Season 11 of the Shanghai Premier League [SPL] started
Last weekend on the first of September we had our earliest start ever of the SPL ! There are three reasons for this 1) The Chinese Calender which changes every year is a head-ache this time as there many working Sundays on great SPL Football days, like the 23rd of Sept for instance…! 2) we have a record 12 teams this season so more games to be played 3) The Dulwich school is having kids activity on the field on Sunday morning which leaves us with one game less in Jinqiao for now!
Luckily with have a great cooperation with all our venues and we are very pleased to have Karl agreed to host two games at the Century Park this season. The most important for all of you is that you respect the venues as at all time we are the guests. No smoking at all times and in order to maintain the quality of the fields the warming up on the field to start 15 minute before kick off. We will have some games at the other Dulwich school field as well we will be able to host a few games at Concordia International School in Jinqiao ! Overall it looks good for the SPL !
- Lions – Super48 9-1
Super 48 went on a recruiting rampage over the summer break. They had a complete new squad and an average age below 33. Even their iconic giant goalkeeper left as he went to Brasil to open a samba school after his successful dance at our closing party. No wonder that the first half score was only 1-0 for the Lions. However in the second half the Lions found some holes in the Blue defense and started to score with Joel scoring a hat-trick. 9-0 and at the end Super 48 scored the consolation goal from a direct free kick !
- Gremio – Japan 5-3
Great atmosphere as Gremio brought their hard core fans / samba music players ! Lions were chilling out on the pitch with beer and cheese beef ! Japan looked very young and fresh and fast / they were denied one goal by off side which was a very good counter attack. It was 0-0 until…….Japan decided to change the whole team from average below 30 into the new team of old and experienced Japanese Players average of 45 ! Gremio smelled their chance and took a 2-0 lead, more samba and another gold 3-0 Half time. Second half the youngster were back and a miracle was in the cards as they were too fast for Gremio and leveled the score to 3-3 ! Great entertainment that’s why so many people were watching around the field ! However again Japan changed the team with 15 minutes to go and Gremio didn’t waist that chance. Clinching a 5-3 victory ! Great Game !
Next Sunday we have one game at Century Park Shanghai 2000 vs Gremio and on Sunday 15th of Sept we will have 5 SPL games !