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Maccabi bows out of Europa League

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv failed to make the group stages of the Europa League despite claiming a thrilling 4-3 victory over PSG in the second leg in Israel on Thursday night.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg at the Parc de Princes, the tie looked as good as over 40 minutes in when Guillaume Hoarau put PSG ahead on the night at the Bloomfield Stadium.

Elran Atar squared things up three minutes into the second half only for the visitors to restore their advantage through French international Ludovic Giuly.

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Hapoel handed tough Champions League draw

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv will face in Lyon, Benfica and Schalke in Champions League Group B following the draw in Monaco.

The Reds reached the group stages for the first time after completing a 4-3 aggregate victory over Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday.

Uefa have rejected Hapoel’s appeal to play home group matches at their Bloomfield Stadium and ordered them to stage games at Ramat Gan.

A statement on Hapoel’s Ultras fan site says that supporters will boycott the home games in protest.

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Lions are back with a bang

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

London Lions bounced backed from a 4-1 defeat at title favourites London Colney withan 8-1 victory against Sporting London e Benfica.

A hat-trick from James Gershfield plus further efforts from Josh Kennet (2), Guy Morris, TJ Ketterman and Daniel Stanton completed an emphatic South Midlands League Division One victory.

The Lions produced a master-class performance, showing what they are capable when they have a near full fit squad available.

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Euro hopes for Israel ahead of Malta clash

By Simon Griver, August 26, 2010

Manager Luis Fernandez has reiterated his belief that Israel can reach the Euro 2012 finals, ahead of their Group F qualifying opener against Malta next week.

Thursday's match at Ramat Gan will be followed by a tricky fixture in Georgia on September 7. Croatia, Greece and Latvia complete the group.

Fernandez said: "There is no reason why this team should not reach the finals in Poland and Ukraine. We have a strong squad that would have been good enough to go beyond the group stage had they reached the World Cup finals in South Africa."

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MSFL Preview: Division Three

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Six new teams feature with Redbridge Jewish Care C, Glenthorne United A, Real Life and Team JLGB joining last season's Division Four champions UJIA and runners-up Norstar B in promotion.

Two other clubs, Faithfold C and Catford & Bromley Maccabi, were even more fortunate after member clubs voted for them to stay in the division despite finishing in the bottom two.

Led by Darren Rolfe, UJIA surprised many people last season. The challenge is now to prove that it was not a flash in the pan, and far from being one to rest on his laurels, Rolfe wants "another promotion".

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MSFL Preview: Division Two

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Old rivalries will be reignited with newly promoted Woodford Wanderers, Norstar A and Montana Boca United B eyeing a top two finish.

But it is Temple Fortune A who have made the most high profile moves in the transfer market.

Managed by Andrew Souber, Fortune lured Scott Shindler from double winners North West Neasden A, along with attacking midfielder Michael Goldberg from Camden Park. They could be the team to beat.

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Blackman eyes Motherwell first team

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Nick Blackman is vowing to get into the Blackburn first team after scoring his first goal at Motherwell where he recently signed a six-month loan deal.

The former GB Maccabiah star scored nine goals pre-season for Rovers but will spearhead Motherwell's Europa League campaign following his switch from Ewood Park.

He scored the winner in the 1-0 SPL victory at Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Blackman, whose mother is Jewish, said: "My loan to Motherwell is about showing Blackburn I am worthy of a place in their first team.

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Haroldeans out to defend MJSL crown

August 26, 2010

Haroldeans were dealt a blow ahead of the new JC MJSL season after star striker Josh Rubin joined rivals Manchester Maccabi 1st.

The league got under way this week and it looks set to be a close race this season. Assuming they find a replacement for Rubin, the Liverpudlians will still be the team to beat while Manchester Maccabi 2nd, who missed out by a single point last year, remain strong contenders.

Republic of Mancunia look a good outside bet as they picked up their first cup trophy last season and have the experience of beating the best teams last time round.

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Salford second after taking on Manchester Maccabi

August 26, 2010

Salford clinched the runners-up spot in the NJCL by the narrowest of margins after beating Manchester Maccabi.

A low-scoring contest saw Salford run out victors by 40 runs. They claimed 18 points to Maccabi's seven.

Batting first, Salford posted 146-8. Maccabi were skittled for 106.

The day's other match saw Leeds beat Bury & Whitefield by 10 wickets.

Leeds put Bury into bat on a damp slow wicket and were made to work for their wickets.

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USA triumph in Maccabi golf tournament

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Team USA won the ninth Maccabi Transatlantic Cup by 21 and a half to 14 and a half to lead the series 5-4.

Scratch representative teams of golfers from Great Britain and America competed at Coombe Hill Golf Club over three days of intense competition in the Jewish equivalent of the Ryder Cup.

Started in 1995 and then held in 1996 and every two years since, the MTC has become the premier Jewish golfing event outside the Maccabiah Games itself.

Matches were very tight with several matches decided by one-hole margins.

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