Danny Caro



In Rafa we trust

By Danny Caro, January 16, 2009

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has turned down the latest contract offer made by the club's board. My concerns are growing. I'm a lifelong Reds fan but it doesn't need me to tell you that the team hasn't been in such a promising position for many years.

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Blackman in a league of his own

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2009

Nicky Blackman this week became the first home-grown Jewish Premier League footballer after signing for Blackburn Rovers.

The 19-year-old striker, whose mother is Jewish, joined from League Two Macclesfield Town. Represented by the SEM Group, he has joined until 2011 for an undisclosed fee.

Blackman impressed while on trial when former boss Paul Ince was in charge and Sam Allardyce decided to go through with the signing.

Although not prepared to speak about religion, Blackman said: “My main goal is to break into the first team as and when the opportunity arises.

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Team of the week - 16th January 2009

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2009

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Day of destiny looms for Redbridge

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2009

Goals from Max Solomons and Elliot Fox put Redbridge Jewish Care into the final of the Under 17 Division Trophy Centre Cup after they beat Kenton Maccabi 1-0. Steven Field replied. RJC await the winner of the other semi-final between HIS Hendon United and Highgate & Muswell Hill.

Harrison Grant scored a hat-trick as Under 14 Division title hopefuls Redbridge Jewish Care A thumped Kenton Maccabi 6-1.

Three goals from Zachery Collins helped HMH beat Hendon Hawks 5-4.

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If ever there was one chance to rally the troops it was on Sunday

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2009

Bill Shankly once said that football was more important s than life and death. Although the Liverpool legend’s quote is regularly taken out of context, it reared it’s head last weekend when the pro-Israel rally clashed with Maccabi League football programme.

There were two sides to the argument. Supporters of Israel believe the organisation was wrong not to call a blanket postponement as it’s in the MSFL’s mission statement to “support strengthening the Jewish Continuity by promoting football and emphasising the importance of the centrality of Israel”.

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Kestenbaum names MSFL rep team

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2009

Maccabi League rep team boss Jonathan Kestenbaum has named a 17-man squad for the London Inter-League Cup.

Maccabi, who will take 14 players to the opener, starts the campaign against the Turkish Federation League at Potters Bar Town on Monday 26.

Under Kestenbaum, the MSFL went unbeaten, drawing two and winning one, in the competition last season but failed to reach the final on goal difference. They missed out by one goal. Maccabi won the cup for the first time three seasons ago.

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Danny Reuben's double helps title shot

By Danny Caro, January 12, 2009

Two goals from Danny Reuben hauled London Maccabi Lions A back into the Maccabi Masters Division One title race as they beat leaders North London Raiders 2-1.

The result blew the title race wide open with Ashley Davidson’s goal coming in vain for the Raiders who lost player-manager Richard Sacks with ligament damage.

South Mancunians climbed into second place following a goalless draw against Temple Fortune.

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Team of the week: 9th January 2009

By Danny Caro, January 9, 2009

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Bally debut put on ice

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2009

HORSE RACING Trainer George Baker has delayed the debut of Israeli horse Vanilla Bally.

The filly was set to race in the one-mile handicap at Southwell on Tuesday but after much consideration, Baker and his team decided to give her an extra couple of weeks.
Attempting to become the first Israeli racehorse to win in Britain, she is expected to debut at Wolverhampton on January 22.

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Never forgotten: Ableson left his mark on and off the pitch

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2009

The Jewish cricket community was left reeling over the festive period following the death of Richard Ableson. The Belmont & Edgware all-rounder lost his battle against a leukaemia-related illness less than a year since emigrating to New York and getting married.

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Lee called to Bar for third Ryman managerial stint

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2009

Adam Lee is relishing his third managerial job in the Ryman League Division One North after taking over at Potters Bar Town.

Lee, 44, has been out of football since leaving Enfield Town, where he was joint-manager, in September. Prior to that he managed Wingate & Finchley.

He said: “I’m delighted to be back and looking forward to the challenge.”

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Missing: four Israeli footballers who promised so much

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2008

Last year will be remembered as the year Jewish players slipped off the Premier League’s radar.

Having scored a Champions League hat-trick last season, I expected Yossi Benayoun to kick on this season but he’s flitted in and out of the Liverpool team.

Tal Ben Haim joined Manchester City amid much hype but he only gets a game when the first choice back four are injured.

In his defence, Tamir Cohen hasn’t really been given a chance but he’s not your average hurly burly player and appears unsuited to a gritty Bolton team.

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Team of the week - 2nd January 2009

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2008

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Swimmer Robbie's Macedonia mission

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2008

Having missed out on a place at the Beijing Olympics by one second, Robbie Williams is on a mission to help Macedonia send a delegation to the Maccabiah Games for the first time.

Williams, 29, knows that with 200 Jews in the Balkan state, he will do well to find any home-grown talent to help boost the squad, but he is calling on Macedonians across the globe to get in touch.

The American-born swimmer works as a patents lawyer in London and hopes that his adopted nation can overcome financial problems to make their debut in Israel.

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The Ryman stage is calling, says Stone

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2008

Wingate & Finchley manager Michael Stone has challenged Jewish players to step up to the plate to ensure that there is significant representation on the pitch.

The club has come under renewed criticism this season with just one player, Craig Ellis, a regular on the teamsheet for the Ryman League Division One North side. But Stone responded by saying that Jewish boys will be considered if they are good enough — and committed enough.

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Team of the week: 26 December 2008

By Danny Caro, December 23, 2008

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The sky’s the limit for NWN who are in a league of their own

By Danny Caro, December 23, 2008

North West Neasden A have certainly raised the bar in Jewish football this season. I can’t remember the last time that the league was a one-horse race, as good as done and dusted, as early as December. But it appears they have no equals.

One of my former clubs, the team managed by Jamie Cole and Daniel Fox, has an embarrassment of riches at their disposal with the club’s three teams on course for silverware this season.

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End of the road as Faithfold go belly up in the cup

By Danny Caro, December 23, 2008

Faithfold A bowed out of the London FA Sunday Intermediate Cup after losing 5-2 against Galatasary in round four. Trailing 4-0 at the break, goals from Michael Field and Shlomy Cohen gave the score a sense of respectability.

Four goals from Yishai Last eased Hendon United B into the third round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup after they beat FC Heath 8-0. Rafi Noe, Gav Noe, Rafi Kon and Nathan Wiesenberg completed the rout.

Adam Kaye (4), Neil Burke and Lee Setyon struck as Brixton Old Boys beat FC Team B 6-3. Lorian Madanes, Sheldon Conrich and Mitch Young replied.

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Neasden ‘are unbeatable’

By Danny Caro, December 23, 2008

“Neasden have won the title.” That was the post-match verdict of Chigwell manager Russell Green after his team were beaten by the runaway leaders at Hadley FC.

Although the East Londoners still have 10 games to play, Green believes that Neasden are a cut above the rest this season and have raised the bar in Jewish football.

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