Legends ended runner up in Masters Plate !

Lions,

 

Having won the Shanghai Masters over 40 tournament 3 times we knew how hard it would be to achieve the same again. A good start is essential in a 7 aside tournament but the Legends were for some reason not ready and not in the right form. They lost two games and that basically put them in the plate competition. They did win their first game against Beijing of the plate 2-0 on Saturday and on Sunday a started to look a bit brighter. A last minute header from Laid gave us another win over Super 48 and our next opponent was Hangzhou who beat us on Saturday it was a good battle with both teams trying hard to score. It was a unfortunate handball of Dan that gave Hangzhou a penalty and the only goal. Up next it was a must win for us and that’s what we did 5-0 win versus the Vikings tasted good. Our last plate game was against the Bangkok team and again we scored plenty of goals as we won 5-2. We made it to the plate final and actually were happy to play the final despite our heavy legs we were up against Hangzhou again…… the third time and we were determined not to lose again. It was a hard battle with left and right some fouls from both teams this time the Legends got lucky after a handball from the Hangzhou defender and Fred converted the penalty. We were very close to win the final but in the last minute conceded a foul at the edge of the box and somehow the Hangzhou player found a hole in our wall and equalized. It ended with a penalty shoot out which was good for the spectators of course but not for us as our third penalty was stopped by the Hangzhou keeper.

 

Overall we had a bad Saturday and a good Sunday so mixed feelings ! The Shooters won the tournament in the end on penalties and our congratulations goes to them ! We will try harder next year to get the Cup back !

 

Cheers Freek

Our 3rd Lions’ Cup tournament was a complete success!

Lions,

Our 3rd Lions’ Cup tournament on Sept. 5th 2015 was a complete success!

We had 20 teams total, coming from 5 different cities of China and hungry for football, who made it to the New Bund Venue on Saturday Sept. 5th 2015 morning, despite the pouring rain in the morning!

We started a little late due to the rain, but we managed to make up the time later on, with the weather clearing up…

The round Robin stages ended just before 1.15pm, leaving 20mn for a well deserved lunch break, where all the participants enjoyed some good quality food at our F&B Partner for this event:PLANET KEBAB.

All the morning games were played in a exceptionally great spirit, with a lot of nice goals and people jsut enjoying to play on the brand new best artificial football fields of the New Bund club in Shanghai.

The afternoon finals saw some very good quality football games happening, with good battles being fought under the eyes on our 4 referees team, who did a great job. Kevin, the head ref, said according to his wristband, he ran 25K during the day! Quite impressive!

Here are the results of the tournament:

Golden Cup Winner: AZZURRIS FC

Golden Cup Runner-UP: TIANFU AFC

Golden Cup 3rd place: LIONS FC

Silver Plate Winner: ORANJE

Silver Plate Runner-up: 4United

Wooden Spoon Winner: ERS

Wooden Spoon Runner-up: ERS

Special congrats again for the big Winner AZZURRIS FC and the finalist TIANFU AFC!

Thanks to all the participants for coming and see you all next year for the 4th edition of our LIONS CUP!

Award Ceremony pictures Final pictures Winners pictures

Lions Legends won the Shanghai Masters organized by Super 48 !

Lions,

 

Legends never die and legends always live on. This is exactly what happened to the Lions ! What started out as a small group of old Lions players three years back now we have become a trademark Lions (veteran) team in Shanghai. All the ingredients are right we have great mix of people who are committed and we are serious when we enter the pitch and we always try to play good football and we like to stay young !

 

Of course not everything is smooth sailing. The Master Cup 2014 was a good example. Fred F. who was in charge of the management raised some eyebrows when at 8.55 AM who could only see six players. A quick “We Chat” went out “where is everybody ? the first game start 9.10 !” So it happened that we lost the first game and to be honest it’s a kind of trade mark. Whenever we lose a game we get charged and it sets us on fire ! We were looking for the responsible people only to find out that we were all to blame. Two solid wins followed to set us up in the semi- finals against a strong Korean team  ! By that time our defense was rock solid we just needed to score one goal. With only 11 players left we had not much options for substitutions but a fine cross from Fred F ended in a penalty. As flying in Canny was fouled. Fred G had no problem to shoot us into the final.

The final was between the bests teams on the day for sure. We faced a very strong Japanese side within one minute they managed to get a diving penalty. God bless Thierry our goalie made it back on time as he is building a reputation to kill penalty takers. The poor Japanese shot went wide. The Lions Legends fought hard for every ball and Fred F came closest to score. It stayed 0-0 and 3 penalties each would decide the winner. Fred F was first to hit the ball in the top corner and Thierry stopped the Japanese first penalty. Jerome was next stepping up with full confidence but his shot went nowhere and was happily picked up by the Japanese keeper.  Fred G in fine form scored to put us back in front ! The next Japanese player was under pressure and couldn’t watch Thierry in the eyes his ball went wide and it was party time for the Lions ! As usual a great team performance of all Lions Legends everybody contributed to this success ! It is special to mention that we had Olivia from our Lions U18 team playing the whole tournament as left back and she did a great job getting many compliments from the other team players and she even got the MVP award !

 

What a great way to end a great season for the Legends ! They won Shanghai Masters in September for the third time and they won the Old Boys tournament and now they won the Shanghai Masters organized superbly by Super 48 and on top they won the Veteran league 2014 for the second time ! Lets celebrate this all together at our Christmas Party on Saturday.

 

And so the Lion Legends lived on !!! Fantastic ! Freek

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Our LIONS CUP 2nd edition on Sept. 6th 2014 was a great success!!!

It was truly a pleasure to have not less than 20 teams participating in the 2014 Edition of our LIONS’ CUP on Sat Sept. 6th 2014. We were lucky with the weather, which was hot but wasn’t scorching hot, so we could have a lot of very good, competitive and fair-play games.
There were 6 entertainment games we set-up for you, organized by Mini CC Storage. Some people definitively enjoyed the Dunk-Tank and Football-Tennis activities….
Every team seemed to have had fun, played several games and met new fellow football passionate people…
We want to especially congratulate the following teams for their achievements:
– ALPHA OMEGA, from Xiamen : WINNER of the tournament
– REUNITED : Runner-up
– AZZURRI : 3rd place
– Shanghai PACIFIC: Winner of the Plate Tournament
We wish to thank our sponsors to help make this event happen: TimeOut MagSinoUnited HealthMiniCC Storage and Santa Fe Relocation.
We are planning to host many other tournaments in the near future,, cheers,
Charles and Azzeddine
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Scoreboard (2) Sh. Pacific team pic. SH PACIFIC team pic Reunited Team pic REUNITED pic Dunk Tank Game pic general pic AZZURRIS AZZURRIS Team pic AZURRIS ALPHA OMEGA

LIONS Veterans clinched their 3rd Master tournament title!!!

Lions,

We are rpoud to announce that our LIONS Veteran team managed to win the Master Tournament last Sunday at WGQ.

It is the 3rd time they win this competition, that lasted 2 days and the cmpetition was fierce.

It was scorching hot and under the coaching of Jamie McCarry we won in final against the mighty SHOOTERS 2-1.

They were the first to enter the score sheet afer 10mn, but after soon after half-time, after a clever move by Jamie to switch Charles from center back to striker, we quickly equalized with Charles serving Thomas Cabreras, our recent spanish pilot recruit….

The wining goal also came from a pass from Charles directly to Kelly, later voted MVP of the tournament, who made a brilliant finish, outrunning the shooters defense and putting the ball passed the shooter keeper right in the right corner…

It was q quality game, as well as most of the games played in the tournament. The squad was really great, a big mix of may different nationalities and talents. Every played their own role to the success, it was truly a great experience for everyone and it was just a lof of Fun.

Too bad Presisent Freek couldn’t make it this year, as he had to attend a wedding in Holland, but Captain Fred was motivating the troups as walways, alongside Jamie who did a tremendous job as a coach, helped by old Lions Patric who came all the way from HK just to make sure we beat the Shooters in Final!!!!!

Well done LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Masters team pic (1)Masters team pic (2)

LIONS’ CUP 7 aside – Sept. 6th 2014

Following to last year success, we are delighted to announce the organization of our 2nd LIONS’ CUP:

Date: Saturday Sept. 6th 2014

Venue: Putuo Football Field (line 11 Wuwei Lu Station)

Nb of Teams: 16

 There are already 13 teams registered from Xiamen, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Suzhou, Kunming, Hangzhou, Beijing, Taipei and even London.

TOURNAMENT PROGRAM on Sat. Sept. 6th 2014:

– from 9.00am to 2.00pm – Football Tournament Round Robin Matches

– from 2.00pm to 5.30pm – Football Tournament Finals

– from 5.30 to 6.00pm – Awards Ceremony

 

TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEES DETAILS:

We ask for 1900 rmb/team

This covers pitch rental, referees, water stations on pitch, tournament pennant, trophies for winners (cups and medals),

We require a Deposit of 800 rmb/team to reserve your slot in the tournament.

The registrations deadline is August 17th 2014.

 

PLAYING VENUE:

The tournament will be held on two new very good quality 7 aside artificial football fields in the north of Shanghai, close to the Wuwei subway station on line 11, which means 9 subway stations from Jing’an Temple only.

 

ENTERTAINMENT/FUN:

We will offer numerous Entertainment options, such as:

– Some fun activities like: Dunk Tank, Shot Speed Measurement, Fun Lottery, Football Targets Shooting, Football Tennis, etc…

– Professional Masseuses onsite for some 15mn leg, head or back massages

There will be good quality and affordable food and beverages available on site all day. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question, cheers,

 

Shanghai LIONS Cup Organizers
Charles GEORG   13816104242
Azzeddine TAKOULOUFA   13601741461

 

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

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