Lions see their SPL title hope slip away vs. Shanghai Marlins FC

Shanghai Marlins FCWith several regular players out injured and/or not available, we started with a small squad against our old rival Shanghai Marlins FC. Knowing that a draw would be enough to secure the title, we tried to play with a compact defense and wait for a few counter opportunities. Last but not the least, we had 4 youngsters in our starting line-up. For most of them, it was the first time to face the Marlins.

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 0 – 1 Shanghai Marlins FC

We showed good composure and resilience in the first half. The Shanghai Marlins FC created a few chances but we managed to defend them well. Elvis came close and expected a penalty when he was brought down. It was 0-0 in the first half but we knew that we had to stay focused as one small mistake could cost us the title.

The second half was very high intensity with the match going up and down at a very fast pace. The Marlins pushed a bit more and got some dangerous crosses in from the left… Unfortunately they scored the 0-1 with 20 minutes to go… We didn’t give up and tried to get an equalizer. We did have a few shots on target but were not really dangerous in their box.

It’s our first defeat this year but a costly one as the Shanghai Marlins FC can overtake our position if they beat the Galacticos with a lot of goals in their final match. We were happy with the performance of the youngsters but of course not happy with the result.



Lions beat SPQR Da Marcos to stay on top of the SPL

SPQR Da MarcosLast Sunday, the score was not what we wanted the most as of course we preferred to have a clean sheet… Then, we should have scored more but what i liked with this the squad is that everybody came on time and motivated to play and give SPQR Da Marcos who said they are here to win the league a hard time !

Shanghai Lions FC 4 – 1 SPQR Da Marcos

Remember guys that what make Shanghai Lions FC unique is that we’re the only amateur club to give playing opportunities for youngster in Shanghai but also let them feel part of the team and club ! We had Philipp‘s father making video’s of the game and we had Matty out injured coming with his parents to watch as well as Noel (our youth goalie) who played in the senior team a few times to help out to come and watch. Romain, a bit injured also, came as well. Last but not the least, Kader‘s girlfriend taking all the pictures today although 90% of him… Terao was captain today and Azz stayed aside doing the coaching job ! Big John came in the last minutes and the young French players Raphael and Antoine made their debut.


To me all this is more important than the score against SPQR Da Marcos ! Because next week we will be very motivated to make up for the missed chances and show who we really are ! See you all on Tuesday.



Lions beat Japan to go on top of the SPL

Today the most important for us was to pay respect to the former Japanese Captain who sadly passed away in Japan last week only 33 years of age. These things are hard to understand as he was great player and real leader of the Japanese team when we still played in the SIFL. Life some time is hard to understand but the fact that Japan played today with most of their players attending the funeral is also special and it was very nice to see both teams paying respect to him and we hope he can rest in peace ! I have very deep respect for the Japanese players even losing 9-0 but never gave up given the circumstances…


Lets always appreciate life and as long as we are here… Hope to see you all on Tuesday.



Lions beat Galacticos 15-0

For this SPL game vs. Galacticos, we had a large squad with a mix of old and young players. Remi was making his debut as Lions while George (one of our youth player) was playing for the first time with the seniors as left back. For this game, our only problem was that Galacticos only had 9 players at the start of the match… As the weather was too good and everybody was ready to play, we went ahead and decided to play the game still. Despite this numerical advantage, the team agreed that the key of the game would be to stay focus/serious as it was important for us to work on the goal difference and keep a clean-sheet.

In the first half we played a bit too slow and didn’t make use of the fact that we were playing against 9 instead of 11 players but we still managed to score 7 goals. In the second half, we let the substitutes come in and played a bit faster. The game got better as well as Galacticos managed to finally get a full squad. At the end, we scored 8 more goals in the 2nd half and a good save by Noel (our goalie) helped us to keep the sheet clean.


Lets all come to the training to stay in shape and focus on the next match against Japan.

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Lions start 2019 on a good note

Last weekend, the Lions family decided to start 2019 on a good note taking into consideration that usually right after new year we are not 100% in shape… In our senior match match especially, our Kickers opponent had lined up good players from everywhere to try to beat us but our combination with youth, experience and collective spirit on the pitch made it happen !

  • On Saturday our U15 beat the Dulwich Earthquakes academy 4-0 with a great hard working team effort
  • Sunday morning, our legends beat England 3-1 with a good team performance
  • Icing on the cake on Sunday afternoon, the Senior beat the Kickers 5-1 with a hard fought team effort !


Well done but the new year is just beginning so we see you all on Tuesday at the first training of 2019 ! !



Santa Cup 2018 won by Lions U18

Santa Cup 2018

For the Santa Cup 2018 edition, we were kind of lucky with the weather as the day before its was freezing cold in Shanghai. With 8 teams all decorated with Santa hats we were good to go. The lions had a small senior team with only 8 players and the president as goalie but also a large youth squad with 14 players ! The Seniors lost their first match vs. Wellington 3-2 but went on a rampage in their second match scoring 9 goals in 20 minutes and kept a clean sheet. In the final match against the Kickers they went 2-0 up but let them come back only to take the win in the very last minute 3-2 which allowed them getting into the final. In the other group, U18 Lions also lost their 1st match vs the Marlins 1-2… Here as well, they they won their 2nd game against Da Marco 2-1. On their last match, they beat Japan 4-2 to set up an all Lions final !

Both the Seniors and the Lions U18 didn’t want to lose this edition Santa Cup 2018 edition. Both teams tried their best to score first but with the goalies on fine form the match ended in 0-0 ! Penalties were needed to decide the winner and there were a few misses… Lewis‘ ball is still missing after his penalty went into orbit and Chris, on his side, helped Lions U18 with his wide shot. In the end the Lions U18 won 5-4 and were happy to take the Santa Cup 2018.

It’s the first time in over 10 years that a Lion’s team win the Cup ! It was a great day with a lot of fun matches ! Well done young Lions and fully deserved !

Happy Freek

Shanghai Lions beat Marlins 5-0

It was the biggest match of the season so far, two undefeated teams going head-to-head, renewing their historic rivalry! A full Lions squad arrived early and ready to go, eager to get revenge after losing the championship to the Marlins last season.

The opening stages of the match saw the Lions sit back, content to let Marlins play out of their defence. The Marlins midfielders looked to get the ball out wide quickly before crossing from deep into the box. The early crosses from deep gave a preview of the Marlins’ game plan and allowed our new center backs, Koen and Jesse, to settle into their first Lions-Marlins match by winning the early aerial battles. The Marlins often looked for cross-field switches as they looked to get their speedy wingers involved, but Masa and Nico were dominating their individual matchups and didn’t allow their Marlins wingers to get comfortable in the game. The Marlins had one or two crosses that looked threatening and a few shots from distance but, for the most part, our keeper Noel wasn’t challenged.

As both teams settled into the game, the Lions found opportunities to break with speed. The Marlins didn’t look comfortable on the few occasions that the Lions pushed up and pressed them higher up the field and they started to become frustrated with themselves. Romain, Azz and Tyrone had half-chances, but the score remained 0-0 until Azz broke down the left-hand side on a counter-attack, beat his man around the outside, and whipped a looping shot into the far corner of the net from close to the endline. 1-0 Lions! The pace of the game picked up and Marlins pushed forward. As their midfielders surged forward and their wingbacks pushed on, it left room for the Lions to exploit on the counter-attack. On one of these occasions, Azz held the ball up looking for the run of Romain only to see a blur of speed bursting through the middle of the Marlins defense! Patrick made the run, Azz put the ball through the gap, and Pat slide the ball passed an onrushing keeper. 2-0! Tempers started to flare as the game heated up just before half-time, but it went to half 2-0.

The Lions utilized their bench and made a few changes at half-time. It was a true team effort, with each player giving everything they had when on the pitch. The second half started similarly to how the first half ended. Marlins continued to launch long balls into the box, but Koen, Jack, Masa, and Nico dealt with them with relative ease. The midfield subs kept doing the job that Yohan, Pat, Tyrone, and Zach did in the first half, containing the space in the middle and looking to break with speed. The Lions pushed further up the field, pressing the backline of the Marlins who didn’t look comfortable under pressure. The game was tense as the next goal would be important. If Marlins got it, they would feel they had a way back into the game. If the Lions got it, it would put them just about out of reach. It took a moment of magic. Azz received the ball 35 yards out, turned his man and looked up to see the Marlins keeper off his line and sublimely chipped him from distance! 3-0 Lions!

The Marlins continued to push for a goal but started to become more and more frustrated with themselves, the referee, and the Lions. It was a sign of the Lions success. Our game plan had not given the Marlins a chance. The Marlins continued to look for opportunities down the wings and once or twice put dangerous crosses into the box. Noel remained alert, confident, and showed a safe pair of hands in goal despite the rainy conditions. The Lions didn’t stop and continued to pressure the backs of the Marlins. Dave put their left-back and keeper under pressure causing a poor clearance that Matty intercepted. Matty got to the loose ball ahead of the scrambling Marlins and laid it off to Dave for the easiest of tap-ins. 4-0! As the game drew to a close, pressure by Matty lead to Tyrone winning the ball in the Marlins half and putting them on the back foot again. Tyrone fed Matty who beat two defenders before smashing it low into the far corner. 5-0! The fifth was the icing on the cake and the Lions enjoyed a sweet victory, our largest over the Marlins since a 7-1 thrashing in 2016.


The beers after the game were well-deserved and the Lions will now get back to work to build upon this impressive victory.

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The revenant “fur trapper” scores 2 for his return against Japan

The revenantIt was a warm November afternoon and we needed every player that was available to take on a technical and fit Japanese team. We had 13 players but only two natural defenders and no goalkeeper! Luckily, Laid was willing to play back-to-back games and play left back and Dave made his goalkeeping debut! We start well, controlling the game and forced the Japanese on the backfoot. The Japanese seemed content to sit back and then counter-attack with speed in numbers. Our Dutch center backs, Koen and Jesse, handled everything with ease and our new goalkeeper wasn’t too busy for most of the first half! We patiently built out of the back well, using the strengths of our back four and keeper, and the central midfield started to connect effectively with some nice one-touch passing and good movement, which started to open up the Japanese defence and one of those moves lead to the revenant Romain being played in behind the Japanese defence and scoring the opening goal. We controlled possession but the Japanese made some substitutions and their counter-attacking speed put us under some pressure. We started to commit a few silly fouls and in the last minute of the first half gave away an unnecessary freekick by fouling a player on the edge of our box as he was going towards the corner flag. We didn’t get organized quickly enough, leaving an unmarked Japanese player at the back post and he headed back across goal and his header snuck inside the post. The half-time score was 1-1.

Luckily, Adam had just come to watch the game and when he noticed our captain in goal he offered to suit up and jump in goal for the second half. We regrouped, adjusted our formation, and made a few substitutions at halftime. We started the half well, immediately spreading the ball around and attacking down the wings. Less than 10 minutes into the first half, we went up 2-1 with a goal of the season nominee! A ball out of the back found Tomas just inside the Japanese half, he controlled it well, and laid it back to Dave on the right wing. As the ball rolled back across the half-way line, Dave saw the keeper off his line and hit it first time. The keeper peddled backwards but couldn’t keep it out! 2-1! We dominated possession and created a number of chances in the second half. Our defense played out of the back well and Tyrone and Dim increased the tempo through the middle. Good movement out wide and across the front was causing trouble for the Japanese as was our high-pressure. However, with 10 minutes to go as we started to tire in the heat, the Japanese found and opening through a counter-attack and levelled the score 2-2. We brought Romain back on and continued to create chances. Laid, Dim, and Tyrone tried their luck from distance, while Jeremy had a one-on-one opportunity saved. With two minutes left, Koen sent a goal kick forward, which Dave flicked onto Jeremy, whose touch put Romain clean through who finished with an expertly placed finish leading us to a 3-2 victory!


Well done Lions and you can click here for the match statistics.



Lions beat Kickers 3-1 with Pat de Gea as last man

Sometimes you end up having a small squad which turns out to be positive as long as you play the whole match as one team and that’s what happened ! The kickers came with a good squad with plenty of experienced players and very fast forward players. As we didn’t found a regular goalie for the first team we had Patrick putting on the gloves. In this case we used Pat de Gea as last man and he was involved many times in the build up.

We played compact as we knew that running after long balls for 90 minutes with only 12 players will not be a good idea. With a lot of short passes we tried to tire the opponent out and run after the ball. Kicker came very close to open the score first as the hit the crossbar but Pat de Gea claimed he knew it… The lions were playing on counters and set pieces. It was on a counter where the Kickers couldn’t deal with our shot on target and in the rebound Tomas was alert and scored as if he was 35 years old ! Half time 1-0 up we knew that another 45 minutes of hard work would pay off !

We kept possession at the back for longer periods and Kickers needed to chase us instead of we them ! We became more and more dangerous on counters and had chances to score. It was a great counter starting from the back and quick midfield passes that left youngest Lions Jeremy to volley and he did that german style perfect in the far corner ! Great goal and great team work for the build up to it ! Kickers got a chance to come back when a shot hit our player arm and a penalty was given. Pat the Gea choose left and the ball went right… ! 2-1 and we didn’t change the way we played and on a good counter Tomas was set up to finish the match by Azz but instead he gave the ball back to Azz and he did some playstation FIFA 2020 tricks to make it 3-1 for the Lions ! In the end the Kickers ran out of gas and we were happy to take the three points with a small squad ! Well done Lions !

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See you all on Tuesday at the training !



Lions beat Galacticos 11-1 in the first season game

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 11 – 1 AVL Galacticos

We had a good mix of young and experienced players for our first season game against AVL Galacticos. With Adam Li as stand in goalie we started well. Matty was launched a couple of times and Dave, our Captain, also found the net after good build up plays. Azz scored from a direct free kick from the side and Chris also got on the goal scorers sheet. In the end Matty scored 5 and Victor,our other youngster, added another one.

It was a pity we slowed down in the last 20 minutes as we conceded one and didn’t score anymore… It reminded us we lost last season on the goal difference. In the meantime, Marlins beat Japan 10-1… you can see how important it is not to switch-off !!!


See you all on Tuesday training.



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