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Israel manager faces uncertain future

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, October 14, 2010

EURO 2012 The future of Luis Fernandez, the Israel manager, hangs in the balance after back-to-back defeats against Croatia and Greece left the team's hopes of qualification hanging by a thread.

Israel went down 2-1 at home to Croatia followed by the same scoreline in Greece on Tuesday night. Two goals from Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar resulted in defeat at the Ramat Gan Stadium with Etay Shechter's strike in the last 10 minutes coming to no avail against Croatia.


Investigation into football abuse claims

By James Masters, October 14, 2010

The Manchester FA are set to look into allegations that a Jewish man was racially abused by an opposition player during a Sunday League game in Manchester.

The man, whose son was playing for South Manchester Sports Club's Under 16 side, was called a "dirty ******* Jewish ****" during the contest against Mable United in Whitefield.

The player was promptly shown the red card for his actions and can now expect to be investigated by the FA.


Benayoun heads to Finland for surgery

By Danny Caro, October 13, 2010

Yossi Benayoun will travel to Finland on Sunday and undergo surgery on his ruptured achilles tendon the following day.

The Chelsea midfielder consulted a leading Swedish specialist in London this week who confirmed the diagnosis of Israel national team Dr. Mark Rosnovsky and an MRI scan at Assouta Hospital in Tel Aviv that Benayoun had a badly torn achilles tendon.


Israel crash in Greece

By Danny Caro, October 13, 2010

Israel’s Euro 2012 hopes are hanging by a thread after they suffered their second defeat in four days, going down 2-1 in Greece.

Going into the Group F qualifier on the back of a 2-1 home defeat against group favourites Croatia, Israel manager Luis Fernandes went into the game with a 4-4-2 formation, making five changes from the starting XI at the weekend. But they were still missing injured captain Yossi Benayoun.


Hasid double delight for Mancunia

By Danny Caro, October 12, 2010

A Moshe Hasid double helped maintain Republic of Mancunia’s title dreams as they overcame Oakhill Lions in the MJSL.

With four key players out for Mancunia this was a test on the quality of their squad and they certainly stepped up.

After a couple of early attacks by Oakhill, Mancunia got into gear and took control of the game after a few half chance. Hasid created two great chances for himself but was unable to get past Oakhill keeper Lyons.


Hawks win Hendon derby

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

Hendon Hawks Under 9's secured a memorable victory over Hendon Inter Schools.

The Hawks got off to a flyer, grabbing an early lead through Dan Silver following a through ball by Joseph Plienar to Dan Cohen who set up Silver for the eventual winner.

The Hawks had to resort to a defensive game in order to hang on to the lead which they did fantastically well. With Hendon Hawks playing with two up front they still continued to threaten Hendon Inter School's goal but were unable to increase the lead.


Hawks soar past HMH Haifa

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

Hendon Hawks Rovers netted nine times to overcome a resilient HMH Haifa to secure a 9-3 victory in the Maccabi National Junior League.

Hawks Rovers are looking unbeatable this season after grabbing maximum points from their opening four games. They opened the scoring with some good teamwork which opened up the Haifa defence for David Amor to net his 19th of the season.

Akiva Restan waded in on the action after a brilliant one-two with Amor before striking the ball past the Haifa keeper.


JC Olim League week one round-up

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

The first JC Olim League, the league created by the Olim communities around Israel, comprises nine teams with Jewish footballers from all over the globe represented. This summer saw three new teams enter the league and the pre-season hype and uncertainty ended as the league kicked off on Saturday night in Tel Aviv and Ashdod.

Playing at the floodlit Tel Aviv University pitch, league veterans Jaffa FC hosted new boys Aviv City FC. This hard-fought season curtain-raiser was won comfortably (7-1) in the end by Jaffa.


Five-star FC Team maintain title hopes

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

FC Team boosted their Middlesex County League Division One title hopes with a 5-0 demolition of FC Romania at Salisbury Hall.

Delayed by heavy traffic on the North Circular, Team manager Mitch Young was worried his team would be flustered after only arriving five minutes before kick off but this was never in danger of happening.


South Manchester cage the Falcons

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

South Manchester took a point from Manchester Falcons, the league leaders who had previously swept all before them, scoring 18 goals in four games.

The first half was a rugged affair with the best chance falling to Simon Davies who headed over when unmarked from a corner.

South had caused themselves problems losing the ball from a couple of their own set pieces but the back four stood firm.

The second half saw more attacking from both teams and only a fantastic defensive header from man of the match Darren Brewer kept South level.