Football

Hapoel realising Champions League dream

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Moni Harel, the chairman of Hapoel Tel Aviv, believes that his team can make history after reaching the group stages of the Champions League for the first time.

The Reds drew 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg at the Bloomfield Stadium on Tuesday night to book their place after going through 4-3 on aggregate.

An own goal from Douglas da Silva, Hapoel's Brazilian defender, left the tie on tenterhooks with the Austrians needing one more goal to go through.

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Manchester Maccabi football round-up

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

Manchester Maccabi 1sts’ preparation for the new season continue.

They were beaten in a seven-goal thriller by Smedley Rangers of the Manchester Saturday League on August 19. Josh Rubin, Michael Green and Ryan Sylvester were the marksmen.

Trailing 1-0 at the break. Rubin squared things up from 20 yards, keeping his cool in a one-on-one situation two minutes into the second half.

Maccabi forged ahead minutes later following a great run by Andy Rosenberg, which took him past three men, to cross for Ryan Sylvester who made no mistake.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv reach Champions League group stage

By Danny Caro, August 25, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv became only the third Israeli club to reach the group stages of the Champions League following a nail-biting draw against Red Bull Salzburg last night.

Leading 3-2 from the first leg in Austria, and with three crucial away goals in the bank, Hapoel looked nervous throughout the first half, seemingly unsure whether to keep Salzburg at arm’s length or go on the attack. For the first 45 minutes they did neither.

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Israel football league round-up

By Simon Griver, August 24, 2010

Israel’s Ligat Ha’Al returned to action over the weekend with a 1-0 defeat for champions Hapoel Tel Aviv away to Hapoel Haifa.

Croatian midfielder Sasha Stojano scored the only goal of the game just after the interval as the champions rested half their first team ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League play-off against Red Bull Salzburg.

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Joey Barton: 'just pointing to moustache'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

Footballer Joey Barton has denied making a Nazi salute after he scored a goal for Newcastle in its match against Aston Villa.

After his goal gave the club its first victory of the new season, Mr Barton raised his left arm up to the sky and his right arm to his lip.

At the time he was also sporting a small dark moustache.

However, he has insisted that the celebration has been misunderstood and has since got rid of his facial hair.

He said: “I was merely pointing out that the moustache was going to go after the game”.

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Tel Aviv facing Europa League exit

By Danny Caro, August 20, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv face Europa League elimination following a disappointing 2-0 defeat in Paris on Thursday night.

Tel Aviv were beaten 2-0 by PSG at the Parc de Princes, with a goal in each half from Peguy Luyindula and Guillaume Hoarau leaving them with an uphill task ahead of next Thursday’s second leg in Israel.

Avi Nimni, the Tel Aviv manager, said: “This is a result we can overturn, even though we are playing a quality side.

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Blackman to spearhead Motherwell’s Europa League challenge

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

Motherwell have signed Blackburn Rovers striker Nick Blackman on a six-month loan deal.

The former Maccabiah star scored nine goals in pre-season for Rovers but will spearhead the team’s Europa League campaign following his switch from Ewood Park.

Blackman said: “My loan to Motherwell is about showing Blackburn I am worthy of a place in their first team.

“This is the last year of my contract so I knew it was going to be a big season and I had to hit the ground running. I just wanted to give myself the best possible chance to try to push on into the first team.

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No kids play

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

The MJSL have confirmed that there will be no junior section this year due to low numbers.

Last season saw the league run an Under 10 Division made up by three teams from South Manchester, two from Manchester Maccabi and one from Broughton and champions Haroldeans. This season, South Manchester Sports Club will enter their youth teams into the Altrincham & Timperley and Thameside Leagues.

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Could Roni be the new rocket?

By Simon Griver, August 19, 2010

Wigan are reportedly weighing up a move for Finland striker Roni Porokara.

The Orebro SK player has also attracted interest from a number of clubs in Germany as well as Maccabi Haifa.

Porokara, 26, would cost around £500,000 and is eager to play in the Premier League. He scored the winner in Finland's victory over Belgium last week.

Dekel Keinan will be available for Blackpool's trip to Arsenal tomorrow after finally signing a two-year deal. As reported, Keinan's work permit was approved last month but due to Ministry of Employment bureaucracy he only received it on Monday.

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Ben Winston leaves Wingate & Finchley

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

Ben Winston has stepped down as assistant-manager of Wingate & Finchley.

Recently appointed as manager to Team England ahead of next year's European Maccabi Games in Vienna, Winston told the players after their pre-season victory over Barnet.

Winston said: "Although I think this is the year we will get promotion, it is too difficult for me to commit so much time. I though it was best to take a break rather than be half-hearted in my approach."

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