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Jewish Soccer Star Given Trial Run by English Side Brentford

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Finnish international Roni Porokara. Photo: Facebook.

Finnish soccer star Roni Porokara, the first Jewish player on Finland’s national team since the first half of the twentieth century, has been given a trial by Brentford, a squad in England’s League One.

The 29-year-old had been playing in Israel with Hapoel Kiryat Shmona, but became a free agent last month. He has been training with Brentford in a bid to earn a deal with the squad and will feature for the development squad in Tuesday’s game with Bristol City.

Porokara has made 22 appearances for Finland, scoring five goals.

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