Maccabi 'abusive' say referees

By Robyn Rosen, October 29, 2009

Maccabi League footballers are the most abusive of all to deal with, according to a number of referees who say it is putting them off the game.

Referees have said that players in the Maccabi Southern Football League (MSFL) are among the “worst” they have experienced.

Warwick Blake, 37, began refereeing the Sunday league less than a year ago but said he has already endured abuse and violence. Last month he returned to his car after a match to find all four of his tyres had been let down.


Redbridge fail to seize hand of Gid

By James Martin, October 29, 2009

Temple Fortune 4-1 Redbridge Jewish Care C

Michael Winehouse watched in horror as his Redbridge Jewish Care C side missed a vital penalty-kick and lost their chance of getting back into the game.

With 30 minutes left and 3-1 down in this Cyril Anekstein Cup match, RJC were given a lifeline when Temple Fortune’s Gideon Wetrin was sent-off for deliberate handball on the line.

But Michael Konzon blasted the penalty against the post and with it went his side’s chance of forcing extra-time against a team two divisions higher.


FC Team draw with FC Baresi

By James Martin, October 29, 2009

FC Team gained a hard-earned draw in their Middlesex County League Division One match against FC Baresi.

Richard Sternberg, playing right back, played a ball down the line to striker Irvine Howson, who skipped past two defenders, ran down the line and crossed to the on-rushing Adam Rone, who slid home his first of the season.

Richard Salmon had a seemingly good goal ruled offside. That proved crucial as an FC Baresi equaliser shortly before half-time brought them level.


Maccabi Lions out of the London Sunday FA Cup

October 29, 2009

London Maccabi Lions B crashed out of the London Sunday FA Cup at the third round stage after they were hammered 5-1 by Lord Stanley. Sam Rosenthal claimed a consolation.

After a number of late dropouts, which led to several ‘C’ team players being drafted in, the Lions were left having to use manager Gavin Stollar, their sole player on the bench, as a second-half substitute after Raanan Firmin went off injured.


Tel Aviv hope for Rapid rise

October 29, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv will move into the knock-out rounds of the Europa League, if they beat Rapid Vienna next Thursday.

Eli Guttman’s side, who recorded a 5-1 home win over Vienna last week, are joint top of their group.

Maccabi Haifa face Juventus at home in the Champions League next Tuesday night looking to exact revenge after losing in Turin last week. Avishai Levy’s side have yet to gain a point.


Yossi creates havoc for United

October 29, 2009

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun continued his impressive start to the season with an assist in his side’s crucial league win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Playing right-midfield in place of the injured Steven Gerrard, the Israel captain gave United left-back Patrice Evra a torrid afternoon with his surging runs.

With his side having lost four successive games, Liverpool’s title hopes were on the line until Benayoun fashioned a defence-splitting pass for Fernando Torres who scored the side’s opener in the 65th minute.


Doubts over Portsmouth's Israeli backer

By Simon Griver and James Martin, October 29, 2009

An Israeli businessman reportedly interested in backing Portsmouth has had three of his businesses placed in receivership.

Levi Kushnir attended Portsmouth’s Premier League match at Hull City last weekend as a guest of Ahmed Al Faraj, brother of Portsmouth’s latest owner Ali Al Faraj, leading to speculation that Kushnir and Hong Kong-based businessman Balram Chainrai were about to loan cash-strapped Portsmouth £15m to help pay off their debts.


Europa League: Hapoel hammer Rapid Vienna

By Danny Caro, October 23, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv are joint top of Europa League Group C after thumping former leaders Rapid Vienna 5-1 on Thursday.

Following the disappointment of Maccabi Haifa’s third consecutive defeat in the Champions League, the Reds registered their biggest victory in European football courtesy of four second half strikes in Israel.

Hapoel’s second victory of the group stage came in a match they went ahead in after 30 minutes, courtesy of an own goal from Andreas Dober.

But the Israelis were ahead for less than two minutes, however, as Steffen Hofmann’s free-kick found the net.


Baker's girls ready for Spurs test

October 22, 2009

Hampstead Women FC caused one of the upsets of the season when they beat Haringey Borough in the FA London Senior Women’s Cup.

Their reward is a tie against Tottenham Hotspur January 17. The winners will meet Arsenal, the nine-time consecutive Premiership champions and European Cup winners.

Up against opponents from four divisions higher and only two divisions below the women’s Premier League, Hampstead won 2-1 in extra time.


Harmen re-Bourne

By James Martin, October 22, 2009

Southgate Harmen A 3-3 Redbridge Jewish Care B

Southgate Harmen manager Dan Uzan believes his team showed championship quality after they twice came from behind to earn a 3-3 draw against Division One promotion rivals Redbridge Jewish Care B.

Having seen his newly-promoted team shoot to the top of the table just months after winning the Division Two title, Uzan was delighted with his team’s spirit and quality in a match they recovered a 0-2 and 1-3 deficit.