Football

Benayoun: I’ll be a Red till I’m dead

By Simon Griver, June 20, 2008

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun says they will not win the Premiership any time soon — but insists he wants to play out his career there.

The Reds last won the top prize in 1990 when Ronnie Rosenthal, played for them, but Benayoun believes the fans must be patient.

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Berkovic to take charge of Israel’s youth team

By Simon Griver, June 20, 2008

Eyal Berkovic is set to become the new manager of Israel’s Under 17 team.

Now 36, Berkovic won 82 caps for Israel during a career that took him from Maccabi Haifa to Southampton, West Ham, Celtic, Blackburn, Manchester City, Portsmouth and finished at Maccabi Tel Aviv in May, 2006.

“My ambition is to train the Israel national team,” he said. “And it is preferable that I begin with the schoolboys. I want to raise a good generation of youngsters and move up with some of them to the national team.”

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Celebs in charity match

By Jay Grenby, June 20, 2008

Around £14,000 was raised by a charity football match between an Arsenal ex-pro/celebrity XI and a team of Maccabi League players at Edgware Town FC last Sunday.

The event was attended by more than 300 people, including the Mayor of Barnet, Cllr John Marshall, and Tottenham Hotspur legend Joe Kinnear. It was organised by Mark Silverman of Mill Hill in support of Action Duchenne, a national charity aiming to raise funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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Donetsk move in for Grant

June 13, 2008

Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk are interested in appointing former Chelsea manager Avram Grant as their boss.

Blues defender Tal Ben Haim has reportedly been approached by Greek club Panathinaikos.

And a third Israeli from Stamford Bridge, Ben Sahar looks set to prefer a loan deal with Dutch outfit NEC Nijmegen over Portsmouth. The prospect of regular first team football looks more likely for the 18-year-old with Nijmegen, who finished eighth in the Dutch league and qualified for the Uefa Cup.

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Blues take on the Bees

June 13, 2008

Wingate & Finchley have arranged a fixture against Barnet as part of their pre-season friendly line-up ahead of their 2008/09 Ryman League Division One campaign.

Michael Stone’s troops will hosts the Underhill club on July 29.

Other friendlies: Berkhamsted Town (a) July 19, Welwyn Garden City (a) July 22, Dunstable Town (h) July 26, Chesham United (h) August 2, North Greenford United (a) August 5, Dulwich Hamlet (h) August 9.

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‘It was too easy’ say Alyth’s dream team

By Craig Silver, June 13, 2008

Alyth Belsize Yellow were one of the stars of the show at the annual Maccabi (Southern) Primary League awards at Brady Maccabi in Edgware.

The Under 11 team claimed the title after winning every league match and conceding a mere six goals in the process.

Alyth defensive midfielder Kai Biegun believes that they won in style: “It’s really great to have taken the league but to have also won every match was unbelievable,” he said.

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Feilhaber: ‘Op was a success’

June 13, 2008

Derby County midfielder Benny Feilhaber has undergone successful knee surgery on a torn meniscus in Los Angeles and is still hopeful of taking part in the Beijing Olympics.

The standard recovery time for a meniscus tear of the nature of the American is approximately four to six weeks, and although the Rams’ midfielder is uncertain of the exact recovery period, he believes that he can return to training before the games.

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Double joy for Garson

June 13, 2008

Faithfold C player-manager David Garson won two pieces of silverware at the club’s end-of-season awards at Wingate & Finchley.

The club stalwart, who has been with the Superhoops for 19 years, was named JC MSFL team secretary of the year. He also bagged the President’s clubman of the year award, presented by joint-president Harvey Ackerman.

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Brady held

June 13, 2008

Double champions Brady Maccabi A drew 2-2 against London Maccabi Lions A in the Division One of the Maccabi Masters League. Scott Ansher and Jonathan Cohen netted for Brady with Adam Lee, manager of Enfield Town, and Darren Dryer replying for the Lions.

Clayhall B beat Faithfold B 6-4 in Division Two. Brian Deal (3), Eliot Mullish (2) and Warren Ludwin were their marksmen.

A late brace from Bruce Brent helped Norstar come from two down to draw 2-2 against Clayhall B. Vincent Goodman had fired a double for Clayhall.

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Nadler takes charge in Manchester overhaul

June 13, 2008

Manchester Maccabi have appointed David Nadler as first team boss as part of a new structure that will see the club looking to run 20 teams from Under sevens through to veterans.

Nadler will head the side that plays in the Eccles Sunday League Premier Division, one of the top leagues in the Greater Manchester area.

The team finished sixth last year but after a year of rebuilding, they are hoping to emulate the feat of the previous year when the team were runners-up.

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