It’s a rags to riches tale as Bri­tain reigns in Spain

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team con­sulted Eng­land coach Fabio Capello and Croa­tia man­ager Slaven Bilic in a chance meet­ing at the air­port.

The open­ing game against twotimes hold­ers and tour­na­ment favourites Ger­many was a goal­less af­fair, with few clear-cut chances for ei­ther side. Goal­keeper and cap­tain Matt Davis was out­stand­ing and the back four of David Os­sack, Adam Hakimi, Ben Har­ris and Gil­bert re­mained fault­less through­out.

Danny Hakimi and Adam Levine pulled the mid­field strings, whilst Dan Leven­fiche looked to be the only player ca­pa­ble of pen­e­trat­ing the Ger­man back-line.

Just a few hours later GB took the field against Spain.

The hosts fea­tured Brian Es­tiz and Kyle Bent­wood of Lon­don Li­ons and Manch­ester Mac­cabi re­spec­tively. Bri­tain dom­i­nated the first half and scored the open­ing goal through a penalty by Os­sack af­ter Dan Leven­fiche was sent tum­bling in the penalty box.

Spain equalised on 60 min­utes with a su­perbly taken free-kick but GB fin­ished strongly with Gil­bert set­ting up David Dinkin to make it 2-1. Josh Mor­ris added two fur­ther goals.

With the field ex­pect­ing a Ger­many win against Spain, all the talk was of goal dif­fer­ence, but man­ager Stol­lar kept the game-plan sim­ple and ef­fec­tive.

GB were dom­i­nant through­out against a poor Rus­sian team and Gavin Fac­tor opened the scor­ing with a pow­er­ful header at the back post. Dinkin scored a 30-yard vol­ley with Leven­fiche, Fo­gel­man and Levine each grab­bing a brace in an 8-0 suc­cess, leav­ing the team two points clear of the field and clinch the tro­phy.

Great Bri­tain head coach Gavin Stol­lar com­mented: “Vic­tory at this tour­na­ment was a wa­ter­shed for Great Bri­tain and is the bench­mark upon which all oth­ers will now be mea­sured.

“From the re­sults and team spirit to the re­gard, which ev­ery­one as­soci- ated with the del­e­ga­tion was held by our fel­low com­peti­tors, it was a plea­sure man­ag­ing such a com­mit­ted and tal­ented bunch of play­ers.

“Eye­brows were raised very early on at the lack of so-called ‘names’ that our squad in­cluded but my faith was en­tirely re­paid as we made his­tory in Madrid.”

Player-coach Alex Gil­bert said: “It is hard to over-em­pha­sise just how strong the morale cre­ated was, in such a very short space of time. The team played as if they had been to­gether for years and a num­ber of play­ers will have re­alised just how good they are, or have the po­ten­tial to be.”

Matt Davis, Ben Har­ris, El­liot Espinoza, Adam Hakimi, David Os­sack, Adam Levine, Danny Hakimi, Gavin Fac­tor, Josh Mor­ris, Daniel Leven­fiche, David Dinkin, Richard Fo­gel­man, Daniel Gor­don, Alex Gil­bert (player-coach), Gavin Stol­lar (man­ager)

Mac­cabi GB’s Masters took bronze in the fut­sal com­pe­ti­tion in Spain. Man­aged by Daniel Collins, the team claimed vic­to­ries over Por­tu­gal and Rus­sia, coun­tered by nar­row de­feats against Ger­many and the even­tual cham­pi­ons Spain.

Mark Her­man was the match­win­ner against Ger­many be­fore David Hy­man and Scott An­sher net­ted in a 2-1 suc­cess over Por­tu­gal. Collins said: “There were some big per­for­mances and I feel we have sent a strong mes­sage out to the whole of Europe.”

Gary Brunen, Andrew Lipton, Daniel Collins, Mark Her­man, Scott An­sher, David Hy­man, Jonathon Co­hen, Eric El­baz

Dream team: Gavin Stol­lar and co were all smiles as Mac­cabi GB con­quered Europe

Mas­ter­ful: GB’s vet­er­ans had a ball on their way to the bronze

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