Caro's column

GB cricketers will always be batting on a sticky wicket

By Danny Caro, July 15, 2010

The European Maccabi Games are less than a year away. Proceedings get under way in Vienna at the opening ceremony on July 6 with Team GB and Austria expected to field the largest delegations. Guest teams from Israel, primarily juniors, USA and Canada will also feature with one or two possible additions.

Nineteen sports are currently on the schedule, ranging from badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bridge, chess, fencing, field hockey, football, futsal, golf, judo, karate, squash, swimming, ten pin bowling, table tennis, target shooting, tennis and volleyball.


Bad sport? Not me. I just want the best for my children

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2010

Having launched the JC Daniel Sacks Award for outstanding sporting achievement for 11-16-year-old's last week, I was somewhat shocked by what I saw at my children's sports day this week.

In my day, a sports day was just that – a day of sport. Running races, high jump, long jump, we did the lot. The egg and spoon and wheelbarrow races were a little more relaxed while the tug of war separated the men from the boys.

Far from being a pushy parent, nothing would make me prouder than if my children progress to a high level in a chosen sport.


Why World Cup agony should come as no surprise

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

We've had a sorry from the captain, a sorry from the manager and even a sorry from the FIFA President, but no number of apologies could put the smile back on the faces of the Caro boys after England's World Cup exit.

Disappointment more than surprise was my initial reaction, although my four-year-old son still cannot understand how Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal' was not awarded. In fact he's so adamant about the fact that he won't let me change the two to a one on his World Cup wall chart.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.