Bil­lion­aires ready for the fi­nal fling

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

IN THE BLUE cor­ner, com­ing out of dark­est Siberia and sunny Pe­tah Tikva re­spec­tively, we have the tag team of Ro­man ‘the Gov­er­nor of Chukotka’ Abramovich, and Avram ‘the Ex­tra Spe­cial One’ Grant. In the red cor­ner, from Rochester, New York, we have the Glazer fam­ily with fa­ther fig­ure Mal­colm joined by sons Avram, Kevin, Bryan, Joel, Dar­cie and Ed­ward. Wed­nes­day night’s first ever all-English Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal is also an all-Jewish af­fair. Be­tween oli­garch Abramovich and Glazer se­nior, they boast a wealth of more than £12 bil­lion and could eas­ily af­ford to ship all the fans to Moscow.

I re­mem­ber all the ker­fuf­fle that sur­rounded the Amer­i­can takeover of the Red Devils in 2005 but that has been long forgotten as the Man­cu­ni­ans clinched part one of the dou­ble af­ter beat­ing Wi­gan on Sun­day.

The teams have claimed a win apiece in the Pre­mier League but with a lit­tle help from his friend, Avram, the first Is­raeli to win the Bar­clays man­ager of the month award, Abramovich hopes that the blue rib­bons of Chelsea are fly­ing high in his Moscow back­yard.

A hearty mazal tov goes to ev­ery­one at Glen­thorne United. The JC MSFL Di­vi­sion One cham­pi­ons proved me wrong as they re­turned to the top-flight at the first time of ask­ing af­ter beat­ing Brady Mac­cabi. Ian Co­hen’s troops have led from the front vir­tu­ally all sea­son and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing which ad­di­tions he makes when they take on Jewish foot­ball’s elite in sea­son 2008-09.

The race for sec­ond place should be set­tled on Sun­day with Mon­tana Boca United A hop­ing to do the busi­ness at strug­gling Hen­don United B. It is not only squeaky bum time for those sides as Faith­fold B and North West Neas­den B are in­volved in a sim­i­lar en­counter. The Su­per­hoops are in need of points to stay above the Hor­nets, while Neas­den hope to beat Mon­tana to the post in the pro­mo­tion stakes.

FC Team A ex­pect to be pre­sented with the Di­vi­sion Four tro­phy on Sun­day when they en­ter­tain UJIA. They had hoped to wrap up the ti­tle last week but op­po­nents AC Crick­le­wood pulled out the night be­fore the game, claim­ing they had only six play­ers avail­able.

Mitch Young, player-man­ager of FC Team, com­mented: “We are wor­thy cham­pi­ons, but we wanted to win it the right way. Now our chance has gone. I feel let down by the league and our op­po­nents and I want Crick­le­wood pun­ished for their un­sport­ing be­hav­iour. We had trained hard for the match and had lots of sup­port­ers com­ing to cheer us on. They left me in a po­si­tion where, at 10pm on Satur­day night, I had to try to con­tact more than 100 peo­ple.” Crick­le­wood de­clined to com­ment.

Bafana Bafana at­tack­ing mid­fielder Richie Reggel staked his claim to fame when he be­came the first Le­ices­ter­born player to score at the Emi­rates. Mak­ing his de­but at the home of Arse­nal, Reggel helped the JC MSFL Pre­mier Di­vi­sion side win part two of a char­ity match.

Ben Isaacs re­tained Tem­ple For­tune player of the sea­son while Si­mon Allen fin­ished run­ner-up. Steven Feiger was named For­tune’s Masters player of the sea­son ac­co­lade. Other win­ners were: Andrew Sou­ber (1st XI club­man of the year) and Nick Waits­man (old boys club­man of the year)

Faith­fold A man­ager Jonathan Kes­sel has stood down with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, leav­ing Zuriel Solomon in charge. Kes­sel will con­tinue to play for the club when needed but has opted to fo­cus on watch­ing hard-tack­ling son Ethan de­velop. See Danny Caro’s week­end preview on www.thejc.com Email dan­ny­caro@thejc.com

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