Caro's column

Who will be waltzing their way to Vienna in 2011?

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

With no Maccabi football until October 18, now seems a good time to look ahead to the 2011 European Maccabi Games in Vienna. Darryl Lee recently told me about an exciting new blueprint for Jewish football, to build on the success of our players at the 18th Games. The bar has certainly been raised over the past two and a half years and it’s vital that the standards are maintained.


Premiership? These days, Tal looks more Fantasy League

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

What has happened to Tal Ben Haim? He looked more Maccabi League than Premier League on Rosh Hashanah, when Gabriel Agbonlahor outfoxed him to score the all-important second goal in Aston Villa’s win against Portsmouth.

It was all a far cry from the Ben Haim who made a name for himself when he arrived on British shores, playing for Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2004.


Benayoun treble proves that Reina should keep the faith

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2009

In a week in which Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina admitted that they are little more than a two-man team, Yossi Benayoun stuck his head above the parapet with his first Premier League hat-trick.


Israel's failure is down to one man

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

So, another qualifying campaign, another tale of failure for Israel. And the buck has to stop with manager Dror Kashtan. Placed in one of the easiest groups, his over-cautious approach has come back to slap him in the face. With players such as Yossi Benayoun in his prime, it’s a crying shame that the team has failed to hit the heights once again.


Who's hot, who's not and who's just plain up for it

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2009

The opening weekend of season 2009/10 of the JC MSFL features some mouth-watering contests. Match of the day comes in the Premier Division where JC Cyril Anekstein Cup holders Hendon United A entertain Faithfold A at Hadley FC.

The Hammers have been busy over the summer with new boss David Garbacz busy with his chequebook as the team looks set to repeat their League Cup final success over North West Neasden A to win the championship.


Forget the Ashes, it’s our game that’s dying a slow death

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2009

While the rest of nation is basking in Ashes glory, spare a thought for the Jewish game which is fast dying a death. London Maccabi Vale has, like so many other clubs, been hard-hit by poor availability, with the Maccabiah Games affecting their early season plans.

Sunday’s defeat against West Harrow was the lowest that many at the club have felt for some time. Although the club has a thriving colts section, I sincerely hope that there remains a platform for them to show the quality within Jewish sport for years to come.


Irish eyes were smiling on my Israel football experience

By Danny Caro, August 20, 2009

It was all quiet on the northern front in Belfast last week. Other than a minor peaceful protest outside the Northern Ireland FA headquarters, Israel’s trip passed without incident. If anything, the positive political and sporting relationship between the nations was one of the major factors to come out of the experience.


Rapid start did not stop me from having a reality check

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2009

So, my first foray into management started on a positive note. We beat Rapid Banta 3-2 in a pre-season friendly, although the day got off to a bad start when we arrived late. And it got worst as we realised that Matt Leader had the kit — and he was not playing. He was in bed.

So we had to delay kick-off and direct a bleary-eyed Matt to the ground. Chairman Jonathan Adelman is not best-pleased about my suggestion of buying each player a TomTom.


With the Maccabiah behind me, management awaits

By Danny Caro, August 6, 2009

Having finally come out of my Maccabiah bubble, it is fair to say that I am all sported out, well for a few weeks anyway. I had some amazing experiences in Israel and the event was clearly a career highlight.

Season 2009/10 of the JC MSFL gets under way on September 6. Although the first few weeks of the schedule will be disrupted by high holy days, teams are starting to shape up for the big kick off.


I’ll still have something to write home about

By Danny Caro, July 9, 2009

Excitement and anticipation are what Maccabiah athletes and their families are feeling, and rightly so. However, I am not sharing those emotions as a semi-expected late call-up for the cricket squad never materialised.

Having spent much of the past seven months in the gym and, more recently, in good nick with the bat, I was hopeful, bearing in mind that the squad has been hit by withdrawals and I was part of the squad that won bronze in 2005. But it hasn’t happened so I must now focus on producing medal-winning reporting from Israel.