Lions hammer Galacticos


[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 8 – 0 AVL Galacticos

Almost 2 months after our last game, it was with a lot of excitement but also incertitude that we met on a nice pitch and a nice weather to play the Galacticos. They made a draw the previous week against the Kickers so we had to be prepared. The whole Lions squad was on the pitch at 11:45 (for a kick off at 12:30), focused, happy and excited to play together !

We could see the motivation as after a few minutes Tevz had a first opportunity to score well stopped by the keeper of Galacticos. Shortly after, we made several technical mistakes and failed to kick the ball out of our box. A little panic that was beneficial as it woke us up! We then started to take the control of the ball and put pressure. Tevz, from the left wing, had a second face to face with their keeper and scored the first goal. A few minutes later, a center from Tomas coming from the right was volleyed by Romain for the 2-0. Pushing on his wing, Tevz created another opportunity concluded by Fabi with no angle for the 3rd goal. Finally, Romain concluded with a nice volley a lob from Benji above the defense. The last 10 minutes of the first half were sterile as we started to slow down. Good time to re-motivate the squad as we needed more goals!

Although we had the control of the ball, we struggled getting in their box and were very often caught off-side. We changed our game and decided to use our speed. With a nice pass from Dimitri, Tevz had another face-to-face with the keeper and scored his second goal of the day for the 5-0. We continued pushing and pressing high. Kad scored a few minutes later on a center from Andrei from the right wing (6-0). The 2 teams were packed in the Galacticos’ box and it was difficult to find space to play. However, Romain found another opportunity to shoot and, with a few deviations, scored the 7th goal.
10 minutes before the end, Thomas jumped for a header and was pushed in the back in the box. Penalty transformed for the 8-0.

It was a nice afternoon, with lots of goals, a very good spirit and a clean sheet! Congratulations to the Youth for winning the AKSIL Tournament!! Great Sunday for the Lions family!


Let’s now focus on the next game as we play the Kickers, defeated 3-1 by the Marlins on Sunday.
See you all on Tuesday for the training!


Thomas Z.

Lions unsettle Japan in a great 2nd half

[SPL] Shanghai Lions FC 4 – 1 Japan FC

After the tough defeat of last week, we had to wake up and show what we could do! We started the game with an experienced team. We soon got the control of the ball but unfortunately could not go close enough to score. Then, their striker suddenly got a ball outside of the box and shoot for the 1-0… The end of the first half continued to be sterile for us and we finished the first act 1 goal behind.

We proceeded to a few changes for the second half and came back on the pitch with more aggressively and more willingness to score! Our young Lion Matty came in to bring more speed and balls into the box. We soon came back to the score, thanks to Romain who benefited from a good work of Matty on the right side. We were pressing our opponent very high. A few minutes later, Laid received the ball, transmitted to Romain who found Azz on the left who perfectly opened his foot to adjust the keeper for the 2-1. On another high pressing, the Japanese team conceded a corner kick. Matty took it and Fabi smashed it in the goal for the 3-1. Finally, very thankful for the assist, Fabi perfectly launched Matty who lobbed the goal for the 4-1!

It was a good game, with a good result against a serious team. More than the result, we all played together and the whole squad participated!


See you all at the training on Tuesday to prepare the next game on Sunday against MMFC!


Have a nice week!
Thomas Z.

Lions suffer heavy defeat for their first game of 2018

[SPL] Shanghai Lions FC 0 – 4 Shanghai Marlins FC

For our first game of 2018, we were facing the Marlins on a beautiful sunny Sunday. Our opponents started full speed and before most of the team could even touch the ball, we conceded our first corner and our first goal… Marlins continued playing their game, attracting us and counter attacking very fast. A few minutes later, Wilson smashed a nice center from the left for the 2-0. Despite this handicap, we kept trying to play, pushing from the wings. Unfortunately, Wilson again, in the middle of 3 Lions, found a way to shoot for his second goal of the afternoon. 3-0 with only 3 shots was a difficult score…especially for a young team. We were late on most of the balls and the Marlins were more aggressive. Maybe too aggressive since Azz was tackled in the back and had to leave the pitch. As the half time was approaching we continued pushing. Dave had a free kick that was well stopped by their keeper. And a few minutes later, we had a penalty kick for a foul on Tevz in the box. Again, their keeper stopped Tomas‘ shoot…just before the half-time.

We operated a few changes for the second half and came back on the field with a positive attitude. We controlled the ball a little bit better and were pressing them a bit higher. The game was getting tougher and we conceded a few yellow cards. 10 minutes before the end of the game, Shingai got his second yellow card…leaving the team 10 vs 11. After a good combination in the box, they finally scored their 4th goal.

It is a tough defeat but we have to learn from it… See you all at the training on Tuesday to prepare the next game on Sunday against Japan!

Have a nice week!
Thomas Z.

Lions enjoyed the SPL Santa Cup

Christmas is approaching fast and the leagues are coming to and for this year ! The SPL Santa Cup was there to end the season with some fun football ! A total of 18 teams from all over the world took part and it was great to see the Lions take part with the Young Lions and the Senior Lions and the Lions Legends !

Although we didn’t win the cup we enjoyed the great weather and great pitch and the matches ! As you can see from the pictures !

SPL Santa Cup

Remaining schedule in December 2017

We will have our last training of the year for the Seniors and Legends this Tuesday and our Youth will have their last on Wednesday and will play a SPL U17 league game this Friday 19:00 at Concordia



Lions do the minimum job in SPL

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 3 – 2 FC Shanghai Super 48

191117 123Beautiful Sunday afternoon and the first game of the season on the JQ pitch to play MMFC.

With no keeper available, we started with Azz as goalie… We had the ball in the first half but we struggled to score. MMFC was proceeding in counter attacks with their fast forwards. A nice save of Azz on a 1 to 1 woke us up and Tevz finally delivered us. Despite a few more opportunities for us, we reached the half-time with only 1-0.

We needed more creativity! We decided to put Fred in the goal and have Azz on the field. Terao also came in to bring more intensity in the midfield. We immediately got opportunities but due to our lack of efficiency the score did not change. Finally, after an acceleration of Shingai, Kad let the ball pass for Azz who could finish for the 2-0! Unfortunately, MMFC team who was playing better and better, saw that we were struggling to score. They got confidence and forced us to play lower… On one of their fast attack, their right forward, on a nice ball behind our defense, reduced the score to 2-1. They kept attacking and a few minutes later, we were happy to see their striker kick the ball over our goal… On one of our attacks, Shingai got tackled in the box. Azz transformed the penalty kick for the 3-1. But our opponents kept attacking and after a good combination on the right wing, they could score with a soft ball after hitting the post for the 3-2. The game ended with another victory for us!! Our opponents played well and it reminds us that there’s no easy game!!!


Have a nice week and see you on Tuesday evening!
Thomas Z.

Lions beat Kickers FC 9-0 in SPL

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 9 – 0 Kickers FC

Another windy Sunday but with pollution… Our opponents were new to us although a few players came from the Krauts. Our team was very motivated as we had almost the full squad to start the warm up 30 minutes before the game.

Since we were well prepared, we attacked the game full speed! After 20 minutes, we already had scored 3 goals! With the wind in the back, we used our speed to play behind their defense. We soon got our 4th goal and it was the right time to have our new players (Corentin, Masa and Racann) on the pitch! As they have been attending all recent trainings, it was easy for them to find their place in the team and we reached half-time at 5-0.

With the wind against in the second half, we changed our game with more passes on the ground and acceleration on the wings… with the same result! 4 more goals to reach 9-0 but the most important is that we achieved our 3rd CLEAN SHEET!

Next game is on Sunday, November 19 against MMFC. I count on you to stay fit and the best way is to attend the training!

Have a nice week
Thomas Z.

Lions get their revenge against Japan

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 0 Japan FC

Beautiful windy Sunday on a nice WGQ pitch! We had a short but strong squad to get our revenge against the Japanese team who defeated us in the semi final of the cup back in June.
We had the wind against us in the first half and struggled to get in the Japanese box, turning around and taking our chance from too far to scare their keeper. Our opponents were proceeding with fast counter attacks but our defense was well in place. Despite a bar for the Japanese and a shoot from Amor, there were very few occasions in this first half.
We put more rhythm in second half and had several opportunities to score. Japanese were making more faults offering free kicks to Azz. After hitting the post, he had another opportunity 5 minutes before the end of the game, created by Tevz, at the entrance of the box. He did not miss it! A second win in a row, to be continued!


Be ready for the next game on Sunday, same time, same place, against the Kickers FC (new name for the Krauts).


Have a nice week!
Thomas Z.

Lions start the new SPL season with a win

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 17-0 AVL Galacticos

Lions, it was very hot last Sunday as temperatures reached 35 degrees ! As we have been training during the summer months it was paid off ! Our opponent struggled in the heat and therefore we could make a record score 17-0 !

We will face the Marlins in two weeks and that will be a different game for sure ! Lets continue to work hard at the trainings so that we a sharp and fit early in the season !

The Legends will play against Ferie/Pudong United combi this Sunday at the Dulwich field 1300 kick off !



It was a great Lions weekend


[ Veteran ] Shanghai Lions FC 2 – 0 Welsh Bellies

On Sunday morning the Legends came in action against a tough opponent the Welsh Bellies who for the occasion had brought 23 players ! We had a strong squad despite the fact that we had some key players missing. Four players made their debut Vincent Delangle, Vincent Billiard, Rosie & Ben !

We started strong and kept the ball into our possession despite the difficult pitch ! The Bellies strategy was long balls to their fast striker but our defense was alert.  A misjudged long ball put Bob alone in front of the keeper and he didn’t hesitate to score the 1-0 for us.

In the second quarter we lost our shape and midfield for a while and the Bellies took more possession without being very dangerous. We started to play more on the counter and Fred was launched on the left he made it into the box and was tripped just as he wanted to cross in. Our captain didn’t hesitate to claim the ball and shot the penalty in the right top corner.

In the third quarter we decided to defend our lead and left only Rosie on top. He did great and got a few opportunities to make it 3-0 !

In the last 20 minutes the Bellies came close as their best player (72) sliced thru our midfield and also our defense however Pascal threw his whole body weight into the shot and made a great save.

The Beer tasted good afterwards as we knew that we were back on top of the SPL V ! Great Job Legends !

[ SPL Cup ] Shanghai Lions FC 4 – 0 Century Park FC

In the afternoon we had to play our SPL Cup quarter final against Century Park FC who ended second in the league this season ! Before the game it didn’t look good for the Lions as from the 17 on the YES list, players were dropping out last minute…

However the Lions on the field quickly decided to go for it and showed a great game of football. After 15 minutes Felix went on a rampage starting on the left and by passing three defenders on the way. His low strike was too much for the CP FC goalie and we took the lead. Soon after it was Tomas who with full speed out ran the youngsters of CP FC and he laid off the ball to Azz who just had to walk it in to make it 2-0 ! The misery for CP FC didn’t end here as now its was Radouane who scored after a great move of Tomas. Just before half time CP FC got a penalty which never was one in the first place but Dim in fine form stopped !

We started the second half 3-0 up and could play on the counter surely we could have scored one or two more goals. CP FC created more chances but our defense with Fabi, Jack, Benji, Hunter (Azz for 15 minutes) & Dim proved too much ! As icing on the cake Azz scored his second of the day to make the final score 4-0.

It was a great team performance !

As we are in the semi final of the SPL Cup lets all come to the training on Tuesday!


The SPL Mini World Cup was a big success

Last weekend the SPL organized a football festival in cooperation with That’s Magazine and the Goldenbridge Company in Green City Jinqiao. That’s magazine organized the Battle of the Bands competition where High School students from all over Shanghai showed their musical talents live on stage. We, as SPL, organized a mini world cup tournament for over 400 boys and girls. On Saturday we had 24 teams of the younger ones aged 4-8 years old. The weather was perfect with clear blue sky and the fields were full with supporting parents and family ! Everybody enjoyed the games and when the boys and girls after the games were paraded to the stage it was all smiles and proud parents taking pictures. Every player got a medal and became a world champion.

On Sunday the weather was perfect again and we had 12 U10 teams in the morning. For them they also received a medal on stage and they were happy to pose for all the parents ! The group were the older ones and we organized a 7 aside tournament for U12 and U14 teams. England and Portugal were the winners of their groups and everybody of the total 8 teams went home with a nice cup ! The day ended with the older players U16 showing of their skills ! What stood out was the fair play and the speed of the games ! In the end France proved to be too strong and took the Cup home !

With no injuries and plenty of happy players its was a day to remember ! The SPL thanked the coaches and parents and referees and That’s Magazine and the Goldenbridge Company for the wonderful two days !


Happy Freek

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