Football

Birmingham target Itay Shecter

March 2, 2010

Birmingham City have started negotiations with Itay Shechter, according to reports.

The Hapoel Tel Aviv striker caught the eye after helping the Israeli club reach the last 32 of the Europa League.

It is believed that Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has also called former Aston Villa boss John Gregory, now the manager of Maccabi Akhi Nazareth, for a scouting report on Shechter.

Birmingham are also understood to be tracking Hapoel midfielder Gil Vermouth.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv out of Europa League

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv bowed out of the Europa League after a goalless draw in Israel saw them ousted 3-0 on aggregate by Rubin Kazan.

The Israelis hit the woodwork twice in the Round of 32 second leg at the Bloomfield, but otherwise created few chances as Rubin advanced on the back of a convincing first leg display.

Hapoel made their intentions clear from the off Dani Bondarv’s powerful drive deflecting off Christian Noboa, only for the ball to rebound off the crossbar after two minutes.

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David Dein president of England World Cup bid

February 25, 2010

World cup David Dein has been appointed International president of England's 2018 World Cup bid.

The former Arsenal vice-chairman has been brought in invigorate the project which is being rivalled by Russia, whose campaign is being bank-rolled by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

A former G14 chairman, Dein is acknowledged as one of the game's biggest power brokers. He will be given a free hand to lobby Fifa's executive committee which makes its decision on who will host the global tournament.

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Ten-man Hendon defeat Catford and Bromley

February 25, 2010

A stunning late comeback from Hendon United B averted a shock in the Peter Morrison Trophy as they beat Catford & Bromley 8-4.

Joel Isaacs, Leo Brownstein, Craig Edwards and John Keller had put the Cats in a strong position. Hendon, who were missing eight regulars, lost their keeper after 15 minutes and played much of the tie with 10 men due to injuries, hit back through Gav Noe (3), Chaim Gothold (2), Amit Dinowitz, Gideon Lipman and Martin Smulovitch.

Cats boss Lester Jacob lamented: "I watched my team simply self-destruct to concede six goals in the last quarter."

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Neasden win cup tie on penalties

By James Martin, February 25, 2010

North West Neasden A 3-3 Brady Maccabi AET (NWN won 4-2 on penalties)

Treble-chasing Neasden showed that practice makes perfect as they came from behind to deny Division One Brady Maccabi a giantkilling in a JC Cyril Anekstein Cup tie settled by a penalty shootout.

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Lions Under 10 into last eight of Herts cup

February 23, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 10’s White secured a place in the quarter-finals of the Herts County Cup with a battling 2-1 win over Knebworth Youth. Josh Burns bagged a brace including an extra time winner.

The game was moved to Knebworth due to the waterlogged pitches at Rowley Lane – however the first half performance was as if most boys had left their skill and battling qualities at Rowley Lane with a lack of fight and poor passing contributing to the Lions going in 1-0 down at the break.

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Lion cubs reach cup quarters

February 22, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under Nine’s reached the fifth round of the County Cup after beating Stevenage Town Youth 3-1 after extra time.

Going up against a Stevenage side unbeaten in their respective league, Lions manager Lee Collins knew that this was going to be a massive test of character for his cubs.

Stevenage started extremely well pressing forward at every opportunity and they started to take control of the first half. Lions keeper Hadley Shapps needed to be in top form and he was up to the task, pushing a fine free kick past the post.

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Team GB name 35-man squad for JCC Games

By Danny Caro, February 22, 2010

Following a successful trip to San Francisco last year, Maccabi GB has selected a 35-man squad that will travel to Denver for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games in August.

Team GB has participated in the event for 16 consecutive years with more than 1,000 young people taking part in the largest event for Jewish teen athletes in the world.

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FC Team reach first London FA Cup Final

By JC Reporter, February 22, 2010

FC Team reached the final of the London FA Cup for the first time after beating AFC Mottingham.

In what manager Mitch Young described as the biggest match in the club’s history, Team were up against a the reigning Bromley & District League Premier champions. The south-east London outfit went into the game harbouring interests in five competition, amounting to a 26-match unbeaten run.

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Lions Cup win amid linesman controversy

By James Martin, February 18, 2010

Referee Tony McEvoy defended his decision not to use linesmen during the first half of a controversial JC League Cup tie in which the Lions came from behind to win.

The official was clearly rattled after an incident-packed tie during which he awarded the hosts two disputable penalties and sent off RJC left back Sam McCarthy after the final whistle for foul and abusive language.

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