It 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.
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 !
The 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 !
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 !
With 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 !
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 !
We had a great event on Saturday for our Youth Players ! We have kept it secret until the last moment and only gave the players a meeting point in Puxi. Once everybody was checked in we went to the brand new Z & B Fitness at Changle Lu ! Before the programs started we handed out our new Nike Youth Kit and looking at the players faces they were all very happy with the new outfit !
We first got a private one hour spinning class from Kat a German teacher with very very strong legs ! The players enjoyed it and got better and better later in the session ! After this we walked down 13 floors to end up in the hands of another private teacher Guillaume who as we could see from his muscle mass was a specialist in core exercises ! He set up an one hour circuit training for the players which was surely not easy but a great way to work on our fitness and strength !
After all the hard-work there was our reward as we headed for Bella Napoli and started carbo loading ! A brilliant performance of Daiki-san ended a great day for the Lions !
We like to thank Z & B Fitness for the great reception and we will like to do this again next year !
If you are interested in the Lions Youth Academy please contact us for more information. We have players from 13-18 years old from all over the world !
We wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year !
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 !