Soccer

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    Two foreigners on Israel’s national soccer team were excluded from an international tournament. The international soccer authority FIFA announced over the weekend that players representing countries whose citizenship they do not hold will be excluded from the Euro 2008 tournament. That excluded Roberto Colautti of Argentina and Toto Tamuz of Nigeria, who only have Israeli… More ▸

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    A 27-year-old Jewish man wearing a kipa was assaulted by six young men on a Melbourne train. Australian newspapers reported that the victim, Danny Pollack, said the assailants called him a ?f—ing Jew? before hitting him on the head with a newspaper and trying to trip him as he attempted to move. Pollack said the… More ▸

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    Israeli and Palestinian soccer players joined sides in a “peace game.” The mixed team, sponsored by the Peres Center for Peace, took on Spanish opponents in Seville on Wednesday night. The Middle Easterners lost, 3-1, but described the event as a welcome relief from political violence. More ▸

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    Israeli soccer was rocked by a match-fixing scandal. Three players from the second-division Hapoel Beersheba team appeared in court over the weekend on charges of accepting bribes to influence the outcome of at least one match. More ▸

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    Ghana apologized after one of its soccer players waved an Israeli flag at the World Cup. John Pantsil’s gesture during a weekend game against the Czech Republic was aimed at solidarity with the Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer team, which he usually plays for, but it raised eyebrows among Arabs. A Ghana Football Association spokesman apologized… More ▸

  • Argentine Soccer Team Sports Key Jewish Members

    A Jewish player is trying to help kick Argentina’s national team to a triumph in soccer’s World Cup, with help from the team’s Jewish coach. Both the coach, Jose Pekerman, 56, and the player, Juan Pablo Sorin, 30, have their roots in the Buenos Aires-based club Argentinos Juniors, best known as the team where superstar… More ▸

  • ‘kick It Like Kissinger’: Soccer Fever Hitting Jewish Museums in Germany

    Jewish museums have caught the soccer fever sweeping through Germany, which is hosting this year’s World Cup. Two exhibits have opened on the theme of Jews in German soccer history and will be open throughout the World Cup, which runs through early July, and a third is planned for the fall. “Kick it Like Kissinger”… More ▸

  • As World Cup Opens in Germany, Authorities Focus on Tackling Racism

    Berlin is bedecked in soccer balls. Atop telephone booths, decorating the TV tower, overshadowing the famous Brandenburg Gate, the familiar ball has just about taken over as Germany hosts this year’s World Cup of soccer. For the first time in decades, Germany is hosting an international sports event. But the monthlong event, which begins Friday,… More ▸

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    A Jewish player was named to Finland’s national soccer team. Roni Porokara, 22, played in Finland’s recent game against Sweden. Porokara is believed to be the first Jewish player on the Finnish national team since 1949. More ▸