Football

Five-star Lions claim first win

By Danny Caro, August 18, 2010

A hat-trick from James Gershfield steered London Lions to their first ever victory in the South Midlands League as they thumped Cockfosters 5-1 in Division One on Tuesday night.

Having failed to win any of their first four matches, the Lions rediscovered the form that saw them crowned Herts County Senior League champions last season.

A scintillating performance was capped by goals from Ben Ellis and Aron Barnes.

The Lions finally showed what they are capable of with a near full squad as they put Cockfosters to the sword at Goffs Park.

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Gold blast gives Lions extra bite

August 12, 2010

Tony Gold has told his London Lions he will not tolerate another defensive horror show following the opening day draw at Bedford.

Despite taking a two-goal lead inside the first 12 minutes, the Lions were unable to make the most of their advantage and needed a late equaliser from James Gershfield to rescue a point.

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Avram Grant: 'at home' at West Ham

By James Masters, August 12, 2010

Avram Grant has revealed that he feels right at home in London's East End ahead of West Ham's opening Premier League game of the season.

The former Israel coach, who replaced Gianfranco Zola at Upton Park last month, begins his reign with a trip to managerless Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Hammers endured a wretched season fighting against relegation last time around but Grant is adamant the feel-good factor surrounding the club has given everyone a newfound confidence.

"Life is very good and I feel as if I have been here at Upton Park for many years," he said.

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Uefa ready to home in on Hapoel

By Simon Griver, August 12, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv are facing home heartache after being warned that their Bloomfield Stadium is unfit to hold Champions League Group matches.

Uefa has told the Israeli side that they must play their games at the National Stadium in Ramat Gan should they succeed in defeating Red Bull Salzburg in their play-off clash.

Hapoel, who travel to Austria for the first leg next Wednesday, are set to appeal before they host the return game on August 24.

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Bolton boss Coyle 'pleased with' Tamir Cohen

By James Masters, August 12, 2010

Tamir Cohen has been tipped to take the Premier League by storm after fighting his way back to full fitness.

The Bolton star has been in impressive form during pre-season and has warmed up for Saturday's opener against Fulham by scoring goals for fun.

Cohen was forced to undergo a mi nor operation at the start of the summer after being forced the end of the season with a niggling injury.

But the 26-year-old has already got manager Owen Coyle excited with the Bolton boss expecting great things from the Israel international.

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Chelsea star Yossi Benayoun on why he turned down Ajax

By James Masters, August 12, 2010

Yosssi Benayoun has lifted the lid on his childhood torment after silencing his doubters with a dream move to Chelsea.

As a teenager, Benayoun was fiercely criticised for turning down the chance to join Dutch side Ajax and supposedly throwing away the opportunity of a lifetime.

At just 16, the talented midfielder was already one of the most talked about youngsters in European football and enjoyed a successful trial with the Amsterdam club.

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Ben Haim joins Avram Grant at West Ham

August 5, 2010

Tal Ben Haim has finally joined West Ham on loan from Portsmouth until January.

The Israeli defender had hoped to sign a three-year deal at Upton Park last month but the move was scuppered due to concerns about a groin injury. He has since received a clean bill of health from a specialist and he will now have the first half of the season to prove his fitness.

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Lions manager cautious about chances

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2010

Having lifted the Herts Senior County League Premier Division title, London Lions go into known territory when they travel to Bedford for their first ever match in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One tomorrow.

Unlike last season, preparations have not been hampered by the Maccabiah Games although manager Tony Gold remains cautious about their chances.

Having relocated to Broxbourne Borough V&E FC, it is clear that the Lions will have to up the ante. They lost only two games last season on their way to pipping Wormley Rovers at the post.

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Man City interest in Barca's Assulin

August 5, 2010

Gai Assulin is reportedly having trials at Manchester City this week.

The 19-year-old Israeli was released by Barcelona last month after several years of poor form and injuries saw him fall out of favour at Camp Nou, where he failed to make the first team after becoming the youngest ever player to represent Israel at 16.

Assulin will have his work cut out to convince City boss Roberto Mancini to bring him to Eastlands. He recently failed to show up for a trial offered to him by Blackburn Rovers.

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Sahar raises Hapoel's Champions League chance

By Simon Griver, August 5, 2010

Former Chelsea star Ben Sahar scored his first goal for Hapoel Tel Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium on Tuesday night as the Israelis beat Aktobe 3-1 (3-2 on aggregate) to move into the Champions League play-offs.

Seeded in the strong half of today's (Friday) draw, Hapoel have an excellent chance of reaching the Group Stage for the first time ever.

Hapoel striker Itay Shechter said, "I'm dreaming of the Champions League anthem and finding myself one-on-one against keepers like Casillas and Valdes."

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