Brady Maccabi reach for top spot

January 21, 2010

Brady Maccabi A moved to within two points of top spot with a 4-2 win over Faithfold in Maccabi Masters League Division One. Nick Collins, Gideon Barnett, Jonathan Cohen and Mark Wagman were the scorers. Faithfold’s goals came through Darren Gurner and Danny Goldman.

Temple Fortune went third in Division Two as goals from James Ryan (2), Robert Botkai and Steve Brower accounted for Ashlodge.

Resurgent London Maccabi Lions B mauled Glenthorne B 4-0 with goals from Mark Pollack, Marc Morris, Stuart Coutts and Howard Freeman.


Win for Lions Under 9

January 21, 2010

Goals from Joey Gold, Joe Leslie and Dylan Bull earned London Maccabi Lions Under Nine’s a 3-2 win over Harvesters in the Watford Friendly League.

Charlie Ezra (2) and Joel Walters struck as LML beat HMH Red in the Maccabi GB Primary League Under Nine Division.

Jack Naftalin (6), Jamie Delane, Alex Rose and Jacob Elmon eased HMH Red to a 9-1 victory over Alyth in the Under 10 Division. Dylan Goldstein (3), Marcus Foux (2), Shaun Levine and Saul Peleg were the marksmen as HMH Blue thumped Hendon Hawks B 7-1.


Dudu Awat boosts Real Mallorca

By Simon Griver, January 21, 2010

Israel keeper Dudu Awat helped Real Mallorca climb to fourth in Spain’s La Liga after beating his former club Deportivo La Coruna.

The victory was especially sweet for Awat, 32, who joined Deportivo last January.

He greeted his former teammates but is reported to have avoided shaking hands with Deportivo’s manager Miguel Lotina.

Awat left Deportivo after being attacked by fellow goalkeeper Gustavo Munua. However, Lotina insisted that Awat was as much to blame as Munua over the argument and dropped him from the team.


Wigan and Hapoel Tel Aviv in talks over De Ridder

By Simon Griver, January 21, 2010

Wigan and Hapoel Tel Aviv are locked in talks aimed at resolving the future of Daniel De Ridder.

The 25-year-old winger is close to tying up a six-month loan deal although Wigan are also considering an offer from Celta Vigo.

Hapoel are looking to seal the move in time for the Dutchman to make his debut in the top of the table clash against Maccabi Haifa on Monday but last-minute haggling over the £180,000 loan fee Wigan are demanding has delayed the deal.


Henk ten Cate for Israel national team

By Simon Griver, January 14, 2010

Henk ten Cate is the latest high profile name to have been approached by the Israel FA to succeed Dror Kashtan as national team manager.

The former Ajax boss, who was Avram Grant’s assistant at Chelsea, was recommended to the Israel FA by the Portsmouth manager.

The Dutchman has told friends that he is seriously considering the Israel job but is not prepared to sign a contract until he has resolved his compensation dispute with Panathinaikos who sacked him in December.


Yossi Benayoun breaks a rib

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Liverpool’s Yossi Benayoun faces four weeks on the sidelines after breaking a rib in Wednesday’s FA Cup defeat against Reading, according to reports.

Benayoun, 29, spurned a golden opportunity to take the tie to penalties when he was thwarted in a one-on-one by Reading keeper Adam Federici in extra time. It is believed that he picked up the injury following a hefty challenge in the last minute.

The injury is the attacking midfielder’s second of the season. In November, Benayoun received the controversial placenta treatment to help cure a hamstring injury.


Ra’anana and Betar reach Toto final

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Hapoel Ra’anana will face Betar Jerusalem in the final of Israel’s Toto Cup.

Ra’anana pulled off a major shock on Wednesday night, defeating league leaders Maccabi Haifa 3-2 at the Ramat Gan National Stadium.

They did it the hard way, coming from behind after Mohammad Ghadir had put last season’s league champions ahead. But a 45th minute penalty from Itai Tuef saw them go in level at the break.

Lior Rafaelov restored Haifa’s advantage on the hour but they held the lead for just two minutes as Ra’anana’s Davit Dighmelashvili equalised.


Neasden cup hopes hang in the balance

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

North West Neasden A’s hopes of becoming the first Jewish team to win five trophies look destined for failure after it emerged that they are close to pulling out of at least one competition to ease their fixture backlog.

The Maccabi League giants are three matches away from earning a place in the final of the prestigious Sunday FA Cup at Anfield and more than £2,000 in prize money.


Hapoel defender escaped Angolan terror attack

By Simon Griver, January 12, 2010

Emmanuel Mathias, Hapoel Petach Tikvah’s Togolese defender, escaped the Angolan terror attack due to a lucky twist of fate.

Mathias, 23, would have been on the team bus that was gunned down by terrorists - leaving three Togo officials dead and several others injured - last Friday, had it not been for a clerical mix-up.

Having made five appearances for Togo, Mathias was named in the squad for the African Nations Cup but he did not make the final squad because his Israeli club were notified after the deadline about his selection and refused to release him.


Hot on Roni

By Simon Griver, January 7, 2010

Fulham are targeting Finnish international Roni Porokara.

The winger had been expected to sign for Maccabi Haifa this month.

Born in Helsinki, Porokara, 26, moved to Sweden two years ago where he plays for Orebro in the Swedish top-flight. He has made nine appearances for Finland and scored two goals including a strike in Finland’s 2-1 win against Wales in a World Cup qualifier in October.