Football

Scottish Friends of Palestine take on referees

By Robyn Rosen, December 2, 2010

The Scottish Friends of Palestine have complained to European football's governing body over its "failure to address the actions of Israel against Palestine", after two Israeli referees stepped in during a strike.

Referees from Portugal, Malta, Luxembourg and Israel were drafted in to officiate at 11 Scottish matches last weekend after Scots referees refused.

Israel's Meir Levy refereed Hamilton's game against St Mirren along with two Israeli assistants. Another Israeli team, led by Eli Hacmon, officiated in Kilmarnock's game against Aberdeen.

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Hapoel players on show in Champions League

By Simon Griver, December 2, 2010

Scouts from Europe's top leagues will be in France on Tuesday night for Hapoel Tel Aviv's final Champions League group match against Lyon.

After beating Benfica 3-0 last week, the Israeli champions can still finish third in their group and qualify for the Europa League knockout stage, if they cause an upset while the Portuguese champions must lose against Schalke.

But even if Hapoel progress, a mass exodus is expected when the transfer window opens in January with six players set to leave.

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Grant delighted by 4-0 win over Man Utd

By Danny Caro, December 1, 2010

Avram Grant, the West Ham manager, described last night’s 4-0 demolition of Manchester United as “unforgettable” as the Premiership strugglers booked their place in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.

Grant, who led Portsmouth to the FA Cup final last season, has been under growing pressure with the Hammers rooted to the foot of the league table.

But strikes from Jonathan Spector (2) and Carlton Cole (2) eased the tension and completed a memorable victory over the holders.

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Better Leighton than never

November 29, 2010

Hendon Hawks Rangers bounced back after two back to back defeats with a hard fought win against Redbridge in the Maccabi Junior National Football League Under 11 Division.

Hendon Hawks were looking to hit Redbridge on the counter-attack with a strong defensive display. Redbridge dominated possession and carved out a couple of chances during the first half but were generally reduced to long range efforts.

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Five-star Lions reach cup quarters

November 29, 2010

London Lions returned to winning ways in the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy beating old rivals Baldock Town 5-0.

Goals from TJ Keterman, Daniel Stanton, Aron Barnes and a double from Adam Stolerman set up a tasty quarter-final match against South Midland Division One leaders Kings Langley.

The Lions put last week's disappointment behind them and were back to their best producing an excellent first-half of football that their visitors could just simply not deal with.

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Israeli ref Levy praised by SPL managers

November 29, 2010

Meir Levy, the Israeli referee who took charge of Saturday's SPL Premier Division match between Hamilton and St. Mirren, has been praised by the managers of both teams.

Levy officiated at the request of the SFA after the league's officials went on strike, unhappy that their integrity is being continually questioned.

Speaking after the goalless draw, Hamilton boss Billy Reid said: "I thought over the piece he did all right. He handled the game well. He was confident and dominant in his decisions.

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Hapoel’s first Champions League win delights manager Guttman

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2010

Eli Guttman, manager of Hapoel Tel Aviv, praised his team after they claimed a first ever Champions League group stage win with a remarkable 3-0 victory against two-time European Cup winners Benfica.

Two goals from Eran Zahavi and one from Brazilian defender Douglas da Silva capped a disciplined performance from the Israeli champions who were forced to defend for long spells at the Bloomfield Stadium.

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Maccabi GB names EMG junior football squad

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2010

EMG Maccabi GB will send an 18-man junior football squad to the 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna next July.

Managed by Joel Nathan, the squad has been whittled down from 70 applications nationwide.

Nathan said: “I have chosen the best 18 Maccabi affiliated footballers. The squad has been chosen based on its balance and flexibility with the ultimate goal of bringing home the gold medal.

"However just as important is for the squad to understand and be a part of the whole cultural and educational experience that will also be a major part of the games."

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Classy Cantor steers South through

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2010

South Manchester 1st bounced back from their Morrison defeat to progress to the Handicup quarter finals.

The competition format where Premier plays First Division, in the opening round, gives the lower division side a two goal start, and so It was against previously unbeaten Division one leaders Iraq FC that South found themselves 2-0 down from the start.

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It’s unlucky 13 for London Lions

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2010

London Lions saw their 13-match unbeaten run halted after they went down 2-0 at AFC Dunstable in the South Midlands League Division One.

Missing three key players in Guy Morris, Rob Glass and Matt Stock, who have been influential in recent weeks, Lions struggled defensively but oddly still created a handful of opportunities to take something from the game.

As it was they were punished for a lack of focus as AFC Dunstable completed a league double over their visitors.

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