Danny Caro

Birthday blues made me realises it’s not all bad

By Danny Caro, November 13, 2008

Having turned 36 on Monday, I decided to take stock and reflect on my achievements of the past 12 months. I'm pleased to report that I still have 20:20 vision. On the flipside, my body has turned from a temple into a morgue with the things I want to stay small getting bigger and vice versa.

I've always been one to look on the bright side of life (can you hear a song coming along?) and during times of hardship, am glad that I am able to save money on hair products though with two kids tagging behind me, these funds go towards birthday presents for their numerous parties.

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Now that’s what you call fantasy football

By Danny Caro, November 13, 2008

It is a common perception that most Maccabi League footballers are fat, balding and past their sell-by dates. But one JC MSFL team have proved the theory wrong with a celebrity status that has made them the envy of the league.

Southgate Harmen A feature several fine-tuned hunks attracting A-list attention.

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Maccabi League players battle it out on our wall of fame

By Danny Caro, November 6, 2008

Love it or loathe it, the MSFL messageboard recently returned to the JC.com. This week's major talking points have seen Spurs and Arsenal fans exchanging pleasantries following the derby epic while there has been some debate about who would win a match involving London Lions and North West Neasden A. It's an intriguing proposition as both teams have set their respective leagues on fire.

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Maccabiah could feel crunch, GB chief warns

By Danny Caro, November 6, 2008

David Pinnick, the head of delegation of Team GB, fears that top-class athletes could be lost to next year's Maccabiah Games because of the credit crunch.

Representatives from the 57 competing nations will meet at the next Maccabiah plenum in Israel in February. It is then that the number of participants from each delegation will be recorded, although Pinnick warns: "We won't know what is around the corner between February and the start of the Games in July. In 2001 we had the intifada but the event went ahead, albeit on a much smaller scale.

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North London Raiders keep rolling on

By Danny Caro, November 3, 2008

The North London Raiders machine keeps rolling on, this weekend recording a 5-1 win over South Mancunians to extend their lead to five points. Dean Schulberg (2) Ashley Davidson, Danny Wolfson and Amir Wagenstein netted for Raiders, whilst Mark Powell countered for Mancs.

London Maccabi Lions A thumped Glenthorne A by the same score, with Adam Brand (2), Adam Lee, David Price and Andy Miller getting on the scoresheet for Lions, Eliot Mullish grabbing Glenthorne's consolation.

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Team of the week: 31st October 2008

By Danny Caro, October 30, 2008

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Grant and Pompey could’ve been a match made in heaven

By Danny Caro, October 30, 2008

I was disappointed that Avram Grant was not given the manager's job at Portsmouth. I have no doubt that this opinion won't be shared by other national journalists and yes, it would've given me plenty of column inches for the next few months. But I'm saying this as a football fan as I want to see him given a second chance in the Premier League after the job he did at Chelsea.

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Kestenbaum up for his national service

By Danny Caro, October 30, 2008

Hendon United A manager Jonathan Kestenbaum has stepped down to concentrate on responsibilities as manager of the Great Britain Maccabiah open squad.

The move follows lengthy discussions with the Maccabiah football convenor Darryl Lee and the chairman David Pinnick.

One of the most highly respect and successful managers in the Jewish game, Kestenbaum said: "The Maccabiah Organising Committee have encouraged me to make this decision on the basis that the Games only comes round once every four years and needs total focus.

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Lions march on

By Danny Caro, October 27, 2008

Herts County League Premier Division: London Lions 2 Evergreen 0

A thoroughly professional and composed performance kept London Lions firmly on the heels of league leaders Codicote as they beat a decent Evergreen side 2-0 at the Lane.

With every player available for the first time this season and with no reserve team fixture, manager Tony Gold opted to choose a strong 16-man squad.

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Team of the week: 24th October 2008

By Danny Caro, October 23, 2008

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I’m back between the sticks, and I’ve never felt more at home

By Danny Caro, October 23, 2008

It was out of the frying pan and into the fire on Sunday as I played for my third new team in the space of three weeks. Since joining North London Raiders, I have represented their Masters and B teams. Last weekend, I debuted for the A team, who play in the JC MSFL Division One. They had made a poor start to the season with no wins in five.

Manager Adam Fegan has had his work cut out with a young squad hampered by inconsistency as a large chunk of them are out of London at university.

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Team of the week: 17th October 2008

By Danny Caro, October 17, 2008

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It’s job done as comeback goes from strength to strength

By Danny Caro, October 17, 2008

It's rare for a goalkeeper to claim an assist but two in the same game takes some doing. Making my JC MSFL debut for North London Raiders B, I added a clean sheet for good measure in one of the best natured matches I've been involved in.

Faithfold C were our opponents in a hard fought contest. And referee Tony McEvoy came away with plenty of credit for an assured and authorative display.

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Welsh Euro-flop spoils Jacobson’s comeback party

By Danny Caro, October 17, 2008

Joe Jacobson was this week reflecting on one of the biggest disappointments of his career after Wales Under 21s missed out on a place in next summer's Euro Championships.

Returning from a five-month spell on the sidelines after tearing his medial ligament in pre-season, left-back Jacobson was unable to help Brian Flynn's men overturn a first leg deficit, though they came close to forcing extra time at Villa Park.

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JC MSFL Matchday 7 Preview

By Danny Caro, October 17, 2008
There are some great games in store this weekend including Glenthorne United A and Faithfold A.

LONDON INTERMEDIATE CUP ROUND TWO

DOCKLANDS FC vs CHIGWELL ATHLETIC A

A 9-0 victory over your neighbours was the best possible victory for this game. Russell Green's midas touch is finally rubbing off on the Chigs.

Adam Hakimi was the star man. From his holding role in central midfield, he popped up with two goals against Glenthorne last week and ensured that the Thornes didn't get a look in.

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Spurs ‘must back Ramos’

By Danny Caro, October 10, 2008

Premier League Daniel Wynne, chairman of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust, believes that the top-flight strugglers should stick with Juande Ramos for a little longer.

Ramos was brought in to replace Martin Jol by chairman Daniel Levy and his board last October. But despite winning the Carling Cup in his first season, Spurs lie rooted to the foot of the Premier League with no wins from their first seven games.

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JC MSFL Matchday Six preview

By Danny Caro, October 8, 2008

There's no let up in the programme with two more East London derbies scheduled. Lions B are the next team attempting to stop leaders Neasden A, but our expert pundits don't give them a chance.

MATCHDAY FIVE REVIEW

SEE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM EL KNIGHTS vs WOODFORD WANDERERS

PETER MORRISON TROPHY (Southern) PRELIMINARY ROUND

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Lions arrested by the Police

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2008

HSCL Prem Div: Met Police Bushey 3 London Lions 1

The Lions had a chance to rubber stamp their authority at the top of the Herts County league as they visited second place Met Police but it wasn't to be their day as they went down 3-1.

Although the Lions created enough chances to win two games their recent goal scoring exploits deserted them in front of goal on a very blustery day.

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From keeping goal to keeping law and order in Edgware

By Danny Caro, October 3, 2008

I did my bit for crime prevention last Sunday after helping to restore order to the streets of Edgware. Having just completed a heavy session at the gym, I was pumped and had a take-no-prisoners attitude.

A drunk, armed with a bottle of wine and can of beer, had already been shown the door at Grodzinskis, across the road, and then tried to intimidate staff at Sharon's bakery.

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Kestenbaum calls up the big guns

By Danny Caro, October 3, 2008

Maccabiah Team GB is to name a provisional 23-man open football squad for next year's 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel, we can reveal.

Manager Jonathan Kestenbaum, together with his coaching team of Michael Stone and Ben Winston, will reduce the squad to 18 players with five non-travelling reserves working as a unit for the first get-together in November.

And it promises to be one of the strongest squads to represent Britain for many years.

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