NOT SINCE the days of Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson have there been two football managers who have had such a pop at each other – and their teams – through the press. And just as how Arsenal and Manchester United were the leading English clubs back in the late 90s/early 00s, the two managers engaging in a war of words right now, are the bosses of the two current leading Jewish sides, Hendon A and Norstar A. Both sides are looking to win a league and cup treble this season, and while Hendon have to win all their remaining league games to deprive Norstar of the title, the two also meet in the Cyril Anekstein Cup final. Hendon boss David Garbacz got the first shot in on Sunday, insinuating that their success this season has been largely down to them playing most of their matches on a 3G artificial surface. Referring to playing the final on grass at Wingate, he said: “I await their request to change the venue as I’m not sure they’ve played a game away from it all season – their boys might have to actually go out and buy a pair of real boots which has been unheard of so far this year”. Phil Peters response was: “Garbacz loves the attention, doesn’t he? We couldn’t care less where we’re playing, we can’t wait to get stuck into them again as they’re due a good beating.” Think it’s fair to say 4 May could be quite tasty.
IT’S NOT often an Israeli footballer can lay claim to an award, and while Eliran Atar still can’t, he did at least claim runners-up spot, after being named the second sexiest footballer in France’s Ligue 1. The Stade de Reims player had to play second fiddle to former Newcastle player Yohan Cabaye, after earning 13 percent of the votes from readers of French gay magazine Tetu.