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Gai Assulin joins Manchester City

December 16, 2010

A fifth Israeli has joined the Premier League after Manchester City signed Gai Assulin on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Released by Barcelona last summer, Assulin agreed the deal after convincing City officials that he has returned to fitness following a knee injury.

"I heard a lot about City and as soon as I saw the club I wanted to stay," said Assulin.

The attacking midfielder, dubbed the next Lionel Messi, holds the record as the youngest ever player to represent Israel at 16.

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Israel suffers double Davis Cup blow

December 16, 2010

Israel's chances of returning to the Davis Cup World Group took a major hit this week when Harel Levy and Noam Okun announced their retirement from the professional tennis circuit. Both players are aged 32 and are former top 100 stars.

Levy said: "The decision has been taken and I will not carry on playing after March."

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Pearson can take Faithfold to another level

By Danny Caro, December 16, 2010

Zuriel Solomon, the Faithfold A manager, believes that the signing of former Maccabi League Player of the Year Mike Pearson will boost the team's challenge for silverware.

The Superhoops beat several other Premier Division rivals to the star striker who fired a debut goal in the 2-1 win over North West Neasden B. David Lederman claimed the other.

Solomon said: "Pearson was a real handful and gives us a different dimension. He looked great in green and white."

Danny Daggers pulled one back for Neasden but Faithfold held firm to climb to third in the table.

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FC Team win

December 16, 2010

Mitch Young, the FC Team manager, is aiming for a second consecutive London FA Junior Cup final appearance following the 6-1 demolition of North Action Town.

Striker Richard Salmon capped an excellent performance with a goal as Team booked their place in the quarter-finals.

Young said: "I was very pleased with our attacking football. It was a good win and a great way to finish the year.

"We are hoping to get to another cup final and we will look forward to the next round.

"We now have a break until January and hopefully this will give my injured players a chance to recover."

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Time up for Montana B

December 16, 2010

Montana United B have become the Maccabi League's second team to fold this season.

Managed by Nick Goodmaker, Montana had failed to win their last five league matches in Division Two.

A statement from the club read: "It is not a decision that myself and chairman Raymond Harrod have taken lightly. We have sought a solution for a number of weeks now and after fielding a side of only nine players a few weeks back have decided there is no other alternative.

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Netanya surrenders as England march on

December 16, 2010

England FC maintained their grip at the top of the JC Olim League after beating Netanya 5-1.

A shock looked on the cards in the early stages as Netanya forged ahead from the penalty spot.

England hit back in the second half with quickfire strikes from Yaron Galinsky and a long-range effort from Brad Bernstein putting them ahead. Jonny Binke, the former London Maccabi Lions striker, extended the lead with a 25-yard free kick.

Late strikes from Yarden Bar Ness and captain Yoni Sidi clinched the points.

Jerusalem and Jaffa City shared the points following a four-goal thriller.

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Majestic Mancs halt Brady

December 16, 2010

South Mancs A upset the form book with a 4-3 win over title favourites Brady Maccabi A in the Maccabi Masters League Division One.

Brady's goals came from David Rose, Mark Wagman (pen) and an own goal, but Joel Nathan (2), Paul Herszaft and Ilan Cohen consigned the Edgware club to their first defeat of the season.

Glenthorne United A thumped Hendon Harriers 4-1 with goals from Jason Levy (2), Greg Morris and Paul van Gelder. Glenthorne old boy Fara Moghim grabbed a consolation for the Harriers.

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Cohen: Vienna squad up for podium finish

December 16, 2010

Jonny Cohen, manager of the Maccabi GB Open futsal squad, is targeting a medal after naming the squad for next year's European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Under Cohen, MGB have competed at two Maccabi European Futsal Trophies in Madrid and Torremolinos as well as last year's Maccabiah Games in Israel. He believes that the nine-man squad has the best possible chance of bringing home silverware.

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JC MSFL Matchday 16 preview

By Danny Caro, December 15, 2010

Matchday 16 of the JC MSFL season throws up a monster pairing as Faithfold A take on London Maccabi Lions A, with striker Mike Pearson up against his former teammates just 10 days after moving.

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Five-star Lions demolish champions

By Danny Caro, December 15, 2010

Two goals from Lee Bibring helped the Lions earn one of the results of the day as they overpowered defending champions Neasden at The Hive. Further efforts from Jordan Marks, James Stanley and Ben Joseph completed the rout.

On a cold December morning, the two most successful clubs in Jewish football over the last decade took to the pitch to once again do battle in a fixture that has produced some of the best and most intense football seen in the MSFL in recent memory.

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