Shanghai Lions Football Club

Lions keep winning also in 2014 !



We had a 9.00 AM game right after the new year holiday on Saturday ! Experience tells us that it was asking for trouble. Leagues and Championships are won in those periods where the team is thin and it boils down to character and fighting spirit of the players. When I arrived we had only 9 players and soon I found out that I had to play a full 90 minutes game ! With no subs and the manager in the squad we started the game. Within 5 minutes there was a good combination in the midfield ending in the feet of the manager who showed some dutch master skills as he cleverly assited the ball to Romain who scored the 1-0. The Lions tried not to give away too much and tried to stay injury free to end the game with 11 players. First half ended 1-0 but in the second half disaster stroke as we failed to clear the ball in our own box and United happily scored the equalizer. With ten minutes to go the Lions went all out to correct the score lead by Benji man of the match who bombarded the goal of United. However their massive goalie proved to be going for the man of the match title as well. As he saved several shots. However in the last minutes there was a controversy as the United goalie catched a corner fm Benji not realizing he was standing in the goal and when he took the ball to his chest the referee had no choice but to give the goal ! It was a good example of Champions Luck but we enjoyed the goal celebration afterwards for sure !


On Sunday we had so many french people in Jinqiao it felt like we were playing at the parc des princes ! Our opponent were ERS our French friends. A win was a must to stay in the title race and it would be our 10th consecutive win of the season. We scored a beauty by Joel headers only to see the goal being disallowed by the lines men who had no clue about what I means to be off-side. Angered by this Joel hammered the ball in the top corner 5 minutes later after a fine cross from Nicolas. 1-0 half time and obvious if we could keep a clean sheet we won the game ! That’s what we did next week we have a key game versus the Marlins !


Obvious everybody need to come to the training to get back into fitness and furthermore we expect all the Lions to attend the That’s magazine Sports award evening this coming Thursday  in the Camel bar where we are in the running for the “Best Sport Team of the Year” award. It will be a good time to show the other sporters in Shanghai “Who We Are” and have a few beers together ! It starts at 2000 PM.


Cheers Freek



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