Caro's column

Nice job for a Jewish boy, but not the sweaty handshakes

By Danny Caro, June 16, 2011

The past few days have reminded me that there is still so much to be proud about Jewish football. As a product, it is knocked all too often, but the message is clear. It is far from dead in the water and I can tell you that the passion, demand and appetite is still there.


Berkovic must bide his time

By Danny Caro, June 10, 2011

The news that Luis Fernandez will lead Israel into the 2014 World Cup qualifiers will please many supporters of the national team, but not Eyal Berkovic.

Regarded as one of the best footballers the country has produced, Berkovic, the former Manchester City and Celtic playmaker, was hopeful of replacing Fernandez when Israel's Euro 2012 campaign ended but he will have to wait a lot longer now.


Like Utd, I missed Messi

By Danny Caro, June 2, 2011

During my early years, I drove my parents mad trying to get the autographs of some of my sporting heroes.

I felt like a kid in a sweetshop when I bumped into some of the Liverpool greats along with members of various national cricket teams.

Well, old habits die hard. I tried but failed to track down Lionel Messi ahead of the Champions League final. My son was desperate to meet him.


A season of pain for Israel's finest

By Danny Caro, May 26, 2011

Season 2010/11 was a forgettable one for the Israeli contingent in the Premiership. Avram Grant's trials and tribulations have been well documented here after taking West Ham down.


Someone tell Avram enough is enough

By Danny Caro, May 19, 2011

Not even the staunchest Avram Grant supporter would want him at their club as manager now. The man's market value has hit rock-bottom, in England at least, following back-to-back relegations.

His departure from West Ham came exactly a year to the day since he left Fratton Park.


Unfinished business for Grazioli

By Danny Caro, May 12, 2011

He's been dubbed the miracle man after saving Barnet from relegation and now Giuliano Grazioli is hoping to finish the season with silverware with HMH.


Bidding farewell to a great man

By Danny Caro, May 5, 2011

Peter Moss was never short of a word or two. And more often than not, it was the right word, a word that not everyone realised existed.

Since Peter's tragic death in Marrakesh last week, I've been inundated with tributes from people from all walks of life, including from the world of Maccabi sport, old school-friends and further afield. It is clear he touched the hearts of many.


Cohen the manager will be missed

By Danny Caro, April 28, 2011

The MSFL is full of wonderful characters but Zig Zag boss Neal Cohen is in a league of his own. The Maccabi League's answer to Mike Bassett, Cohen has run the club for 10 years but as the saying goes, all good things come to an end and Sunday was his final match in charge.


Love it or hate it, the Y-word will not disappear overnight

By Danny Caro, April 21, 2011

It would be fair to say that the Y- Word film has sparked huge debate within the community. I've spoken to several die-hard Jewish Spurs fans who are adamant they will not stop chanting 'Yids' or 'Yid Army' at matches home and away.


Whistle-stop trip up north ended in cup heartbreak

By Danny Caro, April 14, 2011

My first visit to Brooklands ended in defeat. I had high hopes for my North London Raiders team in the Peter Morrison Trophy semi-final but we were second best against a well-drilled Maccabi 1st team.

More than half of the squad travelled up the previous day while I left home at 6.30am on matchday, along with four players who enjoyed reading a programme I had hastily thrown together.