[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. 


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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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Shanghai Lions honored to play with Chinese ex-professional football stars

Shanghai Lions honored to play with Chinese ex-professional football stars

Gong Lei (middle) -  Head coach of Guizhou Renhe Football Club

Gong Lei (middle) – Current head coach of Guizhou Renhe Football Club in Chinese Super League (中超联赛)

 

It was a busy Saturday for the Lions this 24th of August, 2013. In the evening, Lions were honored to play a friendly versus a team composed of Chinese ex-professional football stars such as Zheng Kewei (郑科伟) and Gong Lei (宫磊).

Lions’ bench was a little short in depth and we lost this friendly game 5-4 (2-2 in the 1st half). Although our team was much younger, our opponents proved us that touch, class and skills matter in football… Yes, we did run after the ball but it was a very friendly atmosphere and we hope to renew the experience soon.

 

 

 

 

Maserati Neptune CupEarlier in the day, some Lions were invited to represent Shanghai International Football League (SIFL) for the round 2 of the Maserati Neptune Cup in Shanghai. The first round took take place in Beijing On July 13th, 2013 with 4 teams: Shanghai SIFL, Beijing Media, IFFC Dream Team and National Media.

Shanghai SIFL won 2013 edition beating IFFC “Dream Team” 2-0 in final.

Kevin Wiessler from Shooters got tournament MVP award.

 

Shanghai SIFL won 2013 edition beating IFFC Dream Team 2-0 in final

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 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 !

 

Cheers
Double Happy Freek

Lions in the SIFL Cup semi-final

[ SIFL Cup ] Shanghai Cosmos FC 0-4 Shanghai Lions (20 Apr 2013)

What a crazy weather! Last Saturday 20th of April, the weather was terrible, strong wind, rain and the temperatures dropping to 8 degrees! We were up for the Cup tie versus the Cosmos.

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For obvious reasons our team spirit was high before the game and our intention was to start aggressive as we wanted to take an early lead. Well we got what we wanted as Fabi scored the second fastest goal in our history from a corner with a good header, the clock stood at 1 minute 20 seconds! Cosmos decided to play with one striker only and they proved to be costly for them. Our master stroke to put left- footer Gwen on the right was paying off as he scored two goal in 15 minutes. So that was 3-0 and all goals scored by our defenders! Second half we tried to focus on possession. Matthieu scored another goal and that was enough. We can give credit to Cosmos as despite losing from the start they kept on trying to score until the very end and they played hard but fair !

The semi final will be on June 1st against Shanghai Shooters for a remake of last year semi final with a clean 3-0 victory! Bring it on!

As we have very important games ahead (especially in the SPL) and as we have no games this weekend we URGE ALL LIONS to come the training this Wednesday ! Lets have a record attendance and work hard for more titles!!

Cheers
Freek

Shanghai Lions clinch SIFL title

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Vikings FC 1-2 Shanghai Lions (13 Apr 2013)

Shanghai Lions FC - Shanghai International Football League (SIFL) Champions 2012-2013We made history! Last Saturday was our big day with our most important game of the season as we needed only one point to clinch our first SIFL title.

Temperatures were rising and the spirit was great. Unfortunately Jerome who has been our outstanding Captain throughout this season was ordered by the Doctor not to play. He was kind enough to name Remy as his replacement Captain on the day. Azz forgot his shoes and Felipe had his whole left leg taped in and we almost forgot our warming up so no wonder that after 5 minutes were losing 1-0. Typical Championship game as we didn’t play well and the Vikings fighting for relegation smelled blood. The good thing was that we never panicked and stayed composed as a team looking for the equalizer. We got it through a good combination and an easy finish from Romain. The second half we were in control and more aggressive. We didn’t give anything away anymore and when Azz went on a run nobody could stop him. He ended up celebrating the winner (2-1) on the side line with all the lions and our fans! It was great to see that the old Lions Matze and Jamie coming to support us as well!

The final whistle came and it was time to party! We had a great celebration on the pitch and for me these are the moments you will remember and carry with you for the rest of your life. All the hard work throughout the whole season was worth it and we got our reward. Fantastic achievement of all the Lions who have played this season. No loss and 15 wins plus one draw and still two games to go / yes we are the Champions ! We got a La Nude show from Gwen on the field and they managed to put me under the shower with all my clothes on! In town the Lions party till late especially the party at Geisha the home of the Shooters tasted good!

Lions let this be the beginning of many more prices as the season is not over yet! We are still in the SIFL Cup and we still have the SIFL closing tournament to win. But most important of all are the last three games in the SPL for the Sunday Lions as we are in the running of winning both Shanghai Leagues!

 

Cheers
Super Happy 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

Lions beat ReUnited

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions 2-1 ReUnited FC (19 Jan 2013)

Lions,

Finally we had a tough game! Our strategy was to score first so that we would have more space and play on the counter attack. Re-united seemed to have bought several new African players overnight and we had to find a way to deal with their speed and pace.  We even gifted them a goal by not clearing a corner and we were behind 1-0 ! Of course we had opportunities but somehow couldn’t finish it. God bless we had Azzeddine who brilliantly placed a shot over the Reunited keeper. It boosted our spirit and soon we got a penalty rewarded because of a handball! Azzeddine made it 2-1.

The second half we knew a third goal would be needed to secure the three points but the ReUnited defenders kept on shooting missiles to their fast forwards ! The scariest moment was a missile which landed right in between Jack and Fabi who were left shocked seeing that the Reunited striker got the ball with only an open goal in front of him. We didn’t know that Jack coming from Virginia had several kung fu lessons before coming to China and out of the blue he managed to get his big toe to the ball while flying through the polluted air just enough to lift it over the cross bar ! It was all down to our fighting spirit we knew what was at stake and our strength was our team spirit with very motivated substitutes. In the end they lost it got one red card and deserved another one. We have stayed composed throughout the whole game and I think that’s the progress we have made as a team and that’s why we are on a record run of 10 games undefeated.

Shooters now third drew versus the Azzurri 2-2 are 10 points behind us and DIB who are now second are 8 points behind. We cannot wait to play them in March ! We have no game Saturday but will try and organize a friendly game as we need to stay focused and fit!

 

Go Lions Go!

 

Cheers
Coach Freek

Lions continue their unbeaten run in 2013

[SIFL] Krauts FC 2-7 Shanghai Lions (12 Jan 2013)

Lions,

It was really good to see everybody back on the field ! The weather was good and our spirit was high.  We beat the Krauts 8-0 in our last 2012 game, so the expectations were high. However the Germans were building a replica of the German Wall and made it difficult for us to play. On top we gave them a belated Christmas gift in the form of a penalty and went 1-0 down.

Allan equalized right before half time with a left footed screamer in the top corner ! The key for us was to stay calm and composed and that’s just what we did… Gwen, our joker, got special instructions from me to terminate the Germans by himself. After 5 minutes in the second half he (being our left back) scored as if he was our striker and soon saw another goal going in!

That was it game over we could have score over 10 goals but especially Jonny and Dani decided to stay goal-less in 2013! Jonny was complaining about it because he was on the bench but I told him he can go back on when Dani would score!

7-2 it was and we now have scored 52 goals in 9 games and conceded 12! Shooters didn’t play so we are now 8 points ahead of them and DIB.

Big game this weekend versus Re-United and a win will be a must and we guarantee a lot of goals in this game… hopefully only for the Lions!

 

Train hard and stay away from the flu !

 

Cheers
Coach Freek

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