Legends seal their 8th consecutive win in veteran league

It was an early kick off at 09:00 and actually we liked it as there is not much traffic early in the morning and after the match you have plenty of time left to relax on Sunday. We had to play the last match of our SPL V first round. In order to stay on top of the veteran league, only a win would do.

 

[ SPL Veteran ] Shanghai Lions FC 3 – 0 Wellington Champs

We were playing the Wellington Champs, a new team who recently joined the veteran league. Surely aware our Lions’ scoring reputation, they decided to park the bus with 10 players defending on their own half… We started well keeping possession and try to keep the field wide as in the middle it was too crowded to play. We opened the score after a good header from Bob. However, Wellington didn’t change their strategy being 1-0 down. Shortly after, we were denied a penalty when Tomas was launched into Orbit by a Wellington defender… Everybody saw it except the referee. Justice came by a good run and finish from Gwen to make it 2-0. In the third 20 minutes we got plenty of opportunities but failed to score. A fine run and finish from Tomas made the final score 3-0.

veteran leagueOur 8th consecutive win in the veteran league ! We have now 24 points with 28 goals scored and only 5 conceded.

 

In the 2nd veteran league round we will play Wellington, Japan, Emerald & Scotland to decide the Championship ! Lets go Legends !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions legends beat Japan FC 2-0

It was a great Lions legends performance including Clement who left his place to Pascal coming out to support with some beers and Max who is still recovering from his operation have not missed a match from the side line ! We made a tactical plan to avoid being caught out by Japanese counters and their speed. The whole Scotland team stayed back to cheer for Japan as they were equal on points but we had this match to play.

With only Bob and Mamdouh upfront we made it hard for the Japanese to slice through our midfield and defense. Our second counter attack was perfect and easy finished by Bob.

In the next 20 minutes we tried to play the same as we knew that opportunities would come as we dominated the midfield with in super form Sylvain who claimed he was playing so well due to a strong dose of Baijiu ! We scored a great goal with several combinations and cool finish from Mamdouh.

In the third 20 we saw Kevin almost scoring by trying to shoot over the Japanese goalie who preferred to be always out of his box ! When we saw Jerome and Matze our in form central defenders limping off we quickly reorganized with James as a center back and later Arnaud as stopper.

It was good time to use all the substitutes we had in the last 20 with Mike causing the Japanese defenders to panic a few times and Freek almost scoring after a great run from Imad and a dutch move from the President but he saw his shot just be tipped out by the Japanese goalie in the far corner.

The Scottish left already when we went 1-0 up. Indeed we never let the Japanese shoot on target for 80 minutes and the clean sheet is great as we have the best defensive record and are still on top ! What I liked the most is that from the start until the end we had a positive attitude and kept focusing on the game !

 

Our next match will be next week against the new team Wellington Champs 900 AM so lets get ready NOW !

 

Cheers
Freek

Legends beat rival Emerald 4-1 to stay on top of the SPL V

SPL VIn this morning of SPL V match-day, it looked a bit dicey as pollution levels were at 200 when we woke up but soon the sun appeared and the sky was turning blue. After weeks of rain this was a welcome relieve for everybody. In the last few encounters against today’s opponent, the Emeralds, we struggled to play and beat them… Then, let’s say that we were all very motivated this time !

In the first 20 minutes, we had a small team at the start of the match but we played very disciplined and organized. Emeralds, on their side, decided to sit back and were waiting for a counter attack however our mid field and defense were working well together so that the Emeralds struggled to give the final pass. With Bob out wide and Mike in the middle on top we took a 1-0 lead after a good cross from Bob connected with Mike’s extended leg just enough to give the ball a little notch and roll in the goal ! Great start for the Legends !

In the second 20 mn, we decided to keep the team the same as they started so well but we failed to keep our positions in some cases and we started to fell in the “too much talking and less playing” mode. We did make the 2-0 after a great run of Masa-san where he was ready to score but got fouled at the edge of the box right in the middle. The keeper choose to defend the side of the wall and Bob put the ball at the other side.

In the third 20 mn, the game changed as the last defender of the Emerald got his second yellow after he blocked Masa-san to run through and we started to play the ball around which tired the Emerald players on the large Wellington pitch.

In the final 20 mn our intention was the clean sheet however we did let Emerald come back in the game after a few bad passes in row from our side we let Fafa score from close range. However 5 minutes later Tomas surprised the Emerald goalie with a well placed shot to make it 3-1. In the last minutes a cross from Bob ended up at Kevin at the far end and he scored with the help of an Emerald player to make the final score 4-1.

 

Great day for the Legends as this result allow us to stay on top of the SPL V. It was also great to see Matthieu flying over from France for this match. Well done Legends ! See you all at the training !

 

Cheers
Happy Freek

 

Xmas excess has to be paid cash when you are a legend

LegendJust 2 weeks after new year, we were playing England FC in SPL Veteran. As we all know it’s always hard after new year hard as Xmas excess has to be paid cash when you are a legend.

2-0 up in the 1st 20mn with England FC looking weak, we were put at the test in the 2nd 20mn as they brought on actual better players and we started to take it easy as it goes in football you get punished for that and england got a goal back and even came close to drew !

In the 3rd 20mn, our legends knew that we needed to step it up as england got their believe back and they thought that they could get something out of the match however we defended well. In the last 20mn we knew england would push forward. Thus, we played on the counter and finished it off with a great cross of Matze and perfect header by James which sealed the deal ! 3-1 win over England !

 

Good team effort every legend did his role ! Tuesday training restart 19:30 at Concordia !

Click here for the match statistics.

 

Cheers
Freek

Santa was not there for the legends

Shanghai Santa Football Cup

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 !

Jerome A

Legends beat Shanghai Scottish FC and get on top of the league

Shanghai Scottish FCFor this top of the league game versus Shanghai Scottish FC, the pressure was on as the gaffer was in Holland for family purposes. The coach team of the day was Max & Fred, turnout was not going to be a problem, We play a well know french formation with two defending midfield just behind the forward line and Kevin as the orchestre.

The 1st quarter started very well and it was all about defense, Matze injured, we had to make a quick fix, we decided to put Rommie next to Laid in central defense, And what a combination, we played really good football and everyone worked hard, the Scot were top class, and they keep fighting

In the 2nd quarter we kept the same shape, we keep pushing and pushing, and the battle in midfield started to show, we gave so much and we just got one chance from a free kick that came very close from Laid. Then, we finally got our chance with an assist from Imad to Bob with a very clinical finish… The evian is obviously the best thing ever… 1-0

In the 3 & 4 quarter it was Pascal show, 3 great save in a space of 15 minutes… we could have easily been down 2 or 3 but he took is responsibility and the opponent just could not get trough. Very close to the end, it was Rommie who saved us just on the line… James did the same in the 3rd quarter also with a super power shot which ended up on his forehead…

 

What a spirit we had in the team with everyone ready to die for eachother and we just did that !

Click herfor the match statistics.

 

Cheers
Max

Legends win the 10th Shanghai Masters Cup

10th Shanghai Masters CupLast Saturday, our legends were participating to the 10th Shanghai Masters Cup organized by FC Super 48 with the objective to win once more this tournament ! With only 12 players in our squad, our task was to make it to the finals against fitter & faster japanese teams in each and every game. Ten minutes before our first match, we got a complete squad as the field was very far in Shanghai suburbs… Actually this used to be Shanghai Shenhua Football Club training ground in their early years…

[Group Stage] Lions Legends 5-0 Ferie FC

Our first game was against the odds as Lions usually don’t start well but this time we went on a rampage and destroyed the opponent 5-0 in only 20 minutes !

[Group Stage] Lions Legends 0-0 South China

In our next game we faced a much better team as they were faster and we had to double efforts to keep the clean-sheet to end the game with 0-0 which was ok.

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[Group Stage] Lions Legends 1-0 Legends of Super 48

In our last group game, we actually played very well but were unlucky in our finishing… We finally nailed it with a penalty of Bob sending us through to the quarter finals !

[1/4 Final] Lions Legends 2-2 Zoo Sepia

In the quarter finals we played another Japanese team with a few good players and we ran into trouble as they scored from a far distance free kick… With time running out we tried to stay cool and Bob found a great equalizer. However, we gave back the lead after poor defending and they put the 2-1 in the far corner by a volley with only 5 mn to go… In the last 2 mn, Laid blasted the ball in the goal from the left to give us a chance thru penalties ! Pascal turned up as our savior stopping 2 and we were in the semi !

[1/2 Final] Lions Legends 0-0 FC Shanghai Super 48

Our Semi final was an easier game with no threat by Super 48… However we also couldn’t score so we were at penalties again all was good until Zizzy Fred came up to kick us into the final with fresh legs but his ball hardly reached the line ! Luckily we went thru by the next penalty !

IMG_4014[Final] Lions Legends 0-0 Shanghai Japan FC

In the final we faced Japan FC (by far the best team on the day) but we made a superb team effort to hold them back and after 20 mn it was 0-0. It led to additional 10 mn extra-time where none both team team have been able to score… Once more 0-0 as final score ! So, penalties were to make the final decision again ! Bob, unnerved, took his 4th penalty of the day and scored. Francois, after 1 miss and one goal scored his 2nd. Pascal, by then, famous for his penalties saves scared the Japanese players as two missed the target. Nico was there to finish the job and it was a great day of football for our legends with a happy ending !

 

IMG_4015Big thanks to Super 48 for organizing this fantastic yearly event and you can be rest assured when you let the Japanese organize it all details are close to perfection ! We are already invited for next year and surely try and defend our title ! Well done Legends a super team effort ! As highlight of the day, Pascal won MVP award while being 2nd oldest player participating in this tournament at the age of 56. Special thanks also to Diego, Pierre’s son, who was awesome supporting us all day long… Nothing is more important but to pass on our success to our sons & daughters.

 

Cheers
Freek

Legends beat Welsh 2-0 with their “Zizzi Restaurants” new outfit

we are zizziIt was not a beautiful day but somehow soccer players like rainy days ! The only issue was that our captain Fred was missing with our new set of jerseys and with the quick-off time approaching we were running out of time… Finally, he arrived 5mn before kick-off and the highlight of the day was our happy team picture showcasing those “Zizzi Restaurants” new outfit !

Zizzi RestaurantsWe had a strong squad but Wales had a large squad as well and decided to park the bus ! They kept all players on their half all the time however with good possession and short passed we took control of the game.

In the first 20mn we kept it at 0-0 which was ok. In the next 20, Dave opened the score as a final scorer after great combinations from our side ! This was a game changer as Wales aborted their “bus tactic” and it gave us more opportunities especially on counter attacks ! Soon, Dave scored his second and when we started the 3rd 20 minutes we knew that to keep the clean sheet would give us the the three points ! Our defense stayed focus and in the last 20 minutes we knew what we had to do in order not to give it away ! The President came close to score with his first touch in the match when he came on in the last 20 minutes after a great cross from Mamdouh but his effort went wide ! Just before the final whistle, one last great save from Clement helped us keep the clean sheet which bring us back close to the top of the SPL V at equal points with Scotland ! 

Click here for the match statistics.

 

unnamed (1)Let’s all make an effort and come to the trainings on Tuesdays ! With both Japan and Emeral having lost points there can be an opportunity for us if we are serious enough !

 

Cheers
Freek

Versus Super 48, the secret weapon came from the bench

The pressure was on for the legend as their coach was not at the game due other youth lions football day, and the game started well with Super 48 conceding a penalty within the first 10 minutes. Fred F, full of confidence, sent the ball over the fence… Then right after that, Miss Super 48 manage to get a penalty and we found ourselves 1-0 down but our secret weapon was on the bench…

Kevin came on the second quarter and scored a beauty from 25 yard… At 1-1, the game was on. A while later, Kevin again found Bob in the open space for 2-1. Kevin again scored another goal from 25 yards for the 3-1. Then we started to relax and got punished two times within 10 minutes putting back the score at 3-3…

In the 3rd quarter, Fred F found Bob again in space for the 4-3.

Last quarter was a lot better we started to play very well with a real passing style. Imad came from the inside and scored for the 5-3 which made us feel safe. Finally, Fred F scored for first time this season with an assist from Imad… 6-3 as final score and special mention to Sylvain for his solid game in the middle as well as Mamdouh.

 

Well done Lions and you can click here for the match statistics.

 

Cheers
Fred

Legends open the new SPL Veteran season with a win

[ SPL VETERAN ] Shanghai Lions FC 7 – 0 P/F

It was great weather last Sunday and we played on a good pitch at Wellington School ! As we played a Japanese team and we knew that they are generally fit we decided to put our defense in order first. With James on the right and Imad on the left we took extra precaution not to be got out on a fast counter by the Japanese.

We focused on set pieces and it was our first corner which gave us the first goal with a nice flick in from Bob. Soon it was a great piece of skill by James who scored with a bicycle kick after another corner and Nicolas made it 3-0 with the first 20 minutes which was a great start of the match.

In the next 20 we tried to keep a clean sheet but the Japanese were still dangerous a few times however our defense and goalie Clement held out strong.

It was in the next 20 minutes that we putted the game to bed… 2 goals from Freek within 4 minutes with a great pass from Kevin and a good assist from Bob made it 5-0. Nicolas added his second and the icing on the cake came from new comer Mamdouh who scored a beauty in the far corner !

The beers tasted well after the match but we know that the tougher teams are stronger this season and we need to step up and get back into fitness to rival them !

 

All starts at Tuesday at the training !

 

Cheers
Freek

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