Hapoel Tel Aviv coach: Win in Israel was key

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

Eli Guttman, coach of Hapoel Tel Aviv, believes that the key to his team reaching the last 32 of the Europa League was beating Celtic in Israel.

Beaten 2-0 by the Scots at Celtic Park last night, Hapoel’s progress to the knockout stages was confirmed after Hamburg beat Rapid Vienna by the same score.

Guttman believes that a strong second half showing at the corresponding fixture at the Bloomfield made it possible.

"The second 45 minutes in Tel Aviv was the main point," said Guttman, whose side qualify along with Hamburg.


Hapoel Tel Aviv through despite Celtic defeat

By Danny Caro, December 2, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv progressed into the last 32 of the Europa League despite going down 2-0 to Celtic in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

The Israelis went into the game needing a point to secure their place in the knockout stages but with Hamburg beating Rapid Vienna 2-0, their passage was secured.

Celtic avenged the 2-1 defeat against Hapoel in Israel with goals from Georgios Samaras and Barry Robson

Following a result that saw Celtic eliminated from Europe, Hapoel conclude the Group C campaign at home to Hamburg is a game that will decide which team finishes top.


David Beckham's Jewish grandfather dies

By Jessica Elgot, December 2, 2009

David Beckham’s Jewish grandfather Joseph West has died aged 83.

Beckham, who is currently in South Africa promoting England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup, was informed of the news by family members as he got off the plane.

Mr West, the father of Beckham’s mother Sandra, was described by Beckham as his “footballing inspiration” and the two were extremely close.

When Beckham received his OBE at Buckingham Palace in 2003, Joe and Sandra accompanied him to meet the Queen.


Lions reach the last eight

By Danny Caro, December 2, 2009

London Lions breezed into the quarter-finals of the Anagrams Records Trophy after beating MK Wanderers 4-1.

Up against opponents from the South Midlands League, the Lions came out on top in a game where they had 10 first team players unavailable mainly due to injury.

Goals from Guy Morris, Ben Joseph, Adam Stolerman and Aron Barnes saw them home.


Celtic fans anger at STUC Palestinian campaign

By Jessica Elgot, December 2, 2009

Celtic fans have reacted with outrage at the Scottish Trade Union Congress’ attempts to use the Hapoel Tel Aviv Europa League match as a political rally against Israel.

The STUC, backed by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, plans to hand out 10,000 Palestinian flags to fans entering the Celtic Park stadium as an “act of solidarity”, almost one year after Operation Cast Lead.

Writing on blogs, comments and message boards, Celtic fans have railed against the mixing of football and Middle East politics.


Celtic: No Palestinian campaign at football match

By Robyn Rosen, December 1, 2009

Celtic Football Club has opposed calls from the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) for fans to wave Palestinian flags at the Hapoel Tel Aviv match.

The STUC plans to hand out 10,000 Palestinian flags to fans entering the Celtic Park stadium as an “act of solidarity”, almost one year after Operation Cast Lead.

A spokesman from Celtic FC said that the club was “extremely concerned” about the plans and questioned their compliance with UEFA regulations.

He said: “We believe Celtic Park is no place for a political demonstration.


FC Team overcome 8-man London United

By Danny Caro, December 1, 2009

FC Team climbed into the top six in the Middlesex County League Division One after claiming an impressive 4-1 victory over London United Academy.

After last weeks 3-0 win in the cup and having gone four games unbeaten, FC Team went into the game against their nearest rivals full of confidence despite missing squad members Gideon Moss, Paul Kent, Kieran Allen Curry and Rich Sternberg.

Having lost 2-1 in their previous meeting, manager Mitch Young changed the tactics to a 4-1-3-1-1 formation. He employed Laurence Judah to a man marking role on London's star player.


Unhappy return to Premiership for Avram Grant

By Danny Caro, November 30, 2009

Defending champions Manchester United made it an unhappy Premier League return for Avram Grant on Saturday as they beat Portsmouth 4-1 at Fratton Park.

In a match of three penalties, the reds ran out comfortable winners in Grant's first match back since, as manager he lost the Champions League finals in a spot-kick shootout in 2008.

That was not the only similarity to that dramatic night in Moscow as the Israeli stood in his technical area and got a good soaking for his efforts as the match was played in torrential rain.


Hendon Hawks B third win

November 26, 2009

A four-goal salvo from Joshua Resnick enabled Hendon Hawks B to make it three wins on the trot with a 4-0 victory over Alyth Belsize in the MGBPFL Under 10 Division.

London Maccabi Lions’ teams experienced mixed fortunes in the Watford Friendly League. Max Brackenbury fired the consolation in the Under 18’s 4-1 defeat against Borehamwood 2000.

Two from Nick Landsberg could not save the Under 16 Blue side from going down 5-2 against Wormley Youth.

The Under 14 White side fared better with David Seitler and Sami Zerovabeli on the mark against St Albans City.


Harris keeps Haroldeans clear at the top

November 26, 2009

Two goals from Paul Harris kept Haroldeans three points clear at the top of the Manchester Jewish Soccer League after they beat Oakhill Lions 3-1. Sam Roberts scored the other.

Oli Grant, Dan Pletan and Phil Braham struck as Leeds J-New Uni beat Republic of Mancunia 3-1.

Manchester Maccabi 3rd inflicted more misery on struggling Crumpsall with Jacob Richler-Kleiman and Daniel Klapish on target in a 2-0 win.