Lions Youth now open for registration U16 and U18 season 2013/14

Young Lions,

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Last season after we established the Shanghai Lions Football Club we can look back at a very successful season. We have won over 6 titles and to have won both the SIFL and the SPL Championship (the best leagues in Shanghai) tells us that we are on the right track !

 

We started with our first youth team the Lions U18 last year. The key driver to do this was the enthusiasm of the boys who joined. It was a real pleasure to train with them and they were really motivated to play finally for a real club instead of the usual school games. We entered with our youth team in the SPL men’s tournament the Santa Cup and it was a great experience for the boys / we organized friendly games versus school teams as well against the Shanghai Lions Senior teams / some of the U18 players were selected for Senior team games and gained valuable experience and Alex and Lucas even ended up having played in the SIFL Cup final which we won !

 

In order to give more players an opportunity to play for the Shanghai Lions and experience what it is to play for a Club we decided to add an U16 team as both U16 – U18 teams can benefit each other.

 

What we can offer to the boys and girls is listed below :

– once a week 2 hours training most likely on a Wednesday or Friday evening.

Trainings are hold by experienced Lions players who are still playing regular in the Men’s Lions teams. Trainings will focus on skill / speed / stamina / team play / strength. Obvious the ones who come regular to the trainings will benefit most !

– friendly games against schools and or shanghai teams and against the Men’s teams. Mostly on weekends.

– Entering of tournaments either for youth or for men’s, like the Lions Cup and Santa Cup

– Outfit / every player will get his own set of shirt/short/socks

 

The Fee for this season will be 2000 rmb which you can pay at the first training we will announce the place and date of the training in due course, most likely at the Century Par !

If you are interested to join please send an email to info@shanghai-lions.com with your confirmation and we will keep the spot reserved for you !

Looking forward to see and train more young Lions so that they can take care of our future of our Club !

 

Sportive Greetings / Freek Boelen / President Shanghai Lions Football Club

 

A great end to a great Season !

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

It couldn’t get any hotter than that in Green City. A sizzling heat broke the hottest day recorded in June since 1834 ! Nonetheless we had 12 teams lined up to play the end of the season tournament. The field was in perfect condition thanks to the Grass Master and the tents around the field could give the players at least some shade. Several teams had their end of the season party the night before and you could tell that in the first games of the tournaments. Teams were divided on two groups, one with the top 6 finishers of the SPL and one with the bottom 6 finishers of the SPL. It would give a fair chance to the lower ranked teams to play a final ! The cowboys showed their 8 aside skill and went into the final one point ahead of the Lions and in the other group the Samba’s (Japan) topped their group right ahead of the Pistolera Bulls. The final was won by the Cowboys as they had more energy left in their legs. Great spirit in the tournament and everybody enjoyed the games !

 

Final ranking of the end of the season tournament :

1)      Cowboys

2)      Samba’s

3)      Lions

4)      Pistolera Bulls

5)      Gremio

6)      Japan

7)      Flamenkos

8)      Galacticos

9)      Marlins

10)   Shanghai 2000

11)   Super 48

12)   ERS

 

After that it was party time at Latina and helped by the great weather and music, beers, food and  of course the Brazilian dancers, we could all enjoy the celebrations !

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Once again we like to thank everybody who helped to complete our tenth SPL anniversary and made it the best season sofar !

 

Thank you to Yamada-san (schedule), Frederik (website), Adam for the Jinqiao field, Karl for Century Park field, James and David for the Waigaoqiao field, the Referees, the Dulwich school, Latina, Team Managers, The Captains, all SPL Players and team Sponsors   !

 

Cheers Freek SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee !

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

Lions,

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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 !)

Special training session SIFL/SPL this Sunday Feb. 17th 2013 12 to 2pm

Lions,

We are holding a Lions training/game session tomorrow Sunday Feb. 17th from 12 to 2 PM at WGQ.

We are already 18 players, but we would need a couple more so please,if you didn’t register yet and wish to join .
please register now at: http://shanghai-lions.com/matches/141/
YOUTH LIONS players are of course welcome as well!!!

See you all tomorrow at 11.30am (RDV Time) the latest.

Cheers,

Shanghai LIONS FC Management

 

A studious weekend for the Lions

Lions,

[ Friendly ] Lions 7-0 Gremio (26 Jan 2013)

On Saturday we played a friendly as we wanted to stay focus for the title race! The opponent the Hawks/Gremio from the SPL were chosen in order to be well prepared to play versus DIB next month. We were goalie-less as Dim pulled out last moment but we discovered hidden goalie talent, especially Gwen and Allan were impressive to say the least. It was great to see Chris S back on the pitch after his long lasting injury. We were definitely not goal-less we won 7-0 and even the President himself netted a goal (penalty) !

[ SPL ] Century Park FC 0-3 Shanghai Lions (27 Jan 2013)

On Sunday it was a serious game versus Shanghai 2000. We knew we had to play better than last week in order to stay in the title race. However Simon together with co-coach Gwen tried to sabotage the team by not announcing the line-up on the website. God bless everybody was motivated including Jeff’s beautiful twin girls as they were dancing around on the field during the warm up.

We started very well and played good football. The reward came within 5 minutes by a good header from Adam, soon after Joel found the net and after that Terao-san blasted home the third !

Second half Amine was very unlucky to dislocate his shoulder but his shoulder is back in place after a visit to the hospital. We should have scored at least four more goals but failed to hit on target so we won 3-0 instead of 7-0.

Something for the next training to work on is to finish in front of an open goal ! One more high-light was Michael’s performance as at the half time break he looked pale as a ghost blaming it on his food in take the day before but our suspicion was that it was an dangerous alcohol mix combined with potato chips. Ten minutes before the end of the game our man form Kansas went down screaming with pain as he got cramp in both legs ! It was also good to see Matze back with his Starbucks in his hand this time as supporter!

 

Both days I was very pleased with the team spirit of the Lions. It’s a real joy to work with all of you and I hope this spirit will lead us to many trophies !

We have a good week ahead of us this Thursday the Sports Awards at the Camel Bar. We expect all the Lions to come for a beer and support the Shanghai Sports Community! Saturday we will play the Beavers and hope that DIB will slip up a second time versus Re-United and on Sunday we will play the French ERS and we don’t need motivation for this game as everybody like to kill the French Fries!

 

Enjoy Life Enjoy being a Lion!

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions back to work !

Lions,

We need to get back in shape as soon as possible ! Our first training of 2013 start this week Wednesday and we need everybody to attend !

Saturday Lions, we know what is at stake unbeaten in the first half of the season but we can expect that every opponent will be extremely motivated to be the first team to give us a defeat. To me the league will be won in January / February and not on the last day of the season. Its up to us to show that we really want it and we need to fight for it each and every game. I am convinced that when we take it easy we will get punished. Plan your business trips / holidays properly so that you will not miss a single game ! Train hard !

Sunday Lions, we don’t have the SPL title race in our own hands now but it means we can play without pressure. Lets make sure we play better the second half of the season and have no more slip ups. We let the other teams slip up ! The key to success will be commitment to train, commitment to play every week, commitment to team spirit, commitment to club events !

Young Lions, train every week. All the effort you put into training will make you a stronger and better player ! We will look for our first win as a team and our objective is to play good football !

Go Lions back to work !

Cheers Coach Freek/Simon

Football in China

Newspapers are full of stories about impressive economic developments in China. In sports we know China from the excellent results on the Olympics. But when it comes to football, China is still completely unknown. How is it possible that this country with 1.3 billion potential players can’t make a good football team?

The film
11 Out of 1.3 Billion; Football in China searches for the causes of China’s failure to be successful on the football field. There is certainly a will to win. Shanghai Shenhua spends a great deal of money on players like Didier Drogba and Anelka. Guangzhou hired Francesco Lippi to boost the team. But is attracting foreign players and coaches enough to raise the level? Can the art of football be copied? Where are the kids running behind a ball in the streets? Why do Shanghai Fans wear Manchester United shirts? Are Chinese physically fit to play the game?

The experiences, comments and stories of the key figures in the documentary (like Arie Haan, Xie Hui and Ebbe Sand) are illustrated by images of Chinese football life. The film will be informative and entertaining. There will be interviews with top competition players and coaches, but also with fans and youth players dreaming of stardom to come.

By summer 2013, when the Dutch national team will play against China, this film will be ready. Make sure you also know the ins and outs and the secrets behind Chinese Football.

Support the project now!

http://www.football-in-china.com/

LIONS – Shooters game Summary from Shooters captain Zippy

LIONS – Shooters game Summary from Shooters captain Zippy:
Indeed it was a case where Shooters luck with the referee ran out as the game began controversially with Dani Isaacs opener after 10mins.
The whole Shooter backline stopped for a blatant Aussie rules armball pass from a Lions midfielder for Isaac to run on 1v1 and tuck neatly past the keeper. Shooter protests were dismissed by Kevin the ref who claimed the handball had not been intentional.
Rocked by the early goal the Shooters laid seige to the Lions goal and after missing some half chances finally were rewarded for a push in the box from a corner in which Kevin Wiessler dispatched with authority into the top corner. 1-1 and in spite of having the better momentum in the first half the Shooters were down 2-1 with 3 mins left in the half after their defense failed to clear a cross and Alan Mendell reacted first and his shot deflected off a defender to wrong foot the Shooter keeper and find it’s way into the corner.
However, the 2nd half was a different story as with the wind at their backs the Lions strike force took charge of the game from 55th-65th minute when they added 3 quick fire goals. Super Sub Johnny Oshea back from the successful launch of the Hobbit in Wellington scored on his first touch after a mistake at the back, and then capitalized on a goalkeeping howler to make it 4-1 before Azzedine Takaloufa playing against his old club went clear through in the box and drew a penalty as he was brought down rounding the onrushing keeper. Unfortunately for the Shooters his heavy touch would probably have not enabled him to shoot but contact was made and Azz stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and set the Lions up for a potentially humiliating whitewash defeat of the Shooters.
The 2nd half of the second half saw a complete reversal in fortunes as the Shooters launched a mammuth comeback.Wiessler scored off a deflected freekick on the 70th minute and then tucked away his hattrick 5 minutes later. The Shooters missed a hatful of chances before Quentin Dereims climbed bravely to head in from 3 yards out with 81minutes left to set up a nervous finish for the Lions. Both sides missed chances in the final 5 minutes but he Lions held on to record a gutsy 5-4 win.
MOM for the Lions went to Johnny Oshea for his contribution and for the Shooters to Kevin Wiessler.

Santa Cup… December 16th

The Santa Cup is back ! Organized by your own Presidente !

 

Lions who are avaible for this cup, please register at here.

 

This year bigger than ever with 16 teams and most important of all two Lions teams.

As the Lions U18 will make their debut in the men’s world !

Santa Cup is about friendship and having fun right before Christmas !

So all Lions are welcome on December 16th at Waigaoqiao starting at 1100 AM until 1800 PM / We play 8 – 8 aside games per team /

If you like to help with the organization during the tournament pls let me know as a helping hand is always appreciated !

Please register on line so we know who is coming and who is not !

Cheers from Santa !

 

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