Cohen appointed GB Open Futsal manager

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen will manage Team GB’s Open futsal squad at next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Assisted by Dan Kleinman, Cohen was part of the Maccabi GB masters’ futsal team that competed at the 2008 European Maccabi Football Trophy. He will also serve as player-manager of the Masters squad competing for the trophy in Torremolinos.

The pair, who are FA approved futsal coaches, led the under 18 futsal squad at last summer’s Maccabiah Games.

Cohen said: “Dan and I are both thrilled and honoured to have been appointed as open team managers. We learned a huge amount from managing the Under 18 team at the Maccabiah and both feel as if we have unfinished business we need to attend to.

“We are both looking forward to working with James Rossa - a specialist Brazilian Futsal coach from UK National Futsal League team London United - and Maccabi GB Futsal chair Johnny Cainer, whose experiences and subject knowledge we will no doubt benefit from.

“In terms of player profile we will be looking for fit and skilful players who we feel will fit in to a strong team ethic and will be able to embrace the Maccabi spirit.”

Kleinman said: “Whilst winning a medal would be fantastic, we hope to lay proper foundations for a Futsal team which will ultimately be able to go to future European or Maccabiah Games’ with the same expectations as the 11-a-side teams.”

Applications are now being accepted online at www.maccabigb.org and are open to anyone who wishes to take part in this fantastic tournament next July.

    Last updated: 11:29am, April 21 2010