Football

Trip of a lifetime

June 10, 2011

A team of Jewish footballers swapped their north London base for Ukraine this week.

In a ground-breaking visit, organised by World Jewish Relief (WJR) and London Maccabi Lions, the club played a youth team from Dynamo Kiev as part of a trip aimed at fostering links between young communities in the UK and Ukraine.

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Fabulous Fernandez

By Simon Griver, June 10, 2011

Luis Fernandez, the Israel manager, has been given a contract extension following Israel's victory over Latvia which kept alive their Euro 2012 qualification hopes.

First-half strikes from captain Yossi Benayoun and defender Tal Ben Haim kept Israel in contention for next year's finals with a 2-1 success in Riga.

Victory for the top two mean that Israel remain in third place in Group F, a po

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Ben Haim keeps Israel in contention

By Danny Caro, June 5, 2011

A penalty from Portsmouth defender Tal Ben Haim keep alive Israel's Euro 2012 qualification hopes after they beat Latvia 2-1 in Riga on Saturday evening.

Israel forged ahead after 17 minutes when captain Yossi Benayoun finished off an excellent passing move with a powerful drive.

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England FC win Olim World Cup

June 2, 2011

Danny Newman, player-manager of England FC, praised his squad after they retained the Olim Seven-a-side World Cup in Israel.

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Lustigman calls for fresh blood

By Danny Caro, June 2, 2011

The Maccabi Masters Football League is relaxing its age restrictions in a bid to boost numbers.

The decision was made as Hendon Harriers, who joined the league last season, look set to drop down into Division Two leaving the league a team short in the top division.

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Like Utd, I missed Messi

By Danny Caro, June 2, 2011

During my early years, I drove my parents mad trying to get the autographs of some of my sporting heroes.

I felt like a kid in a sweetshop when I bumped into some of the Liverpool greats along with members of various national cricket teams.

Well, old habits die hard. I tried but failed to track down Lionel Messi ahead of the Champions League final. My son was desperate to meet him.

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Northern Team of the Year

May 27, 2011

Akiva Lieberman
(Sporting JLGB)
The outstanding goalkeeper in the MJSL this season and a key part of the Sporting side which won the Tony Cohen Memorial Trophy.

Dan Ross
(Leeds Maccabi)
The club's Players Player of the Year by a country mile. A strong and determined leader at the heart of the team's defence.

Michael Sacks

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Shechter torn between Baggies and Bundesliga

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2011

West Bromwich Albion have offered Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Itay Shechter a four-year contract worth £600,000 a year.

The Israeli international and his agent, Ronen Katsav, were at the Hawthorns on Monday where WBA manager Roy Hodgson told Shechter that he saw him forming a strike partnership with top-scorer Peter Odemwingie.

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A season of pain for Israel's finest

By Danny Caro, May 26, 2011

Season 2010/11 was a forgettable one for the Israeli contingent in the Premiership. Avram Grant's trials and tribulations have been well documented here after taking West Ham down.

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Cup double joy for Cohen

May 26, 2011

Manny Cohen, chairman of Arlesey Town, is celebrating after his team finished off a record breaking 120th year by retaining the Beds Senior Cup.
The club enjoyed a stand-out season under Cohen, a former pupil at Hasmonean, also winning the Zamaretto Southern League Division 1 Central title.

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