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Late goal ends Hapoel’s Europa League hopes

By Danny Caro, December 8, 2010

Eli Guttman, manager of Hapoel Tel Aviv, praised his team after they came within two minutes of reaching the Europa League before their hopes were crushed by a late equaliser in Lyon.

Goals from Ben Sahar and a stunning over-head kick from Eran Zahavi had seen Hapoel come from behind to lead 2-1 against the former Champions League semi-finalists in this gripping Group B contest. But an 88th minute effort from Alexandre Lacazette meant that the Reds finished bottom of the group with Benfica progressing to the Europa League as third-place finishers.

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JC Olim League round-up

By Danny Caro, December 7, 2010

Ra’anana climbed joint-top of the JC Olim League after completing a 5-3 victory over Aviv City.

In the weekend’s only match, City, who went into the game without a win, started faster and more positively. They came out of the blocks well, forcing a couple of fine saves from keeper Robin Burkeman Ra’aana.

It was City who made the breakthrough after 10 minutes. A great move and Daniel Rahamin set up Ben Nassim who fired home from an acute angle – the first time that City have led a game.

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Winston names GB squad for Euro Games

By Danny Caro, December 6, 2010

Manager Ben Winston believes that Maccabi GB are one of a handful of teams capable of winning gold at next year's European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Winston, 29, this week named an 18-man squad including 14 players from South Midlands League side London Lions. The group includes nine members of last year's GB squad who took silver at the Maccabiah.

Winston said: "It will be a tough competition in Vienna but we think this is definitely a squad capable of challenging for medals.

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Shahar Peer: I'm not playing at ASB Classic tournament

December 6, 2010

Shahar Peer will not compete in next month's ASB Classic tournament in Auckland for the first time since she turned professional.

Peer has been the focus of disruptive anti-Israel protests in New Zealand in recent years. But her spokesman and brother, Shlomi Peer, insists that she has not been deterred by the demonstrators but now ranked 13, has outgrown the tournament and will instead begin her 2011 campaign at the Brisbane International.

Julia Glushko has won the ITF Challenger event in Traralgon, Australia.

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Ramaging Lions set up date with Kings

December 6, 2010

London Lions have been rewarded for an emphatic victory over Baldock with a home Herts FA Centenary Trophy quarter-final clash against South Midlands Division One leaders Kings Langley

Goals from TJ Keterman, Daniel Stanton, Aron Barnes and a double from Adam Stolerman put the disappointment of last week's defeat at Dunstable firmly behind them. The Lions were back to their best, producing an excellent first half of football that their visitors just could not deal with.

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England FC close the gap

December 6, 2010

England FC moved to within two points of leaders Jaffa FC after winning the top-of-the-table clash 2-0 in the JC Olim League.

The derby was on a knife-edge until the 60th minute when Yaron Galinsky pounced from close range from a Lewis Kaye free kick to release the tension.

England, who are yet to concede this season, stood firm and as Jaffa chased an equaliser, they killed off the game 20 minutes from time. Roy Bihi finished off a free-flowing move by side-footing home at the back post.

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Zahavi scores against Colombia

By Simon Griver, December 6, 2010

Midfielder Alex Zahavi scored a debut goal for the US Under 20 team in a 1-1 draw with Colombia. Zahavi also scored in a penalty shoot-out as the US lost 4-3 to Mexico in a friendly tournament.

Zahavi has previously played for the Portugal Under 17 team but FIFA allows players under 21 to switch allegiances.

The Maccabi Haifa starlet was born in the US and has Israeli citizenship through his father and Portuguese citizenship from his mother. His late grandfather, Avraham, is a first cousin of the agent Pini Zahavi.

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Brand is pick of the bunch

December 6, 2010

Adam Brand is London Maccabi Vale's Player of the Season.

The 1st XI captain had a phenomenal year, steering the team to the Middlesex Sunday League Division Two title. He hit 766 runs at an average of 69.64 and chipped in with 18 wickets.

LMV chairman Terry Hyman said: "Adam's determination and leadership brought out the best in the rest of the team."

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Ben Haim to profit from West Ham's Manchester United mauling

By Simon Griver, December 6, 2010

Carling Cup West Ham's shock 4-0 demolition of Manchester United has dramatically changed Tal Ben Haim's prospects of staying with the club.

Ben Haim, 28, joined West Ham on a five-month loan from Portsmouth on August 3 and sources in Israel had reported that Hammers boss Avram Grant planned sending his compatriot back to Fratton Park next month.

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Joy for Joel

December 6, 2010

A solitary strike from Joel Leighton helped Hendon Hawks Rangers bounce back from consecutive defeats with a hard fought win against Redbridge in the Maccabi Junior Football League Under 11 Division.

Hawks captain Shmuli Miller put in another strong defensive display and was instrumental in creating the winner. He started a move that saw Jamie Rosen release Leighton who struck the ball into the far left-hand corner.

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