An evening in with Dean Furman and Joe Jacobson

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Over 70 people join an exclusive ‘evening in’ with two professional footballers

Tuesday 11th August 2020, London - On Monday 10th August, Maccabi GB hosted the latest in its series of ‘evening in…’ events with two football captains, Dean Furman and Joe Jacobson. BBC sports broadcaster Rob Nothman interviewed both Dean and Joe and following the interview there was an audience Q&A.

Over 70 people from across the community and those of different ages watched as both Dean and Joe shared their football career stories.

Maccabi GB Chairman David Pinnick said of the event ‘We were proud to host such a successful evening with two very special professional footballers who are no strangers to Maccabi GB. It was great to see so many inspired by Dean and Joe, both young and old and was certainly very interesting to hear them share their stories.’

Both Dean and Joe have been involved in Maccabi GB for a number of years; Joe competed in the Maccabiah Games in 2001 and his father played in the Maccabi GB Southern Football League. Although Dean has not attended the Games himself yet, his brother has represented Maccabi GB at two Maccabiah Games. Dean expressed that it was a dream to represent Maccabi GB in the future at a Maccabiah Games alongside his brother.

Dean Furman is a national team player for South Africa and former captain of South African Premier Soccer League team SuperSport United. Throughout the interview, Dean shared his experiences of playing football and living in South Africa, his responsibilities as a football captain, and looking forward to his future football career. Dean also shared how his life will change now that he has moved back to the UK and the recent birth of his daughter.

Joe Jacobson, former Wales Under-21 captain, now plays for Wycombe Wanderers F.C. Joe shared his recent experience of scoring the winning penalty at the League One Play-Off final last month. He also spoke of his excitement of entering the football Championship in the coming season and what his future may look like following his professional football career.  As stated by Rob Nothman, Joe is also the first Jewish footballer to score at Wembley for 53 years.

Both Dean and Joe spoke about the significance of being Jewish footballers and the importance of educating their teammates on Judaism as well as for themselves learning about other cultures within their teams.

Maccabi GB will be hosting more ‘evening in…’ events later on this year. Speakers to be announced very soon.