Football

Awat considers WBA approach

By Simon Griver, July 7, 2010

West Bromwich Albion have reportedly made a bid to sign Israeli international keeper Dudu Awat.

The newly promoted Premier League outfit are seeking a goalkeeper to challenge Scott Carson for the first team place and have approached Awat’s team Real Mallorca.

Awat would prefer to stay in Spain where he had his best ever season last year after joining Mallorca from Deportivo La Corunna. He helped the Islanders to a fifth place La Liga finish and the team was only pipped at the post to a Champions League place by Sevilla on the last day of the season.

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Barcelona release Gai Assulin

By Simon Griver, July 6, 2010

Barcelona have released Israeli starlet Gai Assulin.

Assulin, 19, saw his contract expire on July 1 and leaves Camp Nou after seven years rising through the ranks of the Catalan club.

The player's agent Pini Zahavi said: “The decision not to renew Gai’s contract was mutually taken by us and the club. At the moment we are considering his professional options.”

Assulin said: “I believe in myself and I’m confident I'll find a good club.”

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Benayoun completes Chelsea switch

By Simon Griver, July 2, 2010

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun joined Premier League champions Chelsea on a four-year deal on Friday.

Benayoun, 30, was at Stamford Bridge on Thursday where he had a personal meeting with club owner Roman Abramovich before agreeing a contract.

The Israeli will reportedly earn £70,000 a week and Chelsea will pay Liverpool an estimated £6.5 million transfer fee.

Benayoun told Chelsea's website: "I am very excited to come to a club like Chelsea, it is a big club and I think it is a dream for every player."

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Why World Cup agony should come as no surprise

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

We've had a sorry from the captain, a sorry from the manager and even a sorry from the FIFA President, but no number of apologies could put the smile back on the faces of the Caro boys after England's World Cup exit.

Disappointment more than surprise was my initial reaction, although my four-year-old son still cannot understand how Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal' was not awarded. In fact he's so adamant about the fact that he won't let me change the two to a one on his World Cup wall chart.

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The JC team of the year

July 1, 2010

After a long, hard season, London Lions, North West Neasden A and London Maccabi Lions were the top dogs down south, while up north, Haroldeans and Oakhill Lions added silverware to their trophy cabinets. But it is London Lions who dominate Danny Caro's team of the year.

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Argentina's defender gears up for Germany clash

July 1, 2010

Argentina defender Walter Samuel hopes to do what England could not: beat Germany.

The Inter Milan star, who has a Jewish mother, is set to return for tomorrow's quarter-final in Cape Town.

Samuel, 32, has not played since suffering a hamstring strain during the 4-1 group stage win over South Korea.

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GB Maccabiah duo step down

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

Darryl Lee and Adam Solomons have resigned from their posts on the GB Maccabiah and European Organising Committee.

Lee was chairman and Solomons vice-chairman of both the European and Maccabiah Games GB football teams as well as for the Pan American and Australia Games. Appointed last November, the pair stepped down due to work commitments, although Lee will remain on the Maccabiah Organising Committee in an advisory capacity.

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Top Israeli referee used TV technology to allow ‘ghost’ goal

By Simon Griver, June 28, 2010

In a remarkably similar incident to yesterday's Frank Lampard ‘ghost’ goal against Germany, the Championship deciding game last month in Israel’s Ligat Ha’Al had an almost identical goal.

However, the conduct of referee Alon Yefet in Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 2-1 victory over Betar Jerusalem was very different than the Uruguyan Jorge Larrionda's behaviour yesterday.

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Five-a-side finish for National Maccabi

By Danny Caro, June 24, 2010

Players from Manchester Maccabi and Leeds Maccabi joined their London counterparts at the Maccabi GB National Primary League Outdoor five-a-side tournament in Mill Hill.

The nine age groups featured 600 players and 75 teams in a World Cup- themed competition.

League chairman Laurence Thorne said: "If only we could bottle up the annual success of this tournament and move it on to building the future of junior Jewish football, but alas well over 60 per cent of today's entrants do not play in the Maccabi Sunday League, but if they did, the league would move on leaps and bounds.

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Maccabi prepares for new season

June 24, 2010

Manchester Maccabi are already planning for the new campaign with pre-season training starting on Sunday.

Former 2nd team managers Stuart Delmonte and Tony Rosenberg recently took charge of the club's first team and with the help of some former England, Manchester United, Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers players, they believe that they can help the club become the best in the community once more.

Having finished bottom of the Eccles League Premier Division last season, Delmonte and Rosenberg will lead Maccabi into the Thameside League Division One.

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