Danny Caro

Actions speak louder than words, but not in the MSFL

By Danny Caro, February 11, 2010

I have to admit that the first few months of football management been something of a learning curve. As a player, I pride myself on great sportsmanship. I’ve been booked only twice in 20 years. It’s a message I send across to my players before every match. I remind them that we are here to play football, and that I don’t want to see them arguing with each other, their opponents and especially the referee, regardless of how the other team behaves. In short, we try to do things the right way on and off the pitch.

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Five of the best for the rampant Lions

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2010

A hat-trick from Sam Martin helped London Maccabi Lions Under 10s maintain their 100 record in the Watford Friendly White Division after they beat AC Finchley North 5-0.

On a biting cold and overcast afternoon, the brave Lions put up a superb performance on a tacky pitch at Rowley Lane.

The Lions lined up with Ethan Djanogly in goal, Raphi Auret and Sam Fresco in defence, Oscar Cohen, Saul Fenton and Ben Lazarus in midfield, and Sam Martin up front, with the waiting Matthew Stern on the bench.

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Israel avoids big guns in 2012 Euro draw

By Danny Caro, February 8, 2010

Captain Yossi Benayoun has called for caution after Israel were given an encouraging draw for the Euro 2012 Championships qualifying campaign.

Drawn in Group F, Israel will line up in a group containing Croatia, Greece, Latvia, Georgia and Malta.

Like Israel, Croatia failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa.

Benayoun said: “We know most of the teams from previous campaigns and we know it is going to be tough to qualify.

“We need to focus on our performance, on what we need to improve to have any chance of qualifying.

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We’re kicking out racism, what about antisemitism?

By Danny Caro, February 4, 2010

Does anyone know how we can eradicate antisemitism in football? It appears not. While millions have been spent on campaigns aimed at removing racism, the same time, effort and commitment must now go into solving what is becoming a growing problem.

It makes me sick to the bone when I hear about Jewish footballers being verbally abused with cheap insults. I blame the authorities for not taking a strong stance in the same way that they did on the colour issue.

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Neasden's nine-men out of FA Cup

By Danny Caro, February 4, 2010

North West Neasden’s dreams of becoming the first Jewish team to win the Sunday FA Cup were quashed as they lost a 10-goal thriller against Sungate in the last 16.

Having lost in the LFA Sunday Challenge Cup last week, NWN let slip a 2-0 and 4-2 lead in a tie they finished with nine men.

James Gershfield, Lee Cash, Danny Daggers and an own goal accounted for the NWN goals. Jake Gottlieb and Tony Keterman were sent off. Neasden received in the region of £1,700 for their cup run.

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Antisemitism row at Sunday FA Cup

By Danny Caro, February 4, 2010

A Sunday FA Cup match ended in chaos after a player was sent off for protesting that he had been racially abused.

MSFL Premier Division North West Neasden A are to be reported to the FA after players rounded on the referee for not taking action over striker Tony Keterman’s claim that he was called a “****** nosed ****”.

It came on the same day another team playing non-Jewish opposition were subjected to racial abuse during a Herts Senior League game.

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FC Team march to London Cup semis

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

FC Team marched into the semi-finals of the London Cup after thumping West Green United 4-1.

Played on a small and bobbly pitch in Walthamstow, Team manager Mitch Young made only made one change to the starting line-up from the previous weeks win against Kentish Town, with the influential Kieran Allen Curry replace Neil Weyman.

Both sides looked nervous for the first 15 minutes with the opening stages littered with free kicks.

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Berman defeated in Boys Australian Open final

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

Sean Berman was beaten in straights sets in the Junior Boys final at the Australian Open.

Unseeded Berman, 17, went down 6-3, 7-5 against 14th seed Tiago Fernandes of Brazil.

On his way to the final, Berman, who was born in South Africa, overcame third seed Jason Kubler in the quarter-finals.

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Lions Masters bow out of Veterans Cup

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Masters brave run in the London Masters Veterans Cup was halted at the quarter-finals stage after putting up a fine show against an Interwood Vets side including a number of ex semi-professionals players.

Lining up against former Reading star Michael Gilkes and Andy Clarke, the ex-Barnet, Wimbleondon and Peterborough winger, the Lions settled well into their stride against well drilled opponents.

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Neasden fail in FA cup bid

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2010

North West Neasden A’s dreams of becoming the first Jewish team to win the Sunday FA Cup were quashed as they lost a 10-goal thriller against Sungate in Ilford.

Having lost in the LFA Sunday Challenge Cup last week, NWN let slip a 2-0 and 4-2 lead in a tie they finished nine men after Tony Keterman and Jake Gottlieb were sent off.

James Gershfield, Lee Cash, Danny Daggers and an own goal accounted for the NWN goals.

NWN joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “It felt like we played against 12 men as they had the referee firmly on their side.

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Defeat would spell disaster as Neasden battle on

By Danny Caro, January 28, 2010

Sunday is D-day for North West Neasden A. Managers Jamie Cole and Daniel Fox hope that it is not a case of once bitten, twice shy as they enter unchartered waters in the last 16 of the Sunday FA Cup. I can’t remember the last time they lost two games on the spin but that is a real possibility as they start their match against Ilford-based Sungate as underdogs.

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Faithfold cling to top spot in MSFL

By Danny Caro, January 28, 2010

Faithfold A came from 3-1 down to remain joint top of the Premier Division after beating basement battlers Glenthorne United A 5-3. Paul Lenchner (2), Daryl Phillips, James Taylor and Alex Taylor were the scorers for Faithfold.

Strikes from Nick Astaire, David Dinkin and Jonathan Green helped London Maccabi Lions B’s beat Hendon United B 3-1.

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Neasden blame injury for poor cup performance

By Danny Caro, January 28, 2010

North West Neasden A boss Jamie Cole blamed poor fitness for a defeat which dashed their hopes of becoming the first Maccabi League team to win five cups in a season.

Last season’s double winners suffered their first defeat of the campaign as they were eliminated from the London Challenge Cup, losing 3-1 to Vista in the third round. Lee Cash scored for Neasden.

Cole said: “Even though we lacked in terms of fitness due to a lack of games, we still had the chances.

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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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