Caro's column

Star qualities will drive Maccabi sport to another level

By Danny Caro, January 13, 2011

This year looks set to be a tough one for amateur sport. With numbers declining in competitive football and cricket nationwide, it is no surprise that the MSFL has lost a third team.

Maccabi GB have picked a good 'un in Michael Ziff. Once he takes over as chairman from Stuart Greenberg, he will have to address some big issues. The pair will work closely during the next few months to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible.

A sporting all-rounder, Ziff is passionate about driving more young people into Jewish cricket with the ultimate goal of setting up a Jewish super-club.

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Kayal: I'll take the plaudits but I'm no Neil Lennon yet

By Danny Caro, January 6, 2011

Anyone who saw Sunday's Old Firm derby would've been impressed by the performance of Biram Kayal. The Israeli would be the first to admit that one swallow does not make a summer but it was a hugely encouraging display from one so young.

He did everything it said on the packet, according to manager Neil Lennon, and already the comparisons between the player and manager have started.

Martin O'Neill played a huge part in Lennon's career and Kayal could not have a better mentor .

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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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