Football

Grant signs deal with West Ham

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2010

Avram Grant has agreed a three-year deal to manage West Ham but is not expected to be unveiled at Upton Park until next week.

The Israeli has been courted by Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold since the beginning of May and negotiations moved into top gear after Portsmouth's 1-0 cup final defeat against Chelsea on May 15.

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Gottlieb earns Neasden MSFL title glory

By Danny Caro, May 27, 2010

A stunning second half free-kick from Jake Gottlieb helped North West Neasden A retain the JC MSFL Premier Division title for the third consecutive season as they drew 1-1 against London Maccabi Lions A in a title at Rowley Lane on Wednesday night.

Both teams were missing key men. Lions were without Motti Colman and Ricky Kennet, while for Neasden, Daniel Cole was in New York.

It was the Lions who made the better start, pressing Neasden back into their half. Sam Arghebant had the first chance but fired wide.

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Team GB run riot in final EMFT warm-up

By Danny Caro, May 26, 2010

Preparations remain on track for the defence of the European Maccabi Football Trophy after another comfortable victory, this time at the hands of Premiership opposition in the shape of London Maccabi Lions B at Rowley Lane.

Man-of-the-Match Nicky Woolf went one better than his four goals on Sunday with a five goal salvo, perfectly exploiting Lions high back-line in a 9-0 success.

Woolf's first goal came after two minutes after Joel Lassman won the ball out wide and played the in-form striker through to hit home from the tightest of angles.

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Benayoun sees his future at Chelsea

By Simon Griver, May 24, 2010

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun has told friends in the Israel national team that he expects to move to Chelsea over the summer.

Benayoun said: "(Carlo) Ancelotti wants me for next season and now everything depends on Liverpool. Chelsea will have to pay £6 million but I believe that in the end I'll be moving there."

Benayoun has spent the past week training in Israel under new national team coach Luis Fernandez. However, he was released on Sunday from Israel's away friendlies against Uruguay and Chile over the next week

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MSFL round-up

By Danny Caro, May 24, 2010

Defending champions North West Neasden A must avoid defeat against London Maccabi Lions A on Wednesday night’s JC MSFL Premier Division decider after both teams won their penultimate matches on Sunday.

Goals from supersub Danny Daggers and Daniel Cole earned NWN a 2-1 win against Redbridge Jewish Care A. Steve Summers replied.

NWN joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “We now need to go to Rowley Lane and put in one last performance.

“I wan to thank Dan Cole for his contribution to Neasden over the last three seasons. The team wish him the best of luck in New York.”

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Grant agrees three-year West Ham deal

By Simon Griver, May 21, 2010

The Israeli media reports that Avram Grant has agreed a three-year deal to become West Ham manager. Grant, who resigned from Portsmouth last night, will be paid £1.3 million a year at Upton Park.

Grant returned home to Israel yesterday and is not expected to fly back to England until the end of the month ahead of signing the contract at Upton Park on June 1st. However, sources in Israel do not rule out an official announcement from the Premier League outfit before then.

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Winterburn: Grant can lift West Ham

May 21, 2010

Nigel Winterburn believes that Avram Grant would be the perfect candidate to take over at West Ham.

Winterburn, who finished his career at Upton Park, said: "Avram's credentials stand up. Wherever he's gone he's done a good job. Different clubs bring different expectations. At Portsmouth he's done wonders with the situation they are in. He also handled the pressures at Chelsea."

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UJIA crowned champions

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

UJIA won the Division Four title after thumping Hendon United D 6-2. Brad Cohen (2), Matt Radstone, Mark Rhodes, Oliver Henry and Jon Isaacs were the scorers.

Goals from Yishai Last, Avidan Last and Saul Conway helped Hendon A keep alive their Premier Division title hopes with a 3-1 victory at Redbridge Jewish Care A.

Adam Levine, Ben Myers and Dan Ash steered Oakwood to a 3-2 victory over Neasden B in Division One.

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Oakhill Lions cup double

By Paul Rose, May 21, 2010

Oakhill Lions completed a cup double after beating Haroldeans in a five-goal thriller to lift the Feldman Trophy at Boundary Park.

Haroldeans forged ahead midway through the first half when Josh Rubin's low shot squirmed through the clutches of Oakhill keeper Mark Passer.

Oakhill spurned a golden chance to level on the stroke of half time when Jake Gilbert's weak penalty was saved by keeper Mike Cross. The miss did not prove too costly as three minutes later, Alex Kaye turned his marker and curled the ball into the bottom corner.

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JC MSFL rep team's victory

May 21, 2010

Two goals from Neasden striker Lee Cash plus one from South Manx's Paul Babai steered the JC MSFL Rep Team to only their second ever victory in the London Inter-League Cup following a five-goal thriller against the London & Kent Borders League at Brimsdown Rovers FC.

Having won their two round robin group games, Maccabi completed the job with a squad that included captain Alex Levack, Paul Lenchner and Lee Cash - the only remaining players from the first successful Maccabi side who beat the same opposition under Tony Gold five years ago.

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