Football

Hapoel face Kazan in Europa League

By Simon Griver, February 11, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv travel to Russia for next Thursday’s Europa League Round of 32 clash with Rubin Kazan confident of achieving a result.

Hapoel manager Eli Guttman said: “This is a very tough game against a team who beat Barcelona in the Champions League. That says it all. But I believe we can get at least a draw and return to Bloomfield with a good chance of progressing.”

Despite previously being informed that the match had been switched to southern Russia, Uefa has now told the Israelis that the game will go ahead in Kazan where temperatures of -10C are expected.

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Neasden's hat-trick hero in Division One clash

By Richard Jaye, February 11, 2010

North West Neasden B 5
North London Raiders 1

Neasden boss Sammy Carr hailed the brilliance of hat-trick hero Ryan Sher whose performance settled the top-of-the table JC MSFL Division One clash at Bricket Wood.

The 2003 Maccabi Player of the Season was the difference between the teams as Neasden leapfrogged Raiders to go top on goal difference.

Carr said: “Ryan had one of the games where every player on the pitch envies his talent. He is a class act and can find passes no one else sees. He scored three and played a part in one other.

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MP calls for points deduction for racist fans

February 11, 2010

A point deduction is one of the penalties clubs should be face if they do not taken sufficient action to combat racism and bigotry, according to a report submitted by the FA’s anti-racism taskforce.

That is the recommendation of John Mann MP, the chairman of the group Tackling antisemitism and Islamophobia. The report raises concerns that racist behaviour or risk further erosion of the English game’s “moral authority”.

The report was released days after we revealed how two more Jewish teams were victims of racism (inset).

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Terrace chants were like Nuremberg

By Simon Round, February 11, 2010

Arsenal has played a big part in Brian Glanville’s life. They were the team his father supported, they were the first club side he ever watched and, as a child in the 1930s and ’40s, he was obsessed by the team, particularly their star player Eddie Hapgood, to whom he wrote regular fan letters.

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Conflict or world peace? How football is a game of two halves

By Simon Round, February 11, 2010

Six years ago, a small club from Galilee won the Israeli State Cup. It was the equivalent of Wimbledon beating Liverpool in the FA Cup Final at Wembley — except more so, because B’nei Sakhnin were the first Arab club ever to achieve this kind of success in Israeli football, and in winning the cup, surviving in the country’s Premier division and representing Israel in the Uefa Cup in Europe, Sakhnin became a focal point and a source of pride for all Arab Israelis.

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Golasa returns to Maccabi Haifa

By Simon Griver, February 10, 2010

Israeli midfielder Eyal Golasa has walked out on Lazio and returned to Maccabi Haifa despite signing a four and a half year contract with the Italians.

Golasa, 18, who joined Lazio without informing Maccabi said: “I want to personally apologise to Maccabi Haifa and especially the fans for what I did.”

He has been promised a new contract with Maccabi.

Lazio President Claudio Lotito is demanding that the player return to Rome. He said: “There is a contract that has been lodged with the Italian League.”

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Israel avoids big guns in 2012 Euro draw

By Danny Caro, February 8, 2010

Captain Yossi Benayoun has called for caution after Israel were given an encouraging draw for the Euro 2012 Championships qualifying campaign.

Drawn in Group F, Israel will line up in a group containing Croatia, Greece, Latvia, Georgia and Malta.

Like Israel, Croatia failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa.

Benayoun said: “We know most of the teams from previous campaigns and we know it is going to be tough to qualify.

“We need to focus on our performance, on what we need to improve to have any chance of qualifying.

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Lions U16 beat Gladstone

February 4, 2010

Jordan Marks maintained his excellent form by helping London Maccabi Lions clinch a 2-0 win over Gladstone in the Watford Friendly League Under 16 Blue Division. Max Wegoda claimed the other.

A goal from Jake Erlich was not enough to stop Lions Under 14s from going down 2-1 against Omonia.

Lions Under 10 registered 17 without reply against Cassiobury Rangers. Joshua Burns (5), Reuben Rabstein (3), Tyler Smith (3), Joseph Bellman (2), Nathan Brown (2), Sam Hamerton and Alexander Randall completed the scoring.

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Jonny Cainer new head of Maccabi futsal

February 4, 2010

After years in the shadow of the 11–a-side national game, futsal is stepping out and the future is bright, says Jonny Cainer who has recently been appointed into the new role as Head of Futsal for Maccabi GB.

Darryl Lee, Maccabi GB’s Chairman of Football for the European Maccabi Games, said, “In terms of futsal, Jonny is one of our most experienced and knowledgeable players, a veteran of four Maccabiot both as a player and a coach, we have tasked him to lay down the foundations that will allow futsal to stand on its own two feet.”

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Avram Grant's uncertain future at Portsmouth

By Simon Griver, February 4, 2010

Avram Grant has described the continuing crisis at Portsmouth as the most challenging of his life.

The manager this week hit out at the owners over “broken promises” as he battles to save the crisis club from relegation.

Prior to Wednesday’s Premier League match against Fulham, Grant, 54, spoke of his disappointment about the dealings in the transfer window, where key players Younes Kaboul and Asmir Begovic were sold. But the club’s need to sell was not a surprise to the Israeli.

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