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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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
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.
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.
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
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 !
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 !
Check out the reports on the Mini World Cup Football Tournament we organized last weekend with Freek and Az!
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
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:
The plan is to fly there on Friday June 20th evening and come back on Sunday June 22nd evening.
Our last indoor football tournament on Feb. 28th 2014 was a great success.
Please download the video at: http://www.sendspace.com/
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…
Let us know your availability at: http://shanghai-lions.com/matches/338/
Azzeddine & Charles
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: email@example.com
SHANGHAI LIONS FC MANAGEMENT
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