This Sunday sounded like a perfect day for this SPL tittle race football game… Earlier in the day our legends hammered Japanese Strosso but our keeper, that was supposed to double both games, twisted his ankle… With a strong squad in the middle and in defense, we decided to put Thomas Z in the goal with victory as the only possible outcome.
The game started with opportunities on both sides and we finally opened the score with a free kick from Romain following a foul from Marlin’s keeper on Tevz out of the box… We continued to push and got opportunities but Marlins finally equalized with Pete Rosseli who took the ball in the box to dribbled our keeper for the to 1-1. Both teams were playing a good football, with a lot of impact in the duels. The Marlins were operating lots of turn-over but our experienced defense line with Fabi, Jack and Benji remained focused. We finally reached the half-time with a draw which was insufficient for us but remained confident as we were close to take the lead several times during the first half.
The second half started like the first one, with attacks from both sides. Our opponent pushed hard during the first 10 minutes but we stayed compact. Then they slowed down a little bit. That was the right time to have our young Lions in. After a few attempts, Shingi was pushed in the box and transformed his penalty kick. 2-1! A few minutes later, after a nice combination with Tevz on the left, Matty scored the 3rd goal.
A very important game where we played together, for each others, stayed focus and with a good spirit! A good reminder on how important it is to train and practice together! Our next game is this Sunday against the MMFC. Although we are co-leaders with the Marlins, we are still 2nd because of the goal average. We need to score goals on Sunday!
It was the perfect weekend for the Lions Family as the youth had won their game on Saturday (6-2) and legends defeated England earlier in the morning (3-0) with our President as the MOM ! With a nice weather, we presented a big squad composed by seniors, youth but also legends to face Kickers FC in a beautiful crossover generations!
After a few minutes, Azz had his first face-to-face with the keeper for the 1-0. 5 minutes later, an acceleration of Romain on the left wing offered the 2nd goal to Thomas Z. Another run on the left wing, from Tevz this time, was finished by Romain for the 3-0. The break was done but we needed more goals! Azz and Thomas Z added another goal each and Azz to conclude the first half with a beautiful shot from out of the box. 6-0 at the half time.
A strong first half to be continued in second with other players to participate or start in SPL like Victor who scored 30 seconds after he came on the field. He added a 2nd goal a few minutes later with a nice shot, before centering for Azz for his 4th goal of the day! It is finally Benji who concluded with a beautiful lonely run.
10-0 to finish this nice weekend for the Lions! Lots of goals and a clean sheet! Next game on April 15th is against the Marlins. We have 3 weeks to get ready, physically and technically so please, attend the training!
It was nice spring weather in Shanghai with 20 degrees ! We had a small squad this time with our captain Fred’s decision to hang his boots :(…. and it got even smaller when Sylvain‘s calf snapped after 10 minutes. We started well and tried to keep possession with good ball circulation. It was Matze‘s son, Victor, who opened the score for the Legends with a nice blast in the net ! We finally had a Mueller in our team who could score and were happy to see that Victor is a better player than his father ! Laid scored our second goal after a president’s corner with a good header.
England didn’t give up and got several corners but couldn’t convert them as well Clement, our goalie, had a few good saves to keep our sheet clean ! Laid scored a second header from a president’s corner but saw the goal being disallowed by the referee due to foul in the box from Nicolas.
The president showed some skill in the last 20 minutes when he did a “Dennis Bergkamp” turning around surprisingly England’s last defender to shot the ball with his outside foot just over the goalie from the edge of the box ! Amazing goal !!!
After our win of the Aksil Cup Tournament last week, we had a motivated squad to face Dulwich Earthquakes. We started well with pressing on both sides of the flanks and made it hard for the Dulwich Earthquakes to keep possession. It resulted into a quick 2-0 lead with goals from Matty after this we dropped our level and lost possession too quick and too easy. We even let the Dulwich Earthquakes come back in the game on a fast counter.
The half time talk was hard and players were questioned whether they really wanted to win or not…..we asked for a response and a better second half ! We scored thru Matty straight from the kick off and this time we continued to play well throughout the whole 45 minutes. Philipp scored with a penalty after a foul on Daiki and Matty added two more goals to make his total 5 ! The final score was 6-2 and it brings us with the same points as Aksil Reunited and Wiss Stoke City on top of the SPL U17 league !
Almost 2 months after our last game, it was with a lot of excitement but also incertitude that we met on a nice pitch and a nice weather to play the Galacticos. They made a draw the previous week against the Kickers so we had to be prepared. The whole Lions squad was on the pitch at 11:45 (for a kick off at 12:30), focused, happy and excited to play together !
We could see the motivation as after a few minutes Tevz had a first opportunity to score well stopped by the keeper of Galacticos. Shortly after, we made several technical mistakes and failed to kick the ball out of our box. A little panic that was beneficial as it woke us up! We then started to take the control of the ball and put pressure. Tevz, from the left wing, had a second face to face with their keeper and scored the first goal. A few minutes later, a center from Tomas coming from the right was volleyed by Romain for the 2-0. Pushing on his wing, Tevz created another opportunity concluded by Fabi with no angle for the 3rd goal. Finally, Romain concluded with a nice volley a lob from Benji above the defense. The last 10 minutes of the first half were sterile as we started to slow down. Good time to re-motivate the squad as we needed more goals!
Although we had the control of the ball, we struggled getting in their box and were very often caught off-side. We changed our game and decided to use our speed. With a nice pass from Dimitri, Tevz had another face-to-face with the keeper and scored his second goal of the day for the 5-0. We continued pushing and pressing high. Kad scored a few minutes later on a center from Andrei from the right wing (6-0). The 2 teams were packed in the Galacticos’ box and it was difficult to find space to play. However, Romain found another opportunity to shoot and, with a few deviations, scored the 7th goal.
10 minutes before the end, Thomas jumped for a header and was pushed in the back in the box. Penalty transformed for the 8-0.
With 21 Youth Lions in action (two teams in the U17 category), we had a strong presence at the 2018 AKS Shanghai Cup last weekend. On Saturday each team had 5 consecutive matches of 20 minutes each. Our B team did well and had a few very close matches which could have ended either way. The A team was in fine form and with four wins and one 0-0 draw, they made it to the finals on Sunday.
On Sunday our B team played their best football in their last match against Stoke City where they were unlucky to concede a goal in the very last minute. However all players gained experience over the weekend and in the end had a fun experience. For the A team they needed to beat Stoke City in the semi finals. The match was very tight and both teams tried to play on counter. It was a smart free kick from Matty which gave the Lions the lead with just a few minutes left on the clock. With the 1-0 win they made it in the finals where they expected to play Aksil ReUnited but they were surprised by a strong German team from Hongqiao.
In the round robbing match against this German team we played 0-0 and knew that this team was strong. We played the final in a very disciplined manner with our first priority not to give anything away to the opponent and second to try and find a space to counter on the 7 aside pitch. Yusuke came very close to score the 1-0 and Victor created some danger as well. However it stayed 0-0 until the final whistle. Now our hope was on Max our stand in goalie who proved to be in great form over the two days. Phillip and Matty scored both their penalties and Max saved the second penalty of the Germans ! Victor up next did what he had to do and that was to score and give us his goal gave us the well deserved title.
Over the weekend we experienced great team spirit and good discipline by the Lions on and off the field. Good coaching helped the teams and last but not least we were happy to see parents come and support us !
The weather was great and we had a big legends line up for the game against old rival the Emeralds ! In the first and second 20 minutes of the match we played our best football of the season. With a compact squad we kept the ball in our possession and made the Emerald players run a lot. We had some great build up plays and within 5 minutes James on a run from the right wing hit the cross bar. We took the lead by an awesome pass from Sylvain nicely finished by Romain who scored on his birthday !
It was a well deserved lead for us however in the second 20 minutes disaster struck as Emerald got a free kick at the right wing and when the player tried to cross it in it flew over our keeper in the net…..!
In the third 20 minutes we lost a bit of our composure and Emerald scored on a very fast counter it was their second shot on goal….!
For us all we could do now was fighting for every ball and try to get the luck on our side. After a few corners and two free kicks for us it was over and all we could do was drink our sorrows away with Ice Cold Beer.
With only Till and Matty upfront we counted on quick counter attacks to score. In the first twenty minutes both teams were equal and trying to find each others weak spots ! Reunited did get a few good shots on goal but Tim, our goalie, was alert. We took the lead by a fast counter finished by Matty but Reunited responded quick and scored the equalizer. In the last spell of the first half we did give too many free kicks and shooting opportunities away to the opponent but they failed to convert them into goals and we proved to be deadly on counter and we went into half time 4-1 up.
To be 4-1 up at half time is always an issue as players think the match is done and despite our warning about this at the break Reunited managed to score two minutes in the second half. It was the key moment of the match as either we imploded as a team or we stood up and showed them who we are. We did the last and scored some fantastic goals by Till, Pavel, Matty to make the final score 8-2 !
It was a great Lions team effort where everybody contributed to the victory as well we were very pleased by the substitutes coming in as they showed great character !
Keep training hard and play as a team and we are on the right track ! Next up is training this week and the Aksil Cup on the weekend !
Finally the pollution which hung over Shanghai for more than a week got cleared and we were playing in cold conditions but with a blue sky ! For the Legends it was their first match after the New Year holiday and always that match is not easy as most players gained a few kilos and dropped their fitness levels. For the Japanese players this was not the case as they looked sharp fit and well organized.
With our Captain Fred on goal for the first 20 minutes we tried to combine to keep the ball in our possession however the passing was poor end most of the time the ball ended up with a Japanese player. We got a free kick on a good position but we took it too fast as our defenders were still on the way forward. We gave the free kick to the Japanese who found themselves unmarked on top and they scored on a quick counter… Soon we failed to clear a long ball and Hirai, the Japanese striker, had no problem scoring the 2-0 from close range. 0-2 down just before half time we had to try to get back in the game and did it with a in the box strike from Nicolas B… It felt good !
We started the third 20 minutes motivated but within two minutes we gave the ball away and left the Japanese striker too much space and their 3-1 was the “so called” killer blow ! While trying to get a goal it was Japan again who scored typically from a corner for us on a very fast counter !
Well done and Well deserved victory for Japan. For us we need to get our fitness back and that starts at the training field on Tuesday !
After the tough defeat of last week, we had to wake up and show what we could do! We started the game with an experienced team. We soon got the control of the ball but unfortunately could not go close enough to score. Then, their striker suddenly got a ball outside of the box and shoot for the 1-0… The end of the first half continued to be sterile for us and we finished the first act 1 goal behind.
We proceeded to a few changes for the second half and came back on the pitch with more aggressively and more willingness to score! Our young Lion Matty came in to bring more speed and balls into the box. We soon came back to the score, thanks to Romain who benefited from a good work of Matty on the right side. We were pressing our opponent very high. A few minutes later, Laid received the ball, transmitted to Romain who found Azz on the left who perfectly opened his foot to adjust the keeper for the 2-1. On another high pressing, the Japanese team conceded a corner kick. Matty took it and Fabi smashed it in the goal for the 3-1. Finally, very thankful for the assist, Fabi perfectly launched Matty who lobbed the goal for the 4-1!
It was a good game, with a good result against a serious team. More than the result, we all played together and the whole squad participated!