Danny Caro

Southgate strikes it rich

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

football The format for JC MSFL season 2010/11 was confirmed at the league AGM.

Following a restructuring of the league, Southgate Harmen A accepted a League Management Committee invitation to play in Premier Division for the first time. Hendon United B requested relegation into Division One. FC Team A and Chigwell Athletic moved into Division One, while Montana Boca United B, L'Equipe and Hendon C go into Division Two.

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Celtic confirm Kayal signing

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

Celtic have unveiled Israeli Biram Kayal as their latest signing.

As we reported last Friday, the 22-year-old holding midfield joined on a four-year deal, subject to completion of final paperwork.

The midfielder becomes Neil Lennon's seventh signing of the close season, joining Efrain Juarez, Charlie Mulgrew, Cha Du-Ri, Joe Ledley, Daryl Murphy and Gary Hooper at Celtic Park.

He has already gained 13 caps for Israel.

Full details and interview in this week’s JC.

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Fergie defends the Glazers

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has come to the defence of the Glazer family, insisting criticism of the club owners is unfair.

The Americans, who took full control of United in 2005, are unpopular with a large section of the Old Trafford faithful despite United being the number one football club in the world on the Forbes Rich List with an estimated value of £1.18billion. However, the debt is over £700million.

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Hapoel pays the penalty in Champions League first leg

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv must overturn a one-goal deficit in Israel next Tuesday if they are to keep alive their hopes of reaching the group stages of the Champions League.

A second half penalty from Aktobe skipper Samat Smakov gave the hosts a narrow advantage from Wednesday’s third qualifying first leg in Kazakhstan.

The Israeli champions featured keeper Vincent Enyeama, who represented Nigeria at last month's World Cup, while Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker who recently joined on a 12-month loan from Espanyol, came on in the second half.

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Manchester Maccabi in pre-season opener

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2010

A Manchester Maccabi Select XI started their pre-season programme against semi-pro outfit Flixton at Brooklands.

In a game broken into three periods of 30 minutes, Flixton featured 14 members of their 18-man squad along with several trialists.

The first period finished 1-1 with Maccabi’s Marc Woolfe exchanging goals with Flixton’s Jed Williams. Flixton went on to win the second and third period by 1-0 scorelines.

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Belmont & Edgware edged out by Chelsea

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

Belmont & Edgware fell narrowly short of beating Kensington & Chelsea in the Middlesex League on Sunday.

After being asked to field, BECC restricted the Kensington batsmen early on, before the run rate climbed after the halfway point. Gideon Restan bowled brilliantly and took four wickets for the second week in a row, before breaking his finger taking his second catch of the day.

Oli Simons, on his return to BECC action for the first time since 2008, and Ashley Connick each picked up three wickets, whilst Ami Wynbourne and Neil Myeroff bowled well for no reward.

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South Manchester Maccabi retain NJCL title

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

South Manchester Maccabi retained the NJCL crown for the third consecutive season after easing to a nine-wicket victory in the title-decider against Manchester Maccabi.

Put in to bat, Maccabi had no answer to the pace of Akiva Lieberman (3-11) and the guile of David Glick (4-13).

Wickets fell regularly with only Avi Barr (15) putting up any resistance. Lieberman capped an excellent performance with a stunning full-length diving catch to dismiss Doyle.

Maccabi were dismissed for 39 as Jonny Lieberman (2-2) and Avrom Topperman wrapped up the innings.

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Vale 2nd dent MAL’s promotion hopes

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 2nd dented MAL’s promotion hopes with a seven-wicket victory in Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

The result saw MAL suffer only their second league defeat of the season but in truth Vale were the better side throughout, and cruised to victory with more than 10 overs remaining.

Vale skipper Jon Lederman won the toss and asked MAL to bat. The pitch proved to be very two-paced with the ball not coming on to the bat and the batsmen struggling to time the ball.

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Chigwell & Hainault surprise Belmont & Edgware

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue claimed a 69-run victory over Belmont & Edgware 2nd.

A makeshift Chigwell side, consisting of three Newlands players, two young debutants and former regular Benjy Myers on holiday from his new home in Dallas, Texas managed to defy the odds and pick up a comprehensive win against a Belmont who themselves featured a number of youngsters at Parmiter’s School.

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Mixed fortunes for Israeli clubs in Europa League

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv will Olympiakos in the third round qualifying round of the Europa League.

They squeezed through 3-2 on aggregate despite suffering a 2-1 defeat against Mogren on Thursday night.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Haris Medunjanin claimed a crucial away goal for Maccabi, finding the net in the seventh minute and although a second half double from captain Vladimir Gluscevic have Mogren a win on the night, it was Maccabi who went through.

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Kayal agrees to Celtic move

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Maccabi Haifa midfielder Biram Kayal has agreed a five year deal with Scottish giants Celtic.

The 22-year-old Israeli international is expected to fly over to Glasgow for a medical in the coming few days.

Peter Lawwel, Celtic’s chief executive, is reportedly in Israel and has discussed the deal with Maccabi president Jacob Shahar. The clubs are close to agreeing a fee in the region of £1.25m. Kayal is set to earn £350,000 in his first year at Parkhead with the option of an improved salary if he impresses.

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Keinan joins Blackpool

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Dekel Keinan has signed a two-year deal with Premier League new boys Blackpool – as we told you on July 12.

The deal was confirmed after the Israeli defender was awarded his UK work permit on appeal yesterday.

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Barnet coach Michael Stone: Q&A

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Sir Trevor Brooking's call for the FA to nurture more home-grown coaches was music to the ears of Barnet's Michael Stone.

Reviewing England's World Cup campaign, the FA's Director of Football Development has been quick to call for more English faces to rise through the ranks. And at 31, Stone fits the bill.

Recently appointed coach at League 2 Barnet, Stone, one of the most highly rated trainers in the country, has been charged with extra responsibility for individual player development.

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Jacobson looking to overcome the odds at Oldham

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2010

The futures of two top Jewish footballers are up in the air at the moment. Joe Jacobson, the former Wales Under 21 captain, has been told that he can find another club by Oldham Athletic. In 2006, Jacobson became the first British Jew to play in the Football League since Barry Silkman. He moved to Bristol Rovers a year later and was then signed by former Oldham manager David Penney just over 12 months ago. But new boss Paul Dickov decided to release him.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv close in on Champions League group stages

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv remain on course to reach the group stage of the Champions League after earning a 6-0 aggregate victory over Željezničar in Sarajevo on Wednesday night.

Leading 5-0 from the first leg in Israel last week, the Israeli champions earned a 1-0 win in the away leg with a 76th winner from Brazilian defender Douglas da Silva the icing on the cake.

New signing Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker, did not feature despite having recently signed a one-year loan deal from Espanyol. Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama, who has been linked with a move to Porto, was another absentee.

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LMV 2A edged out by West Harrow

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 3rd XI made its first appearance of the season but a team combining youth and experience were edged out by one wicket by West Harrow.

No matter what level you play your cricket, as long as the opposition are well-matched you can have a great contest; which is what we had on Sunday. A match that went the full 80 overs and finished just after half past eight was played in an excellent spirit on both sides and hopefully gave LMV's youngsters valuable experience of how to deal with pressure.

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Sager steers BESCC home

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2010

A captain’s innings from Joel Sager helped BESCC secure their second victory after beating Barnet Synagogue in the latest Inter-Synagogue friendly.

Two early wickets from Phil Lassman soon had Barnet on the back foot. Tight spells from Jamie Kaye and Freedman kept Barnet in check and after two well executed run-outs, Barnet were dismissed for 113.

BESCC overcame the early losses of Freedman and Turek. Wobbling at 18-3, Sager carried his bat, despite not having played since last August, to make 47 not out as BESCC eased home with four overs to spare.

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Lederman jnr sparkles again

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2010

A man of the match display from Benjamin Lederman helped London Maccabi Vale 2nds earn a credible draw against Wembley at Vale Farm.

Playing in a timed match for the first time this season, LMV had the better of the result, but were unable to break through the determined defence of the experienced tail end of Wembley.

David Freedman and Lederman opened the batting for the third week in a row. Freedman was undone by an excellent in-swinger early on. Jeremy Harris came in and hit a couple of boundaries but was completely undone by another excellent swinging delivery.

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Gutman leads Israel to first victory over Germany

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2010

A fine all-round performance from Israeli captain Herschel Gutman has led Israel to their first ever win over Germany as they ended their ICC European Championship Division Two campaign with a 56-run win.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Israel started their innings steadily but lost wickets, reaching 51 when the danger-man Eshkol Solomon was the fourth wicket down in the 14th over. This brought Herschel Gutman to the crease and he played what was very much a captain’s innings.

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South Manchester wins NJCL T20

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2010

South Manchester Maccabi won the NJCL Twenty20 Cup after beating Salford in the final.

A hotly contested competition at Scholes Field in Gatley featured South Manchester, Manchester Maccabi, Salford and Leeds Maccabi.

South met rivals Maccabi in the first semi final of the day. The decision to insert Maccabi looked to have paid dividends as the Lieberman brothers, Akiva and Huddy, ripprf into the Maccabi top order, leaving them in a perilous state of 27-5, with Huddy taking 4-7.

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