Lions ends 5th in the Mini World Cup !
With the World Cup Fever spreading around the world it was no surprise the fever arrived in China as well. The second edition of the Green City Mini World Cup an event organized by the SPL together with the local government and That’s Magazine and Latina restaurants was a great success ! It was a great opportunity for local people to get a taste of Football and Fun and Party. Charles and Azz had set up nice soccer games for everybody and especially the dunk tank proved to be a major hit.
The first day it was round robbing 12 countries split in two groups. The Lions (Argentina) didn’t start very well as they dropped points against Italy and lost against France ! After that there was only one way to make it into the finals of Sunday and that’s winning every game. The game against China proved to be crucial as despite the solid win we need to get more goals to keep France out as they faced Spain in their final point they needed to win by two goals difference and that’s just what they did ! So after 5 games we missed the finals by one goal !
On Sunday we just played for fun and enjoyed the atmosphere with a great Price Ceremony and a fantastic Brazilian Band. It was here where we received our SPL Champions Trophy and it was handed out to Joel Zielke the Lions Captain who after seven years in Shanghai decided it was time to move back to the USA !
Joel Zielke has been a role model for our Club and the players. A true leader on the pitch who always showed a great fighting spirit and a capability to score goals. He could carry the team and let everybody play better. Many of our games we won in the last minutes due to his “never give up” attitude. He was also a great coach for younger players and we surely will miss him and his family and wish them all the best in the world !