Football

We'll make our mark, says league boss

September 3, 2009

League chairman David Wolff is predicting big things from Maccabi League teams in the non-Jewish cups this season.

He said: “I’m very pleased that we have a second team — North West Neasden A — in the Sunday FA Cup. I’m looking for them and London Maccabi Lions A to progress.

“I’m also delighted to see both sides in the London Sunday Challenge Cup and expect Neasden to go all the way this time. I hope to see several teams, that have entered the County Cup, make their mark.”

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MSFL preview: Premier Division

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2009

Targeting a third consecutive Premier Division title, North West Neasden A start the campaign as favourites.

The addition of Maccabiah star James Gershfield and Mancunian Kyle Bentwood means they should not be hard-hit by the loss of Ricky Kennet and Lee Bibring, who have returned to London Maccabi Lions A after one season.

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MSFL: Top summer signings

September 3, 2009

Paul Hakim (unaffiliated - Brady Maccabi)

James Gershfield (USA university scholarship to NW Neasden A)

Adam Stolerman (NW Neasden A to Redbridge Jewish Care A)

Lewis Walker (Glenthorne United A to Redbridge Jewish Care A)

Steve Faye (Glenthorne United A to Redbridge Jewish Care B)

Yoni Raeburn (Faithfold A to Montana Boca United B)

Ben Law (Montana Boca United A to Faithfold A)

Jonny Kaye (Bafana Bafana to UJS Norstar A)

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MSFL fixtures

September 3, 2009

Premier Division
Hendon United A vs Faithfold A, London Maccabi Lions A vs Hendon United B, North West Neasden A vs Glenthorne United A, South Manx A vs London Maccabi
Lions B

Division One
Montana Boca United A vs Red Sea, North London Raiders A vs North West Neasden B, Southgate Harmen A vs Camden Park

Division Two
FC Team A vs Faithfold B, Holy Mount Zion vs Southgate Harmen B, North London Raiders B vs London Maccabi Lions C, Rapid Banta vs FC Team B

Division Three

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MSFL preview: Division One

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2009

Big spending Brady Maccabi and Montana Boca United A look like the teams to beat this season.

Under new manager Simon Hakim, Brady have bolstered their squad with a triple raid of Division One rivals North West Neasden B.

In has come Yoni Sidi, Adam Harvey, Mark Meltzer and Rob Lerner. There are also rumours that Team GB hotshot Paul Hakim, the manager’s son, will play a part in the campaign.

GB’s top-scorer at the Maccabiah, his presence could arguably be the difference between a top four finish and the title.

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Kestenbaum: 'It's time to take a break'

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2009

Jonathan Kestenbaum, the man who led Team GB to its first Maccabiah Open football medal for almost 50 years, has decided to take a sabbatical from all football duties in the coming season.

Kestenbaum came within seconds of steering GB to gold in Israel two months ago before losing the final on penalties against Argentina. He has also relinquished his duties as manager of the JC MSFL Rep Team.

“It was a difficult decision,” he said. “But for the moment, the right one. I feel extremely fortunate to have had an extended association with Jewish football.”

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Israel ready for World Cup double-header

By Simon Griver, September 2, 2009

Israel go into their World Cup double-header knowing that anything short of six points will end their hopes of reaching the finals in South Africa next summer.

Lying fourth in Group 2, they host Latvia tomorrow night and Luxembourg on Wednesday in the latest round of qualifiers.

Tal Ben Haim admits that Israel faces an uphill struggle. “We had bad results in games that we should have won,” he said. “We made mistakes and paid dearly. But that’s history and while we still have a small chance, we will do everything to stay in the picture.

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Tough test

September 2, 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 in Group A of the Champions League.

But striker Shlomi Arbeitman believes they can spring a surprise. “We have a great coach in Elisha Levy who knows how to get us ready,” he said. “Why shouldn’t we think positively? If Haifa managed to beat Manchester United and Olympiacos in 2002/03, we can beat any team. Don’t rule us out too early.”

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MSFL preview: Division Two

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2009

Chigwell Athletic begin the season boasting a clutch of players proven at Premier Division level. Whoever finishes above them is likely to be crowned champions.

Founded in 2001 by Richard Slater, Daniel Castle, Glenn Davis, Darren Morris, Russell Yershon and Steve Summers, the Chigs still hold the record of reaching the top-flight in only four seasons, winning three league titles along the way.

Keeper Neil Lawson is aiming for the most shutouts and with the rock-solid pairing of Jon Raven and Jon Swead in front of him, opposition strikeforces will have their work cut out.

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Tal Ben Haim moves to Portsmouth

By Barry Toberman, September 1, 2009

Israeli international defender Tal Ben Haim has completed a move from Manchester City to Portsmouth on transfer deadline day.

Ben Haim, 27, has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League strugglers and could make his debut on September 12 against Bolton, his first English club. It was the player’s three successful years at Bolton that prompted Chelsea to bring him to Stamford Bridge in 2007. But he failed to hold down a regular place with the Blues and joined City a year later.

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