Lions get their revenge against Japan

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[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 1 – 0 Japan FC

Beautiful windy Sunday on a nice WGQ pitch! We had a short but strong squad to get our revenge against the Japanese team who defeated us in the semi final of the cup back in June.
We had the wind against us in the first half and struggled to get in the Japanese box, turning around and taking our chance from too far to scare their keeper. Our opponents were proceeding with fast counter attacks but our defense was well in place. Despite a bar for the Japanese and a shoot from Amor, there were very few occasions in this first half.
We put more rhythm in second half and had several opportunities to score. Japanese were making more faults offering free kicks to Azz. After hitting the post, he had another opportunity 5 minutes before the end of the game, created by Tevz, at the entrance of the box. He did not miss it! A second win in a row, to be continued!

 

Be ready for the next game on Sunday, same time, same place, against the Kickers FC (new name for the Krauts).

 

Have a nice week!
Thomas Z.

2 Lions play against Chinese Olympic U20 in Dalian

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Lions,

Last weekend, Azz & Rad had the privilege to play in Dalian a friendly against Chinese Olympic U20 who are preparing for the Tokyo Olympics. Final score was 6-2 for Chinese Olympic Team.

Proud of you boys!!!

Young Lions beat the Dulwich Earthquakes 3-1

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[ YOUTH ] Shanghai Lions FC 3 – 1 Dulwich Earthquakes

It was perfect weather clean air and 22 degrees ! We had large squad and still some players missing who had other commitments !

We started the game well with everybody playing in their positions our idea was to defend first with everybody and play on counters. The result was that we got most of the possession and the Earthquakes couldn’t get into the game. We had plenty of chances in the first 30 minutes and should have gotten one or two penalties Till came close and Julia almost scored with a header. A slip up from the earthquakes defenders give Daiki the chance to open the score.

In the second half we brought on most of our substitutes and it was a bit more difficult to keep our shape. However on great counter it was Till this time who finished it off to give us a 2-0 lead. The Earthquakes did play better in the second half and possession was equal to both teams. With 15 minutes to go they took us by surprise with a long pass thru the middle and they made it 2-1. Now it was time to hold our nerves and stay composed we did just that and with a great pass from our side we launched Matthew who lobbed the ball over the out-coming keeper to seal our three points.

I liked the celebration of the third goal as it showed how badly we wanted to win which is great ! Big compliment to our rookie keeper Tim he made the save of the day with one finger after he gave the ball by accident to the Earthwquake striker !

 

Well done everybody and see you all on Wednesday !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions Legends beat Lions Youth 6-4 in a friendly match

[ Friendly ] Lions Legends 6 – 4 Lions Youth

Last Sunday it was what call real football weather ! Rainy and and a strong cold wind however it didn’t take away the importance of the Legend game versus our own youth team ! 14 Legends showed up and 18 Youth Players.

We played according to the SPL V format 4 x 20 minutes and in the first 20 minutes the youth showed their speed and hunger for goals however the Legends took a 2-0 lead. The youth got a goal back on a fast counter.

In the second 20 minutes the youth played their best football and the game was good entertainment for the parents who came out to watch ! goals on both ends from quick counters resulted in a 4-4 score line.

In the third twenty minutes the Legends took more and more possession and controlled the game but they failed to score.

In the last 20 minutes the youth tried their best but were running out of energy as the Legends kept passing the ball around and managed to score two goals to make the final score 6-4 !

Overall it was a very good experience for both the Legends and our Youth players we will surely organize a re-match in the near future !

We have training on Tuesday for the Seniors and Wednesday and Friday for our Youth !

This Saturday our Youth will play against Dulwich Earthquakes 14:00 kick off at Concordia & on Sunday Senior will play against Japan 13:00 kick off at SCSC.

 

Looking forward to some good games of football and a bit better weather !

 

Cheers
Freek

Legends restart the season with a solid win

[ SPL VETERAN ] Shanghai Lions FC 13 – 0 P/F

Last Sunday the weather and the pitch couldn’t be better ! 25 degrees blue sky and no pollution ! The legends were up for their first SPL League game after the summer break. Most of the legends have attended the trainings on Tuesday and are getting back in shape. Our opponent was the Pudong United / Ferie combination a Japanese team. Our objective was a clean sheet and good football for 80 minutes as the surroundings were more for a ice cold beer and chill out on the field than to keep running all the time.

We started well but were a bit off on the final ball as a few shots ended up at the Starbucks… It was 2-0 in the first quarter and we added another 2 in the second. As we were mainly playing on the half of the Japanese team and they in return had no shots on goal the Legends coach was demanding more goals ! “Nice but not good enough” was his comment !

In the third quarter we stepped it up and scored 5 goals to make it 9-0 and in the last 20 the President himself showed that age doesn’t matter at the legends as he scored two and Terao and Matty made the final score 13-0 !

It was a solid performance where all players contributed to the win especially Pascal who had some incredible saves…… to keep the clean sheet !

 

This Saturday our Lions youth team will make their debut in the SPL U17 league 14:00 kick off at Concordia and on Sunday we have our classic Lions vs Marlins 13:00 kick off at the Dulwich School Field !

 

It goes without saying that we expect everybody at the training on Tuesday !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions start the new SPL season with a win

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 17-0 AVL Galacticos

Lions, it was very hot last Sunday as temperatures reached 35 degrees ! As we have been training during the summer months it was paid off ! Our opponent struggled in the heat and therefore we could make a record score 17-0 !

We will face the Marlins in two weeks and that will be a different game for sure ! Lets continue to work hard at the trainings so that we a sharp and fit early in the season !

The Legends will play against Ferie/Pudong United combi this Sunday at the Dulwich field 1300 kick off !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions Legends fought well at 9th Shanghai Masters Tournament

Lions,

Finally we were back in actions the Legends took part in the two day event the masters at NAIS Pudong !

Our start was not good as when we arrived for our first game we came to know that Scotland pulled out of the tournament two days earlier and the organizers didn’t inform us so we had to wait 2 hours for nothing before our first match. As it’s a 7 aside tournament and the games are short they key is not to concede as its hard and cost energy to fight back from 1-0 down.

At the team talk we all agreed to the game plan but with 5 minutes to go we found ourselves 1-0 down against Anzacs. Suddenly all 14 legends became coach in their own rights and we faced a chaotic 5 minutes however Nicolas equalized in the last minute !

In our second game we played well and composed we took a 2-0 lead against a Chinese team by Laid and James but the managed to get one back at the end 2-1 win.

In our last game we faced a team from Hong-Kong and took control of most of the game however with 5 minutes to go Francois ended up in a brawl with one of their players with the final result 3 steaches in Francois’s eyebrow and a red card for both players.

On Sunday with Matze and Terao-san in the team we looked fresh however the group we were in was the group of death as our first game was straight against the Shooters. We played our best game of the tournament and managed to keep the Shooters away from our goal. We had a few chances but the final pass or finish was lacking. It ended 0-0 but now we needed a result against Emerald 1 and again we played good we had opportunities and we didn’t give anything away to the opponent until the very last second of the match Emerald broke out on the flank and crossed in straight which they player volleyed behind Pascal ! This in the end was a deadly blow as despite wins against Krauts and Super 48 we were out of the semi- finals.

The tournament was won by Emerald who beat the Shooters 1-0 in the final. The beer tasted good afterwards and we wish Francois a speedy recovery !

 

Happy to be back in action !

 

Cheers
Freek

[Lions Abroad] Felipe Da Fonseca

Interview of Felipe Da Fonseca

FB: How have you been Felipe ?
FDF: I’ve been doing quite well even thought my family and I struggled to get used to our life in our French country after time spent in China. Now everything is ok and despite some injuries I’ve got these past years (knee and the most important was broken hamstring tendons).

FB: Tell us where you live now and what job you are doing ?
FDF: We are now living in Grenoble which is a famous city for its mountaineering area. I am now running my own company in recruiting and HR area.

FB: Your daughter was at a young age a better player than you did she continue to play in France ?
FDF: Ahah, she is still much better than me and now playing in the major women soccer club of the city in under 18th category. She’s like her father, a harsh defender.

FB: When did you leave China and why you never came back ?
FDF: I left china in July 2013, came back in 2014 (played with lions) and we’d love to come to visit our friends and lions’ family as soon as possible but the opportunity and my new position did not permit it yet.

FB: Do you miss China and if so what about China you miss ?
FDF: Yes my family and I miss China. I miss the peaceful life in China, the safety feeling you have when chilling outside even late in the night, the dynamic city life with everything opened anytime, food and most of everything the lions family !

FB: How is your Mandarin ?
FDF: Very bad !

FB: Are you playing in France if so which team you play for and how is the level ?
FDF: I am playing in France but not within a club. We meet on Saturday morning and we play 7 aside games. Level would be comparable with the one we played in Luwan on Monday evening and organized by Azz and Kevin. My daughter is now playing in Grenoble (GF38) woman team in U18 in regional level meeting teams such as St Etienne, Evian… Besides that, I am responsible for the woman section in that club which best team is playing in French National Division 2 championship. The goal this year is to access the 1st division and then play against teams like Lyon, Marseille, Paris and so on.

FB: During your time with the Lions you became famous for your playing style as you were like a razorblade playing on the edge every game ? Were you born like that and how did you motivate yourself before each game to play like a razor blade ?
FDF: I think that this was my main game style since my younger age and when I enter the field it is for winning and only the victory was important, that’s why I don’t need extra motivation. I loved playing against shooters and azzuris and that French team on Sunday league. Games with a bit of tension are my favorites

FB: You seemed to collect cards during your spill with the Lions ? Is there a booking or sending off you remember all the time ?
FDF: Actually, I did not remember being sent off so often but the one that will probably stay in my mind is the one in Phuket.

FB: What was the highlight for you playing with the Lions ?
FDF: It was when we beat every team and the lions won again the SIFL championship and we also won the cup that year. Also one of my best records was when we won the masters. Most of all I loved the after games with all the team gathering together.

FB: Have you scored for the Lions ?
FDF: OF COURSE ! and several times maybe more than our “Pivot” striker haha

FB: You have been to Phuket a few times with the Lions ? Any interesting details you can share with us ?
FDF: Hummm… tricky question… what happens in Phuket must stay in Phuket but for a team building stage this is awesome for a team: lot of good games and fun as well. Just one small detail that I could share here is when Allan our fantastic Belgian player was chilling on the beach completely naked.

FB: Portugal became European Champion last year how did you celebrate it ?
FDF: Actually, I was supporting the French team but my daughter Manon was for Portugal and went crazy singing and shouting everywhere.

FB: Have you seen other Lions abroad since you left ?
FDF: Yes I’ve been with our former goalkeeper Tom in Paris and with Fred Guilloux (“donnez-moi le là…..”) when he came to Grenoble.

FB: As you know we have a succesfull Shanghai Lions Legends team now ! What do we need to do to make you come over and play with the Legends for a couple of years ?
FDF: I’ve seen that this team is growing a lot and that’s fantastic, I would be honored to play again for the lions but I am afraid my professional situation now is not leading me to visit or live in China. You can still invite me and I will do my best to come.

FB: Do you miss the Shooters ?
FDF: Yes a lot for those tense games we had ! I loved playing hard and win against those guys.

FB: Anything else?
FDF: I just would like to conclude that you guys made and are making a terrific job with this club and I know what energy is required for that as now I am part of a club to be developed. You are the Lions spirit and this a unique club and team with big humans values ! I LOVED THAT. Go on and if I can help in anything I will do it.

Survey result for season 2017/2018

Lions,

It is great to see the Lions coming back from their summer breaks and we would like to explain our plans for the upcoming season.
The survey we did early summer was a success with 49 answers and the outcome was used to make the plan for the new season. 

 

Here is a recap of the survey:

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