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    An Australian soccer player who dressed up as Adolf Hitler apologized for offending the Jewish community. German-born Andre Gumprecht, 33, who plays for the Central Coast Mariners, said he was devastated by his “big mistake.” He wore the costume for an end-of-season party. “I’m educated, I know what happened to the Jewish people,” Gumprecht told… More ▸

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    A Melbourne man was arrested for allegedly stalking the victim of an anti-Semitic attack. The victim, Menachem Vorchheimer, was attacked in 2006 by a group of Australian Rules soccer players. Victoria Police arrested the alleged stalker, in his 40s, who is also expected to be charged with sending offensive mail to Vorchheimer that apparently included… More ▸

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    An Iranian-born soccer player who would not play in Israel will remain on the German national team. Ashkan Dejagah, 21, has agreed to play against the Israeli team when it comes to Germany next year, according to The Associated Press. The announcement came Tuesday following an hourlong meeting between Dejagah and German Football Association President… More ▸

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    Czech television will stop showing popular soccer matches if fans continue their anti-Semitic insults. Public broadcasting station Czech Television said Wednesday that it will cease to broadcast the popular Sparta Prague team if fans continue to display or chant anti-Semitic slogans. On Monday, fans of Sparta Prague displayed a banner that referred to their arch-rivals… More ▸

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    Germany censured an Iranian-born member of a national soccer team who refused to play in Israel. The Interior Ministry in Berlin on Wednesday spoke out against Ashkan Dejagah, a player on Germany’s under-21 soccer team who backed out of a European Championship qualifying match in Tel Aviv this week. “The interior minister is of the… More ▸

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    An Iranian-born German soccer player refused to take part in a game in Israel. The German soccer federation announced Monday that Ashkan Dejagah, a member of the national under-21 team, had withdrawn from a European Championship qualifier against Israel. That game is to be held Friday in Tel Aviv. Dejagah, who was born in Tehran… More ▸

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    A Zambian soccer player recruited by an Israeli team died during training. Chaswe Nsofwe, a striker who joined Hapoel Beersheba just this month, collapsed on the pitch with heart failure Wednesday. He was 27, and is survived by a wife and son in Zambia. Teammates said Nsofwe was a skilled goal-scorer who quickly fit in… More ▸

  • Jewish Leader Buying Soccer Club Says He’ll Keep His Jewish Goals, Too

    Add another high-profile Jewish businessman from the former Soviet Union to the exclusive fraternity of soccer team owners. Vadim Rabinovich, president of the Ukrainian Jewish Congress and a major donor to Jewish causes in Ukraine, joined the elite group when he purchased Kiev’s second premier club, Arsenal, for an undisclosed amount. Members already were Grigory… More ▸

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    Israel granted citizenship to two foreign-born players on its national soccer team so they could qualify for the Euro 2008 tournament. Interior Minister Roni Bar-On acceded to urgent requests by the Israel Football Association that Roberto Colautti and Toto Tamuz be naturalized in time for the soccer tournament. The move was prompted by a recent… More ▸

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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 ▸