Youth tied with Juventus 3-3 in the Summer Heat

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summer heatOriginally, we had 17 players on the list for this friendly game against Juventus Academy Shanghai but we got last moment drop-outs while facing 34 degrees with no clouds summer heat… Well, we knew it would not going to be easy! Luckily we got Philipp willing to help out in goal giving us an extra-man on the bench.

It was clear that this summer heat will play a major role as many players were already looking at the sideline asking for substitution early in the game. Still, it was good to welcome Matty back in the squad who didn’t play for the last 6 months while being abroad. It was a dribble from Matty who ran himself into 3 defenders but still got a small touch to pass to Lewis who gave us the 1-0 lead. It was early in the game and within 5 minutes Juventus leveled the score 1-1.

Playing 4 spells of 20 minutes we started to get grip on the game in the second 20 with us having more possession and fighting hard to get the ball back when we lost it. Also, our confidence was getting stronger and stronger it resulted in a fine finish from Yuv after Juventus defense couldn’t clear the ball from a cross in!

In the third 20 we controlled the midfield and created more and more counter-attacks and after a couple, it was Matty scoring the 3-1 at a counter.

In the last 20 minutes, we tried to defend what we achieved as a team so far and all looked good but a free kick on the far left sailed over Philipp to bring Juventus back in the game. With 5 minutes to go, we thought we got a clear penalty when Matty was fouled in the box but the referee might have been too tired to blow the whistle in the very last minute while we have blocked all their through balls for 79 minutes one slipped through and the Juventus player was one on one with our keeper he scored and the final score 3-3 was a fact!

Given the severe conditions, we must give big compliments to all the players today as you all showed character, teamwork as well as team spirit. We were very happy today with our new players Justin Diego & Subaru-san… Well done to all the parents who came out to watch and gave support to our players!

We will let you know about the next event either a match or training next week. We will try to get an earlier morning or evening slot in order to avoid the summer heat.

 

Have a good rest and see you next week.

 

Cheers
Freek, Pat & Nick

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Our 1st Summer Youth Football Camp was a great success

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Summer Youth Football CampDear parents & football future stars, yesterday we ended our first Coerver Coaching & Lions FC Summer Youth Football Camp!

We have been very pleased and thank full with the support of all the parents, boys and girls. The set up of our summer program with two fields and three different age groups worked very well as from day one all the players felt comfortable in their age group. The boys and girls have been amazing during the camp arriving with a smile in the early morning and everyone did his or her best during the fun games and matches. The atmosphere was very good and a lot of players made new friends during the three weeks. We battled rain and heat and gave the opportunity to make up the three days we couldn’t play due to the excess water in the fields!

The coaches have been motivated from day one until the end of the camp and for them, it was a real pleasure to work with the boys and girls! They made sure everybody went home with a smile and wanted to return the next day in a good mood! We like to say a very BIG THANK YOU to all the parents, boys and girls to make this Camp a great success!

 

We wish everybody a good and healthy summer. We already miss you ALL and we’re looking forward to organizing it again next summer.

 

Cheers
The Summer Youth Football Camp Team

Lions had a good time at Shanghai Town & Country Club

Sometimes you need a bit of luck and we were lucky on Saturday as for once these days, it didn’t rain! With the help of one of our legends Mamdouh, we got our private setting in the great facilities of the Shanghai Town and Country Club. We got a great BBQ Buffet with plenty of drinks and super service. The president gave his yearly speech looking back at the special season due to the Covid 19 and referred to the players who unfortunately never made it back to China. He also looked forward to the new season where we will focus on the youth development for players aged 12-18 and we will have a combination of older youth with seniors to play on Saturdays and the Legends will continue to play on Sunday!

After lunch, we dived into the pool and had a fierce water volleyball competition which was a joy to watch for everyone. We also took our time to say goodbye to Fred who is moving back to France and he was thanked for his contribution to the Lions for the last 8 years!

After we left the Club we followed our DJSKIV to Havana where we took over the stage. Tomas our pilot who couldn’t attend the BBQ because he was flying saw our pictures and landed his plane at 01:00 am and went straight to CYCLO where he joined the party until the early morning with the Lions!

It was a great way to end the season and it was also great to see that we are still a nice family together with people from all over the world and one passion which is football!

 

If you interested to join our family next season please send a message to info@shanghai-lions.com. Thanks again to Mamdouh and we hope to do another Lions party at Shanghai Town & Country Club any time soon. Have a great summer!

 

Cheers
Freek

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U18 enjoyed SIFL end of season tournament

SIFL end of season tournamentAfter last Friday rain which caused us to stop the youth training, we were participating in the SIFL end of season tournament with our oldest youth helped by DJ SKiv, his brother Cyril & Pat. The weather was soso as it was 100% humidity with 35 degrees!

For our first match, we played Voodoo Child and it took us 10 minutes to wake up and understand that everything is faster at the senior level. In the last 5 minutes of the match, we started to play our game with confidence and scored two great goals. This 2-0 win in our first game boosted our confidence 🙂

Next up was Japan famous for their fitness level and fast play!  We had enough with a draw to become top of the group and defended well as against Japan it was more difficult to create chances for ourselves. At the last minute, we got a free-kick and the plan didn’t work and we lost the ball and Japan countered super fast… Somehow the Japanese player sliced through our three defenders and scored!

Our next game was against the Krauts; a good team with a couple of good technical players. We played well and gave them good opposition and we created a couple of chances after good build-up play from the back! Both Julia and Blisset had a good chance to score and almost did it but the score remained 0-0!

Our last match was against Long Tang but they hardly had a team and borrowed some Japanese players we had more than plenty of opportunities to score and of course should have won this match as it stayed 0-0!

 

Overall, it was good coming back to play in the SIFL after a few years break. Thanks for the organization letting us play in this SIFL end of season tournament. Good experience for our youth to get stronger, smarter in play like being a killer when we have the chance to score! Well done Lions today! We left a good impression on other SIFL senior teams and some already asked us to play a friendly match soon!

 

Enjoy your Sunday
Freek, Pat, Nick & Azz

Are you interesting in our Football Youth Summer Camp 2020?

This summer most people will spend their time in Shanghai instead of going back home! Therefore, the Shanghai Lions Football Club is organizing (together with Coerver Coaching) a three weeks Football Youth Summer Camp in July 2020!

Football Youth Summer Camp

This Football Youth Summer Camp is designed for all boys & girls aged between 7-12 & 13-16 years old.

Please see all the information below on the flyers as well the registration form you can fill in in case you are interested to participate!

Let’s enjoy this special summer in Shanghai! We will make sure all players arrive with a smile and leave with a smile during the camps!

 

Hope to see you at our Summer Camp
Freek

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Legends lose against Japan FC

JapanWe knew it was going to be an uphill task to get a positive result out of our last match of the season against Japan. Our injured players’ list was super long with 7 injured players… On top we still have players like Laid, Fabi & Terao-san stuck outside China. Still, we managed to get a team of 14 players but it was light compared to the 30+ players squad from Japan side!!!

[ SPL V ] Shanghai Lions FC 0 – 3 Japan FC

The game plan was to slow down the pace and patiently wait for our chances especially from corners of free kicks. It worked well until Chris, barely 15 minutes in the match, pulled his hamstring… On top, his opponent managed to cross the ball in from the left-wing, and Japan scored for the 1-0.

In the second 20 minutes, we played our best game controlling the match and we came close on a few occasion and Japan had barely a shot on goal.

In the third 20 minutes, the game was over when the Japanese winger on the right made an incredible volley that sailed over our goalkeeper Clement in the far corner. Soon Japan scored the 3-0 after an unlucky touch of Clement and the game was over.

In the last 20 minutes, there was not much we could do to change the score and with this result, Japan is on their way to gain their first-ever SPL Veteran title this. We will have to settle for third place but will be back stronger next season.

As it was Fred’s last official league match, all players stayed back to have a few ice-cold beers and our appreciation for Fred’s commitment and dedication to the team was given. We wish him a good future in France!

We will play the SPL V end of the season Tournament on Jun 14th, 2020. Hopefully, some of the injured players will be back by then.

 

Cheers
Freek

Youth team enjoyed five-a-side football

five-a-sideIt was a beautiful day last Saturday clear skies but the temperature was a bit high close to 30 degrees. We came up with the idea to have a small mini five-a-side football at Qi Yi among ourselves! Total we had 4 teams with one team consisting of coaches & parents. Each match was 5 minutes and it was a joy to watch. There were a lot of fun moments and the speed of the matches was very high. Overall it was a great event and we plan to organize another round of five-a-side maybe against the Lions Senior players or Legends!

Cheers
Freek

Legends drew 3-3 against Wellington

WellingtonAfter the Legends dropped out of the Championship race last week against Emerald we were having a small squad against Wellington as 5 legends were sidelined due to injuries! The weather was super hot and we were also lacking a bit of motivation… The idea was to play simple football with a lot of possession so that the opponent would be tired out chasing for the ball.

[ SPL V ]  Shanghai Lions FC 3 – 3 Wellington Champs

In the first 20 minutes, we played bad as we couldn’t hold two passes in a row as well were caught several times offside. Wellington for the occasion had more local players than their regular players and we lacked speed against the locals. No surprise the way we played that Wellington took the lead.

In the second 20 minutes, we started a bit better and got several corners and a close-range free-kick but Pat saw his effort being stopped by the keeper. After this Pat came off with a back injury and made the injured players list to 6 players!

In the third 20 minutes, we finally started to play and scored a great goal after a good build-up and passes it was an easy tip-in for Tomas. The next goal for Wellington was weird as there was a clear offside and both teams stopped playing… The referee who had the whistle in his mouth finally decided not to blow and the Wellington forward had a free pass to score by himself with nobody defending on him. We responded with two quick goals from Kev and Haroun and took the lead.

In the last 20 minutes, we had a couple of changes but either the delivery or the finish was not good enough. Wellington snatched the equalizer on a break to make the final score 3-3!

 

We hope that some of the injured players can recover soon as we face a very fit and fast Japanese side next Sunday!

 

Cheers
Freek

Legends see title hopes fade away

fade awayOn both legends and Emerald’s side, all players knew that the loser will see its tittle hope fade away. Therefore, it was good to see many legends arriving early for the 09:00 am kick-off. Unfortunately, that was not easy for Kevin as he had to work until the late hours and could only arrive with one hour’s sleep… Not ideal given the hot and humid weather and the strength of the opponent but it shows his character to still arrive just on time for the match!

[ SPL V ] Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 3 Emerald

Our game plan was 4-4-2 with our mind on defending first so that we could come out without conceding and then look for the counter opportunities. Also, it was highlighted that in this game the team which would score first will have the upper hand in the rest of the match! Defensive wise we started well as we played very compact and didn’t give them space however in the build-up which usually is our strong point we lost the ball after two passes. Emerald had just one shot which was off target in the first 20 minutes and we got some dangerous breaks but with one minute to go disaster struck when we gave the ball away in defense and they quickly moved the ball from right to left and found their free man and they scored the so important 0-1.

Of course, this changed the game as now Emerald could sit back and close down and wait for their long ball counters counting on Fafa’s speed. We kept our composure in the next 20mn and were have more ball possession now and we should have got a penalty when two Emerald defenders were embracing Bob in the box but the referee gave the advantage to Romain who saw his shot go wide. We had another great attack where Romain made a perfect cross on the right and Tomas almost scored with a header!

In the 3rd 20mn, we all agreed to step up the game as we perfectly knew our tittle ambition will fade away if we were to lose this game. We got a couple of free-kicks and came more often in their box Cyril who came in for Sylvain give us some hope as with his skill and energy it lifted our game but…. Unfortunately, we gave the ball away to them to set them up for a fast counter and we were 2-0 down!

The talk for the last 20mn was simply to forget everything that happened before as we needed to score and the whole team was asked to step up and give everything they had left! We were all over them in the first couple of minutes and our effort was rewarded after a foul on Massa-san in the box. Bob stepped up to put us back in the game but show his effort stopped by the Brazilian goalie. Even after this blow we didn’t give up and kept pushing forward and were trying to score. We had changes sure but missed the final touch. They killed us on a long ball when we were all thinking forward and made it 0-3 but even after that we kept playing and finally got our reward a nice goal from Masa-san achieved by pure character of the whole team. Soon after Tomas hit the post with a good strike but in the end, it was not enough. Final score 1-3!

 

We lost as one team and will come back as one team ! Unless a miracle happens, our tittle hope just fade away for this year… Let’s enjoy the last 2 matches of the season. Hopefully, our injured players can recover on time to play these last 2 matches! Last but not the least, the game live replay is available for further analysis.

 

Cheers
Freek

Friendly game for our youth against YKFC

Friendly gameThis friendly game against YKFC was a little special as it had been several months since we last played 11 aside due to Covid-19!  However, we have been training for a couple of weeks so it was a nice test to see how do we stand compared to December where we were playing our best level this season.

In the first half, we were wondering why we played so slow and without conviction! Nobody said a word in the field and we couldn’t see a smile on the players’ faces. I guess it was a combination of the long break not playing on a full-size pitch combined with the very hot and humid weather… We took a 2-0 lead both goals from Jason back from the USA in our squad. YKFC managed a few times to get through the middle and had a few shots on goal but they were easy catches for Yu Xuan our stand in goalie!

We took our half time talk to get our team back on track and told the players foremost to enjoy the match and smile and have fun. It worked as the second half was a good display of teamwork and good combination! Jason quickly scored a third and Yuv showed us how easy it is to score with one move to set him free and he put the ball in the far corner in the net! YKFC did get a goal back but deserved also a compliment as they only had 11 players which is hard in the weather conditions and the gave us good opposition!

Overall we were happy with this friendly game… especially because we had a good mix of players with young and more experienced and there was good teamwork/spirit on the pitch. Step by step we will get our fitness and our field playback. We will look for more 11 aside match opportunities to play as that’s what we need now!

It was great to see so many parents come out and support the players! We appreciate that a lot! Of course, we’d like to tell our youth teammates abroad who are blocked overseas for now that we miss you guys a lot and hope that you soon can return to play with the Lions again!

 

See you all on Friday at the training!   

 

Cheers
Patrick, Nick, Freek & Azz

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