Israel's World Cup dream shattered

By Danny Caro, September 6, 2009

Israel manager Dror Kashtan conceded defeat in his attempt to steer Israel to next year's World Cup finals after they were beaten by Latvia in Ramat Gan on Saturday night.

A second half header from Kaspars Gorkss left Israel's hopes in tatters. They remain fourth in Group 2 with three games left, starting with Luxembourg at home on Wednesday. Qualification is still possible, but their fate is out of their hands.

The decisive strike maintained Latvia's qualification hopes on a night when group leaders Greece were beaten by Switzerland.


Who's hot, who's not and who's just plain up for it

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2009

The opening weekend of season 2009/10 of the JC MSFL features some mouth-watering contests. Match of the day comes in the Premier Division where JC Cyril Anekstein Cup holders Hendon United A entertain Faithfold A at Hadley FC.

The Hammers have been busy over the summer with new boss David Garbacz busy with his chequebook as the team looks set to repeat their League Cup final success over North West Neasden A to win the championship.


Lions maintain winning ways

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2009

London Lions remain joint top of the Herts County Senior League Premier Division table with the systematic dismantling of Mill End Sports, winning 3-0 at Clarence Park.

Goals by Adam Stolerman, Ben Lampert and Ben Ellis saw off the spirited resistance of the visitors who had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable.

Lions came close on 12 minutes when Lee Cash drove in from the right only to see his shot fly wide of the near post. Mill End’s keeper then smothered the ball as Adam Stolerman tried to round him


We'll make our mark, says league boss

September 3, 2009

League chairman David Wolff is predicting big things from Maccabi League teams in the non-Jewish cups this season.

He said: “I’m very pleased that we have a second team — North West Neasden A — in the Sunday FA Cup. I’m looking for them and London Maccabi Lions A to progress.

“I’m also delighted to see both sides in the London Sunday Challenge Cup and expect Neasden to go all the way this time. I hope to see several teams, that have entered the County Cup, make their mark.”


MSFL preview: Premier Division

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2009

Targeting a third consecutive Premier Division title, North West Neasden A start the campaign as favourites.

The addition of Maccabiah star James Gershfield and Mancunian Kyle Bentwood means they should not be hard-hit by the loss of Ricky Kennet and Lee Bibring, who have returned to London Maccabi Lions A after one season.


MSFL: Top summer signings

September 3, 2009

Paul Hakim (unaffiliated - Brady Maccabi)

James Gershfield (USA university scholarship to NW Neasden A)

Adam Stolerman (NW Neasden A to Redbridge Jewish Care A)

Lewis Walker (Glenthorne United A to Redbridge Jewish Care A)

Steve Faye (Glenthorne United A to Redbridge Jewish Care B)

Yoni Raeburn (Faithfold A to Montana Boca United B)

Ben Law (Montana Boca United A to Faithfold A)

Jonny Kaye (Bafana Bafana to UJS Norstar A)


MSFL fixtures

September 3, 2009

Premier Division
Hendon United A vs Faithfold A, London Maccabi Lions A vs Hendon United B, North West Neasden A vs Glenthorne United A, South Manx A vs London Maccabi
Lions B

Division One
Montana Boca United A vs Red Sea, North London Raiders A vs North West Neasden B, Southgate Harmen A vs Camden Park

Division Two
FC Team A vs Faithfold B, Holy Mount Zion vs Southgate Harmen B, North London Raiders B vs London Maccabi Lions C, Rapid Banta vs FC Team B

Division Three


MSFL preview: Division One

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2009

Big spending Brady Maccabi and Montana Boca United A look like the teams to beat this season.

Under new manager Simon Hakim, Brady have bolstered their squad with a triple raid of Division One rivals North West Neasden B.

In has come Yoni Sidi, Adam Harvey, Mark Meltzer and Rob Lerner. There are also rumours that Team GB hotshot Paul Hakim, the manager’s son, will play a part in the campaign.

GB’s top-scorer at the Maccabiah, his presence could arguably be the difference between a top four finish and the title.


Kestenbaum: 'It's time to take a break'

By Danny Caro, September 2, 2009

Jonathan Kestenbaum, the man who led Team GB to its first Maccabiah Open football medal for almost 50 years, has decided to take a sabbatical from all football duties in the coming season.

Kestenbaum came within seconds of steering GB to gold in Israel two months ago before losing the final on penalties against Argentina. He has also relinquished his duties as manager of the JC MSFL Rep Team.

“It was a difficult decision,” he said. “But for the moment, the right one. I feel extremely fortunate to have had an extended association with Jewish football.”


Israel ready for World Cup double-header

By Simon Griver, September 2, 2009

Israel go into their World Cup double-header knowing that anything short of six points will end their hopes of reaching the finals in South Africa next summer.

Lying fourth in Group 2, they host Latvia tomorrow night and Luxembourg on Wednesday in the latest round of qualifiers.

Tal Ben Haim admits that Israel faces an uphill struggle. “We had bad results in games that we should have won,” he said. “We made mistakes and paid dearly. But that’s history and while we still have a small chance, we will do everything to stay in the picture.