Danny Caro

Israel manager faces uncertain future

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, October 14, 2010

EURO 2012 The future of Luis Fernandez, the Israel manager, hangs in the balance after back-to-back defeats against Croatia and Greece left the team's hopes of qualification hanging by a thread.

Israel went down 2-1 at home to Croatia followed by the same scoreline in Greece on Tuesday night. Two goals from Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar resulted in defeat at the Ramat Gan Stadium with Etay Shechter's strike in the last 10 minutes coming to no avail against Croatia.

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Victory for Liverpool FC

By Danny Caro, October 13, 2010

The last couple of years have clearly been a bit of a rollercoaster for Liverpool supporters.

All Reds fans could do with some good news right now and hopefully, today’s news that owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett cannot stop their boardroom rivals who sanctioned the sale is a big step in the right direction. Good riddance I say.

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Benayoun heads to Finland for surgery

By Danny Caro, October 13, 2010

Yossi Benayoun will travel to Finland on Sunday and undergo surgery on his ruptured achilles tendon the following day.

The Chelsea midfielder consulted a leading Swedish specialist in London this week who confirmed the diagnosis of Israel national team Dr. Mark Rosnovsky and an MRI scan at Assouta Hospital in Tel Aviv that Benayoun had a badly torn achilles tendon.

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Israel crash in Greece

By Danny Caro, October 13, 2010

Israel’s Euro 2012 hopes are hanging by a thread after they suffered their second defeat in four days, going down 2-1 in Greece.

Going into the Group F qualifier on the back of a 2-1 home defeat against group favourites Croatia, Israel manager Luis Fernandes went into the game with a 4-4-2 formation, making five changes from the starting XI at the weekend. But they were still missing injured captain Yossi Benayoun.

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Hasid double delight for Mancunia

By Danny Caro, October 12, 2010

A Moshe Hasid double helped maintain Republic of Mancunia’s title dreams as they overcame Oakhill Lions in the MJSL.

With four key players out for Mancunia this was a test on the quality of their squad and they certainly stepped up.

After a couple of early attacks by Oakhill, Mancunia got into gear and took control of the game after a few half chance. Hasid created two great chances for himself but was unable to get past Oakhill keeper Lyons.

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Hawks win Hendon derby

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

Hendon Hawks Under 9's secured a memorable victory over Hendon Inter Schools.

The Hawks got off to a flyer, grabbing an early lead through Dan Silver following a through ball by Joseph Plienar to Dan Cohen who set up Silver for the eventual winner.

The Hawks had to resort to a defensive game in order to hang on to the lead which they did fantastically well. With Hendon Hawks playing with two up front they still continued to threaten Hendon Inter School's goal but were unable to increase the lead.

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Hawks soar past HMH Haifa

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

Hendon Hawks Rovers netted nine times to overcome a resilient HMH Haifa to secure a 9-3 victory in the Maccabi National Junior League.

Hawks Rovers are looking unbeatable this season after grabbing maximum points from their opening four games. They opened the scoring with some good teamwork which opened up the Haifa defence for David Amor to net his 19th of the season.

Akiva Restan waded in on the action after a brilliant one-two with Amor before striking the ball past the Haifa keeper.

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JC Olim League week one round-up

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

The first JC Olim League, the league created by the Olim communities around Israel, comprises nine teams with Jewish footballers from all over the globe represented. This summer saw three new teams enter the league and the pre-season hype and uncertainty ended as the league kicked off on Saturday night in Tel Aviv and Ashdod.

Playing at the floodlit Tel Aviv University pitch, league veterans Jaffa FC hosted new boys Aviv City FC. This hard-fought season curtain-raiser was won comfortably (7-1) in the end by Jaffa.

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Five-star FC Team maintain title hopes

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

FC Team boosted their Middlesex County League Division One title hopes with a 5-0 demolition of FC Romania at Salisbury Hall.

Delayed by heavy traffic on the North Circular, Team manager Mitch Young was worried his team would be flustered after only arriving five minutes before kick off but this was never in danger of happening.

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South Manchester cage the Falcons

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

South Manchester took a point from Manchester Falcons, the league leaders who had previously swept all before them, scoring 18 goals in four games.

The first half was a rugged affair with the best chance falling to Simon Davies who headed over when unmarked from a corner.

South had caused themselves problems losing the ball from a couple of their own set pieces but the back four stood firm.

The second half saw more attacking from both teams and only a fantastic defensive header from man of the match Darren Brewer kept South level.

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Israel edged out by Croatia

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

Two first-half strikes from Spurs’ midfielder Niko Kranjčar helped Croatia move two points clear at the top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group F as they beat Israel 2-1 at the Ramat Gan National Stadium.

Israel went into the game without captain Yossi Benayoun and Celtic midfielder Biram Kayal as the absence was felt as the visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck in the first 45 minutes.

The hosts were given an early warning when Ivan Rakitić fired a shot against the base of the post inside seven minutes.

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Golden Graham looks like top serial striker

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

Defence is the best form of attack. That is the belief of Southgate Harmen A manager Dan Uzan who masterminded his team's 4-1 victory over defending champions North West Neasden A, Harmen's first-ever victory in the top-flight.

The Division One new boys were written off by many at the start of the season but they silenced their critics with midfielder Ben Graham blasting home a stunning hat-trick. Recent signing Kane Swerner completed the rout. Bradley Sharp grabbed a consolation for Neasden.

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Penalty drama

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

There was a bizarre incident in the match between Norstar B and Real Life. Norstar's Maurice Franks saw his penalty saved by Life keeper Will Martyn. Referee Rak Hudson ordered a retake after adjudging that the goalie had moved off his line.

Franks, a little shaken after his miss, handed the ball to Rafi Addlestone who made no mistake. However, there ensued a vociferous protest from the Real Life team, who badgered the ref, telling him that a team cannot change taker for a re-taken pen.

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Team of the week: 8th October 2010

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

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Huller hat-trick inspires South comeback

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2010

A hat-trick from debutant Leon Huller earned South Manchester Maccabi Sports Club 1st a 3-3 draw at Lawds in the Manchester Accountants League Premier Division.

Played in torrential conditions from first kick to last, South Manchester staged a remarkable comeback with Huller the hero.

South started on the back foot against a team clearly playing a number of quality players used to playing at a higher level.

The South midfield was overrun with their opponents quick passing which defied the boggy conditions and found themselves 3-0 down after just 20 minutes.

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Amor the merrier

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2010

Hendon Hawks Rovers continued their unbeaten start to the new season with an 11-2 win over HMH Eilat in the Maccabi National League Under 11 Division.

Rovers began the game with an early goal courtesy of David Amor, following a through ball by Akiva Restan. Amor doubled the lead after running through the HMH defence to strike the ball into the bottom corner.

HMH Eilat hit back with a shot from the edge of the area.

Avishai Marcus was making the central midfield role his own with some tough tackling and rightly added his name to the scoresheet with a great strike past the keeper.

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Hapoel crash again

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2010

A first-half double from Michel Bastos condemned Hapoel Tel Aviv to their second consecutive Champions League defeat as they went down 3-1 against Lyon at the Bloomfield Stadium on Wednesday night.

Having lost their Group B opener 2-0 against Benfica, Hapoel found themselves two goals down at the break with the Brazilian striker following up an early penalty with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box.

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FC Team maintain perfect start

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2010

FC Team maintained their 100 per cent start in the Middlesex County League Division One with a 5 -2 demolition of Regents Park.

Playing a 4-3-3 formation, Team gave a debut to Nigerian striker Eddie Obbinna. After coming close in the first minute, he opened the scoring in the 5th. Andy Croll won the ball in midfield and playing an exquisite through ball to Obinna who hammered the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

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MAL finish on a high

By Danny Caro, September 28, 2010

MAL finished their 2010 season in style with a win off the final ball against South Loughton CC at Old Camdenians on Sunday.

On a blustery rainy day, it was probably only due to the fact that it was the final day of the season that the game was completed at all.

South Loughton won the toss and chose to bat, and were quickly in trouble, as Anthony Cowan found some early swing to bowl Battle for 1 and Shearer for 0, leaving the score at 7-2.

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Red-hot Redbridge leave Lions in a spot of bother

By Danny Caro, September 28, 2010

Redbridge Jewish Care A remain the only team in the JC MSFL Premier Division with a 100 per cent record after they beat London Maccabi Lions A 2-1. Ben Sollosi and Lewis Walker were their scorers. Mike Pearson pulled one back for the Lions.

Two goals from Jacob Gold helped North London Raiders A end Faithfold A's perfect record in a 3-2 victory. Rob Sanford made it 3-0 before Paul Babai and substitute David Lederman set up a grandstand finish.

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