Danny Caro analyses the performances of the key GB soccer stars
Andy Goldman – the big Hamilton FC goalkeeper played every moment of every game at the 18th Maccabiah. It is fair to say that he is the best Jewish keeper around, making the big saves when it mattered.
David Soutar – Souts made many friends in Israel this summer. He tackled with authority, got up and down well, and popped up with a vital goal against Brazil.
Guy Morris – my GB Player of the Tournament. Morris is a leader of men. He won every header, every tackle, every 50-50. Rumour has it he even won the poker on the team bus.
Craig Ellis – Not far behind Morris was Wingate & Finchley’s gentle giant Craig Ellis. My man-of-the-match in the final, he risked life and limb against the Argies, using every sinew of energy.
Guy Helman – the only Welshman in the village, Helman became Mr Reliable. Like so many others, hardly put a foot wrong and didn’t deserve to finish second best.
Jonathan Kurrant – the tiger of the team. He was instructed to win back the ball, and more often than not he did. Head coach Les Reed sang his praises after the final.
Sam Sloma – captain marvel got the ball rolling in the final with a coolly taken finish, his second of the competition. Clearly a man for the big occasion and led by example. He deserved gold.
Scott Shulton – the other player recommended by Les Reed to play at a higher level. Recently released by Wycombe Wanderers, he ran himself into the ground every game and gave defenders a torrid time.
James Gershfield – having excelled at the European Maccabi Games in Rome two years ago, much was expected from Gersh. He didn’t make the same kind of impact but didn’t let anyone down.
Paul Hakim – this proven goal-scorer finished as GB’s top man in the goal department, with strikes against Argentina, Brazil and the USA. He really looked the part and it’s hard to believe that he won’t be playing Saturday football next season.
Mitch Hahn – a solid tournament. Showed great composure to score a penalty in the final and he repaid the faith shown in him by the management who started him in the majority of the games.
Best of the rest:
Alex Levack – Rating: 7/10
Danny Berg – Rating: 7/10
Michael Sacks – Rating 7/10
Ben Lauffer – Rating: 7/10
Michael Warwick –. Rating: 7/10
Daniel Stanton – Rating: 7/10
Matt Stock – Rating: 7/10
Danny Berliner (reserve goalkeeper)