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G2: Summer Palace vs Chaoyang Park Rangers

Palace,

Well done to all involved in the emphatic win last Sunday against Barbarians B, with the final score 4-2 (by the way: any volunteer to write-up a match report?). Goals by new signing Jason Kaye, Mike and the return of Elliot who scored a deuce.

It was a very good start to the league season and we should aim to build on that by winning our next game vs Chaoyang Park Rangers.

The game will be played on Saturday 15th, at the Lido (so no traffic excuse for turning-up late) and kick off is for 12 noon. Meet at the pitch at 11:30 am at the latest. Who is available? Please reply as soon as possible.

Remember to come to our training session, tomorrow, Wednesday, 8-10 pm at the Lido as usual.

Cheers,
Patrick

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Match Report Summer Palace vs ISB Dragons

Match report for Summer Palace vs ISB Dragons, League game, 12th November 2011. Side Gongyuan
It was a beautiful sunny day when Summer Palace met to face a high school team for the second time this season.  On the squad were faces new and old.  Hailing from old Mexico was Felipe, a young midfielder full of promise, and from Forbidden City we had our old friend Barrie George in goal. In a shocking decision, the captain showed up to the game sans facial hair, perhaps wanting to appear closer in age to the day’s opponents.  This flies in the face of the tenants of Movember (moustache month) and everything his club represents (teamwork, accountability, etc.).  The defense was also missing some parts, with Peter unavailable and Adam needing to conclude some business at Chaoyang sports complex before coming to the game.
After play commenced both trams began trying to impose their own style of play.  Palace opening by trying to work possession and use dangerous wing play to their advantage, and ISB using quick passing and probing with their quick strikers.  Both teams had some chances and Palace seemed more like to score after a series of set pieces.  Finally after Ben Roberts took a fine free kick, Lee Russell found himself in the right place at the right time and sent a shot through the crowd in front of goal, 1-0 Palace. Palace had no time to relax however, as the young ISB only seemed to grow more threatening after conceding and they had plenty of 13 year old firepower waiting on the sidelines. The score remained the same until halftime, despite ISB having a couples of one-on-one with only Barrie George to beat.
The halftime talk was optimistic, but it seemed that everyone knew there would be more goals in the game.  But if more goals were to be had, they would be bloody hard to come by.  Time after time Palace’s attacks came away with nothing, and Barrie George kept stunning the ISB forwards with gut wrenching saves.  These same young forwards who had taunted the City standout after the halftime whistle by calling him lucky were now finding that Barrie George makes his own luck.
Luck can go both ways, and just when it seemed that ISB simply had to have a bit of luck, Andy Mo found himself with the ball and an open net gaping.  No one needs to tell Andy Mo where to stick it 2-0 Palace. That was only justice in fact as minutes before that, the (half-blind?) referee managed to miss that one of the ISB defender had cleared the ball from behind his goal-line using both hands!!  Palace then saw the tireless Jason Dorey taking a turn at striker and doing his best to cover himself in glory and getting booked by the ref. Joining him was Felipe who showed a good deal of flair and a penchant for flick-ons.  Amir showed everyone he loves being offside as much as he loves herbs.
The game ended 2-0 in favor of the Palace, and the majority of the team stayed to see City give the Barbarians a 4-0 thrashing and then went to the traditional spot afterwards. At Lugas the voting commenced over a bottle or two of tequila and the usual amount of wisecracks. Adam walked away with the donkey with a massive nine votes for being at the wrong field at the right time.  Ben Roberts got the Man award with five votes for good play and leadership despite a woeful gaffe with the whiskers and also forgetting sunscreen again.  Really, if I looked like that after sun I would wear sunscreen to bed.
Go on Palace!
Lee Russell
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G4: FCFC vs Fortuna

City,
Game this Sunday vs Fortuna 2pm Lido Pitch. please let me know if you are available NOW!
Let’s capitalize on that great performance last weekend and steam roll the Fortuna boys.
Cheers,
Philippe
PS: Make sure you make it on Friday for Wudaokou BBQ! 8pm
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Season Schedule

Hello Lads,

After the October Holiday (for some of you) I hope you enjoyed it but kept fit and a raring to lose those extra pints added while watching the Rugby. etc.

Training will resume as usual at the Lido Pitch, this Wednesday at 8pm.  With some big games coming up this Sunday (Afrika and Azurri), fitness is key.  Be there each week.

For the rest of the season, you can look on the IFFC1994 website as below or see the provisional schedule in the attachment.  You will see Palace are mostly Saturday with a couple of Sundays thrown in, and City are the opposite.

Summer Palace
http://www.iffc1994.com/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1865&Itemid=126

Forbidden City
http://www.iffc1994.com/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1864&Itemid=125

We also play in the 5-aside leagues, with the new season kicking off this Tuesday – speak to the relevant people if you are keen to play on a regular basis.

See you on Wednesday.
Get Involved
Pikey

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G1: FCFC vs French Le

Citizens,

Well done on Sunday, it was a much improved game from the City compared to our Cup game! let’s keep aiming high and pushing ourselves!

Our first game of the season will be against the French. Make yourselves available and let me know ASAP.

When: Sunday
Where: Lido
Time: 2pm

Cheers,
Philippe

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G1: Summer Palace vs Chaoyang Park Rangers

Palace,

First of all, well done to the 10 guys who turned up yesterday afternoon for our friendly match vs Barbarians B. It was a tight game, and it ended 1-1 thanks to a great goal from Basti who scored with a beautiful volley following a cross from Ben.

Our first league game is to be played this coming Saturday, 17th of September. Kick off at 2PM,12PM NOON – meet at the pitch at Chaoyang Stadium at 11:30AM.  Look under Maps for the location

Who is available? Please reply ASAP
Patrick

PS: don’t forget to attend the training session tomorrow evening, 8-10pm at the Lido, as usual

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Friendly: FCFC vs French LE

Citizens,

Friendly against the French this Sunday @ Chaoyang Stadium 2pm please RSVP now to let me know if you can make it.

Its a classic pre-season warm up!

Cheers,

Philippe

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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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Cup: Kozo Japan

Hello Lads,

After our successful win last weekend, beating Chaoyang Park Rangers 3:1 (all headed goals; from Chris x2 and Jim x1 and assists from Ben x3), we are now in Round 2, playing Kozo Japan this Saturday.  See below for the full draw.

Please let me know your availability for a 4PM k.o at Lido Park, this Saturday, 3rd September.

Come to training to tonight.. Ben will send the squad list out on Thursday evening.

Get involved!
Pikey

IFFC T.M. CUP ROUND 2:

LIDO PARK

Saturday 03.September.2011

12:00-14:00 French LE A vs. Longhetianxia FC

14:00-16:00 Russia Utd. vs. Barbarians A

16:00-18:00 Kozo Japan vs. Summer Palace

Sunday 04.September.2011

12:00-14:00 Afrika Utd. vs. Dong Ren FC

14:00-16:00 Forbidden City FC vs. Lao Hu Internazionale

16:00-18:00 Peking Strollers vs. Shenzhen Development Bank

CHAOYANG STADIUM

Sunday 04.September.2011

14:00-16:00 Fortuna 94 vs. Vikings

16:00-18:00 Sexy FC vs. Beijing Celtics 02

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Cup: FCFC vs Lao Hu International

CITYY!!

Cup game this coming weekend vs Lao Hu international.

Date: Sunday 4th of September
Time: 2pm
Location: Lido Pitch

Please let me know if you’re available. In the next few days i will send out the selected squad.

Cheers,

Philippe

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