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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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Klinger set to revive Aussie Ashes bid

By Danny Caro, December 23, 2008

Tipped by legend Alan Border to make the national team 10 years ago, batsman Michael Klinger is on the verge of breaking into the Australia squad and could be called up for next summer’s Ashes series.

Nicknamed Max after M*A*S*H character Corporal Maxwell, Klinger’s inspired form has shot him from fringe state player to Test star in waiting. The former Under 19 national captain has timed his return to form to perfection.

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The clash of the titans is the perfect way to end the year

By Danny Caro, December 19, 2008

The best two teams in the JC MSFL will go head-to-head on Sunday as Chigwell Athletic A entertain runaway leaders North West Neasden A at Hadley FC in Arkley.

Thirteen points clear of their nearest rivals, Neasden have been scoring for fun this season with captain marvel Lee Cash in red-hot form. The Maccabiah hopeful has already scored 25 goals this term and going into the tie on the back of a seven-goal bonanza last week, will be the one to watch out for.

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Team of the week: 19th December 2008

By Danny Caro, December 19, 2008

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Zidane ref booked for Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, December 18, 2008

The Referee who sent off Zinedine Zidane at the 2006 World Cup final in Germany and Wayne Rooney at the 2004 Euro Championships, has been confirmed as a referee for next year’s 18th Maccabiah Games.

Argentinian Horacio Elizondo, 45, dismissed Zidane for headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi and Rooney for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho.

Confirmation of the appointment came following a meeting in Buenos Aires with Asaf Stolarz, Maccabiah Sports Department Director. Elizondo has agreed not to officiate at any matches involving Argentina.

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Coach Claire gives football a new face

By Danny Caro, December 18, 2008

Football-loving Claire Lewis has been appointed as an FA Ambassador.
Lewis, 27, joins the likes of former England international Viv Anderson, Paul Elliott, Brendon Batson and Hope Powell as figureheads for equality and spreading The FA’s message of Football for All.

Lewis said: “It’s a really exciting appointment for me and I can’t wait to get stuck in. The FA liked my enthusiasm and offered me the role on the spot. They liked my involvement with the Jewish community and see me as someone that can bring more girls and women into the football at grassroots level.

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The clash of the titans is the perfect way to end the year

By Danny Caro, December 18, 2008

The best two teams in the JC MSFL will go head-to-head on Sunday as Chigwell Athletic A entertain runaway leaders North West Neasden A at Hadley FC in Arkley.

Thirteen points clear of their nearest rivals, Neasden have been scoring for fun this season with captain marvel Lee Cash in red-hot form. The Maccabiah hopeful has already scored 25 goals this term and going into the tie on the back of a seven-goal bonanza last week, will be the one to watch out for.

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Team of the week: 12th December 2008

By Danny Caro, December 11, 2008

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When the Cohen gets tough, the tough get going

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2008

Neal Cohen, manager of Zig Zag, is broiges with Barnet council. Cohen fumed after they threw a blanket cancellation over all the pitches in the borough following heavy rain last Wednesday. But with mild weather forecast for the rest of the week, Cohen went down to check out his team’s pitch in Edgwarebury Park and confirmed that the “surface was fine” two days later. He pleaded with council officials to reconsider but they were not having any of it.

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Team of the week: 5th December 2008

By Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

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Pretty in pink but causing a stink as the MSFL gets colourful

By Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

I can't believe what the world is coming to with pink shirts and boots becoming increasingly popular at all levels of the game. First, South Manx A wore the feminine-coloured tops. This was followed by the JC MSFL's answer to Arsenal striker Nicklaus Bendtner as East London Knights player-manager James Ryan and Glenthorne United B's Jason Silver recently invested in a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor IVs.

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Delight for Durban

By Danny Caro, November 27, 2008

Paul Durban is London Maccabi Vale's player of the year. The right-handed opening batsman was the club's top scorer with 477 runs, including four half centuries with a best of 92. He averaged 43.36 from 12 innings.

Neil Lederman was the top wicket-taker with 21 scalps.
Ben Lederman, who took 14 wickets, is the most improved player accolade while Andrew Daniels won the Alan Shapiro award for services to the club. Mark Spanjer was named colt of the season.
Jerome Colmans was elected 1st XI skipper, taking over from Jon Galloway who will be his vice.

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Team of the week: 28th November 2008

By Danny Caro, November 27, 2008

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6ft Elf set to face the big boys

By Danny Caro, November 27, 2008

Barnet youth team keeper Alex Elf has set his sights on playing against one of the Premier League giants in the FA Youth Cup.

The Spurs fan has helped the Bees reach the third round proper following victories over Basingstoke and Havant & Waterlooville. They await the winner of the tie between Bristol Rovers and Brighton & Hove Albion knowing that victory could set up a tie against Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal.

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