Danny Caro

Heroic Sela bows out against fourth seed

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2009

Dudi Sela's Wimbledon fairytale ended with a straight sets fourth round defeat against fourth seed Novak Djokovic on Court 3 on Monday afternoon.

Having beaten two seeds en route to the last 16, the brave Israeli was not outplayed by the Serb with the pair producing some entertaining rallies to keep a boisterous crowd on the edge of their seats.

In the end, Djokovic's booming serve, unerring consistency and accuracy proved decisive against a hard-working Sela.

Defeat saw Sela, 24, improve on last year's first round exit at his first Wimbledon.

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Jewish property man fronts bid to buy Southampton FC

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Former teammates of Michael Fialka, the man purportedly at the centre of the Pinnacle Group’s bid to buy Southampton Football Club, have expressed shock over his potential takeover.

Property company boss Fialka, 32, appeared on Sky Sports on Thursday night and informed reporters that he was hopeful the bid would be accepted. He confirmed that outstanding players' wages, in the region of £500,000, have been settled.

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Levine through to round three

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Jesse Levine marched into the third round of the men’s singles at Wimbledon after wining a five-set thriller against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.

Having beaten 14th seed Marat Safin in the opening round, Levine, 21, won 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3.

He is scheduled to meet Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the third round on Saturday.

The winner will meet third seed Andy Murray or Viktor Troicki.

Dudi Sela flies the flag for Israel with a clash against Tommy Robredo on Court 3.

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Israel will be the dream ticket for sports fans in July

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

While the Maccabiah Games is a sporting extravaganza in its own right, participants of next month’s Jewish Olympics are in for a treat with two other major events taking place in Israel at the same time.

The Davis Cup quarter-final against Russia will feature the leading lights of tennis at the Nokia Arena from July 11-12.

A few days later, Maccabi Haifa host Glentoran in a Champions League qualifier. The Team GB football squads will be staying just a few blocks away and I expect to see a large number of fans kitted out in official team gear.

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Oldham delighted to grab Joe

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Joe Jacobson has joined Jewish-owned Oldham Athletic from League One rivals Bristol Rovers.

Having missed large chunks of last season through injury, Jacobson 22, was released by Rovers after making 84 appearances.

“I feel great and cannot wait to get training with the lads,” Jacobson said. “New manager Dave Penney has a reputation of getting the best out of players, that suits me fine. I can’t wait to show the fans what I can bring to the party.”

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Sloma rescues GB

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Team GB Open football came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against Wingate & Finchley at Rowley Lane.

In their second warm-up match ahead of the Maccabiah Games, goals from Mitch Hahn (2) and captain Sam Sloma completed the comeback. Hahn and Danny Berg spurned chances to win the game.

GB manager Jonathan Kestenbaum said: “The scoreline didn’t reflect the balance of play, particularly in the second half. The team felt that we should have won but these games are all about what we learn in preparation for the tournament and we have learned a great deal.”

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Maccabiah: who said it was a man’s game?

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Making their debut at the 18th Maccabiah Games, the Team GB Ladies Open football squad are ready for battle, and they’ll be no soft touch. Take it from someone who found out the hard way.

With the first match around a fortnight away, I joined a training session at Rowley Lane and came away with a lot more than a bruised ego, nursing a swollen eye and damaged finger.

Following a gruelling two-hour workout, this veteran Maccabi League goalkeeper departed duly impressed, with tail firmly between legs.

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Lampert is the new Lion king

By Danny Caro, June 25, 2009

Former Wycombe Wanderers trialist Ben Lampert is London Lions’ Manager’s Player of the Year. The attacking midfielder scored 12 goals in his first season with the club and was the standout choice of boss Tony Gold.

Gold said: “Ben’s attitude is second to none. He is a top player with outstanding football ability. He is good on the ball, good in and outside of the dressing room and can pick out a pass.”

Maccabiah-bound Guy Morris won Players’ Player while Adam Stolerman retained the top-scorer award with 30 goals from 29 matches.

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Levine sends Safin tumbling into retirement

By Danny Caro at Wimbledon, June 24, 2009

Jesse Levine caused one of the upsets of the tournament with a four-set win over 14th seed Marat Safin, who announced his retirement from the game after the match.

Third seed Andy Murray is a possible opponent for Levine who overcame a clear height disadvantage to win 6-2, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Wayne Odesnik suffered another painful exit from Wimbledon on Tuesday.

He was comfortably beaten by Jurgen Meltzer 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. South African born Odesnik was hampered by a groin strain and was forced to call a trainer on to the court.

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Peer and Sela shine at Wimbledon

By Danny Caro, June 23, 2009

Israel’s top stars made winning starts at Wimbledon on Monday.

Shahar Peer was relieved to make a winning return following a six-week injury-enforced absence.

Her 6-2, 7-6 victory featured a dramatic second set comeback from 5-1 down.

She said: "I had my ups and downs but overall, kept myself together and found a way to win the match after a slow start."

She meets 10th seed Nadia Petrova in round two. She has yet to beat the Russian.

Dudi Sela maintained his winning ways with a hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over Mexican Santiago Gonzalez.

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Peer makes opening day bow

By Danny Caro, June 22, 2009

Shahar Peer has passed a fitness test and will line-up against Maria Elena Camerin second match on court four at Wimbledon on day one.

Having missed the French Open through injury, Peer has come through an intense training regime and she hopes to improve on last year’s best at SW19, when she reached the fourth round.

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Remembering big Maurice – a legend in his own right

By Danny Caro, June 19, 2009

Tributes have been flooding in for former Wingate & Finchley vice-chairman Maurice Hanover who passed away in Spain last week. Battling cancer in recent years, Hanover used to be Head of Football Programme at Sinclair House.

Mickey Brown said: “Maurice had three loves in his life – family, Jewish football and Spurs. They consumed his entire day from morning to night. He was a great friend.”

Wingate President Harvey Ackerman said: “Maurice recommended me as President, I owe him a lot. He was a lovely man. I admired him greatly.”

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Arise, Sir Lev

By Danny Caro, June 11, 2009

V FOOTBALL North West Neasden A’s Daniel Levenfiche was crowned JC MSFL Player of the Year.

The left midfielder, 26, who joined from North London Raiders A a season-and-a-half ago, scored 11 goals in a season where NWN won the league and cup double. He received the trophy at the end-of-season awards in Edgware.

Levenfiche said: “Credit goes to Jamie Cole, Daniel Fox, Darren Yarlett and my teammates for making it a great season. I’m very proud.”

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We’ll improve as Games go on, says Reed

By Danny Caro, June 11, 2009

Big match tournament experience is one of the key factors Team GB head coach Les Reed brings to the table, according to open football manager Jonathan Kestenbaum.

No. 2 to Kevin Keegan at the Euro 2000 finals, technical director at the FA and of Northern Ireland, and director of football at Fulham, it is clear that Reed has a wealth of experience that could benefit GB at next month’s Maccabiah Games in Israel.

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Sir Bobby will lead GB squad

By Danny Caro, June 11, 2009

maccabiah World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton will lead Team GB’s squad into the opening ceremony at the 18th Maccabiah Games next month.
The Manchester United legend, 71, will be Great Britain’s special guest and will travel to Israel with wife, Lady Norma and fellow United director Mike Edelson and his wife, Jacky.

He will attend a number of Maccabiah events. The visit will culminate with him leading the British delegation into the Ramat Gan Stadium in front of 40,000 people before taking his seat in the Presidential box alongside the Prime Minister and President of Israel.

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Levenfiche is a shining light to the rest of the leagues

By Danny Caro, June 11, 2009

As predicted, North West Neasden’s Daniel Levenfiche won the JC MSFL Football of the Year, and rightly so. He has worked his way up the Maccabi League ladder in great style after initially impressing with Red Sea and at North London Raiders and has taken to the big stage like a duck to water. He has won many people over with his honest and hard working approach, and most importantly, he plays the game with a smile on his face.

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Sir Bobby will lead GB squad

By Danny Caro, June 10, 2009

World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton will lead Team GB’s squad into the opening ceremony at the 18th Maccabiah Games next month.

The Manchester United legend, 71, will be Great Britain ’s special guest and will travel to Israel with wife, Lady Norma and fellow United director Mike Edelson and his wife, Jacky.

He will attend a number of Maccabiah events. The visit will culminate with him leading the British delegation into the Ramat Gan Stadium in front of 40,000 people before taking his seat in the Presidential box alongside the Prime Minister and President of Israel.

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JC MSFL awards

By Danny Caro, June 9, 2009

Photos by John Rifkin

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Levenfiche crowned MSFL king

By Danny Caro, June 9, 2009

North West Neasden A's Daniel Levenfiche was crowned JC MSFL Player of the Year on Monday night.

The left midfielder, 26, who joined from North London Raiders A a season-and-a-half ago, scored 11 goals in a season where NWN won the league and cup double.

Levenfiche said: "Credit goes to Jamie Cole, Daniel Fox, Darren Yarlett and my teammates for making it a great season. I'm very proud."

North London Raiders B hotshot Nicky Woolf was named Young Player of the Season.

Other winners:
Golden Boot - Lee Cash (NWN A) - 35 goals
Safe Hands - Ben Law ( Montana Boca Utd A)

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Black century inspires LMV

By Danny Caro, June 8, 2009

A superb century from Maccabiah-bound Richard Black steered London Maccabi Vale 2nd to their first victory of the Middlesex Sunday League Division Three in a 114-run win over West Middlesex.

LMV were close to calling the fixture off after poor availability left them with only seven available players. Black received a late call-up after his cup match for Stanmore was rained off.

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