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Football Training Tonight

A reminder that football training starts tonight (8pm to 10pm at Lido Si’de, cost ¥30) in preparation for the season which kicks off the first weekend of September.  If you are in Beijing please make the effort to turn up.
As we approach a new season please let me know if you’ve moved on and if you would like your email address removed from the ‘weekly training’ subscription.
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G4: FCFC vs Fortuna Sunday

Citizens,FCFC vs Fortuna this Sunday, Match details to be confirmed as the league has yet to decide whether we play at 2pm or 4pm @ Lido (and still an outside chance we might play at 6 @ Chaoyang). I know it’s a little confusing but we should get confirmation by this evening.So Let me know you availability for 2-4-6pmFortuna are a good football side, make sure you make yourself available for a great game. I’ll of course follow up with the Squad selected.Cheers,Philippe

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Weekly News

Citizens,The footballing weekend saw both teams work hard to earn great results: Palace early on Sunday fought hard to salvage a point from a game they had dominated throughout. Kieran scored the first and Yasir in the dying seconds hit the equalizer to make it 2-2. Palace remain 3rd in the 1st division league.City also took in 2 goals but answered back with a whopping 10 goals against (despite the score) a very good Strollers side. Aaron and Ivan both scored a Hatrick, Andy 2, Ally and Ben Roberts 1 each. (stats website updated). City are top of the premier leaguelet’s keep that form up Lads!!More importantly this month saw both Alex Henderson and Jason Muhl become 1st time Papas, and Baz, just a few days ago become a father for the second time. Congrats guys and our best wishes to your families! We look forward to meeting Mathilda, Billy the Blade, and Baz Junior!Training as always this Wednesday 8pm Lido pitch.BooyaPhilippePS: Please check your emails regarding availability for games if you don’t RSVP, Patrick and I cant chase you all down for an answer. Please also if you do say you are available but cant make it, let us know immediately. We have a big squad and some weekends guys who want to play may not be selected since we can only have 18. Not cool if they don’t play because you couldnt be bothered to let us know you couldnt make it! Cheers.

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G3: FCFC vs Strollers 6pm Sunday Lido Pitch

Citizens,The league restarts this Sunday! we play the Strollers @ 4pm Chaoyang Stadium. Meet at the pitch no later than 3:10pm.Please let me know you availability ASAP. I will follow up this email with confirmation of the Squad selected for the game.This is a massive game, let’s make sure we claim those 3 points and have a cracking time. CITY!Cheers,Philippe

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Rowan talking Chinese football in bed with Maradona

China craves sporting recognition and has a huge passion for football, but development of the domestic game has been blighted by corruption and general apathy. Rowan Simons refuses to allow Chinese football to wallow in the gutter. Egan Richardson on an influential figure in Beijing.
Chinese Football Stadium

Chinese Football Stadium

Few British people have as deep an understanding of and passion for China as Rowan Simons, who moved to Beijing in the late 1980s and has lived there ever since. He has enough in his media businesses to keep him busy – the group consists of three companies, and does everything from media production to strategic consulting, from event organising to communications – but one thing has given him a sense of mission.“Football has always been my passion,” says Simons in a phone interview conducted with radio86.com just before he ran out of the door for a training session. “I started playing as soon as I came to China, but I realised very quickly that football in China was very different from football in the UK, and elsewhere. In the mid-90s I was lucky enough to be a co-commentator on English Premier League and FA Cup matches on Bejing TV, so I became very well known to football fans as the English guy who talked about football.” (more…)

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Training tonight 8pm Lido Pitch

Training is back to normal hours: 8pm from now on. lido 11 aside Pitch (see Maps)Cheers guys see you there.Philippe

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FCFC Weekly News

Citizens,A great start to the season with victories over the weekend for Both Summer Palace (3-0) and Forbidden City (5-0). Palace managed to secure all 3 points with goals from new boys Manuel and Gabriel and old school winger Rowan to make it 3-0 against the young side: Lao Hu Internazionale.City squeezed 5 goals passed the Italians of Azzurri and just like Palace, managed to keep a clean sheet. The goals came from Matty, Ally 2, Ivan and Andy (you can check out the updated stats website)In this game too, new boys Ally, Du, Daniel, Gabriel and Sean all made a great impression.Highlights of the week included: Darren’s wedding, Congrats mate from all the lads, Tom “johnny Clegg” Ludlam’s last game, make sure you come back mate! & Benny Wu the Indestructible finally out of hospital and joining up with the team to share a few well earned…..sprites after the game. Needless to say, we all wish you the swiftest of recoveries.Watch out for news on our coming Season Opening PartyHave a great weekFCFCPS: TRAINING THIS WEEK 8pm Lido Pitch——————————————————————————–

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Training Tonight

Quick reminder for training tonight.945pm Lido Pitchesnext week we resume training at 8pm…at last we will be able to resume after training beers!See you thereCheersPhilippe

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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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Summer Palace FC – Cup game

Palace,The football season starts this Saturday, 28th August, with the preliminary round of the Cup.We play ISB Dragons at 12:00 noon at the Lido (Side Gongyuan). That’s the same venue as where we train.Who is available?Please reply as soon as possible AND remember that we have a training session this evening (Wednesday 25th) starting at 9:45pm at the Lido.Cheers,Patrick

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