Legends restart the season with a solid win

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[ SPL VETERAN ] Shanghai Lions FC 13 – 0 P/F

Last Sunday the weather and the pitch couldn’t be better ! 25 degrees blue sky and no pollution ! The legends were up for their first SPL League game after the summer break. Most of the legends have attended the trainings on Tuesday and are getting back in shape. Our opponent was the Pudong United / Ferie combination a Japanese team. Our objective was a clean sheet and good football for 80 minutes as the surroundings were more for a ice cold beer and chill out on the field than to keep running all the time.

We started well but were a bit off on the final ball as a few shots ended up at the Starbucks… It was 2-0 in the first quarter and we added another 2 in the second. As we were mainly playing on the half of the Japanese team and they in return had no shots on goal the Legends coach was demanding more goals ! “Nice but not good enough” was his comment !

In the third quarter we stepped it up and scored 5 goals to make it 9-0 and in the last 20 the President himself showed that age doesn’t matter at the legends as he scored two and Terao and Matty made the final score 13-0 !

It was a solid performance where all players contributed to the win especially Pascal who had some incredible saves…… to keep the clean sheet !

 

This Saturday our Lions youth team will make their debut in the SPL U17 league 14:00 kick off at Concordia and on Sunday we have our classic Lions vs Marlins 13:00 kick off at the Dulwich School Field !

 

It goes without saying that we expect everybody at the training on Tuesday !

 

Cheers
Freek

It was a great Lions weekend

Lions,

[ Veteran ] Shanghai Lions FC 2 – 0 Welsh Bellies

On Sunday morning the Legends came in action against a tough opponent the Welsh Bellies who for the occasion had brought 23 players ! We had a strong squad despite the fact that we had some key players missing. Four players made their debut Vincent Delangle, Vincent Billiard, Rosie & Ben !

We started strong and kept the ball into our possession despite the difficult pitch ! The Bellies strategy was long balls to their fast striker but our defense was alert.  A misjudged long ball put Bob alone in front of the keeper and he didn’t hesitate to score the 1-0 for us.

In the second quarter we lost our shape and midfield for a while and the Bellies took more possession without being very dangerous. We started to play more on the counter and Fred was launched on the left he made it into the box and was tripped just as he wanted to cross in. Our captain didn’t hesitate to claim the ball and shot the penalty in the right top corner.

In the third quarter we decided to defend our lead and left only Rosie on top. He did great and got a few opportunities to make it 3-0 !

In the last 20 minutes the Bellies came close as their best player (72) sliced thru our midfield and also our defense however Pascal threw his whole body weight into the shot and made a great save.

The Beer tasted good afterwards as we knew that we were back on top of the SPL V ! Great Job Legends !

[ SPL Cup ] Shanghai Lions FC 4 – 0 Century Park FC

In the afternoon we had to play our SPL Cup quarter final against Century Park FC who ended second in the league this season ! Before the game it didn’t look good for the Lions as from the 17 on the YES list, players were dropping out last minute…

However the Lions on the field quickly decided to go for it and showed a great game of football. After 15 minutes Felix went on a rampage starting on the left and by passing three defenders on the way. His low strike was too much for the CP FC goalie and we took the lead. Soon after it was Tomas who with full speed out ran the youngsters of CP FC and he laid off the ball to Azz who just had to walk it in to make it 2-0 ! The misery for CP FC didn’t end here as now its was Radouane who scored after a great move of Tomas. Just before half time CP FC got a penalty which never was one in the first place but Dim in fine form stopped !

We started the second half 3-0 up and could play on the counter surely we could have scored one or two more goals. CP FC created more chances but our defense with Fabi, Jack, Benji, Hunter (Azz for 15 minutes) & Dim proved too much ! As icing on the cake Azz scored his second of the day to make the final score 4-0.

It was a great team performance !

As we are in the semi final of the SPL Cup lets all come to the training on Tuesday!

Cheers
Freek

Legends showed character and spirit to beat the Cowboys

[Veteran] Shanghai Lions FC 6 – 4 Cowboys

Lions, it was hot last Sunday with temperatures close to 27 degrees ! We were up against a very good playing Chinese team the Cowboys ! We knew this game would be hard and tried to play very composed as most of the Cowboy players are faster than us…

We had a great start as Bob finished a fast counter after 5 minutes. However we soon realized we had a hole in the middle as they sliced through and quickly scored the equalizer. It was a wake up call but we got another one as they scored again.

In the next twenty we changed our tactics and put an extra legend on the midfield to close the gaps and it worked very well. Soon Gwen scored the equalizer and Bob has an awesome volley to give us the lead. It was a great 20 minutes for us as we scored one more by Romain to make it 4-2.

In the next 20 minutes our tactics were to slow down the pace and sit back and wait for a good counter opportunity. Eventually it worked however a beautiful dive from one of the Cowboys was rewarded by the referee for a penalty. Some Lions started to lose their head in the heat of the game and after they scored the penalty we lost our focus. No wonder that the Cowboys could equalize.

In the last 20 minutes the Legends gave it all and showed fantastic team spirit and play. It was Francois who just came in and his first ball was a powerful header from a corner flying in the goal ! The legends celebrated as if they had won the Champions League but it was deserved ! The icing on the cake came from a great combination between Matthieu and Freek who launched Romain who outplayed the blond keeper and chipped the ball back to Matthieu and he made the final score 6-4 win for the Lions !

 

Life is good and its great to be a Lions Legend !

 

Cheers
Happy Freek

SPL V Standings

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Shanghai Lions Football ClubShanghai Lions FC 6 6 0 0 42 4 38 18
2 Emerald 3 3 0 0 22 2 20 9
3 Welsh Bellies 4 3 0 1 15 9 6 9
4 Shanghai Scottish 3 2 0 1 9 8 1 6
5 Japan FC 2 1 0 1 9 6 3 3
6 Cowboys 3 1 0 2 9 12 -3 3
7 England 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7 0
8 FC Strosso 1 0 0 1 0 8 -8 0
9 FC Shanghai Super 48 3 0 0 3 3 26 -23 0
10 P/F 5 0 0 5 6 33 -27 0

Lions Legends stay on top of SPL Veteran League

Legends,

[Veteran] Shanghai Lions FC 5-0 England

It was a beautiful day on a not so beautiful pitch ! We were up against England and we got all our tactical information about our opponent from Max Kirby the night before the game ! We knew the game would be different than our last two games against Japanese teams but with a 16 player motivated squad we were up to it !

Despite the awful pitch we managed to pass the ball around and let the Brits run after the ball. Bob in fine form and captain for the occasion was set free and lobbed the ball over the keeper. Gwen, our baby legend added a second to give us a 2-0 lead in the first twenty minutes.

In the next twenty minutes we lost some of our play and England pushed a bit harder. Still we managed to score the 3-0 by Bob.

In the next 20 minutes we couldn’t find the next as our pace dropped and we started to lose focus.

As we had to work on our goal difference we decided to give it all in the last 20 minutes of the match and it worked as Nicolas finished cool after a “freek kick” from the President. Bob completed his hat-trick and Gwen took a goal away from Fred who was in ideal position to score but Gwen opted to take the ball and hammered it into the balls of our President …..instead of the net !

Overall our 5-0 victory tasted good and so did the beer after the match. We are on top of the SPL V with three clean sheets 21 goals scored in 3 matches !

 

In April we have two BIG GAMES against the Cowboys and the Welsh Bellies so for now its back to the training pitch !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions legends on top of the SPL V

Lions,

[Veteran] Shanghai Lions FC 8 – 0 FC Strosso

Where on Saturday the Lions struggled to get a team, on Sunday the Legends showed what it is about commitment as despite the early kick off at 10:00 we had 17 players showing up and all players were above 35 ! We had terao-san making his debut for the Legends and Pino our new Serie A star making his debut as well.

Despite the difficult pitch we worked well with our passing game and let our Japanese opponent chase the ball. Bob opened the score for us and soon Laid scored our second. Our objective was a clean-sheet and the longer the match lasted the more opportunities we got. Nicolas showed his skill of terminator once in the box as he scored 3 goals. Bob scored his second but after that there was something wrong with his legs as the most easy tip ins ended wide or at the keeper. In the last 20 we pushed for more goals with Fred our captain and the president himself coming on. Within three minutes the President kept his reputation of having a high ratio of goals per minutes played as he scored with the outside of his foot. Nicolas scored his 4th to make the final score 8-0 !

The beer tasted good after the match and it was great to have youngster Charly back in the squad as he came all the way from Strasbourg to play with us !

Our next game will be on March 26 and we will face a stronger opponent England !

We hope to see many legends to come to the training on Tuesday!

SPL Veteran Standings (Season 2017/2018)

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Shanghai Lions Football ClubShanghai Lions FC 6 6 0 0 42 4 38 18
2 Emerald 3 3 0 0 22 2 20 9
3 Welsh Bellies 4 3 0 1 15 9 6 9
4 Shanghai Scottish 3 2 0 1 9 8 1 6
5 Japan FC 2 1 0 1 9 6 3 3
6 Cowboys 3 1 0 2 9 12 -3 3
7 England 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7 0
8 FC Strosso 1 0 0 1 0 8 -8 0
9 FC Shanghai Super 48 3 0 0 3 3 26 -23 0
10 P/F 5 0 0 5 6 33 -27 0

Cheers
Happy Freek

Three wins for the Lions this weekend

Lions,

Beforehand we struggled to make full squads for our games this weekend, especially we ran out of goal keepers ! However in the end we managed with some last moment help and with great spirit on the pitch by the Lions and Legends to win all three of our games !

[SIFL] Shanghai Lions FC 7 – 0 Shanghai Krauts

On Saturday in the SIFL, we had a very early morning game at 9:00 versus the Krauts. Except for our stand in goalie all players were on time and that was a good sign.

So the President had to start in goal and he saved a one on one of the Krauts fast striker. Lions started a bit slow and not much chances for both teams. Tomas CC. opened the score for the Lions and just before half time we got our second by Thomas Z.

At half time we agrees to pick up the pace of the game and started to pass better and control the game. The Krauts with no substitutes started to feel the pain and the Lions found the net several times by Felix x2, Aga, Tomas and even the President came on the last 10 minutes to score after a great team build up ! Final score 7-0 and next up will be the Shooters in the Hebiguchi semi-final!

[Veteran] Shanghai Lions FC 8  0 Super 48

On Sunday the Legends played their first game of the new season. We had a thin squad as we had some last moment cancellation and injuries but with the help of two U19 players, we hopefully had 13 players.

Our Japanese opponent Super 48 had good intentions but we took the lead by Bob. Our defense was solid on the day with virgin legend Patrick, who came all the way from Germany to become a Lion’s Legend and Adil in the back and the two Max’s as right and left defender. We didn’t give much away and increased the score by Bob 3x and Thomas. We kept the best for the last as Fred our captain made his come back after two operations on both knees and after 8 months absence. Of course the plan was to let him score but the President himself who just came in as well had other plans as his first touch was a strong header after a perfect cross from Bob which left the Japanese goalie with no chance. Two minutes later Fred took his chance and scored after Super 48 forgot to clear the ball and to end the day on a high Fred blasted home his second to make the final score 8-0 for the legends. Pascal had a great save to keep our sheet clean !

The beers tasted good after the match ! Next Sunday, we play against Strosso !

[SPL] Shanghai Lions FC 3  1 Japan FC

On Sunday afternoon in the SPL we played Japan. Always a tricky opponent as they don’t allow you to switch off as they never stop and give playing football regardless of the score.

The spirit was good and the team looked strong on paper and proved to be strong on the day as well. The passing game was a joy to watch and we saw some excellent combinations between the Lions. However disaster struck when Jack headed home a deflected corner in our own goal ! The lions stayed calm and waited for their chance. A great build up ended at Aga free on the right and his ball in was finished by Felix. Fabi proved his worth for the team again by hitting home a Felix corner to give the Lions the lead.

In the second half the legs started to get a bit tired but we had plenty of opportunities but the Japanese goalie was outstanding. As nobody converted all the “Azzist” Azz himself decided to do on his own after a great ball from Dave to score by a header over the Japanese goalie far out from his goal. We played out the match and secured valuable 3 points.

With 4 games to go in the SPL we are still on top with a three point lead versus our closest rivals ! There is no SPL game next Sunday.

As we are now approaching the final stages of the competitions, these weeks will decide the silverware and coming to the training will be key!!! The lions who have attended the training week in and out all made great improvements in their playing and fitness level ! We expect everybody to come and train on Tuesday !

Cheers
Freek

Legends enjoyed the Santa Cup

It was great weather last Sunday ! The SPL Santa cup took place in Jinqiao the tournament saw 16 teams in action all wearing the Santa hats as you were not allowed to play without one. The tournament was pure for fun and that’s how the legends played ! The actual high lite of the tournament was a charity match organized by Azzeddine and Freek between the Lions and the children from the Will foundation ! It was a great experience for both the children and the Lions players. Nothing better than to see those kids smile and having fun. We were happy that we could give a bit of joy to these children who have been left behind by their  parents due to their disabilities !

 

We hope to to this again in the near future !

 

Cheers
Freek

Santa Cup Schedule

Dear all,

Please see below the game schedule for the Santa Cup at the Jinqiao field !  It’s pure a fun tournament 7 aside and we will have some beers and food at Latina after the games (Brazilian dancers have been ordered). The Veterans of the SPL V will play at the same venue so there will be a good amount of Santa’s running around in Jinqiao ! Weather outlook is great and hopefully the pollution will be blown away !

Cheers
Freek / Yamada-san

SPL Senior

                                                    FIELD 3 (Group A)                                                             FIELD 4 (Group B)

1215-1240                                CENTURY PARK FC – ERS                                              MM FC –GALACTICOS

1240-1305                                LIONS – MARLINS                                                       KRAUTS – JAPAN

1305-1330                                ERS – LIONS                                                                    GALAC – JAPAN

1330-1415                                CHARITY MATCH                                                               CHARITY MATCH

1420-1445                                CENTURY PARK FC – MARLINS                                   KRAUTS – MM FC

1445-1510                                 LIONS – CENTURY PARK                                           JAPAN – MM FC

1510-1535                                 ERS – MARLINS                                                                 GALAC – KRAUTS

1535-1600                                 A 4 vs B 4                                                                               A 3 vs B 3

1600-1625                                 A 2 vs B 2                                                                              A 1 vs B 1 (FINAL)

 

SPL Veteran

                                                                     FIELD  1  (GROUP A)                              FIELD  2  (GROUP B)

1200-1215                                                  EMERALD – LIONS                            PUDONG U – ENGLAND

1215-1230                                                  JAPAN – SCOTLAND                              SUPER 48 –STROSSO

1230-1245                                                  WELSH B – EMERALD                          FC FERIE –PUDONG U

1245-1300                                                  LIONS – JAPAN                                   ENGLAND –SUPER 48

1315-1330                                                   SCOTLAND – EMERALD                     STROSSO –PUDONG U

1330-1415                                                   CHARITY MATCH                                  CHARITY MATCH

1415-1430                                                   WELSH B –LIONS                             FC FERIE –ENGLAND

1430-1445                                                  EMERALD – JAPAN                               PUDONG U – SUPER 48

1445-1500                                                  SCOTLAND – WELSH B                        STROSSO – FC FERIE

1500-1515                                                   WELSH B – JAPAN                                ENGLAND –STROSSO

1515-1530                                                   SCOTLAND – LIONS                         SUPER 48 – FC FERIE

1545-1600                                                  A 5 VS B 5                                                   A4 VS B 4

1600-1615                                                   A3 VS B3                                                    A2 VS B2

1615-1630                                                   A1 VS B1       (FINAL)                      

Match Reports [Week 48]

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We had our Christmas dinner last Friday December 02nd. A nice gathering as always with a good mix of senior and legends. The highlight of this year was “the guess who” picture game organized by Freek. From the texture of the grain to picture color you could see ages passing but still some Lions were easier to recognize than others. Special mention to Gwendal with his Chris Waddle hair cut AKA “La brosse a queue de rat”… It was obviously him but wanted to see Simon with hair. Another mention to Tomas who tried to get photocolored but we had design expert Radouane watching 🙂

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Beside, please find below the match reports from last week. Click on the links below to get squad information, pictures & game statistics & highlights.

Lions Legends ended 3rd in the SPL veteran league after a great season
VETERAN
DECEMBER 4, 2016, 11:00
Japan FC 3 – 0 Shanghai Lions FC

Lions beat Century Park FC 1-0
SPL
DECEMBER 4, 2016, 14:00
Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 0 Century Park FC

Match Reports [Week 47]

Lions,

Click on the links below to get squad information, pictures & game statistics & highlights.

Lions advance in the Hebiguchi Cup !
HEBIGUCHI CUP (SIFL)
NOVEMBER 26, 2016, 09:00
Shanghai Lions FC 4 – 2 FC Oranje

Legends crushed Scotland 8-1 !
VETERAN
NOVEMBER 27, 2016, 11:00
Scotland 1 – 8 Shanghai Lions FC

Lions beat ERS 6-2 !
SPL
NOVEMBER 27, 2016, 14:30
Shanghai Lions FC 6 – 2 Etoile Rouge de Shanghai

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