Despite 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 !
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.
For 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…
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.
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.
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 !
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 !
Last 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!
Our 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 !
For 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 !
It 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 !
With 21 Youth Lions in action (two teams in the U17 category), we had a strong presence at the 2018 AKS Shanghai Cup last weekend. On Saturday each team had 5 consecutive matches of 20 minutes each. Our B team did well and had a few very close matches which could have ended either way. The A team was in fine form and with four wins and one 0-0 draw, they made it to the finals on Sunday.
On Sunday our B team played their best football in their last match against Stoke City where they were unlucky to concede a goal in the very last minute. However all players gained experience over the weekend and in the end had a fun experience. For the A team they needed to beat Stoke City in the semi finals. The match was very tight and both teams tried to play on counter. It was a smart free kick from Matty which gave the Lions the lead with just a few minutes left on the clock. With the 1-0 win they made it in the finals where they expected to play Aksil ReUnited but they were surprised by a strong German team from Hongqiao.
In the round robbing match against this German team we played 0-0 and knew that this team was strong. We played the final in a very disciplined manner with our first priority not to give anything away to the opponent and second to try and find a space to counter on the 7 aside pitch. Yusuke came very close to score the 1-0 and Victor created some danger as well. However it stayed 0-0 until the final whistle. Now our hope was on Max our stand in goalie who proved to be in great form over the two days. Phillip and Matty scored both their penalties and Max saved the second penalty of the Germans ! Victor up next did what he had to do and that was to score and give us his goal gave us the well deserved title.
Over the weekend we experienced great team spirit and good discipline by the Lions on and off the field. Good coaching helped the teams and last but not least we were happy to see parents come and support us !
Its important to our club to represent the Lions in tournaments ! Last Saturday it was the turn to the Lions Legends who participated in the “9th Shanghai Masters Cup” organized by Super 48 one of the large Japanese clubs in Shanghai. The tournament was 11 aside with a total of 12 teams and it was for players above 40 ! So it was great to see that we had a great squad of Lions Legends ready to play on such beautiful pitch and weather in Tianma! The games were 20 minutes only so we needed to have a good strategy in place to make it to the finals ! Our target was to keep a clean sheet all the way and score first !
In our first game against Super 48 we did just that as Fred our captain opened the score with a rare header and soon it was our President who blasted a very good build up from right to left and a step over up in the top of the net ! He thought he would get the oldest scorer award as he just celebrated his 54th b-day last week but saw the it clinched by a Japanese player of 58 years old ….. !!! guess our president needs to play another 4 years at least ! After our 2-0 victory we learned that the women who played against us was Mizuki Noguchi, the Japanese Gold medal winner of the marathon Athens 2004 winner ! amazing and of course we took the opportunity to take a picture with her and the legends !
In our second game we found it harder to score as the Japanese team defended with 10 players however our never give up attitude paid off as James blasted home the winner with only two minutes to go on the clock !
In our third game against the Shuzou Kickers we made some changes in the team and replacing Gwen on the left wing paid off as his replacement Sylvain scored in two minutes ! Fred made it 2-0 to get our third clean sheet and a victory !!
Due to a lucky draw we went straight to the semi finals against a strong Japanese team but we played our best game of the day ! Our right back Francois opened the score after 5 minutes when he went up unexpected and soon Gwen was launched one on one against the Japanese Keeper and didn’t miss….! 2-0 it was and 2-0 it stayed to set us up in the final !
The final was up against the Emerald our old rival who beat the strong Japanese team on penalties in the other semi final ! Tactics were the same clean sheet and score first… however they scored on an incredible counter two passes launched their striker who had an incredible shot flying in ! The Lions did fight back but struggled as the referee was very young and weak and didn’t dear to make decisions against the emeralds who made a couple of fouls on our play makers…
Time ran out we ended the tournament second with only one goal conceded and a lot of fun and friendship which of course is the most important ! Next time we will hope the luck is on our side and for sure we will try again !
Next up our senior team will play a tournament in Phuket this weekend and we wish them all the best !
Obvious we need all Lions the come the training this week so we can prepare for our important last games of 2017 !