Football

Haifa reach Champions League knockout round

By Danny Caro, August 4, 2011

A first-half strike from Idan Vered enabled Maccabi Haifa to book a place in Friday's Champions League Knockout round as they beat Slovenian champions Maribor on Wednesday night.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Israel, Haifa took only 10 minutes to extend their advantage when Vered found the net in the third qualifying round second leg.

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Israel has nothing to fear, says Luzon

By Simon Griver, August 4, 2011

Avi Luzon believes that Israel has nothing to fear after his team were drawn against Portugal and Russia in their World Cup qualifying group for the finals in Brazil in 2014.

Although the draw looks tough, with only the top side qualifying automatically, and the runners-up facing a playoff, Israel FA chairman Luzon was quick to stress that Israel had been fortunate in avoiding the toughest team

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I can still do a job, says Grant

By Simon Griver, August 4, 2011

Avram Grant is determined to remain in English football despite becoming the first manager to achieve back-to-back Premier League relegations.

Grant took Portsmouth and West Ham down in consecutive seasons but he is looking for another opportunity.

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Haifa edge it

August 4, 2011

Maccabi Haifa have reached the playoff round of the Champions League after edging past Slovenian champions Maribor 3-2 on aggregate on Wednesday night.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Israel, Idan Vered gave Haifa the perfect start in the third qualifying round match, netting a crucial away goal after 10 minutes at the Stadion Ljudski.

Captain Marcos equalised for Maribor but Haifa held on

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Tony Bloom on Brighton's legacy

By James Masters, August 4, 2011

Tony Bloom has set his sights on creating a legacy for generations to come after leading Brighton & Hove Albion into their brand new home.

The 41-year-old, a gambler, property developer and poker player, has ploughed a hefty fortune into the south-coast club to aid their move to the state-of-the-art £93m Amex Stadium, pictured here.

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Hendon's new "Rolls Royce" could drive them to the top

By Danny Caro, August 4, 2011

The new MSFL season is gearing up to be one of the most exciting in recent years. There have been some interesting moves in the transfer market with Hendon United Sports Club this week raising the ante with the signing of GB gold medal star Ben Lauffer.

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Dean Furman: Oldham can go all the way

By Danny Caro, August 4, 2011

Dean Furman is confident that Oldham Athletic can push for promotion in League 1.

Furman was appointed captain during the summer and he is looking forward to tomorrow's league opener at home to Sheffield United.

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Should Israel be in World Cup finals European draw?

August 4, 2011

Simon Griver: Yes

Israel's chances of reaching the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014 look slim after being drawn in Group F

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Blues failed Yossi, say fans

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

Chelsea FC's decision formally to complain about antisemitic abuse directed at Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun by Malaysian football fans has been met with a mixed reaction.

The swift action was praised by the Community Security Trust and the Zionist Federation, along with anti-racism group Kick it Out.

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Joseph appointed captain of Lions A

By Danny Caro, August 2, 2011

Ben Joseph has been appointed as new club captain of London Maccabi Lions A for 2011/12 season.

The former MSFL Young Player of the Year has been an integral member of the side for several years and the managers Malcolm Newman and Josh Newman believe the team will benefit from his leadership for the coming season.

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