Football

GB announce trial dates for EMG Open football squad

April 15, 2010

Ben Winston, manager of Team GB, has started the search for the players that will make up his squad at next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Team GB’s Open football section has performed to a high level over the past few years, winning bronze in Rome in 2007 followed by silver at last year’s Maccabiah Games. The aim for next year is gold.

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Haroldeans edge past Republic of Mancunia

April 13, 2010

Goals from Johnny Abrams and Anthony Beilin sent Haroldeans top of the MJSL Joan Collins Premier Division after they beat long-time leaders Republic of Mancunia 2-1.

The match on Merseyside was billed as a title decider and proved to be a real thriller.

Republic went into the match knowing that victory would take them six points clear. For Haroldeans, maximum points would put them in pole position, given that they have four games in hand.

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Grant dedicates cup win to late father

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, April 12, 2010

Avram Grant, the Portsmouth manager, dedicated Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Spurs to his late father, Meir.

With relegation from the Premiership officially confirmed the day before the tie, Pompey, who are in administration and were recently hit with a points deduction, defied the odds to claim victory in extra time at Wembley.

Following the match, Grant travelled to Poland to mark Holocaust Day. The Israeli, 54, will participate in the March of the Living ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with his two teenage children, Daniel and Romi

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Israelis sign for Tel Aviv

April 8, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv have signed Israeli internationals Roberto Colautti and Yoav Ziv from Borussia Monchengladbach and Lokeren respectively on three year contracts.

The signings came after Maccabi slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to John Gregory's basement battlers Ahi Nazareth in Israel's Ligat Haal. Maccabi have gone seven games without a win.

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Lions stay in title race

April 8, 2010

London Lions maintained their Herts Senior County League Premier Division title hopes with two wins over the Bank Holiday.

Two goals from top-scorer Adam Stolerman plus one apiece from new signing Steve Summers and Danny Cole eased them past Hertford Heath 4-1.

Lee Cash scored the winner as they edged past Cuffley. Lions manager Tony Gold said: "This performance shows how far these lads have come.

"Up against a tough physical side they dug deep and produced arguably their best performance to date in terms of fight, determination and a will to win.

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Wingate look to old boy Hakim for play-off inspiration

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

Paul Hakim has boosted Wingate & Finchley's playoff push after joining the Ryman League Division One North outfit for the rest of the season.

The Team GB striker, who won Player of the Tournament at the Maccabiah Games last year, signed for St Albans City, Wingate and Maccabi League team Brady Maccabi, whom his father, Simon manages at the start of the season.

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Perkins powers Faithfold back to the summit

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

Faithfold A moved two points clear at the top of the Premier Division after beating Redbridge A 4-2 with goals from Dan Perkins (2), Rocky Spitzer and Paul Savitz.

North London Raiders A moved a step closer to top flight football next season when they beat Brady Maccabi 2-1 in Division One. Goals from Matt Sheldon and Joe Tankel took them eight points clear at the top. Lee Platt had levelled from the penalty spot.

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King Kennet takes Lions into cup final

April 8, 2010

A 117th minute strike from supersub Ricky Kennet put the Lions into the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final after they won the clash of the titans at a windswept Rowley Lane.
Lions manager Eilon Kennet reluctantly threw his son into the action with 10 minutes left as he had no fit players. Kennet snr said that Ricky should not have been playing at all. "I just sent him on to stand there and cause problems but luckily he found space and hit the winner to put us into the final."

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Ben Haim to miss Cup semi final

By Simon Griver, April 8, 2010

Tal Ben Haim is set for FA Cup heartbreak with injury likely to rule him out of Sunday's semi-final against Spurs at Wembley.

The Portsmouth defender spent Passover in Israel nursing a groin problem.

Ben Haim, 28, is struggling to recover from the injury which has plagued him since February, and with the possibility that he will not return to fitness this season, he might have played his last game in the Premier League.

Portsmouth's administrator Andrew Andronikou is eager to unload the Israeli international who earns £40,000 a week and is contracted to the club until August 2013.

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Red Sea parts company with MSFL

By Danny Caro, April 7, 2010

The JC MSFL has lost another team after first division Red Sea folded.

Following in the footsteps of Glenthorne United A, Bafana Bafana, AC Cricklewood, North West Neasden C and South Manx B, Red Sea withdrew after five years in the league which is now down to 49 teams.

Red Sea chairman Daniel Wynne said: “We have not been able to field a team for a few weeks now and have incurred a number of fines in the last two months, effectively bankrupting the club.

“We lost a lot of players to retirement through the start of this season and failed to recruit sufficient dedicated cover.

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