Caro's column

Maccabi prize guys hold their breath as red carpet awaits

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

The culmination of two years of Jewish sporting achievement will be recognised at the Maccabi GB awards on Sunday evening.

The Junior, Senior and Team accolades features a healthy spread of sports on the list of nominees. For me, the Junior category is the most intriguing with some top-class candidates in the reckoning.

Track & Field star Richard Goodman looks a good bet after putting himself on the map over the past two years. If you remember, he was my star of the 18th Maccabiah Games after bringing home double gold and only last week he became the Under 17 National Cross Country.

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The pitch is ok — so why was game called off FOUR days ago?

By Danny Caro, March 4, 2010

The life of a Sports Editor isn't always the bed of roses many people think it is, especially during the bad weather. On average, I compile an 8,000-word Maccabi League preview during the week. I find it hugely frustrating when a match is postponed and my work goes to waste.

My working week is more 24/6 than it is Monday to Friday. Looking at last Sunday for example, my children, who double up as my alarm clock, had me up at an unearthly 6.30am. I say unearthly as the team I manage had no game and I was looking forward to a rare lie-in.

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Cup competitions completely devalued by no shows

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2010

Cup giant killings in Jewish football could be a thing of the past if a worrying trend continues. At the start of any season there is a real buzz when one of the minnows pulls out a plum draw against one of the big boys. A team's season can be shaped by causing a major shock. But it appears that as the season wears on, the lower league teams lose their enthusiasm and the fear factor creeps in that a heavy defeat could lead to a slippery slope.

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Playoffs would brighten up Maccabi League season

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2010

There has been speculation this week that the Premier League is considering the introduction of a playoff system to determine the fourth club to qualify for the Champions League.

There is nothing more exciting than a playoff and I suggest it is something that the MSFL adopts in a bid to keep the season alive. With two teams having folded from the Premier Division, league chairman David Wolff informed all clubs at a recent league meeting that there would be no relegation from the top-flight.

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Actions speak louder than words, but not in the MSFL

By Danny Caro, February 11, 2010

I have to admit that the first few months of football management been something of a learning curve. As a player, I pride myself on great sportsmanship. I’ve been booked only twice in 20 years. It’s a message I send across to my players before every match. I remind them that we are here to play football, and that I don’t want to see them arguing with each other, their opponents and especially the referee, regardless of how the other team behaves. In short, we try to do things the right way on and off the pitch.

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We’re kicking out racism, what about antisemitism?

By Danny Caro, February 4, 2010

Does anyone know how we can eradicate antisemitism in football? It appears not. While millions have been spent on campaigns aimed at removing racism, the same time, effort and commitment must now go into solving what is becoming a growing problem.

It makes me sick to the bone when I hear about Jewish footballers being verbally abused with cheap insults. I blame the authorities for not taking a strong stance in the same way that they did on the colour issue.

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Defeat would spell disaster as Neasden battle on

By Danny Caro, January 28, 2010

Sunday is D-day for North West Neasden A. Managers Jamie Cole and Daniel Fox hope that it is not a case of once bitten, twice shy as they enter unchartered waters in the last 16 of the Sunday FA Cup. I can’t remember the last time they lost two games on the spin but that is a real possibility as they start their match against Ilford-based Sungate as underdogs.

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Hold the back page. The Jewish FA Cup will be first to go

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

There is every chance that by this time next week, the Peter Morrison Trophy will be cancelled for the season. To abandon the Jewish FA Cup competition would be major news but should come as no real surprise as the writing has been on the wall for several weeks now with the winter weather, as I have documented in depth, leaving the season in crisis.

The problems are two-fold. There are still teams that have outstanding first-round matches and being a national competition, it’s a logistical nightmare with the likes of Glasgow Maccabi and South Manchester Maccabi 1st still involved.

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It’s hard to believe but Becks could actually be our saviour

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

He helped secure the 2012 Olympics and resurrected an ailing 2018 World Cup bid — so what chance that David Beckham becomes the saviour of the Jewish football season?

With the bad weather showing no sign of letting up and MSFL matches falling by the wayside, putting the season in turmoil, the majority of players, managers and officials have hit rock bottom.

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Pitching up for action, we received a frosty reception

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

I’m not sure how many people it needs to carry out a pitch inspection in professional football but I counted 25 at Bricket Wood last weekend.

This was Sunday morning amateur football at its best. North London Raiders A’s match against Red Sea was cancelled on Saturday night, after Shabbat had gone out, as the Seacats were unable to raise a team. News had also reached our secretary, Jonny Blain, who is also our top-scorer, that Southgate Harmen’s match against North West Neasden B had fallen victim to the cold snap.

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