Last Saturday we had to travel far out to Biss Puxi but it was good to see a lot of hungry Lions during the warming up ! The pitch was less wide than a usual which made it a bit harder to play our passing game. Most of the actions took place in the middle of the field.
The plan was to play out of a strong defense who wouldn’t give a way anything however after 5 minutes we were down 0-1 by a early Christmas present ! After that we started to have more possession and we kept our heads cool. Matty, in fine form, made the equalizer and another solo run from him put us in front. By now our defense got things under control as Ebbe Sand team mainly were putting long balls on them which we had enough people in the back to take care of it !
It was 3-1 at half time and it was time to rotate the substitutes and the good point was that each substitute who came on played well which is a big plus for the team ! The reward was a 7-1 win with more goals from Matty, Phillip & Daiki ! The way back was long but we were all happy that Lions U17 beat Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy !
We are looking forward to see everybody at the trainings this week and this Sunday we will have a youth team for the older players as we will play in the Santa Cup in Jinqiao against senior teams. The tournament is 7 aside and its from 12:30-17:00
Well done to our youth players !
Happy Freek, Azz & Nick
Last Friday our young Lions were up against Reunited ! We had a large squad and our intention was to let everybody subject we had a favorable score. The problem we faced was that Reunited had several players close to the senior level which made it hard for most of our youngster. One or two years makes a big difference in the football development and physics !
We started the game well with Matty and Till on top and we played good combinations. Julia, our captain, played solid in the middle trying to block the reunited midfielders. After 30 minutes Reunited opened to score with a low strike hard to stop for Sam our goalie ! Just before the end of the first half we got a poor decision of the referee against us and he gave Reunited a penalty. It was 2-0 at half time.
We felt that we were still in the game as long as we could get one goal back. This was our intention in the second half but ten minutes in we got a justified penalty against us. This goal was a real blow to us and it was hard to keep our fighting spirit alive. But with Shingi coming in we started a revival offense and got two great goals back to make it 3-2 ! However too soon after it they scored 4-2 and 5-2… We created more opportunities and scored one more goal as well Matty hit the post with a fine placed strike. Our substitutes were on their toes all the time to cheer on the team which was great to see !
In the end it was 7-3 for them but we gained a lot of experience from the match and our fighting spirit was impressive ! That’s why we still could smile after the match despite losing !
This Friday we are invited by Dulwich Earthquakes to play a friendly match at their grass field 19:00 kick off ! There will be food and drinks organized by them after the match so parents are more than welcome to join the event !
We will work hard at training to get better and better !
It was perfect weather clean air and 22 degrees ! We had large squad and still some players missing who had other commitments !
We started the game well with everybody playing in their positions our idea was to defend first with everybody and play on counters. The result was that we got most of the possession and the Earthquakes couldn’t get into the game. We had plenty of chances in the first 30 minutes and should have gotten one or two penalties Till came close and Julia almost scored with a header. A slip up from the earthquakes defenders give Daiki the chance to open the score.
In the second half we brought on most of our substitutes and it was a bit more difficult to keep our shape. However on great counter it was Till this time who finished it off to give us a 2-0 lead. The Earthquakes did play better in the second half and possession was equal to both teams. With 15 minutes to go they took us by surprise with a long pass thru the middle and they made it 2-1. Now it was time to hold our nerves and stay composed we did just that and with a great pass from our side we launched Matthew who lobbed the ball over the out-coming keeper to seal our three points.
I liked the celebration of the third goal as it showed how badly we wanted to win which is great ! Big compliment to our rookie keeper Tim he made the save of the day with one finger after he gave the ball by accident to the Earthwquake striker !
Well done everybody and see you all on Wednesday !
Last Sunday it was what call real football weather ! Rainy and and a strong cold wind however it didn’t take away the importance of the Legend game versus our own youth team ! 14 Legends showed up and 18 Youth Players.
We played according to the SPL V format 4 x 20 minutes and in the first 20 minutes the youth showed their speed and hunger for goals however the Legends took a 2-0 lead. The youth got a goal back on a fast counter.
In the second 20 minutes the youth played their best football and the game was good entertainment for the parents who came out to watch ! goals on both ends from quick counters resulted in a 4-4 score line.
In the third twenty minutes the Legends took more and more possession and controlled the game but they failed to score.
In the last 20 minutes the youth tried their best but were running out of energy as the Legends kept passing the ball around and managed to score two goals to make the final score 6-4 !
Overall it was a very good experience for both the Legends and our Youth players we will surely organize a re-match in the near future !
We are pleased to inform you that we have about 20 youth players aged 14-18 years old at the start of the new season. We secured the Concordia field for trainings which is a great location in the centre of Jinqiao.
Trainings will be held each Wednesday from 1930-2100 & each Friday from 1800-2000 under the supervision of Azzeddine and Nick who will focus on fitness exercises and sports physio.
The players will defend our club in the SPL youth leagues and we hope they will have a great experience playing for the Lions !
We are as well thinking of making a combination team of the older youth mixed with legends or senior players to join as a second team in the SPL but we will have a better idea once the first trainings have been done.
If you are interested to join us, you can download the form below (click the form), file it and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once this done, we’ll get back to you shortly.
Also, for the future of the club a good running youth academy will be essential and if you are interested to help the development of our youth players and/or if you like to help with the development of the Lions Youth Academy please let us know (email@example.com).
We are pleased to announce that the Lions youth training for season 2017/2018 will take place from 30th of August until mid December 3017 at the Concordia International School field. We will train twice a week on:
Wednesday from 19:30-21:00
Friday from 18:00-20:00
The training sessions will be lead by Azzeddine our actual first team trainer and he will be assisted by Nick who will focus on fitness and condition and will be our sports physio to help prevent, treat and rehab injuries.
We are pleased to announce that we have been asked to take over the youth teams of Century Park FC from the age group 15-19 years old. They had no choice to stop the program for them due to field restrictions. Once we were asked we immediately told them that we saw this as a unique chance to offer a home for the youth players at the Shanghai Lions FC.
We plan to train twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday and will enter the teams in the SPL U16 & SPL Senior League and if we have enough players we will also continue to play in the SPL U19 League. Azzeddine our senior head coach will be in charge of the trainings together with another specialized youth coach. Our trainings will take place in Jinqiao and we are happy to help the young players in their football development.
This age group is very important as for most of the players it will be only a few more years before they will make the switch from being a junior player to senior player. As well some players will have the intention to try and get scholarships once they go to college and we are motivated to help them achieve their dreams !
For new players who are interested to play in the Shanghai Lions youth teams and like to be part of our program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are already excited for the new season in August !
Freek, Shanghai Lions FC President
Azzeddine, Shanghai Lions FC Head Coach
Last weekend the SPL organized a football festival in cooperation with That’s Magazine and the Goldenbridge Company in Green City Jinqiao. That’s magazine organized the Battle of the Bands competition where High School students from all over Shanghai showed their musical talents live on stage. We, as SPL, organized a mini world cup tournament for over 400 boys and girls. On Saturday we had 24 teams of the younger ones aged 4-8 years old. The weather was perfect with clear blue sky and the fields were full with supporting parents and family ! Everybody enjoyed the games and when the boys and girls after the games were paraded to the stage it was all smiles and proud parents taking pictures. Every player got a medal and became a world champion.
On Sunday the weather was perfect again and we had 12 U10 teams in the morning. For them they also received a medal on stage and they were happy to pose for all the parents ! The group were the older ones and we organized a 7 aside tournament for U12 and U14 teams. England and Portugal were the winners of their groups and everybody of the total 8 teams went home with a nice cup ! The day ended with the older players U16 showing of their skills ! What stood out was the fair play and the speed of the games ! In the end France proved to be too strong and took the Cup home !
With no injuries and plenty of happy players its was a day to remember ! The SPL thanked the coaches and parents and referees and That’s Magazine and the Goldenbridge Company for the wonderful two days !
It was our fourth game in the SPL U19 league and we were up against Dulwich Earthquakes ! It didn’t look good at the beginning as with 20 minutes before kick off we only had 4 players arrived ! Heavy traffic on the Friday evening was the culprit but some how and with the help of the referee who also arrived late we got all our players ready.
In the first period of the game both teams played attacking forward and created some opportunities we had some great build ups and crosses from our upcoming right defender Yukki and Francesco got the best opportunity standing face to face with the Dulwich goalie but he shot over. It looked like we would go into half time 0-0 but in the very last minute a miscommunication between our goalie and last defender gave Dulwich an early Christmas present.
In the second half our plan was to play with more forward pressing in order to force their defenders to make a mistake as well. However we ran into trouble when we lost the ball on the right and Dulwich scored with a hard strike. We tried to keep our heads up and came close a few time but while looking for the goal we got punished for leaving our defense exposed and Dulwich scored the 0-3 with 25 minutes to go.
What happened next was quite amazing as Lions players decided to fight instead of giving up. We picked up the pace of the game and produced several deadly counter attacks. Felix brought us back in the game with two goals after great build up from the middle. When we got a free kick at a dangerous spot Felix curled the ball in the top corner to make it 3-3. The Lions didn’t stop here and it was Tevin with 5 minutes to go who scored the winner. A great achievement of a well composed and mature Lions Youth team !
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 !