U16 finish 2nd in 2019 Green City Cup

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2019 Green City CupIt was a good turn up for the 2019 Green City Cup today and we like to thank the parents who came to support as well! We had to play three matches in a mini-competition. Our first match was against DEQ with Yu Xuan in goal and he actually made two very good saves but it was not enough to give us the victory as in this match we gave the goals away to DEQ and lost 2-1. However in the second match against Stoke with David in goal we changed our mentality and started to fight for every single ball and each and every player we brought in did the same so it was super team performance and we beat them 3-0. In our last game against the Jaguars we were going for the clean sheet and tried to score fast but in the first half it was not easy as we were impatient and let them come back from our 1-0 lead to make it 1-1 however in the second half we played good football again with a lot of good combinations and plenty of opportunities created by ourselves we scored 4 goals in the second half and could have been more ! Overall we are happy today with the team spirit and the way we played as a team everybody did his best to contribute! So well done Lions next time we go for the first place!

See you all on Wednesday at the training

Cheers
Pat, Nick, Azz & Freek

Legends break the bank at the 11th Shanghai Masters Cup

break the bankIt was a beautiful day and a beautiful set-up organized by Super 48 at the 11th Shanghai Masters Cup. It’s a special tournament for the Lions as we were the only foreign team out of a total of 12. Being invited year after year is something important for the club as it also has to do with mutual respect we show each other… That’s important in today’s world! As the winner of the previous edition, our ambition was to break the bank again. As the president mentioned earlier in the week, the key today was FL to be on time. To set the example, he arrived 30 minutes before kick-off which never happened before!

The first game we focused on defense first as in a tournament you want to win the first game so clean sheet was demanded and because of the game time of 20 minutes for 11 aside rather short we made it clear we needed to score first! We did well in the first game Laid claimed two goals but because of Mike’s bigfoot size, he claimed one of the goals. 3-0 win goals with Mike, Bob & Laid. To be fair to Laid his goal was a beauty esp after the team build-up!

In our second match, we played the Suzhou kickers. Same game plan clean sheet and Stephan scored the winner with no attacks on our goal!

Last group stage we were up against Super 48 the host and we didn’t create a lot of changes as we knew we will go to the quarter-finals anyway. However, a super build-up play found Nicolas, our team pastry chef free on the left for Nico who blasted the ball in the top corner!

We were free from the quarter-final and straight in the semi because of the result in the first round!

We played the semi as a final and were up against Japan FC main team who beat us in the past! our composure and discipline won us the final spot as a free-kick of Laid landed in the box. Bob, after a great control, kicked us into the final with only 30 seconds left to play!

In the final, we were up against the best opponent of the day but we stuck to the game plan… clean-sheet and one goal to win it! We dominated the final but Ben needed to make one save as we didn’t defend back and got rewarded of our team effort when a free-kick of Andrei ended in the goal after Bob created havoc and the ball ended in the net by an own goal!

Another great performance from our legends who managed to break the bank once more… It’s all about commitment, positive mood, and team spirit! Like this, you can do wonders and it doesn’t make a difference no matter how old you are!

 

Well done Legends! Keep going! Never give up! It’s life!

 

Thank you
Happy Freek

Legends pick their SPL V trophy at the end season tournament

end season tournamentDespite the hot weather (32 degrees),  we had a great setting on the grass field of Jinqiao with 17 teams participating in the SPL & SPL V end season tournament ! After a busy month of May with 4 consecutive games in a row, it was finally time to relax. With a small squad, our target was still to win this 7 aside end season tournament. Alex helped out as keeper and Max made his comeback after his ruptured his achilles last year.

First match was a good warming up with a win but we blew it in the second match as England scored on its only and single opportunity… While we pushed forward for the equilazer, the ball didn’t want to get in and we lost 0-1. Despite we won 2-1 the last game of the group stage, England ended top of the group and later won the tournament !

All was fine as the ice cold beer tasted extremely well after the matches and we were ready for the price ceremony ! The last cup of the day was for our legends with the SPL V championship cup ! We took a lot of nice pictures with our families/friends and ended up at Pistolera for more drinks & margaritas ! Great way to end a Great Season !

 

Cheers
Happy Freek

Lions crash out of Chen Yi Cup

crash outThe Lions crash out of the second round of Chen Yi Cup conceding the winner in the last minute of the game.

[ Chen Yi Cup ] Shanghai Lions FC 2 – 3 Athletic United

It was an early kick off on a rainy day but all players made it on time with the help of Didi ! The field was slippery due to the rain and not easy to play on. In the first 15 minutes we kept most of the possession and our Chinese opponent decided to sit back. We got a wake up call when a simple pass went straight to the opponent and we got 3 defenders out of position and faced a 3 vs 1 situation which they finished easy to make it 0-1. Soon we found ourselves in more trouble as we let them shoot on the wet pitch and the ball slipped under Robin our goalie. We got plenty of free kicks and corners to come back in the match but waisted them all…

During half time we took the chance to point out the weak points and knew we had 35 minutes left to come back in the match ! Amavi was brought down right at the edge of the penalty box and Pat (our sweeper) came up to blast the ball in the left side of the goal. Thing started to look better for us especially when the Chinese team got a player send off after a challenge on Benji and a bad word to the referee. With three minutes on the clock to play we got a free kick on the right and Yohan curled the ball towards Fabi and Pat… It was Pat who scored the equalizer with a good header 2-2 ! We smelled blood and went for a third goal however we got a reality check again when we gave away a totally unnecessary free kick on the left side of the box in the last minute. Their best player, the No. 9 was surely not going to cross that ball but shoot it… He did it and blasted the ball in the top of the net ! It was a real pity as all the goals we conceded we gave them away by our mistakes and we could easily have made it to the third round of the Chen Yi Cup.

 

We will try to do better next year !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions beat Gelingda in the 1st round of Chen Yi Cup 2019

GelingdaFor this 1st round of Chen Yi Cup 2019 versus Gelingda (阁凌达), we had with a good mix of young and experienced players. For the 1st time in Chen Yi cup history, the Shanghai Football Association (SFA) allowed 2 foreign teams participating in the cup with Shanghai Japan FC and ourselves. 10 minutes before the match, the organizer told us that our opponent was certainly the weakest among the 32 registered teams. Icing on the cake, they were only 9 players to start the game with few of their guys stucked into traffic…

 

[ Chen Yi Cup ] Shanghai Lions FC 15 – 0 Gelingda

Actually, the game got broadcasted live on the internet. You can watch the replay in full on Youtube or on the following link.

During the line-up, we had the “official” privilege listening to the Chinese national anthem. A not so common football experience here in China. Coming back to our opponent, we proved Gelingda bringing a small squad was a mistake by scoring 2 goals on our first 2 attacks. We kept playing well and got rewarded with more goals. For instance, our right back Fabi certainly scored the nicest goal with a long range shot over the keeper. Just before half-time, we got another surprise with the organizer asking us to slow down the scoring machine… Understanable with 10-0 at half-time.

In 2nd half, we got a little experimental in our line-up. 5 straight changes were made with Chris as offensive midfield. While his son was wathing him from the sideline, he got the “father praising privilege” scoring a nice goal. Well done, Chris ! In the end, the score ended-up at 15-0. We shook hands and took a nice team picture together. Both teams will remember this match for different reasons 😉

 

We will play play the 2nd round on Sunday 26th of May 2019 at 09:00 am at T98 Lvzhou Soccer Base. Let’s keep our focus as the next team would probably be better than Gelingda.

 

Cheers,
Freek

1st round of Chen Yi Cup 2019

Chen Yi Cup 2019

Lions, here is our draw for the 1st round of Chen Yi Cup 2019.  We are playing 阁凌达 (Gelingda) this coming weekend.

Schedule of Chen Yi Cup 2019

  • 1st round: May 11th & 12th, 2019
  • 2nd round: May 25th & 26th, 2019
  • 1/4 final: June 01st, 2019
  • 1/2 final: July 06th, 2019
  • Final: August 17th, 2019

 

Here is a little bit about the name of cup… It was named after the Mr. ChenYi / 陈毅 (1901-1972), communist general and politician, Marshal of PLA from 1955, Mayor of Shanghai in 1950s, PRC foreign minister 1958-1972. There is a Chen Yi square in Shanghai which is located on the Bund near Nanjing East road with a 5.6 meters memorial bronze statue in the middle.

 

Let’s do it, Lions ! ✊🏼

Santa was not there for the legends

Shanghai Santa Football Cup

As a long lasting tradition, the legends were up again for the 2018 edition of the Shanghai Santa Football Cup. As 18 teams were involved this year, veterans were delocalized to a second venue at Wellington playground.

Earlier in the week, the squad looked fantastic rising our hope being the 1st Lions team to lift Santa’s trophy. Unfortunately, few late cancellations narrowed the squad to its diet limit. As the idea of the
Shanghai Santa Football Cup is not about winning but having fun, we realized that it was a chance to play football among ourselves for one last time in 2018. Then, led by captain Jerome, we putted our Santa hat and played with our brave hearts !

Lions Legends 0-0 Emerald B

For our 1st game of the day, we were facing Emerald B. Both teams seems a little rusty in their physical and mental preparation and the game ended up 0-0

Lions Legends 0-0 England

For our 2nd game, it was England FC at the menu with the same result…

Lions Legends 0-0 Wellington

For the 3rd game of the day, we were facing our local host of the day. With no mercy, Mike putted his Santa gear and scored a beautiful header as Christmas gift.

Lions Legends 0-1 Japan

For our last group game, only a win against Japan could let us go through the final.  We knew that we had to attack and this is what we did… Japan FC as fine harbour tactician waited for us and killed us on one of their few counter strike…

For the record, P/F FC won the trophee beating Japan FC 1-0 into final.

Great afternoon with great people ! We didn’t score much but we tried… Anyway, we had a great spirit today and good laugh ! Thank you all and merry Christmas !

Jerome A

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

U17 won 2018 GreenCity Cup

2018 GreenCity CupLast Sunday was a great day for our club for many reasons ! The weather was incredible and the field was great and the setting we were playing in was super ! It was super nice to see so many parents coming out today to support the players for this 2018 GreenCity Cup!

IMG_3545Our second team did well especially against the stronger teams losing just on penalties vs. Stoke City for instance ! We were happy that they won their last match as it was a good way to end the day !

IMG_3544For our first team they wobbled a bit when they let Aksil come back from a winning position to make it 4-4 but after that we got our focus back and set ourselves up to a nice final against DEQ ! The final was a good promotion of youth football in Shanghai watched by many people and with great team work and stand in goalie Matthew B, we won it with a super second goal from Matty !

 

Well done Lions !!! Great achievement to win this 2018 Green City Cup ! ! Thanks to Nick who coached all our teams as well as Azzeddine was kind enough to be referee this time as the local referees were not available !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions won the SPL opening tournament

tournamentIt was a beautiful day as we witnessed the clearest sky for many years in Shanghai ! The fields were perfect at the great facility of the Wellington International School ! The concept was quick fast games of 13 minutes each and each team to play each other once in a group of 7 teams

Lions had two teams and both had Freek & Fred who normally play for the Legends as stand in goals ! Our intention was to enjoy and have fun as we are still in pre season. Lions Team B with mostly players who had not played together before had a mixed tournament when terao-san came half way the tournament it improved the play of the team. In the end they ended 6th. Team A had a nice mix between experienced players and two youngster Matty and Philipp. While winning all of their matches the BIG match was against the old rival the Marlins that match was tight and ended in 0-0 so the tournament was decided on goal difference which this time was in favour of the Lions. Great way to start a new season !

 

We see you all at the training on Tuesday !

 

Cheers
Freek

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