Youth end season 2019-2020 with the traditional annual barbecue

season 2019-2020This season 2019-2020 was of course nothing we have ever experienced before in our lifetimes due to Covid-19. However, after the months-long pause since January, we tried hard to get our youth teams back on track. It was a long and difficult path but in the end, we succeeded since April by training at Qi Yi and organizing multiple friendlies against youth teams but also against the senior team and local Chinese teams to get our players back in shape. We are pleased that most of our players are back to their level before the Covid-19. Unfortunately, we lost many players as they couldn’t come back to China due to the travel restrictions. We miss them so much!

We organized our end of the season party last Saturday with our traditional barbecue at Dongjiao estate (same as last year) with the help of Alison, Keith, Julian & Melissa. Perfect meat of Yasmine Steak house was ordered and foot volley fields were set up on the pitch next to the barbecue pit! All players and many parents came to our event and we had a super nice group of people together! The end of the evening had an award ceremony to thank players and coaches for this season 2019-2020! Unfortunately, our top goal scorer Alvaro couldn’t attend as he & his family are still in Spain not able to return. The best player of the season award (voted by the players themselves) went to YU Xuan. We had to say goodbye to three players as they will go back home to study: Matthew, Lewis & Matty

 

It was a wonderful evening and it showed our family spirit. We’d like to thank everybody for their help and contribution to this season and we are looking forward to the new one 🙂

 

Cheers
Freek, Nick, Pat & Azz

First team drew against Cosmos in pre-season friendly

First TeamIt was our first step into the new season 2020/2021 with a big change as our First Team we will re-join the SIFL league this season. As a pre-season friendly, we chose to play against Cosmos FC who ended 5th in the league last season! Our objective for this season is to give an opportunity to our youth players to play in senior matches to gain experience and be prepared for their next step into their football life! We had 7 youth players with a squad of 15 players and due to the heat over 34 degrees, we played 3 x 30 minutes!

In the first 30 minutes, Cosmos decided to sit back deep and had no ambition to open up… so it was a chess game where every move was controlled. Few seconds before the break, we made a foul but didn’t pay attention… Cosmos played it quickly into the box from and they took the lead 0-1… In senior games, it is important to be focused until the very last minute… let’s say it’s part of the learning process.

In the second 30 minutes, we came back to draw as Patrick came forward to launch a good strike outside the box when their keeper came out too far.

In the third 30 minutes, it was a long ball from Kevin which most people thought was “mamahuhu” but the Cosmos defender missed it & Dan (our new striker) didn’t hesitate to put behind the net. 2-1 for the Lions but unfortunately, we let Cosmos came back to tie after we failed to clear the ball in defense.

 

In the end, both teams were happy with the draw. For the Lions, it was a positive performance given we had no goalie and so many youngsters in the team. Back to training! See you all on Monday!

 

Cheers
Freek

Youth tied with Juventus 3-3 in the Summer Heat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Have a good rest and see you next week.

 

Cheers
Freek, Pat & Nick

Our 1st Summer Youth Football Camp was a great success

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

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

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

 

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

 

Cheers
The Summer Youth Football Camp Team

Lions had a good time at Shanghai Town & Country Club

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Cheers
Freek

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U18 enjoyed SIFL end of season tournament

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Enjoy your Sunday
Freek, Pat, Nick & Azz

Are you interesting in our Football Youth Summer Camp 2020?

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

Football Youth Summer Camp

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

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

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

 

Hope to see you at our Summer Camp
Freek

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Legends lose against Japan FC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cheers
Freek

Youth team enjoyed five-a-side football

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

Cheers
Freek

Legends drew 3-3 against Wellington

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Cheers
Freek

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