Our Lions U19 team is playing in the new SPL U19 league every Friday evening. We got our second game last Friday and were up against Aksil who are known for their great pool of talented players.
We got 4 players on a China week this week and its always worrisome for a coach to receive disturbing text messages a few hours before kick off. This time the text was “ we are vomiting and sick due to our China week” we cannot play. Luckily our Captian Oleg was still ok but he said he cannot be on time as the flight back to Shanghai was delayed.
So we were thin in the line up and needed to put some players on positions they were not familiar with. In the first 30 minutes Aksil dominated the game and were very dangerous and aggressive on the flanks and their crosses caused our defenders trouble. They could have scored a few goals for sure but in the end the damage was only one goal. As we saw them missing the opportunities we grew in confidence and started to play on the counter attacks. It was one of them that gave us the equalizer when Felix ran one on one towards the keeper he saw his effort hit the post but Bank was fast enough to react and he scored the 1-1.
In the second half Oleg arrived and it lifted our spirits. The half time talk focused on showing confidence against your opponent and force them to make some mistakes while putting more pressure on them. Aksil had to defend a bit deeper and the Lions were looking for the break through. It came through the middle after good combinations Felix finished it this time to put us in front ! Next goal Felix was the provider through the middle as he found Rick on full speed who with one move found himself in front of the keeper and didn’t hesitate to score the 3-1. Credit to Aksil that they didn’t give up here but instead they started to attack more and more to get back in the game. They got rewarded on a corner with a good header 3-2. In the end the Lions defense stayed firm and organized and good goal keeping by Riccardo who saved a great free kick at the end gave us all three points.
It was a great experience for the U19’s and it will help them to mature as a football player to play 90 minutes 11 aside games / Mandela Aksil’s coach gave some kind comments after the game as he was impressed with our youngster and thought they played like “real lions” !
That was awesome to hear and a great way to end a great game of football in Shanghai !
Welcome back and unfortunately for you the holiday is over ! We are looking forward to another exciting season for the Lions !
We plan to have our regular trainings on Wednesdays 18:00-20:00 at the Century Park field and our idea is to start on Sept 16.
We are looking at the possibilities for a 11 side U19/18 league as we believe that at your age group you need to play much more 11 aside games to gain more experience and to become a better and stronger player so that you can easily move to the senior leagues in the years to come.
We will also give the opportunities to play with our adults teams and we will enter the young lions in the adult tournaments to give you more experience.
We lost a few players as they finished their studies and some moved to another country… However some new faces already said they wanted to join the young Lions. If you know new players please ask them to come and try because to run the season we will need a base group of about 20-25 boys and girls to cover the field rental so that we can keep the fee the same as last year !
We are pleased to announce that Zoely (daughter of our legend Bob) was voted “U8 League Best Female Player” at 2015 Sport for Life‘s tournament ! Zoely is coached under Lions’ Kids Football Coaching Program and its great to see that hard work & trainings paid off !
Well done Zoely you are already better than your father ! Keep playing !
It was a late game for the U17 with a 1800 kick off at the Shanghai Stadium. With a few players missing we started strong with a lot of ball movement and passes. The Germans didn’t have an answer to our possession play and all the could do was defend. It was a strong move by Calum on the left and his cross found the incoming Rick who could easily score from close range. Actually it was a copy of last week goal versus Aksil. It was Francesco who saw his strike flying into the top corner to make it 2-0 for the Lions. In the second half we tried to play the same but it was hard to find a hole in the german wall. Instead they German’s scored with a header. Bank our striker came close with a blast at the post but in the end it stayed 2-1 for the Lions. Great win and we are looking forward to our next game on April the 11th !
Usually the President likes to take control of everything but this time he had no chance as control was taken over by the Lions players who decided it was time to organize a surprise party for his 51st birthday ! He was stunned when he expected to have a small dinner with the Lions management but instead was brought to a full house at our new sponsor La Creperie ! Both his wife Yukari and son Rick were part of the complot and managed to keep the surprise a secret until the end. The President was very happy to see so many Lions present and when he received a beautiful painting of our first SIFL title celebration he was clearly touched ! The Party moved to Unico where Lions Deejay Kevin and banana act Garret made sure everybody could party unit late ! It showed that the Lions are on big family and the president was a very happy Man ! Thank you all !
On Sunday the Lions needed to get back to winning in order to stay close to the top in the league. Japan was the opponent and they were desperate to get their first points of the season. Lions started well dominated the game with possession. However a long ball flew in the Lions goal after nobody could clear it ! This was the wake up call and soon after we equalized by thomas just before half time we took the lead after a good combination play ending with a goal by Benji. In the second half we controlled the game and soon got our reward another goal by Benji 3-1. After this Japan kept fighting and the Lions failed to score more goals. In the end Japan got one back but the Lions took all three points.
After this game we had a special game organized for our U18 team as we let them play against a mix of veterans and senior player. It was really appreciated that so many Lions stayed back to play against our youngsters after they already had a game in the legs ! In the first half the youngster were a bit afraid especially because the seniors took an early lead but the managed to score a goal back thru Thai Striker Bank, 3-1 at half time and in the second half the young Lions played good football and proved not to be a walk over. Francesco our Italian striker scored a nice goal to make it 3-2 and the final goal of the game came from Russian Max to make it 3-3. A draw was perfect as Max Kirby played against his son Calum and both could live with a draw. It was a great experience for the young Lions !
As if this wasn’t enough for the weekend we had three veteran Lions running the Shanghai half marathon / Fred and Fred clocked a decent 1.47 and Max 2.01 ! Well done !
We have two big games ahead of us this upcoming weekend ! On Saturday we play Re-united and on Sunday the Cowboys ! Let’s prepare well and all come to the training on Wednesday !
Due to the working Saturday there were no SIFL games this weekend but we took the chance to organize a game for the Lions Youth versus the Japanese school. The Japanese were playing their traditional counter attacking football. There were plenty of goals partly because the referee didn’t know about the offside rule. In the end a good practice game for both teams.
On Sunday the veterans saw their game against Scotland canceled by the Scotts this was the second time and not good for the moral. Luckily Super 48 saw their opponent also not turning up and we played a great friendly against them. The final score was 7-2 for the Lions and Jeff out of all people scored a hat-trick. A times the Lions Legends played good combination football and the game was a good preparation for the Master Cup on December 6th. This cup is organized by Super 48 and runs its second edition. The Lions aim is to get the Masters Double this season !
After the veteran game it was time for the SPL Lions to play Super 48 as well ! An emergency chat by Simon on Saturday asking players to be available to play saw a tsunami of “Not available” replies. I hope that this was an exceptional case and like to remind all the Lions that our strength has always been the willingness to help each other in case of need !
This time the help came from the Veterans Fred / Jeff / Freek / Dan, who already had a game in their legs and were asked to play another full game !
The strong wind was an important factor and we needed to score in the first half with the win in our backs. We came close a couple of times but the final finish was not there. Going into half time 0-0 we knew it would be hard with the strong wind against us. Super 48 is a much improved side and they kept bringing the balls into our box for us we could only sit deep and play on the counter. A smart move by Terao resulted in a hand ball in the box and the penalty was converted by Dave who kept his cool and shot the ball in the left top corner. After that Super 48 got a couple of free kicks and over 10 corners and one brilliant safe by Dan and 4 yellow cards for the Lions and finally the final whistle, 1-0 win ! This game was won pure on character and spirit !
We organize a friendly game on our training field this coming Wednesday against a Chinese team who likes to join the SPL and it will be good for us to get some match fitness after the long holiday break.
The veterans starts to look like a serious group of players now and it was great to see 17 players showing up for the clash against England. It’s quite interesting to see that actually we can keep the Lions spirit in the legs of the over 35 years old players. England played their long balls as a trade mark whereas we focused on our short simple passes in order to save our energy which was the right thing to do in the polluted air ! In the end we kept a clean sheet and scored 5 goals which was good enough to keep us in the lead of the veteran league. A very good warm up for the Shanghai Masters next weekend. We have a very good and strong and motivated line up for the two days event and hope we can clinch that title for the third time !
In Jinqiao we had senior players and youth players showing up for the pre-season training session. It was great to see many motivated youth players showing up and Azz give them a solid session a combination of fun and hard work out exercises. Simon gave the seniors a hard time knowing that the new season is around the corner and knowing that it will be one of the hardest if we want to clinch the title for three times in a row. It was nice to have 4 Colombian students join our training and it shows that we are multi-cultural Club !
This coming weekend we have two major events for the Lions / First its our own organized Lions Cup on Saturday where we will have two Lions teams participating and over the two days we have the Shanghai Masters for the over 40 players !
Lets enjoy the last part of summer and hopefully clinch some silverware !
We are glad to announce that we managed to book the great Century Park Football Park for our Young Lions trainings. For the exact address please see our website under “our fields”. The boys will train on Wednesday from 1800-2000 and the girls will train on Fridays from 1800-2000 / The trainings will start on September 10 and last until December 12 with a break during the October holiday.
The trainings will be held by experienced coaches who all are part of the Lions FC and will focus on all aspects of modern football. Fitness, strength, power, speed, skill and teamwork will a come into play during the sessions.
We plan to have an introduction training open to all youth players on Friday 29th of August on that day you can also register for the season and fill in the registration forms.
If you are between 15-18 years old and interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / attention Freek/Azzedine
Our season is coming to an end and we were happy that we could “just” finish our games. Heavy rain created havoc and fields were turned into swimming pools !
First up in the morning were the Veterans in their new Morton’s outfit playing against the Emerald FC. Emeral proved a good side with good youth players and two strong South-American stikers. It stayed 0-0 for a long time until Fred finally tested the goalkeeper and it became obvious that their stand in goal keeper wouldn’t have a pleasant morning. Soon we were 2-0 up with another goal from Fred. A “cheap” free kick let the Emerald come back 2-1. Now we got a free kick and our president also tested the goalie who saw the ball flying in just between the goalies hands ! Soon Charles who is feeling at easy in the veteran team now understood that sending missiles to the goalie would work and believe it or not he scored a hat-trick ! We had a good laugh about Simon’s corners as the ended up in the club house instead of in the box, he blamed it on the wind…… ! New comer Remi scored on his debut after a good corner from the President. In the end a solid 7-3 win and still unbeaten in the league !
Second up were the Lions U17 vs Japan U17. Strong wind and heavy rain made it hard to play normal football. Our boys started strong with good passing and ball possession. Ryo scored 1-0 after a fast combination thru the middle. FC Japan came back with a lucky goal and one good goal on a counter attack. Sean made it 2-2 after a free kick. The lions had to fight hard in the second third against the wind but managed to get away without conceding a goal. The last third we showed our strength and spirit and scored a fantastic goal by Ryo after great combination in the midfield in the end it proved to be the winner. A very good team performance and a great way to end the season !
In the end a good weekend for the Lions and now one more BIG Game on Saturday for the Lions to make our season very special by winning both leagues twice in a row ! Hope to see many people to come and watch us and support us at Century Park 1300 kick off against Japan !