Majestic Mancs halt Brady

December 16, 2010

South Mancs A upset the form book with a 4-3 win over title favourites Brady Maccabi A in the Maccabi Masters League Division One.

Brady's goals came from David Rose, Mark Wagman (pen) and an own goal, but Joel Nathan (2), Paul Herszaft and Ilan Cohen consigned the Edgware club to their first defeat of the season.

Glenthorne United A thumped Hendon Harriers 4-1 with goals from Jason Levy (2), Greg Morris and Paul van Gelder. Glenthorne old boy Fara Moghim grabbed a consolation for the Harriers.


Maccabi GB seek women's goalkeeper for Euro Games

December 9, 2010

Maccabi GB are a goalkeeper away from completing their women's football squad ahead of next year's European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

With seven months until the big kick-off, , new players are being unearthed almost every week in a squad, affected by early withdrawals after the initial trials in July and August. The squad has soldiered on regardless, and have continued to train and develop during the last two months.


Cohen settles Hendon derby

December 9, 2010

Strikes from Dan Silver and Dan Cohen earned Hendon Hawks maximum points as they overcame Hendon Inter Schools in the Maccabi Junior Football League Under Nine Division.

A four-goal salvo from Michael Kenley helped London Maccabi Lions Under 16s thump Albion Rovers 17-0 in the Watford Friendly League. Adam Arnold (2), Stanley Offord (2), Jamie Kutner (2), Jake Barnett, Connor Perlmutter, Levi Levenfiche, Zak Skry, Josh Curtis, Sam Greenberg completed the rout.


GB squad goes for southern comfort

December 9, 2010

Managers from Manchester and Liverpool have accused Maccabi GB football manager Ben Winston of a southern bias after he selected only one northern-based player for next year's European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Of the 18 selected, Manchester Maccabi defender Michael Sacks was the sole northern representative, whilst London Lions feature 14 members. Stuart Delmonte, Sacks' manager at Maccabi 1st, insisted that no one had even told him about the trials.

"I wish they would come along to see our boys rather than sticking to who they know," he said.


Benayoun eyes spring comeback

By Simon Griver, December 9, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has made the first small steps towards a comeback following surgery on a torn Achilles.

The Chelsea midfielder is still a long way from fitness after suffering the injury in October.

Benayoun said: "I only recently discarded my crutches and now I am able to walk properly. It will still be some months until I'm playing again. I've started working harder now to strengthen my body so that I will return a stronger and better player."


Avram 'on for another five years'

By Danny Caro, December 9, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: David Gold, co-owner of West Ham, wants manager Avram Grant to build a legacy at Upton Park.

The Hammers returned to the foot of the table after the 1-0 defeat against Sunderland but Gold says that both he and David Sullivan will give the Israeli time to put things right.

Grant is the bookies' favourite to be the next Premier League manager to get sacked but Gold is keen to keep faith in the former Chelsea boss.

"Historically, David Sullivan and I support our managers. I've employed more than 60 inside and outside football and am pretty good at it.


Maccabi footballer questioned after incident

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2010

An amateur footballer has been arrested on suspicion of threatening players with a 12-inch knife during a Maccabi game.

Paul Samuels, player-manager of the South Mancs A side, was shown a red card for punching an opponent, but then allegedly pulled a blade out of his kit bag on the touchline.

The incident happened just before half time in his side's over-35s Maccabi Masters league game against Hendon Harriers in Edgware, north west London, on Sunday. The match was immediately abandoned.


Late goal ends Hapoel’s Europa League hopes

By Danny Caro, December 8, 2010

Eli Guttman, manager of Hapoel Tel Aviv, praised his team after they came within two minutes of reaching the Europa League before their hopes were crushed by a late equaliser in Lyon.

Goals from Ben Sahar and a stunning over-head kick from Eran Zahavi had seen Hapoel come from behind to lead 2-1 against the former Champions League semi-finalists in this gripping Group B contest. But an 88th minute effort from Alexandre Lacazette meant that the Reds finished bottom of the group with Benfica progressing to the Europa League as third-place finishers.


England FC close the gap

December 6, 2010

England FC moved to within two points of leaders Jaffa FC after winning the top-of-the-table clash 2-0 in the JC Olim League.

The derby was on a knife-edge until the 60th minute when Yaron Galinsky pounced from close range from a Lewis Kaye free kick to release the tension.

England, who are yet to concede this season, stood firm and as Jaffa chased an equaliser, they killed off the game 20 minutes from time. Roy Bihi finished off a free-flowing move by side-footing home at the back post.


Zahavi scores against Colombia

By Simon Griver, December 6, 2010

Midfielder Alex Zahavi scored a debut goal for the US Under 20 team in a 1-1 draw with Colombia. Zahavi also scored in a penalty shoot-out as the US lost 4-3 to Mexico in a friendly tournament.

Zahavi has previously played for the Portugal Under 17 team but FIFA allows players under 21 to switch allegiances.

The Maccabi Haifa starlet was born in the US and has Israeli citizenship through his father and Portuguese citizenship from his mother. His late grandfather, Avraham, is a first cousin of the agent Pini Zahavi.