Football

Team GB name 35-man squad for JCC Games

By Danny Caro, February 22, 2010

Following a successful trip to San Francisco last year, Maccabi GB has selected a 35-man squad that will travel to Denver for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games in August.

Team GB has participated in the event for 16 consecutive years with more than 1,000 young people taking part in the largest event for Jewish teen athletes in the world.

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FC Team reach first London FA Cup Final

By JC Reporter, February 22, 2010

FC Team reached the final of the London FA Cup for the first time after beating AFC Mottingham.

In what manager Mitch Young described as the biggest match in the club’s history, Team were up against a the reigning Bromley & District League Premier champions. The south-east London outfit went into the game harbouring interests in five competition, amounting to a 26-match unbeaten run.

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Lions Cup win amid linesman controversy

By James Martin, February 18, 2010

Referee Tony McEvoy defended his decision not to use linesmen during the first half of a controversial JC League Cup tie in which the Lions came from behind to win.

The official was clearly rattled after an incident-packed tie during which he awarded the hosts two disputable penalties and sent off RJC left back Sam McCarthy after the final whistle for foul and abusive language.

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Faithfold stun Raiders in Division One

February 18, 2010

Goals from Darren Gurner (2), Paul Chilton and Manny Ezekiel helped Division One basement battlers Faithfold shock title-chasing North London Raiders 4-1. Ashley Davidson netted a consolation.

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Kennet joins Hapoel Bnei Lod on loan

February 18, 2010

Josh Kennet has joined Hapoel Bnei Lod from Maccabi Herzliya on a six-month deal.

Mill Hill born Kennet, whose contract with fellow Liga Leumit club Herzliya was due to expire this summer, rejected offers from two other Israeli clubs.

Josh's father, Eilon, who manages London Maccabi Lions A, said: "Unfortunately Josh has not had the best of luck with injuries this past year and has not played as many games as he would have liked.

"There will be an option for both Josh and Lod to look at extending the deal at the end of the campaign."

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MJSL Football Round-Up

February 18, 2010

Republic of Mancunia moved to within three points of top spot after thumping Sporting JLGB 6-2 in the Joan Collins Premier Division. Olly Basger (2), Jonny Lewis, Ben Blackston, Paul Basger and Darren Loofe were their scorers.

Josh Karpf, Oli Grant and David Cohen struck as Leeds J-New Uni beat Crumpsall. Sam Bentwood (4) and Daniel Cohen (3), Jake Glbert (2) and Ben Horn eased Oakhill Lions to a 10-0 success against Westdene 2nd. Daniel Linton and Ben Byer earned South Manchester Maccabi 2nd a point against Manchester Maccabi 3rd. Marc Sheldon and Greg Louca replied.

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Tony Adams to speak at Finchley star's testimonial

February 18, 2010

Football Wingate & Finchley defender Craig Ellis will be welcoming former Arsenal and England star Tony Adams to the Abrahams Stadium next month.

A star of last year's Maccabi Games, Ellis, who has been at the club for 13 years, is holding a testimonial dinner on March 7 and Adams will be guest speaker.

A club spokesman said: "Craig epitomises Wingate & Finchley. As a captain, a centre-half, the longest servant at the club and fanatical Arsenal fan, Tony Adams is the perfect guest of honour for this deserved tribute."

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Roberto Donadoni set for Israel manager

By Simon Griver, February 18, 2010

Roberto Donadoni, the former Italy boss, is the frontrunner to take charge of Israel.

Donadoni, 46, who led Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 96, has reportedly been offered a two-year contract worth €2 million with a €500,000 bonus if Israel reach the 2012 finals.

His most recent job was as manager of Napoli last season. As a player, he helped AC Milan win the Serie A five times and three Champions Leagues. He also played in two World Cups and was a losing finalist in 1994.

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Maccabi Masters will face Glasgow after Lions win

February 18, 2010

Two goals from Nick Collins paved the way for the Maccabi Masters Select XI to beat London Maccabi Lions C and set up a clash against Glasgow Maccabi. Mark Wagman finished the job.

Masters boss Dan Collins praised an "excellent team performance against a very strong Lions side".

A hat-trick from Lloyd Becker steered Southgate Harmen A to an 8-4 win over Red Sea in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Alex Bourne (2), Jonathan Hirshler, Grant Taylor and Alan Hart claimed the others.

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Avram Grant charged by FA

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2010

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after squaring up to a referee during a Premier League match on Tuesday night.

Infuriated by several decisions by ref Kevin Friend, the Israeli stormed on to the pitch at half time in the match against Sunderland.

Grant saw his team denied two penalty claims and have a player sent off. He was forced to watch the second half from the stands.

He has until next Thursday to respond to the charge, which will be heard by 5 March.

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