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[ 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 !

 

Cheers
Freek

It was a great Lions weekend

Lions,

[ 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!

Cheers
Freek

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 !

 

Cheers
Happy Freek

Lions clinched their 11th SPL title

Lions,

[ SPL ] Shanghai Marlins FC 2 – 2 Shanghai Lions FC

It was a beautiful and memorable day for the Lions yesterday ! We played on a perfect pitch and the scene was set we needed to get one point against our old rival the Marlins to clinch the SPL title. A loss would have put the title race out of our hands. We had a large squad and that proved to be a valuable asset on the day as it was close to 30 degrees. The strategy was to keep the clean sheet as long as we could and focus was on defense first.

In the first minute Azzeddine made him self free on the left and saw Terao-san asking for the ball on the edge of the box. People were shouting to him to shoot and that’s exactly what he did as with an unbelievable strike the ball flew in the top corner. It left the Marlins stunned as this was not supposed to happen in their game plan. This boost lifted our spirit and for the Marlins they needed to come more forward. It helped us to be dangerous on the breaks and we scored our second after a nice build from the midfield it was Tomas who had the honor to finish it off 2-0 for the Lions. Soon we ran into trouble as Fabi who was already on a yellow early in the game tripped a Marlin players just inside the box and they converted the penalty to make it 2-1.

It was the half time score and we decided to put some fresh legs in the squad. In the second half the Marlins pressed harder and were dangerous on the flanks with many balls in. The Marlins striker, Gui, was a permanent threat and gave Jack and Francois a handful of problems. When he scored the equalizer with 15 minutes to go it become nerve wrecking for all our supporters family and friends who came to watch. High balls kept flying into our box but Fabi, Jack and Francois cleared most of them and if they didn’t clear Dim our goalie was there to rescue the team. The last chance for the Marlins came by a free kick on the edge of the box but their effort went wide. The final whistle came as a relief and now it was time to celebrate ! Champagne was opened and we took a great Championships picture.

We won our 11th SPL title out of 13 seasons quite amazing to be honest. This year it was hard because some key players left China and we had a smaller squad however we ended the season unbeaten which a great achievement. We also scored plenty of goals 75 to be exact ! With Felix topping our chart.

A big thank you to Dave and Garret who took care of the team during the season and did a great job and last but not least a big thank you to Azzeddine who always inspire us to play better and try harder. The training on Tuesday organized by him is the key to our success.

Last but not least it was our Lions spirit which carried our team yesterday. So many legends family and friends came to support its was amazing !

Very happy and proud to be part of the Lions Family !

Lets all come to the training on Tuesday ! We play our last game in the SIFL against Japan on Saturday !

Cheers
Very happy Freek

SPL Standings

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Shanghai Lions Football ClubShanghai Lions FC 14 11 3 0 73 15 58 36
2 Century Park FC 13 10 2 1 54 7 47 32
3 Shanghai Marlins FC 12 9 2 1 69 20 49 29
4 Etoile Rouge de Shanghai 13 7 0 6 43 30 13 21
5 Japan FC 13 3 3 7 29 33 -4 12
6 FC Shanghai Super 48 13 3 3 7 29 74 -45 12
7 Shanghai Krauts 14 2 3 9 32 71 -39 9
8 AVL Galacticos 14 0 0 14 17 96 -79 0

Lions beat the Krauts 5-1 to stay on top in the SPL

Lions,

[SPL] Shanghai Krauts 1 – 5 Shanghai Lions FC

It was a perfect day with blue sky and 25 degrees and we played on a perfect pitch ! With Thomas Zitoun’s father as assistance coach we were all set. We played well in the first half the strategy was to pass the ball around and let the opponent chase the ball in the hot weather. The Lions took the lead by a penalty well taken by Thomas Z and soon doubled the score after a corner of Azz landed on Laid’s head. Terao who enjoyed having Six back in the squad saw his deflected shot going in to make it 3-0 just before half time. To start a second half with 3-0 up is always a bit of a let down. Our pace dropped and we couldn’t hold the ball for long. The Krauts had a few fast and physical forwards which kept us busy at the back. Dim had a few good saves which helped us. Tomas C scored the 4-0 after a good build up but the Krauts got a goal back. The final score was made by a blast from Azz 5-1 the game ended. The beers and the meat plates tasted good after the match.

We have one week break before we will play our most important last game of the season ! We will play the Marlins on May 7th ! We expect everybody to come to the training and stay focused !

Cheers
Freek

Lions stay on top of the SPL despite their draw against Century Park FC

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

Lions, it was a BIG Game last Sunday in Jinqiao ! On a perfect pitch a win would bring the lions closer to the title and a loss would put the Lions in a more difficult situation. We were up against the fast and fit youngsters of Century Park and with a temperature of 28 degrees we knew that it wont be an easy game. The game evolved with two different halves.

In the first half we had opted to put Benji as right back as Aga got a last moment injury ! Century Park figured out quickly to try and go through the middle instead of over the flanks and almost managed to score when Fafa was set up but an alert Dim snatched the ball away from him. From our side we tested their defense with long balls which they found hard to defend. Dave and Felix came close but missed the last finishing touch ! Soon after it looked as if Century Park would score but the Lions get help from the post.

At half time we stepped it up and made some changes which helped the team. We took control of the match in the first part of the second half and hit the cross bar twice. We got several corners and free kicks but just couldn’t get that final shot or header. Century Park was still dangerous on a few fast counters and the best chance was for Fafa when he sliced through our defense and found himself right in front of Dim our goalie. He was in fine form and blocked the shot. In the end the match ended in goal less draw but it was an excellent game from both teams. Both teams lacked a bit of luck to clinch the three points.
With two games to go for us we have all in our own hands or feet ! Lets all come to the training and stay focused for the last two games !

Cheers
Freek

Lions beat ERS 6-0 to stay on top in the SPL

Lions,

Shanghai Lions FC 6-0 Etoile Rouge de Shanghai

The weather was typical of March weather cold and rainy but the pitch was great ! We knew as we are heading to the final matches of the season that a slip up would cost us dearly !

With Charly back in the back we started fresh and motivated. ERS decided to sit back and wait for a counter opportunity but within 5 minutes Azz opened the score for the Lions. ERS played the same tactics and the Lions got plenty of opportunities to score more but failed as Felix hit the post and Jack managed to play a ball wide 50cm in front of the goal….! It was our pilot who gave us the 2-0 just before half time with a bullet header after a great cross from Felix.

In the second half ERS had to come of course and we slowed down a bit. Rad replaced Tomas upfront and he got plenty of opportunities to score but managed just one to make it 3-0. Felix scored next after a great Azz free kick and at the end we could have score plenty of goals as ERS was running out of steam and Azz scored two great goals to make the final score 6-0. A good cleans sheet and three games to go in the SPL !

Lets all come to the training to work on our fitness and skill & there is no SPL game this coming Sunday !

Cheers
Freek

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