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Euro rivals ready to rumble at EMFT

    Teams from across Europe will battle it out for silverware as the European Maccabi Football Trophy comes to London.

    Starting a day after the World Cup commences, the biggest international European Jewish competition will bring together the top Jewish football and futsal sides from across Europe and will see matches held at Maccabi London Brady Sports Ground and SportHouse, Dagenham on June 13 and June 15.

    CLICK HERE TO SEE SCHEDULES FOR FRIDAY AND SUNDAY

    This will be only the second time Maccabi GB has hosted the prestigious two-day tournament, with Team Maccabi GB competing against Maccabi delegations including France, Germany, Holland and Gibraltar in Open and Masters categories. There will be an Open Women’s Futsal Tournament for the first time in the competition.

    The Open Football Team, joint-managed by Robert Richman and Jonathan Green, will be looking to regain the trophy that the side last won in 2010. The squad is made up predominantly from the top five teams from the Maccabi GB Southern Football League Premier Division. They will compete against France, Germany and Team Maccabi GB Masters, managed by Dan Jacobs and Matt Kleinman.

    Speaking about their squad and their side’s chances in the EMFT, Green said: "We believe that the group we've put together is a great blend of youth and experience and we've been very encouraged by the training sessions we've had so far.

    "It is the closest there has been to a Rep Team in the last few years and we believe this group of players will represent the league credibly and successfully."

    Richman commented: This is a great opportunity for the MGBSFL and its players to play at an international level and will hopefully lead to greater opportunities for these players at future international tournaments.

    "We would encourage as many people as possible to come down to Rowley Lane and support the team in what is a rare international Jewish sporting event taking place in London."

    The full squads are listed below:

    Open Football Tournament
    Maccabi France
    Maccabi Germany

    Team Maccabi GB Masters
    Russell Brill
    Danny Daggers
    Tony Gold
    Marc Greene
    Frank Hyman
    Adam Kaye
    Matt Kleinman
    Bradley Lee
    Paul Lenchner
    Alex Levack
    Adam Myeroff
    Loz Newman
    Daryl Phillips
    Aviel Schwarz
    Mark Stewart

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    Team Maccabi GB
    Russ Corin (Hendon A)
    Adam Hakimi (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
    David Rhodes (Norstar London Raiders A)
    Avi Korman (Hendon A)
    Jake Rinsler (Brady Maccabi A)
    Josh Morris (Norstar London Raiders A)
    Jonathan Kay (Norstar London Raiders A)
    Ben Sollosi (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
    Ben Joseph (Brady Maccabi A)
    Rocky Spitzer (Faithfold A)
    Yoav Kestenbaum (Hendon A)
    Ethan Zone (Norstar London Raiders A)
    David Woolman (Oakwood A)
    Jamie Wolfson (Norstar London Raiders A)
    Josh Rose (Oakwood A)

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    Due to their spectacular unbeaten season, many of Team Maccabi GB’s Open Futsal team has been hand-picked from Maccabi GB Futsal, who competes in the FA National Futsal League. There are some new faces, such as Jordan Kay, Sammy Horne and talented Loughborough University Futsal player, Russell Goldstein. They will be overseen by Maccabi GB Futsal Player/Manager Jon Kurrant.

    The team will face-off against an experienced Masters side, managed by Maccabi GB stalwart, Adam Lustigman, as well as France, Holland and a mixed Germany/Gibraltar team:

    Open Futsal Tournament
    Maccabi France
    Maccabi Holland
    Maccabi Germany/Maccabi Gibraltar

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    Team Maccabi GB
    Jordan Davidson
    Alex Olcot
    Jordan Kay
    Jon Kurrant
    Scott Shulton
    Sammy Horne
    Dan Sugarman
    Jamie Bernstein
    Adam Bernstein
    Russell Goldstein

    Team Maccabi GB Masters
    Phil Caplin
    Adam Gishen
    Dean Schulberg
    Mark Wagman
    Alex Norman
    Saul Zaidman
    Paul Shamplina
    Daniel Reuben
    Daniel Levy
    Max Radford
    Toby Lustigman
    Ben Lewis

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    For the first time in the competition’s history the EMFT will welcome an Open Women’s Futsal category, with the best female Futsal players from across Maccabi’s European Delegations facing-off against each other.

    The format of the weekend will see group matches played on Friday morning and afternoon, before the EMFT’s official Opening Ceremony and Shabbat coming in. On Sunday the competition resumes with playoffs and finals followed by the trophy presentations and a BBQ.

    Maccabi GB’s Joint Vice-Chairman Daniel Collins, spoke about the excitement that the EMFT brings to the Community. "It is not often that the UK’s Jewish Community has a major sports competition on its doorstep. We all know how big these sports are in this country and with the whole country gripped in ‘Football Fever’, thanks to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, what better way to immerse ourselves in Football and Futsal.

    "I encourage everyone within the Community to come along to Maccabi London Brady Sports Ground and SportHouse to cheer on Team Maccabi GB’s Open and Masters teams and to welcome other Jewish athletes to the UK with open arms."

    Football matches will be played at Maccabi London Brady Sports Ground, Rowley Lane, Arkley, Barnet, Herts, EN5 3HW.

    Futsal matches will be played at SportHouse, Mayesbrook Park, Dagenham, Essex, RM8 2JR.

    Full schedule

    Friday, June 13, 2014
    9am-5pm – Football matches played
    12pm-4:30pm – Futsal matches played
    6:30pm – Opening Ceremony

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    Sunday 15th June, 2014
    9am-1pm – Football matches played
    9am-12pm – Futsal matches played
    1pm – BBQ and Medal Ceremony at Maccabi London Brady

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