Football

Israel's Nigerian World Cup contingent

By Simon Griver, June 10, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv's Nigerian international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will lead a contingent of five Israel-based players to the World Cup.

They include all three goalkeepers in the Nigeria squad: Enyeama, Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petach Tikvah) and Dele Ayienugba (Bnei Yehuda) as well as South African defender Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa) and Slovenian midfielder Andrej Komac (Maccabi Tel Aviv).

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World Cup predictions

June 10, 2010

● DAVID PLEAT (Former Spurs manager)

"We will reach the semis at best. Other teams have benefitted massively from our Premier League and I think that it's an indictment that we have very few players coming through.

Winners: Argentina

Dark horse: Serbia

● JOE JACOBSON (Oldham Athletic)

"I can see England going far. They're capable of winning it as the manager has them playing a way which helps them. Rooney is a step up from anyone else in the squad but you can't look further than Spain at the moment."

Winners: Spain

Dark horse: Portugal

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Senior Lions celebrate 'outstanding' season

June 10, 2010

London Maccabi Lions rounded off a successful season for the Senior section with the annual 7-a-side and awards night.

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Interview: USA World Cup star Jonathan Bornstein

June 10, 2010

Five years after competing at the 17th Maccabiah Games, USA left-back Jonathan Bornstein is relishing the prospect of locking horns with Wayne Rooney and co when he lines up against England tomorrow night.

Bornstein, 25, is one of 23 American players who have the added incentive of earning a bonus of £617,000 should the team ranked 14th in the world win the competition. The £13 million payout was negotiated by Washington lawyer Mark Levinstein.

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Grant confirmed as West Ham manager

By Danny Caro, June 9, 2010

Avram Grant has secured a work permit to start work as manager of West Ham.

Mr Grant, 55, agreed a four-year contract last week to succeed Gianfranco Zola

“I’m proud and honoured to be the manager of West Ham,” said Grant, who has been on holiday with Tzofit in Austria. “It's an exciting challenge and I'm ready to do my best.”

The Israeli has already begun the task of strengthening the West Ham squad, signing German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger.

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Basger wins MSFL Player of the Year

By Danny Caro, June 8, 2010

London Maccabi Lions earned a win double at the JC MSFL end of season awards on Monday night with two players scooping the top individual awards.

Defender Louis Basger won Player of the Year while midfielder Yoav Lebens claimed the Young Player title.

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'Yellow River' singer's World Cup bid

By Simon Rocker, June 3, 2010

A top songwriter hopes to spur on England's footballers by adapting a version of his classic 70s hit as a World Cup anthem.

Jeff Christie's Yellow River topped the charts in 26 countries, including three weeks in the UK.

Now it is being re-released under the title Hat Trick of Lions on Monday, refreshed with a ska beat, a rap and a new chorus: "Come on England".

There may be no official English theme song, but Christie hopes the team will remain in the tournament long enough for the song to catch on.

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Keterman lifts NW Neasden

By Danny Caro, June 3, 2010

A four-goal blast from TJ Keterman helped North West Neasden B clinch the runners-up spot in Division One after they demolished Brady Maccabi 8-1.

Needing a draw to finish behind champions North London Raiders A, Keterman put Neasden ahead early on. Lee Platt levelled things up with a sublime strike from 35 yards but Keterman soon restored Neasden's advantage, completing a first-half hat-trick. Bradley Sharpe, Ryan Sher, Alex Bowman, Nicky Skone and Keterman completed the rout.

NWN joint-manager Sammy Carr said: "We blew the league ourselves but are now back where we belong."

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Interview: John Gregory

June 3, 2010

The writing was on the wall for Nazareth long before their 7-0 capitulation to Hapoel Ramat Gan on a remarkable last day of the Israeli season. Relegation was assured a week before, but the signs had not looked good for a while.

Teetering on bankruptcy, losing heavily every week on the pitch whilst enduring the racism that follows clubs like Bnei Sakhnin, who proudly claim an Israeli-Arab identity, it had been a miserable season.

But there was one shining light, one that has enthralled fans, not to mention the media: the tongue-in-cheek stoicism of their English manager.

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MSFL Rep team stripped of cup and manager sacked

By Danny Caro, June 3, 2010

● Rep Team boss sacked after fielding ineligible players● His players are told to give back the cup and medals
● The league is fined and warned about its conduct

The MSFL Rep Team's recent London Inter-Cup success has been wiped from the record books after they were found guilty of fielding ineligible players in the final and ordered to return the trophy.

As revealed on May 21, MSFL chairman David Wolff reported the Rep team after Sam Sloma and Aron Barnes played in the 3-2 victory. Prior to the decision, the MSFL management committee dismissed Jamie Cole as Rep team manager.

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