Shanghai Lions Football Club

[SPL News] Gremio slips… Cowboys on top

Amigo’s and Amiga’s,

We are almost in December and Santa will soon do the draw for the Santa Cup. We have Scotland confirmed to enter the Santa Cup for the first time as it’s always good to have some colorful players to join the party ! The SPL league is interesting this year as both at the top and at the bottom teams are fighting for points. We do see more cards given this season but overall the games are all in good spirit win or lose we are still friends !

We congratulate Kevin for his 300th game in Shanghai as referee. His first game was three years ago and we told him to make it 1000 in order to get a statue next to the field.

  • Gremio 1-3 Flamenkos

Finally the Flamenkos had a game and it seems that the long break worked in their favor. Gremio seemed to miss a few good players and maybe the colder weather was taking its toll on Brazilians as well. Flamenkos punished Gremio for poor defending and took the lead. However Kercio made a good run surprising the Flamenkos goalie with his finish. Throughout the game Flamenkos looked more dangerous and managed to hold on to their 1-3 lead to take all three points to Spain and Belgium !

A lot of French players on the field ! Lions seemed to be more hungry in this game and did the damage early on in the game. Two to zero after 15 minutes and to add to the misery for ERS was an own goal just before half time.  After the break the Lions played faster and overall  they seemed to be fitter than the ERS players resulting in 5 more goals.  ERS promised to come back stronger after this defeat !

  • Japan 1-0 Galacticos

Very close encounter with both team fighting hard for the points. Too bad for the Galacticos that they couldn’t capitalize on the fact that for the first time the Japanese team had only 11 players and no substitutes !

  • Cowboys 8-4 Shanghai 2000

Cowboys were in a kind of trouble as a lot of players texted the couldn’t make it. The prayed for more run but of course the century park pitch can easily handle rain ! So the game was on and the first half Shanghai 2000 ruled leading 2-4. However the average age between the teams made the difference in the end as well top striker Zhuang of the Cowboys scoring 6 goals seems to be on fire at the moment as he already scored 18 SPL goals !


We have two more SPL League rounds before the Santa Cup on December 16 ! 5 games per weekend and we hope the weather stays in order as last weekend we were lucky the rain stopped only during the weekend !

  • 1000-1200 Pistolera Bulls – Super 48
  • 1200-1400 Cowboys – Galacticos
  • 1400-1600 Marlins – ERS
  • 1400-1600 Lions – Flamenkos @ Waigaoqiao
  • 1400-1600 Japan-Shanghai 2000 @ Century Park


Don’t forget to order your SPL Winter Sweater … They are THE perfect Christmas Gift !!

If you know boys and girls aged 8-13 years old there is a free Coerver Skill training session at Century Park this Friday from 1600 to 1745 PM. Nothing more important than to train your skill when you are young so you will be one of the best players in the SPL later !


Looking forward to the games on Sunday !


Freek – SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee

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