SPL to support the “Will Foundation” at the Santa Cup

Dear team managers, captains & players,

Christmas is the time to spend with your family and friends ! It’s for this reason we organize the SANTA Cup to be able to enjoy our beloved game of football together with all our friends. We are fortunate that we are able to play our matches week after week and that we are able to make so many news friends though football !

We have been thinking to give back to the people who are less fortunate especially during this time of the year.

will-foundationWe have been in contact with Marten of the Will Foundation which was established on 2004. The foundation mission is to help the “unseen children” in China who are left behind without identity and most of the time with some disabilities. This Foundation has been doing great work over the years raising money and hope for the children. Currently they have 12 children who they are helping with learning creating and being active as a human being. They are building a house in Chongming Island (崇明岛) where these children will have the opportunity to be grow up in a good environment. These children love sports any sports and for sure Football so we have invited them to join the SANTA CUP.

We will play a match with them, take some nice pictures and we hope to raise money for them which the can use for their future.

We like to request each team to buy one sports item like a basket ball / soccer ball / volley ball / tennis racket (etc…) for them and we will give it to the children after the match. We will have a box at the field and in the Blue Marlin where you can donate money and we hope that all of you can contribute to a better future for the ones left behind !


We thank you upfront for your cooperation & See you at the SANTA CUP
PS: Some mothers will sell Christmas Cookies on the field and all the proceed will go to the foundation !


Freek / Yamada-san

Santa Cup Schedule

Dear all,

Please see below the game schedule for the Santa Cup at the Jinqiao field !  It’s pure a fun tournament 7 aside and we will have some beers and food at Latina after the games (Brazilian dancers have been ordered). The Veterans of the SPL V will play at the same venue so there will be a good amount of Santa’s running around in Jinqiao ! Weather outlook is great and hopefully the pollution will be blown away !

Freek / Yamada-san

SPL Senior

                                                    FIELD 3 (Group A)                                                             FIELD 4 (Group B)

1215-1240                                CENTURY PARK FC – ERS                                              MM FC –GALACTICOS

1240-1305                                LIONS – MARLINS                                                       KRAUTS – JAPAN

1305-1330                                ERS – LIONS                                                                    GALAC – JAPAN

1330-1415                                CHARITY MATCH                                                               CHARITY MATCH

1420-1445                                CENTURY PARK FC – MARLINS                                   KRAUTS – MM FC

1445-1510                                 LIONS – CENTURY PARK                                           JAPAN – MM FC

1510-1535                                 ERS – MARLINS                                                                 GALAC – KRAUTS

1535-1600                                 A 4 vs B 4                                                                               A 3 vs B 3

1600-1625                                 A 2 vs B 2                                                                              A 1 vs B 1 (FINAL)


SPL Veteran

                                                                     FIELD  1  (GROUP A)                              FIELD  2  (GROUP B)

1200-1215                                                  EMERALD – LIONS                            PUDONG U – ENGLAND

1215-1230                                                  JAPAN – SCOTLAND                              SUPER 48 –STROSSO

1230-1245                                                  WELSH B – EMERALD                          FC FERIE –PUDONG U

1245-1300                                                  LIONS – JAPAN                                   ENGLAND –SUPER 48

1315-1330                                                   SCOTLAND – EMERALD                     STROSSO –PUDONG U

1330-1415                                                   CHARITY MATCH                                  CHARITY MATCH

1415-1430                                                   WELSH B –LIONS                             FC FERIE –ENGLAND

1430-1445                                                  EMERALD – JAPAN                               PUDONG U – SUPER 48

1445-1500                                                  SCOTLAND – WELSH B                        STROSSO – FC FERIE

1500-1515                                                   WELSH B – JAPAN                                ENGLAND –STROSSO

1515-1530                                                   SCOTLAND – LIONS                         SUPER 48 – FC FERIE

1545-1600                                                  A 5 VS B 5                                                   A4 VS B 4

1600-1615                                                   A3 VS B3                                                    A2 VS B2

1615-1630                                                   A1 VS B1       (FINAL)                      

Match Reports [Week 48]


We had our Christmas dinner last Friday December 02nd. A nice gathering as always with a good mix of senior and legends. The highlight of this year was “the guess who” picture game organized by Freek. From the texture of the grain to picture color you could see ages passing but still some Lions were easier to recognize than others. Special mention to Gwendal with his Chris Waddle hair cut AKA “La brosse a queue de rat”… It was obviously him but wanted to see Simon with hair. Another mention to Tomas who tried to get photocolored but we had design expert Radouane watching 🙂




Beside, please find below the match reports from last week. Click on the links below to get squad information, pictures & game statistics & highlights.

Lions Legends ended 3rd in the SPL veteran league after a great season
DECEMBER 4, 2016, 11:00
Japan FC 3 – 0 Shanghai Lions FC

Lions beat Century Park FC 1-0
DECEMBER 4, 2016, 14:00
Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 0 Century Park FC

[SPL News] Santa is coming to the SPL

sunday-dec-4-436Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

It was excellent weather last Sunday ! Unseasonably warm with close to 18 degrees !  We had the last two league games of 2016 at Century Park and many local people came to watch our games !

This Sunday we will organize our Santa Cup !  A fun 7 aside tournament where we like to show our friendship and SPL spirit ! We combine this year with the SPL V Santa Cup which will make a great setting at the Jinqiao field with 4 pitches and 18 teams in action ! Green City will be full with Santa’s ! We as well organize a charity match for the Will Foundation for the children in need ! After our hard work on the pitch we can relax at Latina have a few beers and enjoy the BBQ (180 rmb all you can eat inclusive of 60 rmb drink coupon) and see the performance of the Brazilian band and dancer ! It will be a great way to end another great SPL year ! At Latina we will do a LIVE Draw of the SPL Cup with the team managers ! So don’t miss the action !

Lions 1-0 Century Park

It was great day and a great game on the perfect pitch of Century Park ! Beforehand the Lions were warned about the speed and pressure of the young players of Century Park as they have scored in all their games in the first 5-10 minutes. They did get their chances but failed to score. The Lions defended well after that and were waiting for their counter opportunity. Felix came very close to open the score and Dim the Lions goalie had a brilliant save with a one on one to keep their clean sheet. The lions decided to step up in the second half and take more control of the game.  Their combinations started to work and they created several opportunities. The hard work they showed was paid off when Dave had a great through ball which was laid off twice and presented to good old Capitano Tomas. He didn’t hesitate and scored the 1-0 with 5 minutes to go on the clock. Century Park tried to push forward in the last minutes but couldn’t create real danger in the Lions box.


It was one of those days that the Japanese showed their qualities with speed and short passes and always dangerous on the counter attacks !


We hope to see many Santa’s on Sunday !


Freek and Yamada-san

[SPL News] Santa Cup is around the corner

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,spl-santa-cup

It’s an understatement that time flies in Shanghai ! This week we have been busy for the preparation of next week’s Santa Cup ! Its going to be great as we have the Veterans and the Seniors playing at the same time all at the Jinqiao Pitch. The weather outlook is excellent but unfortunately snow will be missing ! After the games we will have the games we have the chance to wish each other happy holidays and a Merry Christmas. There will be price ceremonies and a lot of beer and other winter drinks !

We had three SPL games last Sunday and have two more league games next Sunday to complete another successful football year in Shanghai !

Krauts 2–2 MM FC

The Krauts missed their front man Stas but took a 1-0 lead in the first half / the second half was an open play from both teams but at a 2-2 score MM FC tried to slow down the game as they were happy with the result on the other end Bilgin was fuming as he concluded whenever he is not on the pitch the Krauts are conceding and giving a way early Christmas gifts !

Lions 6–2 ERS

It was a tactical game in the first 30 minutes as ERS decided to stay deep and only had their number 9 Ondrej upfront. He still caused the Lions trouble as they gave him too much space and they were not alert enough in defense. However the Lions took the lead after a fine combination  ended at Felix who scored with a low strike. ERS responded quick and equalized after the Lions failed to clear the ball. However right before half time Mathieu of the Lions finished a quick counter to make it 2-1. At half time the Lions tried to organize their defense better and were looking for the third goal it was a great ball fm Aga which set free Azzeddine and he was not selfish and laid off the ball to Mathieu who scored his second. By now the Lions had control over the game as ERS had to come out more and it helped them to counter fast / plenty of opportunities but ERS did come close to get back in the game as they got a penalty awarded but the effort was stopped by the Lions goalie ! The Lions made it 4-1 on a counter but ERS did get a penalty again and this time they scored by Ondrej but there was not much time left on the clock and the Lions scored another two goals in the last few minutes of the game.

Century Park FC 3–3 Marlins

According to both managers it was a great game and a good spectacle for the supporters ! Century Park started in their usual fashion strong and fast and the man in form Fafa scored twice in the first 10 minutes. The marlins came back in the game by a Wilson goal but soon after Century Park made their third by a fast counter finished by Max. The Marlins never gave up and scored just before half time. In the second half a few things changed the game Century Park got a red card for their Captain and they were forced to defend more and more and Dale the Marlins goalie got injured and was replaced by field player Banksy. Banksy kept a clean sheet and the Marlins hard work was paid off in the final minutes when a long ball into the box was finished by Jon to make it 3-3 ! Great game of football and good promotion of the SPL games !  Steve the Marlins manager will have to figure out who to put in goal for the next game ! We will know it in January !  


We have our final two SPL League games of 2016 at Century Park

  • 12:00 ERS – MM FC @ Century Park
  • 14:00 Lions – Century Park FC @ Century Park

We are almost ready for the Santa Cup !!

Freek / Yamada-san

Match Reports [Week 47]


Click on the links below to get squad information, pictures & game statistics & highlights.

Lions advance in the Hebiguchi Cup !
NOVEMBER 26, 2016, 09:00
Shanghai Lions FC 4 – 2 FC Oranje

Legends crushed Scotland 8-1 !
NOVEMBER 27, 2016, 11:00
Scotland 1 – 8 Shanghai Lions FC

Lions beat ERS 6-2 !
NOVEMBER 27, 2016, 14:30
Shanghai Lions FC 6 – 2 Etoile Rouge de Shanghai

[SPL News] Century Park FC the team to beat in the SPL !

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

Last weekend some teams took part in the Shanghai Masters. A great veteran tournament organized by Super 48 ! It was won by Emerald FC who beat Japan 1-0 in the final and the Lions Legends ended third after they lost the semi’s against Japan on penalty. For this reason we had only one game on Sunday !

Century Park FC 1–0 ERS

It was a great setting on a great pitch with the two teams in form battling it out. ERS started better and got opportunities esp Ondrej came close as well ERS felt they deserved a penalty when he was tackled from behind. After a while Century Park came over their nerves and took more possession and control of the game. They tried to score by counters but Shingi and Max rushed too much and missed the targets. In the second half Century Park started better fully focused and it lead to the opening goal great run and pass fm Daniel Kim to Fafa who scored the 1-0. Now ERS had to come and they tried it with long balls and on the other side Century Park tried to break on counters and came close a few times ! It stayed 1-0 and Sam of ERS said after the game “ It was a great game of football but in this game both sides didn’t deserve to lose” !

This weekend we will have three games in the SPL!

  • 1230 -1430 Krauts vs MMFC @ Jinqiao
  • 1430-1630 Lions – ERS @ Jinqiao
  • 1400-1600 Century Park FC – Marlins

Temperatures are hitting winter levels so let the games be excellent warming up games for the upcoming Santa Cup hopefully played in the snow !

Freek / Yamada

[SPL News] SPL in full swing !

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

We are preparing the Santa Cup already and the draw of the SPL Cup 2017 will be done “live” at the event ! We will play in Jinqiao and have the price ceremony at Blue Marlin as well we plan to organize a Santa Cup tournament for the SPL Veterans at the same time ! Time flies and we think it will be a great way to celebrate the friendship we have built over the years !

We had three games last Sunday and some unexpected score !

Century Park Fc 10-0 Krauts

We didn’t find a match report from Bilgin this time except a message that his team was hit by a bus…..! Century Park took control of the game and never looked back. Fafa in fine form scored a hat-trick and had a couple of assists. It was 4-0 at half time and in the second half Century Park made things worse for Bilgin troops by scoring three goals in 3 minutes (78-81 minute of the game). Krauts didn’t manage to score which is rare and conceded 10 goals which is even more rare…..! Lets see what Biling will do and how they will bounce back. Century Park Fc will in fine form will meet the team in form ERS next !

Galacticos 5-1 Japan

The galacticos are in an uptrend and are conceding less goals every week. Of course Japan is a hard opponent with the fast moving players but Galacticos defended well / They got on the score sheet by Lin.

Marlins 1-7 Lions

This encounter is dubbed as el classico of Green City and both teams came with strong line ups. It appeared to be a game with two different halves. In the first half both teams were testing each other with fast counters on both ends. The Marlins took the lead after a poor clearance left Wilson free to choose a corner. The Lions stayed calm and tried to get back in the game but missed the final touch on their counters. At half time both teams got their instructions from the coaches and the Lions took advantage of their strong bench and brought on more fresh legs some experienced and some young and fast. It was from a corner that Fabie levelled the game 1-1. Zippy got a big chance to put the Marlins back ahead but his effort went wide and within a couple of minutes the Lions scored two more goals by Jona and Nicolas both players who started on the bench. This quick turn- around unsettled the Marlins and they started to lose grip on the midfield. The Lions kept coming and took advantage of the open space. On fast counters they scored another three goals to make the final score 1-7.


This Sunday we will have just one game as some teams will participate in the Veteran Masters Tournament

  • 14:30 Century Park FC – ERS @ Century Park


Enjoy the BIG game !


Freek / Yamada

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