Football

Sir Bobby will lead GB squad

By Danny Caro, June 10, 2009

World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton will lead Team GB’s squad into the opening ceremony at the 18th Maccabiah Games next month.

The Manchester United legend, 71, will be Great Britain ’s special guest and will travel to Israel with wife, Lady Norma and fellow United director Mike Edelson and his wife, Jacky.

He will attend a number of Maccabiah events. The visit will culminate with him leading the British delegation into the Ramat Gan Stadium in front of 40,000 people before taking his seat in the Presidential box alongside the Prime Minister and President of Israel.

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Oldham Utd

June 4, 2009

Oldham Athletic will offer a trial to the best junior player from Australian club Maccabi Hakoah playing in the Youth Development League team.

YDL chairman Jon Marcuson told the Australian Jewish News: “This is the most exciting thing to happen to Maccabi-Hakoah FC. ”We chose Oldham deliberately. We think it is a good place for players coming through. It gives them a fair chance to break in and from there, anything’s possible.”

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Plastic will be fantastic for London Lions

June 4, 2009

London Lions will conclude the most successful season by opening a full-size, floodlit, G3 astro turf at Rowley Lane.

The first team achieved its highest ever finish in the Herts County League Premier Division while the junior section featured a record number of medal winners throughout its eight competitive age groups.

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AJY awards

June 4, 2009

RJC stole the show at the AJY awards. The club’s Under 17 double winners were joined on the podium by cup winners for Under 14 and 12.

The event at JFS also saw Stonegrove Park rewarded for a successful season. The club’s Under 14 team collected the Fair Play Team Award while Mark Simmons, club chairman and secretary, won Manager of the Year.

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Neasden champs

June 4, 2009

North West Neasden A were confirmed JC MSFL champions after a league management committee awarded them a point apiece for unplayed matches against Chigwell Athletic A and Hendon United A.

Joint-manager Daniel Fox said: “We retained the league and national cup and to win the double back-to-back is a great achievement. Jamie Cole, coach Darren Yarlett and I are so proud of our team. We have assembled possibly the best squad in Jewish football and have definitely raised the bar.”

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Hakim on song as GB hit six

By Havery Ackerman, June 2, 2009

In their first trial match for the forthcoming Maccabiah, the Maccabi GB open football squad ran out 6-2 winners against a lower league Spanish side Union Las Rozas.

Played at the magnificent Spanish FA training facility near Madrid. MGB dominated the first half scoring five, but soon tired in the second period as the Spanish side brought on stronger defensive players curtailing MGB’s goal spree, to just one in the second period.

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Bloom: I’m not Albion’s Abramovich

May 27, 2009

New Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom insists he is not a League One version of Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich, despite his huge cash injection into the club.

Bloom has given them £80 million of his internet gambling fortune, prompting local newspaper comparisons with the Russian oligarch.

But the 39-year-old insists any likeness to Abromovich cannot be justified, simply because his generosity is motivated by nothing other than love for his team.

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Fight to release the monster

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2009

Israel FA officials have failed in their bid to recruit one of the world’s most promising Jewish footballers, 19-year-old Argentinian striker Eial Strahman.

River Plate have refused to release Strahman to represent Israel in the Euro 2011 under-21 qualifier away to Bulgaria on June 10.

Strahman joined River Plate from Velez Sarsfield in April for $2 million — a huge fee by Latin American standards — with Velez entitled to 40 per cent of any future transfer fee to a European club.

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Rule change lifts Haifa’s Uefa hopes

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will represent Israel in next season’s Uefa Champions League after clinching the Premier League title for the 11th time.

A 2-0 away win over Maccabi Netanya gave the Greens an unassailable lead over second-placed Hapoel Tel Aviv with one game remaining.

The title is a major triumph for manager Elisha Levy in his first year in charge.

Goals from Thembinkosi Fanteni and Biram Kiyal were enough to seal Maccabi’s fourth Israeli crown in six years and their first since winning three in a row between 2003 and 2006.

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Hendon fall short, Faithfold fall down

By Richard Jaye, May 21, 2009

Faithfold B 2-3 Hendon united B

Hendon United B’s title charge fell agonisingly short despite winning the JC MSFL Division One end-of-season showdown to send Faithfold B down.

Going into the game, Hendon knew that a three-goal victory would see them pip South Manx A to the title, while Faithfold B needed a draw to leapfrog Brixton Old Boys.

A gripping contest played in wintry conditions saw Faithfold dominate the opening stages and they deservedly went ahead on 12 minutes when Richard Baum’s free-kick slipped through the fingers of keeper Nicky Rosenthal.

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