It was a Super Weekend for the Lions !

Lions,

 

[ SIFL ] Shanghai LIONS 7-1 Oranje FC

It was excellent weather and playing condition were perfect last Saturday ! We were up against the dutch in the SIFL. Our strength on the day was our excellent bench as we had a big and motivated squad. As for Oranje they tried to keep the cleansheet as long as they could. In the first 25 minutes we created some opportunities but failed to finish it off, shots went just wide or were blocked by their goalie. On the rare occasions that the Dutch were coming over the middle line we took advantage by quick counters. Azz opened the score on such an occasion and just before half time he scored our second.

In the second half we focused on scoring more goals as the goal difference is always important at the end of the season. All players coming off the bench made an impact first Nicolas who kept his goal scoring pace in tact as he scored twice followed by Gwen who almost wanted to retire from football after his goal ! Our debutant Jona also found the net and Kevin failed to score from a very close range. A slip of concentration gave an opportunity to the Dutch which they happily took as they made it 6-1. Last but not least our young local player Xu Ling scored as well to make the final score 7-1 for the Lions.

[ SPL ] Shanghai LIONS 7-1 Marlins FC

On Sunday the weather was still good 22 degrees which was pretty warm for middle of  November. Again we had a large squad and again the hungry bench proved to make a big impact on the game however our opponent were our old rivals the Marlins so we knew we were up for a tough game. Our plan was to play compact and patiently wait for one or two counter attack. It went well in the early stages as our defend stood well and we got a few fast counters. However the Marlins took the lead after we couldn’t clear the ball.

The second half talk we focused on being positive as we knew we can turn things around. We quickly equalized by a great header from Fabie and the Marlins started to show some cracks mainly because we upped the tempo of the game and their midfield imploded. Felix took on their defense coming free on his left foot and had no problem to put us ahead. Jona scored again 5 minutes later another debut goal from him with a blast that the Marlins goalie only could see going in as it was a great strike. Nicolas proved his killer instinct as he scored again as well. By now the Marlins collapsed and we kept trying to score more goals. Good old Tomas scored twice and laid one off to Xu Ling. At the end of the game all of us were not sure about the final score as we scored so many in just 45 minutes that we lost track, however in the end it stopped at 7-1 and a well deserved historic win over the Marlins was a fact !

Our strength on the day was our bench and our combination of experienced Legends and 3 young players who all played very well combined with an inform Dim and rock solid defense and a very motivated (seems he got a good reason) Azzeddine ! Well done Lions !

Two 7-1 wins surely lifted our spirits now lets all come to the training and work even harder for the big games ahead of us !

Coming weekend we play Reunited on Saturday and the Legends will play the Super 48 Master Tournament !

 

It is good to be a Lion !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions woke up in the second half and beat United 6-0 !

[ SIFL ] Shanghai LIONS 6-0 United FC

Its was a beautiful day 25 degrees and sunny day last Saturday. We had a big squad with four legends to help out and a 15 year old goalie Riccardo Cuda making his debut !

The plan was to score quickly in order to rotate the team with all the subs however United was not coming to open the door and they defended well in the beginning of the match. Rosie came close but saw the ball just gone wide. Another debutant Andrei did find the net and he opened the score for the Lions.

The half time talk was all about bringing the smiles back on the faces and enjoy the game more and to be more positive. It worked well as we were smiling again and soon Felix scored 2-0. When Nicolas came in for Rosie his task was the be and stay in the box and he was a danger man first he hit the cross bar with a thunderbolt and soon after he scored the 3-0 with a precise shot in the top corner. Out fourth goal was the best of the day with four short combination on the left flank and a perfect cross in from Allan found Kevin flying in and he slammed the ball in the net ! United did get some space one, two or three counters but Riccardo was fearless on his debut and stopped all attempts. Allan got great opportunity after a great thru ball from Azz but a second of hesitation to lob the out-coming keeper or not to lob proved fatal as his lob was lacking power and ended in the hands of the United keeper. Nicolas scored his second to make it 5-0 and in the last 5 minutes we had a special moment to share as Big John who cam in as right back went forward for a corner and Azz perfectly found Big John Big Head and he scored to the delight of all Lions ! The result was good especially the clean sheet ! After we ended up in Pistolera where the debutants had to sing their songs and Gwen never stopped singing as he was so happy with his disallowed goal and his shot on the cross bar !

Next game will be Oranje on Saturday Nov 12th and lets all come to the training on Tuesday first as we are improving week by week !

Cheers
Freek

[SIFL News] Round 2 – Games played on 24 Sep 2016

Premier League

Shanghai United tops table with win over FC Oranje. Shanghai 3United (above) takes second spot ending Shanghai Lions FC 50 matches unbeaten streak. Azzurri FC edges out Shanghai Japan FC.

First Division

Shanghai Vikings FC takes top spot with win over Kangbei United FC. Voodoo victorious over Anzacs FC. Voodoo Child ties Hstone HFC. Shanghai Tianfu FC beats Shanghai Cosmos.


In the Premier League, the Shanghai Lions FC did battle with newly promoted Shanghai 3United. Shanghai 3United knew to expect a whole new league of football in the Premier League and were not disappointed drawing the reigning champions of three years, the Lions, for the first game of the new season. 

Nervousness and anxiousness were common feelings but it was up to 3U to either turn that into something productive on the field or to let it eat into their play. Fortunately, they were able to pull that nervous energy together, turned it into great team play, executed clinical football and showed that they deserve a shot in the Premier League.

The Lions were continually pressuring the 3United defense for the first 10mins but the 3U back line was solid all across and dealt with every attack the Lions threw at them. It was then that 3U was able to find their rhythm and find some momentum pushing forward trading attacks with the Lions. 

The defense, midfield and forwards were linking up nicely throughout all areas of the pitch and things were looking optimistic to get some shots on goal. 3United were finally able to break through the Lions defense from a goal kick from keeper Cody Alhstrom. He hammered a ball down the right side of the field over the heads of the Lions defense to the feet of Joe Williams, who took a clinical touch to push it towards the corner. 

Williams then turned on a dime and blasted a low cross across the Lions box to Nick Law who smashed his first touch past the diving keeper for the first score of the game and a 0-1 3U lead. The Lions kept the pressure up looking for an equalizer, but the 3U midfield and defense kept them in check for the rest of the half, letting them only have one shot on goal as the score remained 0-1 at halftime. 

The second half started with the Lions pressuring the 3United squad hard on all fronts. But once again, the defense showed their worth and barely allowed a shot to be taken. This battle raged on for another 15mins with 3United slowly earning back ball possession and were finally able to take the wind out of the Lions’ sails with a second goal. 

Gordon Oneil won a ball down the right flank and gave a grounding through ball to Joe Williams, who was once again threatening down the right wing. Oraz Arslanow received the ball on the left and without hesitation he volleyed it into the back of the net doubling 3U’s lead to two. No more goals were scored and the 0-2 3U victory effectively ended the Lions’ 50 match undefeated streak. Man of the match honors went to 3U’s Pablo Carbonero. The boys enjoyed there stunning victory with a few beers in the last rays of summer.  

The night before, the Lions bode farewell to Charles Georg (above) who played for the Lions for the past 12 years. Freek Boelen: “Charles Georg won many trophies during his tenure at the Lions and helped change the Lions from a team into a club. He will return to France and we wish him and his family a safe journey and hope they can settle down well.”  The SIFL salutes Charles, great player, great effort and great attitude. You will be missed mate, good luck in France-ed. 


FC Oranje lined up to play the newly promoted Shanghai United. Oranje came with the largest squad ever of 26 players. Preparations were done in detail; just the subs management caused some headache for the weary Dutch Master. They took a team photo still wearing the old kit with the old pub sponsor on it. As a token of appreciation for their sponsor Cages they wore their jerseys the other way around. 

In the first half things went ok and the men in orange were able to put some pressure on the United goal. Oranje created 4 major chances versus United’s one. None of these chances got converted to goals and both teams went to tea with a 0-0 score line. 

In the second half, things went on quite evenly until the 20th minute. From a scramble in the box the ball accidently touched an Oranje player’s hand and the ref awarded a penalty. United converted the spot kick taking a 0-1 lead. This lifted United and some outstanding play was what followed. 

The Dutch then opted to put more men of up front and that yielded a huge chance when Marijn ten Wolde got played free in front of the keeper. The keeper did well to keep his goal clean and 0-1 it stayed. United’s sweeper Danyl Bondarchuk had a great game neutralizing several dangerous attacks. 

In the final phase of the match more men were put up front leaving Oranje’s defense somewhat exposed. United took advantage of that, scoring two more on the break sealing the deal with a 0-3 win. United’s goals were scored by Taubat Sahail, Nikolai Filatov and Ricker Alexander (below). Danyl Bondarchuk received man of the match honors. 

With this win United takes first spot in the Premier League for the first time ever and celebrated in style with authentic Russian moonshine. For the Oranje franchise it was a disappointing afternoon and they went on to drown their sorrows in Cages-best sports bar in Shanghai! Oranjeboom was there. 


Shanghai Japan FC crossed swords with Azzurri FC. Azzurri (below) prepared well for their season opener and put out a stellar performance of effective football. In the first half, Japan put up some resistance but the men in blue drew first blood with a first goal for a 0-1 lead at halftime. 

In the second half, they continued where they left off in the first and scored three more goals. Japan managed to claw one back at 1-4. They upped the ante and increased pressure on the Italian goal. They came back to 2-4 and 3-4 in the final phase of the match. It was squeaky bum time for the Azzurri but the clock ran out and Azzurri narrowly won the contest 3-4. 

Japan’s goals were scored by Tomoyuki Hirai, Kosuke Nagai and Hajime Sumitomo. Patrick Ruiz Arbeloa, Javier Del Valle and Antti Hintsanen (2) scored the Azzurri goals. Azzurri’s Nick Velani received man of the match honors. The men in blue went on to celebrate their first win of the season in Cages.


First Division

In the First Division, Voodoo did battle with the Anzacs FC. Voodoo lined up against the Anzacs under the heat of Shanghai sun with a threadbare 11 and two players who were ‘on the way’. An AWOL keeper meant midfield maestro Damo Pilat had to start off in goal for a makeshift side that had barely met beforehand and whose new kits were ill-fitting at best. 

That showed in the early exchanges as the Anzacs were on top and took a deserved lead via a David Li strike for 0-1. Voodoo hit back with a set piece, new boy Jordan ‘Rooney’ Weston powering a header in for 1-1, keeping it level at the whistle. 

The second period proved it was a game of two halves (and three keepers): Voodoo changing to a Brian Doyle-inspired 4-5-1 and pushing forward. Chances came and went, some looking harder to miss than score before a corner kick crashed against the bar and Gorgeous George Spencer bundled home in the ensuing melee taking a 2-1 Voodoo lead.

A third Voodoo goal from Jonny White (below with Spencer, Weston & Li), rifled home from outside the box on the half volley, put a an underserved gloss on the 3-1 score line but the hard-fought three points were welcomed regardless. Voodoo’s Evan Kleinberg received man of the match honors. Jordan Weston: “I don’t really look like Rooney as I’m not on the bench and scored!”

Hstone HFC slugged it out with Voodoo Child. VC were looking to build on from last years end of season good form. Starting with a tough encounter against the recently relegated Hstone HFC. 

The first half was played at a high tempo with end-to-end football, VC were on top, however HFC took advantage of some sloppy defending to snatch a 1-0 lead. VC struck back on the stroke of halftime when flying Dutchman Erik Johan showed Kam how to score a header from two yards out evening out the score at 1-1. 

After some mild refreshments during halftime, a change of the goalkeeping line and Kam off the field, VC were looking untouchable. Some sexy interchanges between the strikers and Santa Claus lead to Kevin Wright smashing in from five yards and a 1-2 VC lead!

As the game wore on tired legs and the chain-smoking Chinese fitness levels began to show. HFC bounced back to lead 3-2 with the help of an own goal. But the VC spirit was still there and Kevin Wright dispatched a last minute goalmouth scramble for 3-3 after another fantastic ball in by HFC menace fat Nick Lewis. Naizheng Tao and Zheren Liu scored for HFC. Kevin Wright received man of the match honors. 


Shanghai Tianfu FC (below) were pitted against Shanghai Cosmos. Tianfu’s recent field trip deep into German territory proved wonders as they went into the match fully rested and all muscles refreshed. First half started, Cosmos tried hard to expand and got a goal. Tianfu made several moves forward and one of their attacks resulted in a goal for a 1-1 score line at halftime. 

In the second half, Tianfu pushed through for the winner and they got rewarded with another goal. Cosmos tried to get on with their natural ways of spreading out but were unable to get another ball in the net. Tianfu played out the match for a final score of Tianfu 2, Cosmos 1. Tao Sun and Sheng Wang scored for Tianfu while Paul Baird scored the lone Cosmos goal. Tianfu’s Jie Zhang received man of the match honors.  


Shanghai Vikings FC (above) locked horns versus Kangbei United FC. This was a typical match of two halves. It took a while for the Vikings to get used to the warm temperatures as they struggled to keep Kangbei at bay in the first half. The ball went back and forth on great grass but a spectacle score of 0^0 was what showed after 45mins of football. 

By the time the second half started the Vikings were fully warmed up and pillaged their way through the sturdy Kangbei defense. Vikings Søgaard Søgaard and Kasper Ohrt were in fine form netting two each for a 4-0 Vikings victory. Søgaard Søgaard was voted man man of the match. 


The Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC played a friendly versus ZhouXuan FC. Nick Rose came back from death to bid a final goodbye to football in Shanghai during the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 5-1 win over ZhouXuan FC. And he did so in spectacular fashion. 

Nick Rose had a fantastic afternoon scoring all goals in the match. Five for the Shooters and then an own goal saving honor for ZhouXuan underscoring what a fine player and great character Nick Rose really is. We are all happy he is alive and kicking and we wish him good luck in the UK. 


STANDINGS

Shanghai International Football League

October 15 2016:  Round 3-League Matches

Venue: Shanghai Community & Sports Center-Waigaoqiao.

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Lions advance in Hebiguchi Cup and drew vs. Gremio

Lions,

[ SIFL Hebiguchi Cup ] Shanghai Lions 3-0 Shanghai Vikings FC

On Saturday, we played against the Vikings in the first round of the Hebiguchi Cup. We had not played against them for a while and knew them for their physical game. Patrick was missing for a while as he was hit by an acute food poisoning after eating chicken tika masala the night before! We started very well and scored within 2 minutes by Romain and it was our Captain (Benji) who looked the most inspired player of all the Lions on the day scored the second two minutes later. When Matthieu scored our third goal everybody knew the game was over as goal difference doesn’t count in cup game…

We tried to look for small passing possession games in the second half but it was not easy to find the motivated to push for more! By this win we made it to the semi-finals of this cup.

 

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions 2-2 Gremio

On Sunday we had a hard game against Gremio a strong Chinese / Brazilian team. The game consisted of two completely different halves. In the first half we found ourselves playing against only 9 Gremio players. We managed to get a quick goal from right back Francois who pushed forward and finished nicely. We tried very hard to score more and take advantage of the situation but we were not good in making the final pass or the final shot or header ! It was 1-0 at half time and in the second half Gremio had a full squad complete with three fast fit and furious African players ! It was a superb strike of one of them who brought the equalizer. There was nothing that Dim our goalie could do about it! We pushed Dave upfront and that move paid dividend as a fast counter and a good cross from Tomas C found Dave free in front of the goalie and he didn’t hesitate to score the 2-1. Now the game was on and we had to defend more and more and it was an off side hesitation that give Gremio the equalizer. We still got good opportunities to play on the counter and Cesar came closest only to see his shot hit one post and hit the other post, very unlucky!!! With 10 minutes to go we lost Nacho after the Chinese referee gave him two cheap yellow cards… We held on and in the end we could look back at a good second half!

 

This week and next week it will be a very busy weekend for the Lions:

 

Let’s try to get the best out of all these games stay fit and focused!

Cheers Freek

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Lions reached the SIFL Cup Final by beating the Shooters

[ SIFL Cup ] Shooters 4-5 Shanghai Lions (01 Jun 2013)

DSC_4442On Saturday morning we were not sure whether we would ever make it to Tianma as the bus driver was missing some gears in his box! In the end we arrived 30 minutes before kick off at the field. Motivation was high and we knew that for the Shooters this was one of the last chances to win something this season so we expected a good battle.

Within 5 minutes the Shooters took the lead by a great cross of Jonny straight on the head of Zippy who saw the ball ending in the net. Quite funny one of the Shooter players concluded that we lost it and were nervous… well not really. A great combination on the right put Thomas in a good position and he finished cool! Happy to see him score on Saturdays! Just before half time Azz was fed up with the referee as he was not blowing his whistle and he went on a rampage, tricking 4 shooters and lobbing the Keeper, the ball ended on the cross bar and bounced back in the goal by Chris Banners face.

In the second half we were looking for the third goal as well it was time to put our subs on. Matthieu and Romain gave us a comfortable lead 4-1 and we got more chances, especially Benj was denied by the post and cross bar. With a 4-1 score line it was safe to put Mister Warady on to replace Jack. Soon the referee awarded a penalty for a perfect Shooters dive in the box and by another break on the left the Shooters made it a real cup game 4-3. With 5 minutes to go we stayed calm and composed and got our penalty rewarded and god bless Simon didn’t take it and Azz made it 5-3.  In the last minute the Shooters managed to score one more goal but that was it!

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Lions are in the final and saw the Dutch beating DIB in the other 1/2 final. So everybody should come and support the Lions on June the 15th as we want to win the double this season!!

 

Keep training and stay focused until the very end of this very special season!

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions are getting closer and closer

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 2-2 D.I.B. FC - March 23, 2013

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 2-2 D.I.B. FC – March 23, 2013

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 2-2 D.I.B. FC (23 Mar 2013)

We had our biggest game of the season last Saturday. DIB our closest contender needed a win to stay in the title race. We did our preparation well as to what best tactics to use having watched them play a couple of times but looking at the team of DIB who were warming up this time it looked like they had put out the strongest team they could find in Shanghai for the occasion. Our strategy was to always stay calm and composed as we were 8 points ahead of DIB second in the league, so the pressure was on them not on the Lions!

Didier Njewel's fly above Felipe's leg into the box

Didier Njewel’s fly above Felipe’s leg

However 5 minutes into the game Felipe, not aware his opponent striker, Didier Njewel (1), was an ex-pro who played for Shanghai East Asia FC in the 2011-2012 season, did fly over his leg in the box. Question was whether he touched him or not… Felipe and the referee were clear he was flying over his leg and there was no penalty given, but it was our wake up call!

Five minutes later we were on the counter attack and Jerome shot ended up in the feet of Romain who tried to shoot himself and miss-hit the ball completely and surprisingly  the defender of DIB gave the ball back to Romain and asked him to shoot again, sure this time 1-0 for the Lions! Perfect start however a DIB corner landed on the head of their striker at the near post and they equalized.

In the second half we played better and controlled most of the game. It seemed our fitness level was better and we were a bit surprised that DIB was not fighting for the win. It was time to bring Jonny O’Shea, who needed to vomit after the warming up, on to do the damage. 15 minutes before the end he dribbled past two DIB defenders and managed a perfect left foot cross on Man Of the Match Dani, who headed the ball into the top corner! We were on cloud nine and with the clock ticking away we thought we got this until an injury time free kick of DIB was not defended properly and was straight shot in! Final score 2-2.

Lions scored heads down DIB

Lions scored heads down DIB

Its always good to learn from mistakes as that’s the only way to get better ! Dimitri our goalie had an outstanding game and overall I was very pleased with our team performance as we all felt that we were the better team. Big plus was our composure as except for a small black out of Fabie (think he thought it was earth hour) we took all the knocks and hits and kept on playing football all the time.

These are the games we will remember of this season and now it’s looking good for the Lions 4 games to go and we are 8 points clear on both DIB and the Shooters as I have mentioned many times before this season goal difference is key and we are +23 goals ahead of DIB and + 33 goals ahead of the Shooters. Although we know that two more wins will give us our first SIFL title all of the Lions want to win all the last 4 games to make it a whole season unbeaten run!!!

 

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions - D.I.B. FC - Celebration(1)

After the game we all went to Bloc for our brunch and I was pleased by the food choice of Dani who helped my choose. Plans for the next poker game were laid out by Charles and Chris and the Lions remained humble in spirit not celebrating anything as their next game will be the most important of the season against the Dutch next Saturday. Nothing but a win will do!

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions - D.I.B. FC - Celebration

[ SPL ] FC Flamenkos 0-5 Shanghai Lions (24 Mar 2013)

On Sunday, it was also a memorable Lions day. We won 5-0 but not without controversy. I received phone call from the Flamenkos Captain late on Saturday saying he didn’t have a team and needed to forfeit the game. As we didn’t play last week and we are in the last stage of the competition and had a very good chance to win the league I thought it would be very bad not to play. A quick phone call to Simon did the job we intended to play 8 a side among ourselves to stay focused and fit and wouldn’t announce it to anybody as otherwise our players would party too much ! 45 minutes before kick off I got a call from Garret shouting where are the Flamenkos ….!! Told him the Flamenkos were gone! Angry faces but we did have a very good session for ourselves with 18 lions showing up! Only four games to go and if we win all of them we will be SPL Champions. We cannot let go this opportunity Lions! Next up is Japan and too bad for them it will be our revenge for the 2-2 draw earlier this season! And believe it our not we will play at Jinqiao!

 

Big weekend ahead for all Lions ! Train good and stay focused !

 

Cheers,
Freek

SIFL 2012-13: Summary of Games from Week 2

There were some clouds and a bit of splash made all Shanghai pitches wet on September the 22nd 2012. A perfect day for football to settle some scores as round 2 of the Shanghai International Football League took shape. The top two fixtures of the day were between Shanghai ReUnited and league leaders Shanghai Lions FC and between current champions Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC and the champs of yesteryear Azzurri FC. Two top teams in the First Division did battle in the Voodoo versus Long Tang AFC Fixture. In all 50 goals were scored in 10 matches, 29 in the Premier League and 21 in the First Division.

Premier League

In the Premier League FC Oranje were slotted against Shanghai Japan FC. The reinvigorated Orangemen were set to march on where they left of last week and march they did. Some special shirts were made for the occasion (pictured below) to add to the atmosphere and the mood was buoyant. Prior to the match both sides shook hands, Oranje won the toss, sides were changed and on-on with it. Japan played dominant football in the opening phase of the match and pushed Oranje back to their own half. As time went on Oranje got into the match a bit better when Orangeman Sun Shaoyi (2nd from left) got on the score sheet for a 1-0 lead. The game went back and forth but when veteran Lodewijk Boddeart found the net for 2-0 the Dutch got into a flow and a 2-0 half time lead. Japan did something back in the 2nd half when Nomiyama broke through a stalled Dutch defense, then surprised the keeper with a lovely lob for the 2-1. A few moments later Sun Shaoyi got his 2nd going around several players and the keeper scoring from an impossible angle outside the 16 for a 3-1 lead. Toby Zhou (pictured far left) headed home for 4-1. Japan’s Suzuki got 1 back bringing the score to 4-2. It was Wouter Raatjes who put the duel beyond reach of Japan heading home from a corner for a final 5-2 score. With this win the Dutch climbed to 2nd spot of the table. Last time that happened in the Premier League was in 1997. FC Oranje’s Sun Shaoyi was voted man of the match.
Shanghai Vikings FC were pitted against Beaver United. Vikings’ mission was to forget their dismal opener the week before and that was exactly the same for Beaver. Both teams started with vigor and both teams played with passion creating several chances but no goals were scored in the 1st half. In the 2nd half Vikings found the net first from a Peter Tobar goal for a 1-0 lead. Not long after that, Beaver managed to get one in too, via Nick Muzyczka; evening out the score 1-1. Both teams tried to force the winner creating several dangerous moments in front of the goal. Both teams played a great game. It was an obvious stalemate ending in 1-a-peace earning both teams their first point of the season. Viking Jens Christensen was voted man of the match while the same honors for Beaver went to Alex Andersson. Super Beaver Leslie Campbell after the match: “So much balance it made me puke. Next time I’m gonna get some yellow cards and start a fight.”

The Shanghai Krauts were up against DIB FC. The contrast between these 2 teams could not have been bigger. DIB recorded a big win the week before while the Krauts experienced a huge loss. DIB’s flyer on Weibo (main pic, above) added to their confidence going into the match. When the match got underway the Krauts played dominant, yet it was DIB who got on the score sheet first via Zhao Libin and Kossi Amouzou goals. Half time score 2-0 to DIB. Things looked sweet for DIB FC and top of the table loomed. But never count out the Krauts with the clock still ticking. Down and agitated the German Luftwaffe got in to play when Air Theiler towered over the defense and managed to get his head on the leather for the anschlusstor 2-1. Then Phil jumped higher than anyone else heading home from 15m out for the equalizer with 18 minutes to play and a 2-2 score. DIB put it up a notch and kept attacking while the Krauts hung back playing counter with 3 strikers (pictured below). It turned out to be the winning tactic when Joel Terrades took off steaming towards the 16 then produced a blistering shot putting one passed the goalie for a 2-3 Krauts lead. With 7 minutes to play DIB put out an all or nothing offense and almost got goal when a superb DIB strike was saved by goalie Das Vacuum with ultimate effort. Then from a DIB corner the Krauts picked up the ball went straight for the counter and delivered it Joel Terrades who scored his 2nd of the day. It was enough to seal the deal and settle the score at 2-4 for a determined zicke zacke Shanghai Krauts. A great comeback after last week’s 8 goal deficit. Joel Terrades was voted man of the match.

There was a bit of an upset in the battle of the champions between the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC versus Azzurri FC. A fixture that normally draws the crowds out and a game tense till the last second. It went a bit different this time around. The first half Azzurri kept pace with the Shooters and were just 1 goal down. Then disaster struck as a clear Azzurri goal was ruled off-side. Instead of 1-1 the Shooters nursed a 1-0 lead at halftime. However after tea it was all over as the Shooters ran rife in the 2nd half with both Kevin Weissler and Guillaume Leclerque scoring hattricks. Mike McGirr added to his first half strike with a delightful chip that went in. Adam Kluger scored a consolation goal late in the game and saved Azzurri honors. Chris Banyard saved an Azzurri penalty at the death. Final score: Shooters 8 Azzurri 1. Not a very happy moment for the men in blue as this sinks them to the bottom of the table-Azzurri unworthy and the worst ever start in Azzurri history. Hopefully they can get their act together after the October holidays. Great win for the Shooters after last week’s draw with Japan.

The top match in the Premier League was between Shanghai ReUnited versus championship contenders Shanghai Puxi Lions FC. It was a game for the history books as CFA’s Alice Yan became the first female referee in SIFL history to lead a SIFL match. The Lions dominated from the start and ReUnited had no answer to the short passing Lions midfield. ReUnited were appealing for a free kick when Mandela was brought down but the ref didn’t give it so that Gaullist troops marched right through the ReUnited defensive lines enabling Romain Haution to find the net for a 0-1 Lions lead. This fueled French dominance and right before half time they doubled their lead when a deflected shot from Azzeddine Takouloufa flew in for a 0-2 lead at half time. In the 2nd half Azzeddine got on the score sheet again when this time his effort deflected off the keeper for a 0-3 French lead. But the match wasn’t over and ReUnited finally got it together when in the 75th minute Mandela dribbled, stumbled around two defenders and the French keeper and pushed the ball into the empty net 1-3. Minutes later a long free kick from the right by David Lazarowicz slipped over the gloves of the Lions keeper and Mandela was there to head home for 3:2. With 12 minutes to play ReUnited pushed for the equalizer but the score remained 2-3 to the Lions. Man of match honors went to Lion Benjamin Guerin. With this important win the Puxi Lions remain in charge of the table.

In the Premier League the Shanghai Puxi Lions FC are top of the table together with FC Oranje with 6 points from 2 games. The Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC are on 3rd with 4 points. DIB FC, Shanghai ReUnited and Shanghai Krauts FC all have 3 points each. Shanghai Japan FC, Beaver United and Shanghai Vikings FC have 1 point each and Azzurri FC are at the bottom of the table with zero points and a massive headache.

Shanghai Lions FC grab SIFL Opening Tournament 2012

Lions,

Last week the Veteran Lions clinched their second Shanghai Masters tournament title by beating the Shooters on penalties in the final !

Today was the turn to the SIFL Lions Team to show why we are the Lions!

We had 12 players including 16 year old Lucas and Gwenn who noticed that suddenly he was the oldest player on the pitch ! As coach I told the Lions this was not 11 aside and we needed to score first. Quite amazingl but it seemed everybody got the message including 007 Jonny just back from the UK 15 pound more heavy but he managed to score the first goal of the tournament and his last of course …..!

Group stage:

Top of the group setting us up versus Teranga who beat Shooters 2-0 and had several hot blooded games ! Key for us was to stay cool and we did just that a perfect dive of Allan gave us the penalty in the last minute and god bless Azzeddine took it to send us into the Semi-Finals ! The tournament scheduling seemed to be corrupted as we ended up playing DIB in the semi final whereas they were top of their group as well ! No need to see that we were motivated to put some history right ! A Great performance of the whole Lions squad sent the semi pro’s from Shanghai back home by a one goal screamer from Jerome!

Somehow the Shooters managed to get back into the final claiming they were best third in their group !!! We were motivated by this and to me we always like to play the Shooters in any final ! So this was it ! 6 games and no goals conceded but…………………… 5 minutes before the end the Shooters scored a header by their youngest players on the pitch ! But give the Lions 5 minutes to turn around a final and they will do just that ! A great finish by Azzeddine put us level and in the last two minutes Jonny 007 as left back went on a rampage running like Usain Bolt with the ball on his feet passed it to Damien our rooky of the day and GGGOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!

  • 1/4 Final Lions – Teranga 1-0
  • 1/2 Final Lions – DIB 1-0
  • 1/4 Final Lions – Shooters 2-1

Unbelievable good performance of the whole team 7 games all won and just one goal conceded in the whole tournament !

This means we are on the right track ! I hope everybody will come to the training Wednesday and we can have the same good start as the opening tournament in our first SIFL league game ! We will buy a nice trophee for ourselves as this was a truly memorable Lions performance !

Cheers /Happy Coach Freek

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