New coach for Barnet

By Danny Caro, June 2, 2010

Michael Stone has been appointed first team coach at Barnet.

Stone, 31, has joined from Rushden and Diamonds where he was assistant-manager to Justin Edinburgh.

Stone joins the Bees, who narrowly avoided relegation from League Two, having helped Rushden reach the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Blue Square Premier.

Prior to his spell at Rushden, he was managed Wingate & Finchley and coached the GB squad at the European Maccabi Games in Rome.


Benayoun nearing Chelsea move

By Simon Griver, June 1, 2010

Reports from Israel indicate that Yossi Benayoun will move from Liverpool to Chelsea in the coming days.

Liverpool have already rejected a £4 million offer from Chelsea and are asking £8 million for the Israel captain. The two teams are expected to compromise on £6 million.

Dynamo Moscow have reportedly made a higher offer for Benayoun but the midfielder is insistent that he would rather move to Stamford Bridge.


Cole dismissed as MSFL Rep team manager

By Danny Caro, June 1, 2010

The JC MSFL Management Committee have dismissed Rep Team manager Jamie Cole after they admitted to fielding ineligible players in the recent London Inter-League Cup final.

As reported on May 14, a day after the final, League chairman David Wolff reported the team to the organisers after Sam Sloma and Aron Barnes played despite failing to meet the criteria to play in the competition.


Team GB claim double gold at EMFT

By Danny Caro, June 1, 2010

Four goals from Woodford Wanderers striker Jerome Marks helped Team GB successfully retain the Open football trophy at the European Maccabi Games as they finished the competition with a 100 per cent record after beating Costa Del Sol 7-3 in their final match.

North London Raiders pair Adam Posner and Nicky Woolf were also on target along with FC Team's Laurence Judah.

North London Raiders hotshot Nicky Woolf hit the winner as Team GB maintained their perfect start with a 1-0 win over Madrid.


Team GB beat Germany in EMFT opener

By Danny Caro, May 28, 2010

Team GB beat Germany in EMFT opener

Maccabi GB kicked off their EMFT campaign with an important 2-0 victory over the much fancied Germany.

In a match full of controversy, Team GB thought they had taken the lead 10 minutes in when Nick Stern had a header disallowed from an Adam Posner corner.


Israel beaten by Uruguay

May 27, 2010

Israel were beaten 4-1 by Uruguay in the first match under new boss Luis Fernamdez.

Playing the first match of two of a South American tour, Israel made a disastrous start as Athletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan put the hosts ahead.

Lior Rafaelov hauled Israel level after 30 minutes but missing key men Yossi Benayoun and Tal Ben Haim, the visitors tired with Alvaro Pereira and Sebastian Abreu (2) wrapping things up.

Fernandez’s men complete the trip against Chile on Monday.


Gold: Lions win is career highlight

By Danny Caro, May 27, 2010

Tony Gold the London Lions manager, has described winning the Herts Senior County League Premier Division as pinnacle of his career.

Arguably the most successful figure in Jewish football, both as a player and manager, Gold, 38, will take the Lions into the South Midlands League Division One for the first time.

Having finished runners-up last season, Gold praised his players for going one better in a season where they overcame a fixture pile-up and lost just two league games all season.


Broughton's third cup of the season

May 27, 2010

A four-goal salvo from Jamie Hamburger helped Broughton Park claim their third piece of silverware in two seasons as they thumped South Manchester Maccabi Ajax 4-0 in the Under-10 Cup final at Boundary Park.

Hamburger tormented the South Manchester defence and linked up well with his forwards, while captain Sammy Pine marshalled the backline.

Keeper Guy Berger had an eventful second half after moving outfield. He missed a penalty, awarded by referee Sam Bernstein, but made amends soon after when he finished well from distance.


Alex Kaye is the MJSL Player of the Year

By Danny Caro, May 27, 2010

Oakhill Lions midfielder Alex Kaye is the MJSL Player of the Year.

Kaye, 21, received the Tony Waltzer Trophy after a season in which he scored twice in the Feldman Trophy final, including an extra-time winner.

In his final year reading history and sociology at the University of Manchester, Kaye has scored 13 goals, playing predominantly in central midfield as well as a brief spell at centre back.

Kaye said: "Winning the MJSL Player of the Year award is something I am very proud of. It's always nice to see your name engraved on a trophy.


Grant signs deal with West Ham

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2010

Avram Grant has agreed a three-year deal to manage West Ham but is not expected to be unveiled at Upton Park until next week.

The Israeli has been courted by Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold since the beginning of May and negotiations moved into top gear after Portsmouth's 1-0 cup final defeat against Chelsea on May 15.