Football

Sahar is ready to go Dutch

By Simon Griver, December 23, 2008

Ben Sahar hopes to join Utrecht until the end of the season.

Sahar, 19, and his representatives met officials of the Dutch Premier League outfit twice last week and agreed personal terms, although Chelsea have yet to endorse the loan arrangement.

Ronen Katzav, Sahar’s new agent, is confident that the Israeli striker will be in Holland after the new year. “It’s important for Ben to be playing. He needs to step back a yard in order to move forward.”

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Keeper Awat expects his New Year Sporting chance

By Simon Griver, December 23, 2008

Dudu Awat is expected to join Sporting Gijon after agreeing a six-month loan deal.

The 31-year-old Israeli international goalkeeper will leave Deportivo La Coruna although his agent, Ronen Katzav, said there is also a chance that the former Maccabi Haifa player could sign for Real Mallorca or Espanyol. Awat joined Deportivo in the summer of 2006 and was considered one of the Spanish league’s top goalkeepers.

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Lions make their point

December 18, 2008

A goal from Lee Cash helped London Lions draw 1-1 at Baldock Town in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division on Tuesday night.

The result keeps the Lions six points clear at the top of the table although nearest rivals Codicote and Met Police (Bushey) have games in hand.

Lions boss Tony Gold said: “We started brightly but tired as the game wore on. Baldock worked hard but we didn’t got going. They hit the woodwork twice and in the end, it was a good point.”

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Black cats eye Grant

By Simon Griver, December 18, 2008

Sunderland’s largest shareholder, Ellis Short, wants to appoint a top foreign manager and Avram Grant is one of his preferred candidates.

But following the resignation of Roy Keane earlier this month, the US financier is in conflict with chairman Niall Quinn and his Drumaville Consortium who want to appoint a British manager.

If Short gets his way and Grant is appointed, then the Israeli could find himself once again backed by a foreign billionaire but unloved by the fans, media and with many enemies in the club’s hierarchy.

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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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