Danny Caro

Liverpool: We won't sell Benayoun

By Danny Caro, January 27, 2010

Liverpool have today dismissed reports that Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun will join Dynamo Moscow.

The Russian club have made a £7 million offer for Benayoun and are understood to be offering him a three-year contract, with the option of a fourth year, on terms of about £40,000 a week.

And although Dynamo claim that they agreed personal terms Benayoun’s agent, a Liverpool spokesman confirmed: “The player is not for sale, it's as simple as that.”

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Wingate & Finchley our of Ryman League Cup

By Danny Caro, January 27, 2010

A James Gershfield double could not prevent Wingate & Finchley from going out of the Championship Managers Ryman League Cup after they were beaten 3-2 by Canvey Island.

Travelling to the freezing Essex coast for this last 16 tie against Ryman Premier Division opposition, .manager Dave Norman made a number of changes with three tough league matches ahead rested Craig Ellis, among others. These changes allowed places for Gershfield up front.

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FC Team victory over Kentish Town

By Danny Caro, January 25, 2010

Richard Salmon and Laurence Judah were among the scorers as FC Team claimed victory in their first outing of 2010 with a 3-1 success over Kentish Town in the Middlesex County League Division One.

Playing on an excellent surface at John Lyon School in Harrow, Team started the match brightly with Irvine Howson and Salmon going close.

Team piled on the pressure in the first half and Kentish Town were having difficulties dealing with some excellent set-pieces from Jon Breger and Neil Weyman. They should have forged ahead but somehow, Paul Kent headed over from underneath the cross bar.

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Bourne out for five weeks

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2010

Southgate Harmen A’s title hopes have suffered a major blow after it was confirmed that striker Alex Bourne has been ruled out for five weeks with a cracked metatarsal.

Bourne, the league joint-top goal-scorer on 13 goals, has helped Harmen lead the JC MSFL Division One table from the beginning of the season with two hat-tricks to his tally. The husband of pop star Rachel Stevens has scored 18 goals in all competitions.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv sign De Ridder from Wigan

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2010

Daniel De Ridder is expected to make his debut for Hapoel Tel Aviv on Monday in the top of the table clash at Maccabi Haifa after sealing a six-month loan deal from Wigan.

The 25-year-old Dutchman has moved to Israel until the end of the season in a deal worth £180,000.

Celta Vigo, his former club, were also interested but the winger was not keen about playing in the Spanish second division.

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Hold the back page. The Jewish FA Cup will be first to go

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

There is every chance that by this time next week, the Peter Morrison Trophy will be cancelled for the season. To abandon the Jewish FA Cup competition would be major news but should come as no real surprise as the writing has been on the wall for several weeks now with the winter weather, as I have documented in depth, leaving the season in crisis.

The problems are two-fold. There are still teams that have outstanding first-round matches and being a national competition, it’s a logistical nightmare with the likes of Glasgow Maccabi and South Manchester Maccabi 1st still involved.

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Raiders reach the quarter-finals

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

Hat-tricks from Jacob Gold and supersub Igal Yahya eased North London Raiders A into the last quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup after they thumped Temple Fortune 8-1. Jonny Blain and Dan Sanford were also on target. Rob Benson claimed Fortune’s consolation from 35 yards.

Mike Pearson (3) and Lee Bibring (2) lifted London Maccabi Lions A joint-top of the JC MSFL Premier Division with a 5-2 win over London Maccabi Lions B. James Gold and Dan Levy replied.

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Team of the week: 21st January 2010

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

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Israel to invest £8m in Olympic squad

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

Israel is investing £8 million on an Olympics squad that will make the 2012 Games the country’s best-ever, pledges the man who will make it happen.

Efraim Zinger, the Secretary-General of the Olympic Committee of Israel says he hopes to take at least 40 athletes to London.

Zinger believes that the nation’s best hopes of silverware will come in judo, wind-surfing and gymnastics.

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Odesnik reaches round two in Melbourne

By Danny Caro, January 18, 2010

Wayne Odesnik reached the second round of the Australian Open after beating Blaz Kavcic in four sets on Monday.

Ranked 89 in the world Odesnik, a naturalised American, came from behind to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in Melbourne.

The 24-year-old from Johannesburg will meet 27th seed Phillip Kohlschreiber or Harcio Zeballos in round two.

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Maccabi GB launch 2010 Sports Awards

By Danny Caro, January 15, 2010

Maccabi GB have started the search to find the community’s top Jewish sportsperson.

In partnership with UJIA, MGB are inviting nominations for people who have had a major achievement or advancement within their chosen sport in the past two years.

The awards offer an opportunity for the community to honour and reward outstanding Jewish athletes dedicated to their sport. These will be the ninth awards to have taken place since they started in 1993.

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Peer reaches Hobart final

By Danny Caro, January 15, 2010

Shahar Peer warmed up for next week’s Australian Open grand slam by reached the final of the Hobart International.

Peer, 22, dismantled Sar Errani 6-2, 6-0 in 78 minutes in the semi-finals to reach her seventh WTA final.

The Israeli has started 2010 in excellent form, winning seven out of eight matches.

She will be seeded 29 in the Australian Open and plays Lucie Safarova (65) of the Czech Republic in the first round.

In the men’s singles, Dudi Sela will play one of the qualifiers.

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C’mon Rafa – do one

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Rafa, Rafa, Rafa. Where did it all go wrong?

If I knew the answer to that I could make millions, but here are a couple of pointers.

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Yossi Benayoun breaks a rib

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Liverpool’s Yossi Benayoun faces four weeks on the sidelines after breaking a rib in Wednesday’s FA Cup defeat against Reading, according to reports.

Benayoun, 29, spurned a golden opportunity to take the tie to penalties when he was thwarted in a one-on-one by Reading keeper Adam Federici in extra time. It is believed that he picked up the injury following a hefty challenge in the last minute.

The injury is the attacking midfielder’s second of the season. In November, Benayoun received the controversial placenta treatment to help cure a hamstring injury.

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It’s hard to believe but Becks could actually be our saviour

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

He helped secure the 2012 Olympics and resurrected an ailing 2018 World Cup bid — so what chance that David Beckham becomes the saviour of the Jewish football season?

With the bad weather showing no sign of letting up and MSFL matches falling by the wayside, putting the season in turmoil, the majority of players, managers and officials have hit rock bottom.

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De Ridder’s move to Hapoel on hold

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Talks have stalled over a move that could see Wigan Athletic midfielder Daniel de Ridder join Hapoel Tel Aviv.

The 25-year-old right-sided midfielder has yet to play for Wigan this season and appears to be out of favour at the DW Stadium under manager Roberto Martinez.

He joined the Latics under former boss Steve Bruce in July 2008 and has made 18 appearances but has failed to feature under Martinez who replaced Bruce last summer.

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Ra’anana and Betar reach Toto final

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Hapoel Ra’anana will face Betar Jerusalem in the final of Israel’s Toto Cup.

Ra’anana pulled off a major shock on Wednesday night, defeating league leaders Maccabi Haifa 3-2 at the Ramat Gan National Stadium.

They did it the hard way, coming from behind after Mohammad Ghadir had put last season’s league champions ahead. But a 45th minute penalty from Itai Tuef saw them go in level at the break.

Lior Rafaelov restored Haifa’s advantage on the hour but they held the lead for just two minutes as Ra’anana’s Davit Dighmelashvili equalised.

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Neasden cup hopes hang in the balance

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

North West Neasden A’s hopes of becoming the first Jewish team to win five trophies look destined for failure after it emerged that they are close to pulling out of at least one competition to ease their fixture backlog.

The Maccabi League giants are three matches away from earning a place in the final of the prestigious Sunday FA Cup at Anfield and more than £2,000 in prize money.

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Proud Peer finally beaten

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2010

Shahar Peer’s run at the ASB Classic in Auckland finished at the semi-final stage where she was beaten by third seed Yanina Wickmayer.

In a competition marred by anti-Israel demonstrations, Peer, 22, bowed out 6-4 7-5 against Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium.

Following one of the tightest matches in the competition, Peer, who is preparing for the first grand slam of 2010, the Australian Open, broke her silence on the protestors who have disrupted her matches.

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Greenberg looks to the Klitschkos for inspiration

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

Roman Greenberg is scheduled to make his long-awaited return to the ring next month in the Ukraine.

Back in full training in Kiryat Motzkin, near Haifa, the Israeli-based heavyweight has been reunited with David Porat, his original coach, and is likely to be fighting in a co-promotion by his manager Robert Waterman and K2 East Promotions, a company owned by the Klitschko brothers.

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