Danny Caro

Yossi is the Real deal

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

An 82nd minute header from Yossi Benayoun proved decisive as five-times Champions League winners Liverpool claimed a vital advantage from the Super 16 first leg tie against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Impressive throughout, the Israel captain found the perfect moment to open his account in Europe’s premier competition as the Reds gained the upper hand. He found space in a packed six-yard box to nod home Fabio Aurelio’s curling free-kick.

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Rep team lose opener

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2009

The JC Maccabi League team were well beaten by a superior Turkish Federation side in their London Inter-League Cup opener at Potters Bar Town FC on Tuesday half.

The visitors, who featured seven players from Ryman League sides Ware and Witham Forest were simply too good, too sharp and too clever for Maccabi.

Going into the game, Maccabi League rep team boss Jonathan Kestenbaum was forced to alter his squad with striker Lee Cash starting a six-week ban, Daniel Cole, Ricky Kennet and Aron Barnes pulling out injuries from the weekend.

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Ram granted UAE visa

By Danny Caro, February 19, 2009

Doubles specialist Andy Ram has been granted a visa by the United Arab Emirates to play in the Dubai Championships.

There were fears that he would be denied access after compatriot Shahar Peer was banned from this week's women's tournament as organisers were concerned for her safety in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

But her exclusion was immediately condemned by the Women’s Tennis Association and fellow players while one of the tournament sponsors, Wall Street Journal Europe, withdrew their backing.

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Lessons must be learned from Peer’s Dubai debacle

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2009

The Shahar Peer episode is a very sad state of affairs and I believe that organisers of the Dubai Tennis Championships should hang their heads in shame. Without wanting to go over the top, it’s not too dissimilar to the Nazi regime preventing a Jew from taking part because of their religion.

The event is meant to be one of the most prestigious on the circuit for the top players. Either it is or it isn’t and it is clearly not. It shouldn’t be able to pick and choose who can and cannot play.

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Cup kings Neasden sink The Ship

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2009

Strikes from Alex Bowman, Bruno Frankel and Ryan Sher put North West Neasden B into the semi-finals of the London FA Sunday Junior Cup after they beat The Ship 3-1.

Joint-manager Sammy Carr said: “This is a huge achievement. Let’s just hope we can take our cup form into the league and gain promotion to the Premier Division.”

Nick Collins, Ashley Davidson and an own goal earned Maccabi Masters a tie against Leeds Maccabi as they beat Montana Boca United B 3-1 in the Peter Morrison Trophy.

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Team of the week: 20th February 2009

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2009

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Organisation plans your next move

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

A new amateur football body has been set up that could help fast-track talented young Jewish players into the professional game.

The Non League Football Association enables players to take charge of their careers. Players register their details including a profile and playing history, before joining a website database accessible to prospective teams and managers.

Set up by Newport County manager Dean Holdsworth and directors Clive Pollard and Tony Marks, the NLFA also offers discounts on football boots, kit and merchandise.

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What next for Avram as it appears that nobody wants him

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

It’s amazing what a bit of player power can do, isn’t it? It appears that this is what stopped Avram Grant taking charge of Chelsea and presumably Portsmouth with Guus Hiddink and former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson the preferred choice of the senior players. I’m sure that Bill Shankly and Brian Clough will be turning in their graves.

I’m glad Grant did not go back to Chelsea, in any capacity. There is an old adage that suggests you should never go back, that returning to an old haunt is never a sustainable notion.

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Cup games in fixture log-jam

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

The JC Cyril Anekstein Cup has been put on hold after the cold snap forced all but one scheduled match in Jewish football to be postponed last weekend.

For the first time in 46 years, the entire MSFL programme featuring 24 league and cup matches was wiped out with pitches deemed unfit as a result of the snow, frozen surfaces and waterlogging.

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Now who's in demand?

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2009

On June 2 last year, I was probably just about the only person who said that Avram Grant would be a tough act to follow after he was sacked as manager of Chelsea, and how right I was.

Many Chelsea fans believed that the grass would be greener under Luiz Felipe Scolari but I wasn’t so sure. He might have led Brazil to the 2008 World Cup but club football is a completely different kettle of fish.

Avram who was the headline when Grant took over at Chelsea but it appears that he’s had the last laugh.

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Grant favourite to replace Adams at Pompey

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2009

Avram Grant is the 6/4 favourite to replace Tony Adams as manager of Portsmouth.

Adams was sacked on Sunday night, following the 3-2 defeat against Liverpool.

A Portsmouth spokesman said: "The priority is for Portsmouth football club to remain in the top flight and we feel the appointment of a new manager will give us the best opportunity to enable us to do this."

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Team of the week: 6th February 2009

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

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Green departs as Chigs freshen up

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

Chigwell Athletic A have appointed Danny Berg and Greg Bookman as their new management team following the resignation of Russell Green.

Green, who has stood down for personal reasons, was appointed A team manager last summer after leading the B team to the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final as well as two league titles.

Berg steps up from being assistant-manager of the top-flight high-flyers.

Green said: “Unfortunately I’m unable to continue to give Chigwell my full attention when they need it and that is not good enough for me or the club.

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Yossi attack was the lowest of the low

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person to vent my anger when Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa put the boot into Yossi Benayoun at Anfield on Sunday. I even leapt off my chair when the Brazilian’s thuggish act marred the closing stages of a hard-fought Liverpool win.

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Smith does mega deal

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

Football agent Phil Smith has described the transfer of Zenit St. Petersburg’s Andrei Arsharvin to Arsenal as “the most complex I’ve ever been involved in”.

Smith, a director of First Artist Sport, played a key role in what is believed to be the most expensive move to a British club during the transfer window. The on-off deal went through a minute before the window closed.

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Blink and you’ll miss it. I wish I did!

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

I've never been a big fan of ITV's football coverage, well, maybe the Champions League final 2005 apart, but last night's blooper was the mother of all embarrassments.

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Ben Haim joins Sunderland on loan

By Danny Caro, February 2, 2009

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Avram Grant awaits Portsmouth decision

By Danny Caro, February 2, 2009

Avram Grant's imminent appointment as manager of Portsmouth is in doubt after the club's board said it had agreed to give Tony Adams more time to restore their fortunes. Grant, 53, has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea on May 24, just three days after the team lost the Champions League final against Manchester United on penalties. He also helped Chelsea finish runners-up in the League and Carling Cup. Tony Adams, the current Portsmouth boss, insists he will not resign despite the team’s relegation fears.

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Juniors given lifeline but it’s the end of the road for Brady

By Danny Caro, January 29, 2009

There was good news and bad news in the world of Jewish sport this week. The good news is that the future of junior football has been secured by the Maccabi (Southern) Primary Football League after coming up with a rescue package to take in teams from the AJY next season.

The fact that it has taken just a week to put plans into place does not surprise me as I know that there are many key players around who realise the importance of the issue.

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'Clubs must co-operate' says Wolff

By Danny Caro, January 29, 2009

David Wolff, chairman of the JC MSFL, has voiced his concerns about the season being completed after virtually the entire programme was called off on Sunday due to the weather.

Things had looked promising up until the early hours of Sunday morning when a torrential downpour led to matches in North West and East London being postponed at the last minute.

Only three games were played. A full programme has not been played since early December with frozen or waterlogged pitches leaving league organisers with a race against time to get the campaign completed.

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