Champions League tie won’t be a classic

By Simon Griver, June 25, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will meet Northern Ireland champions Glentoran in the second qualifying round of the Uefa Champions League.

Haifa will host the first leg on July 15 with the return in Belfast on July 22.

Defender Alon Harazi is one of three players still at Haifa who helped them record a 3-1 aggregate victory over Glentoran in the then European Cup Winners Cup in 1998.

He said: “This is a very comfortable draw for us on paper but on the pitch things can be different.”

Haifa manager Elisha Levy said: “We are preparing for a very physical, long-ball game from Glentoran.”


Oldham delighted to grab Joe

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Joe Jacobson has joined Jewish-owned Oldham Athletic from League One rivals Bristol Rovers.

Having missed large chunks of last season through injury, Jacobson 22, was released by Rovers after making 84 appearances.

“I feel great and cannot wait to get training with the lads,” Jacobson said. “New manager Dave Penney has a reputation of getting the best out of players, that suits me fine. I can’t wait to show the fans what I can bring to the party.”


Lampert is the new Lion king

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Former Wycombe Wanderers trialist Ben Lampert is London Lions’ Manager’s Player of the Year. The attacking midfielder scored 12 goals in his first season with the club and was the standout choice of boss Tony Gold.

Gold said: “Ben’s attitude is second to none. He is a top player with outstanding football ability. He is good on the ball, good in and outside of the dressing room and can pick out a pass.”

Maccabiah-bound Guy Morris won Players’ Player while Adam Stolerman retained the top-scorer award with 30 goals from 29 matches.


Wingate win team award

June 19, 2009

FOOTBALL Wingate & Finchley won the Team Performance of the Season Award at the Ryman Football League Annual Banquet and Ball.
The accolade was given for going the furthest in the FA Trophy out of the entire Ryman League, reaching the First Round Proper, and beating Ryman Premier Division side Sutton United. The team’s run came under former boss Michael Stone. Paul Lerman collected the award.


Ben Haim ready for Big Sam

By Simon Griver, June 19, 2009

FOOTBALL Tal Ben Haim has admitted that the past season was a bitter disappointment but he is confident of rebuilding his Premier League career.

Blackburn Rovers are favourites to sign the Israeli defender who has returned to Manchester City following an unsuccessful loan spell at Sunderland. On holiday in Israel, Ben Haim said: “I was expecting much more from the past season. I’m not satisfied both from the point of view of the number of minutes I got on the pitch and I was hoping to play for a better team. But sometimes you have to drop down to get back up again.”


United kids accomplish their Primary assignment

June 19, 2009

FOOTBALL HIS Hendon United claimed a hat-trick of wins at the Maccabi Primary League outdoor five-a-side.

More than 380 participants featured in an event in memory of Dick Urban, a staunch Maccabi’ite.

HIS won the Under 11, 13 and 17 competitions with Hendon Hawks (Under 9) and HMH A (Under 15) the other winners. The Hawks beat Redbridge Jewish Care 3-0 in the final courtesy of goals from captain Matti Karp, David Amor and Joel Gottlieb. Karp maintained a goal-a-game record and scored nine overall.


Masters in good shape

June 19, 2009

Football Team GB Over 35 Masters won two matches during a training camp in Marbella.

Paul Linger and Laurence Beck earned them a 2-0 win in the opener. Faithfold pair Daryl Phillips (3) and Paul Lenchner completed a 4-1 win in the second game.

GB manager Darryl Lee said: “It was good preparation for Israel and a building block as part as our preparation. Playing in temperatures of 80 degrees, it was 10 degrees cooler than the Maccabiah will be.
“Our coaching rational is that possession is important. If you can’t keep the ball you can’t win the game.”


Fair play to Pinner

June 19, 2009

FOOTBALL Pinner JFC celebrated a successful season at their annual presentation awards and family Fun Day at the University College London Training Ground in London Colney.

As Club President Stephen Sweden outlined: “It is true to say that this time last year, we were considering our entry of our youth section into uncharted territory of the Watford Friendly League with some trepidation. But I have to say that from the perspectives of both the management and players, it has been a great success.


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.


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.”