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Avram Grant in line for Poland job

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2009

Avram Grant, the former Israel and Chelsea manager, will be interviewed for the vacant Poland national football coach role, the JC understands.

Sacked by Chelsea three days after the Champions League final defeat against Manchester United, Grant is the son of Polish-born Meir, who fleed the country in 1941 to escape Nazi occupation.

Grant, 54, has been linked with several club and national posts including FA Cup winners Portsmouth and the Bulgarian national team. Last week we reported that he is the preferred choice of IFA chairman Avi Luzon for the Israel job.

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Neasden draw Oaks in the Morrison

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2009

Cup holders North West Neasden A will start the defence of the Peter Morrison Trophy at home to Oakwood on October 25.

The Jewish FA Cup winners have started the season with a win and a draw. On Sunday, they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against title rivals Redbridge Jewish Care A courtesy of goals from Scott Shindler and Lee Cash.

Hendon United A, last season’s losing finalists, also face first division opposition in the shape of newly promoted Red Sea.

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Haifa well beaten in Champions League opener

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2009

Maccabi Haifa were beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the first match of the Champions League group stage at Ramat Gan National Stadium.

Tuesday night's clash saw Bayern's experience, patient approach play and superior finishing pay dividends in a match where all the goals came in the second half.

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MSFL round-up

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2009

North West Neasden captain Jonny Ellis was proud of his team’s never-say-die attitude as the defending JC MSFL champions came from two goals down to claim a vital draw at title rivals Redbridge A at Redbridge FC.

The clash of the titans saw the hosts make a dream start with summer signing Mitch Lassman and Steve Summers put them in a strong position at the break.

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MAL take Sunday League title

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2009

MAL wrapped up the Maccabi Sunday League title with a 41-run victory against Casual Nomads on the main square at Shenley.

On a fabulous deck, Gav Lebens won the toss and chose to bat. MAL were quickly 10-2 as first Tali Rowe and then Jamie Breslaw fell cheaply to Simon Renshaw.

A partnership of 30 between Mark Landau and Yoav Lebens steadied things a little before Landau also fell to Renshaw, for 17.

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Cole appointed MSFL Rep team manager

By Danny Caro, September 14, 2009

Jamie Cole, the new manager of the JC MSFL Rep team, has told the JC what it means to be handed the reins from Jonathan Kestenbaum.

The North West Neasden joint-manager hopes to become only the second man to lead the Maccabi League to victory in the London Inter-League Cup.

As a boss, he has won all the major honours in Jewish football including the Peter Morrison Trophy, JC MSFL Premier Division, with two different clubs, JC Cyril Anekstein Cup and the Manchester Jewish Soccer League.

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Cole appointed MSFL Rep team manager

By Danny Caro, September 14, 2009

Jamie Cole, the new manager of the JC MSFL Rep team, has told the JC what it means to be handed the reins from Jonathan Kestenbaum.

The North West Neasden joint-manager hopes to become only the second man to lead the Maccabi League to victory in the London Inter-League Cup.

As a boss, he has won all the major honours in Jewish football including the Peter Morrison Trophy, JC MSFL Premier Division, with two different clubs, JC Cyril Anekstein Cup and the Manchester Jewish Soccer League.

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Liverpool inspired by three-goal Benayoun

By Danny Caro, September 14, 2009

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun has been reflecting on his first Premier League hat-trick for Liverpool which inspired the Reds to a 4-0 victory over Burnley at Anfield.

Benayoun, 29, bounced back from Israel's World Cup qualifying woes to score his third hat-trick in a Liverpool shirt.

The midfielder opened the scoring in the first half after cutting inside Graham Alexander and sliding a shot across keeper Brian Jensen.

He was involved in the second as well. Following a swift counter-attack, Benayoun's shot proved too hot for Jensen, allowing Dirk Kuyt to slotted in the loose ball.

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Redbridge score victory over Montana

By Danny Caro, September 14, 2009

Redbridge Jewish Care 4
Montana Boca United A 3

A stunning last-minute penalty save from Redbridge keeper Richard Stern ensured the East Londoners made a winning start after a seven-goal thriller at South Oxhey.

Stern's full-length save rubber-stamped victory in a game the visitors led four times.

Having won their opening fixture against Red Sea the previous week, Montana went into the game in confident mood. That said, their hopes were not helped by the absence of Raymond Harrod, Simon Peterman, Adam Osper, Trevor Henen, Simon Wax, James Tarlton and Simon Hecker.

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Israeli wins world windsurfing silver

By Danny Caro, September 11, 2009

Nimrod Mashiah won silver at the windsurfing World Championship in Weymouth.

Mashian, 21, is the fourth Israeli to win at medal at the championships, following in the footsteps of Amit Inbar, Gal Fridman and Shahar Zubari.

Competing on the same course that will be used for the 2012 Olympics, Mashian said: “It still hasn't sunk in.

Zubari, who was also competing finished 13th.

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Ram loses in US Open semis

By Danny Caro, September 11, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi missed out on a place in a grand slam final as they were beaten at the last four stage at Flushing Meadows.

Seeded five, the pair lost 6-4, 6-2 by third seeds Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi, in a match lasting 76 minutes.

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Israel ousted at Eurobasket

By Danny Caro, September 10, 2009

Israel capped A disappointing EuroBasket campaign with a third straight defeat, going down 106-80 defeat to Greece in Poznan, Poland. This followed losses against Croatia and Macedonia.

The Greece result completed a disastrous three days in Poland and means that for the first time in 25 European Championship appearances, it has finished a tournament without a victory.

“I knew this would be a difficult championship, but I expected us to play better,” said coach Tzvika Sherf. “We should have beaten both Croatia and Macedonia, but we failed when it mattered most."

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Revitalised Levenfiche leads way as champs fly out of the traps

By Danny Caro, September 10, 2009

Daniel Levenfiche, last season’s Player of the Year, started the season where he left off, scoring four second-half goals as defending champions North West Neasden A thumped Glenthorne United A 5-0. Danny Cohen claimed the other.

Premier Division new boys South Manx A beat London Maccabi Lions B 2-1 with strikes from Jamie Kent and captain Paul Babai.

Shock of the day came at Rowley Lane where efforts from Ben Kon, Chaim Gothold and Gav Noe earned Hendon B a 3-2 victory over Lions A.

Lions scored either side of half time but Hendon took the points.

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Dror got lucky, but he must still go

By Danny Caro, September 10, 2009

They say that there are no easy games in football these days. Try telling that to Israel's footballers, who have just thumped Luxembourg 7-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

Unfortunately, unless there is another dramatic twist, it is a case of too little, too late. The damage was done on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at home to Latvia.

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Israel handed World Cup lifeline

By Danny Caro, September 10, 2009

Israel were handed a World Cup lifeline as a late goal from Moldova in Greece saw the group’s bottom team claim an unlikely draw, a result which keeps the group, and Israel’s hopes, alive.

Even after Israel’s 7-0 win over Luxembourg last night, it looked as though the writing was on the wall for Dror Kashtan’s men following Saturday disastrous home defeat against Latvia.

Now, Kashtan is looking for a football miracle next month. Israel finish with matches at home to Moldova on October 10 followed by a trip to Switzlerland four days later.

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World Cup: Israel thrash Luxembourg

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

A hat-trick from Elyaniv Barda steered Israel to a 7-0 win over Luxembourg in Wednesday night World Cup qualifier in Ramat Gan.

Beaten 1-0 at home by Latvia at the weekend, Dror Kashtan's men led 4-0 at the break, with Genk striker Barda helping himself to a first-half hat-trick.

Barda opened the scoring after nine minutes. Aviram Bruchian doubled the lead six minutes later before Barda made it 3-0 midway through the half.

The striker, who was recently linked with a move to the Premiership, completed his treble two minutes before the break.

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Team of the week: 9th September 2009

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

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Israel's failure is down to one man

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

So, another qualifying campaign, another tale of failure for Israel. And the buck has to stop with manager Dror Kashtan. Placed in one of the easiest groups, his over-cautious approach has come back to slap him in the face. With players such as Yossi Benayoun in his prime, it’s a crying shame that the team has failed to hit the heights once again.

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Maccabi Sunday League cricket round-up

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

Southgate & Belmont & Edgware 2nd played out a draw in the Maccabi Sunday League. Needing two to win off the last ball, Southgate’s sixth wicket pair scampered a single to leave the sides level on 215. Clive Hart (75) and Ashley Smokler (69) were the star men of the Southgate innings. Stephen Altmann-Richer (45), Warren Averbuch (37) and Harvey Samuels (37) impressed for BECC.

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Andy Ram into last four at US Open

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi have reached the semi-finals of the men’s doubles at the US Open at Flushing Meadow.

The fifth seeds came from a set down to knock out second seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-7, 6-4, 6-0 in the quarter-finals.

The pair line up against thirds seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the last four.

Shahar Peer bowed out at the third round stage in the ladies singles. She went down 7-5, 6-1 against sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.

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