Football

Champions League draw: Maccabi Haifa

By Barry Toberman, August 28, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will have their work cut out to progress beyond the Champions League group stage having been drawn to face Bayern Munich, Juventus and Bordeaux.

The Israeli champions – who qualified for the group stage with a 5-1 aggregate victory over Red Bull Salzburg – start their group campaign by hosting Bayern on September 15. Although missing out on the Bundesliga title last season, Germany’s richest club reached the Champions League quarter-finals and include French megastar Franck Ribery among a formidable line-up.

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Teen idols

By Simon Griver, August 27, 2009

Champions league Maccabi Haifa beat Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 on Tuesday to reach the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2002.

More than 33,000 fans at the Ramat Gan stadium saw the Greens complete a comfortable 5-1 aggregate victory over
the Austrian champions to earn the club a second-ever appearance in football’s richest club competition.

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Lauren at TA

August 27, 2009

Former Arsenal and Portsmouth star Lauren has been trying out for Maccabi Tel Aviv this week. The 32-year-old Cameroon international, who was a member of Arsenal’s invincibles in 2003, has been sidelined for 18 months with a knee injury and Maccabi’s new owner, the Canadian magnate Mitchell Goldhar, wants to be assured about the player’s fitness before signing him.

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MSFL preview: Division Four

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2009

Four new clubs have joined the Maccabi League with Blizzard Storm and Jewventus promising big things.

Managed by Simon Linden, the former Essex Wanderers and UJIA midfield maestro, Blizzard Storm could be the team to beat. Set up by Seb Vandemolen and Nick Rubin, Linden will work with a group of players, most of whom were successful in the guise of Southend Jewish Youth Club. The manager said: “I’m very confident that we have a good squad of players capable of doing very well.”

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MSFL preview: Division Three

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2009

Last season’s Division Four champions Woodford Wanderers will be the team to beat in Division Three, although UJS Norstar A, Montana Boca United B and Catford & Bromley Maccabi will have a thing or two to say about that.

Holding on to Team GB Maccabiah star Mitch Hahn has been priority for Woodford boss Alex Aviram.

Hahn scored in every game he played last season and was prolific for Team GB in the pre-Maccabiah friendlies.

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Three in a row put Lions top

August 27, 2009

London Lions are joint-top of the Herts County Premier League Premier Division following a 3-1 victory at newly promoted Croxley Guild.

Tony Gold’s men notched up their third straight win, courtesy of goals from Daniel Levenfiche, Adam Stolerman and Ben Lauffer.

Lions dominated the first half and were duly rewarded on 19 minutes when great work from Lee Cash allowed
Levenfiche to slide in at the far post.

They doubled their advantage on 35 minutes when Daniel Cole and Cash combined for Stolerman to produce a ruthless finish.

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Maccabi Haifa earn Champions League spot

By Simon Griver, August 26, 2009

Maccabi Haifa 3
Red Bull Salzburg 0

Maccabi Haifa beat Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 on Tuesday night to reach the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2002.

More than 33,000 fans at the Ramat Gan National Stadium saw the Greens complete a comfortable 5-1 aggregate victory over the Austrian champions to earn the club a second-ever appearance in football's richest club competition.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv on course for Europa League groups

By Danny Caro, August 21, 2009

A stoppage time strike from Gil Vermouth put Hapoel Tel Aviv within touching distance of the group phase of the Europa League after they won 2-1 at FK Teplice in the playoff round first leg.

The contest came to life after 74 minutes as Hapoel’s Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama put the visitors ahead from the spot following a foul on Vermouth.

Teplice squared things up a minute from time when substitute Tomáš Vondråšek converted a penalty.

Vermouth’s strike four minutes into injury time put Hapoel in pole position ahead of next Thursday’s second leg at the Bloomfield.

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Haifa beat Salzburg in Champions League

By Danny Caro, August 20, 2009

A late strike from supersub Shlomi Arbeitman helped Maccabi Haifa take a huge step towards the group stage of the Champions League after they beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Playing on an artificial pitch in Austria, the visitors made a dream start to the play-off round first leg when Israeli Under 21 star Mohammed Gadir headed home.

Salzburg, who have won three out of their first four matches in the Austrian Bundesliga, gradually fought their way back into the contest with Alexander Zickler levelling on 57 minutes, then squandered a host of half-chances.

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Lions make flying start

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

London Lions got the new season under way with a firm and tidy performance to beat Sandridge Rovers 3-1 in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Victory came courtesy of goals from Guy Morris, Adam Stolerman and debutant Daniel Levenfiche for last season's runners-up.

Defender Guy Morris registered Lions first goal of the brand new season as Tony Gold’s men ensured a scoreline which reflected their superiority.

But they had to be patient and persistent to unlock a Sandridge rearguard which looked especially solid in a eventful first half.

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