Israel to host Under 21 European Championships

By Danny Caro, January 28, 2011

Israel will host the European Under 21 football championship finals in 2013.

Israel’s bid was awarded the tournament during the first round of voting by the Uefa Executive Committee in Switzerland on Thursday.

One of five candidates bidding to stage the tournament, Israel fought off the challenge of England, Wales, Bulgaria, Czech Republic.

The Israel bid received eight votes, the Czech Republic five votes while England, Wales and Bulgaria each received no votes.


AC late show

January 27, 2011

A last-ditch winner from David Clements saw AC Whetstone A win the annual Under 14 Dennis Shore Memorial tournament Indoor five-a-sides.

Clements' extra-time strike came with 11 seconds remaining of a tense final against HISHU White B.

In the region of 100 players representing 12 Maccabi Junior Football League teams took part in a keenly contested competition.

Whetstone A had beaten Alyth Belsize A in the last four with HISHU White B progressing with a penalty shoot-out victory over Redbridge Yellow A.


Lucky 13 for Lions

January 27, 2011

London Maccabi Lions Under 13s came from two goals down to secure a place in the semi-finals of the Herts County Cup after running out 6-3 winners against Echoes Youth.

With Jason Grundman and Saul Kurer inspiring a comeback, it was Grundman who hauled them back into the tie with an excellent strike into the top corner.

Danny Schindler, the Lions manager, then made three changes bringing on Sam Belchak, Dylan Kaye and Kurer, all of whom had an immediate effect as Lions finished the half on top.


Harmen ease into last 16

January 27, 2011

A four-goal salvo from Ben Graham steered Southgate Harmen A into the last 16 of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they thumped FC Team B 8-2. Elliot Wallis (2), Grant Taylor and Adam Velleman completed the rout.

North West Neasden A came from behind to beat a depleted Redbridge Jewish Care C 3-2 in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Lee Cash (2) and Rob Lerner saw them home.

Redbridge Jewish Care A remain three points clear at the top of the JC MSFL Premier Division following a 3-0 win over Neasden B. Steve Summers (2) and Lewis Walker registered.


Yossi Benayoun is on the mend

January 27, 2011

Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea boss, is confident that midfielder Yossi Benayoun will be back in action in March. The Israel captain is recovering from surgery on a torn Achilles.

Ancelotti said: "It's 14 weeks since Benayoun had surgery. I think he needs to have another six to eight weeks to fully recover. Everything is okay, he just needs more time."

Benayoun is looking to return in time for the Champions League quarter-finals, assuming Chelsea beats FC Copenhagen, and Israel's Euro 2012 qualifiers at the end of March.


David Pleat: I'm all for Spurs Olympic Stadium bid

By David Gold, January 27, 2011

David Pleat has backed Spurs in their bid to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

The former Tottenham boss commended the club for their "brave move" to challenge West Ham in the bidding process.

He believes the supporters are open to it, despite sporadic protests against the plans.

"If you did a straw poll of supporters you would be surprised. Most would not worry about going an extra five miles when they come from 20 to 30 miles away," he said.


Managers say total revamp is needed for MSFL

By Danny Caro, January 27, 2011

The Maccabi League is in need of a serious restructure, say some of its top managers who believe a complete overhaul is vital to make it more competitive and credible.

They have called for change after the Premier Division was cut to eight teams for the second consecutive season. This means that relegation from the top-flight appears unlikely and some teams are only four matches away from completing their league season.


South Manchester edged out by 10-man Saints

By Danny Caro, January 25, 2011

South Manchester lost narrowly to Saints, last year’s champions, who they beat in the early weeks of the season-when scoring goals seemed to be no problem.

Since the departure of Toby Levy and Harvey Kaye to China for a year the inability to put the ball in the net despite dominating

Many games has cost them.Six of the squad are aged 21 or under and teams are resorting to physical tactics to stop their pacy free flowing football.


Pinner make their point

By Danny Caro, January 24, 2011

Under 18s maintained their title hopes with a 2-2 draw against Park Street Village in the Watford Friendly League Yellow Division.

The table-topping Sky Blues Under 18s arrived for their crucial league match with only eleven available players. Opponents Park Street hadn't played for some weeks due to bad weather and provided very tough opposition, which belied their mid-table status.

An even first half ended with an excellent finish from Matt Goodfield after he was set up by a fine through ball from skipper Alex Trup to put Pinner one up at the break.


Lion cubs reach Herts Cup semi-finals

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

London Maccabi Lions Under 13 WFL team have secured a semi-final berth in the Herts County Cup.

A superb performance all-round saw the Lions recover from a 2-0 deficit to run out 6-3 winners against Echoes Youth.

As they had last week, Lions started very sluggishly and within three minutes of the start found themselves a goal behind after some excellent work from the Echoes striker resulted in a right-foot strike finding the bottom corner of Josh Tray’s goal.

Shortly after it was 2-0 when the same striker finished superbly in a similar fashion to his first.