Danny Caro

Avram Grant rejoins Portsmouth

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2009

Avram Grant has been reinstalled as Director of Football at Premier League strugglers Portsmouth.

The former Chelsea manager, 54, joined the Fratton Park club in the same role in June 2006, just months after stepping down from the Israel national job.

The appointment was made days after billionaire Saudi businessman Ali Al Faraj bought the club.

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Salita booked in for Khan title fight

By Danny Caro, October 6, 2009

Dmitriy Salita will take on WBA light-welterweight Amir Khan in Newcastle on December 5.

Khan’s first title defence will take place at the Metro Radio Arena against Salita, 27, the WBA mandatory challenger and a highly-credible first defence for 2004 Olympic silver-medallist Khan.

Promoter Frank Warren said: “For Amir’s first defence this is a very tough fight for him and he’s taking on a fighter that the American media are really building up at the moment.

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London Lions reserves take second place

By Danny Caro, October 5, 2009

London Lions reserves climbed to second in the Herts Senior County League Division One courtesy of a 6-1 drubbing of Bovingdon, the team’s fourth consecutive league victory.

The were five changes from the previous week, including Andy Myers, returning after a month’s suspension and Richard Baum and Josh Gordon, both answering late call-ups for their first appearances of the season in a Lions shirt.

Lining up in a more defensive than usual 4-4-2 formation, manager Jon Green demanded 90 minutes focus and concentration for what has always been a tough fixture.

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London Lions suffer first defeat

By Danny Caro, October 5, 2009

Former leaders London Lions slipped down to third after suffering their first defeat of the season, going down 3-1 to fellow high-flyers Baldock Town in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

In a performance described as “Jekyl & Hyde” by manager Tony Gold, the Lions forged ahead in the first-half before a lacklustre second period saw them go down at Clarence Park, home of St. Albans City.

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Football: Israel name World Cup squad

By Danny Caro, October 5, 2009

Premiership stars Tamir Cohen, Yossi Benayoun and Tal Ben Haim head a 22-man squad named by manager Dror Kashtan for Israel’s last two World Cup qualifiers.

The Blues host Moldova in Ramat Gan on Saturday before finishing in Switzerland, knowing that only two victories will keep them in contention of reaching the 2010 finals in South Africa.

Israel currently lie fourth in Group C, behind Switzerland, Greece and Lativa.

Israel squad

Goalkeepers: Dudu Awat (RCD Mallorca), Nir Davidovich (Maccabi Haifa), Liran Strauber (Maccabi Tel Aviv).

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Europa League: Hamburg too hot for Hapoel Tel Aviv

By Danny Caro, October 2, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv suffered their first Europa League defeat on Thursday night, going down 4-2 to Hamburg in Germany.

Having beaten Celtic in their first match, the Israelis found themselves two goals down inside the opening 12 minutes of the Group C contest.

Hamburg, beaten 3-1 by Rapid Vienna in their opening fixture, flew out of the blocks with Swedish striker Marcus Berg bagging a brace.

Minutes after coming off the bench, Hapoel substitue Etai Shechter halved the deficit, turning in Bibras Natcho's pinpoint cross with his head.

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Good but not good enough

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

It was a case of so near yet so far for Maccabi Haifa in France last night.

They had done the hard bit, silencing the crowd, but a lack of concentration for a split second led to their downfall. The 83rd minute goal from a corner could and should have been stopped, had the man on the post been more alert and not just standing on parade.

As things transpired, a lack of quality in the final third together with a lack of experience on the big stage were contributory factors but there were plenty of positives for manager Elisha Levy to take away.

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Dirk Kuyt impressed by Liverpool's Benayoun

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

Ahead of the Premier League clash against title rivals Chelsea, Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt has hailed the form of Liverpool teammate Yossi Benayoun.

Kuyt believes that the Israeli captain’s quality and commitment will help the Merseysiders mount another sustained silverware challenge.

“Yossi is an intelligent player with lots of quality,” said Kuyt. “His biggest quality is to beat players. The way he passes them sometimes is unbelievable. He's got great skill and can do something for us in games to change things.

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Bridge boys leave it late

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

An extra-time strike from Steve Summers booked Redbridge Jewish Care A’s place in the second round of the London FA Sunday Intermediate Cup at the expense of Turkish team Turmenjoy Aydin Spor Kulubu. Craig Johnstone had opened the scoring for the East Londoners.

Chaim Gothold (2) and Gav Noe were on the mark as Hendon United B overcame Caribb FC 3-1.

A hat-trick from Josh Lewis plus one from Daniel Cordell helped L’Equipe thump Team JLGB 4-1 in the preliminary round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. They will meet UJIA in round one. Ian Levy scored JLGB’s consolation.

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Engleman on song

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

Teenage striker Ricardo Engleman has made a great start to the South Midlands League Premier Division campaign, hitting four goals in five games for Hillingdon Borough.

Born in Pinner, Middlesex, Engleman, who has a Jewish father and Colombian mother, earned Boro a point with a 63rd minute header in the clash against leaders Dunstable Town.

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Who will be waltzing their way to Vienna in 2011?

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

With no Maccabi football until October 18, now seems a good time to look ahead to the 2011 European Maccabi Games in Vienna. Darryl Lee recently told me about an exciting new blueprint for Jewish football, to build on the success of our players at the 18th Games. The bar has certainly been raised over the past two and a half years and it’s vital that the standards are maintained.

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Champions League: Haifa slip again

By Danny Caro, September 30, 2009

An 83rd minute header from Michael Ciani condemned Maccabi Haifa to their second consecutive Champions League defeat.

The Israel frustrated the French champions Bordeaux, restricting them to half chances and looked threatening on the counter-attack at the Stade Chaban Delmas.

Haifa finished with 10 men after Baram Kayal was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge two minutes from time.

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Yossi pulled a fast one

By Danny Caro, September 30, 2009

Sky got it wrong and The Telegraph got it wrong. Yossi Benayoun did not pick up an injury during Liverpool’s 6-1 over Hull and the ‘injury’ did prevent Israel’s captain from travelling to Italy and playing against Fiorentina in Tuesday’s Champions League match.

Get it right boys. He flew out early for Yom Kippur.

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Peer wins fifth tennis title

By Danny Caro, September 29, 2009

Shahar Peer won her second consecutive WTA title after beating Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3 6-4 in the Tashkent Open.

Peer’s fifth career title saw her complete back-to-back tournaments without dropping a set. The victory lifted her to 34 in the rankings.

“That’s a nice feeling. I’m happy I’m playing well,” said Peer, 22. “I had played Akgul four times before and knew her game fairly well, but I knew it would be difficult. I tried to play my best and not give her any chances. I'm happy my father was with me these last two weeks, because I won both tournaments.”

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Premiership? These days, Tal looks more Fantasy League

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

What has happened to Tal Ben Haim? He looked more Maccabi League than Premier League on Rosh Hashanah, when Gabriel Agbonlahor outfoxed him to score the all-important second goal in Aston Villa’s win against Portsmouth.

It was all a far cry from the Ben Haim who made a name for himself when he arrived on British shores, playing for Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2004.

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Greenberg set for boxing comeback

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

Roman Greenberg, the British-based Israeli heavyweight, is set to return to the ring towards the end of the year. Greenberg, 27, has not fought since suffering his first loss, a second-round technical knockout against Cedric Boswell last August.

He has since relinquished the IBO Intercontinental title and, during the past 12 months, has gone under the knife to repair a long-standing hand injury.

Robert Waterman, Greenberg’s promoter, says that his fighter is scheduled to have a comeback fight in November or December.

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Accrington Stanley appoint woman chairman

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

Marcelle Lazarus, the new co-chairman at Accrington Stanley, is confident of helping the cash-strapped club stay in business.

Stanley was served with a winding up order in May for unpaid taxes. An outstanding £308,000 bill must be paid by November and Lazarus, 47, a mother of six from Whitfield, has been looking to develop the club brand with her contacts in the sport.

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Haifa beat Hapoel

By Danny Caro, September 22, 2009

Defending champions Maccabi Haifa maintained their 100 per cent record in this season’s Israeli Premier Division with a 2-1 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv at the Bloomfield Stadium.

First half strikes from captain Yaniv Katan and Eyal Golasa gave them the upper hand and although Itai Shechter pulled one back before haif time, the Greens went on to record their fourth league win of the campaign.

Haifa made a dream start with ex-West Ham player Katan putting them ahead from the penalty spot after Omri Canada handled in the area a minute into the contest.

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Peer wins in China

By Danny Caro, September 21, 2009

Shahar Peer has won the Guangzhou Open in China, her first WTA singles title in three years.

Seeded five, Peer, 22, beat first-time finalist Alberta Brianti of Italy 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

The victory marked a fourth career singles title for the Israeli on the tour.

“I’m very happy to win this title,” said Peer. “It’s really important to me.

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Israel outclassed in Davis Cup semi

By Danny Caro, September 20, 2009

Defending champions Spain outclassed Israel to reach their seventh Davis Cup final after claiming an unassailable 3-0 advantage to spare in Murcia.

With Israel lining up in its first-ever Davis Cup semi-final, and Spain in the last four for the fifth time in 10 years, the odds were stacked against the visitors continuing their fairytale run.

On Friday, David Ferrer comfortably defeated Harel Levy. The pair, who are separated by over 100 places in the men's rankings, were a mismatch, with the Spaniard dropping just eight games in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win.

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