Super-sub James rules Britannia

October 22, 2009

A hat-trick from sub James Gershfield helped MSFL champions North West Neasden A come from two down to beat Britannia to a place in the second round of the Sunday FA Cup.

Lee Cash started the recovery with a brilliant finish after 82 minutes and Maccabiah star Levenfiche took the tie to extra time with a bullet header from a Jake Gottlieb free-kick.


Saachi: I'll do an Italian job for Israel

By Simon Griver, October 22, 2009

Arrigo Saachi, the former Italy manager, is in contention to become the next manager of Israel.

Saachi, who led Italy to the 1994 World Cup final and twice led AC Milan to the European Cup, was confirmed as a candidate by Israel FA chairman Avi Luzon.

Reports from Italy say that Sacchi has been viewing DVDs of Israel’s recent games and has told friends that taking the Israel job is a challenge that interests him because the team has the potential to reach a higher level. He has not worked since he was director of football at Real Madrid in 2005.


Maccabi Haifa beaten by Juventus

By Danny Caro, October 22, 2009

Maccabi Haifa were denied an unlikely point by the brilliance of Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon as they lost their third consecutive match in the Champions League group stage.

Played in torrential rain at the Stadio Del Alpi in Turin, Haifa went in search of their first goal and point against the Italian giants.

Missing captain Yaniv Katan and Eyal Golasa, few outside of Israel gave the Greens a chance. But they almost made a dream start when Georgian striker Vladimer Dvalishvili’s diving header was clawed away by Buffon in the opening minute.


Five-star Brady down HMH

By Danny Caro, October 20, 2009

Two goals from Daniel Lewis inspired Brady Blues Under 9s to a 5-2 victory over HMH Red.

Playing an away fixture at home, Brady went into the game without knowing too much about their opponents who proved strong with a couple of players catching the eye.

Joel Freedman gave Brady an early advantage, and then from a free kick awarded, Tom Rackind’s pile-river flew in to the top of the net.

HMH pulled one back on the stroke of half time via a well-executed free-kick.

Brady took their advantage into the second half but were soon pegged back as HMH scored an equaliser.


Kyte named Maccabi’s main man

By Danny Caro, October 20, 2009

David Kyte has been appointed as the head of the Organising Committees for both the European Maccabi Games to be held in Vienna In July 2011 and the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2013.

Kyte, 49, has been a member of the Maccabi movement since joining Maccabi Association London as a teenager in the early 1970’s and this summer he was the bearer of the Union Jack flag for Maccabi GB at the 18th Maccabiah.


Maccabi back with a bang

By Danny Caro, October 20, 2009

Manchester Maccabi 1st eased into the third round of the Manchester County Cup courtesy of a 7-1 victory over Inter Didsbury at Brooklands.

After a difficult start to the season, the layoff for high holydays allowed Maccabi to regroup and take stock of their current situation. The new manager, ex-Manchester United forward, Scott McGarvey, gathered the squad and had outlined what he expected of them to take things to the next level.


Hampstead through to women's football final

By Danny Caro, October 20, 2009

Hampstead Women pulled off a major cup upset after beating Haringey Borough to land a mouth-watering tie against Spurs in the next round of the Women’s Senior London FA Cup.

Playing host to Haringey team four divisions above them in the Women’s Pyramid system, and just two outside of the Premier League, Hampstead, who sent nine of last season’s squad to Israel for the Maccabiah Games Team GB Women’s Open competition, were looking to maintain their winning start that has seen them win all four of their league games and scoring 20 goals in the process.


Maccabi Masters review

October 19, 2009

Goals from goals from Greg Morris (2) and Sid Shaw helped Glenthorne United A strengthen their advantage at the top of the Maccabi Masters League Division One with a 3-1 win over North London Raiders. Jonny Adelman scored Raiders’ consolation.

Immanuel Ezekiel and Darren Coon exchanged goals as London Maccabi Lions A and South Mancunians drew.


Avram Grant's father dies

By Danny Caro, October 19, 2009

Meir Granat, the father of Avram Grant, passed away on Saturday night.

The 82-year-old Holocaust survivor’s health deteriorated after complications following routine surgery to remove a kidney stone.

He was in intensive care at Tel Hashomer Hospital and lay unconscious for eight weeks.

Recently reappointed Director of Football at Portsmouth, Grant missed the weekend Premier League match against Spurs as he rushed back to Israel to be by his father’s side. He joined family members for a bedside vigil before his father faded away.


Avram Grant: the real story

By Simon Griver, October 16, 2009

Avram Grant was appointed Director of Football at Portsmouth despite opposition from the club’s CEO Peter Storrie, the JC understands.

Reports in Israel have contradicted Storrie’s claim that manager Paul Hart will be solely responsible for team selection. Grant will select the side together with Hart and is expected to join him on the touchline although it remains unclear whether the Israeli will be involved in tomorrow’s game at Fratton Park against Spurs. Grant’s second spell at the club has been delayed by work-permit red tape.