Football

Manchester Maccabi through to next County Cup round

November 19, 2009

Two goals from Ashley Loofe helped Manchester Maccabi 1st into the fourth round of the County Cup as they beat Staff of Life 4-1.

Scott McGarvey’s troops went into the game on the back of two defeats and, bereft of any regular first team strikers due to injuries, they had to be on their guard against opponents from the Eccles Second Division.

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Cheat or don’t cheat. You decide

By Martin Samuel, November 19, 2009

The Premier League returns this weekend, no doubt with the usual controversies about cheating players and clueless referees. The last memorable act before the international break was David Ngog’s dive to secure Liverpool a draw with Birmingham City. This seems a good place to start.

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Yossi Benayoun's Premiership comeback

By Simon Griver, November 19, 2009

Yossi Benayoun is set for a dramatic Premiership comeback after receiving the controversial horse placenta therapy administered by Serbian therapist Mariana Kovacevic.

The Liverpool midfielder was in Belgrade for three days for the treatment on the hamstring injury he sustained in the draw against Birmingham.

Benayoun had been expected to be out for a month but following the treatment, he has returned to training and could be fit to face Manchester City tomorrow. Benayoun said: “It’s an absolutely routine treatment, just like undergoing an ultrasound.”

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Footballer banned for racial abuse

By Marcus Dysch and Danny Caro, November 19, 2009

A Maccabi Premier Division footballer who racially abused a fellow Jewish player has been fined and banned from football for six months.

Ashley Rubin called opposition striker Virgil Levy, who is of South American origin, “Paki” and told him during a game in April that he did not belong in the community or in the league.

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Loofe breathes Life into Maccabi

By Danny Caro, November 16, 2009

Two goals from Ashley Loofe eased Manchester Maccabi 1st into the fourth round of the Manchester County Cup as they beat Staff of Life 4-1.

After two successive defeats by the odd goal, Maccabi visited Littleton Road bereft of any regular first team striker due to injuries, and met Staff of Life from the Eccles Second Division, a team they had only played once before two years ago.

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Masters round-up

By Danny Caro, November 16, 2009

Division One leaders Glenthorne United A extended their lead at the top of Maccabi Masters League to six points with a 4-1 win over South Mancunians. Jason Levy (2), Sid Shaw and Stewart Block were the marksmen. Darren Coon replied.

Marc Herman, Gideon Barnett, Dan Forman and an own goal saw Brady Maccabi A moved into second following a 4-3 victory over London Maccabi Lions A. Andy Miller, Paul Wise and Nick Flitterman replied for Lions.

Barry Silkman (2) and Jacob Namer took EDRS Stonegrove to the top of Division Two following a 3-0 win over Brady Maccabi B.

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Yossi Benayoun out for a month

By Danny Caro, November 12, 2009

Yossi Benayoun will be sidelined for four weeks after injuring his hamstring during Liverpool’s 2-2 Premier League draw against Birmingham.

The Israel captain will spend the international break being treated by the club's medics at the Melwood training ground.

Liverpool legend Ian Rush has described the as “a devastating blow” ahead of the team’s last two Champions League group matches and league game against Manchester City.

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Wingate progress in Ryman League Cup

By Danny Caro, November 12, 2009

Maccabiah star James Gershfield helped Wingate & Finchley surprise Premier Division Hendon in the Ryman League Cup.

Trailing 3-1 with the game in stoppage time, the Blues looked dead and buried. But Gershfield, a 60th minute substitute, hauled them to within a goal of the Greens after rounding the keeper and slotting home.

The tie was deadlocked after 90 minutes with the scoreline 1-1. Aron Freeman almost nicked it in normal time for Wingate but his shot was tipped wide by the Hendon keeper.

Wingate won the penalty shootout with Gershfield converting from the spot.

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Paul Kelmsley buys New York Cosmos

November 12, 2009

Paul Kemsley, the former vice-chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, is reported to have bought the New York Cosmos.

Kemsley, whose £500m empire imploded in June, plans to turn the team into a global lifestyle brand with retail, leisure and musical arms. Brazilian legend Pele will be president of the company while Simon Greenberg, the departing director of Communications and Public Affairs director at Chelsea, is also said to be on board.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv on the cusp of Europa League joy

November 12, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv need a point from their last two games to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League after claiming a stunning victory against Rapid Vienna in Austria.

A 13th minute opener from Avihay Yadin together with second half strikes from Gil Vermouth and Bebars Natcho were on target in a 3-0 win that saw them complete the double over the former group leaders.

Hapoel boss Eli Gutman said: “Just like I said in Israel [a fortnight ago after our 5-1 win], if you would have told me we’d get a result like this, I would have accused you of being drunk.”

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