Sport news

Israeli football stadium of hope

By Simon Griver, September 21, 2010

The Israel FA has unveiled its timetable for a new 60,000 capacity national stadium in Ramat Gan.

Planning and design will now begin and the existing Ramat Gan National Stadium will be pulled down at the end of the 2011/12 season. Israel FA chairman Avi Luzon said: "The plan is to launch the new stadium by staging the Champions League final in 2016 or 2017."

The £1.7 billion cost of building the stadium will come from the Israel Sports Betting Board (Toto-pools), private donors and the development of land around the current stadium for income-producing commercial property.


Yuval 'compelled to play' on Yom Kippur

September 21, 2010

Yuval Spungin faces a backlash in Israel after playing for Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus in their 4-0 away win over Larnaca on Yom Kippur.

Spungin, a former Maccabi Tel Aviv defender, claimed he was compelled to play by his club.


Faithfold overpower champions

By Danny Caro, September 21, 2010

Daryl Phillips, assistant-manager of Faithfold A, has called for calm after the Superhoops went three points clear at the top of the Premier Division after beating defending champions North West Neasden A.

Victories in their first three matches against title rivals Hendon United Sports Club A, London Maccabi Lions A and Neasden have put Faithfold in a strong position as they look to win the title for the first time since 2005.

Phillips said: "This was another squad performance where everyone did a job."


Brady gleeful after beating rivals

September 21, 2010

Brady Maccabi came from behind to thump arch rivals Glenthorne United A 4-1 in Division One. Greg Morris put the Thornes on top but Brady rallied with goals from Mark Wagman (2), David Sawyer and Scott Ansher.

South Mancs A recorded their first win, beating North London Raiders 2-0 with strikes from Gavin Sherman and Paul Rodin.

There was double delight for South Mancs as the B team despatched Clayhall 5-1 courtesy of Richard Smith, Paul Herszaft (2), Oren Wolf and Marc Schneiderman. Mark Goldman scored Clayhall's consolation.


MJSL best is yet to come, says Simons

By James Masters, September 21, 2010

Martin Simons has struck fear into the hearts of the MJSL by declaring there's more to come from his rampant Maccabi machine.

The league leaders racked up their fifth consecutive victory of the season to maintain their 100 per cent record following a comfortable 2-0 win over Westdene 1sts.

Talented midfielder Louie Basso continued his impressive run of form with a classy double to give Maccabi victory and send them six points clear at the summit.

But manager Simons was left unimpressed with his side's showing – despite watching them romp to victory yet again.


Germany's Alexander the great

September 21, 2010

Alexander Frenkel is the new European Cruiserweight champion after a spectacular KO against former holder Enzo Maccarinelli in Birmingham.

German fighter Frenkel, who has a Jewish father, was the underdog going into the bout but extended his unbeaten record to 23 with his 18th knockout, sending the Welshman crashing to the canvas with a vicious left hook in the seventh round.

Maccarinelli beat the count only to be met by a flurry of brutal blows from the 25-year-old German and there was no way back.


Hawks braced for victory

By Danny Caro, September 21, 2010

Hendon Hawks Under 9's secured their first points of the season with a fantastic performance against Redbridge in which two players grabbed braces.

Joseph Pliener was at the centre of all the action in Sunday's encounter and was on hand to assist Dan Silver in opening the scoring with a through ball for Silver to latch onto a pass and slide past the Redbridge keeper. Pliener and Silver were denied several goal-scoring opportunities during the first half due to a fantastic performance by the Redbridge keeper; one worthy of an England call up, according to one spectator.


Landau steers MAL to victory

By Danny Caro, September 21, 2010

MAL picked up their 15th win of the 2010 season with a five-wicket win away to Old Parkonians in Ilford.

Parkonians won the toss and chose to bat, with the pitch looking pretty well-grassed. The opening batsmen struggled to get the ball away with Mark Landau and Charlie Sherrard bowling tight opening spells. The first boundary off the bat did not come until the 11th over of the innings as Shaheed looked to strike across the line in desperation. The first wicket came in Sherrard's seventh over, Grant Traub taking the catch at square leg, with Shaheed departing for 18.


Maccabi Masters round-up

By Danny Caro, September 21, 2010

The goal deluge continued in the Maccabi Masters League with 33 being notched up in six games.

In Division 1, and despite going behind to a Greg Morris goal, Brady A won the early season title indicator 4-1 over arch rivals Glenthorne A, thanks to a brace from Mark Wagman and goals from David Sawyer and Scott Ansher.

Meanwhile South Mancs A recorded their first win, beating North London Raiders 2-0 with strikes from Gavin Sherman and Paul Rodin.


Israel suffer Davis Cup relegation

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2010

Israel have been relegated from the Davis Cup World Group after going down 3-2 to Austria at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

Having rubbed shoulders with the top nations for three years, Israel were unable to capatilise on a 2-1 advantage going into the two reverse single rubbers.

Israel got off to a flyer in the opening rubber with Dudi Sela

However, Austria levelled the tie when world No. 13 Jurgen Melzer eased past Sela (85) in straight sets. Israel’s fate was sealed when a tiring Levy (223) capitulated against Martin Fischer (134) in the decisive rubber.