[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

[SIFL News] Round 16 – Games played on 18 Feb 2017

 

Premier League

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC beat Shanghai ReUnited. Shanghai 3United win versus Azzurri FC. Shanghai Lions FC victorious over Shanghai United FC. Shanghai Japan FC beat Shanghai Krauts FC.

First Division

Shanghai Vikings win versus Long Tang AFC. Anzacs FC beat HFC. Kangbei United FC and Shanghai Tianfu FC share the spoils with draw as did Voodoo Child versus Shanghai Cosmos. 


In the Premier League, the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC crossed swords with Shanghai ReUnited. Shooters missing some key midfielders in Webster, Scott and Fong, however they showed their depth of squad, still able to field a strong line up with a good bench. 

The dry bumpy field made quick passing difficult and chances were few and far between as both defenses held strong. ReUnited saw a Karsten Knerr free kick palmed on to the bar early on, but struggled to create anything of note from open play. 

The Shooters who had similarly had been limited in their chances took the lead though as Emmet O’Brien reacted quickest to side foot a loose ball in the ReUnited box for a 1-0 Shooters lead. The Shooters then defended strongly to keep the lead going into the halftime break. 

Broughton urged more of the same and the Shooters went back on knowing the next 45mins could put them one big step closer to the title. Another tight and really hard battled half played out under the Waigaoqiao morning sun. 

A couple of half chances were all either team could muster. Ultimately, despite ReUnited throwing everything they had forward, they couldn’t break through the solid Shooter team who made sure that one goal would be all they needed on the day to take home all three points. Emmet O’Brien received man of the match honors. 


Shanghai 3United locked horns with Azzurri FC. 3U knew that despite having had good performances against in-form Azzurri in the past, this was not going to be a walk in the park. The game started with 3United on the defensive with Azzurri dominating possession. 

The 3U defense dealt well with all Azzurri attacks and once the ball was won back, 3U launched their counterattacks upon the Italians lines. This back and forth lasted the entire half without any goals for a 0-0 score line at halftime. 

About 15mins into the second half, keeper Collin Cunnings smashed a dropkick punt deep into Azzurri territory in the path of Nick Law (above). He took a few quick touches into the box for a one on one with the keeper before slamming the ball into the back of the net taking a 1-0 3U lead. 

With 30mins left on the clock, Azzurri renewed their attacks putting more men into offensive positions. They hit the woodwork on several occasions and keeper Cunnings had to make some acrobatic saves to keep the nil. In the end it was the defense that won the battle as 3U held on to their 1-0 lead. Collin Cunnings picked up man of the match honors. 

For the Azzurri it didn’t matter coz knowing that Oranje had a by they all went to Cages where they finally managed to win a 

Third-Half@Cages!


 

Shanghai United were pitted against Shanghai Lions FC. The Lions were still recovering from the previous week shocker versus Azzurri and at the start of the match they were still looking to get their grove back. 

United just focused on attack and played their own game. They did well in the opening phase pushing the French back deep onto their own half. The pressure finally yielded when Andrey Kravchenko found the net taking a 1-0 lead and that’s how 45mins of football ended. 

The Lions regrouped in the second half and started finding their form with combinations and created chance after chance. They were able to equalize early on in the half for 1-1. That opened the floodgates as United ran out of steam. 

Felix Vroegop was in fine form scoring a hattrick while Tomas Carbrera Cuyas, Thomas Zitoun and man of the match Azzeddine Takoufoula all netted once for a final 1-6 Lions victory. 


Shanghai Krauts FC faced Shanghai Japan FC. Their previous encounter took place in a water soaked pitch were ze Germans triumphed 2-0. Under sunshine soaked blue skies Japan was ready for revenge. 

Both teams were quite solid in the first half. The Krauts attacked from the middle with striker Stas penetrating Japan’s defense. On one such excursion he won a free kick that just went wide. Japan played their trademark combinations to try and create chances but the rough winter pitch greatly hindered that and the half petered out with a 0^0 spectacle score. 

In the second half, Japan took more initiative and slowly approached the Krauts goal. At the 15-minute mark Kosuke Nagai’s effort hit the post and Tomoyuki Hirai lobbed a shot over the bar. Japan then strengthened their midfield for more control and that effort yielded 15mins from time. 

Hajime Sumitomo finally found the net by a lovely one-touch goal assisted by Takuya Nakano taking a 0-1 Japan lead. The ice-breaking goal caused chaos in the German mindset and it looked like total destruction was near. Just 2mins later Takuya Nakano easily scored a volley from corner kick to double the score to 0-2. 

Yuki Fujiwara then followed with a strong header to make it 0-3 and that left the Krauts without power to fight back. Japan sunk Das Boat and won the war! With a great goal and two assists, Takuya Nakano (above) picked up man of the match honors. 


Big day in the First Division with top of the table clash between Voodoo Child and Shanghai Cosmos. VC were boosted by returning disciples however the numbers were matched by a very large both literally and figuratively Cosmos squad. While the Hong Kong Chairman of the Oakham Curry Club had also made the trip over to watch the game. 

The game started with both teams playing some quality football and the ball did touch the ground once or twice in the first 30mins. Cosmos had the upper hand in the first half with their midfield trio dominating and dictating play.  

Kam the tactical genius was too busy cutting his nails to watch all the play. Towards the end Cosmos launched a long free kick into the VC penalty area and after a bit of chaos Adam Stringer scored with a strong strike taking a 0-1 Cosmos lead. 

The second half started in a similar vein with lots of long balls. VC started to get a foothold with Phil Boyle making some crunching challenges in the middle of the park. Cosmos had a number of opportunities to put the game to bed but keeper Minion stood up to the task and produced save after save.

Then after Tony Nogood was removed, VC went up another level and with Jesus driving down the left then cut in then fired back into the left hand corner evening out the score 1-1. After a panicky few last minutes the game ended with a 1-1 score line. VC’s Andy Cameron and Cosmos’ Jonny Sellars received man of the match honors. 

A couple of special mentions. First to Chairman Dave, hope you had a fun/lonely Saturday night. Secondly to Hong Kong Chairman of the Oakham Curry Club who had also made the trip over to watch the game. Thank you, OCC, OCC, OCC. (http://www.oakhamcurryclub.com/).

OCC Chairman: “Thanks Kam, you are a true genius and next season we will be sponsoring your great football club-eat more curry!”


The Anzacs FC lined up to Happy FC. The Anzacs had the early possession and were seeing some success with wingbacks Snorri Arnessen and Stephen Walker. After about 20mins they won a free kick swung in by Andy Shepherd and as HFC’s defense all stopped, Dylan Crompton stole in behind to side foot home the opening goal for 1-0. 

HFC had some shots from distance but without danger. The Anzacs were keen to push on for a second and it eventually came, albeit from an unlikely source when from a corner, the HFC keeper dropped the ball from over his own line for 2-0, which was also the halftime score. 

Clearly the next goal would be crucial and for once it came from the Anzacs. Sam Di Marco again popping up in the right place at the right time to fire home for 3-0. The game then became a bit disjointed for a while and there was a bit of niggle on both sides. 

The Anzacs then extended their lead when working the ball all the way across the back to put Stephen Walker away down the wing and then the cross found Sebastian Zhang to smash home for 4-0. In the last minute the Anzacs repeated their and Crompton bundled home a cross from a yard out with not a defender in sight. It finished 5-0 to the Anzacs. Andy Shepherd picked up man of the match honors. 


Long Tang AFC did battle with Shanghai Vikings FC. The Vikings had a field day and displayed a solid performance with great football. In the first half they scored two goals for a 0-2 halftime score. 

The Vikings kept scoring in the second half for a final 0-5 victory. Martin Larsen (2), Adebowale Adewale, Christopher Gumppenberg and man of the match Jasper Scheuermann scored the Vikings goals. 


Kangbei United FC lined up to play Shanghai Tianfu FC. Kangbei United came looking for a victory to try and claw out of the basement. Tianfu also came with attacking attentions and both teams did not disappoint. 

Both teams found the net once in the first half for a 1-1 halftime score. In the second half they continued exactly the same way and both teams scored one more goal for a final 2-2 draw sharing the spoils.

Jiajun Yang and Jackson Katta scored the Kangbei goals while Xiaorong Wu and Sheng Wang netted for Tianfu. Katta and Wang 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

 

[SIFL News] Round 15 – Games played on 11 Feb 2017

 

Premier League

Shanghai Krauts FC (above) beat FC Oranje. Azzurri FC defeat Shanghai Lions FC. Shanghai ReUnited win versus Shanghai United. Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters score nine versus Shanghai 3United. 

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos beat Happy FC. Anzacs FC win versus Long Tang AFC. Voodoo edge out Kangbei United FC. Shanghai Vikings and Voodoo Child share the spoils with tie. 

* Wilson Scott & Kevin Wiessler both scored 4!


In the Premier League, Shanghai United were pitted against Shanghai ReUnited. ReUnited got back to winning ways with a 5-1 victory over their old rivals United. It was a hard fought game in the first half before ReUnited’s extra class paid off in the second. 

ReU came into the match knowing that only three points would do considering the consistent form of their title rivals the Shooters. ReU were also aware that United could prove an obstinate foe. 

The game took a while to get going but ReU steadily started to create chances and were rewarded after a fine move. Moritz Uthoff headed home at the far post from a Sascha Höltke cross taking a 0-1 ReU lead. 

ReU continued to play well but some defensive slackness allowed United striker Andrey Kravchenko to run free at keeper Cody Ahlstrom. Kravchenko then got fouled and a penalty was what followed which was duly converted by Kravchenko himself evening out the score 1-1. 

Soon afterwards ReU were granted their own penalty after a handball in the box but failed to convert it and so both teams when into halftime with the game still tight and tensions high. 

The second half could have been a difficult affair for ReU as they lost Moritz Uthoff and David Conrad to injury and were down to only 11 fit players but Tobi Junior chose a good time to turn on the magic with a second half hattrick, which including two overhead kicks for a 1-4 ReU lead.

Debutant Joshua capped the 1-5 victory with a screamer from twenty yards, which put a gloss on the result, but was not a completely accurate representation of the game and first half in particular. Tobi Junior picked up man of the match honors. 


FC Oranje crossed swords with Shanghai Krauts FC. The Dutch have a bit of a streak going and are still playing for their first win. They came to attack but so did ze Germans. New for Oranje was when trainer Melvin Lo took between the sticks as keeper number 8!

For the Krauts, Atsarov, Korchazhinkii, Madaminov and Schwab combined well in the middle and pushed Oranje back to their half. After about 10mins Stanislav Korchazhinkii had a first chance when connecting from an Azim Madaminov cross over the left but his effort went wide. 

The second time Korchazinkii moved in from the left he scored at the far post taking a 0-1 Krauts lead. A few moments after that the Krauts won a free kick about 25 meters out. Thomas Schwab lined up to take it and saw it disappear at the far post for 0-2. 

Oranje pressed on and created several chances as well. Just before halftime the Dutch got a bankable chance at the far post but Tank Zhang’s blast went just over and the half ended with the Krauts 0-2 up. 

In the second half, the Germans continued to combine through the middle and that resulted in several chances. Dutch latest keeper Melvin Lo made some brilliant saves to keep the Orangemen in the game. At the other end Tank Zhang had another one-on-one with the keeper but the keeper saved it and 0-2 it stayed. 

The Krauts then scored two quick goals going up 0-4 effectively putting the game to bed. But not before a flurry of records were in the making when the ageing master and super chief Wild van Bill took to the field. Dictator Bilgin G (below with Wild van Bill) was so awestruck he had to leave the pitch on a stretcher. In the end, ze Germans won 0-4, Oranje second! (c*nts) Stanislav Korchazhinkii was voted man of the match.  

Not to be deterred, the new record holders (match #581) and men of Dutch courage went to Cages for celebrations. The Azzurri were already there after cheating on the bus race back and had to buy the beers, which they didn’t. Azzurri went home, Oranje drank the bar and ran a riot winning another glorious Third-Half@Cages. Oranjeboom was there! Below goals scorers Schwab, Korchazhinkii and Atsarov with the record holder. 


Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC faced Shanghai 3United. Always good for spectacle, the Shooters did not disappoint in this fixture either and clearly had rampage on their minds knowing that a superior goal difference is as good as a point at the end of the season.  

Particular Kevin Wiessler and Wilson Scott were in fine form. The first half netted 5 goals for the Shooters going into the halftime break with the match practically over. 

With great effort and fanfare the Shooters continued in the second half scoring four more goals and when all the dust had settled, they clocked nine on the score board for a final 9-0 win. 

Keven Wiessler and Wilson Scott both scored four, Mike Mcgirr got the other one with Scott picking up man of the match honors. Benoit Doche almost scored as well but it just didn’t want to go in. At night he did not have any such trouble.  

Mcgirr (next to Scott & Wiessler): “We play like that we will beat Herr Flick’s bunch on Saturday give them a whooping and be champions!” 


Shanghai Lions FC did battle with Azzurri FC. For the men in blue this was the most widely anticipated match of the season. Azzurri were dominating the first 20mins with beautiful play and controlled tempo. 

Starting from the back, working the ball towards the right hand side, a ball was played inside to Giulio ‘Frodo’ Bortolaso who played it to Antti Hintsanen completely splitting open the Lions defense. Hintsanen executed a perfect slide tackle onto the ball, slotting it in the near post for a 0-1 Azzurri lead. 

The next goal was an unfortunate decision by the ref from a corner, as the ball struck the hand of a Lions player. The Lions keeper initially saved the ensuing spot kick but Javier del Valle latched onto the ball as it bounced of the keeper to unleash a thunderbolt, an absolute cracker-jacker for 0-2. 


After 30mins, Nico Fajardo picked up the ball on the right side of the box. Fajardo released enough venom with his right clubfoot to ping the ball into the roof of the net against a really angry and overweight Lions goalkeeper for a 0-3 Azzurri lead.  

The Lions then got a goal back when Romain Haution found the net for 1-3. On the 40th minute mark Antti Hintsanen picked up the ball on the corner of the 6-yard box and got it to Stephen Yuan at the back post. Yuan slide tackled it into the goal taking a 1-4 Azzurri lead. The game became a bit scrappy after that and frustrations crept in the Lions’ play. 

Towards the end the Azzurri were awarded a penalty from a foul by the angry fat keeper. The ensuing spot kick was duly converted by Nick ‘Zorro’ Velani for a final 1-5 score line. Giulio Bortolaso picked up man of the match honors. 

Zorro (above): “F*ck me, this was a showcase of amazing football against a team that clearly never lost before. One goal changed the mindset of the whole team. Either way, the Lions lost gracefully!” 


In the First Division, Happy FC slugged it out with Shanghai Cosmos. After the long spring festival break, some HFC players decided to attend the lantern festival celebrations so they had to start with only 9 players. 

Cosmos took full advantage when Adam Stringer made it 0-1 after only 3mins. Left wing Ant Spark put in a number of telling crosses early on and Stringer converted one to make it 0-2 with a glancing header after 12mins. 

Left back Chris Wade opened his account for 0-3 with a goal direct from a corner after 35mins and by that time HFC’s 11 were all there. Another pinpoint Sparky cross allowed Jack Greenwell to make the halftime score 0-4 

In the second half, HFC made a game of it and were on the attack from the start, forcing Cosmos keeper Criss Kang into making a couple of good saves. Paul Ainslie scored with a simple finish for 5-0 when HFC’s stand-in keeper dropped the ball at his feet. 

After only coming on at halftime, Akbar Karenga, in his final appearance, asked to be subbed off because Friday night’s street food was coming back to haunt him. He returned from the stalls just in time to be reintroduced and convert a penalty for 0-6 and his first and only goal for Cosmos. We all wish him good luck with his return to London. 

Aussie center forward and part time bookie Shaun Kastelijn caught a defender napping in the box and made it 0-7. Shortly after, Tom Morris, should have really done better with his overhead kick attempt from the edge of the box, before Kastelijn scored a second from another Sparky cross for a 0-8 final score. Man of the match honors went to midfield maestro Jack Greenwell.


Voodoo locked horns with Kangbei United FC. At the best of times in winter Voodoo struggle for numbers, let alone a 7am meet. With a few of the established heads missing through work and ‘other commitments’, Voodoo scrounged around to find a few new players make their debut for the mighty Voodoo. 

In atypical Voodoo fashion, they started the brighter of the two teams in the opening passages of play but in typical Voodoo fashion struggled to find the net until our trusted French Voodoo legend FX arrived late and came fresh off the bench to score a 20-yard screamer with pretty much his first touch of the game and a 1-0 Voodoo lead. 

This really changed the confidence levels and this first was followed up with a very quick second through great lead-up play and finish by Jack ‘the Lad’ Webster for 2-0 and before too long, Voodoo had made it three due to an easy tap in from Maxy ‘Three Stripes’ Strobel (above) to close out a very positive half for the team in red and a 3-0 lead.

Confidence was high at the break with the boys adamant that they wouldn’t follow the usual trend and drop their bundle and their lead but a quick goal with a great finish to Kangbei had them on the front foot at 3-1 and peppering the Voodoo backline.  

A great show of individual strength and composure to finish from the big American Derreck Lilly restored the halftime lead to 4-1 and eased Voodoo tensions. Another cracking goal from Kangbei for 4-2 and a followed up tap in made it 4-3 and a final 15mins of squeaky bum time. 

Voodoo played out the match and booked a great win and a fair game played by all. Lennert the Dutch Maestro (above) closely edged out Olivier ‘left back’ Corades for man of the match honors – a great effort from both considering they registered just before deadline the day before. Jiamin Hou (2) and Jackson Katta scored the Kangbei goals. 


Long Tang AFC lined up to play versus Anzacs FC. Early on Long Tang took most of the possession happy enough to pass the ball sideways without really getting in behind the Anzacs defense. 

The Anzacs carved out a couple of chances from set-pieces while Long Tang beat the offside trap twice but no goals were noted and halftime came with scores level at 0-0. In the second half, Long Tang opened the scoring when from a cross the ball got touched onto the bar for Cao Yixi (below) to nod in the opening goal taking a 1-0 Long Tang lead. 

However the Anzacs were not behind for long; they won a free kick halfway inside their half. Andy Shepherd bent it towards the back post and saw it going into the corner for 1-1. 

Moments later Sam Di Marco latched on to a long kick by keeper Hunt with only one defender to beat and beat him he did before sliding in the second goal taking a 1-2 Anzacs lead. Long Tang put pressure on the Anzacs towards the end and created a few chances, which the Anzacs did at their end as well. 

Then in the last minute the Anzacs got another free kick outside their area. This time Daniel Zhang curved it left-footed towards the near post where Stephen Pek was first to react and hit home the rebound off the post for a final 1-3 score line and three points for the Anzacs. Kieran Hunt picked up man of the match honors. 

 


Shanghai Vikings FC negotiated Voodoo Child. VC were looking to carry on the good form of 2017 against their bogey side the Vikings, and went for a line up mixing pace and youth from the Fat Nick Academy, with experience and no pace being covered by some VC stalwarts.

Following some well-organized drills and a rallying team talk, the first half was one-way traffic VC taking a 0-2 lead by a goal from Ned Kelly from a glorious Fat Nick ball and an own goal after some minor assistance from the Vikings keeper.

Jules Goodes selected in the midfield this week after claims of supreme fitness and without the threat of penalties at the end of the match was able to flourish. With Paul Waller able to dictate play even whilst carrying a very bad injury (below).

For the second half, the Viking Luwan training regime began to bear fruits while VC ailments set in and the team were pushed back. Some players after having `exerting’ holidays seemed to tire more and the sun maybe went in someone’s eyes to let the Vikings get a goal back at 2-1. 

The Vikings (above) got their tails up and as with the first game, snatched a goal with the last kick of the game to tie it up 2-2, a fair result after a battling performance by both teams. Adebowale Adewale and Kasper Kristensen scored the Vikings goals. Nick Lewis and Kasper Kristensen received man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

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

Happy Rooster everyone-the Cock is coming!

Tom Bus

[SIFL News] Round 14 – Games played on 21 Jan 2017

 

Hebiguchi Quarter Finals

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC edge out Shanghai 3United. Azzurri FC beat Shanghai ReUnited. Shanghai Japan FC beat Voodoo Child after shootout. Shanghai Lions FC handed regulatory 5-0 win

SIFL Cup Qualifiers

Long Tang AFC (above) on rampage versus Anzacs FC. Kangbei United FC win versus Happy FC. 


Hebiguchi Cup Quarterfinals

Shanghai 3United were pitted against current holders of the H-Cup Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. Shooters started quickly and despite the bumpy field managed to carve out some chances, but couldn’t find a finishing touch as 3United defended well. 

Eventually however the pressure told as Simon Moore crossed in finding Roland Broughton for a tap in for 0-1. One became two as Broughton turned provider lofting a ball over the 3United backline for Kevin Wiessler to run on to and finish for 0-2. Halftime whistle went with the Shooters leading comfortably. 

The second half began and the Shooters quickly increased their lead to three as Mike McGirr back heeled in a loose ball in the box from a corner for 0-3. After this the game became more stretched as 3U attacked more to get themselves back into the game and the Shooters looked to add more goals. 

3United were the more successful playing two through balls which Oraz Arslanow beat the Shooter defenders to twice and slotted home to make the score line 2-3. In the end however it was too little too late and the game finished 2-3 seeing the Shooters advance to the semifinal. Wilson Scott received man of the match honors. 

   


Voodoo Child did battle with Shanghai Japan FC. As the only first division team left in the cup, VC were carrying the hopes of the league. VC had been on a strong recruitment drive in the week leading up, to make up for the loss of Jesus and disciples. 

However with a strong squad assembled and Greg Sicardi using words in the pre-match team talk rather than mime, VC entered the game confidently. That quickly changed with the Japanese picking up a free kick early and scoring with a well-directed Yo Inoue header at the front post taking a 0-1 Japan lead. 

The Japanese continued to keep the ball well and move through VC. VC were also struggling playing into the sun and this caused the defense to make some small insignificant errors. Therewere not many chances for the first half as the VC defense was tested but managed to keep shots down to a minimum. Just before the end of the half Greg Sicardi left the field and like any old footballer was taken to a place in the sky that footballers go when they get to a certain age. 

At the start of the second half, Minion made his long awaited return after an 18-month absence with a hamstring injury, this was soon put to the test by Jules Goodes who gave him a 40-meter sprint straight away. VC were able to keep the ball better and a golden chance fell to the golden hair boy Phil Boyle, however he decided to continue from his pre-match routine of kicking ballsinto orbit. 

Then, with Lasse Aamodt winning a 50:50 just outside his own box he played a ball down the right side for Luuk Drediette to sprint after. He crossed the ball in for Liam Redican to smash it into the net evening out the score at 1-1 with 5mins to go. 

Five minutes passed and it was onto penalties. VC missed, Japan scored, VC missed, Japan scored, VC scored, Japan scored, VC missed and Japan won the shootout 1-3 advancing to the semis. Yasutomo Toyofuku and Luuk Drediette picked up man of the match honors. Kam: “Special mention for Ben and if anyone has seen where the ball finally landed it would be greatly appreciated if you could return to VC.” 


Shanghai Lions FC faced Shanghai United. The Russians ran out of moonshine on Friday and started drinking tractor fuel. They were still drinking on Saturday and threw the match. The Lions won 5-0. Misha (left): “We have best moonshine in the world its God’s will we must be happy.”


Shanghai ReUnited were up against Azzurri FC in their quarters. The men in blue put in a solid performance on the day. In the first half they played compact football followed with quick attacking midfield play. Their dominance paid off when they attacked over the left. Keeper Cody Ahlstrom saved an initial shot but Patrick Arbeloa was in the right place to convert the rebound for a 0-1 Azzurri lead at halftime. 

Azzurri deservedly doubled their lead in the second half when they caught ReU on the break and Alex Brown slammed home a hard low drive for 0-2. ReUnited never really looked like getting back and Azzurri simply played out the match. Alex Brown picked up man of the match honors. 

It was ReUnited’s first loss of the season and they were all shook by it. Herr Flick: “Helga must be punished and redo the Gestapo exam.” To celebrate their win and place in the semis, Azzurri went to Cages – Shanghai’s Number 1 Sports Bar!


SIFL Cup Qualifiers 

Long Tang AFC crossed swords with the Anzacs FC. Long Tang came out with all guns blazing. The Anzacs were no easy pushover in the first half and were able to do some damage of their own. The half ended with a 4-2 score line. 

In the second half, the floodgates opened completely and Long Tang waltzed through the Anzacs defense at ease scoring at will. The contested ended with Long Tang 10 and Anzacs 2. 

With five goals Jinfu Gan received man of the match honors. Ahamad Meouloud netted two, Yi Ding, Liang Shan and Kai Sun scored one each. Chris Lloyd and Abdul Zarouel scored for the Anzacs. 


Happy FC locked horns with Kangbei United FC. Both teams came to win but focused on squid defense to try and keep the nil in the first half. They succeeded in that as the first 45mins ended in a 0^0 spectacle score. 

In the second half, focus switched to attack mode and Kangbei were clearly better at finishing as they managed to score four times versus HFC’s one goal. The game ended with a final 1-4 score line. Wei Xue scored once while Juan Jose scored a hattrick and promptly picked up man of the match honors. Feng Tang scored for HFC.


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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

Happy Rooster everyone-the Cock is coming!

Tom Bus 

[SIFL News] Round 13 – Games played on 14 Jan 2017

 

Premier League

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC beat Shanghai Krauts FC. Shanghai Lions FC edge out Shanghai 3United (above). Azzurri FC win versus Shanghai Japan FC. Shanghai United defeat FC Oranje.

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos beat Shanghai Tianfu FC. Voodoo defeat Anzacs FC. Voodoo Child edge out Happy FC. Shanghai Vikings win versus Kangbei United FC. 


In the Premier League, the Shanghai Krauts FC faced league leaders Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. A large Shooter squad lined up against the Germans who were short of a few defenders. Once the game started this became very apparent. The Shooters attacked quickly and the makeshift German defense struggled to deal with them. 

Before long Tom Webster, who was terrorizing the German full back all game, crossed deep for the opposite winger Wilson Scott to smash home on the half volley for 0-1. One became two as Simon Moore threaded a ball through to Mike McGirr who finished after initially dummying and leaving two Germans behind him for 0-2. 

Kevin Weissler made it three after bringing down Paolini’s lofted ball on the edge of the box and finishing nicely with his left for 0-3. The Shooters then had two more goals disallowed, one for no obvious reason at all, but 0-3 the half ended. 

The second half began with the Shooters once more pressuring the German goal with not much coming back in response. It became 0-4 when Benoit Doche casually half volleyed in a rebound that fell to him on the edge of the box. 

Stefan Sturm (above) made it five soon after; heading in a Simon Moore cross from a tight angle at the near post, despite a defenders best efforts to keep it out for 0-5. Stanislav Korchazhinkii managed to score a late consolation goal with the last kick of the game for the Germans for a final 1-5 score line. Tom Webster earned man of the match honors.

Dictator Bilgin G.: “When Dictator is on pitch no one scores. But our own 250kg South African Cape buffalo goalkeeper got me injured and he should have received a red card.” Zippy: “Is your name Willy Nilly?” 


Shanghai 3United did battle with the Shanghai Lions FC. It was cold but a clear blue sky with no pollution in sight. The pitch was difficult to play on after last week’s heavy rain. 

The Lions had a small squad with many players not available and were set to revenge the first encounter versus 3U, which 3U won at the start of the season. 

Lions’ motivation ran high to make up for the earlier loss. Both teams opted to leave a gap in the midfield as the defenders decided to stay deep. Lions played on the counter and created several chances. It was Romain Haution who opened the score taking a 0-1 Lions lead. 

3United didn’t have a shot on target but were awarded a penalty. Nick Law took the ensuing spot kick sending it in the left corner to make it 1-1 just before halftime. In the second half, the Lions improved their game with more combination football. 

They were awarded a penalty halfway in the half. Haution took the spot kick for the French but the 3U keeper stopped his effort to the bemusement of the spectators. Agajan Nyyazberdiyev played one of his best games, went thru the right wing several times and got fouled in the box for a spot kick to give the Lions a second chance to take back the lead. 

Felix Vroegop stood up and scored from the spot to make it 1-2. 3United tried to come back but didn’t pose any danger and the Lions hung on to a hard fought victory. Agajan Nyyazberdiyev received man of the match honors. 


Azzurri FC lined up to play versus Shanghai Japan FC. In-form Japan held the champions to a draw the week before and were hoping to build on their good form of late. 

Azzurri had other plans and put in a very a consistent performance. Kwame Agyei-Owusu opened the scoring sending the men in blue 1-0 up and that’s how the first half ended. 

Japan tried to do something back in the second half, the game went back and forth but were unable to stop the Kwame show.  Kwame was able to double Azzurri’s lead to 2-0 and that’s how the contest ended with Kwame picking up man of the match honors. Kwame: “It was a great win I scored nicely Kwame is the name!” 


Shanghai United were pitted against FC Oranje. Most of play took place in the midfield in the opening phase of the match. United’s spirit, and determination increased dramatically when new look Igor Tsudin showed up with moonshine and took between the posts. It was a mental boost for the Russians and they not going to be denied. 

About half hour in, the United effort paid off when from a through ball Ricker Alexander lobbed it over the onrushing keeper for 0-1. United kept pushing and the Alexander was at it again when he got the ball on the right and blasted it in the net for 2-0. 

The Dutch pushed for a goal and created several bankable chances. First, from a corner Hope Xu took aim but the United keeper stood in the way. Soon after that Mubanga Vwaliki had two giant chances to score but keeper Tsudin had other thoughts and made some brilliant saves. 

Just before halftime, Daniyar Dumanuly received the ball just over the halfway line. His rush forward over the left was met little resistance as he played himself free before the keeper then slotted home at the far post for a 3-0 United lead at halftime. 

United kept going in the second half and straight from kick off scored their fourth when they captured the ball in the middle. A quick counter was what followed and Alexander completed his hattrick with a strike at the far post for 4-0. Andrey Kravchenko then made it 5-0. 

Towards the end the Dutch started playing with four strikers and finally were able to get a ball in the net. Mubanga Vwaliki was successful in his third attempt at goal with a fine action for 5-1. 

Oranje had the last chance of the match when Tank Zhang found himself eye-to-eye with keeper Tsudin. The keeper denied him (above) and 5-1 it stayed with United picking up three valuable points. Igor Tsudin received man of the match honors for his heroic antics on and off the pitch. Thanks for the moonshine mate!

It was Anton Devine’s (#13) last match for United. Above with Igor Tsudin, Ricker Alexander, Mubanga Vwaliki, Andrey Kravchenko and Daniyar Dumanuly. The orange franchise went on the Cages where they celebrated match number 580-a new record in Shanghai. Oranjeboom was there. But not before we all drank to Nicolai Filatov’s (below 2nd left) birthday with beers and authentic Russian moonshine!


In the First Division, leagues leaders Shanghai Cosmos were slotted againstShanghai Tianfu FC. Cosmos started well and were able to expand taking a 1-0 lead at halftime. 

They continued with dominating football in the second half and were able to score another three goals. Tianfu saved honors via a Mingda Ye strike. Man of the match Jonny Sellars (2), Jordan Campbell and Adam Stringer scored for Cosmos. 


Voodoo Child slugged it out with Happy FC. VC went into the game hoping to build on their good run of victories and the recent hard fought derby win versus Voodoo. There were some changes needed with the return of the Cossack and Santa following some Xmas commitments. 

Thankfully VC were boosted by the return of brave Paul Waller playing through the pain of a ‘skiers thumb’. Despite a run of six wins and promise to be ‘good cop’, Kam decided to lay into the defense before the game unveiling some bizarre pre-match drills for the team to complete. 

The game began with VC well on top and playing some good football from the backline through the midfield. However despite dominating possession and coming close to scoring with a Waller one on one, Santa header & Fat Nick effort, VC could not find a way through. 

HFC were happy to play on the break and showed little going forward but did threaten through Nogoods stray passing and from some good distance shooting. The first half ended with a 0-0 score line 

At halftime, Kam (above with Putin) continued his policy of good cop by telling off Disney Dave for saying that we were playing well and the team came out determined to break the deadlock. It continued in the same style with VC dominating while frustrations began to show as Waller continued to misfire. 

However with 15mins to go the deadlock was broken after Irish Andy ran through, bottled the shot initially, but somehow got another chance, which he dispatched taking a 1-0 VC lead. 

All of VC believed that would be it but HFC quickly responded following an excellent shot from distance by Qifa Li which struck the bar then was tapped in evening out the score 1-1. 

With 10mins remaining VC increased their efforts and fully enforced their gegenpress on HFC winning the ball back immediately and forcing numerous corners and free kicks. This effort was matched by the bench as Nogood eagerly fetched balls, people shouted encouragements and Kam almost broke out of mute mode. 

Finally with the clock ticking, Nasty Arod delivered the best corner of the game and Paul Waller moved from villain to hero by bundling in the winner from a yard and a 2-1 VC lead. Despite scoring with just 30 seconds on the clock VC fully deserved the points against a spirited but fair Happy FC side. Andy Graydon picked up man of the match honors. 


The Anzacs FC crossed swords with Voodoo. It was a game that made everyone involved wished they had got suspended the week before as the lowest placed foreign teams played out 90mins that went a long way to explaining their league positions. 

The two threadbare squads were more interested in moaning than playing football at the outset but the atmosphere improved and what the neutrals would have called ‘an old-school English battle’ broke out. That is to say that this was not a classic. The teams were split by an Anzacs own goal from a corner at the half for 0-1 with a host of chances that were wasted at either end

The second half was better with three goals including one direct from a Damo Pilat corner putting Voodoo two goals to the good before stand-in keeper Maxuel Neuer – Voodoo’s 46th keeper of the season – smashing a clearance into stand-in centre half Sam Woollard to reduce the deficit 1-2. 

Jonny White made it 1-3 to finish the scoring but only because he refused to pass to Diego, playing his final game for Voodoo before moving to Miami to sell guns to drug dealers. Good luck to him and to Eric Fransen (above), who shattered his cheekbone during the game. Damo Pilat received man of the match honors. 


Kangbei United FC locked horns with the Shanghai Vikings FC. The Vikings were in fine form and dominated the match from the start. They were able to open the scoring taking a 0-1 lead. Before the half was over Kangbei’s keeper had to fish the ball out of the net another time for a 0-2 Vikings lead at halftime. 

In the second half, Kangbei tried to do something back but were unable to find a hole in the sturdy Danish defense. The Vikings took the foot of the pedal and played out the match for a final 0-2 score line. Adebowale Adewale and Janus Olsen scored the Viking goals. Henrik Kragh received 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 12 – Games played on 07 Jan 2017

Premier League

Shanghai ReUnited (above with 3U) beat Shanghai Krauts FC. Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC on rampage versus Shanghai United. Shanghai 3United win versus FC Oranje. Shanghai Puxi Lions FC and Shanghai Japan FC tie. 

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos defeat Shanghai Vikings FC. Voodoo Child beat Voodoo. Kangbei United FC win versus Long Tang AFC. Happy FC victorious over Shanghai Tianfu FC. 

  • Kangbei’s Jackson Katta scored 6!

  • Shooter Kevin Wiessler netted 4!


In the Premier League, the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC crossed swords with Shanghai United. Rain and mud greeted the two teams for their first game of 2017. Neither was put off by the weather though and lined up ready to run off the Christmas break excesses.

The Shooters quickly took control of the first half with some direct football and plenty of wing play. It wasn’t long before the flood gates opened with Kevin Wiessler (above) bagging a pure hattrick, Roland Broughton scored two, Mike McGirr and Wilson Scott a goal a piece to make it 7-0 for the Shooters after 45mins of play. 

A quick halftime change around saw Broughton ring in the changes for the Shooters with several players coming in off the bench. Wiessler scored a lovely 25 yard drive straight in to the bottom corner before Scott found the net twice more to get his hattrick for 10-0. Stefan Sturm also bagged one to make it 11. 

United kept on battling and towards the end of the game started to find a bit more rhythm. This led to them scoring too late consolation goals through Temirkhan Adil’s head and a nice curling effort from outside the box by Zhanbolat.

The game finished 11-2 in favor of the Shooters who went off to the Big Bamboo to celebrate their first win of 2017. Mike McGirr earned man of match honors. 


Shanghai Japan FC lined up to play the Shanghai Puxi Lions FC. It took both teams around 15mins to adjust to the apocalyptic pitch. Japan dominated the opening phase and were dangerous on several occasions with unpredictable long balls over the flanks that abused the Lions’ defenders. 

Luckily, Lions keeper Radouane Guissi showcased classy saves on a few occasions. After a while the French started to play a bit more direct. It proved to be the right tactic with Romain Haution, David Rosenberg and Felix Vroegop excelling on the exercise. 

About 20mins in, the Lions took a 0-1 lead when Xu Lin scored from a loose ball from a cross over the left. Ten minutes later, a clearance from Japan keeper ended up directly at Kevin Bertille’s feet. He immediately volleyed the ball back lobbing it over Japanese keeper from the 35 meters out doubling the French lead to 0-2 and that’s how the first half ended. 

In the second half, the Lions opted to play on the side of the pitch to avoid the middle pitch no-men’s land. They weren’t able to do that very well then resorted to playing their traditional way. Japan got a goal back when Yasutomo Toyofuku scored the 1-2 on a brawl from a corner. 

With 30mins to go the Lions reorganized somewhat and the game continued with limited opportunities on either side. With the pitch conditions deteriorating rapidly both teams opted to shoot from distance and play long crosses. Japan proved to be the better at that and managed to even out the score with a fantastic header 3mins from time by Tomoyuki Hirai. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. 

Takuya Nakano received man of the match honors for Japan while Kevin Bertille received these honors for the Lions. Freek Boelen: “If you shoot for the title you must win 1-2 but we had to settle for a draw and that tastes like defeat.”


Shanghai ReUnited did battle with the Shanghai Krauts FC. ReUnited stayed tight with the Shooters at the top of the table following another fine victory over a dangerous Krauts team. The Krauts pushed ReU hard at first and took the 0-1 lead when they beat the offside trap for their winger to slot home. 

ReUnited responded well though but missed some great chances before Essien Foba tapped home the equalizer at the far post after fantastic work from Sascha Höltke for 1-1. The German team could easily have found the net again but they missed some chances and at the other end it was ReUnited that went ahead when Nick Waters converted from close range to make it 2-1.  

ReUnited were soon pegged back when a goal kick got stuck in the water and after a scrap in the mud, a deflected shot flew in the goal for a 2-2 score line after 45mins of football. In the second half, ReUnited regrouped and were determined to keep fighting.

The contest became cagier and ReU took the lead through another Essien goal midway through for 3-2. The Krauts launched a final offense but ReUnited saw the game out without too much drama. Burak Tuncay and William Walker scored for the Krauts. Steve Ishemezwe received man of the match honors. 

ReU player José María Argüello and 3U player Ignacio “Nacho” Abelaire (above) played their last games for the club. They are going back to Spain to become full-fledged bullfighters. Good luck guys and thanks for the inspiration. 


FC Oranje battled it out with Shanghai 3United. With several late cancelations including the keeper, the orange franchise started with Billboard Bus between the sticks. Cages, China Challenge, Orange Plastics, KCL Foods, Beyond Relocation, Xindao, Infinity, Oranjeboom and the Radisson Blu Hong Quan all thought it was a great idea!

Oranje did well in the opening phase but 3United slowly encroached onto Dutch territory and midway through the half it yielded when Joe Williams received the ball on the right. He moved towards the box forcing the goalie to the near post. He then played to the freestanding Markus Birgler at the penalty spot who simply played the ball in the open goal taking a 0-1 3U lead. 

Oranje had a chance to equalize towards the end of the half but it was not to be a 0-1 it stayed after 45mins of quality football. In the second half, Oranje regrouped somewhat and were able to mobilize Daan van Eijkel in his last match for the Dutch. He almost scored from close range but unfortunately for him and the world his four efforts went wide. 

3United continued attacking and Joe Williams got the ball on the right side of the box. His shot found the net at the far post for 0-2. Not long after that 3U were awarded a penalty. Despite some great moves by the keeper, Nick Law coolly converted for 0-3. 

A fourth goal came from Oraz Arslanow for a final 0-4 score line. Nick Law received man of the match honors. Oranje went on to Cages to celebrate new match & cap records. Goal scorers below: Oraz Arslanow, Nick Law, Joe Williams and Markus Birgler with Tom Bus thank you very much!


In the First Division, the Shanghai Vikings FC locked horns with Shanghai Cosmos in the battle for top spot. Cosmos were looking to extend their winning run to six games, but having watched the last 20mins of the Voodoo derby puddle fest, this was never going to be a free flowing game of football. 

Cosmos started positively and left-winger Connor Maye, seemed to cope well with the conditions by employing a chipping technique he had probably perfected during his Gaelic football career. On the 16th minute, it was Maye’s deep cross that allowed Jasper Verdam to open the scoring with an expert header taking a 0-1 Cosmos lead. 

The Vikings evened out the score at the half hour mark when their striker broke down the left. His cross came back off the bar and fell at the feet of a Vikings player for a simple finish for 1-1. Soon after that the Cosmos retook the lead when Maye’s corner lead to scramble and Jack Greenwell headed in at the third attempt for 1-2. 

An assist hattrick for Maye as his chip over the top stopped in the mud and allowed Jordan Campbell to toe-poke the ball under the keeper for a 1-3 Cosmos lead at halftime. The Vikings rallied at halftime and came out fighting in the second half. They won a corner early on in the half that led to a scramble and Waigaoqiao’s GDS decided the ball had crossed the line for 2-3. 

The Vikings applied more pressure looking for the equalizer. With about 10mins on the clock they attempted a short corner routine, only for Matthieu Jouan to intercept and play in Adam Stringer. Stringer outpaced the tiring Vikings defense and finished into the bottom corner for 2-4. 

The Vikings hadn’t finished though and after being awarded and contentious free kick towards the end, their captain (#21) curled the ball brilliantly into the top corner for 3-4. Cosmos then almost self destructed by passing the ball straight to the Vikings from the proceeding kickoff. 

Jonny Sellars won back possession and played in Jordan Campbell to seal the win with a fine strike for 3-5. Stefan Søgaard, Peter Gullak and Rasmus Andersen scored the Vikings goals. Jordan Campbell received man of the match honors. 


Voodoo slugged it out with Voodoo Child in a Camel Pub derby. Both teams were depleted and looking overweight following the festive period, especially Jesus but with the exception of Arod, nasty Arod. VC like to play the underdog in the derbies although league placements suggested otherwise, and it was looking a bit desperate sat morning, a couple of late drop outs. 

A keeper still out due to a very lengthy and ongoing frigging related illness and the Cossack away following advice from Nogood. Luckily, VC have stalwarts to rely on in the form of Gordy and Milton fresh from having zero minutes of game time in the past year. 

VC set out 4-4-2 as always, Irish the winger getting his shot at the big time with little Jesus in the middle. They did their running around thing and breaking up play, to let Kev and the other attackers terrorize the Voodoo back three. 

Twenty minutes gone and 0-2 to VC a big score was looking on the cards. However over confidence and in-game analysis by Jules set in, it was quickly 2-2 and all the hard work was gone. But there is a new resilience in VC this year and they struck back to make it 3-2 only to concede again from another set piece for 3-3 and all square at halftime.

The second half was a slugfest, challenges flying in that weren’t so pleasing on the eye and the ref had no choice but to brandish a few reds. Nothing really to choose between the teams until nasty Arod broke clear to get felled in the box, Jesus stepped up to convert the penalty sending VC up 3-4. Voodoo had a chance to tie the game in the dying seconds but the effort hit the post and VC hung on to victory and the spoils.

Ned Kelly rolling back the years with another fine performance scoring a second hattrick in as many games (especially his second goal was a bit special) and made some new Voodoo history which I’m sure he will remind us of for years to come.

Jack Webster, Jonny White and Jordan scored for Voodoo. Andrew Rodriguez received man of the match honors. Phil Boyle: “The greatness of Ned Kelly determined the result on the pitch and everyone was in awe of the man behind the mask.”


Long Tang AFC crossed swords with Kangbei United FC. Both teams started well and found the net once for a 1-1 score at halftime. In the second half it was the Jackson Katta show as he singlehandedly demolished the Long Tang defense with 6 goals! 

When all the dust had settled Kangbei had won the contest 1-7 with not surprisingly Katta picking up man of the match honors. Long Tang’s honor was saved with a fine Yi Ding strike.  


Happy FC were pitted against Shanghai Tianfu FC. HFC started very well and pushed Tianfu back to their own half. HFC’s dominance paid off in the first half, as they were able to get five passed the Tianfu keeper for a 5-0 lead at halftime. 

HFC took the foot of the pedal a bit in the second half focusing on defense. No more goals were scored and HFC simply played out the match wining it 5-0. Guobin Xi scored a pure hattrick while his colleagues Linlin Cen and Jie Gu netted one each. Guobin Xu received man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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Tom Bus

 

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