After the tough defeat of last week, we had to wake up and show what we could do! We started the game with an experienced team. We soon got the control of the ball but unfortunately could not go close enough to score. Then, their striker suddenly got a ball outside of the box and shoot for the 1-0… The end of the first half continued to be sterile for us and we finished the first act 1 goal behind.
We proceeded to a few changes for the second half and came back on the pitch with more aggressively and more willingness to score! Our young Lion Matty came in to bring more speed and balls into the box. We soon came back to the score, thanks to Romain who benefited from a good work of Matty on the right side. We were pressing our opponent very high. A few minutes later, Laid received the ball, transmitted to Romain who found Azz on the left who perfectly opened his foot to adjust the keeper for the 2-1. On another high pressing, the Japanese team conceded a corner kick. Matty took it and Fabi smashed it in the goal for the 3-1. Finally, very thankful for the assist, Fabi perfectly launched Matty who lobbed the goal for the 4-1!
It was a good game, with a good result against a serious team. More than the result, we all played together and the whole squad participated!
For our first game of 2018, we were facing the Marlins on a beautiful sunny Sunday. Our opponents started full speed and before most of the team could even touch the ball, we conceded our first corner and our first goal… Marlins continued playing their game, attracting us and counter attacking very fast. A few minutes later, Wilson smashed a nice center from the left for the 2-0. Despite this handicap, we kept trying to play, pushing from the wings. Unfortunately, Wilson again, in the middle of 3 Lions, found a way to shoot for his second goal of the afternoon. 3-0 with only 3 shots was a difficult score…especially for a young team. We were late on most of the balls and the Marlins were more aggressive. Maybe too aggressive since Azz was tackled in the back and had to leave the pitch. As the half time was approaching we continued pushing. Dave had a free kick that was well stopped by their keeper. And a few minutes later, we had a penalty kick for a foul on Tevz in the box. Again, their keeper stopped Tomas‘ shoot…just before the half-time.
We operated a few changes for the second half and came back on the field with a positive attitude. We controlled the ball a little bit better and were pressing them a bit higher. The game was getting tougher and we conceded a few yellow cards. 10 minutes before the end of the game, Shingai got his second yellow card…leaving the team 10 vs 11. After a good combination in the box, they finally scored their 4th goal.
It is a tough defeat but we have to learn from it… See you all at the training on Tuesday to prepare the next game on Sunday against Japan!
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 !
Christmas is approaching fast and the leagues are coming to and for this year ! The SPL Santa Cup was there to end the season with some fun football ! A total of 18 teams from all over the world took part and it was great to see the Lions take part with the Young Lions and the Senior Lions and the Lions Legends !
Although we didn’t win the cup we enjoyed the great weather and great pitch and the matches ! As you can see from the pictures !
Lions, it was strange weather last Sunday as despite being close to December it was a summer day with a blue sky and 25 degrees. We were up against the Emerald (last year champion) who could keep us away from winning our 3rd SPL Veteran title in 4 years ! For that, we had to lose 17-0 and Emerald brought Fafa (SPL senior goal scorer of last season in their team) aiming to make it happen…
We started very good as we managed to block the attacks with solid defense and good saves from Laurent our stand in goalie ! James in fine form for the last couple of games even got a chance to give us the lead after a great pass from Thomas. Jerome got a yellow after he ended up in a scrum with his opponent but he stayed composed and disciplined for the rest of the game.
In the next 20 we got more possession and Emerald was less threatening Bob hit the cross bar with a powerful strike !
In the third twenty minutes it was a bit harder as Emerald has physical strong players and the battle in the midfield was fierce however our defense was strong and covered most of the attacks and Masa-san our right back was on fire winning all the headers and defended like a rock.
In the last 20 minutes we thought we had won the game when Bob went all alone one on one to the Emerald keeper however at the end he slowed down and so did his shot… it was an easy pick up for the keeper ! With 10 minutes to go disaster struck as by a corner Francois was pushed to the ground making Fafa a free man to score with a header from nearby the goal. It was harsh on us as a draw would be a fair result. Instead Fafa too fast for our older defenders made it 2-0 for Emerald.
Despite the loss we had smiles on our faces as we were Champions ! It was a tight race this season as Japan had equal points but our goal difference was 14 goals better at the end and Emerald ended two points behind us !
The beer tasted good after the match ! Well done Legends and thank you Pascal for coming out to watch the match !
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
Beautiful Sunday afternoon and the first game of the season on the JQ pitch to play MMFC.
With no keeper available, we started with Azz as goalie… We had the ball in the first half but we struggled to score. MMFC was proceeding in counter attacks with their fast forwards. A nice save of Azz on a 1 to 1 woke us up and Tevz finally delivered us. Despite a few more opportunities for us, we reached the half-time with only 1-0.
We needed more creativity! We decided to put Fred in the goal and have Azz on the field. Terao also came in to bring more intensity in the midfield. We immediately got opportunities but due to our lack of efficiency the score did not change. Finally, after an acceleration of Shingai, Kad let the ball pass for Azz who could finish for the 2-0! Unfortunately, MMFC team who was playing better and better, saw that we were struggling to score. They got confidence and forced us to play lower… On one of their fast attack, their right forward, on a nice ball behind our defense, reduced the score to 2-1. They kept attacking and a few minutes later, we were happy to see their striker kick the ball over our goal… On one of our attacks, Shingai got tackled in the box. Azz transformed the penalty kick for the 3-1. But our opponents kept attacking and after a good combination on the right wing, they could score with a soft ball after hitting the post for the 3-2. The game ended with another victory for us!! Our opponents played well and it reminds us that there’s no easy game!!!
Have a nice week and see you on Tuesday evening!
It was going to be a very hard game for the Legends against a super fit and fast Japan. Japan needed to win in order to have a chance to win the SPL Veteran Championship. For the Lions a win or a draw would be good ! We adjusted our tactics and played with 5 in the midfield and only Bob on top. Our aim was not to go 1-0 down early in the game and play our tactics as long as we could.
In the first 20 minutes it was hard as Japan fielded their best players but we stood up to the challenge. Clement had some fine saves and we ended it 0-0 according to our plan.
In the second 20 we got more opportunities and it was Laid with outside foot wonder strike giving us the lead ! Now it was easier for us as we had a cushion.
In the third 20 minutes we were the better side and unfortunately we lost Kevin due to an injury and we wish him a speedy recovery. However we needed some great saves from Clement again to keep us ahead.
In the last 20 we knew Japan would go all out to get the 2 goals they needed and they got one when a flew over the box rip on someone’s head and fall into our net ! Not much time left but it was still nerve wrecking. Our president who came in the last 5 minutes almost scored with a surprise lob but the keeper was alert ! The final whistle came as a relief for the Legends !
As we have one more match to go against the Emerald and only a 17-0 loss we keep us away from the title. Of course we will go for the win against them and have some nice beers after the match. Pascal our unfortunate injured keeper will come and watch the game to add to the celebration !
See you all next Sunday and of course Tuesday at the trainings !
It was a perfect day weather wise as the sky was blue and pollution was close to zero. We had a solid squad and were happy to have Clement to be stand in goalie after Pascal was so unfortunate to have snapped his Achilles the week before. Also it was good to see Thomas Gauthier back on the field after a long absence due to a knee operation !
Scotland started slow and we adjusted in the first 10 minutes to their game which was not our intention. However after we got awarded a penalty which Bob converted we started to play good football ! Bob scored his second and James, our birthday boy (46), scored a third. Of course 3-0 up in the first 20 minutes is a good result.
Scotland did cause us some problems as they managed a few times to get behind our defense but Clement made a good save and the Scottish didn’t finish the final ball on target. James scored a superb header after an excellent cross from Kevin. The Scots got one back which they deserved at the point of time and Kader who tried to shoot with his left foot and later with his right decided not to use his feet any longer scored with a nice header to make the final score 5-1 !
Time to celebrate and to have some beers with Max who came over after he completed the Shanghai Marathon in 4.28 in the morning !
Next Sunday we play Japan and we can clinch the tittle !
The standing after yesterdays games :
Lions 7 played 21 points + 42 goal difference
Japan 8 played 21 points + 26 goal difference
Emerald 8 played 18 points + 30 goal difference
Lets all come to the training and be ready for this weekend massive game against Japan!
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 !