Football

Liverpool give trial to Omri Altman

By Danny Caro, November 2, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team captain Omri Altman will arrive at Liverpool with a huge weight on his shoulders. Invited by manager Roy Hodgson for a week-long trial, he has been compared to Reds captain Steven Gerrard in his native Israel.

Altman's trial comes just as new Liverpool owner John Henry told Hodgson that he must develop young players rather than buy expensive new ones.

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Avram Grant prepared for bidding war

By James Masters and Simon Griver, October 28, 2010

Avram Grant is ready to spark a capital bidding war by launching a raid for Israel star Itay Shechter.

The Hapoel Tel Aviv striker is being chased by a whole host of clubs including West Ham and London rivals Tottenham.

Shechter is keen to make the move to the Premier League in the New Year following a successful spell with Hapoel.

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Israel hope to bloom

By Simon Griver, October 28, 2010

Israel manager Luis Fernandez has requested that his team play their next two home qualifiers at Bloomfield Stadium. The call came after the Frenchman watched the highly-charged Tel Aviv derby on Saturday night which Hapoel won. Fernandez feels the national stadium in Ramat Gan lacks atmosphere.

He also insists that Israel can still qualify for Euro finals. "I want to play our next home games against Georgia and Latvia at Bloomfield. We will take six points in those games and if we win away games we can still go through."

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Super Saunders inspires Crumpsall

By Danny Caro, October 27, 2010

A man of the match performance from Zevi Saunders was the platform for Crumpsall’s first victory of the season.

Westdene started the basement battle strongly. After two minutes, Daniel Klappish raced onto as through ball and coolly slotted into the bottom corner.

This served as a wake up call for Crumpsall and they started to play nice passing football and winning all the 50/50s. Indeed Shya Halpern hit a post and Yossi Saunders had a goal ruled of for offside.Saunders made some excellent lung-bursting runs into the box but was thwarted by Caplin in the Westdene goal.

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Los Blancos blown away by Blizzard

By Danny Caro, October 22, 2010

Simon Linden, player-manager of Blizzard Storm, hailed the character shown by his team after they won the top of the table clash against Los Blancos in Division Four.

Both sides went into the game boasting 100 per cent records but a goal in each half from Alex Rubin moved Blizzard to within three points of leaders Glenthorne B with a game in hand.

Linden said: "It was always going to be tough but we stepped up to show what we can do on the big occasion."

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Fever pitch: rules on violence to be tightened

By James Masters, October 22, 2010

MJSL chiefs are ready to crack down on clubs who fail to control their players following the latest outburst of violence.

Westdene 2nd and Sporting JLGB were involved in ugly clashes at the end of a bad-tempered league game as the MJSL's reputation was dragged through the mud once again.

Hyde Park Rovers were reprimanded earlier in the season after receiving a number of red cards, while the league has raised doubts over a lack of discipline shown by teams and players.

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Watford 'Friendly' becomes nasty brawl

By Danny Caro, October 22, 2010

A Watford Friendly League match between Whetstone Sabres and London Maccabi Lions Under 18s was abandoned early in the second half due to a mass brawl.

Although details from the referee's report have yet to come through, we understand that a tempestuous affair reached boiling point late in the first half when a Lions player punched an opponent, leaving him needing hospital treatment. Things got out of hand quickly with parents and spectators running on to the pitch.

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Benayoun blasts Israel FA chairman

By Simon Griver, October 22, 2010

Yossi Benayoun, the Israel captain, has publicly criticised Israel FA chairman Avi Luzon for blaming Blackpool's Dekel Keinan for Israel's two recent Euro 2012 qualifying defeats.

His comments came after Luzon blamed Keinan for back-to-back 2-1 defeats against Croatia and Greece. Luzon said: "Keinan ruined both games for us, giving away a goal in each game."

Benayoun said: "I don't think any chairman has the right to criticise any player. His words were not appropriate.

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Berg appointed Rep Team manager

By Danny Caro, October 22, 2010

Danny Berg is the new manager of the JC MSFL Rep Team.

Head coach at Redbridge Jewish Care A, Berg, 26, is relishing the prospect of rubbing shoulders with the top footballers in the capital.

Berg's management team will feature FC Team manager Mitch Young as his assistant, Leyton Orient coach John Hyatt and Tony Gold, the London Lions manager, who led the Rep team to glory several years ago.

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Raul destroys Hapoel Tel Aviv

By Danny Caro, October 21, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv's European shortcomings came to the fore again on Wednesday night as they were beaten 3-1 by Schalke in Germany.

Raúl (2) and Jurado condemned last season's Israeli league winners to their third consecutive defeat in the Champions League Group B match with Itay Shechter claiming a stoppage time consolation.

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