Football

Israelis cheer England goal

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2010

Staff at the Israeli embassy in London took a break from work to watch England play to stay in the World Cup.

A big cheer went up in the office as the first goal was scored against Slovenia by Jermain Defoe.

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Hapoel drawn against Bosnians in Champions League

By Simon Griver, June 22, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv have been drawn against Bosnian champions FK Zeljeznicar in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

The Israeli champions will host the Bosnians at Bloomfield Stadium on July 14 and travel to Sarajevo for the return a week later.

Itay Shechter, the Hapoel striker, said: “We do not really know the team but if they are champions of Bosnia they cannot be taken lightly."

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Pinner confirm deal with two clubs

June 17, 2010

Preparations for Pinner JFC's 25th anniversary season are gathering momentum after the club confirmed tie-up deals with two Football League clubs.

Having joined the club in 2001, chairman Les Conway has ensured that the club has kept pace with the leading lights of the amateur game. He set an objective to guarantee that Pinner impacted in the same way as many of its peers, and particularly from what he had seen on the non-Jewish circuit.

His philosophy is simple. "If you stand still, you'll go backwards and eventually a club like ours will be no more," he said.

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English flounder in Holland

June 17, 2010

We Hate Arsenal Football Club (WHAFC) finished 15th at the Jom Havoetbal competition in Amstelveen, Holland.

The only English team at the event after South Manchester Maccabi withdrew, they failed to win a match in a tournament won by local team Maccabi Tennis, who last won the title in 1993.

Adam Lustigman's men went down to a controversial penalty in the opener against LJG Rotterdam. Eventual runners-up Laromme put the north Londoners to the sword 4-0 in the next match. The final group match ended in a 3-1 defeat against Ark Van Tof with Ben Simons grabbing a consolation.

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Maccabi GB post-season reflections

June 17, 2010

Players, manager and parents reflected on a job well done at the Maccabi GB National Primary League end-of-season awards .

Laurence Thorne, the league chairman, congratulated all participants for playing their part in ensuring that long-term future of Jewish football in London is alive and kicking.

Presentations were made to Brian Yershon, for his services to Jewish football, and former treasurer Geoffrey Levene, who are retiring as founder members of the league set up in 1988. The pair will be made Honorary Vice-Presidents of the league at next week's AGM.

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Ancelotti pressed for Benayoun signature

By Simon Griver, June 15, 2010

Reports from Israel say that Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti instructed the club’s management to reach a separate agreement with Liverpool over the signing of Yossi Benayoun.

The transfer of the Israeli to Chelsea became bogged down in the past few weeks because it was part of a more complex package designed to bring Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge as well.

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Benayoun agrees Chelsea switch

By Simon Griver, June 14, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has agreed a four-year contract with Chelsea.

Reports in Israel say that Chelsea and Liverpool reached a compromise transfer fee today clearing the way for Israel’s captain to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League champions had a £4 million offer for midfielder rejected last month by Liverpool who were demanding £10 million.

Benayoun, 30, who is on holiday in Israel, will fly back to England later this week to undergo a medical at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.

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Hapoel keeper shines against Argentina

By Simon Griver, June 14, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv watched Vincent Enyeama’s stunning goalkeeping performance in Nigeria's 1-0 defeat to Argentina with mixed feelings.

The Israeli champions had hoped to retain Enyeama’s services for their Champions League qualification campaign but a string of finger-tip saves from Lionel Messi won him the man of the match nomination and makes it likely that the 27 year-old Nigerian will be playing in the Premier League or La Liga in August.

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Israel's Nigerian World Cup contingent

By Simon Griver, June 10, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv's Nigerian international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will lead a contingent of five Israel-based players to the World Cup.

They include all three goalkeepers in the Nigeria squad: Enyeama, Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petach Tikvah) and Dele Ayienugba (Bnei Yehuda) as well as South African defender Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa) and Slovenian midfielder Andrej Komac (Maccabi Tel Aviv).

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World Cup predictions

June 10, 2010

● DAVID PLEAT (Former Spurs manager)

"We will reach the semis at best. Other teams have benefitted massively from our Premier League and I think that it's an indictment that we have very few players coming through.

Winners: Argentina

Dark horse: Serbia

● JOE JACOBSON (Oldham Athletic)

"I can see England going far. They're capable of winning it as the manager has them playing a way which helps them. Rooney is a step up from anyone else in the squad but you can't look further than Spain at the moment."

Winners: Spain

Dark horse: Portugal

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