the last 10 minutes to score after a great team build up ! Final score 7-0 and next up will be the Shooters in the Hebiguchi semi-final!

[Veteran] Shanghai Lions FC 8  0 Super 48

On Sunday the Legends played their first game of the new season. We had a thin squad as we had some last moment cancellation and injuries but with the help of two U19 players, we hopefully had 13 players.

Our Japanese opponent Super 48 had good intentions but we took the lead by Bob. Our defense was solid on the day with virgin legend Patrick, who came all the way from Germany to become a Lion’s Legend and Adil in the back and the two Max’s as right and left defender. We didn’t give much away and increased the score by Bob 3x and Thomas. We kept the best for the last as Fred our captain made his come back after two operations on both knees and after 8 months absence. Of course the plan was to let him score but the President himself who just came in as well had other plans as his first touch was a strong header after a perfect cross from Bob which left the Japanese goalie with no chance. Two minutes later Fred took his chance and scored after Super 48 forgot to clear the ball and to end the day on a high Fred blasted home his second to make the final score 8-0 for the legends. Pascal had a great save to keep our sheet clean !

The beers tasted good after the match ! Next Sunday, we play against Strosso !

[SPL] Shanghai Lions FC 3  1 Japan FC

On Sunday afternoon in the SPL we played Japan. Always a tricky opponent as they don’t allow you to switch off as they never stop and give playing football regardless of the score.

The spirit was good and the team looked strong on paper and proved to be strong on the day as well. The passing game was a joy to watch and we saw some excellent combinations between the Lions. However disaster struck when Jack headed home a deflected corner in our own goal ! The lions stayed calm and waited for their chance. A great build up ended at Aga free on the right and his ball in was finished by Felix. Fabi proved his worth for the team again by hitting home a Felix corner to give the Lions the lead.

In the second half the legs started to get a bit tired but we had plenty of opportunities but the Japanese goalie was outstanding. As nobody converted all the “Azzist” Azz himself decided to do on his own after a great ball from Dave to score by a header over the Japanese goalie far out from his goal. We played out the match and secured valuable 3 points.

With 4 games to go in the SPL we are still on top with a three point lead versus our closest rivals ! There is no SPL game next Sunday.

As we are now approaching the final stages of the competitions, these weeks will decide the silverware and coming to the training will be key!!! The lions who have attended the training week in and out all made great improvements in their playing and fitness level ! We expect everybody to come and train on Tuesday !

Cheers
Freek

[SIFL News] Round 17 – Games played on 25 Feb 2017

 

First Round

Shanghai Japan FC, Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC, Shanghai 3United, Azzurri FC, Shanghai Lions FC (above), Kangbei United FC, Shanghai Cosmos and Voodoo all advance to the SIFL Cup Quarters. 

SIFL Cup-First Round

Shanghai Lions FC crossed swords with Shanghai ReUnited. SIFL’s newest ref Antonio Severo and his crew (above) oversaw this match with verve and accuracy as they did the match earlier. 

The Lions management (above) went over the playbook prior to the match to prevent the ‘Azzurri trap’ from happening again. Several new plays were added and it immediately worked wonders. The squad felt rejuvenated and performed well. 

The game started with the Lions attacking ferociously and they dug into ReUnited as if they were the last prey on the plains. They went up 1-0 and then complacency set in. This allowed ReUnited to get back into the game via a Sascha Höltke strike evening out the score 1-1 and that’s how an entertaining first half ended. 

In the second half, the Lions picked it up a notch when the Azzeddine Takouloufa show started. With sheer determination the ball moved from left to right until it was in the ReU net for 2-1 and that’s when the fat lady sang. 

Fabien Barbet and Agajan Nyazberdiyev scored the Lions goals with Takouloufa picking up man of the match honors. Freek: “I love that lady.”


Shanghai Cosmos locked horns with the Shanghai Vikings FC. A much-changed Cosmos team both on the pitch and in the dugout took to the field expecting a tough battle against a strong Vikings team. A scrappy opening 15 from both sides didn’t offer much evidence of the scintillating goals to come as Cosmos’ attacking Bogan Trident were trying their usual flicks and tricks from the off to very little avail. 

Some composed defending from the Cosmos preceded an injury to Matthieu Jouan with young Jack Greenwell stepping in to midfield. It wasn’t long after this when the scoring was opened. Great work from Greenwell along the sideline to get to the ball to Shaun Kastelijn who in turn got it to Jordan Campbell who curled an absolute beauty into the top corner taking a 1-0 Cosmos lead. 

The Vikings started to come into the game a little more as the half wore on forcing a great save from Keeper Kang. There was still time for one last Cosmos chance as Campbell tried to replicate his earlier finish however he hit the bar and unfortunately Peter Bradford was the wrong man in the right place as he mistimed his follow up header.

Both teams made some changes at the interval and it started quite scrappily again with some misplaced passes and dodgy touches. But it was the Cosmos who drew blood again as Jordan Campbell latched onto a Jonny Sellars header to lash the ball in from some distance for 2-0. 

Although this match played in good spirits throughout, Peter Bradford still managed to get his customary booking in. He followed this up with another Bradford special (a sliced goal attempt rolled into the keeper’s hands) after being put through by a rare Campbell pass. 

It was then that the Cosmos keeper started to prove his worth, making another top save before getting his first assist of the season as he played a ball to Jordan Campbell to lob the keeper for another great goal from distance and a 3-0 lead. 

Substitute Adam Stringer was the next to make his mark on the game with a great finish from a Sellars assist to continue his record of scoring in every game sending Cosmos up 4-0. 

Finally in a day of quality goals the Cosmos saved their best till last as good work on the wing from Greenwell led to Ant Sparks scoring an absolute screamer from 14 inches to nab his first goal for the club and a final 5-0 score line. 

A hard fought win against a battling Vikings side that continued to work till the end. The Cosmos bid farewell to another player in this week’s captain David E. who has proven to be a great asset this season.

Jonny Sellars picked up man of the match honors again.


Azzurri FC were paired to FC Oranje for their first round encounter. Oranje came well prepared and continued their winning ways with another glorious victory of the Third-Half@Cages!

Earlier on the pitch, both teams started with attacking aspirations. Azzurri created several chances in the opening face as did the Dutch. After about 30mins Azzurri opened the scoring when a low drive in the box was tapped in by Nicolas Fajardo taking a 1-0 Azzurri lead. 

The men in orange tried to do something back when Marijn Ten Wolde had a rush over the left that brought him to goal but keeper Alex Zhao stood in his way. 

Moments later Mubanga Vwalika (above) had a chance with a one on one but his effort just went wide. Hope Fan got played free with the keeper to beat but Zhao saved his effort as well. An exhilarating first half ended with a 1-0 score line. 

In the second half, Oranje applied more pressure which lead to a few chances but it was Azzurri who better handled their moments. From one such opportunity Nicolas Fajardo got fouled in the box and a penalty was given. Fajardo dully converted for 2-0. 

A few moments later Fajardo drove the ball in the box and got fouled again for another penalty, which he also disposed off for 3-0. 

The Orangemen then created a great chance when Vwalika had one on one with the keeper. This time the keeper fouled him and a penalty was given. Aurelien Souici (above) converted from the spot kick for 3-1. Soon after that from a quick counter Steven Yuan scored from close range to make it 4-1. 

The Dutch then decided to focus on records as the new age master took the field to the delight of the spectators and the world at large. Azzurri won the contest 4-1 and advanced to quarterfinals. Nicolas Fajardo picked up man of the match honors. 

Azzurri and Oranje went to Cages for another enlightening Third-Half@Cages contest. It actually wasn’t much of a contest as no one can out drink Team Orange this season. Oranjeboom was there! Goal scorers below with the record holder. 


Long Tang AFC were pitted against Voodoo. It was a lovely sunny day that was made to feel more like a day at the beach thanks to the sandpits masquerading as a penalty area and Voodoo’s day-glo green-yellow (grellow) away kit. To say that minds were elsewhere at kickoff was an understatement. 

Long Tang hit the bar within seconds of the off, the latest in this season’s long line of Voodoo keepers stranded only to see the ball rebound to safety. Still the early running was Long Tang’s with their false 8, 9 and 10 formation pulling a poorly outfitted back four all over the show and there was another scare when a corner glanced the face of the bar in the opening exchanges. 

Voodoo then came into the game but for poor finishing from Jack the Lad, FX and – following one of Jacob’s fabled ‘back spinning over balls’ – Sam Woollard, could have been up at the break. Nil-nil at halftime and not a tackle made. Credit to the referee. 

Another goal followed with Woolly channeling Di Canio (for his volley rather than his questionable politics) to knock in Olivier Courades’ chip for 0-2 and cruising down Easy Street until Avery made a game of it with a combination of errors that started with him ignoring the shout to let a corner trickle out for a goal kick and ended with him kicking the ball into his own hands for the oddest penalty of the season. 

The ensuing spot kick was subsequently fired through the keeper by Kai Sun for 1-2 to create a nervy last ten minutes. Game one of the three game series goes to Voodoo. See you next week, Long Tang, and the week after. No man of the match honors were given.


Shanghai Japan FC did battle with Voodoo Child. VC were able to field a strong squad over the course of the afternoon. Jesus and his troop, having expensed their taxi fares with Disney, arrived mid-way through the first half to much fanfare.

Kam having read the news about Leicester was keen to have a tinker around to suit the VC post Cossack and opted for a 352 with subterfuge. All seemed to adjust to the new formation with the exception of one unnamed player subbed after 15mins. 

The first half was action packed but with limited opportunities at both ends. However, the deadlock was finally broken with some nice football chess by the Japanese that resulted in a 1-0 lead and that’s how 45mins of football ended. 

The second half started well for Japan and they quickly doubled the score to 2-0. However VC came roaring back to 2-2 with a swift double by Jesus, a fortunate penalty dispatched and a converted cross from the educated and re-invigorated nameless player of first half.

The Japanese eager to avoid the penalty threat of Jules, stepped it up a gear, hit the exposed wings of VC to make it 4-2 and seal the next round in the cup. Mission accomplished for Kam and 352 packed away for another season.Norihiko Sakura (2), Tomoyuki Hirai and Takuya Nakano scored the Japan goals (above). Yasutomo Toyofuku picked u man of the match honors.


The Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC faced Shanghai United. While the Shooters arrived with a full squad the same cannot be said for United, who, after some last minutes calls, managed to get eleven to the field with them taking in turns to go in goal. This set the story of beard oils and balms versus United trying to keep the Shooters at Bay. 

It wasn’t long before Mike Mcgirr tapped home after the stand in keeper spilled his initial header for 1-0. Wilson Scott added another with a nice curling drive into the corner for 2-0. Things went from bad to worse for United as they went down to ten men around the half hour mark- one of them not surviving a robust Fabio Gillue challenge. *(The incident is under investigation as footage of the horror tackle emerged-may have major consequences for their title race aspirations) 

Chances came galore, but some poor finishing stopped the Shooters increasing their lead until Benoit Doche added a third before the half with a powerful half volley that was too hot for the make shift goalie to handle. Shooters went in 3-0 up.

Second half saw more of the same as the tiring ten men of United were pinned back even further into their half. Even more chances went begging for the Shooters side. However Mcgirr did get his second of the match with a low drive for 4-0 and Roland Broughton got himself on the score sheet tapping in a cross for 5-0. 

Biggest moment of the day was Steven Fong managing to bag his first goal of the season for 6-0, surprising everyone. The game ended 6-0 to the Shooters and credit goes to the effort put in by the boys from United who turned up on the day; they worked hard and played fair despite squad issues-we are all United! Wilson Scott received man of match honors.


The Shanghai Krauts FC slugged it out with Shanghai 3United. The Krauts had to mobilize several old warhorses to try and let experience triumph over innocence. 

They had a great start as Stoyan Atsarov headed home from a corner taking a 1-0 lead. This made 3U realize to increase their effort as the experienced German warriors were up to the task. 

The Krauts welcomed Elvis Adrovic (#17) back in their squad and that greatly shook up the 3U defense. Elvis did well and almost sealed his comeback with a goal but the keeper stopped his header.

3U’s put more men forward and their pressure yielded before the half was over when they managed to even out the score at 1-1 and that’s how the first half ended. 

Juergen Sievers (above) was in fine defensive form neutralizing several 3U attacks. As the match wore on the aging Krauts’ legs were tiring rapidly and a youthful 3U took full advantage of that. They managed to score the winner in the second half and won the contest 2-1 advancing to the quarters. 

Joshua Chileshe and Leo Kwon scored the 3U goals with Marco Gauden picking up man of the match honors. 3U’s Kris Goj (above) played his last match for 3U as he is going back to Europe. We thank him for his tireless effort and wish him good luck in his future ventures. 


Kangbei United FC squared off against Shanghai Tianfu FC in the Chinese derby. Kangbei began with the Cameroon contingent and started well. They combined through the middle and created several chances and managed to score 3 times in the first half. 

Tianfu came with attacking intentions as well as they netted two goals for a 3-2 Kangbei lead at halftime. In the second half, Tianfu knew that it would take just one goal to send the match to extra time. They did just that and tied the score to 3-3. In overtime no goals were scored so that a penalty shootout had decide the winner. 

Both teams missed a few but in the end Kangbei won the shootout 2-1 and advanced to the next round. Xiaorong Wu, Jun Xu and Liming Wang scored for Tianfu. Juan Jose (2) and Jackson Katta (red cap) scored for Kangbei. Jiangang Sun and Xiaorong 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

 

It was a great weekend for the Lions

Lions,

[SIFL Cup] Shanghai Lions FC 2 – 1 Shanghai ReUnited

On Saturday we were up against our rivals Reunited in the SIFL Cup round ! The morning started with a surprise as suddenly Patrick showed up at Waigiaqiao. He came over for a 3 week holiday but didn’t tell anybody. Unfortunately his luggage was missing but Rad helped out by bringing size 46 boots !

The pitch was very hard to play and it affected our game in the early parts. It even got worse when we got a penalty against us after a silly foul from our side. Reunited scored and took the lead. When the game progressed we took more control of the game and Reunited hardly came into our box. One minute before half time we scored one of our best ever Lions goals ! It started from the defense with Nicolas to Kevin and Kevin to Azz and Azz wide to Patrick who crossed with his left foot…. The ball flying high to Aga who was on the right edge of the box…..and he launched a rocket volley in the left corner leaving a hole in the net !

At half time we made it clear that the team who wanted to win the most would end up winning the game. We stepped it up and took full control of the game. We got several corners and came close a few occasion as well the Reunited goalie had a miracle save on an effort by Azz. In the end it was from a Felix corner that Fabi headed home what proved to be the winner ! Great second half and great team effort !

[SPL] Shanghai Lions FC 14 – 1 FC Shanghai Super 48

On Sunday the pitch and the weather was great. A few hangovers were spotted at the warming up but the spirit was great !

Dim came back from France and went straight to the game and Rad was launched as our own “Lions Zlatan” as he played upfront. Within one minute he scored with a cool finish and soon Felix made it 2-0. The Japanese opponent MMFC got a goal back but we started to play very good combination football and the Japanese were ripped apart. Some great goals followed by Kevin Rad Felix and Tomas.

Half time score was 9-1 and we wanted to work on our goal difference so we tried to add more goals in the second half. We did it by Rad / Felix / Dave and Freek (53) who scored with the hand of God…..to make the final score 14-1 which is a Club record.

Obvious the beers tasted good after the game and now we have 5 games to go in the SPL Championship we are 3 points clear and have a 6 goals better goal difference versus our rival Century Park.

Schedule

We have a busy schedule next weekend with the 3 games ! Saturday we play the Krauts in the SIFL @ 900 AM / Sunday the Legends will kick off their new season vs Super 48 @ 900 AM and in the afternoon we play Japan in the SPL @ 1300 at Waigaoqiao.

We expect everybody to come to the training on Tuesday to prepare for the weekend games !

 

Cheers
Freek

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