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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

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