Football

Israel close to announcing new manager

By Simon Griver, March 18, 2010

FOOTBALL Luis Fernandez and Winfried Schäfer are the frontrunners to replace Dror Kashtan as the national manager of Israel.

With IFA chairman Avi Luzon determined to make a high-profile appointment from outside of Israel, the pair have been invited for interviews with Fernandez scheduled to visit the Ramat Gan headquarters on Sunday.

Fernandez, 50, has managed PSG, Atletico Bilbao, Espanyol and Real Betis, is seen as the clear favourite. He also has experience of Israeli club management on his CV, having steered Betar Jerusalem to third in Ligat Ha'al in 2005/06.

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London Lions boost title hopes after Mill Hill win

March 18, 2010

A Dean Nyman double helped London Lions boost their title hopes after beating Mill End Sports 2-1 in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Lions manager Tony Gold said: "The players knew the importance of the game because in the past we have come unstuck in similar situations so today was a big result.

"We're not out of it by any means, we're still right in there. I've said all along it will be close but we must continue to win these kind of games."

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Stolerman double helps MSFL team beat Turks

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

Two goals from Adam Stolerman plus one from Jonathan Ellis helped the JC MSFL Rep Team make a flying start in the London Inter-League Cup after beating highly-fancied Turkish Federation League A 3-1 at Brimsdown Rovers on Wednesday night.

The Maccabi boys made their intentions clear from kick-off, winning a corner inside the first 10 seconds. Their bold tactics paid dividends almost immediately as Stolerman latched on to a clever pass from Adam Levene to lob the keeper with the ball going in off the underside of the bar inside two minutes.

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Nyman keeps London Lions in title contention

March 17, 2010

A Dean Nyman double helped London Lions boost their title hopes after beating Mill End Sports 2-1 in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

The Lions kept pressure on the top two by edging a tight contest to record their seventh away victory of the season. A tight contest in relation to the score but in truth Lions should have been out of sight with the chances created and not converted.

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Hull City approach Avram Grant

March 16, 2010

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has been approached to take over at Hull City, according to reports.

The Tigers are searching for a new manager after parting company with Phil Brown yesterday.

The Israeli has previously stated that he is committed to his role with the troubled South Coast club.

Last night, Portsmouth lost 4-1 against Liverpool but they are still in the FA Cup, awaiting the winner of the Fulham/Spurs replay.

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Winston named Team GB manager for EMG

By Danny Caro, March 16, 2010

Ben Winston will manage the Team GB Open football team at next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Winston was assistant-manager to Jonathan Kestenbaum at last year’s Maccabiah Games, where the team took silver after losing to Argentina on penalties in the final.

Ben is the current assistant-manager at Wingate & Finchley. He was also part of the bronze-winning Open Football management team at the 2007 EMG in Rome.

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FC Team make it nine unbeaten

March 15, 2010

FC Team took their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games with a solid Middlesex County League Division One win over Arsenal Deaf at the Walkers Ground in Southgate.

Coming off the back of a 2-2 draw with Wilberforce last week, Team were itching for another three points and the afternoon could not have got off to a better start after five minutes Kieran Allen Curry took a brilliant free kick from the left hand side of the box that was met with a firm header by midfielder Jon Breger to head home past the keeper.

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MSFL's South Manx saved by ex-player

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

An eleventh-hour reprieve prevented the MSFL from losing another team after Premier Division South Manx were taken over by Craig Edwards.

Following an embarrassing 12-2 mauling by first division Oakwood in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup, Manx manager John Nitka resigned and it appeared that the team would become the sixth to fold this season.

Developments took a twist overnight when former player Craig Edwards agreed to return to the club and take charge. Edwards said: “I will bring in some new players this week and we will stick it out for the last few games and rebuild.”

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JC Cyril Anekstein Cup: the quarter finals

By Danny Caro, March 11, 2010

London Maccabi Lions A, Lions B, Oakwood and Montana Boca United A have booked their places in the last eight of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Goals from Mike Pearson (2) and Ricky Kennet helped Lions A past Redbridge B. Lions B overcame top-flight rivals Hendon B 3-2. Ben Kon and an own goal put Hendon in the box seat, but Jonathan Green, James Stanley and Ricky Rinder sent Lions through.

Oakwood hotshot Anthony Kintish destroyed South Manx, claiming eight goals in a 12-2. Rob Davidson, Vic Librae, Dan Ash and Dan Geey grabbed the others to set up a trip to Faithfold A.

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Wingate's Craig Ellis' testimonial dinner

By James Martin, March 11, 2010

Craig Ellis, one of Jewish football's great stalwarts, was described as a "great leader of men" by former Charlton Athletic manager Les Reed, on the night 150 people attended his testimonial dinner.

Reed, who worked with Ellis as head coach of last year's GB football squad at the Maccabiah, was one of several high-profile figures at the dinner, which included a question and answer session with Tony Adams.

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