Match Report: Cup Match City vs Lao Hu

City began with a double boost , first of all Big Jim had not returned to Beijing over the summer, and secondly Ivan hadnt grown his pony tail backThis was city’s first competitive game of the season. Captain Philippe was determined for a good start – “its a new season and its critical we take this game serious” said Philippe as he staggered home from Sanlitun at 6am on Sunday morning .

The opposition, from a local school, had an average age similar the Sheff’s recent girlfriends and they had all the eagerness of a bunch of 15year olds with a new lingerie catalogue. To cope with the young opposition City brought in some News Kids off the Block, including Tommy, Paul and PieterBas.
Early in the game it was obvious city were missing Matty Dunn and Andy – there hadn’t been a single fight and no-one was abusing the ref or other city players.
Fabio danced around their keeper to give city the lead, but just before half time Phillippe subbed himself and brought on his 94 year old Corsican great grandfather, who couldnt match the pace of their forward. Baz tried his best, but as the 15 year old shot his load early, it slid through Baz’s legs unexpectedly. Half time 1-1
With the game heading for a draw and a soggy biscuit shoot-out awaiting the 15 year olds, City grabbed a goal through new boy tommy. New front man Jason Dorey (fresh from his “i cant play for City cos i played for Palace, but i didnt play for palace cos i am playing for City” cup tied confusion) finally turned up and then crossed for Ally to put the game safe at 3-1.   soon it was “4 on 1” after Ivan scored and the 15 year olds were wondering if it would end in a game of 5 on 1, like most evenings.  they looked tired and it was clear a few of them wanted to be “pulled off”
Congratulations to City and a free night in Maggies for all the team.
A good effort by the 15 year old and free link to the yaodian lingerie section for their efforts
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G12: FCFC vs Azzurri


Late night beers in dingy bars, Pollution filled lungs, Dodgy pitches and even dodgier opponents, Aaron stepovers, and Philippe Tantrums…yep that’s right: FOOTY IS BACK!!!
We’ve won all our games so far with spirit, determination and (questionable) style, No reason we cant rise to the Challenge and keep this going through out the season. To make this happen the team will need every single one of you! So put you your weekend plans with the wife on hold – tell the Boss Footy comes first and No fake Matty injuries/hangovers either ;)! You’re City till you die!
League game: FCFC vs Azzurri
where: Lido
when: Sunday 27 Feb 12pm KO
Cup game: FCFC vs Sexy FC
where: Chaoyang Stadium
when: Tuesday 1 March 8:30pm KO
(Please note this game is next Tuesday)
Some of you are also on the Palace list let me know which matches you can come to: all 3 just 2 or 1. let me know, and Patrick, Ben and I will decide on SQUADS!
Cant wait! Booya!!
PS: Trainings have of course resumed (Wednesdays 8pm Lido) but Futsal is now over . 5s starts soon and should you wish to join our 5s teams please let Darren, Patrick, Ben Roberts and myself know. Thanks
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FCFC vs Sexy FC Cup game

Hi guys,
We decided to cancel the Sexy FC Cup game orginally scheduled for the 20th of February. The game will now take place on the 1st of March time and venue TBC, but I expect it to be round 8:30pm probably at Chaoyang Stadium.
Playing during the week and out there in Chaoyang is never great, but there are quite a few lads who cant make it on the weekend, so a great chance for them to take part during the week and help the team reach the Semi-finals!!!
So Make yourself available – Make the difference 🙂
See you in training tomorrow
PS: with no game this Sunday we will probably have training at CIS. venue TBC. Please try and make it. Thanks.
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FCFC vs SDB Cup 2nd Round

Citizens,Thanks to all that made it to training yesterday, good to see to some old and new faces back and raring to go.As you know our 11 aside season starts this Sunday with the Cup 2nd round!1st Division team Shenzhen Development Bank FC will be our opponents for the afternoon – let’s crush them!When: Sunday 5th September 4pm, Be at the pitch for 3:15pmWhere: Chaoyang Stadium (maps to the pitch can be found on the IFFC website (link below). For those that want to share taxis from down own – meet 2:20pm in front of Adidas Sanlitun.SO please let me know if you are AVAILABLE. Please RSVP NOW: YES or NOI will then send out the squad selected.Cheers guysPhilippe

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FCFC 3 – 7 Afrika

CUP QUARTER FINAL MATCH – 9th December 2007The Afrikans were determined to slaughter us in this match and were confident before the match had even begun. They weren’t so sure after only 2 minutes as Macia made a superbly weighted cross from the right wing which Nick Otto gracefully volleyed from about 35 yards out to lob it over the keeper while dipping it under the cross-bar in to the back of the net. A glorious goal. It made the Afrikans angry and they fought back hard, but gave away a penalty. Having just scored the opening goal Nick confidently stood up to the spot, but as Sam said on the sidelines, “when he misses this, the glory of the first goal will soon be forgotten”, or words to that effect. The keeper had no chance, but unfortunately the ball ricocheted across the face of the goal after hitting the right post low down, and went out for a corner. Despite the miss, City confidence was running high and FCFC controlled the first fifteen minutes of the game. Philippe was fighting all over the right-side of the pitch and stormed out of the back at one point going Hans Solo in to the African half, unfortunately the race back to his defensive position was too much for the guy who’se been ill in bed all week and he knackered his ankle and came off limping to be replaced by Robbie.Similarly to how alcohol addles the brain and weed gives you short-term memory loss, standing on the sidelines on a cold December day in Beijing doesn’t only make your feet like blocks of ice, it can also make your brain like a breeze-block and not so lucid. Luckily there was both alcohol and weed (as well as Annie’s Pizza for the Summer Palace team who’d just lost on pens to the Russian’s in their quarter final game) to keep the supporters smiling against the cold. Those of us on the sidelines weren’t too sure what happened for the next 20 minutes on pitch and I’m not sure those in the City defence were too sure either. Afrika’s shortest player scored with a header against the leagues tallest defence and then again with a lucky? knock-on header from a corner, then raced through the middle of the pitch to score again and again. At the other end, City were awarded another penalty and this time Luca slotted the ball home safely. Half time didn’t come soon enough and Afrika had changed a possible 0-2 after two minutes into a 3-2 lead after 45 minutes.In the second half the Afrikans upped the tempo and were playing the ball around the centre of the pitch comfortably with a bevy of players coming through the ranks to battle the City defence. It was a strange match, but quite a typical Beijing cup match and worth the frost-bite for the few still on the sidelines. All sorts of strange ref decisions, stupid mistakes and moments of inspiration occurred. City had their share of counter attacks and Phil ‘the volvo’ Fughe was awarded the Man of the Match for his solid performance, passion and play down the right side of the pitch, teaming up well with Gianni and Rob, feeding well on to Nick and Macia. It should also be mentionned that Phil did the double, by not only playing in two games, but winning both the donkey and man of the match awards. As Diane (Kelly Lynch) said in Drugstore Cowboy, “Sometimes bad luck can be good luck”. The lucky fella got to drink both a large Kro shot of Vodka and Tequila! A few chances were missed which would have reduced the goal-difference and perhaps culled the Afrikans attack. Macia did however score a great goal late in the game and in between other Afrikan goals to help keep the City players battling on. Unfortunately the Afrikan’s weren’t missing the target and the shots were being so well placed Jason couldn’t stretch to the far corners to save all the chances.[TABLE=24] [TABLE=25] As usual, you can see more details of the match and goals on our webteams page.

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