Football

Game over as Danes beat Israel

By Simon Griver, December 18, 2008

Israel will not host the Uefa Euro 2011 Under 21 Championships finals after being pipped to the post by Denmark.

Israel had been favourites to host the tournament as part of Uefa’s policy of supporting emerging footballing nations. However, with Europe still expected to be in recession in 2011, the effects of the credit crunch persuaded the executive to select Denmark, which has larger stadiums, and being in the heart of Europe, will attract more fans, maximising revenue from ticket sales and advertising.

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Zidane ref booked for Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, December 18, 2008

The Referee who sent off Zinedine Zidane at the 2006 World Cup final in Germany and Wayne Rooney at the 2004 Euro Championships, has been confirmed as a referee for next year’s 18th Maccabiah Games.

Argentinian Horacio Elizondo, 45, dismissed Zidane for headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi and Rooney for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho.

Confirmation of the appointment came following a meeting in Buenos Aires with Asaf Stolarz, Maccabiah Sports Department Director. Elizondo has agreed not to officiate at any matches involving Argentina.

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Coach Claire gives football a new face

By Danny Caro, December 18, 2008

Football-loving Claire Lewis has been appointed as an FA Ambassador.
Lewis, 27, joins the likes of former England international Viv Anderson, Paul Elliott, Brendon Batson and Hope Powell as figureheads for equality and spreading The FA’s message of Football for All.

Lewis said: “It’s a really exciting appointment for me and I can’t wait to get stuck in. The FA liked my enthusiasm and offered me the role on the spot. They liked my involvement with the Jewish community and see me as someone that can bring more girls and women into the football at grassroots level.

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Lions on top

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

London Maccabi Lions Under 15 thumped Enfield Rangers 9-2 in the Watford Friendly League Blue Division courtesy of goals from Harry Davis (2), Charlie Cohen (2), Nick Landsberg, David Nezri, Charlie Rubin and Max Wegoda.

Lions remain top of the White Division after winning 5-0 at Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars with goals from Yoav Kestenbaum (2), Sam Lewis, Samuel Marchant and Joel Greyson.

Jordan Nathan and Aaron Spalter earned Lions Under 11s a 2-1 win over Acorn in the West Herts League.

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The clash of the titans is the perfect way to end the year

By Danny Caro, December 18, 2008

The best two teams in the JC MSFL will go head-to-head on Sunday as Chigwell Athletic A entertain runaway leaders North West Neasden A at Hadley FC in Arkley.

Thirteen points clear of their nearest rivals, Neasden have been scoring for fun this season with captain marvel Lee Cash in red-hot form. The Maccabiah hopeful has already scored 25 goals this term and going into the tie on the back of a seven-goal bonanza last week, will be the one to watch out for.

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Thornes hit Knights for six

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

A hat-trick from Fabio Rivieccio eased Premier Division Glenthorne United A into the third round of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they thrashed Division Four new boys East London Knights in the Essex derby at Wanstead Flats.

The Thornes dominated from start to finish as they produced a professional display and it took just three minutes to take the lead. Home striker Jamie Shaw was brought down by Marc Pollack in the area. He dusted himself down before confidently rifling home from 12 yards.

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Seven’s above! Lee cashes in

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

A stunning seven-goal salvo from skipper Lee Cash eased North West Neasden A to a 15-1 win over Southgate Harmen B in the second round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Further strikes from Ben Forman (3), Daniel Cole, Daniel Levenfiche, Daniel Stanton, TJ Ketterman and Jonny Ellis completed the rout. Mark Engel claimed Harmen’s consolation.

London Maccabi Lions A bowed out of the Sunday FA Cup after going down 3-1 to Stanbridge & Tilsworth. Lions fell behind but Adam Myeroff converted from the penalty spot after Mike Pearson was the victim of a professional foul.

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Stones hit back

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

A stoppage-time penalty from Adam Wittenberg saw Stonegrove Park rally from 4-0 down to draw 5-5 against Watford Red in the Watford Friendly League Under 15 Yellow Division. Jason Weldon (2), Gideon Heilpern and Ethan Stern scored the others.

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Four-mality for Hendon

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

Four goals from Zack Lewis helped HIS Hendon United win their seventh consecutive match as they beat Kenton Maccabi 11-0 in the Under 14 Division.

Daniel Fattal, Adam Ingram, Eddy Wax and Noah Style were on the mark as Alyth Belsize overcame Hendon Hawks 4-1.

HMH opened a four-point lead at the top of the Under 12 Division after beating AC Whetstone 7-1. Zac Rose (4), Dean Cramer, Michael Goldbart and Joshua Dreyfuss struck for HMH. Sammy Huberman replied for Whetstone.

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Goal-rush Oaks run riot

By Craig Silver, December 18, 2008

Five goals from Yishai Last helped Oakhill Lions close the gap on leaders Leeds Maccabi after they thumped South Manchester Maccabi 2nd 11-1. Adam Seres (2), Sam Bentwood, Mick Kohn, Doron Portnoi and Josh Leviten completed the rout.

Eric Lewis (3), Adam Cross, Bobby Abrams, Sam Roberts, Jacob Nevitt and an own goal helped Haroldeans put eight past Republic of Mancunia. Mike Gastwirth, Jason Fox and Marc Greenberg steered Roy’s Rovers to a 4-0 win over Manchester Maccabi 4th.

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