Football

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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FC Team edge closer to London FA Junior Cup

By Danny Caro, November 24, 2009

FC Team cruised into the last 16 of the London FA Junior Cup after beating Racing Chiswick 3-0.

After receiving a walkover in the previous round, FC Team came into the game seeking a victory that would put them into the last 16 of the LFAJC for the first time. They were up against a team in form in the shape of Racing Chiswick - who were on a unbeaten run stretching back to February in the West End AFA Premier Division – so were under no illusions as to the size of their task.

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Maccabi GB appoints three new directors

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2009

Michael Bibring, David Kyte and Gary Phillips have been appointed directors at Maccabi GB.

A former player at Wingate and in the MSFL, Bibring brought home gold and silver in cycling and the triathlon from the 18th Maccabiah Games. He is strategically involved in the MWB Group Plc hotel operations, and is also a Partner in the Alternative Hotel Group, owners of the De Vere and Village Hotel brands.

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Zaki snubs Portsmouth over Israelis

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2009

Portsmouth target Amr Zaki did not join the Premier League club because it was run by Israelis, reports claim.

The Egyptian striker was close to joining the South Coast strugglers but has since gone cold after Avram Grant took over as Director of Football.

The Zamalek striker, who impressed in the first half of the 2008-09 season with Wigan, has long been a target for Portsmouth shareholder Sulaiman Al-Fahim.

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Shock win for Highgate and Muswell Hill

By Danny Caro, November 19, 2009

Highgate & Muswell Hill Under 18 were top of the shocks after they dumped Premier Division London Maccabi Lions B out of the Peter Morrison Trophy with a 3-2 victory at Rowley Lane.

Avishai Kestenbaum (2) plus one from Josh Hirschowitz set up a second round clash against North West Neasden B for the youngest team in the competition. Jonathan Green bagged a brace for the Lions but it was not enough to stop the Watford Friendly League outfit.

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