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David Bernstein named new FA chairman

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2010

David Bernstein has been appointed the new chairman of the Football Association (FA).

The Jewish former chairman of Manchester City, 67, was named as the permanent replacement to Lord Triesman, who resigned in May following a scandal.

The choice of Mr Bernstein was a surprise to many as the Jewish former FA and Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein had also been heavily tipped for the position

Mr Bernstein left Manchester City in 2003 after five years to take on a Director role at the revamped Wembley Stadium, where he became chairman in 2008.

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Avi Cohen seriously injured in road accident

By Simon Griver, December 20, 2010

Avi Cohen, chairman of the Israel Professional Footballers Association, has been seriously injured in a road accident.

Cohen, 54, was riding a motorbike which was involved in a collision with a car near the Ramat Gan Diamond Exchange. The former Liverpool defender was rushed to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital where he was immediately taken into surgery.

Cohen’s son Tamir, who plays for Bolton, has been given leave to return to Israel immediately.

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Salita wins New York title

By Danny Caro, December 20, 2010

Dmitriy Salita floored late substitute James Wayka five times on his way to a third round knockout victory at New York's Roseland Ballroom.

Salita's body punching proved too much for the outclassed Wayka who was down twice in the second round and three more times in the third before referee David Fields waved the fight off.

The fight was billed for the vacant New York State title after Wayka, loser of 10 of his 27 fights, stepped in at short notice when Mike Anchondo, who was due to meet Salita for the vacant IBA welterweight title, withdrew through illness.

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JC MSFL Matchday 16 review

By Danny Caro, December 19, 2010

The entire JC MSFL Matchday 16 was abandoned with the capital under snow. Matches in the Peter Morrison Trophy, JC Cyril Anekstein Cup and Maccabi League will carry forward into the new year. The season now undertakes a two-week winter break and will restart on January 9.

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The belief is back, says Sidle

By David Gold, December 16, 2010

Ryan Sidle, assistant-manager of Sporting JLGB, believes that the team has overcome the fear factor after climbing to sixth in the Joan Collins Premier Division following a hard fought win over Oakhill Lions.

A goal from Sam Goodman earned JLGB their fourth consecutive victory in the league's only game to beat the weather.

Sidle, standing in for manager Gavin Sharpe, said: "We are on a good run with four consecutive wins against sides we would consider tough games. Now we're in a position where we go into games believing that we can win."

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Israeli Olympics committee perfectly formed

By Simon Griver, December 16, 2010

The Olympic Committee of Israel (OCI) has published tough qualification criteria for the 2012 Olympics and is confident of bringing home several medals from London.

OCI Secretary General Efraim Zinger said: "We are going to England to win medals and, in order to win, you need tough criteria so you can concentrate limited resources on the more promising medal prospects. The criteria are the same as for Beijing and we expect about 40 Israel sportswomen and men to travel to London."

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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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