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  • Colombia’s Jewish soccer hero: Jose Pekerman

    July 1, 2014 | 11:46 am

    A Jewish Argentinean has become a national hero in Colombia.

    Coach Jose Pekerman is leading Colombia’s national soccer team to its best-ever appearance at the World Cup.

    On Saturday the cafeteros (coffee makers) beat Uruguay 2-0 and reached the quarter final stage for first...

  • My boyfriend is REALLY into the World Cup.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 10:40 am

    Soccer: know nothing about it, never cared about it, and frankly, don't understand what people find in it. Unlike other sports, basketball, for instance, a soccer match can end with almost no action on the field. A game can actually end with no goals (but many "almosts",) and...

  • Conflict Mediation Through Sport

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 9, 2014 | 5:15 am

    This week, the world’s attention will refocus from domestic issues to the international stage of the World Cup in Brazil. While domestic Israeli politics never has a dull moment, today we bring you a story about the Italian football superclub “FC Inter Milan” and the social work...

  • Amnesia, not admiration for Israel’s 1964 soccer heroes

    June 4, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    Fifty years ago this week, a group of mostly blue-collar workers and army conscripts led Israel to its only senior international soccer title, winning the 1964 Asian Cup in front of rapturous home crowds.

    The achievements of those amateur players, who would skip work to train for...

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  • Israel’s new reality star, an unbelievable survival story, Birthright and more-This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Goodbye, Arik

    Former prime minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon passed away this Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him comatose. He will be remembered for his exploits in Israel's wars, the decision to leave Gaza, an infamous trip to the Temple Mount at the start of the second...

  • Russia overtakes Portugal in World Cup qualifying with 3-1 win over Israel

    September 10, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Russia beat Israel 3-1 to overtake Portugal at the top of World Cup qualifying Group F on Tuesday and move a step closer to the finals with their fate in their own hands.

    Two goals in two minutes settled the game with Vasili Berezutskiy making the breakthrough in the 50th minute...

  • Netanyahu shows soccer chief photos of rocket launchers at Gaza stadium [VIDEO]

    July 9, 2013 | 9:11 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed the president of the international soccer federation proof that Palestinian soccer fields are being used to launch rockets at Israel.

    Netanyahu met Tuesday with FIFA President Joseph Blatter a day after Blatter visited sites in the...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    Watch out, USA, the Israelis are coming!

    Last week, more than 1,200 Israeli young adults made their way to North America to serve as Jewish Agency emissaries at day and overnight camps throughout the continent. Overall, 200 Jewish camps in 150 communities will have some extra fun...

  • Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv name Paulo Sousa as new coach

    June 12, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv have appointed Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa on a two-year contract, the club said on Wednesday.

    Sousa, 42, moved to Maccabi from Hungarian side Fehervar. He previously coached the Portuguese Under-16 national side and had stints in England over...

  • Soccer tourney brings Arabs, Jews together

    June 6, 2013 | 4:01 pm

    Despite the summer heat radiating off of the soccer field, dozens of former professional soccer players from all over the world — and of varying faiths — gathered to play a friendly “Soccer Peace Tournament” on June 2 at Calabasas High School.

    As athletes sprinted and fans...

  • Desmond Tutu urges UEFA to strip Israel of Under-21 championship

    May 28, 2013 | 11:13 am

    South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu has joined calls for UEFA to move the Under-21 European championship from Israel because of the Jewish state's treatment of Palestinian sport.

    UEFA has resisted the requests but Tutu's letter, to Britain's Guardian newspaper,...

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv back on top but coach future uncertain

    May 21, 2013 | 10:21 am

    Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv have reasserted their dominance of Israeli soccer but media reports on Tuesday suggested they might have to continue their revival without coach Oscar Garcia.

    The country's wealthiest club lost 3-0 to Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv in the final fixture of the...

  • David Miliband resigns from soccer team after hiring of fascist coach

    April 2, 2013 | 6:09 am

    Britain's Jewish former foreign secretary resigned from the board of a soccer club after the team appointed a coach who gave a Nazi-style salute at a game in Rome.

    Italian Paolo Di Canio, who was appointed head coach of the Sunderland team on Sunday, is a self-described fascist...

  • Beitar Jerusalem fans walk out on Muslim player’s goal

    March 4, 2013 | 6:25 am

    Hundreds of fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team walked out of the stadium in the wake of the first goal scored by a Muslim player.

    The walkout occurred Sunday night during a game against Maccabi Netanya, which ended in a 1-1 tie. The team has lost four of its past five...

  • Israeli soccer player on U.K. team barred from entering Dubai

    February 14, 2013 | 5:30 am

    An Israeli soccer player for a British team is sitting out a team visit to Dubai because of tensions between the emirate and Israel.

    The 25-year-old striker, Itay Schechter, who plays for Swansea City, was prevented from attending the six-day group training session, The Jewish...

  • 75 Israeli soccer fans ejected over racist chanting

    February 11, 2013 | 10:33 am

    Some 75 Israeli soccer fans were removed from a game between Beitar Jerusalem and the Israeli-Arab Bnei Sakhnin team for anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim taunting.

    Police removed an equal number of fans from each team -- many before Sunday's match at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem even...

  • Beitar arson attack linked to racial incitement

    February 8, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    A suspected arson attack damaged the main club house of Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem on Friday, a day after four fans were charged in court in connection with racist incitement against the team's recruitment of Muslim players, police said.

    Police spokesman Micky...

  • A response to NYT article about racist Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 31, 2013 | 10:47 am

    Earlier today, I came across this article from the New York Times. It referred to last week's incident involving Beitar Yerushalaim soccer club fans, who raised a sign reading "Beitar will be pure forever", in protest of the decision to bring two Muslim players to the team.

    This...

  • Beitar Jerusalem soccer fans protest hiring of Muslim players

    January 28, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    Fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club are protesting its decision to bring in two Muslim players.

    The players from the Chechen Terek Gorzny team will join Beitar Jerusalem in the coming in days.

    During a Premier League game last Friday against Bnei Yehuda at Teddy Stadium in...

  • Chelsea Football vs. 49ers Football

    By Ilana Angel

    January 23, 2013 | 6:55 am

    I was at a bar last weekend where everyone was a San Francisco 49ers fan. When San Francisco won the game to get them into the Super Bowl, people went nuts.  I saw grown men crying for joy and it was fascinating.  While I like the Super Bowl, I watch more for the commercials than...

  • Italy releases guidelines for dealing with anti-Semitism at soccer matches

    January 10, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    New guidelines issued by the Italian Interior Ministry govern how police may halt or interrupt a soccer match because of racist or anti-Semitic behavior by fans or on the pitch.

    The guidelines were issued following a meeting this week of the ministry’s watchdog commission on...

  • Alleged anti-Semitism of Rome team’s soccer fans to be investigated

    January 8, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    European soccer authorities have opened disciplinary proceedings against the Rome soccer team Lazio for the alleged anti-Semitism of its fans.

    The action follows alleged racist chanting and other racist and anti-Semitic behavior on the part of hardcore fans at a match with...

  • Dr. Matthew Lefferman and Eric Weissman: Putting Sunday sports in play

    By Ryan E. Smith

    January 3, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Nowhere in the Torah does it say: “And on the seventh day, God played soccer.” Which is too bad for observant Jewish youths who would love to take advantage of the many local sports leagues that play on Saturdays.

    Fortunately, there are Dr. Matthew Lefferman and Eric Weissman....

  • Former Israel national soccer coach Emanuel Sheffer dies at 88

    December 28, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    Emanuel Sheffer - the coach who led Israel to their only World Cup finals in Mexico in 1970 - died on Friday aged 88, the Israel Football Association said.

    German-born Sheffer was described by Israeli FA chairman Avi Luzon as "the greatest of all Israeli coaches whose influence...

  • Euro Under-21 teams play down security worries in Israel

    November 28, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Teams have shrugged off security fears in Israel and are looking forward to next year's Euro Under-21 soccer championships due to be held in cities targeted by Palestinian militants last week, coaches said on Wednesday.

    Several sporting events in the Jewish state had to be...

  • Soccer matches in southern Israel cancelled due to Gaza fighting

    November 15, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    The Israel Football Association have called off two Premier League matches set for Saturday due to current conflict between Israel and Gaza.

    The matches between Hapoel Beersheba and Hapoel Ramat Gan, and Ashdod SC and Hapoel Acre were postponed after the police and the military...

  • Dutch soccer director vows to punish anti-Jewish chanters

    October 30, 2012 | 9:42 am

    The director of a soccer team from the Dutch city of Utrecht has vowed to punish fans who sang anti-Semitic chants during a recent match.

    “Racism will not be tolerated in the stadium,” Wilco van Schaik, general director of FC Utrecht, told the Dutch news agency ANP. The report...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 8, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Israeli achievement at the Computer Olympics: students from 81 countries worldwide competed in Italy on various computer-related tasks such as solving complex algorithms. The level of problems the contestants solved was higher than what grad-school computer students are facing in...

  • Fatah youth soccer tourney honors three terrorists

    August 23, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Fatah held a youth soccer tournament named after three Palestinian terrorists.

    The tournament held earlier this week was named for the terrorists who killed Israeli Rabbi Meir Chai, a 45-year-old father of 7, in a drive-by shooting in the northern West Bank, Palestinian Media Watch...

  • Paraguayan Jewish soccer boss suspended for racial slurs against Arabs

    August 17, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Paraguay’s soccer association has suspended the Jewish president of a team for hurling racial slurs at a colleague of Arab descent.

    During a match last month, the president of Asuncion’s Olimpia soccer team, Marcelo Recanate, accosted Juan José Zapag, the president of a rival...

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