Masters round-up

November 26, 2009

Maccabi’s football masters (over 45s) completed their Israel tour with a hard-fought victory over Anglo Israel Masters, their third game in five days.

The 14-man squad, which included members of the gold medal-winning Maccabiah Games squad, had suffered two heavy defeats at the hands of Israel Masters, despite some outstanding goalkeeping by Lenny Wyse.

In the final match, captain Jon Holman put Maccabi ahead from distance but Moshe Frankfurter equalised minutes later.


Ben Sahar hat-trick takes Israel top of Europe's Under 21s

November 26, 2009

Three goals from Ben Sahar helped Israel go joint-top of European Under-21 Championship Group 6 after beating Bulgaria.

The Espanyol striker opened the scoring after seven minutes and doubled Israel’s advantage midway through the first half. Eidan Vered made it 3-0 before Sahar completed his hat-trick 12 minutes into the second half.

Sahar has agreed to do a five-week stint of army service next summer before serving by giving lectures to Israeli youth.


Summers can’t come late enough for RJC

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

Four goals from Steve Summers eased Redbridge Jewish Care A into the second round of the Peter Morrison at the expense of Rapid Banta. Steve Gevertz, Adam Stolerman and Lewis Walker wrapped up a 7-0 victory.

London Maccabi Lions A went joint-top of the JC MSFL Premier Division with a 4-1 win at Glenthorne United A. Lee Bibring (2), Louis Basger and Mike Pearson were the scorers.

David Lederman (2), Paul Lenchner (2) and Matty Kleiman helped Faithfold A come from behind to beat South Manx 5-4. Kane Swerner (3) and Shai David replied.


Woodford Wanderers ease past ZigZag

By James Martin, November 26, 2009

Zig Zag 0-3 Woodford Wanderers

A virtuoso performance from Maccabiah starlet Mitch Hahn helped JC MSFL Division Three title hopefuls Woodford Wanderers past Zig Zag.

Played in terrible conditions, which included a second half hailstorm that forced referee Nigel Burns to half proceedings temporarily, the match featured some moments of real class from Hahn who rarely gave the ball away and capped off a memorable display with a thunderous goal.


Hapoel Tel Aviv one draw away from Europa knockouts

By Simon Griver, November 26, 2009

Europa League

Hapoel Tel Aviv manager Eli Guttman is not taking anything for granted ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Celtic, where they need only a point to advance to the knockout stage.

With two matches left to play, Hapoel have become the surprise package in Europe. They lie two points clear at the top of Group C, and will also progress if Rapid Vienna fail to win in Hamburg the same night.


Haifa suffer more Champions League anguish

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

Maccabi Haifa lost their fifth consecutive Champions League match as they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in Germany on Wednesday night.

The Israeli champions have failed to hit the target in 450 minutes and look a pale shadow of the team that is nine points clear and has a 100 per cent record in the Israeli Premier Division.

In a match dominated by the Germans, a 62nd minute strike from Ivica Olic was all that separated the teams, although Munich were missing star men Frank Robery and Arjen Robben.


Avram Grant is new Portsmouth manager

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

Portsmouth have confirmed today that Avram Grant will be their new manager.

The former Chelsea manager returned to Fratton Park in October, for a second spell as Director of Football, but he unable to start the role as he awaited a work permit.


New chairman for Team GB

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2009

The GB Maccabiah and European Organising Committee have appointment of Darryl Lee as chairman and Adam Solomons as vice-chairman of both the European and Maccabiah Games GB football teams.

In addition Maccabi GB announced that the pair will hold the same positions for the GB football teams at the Pan American and Australia Games.

Lee and Solomons will be responsible for overseeing the management and coaching of teams for the selected international Maccabi competitions concluding with the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2013.


London Lions maintain top spot

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2009

London Lions maintained top spot in the Herts County Premier League with a 4-1 win over Lemsford.

Daniel Stanton, a brace from Adam Stolerman and young Ben Ellis ensured another three points were secured.

Lions manager Tony Gold was once again without several regulars which meant handing Adam Hakimi his first team debut at the heart of defence.


Avram Grant frontrunner for Portsmouth manager

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2009

Avram Grant is the favourite to become Portsmouth manager after Paul Hart was sacked on Tuesday.

The Israeli recently returned to the club as Director of Football, although he awaits a work permit, which is expected to before the weekend clash against Manchester United.

The match would see a fairytale return for Grant, should he be appointed manager, as it would give him the opportunity to avenge the 2008 Champions League final defeat in Moscow, when United beat Grant’s Chelsea on penalties.