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Shahar Peer set for Dubai Championship

By Simon Griver, February 11, 2010

Shahar Peer is set for Monday’s Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships — a tournament from which she was famously excluded last year.

There was much furore when the UAE refused to grant Peer a visa because she is Israeli. Worldwide protests and threats by the WTA to cancel the tournament have proved successful, and Peer travels to the Gulf riding high having risen from 68 in the world rankings last August to 22 after reaching the third round of last month’s Australian Open.


Redbridge out of County Cup

By Danny Caro, February 11, 2010

Goals from Steve Summers and Daniel Cooper did not prevent Redbridge Jewish Care A being eliminated from the County Cup as they lost 6-2 against Turkish outfit Yavruyatan at the quarter-final stage.

Mike Pearson (2), Yoav Lebens and Josh Morris kept London Maccabi Lions A top of the JC MSFL Premier Division after they thumped Hendon United B 4-0.

Second-placed Faithfold A saw off London Maccabi Lions B 4-0 with strikes from Benji Dymant (2), Daryl Phillips and Daniel Howard.


Hapoel face Kazan in Europa League

By Simon Griver, February 11, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv travel to Russia for next Thursday’s Europa League Round of 32 clash with Rubin Kazan confident of achieving a result.

Hapoel manager Eli Guttman said: “This is a very tough game against a team who beat Barcelona in the Champions League. That says it all. But I believe we can get at least a draw and return to Bloomfield with a good chance of progressing.”

Despite previously being informed that the match had been switched to southern Russia, Uefa has now told the Israelis that the game will go ahead in Kazan where temperatures of -10C are expected.


Neasden's hat-trick hero in Division One clash

By Richard Jaye, February 11, 2010

North West Neasden B 5
North London Raiders 1

Neasden boss Sammy Carr hailed the brilliance of hat-trick hero Ryan Sher whose performance settled the top-of-the table JC MSFL Division One clash at Bricket Wood.

The 2003 Maccabi Player of the Season was the difference between the teams as Neasden leapfrogged Raiders to go top on goal difference.

Carr said: “Ryan had one of the games where every player on the pitch envies his talent. He is a class act and can find passes no one else sees. He scored three and played a part in one other.


MP calls for points deduction for racist fans

February 11, 2010

A point deduction is one of the penalties clubs should be face if they do not taken sufficient action to combat racism and bigotry, according to a report submitted by the FA’s anti-racism taskforce.

That is the recommendation of John Mann MP, the chairman of the group Tackling antisemitism and Islamophobia. The report raises concerns that racist behaviour or risk further erosion of the English game’s “moral authority”.

The report was released days after we revealed how two more Jewish teams were victims of racism (inset).


Golasa returns to Maccabi Haifa

By Simon Griver, February 10, 2010

Israeli midfielder Eyal Golasa has walked out on Lazio and returned to Maccabi Haifa despite signing a four and a half year contract with the Italians.

Golasa, 18, who joined Lazio without informing Maccabi said: “I want to personally apologise to Maccabi Haifa and especially the fans for what I did.”

He has been promised a new contract with Maccabi.

Lazio President Claudio Lotito is demanding that the player return to Rome. He said: “There is a contract that has been lodged with the Italian League.”


Five of the best for the rampant Lions

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2010

A hat-trick from Sam Martin helped London Maccabi Lions Under 10s maintain their 100 record in the Watford Friendly White Division after they beat AC Finchley North 5-0.

On a biting cold and overcast afternoon, the brave Lions put up a superb performance on a tacky pitch at Rowley Lane.

The Lions lined up with Ethan Djanogly in goal, Raphi Auret and Sam Fresco in defence, Oscar Cohen, Saul Fenton and Ben Lazarus in midfield, and Sam Martin up front, with the waiting Matthew Stern on the bench.


Israel avoids big guns in 2012 Euro draw

By Danny Caro, February 8, 2010

Captain Yossi Benayoun has called for caution after Israel were given an encouraging draw for the Euro 2012 Championships qualifying campaign.

Drawn in Group F, Israel will line up in a group containing Croatia, Greece, Latvia, Georgia and Malta.

Like Israel, Croatia failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa.

Benayoun said: “We know most of the teams from previous campaigns and we know it is going to be tough to qualify.

“We need to focus on our performance, on what we need to improve to have any chance of qualifying.


Richard Goodman's cross country glory on Parliament Hill

By Brian Sacks, February 4, 2010

Richard Goodman dominated the Under 17 South of England Cross Country Championship at Parliament Hill, winning the 6,000m race by 41 seconds.

Taking an immediate lead in muddy conditions, he spent much of the race in isolation.

Goodman said: “Having competed in the Under 20 age group this season, stepping down to the lower age group actually increased the level of expectation on me. As soon as the gun went, I pushed hard up the long first hill, and from then on I was on my own.


Lions U16 beat Gladstone

February 4, 2010

Jordan Marks maintained his excellent form by helping London Maccabi Lions clinch a 2-0 win over Gladstone in the Watford Friendly League Under 16 Blue Division. Max Wegoda claimed the other.

A goal from Jake Erlich was not enough to stop Lions Under 14s from going down 2-1 against Omonia.

Lions Under 10 registered 17 without reply against Cassiobury Rangers. Joshua Burns (5), Reuben Rabstein (3), Tyler Smith (3), Joseph Bellman (2), Nathan Brown (2), Sam Hamerton and Alexander Randall completed the scoring.