Blues failed Yossi, say fans

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

Chelsea FC's decision formally to complain about antisemitic abuse directed at Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun by Malaysian football fans has been met with a mixed reaction.

The swift action was praised by the Community Security Trust and the Zionist Federation, along with anti-racism group Kick it Out.


Joseph appointed captain of Lions A

By Danny Caro, August 2, 2011

Ben Joseph has been appointed as new club captain of London Maccabi Lions A for 2011/12 season.

The former MSFL Young Player of the Year has been an integral member of the side for several years and the managers Malcolm Newman and Josh Newman believe the team will benefit from his leadership for the coming season.


Israel handed tough World Cup draw

By Danny Caro, August 1, 2011

Israel face a tough challenge to reach the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Luis Fernandez's troops have been drawn against top seeds Portugal, Russia, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg.

Fernandez was in Rio de Janeiro for the draw on Saturday night. He refused to comment directly on the draw, instead preferring to look ahead to the team's crunch Euro 2012 qualifiers.


Double delight for Tel Aviv

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2011

Strikes from Omri Kende, Toto Tamuz, Omar Damari and Elroy Cohen steered Hapoel Tel Aviv to a 4-0 victory over Vaduz in the Europa League.

Kende opened the scoring midway through the first half with Israel striker Tamuz doubled Hapoel's advantage in first-half stoppage time.

Damari made it 3-0 four minutes into the second half with substitute Cohen netting 19 minutes after coming on.


It may have begun in tiers but'll end in tears

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2011

The Manchester Jewish Soccer League is set to scrap its plan to run a new two-tier system after Westdene manager Steve Davis pulled out both his teams.

The league had planned to introduce a second division but having discovered that Westdene 1st and 2nd were designated to the bottom group, Davis withdrew the club.


Teenagers in medal hunt in Philadelphia

July 28, 2011

JCC Max Benaim and Libby Walker have been named as the flag-bearers for Team GB's 43-athlete squad taking part at the JCC Maccabi Games in Philadelphia next month.

Tennis starlet Benaim and swimmer Walker have been rewarded for their efforts in raising funds for the trip.


Supersub boosts Haifa’s Champions League dream

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2011

Goals from Vladimir Dvalishvili and Bamidele Yampolsky took Maccabi Haifa a step closer to the money-spinning group stages of the Champions League as they beat Maribor 2-1 in the third qualifying round first leg on Wednesday night.

Yampolsky came off the bench to give the Israeli champions a slender lead ahead of next Tuesday's second leg takes place in Slovenia.


Israelis sparkle in Champions League

By Danny Caro, July 27, 2011

Maor Melikson, the former Betar Jerusalem striker, scored a second half winner as Polish champions Wisla Krakow won 2-1 away to Liteks Lovetch of Bulgaria in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

Bebras Natcho, the ex-Hapoel Tel Aviv midfielder, was also on target, scoring the second goal for Rubin Kazan in a 2-0 away victory over Dynamo Kiev.


Hazard drafted in to boost Chigwell's Premier push

By Danny Caro, July 25, 2011

Chigwell Athletic have landed a major coup after it was confirmed that Mickey Hazard, the former Spurs player, is joining the club on an advisory basis.

The move comes following a successful training day at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre where Hazard put the squad through their paces.


Kennet takes charge at Redbridge JC

By Danny Caro, July 25, 2011

Eilon Kennet has been appointed manager of double winners Redbridge Jewish Care.

Kennet stepped down from a similar role at London Maccabi Lions A at the end of last season.

He takes over from Sam McCarthy, the JC MSFL Manager of the Year, who stepped down at the weekend, citing off the field commitments.