U16 beat YKFC before Christmas

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christmasFor this U16 last game of the year before Christmas, we had Julia and Alvaro missing versus YKFC… It meant that some of the players were asked to step up and lead the team in the right direction. In the first part of the game, we focused on defense first and good build-up from the back to the midfield players and create opportunities from the flanks. YKFC did have a strategy and game plan for us which was to sit deep and defend with the whole team… In other words “parking the bus”. It worked well for them however whenever they had a goal kick the coach asked them to build up from the back instead of the long balls and that was good for us as once they gave the first ball wide we pressured them in the corner with our attackers and midfield players. We scored the 1-0 with 15 minutes played by a free-kick from Daniel on the right side who found the head from David who with his new hair scored with a good header away from the keeper! We stayed compose and were waiting for our next chance which was scored by Matt after he was faster in reaction to surprise the YKFC keeper after a good pressing form our players! However two minutes later, they scored as we struggled to clear their high balls. In the last minute of the first half, we got a great combination in the midfield with Yuma-san giving the final pass to Daniel who didn’t hesitate to put the ball in the far corner!

We went in the dressing room 3-1 up but had some hard talks as we needed to improve in defense and we asked some players to step it up!

It was amazing to see the whole team transform into a superb teamwork display where all of the players stayed in their positions and executed the 1 or two touches which we have done at training week in and week out! We created several opportunities with great build-ups between 4-5 players and on both sides of the field and whenever YKFC did come close to the goal we had several midfielders and defenders to drop back to make sure no danger for Kokki-san! Our fourth goal was very nice with 3-4 quick combinations on the right side and Daniel blasting the ball in the net with his left foot from the middle of the box! Matt was unlucky to see his nice strike hit the crossbar and in the end, David got a second goal with a great strike as well to make the final score 5-1!

We went back to the dressing room after the match and gave compliments to all players today as it was a really good team performance and we were very happy with the way we played football!

 

Well done Lions and a good way to end 2019! However, we are not done yet as we will have our Christmas event on the 14th of December. No training next week but we see you all next Saturday! Also, it was Nick’s 31th birthday… So we took a video for him. Happy birthday, Nick!!!

Happy Christmas
Pat, Nick, Freek & Azz

U16 finish 2nd in 2019 Green City Cup

2019 Green City CupIt was a good turn up for the 2019 Green City Cup today and we like to thank the parents who came to support as well! We had to play three matches in a mini-competition. Our first match was against DEQ with Yu Xuan in goal and he actually made two very good saves but it was not enough to give us the victory as in this match we gave the goals away to DEQ and lost 2-1. However in the second match against Stoke with David in goal we changed our mentality and started to fight for every single ball and each and every player we brought in did the same so it was super team performance and we beat them 3-0. In our last game against the Jaguars we were going for the clean sheet and tried to score fast but in the first half it was not easy as we were impatient and let them come back from our 1-0 lead to make it 1-1 however in the second half we played good football again with a lot of good combinations and plenty of opportunities created by ourselves we scored 4 goals in the second half and could have been more ! Overall we are happy today with the team spirit and the way we played as a team everybody did his best to contribute! So well done Lions next time we go for the first place!

See you all on Wednesday at the training

Cheers
Pat, Nick, Azz & Freek

Lions lose 2-5 in 1st game of SPL U18 league

SPL U18 leagueFor the 1st game of the season 2019/2020 in the SPL U18 league, our young Lions were up against DEQ U18. We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we started the match positively with the older players guiding the younger ones and trying to play like in our training. Unfortunately, Til got injured just before the match so we had to move a bit around in the line-up…

In the first half, the work rate was high. We got a couple of corners and Alvaro finally gave us the lead 1-0. Unfortunately, we gave away 2 goals to let DEQ come back into the match… Sometimes, it’s better to clear the ball instead of finding a solution and play short… This is part of the learning experience and it will be remembered. Our 2nd goal for the 2-2 came was a perfect free-kick from Julia on Alvaro’s head… With a few minutes to go before half time, DEQ got lucky again as we gave the ball away too easily… 2-3 for DEQ.

In the second half, we made a couple of changes and the intensity picked up. We created a couple of good chances… The best with Ryu but unfortunately he couldn’t finish it! Half-through we faced bad luck and stop the match for a while as David was knocked down in a challenge. As it was a head injury we didn’t want to take any risk and sent him to the hospital to make sure everything was Ok. While writing this, he is still doing some tests in the hospital… Of course, we and the opponent wish him a well and prompt recovery. After this, it was a little hard for our young Lions coming back into the game and DEQ scored 2 more goals to make it 2-5 as the final score.

 

This is only the 1st game of  SPL U18 league and we all know that the season is long. With many youngsters in our squad, we can be positive about this match as most of the goals we conceded today were avoidable. What’s important is to learn from these mistakes and progress through the season.

 

Cheers
Freek

Matty Ward moving back to England

Matty WardMatty Ward is an exceptional youth player who played both in the youth & the senior Lions’ teams. During these last 2 years, he won multiple awards such as Top Scorer & Best SPL Young Player. He stood-out with his determination to improve himself whenever he was on the field either at the training or at the matches. We wish him success in England and hopefully, he can bring his football career to the next level!

I have known Matty for 4 years now and he has been a real pleasure to coach. He gained a lot in his mental and physical development and I know he still has more to give. Thank you and I wish you all the best in the future !
Nick

The first time I met Matty it was when our friend Christian decided to promote him to the senior team of Century Park. A little boy that had a good touch with the ball. After being his coach for more than 2 years I had the pleasure to see him grow quickly. I hope I have helped him in some ways. And the best part for me was to actually play with him in the games and watch him do what he does the best. Please don’t forget us Matty and remember you are always welcome here!
Azzeddine

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Best wishes to you Matty
Freek on behalf of all the Lions family!

Join Shanghai Lions Youth Academy

Lions Youth Academy

A new season is around the corner and we are always excited to restart after the long summer break. As every year, we will welcome new faces and our first training of season 2019/2020 will start on 21st of August 2019 at the Concordia International School field from 19:00 to 21:00.

What sets Lions youth academy apart from the others is that we are a club and give opportunities for players to play at a higher level. Good U15 can play with the U18 squad and good U18 players can play with the senior team.

For the training(s), we have youth players from 13-18 years old playing together in one group. It makes younger players understand what they still need to learn to improve. It also gives older players a sense of responsibility over the younger ones to help them become a better player. For the new season 2019/2020, we already got a few request to start a younger age group… If we can get a few more requests, we will start a 9-12 years old age group !

If you are interested to join Lions youth academy, you can download the form below (click the form), file it and send it back to info@shanghai-lions.com. Any question on your side ? Just send us an email… We usually reply pretty fast.

 

General information

  • No trial needed if you are a boy or girl aged 13-18 years old
  • Get trained by Shanghai’s leading football coaches
  • Training twice a week on full size pitch at Concordia International School located at 999 Mingyue Road, Jinqiao, Pudong, Shanghai
    • Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
    • Fridays from 19:30 to 21:00
  • 11 aside matches on Saturdays

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Cheers
Coach Nick, Azz, Freek & Patrick

Youth team had a great end of season event during dragon boat festival

dragon boat festivalWe took advantage of the dragon boat festival and the good weather at the same time. We got a great location at the Donjiao state guest house where we booked to BBQ pitch next to a small soccer field! We got great catering from Yasmin’s Steak House and plenty of ice-cold drinks. Almost every player made it and we were pleased to have many parents showing up as well! The evening ended with an Oscar type nomination where the envelopes of each category were opened by the parents.

  • Best Goalkeeper Noel
  • Best Defender George
  • Best Midfielder Julia
  • Best Attacker Gordon
  • Top Scorer Matty
  • Most Assist Jason
  • Most Improved Paul
  • Most Unlucky David
  • Best Hair Cut Matthew

The Icing on the cake was our U18 Championship Trophy which was celebrated with everybody!

 

Great end of a great season! We hope to see you all back after the summer break!

 

Cheers
Freek, Nick & Azz

Lions U18 clinch the SPL Championship title

SPL ChampionshipCongratulations to our U18 for winning the SPL Championship for 2 consecutive years in a row. We have been the most consistent team in the league.

  • Always committed to train & always willing to play.
  • Several academies cancelled some games in the very last moment… we didn’t cancel any single one !
  • The key is that we are not an academy but a club of passionate players, parents and coaches and we create a platform of opportunities for players to improve themselves week after week.
  • We got several U18 players having trained and played league matcthes with the senior team and Noel one of our most committed players being goalie for U15 / U18 and the Seniors !
  • The best example was todays match against Wiss Stoke City where we actually had five U15 players playing in the U18 team today ! This is what makes the difference and will help each player to improve himself and step up to go to the next level.

 

[ SPL U18 ] Shanghai Lions FC 4 – 1 WISS Stoke City FC Academy

We wanted a win against Stoke to secure the SPL Championship. It started well as within 2 mn Yuxuan scored his 1st league goal for U18 after a corner the ball was not cleared well by Stoke and he was alert to tip it in ! The 2nd goal came after Stoke didn’t react following a cross bar free-kick from Philipp… Jason gave a great assist to Matty to make it 2-0. Matty was brought down in the penalty box & our captain Julia stepped up and didn’t hesitate to put the ball in the right top corner !

It was 3-0 at half time and in the second half we wanted to go for the clean sheet and give chances to our younger players to come in ! Matty made it 4-0 but Stoke was better in the second half and created several chances but Noel was alert and saved us a couple of times. Stoke did get a penalty but saw it saved by Noel in the left corner however the referee saw a player in the box and asked for a re take and Noel almost got it in the right corner but the ball went in via the post.

 

After the game we took a great team picture with players, parents & also talked about our end of the season party in 2 weeks time.

 

Cheers
Freek

U18 beat Wiss Stoke City 6-1

Stoke CityFor this important game, we barely had 11 players against Stoke City but were lucky getting Gordon to help out. With the heat close to 30 degrees and no subs to start we knew that we’ll have to play smart and let Stoke City players run behind the ball… At least, that was the plan !

[ SPL U18 ] Shanghai Lions FC 6 – 1 WISS Stoke City FC Academy

Philipp tried out the goalie from long distance and it worked as he could score twice from far. We should have gotten two penalties with one on Matty and the other one after a bad tackle on Victor… Unfortunately, he got injured on this foul and couldn’t continue. As a revange, Gordon who barely got into the field for Victor, scored a great strike. However we let Stoke come back into the match with poor defending.

At half time we reminded our youth that Stoke had only 11 players as well… Then, it was all about looking to create the circumstances to score more goals ! The Stoke keeper made some very good saves while we were creating some very good combinations and opportunities. Finaly, the killer came from counters with goals from Matty & Gordon. Much better second half and we were also happy that many parents came to support and withness the 6-1 final score !

 

Well done Lions and we see you on Wednesday on the training !

 

Cheers
Freek, Azz & Nick

U15 beat Shanghai Japan FC 3-0

Last Saturday, our U15 squad was smaller than usual to face Shanghai Japan FC after a few last minute dropped out… However, the team spirit was there with Jason coming to play despite an injury. Also, a few U18 (Noel, Daniel & Gordon) came to make the number.

[ SPL U15 ] Shanghai Lions FC 3 – 0 Japan FC

The key components for the match was to stay focused on the back and take control of the midfield. The idea was not to give any chance to Shanghai Japan FC players to play through balls in counters. It worked well and the game was fast and good in the first half thanks to both teams. Our midfield was really working well and Nikita, Max, Gus & Fabien were solid in the back. Jason opened the score but the icing on the cake came from our second goal… It started from way in the back going from a player to another. I think the all team touched the ball and Gordon finished the job with a small touch to make it 2-0 before half time.

In the second half we lost a bit of control of the midfield as Japan got so many substitutes and our legs were getting tired but again after that it was all about spirit and the will to win. We took control back of the midfield and defense was solid and our attack were trying to make the third. We had one slip up during the whole match but Noel was alert and stopped it with a great save ! Gordon scored his second goal with a good strike but soon after saw his penalty go sky high into orbit but after the final whistle it was all praise for the players.

 

It was a Super team performance of every single player today ! See you all on Wednesday !

 

Cheers,
Azz, Freek & Nick

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