.. to Forbidden City and Summer Palace!
Football is back! The 2012/13 football season kicked off in August 2012 with Summer Palace competing in the Thomas Marechal Cup and the league started the weekend of 9th September 2012. We look forward to a fun and successful year ahead of us, it’s certainly started well with plenty of goals being scored and some great ‘tekkers’.
A highlight of 2012 was participation in the International Far East Football Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, in April 2012 where we finished in 6th place in the cup, the team only lost against the eventual tournament winners and lots of fun was had in the City of Angels and a respite on Koh Chang as well. We will be returning to again next Easter, 29th March 2013, why not join us as well!?
Our most successful year to date was the 2010/11 season when both Forbidden City and Summer Palace won their respective leagues – Champions! Last year we were always in the running, but did not quite manage the ‘double’ – both teams competed hard and ended the season at the top: Forbidden City finished second in the Beijing IFFC Premier League while Summer Palace came third in the First Division.
Our season opening party was held on Friday 7th September in German bar and restaurant ‘Taps’, which is part of the Luga’s empire and our long running club sponsors. With a turn out of 40+ players and girlfriends the party was mighty fine. See some photos of the event on our Facebook page.
Since 2008 we have been sponsored by Luga’s Villa, a sports Bar in the Sanlitun district of Beijing. Luga’s offers us great discounts and specials which means we are happy to come to this great sports bar in Sanlitun after our football games and also frequently at other times to watch sporting events on the big screen, or for a game of pool. Luga’s also hosts the impressive Forbidden City trophy cabinet. Be part of the City faithful and join us there!
2011/12 Football Season
One club, two teams and excellent work on the pitch, at training, and socialising to make this the best club in Beijing! A special thanks to everyone who is making this possible on and off the pitch.
At the Beijing IFFC League season ending party, Forbidden City collected more trophies than any other team in this Beijing football league – see the photo above!
Team “Forbidden City” finished second in the Premier League with 14 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses. Team “Summer Palace” came in third in the First Division with 13 wins, 4 losses and 3 drawn games.
Swiss striker Ivan Lakatos scored 25 goals, making him top scorer in the Premier League; this is the second consecutive year that Ivan scored the most goals and this time he scored one more than his 24 goals in 2010/11. Our goal keepers Barrie George and Jason Dorey were both voted best keepers in the Premier League and First Division respectively. In addition, Jochen Tenhagen was honored for his extraordinary contributions to the IFFC.
Stay tuned to this website for more information about football, training and parties. If you are living in Beijing or moving to Beijing and want to play football in a friendly amateur league with two expat teams in the top two divisions of IFFC, then join Forbidden City FC and play soccer in China.
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While we do enjoy our football and play to a relatively decent standard, we are a club focused on fun and the finer points of Beijing life. If you are moving to Beijing or currently live in Beijing and have an interest PLAYING for Forbidden City (if you meet the stringent criteria that is!) or have some fan mail please contact us …