Football

Maccabi U11 start in style

By Danny Caro, September 7, 2010

Maccabi Under 11's kicked off their season with a solid performance in the their first game at the 11-a-side level.

Playing at home on a full size pitch for the first time was always going to be hard for the youngsters, and managers Mark Cook and Ian Ballin set the team up to play in a 4-1-4-1 formation.

Maccabi took the lead halfway through the first half when Marley Rubens picked up on the ball on the halfway line and danced around two defenders before squaring to Sam Green who made no mistake from eight yards.

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MJSL round-up

By James Masters, September 6, 2010

Ben Tyer hit four as Manchester Maccabi 3rds maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 4-2 win over Haroldeans FC.

After their opening day victory against Crumpsall, Maccabi continued their impressive run of form with hot-shot Tyer stealing the show.

Not even Josh Silverberg’s double could prevent Maccabi from making it six points from six as Haroldeans crashed to defeat in their first game of the season.

Elsewhere, South Manchester Maccabi 2nds made it two wins out of two with the 7-0 thrashing of Westdene 2nds.

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London Lions on the up

By Danny Caro, September 6, 2010

London Lions climbed to fifth in the South Midlands League Division One after finally won back to back games with a 3-1 victory over Amersham Town.

A double from James Gershfield and one from Aron Barnes helped them build on the recent 6-0 drubbing of previously unbeaten Sun Postal Sports.

The Lions made hard work against Amersham. A host of missed chances and then a poor error of judgement nearly cost the home side all three points but in the end the Lions always had enough to get the right result.

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Furman is Oldham’s star man

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

Dean Furman is Oldham Athletic’s Player of the Month after making an impressive start to the League One campaign.

Furman, 22, scored spectacular goals against Notts County and Charlton from central midfield to claim the club’s Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre award for August.

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Uefa boss on Israel's Euro chances

By Simon Griver, September 3, 2010

Israeli football received a big boost ahead of the Jewish new year with a blessing from Michel Platini, the Uefa president.

Platini, who has a Jewish wife, spoke of his joy at seeing Hapoel Tel Aviv reach the group stages of the Champions League for the first time.

And ahead of Thursday's Euro 2012 opener at home to Malta, he gave the thumbs-up to Luis Fernandez's men.

Platini said: "I know I'm not supposed to say it but as somebody who loves and supports Israel, I hope you will reach the Euro 2012 finals and I believe you will get there and do well."

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Furman makes his mark at Oldham

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

Dean Furman has been named Oldham Athletic's Player of the Month after making an impressive start to the season.

Furman, 22, scored long-range goals against Notts County and Charlton from central midfield to claim the award for August.

Furman hopes that his industrious displays will help catch the eye of South African coach Pitso Mosimane ahead of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

But for now, he is concentrating on Oldham's promotion push. Furman said: "We are very happy with the first few games and to be four games unbeaten in the league is a great start."

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MSFL preview: Division One

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2010

Much like last season, Division One looks one of the tightest on paper. Chigwell Athletic look the real deal after signing a host of top players from neighbours Redbridge Jewish Care.

Player-manager Richard Slater welcomes back Steve Summers, the club's all-time leading goal-scorer, along with former captain Daniel Castle. Adam Shafron, Russell Brill, Michael Witzenfeld and Dean Ben-Yosef also return. The forward line has been further boosted with James Ryan joining from FC Team plus Dean Ben-Yosef.

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MSFL preview: Premier Division

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2010

Exciting times lie in store for a rejuvenated South Manx, whose pacy players will be looking to get them off to a flyer. They almost folded last year but player-manager Craig Edwards rescued them and now he is promising to lead them to bigger and better things.

Dominic Cheniart is a player who would walk into any Premier Division team. Edwards predicts that he "will take the league by storm".

The talented Ben Lampert, Mark Harris, Josh Greenham, Shim Ben Sour, Edward Alexson and Ben Zloof have also come in. Ben Levy and Shaun Simmons have left the club.

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JC Cyril Anekstein cup Draw

September 2, 2010

Faithfold B vs Faithfold C, Athletic Bilbaum vs Redbridge Jewish Care B, Jewventus vs North London Raiders B, Heath Banta vs Inter Borehamwood, Brixton Old Boys vs L'Equipe, Hendon United Sports Club B vs Holy Mount Zion, Pinner JFC vs Glenthorne United A, North London Raiders C vs Norstar B, Team JLGB vs Glenthorne United B, Los Blancos vs Hendon United Sports Club C, FC Marylebone vs Camden Park, Blizzard Storm vs Catford & Bromley Maccabi, Southgate Harmen B vs Montana Boca United B, Temple Fortune A vs FC Team B, FC Team A vs North West Neasden C, London Maccabi Lions C vs Woodford Wandere

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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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