Pulling out the stops to ensure I don’t miss game of my life

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2009

Just days before the biggest game of my life, I received the news that confirms my worst fears. I have osteoarthritis in several parts of my body. I’ve been waking up in pain for the last few months and received the dreaded prognosis that explains so many things, including the fact that I am not a hypochondriac. And even though depression is one of the possible complications, I promise to keep my head up and deal with the ailment to the best of my ability.


Haifa lose

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Strikes from Lior Asulin and Pablo Bastianini condemned Israeli Premier Division leaders Maccabi Haifa to their second defeat as they were beaten at Maccabi Petach-Tikva.

Shalev Menashe popped up with the winner as title-chasing Maccabi Netanya beat Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Goals from Shay Abutbul and Samuel Yeboah saw Hapoel Tel Aviv maintain their hopes with a 2-0 success against Ashdod.


Football in Brief

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Nick Blackman made a flying start to his Blackburn Rovers career, scoring on debut for the reserves in the 3-0 Lancashire Senior Cup over Oldham Athletic.

Ben Sahar scored the winner 17 minutes into his debut as De Graafschap beat Willem II.

Former Chelsea coach Avram Grant turned down the chance to manage Bulgaria after failing to agree a salary.

Scott Shulton has returned to Wycombe following a month’s loan at Ryman League Hendon.

Grays Athletic midfielder Sam Sloma has been transfer listed after failing to agree a new deal.


Cohen sits out a break in Dubai

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Midfielder Tamir Cohen was left behind in Bolton when the squad flew out for a winter training camp in Dubai. The Israeli has been struggling all season with a hamstring injury but hopes to be fit by the end of the month.


All change as Israel go to Crete

By Simon Griver, January 22, 2009

Israel will play their next away 2010 World Cup qualifier on neutral soil.

With a double-header against current holders Greece coming up, Israel play host on March 28. However, the away match on April 1 will be played in Crete.

The Israel FA had already booked accommodation in Athens and were “completely surprised” by the Greek’s choice of venue.


It's men against boys as Montana progress

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Montana Boca United A 5
Highgate & Muswell Hill 0

Montana Boca United A eased into the fourth round of the Peter Morrison Trophy after seeing off AJY League Highgate & Muswell Hill Under 17s 5-0 in South Oxhey.

Goals from Andrew Binstock (2), Raymond Harrod, Darren Cohen and Simon Hecker sealed their place in the second round where they will meet Brady Maccabi.

It really was men against boys, with the Premier Division side completely dominating the cup tie from start to finish.


Youth league is facing the axe

January 22, 2009

Update: Laurence Thorne, chairman of the Maccabi Primary League, contacted The JC on Thursday morning to say that an MSPFL executive management meeting is planned for Monday where they intend to further discuss the way forward for Junior Jewish football from the start of next season.


Football agents missed out on £28m payday

By Martin Samuel, January 22, 2009

Of all the crazy numbers flying around the collapsed Kaka transfer this week, the one that attracted most contempt was £28 million: the fee intended for the middlemen. Obscene appears to be the standard adjective for use in these matters and it got the sort of airing usually reserved for vice squad reports, as commentators waded into the business practices of Manchester City.


Maccabi Masters round-up

By Jeremy Silverstone, January 19, 2009

In the Maccabi Masters League Division 1, things are hotting up at the top, as both South Mancunians and Brady A closed in on the leaders North London Raiders.

South Mancs recovered from going a goal down to Faithfold’s Adam Barton to finish 5-1 winners, and move within a point of the top. Mancs’ scorers were Nick Tromans (2), Mark Powell, Barry Abraham and Darryl Ricklow.


Leker late show puts Westdene through

By Zevi Saunders, January 19, 2009

PMT (northern section): Crumpsall 1 Westdene 1st 2

A late goal from Adam Leker edged Westdene 1st into the next round of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they beat Crumpsall.

This was a fiercely contested cup-tie with tackles flying in on both sides. It took until four minutes until the end before it was settled.

The first half belonged to Westdene as they dominated possession and the midfield area not allowing Crumpsall to settle. However, Crumpsall's defence was on top form keeping them at bay.