[SIFL News] Round 11 – Games played on 10 Dec 2016

Premier League

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC and Shanghai Lions FC tie. Shanghai United victorious over Shanghai 3United. Shanghai Japan FC beat FC Oranje. Shanghai ReUnited win versus Azzurri FC. 

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos waltzed over Long Tang AFC. Shanghai Vikings FC beat Happy FC. Voodoo Child beat Anzacs FC. Voodoo and Shanghai Tianfu FC play a draw. 


In the Premier League, FC Oranje crossed swords with Shanghai Japan FC. The Oranje franchise came with new balls, new strategy and new kit featuring three new sponsors; Orange Plastics, Xindao and Cages-Shanghai’s number 1 sports pub. 

It inspired them greatly as they took the game to the Japanese with focus on attack. In the opening phase of the match the game went back and forth much to the surprise of everyone.  

About 25mins in, Japan were awarded a free kick on the left 20 meters out. Yasutomo Toyofuku lined up behind the ball and crossed it in the box. The entire Dutch defense watched it bouncing in to the goal for a 0-1 Japan lead. 

Oranje stuck to script and kept attacking. A few moments after the opening goal, the Dutch combined through the middle to play Tank Zhang free on the right. In a one on one with the keeper his effort went just wide and 0-1 it stayed after 45mins of play. 

In the second half, both teams kept attacking. In the 55th minute Oranje had a huge chance when Daan van Eijkel received the ball in box but his effort hit the Japan keeper and the rebound went wide. 

At the other end Tomoyuki Hirai was played free for a one on one with Dutch keeper Robin de Vos. The Fox made a brilliant save to keep his team in the match. 

A few moments later, Japan beat the offside trap and their striker marched towards the keeper for another one on one. Keeper De Vos came out forcing an early shot that went wide of the goal. 

The Dutch launched an all or nothing offense in the final minutes but Japan held on and secured a 0-1 victory. Yasutomo Toyofuku received man of the match honors. 

Ralph Reijntjes and keeper Robin de Vos (above) played their last match for FC Oranje, thanks boys, spread the gospel we are open for new signings. The Oranje franchise went to the Radisson Blu Hong Quan for their annual Christmas dinner and football quiz. 

Team Tom Jansen & Aurelien Souici (below) won the quiz and laid claim to five cases of Oranjeboom beer. On January 7 2017, FC Oranje will stage their new years party at Cages. 


Shanghai United did battle with Shanghai 3United. United started ferocious on the match and displayed an enormous will to win. 

It paid off as the 3United keeper had to fish the ball out of the net twice for a 2-0 United lead after 45mins of football. In the second half 3United regrouped somewhat and were able to keep their goal clean.

United took the foot of the pedal and simply played out the match. The contest ended with a 2-0 score line. Nikolai Filatov and man of the match Khomych Mykola scored United’s goals. 


Shanghai ReUnited squared off versus Azzurri FC. ReUnited continued their great start to the season with their sixth win in seven games. It means they will go into the Christmas break still unbeaten in all competitions.

It was a testing game in which both teams created chances. ReU opened up the Italian team only once when Mandela ran through their defense and then shot over the crossbar. Azzurri had several chances as well but the half ended in a 0-0 stalemate. 

In the second half, ReUnited upped the tempo and deservedly went ahead when Robert Eitel headed home from a cross by Miles Dycaico for 1-0. After that ReU locked up the match until William Hall diverted an Azzurri cross into his own net for 1-1. 

ReUnited responded well as their offense carved out more and more chances but with Azzurri keeper Alex Dai Zhao in fine form the second goal proved elusive. 

Some controversy as from one of the ensuing ReU attacks the ball ended up at Mandela who’s shot blasted onto the cross bar then appeared to cross the goal line before it bounced out and 1-1 it stayed. 

ReUnited kept going and they finally got their reward when Adam Kling fired a powerful shot retaking the lead at 2-1. ReUnited then calmly played out the remainder of the match and ended the contest without much pressure. Adam Kling was voted man of the match. 

It was a great result for ReUnited and great first half of the season as they have laid the foundations for another title run. They can now enjoy the Christmas break in fine spirits knowing that the opponents’ title aspirations suffered some serious dents. Azzurri didn’t care and went on to Cages where all the fun is….all the time!


Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC were up against the Shanghai Lions FC. First action of the match was Daniele Paolini’s broken nose but he quickly signaled thumbs up and got on with it. 

The Lions started well playing good and fast combinations that created havoc in the Shooters defense. They then broke down the right and crossed in to find Allan Mendel at the back post to half volley in taking a 0-1 Lions lead. 

It could have been 2-0 if Jack Boller’s flying header did not land on the post. Shooters weren’t ready to give in so early and fought hard to pull themselves back into the game. Before halftime this paid off as Tom Webster crossed from the left for Gui Leclercq to nod home, evening up the scores 1-1 before the whistle went. 

The second half began and the Shooters started attacking with real intent. This led to their second of the day as Stefan Sturm flicked in another Webster cross for 2-1. Now on top they really could and should have made it three but they failed to convert more chances.

The Lions showed spirit and did not let up. David Rosenberg came close to evening out the score but keeper Chris Barnyard made a brilliant save and denied him. In the final phase it was Jack Boller’s looping header from a corner that tied the score 2-2. It was a well-deserved equalizer with both teams sharing the spoils.  

Shooter Guy Leclercq and Lion Azzeddine Takouloufa received man of the match honors. Simon Moore: “We should have won!”


In the First Division, Long Tang AFC were pitted against Shanghai Cosmos. Cosmos were looking to extend their winning streak to five games. Straight from the whistle, Cosmos were pressing high and opened the scoring within the first few minutes. Jack Greenwell’s pass was redirected by Jonny Sellars for Conor Maye to put in the net and 0-1 to Cosmos.  

From this point on, the rest of the game was a like a miss of the season compilation video on YouTube; Jordan Campbell’s air kick, Carl Ballantyne blazing over from 5 yards, Adam Stringer heading wide and three disallowed goals. 

Cosmos finally settled the nerves. A nice interchange between Adam Stringer and Johnny Sellars left the latter one on one for 0-2. After a brief Long Tang resurgence, Campbell played in Stringer for 0-3 and Jack Greenwell made it 0-4 with a low drive before halftime. 

In the second half, further blooper footage was recorded and Danny Dyer was contacted to provide the voiceover. In the 54th minute Campbell made it 0-5 with volleyed effort. The Mitchell brothers, on a rare excursion away from the Queen Vic, made light work of the right back and created room for Jonny Sellars to head home for 0-6. 

Cosmos then broke away in midfield and Campbell finished for 0-7. Pete Bradford tucked away Campbell’s low cross for 0-8, before Ant ‘Grant’ Spark’s shot was saved allowing Bradford to head into an empty net for 0-9 and that’s how the contest ended. 

Long Tang kept fighting until the end and probably deserved a couple of goals late on. Jack Greenwell received man of the match honors. Cosmos departed to celebrate being Herbstmeister and also goalkeeper Criss Kang’s stag party at Manhattan.


Anzacs FC lined up to play against Voodoo Child. Good run of form lately for VC and with a victory on the day the league summit was possible, if only for a few hours.

The Anzacs certainly made them work for it. The first half was a stale affair with shots from outside the box commonplace. Lots of graft but no guile. 

Fortunately for VC the deadlock was broken just before half time. Tony Waygood finally making use of his unnormal height to flick on for Jesus France to dispatch for a 0-1 VC lead at halftime. 

Nogood having not conceded and claimed an assist was promptly withdrawn – it could only go downhill.

A rousing team talk inspired the men and the Anzacs scored straight away in second half to make it 1-1. 

But VC have some heart and Ned Kelly was unleashed as if the night before maybe something was different in him. A super hattrick and assists galore! 

VC looked a bit vulnerable at set pieces however as the Anzacs scored all three goals from those. Typically, Ian Mote rolled back the years with two wonder strikes with Barrie Scrymgeour getting in on the scoring as well. The match ended 3-5 to VC with Ned Kelly picking up man of the match honors. 

Goal scorers above: Barrie Scrymgeour, Ian Mote (2), Pay Mullarkey, Ned Kelly (3), Sam France and legend Thorsten Kalus.  An excellent first half of the season for VC who will face Voodoo next stop. 


Shanghai Vikings FC locked horns with Happy FC. The Vikings had a field day and executed a very deadly campaign leaving the opposition no chance other than save honor. First half 2-0 up, final score 5-1. Jie Zhang scored the lone HFC goal. 

The Vikings displayed an enormous team effort. Mikkel Lund Pedersen, Begench Garahanov, Stefan Søgaard, Jonas Franceschina, Mikkel Rønnow Mouritsen all found the net. Man of the match: Christopher Gumppenberg.


Voodoo slugged it out versus Shanghai Tianfu FC. It was the last league game before the continental-style winter break and unseasonably warm for December. 

It made the wait for the ref to kickoff the game quite pleasant rather than a complete waste of f**king time. 

He made up for it once the game eventually started and got into the festive spirit dishing out more unwanted cards than that one weird lad at the office who smells of mince and Lynx Java. 

Jack Webster was in fine form scoring his first goal for the club sending Voodoo up 1-0. Voodoo created several more chances to increase their lead but the half ended with a 1-0 score line. 

The second half was more of the same but it was the blues who silenced the massive crowd. 

Voodoo gifted the ball to Tianfu to start off a great move that finished with a goal and the equalizer at 1-1 and that’s how the match ended. Damo Pilat and Yu Zhu received man of the match honors. 

Voodoo had the chances to win but the forwards, notably new boy Bertie, couldn’t finish their dinner – surely no coincidence that they were not enjoying the turkey with all the trimmings at the club Xmas party in the new-look Camel after the game. 

What’s the answer to the enigma that is the Voodoo season? Let’s hope it’s to be found at the bottom of a bottle and before facing the VD-riddled VC on derby day.

Jonny White: “The way their goal came about might yet get the mismanagement trio the sack this Christmas.”


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Enjoy your Christmas break, best wishes for the New Year and see you all in 2017!

Tom Bus

 

[SIFL News] Round 10 – Games played on 03 Dec 2016

 

Premier League

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC take top spot with win over Shanghai Japan FC (above). Shanghai Krauts dispose of Shanghai United. Azzurri FC beat FC Oranje. Shanghai ReUnited win versus Shanghai 3United. 

First Division

Shanghai Cosmos edge out Voodoo and tops table. Voodoo Child beat Long Tang AFC. Anzacs FC beat Kangbei United FC. Shanghai Tianfu FC victorious over Shanghai Vikings FC. 

* Sam France scored 4…. again!


In the Premier League, Shanghai Japan FC did battle with the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. Grand Shooters Founder & Chairman John Jofre (above) was in town to celebrate the recent 500th game landmark and ensure the team was up to scratch. The match started evenly and both teams were well matched. 

Anibal Correira got injured and had to come off. His presence in midfield was missed as Japan began to find more space in between the Shooter lines moving the ball around nicely. This soon paid off as Takuya Nakano pounced onto a through ball to then lob the onrushing keeper to give Japan the 1-0 lead.

It was short lived however as Pierre Dantin whipped in a corner for Roland Broughton to delicately glance into the far bottom corner for 1-1. This was soon followed by a second, as a hopeful lofted free kick was not dealt with by the Japan backline, allowing Broughton to half volley the bouncing ball inside the near post giving Shooters a 1-2 lead going into the break.

In the second half, the Shooters grabbed an early third goal, as fox in the box Broughton was on hand to apply a classy finish from a Gui Leclercq assist to get his hattrick and 1-3. Japan upped the ante after this, looking for a way back into the game and played some good stuff. However they could not find their way through the Shooters’ defense. 

The one occasion they did they hit the post and then the bar. Japan continued to push but the Shooters caught them on a quick break allowing Gui Leclercq to tee Kevin Weissler up for a tap in into an empty goal for 1-4 and that is how a tough contest ended. Roland Broughton once again rolled back the years with his hattrick earning himself man of the match honors. 


Shanghai Krauts FC were up against Shanghai United. The Krauts came with a fantastic bench with dreams of goals, glory and lederhosen. 

General Stoyan Atsarov was there and motivated his troops to just think of all things German such as ordnung und pünktlichkeit. Only then Fritz would reach nirvana. 

Fritz did just that as Stanislav Korchazhinkii netted the first goal taking a 1-0 Krauts lead. Before the half was over the Krauts scored again sending both teams to tea with a 2-0 score line. 

United made some good plays on their own but the Siegfried line held out well and keeper Jonathan Cleasen from the Ol Transvaal (above) kept his goal clean. Sister Sarie Marais was in town and witnessed a flawless performance. 

The second half arrived and the Krauts just went on with their deadly efficiency. They netted the third for 3-0 and when they scored the fourth for 4-0 the match was effectively over. 

Korchazhinkii scored two goals as did his colleague Moussa Rouag who promptly received man of the match honors. 

Bilgin G: “I was kidnapped by the Russian mafia and vodkaboarded unable to mail match reports will buy Tom Bus beer for life.”


Azzurri FC locked horns with FC Oranje in a Cages derby and first leg of the inaugural Cages Cup. The Dutch Italian combination came up with a number of novelties such as bus race back to the pub. 

Oranje employed a flexible axis of evil to try and do some damage to the sturdy Azzurri defense. From the start the men in blue moved the ball around quickly and play took place mostly on the Dutch half. 

Despite some outstanding saves by keeper Robin de Fox, it was a matter of time before Azzurri would score a goal. In the 18th minute it came when Marco Michelazzo (above) found the net taking a 1-0 lead. 

Oranje regrouped somewhat with the occasional attempt at counter but they could not prevent most of play taking place deep in Dutch territory. Adam Kluger then rounded off another Azzurri attack and doubled their tally to two. The half ended with a 2-0 score line. 

In the second half, Oranje’s flexible axis of evil moved up to try and claw a goal back. More goals would be scored and it came when Antti Hintsanen slotted home to make it 3-0. 

Desperate times called for desperate measures and the Dutch resorted to the aging master to turn the tide. It worked immediately, records were broken and Tank Zhang’s effort from a difficult angle (above) almost found the net. A glorious comeback suddenly appeared possible. 

Despite Dutch courage, man of the match Alex Brown had the last laugh when he pounced on a lose ball outside the box that flew in for 4-0 and that’s when the fat lady started singing. First leg Cages Cup bragging rights to Azzurri. In breaking with tradition the management may decide to make the Cages Runners-up Cup the larger of the two. 

The bus race was on, a feat that surely Bus senior was going to win-NOT! Azzurri beat them to it by a mere 2mins and 18 seconds. The men in orange bought beers for all men blue and had a blast at Cages playing porn hole and darts. 

Below: Antti Hintsanen, Alex Brown, Tom Bus, Adam Kluger and Marco Michelazzo. Oranje won the Third Half by a landslide. Brown: “Oranje out drank everyone and deserve a bigger cup.” Miss Tennessee could not agree more. Oranjeboom boom boom!


Shanghai ReUnited were pitted against Shanghai 3United. It was the first time in history the two teams faced off against each other in a SIFL derby. 3United was prepared for one of the toughest games they would ever have to play and it was against a group of players that we call friends and brothers. The sun was out, the sky was blue, the pitch was dry and emotions were high.

 

Straight from the first whistle, 3United was on the defensive all over the field. It was truly a team effort, with every 3U player going one hundred percent on each and every tackle and 50/50 ball. ReU kept the pressure high and consistent for the entire 45mins yet the 3U defense was able to stop all dangerous attacks. 

There was a hopeful moment halfway through the first 45mins when Oraz Arslanow ran onto a through ball alone behind the ReU defense. But Cody Ahlstrom made a spectacular save and touched the ball just enough to put it on to the bar for a 0^0 spectacle score at halftime. 

The second half played out much the same with ReUnited stepping up their play. 3U keeper Matthias Kuck made some amazing saves keeping his goal clean. ReUnited were awarded a penalty but missed it and then, an almost sure goal was sent into orbit from less than one meter away. 

It all changed when Mandela (above) won a ball in the middle. He went on to beat three defenders and smacked a grounder past a diving defender and keeper to give ReUnited a 1-0 lead. 3U tried an all or nothing offense in the last 20mins but were unable to create anything dangerous and the game ended 1-0 to ReUnited. Mandela received man of the match honors. 

It was Romain Peythieu’s (middle) last match for 3United. He will be sadly missed not only as a player and captain, but also as a highly valued committee member. All the best in Paris mate, send us a postcard☺.

The boys from ReU & 3U went to their Xmas party at the Park Tavern and had plenty of meaningful conversations about monsters of Cosmos.  

In the First Division, Shanghai Cosmos squared off with Voodoo. Following the Vikings defeat earlier on the day, Cosmos and Voodoo faced off for table-topping bragging rights. The opening exchanges were end to end with Voodoo clearly edging it. 

Cosmos keeper Criss Kang (above) kept his team in the game when he saved a swerving drive with legs in the 13th minute, before tipping a looping header over the bar in minute 15. At the other end, Jordan Campbell caused problems for the Voodoo defense, but he couldn’t find the net. 

An electric run from the effervescent Evan Kleinberg sent the Cosmos defenders into a dizzy haze before he slotted into the bottom corner taking a 0-1 Voodoo lead. Cosmos responded at the half hour mark when Conor Maye found a completely free Jordan Campbell, but he couldn’t get his header on target. 

Shortly after that from another Voodoo attack, Marco Luraghi smashed the cross bar on the turn, then, the finest defensive midfielder Voodoo has ever fielded, Sam Woollard smashed home a bobbling ball from the edge of the box on the slide doubling Voodoo’s lead to 0-2. 

The second Voodoo goal prompted the introduction of eventual game-changer and new Cosmos recruit Adam Stringer. Just before halftime Jonny Sellars gave Cosmos a lifeline, running from inside his own half, beating a couple of defenders and somehow looping his second attempt over the Voodoo keeper for 2-1 and that’s how the half ended.  

The second half started slowly but in the 55th minute the game came to life again when Campbell turned his marker and slotted the ball through for Adam Stringer to even out the score at 2-2. Soon after that, Stringer’s powerful header made it 2-3 from Paul Baird’s cross. 

Voodoo stepped up, were all over the place and with 10mins to go Phil Boyle pulled it back to 3-3. Voodoo then had a chance to win the game but keeper Kang made a brilliant save to stop Voodoo going back in front. 

Adam Stringer was on his way to complete a hattrick but was tripped in the box and Cosmos had a chance to steal three points from the penalty spot. Jordan Campbell (#7) dispatched with easy sending the keeper the wrong way for 4-3. Cosmos clung on for an epic win and top of the table bragging rights. Jonny Sellars received man of the match honors. 


Voodoo Child crossed swords with Long Tang AFC. Fresh from a week off on his jollies, VC captain Kam was back to great fanfare. With all the pressure of last week the Cossack had aged noticeably and had to rely on Ned Kelly to bail him out in his hour of need, the impeding closure of M&S is bad news for them both.

It was an uneventful build up to the game, with a couple of chunky UK colony members, nearly feeling the wrath of equal rights and opportunities Disney Bus Nazi Dave. 

Luckily they managed to catch up to the bus and Jules Goodes’ pre-match warm up wasn’t too badly affected. There were loads of changes on the wings, Brian ‘Santa’ Claus, Andrew Rodriguez and young Pat Mullarakey running all game.  

The first half ended with VC up 4-0 and scored two more in the second half for a final 6-0 score line. Sam ‘Jesus’ France was at it again scoring four. Irish Andy Graydon (with beard) literally terrorized the Long Tang defense and also had a blinder adding a couple of goals too. Jesus received man of the match honors. 

A great game, well controlled by the ref and his team, was capped off with handshakes all round, only Irish was booked, and Eric Johan the Dutch chopper somehow escaped yellow. 


Kangbei United FC were pitted against the Anzacs FC. The Anzacs pressed on early creating one clear chance when Dan Aubin hit the post, and then Ian Mote was outrageously penalized for tackling the KB keeper on the rebound, when an open net would have beckoned.

 

Kangbei soon got up to full strength most noticeably Jackson Katta who had scored a hattrick against the Anzacs in a cup game before. The Anzacs hatched a plan to man mark him. 

The first half was pretty tight; with Kangbei trying to play counter but without any success as Katta was being double-teamed at every opportunity. As the Anzacs settled down and started working the ball across the pitch they looked more dangerous. Still the half ended goalless.

In the second half, Kangbei won a corner in the first minute, which the Anzacs failed to clear. Kangbei captain Joye Yang (#10) stole in unmarked at the back post to head home the opening goal and a 1-0 Kangbei lead. 

The Anzacs fought back quickly and around 15mins in Ben Davis picked up the ball and drove into the area going through a couple of tackles before driving the ball into the roof of the net for the equalizer and his first goal in Anzacs colors.

The Anzacs then had their best spell of the game and soon found the net again when Dan Aubin scored at the near post for 1-2 from a Joe Hatch assist. Moments after that Aubin scored again finishing high into the net from another Hatch cross to make it 1-3.

With a couple of minutes to go Kangbei came back when Jackson Katta went down in the box. Katta converted the ensuing spot kick to pull one back at 2-3. It was little too late as the Anzacs played out the rest of the game safely. 

Above: Joye Yang, Dan Aubin, legend Thorsten Kalus, Jackson Katta and man of the match Ben Davis. Ian Mote: “Good performance by everyone, especially those who weren’t fit and were coerced into playing. I think you thought it was worth it!”


Shanghai Tianfu FC locked horns with the Shanghai Vikings FC. The Vikings’ rape and pillaging campaign the night before had not gone very well. It would spell a bad omen for them going into this fixture. 

Both teams played attacking football using the midfield to launch quick attacks over the flanks. It lead to several bankable chances on both sides. 

In the first half, Tianfu drew first blood when they scored the 1-0. The Vikings put on some pressure to try and score the equalizer. They managed to do so when they were awarded a penalty towards the end of the half. 

Mikkel Lund Pedersen (above) converted from the spot kick for 1-1 and that is how an entertaining half ended. 

Tianfu regrouped in the second half and created several chances. From one such offense they slowly encroached towards the Vikings goal until they finally managed to work the ball over the line taking a 2-1 lead. 

The Vikings then gave it a final push but to no avail as the Tianfu defense denied them and the matched ended in a 2-1 Tainfu victory. 

Tao Sun and Shi Hang Li scored for Tianfu. Tao Sun received man of then match honors. Below: Shi Hang Li, Tianfu keeper Zhu Yun, Tao Sun and Viking Mikkel Pedersen. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus 

 

[SIFL News] Round 9 – Games played on 26 Nov 2016

 

Hebiguchi Cup

Voodoo Child, Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC, Shanghai United, Shanghai ReUnited, Shanghai 3United, Shanghai Japan FC, Shanghai Lions FC and Azzurri FC (above) all reached the Quarterfinals. 

Takyua Nakano scored 5.

Kevin Weissler & Awolo Ekene scored 4 each.

Shooters played their 500th match.


Shanghai Krauts FC faced Voodoo Child. With VC missing their inspirational leader Kam due to an urgent engagement with Marks & Spencer’s children’s department, the reins were given to the oldest (not wisest) man Greg Siccardi. 

VC started brightly and had some great early chances this was not a surprise considering Supervisor Dave Roberts’ efforts. With Jules Goodes taking on the role of bald and ball player (original ball player currently benched), spraying the balls forward the best chance fell to a fully refreshed Irish Andy Graydon to spoon it over the bar. 

The Krauts were restricted to shooting from long range with Gary Schwarzer well and truly up to the task. At the end of the first half there was controversy and the referee had a tough call as to whether Sam ‘Jesus’ France had been brought down in the box. Nothing was given and 0-0 it stayed after 45mins of football. 

Starting the second half, again VC controlled the pace and picked up a free kick on the right hand side. Brian ‘Santa’ Claus (above) delivered a beautiful ball in to glance off shiny scalp of Eric Johan taking a 0-1 VC lead. 

This spurred VC on and Greg Siccardi who had been quiet all game weighed down by expectation hit a hopeful long ball, with the defender coming across to clear it, it was held up in puddle, Paul Waller (above) pounced and took the opportunity to cap his return to run in and slide the ball into the net for 0-2.

Building on this, angry Pat Mullarkey came to the fore, almost like someone in the team had been rubbing him or his significant other up the wrong way, and with this determination took advantage of some confusion in the krauts penalty area to pinch the ball and slide it past a helpless keeper for 0-3. 

At this point for VC, The Postman came on and immediately delivered. With Jesus picking the ball up down the right and making his way into the 18-yard box he looked up and saw Tony Nogood making darting runs. Having played the ball behind him he had to move dynamically, nimbly, gracefully, delicately, and powerfully to lift it into the empty net for 0-4. Jesus then scored 0-5. 

Krauts managed to get a goal back when Lorenzo Tognini’s powerful shot went in the bottom right corner for 1-5. They had a chance for another goal when they were awarded a penalty but keeper Gary Wright made a delicious save for a final 1-5 score line.

Sam France received man of the match honors, stepped back on his cloud and blessed the infidels. All was good.


 

Defending champions Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC played their 500th match versus top of the First Division Voodoo. The weather had not been kind to the pitch as both teams turned up with fans in very muddy conditions on a cold and rainy afternoon. 

Shooters’ large squad outnumbered the 13 men Voodoo team. The first half started and with the middle looking like a dodgy toilet in a restaurant there was a lot of wing play.

After 5mins Simon Moore turned in Roland Broughton’s near post flick on from a corner and 1-0 to Shooters. The lead was doubled a few minutes later when Alejandro Kamke (below) spanked a half volley into the top bin for 2-0.

All was looking very comfortable for the Shooters until Wilson Scott smashed a low pull backed cross into the top corner of his own net for 2-1 providing a glimmer of hope for Voodoo. Scott however quickly made amends winning a penalty that he duly converted this time at the right end for 3-1.

A puddle, the rock in defense, denied Steven Fong brilliantly all game, he later had a shot cleared off the line. But not to be deterred the Shooters managed another two before the break with Mike McGirr and Broughton scoring for a 5-1 lead at halftime.

Shooters made seven or eight changes at the break stretching master tactician Broughton’s mathematical ability. However, a masterstroke it was as debutant Pierre Dantin crossed with his first touch for Kevin Weissler also just on, to sweep home one min after the restart for 6-1. 

Six quickly became 12 as Weissler scored another three, Dantin two and Stefan Sturm one. Having reached 12 the ref ended the game and Shooters moved on to the next round. Alejandro Kamke received man of the match honors. 

Captain Roland Broughton became the Shooters’ all time appearance leader with 268 caps and counting. (ED-Congrats mate, way to go!)

Pill Boyle: “It was an enormous honor to play against these clowns with their fancy records and all. We almost came back should have beaten them… hard!”


Shanghai ReUnited were scheduled versus Shanghai Tianfu FC. ReUnited reached the next round with a comfortable victory over First Division Shanghai Tianfu FC. The game was played in difficult weather; with the ground cut up with puddles and a nasty wind playing it’s part. 

 

Although the pitch made it difficult to pass the ball ReU started comfortably and it would be a matter of time before they would score.  

After great work from Tobi Junior and Max Dyckerhoff, Nick Waters tapped in for 1-0. Dyckerhoff and Junior grabbed further goals before halftime and ReU went into the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead. 

The second half was much like the first with added angst from the Chinese team as the game slipped away from them completely. 

Karsten Knerr flicked in a Mandela shot for 4-0 before Tianfu were awarded a penalty that they missed. Tianfu were threatening more at this stage and got a goal in open play for 4-1. 

It was only consolation as ReU scored two more in the last phase of the game through Mandela, directly from a corner, and again Dyckerhoff for a final 6-1 ReUnited win. Tobi Junior received man of the match honors. 


Shanghai 3United did battle with Shanghai Cosmos. A very consistent performance from a very determined 3United side. They scored in the first half taking a 1-0 lead and that’s how 45mins of football ended. 

3U scored again in the second half for a final 2-0 3United win and a place in the Quarters. Nick Law and Serge Mbougo scored the goals while their colleague Joe Williams received man of the match honors. 


Shanghai Japan FC crossed swords with Long Tang AFC. Japan took no chances in this encounter as the Hebiguchi Cup is named after one of their earlier players who tragically passed on during a SIFL game.

They did very well in the first half going up 4-0, which was also the halftime score. 

In the second half they continued with power play and scored five more goals. Long Tang were able to save honor and found the net via a Yi Ding strike for a final 9-1 Japan win. 

Takuya Nakano (#55) scored 5 while his colleague Yoku Endo scored 3. Long Tang scored another, albeit in their own goal. Yasutomo Toyofuku received man of the match honors. Toyofuku: “Thanks Long Tang but we kindly give these honors to Nakano who scored FIIIIIIVE!”


Kangbei United FC were pitted against Shanghai United. United came with all guns blazing and Igor Tsudin brought some Russian music to motivate their players and fans. It worked wonders they were in for a monster. 

The fans were in fine spirits as well and before no time the Kangbei keeper had to fish the ball out of the net. He kept fishing as the half ended with United up 0-4. 

In the second half they kept their scoring ways going and found the net another five times. Kangbei got in on the scoring as well and got two past the keeper for a final 9-2 score line. 

Jackson Katta and Zouyuan Yang scored for Kangbei. Awolo Ekene (4), Nikolai Filatov (2), Anton Devine, Danyl Bondarchuk, and man of the match Artem Chaus scored for United. 


Shanghai Lions FC did battle with FC Oranje. Oranje came prepared but the champions arrived just with 9 players including President Freek Boelen who played in goal in the opening phase. 

Oranje smelled blood and were able to get one passed the keeper after just 3mins. Tank Zhang got the ball on the right and crossed in the box for Marijn ten Wolde to tap in taking a 0-1 Oranje lead. Moments later Oranje were awarded a free kick about 20 meters out (above). Tank Zhang fired a shot that landed on the cross bar and 0-1 it stayed. 

After 15mins two more Lions showed up, they finally had 11 on the pitch and started to play better. Oranje defended well not giving the Lions much space. In the last minute of the half the Lions were awarded a dubious free kick. Azzeddine Takouloufa delivered the ball at the far post were unmarked Fabian Barbet (#5) headed home from close range evening out the score at 1-1 and that’s how the half ended. 

In the second half, Lyndon Gong took between the sticks for the Lions. The Lions played more dominant while Oranje played counter. It yielded as Marijn ten Wolde scored his second of the day when he converted a rebound from an Aurelien Souici shot retaking a 1-2 lead for the Orangemen. 

The Lions upped the pressure and play took place deep into Dutch territory. At the hour mark the pressure yielded as captain Benjamin Guerin (#69) scored the equalizer at 2-2. The Dutch knew that without their regular keeper the Lions would be vulnerable in a penalty shootout should it remain tied. 

Oranje defended for what they were worth but were dealt a blow when sweeper Ralph Rijntjes got injured and had to come off. Now it was the French that smelled blood and in the 86th minute David Rosenberg broke the deadlock and scored to send the Lions up 3-2 for the first time in the match. 

Frozen toes set in further depleting the Dutch defense. The Lions then sealed the deal when Felix Vroegop (#27) blasted the ball in the net for a final 4-2 score line. David Rosenberg (#30) received man of the match honors. Marijn ten Wolde (middle):”We deserved to win!” The boys went to Cages to celebrate match number 576. Oranjeboom was there!


Shanghai Vikings FC locked horns with Azzurri FC. The men in blue were up to the task in aquatic conditions and drew first blood taking a 0-1 lead at halftime. 

The Vikings came back strong and evened out the score midway through the second half when they were awarded a penalty. Jens Christensen (below) coolly converted from the spot kick for 1-1. 

The Vikings created some bankable chances but the goal fell on the other side despite some heroic saves from Vikings stand-in keeper Henrik Kragh. 

When Azzurri scored the 1-2, it gave them a bit of momentum as they ploughed on piling up pressure on the Danish box. 

Eventually Italian persistence paid off as they were awarded a penalty towards the end. Nick Velani (#4) stepped up and put the game to bed when he hammered the ball home to determine a final 1-3 score line. 

Alex Brown (#29) and Marco Michelazzo (#20) scored the other Azzurri goals. Nick Velani (#4) received man of the match honors. The boys were in a buoyant mood and went to Cages to celebrate their hard fought victory and drink with Oranje in the third half. 

Goal scorers below with Vikings Stefan Søgaard and keeper Henrik Kargh, who made a phenomenal spectacular save all players stopped to applaud the effort.  

Hebiguchi Cup Quarterfinals

Following fixtures will be played on Saturday January 21, 2017:

  • Shanghai Lions FC vs Shanghai United
  • Shanghai ReUnited vs Azzurri FC
  • Voodoo Child vs Shanghai Japan FC
  • Shanghai 3United vs Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC

STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

[SIFL News] Round 8 – Games played on 19 Nov 2016

 

Premier League

New kit inspires Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC (above) versus FC Oranje. Shanghai Japan FC win versus Shanghai United. Shanghai Lions FC draw in last minute versus Shanghai ReUnited.

First Division

Voodoo and Shanghai Vikings FC share the spoils with tie. As did Anzacs FC versus Tianfu. Shanghai Cosmos beat Kangbei United FC. Happy FC edge out Long Tang AFC. 


In the Premier League, Shanghai ReUnited maintained their unbeaten start but lost momentum in a pulsating 1-1 draw with champions Shanghai Lions FC. It felt like a defeat for ReU with the Lions equalizing in the 89thminute. 

It was a typically tight and hard fought game against the French and ReU struggled to create chances in the first half. The French had a couple of shots on goal which keeper Cody Ahlstrom was largely untroubled by.

ReU almost took the lead when Karsten Knerr curled a high ball into the box and Mandela flicked it on for the onrushing Adam Kling. His shot was well saved by French keeper Radouane Guissi.

The second half was a different game with more space available for ReU’s attacking players who were getting into their groove. ReUnited then scored the opener when Adam Kling’s low shot found the net for a 1-0 lead. 

The Lions then had to come out leaving ReU with lots of space for counter attack. ReU missed several chances to score a crucial second to put the match to bed and in the end were punished for it. 

With close to 90mins on the clock it was a brilliant pass from captain Benjamin Guerin that found David Rosenberg on full speed. He didn’t hesitate and expertly lobbed the ball over the keeper into the goal for the equalizer and a final 1-1 score line. 

Heartbreak for ReUnited but a fair reflection on the balance of play. ReUnited’s Ronald Kana and Lions’ Radouane Guissi received man of the match honors. 


FC Oranje played ball with the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. The Shooters came with their new kit and that inspired them to great heights. Oranje tried to keep the nil as long as they could.

The Shooters piled up pressure to try and score an early goal. From a corner the ball got defended out towards the 16 where Alejandro Kamke volleyed home leaving the keeper stunned and 0-1 to the Shooters. It was the lead they wanted after just a few minutes of play. 

The Dutch then tried to play counter to get a goal back and managed to execute one that tested the keeper. Marijn ten Wolde’s shot was easy prey for Chris Banyard and 0-1 it stayed. 

At the other end the Shooters kept pounding on the tight Dutch box and Roland Broughton found the net doubling the score to 0-2. Just before the half was over they managed to score another for a 0-3 lead at halftime. 

The Shooters continued in the second half and quickly scored to make it 0-4. Ten minutes later the Oranje keeper had to fish the ball out of the net another three times for 0-7. 

The men in orange then mobilized the cap record holder to try and turn the game. It yielded immediately as the best goal of the match was under way by mambo number 15. 

Aurelien Souici dribbled over the halfway line on the right then noticed the Shooters goalie standing off his line a bit. Souici took a good look at the keeper and fired a great shot that curled in the top left of the goal for 1-7. 

Oranje then concocted a daring plan to try and score 7 quick goals by launching Daan van Eijkel from kick off (above). It dramatically backfired as two more goals were scored at the other end for a 1-9 Shooters lead and that’s how a lopsided contest ended. 

Goal scorers above: Mike McGirr, Kevin Wiessler, Aurelien Souici, Roland Broughton (3), Tom Bus (Cap#471), Wilson Scott (2), Alejandro Kamke and Tom Webster. Hattrick boy Broughton received man of the match honors. The Orangemen went to Cages to celebrate the best goal of the match & new records. Oranjeboom was there!


Shanghai United did battle with Shanghai Japan FC. United came well prepared with the Russian Bear between the posts guaranteeing a clean goal with steadfast certainty. 

Japan played very offensive and were determined to win this match to move up the table. United were equally to the task and thwarted all Japanese efforts for a 0-0 score line at halftime. 

In the second half, United made some outstanding plays but missed a bit of luck to go ahead. 

Japan kept pushing to try and break the Russian wall. They finally broke through it when Takuya Nakano found the net taking a 0-1 Japan lead. 

Japan kept going and scored several goals in quick succession to go 0-3 up. 

United launched a few attacks themselves and came close to scoring to get a goal back. They did score albeit in their own goal to send Japan 0-4 up. 

Towards the end United were awarded a penalty. Comrade Nikolai Filatov (above) coolly converted from the spot kick. Honor was saved with a final 1-4 score line. 

Takuya Nakano (2), Nikolai Filatov and Seiji Ueshima scored the goals for your entertainment and glory. Nakano received man of the match honors. 


In the First Division, Voodoo locked horns with the Shanghai Vikings FC. The first half hour was fairly even with both teams creating chances. Jasper Scheuermann proved to be a constant threat in attack, which seemed to upset the Voodoo defense who decided to foul him as many times as possible. 

At the other end Voodoo hit the bar twice. All luck aside, the chances were not from any build up play and the Vikings would have felt hard done by if either had gone in.

One of the Viking’s best chances was the result of some tiki-taka Barcelona style play from coach Martin Haxholdt, Mikkel Pedersen and Janus Olsen (below) but the ball did not find the net and the score remained goalless.  

The Vikings continued to have most of the possession in the second half and chances started to come thick and fast. Pedersen’s header just went wide and the Voodoo keeper had some outstanding saves to keep the nil. 

Voodoo’s best chance came from a lovely shot from the edge of the box that appeared to curl into the top corner but Haxholdt tipped to ball just wide. The match ended in a 0-0 draw, leaving Voodoo at top of the league on goal difference with the Vikings having one game in hand. Dragos Olaru and Damo Pilat received man of the match honors. 


Anzacs FC crossed swords with Shanghai Tianfu FC. Tianfu’s plan early on seemed to be to draw the Anzacs in and then counter quickly, whilst the Anzacs were trying to use Dan Aubin’s pace up front. 

They kept things pretty tight early on, as the first half turned out to be fairly even with few chances. Anzacs’ best opportunities came from a couple of set pieces, whilst Tianfu once got behind the Anzacs but keeper Thorsten Kalus came out quickly to smother.

In the second half, things started to open up at both ends as the game became more stretched. Tianfu had several chances but without finding the net. Anzacs’ Sebastian Zhang having a shot well saved by the Tianfu keeper and Ian Mote meeting a free header from Steve Watson’s free kick but putting it wide.

Dan Aubin was still causing Tianfu problems up front, managing to get through on goal once only to overrun the ball and be stopped by the keeper. Aubin was also hassling the Tianfu defenders enough to win a couple of free kicks but they did not lead to a goal. 

 

In the last 10mins, Tianfu came at the Anzacs more and towards the end it all got a bit Alamo-like. Keeper Kalus had to make several saves and was forced into another point-blank save from a corner, which turned out to be the last action of the match as it ended 0-0. 

With a slightly patched up team it was a hard-fought point for the Anzacs. Nick Kintzley and Yi Bing Fu received man of the match honors. The boys went to the Grand Yard to celebrate gains made on the day. 


Kangbei United FC squared off with Shanghai Cosmos. Cosmos were chasing their third straight win and were confident coming up against the bottom side of the league. In the opening exchanges, Cosmos soon realized that this was not going to be an easy game, as the Kangbei forwards caused endless problems with their pace. 

After ten minutes, Cosmos eventually settled. Jordan Campbell found himself one on one with the keeper, but unselfishly passed to Conor Maye for an easy tap in taking a 0-1 Cosmos lead and one for the scrap book!

Maye continued to cause problems for the defense and on minute 15, his cross found Campbell unmarked at the back post for 0-2. Soon after that, another Maye cross was heading to Campbell before a Kangbei defender diverted into his own goal for 0-3. 

Chris Colman added another on his comeback, only to be ruled offside. On the stroke of halftime, Kangbei’s keeper threw the ball out to nobody and Jonny Sellars simply guided it into an empty net for a 0-4 Cosmos lead at halftime. 

In the second half, Kangbei pressed to get something out of the game and scored two early goals by Jackson Katta and Guanghao Gao, including a stunner from a free kick for 2-3 and game on.

Cosmos soon found their rhythm again and Paul Baird assisted Campbell for 2-5 and 2-6, before Jack Greenwell extended the lead with his first Cosmos goal following a pass from Jonny Sellars taking a 2-6 Cosmos lead. 

Sellars added his second and Cosmos’ seventh when he found himself unmarked from a Graham McNally corner and smashed home from 12 yards for 2-7. 

Another McNally corner fell to the feet of center back Jasper ‘Van Nistelrooy’ Verdam and he made it two in four for the season and a final 2-8 score line. Jordan Campbell (#10) received man of the match honors. Campbell: “Since we have KateWood as sponsor things are moving forward bigly!”


Long Tang AFC were pitted against Happy FC in a Chinese derby. The boys were very sad on the day and both teams held one-minute silence in remembrance of Long Tang player and SIFL Committee member Liang Zhang’s mother who passed away last week.

Long Tang started well and were able to play on HFC’s half for long periods of time. Their dominance paid off as they drew first blood taking a 1-0 lead and that’s how an entertaining first 45mins of football ended. 

In the second half, HFC regrouped somewhat and were able to push Long Tang back launching several attacks deep into Long Tang territory. It resulted in two goals but not before Long Tang found the net as well for 2-2. The game was open again and could have gone either way

HFC were the happiest after 90mins of football as they managed to score the winner to take home all three points with a final 2-3 score line. 

Below: Qiuqi Xu, Linlin Cen and Minjie Shi scored for HFC. Ahamad Meouloud and Sam Mabrouk scored for Long Tang. Linlin Cen received man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

 

[SIFL News] Round 7 – Games played on 12 Nov 2016

Premier League

Shanghai Lions FC (above) take first spot with win over FC Oranje. Shanghai ReUnited beat Shanghai Japan FC. Azzurri FC win versus Shanghai United. Shanghai Krauts FC beat Shanghai 3United. 

First Division

Voodoo edge out Happy FC and take top spot. Shanghai Cosmos defeat Anzacs FC. Voodoo Child beat Kangbei United FC. Tianfu and Long Tang AFC share spoils with tie. 

* Sam France & Awolo Ekene scored 4 goals each!


In the Premier League, Shanghai Lions FC were pitted against Kings of the Basement FC Oranje. The Dutch came to defend trying to prevent the Lions from a quick goal and knowing that the longer they kept the nil would play on the Lions’ nerves. 

They held them at bay for about 40mins when the Lions were awarded a free kick 20 meters out. The keeper lined up the wall and positioned himself at the far post. Azzeddine stepped, took a look at the wall and the keeper and simply placed the ball at the free post taking a 1-0 Lions lead. 

The Dutch then resorted to full attack mode to try and score the equalizer before halftime. Dutch courage to no avail as the Lions immediately took advantage with a counter that found Azzeddine on the left flank. He controlled the ball and with a well-placed shot doubled the Lions lead to 2-0 and that’s how the half ended.

In the second half, the Lions pushed a bit more with many rotations and more goals quickly followed. First Nicolas Bouchou kept his goal scoring pace in tact as he scored twice for 4-0 followed by Gwen Volant for 5-0 and Jona Vogel flew in the sixth for 6-0. 

The men in Oranje than regrouped a bit and deployed the aging master, which had an immediate effect. Hong Kong boots on the ground Simon Ho launched his comrade Jimmy Li who took a shot on goal. The keeper saved it initially but Aaron Breeds was there for the tap in and his first goal for the orange franchise and 6-1. 

Daan van Eijkel (above) then took Oranje by the hand to try and quickly score six goals at the death, which was hard, but mathematically not impossible. It was a futile effort though as Xu Ling scored at the other end for a final 7-1 score line. The boys in orange went to Cages in celebration of Aaron Breeds’ first goal for Oranje. Oranjeboom was there!

Man of the match honors went to Azzeddine Takouloufa. Above with Xu Ling, Aaron Breeds, Nicolas Bouchou, Gwen Volant, Tom Bus, Jona Vogel and Freek Boelen. 


Shanghai Japan FC crossed swords with Shanghai ReUnited. ReUnited, since 2006, continued their 100% start to the season in a hard-fought victory over Japan. Although they made it three wins out of three, this game was a lot more complicated than the piece of cake victories that preceded it. 

Japan started well and caused all sorts of problems for ReUnited in the first half. Apart from grand delusions about their set up date, ReUnited had major problems with their shape in the opening exchanges.

Japan put them under serious pressure and when a loose ball at the back was latched onto by the lethal Japan strike force, Takuya Nakano was played free in front of the keeper and he coolly slotted home taking a 1-0 Japan lead and that’s how the half ended.  

The second half was a different story though as ReUnited refocused and pinned the Japanese back for almost the entire half. ReU’s effort and spirit was rewarded when David Conrad’s cross-come-shot sailed into the top corner of the Japanese net evening out the score at 1-1.

From there ReU powered on with Steve Ishemezwe netting twice for 1-3 and Max Dyckerhoff scoring the fourth and 1-4. In the closing minutes Takuya Nakano scored his second for Japan to make the score more respectable at 2-4 but by then ReUnited had won the game. 

Steve Ishemezwe received man of the match honors. And so ReUnited go on to face the Lions next week in fine fettle and hoping to emulate 3United’s result on the opening day. 


Azzurri FC did battle with Shanghai United. It turned out to be a battle of epic proportions and great score fest. Azzurri drew first blood taking a 1-0 lead. They then drew some more blood doubling the score to two for 2-0. United have Awolo Ekene (below) and he scored getting a goal back at 2-1. Ekene was at it again when he evened out the score at 2-2. 

At this point in the match the men in blue looked ready for the sledgehammer as United created chance after chance. Ekene then scored a third completing a rare pure hattrick taking a 2-3 United lead. 

It looked like the Italians would go into the break one goal down but they managed to equalize before halftime and went to tea with 3-3 score line. 

In the second half, they upped the pace and pushed f#cking harder. It yielded as they continued the scoring taking a 4-3 lead. They found the net another time for 5-3. Awolo Ekene then scored his fourth and determined a final 5-4 score line. 

Antti Hintsanen (2), Kwame Agyei-Owusu, Patrick Arbeloa and Niccolo Reinero scored the Azzurri goals. Adam Kluger received man of the match honors. Kluger: “We are going to Cages coz there I can score from every angle!”


Shanghai 3United squared off versus the Shanghai Krauts FC. In the first half both teams played attacking football creating several chances but the final touch was missing. Thomas Schwab came close to opening the score but his effort landed on the post. Both teams went to tea with a 0^0 spectacle score. 

Dictator Bilgin G had a thunderous speech at halftime ordering his troops to stay focused and push deep into enemy territory. It yielded immediately as in minute 47 Christoph Harmeyer found the net taking a 0-1 Krauts lead. 

Stanislav Korchazhinkii doubled the score from an Azim Madaminov assist taking a 2-0 lead for Germany. United then wasted a 100% chance to get a goal back and instead the Krauts executed a deadly attack. Korchazhinkii got the ball and lobbed it over the keeper for 3-0. 

Madaminov (above) got in on the scoring as well for 4-0. Towards the end 3United were able to grab a consolation goal when Korbi Randlinger found the net and determined a final score line of 3United 1, Krauts 4. Azim Madaminov received man of the match honors. 


In the First Division, Voodoo got back into the swing of Saturday football against Happy FC and they set about them like an Aussie at a Brazilian BBQ and threw a mullet up’em from the off. 

Voodoo started well and found themselves up 2-0 at halftime thanks to Evan Kleinberg and a rocket from Jacob Harding. A rare halftime lead and it looked good but then Voodooitis set in the second half while HFC upped the tempo. Strikes from Zheren Liu and Qifa Li evened out the score at 2-2. 

Two goals apiece and it could have gone either way but there would be a happy ending for Voodoo after a Fabien Lebourcq cross was turned in by the otherwise profligate Jonny White and a 2-3 Voodoo lead. 

HFC then tried an all or nothing assault and the last ten minutes was all blues but Colin White the greatest goalkeeper ever was more than equal to everything that was thrown at him and Voodoo hung on for another unwarranted three points. Evan Kleinberg was voted man of the match. 

Will Voodoo’s luck run out against the Vikings next match? Will Brian Doyle make a fake newspaper article? Will the club’s greatest goal scorer Ned Kelly score 10? 

Jonny White: “We’ll know next week when we have Saturday football for an unprecedented two weeks in a row.”


Shanghai Cosmos locked horns with Anzacs FC. After a month off, Cosmos were happy to get back out on the field and play. Facing a new and improved Anzacs lineup, the opening exchanges were fairly scrappy. 

Cosmos soon found their rhythm and started passing the ball around nicely. The only problem was their final ball. Case in point – Conor Maye’s cross to ‘someone’ was heading straight into the open arms of the goalkeeper, but he somehow managed to drop a simple catch into his own goal for a 1-0 Cosmos lead. 

Anzacs came back strong late in the half and probably should have equalized after a long ball left their striker one on one with the keeper. No luck for them though and Cosmos maintained their 1-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Cosmos used their wing play to great affect and created a number of chances through low crosses into the box. Unfortunately, the Cosmos front line had left their predatory instinct at home. 

As time was running out, the second goal came from an unlikely source. Centre back Jasper Verdam found himself unmarked on the edge of the box and sent a half volley home with his weaker left foot expanding Cosmos’ score to 2-0. 

It was a relief for Cosmos at least until their defense fell a sleep and allowed Anzacs to half the deficit to 2-1 from a Daniel Aubin goal with 5mins to go. 

Anzacs gave it a final push to try and equalize but Cosmos survived the onslaught and hung on for a 2-1 win. Man of the match honors went to Cosmos’ Jonny Sellars.

Jasper Verdam: “Thou shall not mess with the laws of the universe and the Cosmos must expand!” Goal scorers below: Conor Maye, Daniel Aubin & Verdam. 


Shanghai Tianfu FC were scheduled versus Long Tang AFC (above). Both teams were sharp as a knife for this Chinese derby. 

Tianfu started well and were able to score twice in the first half while Long Tang netted once for a 2-1 Tianfu lead at halftime. 

The roles were reversed in the second half when Long Tang out scored Tianfu 1-2 for a balanced 3-3 tie and after 90 minutes of power football both Chinese sides shared the spoils of the art of the football war. 

Ahamad Meouloud, Sam Mabrouk and Wenren Deng scored for Long Tang. Tao Sun (2) and Xiaorong Wu scored for HFC. 

Tianfu’s Yu Zhu and Long Tang’s Ahamad Meouloud received man of the match honors. 


Voodoo Child locked horns with Kangbei United FC. As VC started off it seemed only captain Kam still had vivid memories of last year’s rape of Kangbei (inflicted on VC). Colin White was on loan to Voodoo so that captain Ben ‘Pies’ Goodwin stood between the sticks. 

VC still basking in the great result from the history, set off with the mindset that it would be a walk over and instead were quickly down 0-2. The first was a parting of the defense by Jackson Katta (above) that Moses would have been proud of and the second some neat interplay between Tyler Draper and Katta leaving goalie Goodwin stranded with a pretty good lob. 

Some pleasant words were exchanged from the touchline and VC finally came alive. A Fernando Torres pre-Chelsea strike by Irish Andy Graydon gave VC a lift at 1-2 before Sam ‘Jesus’ France smashed one in after some great work by Gary Wright on the right. A 2-2 score line at halftime was a fair reflection.

The second half was tense with VC looking a bit nervous in the back.  Jules Goodes memories from last year had returned and young Tony Nogood didn’t dare step on the pitch. 

But going forward VC looked dangerous. Brian ‘Santa’ Claus on the right and the introduction of Errol Flynn on the left marauding were creating all sorts of chances for Ned Kelly & Co. 

Jesus very kindly slotted in three more goals to appease the masses and a 5-2 VC Lead. As the game wore on VC were getting tired and Kangbei were running low on cigarettes but not before Zhou Qing found the net for 5-3. 

Finally Nogood was willing to go with the game being deemed safe, a brief cameo up front, resulting in zero goals and 60 in fines. Sam France received man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

Venue: Shanghai Community & Sports Center, Waigaoqiao

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more.http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

 

It was a super weekend for the Lions

[ SIFL ] Shanghai LIONS 7-1 Oranje FC

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

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

[ SPL ] Shanghai LIONS 7-1 Marlins FC

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

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

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

 

Two 7-1 wins surely lifted our spirits now let’s all come to the training and work even harder for the big games ahead of us ! Coming weekend we play Reunited on Saturday and the Legends will play the Super 48 Master Tournament !

 

It is good to be a Lion !

 

Cheers
Freek

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

[ SIFL ] Shanghai LIONS 6-0 United FC

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

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

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

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

Cheers
Freek

Lions beat the Krauts 1-0 in the SIFL

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[ SIFL ] Krauts FC 0-1 Shanghai LIONS

Lions,

We knew it was going to be a difficult afternoon with 7 regular Lions missing including our goalie. Facing the Krauts with a combination of German winning mentality and fast counters with foreign players like Stas, we opted to secure our defense first before thinking of attacking. We started well in the first 10 minutes with Big John making his first start after 2 years of injury misery. After 10 mn of a balance, the Krauts took control of the game as we couldn’t hold the ball upfront resulting in fast counters to slice open our defense… Our goalie, Francois, stood firm in the goal but we felt the heat on a few occasions. However, the best chance of the 1st half came from Allan with a one on one vs. Krauts’ goalie but his effort just went wide of the left post.

At half time the speech focused on the fact that with a depleted squad we were still in the game with only 1 goal away from victory. So with the help of two young ex-students from Fabi Louis (19) and Pierre (18) (who came over for a holiday) + our new Chinese signing Xu Lin (23), we took the game back in our hands. Suddenly the Lions were all over the place and the Krauts were pushed back. Our combinations improving, we got closer chances with Allan again, Rosie, Xu Lin & Dave… In the final moments, a great ball through from Xu Lin putted Rosie in front of the keeper and he didn’t hesitate to lob the ball in the net ! A well-deserved goal seeing our 2nd half performance & it finally sealed the deal !

A great Lions team effort & a true Lions fighting spirit ! The Beer tasted good afterwards and we are now looking forward to the next game !

 

Cheers
Freek

[SIFL News] Round 4 – Games played on 22 Oct 2016

 

Premier League: Shanghai Krauts FC (above) storm table and take number one spot with win over Shanghai Japan FC. 

First Division: Anzacs FC and HFC share spoils after tie.  


In the Premier League, Shanghai Japan FC did battle with the Shanghai Krauts FC. It was the early fixture and both teams were ready for kick off. Then, in light of the downpour, the committee decided to cancel all other fixtures of the day so this was the only game in the Premier League. 

With that knowledge the Krauts knew that a win would send them right to the top of the table. A feat not seen for a long time. While the pitch was getting flooded the game kick off in good spirits. The Krauts pressed the midfield using fast breaks and long balls trying to reach their wingers. 

Japan played position with combination football testing the Krauts keeper from the Old Transvaal. As the game got on the Germans drew first blood when they were awarded a penalty. Thomas Schwab stepped and put it away scoring their first goal of the season and a 0-1 Krauts lead at halftime. 

The Krauts continued their onslaught in the second half and worked hard to breach Japanese defenses. Japan kept executing their game plan and they continued to test the keeper as well as the woodwork. It was certain another goal would follow and when it came it fell to the Krauts. Old soldiers never die and when Stoyan Atsarov had the ball 20 meters out, he took a good look at the goalie standing from his line and bit and coolly lobbed the ball in the net doubling the Krauts lead to 0-2. 

Marin Delchev was on his way to a certain third goal but his effort stranded a few inches before the goal line in a pool of water, mud and frustration. The match ended 0-2 to the Krauts and with this result they are the undisputed number 1 in Shanghai, for at least 7 days. Man of the match honors went to Krauts keeper Jonathan Claesen who displayed an excellent performance in difficult conditions. 


In the First Division, Happy FC crossed swords with Anzacs FC. The game started with both teams splashing about in puddles like a kindergarten trip to the seaside. After a few minutes HFC then pumped the ball in behind the Anzacs back line. It stopped in the penalty area, allowing Liu Zheren to run through and stick it in the corner for the opening goal and a 1-0 HFC lead. 

Before long, Joe Hatch managed to scoop up the ball and then twat it in behind the HFC defense for Neil Beckitt to run onto and equalize with a trademark lob for 1-1. Soon after, the Anzacs won a corner taken by James Boyle who curled it in the net for a 1-2 Anzacs lead. Then, Beckitt chased down a through ball, shrugged off a HFC defender, and rounded the keeper for his second and a 1-3 Anzacs lead at halftime prompting a celebratory slide through a puddle.  

In the second half, HFC got back into the game and the Anzacs struggled to put them under pressure as they did in the first half. At this time also frustrations were starting to rise from poor tackles and likely fear of drowning. Tempers flared a bit and Anzacs had a player send off for an altercation. HFC then clawed another goal back when from a ricochet in the box the ball ended up in the Anzacs net for 2-3 and game on.

This livened HFC up further putting the Anzacs under more pressure. A cross to the far side found Liu Zheren who turned and dinked it back to the far post where it went through a crowd of players and straight through into the corner evening out the score at 3-3 and that’s how the contest ended. 

Neil Beckitt received man of the match honors for the Anzacs, as did Liu Zheren for HFC. With this result the Anzacs moved onto the podium claiming third spot in the standings. Pretty good!


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

October 29, 2016:  Round 5-League Matches

Venue: Shanghai Community & Sports Center, Waigaoqiao

Visit the official SIFL website to find out more. http://www.eteamz.com/SIFL/

Tom Bus

Lions back to winning again !

Lions,

After our first defeat in 50 games we knew that we had to go back to winning again. We had a few players arriving late for various reason but a puncture of Fabi’s motor bike 5 km away from the field left him and Francois stranded for a while. Luckily they just made it a few minutes before kick off ! The game plan was to start strong and finish strong mainly because we are not back to full fitness yet and 90 minutes can be a long time to play if you are not fit enough ! The spirit was good and we were up against the Azzurri who had a complete new team. The lions took the possession and played strong in the first 15 minutes. It resulted in a great goal from our upcoming right back Aga who surprised the Azzurri defense and tipped a long pass from Azz into the net. This opening goal tasted for more and it was good old Tomas who scored our second after a good dummie from Felix from another Azz pass. It looked like we would go into half time with a 2-0 lead but with 20 seconds to go the Azzurri tall and strong striker wrestled himself away from Jack and Fabi and scored 2-1. As we played well we decided to be patience and tried to score the 3-1 on the break but we were not clinical enough upfront. The Azzurri played better in the second half and it kept the game interesting but our defense was solid and didn’t give away much opportunities. So we kept strong and with 5 minutes to go Azz sealed our faith after he went one on one with Azzurri’s keeper, Alex.

It was a solid 3-1 win and after the game besides the beers we had our two new Dave’s on the table for a British song and Thomas for a French song to make the great day complete !

On Sunday the SPL game vs. Galacticos got postponed as our opponent didn’t have enough players !

We expect all Lions to come to the training this Tuesday and work on our fitness ! (Please register here)

Cheers Freek

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