Danny Caro

So, which of the Israelis will pack a punch on Boxing Day?

By Danny Caro, December 22, 2010

It has been a frustrating season for Israelis in the Premier League for one reason or another so here's a quick rough guide for anyone hoping to see the top Israeli imports in action on Boxing Day. Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun continues his recuperation after tearing his Achilles tendon. Tamir Cohen played the last ten minutes of Bolton's 1-0 defeat against Sunderland but he is unlikely to feature in Saturday's clash at home to West Brom after flying home to visit his father in a Tel Aviv hospital.

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Blumenshtein fit and ready for action

By Danny Caro, December 22, 2010

Gil Blumenshtein will be looking to make up for lost time when he rejoins the Inverness Caledonian Thistle squad for Sunday's Premier Division clash at home to St. Mirren.

Blumenshtein, 20, has made just three appearances in an injury-plagued season after joining from Hapoel Beer Sheva in July. Inverness lie fourth in the SPL table and Blumenshtein is keen to help maintain their European aspirations ahead of three games in nine matches over a busy festive period.

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Salita wins New York title

By Danny Caro, December 20, 2010

Dmitriy Salita floored late substitute James Wayka five times on his way to a third round knockout victory at New York's Roseland Ballroom.

Salita's body punching proved too much for the outclassed Wayka who was down twice in the second round and three more times in the third before referee David Fields waved the fight off.

The fight was billed for the vacant New York State title after Wayka, loser of 10 of his 27 fights, stepped in at short notice when Mike Anchondo, who was due to meet Salita for the vacant IBA welterweight title, withdrew through illness.

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JC MSFL Matchday 16 review

By Danny Caro, December 19, 2010

The entire JC MSFL Matchday 16 was abandoned with the capital under snow. Matches in the Peter Morrison Trophy, JC Cyril Anekstein Cup and Maccabi League will carry forward into the new year. The season now undertakes a two-week winter break and will restart on January 9.

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Football documentary will put serious issue on the map

By Danny Caro, December 16, 2010

Ivor Baddiel's short film highlighting antisemitism in football launches early next year, and for the people in the community who care passionately about the issue, it cannot come soon enough.

The Y-Word deals with a topic close to the bone among all Jewish supporters, as well as many Sunday morning footballers who have suffered verbal provocation against non-Jewish opposition.

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Pearson can take Faithfold to another level

By Danny Caro, December 16, 2010

Zuriel Solomon, the Faithfold A manager, believes that the signing of former Maccabi League Player of the Year Mike Pearson will boost the team's challenge for silverware.

The Superhoops beat several other Premier Division rivals to the star striker who fired a debut goal in the 2-1 win over North West Neasden B. David Lederman claimed the other.

Solomon said: "Pearson was a real handful and gives us a different dimension. He looked great in green and white."

Danny Daggers pulled one back for Neasden but Faithfold held firm to climb to third in the table.

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JC MSFL Matchday 16 preview

By Danny Caro, December 15, 2010

Matchday 16 of the JC MSFL season throws up a monster pairing as Faithfold A take on London Maccabi Lions A, with striker Mike Pearson up against his former teammates just 10 days after moving.

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Five-star Lions demolish champions

By Danny Caro, December 15, 2010

Two goals from Lee Bibring helped the Lions earn one of the results of the day as they overpowered defending champions Neasden at The Hive. Further efforts from Jordan Marks, James Stanley and Ben Joseph completed the rout.

On a cold December morning, the two most successful clubs in Jewish football over the last decade took to the pitch to once again do battle in a fixture that has produced some of the best and most intense football seen in the MSFL in recent memory.

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New opponent for Salita

By Danny Caro, December 14, 2010

Dmitriy Salita has a new opponent for this week's fight at New York's Roseland Ballroom after Mike Anchondo withdrew from their IBA welterweight title clash through illness.

Veteran James Wayka, a 32-year-old from Minnesota, has an unremarkable record of 16 wins from 26 fights and the status of the fight has not yet been resolved.

It was originally scheduled for eight rounds but the Salita camp are hoping the IBA will upgrade it to championship status so the he can still contest the organisation's vacant 147lb title.

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Maccabi GB names EMG futsal squad

By Danny Caro, December 14, 2010

Jonny Cohen, manager of the Maccabi GB Open futsal squad, is targeting a medal after naming the squad for next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Under Cohen, MGB have competed a the two Maccabi European Futsal Trophies in Madrid and Torremolinos as well as last year’s Maccabiah Games in Israel. He believes that the nine-man squad has the best possible chance of bringing home silverware.

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Masters round-up

By Danny Caro, December 14, 2010

South Mancs A upset the form book with a 4-3 win over title favourites Brady Maccabi A in the Maccabi Masters League Division One.

Brady’s goals came from David Rose, Mark Wagman (pen) and an own goal, but Joel Nathan (2), Paul Herszaft and Ilan Cohen consigned Brady to their first defeat of the season.

Elsewhere, Glenthorne United A thumped Hendon Harriers 4-1, with goals from Jason Levy (2), Greg Morris and Paul van Gelder. Glenthorne old boy Fara Moghim grabbed a consolation for the Harriers.

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JC Olim League Week 10 review

By Danny Caro, December 14, 2010

Full from the Chanukah doughnuts it was back to football for the Olim League in Israel, and, with the worst storm to hit Israel in 10 years beckoning, all eyes were on the weather.

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Gai Assulin signs for Manchester City

By Danny Caro, December 14, 2010

Manchester City have signed Israeli teenager Gai Assulin on a two and a half year contract.

Assulin, 19, was released by Barcelona last summer and penned a deal after convincing City officials that he has returned to fitness following a knee injury.

“I heard a lot about City,” said Assulin, “and as soon as I saw the club I wanted to stay.”

The attacking midfielder, dubbed the next Lionel Messi, holds the record as the youngest ever player to represent Israel at 16.

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Montana B folds

By Danny Caro, December 13, 2010

Montana United B have withdrawn from the JC MSFL with immediate effect.

Managed by Nick Goodmaker, Montana had failed to win their last five league matches in Division Two.

A statement from the club read: "It is with regret that I need to formally advise you of the fact that Montana Boca United B was forced to fold last week. It is not a decision that myself and (chairman) Raymond Harrod have taken lightly - we have sought a solution for a number of weeks now and after fielding a side of only nine players a few weeks back have decided there is no other alternative.

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Neasden A vs Lions A

By Danny Caro, December 13, 2010

Two goals from Lee Bibring helped the Lions earn one of the results of the day as they overpowered defending champions Neasden at The Hive.

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Faithfold A vs Neasden B

By Danny Caro, December 13, 2010

New signing Michael Pearson netted a debut goal and David Lederman was also on target as Faithfold A climbed back into the top three following a hard-earned derby win over Neasden B at The Hive. The big match action is captured by Marc Morris.

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Faithfold C vs Real Life

By Danny Caro, December 13, 2010

Hat-tricks from Simon Beresford and new signing Jonny Blain helped title chasing Faithfold register a perfect 10 as they out-classed Real Life at The Hive. Marc Morris captured the pick of the action.

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UJIA vs Zig Zag

By Danny Caro, December 13, 2010

Zig Zag were left to rue a missed last-minute penalty as UJIA completed an early season league double at The Hive with goals from Ben Sokel and Tony Plaskow, whose strike four minutes from time settle this JC MSFL Division Three contest. Here are some of the key moments. Photos by Marc Morris.

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JC MSFL Matchday 15 review

By Danny Caro, December 12, 2010

Faithfold new boy Mike Pearson scored on debut against Neasden B. Elsewhere in the Premier Division, leaders Hendon United Sports Club A edged past North London Raiders A while Lions A claimed one of the results of the day, thumping defending champions Neasden A 5-0.

Email scorers, match reports, team/goal/save of the week nominations plus club gossip and transfer news to dcaro@thejc.com

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The great EMG debate

By Danny Caro, December 9, 2010

Following the announcement of Maccabi GB's 18-man squad for next summer's European Maccabi Games in Vienna, we spoke to managers north and south to get their thoughts on the delegation and selection process.

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