Last Sunday, our youth team was up against Juventus Academy Shanghai for a friendly game. And it was the kind of response we were expecting from the team after the last poor Thursday training. Our prematch speech was very simple “Stop always arguing and let your feet do the talking!”
Against Juventus, it is always a difficult game as they do have a couple of skillful players. However, in the first 30 minutes, we probably played our best football this year.
A solid backline who played simple and took care of the Juventus forwards.
Our midfield running the show with fast combinations and a lot of movement
Our fast forwards Kyle & Jason being a constant threat to Juventus’ defense line
The good thing is that older players took their responsibilities. They lead the team but also helped younger players to catch up. As a result, we managed to outplay the defense of Juventus Academy Shanghai many times resulting in a 4-0 lead.
Football is a mind game and when you get older and get more experience you will be more prepared to deal with it. We surely got opportunities to make it 5-0 or 6-0 but we drop a bit our focus and missed those chances… On the other side, we conceded two goals by our own mistakes and we gave them a lifeline to come back in the match.
At halftime, we told our players to be careful and to defend our lead as if Juventus would score another one it will change the game completely as we would feel down and their spirit would be up. So It is exactly what happened within only 5 minutes in the second half… As they got their early goal, it was only uphill and we kind of collapsed for a while.
After being 5-4 down, we did get our composure back, created good chances, and almost leveled the match. As for highlights, a great strike from Daniel and a super run and cross-in combo from JP should have turned into goals.
Let’s all come to training on Thursday and we make it one of the best sessions of the season.
It was a nice setup at the grass field at Waigaoqiao for the Lions youth team. We had a small squad this time and we were up against Japan FC youth academy who luckily for them got more players back to Shanghai.
We started poor by lack of focus and it looked like it would end in a 0-0 draw. However, after the first 30 minutes, we put everything in order during the break team talk and we started to play better football. What was important was that each player kept their positions and the first objective was a quick pass within a couple of minutes we were 3-0 up and all goals coming from nice field plays with short combinations. Japan did well to score a nice goal from a corner with a good header from not their tallest player and that’s something we can learn from as we got several corners but didn’t manage to score.
As the game went on we were very pleased with all players’ performances as we created many opportunities and scored another 3 goals. Japan FC youth academy deserved the last goal for their never-give-up attitude to make the final score 6-2.
Coaches were pleased with the progress especially from the younger players and we are looking forward to the training on Thursday as well as our next BIG match against Juventus 11 aside next Sunday at 12:00 kick-off at Qi Yi.
It was our second week of league matches for our youngest Lions last Sunday. Our squad is getting bigger with more players giving it a try. It was a special day because of Halloween and some of our players were dressed up to put some extra fear into the opponents. Coached by Jason and Yuxuan, the lions showed good technical control and tried to pass the ball around. There was also more attention to the different positions on the field so everybody could try out another position including goalie as our Halloween spiderman inspired all his teammates :). After the matches, all the players got rewarded with candies so all the players came home with a smile and made their parents proud
What beautiful weather yesterday and setting for our youth-friendly match last Saturday. It is always nice to be able to play on real grass… It was great to see the majority of the senior team come to support our youth academy players. While they themselves suffered a heavy loss in the SIFL a few minutes before, it would have been easy for them going back home… Instead many of them stayed back and gave advice to the youngest. That’s the spirit of a real football club!
As it was a 7 aside match. As always our focus was to build-up from the back, going through the midfield with fast and simple passes and using the wings to get through YKFC’s defense with one or two players in the box to finish it off. We had good spells but also sometimes we took it too easy in defending. YKFC was better on the day in finishing the opportunities we did have most of the ball possession but found it hard to be dangerous in the box. The final result was 4-2 for YKFC in the end and we can learn from our mistakes to play better next time.
After the match, the seniors challenged the academy in a penalty shoot-out and the youth lost it 6-5. It was a close encounter but also nice to see the interaction between youth and senior players… This is the true spirit we want to give within Shanghai Lions Football Club. Also, remember it’s only a matter of time before the youth to win against the seniors 😉
As Nick mentioned we did a hard F45 session Sunday before and we think these sessions are very good to build core and mental strength. The players who attended did a great job and worked very hard. Well done Lions!
We go back to the training on Thursday and working on friendlies vs DEQ (Friday evening) and Juventus 11 aside (Sunday afternoon on November 15th, 2020)
After our successful youth camp last summer, we have been thinking about organizing matches for the younger age group on a regular basis for boys and girls like those who attended our last Coerver coaching training camp… Therefore, we have decided to create a Lions U9 team and let them play in the SPL U9 league on Sunday mornings.
Looking sharp in their brand new Lions outfit and with the help of Jason as a coach; they were ready to play and have fun at the same time. With the supporting parents on the sideline, they played very well with good ball movement and passing, and of course, the players were technically good which became clear during the 5 aside matches. In the end, they won both their matches and deserve a big compliment for their effort and teamwork.
Well done young Lions we are looking forward to next week’s matches in SPL U9.
We wanted to try out something new for our youth players and signed up for a try out session at F45 Fitness last Sunday. With over 20 players we had a nice group but didn’t know what to expect… Soon we realized it was going to be hard work and a serious workout after the coaches explained the concept. We had to work 12 stations in teams of 2 in 15 minutes without any stop. The exercises were explained on video screens and the coaches corrected us when we missed out on some techniques. After the first round, we had a two-minute water break and started our second round by now legs were getting sore, and push-ups became harder the final blow was the third round to complete the 45 minutes high-intensity workout.
Our player did really well and it was a good example for them to work on the body and mind at the same time and see the benefits. After the cool down, it was time for our reward and we all went to Fat Cow to eat a juicy burger in order to make sure the calories we lost at F45 Fitness were back on! We liked the concept and will use it more times in the future.
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On this day of early September our youth team was up against YKFC; a good local team that likes to play on fast counters. For this youth friendly game, Both teams agreed to play 3 x 30 minutes.
In the first 30 minutes against the wind, we tried to build up with passing combo’s but we didn’t find each other quick enough… Also, we were not concentrating enough on the back which caused some problems. However, we did take the lead with a great far shot from Julia flying over the keeper.
In the second 30 minutes with the win in our back, we got it right and give a lot of pressure to YKFC who struggled to come out of their half. We got plenty of opportunities to extend the lead with a close shot from Ryan and Jason hitting the post. Yu Xuan our goalie had two great saves to keep our clean sheet. With one minute to go, YKFC didn’t play their goal kick well and we took the advantage with an easy goal from Jason.
In the last 30 minutes, our aim was to keep the clean sheet and score another goal. YKFC was pushing more and more to get back into the game and credit to them they didn’t give up. They got their reward with a long-range shot helped by the wind to go over our goalie. David got unlucky when he hit the ground with his head and we took our time to get him back on his feet and luckily he was OK after that. With a few minutes left Jason got a free-kick against him and reacted to his opponent in a bad manner which was totally unacceptable and we were left with no choice to take him off.
After the final whistle, all was good and we took a team picture together. Of course, we have a lot of things to improve and that’s why youth friendly game are meant for. Training is also very important and we have one coming right away this Thursday.
When we were on the way to the field we feared for the worst as it was pouring with rain hard but luckily the rainy conditions stopped just before the game. Well, sometimes, it’s good to play under such rainy conditions as it shows the true fighting spirit of a team. On the topic of fighting spirit, I’d like to bring here to our youngest the story of a rainy game we had back in 2014… As a matter of fact, probably one of the most memorable games in Shanghai Lions FC’s long history.
Coming back to our youth game, we were playing a friendly against a young team who’s not used to play 11 aside. In the first 30 minutes instead of giving them a lesson, we were playing really bad ourselves… Most of our players were still asleep and yes the field was hard to play on but there was no reason to play so flat and slow.
The half time talk was not nice but needed to put the team back on track. It’s important to learn to always show respect to opponents even when they are younger and are weaker.
In the second half, we finally woke up and started to play football with good combinations and nice goals. We were happy with our new players and overall its good to have a workout pre-season. Obviously we need to work harder especially on our finishing as we got over 25 scoring opportunities and only score 9.
Thank you to the parents who came and watch… We appreciate that and we will work harder to improve ourselves! See you all on Thursday
This season 2019-2020 was of course nothing we have ever experienced before in our lifetimes due to Covid-19. However, after the months-long pause since January, we tried hard to get our youth teams back on track. It was a long and difficult path but in the end, we succeeded since April by training at Qi Yi and organizing multiple friendlies against youth teams but also against the senior team and local Chinese teams to get our players back in shape. We are pleased that most of our players are back to their level before the Covid-19. Unfortunately, we lost many players as they couldn’t come back to China due to the travel restrictions. We miss them so much!
We organized our end of the season party last Saturday with our traditional barbecue at Dongjiao estate (same as last year) with the help of Alison, Keith, Julian & Melissa. Perfect meat of Yasmine Steak house was ordered and foot volley fields were set up on the pitch next to the barbecue pit! All players and many parents came to our event and we had a super nice group of people together! The end of the evening had an award ceremony to thank players and coaches for this season 2019-2020! Unfortunately, our top goal scorer Alvaro couldn’t attend as he & his family are still in Spain not able to return. The best player of the season award (voted by the players themselves) went to YU Xuan. We had to say goodbye to three players as they will go back home to study: Matthew, Lewis & Matty
It was a wonderful evening and it showed our family spirit. We’d like to thank everybody for their help and contribution to this season and we are looking forward to the new one 🙂