Lions U15 lost 2-1 to Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy

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[ SPL U15 ] Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 2 Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy

It was great weather and as usual the field at Concordia was perfect to play on against Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy ! As most of our U15 players have not had experience to play competitive 11 aside football yet we knew it would not be easy. However in the past trainings we focused on pure basic passing between defenders, midfielders & attackers.

It worked well in the first part of the match as we could have longer possession and let the ball move around among our players. It was a wonderful strike from Daniel at the edge of the box which gave us a 1-0 lead. However we lost focus soon after and gave away a goal which left the score 1-1 at half time.

We tried to make the players aware of the first part of the game during the half time talk and hope we could get back into the game but 5 minutes in the second half the scored again after we couldn’t clear the ball. Although we tried to step up our game we got another blow as David got tackled from behind and he had to leave the game with an ankle injury… Matty playing upfront for the last 10 minutes also could turn around our fortune.

We will work hard week after week to get more experience in playing 11 aside matches. it’s a process and with a positive attitude we will be there !

 

We see you all at training on Wednesday !

 

Sportive Greetings
Azz, Nick & Freek

Lions U15 youth team make their debut

It was the first time our new Lions U15 youth team played an 11 aside match. Last Saturday on the great pitch of Concordia they played against Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy. It was a friendly we won 3-1 but the score was not important… more important was to get used to the positioning on the field and trying to make good combinations. As it was the first time it was obvious that some passes went wrong and not all was perfect but that’s what the trainings are for. Every player did their best and we thanked Matty and Yuv for helping out as goalie.

 

Our U15 squad is still looking for a goalkeeper ! If you are interested please contact us at info@shanghai-lions.com

 

After the October holiday the SPL U15 league will start officially and we wish the team success in the league !

 

Sportive Greetings
Freek

Join the Shanghai Lions Youth Academy

We are pleased to inform you that the new season 2018/2019 is about to start… Join the Shanghai Lions Youth Academy ! No trial needed if you are a boy or girl aged 13-18 years old. Twice a week training on a full size field and 11 aside and matches on Saturdays.

Training

  • Date: Wednesday and Friday from 19:00 to 21:00
  • Place: Concordia International School Shanghai Pudong. 999 Mingyue Rd, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai, China

More information on the flyer below or click on the link.

 

Shanghai Lions Youth Academy

 

Season 2017/18 has been a success

successful season 2017-2018Dear Senior Lions, Lions Youth, Lions Legends, Lions Abroad, Friends and Family ! As a club we ended our season last weekend with our youth clinching the SPL U17 Title ! While we started as an expat team back in 1996, we’re certainly now a real family Club ! We have three strong sections representing the club at the highest competitive football level in Shanghai ! All of this contributed to make a successful season 2017-2018 ! Xie Xie

 

Youth Academy (SPL U17)

Let’s start with our Lions Youth first as they have the future ! We were asked to take over the Century Park Youth (above 14 years old) back in May 2017… From day 1, we were committed to make it happen as we already had a youth team for the older players.

We set up the Shanghai Lions Youth Academy and were happy to have Azzeddine and Nick taking up the coaching / training jobs ! We trained twice a week on Wednesday and Friday at the great 11 aside field of Concordia and played matches in the SPL U17 league on Saturdays. The commitment and hard work of our players at the training was outstanding and week after week our team got stronger and stronger. Suddenly, players from all over the world started to bond and what was crucial was that especially our older youth players started to feel responsible for the younger ones and they gave them great support and advice during the season !

This in the end resulted in success ! First we won the Aksil Cup beating the German in final on penalties ! It showed our never give up mentality ! In the SPL U17 league we were trailing from behind after two losses early in the season but week after week we got stronger and stronger. Therefore, when Wiss Stoke City slipped up against Ebbe Sand we knew that a win over Japan would give us the title ! We didn’t have to tell the young lions what was at stake as a large win sealed the deal and it was great end of a great season !

Matty got the SPL top scorer award with 19 goals and Julia picked up the Champions award as our captain ! Great team effort and great job from the coaches !

Golden Boot Award

  Name   Age PL GLS
Matthew Ward 15 7 19
Philipp Jobst 18 10 11
Victor Xavier Veloso 17 6 4
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Youth Team Standing (Season 2017-2018)

 

First Team (SPL)

Next up are our Lions Senior players who played in the SPL, a competition we have won multiple times ! With the Cowboys and ERS having left the league, we knew that the Marlins will be our closest rival. Also, it was clear that we couldn’t afford any slip against other teams !

In the first half of the season we won all our games but when we were up against the Marlins for the first time on January 14 we got an important wake up call as we not only lost Azz by injury during the game but we lost the match without creating opportunities 4-0 ! The turn out of the training during the winter started to drop which was not a good sign.

Luckily, some of our Youth players were ready to help out and started to get more and more playing time in our first team. We had to wait until April 14 to have our second encounter against the Marlins a loss would end our hopes. With a 1-1 score line and with 15 minutes to go on the clock it was by goals of our youngsters Shingi and Matty that gave us a 3-1 win and kept us in the race.

So the Championship race came down to the final match of the season we needed a win as we tied on goal difference but had scored less goals. The Marlins took the title away from us in a well deserved 3-2 win ! We gave it all in the second half and showed great team spirit on and off the field ! We will try to get the title back next season and we know now that we cannot slip up after the Christmas break !

Golden Boot Award

  Name   Age PL GLS
Azzeddine Takouloufa 34 11 13
Shingai Nindi 19 7 9
Romain & Jerome a Bloc Romain Haution 32 9 9
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First Team Standing (Season 2017-2018)

 

Veteran Team (SPL V)

Our Legends were in the race for the SPL V Championship which went to the Emeralds on previous season ! However this time Emerald slipped up twice losing against Japan and Scotland and we were in a very close race with Japan for the title. In our second last match we faced Japan and we needed a draw to clinch the title ! The match was nerve wrecking but our defensive strategy paid off as we made sure Japan couldn’t counter we even scored first with a fine strike of Laid. With great saves from our goalie Clement and solid defensive work we could keep Japan on hold but they got one goal back and the last 10 minutes were not for the faint hearted people ! The final whistle was a big relief and we could start the celebrations ! SPL V Champions !

Golden Boot Award

  Name   Age PL GLS
Frederic Guilloux 43 12 17
Nicolas Bouchou 40 10 7
Placeholder Gwendall Volant 38 6 5
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Veteran Team Standing (Season 2017-2018)

 

Two Championship Titles and a Second place is a good result for the Club. A special thank you is well placed for the hard work Azzeddine and Nick have done to keep us fit and sharp and focused at the training ! The training were great week in and week out ! Of course we also like to thank Concordia for allowing us to use their great facilities as nothing better than to train at a full size 11 aside field ! Our website reached 2.5 M clicks this year which is an achievement in its own right. Big thank you for Francois keeping track of the site and statistics for the players ! Thank you Thomas Z for helping to coach the first team !

What was important this season was that we got several youth players making their debut in the senior first team and they did very well as well we got several senior players making their debut in the Legends team and they did well as well. This makes our club real and unique in Shanghai ! Lets keep supporting each other and make the Club stronger and stronger !

As every year,  a few players will leave us at the end of this season and we wish them good luck with their new life and ventures outside China. Now, we already managed to recruit a few new players on all three levels which is very important for the consistency of the teams in our Club !

 

We hope everybody will enjoy the World Cup and the Summer break and we are looking forward to see you all back in Shape in August ! Well done Lions Youth, Lions and Lions Legends !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions Youth receive their SPL U17 trophy after a bowling event

bowling eventWith the SPL U17 Championship won it was time to relax for our youth players and the coaches ! As the season ended late we decided to organize a bowling event on a weekday before everybody would take off for the Summer break !

The place was called Hao’s bowling and with a group of 16 people we were all set for a bowling competition. With 4 lanes and 4 teams of 4, we played two rounds. It was a fierce competition and various prices were up for grab. Every player had their own technique and style. It was fun to play and fun to watch !

Here are the prices won on the evening :

  1. First Spare round 1 – Max
  2. First Strike round 1 – Julia
  3. First Spare round 2 – Jonah
  4. First Strike round 2 – Philipp
  5. Second round highest team score – Andrea / Matty / Azz / Florian

Although there was no price for “the highest score on the day” it was worthwhile to mention that the honor went to Freek the oldest bowler with 145 points !

Afterwards we went for some great “bad” food at Fat Burgers and it was there the players received their trophies ! First it was Matty who got the SPL top scorer award with 19 goals and he thanked his team mates for helping him to score and after it was Julia as Captain who received the Championship trophy on behalf of the team ! She mentioned in her speech that it was hard in the beginning of the season when we lost two matches but after that we all played better and better and in the end got our reward ! Azzeddine and Nick and Freek were all thanked by the players for the hard work during the season and several players came up to speech which completed a great evening and a great season !

 

Well done Young Lions enjoy the break and we are looking forward to see you all back in August on the training field first !

 

Have a great Summer
Freek, Azz & Nick

Lions youth team win the SPL U17 league title

SPL U17 leagueIt was our U17 team last match of the season which would decide who would be SPL U17 league champion this year ! A slip-up by Wiss Stoke City on Wednesday against Ebbe Sand gave the Lions an opportunity to clinch the title. As we were late in the season and the Concordia School was already closed we had to find an alternative playing field. Luckily, we could play at the facility at Luo Shan Road. The weather was great and the pitch was fine and foremost the Lions were very motivated and hungry for a good result against Japan our opponent.

[ YOUTH ] Japan FC 0 – 15 Shanghai Lions FC

From to start it was apparent that the Lions were not going to let this opportunity go and with good combination football and good build up they went for the goals. With the first half at 11-0 it was easy to make substitution and we could have all players plenty of playing time. The icing on the cake was a goal by Paul who claims he can only shoot with his left foot but scored his first Lions goal with his right in the Championship match ! When the final whistle came the celebrations started and we had to the chance to take some great pictures ! These pictures will be great memories of a great team in Shanghai !

It surely was not easy to win the title but from the beginning, back in August 2017, we knew that by hard work at the training and by commitment from the players we could improve the players and our team. Especially the physical training from Nick combined with the more tactical training from Azzeddine proved to be a perfect combination for the players. We could see them grow in confidence, fitness, team work, fighting spirit, team play, technical skills all the ingredients we need to be able to make it as into a Champion ! We also got great support from the parents especially on the communication with the coaches it helped us a lot. Of course all the parents who came out to watch the matches we like to thank them as their support really helped our players !

 

We’d like to congratulation all the players who have contributed to the Lions Youth throughout the whole season. You have been outstanding and it was a great pleasure for the Coaches to work with you ! We wish everybody a great summer holiday break and we wish Julia good luck in the USA ! We hope to see you all back in August in Shanghai !

 

Cheers
A very happy Freek !

Young Lions beat Stoke City 5-2

[ YOUTH ] Shanghai Lions FC 5 – 2 WISS Stoke City FC Academy

Stoke CityThe weather was great and the pitch was great at Concordia for our youth match against Stoke City !

Stoke started strong and played high pressing it caused us some problems in our build up but thanks to Sam our goalie we kept zero. It was a free kick by Philipp that was to powerful for the Stoke keeper that gave us the 1-0 lead. Five minutes before half time Yusuke had a great low strike to make it 2-0 !

In the second half Stoke showed character and managed to get back in the game by their striker Tomassi 2-1 but soon the Lions scored after a fast counter on the right flank which was well finished by Victor our Brazilian winger to make it 3-1. Stoke came back again but this time the Lions responded in two minutes as Matty back from injury made it 4-2 ! At this stage the lions dominated the game and could have scored a few more goals but it was Yusuke second goal which made it to the final score 5-2 ! The young lions worked hard during this game and showed good team work and discipline !

At the end we had a moment to say good bye to Shingi who graduated and is on his way to the USA for his future life ! We will miss him for sure and thanked him for the role model he was for the team and we hope the young players learned from his mentality and passion for the sport !

 

Great game and great performance from the Young Lions !

 

Well Done !
Freek

Lions U17 beat the Dulwich Earthquakes 6-2

Dulwich Earthquakes[ YOUTH ] Shanghai Lions FC 6 – 2 Dulwich EQ

After our win of the Aksil Cup Tournament last week, we had a motivated squad to face Dulwich Earthquakes. We started well with pressing on both sides of the flanks and made it hard for the Dulwich Earthquakes to keep possession. It resulted into a quick 2-0 lead with goals from Matty after this we dropped our level and lost possession too quick and too easy. We even let the Dulwich Earthquakes come back in the game on a fast counter.

The half time talk was hard and players were questioned whether they really wanted to win or not…..we asked for a response and a better second half ! We scored thru Matty straight from the kick off and this time we continued to play well throughout the whole 45 minutes. Philipp scored with a penalty after a foul on Daiki and Matty added two more goals to make his total 5 ! The final score was 6-2 and it brings us with the same points as Aksil Reunited and Wiss Stoke City on top of the SPL U17 league !

Well done Lions !

Cheers
Freek

U17 Lions won 2018 AKS Shanghai Cup

2018 AKS Shanghai CupWith 21 Youth Lions in action (two teams in the U17 category), we had a strong presence at the 2018 AKS Shanghai Cup last weekend. On Saturday each team had 5 consecutive matches of 20 minutes each. Our B team did well and had a few very close matches which could have ended either way. The A team was in fine form and with four wins and one 0-0 draw, they made it to the finals on Sunday.

On Sunday our B team played their best football in their last match against Stoke City where they were unlucky to concede a goal in the very last minute. However all players gained experience over the weekend and in the end had a fun experience. For the A team they needed to beat Stoke City in the semi finals. The match was very tight and both teams tried to play on counter. It was a smart free kick from Matty which gave the Lions the lead with just a few minutes left on the clock. With the 1-0 win they made it in the finals where they expected to play Aksil ReUnited but they were surprised by a strong German team from Hongqiao.

In the round robbing match against this German team we played 0-0 and knew that this team was strong. We played the final in a very disciplined manner with our first priority not to give anything away to the opponent and second to try and find a space to counter on the 7 aside pitch. Yusuke came very close to score the 1-0 and Victor created some danger as well. However it stayed 0-0 until the final whistle. Now our hope was on Max our stand in goalie who proved to be in great form over the two days. Phillip and Matty scored both their penalties and Max saved the second penalty of the Germans ! Victor up next did what he had to do and that was to score and give us his goal gave us the well deserved title.

Over the weekend we experienced great team spirit and good discipline by the Lions on and off the field. Good coaching helped the teams and last but not least we were happy to see parents come and support us !

 

Well done Lions !

Cheers
Freek

Lions beat ReUnited 8-2

Lions beat ReUnited[ YOUTH ] Shanghai Lions FC 8 – 2 AKSIL ReUnited

The weather was great as spring is arriving in Shanghai ! We wanted to revenge our loss against Reunited earlier in the season and we were well motivated and prepared.

With only Till and Matty upfront we counted on quick counter attacks to score. In the first twenty minutes both teams were equal and trying to find each others weak spots ! Reunited did get a few good shots on goal but Tim, our goalie, was alert. We took the lead by a fast counter finished by Matty but Reunited responded quick and scored the equalizer. In the last spell of the first half we did give too many free kicks and shooting opportunities away to the opponent but they failed to convert them into goals and we proved to be deadly on counter and we went into half time 4-1 up.

To be 4-1 up at half time is always an issue as players think the match is done and despite our warning about this at the break Reunited managed to score two minutes in the second half. It was the key moment of the match as either we imploded as a team or we stood up and showed them who we are. We did the last and scored some fantastic goals by Till, Pavel, Matty to make the final score 8-2 !

It was a great Lions team effort where everybody contributed to the victory as well we were very pleased by the substitutes coming in as they showed great character !

Keep training hard and play as a team and we are on the right track ! Next up is training this week and the Aksil Cup on the weekend !

 

Go Lions Go Lions

 

Sportive Greetings
Freek

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