Caro's column

Brits shine in Sydney

By Danny Caro, December 29, 2010

It has been a good few days for the Brits down under. While our cricketers have been making hay in the fourth test in Brisbane, two Maccabi athletes have been catching the eye at the Maccabi Australia International Games in Sydney, which runs until January 2.

With delegations from 14 countries, including Maccabi Scotland, there have been eye-catching displays in a competition featuring sports from football to ten-pin bowling on Bondi Beach.

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So, which of the Israelis will pack a punch on Boxing Day?

By Danny Caro, December 22, 2010

It has been a frustrating season for Israelis in the Premier League for one reason or another so here's a quick rough guide for anyone hoping to see the top Israeli imports in action on Boxing Day. Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun continues his recuperation after tearing his Achilles tendon. Tamir Cohen played the last ten minutes of Bolton's 1-0 defeat against Sunderland but he is unlikely to feature in Saturday's clash at home to West Brom after flying home to visit his father in a Tel Aviv hospital.

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Football documentary will put serious issue on the map

By Danny Caro, December 16, 2010

Ivor Baddiel's short film highlighting antisemitism in football launches early next year, and for the people in the community who care passionately about the issue, it cannot come soon enough.

The Y-Word deals with a topic close to the bone among all Jewish supporters, as well as many Sunday morning footballers who have suffered verbal provocation against non-Jewish opposition.

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Euro squad is the strongest yet, but is it missing the point?

By Danny Caro, December 9, 2010

Ben Winston's European Maccabi Games squad is very strong. Of that there is no doubt. Too strong? Quite possibly. Maccabiah standard, some might say. But as is often the case, there is an argument that this competition should be for boys who ply their trade in the Maccabi League, both north and south, week in, week out. Otherwise, the usual suspects will continue to be selected for the big competitions.

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Masters should let best of the rest be fantastic on plastic

By Danny Caro, December 6, 2010

We English love talking about the weather, and without wanting to sound like Michael Fish, the outlook looks bleak in the short-term at least.

Last season, the Jewish football programme came to a virtual standstill as a result of the cold snap, with very few matches played between November and March.

On Sunday, the entire JC MJSL programme was wiped out by sub-zero temperatures while only three JC MSFL matches went ahead.

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Masters should let best of the rest be fantastic on plastic

By Danny Caro, December 6, 2010

We English love talking about the weather, and without wanting to sound like Michael Fish, the outlook looks bleak in the short-term at least.

Last season, the Jewish football programme came to a virtual standstill as a result of the cold snap, with very few matches played between November and March.

On Sunday, the entire JC MJSL programme was wiped out by sub-zero temperatures while only three JC MSFL matches went ahead.

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A postcard for Roman is better than a taxi for Roman

By Danny Caro, November 29, 2010

There has been talk of a crisis at Chelsea this week following three defeats out of four in the Premiership for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

The pressure was lifted, a little, after Tuesday’s Champions League victory. Sandwiched in the middle was the controversial departure of assistant-manager Ray Wilkins.

Despite being one of the most influential people in football, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is impossible to get hold of. Perhaps this postcard will receive a response.

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Damned if I did, damned if I didn’t, but candles went out

By Danny Caro, November 18, 2010

I was forced to miss my first match since being appointed joint-manager of North London Raiders A on Sunday. The lure of a clash against defending champions North West Neasden A certainly whetted the appetite but my daughter's birthday had to take priority, according to my wife!

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The life and times of the MSFL. You just couldn't make it up

By Danny Caro, November 11, 2010

I could write a book about the goings-on in the MSFL and perhaps one day I will. There are some great tales and characters to have come out of the world's biggest Jewish league, although I'm sure that some people wouldn't want them revealed, particularly not here.

Only last week, Sammy Carr, the North West Neasden chairman and B team manager, threatened to resign after his team were thrown out of the Cyril Anekstein Cup over unpaid fines.

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Take note. There won't be any ref rage if we have no refs

By Danny Caro, November 4, 2010

It hasn't been a good week for referees, and I'm not just talking about Mark Clattenburg. Several irate Maccabi League managers were left pulling their hair out on Sunday and my weekly online review was packed with foul-mouthed tirades from clubs far from happy with the performance of their officials.

The pick of the complaints came from Neal Cohen, the Zig Zag boss. He claimed that his team "were robbed by disgraceful decisions" made by Martin Fox, the MSFL Referees Secretary.

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