Caro's column

I was singing for England alone, in a dark quiet room ...

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

It wasn't pretty, but we're through, that's the main thing. There have not been many positives to take out of England's displays in the group stages, but there were clearly signs of improvement in the nail-biter against Slovenia on Wednesday.

The early goal from Jermain Defoe helped calm the nerves of a nation on a knife-edge. Superstition prevented me from watching the game with my work colleagues.

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Thanks for the memories Yossi, but bad luck at the Bridge!

By Danny Caro, June 17, 2010

As a Liverpool fan, I'm, absolutely gutted about Yossi Benayoun's move to Chelsea. I can't say that I blame him, although I would have preferred him to wait a little longer to find out who the next manager would be.

Despite Rafa Benitez's poor management of him, Yossi was arguably Liverpool's best player last season. He needs to be playing Champions League football and it's clearly a clever piece of business by Chelsea, who need to replace the outgoing Joe Cole.

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Hold on to your hats and get ready for some Argy bargy

By Danny Caro, June 10, 2010

I was little more than a twinkle in my father's eye when Geoff Hurst steered England to its only World Cup victory, in 1966. A quick glance at my son's Panini Sticker Book told me that Brazil, Italy, Argentina and Germany have claimed a pair of wins in the last nine competitions, with France winning the other. If this is to follow the same pattern, then France, who qualified in highly controversial circumstances with 'Le Hand of Frog' goal by Thierry Henry, should win it.

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Neasden and Lions to battle it out for player of the year

By Danny Caro, June 3, 2010

This week's big football announcement saw Fabio Capello name his 23-man squad that will fly the flag in South Africa. Well, on Monday, it's the turn of the JC MSFL who will crown its Player of the Year at the end of season awards.

Although there are usually one or two surprises, it would be a major shock if someone from double winners North West Neasden A did not win the big prize, although there are a couple of strong contenders from London Maccabi Lions A.

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Team GB looking for some new heroes to reign in Spain

By Danny Caro, May 27, 2010

The Team GB squad looks in good shape to defend their European Maccabi Games Football Trophy in Spain this weekend.

Managed by UJS Norstar A's Phil Peters and his assistant Jamie Slavin, GB looked in top shape in two warm-up friendlies this week. Nicky Woolf was the star. The North London Raiders striker hit four against UJS Norstar and five against London Maccabi Lions B. Jeff Gotch, Mitch Lassman, Jerome Marks (2) and Laurence Judah, Joel Lassman and skipper Lewis Blitz also registered.

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Momentous week turned sour by cup final debacle

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

The phrase a week is a long time in football could certainly be applied to the last seven days.

Thursday: The JC MSFL Rep team clinches the London Inter-League Cup, or so we think.

Friday: I receive enquiries about the eligibility of Sam Sloma and find out that he has not played in the Maccabi League this year. Houston, we have a problem. Angry emails come in from other MSFL managers asking why we played a ringer. With 49 teams in the league, not even I could answer that one. These are quickly followed by calls for the head of the manager and chairman.

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Victory would make Avram feel like Roy of the Rovers

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

Wimbledon's incredible victory against Liverpool in the 1988 final is rightly considered as one of the great FA Cup stories. But if Portsmouth beat newly-crowned Premiership champions Chelsea in the final tomorrow, I'd rate it as an even better achievement.

It would be the ultimate victory for the underdogs and almost all neutrals will be cheering for Avram Grant's team at Wembley.

It's brilliant that at a time when big clubs continue to dominate the Premier League, a relegated team is flying the flag for the minnows.

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D-Day for Gold

By Danny Caro, May 6, 2010

With the end of the season fast-approaching, there is another mouth-watering weekend of football in store.

Top billing goes to London Lions, who will put their Herts Senior County League Premier Division credentials on the line when they take on leaders Wormley Rovers.

Although the Lions have played the majority of league games at St Albans City's Clarence Park ground this season, Saturday's match is at Rowley Lane.

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With promotion in the bag, I'm ready for the big boys

By Danny Caro, April 29, 2010

Promotion in my first season of football management is not down to beginner's luck, I would like to think. Eight months of being driven mad by Adam Fegan, my co-manager, have been worth it.

Last Sunday, our team, North London Raiders A, clinched a return to the JC MSFL Premier Division, after a two-year gap, following a 3-0 win over Oakwood.

It has been a joy to watch the boys develop in a very tight division. We finished it very strongly with seven consecutive victories, a total of six clean sheets and not one red card all season.

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Brady Maccabi manager's Europe dash to make semi-final

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2010

It's amazing the lengths that some people will go to play a game of football.

Take Brady Maccabi Masters player-manager Daniel Collins for example. Stuck in France as a result of volcanic ash in Iceland, he drove more than 1,100 kilometres and spent 21 hours of solid travelling to get back to Hatfield for the cup semi-final against North London Raiders.

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