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MarlinsIt was a great day to play this senior football game under 22 degrees, a clear sky, and a good pitch. It was our first match in our new kit and we had a lot of motivated players showing up 1 hour before the match. After the team picture and warming up we were ready to go against our old rival the Marlins. It was good to see both teams had plenty of youngsters trying out to play at the senior level.

[ SIFL ] Shanghai Lions FC 4-0 Shanghai Marlins FC

Well usually we are slow starters but not this time from the kick-off we showed aggression and hunger for the ball and within one minute we had a perfect fast break on the right with a good cross from Kyle well finished by Romain… 1-0 for the Lions.

After this, the game started to evolve and the speed of play was very fast the referee was lost couldn’t coop with the speed, and made poor decisions for both teams. Marlins tried to launch their fast young forwards with long balls helped by the wind in the back and it caused us some problems we gave away several corners which we dangerous and a few free-kicks as well. We rushed too much ourselves and forget our passing game and we were looking for long balls as well. However, we were helped by the Marlins when a cross from the right was headed into their own goal 2-0 Lions. It gave us a good cushion at half time and we could bring in fresh legs in the second half.

With the wind in our back, we were looking for the third goal to finish the game. We got a free-kick at the perfect spot right on the box edge in the middle several players stood up to claim the free-kick but it was Patrick who took control and placed the ball low in the right corner to make it 3-0. The icing on the cake came from Cyril who just came back from injury and shot from far out as he saw the keeper off his line and smashed the ball over the keeper in the net! Perfect 4-0 for the Lions. We got plenty of opportunities to score a few more but failed to finish them so it stayed 4-0. Credit to the Marlins with a young squad to keep playing and trying to get back in the game.

Well done Lions! Next up is training on Tuesday and Cosmos on Saturday 09:00 kick-off.

Cheers
Freek

Senior team win for its SIFL return

SIFL returnFor our SIFL return 1st game, our senior team had an early 09:00 kick-off but luckily all players were on time and we had plenty of time for the warm-up. We had a nice mix of young and older players and Juliano in the goal. Right at the kick-off, we noticed that Jason was missing and he was supposed to start on the wing and we were a bit worried but in the end, he went to the toilet for a small emergency. Kevin B., fresh from the deck, took his place.

[ SIFL ] Anzacs 1-3 Shanghai Lions FC

We started well with a lot of aggression and hunger however after 5 minutes we got another blow as Tyron got a knee placed in his upper leg and it was game over for him… Julia took his position. After 10 minutes we lost our play and started to make mistakes in build-up passes as well we gave several corners away but luckily Juliano stood firm in his box. After a slip up in our defense, we gave them a pass to score and they took the 1-0 lead. We tried to get back in the game but didn’t create much so we used the half time talk to put all right for the next 45 minutes to turn around the game.

It worked as we upped the tempo and we very dangerous from the flanks with the upcoming Masa and George. Jason back in the squad did well using his speed and strength and was fouled in the box. Patrick stood up and shot left to make the equalizer it was a boost for the team and we sensed we could take them on now. It was a superb goal from our side with a very good ball from defender Kevin in the feet of George on the left who fulls speed passed the ball into the upcoming Dan who nicked it in perfectly. 2-1 and we were hungry for more and it was Masa-san running on the right all the way and his cross in was tipped in by Hiro-san who was alert when the Anzacs didn’t defend well. We could and should have scored more and been lucky when they hit the crossbar with a header at the end. Unfortunately, we lost Dan in the end who tripped on the field with no player near him and damaged his ankle. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.

It was a good team performance in the second half that give us the 1-3 win for our SIFL return. Well done to all the substitutes who came in well and helped us clinch the victory. Well done to all the youth players especially George and Yu Xuan who played like a grown-up man. Training on Tuesday and the October break holiday ahead of us but we will continue to train over the holiday to be ready for the Marlins game on October 17 at 15:00.

Well done Lions!

Cheers
Freek

Senior draw against the Voodoo team in SIFL pre-season friendly

voodoo teamIt was our 2nd friendly match to prepare our return into the Shanghai International Football League (SIFL) after a few seasons break! While the weather was slightly better than a few weeks ago, we had a thin and very young squad against the Voodoo team. For that game, our opponent was much larger and mature in-depth… To be mentioned as well that the Voodoo team has become one of the top tier SIFL contenders since our last game back in 2017.

Within the first 5 minutes, we created two great goal scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, we missed the chances… as it goes in football if you don’t score the opponent will and that’s what Voodoo did when we conceded a clear penalty tripping one of their player for their 1st occasion. At the first break (3 x 30mn), the talk was not pretty as we were playing too soft against this strong and physical kind of opponent.

In the second 30 minutes, we played much better at taking possession, making 3-4 passes combinations in a row which resulted in a few scoring opportunities… Of course, they were dangerous on the counters and our keeper Juliano kept us in the game.

In the last 30 minutes, we knew it will be hard for us as we only had 1.5 valid sub standing but we didn’t give up the fight… On a great counter, Dan our striker who knew that the Voodoo team goalie was out of his goal most of the match took his chance and scored a perfect equalizer.

To be fair, we would have probably deserved to lose this game as Voodoo pushed hard in the last few minutes hitting the post twice… Anyway, it stayed 1-1 before the penalty session that was decided before the game. we scored them all with Philipp, Freek, Julia, Tyron & Juliano while Juliano stopped one of theirs.

 

We were happy afterward as we got a lot of positives from this game especially with so many youngsters into the team and many seniors missing…  Let’s train hard and get more commitment to this new season.

Cheers,
Freek

First team drew against Cosmos in pre-season friendly

First TeamIt was our first step into the new season 2020/2021 with a big change as our First Team we will re-join the SIFL league this season. As a pre-season friendly, we chose to play against Cosmos FC who ended 5th in the league last season! Our objective for this season is to give an opportunity to our youth players to play in senior matches to gain experience and be prepared for their next step into their football life! We had 7 youth players with a squad of 15 players and due to the heat over 34 degrees, we played 3 x 30 minutes!

In the first 30 minutes, Cosmos decided to sit back deep and had no ambition to open up… so it was a chess game where every move was controlled. Few seconds before the break, we made a foul but didn’t pay attention… Cosmos played it quickly into the box from and they took the lead 0-1… In senior games, it is important to be focused until the very last minute… let’s say it’s part of the learning process.

In the second 30 minutes, we came back to draw as Patrick came forward to launch a good strike outside the box when their keeper came out too far.

In the third 30 minutes, it was a long ball from Kevin which most people thought was “mamahuhu” but the Cosmos defender missed it & Dan (our new striker) didn’t hesitate to put behind the net. 2-1 for the Lions but unfortunately, we let Cosmos came back to tie after we failed to clear the ball in defense.

 

In the end, both teams were happy with the draw. For the Lions, it was a positive performance given we had no goalie and so many youngsters in the team. Back to training! See you all on Monday!

 

Cheers
Freek

U18 enjoyed SIFL end of season tournament

SIFL end of season tournamentAfter last Friday rain which caused us to stop the youth training, we were participating in the SIFL end of season tournament with our oldest youth helped by DJ SKiv, his brother Cyril & Pat. The weather was soso as it was 100% humidity with 35 degrees!

For our first match, we played Voodoo Child and it took us 10 minutes to wake up and understand that everything is faster at the senior level. In the last 5 minutes of the match, we started to play our game with confidence and scored two great goals. This 2-0 win in our first game boosted our confidence 🙂

Next up was Japan famous for their fitness level and fast play!  We had enough with a draw to become top of the group and defended well as against Japan it was more difficult to create chances for ourselves. At the last minute, we got a free-kick and the plan didn’t work and we lost the ball and Japan countered super fast… Somehow the Japanese player sliced through our three defenders and scored!

Our next game was against the Krauts; a good team with a couple of good technical players. We played well and gave them good opposition and we created a couple of chances after good build-up play from the back! Both Julia and Blisset had a good chance to score and almost did it but the score remained 0-0!

Our last match was against Long Tang but they hardly had a team and borrowed some Japanese players we had more than plenty of opportunities to score and of course should have won this match as it stayed 0-0!

 

Overall, it was good coming back to play in the SIFL after a few years break. Thanks for the organization letting us play in this SIFL end of season tournament. Good experience for our youth to get stronger, smarter in play like being a killer when we have the chance to score! Well done Lions today! We left a good impression on other SIFL senior teams and some already asked us to play a friendly match soon!

 

Enjoy your Sunday
Freek, Pat, Nick & Azz

[SIFL News] Round 26 – Games played on 13 May 2017

Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC clinch Premier League Championship.

 

Shanghai Cosmos wins First Division Championship.

 

Shanghai Vikings FC promoted to Premier League.

 


Premier League

First Division

  • Shanghai Cosmos 2-1 Shanghai Vikings FC
  • Kangbei United FC 2-2 Long Tang AFC
  • Voodoo Child 1-2 Voodoo

Premier League

Azzurri FC faced the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. A win would crown the Shooters SIFL Champions so they left nothing to chance. 

In their way was an Azzurri side who thought they could spoil the celebrations and a ReU side acting as Italian cheerleaders for the day. As usual a proper game ensued; lots of tackles, lots of energy and great football too. 

Deeming himself unsafe to be close to anyone the grand dictator Zippy (#19) banished himself to the opposite touchline from everyone else to bark his instructions/insults in isolation. Wilson Scott hobbled off and Loic Chudy soon after him as they both sacrificed their legs for the Shooter cause in a frantic half. 

Eventually the deadlock broke around the 30-minute mark. Gui ‘game changer’ Leclercq lived up to his self-given title and channeling his inner Zlatan met a Mike McGirr corner with an acrobatic volley into the far corner. The half ended 0-1 to the Shooters.

In the second half, the Shooters went out knowing they were now really close. The belief showed as they took control of the game and started a full-scale assault on the Azzurri box. Eventually the pressure told and as is becoming now usual a penalty was given for handball in the box. 

Kevin Wiessler stepped up, but although blasting it well it was too close to keeper Alex Zhao, who palmed it out with a strong hand. The Azzurri got some belief back and ReU got the pom poms out. 

Wiessler picked himself up though and soon after found himself one on one, having been slipped through by Stefan Sturm. This time he made no mistake and slotted home to double the Shooters lead to 0-2. The Shooters looked in firm control now and it seemed like it was all over. 

However the men in blue didn’t give up and the Shooters love doing things the hard way. First a clearance on the left was smashed straight into a teammate and into the path of Guillermo Santamaria, who put it into the corner of the net for 1-2.

A fifth penalty in two games was then given (again handball in the box) and can be crowned the worst decision of the five, but Javier Turull (#21) made no mistake evening out the score at 2-2

Shooters now could have sh*t themselves and caved, but they showed the belief they have had all season and instead went all out to win the game. Two minutes from time pops up Benoit Doche (middle below) who smashed the ball into the net on what he called “an impossible angle” for 2-3. 

The Shooters went mental, the Italians were defeated and Shooters were Champions! Mayhem ensued; the Shooter bus will never be the same again and the Big Bamboo is lucky to still be one piece. With his championship goal, Benoit Doche picked up man of the match honors. 

After five long years the Shooters are back on top. A big compliment to ReUnited for running the Shooters close and the Azzurri for a great game. CAMPEONES, CAMPEONES, OLE, OLE, OLE! Well done boys, congratulations great team effort. 


Shanghai ReUnited were pitted against the Shanghai Krauts FC. ReUnited went into the game knowing only a win would do to put some pressure on to the Shooters before their game with Azzurri. 

ReUnited were comfortable throughout the ninety minutes and the pressure they put onto a shaky Krauts defense led to a complete collapse for them as ReU entered the break 5-0 up. 

ReU’s debutant Denis Arych opened the scoring with a spectacular volley from twenty-five yards and from then on it was a bit of a procession. 

A Mandela first half hattrick, a fine goal from Adam Kling and another long-range strike from Arych in the second half completed the scoring for a 6-0 ReUnited win. 

Mandela picked up man of the match honors. Afterwards ReU settled down to watch the Azzurri and Shooters game and although the Italian team fought valiantly, it was not to be for ReU as the title race was lost to the Shooters.


Shanghai Japan FC crossed swords with the Shanghai Lions FC. Japan were determined to get a result against the champions of previous season. 

Japan’s fast combination play confused the Lions a great deal while the Lions were unable to find any holes in the tight Japan defense. 

Japan’s dominance resulted in the only goal of the first half sending Japan up 1-0 after 45mins of football.

In the second half, the Lions tried to do something back but Japan simply outpaced them and continued to find the net. 

The Lions did get a consolation goal by David Hunter but Japan scored three more for a final 4-1 Japan win. 

Tomoyuki Hirai (2) and Hiroki Kato (2) scored the goals (below with David Hunter). Yasutomo Toyofuku picked up man of the match honors. 


Shanghai 3United clashed with a revamped FC Oranje squad at the early time slot. Oranje was coming off a smashing of Japan two weeks earlier, while 3United had also beaten Japan in the SIFL Cup semi-finals the weekend before. 

Oranje was fired up after their first win of the season and 3United was hoping to further their win streak despite missing a few starting players. During the first half, it was Oranje who had the upper hand and within 10mns created several bankable chances. 

Their offense was continually exploiting holes in the 3U defense and midfield throughout the half and resulted in the first goal of the game at around the 15-minute mark. 

After a 3U free kick, the ball ended up at Berto Mose in the Oranje half. He quickly overran the midfield then launched Manual Troconis over the right flank. Troconis made the backline and crossed the ball in the box to Mose who half volleyed it in at the far post taking a 0-1 Oranje lead. 

3United reacted well and 5mins later saw Joe Williams earn a penalty which Nick Law clinically saw into the left corner of the goal evening out the score at 1-1. Soon after Oranje also earned a penalty but keeper Jonny Sumner spectacularly saved their effort and even it stayed. 

Oranje kept up the pressure and from a fluent attack Mubanga Vwalika played the ball to Tank Zhang (below) who set himself up for a one on one and slotted home with a low drive retaking the lead for Oranje at 1-2 and that’s how an entertaining first 45mins of football ended. 

In the second half, 3United finally found some structure and teamwork and became the dominant force of the two teams. But despite having most of the possession and momentum, they struggled to create anything dangerous in front of goal. 

Oranje was still pushing to solidify their lead and were awarded another penalty after a handball in the box. Keeper Sumner saved Oranje’s second effort as well at 1-2 it stayed. 

It gave 3United momentum for a final push into the tight orange box. Oranje started defending with all they had subbing along the way playing the clock. 

In the 88th minute 3U’s determination finally yielded. A ball won in the Oranje defense made it’s way to the midfield and reached Nick Law at the edge of the box. Law didn’t hesitate, turned the ball with his first touch and rocketed a shot into the top right corner to even the score line at 2-2. 

Despite a frantic few seconds the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Oranje’s Tank Zhang (above with Berto Mose, Nick Law & Tom Bus) and 3U’s keeper Jonny Sumner picked up man of the match honors. 

Oranje took to Cages to celebrate match #588, 4 points and 6 goals in the last 2 fixtures to end the season on a positive note. The boys won the Third-Half@Cages as well. Oranjeboom was there!


First Division

Shanghai Cosmos were scheduled to play the Shanghai Vikings FC. A win or tie would seal the Championship for Cosmos. However, they were very anxious about the possibility of a 27-goal swing, which would hand the title to Vikings. 

A nervy start by a new look Cosmos back four, including One Direction’s Harry Handley, who Jasper had proudly proclaimed he ‘groomed’ all season. Interpret that how you please!

On 28 minutes, the breakthrough came. Ant Spark opened the scoring with a cracking right footed drive from a Conor Maye cross for 1-0, giving him a story tell his grandchildren when he sees them in the summer.

Just before halftime, Adam Stringer made it 2-0 when a great Jordan Campbell flick found Maye who crossed for Stringer to finish at the second attempt. Leaving him just a few goals short of topping the Cosmos scoring chart, currently held by his biggest fan Jordan Campbell. 

In the second half, the Vikings were more determined than ever to swing the goal difference in their favor and had the better of the exchanges. 

They had to wait until the final ten minutes when they were awarded a penalty to make it 2-1 via a Stefan Soegaard spot kick conversion. A nervous end was played out and the game ended 2-1. Man of the match honors went to Harry Handley

Knowing Cosmos had secured the title, stand in coach Conor Maye lead the celebrations and traditional punishment Fireball shots at Tap House. 

Andy Wiles, making his season debut, didn’t do well, following shots for first appearance, full kit wanker, still wearing his shin pads at 7pm, being from Coventry. Doesn’t matter, Cosmos are champions!!!


Voodoo Child were paired to Voodoo on derby day. For the Voodoo it didn’t get off to a great start with the Minister of Transport confounded by a rogue bus driver meaning that 90% of players made it to the pitch with seconds to spare. 

For VC, a win would keep them in with a slim chance of finishing in the top two and therefore going up. As such VC went into the game with many injured souls returning to action.

It was Voodoo Child who started the brighter of the sides, with their patented passing game splitting the Voodoo midfield as if it was the bill for their girlfriend experiences on the recent VC tour to Bangkok. 

Chances were at a premium, as you might expect from a 1pm kickoff in the Shanghai heat and both teams lined up in a 4-5-1 formation, and it had all the excitement of a tax return until Jack ‘Nice Swan’ Webster took the game by the scruff of the neck and laid on a pass that has already gone down in club folklore. 

Jonny White was on hand to tap it in after the hard work from the Wirral Pogba and Voodoo had drawn first blood taking a 0-1 lead. That put them at ease and they added another before the interval thanks to Ben ‘I don’t lose derbies’ Avery who used his boss eyes to boss effect in sending King Lear (below) the wrong way and 0-2. 

The only hope for VC came with the introduction of Sam ’Jesus’ France after four months lost in the wilderness seeking inspiration while nursing an ankle injury. 

The second half began much better for VC with Ned Kelly (below with new trainee for illegal outback activities) through on goal only to slice wide and another near miss for Kelly came after good work from a Jesus cut back. 

The Child had the better of the second half with the man they call Jesus rising like, well, Jesus to head in getting a goal back at 1-2. Jesus: “Get lost, seek inspiration and score!”

But they could not turn their superior league position into an equalizer and 1-2 it finished before the club cemented its reputation as the only club to have an open-top bus tour for finishing in third and fourth. Voodoo’s Mike Wrynne picked up man of the match honors. 

Well done to Kam for his organization and inspirational team talks throughout a highly successful season for VC. Kam: “We gave Voodoo a little lift for the cup semi game next week.”


Kangbei United FC did battle with Long Tang AFC in a Chinese derby. The game got underway with both teams making their offensive intentions clear. Chances came and went but both sides were in balance and got on the score sheet once for a 1-1 tie at halftime. 

In the second half more of the same as both squads found the net once. The match ended in a 2-2 stalemate with both teams sharing the spoils. 

Jiangang Sun and Nianhui Cheng scored the Kangbei goals. Guodong Jing and Jun Wu scored for Long Tang. Kangbei’s Siwei Ren and Long Tang’s Jun Wu picked up man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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Tom Bus

 

Lions lose 4-1 in their last SIFL 16/17 game

Lions,

[ SIFL ] Japan FC 4 – 1 Shanghai Lions FC

Earlier this season, the Japanese team ended up our tittle’s hope with a poor draw performance which trigger a series of unusual defeats. For this last SIFL game of season 2016/2017, the expectation was to crush the “poor” Japanese aiming to finish this difficult season on a positive note. It was also the last game of our young goalie, Riccardo Cuda, whom for the occasion has been given the captainship.

We started the game on our traditional 4-3-3 with Romain & Fabi in the back but our light warm-up paid its tribute as we struggled to get pass the midfield with a good pressing from our opponents. After a few alerts, Japanese striker finished us off after a Gerard’s slipping from Romain. We brought fresh blood after 30 mn with the entry of Rosie and Kevin and game leveled off with few opportunities of both side. 1-0 for Japan at half-time.

In 2nd half, we decided to play a little more direct to avoid Japan’s pressing in the midfield. Unfortunately, Japan scored quickly another goal by the inevitable and talented Hirai… From this moment, we finally started to play a little better and David Hunter in his excellent box to box quality reduced the scored. As we were pushing for the equalizer, we depleted our defensive line and conceded another 2 goals from a header and a long range lucky shot.

Now that season is over, it will be time soon for analysis and we will need to discuss what’s our plan for next year.

In the meantime, we still have training and few important games to play such a Veteran game against Welsh Bellies & SPL Cup game against Century Park next Sunday.

Cheers
Lions Management Team

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[SIFL News] Round 25 – Games played on 06 May 2017

SIFL Cup Semis

  • Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC 2-5 Azzurri FC
  • Shanghai 3United (above) 3-1 Shanghai Japan FC

First Division

  • Shanghai Cosmos 1-1 Voodoo Child 1-1
  • Shanghai Tianfu FC 4-1 Kangbei United FC

SIFL Cup Semis

The Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC locked horns with Azzurri FC. Two teams high on confidence arrived to face off in the SIFL Cup semi. That confidence took a bit of knock as they both lined up on a pitch that had somehow managed to only to lose more grass and grow more holes over the holiday break. 

As the game started the Azzurri took it to the Shooters with balls over the top stretching the back three. A long ball in the box cannoned onto a defender’s arm and the ref didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot. Nick Velani converted the ensuing penalty taking a 0-1 Azzurri lead.

Azzurri came close to a second soon after as Javier Turull’s header had to be cleared of the line by Simon Moore. The Shooters picked their momentum as the half wore on though and went after the Azzurri, who were tiring, however they couldn’t create any clear openings. Halftime came with score stuck at 0-1. 

Shooters felt the momentum was with them as they started the second half with the same intensity as the end of the first. However the Azzurri got their second as another cross hit the arm of another Shooter defender for another penalty. 

Javier Turull smashed in the spot kick for 0-2. Shooters now had a really tough battle to back into a game but they kept going though and soon enough got their opening; one of their shots hit an Azzurri defender on the arm. Mike McGirr scored the third penalty of the game for 1-2 and Shooters feeling the come back was on and stepped it up another gear. 

Sure enough finally the ball looped out of the Azzurri box to Shooter Steven Fong who hit it on the volley with his left foot straight in the top corner for 2-2. Shooters went wild and the game went to extra time.

The Azzurri were knackered and the Shooters were confident they could finish them off. The first few minutes of extra time it looked like it was going to happen, but the Azzurri defended with everything and found the reserves to get themselves back in the game in. 

First Guillermo Santamaria turned his defender and set up Kwame to tap in for 3-2. Soon after Santamaria scored himself picking up the ball and going on a solo run before finishing nicely for 4-2. 

The Shooters tried in vain for another come back, but Guillermo Santamaria finished off the game as he scored once again in the last minutes latching on to a long ball over the top. The game finished 5-2 with Santamaria picking up man of the match honors. On June 10, Azzurri will face Shanghai 3United in the final. 

The men in blue were in a buoyant mood and took to Cages where winning ways continued as they also picked up a rare Third-Half@Cages victory. 


Shanghai 3United climbed the SIFL cup ladder to reach the penultimate stage versus Shanghai Japan FC in their semifinal clash. Japan had come out on top in their past two league games but 3United was ready to end that losing streak as well as to make history and make it to the cup final.

The match started at a fast pace right out of the starting gates. Japan were using their overlapping runs and two touch football to try and find a hole in the 3U defense, while 3U was pressuring hard down the wings looking for a dangerous opening. 

The intensity continued to ratchet up during the first half and at about 30mins in finally resulted in the first goal. Leo Kwon received the ball just outside the Japan box, touched past one defender then turned another two entering the box looking for a shot opportunity. 

Kwon was then fouled and a penalty was what followed. Nick Law converted the spot kick taking a 1-0 3U lead. Play continued to go from one end of the field to the other with 3United seeing some dangerous chances but when the halftime whistle blew, the score remained 1-0.

In the second half, 3United continued their excellent team display, dominated the midfield and cleared all Japan attacks. At the hour mark, Amine Hammadi got the ball to Nick Law who struck it sweetly from 35 meters out as it sailed in the top corner for 2-0. 

Soon afterwards, Hammadi popped a short lob into the Japan box where Josh Chilean was waiting to send it into the corner of the goal to increase 3U’s lead to 3-0.  

Despite being down by three goals, Japan did not relent and in the last minute of the game, Yosuke Tokuyama was able to net a header off a cross into the top corner for a consolation goal. The contest ended with a 3-1 score line. Joe Williams picked up man of the match honors.

A well-deserved victory for 3United and with this win they advance to the SIFL Cup final for the first time in club history where they will face Azzurri FC. 


First Division 

Shanghai Cosmos did battle with Voodoo Child with the Championship at stake. So it was no surprise that the entire Cosmos squad were available for this one, including Pac Siddiqi and Shoeless Andy Wiles. 

In contrast, Voodoo Child had upped the mind games prior to the game with claims that their squad was depleted. VC showed up with the usual suspects and most noticeably a new keeper called Simon Lear. 

Almost immediately after kick off, it became clear that VC were happy to soak up pressure and hit Cosmos on the break. Cosmos carved out chance after chance, with Jordan Campbell hitting the post, Jonny Sellars heading towards the top corner and Jack Greenwell wasting a one on one. Cosmos simply couldn’t find a way past VC’s towering new goalkeeper Simon Lear.

The breakthrough came on 40 minutes when Simon the Giant saved Campbell’s initial shot allowing Adam Stringer to follow up for 1-0. The biggest Cosmos crowd since last season’s cup final, including an animated Cardboard Carl, erupted on the sidelines. 

The celebrations were short lived. On the stroke of halftime, VC picked up a free kick just inside the Cosmos half where Jonny White delivered a great ball for Ben Avery to prod home for 1-1 and that’s how the first 45 minutes ended. 

Cosmos began to tire the second half and the introduction of a number of subs created further chances for Campbell, Stringer and Greenwell. However, King Lear had other ideas. 

With 15 to play the Cosmos launched another attack. Stringer raced down the left and played a low ball into the box. A few players made contact and the ball bounced over the keeper. The Cosmos army erupted for a second time, but the celebrations were muted again when King Lear hand clasped the ball on the goal line and 1-1 it stayed. 

Still convinced that totaalvoetbal is the answer, Verdam resurrected the Libero role for the final ten minutes. Of course, this lead to chaotic Cosmos defending, a contentious disallowed goal for VC and keeper Criss Kang making a brilliant save. 

VC then had a great opportunity to snatch the game from Cosmos, with some great work down the right by Ben Avery. He knocked the ball across to Doto Pandam who had it at his feet with the goal open but then decided to take a break as he played more than his customary seven minutes. 

This didn’t deter Verdam with his lovely gazelle like moves and there was still time for him to win it. On the edge of the box, he lifted the ball over a defender and with the Championship for the taking the effort ended with an air-kick. 

One all it finished. Jasper Verdam (above) picked up man of the match honors in his last match for Cosmos as he is moving back to Europe.  Good luck in Sweden mate! 

Verdam: “Yesh it was my last match, we earned a point and the Championship coz no way Vikings gonna score 27 goals in 2 games. Job done-total football all the way!” 

VC have snatched two points from Cosmos this season and are already looking forward to the derby versus Voodoo coming Saturday. 

Tactical genius Kam: “We will bring all stars and come with all guns blazing to give Voodoo a whooping they deserve, we are just better.”

Cosmos v Voodoo Child match statistics:


Shanghai Tianfu FC crossed swords with Kangbei United FC. Kangbei enjoyed a strong first half with determined play. Their effort yielded as hit man Jackson Katta was there to score sending Kangbei up 0-1 at halftime. 

In the second half, the roles reversed when Tianfu finally found their groove and were all over Kangbei’s tight box. Their dominance led a flurry of goals by Jinqi Sheng, Xiaorong Wu (2) and Xiwei Wang. The match ended 4-1 to Tianfu with Xiaorong Wu picking up man of the match honors. 


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

 

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Tom Bus

[SIFL News] Round 24 – Games played on 22 Apr 2017

* Shanghai Cosmos (above) promoted to Premier League
* Jordan Campbell scores 5!

* Shanghai United & FC Oranje relegated

Premier League

First Division

  • Shanghai Cosmos 13-2 Long Tang AFC
  • Happy FC 1-4 Shanghai Vikings FC
  • Voodoo Child 3-1 Anzacs FC 3-1
  • Shanghai Tianfu FC 1-6 Voodoo

Premier League 

The Shanghai Lions FC faced the Big Bamboo Shanghai Shooters AFC. The Lions showed up with a strong squad to try and stop the Shooters unbeaten run in what is now the fourth time these teams have met this season. 

The game started and moved quickly from end to end. The Shooters were always looking the more dangerous and Mike McGirr broke the deadlock nicely heading a cross from Wilson Scott into the far corner for 0-1 and that’s how a tight half ended.

The next goal was always going to be important and the Shooters got it soon after the restart. Wilson Scott showed some neat skill to go round the Lions left back before putting it on a plate for Stefan Sturm to side foot home with virtually his first touch of the ball for 0-2. 

Their lead was increased minutes later as Wilson Scott helped on a corner swung into the near post. The Lions keeper kicked the header attempting to clear it rebounded off a defender straight into the goal for 0-3. 

The Shooters were in firm control but the Lions kept fighting though and with 10mins to go nearly got themselves back into it. 

First Simon Spangenberg volleyed in a flick on from a free kick for 1-3 before Azzeddine Takouloufa converted a 20 yard free kick to make it 2-3. 

The Shooters held firm though and saw out the game to take all three points with Wilson Scott picking up man of the match honors. 

John Jofre, Chris Banyard, Mike McGirr and Roland Broughton are edging nearer to the first Shooters Championship in years. 

Benoit Doche: “We will be champions soon and that’s because this season were are the best team, Im so ‘appy I could dance.”


Azzurri FC did battle with Shanghai ReUnited. After about 15mins in, ReUnited had their stand-in keeper sent off when he handled the ball outside the box trying to clear a chip by the Azzurri striker. 

From that moment on it was always going to be a struggle for ReUnited. Azzurri scored quickly afterwards via a Guillermo Santamaria strike taking a 1-0 lead and they doubled the score when Anti Hintsanen found the net for 2-0 just before halftime. 

ReUnited responded positively in the second period and if they had converted one of their chances at the beginning of the half, they could have gotten back into to the game to turn things around. 

The game ended 2-0 with Guillermo Santamaria picking up man of the match honors. With this win Azzurri jumped the Lions in the standings and moved to fourth spot. 

With 10 men for most of the match it was just a too big a mountain to climb for ReUnited and their title hopes took a huge blow with this defeat. The Azzurri took to Cages to celebrate their win and met up with the orange crew for a thrilling Third-Half@Cages!

Above: Azzurri goal scorers Anti Hintsanen and Guillermo Santamaria. Andrea Speranza: “We should be leading the charts as no one played better than us recently.”


Shanghai Japan FC locked horns with FC Oranje. The Dutch took to the field with keeper number nine this season; Lolo Barranco. The team was further strengthened with a lethal striker.

The Oranje keeper was being tested from the get go and had to make a great save in the opening phase when Tomoyuli Hirai was played free on the right for a one on one.  Keeper Barranco kept his goal clean and that inspired the Dutch greatly. Something was brewing. 

At the half hour mark, Mubanga Vwalika beat the Japan offside trap and moved in the box for a one on one. In a last ditch effort to keep his goal clean the Japan stand-in keeper took out the ball and the striker as well and a penalty was what followed. 

Berto Mose stepped up and converted the spot kick taking a 0-1 Oranje lead. A reversal of fortunes for the men in orange as they suddenly found themselves one nil up instead a goal down. 

Aaron Breeds then seemed to score but it was ruled offside. He was not going to be denied the second time though as Mubanga got him the ball on the left. Breeds went passed a defender then took a shot that found the net doubling the Dutch score to 0-2 and that’s how an entertaining half ended. 

In the second half, Japan put more men on the midfield forward pressing Oranje’s back four and after about 15mins their pressure yielded when they worked the ball in the back of the net. However it was ruled offside as well and 0-2 it stayed. 

Japan’s pressing left them somewhat exposed at the back and Oranje capitalized on that via a quick counter. Mubanga played the ball to Mose on the left who slotted home at the near post for 0-3. 

Mose then got the ball a few meters outside the box on the left, he took a look at the keeper and curled the ball at the far post for 0-4 completing his hattrick (below). 

With a minute on the clock Coach took the field. Japan promptly scored a consolation goal when Hirai lined up behind a free kick on the left just outside the box. He shot it perfectly over the wall at the near post and determined a final 1-4 score line. 

Oranje’s Tank Zhang picked up man of the match honors with amazing control on difficult pitch. Below: Berto Mose, Tank Zhang, Tomoyuki Hirai & Aaron Breeds. Tank: “I’m the tallest.”

The victory meant the mother of all streaks was finally broken. A 300% jump from the nil, the biggest gain made on the day. Reasons for massive celebrations as the Oranje franchise ushered in a new age orange dawn.

Winning ways continued a few days later as the Oranje Latino combination clinched the first ever Cages 4v4 Silver Cup. Moises Merida, Tom Bus, Jeroen van Zanden and Luis Narino. Bus: “OK not gold but I can tell you there is nothing wrong with my hands there is absolutely no problem there.”

It was also the first time in SIFL history that both Cages teams recorded victories in the Premier League. All took to the pub for the legendary Third-Half@Cages. Guess who won? Oranjeboom was there!

The Cages 4v4 Gold Cup final was being contested by T10 (blue) and Ola with T10 captained by Willem Wolleswinkel winning the final 7-5. 

Wolleswinkel (above left): “My middle name is Van Basten and T10 were simply the best in the first ever Cages 4v4”.


Shanghai 3United locked horns with Shanghai United. The first half was a battleground of physicality, high-speed winds, uneven patches of hard ground and a myriad of attacks launched against both defensive lines. 

Both teams were eager to get a first half goal but it just wasn’t written in the stars. Both teams created chances but neither side were able to convert and the half ended with a 0^0 spectacle score. 

In the second half, 3United came out dominating, consistently defending and pushing through the United ranks. Around the 60th minute, Armando Chiu was finally able to break the stalemate when he shot a short corner towards goal that spun in for a 1-0 3U lead. 

United found a second wind after conceding the goal and for the next ten minutes really tested the 3U midfield and backline looking for the equalizer. 

However, the 3U defense was solid and cleared all offensive threats. With 15mins to play the momentum of the game tipped back to 3United. 

Kenny Barnabee received a loose ball in the box and left footed a grounding ball into goal for 2-0 to seal 3United’s lead and that’s how the match ended. Derek Yesionowski (below) picked up man of the match honors. 

With this win 3U have secured Premier League presence for next season. Yesionowski: “All the hard work to stay competitive in a higher division is rewarded filling the squad with elation and pride.”


First Division

Shanghai Cosmos were pitted against Long Tang AFC. Cosmos came into this game wary of Long Tang’s recent good form and knowing that a win would seal promotion. 

Long Tang’s squad of approximately 28 could have startled Cosmos’ nerves. However, Jordan Campbell’s pure hattrick inside 14mins settled the nerves, with the pick of the three a clever chip over the outrushing keeper and a 3-0 Cosmos lead. 

After Jonny Sellars’ brilliant fourth – a spin and first time finish on the edge of the box, his simple headed fifth and an epic 40-yard own goal, Cosmos found themselves 6-0 up after 40mins.  

Cosmos went into halftime knowing that the game should be safe, despite captain Jasper Verdam (#5) voicing his dissatisfaction about Cosmos not living up to his totaalvoetbal expectations. 

In the second half, Cosmos veteran and former manager, Chris Colman, was brought on to captain the Cosmos in his final game before moving back to Europe. Best wishes mate! 

However, it was 55-year-old Ant Spark’s pace down the right that proved the difference early on and his cross found Campbell for 7-0. Shortly after, Criss Kang’s lack of activity was put to the test and he came out second best, giving Long Tang something to celebrate at 7-1.

Striker Adam Stringer spent much of the game praying to Elvis to give him a goal. His prayers were answered after 55mins, when he met Jonny Sellars cross for 8-1 and then Conor Maye’s pass for 9-1. 

Shortly after, the two remaining members of the Bogan Triumvirate were introduced and it didn’t take long for Shaun ‘B Rabbit’ Kastelijn to make an impact. Stringer’s ‘deity’ obviously told him not to be selfish and he turned provider for B Rabbit to make it 10-1. 

Coach and part time footballer, Ryan Morgan, played in Campbell for 11-1, before Tom ‘Hodor’ Morris, found the other bogan, Peter ‘Straight Red’ Bradford, for 12-1. 

Not content with his name not appearing on the score sheet, Jasper Verdam, gleefully headed into his own net for 12-2, proving he really is a ‘total footballer’. 

Maye then played in B Rabbit with his fifth assist of the game for a 13-2 final score. The only disappointment of the day was the lack of Fireball at the second home of the Cosmos, Yong Kang Lu Tap House. Man of the match honours went to Jordan Campbell with 5 goals!


Happy FC crossed swords with Shanghai Vikings FC. The Vikings left nothing to chance and prepped themselves well before the match. Once the game got underway the furry of the Vikings became evident.  

Adebowale Adewale found the net twice while Christopher Mitchell and Christopher Gumppenberg both scored once for a 0-4 Vikings lead at halftime. 

HFC regrouped somewhat in the second half and their defense denied further Vikings scoring. However they continued the scoring with an own goal. The match ended with a 1-4 score line. Adewale (#89) picked up man of the match honors. 


Shanghai Tianfu FC were pitted against Voodoo.  A late kick off meant that it could have all kicked off in the Shanghai heat but thankfully the Tianfu keeper threw the only punches. Even still it took 45mins for both sides to calm down and relax enough to play football instead of being a gang of bellends. 

The score at that point was 1-1 but those disappointed by the poor return on goals could console themselves with the number of bookings, drop-balls, and rash challenges from a fullback who was being egged on by the Vikings in full voice. 

Bad decisions (from every single player, the officials and the watching Vikings alike) had marred the first half but a chance to regroup and rethink saw Voodoo look more purposeful from the restart, creating chance after chance. In time the goals followed – five in the second half without reply for a 6-1 win. 

Olivier Courades, the third most French Frenchman on the pitch got a goal and two assists, Jack ‘The Sheriff’ Webster scored a goal of the season contender.  

There was a debut goal and assist for Smoggy Ryan Annandale and a debut yellow for Froggy Pierre Ferrand. Jonny White scored a hattrick that may have had a helping hand from one of the Tianfu keeper’s windmills. 

A good win at the end of the day but definitely a game of two halves. The less said about the first, the better. Xiwei Wang scored for Tianfu and Jonny White picked up man of the match honors. 


Voodoo Child were slotted against the Anzacs FC. VC were missing many injured souls including tactical genius Kam currently in Trumpland with his girlfriend advising on nutritional benefits of fast food. 

However a first for VC they started the game knowing exactly what they should be doing and no one had been offended in the pre-match team talk with all names being remembered – well done to Cossack it’s a tough act to follow. 

VC started brightly with Rob Thomas offering a great outlet down the right side and Kristian Larsen making his first voodoo start in three years. Thomas then picked up the ball just inside the Anzacs half and fed it to Santa who slotted it past the keeper for a 1-0 VC lead. 

 

Soon after Ned Kelly stepped up and delivered the most delightful ball to Tony Waygood who sweetly placed it in the bottom left corner for 2-0 and that’s how the first half ended. Another VC first at halftime – they were not lambasted for any individual fault. 

In the second half, VC struck again with Andy Rodriguez picking up a loose ball in the box and slotting it home for 3-0. VC were in control but then had a man sent off for a petulant kick and continued the contest with 10 men. 

The Anzacs started to build momentum while panic set in for VC in the final 40mins. The Anzacs then got a free kick just outside the box. Jon Banks lined up behind the ball and put it away getting a goal back at 3-1. 

This led to more panic from VC however with committed players such as Doto Pandan (fresh from Oakham Curry Club initiation) who just never gave up one can see that this team is not just poppadum thin! 

The last 15mins were full kitchen-sink tactics as the Anzacs threw everything at it but they couldn’t get the vital second goal. VC stood firm and saw the result through, not in the least by some great goalkeeping from the DanZak Queen. 

The match ended with a 3-1 score line with Tony Waygood picking up man of the match honors. The Anzacs ended up 5th in the standings while Voodoo Child will finish above Voodoo this season, bragging rights for the entire summer! 

As is tradition, the Anzacs went to back to the Grand Yard Bar and raised a glass in remembrance of Anzac Day-lest we forget!


STANDINGS


Shanghai International Football League

Tom Bus

Lions lose fourth straight against Shooters

[SIFL] Shanghai Lions FC 2 – 3 Shanghai Shooters

The Lions showed up with a strong squad to try and stop the Shooters unbeaten run in what is now the forth time these teams have met this season. The game started and moved quickly from end to end. In the 1st 15 mn, the Shooters were always looking the more dangerous however and Mcgirr broke the deadlock, nicely heading a cross from Wilson Scott into the far corner. A few more chances came and went on both side before the tight half ended 0-1.

The next goal was always going to be important and the Shooters got it soon after the restart. Wilson Scott showed some neat skill to go round Nico before putting it on a plate for Stefan Sturm to side foot home with virtually his first touch of the ball, having come on as a half time sub. Their lead was increased minutes later as Wilson Scott helped on a corner swung into the near post. Dim kicked the header attempting to clear it, but smashed it instead into his own defender Jack Boller. It rebounded off him straight into the goal for 0-3. The Lions kept fighting though and with 10 mins to go nearly got themselves back into it. First Simon Spangenberg volleyed in a flick on from a free kick before Azz converted a 20 yard free kick to make it 2-3. The Shooters held firm though and saw out the game to take all 3 points with Wilson Scott receiving MoM.

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