Lions win the third edition of the Amoy Cup in Xiamen !



Sometimes it’s good to step out of your comfort zone and try a tournament or match outside Shanghai ! That’s just what we did we managed to get 14 Lions willing to take on the challenge in Xiamen ! Both teams were in separate groups of 6 and needed to end 4th or higher to make to the quarter final. That was 5 games for each in the humid and hot weather of Xiamen. The pitch was in a beautiful location on an tourist island and real grass / the size of the pitch was small which in the end was good and resulted in many many Lions goals ! Lions B, the older and experienced lions helped by two experienced Xiamen players (old..) , were having a tough group but still managed to end 3rd in the group ! Lions A, the fast and furious helped by Lions Legend Kely, in the easy group won all their games and ended 1st in their group. The quarter final started after a heavy rain break and the opponent of Lions B appeared to be too fast and too strong, Xiamen African Star ! Lions A cruised into the semi’s after crushing a Latino Team with more than 10 goals ! However they were up against the same African team as Lions B, within 5 minutes we were 1-0 down and the Africans started to party, however it takes much more to beat a Lions team. Within three minutes we leveled with a skillful strike of Kely and before the Africans knew it they were losing good play by Azz and good finish by Charles. In the second half we locked the game with a 3-1 score and win ! The final was against a Chinese local team and the field was packed with tourists watching our game ! After 7 games of football the legs were tired and the pace was slow however we scored by Gui on a very fast break. In the second half we found more space and a perfect cross of Kely was nicely headed home in the top corner by Gui. We knew we wouldn’t give this away anymore but we let the Chinese score with a bicycle kick in the last minute to make everybody happy !mmexport1371102543191

Time to party we were the first outsider to win this tournament ! It was a well deserved and a great team effort, including family and friends who came out to support us ! This was a very well organized tournament with a good level of football.  Victor, our Lions A goalie was voted goalie of tournament and Gui our top scorer with 18 goals in 8 games was miraculously denied to the top scorer trophy  ! However we won the Cup and showed the people in Xiamen who are the Lions ! We received many compliments afterwards about our display of football as well our fair play !


Lets win one more Cup on Saturday (SIFL Cup Final) and then celebrate this great season all together at Bloc !


Cheers Happy Freek (who scored a penalty with his head !)

[SPL News] 10th season is over

Amigo’sand Amiga’s,

All good things come to an end. The SPL season is no exception ! We had three games to play before we could evaluate the final ranking and performances of the teams. The weather was good and this season we have been lucky with the weather ! No complaints to the weather gods from our side !

  • Flamenkos 1-1 ERS

There was nothing at stake anymore in this game and the atmosphere was very friendly. Leftovers from Frederik’s goodbye Shanghai Party were shared between the teams and the referees. ERS scored first and after that it was a festival of missing opportunities for the Flamenkos. Sharing the points and the friendship was a good way to  end the season for our number 5th and 6th of the SPL !

  • Galacticos 0-17 Marlins

Despite the high score line the game was always good in sport and credit to the Galacticos who never gave up to try and score a goal. Marlins were happy with the result and ended up drinking away the Shanghai Beer Stock in Blue Marlin after the game.  Banksy in person closed down the establishment in the dark hours of the night !

  • Shanghai 2000 1-9 Cowboys

It was hard for the Shanghai 2000 players to stop Zhuang our SPL top scorer ! He just never stops scoring goals. First half it was 0-5 and luckily Shanghai 2000 could score a goal in the second half as they missed a few opportunities in the first.


Looking back it was an amazing season with hardly any incidents. I think that’s a great achievement of all the managers and players of the SPL !  Of course the Referees and the Grass-masters have done a fantastic job every week ! Its the confirmation that we are on the right track in the SPL. In the SPL we all respect our opponents and we respect the game of football and yes we battle for 90 minutes but afterwards we shake hands and have a chat or a beer to talk about the game.

We played a record 110 games at the three best locations in Shanghai  ! Total goals scored 698 !

We will wait until the 16th of June at our end of the season party to put everybody in the spotlight. There will be plenty of awards to give away ! Don’t miss the party.

A Quick recap of the ranking :

  • 11th Galacticos – Difficult season for them as they struggled to have a solid team base after a few key players left last season. What stood out for me was their spirit and the love for the sport. Losing almost every week is hard for any team, but the Galacticos never ever gave up and still managed to have fun during the games.  If they can get a solid base group of players together next season they can be back at their best !
  • 10th Super 48 – Despite ending close to the bottom of the SPL Super 48 had their best seasons ever. They gave many teams a lot of trouble and the highlight for them was their victory over the cowboys. If every game was only 45 minutes long they would end up in the Top 6 of the SPL no doubt about that. They are a big contender for the Fairplay  Cup this season. As well its rumored they will change their name to Super 38 next season !
  • 9th Pistolera Bulls – Looking at the performance of the Bulls this season it’s obvious that with 91 goals conceded they had their problems in the defense. I have seen games where Bilgin opted for a one man defense, most of the time himself. In this way he could collect more yellow cards and in that sense the strategy worked. Overall fitness level is another point of concern for the Bulls as they are not getting any younger and some of their players need to carry the extra kilos. Bilgin is working on a mega deal with the largest fitness center operator in Shanghai to get his player back to their old level. Scoring is no problem for the Bulls with over two goals per game on average !
  • 8th Japan – This will be the lowest ranking for Japan in the SPL. One of the problems is that their top striker only scored 8 goals. If they could have scored more than their 46 goals they would easily have ranked 6th place or better. Of course their season had  highlights as well a come back to clinch a draw versus the Flamenkos after being down 5-0 will be remembered far beyond Tokyo ! A draw versus the Lions as well as its not easy to take points from them. We expect a better performance from Japan next season !
  • 7th Shanghai 2000 – Our rooky of the year ! Playing on the super pitch at Century Park as their home ground we can conclude that they had a decent first year in the SPL. Too bad that their top goals scorer Hugo had to leave China half way through the season but still they managed to score 63 goals. Shanghai 2000 are a team with experienced players and a good disciplinary record. In China that’s a good asset to own besides many properties !
  • 6th Flamenkos – If only everybody would have come to each game they promised to come they would have been in the top of the SPL.  A mix of Champions League games / Formula 1 / El Classico’s resulted in a small squad. If everybody was present they were a hard team to beat. With only 53 goals scored it as well were the missed opportunities that kept them out of the title race this season !
  • 5th ERS – A few very good players left at the end of last season. It resulted in a difficult first half of the season. It was their teams spirit that kept them alive and after Chinese New Year they had a very good run of results. Scoring goals was their problem you cannot blame their strikers as together they scored 50 pct of ERS’s total of 44 goals. A good scoring midfielder will surely send them in the top the SPL next season. ERS scouts are already searching the globe ! Fifth place out of 11 teams is not a bad result !
  • 4th Marlins – Before the start of the season Steve disclosed to me that their strategy was to win the SPL on goal difference in the final game of the season. For very long it seemed to be the right choice. They ended up scoring an all time SPL record of 123 goals ! Helped by goal scoring machines like Kevin and Fedja and Gui who together scored 63 pct of their total. However in the final games of the season they let the title slip out of their hands or feet…or heads. ! Having scored the most goals this season and having the second best defensive record in the league might leave you with the question why they only ended on the 4th place !
  • 3th Gremio – Very solid team performance until the very end of the season. First year to operate under the Gremio name and despite losing the title they can look back at a successful season. They had a solid defense the third best in the league but scored  a bit less goals compared to the other top 4 teams, 83 goals ! However some of those goals surely belong to the SPL “Best Goals of the Season” !
  • 2nd Cowboys – To say that the Cowboys were the surprise factor of the season is an understatement ! We never knew that Cowboys could play football ! They had a super season ending only 5 points behind the Lions. Their strength was their attacking duo Zhuang and Chen KL. Zhuang became the SPL top scorer with 40 goals ! The cowboys reached over 100 goals for the season in their last game. Defense was not as strong conceding 43 goals but overall a fantastic result for them !
  • 1st Lions – The Lions thought they had lost it when in the last game of 2012 they lost against the Marlins 4-3. However after the game all players stayed back for a few beers to heal the pain as team ! It helps to always be positive and the conclusion of the day was that they needed to win all the games left for the season in order the be Champions ! This is exactly what happened. The secret of their success was by all means their defense as they conceded only 2 goals in the rest of the season and 18 in total. By beating their closest rivals in the last games of the season we can say that they deserved the Championship !


Let’s all celebrate the good end of the season tournament on the 16th of June followed by the SPL Party and the SPL awards Ceremony !

Thank you for being part of the SPL. You all made the SPL Special !


Happy Freek – SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee

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!



Next weekend is Lions’ weekend


Our most successful season in our history is almost done ! But we are still hungry for more trophies ! When we asked you to register for our party on the 22nd of June we noticed that several Lions (including myself) would not be able to make it as many would be going home for the summer break. This will miss our target to celebrate with as many family and friends our success ! Therefore we decided to make next weekend a Lions’s weekend we believe that’s the best way to end this special season.

Here is the schedule for Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th of June, 2013:

  • Saturday 1000-1200 SIFL CUP final Lions vs Dutch at Waigaoqiao
  • Saturday 1200-1600 SIFL End of the season tournament at Waigaoqiao
  • Saturday 1600-1800 SIFL award Ceremony at Waigaoqiao / Lions to receive several awards !
  • Saturday 2000- late LIONS own end of the Season Party + award Ceremony at BLOC / Please bring all your family and friends !
  • Sunday    1100-1600 SPL end of the season Tournament at Jinqiao (everybody welcome)
  • Sunday    1600-1900 SPL end of the season Party + award ceremony at Latina ! (The largest Cup and the Brazilian Samba Dancers has been ordered for the Lions)


Let’s celebrate all together and make this LION’S WEEKEND unforgettable ! You can register now on line for all the events ! For our Lions Party you don’t need to register as we count on all of you to come !!


Freek – Shanghai Lions FC President

[SPL News] Race is over…Lions are champion

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

Shanghai Lions FC - SPL Champion 2012/2013After 20 rounds of battling the SPL finally has a new Champion ! The lions clinched their 8th title after a 2-1 win over the Marlins. In the end we can say it was deserved that they won it as they had the best defense in the league conceding only two goals this year. As well they won all their games versus their nearest opponents and saw some of them slip up in the last games of the season. Great end of a great Championship !

We have one more round before we can give you the final standing but most of the teams know by know where the ended on the charts. Next week we will look back at the season !

  • Flamenkos 0-3 Pistolera Bulls

Flamenkos were low on numbers and will need to recruit new players if they want to do better next season / Pistolera on the other hand ended the season with win and Bilgin seemed to be a changed man after his third game in a row without a yellow card. Of course he will still clinch the “Mr Yellow” title of the SPL with 11 cards for the season.

  • Cowboys 6-4 Gremio

Great game for the spectators. Loads of goals and friendly spirit. Both teams had a second place in the SPL at stake. For the Cowboys it was a must win or ending up third or fourth. The were dangerous on the counter attack with their in form strikers duo Zhuang and Chen KL.

They got a 3-2 lead at half time and even managed to score direct from a corner in the second half. Zhuang leads the SPL top scorers chart with 33 goals together with Kevin from the Marlins. With the 6-4 victory and the chance to end second in the SPL this year we thought it’s a good time to award them with the Estrella Galicia “SPL Team of the week” award !

IMG_2405Lions were already Champions as Gremio lost and were very happy to receive the guard of honor from the Marlins. Great spirit !

The Marlins started strong and looked more motivated despite having lost the title race two weeks back. A fast break on the left followed by a perfect cross found Kevin and he knows very well how to score ! 0-1 Marlins and for Kevin the goal put him level with Zhuang, 33 goals ! The second half the Lions, who didn’t want to end the season with a loss, scored two fast goals to take the lead. After that the Marlins kept on pushing forward and all the Lions could do was defend. Twenty corners for the Marlins later it was the final whistle and the Lions could celebrate the title.

  • Shanghai 2000 2-1 Japan

There was a 7th place in the SPL at stake and for the rookies Shanghai 2000 versus the old timers Japan that was enough motivation. Japan had most of the ball possession but failed to impress in front of the goal. Shanghai 2000 scored twice to clinch a spot above Japan which is a good performance for the first year of tasting the SPL.


We have our final three games on Sunday and only the Cowboys game does matter for the ranking !

  • 1000-1200 Flamenkos – ERS “el classico” of the SPL surely a fun game to watch !
  • 1200-1400 Galacticos – Marlins expect lots of goals and some surprise line ups / maybe steve will play ??
  • 1400-1600 Shanghai 2000 – Cowboys The latter can still win the second place in the SPL !


Enjoy the last fun games of the season and we are in full preparation for the end of the season tournament on June the 16th, 7 aside 12 teams !

1100-1600 PM Followed by our 10th end of the Season Party at Latina, all the dancers are in training now and we hope to see all of you to have a few beers together after such a long season !


Freek- SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee

Lions write history in Shanghai and win both the SIFL and SPL

Lions, now it’s party time!!!

SPL title

We have achieved what no other team or club has achieved before as we won both leagues in Shanghai the SPL and the SIFL ! Before the start of the season we could only dream of it but once the season progressed we saw more and more motivated Lions. Our trainings under the great supervision of Azz and Simon were well attended even last week we had 30 Lions showing up ! No other teams in Shanghai are having such well organized trainings and have so many motivated players.

As the Saturdays Lions were off to their best start ever in the SIFL it motivated the Sunday Lions to catch up in the SPL. Turning point to me for the SPL was in December when we lost 4-3 versus the Marlins. Extremely frustrated all the players stayed back after the game to have a few beers and we talked about the rest of the season. Ironically we said if we win all our games we will be Champions ! Exactly that’s what happened we locked our defense and started to score goals like a machine ! A long the way our closest opponent  started to feel the pressure. Especially against Gremio we played our best game of the season on all aspects of the game were better and the result was a 6-0 victory ! Next up were the Cowboys last week and again it was our fitness and good balance in the team of course helped by our team spirit that brought us the title.

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions 2-1 Marlins FC (27 May 2013)

Gremio yesterday lost against the Cowboys so before we started versus the Marlins we were officially SPL Champions.  The first 45 minutes we adapted to the Marlins style of football with long balls skipping our midfield. Thanks to Jack we got at least something to fight for in this game as they Marlins took the lead 1-0. The second half we wanted to win the game under the Captaincy of Joel we started to show our teeth. His brilliant cross reached Benji who was running faster than the Maglev train and he made no mistake in front of the Marlins Keeper 1-1 ! The joy of playing started to come back and before we knew it we scored the winner 2-1 an easy tip in for Joel. After that it was time for the substitutes to come in and our goal was to keep the lead. Credit to the Marlins who kept on fighting until the last minute and kept our defenders very busy on the day.

After the game it was time for the Champagne (yes they have some good things in France….) Final result this season 17 wins + 2 losses + 1 draw scored 94 goals and conceded only 18 goals (this is our secret asset a solid non French Defense !)

[ SIFL ] Shooters 0-2 Shanghai Lions (25 May 2013)

On Saturday we had our last league game versus the Shooters ! First half we were not playing well partly because there was nothing at stake anymore. Yes we hit the post and the cross bar but couldn’t find the net ! In the second half we showed that our fitness level is much better than the Shooters and started to dominate the game. Two good combinations ended at the feet of Antony Nobile who scored both goals. It could have been 3-0 if Simon scored his penalty. Its was my mistake to let him take the spot kick as I should have known that he wanted to keep his record of no goals scored for the whole season. Well done Simon ! You might be up for a reward here !

SIFL season we ended with 16 wins + 1 loss + 1 draw and we scored 87 goals and conceded 20 ! We ended the season 19 points ahead of the Shooters !

SiflThomas flew all the way from Sydney to play the last 5 minutes of our game versus the Shooters so that he would be entitled the Championships medal ! At least he got a taste of winning as since he left Shanghai last year we only lost one game… coincidence???


We have the SIFL Semi Cup final ahead of us this coming Saturday and we are going to put a very strong Lions team versus the Shooters ! So please all come to the training !

On June 8th, we will hold our official Lions Champion(s) Party! We expect everybody to come and make this a memorable event !


To all the Lions who have contributed to the success this season I like to say a very big THANK YOU ! Incredible ! I am proud to be a Lion !


Double Happy Freek

[SPL News] SPL title race is almost done

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

gremioWe had three great games on a fantastic field in Jinqiao thanks to the hard work of Adam the grassmaster and his team ! As the tension was high and there was a lot at stake for the top 4 teams we noticed people smoking on the field. A quick reminder to all of you this is a school field and we are the guest. Smoking is absolute forbidden on the field and you need to smoke outside on the street. Hope you all can cooperate and warn your players if you see them smoking !

  • Japan 5-2 Pistolera Bulls

The Pistolera’s playing in white for the occasion were physically stronger especially in the first half as they took a 1-2 lead. However Japan was physically fitter and with the higher temperatures in Shanghai nowadays they came back into the game, helped by the SPL oldest goal scorer Sakurai-san, 55 years old, who scored his second of the season.

Bilgin’s comment was that one day he will be the oldest person to receive a yellow card…and blamed the loss on his goalkeeper who he has put on the transfer list straight after the game. Japan however is having a revival after their poor first half of the season and gained the ” Estrella Galacia SPL Team of the Week Award ”

Very big game for both teams as a win could put either team closer to the SPL title. Despite the tension the game was fair and especially the first 25 minutes were very fast and both teams showed great football. The Cowboys were playing on the break with their strong strikers and the Lions tried to control the play in the midfield. The break through came when Benji of the Lions went un-noticed into the box after a water break and scored the 0-1. After that the Cowboys lost the grip on the game and the Lions had several opportunities to score more but they missed maybe caused by nerves…! The second half the Cowboys intended to come back strong but a perfect cross of Dave straight on the head of Adam after 5 minutes gave the Cowboys a killer blow. It became more and more a fitness battle and the Lions looked fitter and scored 0-3 ! A perfect free kick from Chen KL gave the Cowboys a small reward for their hard work. After the game Eric the Cowboys manager commented that they really enjoyed the game despite losing. That’s the right spirit and that’s what make the SPL great !

  • Marlins 2-3 Gremio

Both teams saw the Lions win and knew that nothing but a win was needed to stay in the title race. The first 25 minutes we saw both teams playing attacking football looking for the opening goal. In the end it was Gremio who got the 0-1. In the second half the Marlins knew that they needed to score at least two goals and pushed more forward. It didn’t pay off as Gremio scored a second and a third. Credit to the Marlins as they never gave up despite being 0-3 down and still managed to score 2 goals in the last 10 minutes of the game.


With that result the Lions are in the driver’s seat to clinch the SPL title next week as they have 3 points lead and a + 27 goal difference over Gremio who are second. ERS and Flamenkos will still have to battle for the 5th and 6th place and Japan will battle vs Shanghai 2000 fr 7th and 8th place.

On June the 16th we will have our end of the season 7 aside tournament starting at 1100 AM until 1600 PM followed by our traditional party at Latina where we have the award ceremony. The dancers are already ordered don’t worry !!

Another round of great games this Sunday and the best time to bring your friends to watch the games and enjoy the SPL !

  • 1000-1200  Flamenkos – Pistolera Bulls
  • 1200-1400  Cowboys – Gremio
  • 1400-1600  Lions – Marlins
  • 1400-1600  Shanghai 2000 – Japan @ Century Park


Life is good ! So is the SPL !


Freek – SPL President on behalf of the Committee

[SPL News] SPL fever hits Green City

IMG_2053 (2)Amigo’s and Amigo’s,

The SPL posters were hanging everywhere the writing was on the wall. We are in the final stages of our season and still four teams are playing for the title. Our 10th anniversary will for sure go into the history books as one of the most exciting Leagues ! We had four big games last Sunday  !

  • Super 48 1-5 ERS

If all the games would be only 45 minutes Super 48 would be in the top of the SPL and if only the second half of the season would count ERS would be in the top of the SPL. As usual Super 48 gave it their best in the first half and tied at 1-1. However ERS still on a good run this year proved better in passing and controlling the game and took all the three points by scoring another 4 goals after the break

  • Flamenkos 0-3 Gremio

Flamenkos are struggling recently to get a full squad not sure it was related to the Spanish F1 and Alonso winning but it broke them apart in the second half. Its getting harder to play in the heat of Shanghai and the fitness of the players is getting more and more important. Gremio came back strong after their disappointing match versus the Lions last week and were in control of the game. Three goals and no cards and second in the SPL was enough for them to win the “SPL Team of the week award” this week ! Congratulations !

  • Cowboys 2-2 Marlins

The biggest game of the weekend both teams looking for win to catch up with the Lions and Gremio. In the first half Gremio looked more sharp and focused and the Cowboy defense was having trouble with the long ball counter attacks of the Marlins. Kevin the Marlins no 1 goalscorer proved why he is the leading goal scorer in the SPL with two great goals scored on the break.  Of course a two-zero lead into half team should be a good enough cushion for the Marlins but a reaction of Kevin after a Cowboy stepped on his feet saw him being sent off. It gave hope to the Cowboys who scored two fast goals and equalized. The Marlins in the end had it all in their own hands after they got a penalty awarded however the feet of Fedja pointed straight at the Cowboys goalie and he stopped the ball. Two all and both teams are waiting for the other contenders to slip up now !

  • Shanghai 2000 4-2 Pistolera Bulls

Bilgin troops kept their record straight / not winning when Bilgin is not there and no yellow for Bilgin when he is not there. Shanghai 2000 had a deserved win and start to look stronger and stronger as team.


This weekend we have three massive games and we like all friends and family to come out and support their teams ! For some teams its now or never !

  • 1000-1200 Japan – Pistolera Bulls
  • 1200-1400 Cowboys – Lions
  • 1400-1600 Marlins – Gremio


We ask everybody to stay calm and play to the whistle and enjoy the best games of the SPL !

PS: if the weather stays good we plan to organize our SPL end of the season tournament on June the 16th + party and ceremony ! Keep it free in your busy agenda’s!


Freek – SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee

[SPL News] Shanghai Lions Voted SPL Team of the Week

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Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

Most of the leagues around the world are over and done but in the SPL it will go to the last matches to decided who will take the crown. It will come down to which team can handle the pressure best and maybe helped by little bit of luck. As Champions do get lucky sometimes ! We are pleased to see that the SPL Posters are promoting our games all over Shanghai ! The picture attached is from the toilet at Blue Marlin at Thumb Plaza a good spot to look at our program and make the decision to come and watch our games. We had a full program last Sunday using our three venues and perfect weather to play !

  • Galacticos 1-7 Pistolera Bulls

Galacticos could match up with the Pistolera’s for one half 1-2 but in the end the experience from Bulls players like Stoyan who scored a hat-trick broke them up. Bilgin didn’t manage to get a yellow card !

  • Cowboys 5-3 ERS

Nicolas the manager of ERS summed it up nicely ! The Cowboys were too good for them and showed a good display of football. ERS actually was happy that the still managed to score 3 goals against them ! Picture attached is ERS receiving the SPL Team of the week award !

  • Japan 7-7 Flamenkos

If there would be an award for game of the week this would be the one ! Don’t think both teams will forget this game. First half it was all Flamenkos crushing Japan 1-5, especially Andy was on fire scoring 4 goals. However the second half Japan replaced the old players with the young and fitter ones and that caused trouble for the Flamenkos as they had a small squad this time. It started to look like a set of a tennis game at Wimbledon as here are the scores, 2-5, 3-5, 3-6, 4-6, 5-6, 6-6, 6-7, 7-7 ! Waauw that’s what you call entertainment ! A golden goal would be nice to end this game but unfortunately they had to settle for a draw and share the points.

Big game for both teams as both wanted to stay in the title race. Lions looked more motivated and started strong scoring after 5 minutes by a header of Adam. After the goal the Lions dominated the midfield and created several opportunities but failed to score. Just 1-0 at half time and that should give the chance to Gremio to stay in the game. However second half the Lions proved to be fitter and more hungry and got 5 more players on the score sheet. Lions have the Championship in their own hands as long as the win the last two games !

  • Shanghai 2000 4-5 Marlins

Talking about pressure the Marlins looked a bit nervous and missed several opportunities. First half score was 2-3 for the Marlins and usually Shanghai 2000 will perform less in the second half but not this time as despite their goalkeeper being sent off they battled until the end. Both Kevin and Fedja were in fine form to seal the narrow win for the Marlins and kept them in the race for the title.


This week the Lions are voted SPL Team of the Week ! A solid win over Gremio and not having conceded a single goal in 2013 did the job for them ! Congratulations !

We have big games this upcoming weekend and we ask the players to stay cool at any time and to respect the referees and lines men decisions as well to shake hand with the opponents and officials after the game whether win or lose ! Lets enjoy our final weeks in our 10th Anniversary SPL Year !


Freek – SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee

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

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