Football

Bloom: I’m not Albion’s Abramovich

May 27, 2009

New Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom insists he is not a League One version of Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich, despite his huge cash injection into the club.

Bloom has given them £80 million of his internet gambling fortune, prompting local newspaper comparisons with the Russian oligarch.

But the 39-year-old insists any likeness to Abromovich cannot be justified, simply because his generosity is motivated by nothing other than love for his team.

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Fight to release the monster

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2009

Israel FA officials have failed in their bid to recruit one of the world’s most promising Jewish footballers, 19-year-old Argentinian striker Eial Strahman.

River Plate have refused to release Strahman to represent Israel in the Euro 2011 under-21 qualifier away to Bulgaria on June 10.

Strahman joined River Plate from Velez Sarsfield in April for $2 million — a huge fee by Latin American standards — with Velez entitled to 40 per cent of any future transfer fee to a European club.

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Rule change lifts Haifa’s Uefa hopes

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will represent Israel in next season’s Uefa Champions League after clinching the Premier League title for the 11th time.

A 2-0 away win over Maccabi Netanya gave the Greens an unassailable lead over second-placed Hapoel Tel Aviv with one game remaining.

The title is a major triumph for manager Elisha Levy in his first year in charge.

Goals from Thembinkosi Fanteni and Biram Kiyal were enough to seal Maccabi’s fourth Israeli crown in six years and their first since winning three in a row between 2003 and 2006.

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Hendon fall short, Faithfold fall down

By Richard Jaye, May 21, 2009

Faithfold B 2-3 Hendon united B

Hendon United B’s title charge fell agonisingly short despite winning the JC MSFL Division One end-of-season showdown to send Faithfold B down.

Going into the game, Hendon knew that a three-goal victory would see them pip South Manx A to the title, while Faithfold B needed a draw to leapfrog Brixton Old Boys.

A gripping contest played in wintry conditions saw Faithfold dominate the opening stages and they deservedly went ahead on 12 minutes when Richard Baum’s free-kick slipped through the fingers of keeper Nicky Rosenthal.

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A-teams to meet in cup final

By Mike Perkin and Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

North West Neasden A and Hendon United A will meet in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final after coming through their respective semi-finals on Wednesday night.

Hendon overcame cup holders London Maccabi Lions A on penalties after twice coming from behind in normal time.

Although Lions had beaten Hendon in a league double-header on Sunday, it was the visitors who started the better.

Two well-taken strikes from Michael Pearson were cancelled out by Hendon supersub Saul Conway, with his second coming seconds before the final whistle.

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Brighton in Bloom

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

Brighton & Hove Albion have become the envy of football clubs across the country following an £80 million injection from internet gambling entrepreneur Tony Bloom.

Dividing his time between Sussex and Melbourne, the club’s new chairman marks a third generation to have a member on the board.

His uncle, Ray, is a club director and Harry, his grandfather, was vice-chairman when the club reached the old first division in 1979.

Almost all of the funds from the high stakes poker player will be absorbed by the club’s new Falmer Stadium.

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Furman top of City list

May 21, 2009

Stuart McCall is hoping for a big favour from former manager Walter Smith in his bid to sign Rangers midfielder Dean Furman on a permanent basis.

Furman, who was named Most Consistent Player, spent the season on loan at Valley Parade and the Bradford manager wants to keep him, but Rangers could demand a compensation fee that the Yorkshire club cannot afford as the South African is only 20.

McCall said: “I know Rangers are offering him a new deal, but at this moment in time it’s not guaranteed he’s going to accept it.

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LML romp

May 21, 2009

London Maccabi Lions romped home in the Under 15 National Cup final after running out 8-1 winners against Leeds Maccabi at Wingate & Finchley.

The Londoners scored twice early on with Yoav Kestenbaum playing in Sam Lewis to fire home.

The impressive Joel Grayson set up goal three with a pinpoint cross headed home by Samuel Marchant.

Inspirational captain Jake Yudelowitz got in on the act with a fantastic shot from 30 yards out that went in off the post.

There was still time for Lewis to complete a first-half hat-trick as the Lions went into the break 5-0 up.

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Pinner power home

May 21, 2009

A brace from captain Jeremy Ben-Nathan earned Pinner JFC the Watford Friendly League Under 11 seven-a-side red division title after they beat leaders Panathaniakos 2-1.

The blues knew that only a win would secure the championship but they had the worst start possible when an early goal conceded suggested that they would finish the season both league and cup runners-up.

Pinner also picked up the WFL Fair Play Award while Ben Graham claimed the Golden Boot with 26 goals.

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It’s success on a plate for Brady

May 21, 2009

Brady Maccabi clinched the Watford Friendly League’s Spring Plate after beating HMH 5-1 in the final at Sun Postal in Watford.

Having already beaten their opponents twice this season, confidence was high in the Brady camp. Cheered on by around 150 supporters, Barry Warren’s youngsters took the game by the scruff of the neck with Max Kaye, Jake Mullem and Daniel Mattey taking control.

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