Football

Has Three Lions lost its appeal?

By Martin Samuel, September 2, 2010

As his England squad fell slowly apart, and the list of absentees detained by untimely injury or minor surgical procedure grew, Fabio Capello must have hoped he was simply another victim of bad luck.

Heaven knows, England managers have endured enough of it before crucial games in the past. We all recall the catch in Steve McClaren's voice the day he was informed that a freak injury would keep Wayne Rooney out of the final European Championship qualifier against Croatia. McClaren had terrible misfortune as England manager: his teams were greatly depleted in every major match he played.

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South Manchester starts MJSL season in style

By Danny Caro, September 1, 2010

There were goals galore in the opening round of JC MJSL matches on Tuesday night.

South Manchester Sports Club 2nd bounced back from their defeat in the MJSL JC North Charity Shield with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Republic of Mancunia.

A hat-trick from Toby Levy plus two from Ben Polak and Mike Stratton got them off to a flyer.

Josh Hayes fired a treble as Manchester Maccabi 3rd thumped Crumpsall 5-0. Harry Myers and Lee Simons completed the rout.

Strikes from Jay Rosenthal, Alex Winston and Brett Howart earned Westdene 1st a 3-0 victory in the derby at Westdene 2nd.

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Haroldeans wins Charity Shield on penalties

By Danny Caro, August 31, 2010

Haroldeans won the inaugural MJSL JC North Charity Shield on penalties after last-gasp equaliser in 3-3 thriller with South Manchester Maccabi 2nd.

In an action packed match which unveiled the new season, MJSL Champions Haroldeans rode their luck with South having four goals disallowed and they forced penalties with an equaliser 15 seconds before full time.

First blood went to Haroldeans as Josh Silverberg rifled home at the second attempt after 10 minutes but the lead lasted just six minutes when Toby Levy smashed an unstoppable shot home.

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Awat thwarts Mourinho

By Simon Griver, August 31, 2010

Real Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Awat frustrated Real Madrid’s new manager Jose Mourinho with a string of fine saves on the opening day of La Liga as the Islanders forced a goalless draw.

The Israeli stopper denied Madrid’s top-scorer last season Gonzalo Higuain on three occasions as Mallorca, who have been banned from the Europa League because they are close to bankruptcy, matched the billionaires from Bernabeu.

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Maccabi bows out of Europa League

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv failed to make the group stages of the Europa League despite claiming a thrilling 4-3 victory over PSG in the second leg in Israel on Thursday night.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg at the Parc de Princes, the tie looked as good as over 40 minutes in when Guillaume Hoarau put PSG ahead on the night at the Bloomfield Stadium.

Elran Atar squared things up three minutes into the second half only for the visitors to restore their advantage through French international Ludovic Giuly.

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Hapoel handed tough Champions League draw

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv will face in Lyon, Benfica and Schalke in Champions League Group B following the draw in Monaco.

The Reds reached the group stages for the first time after completing a 4-3 aggregate victory over Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday.

Uefa have rejected Hapoel’s appeal to play home group matches at their Bloomfield Stadium and ordered them to stage games at Ramat Gan.

A statement on Hapoel’s Ultras fan site says that supporters will boycott the home games in protest.

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MSFL Preview: Division Three

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Six new teams feature with Redbridge Jewish Care C, Glenthorne United A, Real Life and Team JLGB joining last season's Division Four champions UJIA and runners-up Norstar B in promotion.

Two other clubs, Faithfold C and Catford & Bromley Maccabi, were even more fortunate after member clubs voted for them to stay in the division despite finishing in the bottom two.

Led by Darren Rolfe, UJIA surprised many people last season. The challenge is now to prove that it was not a flash in the pan, and far from being one to rest on his laurels, Rolfe wants "another promotion".

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MSFL Preview: Division Two

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Old rivalries will be reignited with newly promoted Woodford Wanderers, Norstar A and Montana Boca United B eyeing a top two finish.

But it is Temple Fortune A who have made the most high profile moves in the transfer market.

Managed by Andrew Souber, Fortune lured Scott Shindler from double winners North West Neasden A, along with attacking midfielder Michael Goldberg from Camden Park. They could be the team to beat.

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Blackman eyes Motherwell first team

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Nick Blackman is vowing to get into the Blackburn first team after scoring his first goal at Motherwell where he recently signed a six-month loan deal.

The former GB Maccabiah star scored nine goals pre-season for Rovers but will spearhead Motherwell's Europa League campaign following his switch from Ewood Park.

He scored the winner in the 1-0 SPL victory at Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Blackman, whose mother is Jewish, said: "My loan to Motherwell is about showing Blackburn I am worthy of a place in their first team.

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Haroldeans out to defend MJSL crown

August 26, 2010

Haroldeans were dealt a blow ahead of the new JC MJSL season after star striker Josh Rubin joined rivals Manchester Maccabi 1st.

The league got under way this week and it looks set to be a close race this season. Assuming they find a replacement for Rubin, the Liverpudlians will still be the team to beat while Manchester Maccabi 2nd, who missed out by a single point last year, remain strong contenders.

Republic of Mancunia look a good outside bet as they picked up their first cup trophy last season and have the experience of beating the best teams last time round.

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