Shanghai Lions FC has offered to take over Century Park youth teams from 15-19 years old


Dear Parents & Players,

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

We are already excited for the new season in August !


Sportive Greetings

Freek, Shanghai Lions FC President
Azzeddine, Shanghai Lions FC Head Coach

Lions website broke the 2 million hits mark



2 million hits

Our website has been one of our key success factors of the last couple of years. We designed it by ourselves 4 years back with the help of Francois & Maxime. Actually it started to become the “heartbeat” of the Lions as it was actively being used by our players but also by people from all over the world who showed interest in our club as well people who like to find out what is the status of football in China. That we surpassed the 2 million hits mark in such a short time proves the importance of the site. It’s a great tool for sponsors like Ajisen to get their name out in China and in the rest of the world. We will continue to make our website better and better and would like to thank our users for their support !

We hope everybody keeps visiting our site and we are looking forward to break the 5 million hits in the future !

Freek, Shanghai Lions FC President

It was a great Lions weekend



[ Veteran ] Shanghai Lions FC 2 – 0 Welsh Bellies

On Sunday morning the Legends came in action against a tough opponent the Welsh Bellies who for the occasion had brought 23 players ! We had a strong squad despite the fact that we had some key players missing. Four players made their debut Vincent Delangle, Vincent Billiard, Rosie & Ben !

We started strong and kept the ball into our possession despite the difficult pitch ! The Bellies strategy was long balls to their fast striker but our defense was alert.  A misjudged long ball put Bob alone in front of the keeper and he didn’t hesitate to score the 1-0 for us.

In the second quarter we lost our shape and midfield for a while and the Bellies took more possession without being very dangerous. We started to play more on the counter and Fred was launched on the left he made it into the box and was tripped just as he wanted to cross in. Our captain didn’t hesitate to claim the ball and shot the penalty in the right top corner.

In the third quarter we decided to defend our lead and left only Rosie on top. He did great and got a few opportunities to make it 3-0 !

In the last 20 minutes the Bellies came close as their best player (72) sliced thru our midfield and also our defense however Pascal threw his whole body weight into the shot and made a great save.

The Beer tasted good afterwards as we knew that we were back on top of the SPL V ! Great Job Legends !

[ SPL Cup ] Shanghai Lions FC 4 – 0 Century Park FC

In the afternoon we had to play our SPL Cup quarter final against Century Park FC who ended second in the league this season ! Before the game it didn’t look good for the Lions as from the 17 on the YES list, players were dropping out last minute…

However the Lions on the field quickly decided to go for it and showed a great game of football. After 15 minutes Felix went on a rampage starting on the left and by passing three defenders on the way. His low strike was too much for the CP FC goalie and we took the lead. Soon after it was Tomas who with full speed out ran the youngsters of CP FC and he laid off the ball to Azz who just had to walk it in to make it 2-0 ! The misery for CP FC didn’t end here as now its was Radouane who scored after a great move of Tomas. Just before half time CP FC got a penalty which never was one in the first place but Dim in fine form stopped !

We started the second half 3-0 up and could play on the counter surely we could have scored one or two more goals. CP FC created more chances but our defense with Fabi, Jack, Benji, Hunter (Azz for 15 minutes) & Dim proved too much ! As icing on the cake Azz scored his second of the day to make the final score 4-0.

It was a great team performance !

As we are in the semi final of the SPL Cup lets all come to the training on Tuesday!


[SIFL News] Round 26 – Games played on 13 May 2017


Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC clinch Premier League Championship.


Shanghai Cosmos wins First Division Championship.


Shanghai Vikings FC promoted to Premier League.


Premier League

First Division

  • Shanghai Cosmos 2-1 Shanghai Vikings FC
  • Kangbei United FC 2-2 Long Tang AFC
  • Voodoo Child 1-2 Voodoo

Premier League

Azzurri FC faced the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. A win would crown the Shooters SIFL Champions so they left nothing to chance. 

In their way was an Azzurri side who thought they could spoil the celebrations and a ReU side acting as Italian cheerleaders for the day. As usual a proper game ensued; lots of tackles, lots of energy and great football too. 

Deeming himself unsafe to be close to anyone the grand dictator Zippy (#19) banished himself to the opposite touchline from everyone else to bark his instructions/insults in isolation. Wilson Scott hobbled off and Loic Chudy soon after him as they both sacrificed their legs for the Shooter cause in a frantic half. 

Eventually the deadlock broke around the 30-minute mark. Gui ‘game changer’ Leclercq lived up to his self-given title and channeling his inner Zlatan met a Mike McGirr corner with an acrobatic volley into the far corner. The half ended 0-1 to the Shooters.

In the second half, the Shooters went out knowing they were now really close. The belief showed as they took control of the game and started a full-scale assault on the Azzurri box. Eventually the pressure told and as is becoming now usual a penalty was given for handball in the box. 

Kevin Wiessler stepped up, but although blasting it well it was too close to keeper Alex Zhao, who palmed it out with a strong hand. The Azzurri got some belief back and ReU got the pom poms out. 

Wiessler picked himself up though and soon after found himself one on one, having been slipped through by Stefan Sturm. This time he made no mistake and slotted home to double the Shooters lead to 0-2. The Shooters looked in firm control now and it seemed like it was all over. 

However the men in blue didn’t give up and the Shooters love doing things the hard way. First a clearance on the left was smashed straight into a teammate and into the path of Guillermo Santamaria, who put it into the corner of the net for 1-2.

A fifth penalty in two games was then given (again handball in the box) and can be crowned the worst decision of the five, but Javier Turull (#21) made no mistake evening out the score at 2-2

Shooters now could have sh*t themselves and caved, but they showed the belief they have had all season and instead went all out to win the game. Two minutes from time pops up Benoit Doche (middle below) who smashed the ball into the net on what he called “an impossible angle” for 2-3. 

The Shooters went mental, the Italians were defeated and Shooters were Champions! Mayhem ensued; the Shooter bus will never be the same again and the Big Bamboo is lucky to still be one piece. With his championship goal, Benoit Doche picked up man of the match honors. 

After five long years the Shooters are back on top. A big compliment to ReUnited for running the Shooters close and the Azzurri for a great game. CAMPEONES, CAMPEONES, OLE, OLE, OLE! Well done boys, congratulations great team effort. 

Shanghai ReUnited were pitted against the Shanghai Krauts FC. ReUnited went into the game knowing only a win would do to put some pressure on to the Shooters before their game with Azzurri. 

ReUnited were comfortable throughout the ninety minutes and the pressure they put onto a shaky Krauts defense led to a complete collapse for them as ReU entered the break 5-0 up. 

ReU’s debutant Denis Arych opened the scoring with a spectacular volley from twenty-five yards and from then on it was a bit of a procession. 

A Mandela first half hattrick, a fine goal from Adam Kling and another long-range strike from Arych in the second half completed the scoring for a 6-0 ReUnited win. 

Mandela picked up man of the match honors. Afterwards ReU settled down to watch the Azzurri and Shooters game and although the Italian team fought valiantly, it was not to be for ReU as the title race was lost to the Shooters.

Shanghai Japan FC crossed swords with the Shanghai Lions FC. Japan were determined to get a result against the champions of previous season. 

Japan’s fast combination play confused the Lions a great deal while the Lions were unable to find any holes in the tight Japan defense. 

Japan’s dominance resulted in the only goal of the first half sending Japan up 1-0 after 45mins of football.

In the second half, the Lions tried to do something back but Japan simply outpaced them and continued to find the net. 

The Lions did get a consolation goal by David Hunter but Japan scored three more for a final 4-1 Japan win. 

Tomoyuki Hirai (2) and Hiroki Kato (2) scored the goals (below with David Hunter). Yasutomo Toyofuku picked up man of the match honors. 

Shanghai 3United clashed with a revamped FC Oranje squad at the early time slot. Oranje was coming off a smashing of Japan two weeks earlier, while 3United had also beaten Japan in the SIFL Cup semi-finals the weekend before. 

Oranje was fired up after their first win of the season and 3United was hoping to further their win streak despite missing a few starting players. During the first half, it was Oranje who had the upper hand and within 10mns created several bankable chances. 

Their offense was continually exploiting holes in the 3U defense and midfield throughout the half and resulted in the first goal of the game at around the 15-minute mark. 

After a 3U free kick, the ball ended up at Berto Mose in the Oranje half. He quickly overran the midfield then launched Manual Troconis over the right flank. Troconis made the backline and crossed the ball in the box to Mose who half volleyed it in at the far post taking a 0-1 Oranje lead. 

3United reacted well and 5mins later saw Joe Williams earn a penalty which Nick Law clinically saw into the left corner of the goal evening out the score at 1-1. Soon after Oranje also earned a penalty but keeper Jonny Sumner spectacularly saved their effort and even it stayed. 

Oranje kept up the pressure and from a fluent attack Mubanga Vwalika played the ball to Tank Zhang (below) who set himself up for a one on one and slotted home with a low drive retaking the lead for Oranje at 1-2 and that’s how an entertaining first 45mins of football ended. 

In the second half, 3United finally found some structure and teamwork and became the dominant force of the two teams. But despite having most of the possession and momentum, they struggled to create anything dangerous in front of goal. 

Oranje was still pushing to solidify their lead and were awarded another penalty after a handball in the box. Keeper Sumner saved Oranje’s second effort as well at 1-2 it stayed. 

It gave 3United momentum for a final push into the tight orange box. Oranje started defending with all they had subbing along the way playing the clock. 

In the 88th minute 3U’s determination finally yielded. A ball won in the Oranje defense made it’s way to the midfield and reached Nick Law at the edge of the box. Law didn’t hesitate, turned the ball with his first touch and rocketed a shot into the top right corner to even the score line at 2-2. 

Despite a frantic few seconds the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Oranje’s Tank Zhang (above with Berto Mose, Nick Law & Tom Bus) and 3U’s keeper Jonny Sumner picked up man of the match honors. 

Oranje took to Cages to celebrate match #588, 4 points and 6 goals in the last 2 fixtures to end the season on a positive note. The boys won the Third-Half@Cages as well. Oranjeboom was there!

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos were scheduled to play the Shanghai Vikings FC. A win or tie would seal the Championship for Cosmos. However, they were very anxious about the possibility of a 27-goal swing, which would hand the title to Vikings. 

A nervy start by a new look Cosmos back four, including One Direction’s Harry Handley, who Jasper had proudly proclaimed he ‘groomed’ all season. Interpret that how you please!

On 28 minutes, the breakthrough came. Ant Spark opened the scoring with a cracking right footed drive from a Conor Maye cross for 1-0, giving him a story tell his grandchildren when he sees them in the summer.

Just before halftime, Adam Stringer made it 2-0 when a great Jordan Campbell flick found Maye who crossed for Stringer to finish at the second attempt. Leaving him just a few goals short of topping the Cosmos scoring chart, currently held by his biggest fan Jordan Campbell. 

In the second half, the Vikings were more determined than ever to swing the goal difference in their favor and had the better of the exchanges. 

They had to wait until the final ten minutes when they were awarded a penalty to make it 2-1 via a Stefan Soegaard spot kick conversion. A nervous end was played out and the game ended 2-1. Man of the match honors went to Harry Handley

Knowing Cosmos had secured the title, stand in coach Conor Maye lead the celebrations and traditional punishment Fireball shots at Tap House. 

Andy Wiles, making his season debut, didn’t do well, following shots for first appearance, full kit wanker, still wearing his shin pads at 7pm, being from Coventry. Doesn’t matter, Cosmos are champions!!!

Voodoo Child were paired to Voodoo on derby day. For the Voodoo it didn’t get off to a great start with the Minister of Transport confounded by a rogue bus driver meaning that 90% of players made it to the pitch with seconds to spare. 

For VC, a win would keep them in with a slim chance of finishing in the top two and therefore going up. As such VC went into the game with many injured souls returning to action.

It was Voodoo Child who started the brighter of the sides, with their patented passing game splitting the Voodoo midfield as if it was the bill for their girlfriend experiences on the recent VC tour to Bangkok. 

Chances were at a premium, as you might expect from a 1pm kickoff in the Shanghai heat and both teams lined up in a 4-5-1 formation, and it had all the excitement of a tax return until Jack ‘Nice Swan’ Webster took the game by the scruff of the neck and laid on a pass that has already gone down in club folklore. 

Jonny White was on hand to tap it in after the hard work from the Wirral Pogba and Voodoo had drawn first blood taking a 0-1 lead. That put them at ease and they added another before the interval thanks to Ben ‘I don’t lose derbies’ Avery who used his boss eyes to boss effect in sending King Lear (below) the wrong way and 0-2. 

The only hope for VC came with the introduction of Sam ’Jesus’ France after four months lost in the wilderness seeking inspiration while nursing an ankle injury. 

The second half began much better for VC with Ned Kelly (below with new trainee for illegal outback activities) through on goal only to slice wide and another near miss for Kelly came after good work from a Jesus cut back. 

The Child had the better of the second half with the man they call Jesus rising like, well, Jesus to head in getting a goal back at 1-2. Jesus: “Get lost, seek inspiration and score!”

But they could not turn their superior league position into an equalizer and 1-2 it finished before the club cemented its reputation as the only club to have an open-top bus tour for finishing in third and fourth. Voodoo’s Mike Wrynne picked up man of the match honors. 

Well done to Kam for his organization and inspirational team talks throughout a highly successful season for VC. Kam: “We gave Voodoo a little lift for the cup semi game next week.”

Kangbei United FC did battle with Long Tang AFC in a Chinese derby. The game got underway with both teams making their offensive intentions clear. Chances came and went but both sides were in balance and got on the score sheet once for a 1-1 tie at halftime. 

In the second half more of the same as both squads found the net once. The match ended in a 2-2 stalemate with both teams sharing the spoils. 

Jiangang Sun and Nianhui Cheng scored the Kangbei goals. Guodong Jing and Jun Wu scored for Long Tang. Kangbei’s Siwei Ren and Long Tang’s Jun Wu picked up man of the match honors. 


Shanghai International Football League


Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.

Tom Bus


The SPL Mini World Cup was a big success


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 !


Happy Freek

Lions lose 4-1 in their last SIFL 16/17 game



[ SIFL ] Japan FC 4 – 1 Shanghai Lions FC

Earlier this season, the Japanese team ended up our tittle’s hope with a poor draw performance which trigger a series of unusual defeats. For this last SIFL game of season 2016/2017, the expectation was to crush the “poor” Japanese aiming to finish this difficult season on a positive note. It was also the last game of our young goalie, Riccardo Cuda, whom for the occasion has been given the captainship.

We started the game on our traditional 4-3-3 with Romain & Fabi in the back but our light warm-up paid its tribute as we struggled to get pass the midfield with a good pressing from our opponents. After a few alerts, Japanese striker finished us off after a Gerard’s slipping from Romain. We brought fresh blood after 30 mn with the entry of Rosie and Kevin and game leveled off with few opportunities of both side. 1-0 for Japan at half-time.

In 2nd half, we decided to play a little more direct to avoid Japan’s pressing in the midfield. Unfortunately, Japan scored quickly another goal by the inevitable and talented Hirai… From this moment, we finally started to play a little better and David Hunter in his excellent box to box quality reduced the scored. As we were pushing for the equalizer, we depleted our defensive line and conceded another 2 goals from a header and a long range lucky shot.

Now that season is over, it will be time soon for analysis and we will need to discuss what’s our plan for next year.

In the meantime, we still have training and few important games to play such a Veteran game against Welsh Bellies & SPL Cup game against Century Park next Sunday.

Lions Management Team


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Lions clinched their 11th SPL title



[ SPL ] Shanghai Marlins FC 2 – 2 Shanghai Lions FC

It was a beautiful and memorable day for the Lions yesterday ! We played on a perfect pitch and the scene was set we needed to get one point against our old rival the Marlins to clinch the SPL title. A loss would have put the title race out of our hands. We had a large squad and that proved to be a valuable asset on the day as it was close to 30 degrees. The strategy was to keep the clean sheet as long as we could and focus was on defense first.

In the first minute Azzeddine made him self free on the left and saw Terao-san asking for the ball on the edge of the box. People were shouting to him to shoot and that’s exactly what he did as with an unbelievable strike the ball flew in the top corner. It left the Marlins stunned as this was not supposed to happen in their game plan. This boost lifted our spirit and for the Marlins they needed to come more forward. It helped us to be dangerous on the breaks and we scored our second after a nice build from the midfield it was Tomas who had the honor to finish it off 2-0 for the Lions. Soon we ran into trouble as Fabi who was already on a yellow early in the game tripped a Marlin players just inside the box and they converted the penalty to make it 2-1.

It was the half time score and we decided to put some fresh legs in the squad. In the second half the Marlins pressed harder and were dangerous on the flanks with many balls in. The Marlins striker, Gui, was a permanent threat and gave Jack and Francois a handful of problems. When he scored the equalizer with 15 minutes to go it become nerve wrecking for all our supporters family and friends who came to watch. High balls kept flying into our box but Fabi, Jack and Francois cleared most of them and if they didn’t clear Dim our goalie was there to rescue the team. The last chance for the Marlins came by a free kick on the edge of the box but their effort went wide. The final whistle came as a relief and now it was time to celebrate ! Champagne was opened and we took a great Championships picture.

We won our 11th SPL title out of 13 seasons quite amazing to be honest. This year it was hard because some key players left China and we had a smaller squad however we ended the season unbeaten which a great achievement. We also scored plenty of goals 75 to be exact ! With Felix topping our chart.

A big thank you to Dave and Garret who took care of the team during the season and did a great job and last but not least a big thank you to Azzeddine who always inspire us to play better and try harder. The training on Tuesday organized by him is the key to our success.

Last but not least it was our Lions spirit which carried our team yesterday. So many legends family and friends came to support its was amazing !

Very happy and proud to be part of the Lions Family !

Lets all come to the training on Tuesday ! We play our last game in the SIFL against Japan on Saturday !

Very happy Freek

SPL Standings

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Shanghai Lions Football ClubShanghai Lions FC 14 11 3 0 73 15 58 36
2 Century Park FC 13 10 2 1 54 7 47 32
3 Shanghai Marlins FC 12 9 2 1 69 20 49 29
4 Etoile Rouge de Shanghai 13 7 0 6 43 30 13 21
5 Japan FC 13 3 3 7 29 33 -4 12
6 FC Shanghai Super 48 13 3 3 7 29 74 -45 12
7 Shanghai Krauts 14 2 3 9 32 71 -39 9
8 AVL Galacticos 14 0 0 14 17 96 -79 0

[SIFL News] Round 25 – Games played on 06 May 2017

SIFL Cup Semis

  • Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 2-5 Azzurri FC
  • Shanghai 3United (above) 3-1 Shanghai Japan FC

First Division

  • Shanghai Cosmos 1-1 Voodoo Child 1-1
  • Shanghai Tianfu FC 4-1 Kangbei United FC

SIFL Cup Semis

The Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC locked horns with Azzurri FC. Two teams high on confidence arrived to face off in the SIFL Cup semi. That confidence took a bit of knock as they both lined up on a pitch that had somehow managed to only to lose more grass and grow more holes over the holiday break. 

As the game started the Azzurri took it to the Shooters with balls over the top stretching the back three. A long ball in the box cannoned onto a defender’s arm and the ref didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot. Nick Velani converted the ensuing penalty taking a 0-1 Azzurri lead.

Azzurri came close to a second soon after as Javier Turull’s header had to be cleared of the line by Simon Moore. The Shooters picked their momentum as the half wore on though and went after the Azzurri, who were tiring, however they couldn’t create any clear openings. Halftime came with score stuck at 0-1. 

Shooters felt the momentum was with them as they started the second half with the same intensity as the end of the first. However the Azzurri got their second as another cross hit the arm of another Shooter defender for another penalty. 

Javier Turull smashed in the spot kick for 0-2. Shooters now had a really tough battle to back into a game but they kept going though and soon enough got their opening; one of their shots hit an Azzurri defender on the arm. Mike McGirr scored the third penalty of the game for 1-2 and Shooters feeling the come back was on and stepped it up another gear. 

Sure enough finally the ball looped out of the Azzurri box to Shooter Steven Fong who hit it on the volley with his left foot straight in the top corner for 2-2. Shooters went wild and the game went to extra time.

The Azzurri were knackered and the Shooters were confident they could finish them off. The first few minutes of extra time it looked like it was going to happen, but the Azzurri defended with everything and found the reserves to get themselves back in the game in. 

First Guillermo Santamaria turned his defender and set up Kwame to tap in for 3-2. Soon after Santamaria scored himself picking up the ball and going on a solo run before finishing nicely for 4-2. 

The Shooters tried in vain for another come back, but Guillermo Santamaria finished off the game as he scored once again in the last minutes latching on to a long ball over the top. The game finished 5-2 with Santamaria picking up man of the match honors. On June 10, Azzurri will face Shanghai 3United in the final. 

The men in blue were in a buoyant mood and took to Cages where winning ways continued as they also picked up a rare Third-Half@Cages victory. 

Shanghai 3United climbed the SIFL cup ladder to reach the penultimate stage versus Shanghai Japan FC in their semifinal clash. Japan had come out on top in their past two league games but 3United was ready to end that losing streak as well as to make history and make it to the cup final.

The match started at a fast pace right out of the starting gates. Japan were using their overlapping runs and two touch football to try and find a hole in the 3U defense, while 3U was pressuring hard down the wings looking for a dangerous opening. 

The intensity continued to ratchet up during the first half and at about 30mins in finally resulted in the first goal. Leo Kwon received the ball just outside the Japan box, touched past one defender then turned another two entering the box looking for a shot opportunity. 

Kwon was then fouled and a penalty was what followed. Nick Law converted the spot kick taking a 1-0 3U lead. Play continued to go from one end of the field to the other with 3United seeing some dangerous chances but when the halftime whistle blew, the score remained 1-0.

In the second half, 3United continued their excellent team display, dominated the midfield and cleared all Japan attacks. At the hour mark, Amine Hammadi got the ball to Nick Law who struck it sweetly from 35 meters out as it sailed in the top corner for 2-0. 

Soon afterwards, Hammadi popped a short lob into the Japan box where Josh Chilean was waiting to send it into the corner of the goal to increase 3U’s lead to 3-0.  

Despite being down by three goals, Japan did not relent and in the last minute of the game, Yosuke Tokuyama was able to net a header off a cross into the top corner for a consolation goal. The contest ended with a 3-1 score line. Joe Williams picked up man of the match honors.

A well-deserved victory for 3United and with this win they advance to the SIFL Cup final for the first time in club history where they will face Azzurri FC. 

First Division 

Shanghai Cosmos did battle with Voodoo Child with the Championship at stake. So it was no surprise that the entire Cosmos squad were available for this one, including Pac Siddiqi and Shoeless Andy Wiles. 

In contrast, Voodoo Child had upped the mind games prior to the game with claims that their squad was depleted. VC showed up with the usual suspects and most noticeably a new keeper called Simon Lear. 

Almost immediately after kick off, it became clear that VC were happy to soak up pressure and hit Cosmos on the break. Cosmos carved out chance after chance, with Jordan Campbell hitting the post, Jonny Sellars heading towards the top corner and Jack Greenwell wasting a one on one. Cosmos simply couldn’t find a way past VC’s towering new goalkeeper Simon Lear.

The breakthrough came on 40 minutes when Simon the Giant saved Campbell’s initial shot allowing Adam Stringer to follow up for 1-0. The biggest Cosmos crowd since last season’s cup final, including an animated Cardboard Carl, erupted on the sidelines. 

The celebrations were short lived. On the stroke of halftime, VC picked up a free kick just inside the Cosmos half where Jonny White delivered a great ball for Ben Avery to prod home for 1-1 and that’s how the first 45 minutes ended. 

Cosmos began to tire the second half and the introduction of a number of subs created further chances for Campbell, Stringer and Greenwell. However, King Lear had other ideas. 

With 15 to play the Cosmos launched another attack. Stringer raced down the left and played a low ball into the box. A few players made contact and the ball bounced over the keeper. The Cosmos army erupted for a second time, but the celebrations were muted again when King Lear hand clasped the ball on the goal line and 1-1 it stayed. 

Still convinced that totaalvoetbal is the answer, Verdam resurrected the Libero role for the final ten minutes. Of course, this lead to chaotic Cosmos defending, a contentious disallowed goal for VC and keeper Criss Kang making a brilliant save. 

VC then had a great opportunity to snatch the game from Cosmos, with some great work down the right by Ben Avery. He knocked the ball across to Doto Pandam who had it at his feet with the goal open but then decided to take a break as he played more than his customary seven minutes. 

This didn’t deter Verdam with his lovely gazelle like moves and there was still time for him to win it. On the edge of the box, he lifted the ball over a defender and with the Championship for the taking the effort ended with an air-kick. 

One all it finished. Jasper Verdam (above) picked up man of the match honors in his last match for Cosmos as he is moving back to Europe.  Good luck in Sweden mate! 

Verdam: “Yesh it was my last match, we earned a point and the Championship coz no way Vikings gonna score 27 goals in 2 games. Job done-total football all the way!” 

VC have snatched two points from Cosmos this season and are already looking forward to the derby versus Voodoo coming Saturday. 

Tactical genius Kam: “We will bring all stars and come with all guns blazing to give Voodoo a whooping they deserve, we are just better.”

Cosmos v Voodoo Child match statistics:

Shanghai Tianfu FC crossed swords with Kangbei United FC. Kangbei enjoyed a strong first half with determined play. Their effort yielded as hit man Jackson Katta was there to score sending Kangbei up 0-1 at halftime. 

In the second half, the roles reversed when Tianfu finally found their groove and were all over Kangbei’s tight box. Their dominance led a flurry of goals by Jinqi Sheng, Xiaorong Wu (2) and Xiwei Wang. The match ended 4-1 to Tianfu with Xiaorong Wu picking up man of the match honors. 


Shanghai International Football League


Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.

Tom Bus

[SIFL News] Round 24 – Games played on 22 Apr 2017

* Shanghai Cosmos (above) promoted to Premier League
* Jordan Campbell scores 5!

* Shanghai United & FC Oranje relegated

Premier League

First Division

  • Shanghai Cosmos 13-2 Long Tang AFC
  • Happy FC 1-4 Shanghai Vikings FC
  • Voodoo Child 3-1 Anzacs FC 3-1
  • Shanghai Tianfu FC 1-6 Voodoo

Premier League 

The Shanghai Lions FC faced the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. The Lions showed up with a strong squad to try and stop the Shooters unbeaten run in what is now the fourth time these teams have met this season. 

The game started and moved quickly from end to end. The Shooters were always looking the more dangerous and Mike McGirr broke the deadlock nicely heading a cross from Wilson Scott into the far corner for 0-1 and that’s how a tight half ended.

The next goal was always going to be important and the Shooters got it soon after the restart. Wilson Scott showed some neat skill to go round the Lions left back before putting it on a plate for Stefan Sturm to side foot home with virtually his first touch of the ball for 0-2. 

Their lead was increased minutes later as Wilson Scott helped on a corner swung into the near post. The Lions keeper kicked the header attempting to clear it rebounded off a defender straight into the goal for 0-3. 

The Shooters were in firm control but the Lions kept fighting though and with 10mins to go nearly got themselves back into it. 

First Simon Spangenberg volleyed in a flick on from a free kick for 1-3 before Azzeddine Takouloufa converted a 20 yard free kick to make it 2-3. 

The Shooters held firm though and saw out the game to take all three points with Wilson Scott picking up man of the match honors. 

John Jofre, Chris Banyard, Mike McGirr and Roland Broughton are edging nearer to the first Shooters Championship in years. 

Benoit Doche: “We will be champions soon and that’s because this season were are the best team, Im so ‘appy I could dance.”

Azzurri FC did battle with Shanghai ReUnited. After about 15mins in, ReUnited had their stand-in keeper sent off when he handled the ball outside the box trying to clear a chip by the Azzurri striker. 

From that moment on it was always going to be a struggle for ReUnited. Azzurri scored quickly afterwards via a Guillermo Santamaria strike taking a 1-0 lead and they doubled the score when Anti Hintsanen found the net for 2-0 just before halftime. 

ReUnited responded positively in the second period and if they had converted one of their chances at the beginning of the half, they could have gotten back into to the game to turn things around. 

The game ended 2-0 with Guillermo Santamaria picking up man of the match honors. With this win Azzurri jumped the Lions in the standings and moved to fourth spot. 

With 10 men for most of the match it was just a too big a mountain to climb for ReUnited and their title hopes took a huge blow with this defeat. The Azzurri took to Cages to celebrate their win and met up with the orange crew for a thrilling Third-Half@Cages!

Above: Azzurri goal scorers Anti Hintsanen and Guillermo Santamaria. Andrea Speranza: “We should be leading the charts as no one played better than us recently.”

Shanghai Japan FC locked horns with FC Oranje. The Dutch took to the field with keeper number nine this season; Lolo Barranco. The team was further strengthened with a lethal striker.

The Oranje keeper was being tested from the get go and had to make a great save in the opening phase when Tomoyuli Hirai was played free on the right for a one on one.  Keeper Barranco kept his goal clean and that inspired the Dutch greatly. Something was brewing. 

At the half hour mark, Mubanga Vwalika beat the Japan offside trap and moved in the box for a one on one. In a last ditch effort to keep his goal clean the Japan stand-in keeper took out the ball and the striker as well and a penalty was what followed. 

Berto Mose stepped up and converted the spot kick taking a 0-1 Oranje lead. A reversal of fortunes for the men in orange as they suddenly found themselves one nil up instead a goal down. 

Aaron Breeds then seemed to score but it was ruled offside. He was not going to be denied the second time though as Mubanga got him the ball on the left. Breeds went passed a defender then took a shot that found the net doubling the Dutch score to 0-2 and that’s how an entertaining half ended. 

In the second half, Japan put more men on the midfield forward pressing Oranje’s back four and after about 15mins their pressure yielded when they worked the ball in the back of the net. However it was ruled offside as well and 0-2 it stayed. 

Japan’s pressing left them somewhat exposed at the back and Oranje capitalized on that via a quick counter. Mubanga played the ball to Mose on the left who slotted home at the near post for 0-3. 

Mose then got the ball a few meters outside the box on the left, he took a look at the keeper and curled the ball at the far post for 0-4 completing his hattrick (below). 

With a minute on the clock Coach took the field. Japan promptly scored a consolation goal when Hirai lined up behind a free kick on the left just outside the box. He shot it perfectly over the wall at the near post and determined a final 1-4 score line. 

Oranje’s Tank Zhang picked up man of the match honors with amazing control on difficult pitch. Below: Berto Mose, Tank Zhang, Tomoyuki Hirai & Aaron Breeds. Tank: “I’m the tallest.”

The victory meant the mother of all streaks was finally broken. A 300% jump from the nil, the biggest gain made on the day. Reasons for massive celebrations as the Oranje franchise ushered in a new age orange dawn.

Winning ways continued a few days later as the Oranje Latino combination clinched the first ever Cages 4v4 Silver Cup. Moises Merida, Tom Bus, Jeroen van Zanden and Luis Narino. Bus: “OK not gold but I can tell you there is nothing wrong with my hands there is absolutely no problem there.”

It was also the first time in SIFL history that both Cages teams recorded victories in the Premier League. All took to the pub for the legendary Third-Half@Cages. Guess who won? Oranjeboom was there!

The Cages 4v4 Gold Cup final was being contested by T10 (blue) and Ola with T10 captained by Willem Wolleswinkel winning the final 7-5. 

Wolleswinkel (above left): “My middle name is Van Basten and T10 were simply the best in the first ever Cages 4v4”.

Shanghai 3United locked horns with Shanghai United. The first half was a battleground of physicality, high-speed winds, uneven patches of hard ground and a myriad of attacks launched against both defensive lines. 

Both teams were eager to get a first half goal but it just wasn’t written in the stars. Both teams created chances but neither side were able to convert and the half ended with a 0^0 spectacle score. 

In the second half, 3United came out dominating, consistently defending and pushing through the United ranks. Around the 60th minute, Armando Chiu was finally able to break the stalemate when he shot a short corner towards goal that spun in for a 1-0 3U lead. 

United found a second wind after conceding the goal and for the next ten minutes really tested the 3U midfield and backline looking for the equalizer. 

However, the 3U defense was solid and cleared all offensive threats. With 15mins to play the momentum of the game tipped back to 3United. 

Kenny Barnabee received a loose ball in the box and left footed a grounding ball into goal for 2-0 to seal 3United’s lead and that’s how the match ended. Derek Yesionowski (below) picked up man of the match honors. 

With this win 3U have secured Premier League presence for next season. Yesionowski: “All the hard work to stay competitive in a higher division is rewarded filling the squad with elation and pride.”

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos were pitted against Long Tang AFC. Cosmos came into this game wary of Long Tang’s recent good form and knowing that a win would seal promotion. 

Long Tang’s squad of approximately 28 could have startled Cosmos’ nerves. However, Jordan Campbell’s pure hattrick inside 14mins settled the nerves, with the pick of the three a clever chip over the outrushing keeper and a 3-0 Cosmos lead. 

After Jonny Sellars’ brilliant fourth – a spin and first time finish on the edge of the box, his simple headed fifth and an epic 40-yard own goal, Cosmos found themselves 6-0 up after 40mins.  

Cosmos went into halftime knowing that the game should be safe, despite captain Jasper Verdam (#5) voicing his dissatisfaction about Cosmos not living up to his totaalvoetbal expectations. 

In the second half, Cosmos veteran and former manager, Chris Colman, was brought on to captain the Cosmos in his final game before moving back to Europe. Best wishes mate! 

However, it was 55-year-old Ant Spark’s pace down the right that proved the difference early on and his cross found Campbell for 7-0. Shortly after, Criss Kang’s lack of activity was put to the test and he came out second best, giving Long Tang something to celebrate at 7-1.

Striker Adam Stringer spent much of the game praying to Elvis to give him a goal. His prayers were answered after 55mins, when he met Jonny Sellars cross for 8-1 and then Conor Maye’s pass for 9-1. 

Shortly after, the two remaining members of the Bogan Triumvirate were introduced and it didn’t take long for Shaun ‘B Rabbit’ Kastelijn to make an impact. Stringer’s ‘deity’ obviously told him not to be selfish and he turned provider for B Rabbit to make it 10-1. 

Coach and part time footballer, Ryan Morgan, played in Campbell for 11-1, before Tom ‘Hodor’ Morris, found the other bogan, Peter ‘Straight Red’ Bradford, for 12-1. 

Not content with his name not appearing on the score sheet, Jasper Verdam, gleefully headed into his own net for 12-2, proving he really is a ‘total footballer’. 

Maye then played in B Rabbit with his fifth assist of the game for a 13-2 final score. The only disappointment of the day was the lack of Fireball at the second home of the Cosmos, Yong Kang Lu Tap House. Man of the match honours went to Jordan Campbell with 5 goals!

Happy FC crossed swords with Shanghai Vikings FC. The Vikings left nothing to chance and prepped themselves well before the match. Once the game got underway the furry of the Vikings became evident.  

Adebowale Adewale found the net twice while Christopher Mitchell and Christopher Gumppenberg both scored once for a 0-4 Vikings lead at halftime. 

HFC regrouped somewhat in the second half and their defense denied further Vikings scoring. However they continued the scoring with an own goal. The match ended with a 1-4 score line. Adewale (#89) picked up man of the match honors. 

Shanghai Tianfu FC were pitted against Voodoo.  A late kick off meant that it could have all kicked off in the Shanghai heat but thankfully the Tianfu keeper threw the only punches. Even still it took 45mins for both sides to calm down and relax enough to play football instead of being a gang of bellends. 

The score at that point was 1-1 but those disappointed by the poor return on goals could console themselves with the number of bookings, drop-balls, and rash challenges from a fullback who was being egged on by the Vikings in full voice. 

Bad decisions (from every single player, the officials and the watching Vikings alike) had marred the first half but a chance to regroup and rethink saw Voodoo look more purposeful from the restart, creating chance after chance. In time the goals followed – five in the second half without reply for a 6-1 win. 

Olivier Courades, the third most French Frenchman on the pitch got a goal and two assists, Jack ‘The Sheriff’ Webster scored a goal of the season contender.  

There was a debut goal and assist for Smoggy Ryan Annandale and a debut yellow for Froggy Pierre Ferrand. Jonny White scored a hattrick that may have had a helping hand from one of the Tianfu keeper’s windmills. 

A good win at the end of the day but definitely a game of two halves. The less said about the first, the better. Xiwei Wang scored for Tianfu and Jonny White picked up man of the match honors. 

Voodoo Child were slotted against the Anzacs FC. VC were missing many injured souls including tactical genius Kam currently in Trumpland with his girlfriend advising on nutritional benefits of fast food. 

However a first for VC they started the game knowing exactly what they should be doing and no one had been offended in the pre-match team talk with all names being remembered – well done to Cossack it’s a tough act to follow. 

VC started brightly with Rob Thomas offering a great outlet down the right side and Kristian Larsen making his first voodoo start in three years. Thomas then picked up the ball just inside the Anzacs half and fed it to Santa who slotted it past the keeper for a 1-0 VC lead. 


Soon after Ned Kelly stepped up and delivered the most delightful ball to Tony Waygood who sweetly placed it in the bottom left corner for 2-0 and that’s how the first half ended. Another VC first at halftime – they were not lambasted for any individual fault. 

In the second half, VC struck again with Andy Rodriguez picking up a loose ball in the box and slotting it home for 3-0. VC were in control but then had a man sent off for a petulant kick and continued the contest with 10 men. 

The Anzacs started to build momentum while panic set in for VC in the final 40mins. The Anzacs then got a free kick just outside the box. Jon Banks lined up behind the ball and put it away getting a goal back at 3-1. 

This led to more panic from VC however with committed players such as Doto Pandan (fresh from Oakham Curry Club initiation) who just never gave up one can see that this team is not just poppadum thin! 

The last 15mins were full kitchen-sink tactics as the Anzacs threw everything at it but they couldn’t get the vital second goal. VC stood firm and saw the result through, not in the least by some great goalkeeping from the DanZak Queen. 

The match ended with a 3-1 score line with Tony Waygood picking up man of the match honors. The Anzacs ended up 5th in the standings while Voodoo Child will finish above Voodoo this season, bragging rights for the entire summer! 

As is tradition, the Anzacs went to back to the Grand Yard Bar and raised a glass in remembrance of Anzac Day-lest we forget!


Shanghai International Football League

Tom Bus

Lions beat the Krauts 5-1 to stay on top in the SPL


[SPL] Shanghai Krauts 1 – 5 Shanghai Lions FC

It was a perfect day with blue sky and 25 degrees and we played on a perfect pitch ! With Thomas Zitoun’s father as assistance coach we were all set. We played well in the first half the strategy was to pass the ball around and let the opponent chase the ball in the hot weather. The Lions took the lead by a penalty well taken by Thomas Z and soon doubled the score after a corner of Azz landed on Laid’s head. Terao who enjoyed having Six back in the squad saw his deflected shot going in to make it 3-0 just before half time. To start a second half with 3-0 up is always a bit of a let down. Our pace dropped and we couldn’t hold the ball for long. The Krauts had a few fast and physical forwards which kept us busy at the back. Dim had a few good saves which helped us. Tomas C scored the 4-0 after a good build up but the Krauts got a goal back. The final score was made by a blast from Azz 5-1 the game ended. The beers and the meat plates tasted good after the match.

We have one week break before we will play our most important last game of the season ! We will play the Marlins on May 7th ! We expect everybody to come to the training and stay focused !


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