Legends open the new SPL Veteran season with a win

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[ SPL VETERAN ] Shanghai Lions FC 7 – 0 P/F

It was great weather last Sunday and we played on a good pitch at Wellington School ! As we played a Japanese team and we knew that they are generally fit we decided to put our defense in order first. With James on the right and Imad on the left we took extra precaution not to be got out on a fast counter by the Japanese.

We focused on set pieces and it was our first corner which gave us the first goal with a nice flick in from Bob. Soon it was a great piece of skill by James who scored with a bicycle kick after another corner and Nicolas made it 3-0 with the first 20 minutes which was a great start of the match.

In the next 20 we tried to keep a clean sheet but the Japanese were still dangerous a few times however our defense and goalie Clement held out strong.

It was in the next 20 minutes that we putted the game to bed… 2 goals from Freek within 4 minutes with a great pass from Kevin and a good assist from Bob made it 5-0. Nicolas added his second and the icing on the cake came from new comer Mamdouh who scored a beauty in the far corner !

The beers tasted well after the match but we know that the tougher teams are stronger this season and we need to step up and get back into fitness to rival them !

 

All starts at Tuesday at the training !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions beat Galacticos 11-1 in the first season game

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[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 11 – 1 AVL Galacticos

We had a good mix of young and experienced players for our first season game against AVL Galacticos. With Adam Li as stand in goalie we started well. Matty was launched a couple of times and Dave, our Captain, also found the net after good build up plays. Azz scored from a direct free kick from the side and Chris also got on the goal scorers sheet. In the end Matty scored 5 and Victor,our other youngster, added another one.

It was a pity we slowed down in the last 20 minutes as we conceded one and didn’t score anymore… It reminded us we lost last season on the goal difference. In the meantime, Marlins beat Japan 10-1… you can see how important it is not to switch-off !!!

 

See you all on Tuesday training.

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions U15 lost 2-1 to Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy

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[ SPL U15 ] Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 2 Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy

It was great weather and as usual the field at Concordia was perfect to play on against Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy ! As most of our U15 players have not had experience to play competitive 11 aside football yet we knew it would not be easy. However in the past trainings we focused on pure basic passing between defenders, midfielders & attackers.

It worked well in the first part of the match as we could have longer possession and let the ball move around among our players. It was a wonderful strike from Daniel at the edge of the box which gave us a 1-0 lead. However we lost focus soon after and gave away a goal which left the score 1-1 at half time.

We tried to make the players aware of the first part of the game during the half time talk and hope we could get back into the game but 5 minutes in the second half the scored again after we couldn’t clear the ball. Although we tried to step up our game we got another blow as David got tackled from behind and he had to leave the game with an ankle injury… Matty playing upfront for the last 10 minutes also could turn around our fortune.

We will work hard week after week to get more experience in playing 11 aside matches. it’s a process and with a positive attitude we will be there !

 

We see you all at training on Wednesday !

 

Sportive Greetings
Azz, Nick & Freek

Lions U15 youth team make their debut

It was the first time our new Lions U15 youth team played an 11 aside match. Last Saturday on the great pitch of Concordia they played against Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy. It was a friendly we won 3-1 but the score was not important… more important was to get used to the positioning on the field and trying to make good combinations. As it was the first time it was obvious that some passes went wrong and not all was perfect but that’s what the trainings are for. Every player did their best and we thanked Matty and Yuv for helping out as goalie.

 

Our U15 squad is still looking for a goalkeeper ! If you are interested please contact us at info@shanghai-lions.com

 

After the October holiday the SPL U15 league will start officially and we wish the team success in the league !

 

Sportive Greetings
Freek

Lions won the SPL opening tournament

tournamentIt was a beautiful day as we witnessed the clearest sky for many years in Shanghai ! The fields were perfect at the great facility of the Wellington International School ! The concept was quick fast games of 13 minutes each and each team to play each other once in a group of 7 teams

Lions had two teams and both had Freek & Fred who normally play for the Legends as stand in goals ! Our intention was to enjoy and have fun as we are still in pre season. Lions Team B with mostly players who had not played together before had a mixed tournament when terao-san came half way the tournament it improved the play of the team. In the end they ended 6th. Team A had a nice mix between experienced players and two youngster Matty and Philipp. While winning all of their matches the BIG match was against the old rival the Marlins that match was tight and ended in 0-0 so the tournament was decided on goal difference which this time was in favour of the Lions. Great way to start a new season !

 

We see you all at the training on Tuesday !

 

Cheers
Freek

Join the Shanghai Lions Youth Academy

We are pleased to inform you that the new season 2018/2019 is about to start… Join the Shanghai Lions Youth Academy ! No trial needed if you are a boy or girl aged 13-18 years old. Twice a week training on a full size field and 11 aside and matches on Saturdays.

Training

  • Date: Wednesday and Friday from 19:00 to 21:00
  • Place: Concordia International School Shanghai Pudong. 999 Mingyue Rd, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai, China

More information on the flyer below or click on the link.

 

Shanghai Lions Youth Academy

 

Season 2017/18 has been a success

successful season 2017-2018Dear Senior Lions, Lions Youth, Lions Legends, Lions Abroad, Friends and Family ! As a club we ended our season last weekend with our youth clinching the SPL U17 Title ! While we started as an expat team back in 1996, we’re certainly now a real family Club ! We have three strong sections representing the club at the highest competitive football level in Shanghai ! All of this contributed to make a successful season 2017-2018 ! Xie Xie

 

Youth Academy (SPL U17)

Let’s start with our Lions Youth first as they have the future ! We were asked to take over the Century Park Youth (above 14 years old) back in May 2017… From day 1, we were committed to make it happen as we already had a youth team for the older players.

We set up the Shanghai Lions Youth Academy and were happy to have Azzeddine and Nick taking up the coaching / training jobs ! We trained twice a week on Wednesday and Friday at the great 11 aside field of Concordia and played matches in the SPL U17 league on Saturdays. The commitment and hard work of our players at the training was outstanding and week after week our team got stronger and stronger. Suddenly, players from all over the world started to bond and what was crucial was that especially our older youth players started to feel responsible for the younger ones and they gave them great support and advice during the season !

This in the end resulted in success ! First we won the Aksil Cup beating the German in final on penalties ! It showed our never give up mentality ! In the SPL U17 league we were trailing from behind after two losses early in the season but week after week we got stronger and stronger. Therefore, when Wiss Stoke City slipped up against Ebbe Sand we knew that a win over Japan would give us the title ! We didn’t have to tell the young lions what was at stake as a large win sealed the deal and it was great end of a great season !

Matty got the SPL top scorer award with 19 goals and Julia picked up the Champions award as our captain ! Great team effort and great job from the coaches !

Golden Boot Award

  Name   Age PL GLS
Matthew Ward 15 7 19
Philipp Jobst 18 10 11
Victor Xavier Veloso 17 6 4
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Youth Team Standing (Season 2017-2018)

 

First Team (SPL)

Next up are our Lions Senior players who played in the SPL, a competition we have won multiple times ! With the Cowboys and ERS having left the league, we knew that the Marlins will be our closest rival. Also, it was clear that we couldn’t afford any slip against other teams !

In the first half of the season we won all our games but when we were up against the Marlins for the first time on January 14 we got an important wake up call as we not only lost Azz by injury during the game but we lost the match without creating opportunities 4-0 ! The turn out of the training during the winter started to drop which was not a good sign.

Luckily, some of our Youth players were ready to help out and started to get more and more playing time in our first team. We had to wait until April 14 to have our second encounter against the Marlins a loss would end our hopes. With a 1-1 score line and with 15 minutes to go on the clock it was by goals of our youngsters Shingi and Matty that gave us a 3-1 win and kept us in the race.

So the Championship race came down to the final match of the season we needed a win as we tied on goal difference but had scored less goals. The Marlins took the title away from us in a well deserved 3-2 win ! We gave it all in the second half and showed great team spirit on and off the field ! We will try to get the title back next season and we know now that we cannot slip up after the Christmas break !

Golden Boot Award

  Name   Age PL GLS
Azzeddine Takouloufa 34 11 13
Shingai Nindi 19 7 9
Romain & Jerome a Bloc Romain Haution 32 9 9
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First Team Standing (Season 2017-2018)

 

Veteran Team (SPL V)

Our Legends were in the race for the SPL V Championship which went to the Emeralds on previous season ! However this time Emerald slipped up twice losing against Japan and Scotland and we were in a very close race with Japan for the title. In our second last match we faced Japan and we needed a draw to clinch the title ! The match was nerve wrecking but our defensive strategy paid off as we made sure Japan couldn’t counter we even scored first with a fine strike of Laid. With great saves from our goalie Clement and solid defensive work we could keep Japan on hold but they got one goal back and the last 10 minutes were not for the faint hearted people ! The final whistle was a big relief and we could start the celebrations ! SPL V Champions !

Golden Boot Award

  Name   Age PL GLS
Frederic Guilloux 43 12 17
Nicolas Bouchou 40 10 7
Placeholder Gwendall Volant 38 6 5
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Veteran Team Standing (Season 2017-2018)

 

Two Championship Titles and a Second place is a good result for the Club. A special thank you is well placed for the hard work Azzeddine and Nick have done to keep us fit and sharp and focused at the training ! The training were great week in and week out ! Of course we also like to thank Concordia for allowing us to use their great facilities as nothing better than to train at a full size 11 aside field ! Our website reached 2.5 M clicks this year which is an achievement in its own right. Big thank you for Francois keeping track of the site and statistics for the players ! Thank you Thomas Z for helping to coach the first team !

What was important this season was that we got several youth players making their debut in the senior first team and they did very well as well we got several senior players making their debut in the Legends team and they did well as well. This makes our club real and unique in Shanghai ! Lets keep supporting each other and make the Club stronger and stronger !

As every year,  a few players will leave us at the end of this season and we wish them good luck with their new life and ventures outside China. Now, we already managed to recruit a few new players on all three levels which is very important for the consistency of the teams in our Club !

 

We hope everybody will enjoy the World Cup and the Summer break and we are looking forward to see you all back in Shape in August ! Well done Lions Youth, Lions and Lions Legends !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions Youth receive their SPL U17 trophy after a bowling event

bowling eventWith the SPL U17 Championship won it was time to relax for our youth players and the coaches ! As the season ended late we decided to organize a bowling event on a weekday before everybody would take off for the Summer break !

The place was called Hao’s bowling and with a group of 16 people we were all set for a bowling competition. With 4 lanes and 4 teams of 4, we played two rounds. It was a fierce competition and various prices were up for grab. Every player had their own technique and style. It was fun to play and fun to watch !

Here are the prices won on the evening :

  1. First Spare round 1 – Max
  2. First Strike round 1 – Julia
  3. First Spare round 2 – Jonah
  4. First Strike round 2 – Philipp
  5. Second round highest team score – Andrea / Matty / Azz / Florian

Although there was no price for “the highest score on the day” it was worthwhile to mention that the honor went to Freek the oldest bowler with 145 points !

Afterwards we went for some great “bad” food at Fat Burgers and it was there the players received their trophies ! First it was Matty who got the SPL top scorer award with 19 goals and he thanked his team mates for helping him to score and after it was Julia as Captain who received the Championship trophy on behalf of the team ! She mentioned in her speech that it was hard in the beginning of the season when we lost two matches but after that we all played better and better and in the end got our reward ! Azzeddine and Nick and Freek were all thanked by the players for the hard work during the season and several players came up to speech which completed a great evening and a great season !

 

Well done Young Lions enjoy the break and we are looking forward to see you all back in August on the training field first !

 

Have a great Summer
Freek, Azz & Nick

Lions youth team win the SPL U17 league title

SPL U17 leagueIt 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.

[ YOUTH ] Japan FC 0 – 15 Shanghai Lions FC

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 !

 

Cheers
A very happy Freek !

Legends pick their 2017 SPL Veteran championship trophy

SPL VeteranFor our Lions legends, it was the last performance of the season in SPL Veteran league with the end of the season 7 aside tournament followed by the award ceremony. We had a great squad and motivation was high to try and win the tournament. Our strategy was laid out by the coach and we all agreed clean sheets first as matches were just 12 minutes each so to concede first it would be the end of the glory !

  • We won our first match 1-0 by a great strike of Kevin who gladly made his come back after falling ill a few months ago !
  • In our second game we did manage our clean sheet but we failed to score !
  • Our third match would be the decider to make it to the final match we were up against the Cowboys a solid 7 aside experienced local team. We did play well and got most of the possession and had a brilliant combination in midfield setting up Laid to tip in the goal but just one big Chinese toe stood in the way to block it ! in the last 30 seconds we give the ball away by accident and the Cowboys took the gift 1-0 loss.
  • For the rest of the tournament we just enjoyed the friendship with other teams and players in the league as its amazing to see so many players of over 35 still enjoy the game of football !

 

SPL VeteranSo our Legends won the SPL V league this season as you can see from the standing it was very very hard this year ! It was a great performance which came down to the last match against Japan which they needed to win and the Lions had enough to draw it was 1-1 in the end ! ! Amazing team performance ! So we picked up the Cup but also two more awards. Top scorer of the SPL V was Bob with 17 goals ! As well best goalie award which of course will be for both Pascal and Clement !

 

Every year will be harder and harder to win this Championship as the level of the Veteran League is getting better and better ! So we will try to keep the title next season ! See you all at the training during the summer at Century Park !

 

Cheers
Freek

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