Lions get one step closer to the SPL title

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions 6-0 Gremio FC (05 May 2013)

Nowadays Mondays in Shanghai are not bad as every weekend we have a good Lions performance and to be honestly that makes you feel good. Last Sunday was no exception. The writing was on the wall we had 18 hungry Lions at Waigaoqiao for our most important game against Gremio roaring from the kick off.

We looked for the early goal and within 4 minutes Azz played wide to garret who crossed without knees right on the head of Adam. Bang 1-0 ! After that we were superior in defense the key for our success in defense is not to have French Players in defense its working as we didn’t concede a single goal since Dec 9 ! That’s an impressive Lions record of course a French Goal Keeper is always good that’s why we have Thomas and Dimitri ! We controlled the midfield and Gremio started to play long Balls to Adam the Azzurri striker much to our liking. Only issue was that we should have been 4-0 up at half time but we failed to finish !

Second half it was about fitness our hard work throughout the season paid off as on all positions including the bench we had fitter players. Benji showed us how to finish and score at the beginning the second half and Jack started to talk about birds releasing some substance on his Lions shirt. Joel and Azz scored both a goal. And out of all people Jeff fresh from the bench scored a copy cat of Benji’s goal ! To end the party it was “Jack in the Box” making a gangnam style move to score with his left foot to the dismay of M. Warady who just had being subbed !

Two games to go if we win both we will be SPL Champions ! It will be fantastic and we have everything in our own hands or feet !!

Please all come to training Wednesday and for this Sunday as we have no game we invite all the Lions to come to the Century park where we booked half the grass field from 1100-1300 for an all Lions match/training. After we will have lunch at Latina with some beers and to end a great Sunday we will watch at 1400  the Cowboys vs the Marlins any result is good for us !


Very Happy Freek

Best amateur football leagues in Shanghai, China

For a new player looking for a football team in Shanghai, it’s not so easy as you can find a bit of everything online. For youth, senior or veteran players, it’s sometime unclear if some leagues are still running as the last communication available is dated back 2007. In other cases, it’s a one shoot or attempt to create a new league… It’s there on the web but it’s difficult to say if it’s really running or not (some people have great ideas but they get bored after some time). To make things easier, I have listed below the most organized and reliable leagues in Shanghai, China as per today. If you know any other good league in Shanghai, feel free to share and comment below.

Shanghai International Football League [SIFL]

The Shanghai International Football League [SIFL] is an expatriate amateur football (soccer) league based in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. An estimated number of 2,000+ players from many different countries have played in this league since its creation back in 1995 and it’s currently composed of 2 levels of 10 teams with a Premier League and a 1st Division (1st Division created in 2006 facing the league expansion). The league is completely non for profit and run by volunteers independently from any official bodies such as the Chinese Football Association and Shanghai Football Association. Although all its member teams were essentially expat at the early beginning, more and more local Chinese amateur teams are now joining the league facing the lack of resources and proper organization body at local level.

Shanghai Premier League Football Association [SPL]

Shanghai Premier League aka SPL is an amateur football (soccer) league based in Pudong, Shanghai, aiming mainly at the expatriate community. Shanghai Premier League was founded in 2003 when 5 existing amateur teams, among which the Shanghai Traffic Police team, who hitherto played only on occasional fixtures, decided to group themselves and play in a double round-robin league format. Simultaneously a Shanghai Premier League Cup is also played. The league’s season runs from October to June, with a start tournament to kick off the season and an end tournament to close the season. Occasionally special tournaments and events are held.

WePlay Shanghai Football League 7 a side

WePlay league is an opportunity for anyone who wants to play football in a fun and competitive environment. We are always developing links with bars and clubs, where all players will benefit from special deals. Our ultimate goal is to unify the footballing community in Shanghai. So get involved and let’s see if you’re either Cristiano Ronaldo or the Fat Ronaldo.


SPL Veteran League

A new league created in 2013 targeting veteran players (meaning above 35 years old)

ASAS Super Seven social football league
ASAS Super Seven social football league was established in 2006. We specialise in the operation of 7-a-side league. Our leagues aim to give everybody the opportunity to play social soccer matches in a professional and good structured environment, where the emphasis is on participation, inclusion and fair play.
Also, it seems that ASAS recently started the Shanghai Corporate Soccer League (SCSL)

The SCSL consists of 10 corporate teams including companies like IBM, Toshiba, Pepsi,, HSBC, and Shanghai Media Group. Game are played on Sunday at the Century Park Stadium.


Shanghai International Youth Soccer League (SIYSL)
Shanghai International Youth Soccer League (SIYSL) is committed to providing a safe, fun, and progressive learning environment to develop recreational and competitive youth soccer players to the best of their ability. The goal of the league is the development of mental and physical talent of all players to the highest level possible, both as an individual and as a team player. SIYSL was launched in the fall of 2006, now it has been the most watched youth soccer league within expatriate community in Shanghai. More than 4000 players from around 20 international schools have participated into the league during the last 6 years. SIYSL has spring and fall seasons every year composed of 4 age groups. SIYSL also organizes 2 tournaments every season, which is “Family Day” tournament in Pudong and “Sino-Cup” tournament in Puxi.

Players selection for Xiamen Amoy 7aside Cup on June 11th 2013

Lions, here are the players of the  2 teams that will go defend our Shanghai LIONS FC colors at the Xiamen Amoy 7aside Cup on June 11th 2013:

  1. Charles Georg
  2. Nicolas Mongrelet
  3. Frederic Guilloux
  4. Freek Boelen
  5. Simon Spangenberg
  6. Chris Martinez
  7. Thomas Chataigner
  8. Azzeddine Takouloufa
  9. Jilles Curtis Dijon
  10. Thibaud Pages
  11. Damien Calves
  12. Patrick Dougan
  13. Guillaume Leclerc
  14. Kely Jacobson
  15. Victor (keeper)

There will be 12 teams in total, mainly expats.

The tournament organizer have booked the rooms for us, 200rmb/night/room, please see the following map :
We will certainly all go on the 9th morning with the 9.50am flight from Hongqiao and come back on Wed. June 12th with the 10.40 flight from SHANGHAI AIRLINES, FM9254
The tournament fees are 200 rmb/p.
Lions Management


Xiamen Amoy 7aside Cup on June 11th 2013


We have been invited to go to XIAMEN on June 11th 2013 to play a  7aside tournament called the The “Amoy Cup“.

June 9th to 11th 2013 being the Dragon Boat Festival, meaning Chinese National Holidays, nobody is supposed to work on that days, so it is the perfect excuse to go there play a football tournament!

There will be 12 teams competing and we can only bring 12 players maximum per team.

We have accepted the invitation and already registered a team in this tournament!

Our plan is to fly there on Sunday June 9th morning, enjoy Xiamen on June 9th and 10th, go to the beach, party hard…Then, we play/win the tournament on Tuesday June 11th, and fly back in the evening.

All players are welcome to come with their girlfriend/wife/kids of course….

The forecasted costs for this tournament are:

  • Tournament fees: 200 rmb/pers.
  • Round Trip Flight ticket: approx. 2000 rmb/pers.
  • Hotel room: 200 rmb/pers./night

Thus, we need all the interested players to register NOW for this tournament at Xiamen Amoy Cup 2013

We look forward to spend some good time there and bring another trophy to our collection…


Shanghai LIONS Management

SHANGHAI LIONS‘ 7’s CUP on Sept.7th & 8th 2013

Lions Cup logo 2013

The Shanghai Lions Football Club is delighted to announce the organization of its first 7 aside International Football Tournament on SEPT 7th & 8th 2013. We are very used to organize big football tournament every year in Shanghai, mainly for Chinese Teams, but for this edition, we are going for THE BIGGEST FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT ever organized in China! We are expecting 48 teams from all over Asia.

  • Location: The Shanghai Rugby Football Club
  • Entry Fees: 3450 rmb/team or 550 USD/team
  • Nb of Teams: 32 Teams in Open and 16 Teams in Masters O’35


  • Sat. Sept. 7th – from to 4.30pm – Football Tournament Round Robin Matches
  • Sund. Sept. 8th
    • from 1pm to 5pm – Football Tournament Finals
    • from 5pm to 5.30pm – Awards Ceremony – Party


  • We ask for 3450 rmb/team or 550 USD/team (max. 15 players/team)
  • This covers pitch rental, referees, water stations on pitch, tournament pennant, trophies for winners (cups and medals), T-shirt for each player, captain’s briefing,welcome and awards tournament parties.
  • We require a Deposit of 1400 rmb/team or 200 USD/team to reserve your slot in the tournament.
  • The registrations deadline is August 24th 2013.


The Shanghai Rugby Football Club – Waigaoqiao Pudong – Shanghai is a huge multi-sport complex which provides a world-class range of sports, recreational facilities and everything you wish for…

The tournament will be held on four 7aside REAL GRASS football fields.

More info at:


We will offer numerous Entertainment options, such as:

  • Some contests such as: Penalties Shootout, 1 on 1 vs keeper, Juggle, Speed dribbling, etc…
  • Some fun activities like: GIANT SUMO fights, Dunk Tank, Shot Speed Measurement, Fun Lottery, Trampoline Football, Professional Themed Pictures, etc…
  • Professional Masseuses onsite for some 15mn leg, head or back massages
  • There will be a very original Awards Ceremony, with some new funny kind of trophies and prizes…
  • A Fun packed tournament AFTER PARTY, with exceptional drink deals in a top Shanghai nightclub…

Moreover, a lot of Great food & drink deals will be available on site.


We do have special partnerships with trusted hotel, for all kind of budgets. Just contact us for assistance.

For non-China teams, we can assist you in writing you invitation letters to get tourism VISA quicker.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question, cheers,


Charles GEORG and Freek BOELEN

Mobile: 0086-13816104242

Brazil hammer China 8-0

Opposed to China in a friendly on Monday in Recife, Brazil atomized Chinese selection 8-0 with 6 goals in 2nd half. The striker Neymar has been the architect of this win, signing a hat-trick. Ramires, Lucas, Hulk, Liu Jianye (og) and Oscar are the other scorers.

It seems to be China biggest defeat in their football modern history.

China starting XI v Brazil:

Zeng Cheng, Zhao Peng, Liu Jianye, Yu Yang, Lu Peng, Zhao Xuri, Tang Miao, Zhu Ting, Hao Junmin, Gao Lin, Liu Jian

All goals and video here

Love football, hate business

On Wednesday 25th of July, 2012, Manchester United beat Shanghai Shenhua 1-0.

As a football fan, I was happy to watch this game to see newly signed Didier Drogba and controversial Nicolas Anelka challenging their old Premier League rival mates.

Speaking football, Kagawa found the net in the 68th minute and former Chelsea stars Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka did not play as 90% of MU regular team…

Off the pitch, I was surprised that the official 42,000 crowd (from my opinion more 25,000 to 30,000) was 95% dressed in red devils colors… Are we not in Shanghai? How come a all city cannot support his own team?

I finally got my answer below:

SHANGHAI: Shanghai Shenhua fans boycotted a friendly against Manchester United to protest at the match being played in the middle of the Chinese league season, supporters of the club told AFP Thursday.

The English giants are among several Premiership sides currently touring Asia, in what are widely seen as attempts to build up their fanbases in a potentially hugely lucrative market.

Yes, it was only an exhibition match but I left the stadium with mixed feelings…

  • For a ticket 3 times regular market price, were we not supposed to see more than few famous players on the pitch?
  • A little too much “Chevrolet”, a little too much branding and fan-base construction with not much space for football.

I’m not sure if this pilgrimage of English Premier League teams really helps China building his “own football”.

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