For this 1st round of Chen Yi Cup 2019 versus Gelingda (阁凌达), we had with a good mix of young and experienced players. For the 1st time in Chen Yi cup history, the Shanghai Football Association (SFA) allowed 2 foreign teams participating in the cup with Shanghai Japan FC and ourselves. 10 minutes before the match, the organizer told us that our opponent was certainly the weakest among the 32 registered teams. Icing on the cake, they were only 9 players to start the game with few of their guys stucked into traffic…
Actually, the game got broadcasted live on the internet. You can watch the replay in full on Youtube or on the following link.
During the line-up, we had the “official” privilege listening to the Chinese national anthem. A not so common football experience here in China. Coming back to our opponent, we proved Gelingda bringing a small squad was a mistake by scoring 2 goals on our first 2 attacks. We kept playing well and got rewarded with more goals. For instance, our right back Fabi certainly scored the nicest goal with a long range shot over the keeper. Just before half-time, we got another surprise with the organizer asking us to slow down the scoring machine… Understanable with 10-0 at half-time.
In 2nd half, we got a little experimental in our line-up. 5 straight changes were made with Chris as offensive midfield. While his son was wathing him from the sideline, he got the “father praising privilege” scoring a nice goal. Well done, Chris ! In the end, the score ended-up at 15-0. We shook hands and took a nice team picture together. Both teams will remember this match for different reasons 😉
We will play play the 2nd round on Sunday 26th of May 2019 at 09:00 am at T98 Lvzhou Soccer Base. Let’s keep our focus as the next team would probably be better than Gelingda.
Lions, here is our draw for the 1st round of Chen Yi Cup 2019. We are playing 阁凌达 (Gelingda) this coming weekend.
Schedule of Chen Yi Cup 2019
1st round: May 11th & 12th, 2019
2nd round: May 25th & 26th, 2019
1/4 final: June 01st, 2019
1/2 final: July 06th, 2019
Final: August 17th, 2019
Here is a little bit about the name of cup… It was named after the Mr. ChenYi / 陈毅 (1901-1972), communist general and politician, Marshal of PLA from 1955, Mayor of Shanghai in 1950s, PRC foreign minister 1958-1972. There is a Chen Yi square in Shanghai which is located on the Bund near Nanjing East road with a 5.6 meters memorial bronze statue in the middle.
Last Saturday, our young Lions were playing Ebbe Sand Academy U15. At the beginning of the game we noticed a few players were not awake and alert and sometimes that is hard to explain it could be the summer weather but in the first 20 minutes we asked all the players to wake up ! We did score a very nice combination goal finished by Sotaro-san to take a 1-0 lead. Still we were not in control at the back and in some parts of the midfield. Ebbe Sand didn’t caused serious trouble but all the opportunities they got were given by ourselves. Our second goal was very good as well with a good run by Daniel and a great cross by Gordon and good chip over the keeper by Daniel to make it 2-0 !
Allthough we were 2-0 up at half time our half time talk was not about praise but about the fact that we could play so much better. We were looking for a team response and hoped we could improve our play ! Jason stepped up his game and scored two goals to make it 4-0 but Ebbe Sand Academy U15 got a goal back when we couldn’t clear the ball. Gordon was left alone while our opponent was all-in attack and he finished nicely in the low corner. Taku-san made a nice goal and after that with 5 minutes to go we let Ebbe Sand come back scoring two goals in two minutes to make the final score 6-3 win for the Lions !
We were happy with the second half performance as well with the commitment of the team ! Keep Training ! Keep trying to improve yourself as player and as teamate ! Next weekend we’ll play Japan !
With several regular players out injured and/or not available, we started with a small squad against our old rival Shanghai Marlins FC. Knowing that a draw would be enough to secure the title, we tried to play with a compact defense and wait for a few counter opportunities. Last but not the least, we had 4 youngsters in our starting line-up. For most of them, it was the first time to face the Marlins.
We showed good composure and resilience in the first half. The Shanghai Marlins FC created a few chances but we managed to defend them well. Elvis came close and expected a penalty when he was brought down. It was 0-0 in the first half but we knew that we had to stay focused as one small mistake could cost us the title.
The second half was very high intensity with the match going up and down at a very fast pace. The Marlins pushed a bit more and got some dangerous crosses in from the left… Unfortunately they scored the 0-1 with 20 minutes to go… We didn’t give up and tried to get an equalizer. We did have a few shots on target but were not really dangerous in their box.
It’s our first defeat this year but a costly one as the Shanghai Marlins FC can overtake our position if they beat the Galacticos with a lot of goals in their final match. We were happy with the performance of the youngsters but of course not happy with the result.
Last Sunday, the score was not what we wanted the most as of course we preferred to have a clean sheet… Then, we should have scored more but what i liked with this the squad is that everybody came on time and motivated to play and give SPQR Da Marcos who said they are here to win the league a hard time !
Remember guys that what make Shanghai Lions FC unique is that we’re the only amateur club to give playing opportunities for youngster in Shanghai but also let them feel part of the team and club ! We had Philipp‘s father making video’s of the game and we had Matty out injured coming with his parents to watch as well as Noel (our youth goalie) who played in the senior team a few times to help out to come and watch. Romain, a bit injured also, came as well. Last but not the least, Kader‘s girlfriend taking all the pictures today although 90% of him… Terao was captain today and Azz stayed aside doing the coaching job ! Big John came in the last minutes and the young French players Raphael and Antoine made their debut.
To me all this is more important than the score against SPQR Da Marcos ! Because next week we will be very motivated to make up for the missed chances and show who we really are ! See you all on Tuesday.
It was a great day for football in Shanghai as finally spring did arrive with a blue sky and 16 degrees ! We had a good squad but only issue was that we didn’t have a goal keeper ! It was great to see Gordon and Matt standing up as volunteer for this match ! Our strategy was to play defensive first as we saw a few new faces at YKFC and wanted to see how they played first.
We started organized in 4-4-2 with focus on defense. The result was that we didn’t give any chance away with Alvaro solid stopping all the players who tried to come through. Gordon as goalie didn’t have to make one save in the first half but while we controlled the midfield we didn’t make a lot of shots on target either. It was a solo run from Jason which with the help of an YKFC player did give us the 1-0 lead.
At half time we changed strategy and try to go for the second goal instead of defending the 1-0 lead and we played 4-3-3. Gordon was now left winger and Matt in the goal ! We played better and got our combination play back and the match started to become more interesting ! It was a super strike fully intended by Gordon which surprised the YKFC goalie and we were 2-0 up. Right after this, Gordon had two great chances with great team build up but his efforts were going just wide. It was also nice to see that our substitutes came in very well and helped to secure the win. In the last minute the referee overlooked a foul on David in the box which gave YKFC a free shot but Matt saved it in a great manner !!
It was a solid win and we thank all the U18 and parents who came to watch ! We have now won 6 matches out of 9 and have the best defensive record in the league ! Well done Lions ! Keep up the efforts you make week after week to improve as a team ! To us this is only the beginning !
As the SPL and SFA (Shanghai Football Association) started a cooperation to promote soccer in Shanghai, we are happy to announce that the Lions will join the Chen Yi Cup 2019. Chen Yi was a former famous Mayor of Shanghai. This tournament will have 64 teams competing in a knock out Cup tournament from May until August 2019. If we can be among the 4 best teams, we’ll be able to get a slot into the official China National Super Cup tournament together with the professional teams !
Lets enjoy this new venture and hope we can reach far in the tournament !
It was an early kick off at 09:00 and actually we liked it as there is not much traffic early in the morning and after the match you have plenty of time left to relax on Sunday. We had to play the last match of our SPL V first round. In order to stay on top of the veteran league, only a win would do.
We were playing the Wellington Champs, a new team who recently joined the veteran league. Surely aware our Lions’ scoring reputation, they decided to park the bus with 10 players defending on their own half… We started well keeping possession and try to keep the field wide as in the middle it was too crowded to play. We opened the score after a good header from Bob. However, Wellington didn’t change their strategy being 1-0 down. Shortly after, we were denied a penalty when Tomas was launched into Orbit by a Wellington defender… Everybody saw it except the referee. Justice came by a good run and finish from Gwen to make it 2-0. In the third 20 minutes we got plenty of opportunities but failed to score. A fine run and finish from Tomas made the final score 3-0.
Our 8th consecutive win in the veteran league ! We have now 24 points with 28 goals scored and only 5 conceded.
In the 2nd veteran league round we will play Wellington, Japan, Emerald & Scotland to decide the Championship ! Lets go Legends !
For our U15, we only had 12 players as a few players were missing. Without the help of the older players it was a good test for us as all younger ones could play.
In the first half both teams didn’t play so well and Paul, our goalie, kept us in the game with a couple of good saves with his feet but DEQ did take the lead. We used the half time to change the formation especially upfront and Daniel took over as goalie for Paul. It worked well as we played much better as a team and started to control the game. It was a fine header from Mat which put us level and soon after we took the lead after Sota who made his debut for the Lions and played very well crossed to Gus and he saw his strike hitting the cross bar but Gordon was alert to score the rebound. With hard work we kept the score like that and won 2-1 !
Soon after it was time for our U18 ‘s with a thin squad as well but Gordon and David were asked to stay back and help out if needed. In the first half we didn’t get into our passing game but adjusted to DEQ game with long balls. However Victor showed us how to finish as twice he perfectly put the ball in the corner of the goal after a good counter attack form our side ! He could have made a first half hat trick but saw his effort being denied by the post.
At half time we took the chance to talk to the players and told them although we are 2-0 up we were not playing well. We lost Thomas for the second half as a DEQ players opened up his feet we hope is doing well and the injury is not too bad ! David made his debut in the U18 for the second half and we played better after the break. Much more passing and combinations what we do at the training and our defense didn’t gave away anything while we were looking for our next goal. We took a 3-0 lead with a strike from Philipp which the DEQ keeper couldn’t hold. The referee gave a penalty to DEQ for a handball which brought them back in the game as they made it 3-1. Till had a great chance to end the game but he saw his good effort saved by the goalie. Instead DEQ came back in the game 5 minutes before the end with a good goal. In the last few minutes we knew we had to defend well and it was a super save from Noel which in the last seconds which gave us all three points and kept us on top of the SPL U18 League !
Well done Lions ! Great team efforts and great team spirits today ! Lets keep building and improving ourselves ! See you all on Wednesday !
It was a great Lions legends performance including Clement who left his place to Pascal coming out to support with some beers and Max who is still recovering from his operation have not missed a match from the side line ! We made a tactical plan to avoid being caught out by Japanese counters and their speed. The whole Scotland team stayed back to cheer for Japan as they were equal on points but we had this match to play.
With only Bob and Mamdouh upfront we made it hard for the Japanese to slice through our midfield and defense. Our second counter attack was perfect and easy finished by Bob.
In the next 20 minutes we tried to play the same as we knew that opportunities would come as we dominated the midfield with in super form Sylvain who claimed he was playing so well due to a strong dose of Baijiu ! We scored a great goal with several combinations and cool finish from Mamdouh.
In the third 20 we saw Kevin almost scoring by trying to shoot over the Japanese goalie who preferred to be always out of his box ! When we saw Jerome and Matze our in form central defenders limping off we quickly reorganized with James as a center back and later Arnaud as stopper.
It was good time to use all the substitutes we had in the last 20 with Mike causing the Japanese defenders to panic a few times and Freek almost scoring after a great run from Imad and a dutch move from the President but he saw his shot just be tipped out by the Japanese goalie in the far corner.
The Scottish left already when we went 1-0 up. Indeed we never let the Japanese shoot on target for 80 minutes and the clean sheet is great as we have the best defensive record and are still on top ! What I liked the most is that from the start until the end we had a positive attitude and kept focusing on the game !
Our next match will be next week against the new team Wellington Champs 900 AM so lets get ready NOW !