Lions back to winning in the SPL ! President surprised on his birthday !

Lions,

 

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 !

 

Cheers Very Happy Freek

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Lions win on character in SPL !

Lions,

 

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.

 

Cheers Freek

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Lions Veterans beat England 5-0 ! Youth got a good training session from Azz !

Lions,

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 !lions 005 lions 011

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 !

 

Cheers Freek

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Lions U18 Boys and U18 Girls training schedule !

Young Lions,

 

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 info@shanghai-lions.com / attention Freek/Azzedine

Lions Veterans and Youth win their last games of the season !

Lions,

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 !

Cheers Happy Freek

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Mixed ressults for the Lions this weekend

On Saturday we faced the DIB for the third time this year for the quarter final of the SIFL Cup. Whenever we play them we know it will be a very close game and we need to be 100 pct focused to get a result. It was good to see Max our goal keeper back in Shanghai and early in the game he made sure we kept a clean sheet. We got some good opportunities on the breaks and Charles came closest when his volley hit the woodwork. Nil-nil at half time and in the second half we took more possession and started to play better football. The reward came 15 minutes before the end by an excellent goal started on the left by Azzeddine who found Benji and he decided to take three DIB players on at once and crossed the ball in and out of nowhere came Francois our right back to slot home the 1-0. Straight after we got a great opportunity to make it 2-0 by a header of Azzeddine. The way the game developed we knew it will not be easy for DIB to score but as it goes in football things can change. An unfortunate drop of the ball by Max our goalie landed straight in the feet of Didier who score from close range, 1-1. Moments later a deflected cross fell again straight in the feet of the DIB striker and the game was upside down. This time there was no turn around in the game. Losing is part of the game and it will make us stronger.  It was good to see all Lions staying back for a beer and some fun with our New Dutch player who gave a live performance at WGQ!

Next up are the Azzurri and obvious that is  a massive league game for us !

 

On Sunday we faced the Bulls who for the occasion had a few Azzurri players on loan. The Bulls won their last 8 games and we knew it wouldn’t be a walk over. After two minutes they scored ! Call it a wake up call ! After that we started to play some good football and were very dangerous on the counter attacks. Twice Matthieu scored with a header and we could haves score a few more goals. In the second half stand in goalie Francois saved us twice as the Bulls got a clear scoring opportunity!

After Big John showed us in the first half how not to take a free kick and Yosh followed on this it was out of all people Simon who scored from a free kick. Soon after it was Dave’s turn and he smashed the ball in the top corner! 4-1 a good result and a good lions performance! Next up are the Galacticos and of course we need to continue our unbeaten run.

 

In the pooring rain we had a special training session by Azzeddine for our young Lions and a turn out of 13 boys was good given that some couldn’t make due to tournament commitments. The boys had fun and learned a lot. This is a good example of the strength of the Lions as all the training we organize are done by the best people we have in our own club. Great way to end the weekend !

 

We expect everybody to come to the training on Wednesday and we all look forward to the weekend already !

 

Cheers Freek

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Lions write SPL history ! Youth beat Super 48 !

Lions,

 

We had a good Sunday ! First up were our youngster helped with a few veterans who played a friendly against the veterans of Super 48. The young lions straight wrote history as they scored the fastest goal within a minute after kick off by Mathew on their first attack. The final score was a 4-2 win and overall a very good experience for the youth to play against men as it will make them stronger so that we can prepare them for playing time with the Lions senior teams later !

 

Next up was the big game of the season against Gremio. Gremio a mixed Chinese and Brasilian side were undefeated until today. We started well and created several opportunities early in the game. However an incredible referee error left us flabbergasted as Hugh on a Maglev speed run to the keeper was stopped by a body check of one of the Gremio defenders in the box / FIFA rule 12 states all fouls in the box are straight penalties and if he was blocked from a scoring opportunity it was straight red as well otherwise it should be yellow. We got non of it only a free kick in the box……. We lost our focus and despite going 1-0 up by Adam we let Gremio get back in the game. A free kick was signaled into the corner of our goal by Thomas our goalie as if he was a Chinese traffic police directing the traffic……….! Soon after we didn’t clear the ball well in defense and Gremio took the lead. It was 1-2 at half time and we got a few heads down however the second half we saw a different Lions team. It was a team full of spirit fighting for every single ball and opportunity. With two goals from Mathieu and one header at the post and two more shots on the cross-bar we showed them who are the leaders in the SPL. With this 3-2 victory we wrote history in the SPL as in 2013 we drew only one game and won all the other 18 games we played !

 

Actually after the game in an empty SRFC Clubhouse we showed our real spirit as we all stayed back for a few beers with fun and jokes. Hugh got a farewell speech and a signed ball to take back to Australia. We were also trying to get bit and pieces from Jacks Adventure as he didn’t show up….

 

Great way to end a great year for the Lions ! Waauw ! Don’t forget to vote on line for the Lions as “Sports Team of the Year” ! Our next game is on January the 12 vs ERS. Stay fit and focused !

 

Cheers Freek

 

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Good weekend for the Lions

October weather is great and the best time to play football in Shanghai. We had three Lions team in action over the weekend.

First in the SIFL the Lions were up against the Dutch. An early morning game at 900AM. It was good to see that everybody was on time. We don’t know whether the strong wind was a factor but maybe it was ! The first half we had a 3-0 lead two goals by Azz and one by Charles who now is approaching his last year’s goal tally of two goals ! We played too slow in the first half and we caught off-side too many times. The second half we wanted to play faster and were warned about the off sides as the linesmen seems to lift the flag every second as if it was Chinese National Parade Day ! The Dutch goalie become their sweeper and helped with the wind in their back they got a goal or a gift back. We never came to play well and amazingly we were caught off side another 15 times ! 3-1 win but it felt like a loss. Luckily its early in the season and we can all improve ourselves week by week starting with the training this Wednesday !

On Sunday the Lions veterans were up against England. Massive game which was sold out in 24 hrs. The British smelled blood as they saw Muss as goalie who stood in for Thomas who was sick and found him rather small in the big goal. High balls in the box their typical play resulted in two early goals for England however the Lions proved to be fitter and once we started our third half it was game on. A solid 6-3 for the Lions who are getting closer to their first Championship for Veterans ! Two more games to go !

On Sunday as well, our Lions U17 made their debut playing against Japan U17. Its was our first real match playing together and for some it was the first time to play 11 – aside ! The referee who forgot his boots and played in black same as the Lions didn’t seem to be very interested in the game. However the Japanese took a 2-0 lead but the Lions were not giving up and got a goal back. It was an interesting game as the goals the Japanese scored were all gifts to them and the goals we scored were well played attacks ! In the last half we were down 4–2 but helped by the support of the Veteran Lions who were watching we clinched a 4-4 draw. Good start and we liked the fighting spirit of the young Lions !

Make sure to come to the trainings as we want to get better and better every week !

Cheers Freek

Shanghai LIONS FC launched a 4 to 10 y. kids football coaching program!

Being the best amateur club in Shanghai (2012 -2013), it was always our intent to grow with youth players.

After successfully launching a under 18 LIONS team and trainings at Century Park on Wednesdays, we decided to offer kids from 4 to 10 years old the possibility to discover this amazing sport and give them the right bases…

Lead by Pro. Coach Azzeddine TAKOULOUFA, we have very successfully launched a kids program in downtown Puxi at the ROYAL PAVILLION Compound, where over 30 kids are learning and enjoying football every Tuesdays and Fridays from 4.30 to 6.30pm. Check the pics:

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For more information, please contact us at: lionsfootballcoaching@gmail.com or 13601741461

Lions Youth now open for registration U16 and U18 season 2013/14

Young Lions,

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Last season after we established the Shanghai Lions Football Club we can look back at a very successful season. We have won over 6 titles and to have won both the SIFL and the SPL Championship (the best leagues in Shanghai) tells us that we are on the right track !

 

We started with our first youth team the Lions U18 last year. The key driver to do this was the enthusiasm of the boys who joined. It was a real pleasure to train with them and they were really motivated to play finally for a real club instead of the usual school games. We entered with our youth team in the SPL men’s tournament the Santa Cup and it was a great experience for the boys / we organized friendly games versus school teams as well against the Shanghai Lions Senior teams / some of the U18 players were selected for Senior team games and gained valuable experience and Alex and Lucas even ended up having played in the SIFL Cup final which we won !

 

In order to give more players an opportunity to play for the Shanghai Lions and experience what it is to play for a Club we decided to add an U16 team as both U16 – U18 teams can benefit each other.

 

What we can offer to the boys and girls is listed below :

– once a week 2 hours training most likely on a Wednesday or Friday evening.

Trainings are hold by experienced Lions players who are still playing regular in the Men’s Lions teams. Trainings will focus on skill / speed / stamina / team play / strength. Obvious the ones who come regular to the trainings will benefit most !

– friendly games against schools and or shanghai teams and against the Men’s teams. Mostly on weekends.

– Entering of tournaments either for youth or for men’s, like the Lions Cup and Santa Cup

– Outfit / every player will get his own set of shirt/short/socks

 

The Fee for this season will be 2000 rmb which you can pay at the first training we will announce the place and date of the training in due course, most likely at the Century Par !

If you are interested to join please send an email to info@shanghai-lions.com with your confirmation and we will keep the spot reserved for you !

Looking forward to see and train more young Lions so that they can take care of our future of our Club !

 

Sportive Greetings / Freek Boelen / President Shanghai Lions Football Club

 

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