A foot­ball re­sult

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

If only as pay­back for the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion, Eng­land ex­pects Is­rael’s foot­ballers to do their duty on Satur­day in Ra­mat Gan. As even the soc­cer-pho­bic must now be aware, Eng­land re­quires Is­rael to avoid de­feat to Rus­sia to keep alive do­mes­tic hopes of qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Euro 2008. This de­pen­dence has re­sulted in an al­most un­her­alded level of sup­port for Is­rael among the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. There has even been the odd in­duce­ment, with a book­maker of­fer­ing a £50,000 Mercedes to an Is­raeli scor­ing the win­ner against Rus­sia. But as that same book­maker has the Rus­sians odds-on for vic­tory, it is prob­a­bly best not overly to raise our ex­pec­ta­tions. At least the post-Shab­bat kick­off will be a bonus for ob­ser­vant fans dis­ap­pointed at the Satur­day af­ter­noon start time for Is­rael’s re­cent game at Wem­b­ley.

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