Danny Caro

John Gregory takes over at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth

By Danny Caro, December 8, 2009

John Gregory is the new manager of Israeli Premier Division side Maccabi Ahi Nazareth.

Gregory, the former boss of Aston Villa, QPR and Derby County, has not managed since leaving Loftus Road in 2007.

He takes over a Nazareth team who lie bottom of Ligat Ha’al, replacing Eli Mahfoud under whom Nazareth lost 9 out of 12 matches.

Gregory, 55 will be assisted by former Villa defender Najwan Grayeb. He has signed a deal until the end of the season.

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Maccabi champions MAL join Middlesex League

By Danny Caro, December 8, 2009

Maccabi champions MAL have pulled out of the Sunday League to join the Middlesex Sunday League.

They join London Maccabi Vale and Belmont & Edgware in the non-Jewish competition.

MAL's Mark Landau said: "The decision to leave the Maccabi League was not taken lightly, but was done with the intention of providing our members with the most competitive cricket that we can in order to continue our development.

Like LMV and BECC, they have agreed to keep supporting the Jewish game and will enter teams in the Maccabi T20, revamped Stuart Neils Cup and Indoor six-a-side tournament.

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Avram Grant saviours first Portsmouth win

By Danny Caro, December 7, 2009

Avram Grant breathed a sigh of relief after leading Portsmouth to their first victory since he took over as manager following the 2-0 Premier League home win over Burnley.

Beaten 4-0 by defending champions Manchester United last weekend and 4-2 by Aston Villa in the Carling Cup quarter-finals in midweek, the Israeli steered Portsmouth home in a relegation six-pointer with goals from Hermann Hreidarsson and Aruna Dindane temporarily lifting them off the foot of the table.

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Salita 'determined' for victory over Amir Khan

By Danny Caro, December 5, 2009

A “lifetime achievement” is how Dmitriy Salita described what being crowned IBF light-welterweight champion would mean to him ahead of tomorrow’s night title fight against Amir Khan.

Scheduled to walk into the ring to the tones of Matisyahu, Salita, 27, has handled a media frenzy in his usual calm and assured style since after touching down in England from his Brooklyn home at the end of last week. One of his first assignments was to visit the Kosher Deli in north west London. Then it was off to Tyneside.

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Hendon into the third round of cup

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

Benji Gilbert, Chaim Gothold, Gav Noe and Amit Dinowitz booked Hendon United B a place in the third round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup as they breezed past second division London Maccabi Lions B.

Hendon joint-manager Ari Birnbaum said: “We were not at our best even though the score suggests otherwise. Credit to the Lions who kept battling but our experience told in the end.”

Lions’ Frank Steinberg said: “The score flattered Hendon on the amount of possession we enjoyed, but they had goalscorers and we didn’t, and their goalie had a great game.”

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Barnet's top brass were impressed, but the leggy lady wasn't

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

Barnet made three loan signings on deadline day. But I wasn’t one of them, much to my disappointment. Playing alongside Director of Football Paul Fairclough at their spanking new £4 million training complex in Edgware, Bees chairman Tony Kleanthous and manager Ian Hendon were among keen on-lookers watching a Maccabi Masters Select XI take on Maccabi Moscow in conditions that suited the visitors.

As an avid Barnet fan, it would have been a dream move, but there was no fairytale, despite a decent performance in goal in front of England C national team boss Fairclough.

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Team of the week: 3rd December 2009

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

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Salita 'determined' for victory over Amir Khan

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

A “lifetime achievement” is how Dmitriy Salita described what being crowned IBF light-welterweight champion would mean to him ahead of tomorrow’s night title fight against Amir Khan.

Scheduled to walk into the ring to the tones of Matisyahu, Salita, 27, has handled a media frenzy in his usual calm and assured style since after touching down in England from his Brooklyn home at the end of last week. One of his first assignments was to visit the Kosher Deli in north west London. Then it was off to Tyneside.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv coach: Win in Israel was key

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

Eli Guttman, coach of Hapoel Tel Aviv, believes that the key to his team reaching the last 32 of the Europa League was beating Celtic in Israel.

Beaten 2-0 by the Scots at Celtic Park last night, Hapoel’s progress to the knockout stages was confirmed after Hamburg beat Rapid Vienna by the same score.

Guttman believes that a strong second half showing at the corresponding fixture at the Bloomfield made it possible.

"The second 45 minutes in Tel Aviv was the main point," said Guttman, whose side qualify along with Hamburg.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv through despite Celtic defeat

By Danny Caro, December 2, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv progressed into the last 32 of the Europa League despite going down 2-0 to Celtic in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

The Israelis went into the game needing a point to secure their place in the knockout stages but with Hamburg beating Rapid Vienna 2-0, their passage was secured.

Celtic avenged the 2-1 defeat against Hapoel in Israel with goals from Georgios Samaras and Barry Robson

Following a result that saw Celtic eliminated from Europe, Hapoel conclude the Group C campaign at home to Hamburg is a game that will decide which team finishes top.

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Lions reach the last eight

By Danny Caro, December 2, 2009

London Lions breezed into the quarter-finals of the Anagrams Records Trophy after beating MK Wanderers 4-1.

Up against opponents from the South Midlands League, the Lions came out on top in a game where they had 10 first team players unavailable mainly due to injury.

Goals from Guy Morris, Ben Joseph, Adam Stolerman and Aron Barnes saw them home.

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FC Team overcome 8-man London United

By Danny Caro, December 1, 2009

FC Team climbed into the top six in the Middlesex County League Division One after claiming an impressive 4-1 victory over London United Academy.

After last weeks 3-0 win in the cup and having gone four games unbeaten, FC Team went into the game against their nearest rivals full of confidence despite missing squad members Gideon Moss, Paul Kent, Kieran Allen Curry and Rich Sternberg.

Having lost 2-1 in their previous meeting, manager Mitch Young changed the tactics to a 4-1-3-1-1 formation. He employed Laurence Judah to a man marking role on London's star player.

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Andy Ram fails at World Tour Finals

By Danny Caro, November 30, 2009

Andy Ram fell at the final hurdle as his bid to win the men’s doubles title at the ATP World Tour Series was crushed by American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.

Together with Max Mirnyi, the Israeli was unable to repeat his round robin victory over the siblings, going down in straight sets, 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 at the 02 Arena in London.

Serve dominated the opening set. The all-important breakthrough came on the first set point when a fizzing backhand split the Belarusian-Israeli pairing and prompted the trademark Bryan brothers chest-bump.

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Unhappy return to Premiership for Avram Grant

By Danny Caro, November 30, 2009

Defending champions Manchester United made it an unhappy Premier League return for Avram Grant on Saturday as they beat Portsmouth 4-1 at Fratton Park.

In a match of three penalties, the reds ran out comfortable winners in Grant's first match back since, as manager he lost the Champions League finals in a spot-kick shootout in 2008.

That was not the only similarity to that dramatic night in Moscow as the Israeli stood in his technical area and got a good soaking for his efforts as the match was played in torrential rain.

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Team of the week: 27th November 2009

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

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Summers can’t come late enough for RJC

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

Four goals from Steve Summers eased Redbridge Jewish Care A into the second round of the Peter Morrison at the expense of Rapid Banta. Steve Gevertz, Adam Stolerman and Lewis Walker wrapped up a 7-0 victory.

London Maccabi Lions A went joint-top of the JC MSFL Premier Division with a 4-1 win at Glenthorne United A. Lee Bibring (2), Louis Basger and Mike Pearson were the scorers.

David Lederman (2), Paul Lenchner (2) and Matty Kleiman helped Faithfold A come from behind to beat South Manx 5-4. Kane Swerner (3) and Shai David replied.

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As another side goes under, are our days numbered?

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

I don’t want to be branded a scaremonger but these are very worrying times for Jewish sport. First of all, a third MSFL side has bitten the dust. Following in the footsteps of South Manx B and North West Neasden C, AC Cricklewood are the first single-team club to fold this season. That leaves the MSFL down to 52 teams, 25 of which are made up of multi-team clubs.

League chairman David Wolff was left unimpressed. “It’s disappointing when teams have to pull out so early in the season,” he told me. “I found Cricklewood’s excuse for withdrawing poor.”

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Haifa suffer more Champions League anguish

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

Maccabi Haifa lost their fifth consecutive Champions League match as they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in Germany on Wednesday night.

The Israeli champions have failed to hit the target in 450 minutes and look a pale shadow of the team that is nine points clear and has a 100 per cent record in the Israeli Premier Division.

In a match dominated by the Germans, a 62nd minute strike from Ivica Olic was all that separated the teams, although Munich were missing star men Frank Robery and Arjen Robben.

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Avram Grant is new Portsmouth manager

By Danny Caro, November 26, 2009

Portsmouth have confirmed today that Avram Grant will be their new manager.

The former Chelsea manager returned to Fratton Park in October, for a second spell as Director of Football, but he unable to start the role as he awaited a work permit.

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Andy Ram's World Tour Finals hopes fade

By Danny Caro, November 25, 2009

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi’s hopes of winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles suffered a blow when they were beaten by Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach.

Having beaten Bob and Mike Bryan in their opening group match on Monday, Ram and Mirnyi knew that victory would book a place in the last four.

But they failed to capitalise on three match points against their Group B rivals. The Israel-Belarus duo won the first set 6-4 at the 02 Arena in London. Kubot and Marach levelled the tie after taking the second 6-4 before winning an epic deciding set 16-14.

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