Avi Cohen seriously injured in road accident

By Simon Griver, December 20, 2010

Avi Cohen, chairman of the Israel Professional Footballers Association, has been seriously injured in a road accident.

Cohen, 54, was riding a motorbike which was involved in a collision with a car near the Ramat Gan Diamond Exchange. The former Liverpool defender was rushed to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital where he was immediately taken into surgery.

Cohen’s son Tamir, who plays for Bolton, has been given leave to return to Israel immediately.


The belief is back, says Sidle

By David Gold, December 16, 2010

Ryan Sidle, assistant-manager of Sporting JLGB, believes that the team has overcome the fear factor after climbing to sixth in the Joan Collins Premier Division following a hard fought win over Oakhill Lions.

A goal from Sam Goodman earned JLGB their fourth consecutive victory in the league's only game to beat the weather.

Sidle, standing in for manager Gavin Sharpe, said: "We are on a good run with four consecutive wins against sides we would consider tough games. Now we're in a position where we go into games believing that we can win."


Gai Assulin joins Manchester City

December 16, 2010

A fifth Israeli has joined the Premier League after Manchester City signed Gai Assulin on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Released by Barcelona last summer, Assulin agreed the deal after convincing City officials that he has returned to fitness following a knee injury.

"I heard a lot about City and as soon as I saw the club I wanted to stay," said Assulin.

The attacking midfielder, dubbed the next Lionel Messi, holds the record as the youngest ever player to represent Israel at 16.


Israel suffers double Davis Cup blow

December 16, 2010

Israel's chances of returning to the Davis Cup World Group took a major hit this week when Harel Levy and Noam Okun announced their retirement from the professional tennis circuit. Both players are aged 32 and are former top 100 stars.

Levy said: "The decision has been taken and I will not carry on playing after March."


Football documentary will put serious issue on the map

By Danny Caro, December 16, 2010

Ivor Baddiel's short film highlighting antisemitism in football launches early next year, and for the people in the community who care passionately about the issue, it cannot come soon enough.

The Y-Word deals with a topic close to the bone among all Jewish supporters, as well as many Sunday morning footballers who have suffered verbal provocation against non-Jewish opposition.


Pearson can take Faithfold to another level

By Danny Caro, December 16, 2010

Zuriel Solomon, the Faithfold A manager, believes that the signing of former Maccabi League Player of the Year Mike Pearson will boost the team's challenge for silverware.

The Superhoops beat several other Premier Division rivals to the star striker who fired a debut goal in the 2-1 win over North West Neasden B. David Lederman claimed the other.

Solomon said: "Pearson was a real handful and gives us a different dimension. He looked great in green and white."

Danny Daggers pulled one back for Neasden but Faithfold held firm to climb to third in the table.


FC Team win

December 16, 2010

Mitch Young, the FC Team manager, is aiming for a second consecutive London FA Junior Cup final appearance following the 6-1 demolition of North Action Town.

Striker Richard Salmon capped an excellent performance with a goal as Team booked their place in the quarter-finals.

Young said: "I was very pleased with our attacking football. It was a good win and a great way to finish the year.

"We are hoping to get to another cup final and we will look forward to the next round.

"We now have a break until January and hopefully this will give my injured players a chance to recover."


Time up for Montana B

December 16, 2010

Montana United B have become the Maccabi League's second team to fold this season.

Managed by Nick Goodmaker, Montana had failed to win their last five league matches in Division Two.

A statement from the club read: "It is not a decision that myself and chairman Raymond Harrod have taken lightly. We have sought a solution for a number of weeks now and after fielding a side of only nine players a few weeks back have decided there is no other alternative.


Netanya surrenders as England march on

December 16, 2010

England FC maintained their grip at the top of the JC Olim League after beating Netanya 5-1.

A shock looked on the cards in the early stages as Netanya forged ahead from the penalty spot.

England hit back in the second half with quickfire strikes from Yaron Galinsky and a long-range effort from Brad Bernstein putting them ahead. Jonny Binke, the former London Maccabi Lions striker, extended the lead with a 25-yard free kick.

Late strikes from Yarden Bar Ness and captain Yoni Sidi clinched the points.

Jerusalem and Jaffa City shared the points following a four-goal thriller.


Majestic Mancs halt Brady

December 16, 2010

South Mancs A upset the form book with a 4-3 win over title favourites Brady Maccabi A in the Maccabi Masters League Division One.

Brady's goals came from David Rose, Mark Wagman (pen) and an own goal, but Joel Nathan (2), Paul Herszaft and Ilan Cohen consigned the Edgware club to their first defeat of the season.

Glenthorne United A thumped Hendon Harriers 4-1 with goals from Jason Levy (2), Greg Morris and Paul van Gelder. Glenthorne old boy Fara Moghim grabbed a consolation for the Harriers.