Football

Roman raises cash prize

By Simon Griver, October 23, 2008

Despite the credit crunch, Roman Abramovich is increasing the prize-money for the Russia Channel One Winter Tournament, held each year in Israel, from $2 million to $10 million. The number of teams participating is also being increased from six to eight.

This is the fourth year that the tournament, which takes place in Tel Aviv in the last week of January, is being scheduled.

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Sahar: I’ll sue over ‘sprinkler’ injury

By Simon Griver, October 23, 2008

Portsmouth striker Ben Sahar is to sue the Moldovan FA after gashing his knee on a sprinkler during Israel's 2-1 win in Chisinau in a World Cup qualifier last month.

The 19-year old Israeli, who needed 11 stitches in the wound and was unable to play for nearly a month, says that the injury could have ended his career.

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Three cheers for Manchester

October 17, 2008

Manchester Maccabi 3-0 Worsley

Having only played in cup competitions so far, Manchester Maccabi started their league campaign in front of large crowd at Brooklands on Sunday.

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Sacks makes his point for Wingate

By Paul Lerman, October 17, 2008

Concord Rangers 2-2 Wingate & Finchley

Wingate & Finchley earned a valuable away point in a tough fixture against high-flying Concord Rangers. On a beautiful sunny October afternoon that defied this miserable Autumn, the game was played in great spirits and at a high tempo and the result was fair as neither side deserved to lose.

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Awesome Andrews inspires Neasden C

October 17, 2008

North West Neasden C 1-0 Southgate Harmen B

A goal from Paul Andrews put Neasden C back to winning ways as they claimed a hard fought victory over Harmen B.

If out of a negative comes a positive, then it came today in the performance of Neasden who went back to basics and played some of their best football of the season to date.

In the first half they knocked the ball about, built from the back, went through the midfield and attacked with purpose.

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Five-star Highgate boys flying high

By Craig Silver, October 17, 2008

Watford Friendly League new boys Highgate & Muswell Hill went joint-top of the Under 11 Blue Division after beating Omonia 5-2. Jack Josephs (2), Daniel Jacob and Saul Kurer were among the scorers.

Toby Leaman, Ollie Sanker and Ed Zlitni steered Pinner JFC Under 16s to a 3-2 victory over Croxley Guild in the WFL Under 16 Division. Maxim Green (2), Jacob Taylor (2) and Ben Graham were on target as Pinner JFC Under 11s beat Belmont United 5-2 in the WFL Seven-a-side Red Division.

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Dynamic Dinowitz inspires Hawks

By Craig Silver, October 17, 2008

Fourth division Hendon Hawks caused the shock of the round as they beat Chigwell Athletic B 4-2 in the Peter Morrison Trophy Preliminary round.

Amit Dinowitz (2), Josh Aziz and Andrew Cohen set up a 4-2 victory and first round trip to FC Marylebone.
Division Four leaders Woodford Wanderers will play North London Raiders A after beating Rapid Banta 3-1 with Darren Ezekiel, Elliott Winner and Adam Poole on target.

Tommy Eccleshare (2), Assi Avital, Jonny Kay, James Mendel and Dan Perkins eased Bafana Bafana past FC Team B 6-0.

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Westdene top table

October 17, 2008

Goals from Andy Cowan and Rafi Hasid helped leaders Westdene 1st beat Westdene Reserves 2-1. Phil Wingate replied.

Two late goals earned Roy's Rovers a 3-3 draw against Crumpsall 1st. Mike Gastwirth, Leon Huller and Tal Marcus netted for Rovers. Natan Fagelman, Aaron Black and Matt Jacobs were the Crumpsall scorers.

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Raiders go goal crazy

October 17, 2008

North London Raiders maintained their three-point lead at the top of Division One after thumping former winners London Maccabi Lions A 9-1. Ashley Davidson (3), Richard Sacks (3), Dean Schulberg, Amir Wagenstein and Neville Roach did the damage. Andy Miller claimed Lions' consolation.

Davidson said: "Things are going well but we mustn't get carried away."

Glenthorne United A hammered EDRS Stonegrove 7-1 courtesy of Jason Levy (3), Adam Lennard (2) and Greg Morris (2). Jacob Namer scored EDRS's consolation from the spot.

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Lothar stays put

October 17, 2008

Maccabi Netanya boss Lothar Matthaus threatened to quit last week, even though his team are top of the Israeli Premier Division.

He was furious after being detained at Ben Gurion Airport for two hours when returning from a holiday in Spain because he had still not been issued with a work permit. Matthaus received the permit on Sunday after the intervention of Netanya Mayor, Miriam Feirberg-Ikar.

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