Football

Haifa beat Hapoel

By Danny Caro, September 22, 2009

Defending champions Maccabi Haifa maintained their 100 per cent record in this season’s Israeli Premier Division with a 2-1 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv at the Bloomfield Stadium.

First half strikes from captain Yaniv Katan and Eyal Golasa gave them the upper hand and although Itai Shechter pulled one back before haif time, the Greens went on to record their fourth league win of the campaign.

Haifa made a dream start with ex-West Ham player Katan putting them ahead from the penalty spot after Omri Canada handled in the area a minute into the contest.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv topple Celtic

By Danny Caro, September 18, 2009

Two goals in the last 15 minutes helped Hapoel Tel Aviv come from behind to humble Celtic in the opening Europa League Group C match at the Bloomfield Stadium on Thursday night.

The Scottish giants led at the break through Georgios Samaras but Nemanja Vučićević levelled after 75 minutes and supersub Maaran Lala struck the winner two minutes from time.

Hapoel coach Eli Gutman said: "We decided to take a risk at half-time and we started to pressure the Celtic defence. We played very well in the second half and I think we deserved to win this game."

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Champions held up by the Manx

September 17, 2009

Defending champions Brady Maccabi A were forced to settle for a point against South Mancunians with Laurence Beck (2) and Nick Collins on target in a 3-3 draw in Division One. Paul Herszaft, Mark Powell and Jon Cohen netted for Manx.

Title rivals London Maccabi Lions A and Glenthorne United A drew 1-1. Nick Baum’s strike was cancelled out by Jason Levy.

Trevor Tucker, debutant Henry Charles and Martin Schultz were on target as Brady B overcame Ashlodge 3-2 in Division Two. Geoff Green and Glen Hyams replied.

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MSFL: North West Neasen stop title rivals

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2009

North West Neasden A captain Jonny Ellis was proud of his team’s never-say-die attitude as the defending JC MSFL champions came from two goals down to claim a vital draw at title rivals Redbridge Jewish Care A at Redbridge FC.

The clash of the titans saw the hosts make a dream start with summer signing Mitch Lassman and Steve Summers put them in a strong position at the break.

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Cole: I'll rid the reps of fear factor

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2009

Jamie Cole has vowed to take the fear factor out of Jewish football after being appointed manager of the JC MSFL Rep team.

Filling the void left by former boss Jonathan Kestenbaum, the North West Neasden joint-manager hopes to become only the second man to lead the Maccabi League to victory in the London Inter-League Cup.

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Avram Grant in line for Poland job

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2009

Avram Grant, the former Israel and Chelsea manager, will be interviewed for the vacant Poland national football coach role, the JC understands.

Sacked by Chelsea three days after the Champions League final defeat against Manchester United, Grant is the son of Polish-born Meir, who fleed the country in 1941 to escape Nazi occupation.

Grant, 54, has been linked with several club and national posts including FA Cup winners Portsmouth and the Bulgarian national team. Last week we reported that he is the preferred choice of IFA chairman Avi Luzon for the Israel job.

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Haifa well beaten in Champions League opener

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2009

Maccabi Haifa were beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the first match of the Champions League group stage at Ramat Gan National Stadium.

Tuesday night's clash saw Bayern's experience, patient approach play and superior finishing pay dividends in a match where all the goals came in the second half.

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Four-midable Maccabi progress

September 14, 2009

Manchester Amateur County Cup
First round - Hamlet Vulcans 2 Manchester Maccabi 1st 4

Manchester Maccabi returned to winning ways with an excellent win over strong opposition from the Premier Division of the Hyde League.

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Liverpool inspired by three-goal Benayoun

By Danny Caro, September 14, 2009

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun has been reflecting on his first Premier League hat-trick for Liverpool which inspired the Reds to a 4-0 victory over Burnley at Anfield.

Benayoun, 29, bounced back from Israel's World Cup qualifying woes to score his third hat-trick in a Liverpool shirt.

The midfielder opened the scoring in the first half after cutting inside Graham Alexander and sliding a shot across keeper Brian Jensen.

He was involved in the second as well. Following a swift counter-attack, Benayoun's shot proved too hot for Jensen, allowing Dirk Kuyt to slotted in the loose ball.

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Israeli clubs ready to tackle Euro giants

September 10, 2009

Israeli fans are looking forward to a festival of European club football next week as Bayern Munich and Celtic visit the country.

Maccabi Haifa host the Germans at Ramat Gan on Tuesday in the first round of matches in Champions League Group A. Two days later, Celtic visit the Bloomfield Stadium to play Hapoel Tel Aviv in the inaugural game of the Europa Cup group stage.

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