Danny Caro

Hapoel Tel Aviv close to next stage of Europe League

By Danny Caro, November 6, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv need a point from their last two games to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League after claiming a stunning victory in Vienna on Thursday night.

The Israelis moved two points clear at the top of Group C following a 3-0 victory that saw them complete the double over the Austrians.

Avihay Yadin put Hapoel on the road to their third victory with a deflected strike 13 minutes into the game.

Gil Vermouth doubled the lead after 65 minutes. He then turned provider five minutes later, allowing Bebars Natcho to blast home Hapoel’s 12 goal of the group stage.

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Team of the week: 5th November 2009

By Danny Caro, November 5, 2009

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Boxing clever or punch drunk? Only time will tell ...

By Danny Caro, November 5, 2009

The next few weeks are massive for Jewish boxing fans with two fighters involved in high-profile bouts. It’s been a while since the community had something to shout about in terms of bragging rights in the ring but we must not forget that the sport has produced some top Jewish sporting talent.

The names of Benny Leonard, Barney Ross, Abe Attell, Ted ‘kid’ Lewis, Maxie Rosenbloom and Daniel Mendoza may be blasts from the past but the history books show that at one point, many of the top boxers in the world were Jewish.

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Once bitten, twice shy as Lerner teaches Neasden a lesson

By Danny Caro, November 5, 2009

Rob Lerner came back to haunt his old club as he booked Brady Maccabi a place in the second round of the JC League Cup with a 2-1 victory over North West Neasden B.

Eli Houri (4), Jeremy Elster (3) and player-manager Phil Peters (2) steered UJS Norstar A to a 9-0 drubbing of HMH.

A hat-trick from Paul Lenchner lifted Faithfold A to second in the JC MSFL Premier Division following a 4-0 victory over Hendon United B. Substitute Daniel Stock was also on target.

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More Champions League heartbreak for Haifa

By Danny Caro, November 4, 2009

Maccabi Haifa suffered their fourth consecutive Champions League defeat on Tuesday night, going down 1-0 to Italian giants Juventus in Ramat Gan.

Teased and tormented by the Serie A outfit, Haifa’s European scoring drought continued as they failed to register for a fourth consecutive match.

Unlike the corresponding encounter a fortnight ago in Turin, Haifa failed to get a foothold in the game as Juve’s Brazilian playmaker Diego dictated the contest.

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Lions regain top spot in Herts League

By Danny Caro, November 3, 2009

London Lions returned to the top of the Herts County Premier Division courtesy of an outstanding team performance that earned them a 1-0 victory at Park Street Village.

What made the win even more special was that it was in Park Street’s back yard, where no previous Lions team had been successful.

Lions produced their finest performance of the season and deserved the points against tough opposition.

They defended with heroic determination, attacked with poise and precision and eventually came out victorious, courtesy of an own goal from an undependable cross from Dean Nyman.

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Lions to play Redbridge in League Cup

By Danny Caro, November 3, 2009

MSFL giants London Maccabi Lions A and Redbridge Jewish Care A will go head-to-head in the tie of the second round following the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup draw made in Edgware on Monday night.

The Lions will go into the tie with a psychological edge having beaten the East Londoners 3-1 in the league a fortnight ago.

Lions’ B team have also drawn top-flight opposition in the shape of Glenthorne United A. The teams recently drew 4-4 in the league.

Holders Hendon United A have been drawn away at Division Four high-flyers Real Life.

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Maccabi tumble out of the cup

By Danny Caro, November 2, 2009

Manchester Maccabi 1st bowed out of the Margaret Piggot Memorial Cup after going down 2-1 against RVP.

Constant overnight rain and a ferocious howling wind made for a not so welcoming arena as Maccabi entertained fellow premier division opponents in the main cup for the league.

With striker Luc Fracheboud having returned to his home country, manager Scott McGarvey brought in bright prospect, David Herman up front to partner Leor Sidle.

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Hawks record a perfect 10

By Danny Caro, November 2, 2009

Hendon Hawks A Under 10s secured a third consecutive victory, beating Redbridge Jewish Care by 10-2 in the MGBPFL clash.

The Hawks were quick out of the starting blocks with Matti Karp opening the scoring with a counter-attack. A Redbridge corner was whipped in only to be headed out to Matti Karp, who ran the length of the pitch to slot the ball into the back of the net.

The Hawks continued to dominate proceedings and within minutes the Hawks lead was extended by David Amor, who was on hand to poach home the re-bound after Josh Weiler's effort was parried.

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Team of the week: 29th October 2009

By Danny Caro, October 29, 2009

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Rep call-up separates the men from the boys

By Danny Caro, October 29, 2009

Rep team manager Jamie Cole let off some steam after he was forced to postpone the trials ahead of selecting the squad to compete in the London Inter-League Cup. The date at Rowley Lane had been pencilled in for several weeks but Cole, who also joint-manages North West Neasden A, was let down by late withdrawals from players who cried off through illness, simchas or holidays.

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Europa League: Hapoel hammer Rapid Vienna

By Danny Caro, October 23, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv are joint top of Europa League Group C after thumping former leaders Rapid Vienna 5-1 on Thursday.

Following the disappointment of Maccabi Haifa’s third consecutive defeat in the Champions League, the Reds registered their biggest victory in European football courtesy of four second half strikes in Israel.

Hapoel’s second victory of the group stage came in a match they went ahead in after 30 minutes, courtesy of an own goal from Andreas Dober.

But the Israelis were ahead for less than two minutes, however, as Steffen Hofmann’s free-kick found the net.

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Team of the week: 23rd October 2009

By Danny Caro, October 22, 2009

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South Manchester new home can lead to big things

By Danny Caro, October 22, 2009

They say that all good things come to those who wait. Well, that was precisely the case for the folk of South Manchester Maccabi Sports Club who, after 13 years of trying, have finally secured their own £1 million sports and community centre.

The project, which will be named the Henry Guterman Community Sports Centre, was finally given the green light after grants totalling £770,000 were received from the Football Foundation and Sport England.

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Maccabi Haifa beaten by Juventus

By Danny Caro, October 22, 2009

Maccabi Haifa were denied an unlikely point by the brilliance of Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon as they lost their third consecutive match in the Champions League group stage.

Played in torrential rain at the Stadio Del Alpi in Turin, Haifa went in search of their first goal and point against the Italian giants.

Missing captain Yaniv Katan and Eyal Golasa, few outside of Israel gave the Greens a chance. But they almost made a dream start when Georgian striker Vladimer Dvalishvili’s diving header was clawed away by Buffon in the opening minute.

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The end is nigh for Rafa

By Danny Caro, October 21, 2009

Traditionally, Liverpool don’t sack their managers. As a lifelong (33 years) Reds fan, it pains me to even be writing this as I know how short people’s memories can be in football.

No-one will ever forget how he led the team to victory in the Champions League in his first full season but it’s the Premier League title that us Liverpool fans want most.

The team is currently in the midst of a blip of major proportions. It’s common knowledge that when star men Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres don’t play, Liverpool don’t play (well very).

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Five-star Brady down HMH

By Danny Caro, October 20, 2009

Two goals from Daniel Lewis inspired Brady Blues Under 9s to a 5-2 victory over HMH Red.

Playing an away fixture at home, Brady went into the game without knowing too much about their opponents who proved strong with a couple of players catching the eye.

Joel Freedman gave Brady an early advantage, and then from a free kick awarded, Tom Rackind’s pile-river flew in to the top of the net.

HMH pulled one back on the stroke of half time via a well-executed free-kick.

Brady took their advantage into the second half but were soon pegged back as HMH scored an equaliser.

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Kyte named Maccabi’s main man

By Danny Caro, October 20, 2009

David Kyte has been appointed as the head of the Organising Committees for both the European Maccabi Games to be held in Vienna In July 2011 and the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2013.

Kyte, 49, has been a member of the Maccabi movement since joining Maccabi Association London as a teenager in the early 1970’s and this summer he was the bearer of the Union Jack flag for Maccabi GB at the 18th Maccabiah.

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Maccabi back with a bang

By Danny Caro, October 20, 2009

Manchester Maccabi 1st eased into the third round of the Manchester County Cup courtesy of a 7-1 victory over Inter Didsbury at Brooklands.

After a difficult start to the season, the layoff for high holydays allowed Maccabi to regroup and take stock of their current situation. The new manager, ex-Manchester United forward, Scott McGarvey, gathered the squad and had outlined what he expected of them to take things to the next level.

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Hampstead through to women's football final

By Danny Caro, October 20, 2009

Hampstead Women pulled off a major cup upset after beating Haringey Borough to land a mouth-watering tie against Spurs in the next round of the Women’s Senior London FA Cup.

Playing host to Haringey team four divisions above them in the Women’s Pyramid system, and just two outside of the Premier League, Hampstead, who sent nine of last season’s squad to Israel for the Maccabiah Games Team GB Women’s Open competition, were looking to maintain their winning start that has seen them win all four of their league games and scoring 20 goals in the process.

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