Mixed ressults for the Lions this weekend

On Saturday we faced the DIB for the third time this year for the quarter final of the SIFL Cup. Whenever we play them we know it will be a very close game and we need to be 100 pct focused to get a result. It was good to see Max our goal keeper back in Shanghai and early in the game he made sure we kept a clean sheet. We got some good opportunities on the breaks and Charles came closest when his volley hit the woodwork. Nil-nil at half time and in the second half we took more possession and started to play better football. The reward came 15 minutes before the end by an excellent goal started on the left by Azzeddine who found Benji and he decided to take three DIB players on at once and crossed the ball in and out of nowhere came Francois our right back to slot home the 1-0. Straight after we got a great opportunity to make it 2-0 by a header of Azzeddine. The way the game developed we knew it will not be easy for DIB to score but as it goes in football things can change. An unfortunate drop of the ball by Max our goalie landed straight in the feet of Didier who score from close range, 1-1. Moments later a deflected cross fell again straight in the feet of the DIB striker and the game was upside down. This time there was no turn around in the game. Losing is part of the game and it will make us stronger.  It was good to see all Lions staying back for a beer and some fun with our New Dutch player who gave a live performance at WGQ!

Next up are the Azzurri and obvious that is  a massive league game for us !

 

On Sunday we faced the Bulls who for the occasion had a few Azzurri players on loan. The Bulls won their last 8 games and we knew it wouldn’t be a walk over. After two minutes they scored ! Call it a wake up call ! After that we started to play some good football and were very dangerous on the counter attacks. Twice Matthieu scored with a header and we could haves score a few more goals. In the second half stand in goalie Francois saved us twice as the Bulls got a clear scoring opportunity!

After Big John showed us in the first half how not to take a free kick and Yosh followed on this it was out of all people Simon who scored from a free kick. Soon after it was Dave’s turn and he smashed the ball in the top corner! 4-1 a good result and a good lions performance! Next up are the Galacticos and of course we need to continue our unbeaten run.

 

In the pooring rain we had a special training session by Azzeddine for our young Lions and a turn out of 13 boys was good given that some couldn’t make due to tournament commitments. The boys had fun and learned a lot. This is a good example of the strength of the Lions as all the training we organize are done by the best people we have in our own club. Great way to end the weekend !

 

We expect everybody to come to the training on Wednesday and we all look forward to the weekend already !

 

Cheers Freek

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[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 !

 

Cheers
Happy Freek – SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee

Lions strengthen their position on top of SIFL & SPL

Lions,

We had a very interesting weekend with good results for both teams !

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 3-2 Shanghai Japan FC (09 Mar 2013)

On Saturday as we all know it was the hottest day in March since 1921 ! We had Japan on our menu and the plan was to start strong and make sure not to do anything stupid… Well Dim our goalie fell asleep in the subway and ended up taking the same stretch three times.

Chris in goal and for 7 minutes we really played well. After that disaster struck as we failed to clear a ball in the box and the Japanese got a toe to it and leaving Chris helpless 1-0. Never mind its good to come from behind once in while or?? Then Japan got their one and only corner of the game and even Jonny is taller than the Japanese so no problem for us right ? Well not really, they scored from the corner, unbelievable… Its started to look like a horror move. The only positive point about this bad spell was that we stayed calm and didn’t start to blame each other. Temperatures were rising and so did my blood pressure. Its not possible to drop points at this time of the competition versus Japan. God bless Romain put one back just before the half time.

Second half we played our game and Azz scored a nice free kick however after 15 corners and a few free kicks it was still 2-2. 20 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes to go…..2-2. Than out of nowhere Romain shot an easy ball towards the Japanese Goalie who seemed to pick it up but completely missed it and the ball rolled in ! 3-2 three points and 15 games won !

Without luck you can never be Champion ! At night most of the players were present to celebrate our Captains 30’s birthday. Spirit was very good and I didn’t mind to have a bad game before our “most important game of the season” in two weeks versus DIB !

[ SPL ] Pistolera Bulls 0-5 Shanghai Lions (10 mar 2013)

Sunday it was freezing cold and the wind was extremely strong. Right in front of our eyes we saw our main contender the Cowboys losing versus Super 48 who are on the bottom of the SPL. Chinese were so frustrated that they walked off the pitch with 5 minutes to go ! Our motivation was boiling to take this opportunity and I saw a Lions team with Championship ambition  on the field.

We played very solid football and were 2-0 up versus the Bulls at half time.

With the wind in our back we scored some great goals in the second half and with a 5-0 win we had our fifth clean sheet in row !

We could have scored more but Michael our made in “Kansas” striker was each time 10 meter off side. His explanation was that his running speed was too fast but most of us believe it was the opposite. We do remember Michael’s wrestling skills with the Bulls striker as he was lifted above the Bulls head as if he was a paper doll from Kansas. When we heard that the Marlins drew versus the French it was time to order more beer as we realized that things are looking good for the Lions with 5 games to go. For once we liked the French people !

 

Great weekend with both Lions teams on top of their leagues and both teams have 5 games to go ! Lets focus and train hard as each and every game left we need to win  !

 

Cheers
Happy Freek

Lions vs. Bulls: The “Singer’s show”!!!

[ SPL ] Shanghai LIONS 7-3 Pistolera Bulls FC

This Sunday, WGQ looks like Omaha beach. Indeed we had a squad with a majority of American players added with some French and British who fought against Bilgin’s German/Bulgarian team. M. president Freek was really happy to see everybody showing up on time… After the draw from the young lions, it was important for the players to show their motivation to the president.

Coach Simon decided to play 4-3-3 and the tactic worked well the first 20 min. We were solid and had some good chances. The Bulls only managed to play a few long balls toward their physical forwards. Unfortunately, after 25 min, they scored from a free kick and then a second goal 10 min later… Half time: 0-2 for the Bulls

Coach Simon decided that enough is enough and after Terao had to leave for work, he put himself in the midfield. We played much better in second half and after 10 min Martin started the “Singer’s show”. He scored 2 goals in a row and after a goal from Joel we were winning 3-2. Probably too much confidence and not concentrated enough after this goal, the Bulls shown us that they were still there and scored (almost) on the engagement kick. That was the time Martin decided to show that he is a real lions scoring 2 more goals added another 2 by Nicolas.

Final score 7-3 and 3 points for the Lions.

 

Well done. Keep going guys!
Co-coach Gwenn

[SPL News] Big scores in the SPL

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

We had our first “three locations 5 games weekend” as Waigaoqiao is becoming available again after the cricketers are packing up! Its more difficult to manage but in return we are able to play more games. For the teams who didn’t pay the fee yet you need to contact me and make an arrangement ASAP ! We are already looking forward to the Santa Cup 2012 please write down the date 16 December. It will be largest Santa Cup ever with over 20 teams attending and we do hope for some early snow to make it more attractive !

  • Gremio 3-0 Super 48

As per above picture the Hawks changed into Gremio and that means more camera’s at the pitch and more samba football in Jinqiao ! Gremio was nice to Super 48 as they missed many opportunities and to be fair both Super goalies did a good job to keep the damage small.

Not the result the Lions wanted to see but they could only blame themselves by not taking their chances ! As this was a 1000 AM Waigaoqiao kick off the Lions found a few players missing due to the Halloween parties in Shanghai the night before.

  • Shanghai 2000 3-4 ERS

ERS is still unbeaten this season and the man in form Nico Ch scored a hat-trick ! Shanghai 2000 is getting more and more used to the SPL level and come close in this game.

  • Pistolera Bulls 1-10 Cowboys

Bilgin’s men were not ready as they found themselves trailing 0-3 within the first 15 minutes. Cowboys were in control of the Bulls and that seems logical if you are a Cowboy!

  • Marlins 13-1 Galacticos

Not sure whether this was a football game looking at the score line ! Fedja the Marlins striker already scored 14 goals this season so defenders you are warned upfront !

Next Sunday we have four games :

  • 930-1130 ERS – Super 48
  • 1130-1330 Gremio – Japan
  • 1330-1530 Flamenkos – Cowboys
  • 1400-1600 Pistolera Bulls – Shanghai 2000

Hope that some of the lower ranked teams can get some points this Sunday ! Good Luck to everybody !

 

Cheers
Freek – SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee

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