Lions end 3rd in Xiamen’s Amoy Cup!

Lions,

We went to Xiamen to defend our title of last year. This year there were 14 teams divided in two groups each playing 6 games before qualifying for the quarter finals. Early in the morning we had to listen to a 30 minutes boring speech of the local government just by standing there you started to sweat already due to the heat and humidity ! We only had 9 players including the President who could have been the oldest player in the tournament but we started to play well game after game however we got a tough game versus the Chinese Army whose only intention was to fight instead of playing football. The tournament organizer for the occasion had 5 security guys running around the fields and now we knew why ? Luckily we killed the Chinese Army 3-1 and made it to the quarter finals against another Chinese team.

Now the heat and the exhaustion started to take its toll on us but it was the same for the opponent so we kept fighting and made it to the semi-finals.

For the semi’s there was a draw to pick the teams and we had to play against the strongest local Chinese team with some (old) ex pro players. Lack of focus cost us a goal in the early stage of the game and it’s very hard to come back from 1-0 down on such a small pitch. The Chinese had plenty of subs and the scored another  goal we quickly got one back by Patrick who only scores on important occasions but it appeared not enough as we lost 2-1. This team later won the final and we won the third place not good enough but after 180 minutes of football we could still smile when we received the medal to show our good spirit and an apology to Azz needed to be made as he has given all of us so many opportunities to score during the day but all of us missed many of those……sorry AZZ !

We decided to skip the beach party and have a dinner by ourselves where we had to say goodbye to Erwin who is going back to Holland. He made a great impact on our team in the few moths he played for us and we hope one day he can make it back to the Lions !

Cheers Freek

Xiamen June 20 & 21st 2014 (3)

Xiamen June 20 & 21st 2014 (6)

Xiamen June 20 & 21st 2014 (7)

 

Lions ends 5th in the Mini World Cup !

Lions,


With the World Cup Fever spreading around the world it was no surprise the fever arrived in China as well. The second edition of the Green City Mini World Cup an event organized by the SPL together with the local government and That’s Magazine and Latina restaurants was a great success ! It was a great opportunity for local people to get a taste of Football and Fun and Party. Charles and Azz had set up nice soccer games for everybody and especially the dunk tank proved to be a major hit.

The first day it was round robbing 12 countries split in two groups. The Lions (Argentina) didn’t start very well as they dropped points against Italy and lost against France ! After that there was only one way to make it into the finals of Sunday and that’s winning every game. The game against China proved to be crucial as despite the solid win we need to get more goals to keep France out as they faced Spain in their final point they needed to win by two goals difference and that’s just what they did ! So after 5 games we missed the finals by one goal !

On Sunday we just played for fun and enjoyed the atmosphere with a great Price Ceremony and a fantastic Brazilian Band. It was here where we received our SPL Champions Trophy and it was handed out to Joel Zielke the Lions Captain who after seven years in Shanghai decided it was time to move back to the USA !

Joel Zielke has been a role model for our Club and the players. A true leader on the pitch who always showed a great fighting spirit and a capability to score goals. He could carry the team and let everybody play better. Many of our games we won in the last minutes due to his “never give up” attitude. He was also a great coach for younger players and we surely will miss him and his family and wish them all the best in the world !

Cheers Freek

Joel and Patrick

Joel Zielke

Lions Team Pic SPL Awards ceremonySPL Champions TrophySPL Champions Trophy 2

Its party time ! Let the World Cup begin !

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

 

Last weekend the SPL ended its largest season in its 11 years history with 12 teams battling for glory and playing a total of 132 matches. It was a great season with plenty of football and entertainment. We are glad to report that we hardly had any incidents and that’s the way it should be. We are fortunate to be able to play on the best pitches in Shanghai and that we have referees who are willing to officiate our games week in and week out ! Big thank you to Yamada who managed to let each team finish just on time despite the busy schedule and too many working Sundays. Mika thank you for the help on the website !

 

However we are not finished yet !!!

 

It’s time to count down in a few hours the World Cup will start in Brazil and in two days the World Cup will start in Green City ! Quite amazing and a great event to look forward to ! The weather gods have been instructed and they will follow our orders we are going to be hot and dry over the weekend in order to create the same atmosphere as in Brazil ! The rest is up to you to make it happen and to make this event the one we will remember for many years.

 

Here are the last guide lines for the Mini World Cup + Party.

 

Captains and Managers ps come on time on Saturday 830 AM will be best to collect the kits of your country and game schedule and rules / We have an opening ceremony where you will be asked to come on the stage 9.00 AM together with the referees from 900-9.15 PM

 

Make sure your team players come on time and sign the waiver form / you can sign the front and let your team players sign on the back

 

Collect from us the lunch vouchers for the players / Latina free dinner arm band on Sunday

 

Collect from us free entry tickets for family and friends

 

Watch the kids play exhibitions games form 1200-1400 and we need some goalies for  a penalty shoot out for the kids (aged 6-10)

 

At all time control you players. This tournament is organized by us the SPL and we have a name and reputation at stake. The government like to show to the rest of China that we can enjoy an incredible party and event where friends from all over the world and enjoy our No 1 favorite Sport “Football” in Green City.

 

Sunday it will be important to keep a close time line as there will be many ceremonies where we will need your assistance  1500-1520 all captains will be on stage and the two teams of the final will be called on stage on by one. This will be purely for press and media and we need to give it our best shot !

 

After the final there will be 15 awards to be given away to players and teams so we need everybody to be close to the stage it starts at 1620 and there will be stage performances in between.

 

Make sure everybody attend the free dinner from Latina on the Pitch from 1730  and we have our end of the SPL season ceremony !

 

1800-2000 Carnival Party on the pitch for everybody by several Brazilian groups and dancers ! Don’t miss it you will forever regret !

 

Always remember that we are the major attraction of the event and people come from all over town to watch us play and in China people don’t have much chance to attend good football matches so respect the spectators, children, referees, opponents, organizer, sponsors at all time ! Be a role model !

 

Last but not least bring Flags, Paint your hair and face , bring Instruments, Animals to support your country !

 

We received team list from Shanghai 2000/Super 48/Japan/ Lions 1 / Lions 2 (veteran+ youth) / ERS/Galacticos ! The other teams ps make sure to send it asap latest by tomorrow !

 

See you all on Saturday / Let the Party begin ! Cheers Freek

Xiamen Tournament on Sat. June 21st 2014

We have been invited to defend our title we won last year, at the Xiamen Tournament on June 21st 2014. We will go with max 10 players, so please register asap at:

http://shanghai-lions.com/matches/343/

The plan is to fly there on Friday June 20th evening and come back on Sunday June 22nd evening.

 

 

LIONS indoor football tournament on March. 28th 2014 – 8 to 11pm

LIONS,

Our last indoor football tournament on Feb. 28th 2014 was a great success.

Please download the video at: http://www.sendspace.com/file/wu8yjw

We are now taking the registrations for our next tournament on Friday March 28th 2014 from 8 to 11pm.

We have already 7 teams registered out 8 teams max., that’s why we want to make a last LIONS Team.

There will be min. 5 games/team, 8mn/game, costs are 90 rmb/pers., with unlimited number of players/team and substitutions

We have a lot of entertainments organized beside the games…

The location of the tournament is in Baoshan District: Zhenda Lu / Haunzhen Lu, about 20mn taxi from People Square in the north.

Let us know your availability at: http://shanghai-lions.com/matches/338/

 

Azzeddine & Charles

 

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Video of our last indoor football tournament on Feb. 28th 2014

Lions,

You can download the video of the last indoor football tournament we organized on Feb. 28th 2014 at: http://www.sendspace.com/file/wu8yjw

It was a great success with 8 teams competing in 2 groups. More than 50 goals have been scored over the competition, by the NEW TEAM.

Following to the huge success of our last tournament on Feb. 28th, we organize another 5 aside indoor tournament on Friday March. 28th 2014 from 8pm to 11pm.
There will be 8 teams max, min. 5 games/team, 8mn/game
900 rmb/team, with unlimited number of players/team and substitutions
Registration Deadline: March. 24th 6pm
Interested, please email us at: info@shanghai-lions.com

SHANGHAI LIONS FC MANAGEMENT

“Youth Lions” win the first ever Lions FUTSAL Tournament !

Lions,

We as a club are always looking for more opportunities to play football. Charles our vice president came up with the idea to organize a futsal tournament. He together with Azz managed to find the venue of the official home ground of the Shanghai Futsal club who are playing in the Chinese National Competition. Of course in winter time futsal is a great way to stay fit and with more and more pollution concerns nowadays it can be a part of our trainings.

The venue was great and we had two Lions youth teams and two Japanese teams (Japan FC and Super 48) plus our own veterans battling it out ! after 4 group games for each team we got a semi final Young Lions A vs Young Lions B. Young Lions A were sharp on the counter and won by 3-0. The other finalist would come from the winner of Japan  vs Lions Veterans. It ended 0-0 so the decision would be made by one on one, great entertainment as a few players slipped and missed and a few players scored, in the end the penalty of our President (a chip over the helpless Japanese keeper) and Adam (low shot in the corner) gave us the edge. So it was an all Lions final. The youngster played well and took home the gold medal. All in All a great experience and everybody enjoyed it ! Sure we will organize more Lions events like that !

Cheers Freek

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LIONS just won the 2013 Phuket 7’s tournament…

Lions,

It always important for our club profile to establish a good name outside
China ! That’s what we did for the second time our Lions clinched the
Champions title of the International Phuket 7’s tournament. This year the
team had a good balance with a lot of experienced players. Felippe even flew
over from France to play and our old Lion goalie who lives in Thailand was
in fine form. No surprise that two Lions Veteran players scored the winning
goals in the final, Francois and Felipe, 2-0 win. Congratulations ! photo 2Lions Phuket Winner 2013...

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Lions win the first Lions Cup !

Lions,

648After having travelled to several tournament inside and outside of China we thought it would be a good idea to organize our own tournament and use that as a way to make new friends and promote football in Shanghai.

 

So after a few months of preparation  everything was ready this weekend ! We booked three fields at the SRFC for the games and got good Chinese FA referees with the help of Kevin, 14 teams were signed up, bought the Cups and made the schedule !

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535The weather was good as it wasn’t so hot as we haqd faced in the last couple of month. The first day we round robbing games / short intense games with loads of goals all played in friendly and fair spirit !

 

On Sunday were the final rounds and because we had teams from Hanghzou and Suzhou we start the games a bit later so that they could explore Shanghai longer on the night before !

 

Lions first team was looking sharp and focused ! In the quarter final match they beat the Marlins Suzhou and in the semi final there was a tough game versus Re-united but in the end the Lions were too strong and made it to the final. The Oranje and the other Reunited team were fighting for a place in the final and after a 1-1 draw it was upto penalties which were won by the Dutch who actually have history of being bad in penalties !

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The final proved that the Lions are on the right track as we are still pre season but the fitness is coming back and they scored some great goals, Charles scored a hat trick, believe it or not ! Gui of course was top scorer of the tournament and with a solid 6-0 win we kept the trophy in the Lions hands.

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That’s our first silverware of the season ! We like to thank all the teams who came out and play in the Lions Cup ! We liked the atmosphere which was friendly and competitive. We will make the tournament bigger and better next year !

 

Cheers Freek

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