Danny Caro

Israel suffer Davis Cup relegation

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2010

Israel have been relegated from the Davis Cup World Group after going down 3-2 to Austria at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.

Having rubbed shoulders with the top nations for three years, Israel were unable to capatilise on a 2-1 advantage going into the two reverse single rubbers.

Israel got off to a flyer in the opening rubber with Dudi Sela

However, Austria levelled the tie when world No. 13 Jurgen Melzer eased past Sela (85) in straight sets. Israel’s fate was sealed when a tiring Levy (223) capitulated against Martin Fischer (134) in the decisive rubber.

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Frenkel will be a knockout

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2010

Unbeaten German sensation Alexander Frenkel faces the biggest test of his young career on Saturday when he takes on European Cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli in Birmingham.

Frenkel, who has a Jewish father, holds a 22-0 record including 17 KOs. He has been tipped to cause an upset against the Welshman by promoter Kalle Sauerland.

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South Manx fold after cash crisis

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2010

The Jewish football season has suffered its first casualty just two weeks into the new season after South Manx folded.

The Premier Division club informed the league of their decision two days after Sunday's 3-1 defeat against defending champions North West Neasden A. Their withdrawal leaves the league with 52 teams. Manx's B team withdrew from the league 12 months ago and they are left with two teams playing in the Maccabi Masters League.

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Free-scoring Redbridge take Harmen to the cleaners

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2010

Redbridge Jewish Care A made it 11 goals in two games as they put newly-promoted Southgate Harmen A to the sword with a 6-1 win in the Premier Division. Sam McCarthy (2), Daran Bern (2), Danny Hakimi and Ben Sollosi completed the rout. Ben Graham grabbed a consolation for Harmen.

RJC manager Sam McCarthy said: "There was a greater pressure on the team going into this match as we needed to show we were not a one-game wonder. I was pleased the team responded in the right way and came out with the same level of commitment and fight."

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Maccabi veteran Lawrence to save Hendon

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2010

My early memories of going to football started at Claremont Road, home to Hendon FC. I remember using 50p vouchers from the Roy of the Rovers magazine to get in on matchdays. The club, which has a big Jewish fan-base, has experienced testing times recently including moving away from their spiritual home to the Vale Farm in Wembley, so it is great to hear that Hendon has fallen into safe hands with the club's die-hard supporters taking charge.

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Grant sits out Stoke City Yom Kippur match

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2010

West Ham have confirmed that manager Avram Grant will not be in the dugout for Saturday's Premier League at Stoke City to observe Yom Kippur - just as we told you last week.

Grant, along with Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim, has been excused duty for the clash at the Britannia Stadium.

A statement on the club's website said: "West Ham United fully respect and understand the situation. It is very unusual for the day to clash with the fixture list."

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Jesus praises Hapoel

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv earned special praise from Benfica manager Jorge Jesus following last night’s Champions League Group B opener when the Israeli champions were beaten 2-0 at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

A goal in each half ensured that there was no shock against the competition new boys but the visitors caused the former European Cup winners problems, with Etay Shechter denied two strong penalty appeals by Russian referee Aleksei Nikolaev, the second of which the Shechter was booked for alleged simulation.

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Manchester Maccabi football round-up

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2010

It has been a very promising opening 10 days to the season for so many of Manchester Maccabi’s football teams. Perhaps most noteworthy is that of the 3rd team who have taken the MJSL by storm.

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South Manchester maintains winning formula

By Danny Caro, September 14, 2010

South Manchester Sports Club 1st made it two out of two in the Manchester Accountants League Premier Division with a 3-2 victory over Saints.

Toby Levy put Darryl Lee’s men ahead with an stunning overhead kick.

A bullet header from Toby Kaye doubled the lead before Mark Yaffe clinched the points with a third before Saints claimed two at the death.

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Lions maintain South Midlands title push

By Danny Caro, September 14, 2010

London Lions continued their recent good form with another dominating performance beating Stony Stratford Town 6-1 in the South Midlands League Division One.

Ben Ellis scored his first senior hat-trick with further goals from Adam Stolerman, Josh Kennet and Aron Barnes.

Missing several regulars, the Lions were able to introduce Ross Pincus into the squad alongside Andy Glynne who was back from injury. Michael Sacks deputised for Guy Morris.

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Rampant Lions pluck Herons’ feathers

By Danny Caro, September 13, 2010

A hat-trick from Sam Martin capped a polished display as London Maccabi Lions Under 11s thumped Herons’ 5-1 in the Watford Friendly League Red Division.

The Lions were quick out the blocks and had some early possession with some slick midfield mêlées.

They opened the scoring after 11 minutes when Joseph Gale picked up the ball, shimmied and fired home majestically into the top corner.

Man of the Match Jack Mattey was a master in midfield and pulled all the strings alongside Oscar Cohen, Matt Stern and Ben Fenton.

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Republic humble Haroldeans

By Danny Caro, September 13, 2010

Republic of Mancunia maintained their excellent start to the JC MJSL season with a 3-1 victory over defending champions Haroldeans.

ROM went into the match with a 16-man squad ready to face the tough challenge in Liverpool which historically is a difficult fixture for all teams in the MJSL. The management and captain made their intentions clear before the Kick Off, with the match plan worked perfectly.

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Manchester 1st pay the penalty

By Danny Caro, September 13, 2010

A controversial last-minute penalty denied Manchester Maccabi 1st victory in the Thameside League Division One as they were forced to share the points following a four-goal thriller against Astley.

Played in windswept conditions, it was Maccabi who played the better football and dominated the first 25 minutes with some lovely one and two-touch football without an end product. But for all there lovely play it was Astley who scored first.

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Gelley treble not enough to save MAL

By Danny Caro, September 13, 2010

A hat-trick from Avi Gelley could not stop MAL from going down to a 57-run defeat against Dunstable Town in a friendly.

Up against strong opposition on a beautiful ground at Dunstable Town CC, the match ended in defeat for MAL, there were plenty of positives to be taken from the game.

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FC Team off to a flyer

By Danny Caro, September 13, 2010

FC Team got off to the perfect start in the quest for the Middlesex County League Division One title with a 3-0 victory over West Essex at John Lyon School.

Team went into the game missing a host of regulars, with James Korn, Jack Mosse, Laurence Judah, Kieran Allen Curry and new star Eddie Obinna all missing through injuries and holidays. However manager Mitch Young had new signings Dan Cohen, Josh Morris, Andy Croll and the returning Mitch Lassman to step in.

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MJSL midweek round-up

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2010

Manchester Maccabi 3rd maintained their 100 per cent start to the MJSL season with a 2-0 victory over arch rivals South Manchester Sports Club 2nd.

Strikes from Max Rose and Josh Hayes took Howard Gruber’s boys clear at the top of the MJSL Joan Collins Premier Division.

Republic of Mancunia overcame Sporting JLGB 3-0 with goals from Jamie Lyons, Oli Basger and Simon Kaye.

Westdene 1st were awarded three points after Crumpsall forfeited due to a lack of players.

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London Lions complete win treble

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2010

Goals from Ben Ellis, James Gershfield and supersub Adam Stolerman steered London Lions towards their third straight win as they overcame St. Albans City Reserves in a five-goal thriller at Broxbourne Borough.

This was not one of Lions’ most fluent performances, but with a record crowd in attendance and under the lights on the lush grasses at their new home, they showed that they are learning how to win games when not at their best.

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Israel frustrate Georgia in Euro 2012 qualifier

By Danny Caro, September 8, 2010

Israel lie second in Euro 2012 qualifying Group F following a goalless draw against Georgia in Tblisi on Tuesday night.

Having beaten Malta 3-1 at home on Saturday, Luis Fernandez’s troops adopted a cautious approach at the Boris Paichadze National Stadium, in a match played in front of 3,000 spectators.

A game of few chances saw Georgia, managed by former Newcastle favourite Temuri Ketsbaia, go closest when Gogita Gua rattled Dudu Awat’s crossbar with a scorching free-kick from 35 yards after 17 minutes.

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MSFL season starts with a bang

By Danny Caro, September 7, 2010

The start of the JC MSFL season went off with a bang with 88 goals flying in across 20 matches.

A four-goal salvo from Daran Bern plus one from Brad Frankel earned Redbridge Jewish Care A result of the day as they thumped defending champions North West Neasden A 5-1.

A hat-trick from Daryl Phillips helped Faithfold A beat Hendon United Sports Club A 4-2. Dan Perkins added the other. Dovid Korman and Saul Conway replied.

Scott Levy and Jonathan Green earned Lions B a 2-0 victory over South Manx. Lions A were left frustrated in a goalless draw against Southgate Harmen A.

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Early signs look good for Israel

By Danny Caro, September 7, 2010

I managed to stream the entire 90 minutes of Israel's 2012 qualifying match against Malta, on Iraq Goals of all places. The irony of it. My first impressions of the team under Luis Fernandez team were positive, even if it was against limited opposition.

Under Dror Kashtan, the former incumbent, I'd been left frustrated by his negative tactics with the team never fulfilling its potential, especially when drawn in a weak group. This was just the kind of game that Israel would have made hard work of under him, perhaps nicking a late goal at the death to save their blushes.

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