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  • Israeli soccer team under ‘severe threat’ in Hungary, coach says

    August 16, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    The Israeli national soccer team was warned of a “severe threat” to their safety in Budapest where they played a friendly match against Hungary on Wednesday, Israel’s coach said.

    After returning to Tel Aviv on Thursday, coach Eli Guttman said the Israeli delegation had been warned...

  • Football, Prayers & Faking it for Love

    By Ilana Angel

    June 24, 2012 | 6:49 pm

    If you are going to date an Englishman, you have to like football (soccer).  By like it of course I mean pretend you like it so as to impress him.  I have been pretending to care about this game for months and it has been exhausting.  It started out with my blatant faking of...

  • Jewish leader ‘shocked’ French soccer team skipped Auschwitz

    June 13, 2012 | 9:51 am

    The president of the umbrella organization of France’s Jewish communities said it was “shocking” that France’s soccer team did not visit Auschwitz.

    The team is playing in the European championship, which is being held in Poland and Ukraine.

    The British, Italian, Dutch and...

  • Netanyahu injures leg playing soccer with Jewish, Arab youth

    June 11, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu injured his leg during a soccer match with Jewish and Arab youth.

    Netanyahu pulled a tendon in his leg during the Monday afternoon game in Jerusalem, Walla! News reported.  The prime minister slipped on the grass, rose and continued to play and scored a goal, according to Walla!

    Netanyahu’s personal physician, Dr. Tzvi Berkowitz, examined the prime minister and diagnosed the pulled tendon, according to the news website. The injury caused the postponement of a Likud Party meeting.

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  • German Jewish leader criticizes national soccer coach over Holocaust commemoration

    June 4, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Germany’s top Jewish leader lashed out at the country’s national soccer team manager for failing to properly commemorate the Holocaust ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship in Poland and Ukraine.

    Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said he wished...

  • Improving Germany beat Israel in final Euro warm-up

    May 31, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    Germany worked hard for a 2-0 win over Israel in a Euro 2012 warm-up match on Thursday with Mario Gomez and Andre Schuerrle on target in their final test before next month’s tournament.

    The three-time European champions, among the title favorites, dominated with a performance that...

  • Argentine soccer club loses points due to anti-Semitic fans

    May 2, 2012 | 10:18 am

    An Argentine soccer club lost points after a penalty was leveled due to anti-Semitic chants made by its fans.

    The Argentine Football Association Disciplinary Court meted out the penalty to the Chacarita Juniors soccer club after anti-Semitic chants were made by Chacarita´s fans...

  • Roman Abramovich & Roberto Di Matteo & Chelsea FC

    By Ilana Angel

    April 26, 2012 | 9:11 am

    I have learned that in order to date an Englishman you need to embrace soccer.  Not only do you need to sit through countless conversations and games of “football”, you need to embrace the team that your man loves.  My delicious English boyfriend is a diehard Chelsea fan and so...

  • Chelsea Football: A Sea of Sexy Men

    By Ilana Angel

    April 17, 2012 | 12:06 am

    I am not a soccer fan.  My son played for years and I sat through countless games supporting him.  He became an All Star player and truly loved it. I would cheer him on and wait for something to happen. Anything to happen. Running back and forth across a field for an hour was just...

  • Jerusalem soccer fans chant racist slogans, assault woman

    April 16, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team marched through Jerusalem chanting racist slogans, a month after attacking Arab workers at a shopping mall.

    The fans marched from Sacher Park to Teddy Stadium on Sunday for a game against the Hapoel Acre team. Fans reportedly beat an Israeli...

  • Anti-Semitic T-shirts sold at Polish soccer stadium

    April 12, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    T-shirts featuring anti-Semitic slogans were discovered being sold outside a soccer stadium in the Polish city of Lodz.

    The T-shirts were being sold outside the stadium of Widzew Lodz, which plays in Poland’s premier league, according to an April 12 article on the website of...

  • Jerusalem fans’ violence highlights dark side of soccer

    April 9, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Sports fans aren’t the only people lately paying attention to Israeli soccer. A string of ugly incidents has caused Israelis to focus on the problems of violence and racism within the sport.

    In mid-March, thousands of Hapoel Tel Aviv fans rioted on the field after their team lost...

  • Palestinian soccer player injured in Israeli post-game brawl

    April 1, 2012 | 11:58 pm

    A Palestinian member of an Israeli soccer team was knocked out during a brawl at the end of a game.

    Ali Khatib of Hapoel Haifa, who also plays for the Palestinian national team, was hit in the face and kicked while he was on the ground, allegedly by members of the Maccabi Petach...

  • Messi the Greatest Ever? Sorry, wrong Argentine

    By Mark Paredes

    March 26, 2012 | 6:10 pm

    I’ve decided to write today on another of my passions, soccer. I figure that if a serious writer like George Will can dedicate one or two columns a year to a boring sport like baseball, I can post an essay on the world’s most beautiful game. If you’re not a soccer fan, read no...

  • Iranian soccer club won’t play Serbian team with Israeli coach

    February 21, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    An Iranian soccer team canceled a game against a Serbian club because its coach is Israeli.

    Avram Grant, who last month was named manager of the Partizan Belgrade soccer club, said in a statement on the team’s website that he had been told “unofficially” that Friday’s match against...

  • Soccer fans on the frontline of revolution

    February 8, 2012 | 10:46 am

    Sprinting down a side street in downtown Cairo, the group of young men are outrun by a hissing tear gas canister careening through the air, slamming into the ground beside them. They quickly raise their arms to their mouths in a futile attempt to avoid inhaling the gas. But one of...

  • Faltering Maccabi Tel Aviv sack coach Iwanir

    December 5, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    Maccabi Tel Aviv sacked coach Motti Iwanir on Monday after he failed to improve the fortunes of Israel’s biggest club having been in the job for almost a year.

    “In view of the run of recent bad results (owner) Mitch Goldhar has informed coach Iwanir that his contract with the club...

  • FIFA says non-Israeli can play for Israel

    December 1, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    FIFA has given a Druze Arab from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights permission to play for Israel even though he is not a citizen of the country, the Israel FA said.

    Maccabi Haifa’s Weaam Amasha is the leading Israeli league scorer this season with 12 goals from 13 matches and he...

  • Hakoah soccer makes a comeback—in New Jersey

    November 29, 2011 | 1:07 pm

    Even in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Ron Glickman stands out with a navy hat and sky-blue jersey both adorned with Stars of David.

    Glickman, 28, doesn’t always dress this way – his day job is in sales for El Al Airlines. But when he’s...

  • Israel soccer team playing in Turkey, despite tensions

    September 15, 2011 | 11:25 am

    An Israeli soccer team arrived in Istanbul to play a Turkish team, despite tensions between the two countries.

    The Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team landed Wednesday night amid heavy security. Turkish protesters waved Palestinian flags and chanted anti-Israel slogans outside the hotel in...

  • Jerusalem soccer team purchase reportedly falls through

    July 29, 2011 | 10:50 am

    The purchase of a Jerusalem soccer team by two American Jews reportedly fell through.

    Ynet, an Israeli news website, reported Thursday that the sale of the Beitar Jerusalem team seems to have fallen apart. According to Ynet, a planned $400,000 transfer from would-be owners Dan Adler...

  • New Beitar Jerusalem owner affiliated with dovish group

    July 14, 2011 | 5:57 pm

    A Jerusalem soccer team known for its right-wing fans was bought by an American who served on a dovish pro-Israel group’s board.

    Dan Adler bought the team along with businessman Adam Levin, Beitar Jerusalem announced Thursday.

    Adler, a Californian and the founder of a...

  • Thoughts on basketball and Israel

    May 27, 2011 | 3:28 pm

    Early Sunday morning on Mothers Day, as my brother and I prepared breakfast for our mom, I also prepared myself for the special day ahead. In addition to celebrating my mom, my family would also gather in our den to watch Maccabi Tel Aviv play Greece’s Panathinaikos for the...

  • Soccer is Boring but Javier Cortes & David Beckham Are Changing My Mind

    By Ilana Angel

    May 24, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    I think soccer is a boring sport. I was a soccer mom for years, schlepping my kid around during the summer to AYSO games and practices. Sitting in the heat, cutting oranges, and getting sun burned was never my idea of a good time.  There was action for about 1 minute during a game...

  • Dutch soccer player rues anti-Semitic chants

    March 22, 2011 | 10:21 am

    A Dutch soccer player apologized for chanting anti-Semitic slogans caught on camera following a victory over a team with traditional Jewish support.

    Lex Immers of the Dutch ADO Den Haag team apologized Monday in a statement on the team’s website for the remarks made in a bar with...

  • Jewish soccer team suspended for non-Jewish ringers

    February 17, 2011 | 10:23 am

    A soccer team was suspended from a Jewish-only league in London after fielding non-Jewish players under false names.

    A referee in the Maccabi Southern Football League became suspicious when two players for the Holy Mount Zion team, who were registered under Jewish-sounding names,...

  • Decals on my car - don’t want any!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 10, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Does having a decal of children, dogs and your entire family on your car make you a better Mom?  And more importantly, does NOT having one make me a bad Mom?

    I was pondering that question as I sat in traffic on the 405 freeway the other day.  As usual, I was stuck behind a Minivan...

  • More indictments in soccer stadium plot

    January 4, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Two eastern Jerusalem residents employed by the British Consulate have been charged in connection with a plan to attack a Jerusalem soccer stadium.

    Israel indicted the men, both Palestinians, on Sunday for arms trafficking for Hamas. A gag order was lifted on the case Sunday.

    The...

  • Shalom, sports fans—it’s time for some respect!

    By Roy Eitan

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    After decades of dealing with war and terrorism, Israel appears to be waking up to a new security threat: sports hooliganism.

    Back-to-back incidents of extreme unruliness by soccer and basketball fans have stirred debate here over whether violence somehow has become innate to the...

  • Briefs: Sukkah at UC Davis vandalized; Poll: Israelis want united Jerusalem

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Sukkah at UC Davis Vandalized

    Anti-Israel statements, including "End Israeli Occupation" and "Free Palestine," were spray-painted on the inside of the sukkah at the Chabad House at UC Davis. Rabbi Shmary Brownstein, co-director of the Chabad House, said in an interview with the...

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