Grant confirmed as West Ham manager

June 3, 2010

West Ham this morning confirmed the appointment of Avram Grant on a four-year contract, subject to being granted a work permit.

As reported, Grant, the former Israel and Chelsea manager, will join the club fresh from leading Portsmouth to the FA Cup final. He was unable to save them from relegation after they went into administration and incurred a nine-point deduction.

Ahead of being officially unveiled later this month, Grant said: “I am proud and honoured to be the manager of West Ham. It will be an exciting challenge and I am ready to do my best.


Maccabi GB unveils female football committee

By Danny Caro, June 2, 2010

Maccabi GB have appointed a new committee aimed at developing junior girls and women’s football.

Brad Solomon will chair the commit with Dr Tamar Koch named vice-chairman. They will help prepare the squads over the next three years including the 2011 European Maccabi Games and 2013 Maccabiah.

The pair have been sets a series of aims and objectives to build a platform for GB’s medal push.


New coach for Barnet

By Danny Caro, June 2, 2010

Michael Stone has been appointed first team coach at Barnet.

Stone, 31, has joined from Rushden and Diamonds where he was assistant-manager to Justin Edinburgh.

Stone joins the Bees, who narrowly avoided relegation from League Two, having helped Rushden reach the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Blue Square Premier.

Prior to his spell at Rushden, he was managed Wingate & Finchley and coached the GB squad at the European Maccabi Games in Rome.


Benayoun nearing Chelsea move

By Simon Griver, June 1, 2010

Reports from Israel indicate that Yossi Benayoun will move from Liverpool to Chelsea in the coming days.

Liverpool have already rejected a £4 million offer from Chelsea and are asking £8 million for the Israel captain. The two teams are expected to compromise on £6 million.

Dynamo Moscow have reportedly made a higher offer for Benayoun but the midfielder is insistent that he would rather move to Stamford Bridge.


Cole dismissed as MSFL Rep team manager

By Danny Caro, June 1, 2010

The JC MSFL Management Committee have dismissed Rep Team manager Jamie Cole after they admitted to fielding ineligible players in the recent London Inter-League Cup final.

As reported on May 14, a day after the final, League chairman David Wolff reported the team to the organisers after Sam Sloma and Aron Barnes played despite failing to meet the criteria to play in the competition.


Team GB claim double gold at EMFT

By Danny Caro, June 1, 2010

Four goals from Woodford Wanderers striker Jerome Marks helped Team GB successfully retain the Open football trophy at the European Maccabi Games as they finished the competition with a 100 per cent record after beating Costa Del Sol 7-3 in their final match.

North London Raiders pair Adam Posner and Nicky Woolf were also on target along with FC Team's Laurence Judah.

North London Raiders hotshot Nicky Woolf hit the winner as Team GB maintained their perfect start with a 1-0 win over Madrid.


Team GB beat Germany in EMFT opener

By Danny Caro, May 28, 2010

Team GB beat Germany in EMFT opener

Maccabi GB kicked off their EMFT campaign with an important 2-0 victory over the much fancied Germany.

In a match full of controversy, Team GB thought they had taken the lead 10 minutes in when Nick Stern had a header disallowed from an Adam Posner corner.


Israel beaten by Uruguay

May 27, 2010

Israel were beaten 4-1 by Uruguay in the first match under new boss Luis Fernamdez.

Playing the first match of two of a South American tour, Israel made a disastrous start as Athletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan put the hosts ahead.

Lior Rafaelov hauled Israel level after 30 minutes but missing key men Yossi Benayoun and Tal Ben Haim, the visitors tired with Alvaro Pereira and Sebastian Abreu (2) wrapping things up.

Fernandez’s men complete the trip against Chile on Monday.


Gold: Lions win is career highlight

By Danny Caro, May 27, 2010

Tony Gold the London Lions manager, has described winning the Herts Senior County League Premier Division as pinnacle of his career.

Arguably the most successful figure in Jewish football, both as a player and manager, Gold, 38, will take the Lions into the South Midlands League Division One for the first time.

Having finished runners-up last season, Gold praised his players for going one better in a season where they overcame a fixture pile-up and lost just two league games all season.


Broughton's third cup of the season

May 27, 2010

A four-goal salvo from Jamie Hamburger helped Broughton Park claim their third piece of silverware in two seasons as they thumped South Manchester Maccabi Ajax 4-0 in the Under-10 Cup final at Boundary Park.

Hamburger tormented the South Manchester defence and linked up well with his forwards, while captain Sammy Pine marshalled the backline.

Keeper Guy Berger had an eventful second half after moving outfield. He missed a penalty, awarded by referee Sam Bernstein, but made amends soon after when he finished well from distance.