Football

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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Hapoel realising Champions League dream

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Moni Harel, the chairman of Hapoel Tel Aviv, believes that his team can make history after reaching the group stages of the Champions League for the first time.

The Reds drew 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg at the Bloomfield Stadium on Tuesday night to book their place after going through 4-3 on aggregate.

An own goal from Douglas da Silva, Hapoel's Brazilian defender, left the tie on tenterhooks with the Austrians needing one more goal to go through.

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Manchester Maccabi football round-up

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Manchester Maccabi 1sts’ preparation for the new season continue.

They were beaten in a seven-goal thriller by Smedley Rangers of the Manchester Saturday League on August 19. Josh Rubin, Michael Green and Ryan Sylvester were the marksmen.

Trailing 1-0 at the break. Rubin squared things up from 20 yards, keeping his cool in a one-on-one situation two minutes into the second half.

Maccabi forged ahead minutes later following a great run by Andy Rosenberg, which took him past three men, to cross for Ryan Sylvester who made no mistake.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv reach Champions League group stage

By Danny Caro, August 25, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv became only the third Israeli club to reach the group stages of the Champions League following a nail-biting draw against Red Bull Salzburg last night.

Leading 3-2 from the first leg in Austria, and with three crucial away goals in the bank, Hapoel looked nervous throughout the first half, seemingly unsure whether to keep Salzburg at arm’s length or go on the attack. For the first 45 minutes they did neither.

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Israel football league round-up

By Simon Griver, August 24, 2010

Israel’s Ligat Ha’Al returned to action over the weekend with a 1-0 defeat for champions Hapoel Tel Aviv away to Hapoel Haifa.

Croatian midfielder Sasha Stojano scored the only goal of the game just after the interval as the champions rested half their first team ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League play-off against Red Bull Salzburg.

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Joey Barton: 'just pointing to moustache'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

Footballer Joey Barton has denied making a Nazi salute after he scored a goal for Newcastle in its match against Aston Villa.

After his goal gave the club its first victory of the new season, Mr Barton raised his left arm up to the sky and his right arm to his lip.

At the time he was also sporting a small dark moustache.

However, he has insisted that the celebration has been misunderstood and has since got rid of his facial hair.

He said: “I was merely pointing out that the moustache was going to go after the game”.

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Tel Aviv facing Europa League exit

By Danny Caro, August 20, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv face Europa League elimination following a disappointing 2-0 defeat in Paris on Thursday night.

Tel Aviv were beaten 2-0 by PSG at the Parc de Princes, with a goal in each half from Peguy Luyindula and Guillaume Hoarau leaving them with an uphill task ahead of next Thursday’s second leg in Israel.

Avi Nimni, the Tel Aviv manager, said: “This is a result we can overturn, even though we are playing a quality side.

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Blackman to spearhead Motherwell’s Europa League challenge

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

Motherwell have signed Blackburn Rovers striker Nick Blackman on a six-month loan deal.

The former Maccabiah star scored nine goals in pre-season for Rovers but will spearhead the team’s Europa League campaign following his switch from Ewood Park.

Blackman said: “My loan to Motherwell is about showing Blackburn I am worthy of a place in their first team.

“This is the last year of my contract so I knew it was going to be a big season and I had to hit the ground running. I just wanted to give myself the best possible chance to try to push on into the first team.

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