Football

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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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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