Chelsea FC

Ancelotti pressed for Benayoun signature

By Simon Griver, June 15, 2010

Reports from Israel say that Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti instructed the club’s management to reach a separate agreement with Liverpool over the signing of Yossi Benayoun.

The transfer of the Israeli to Chelsea became bogged down in the past few weeks because it was part of a more complex package designed to bring Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge as well.

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Benayoun agrees Chelsea switch

By Simon Griver, June 14, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has agreed a four-year contract with Chelsea.

Reports in Israel say that Chelsea and Liverpool reached a compromise transfer fee today clearing the way for Israel’s captain to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League champions had a £4 million offer for midfielder rejected last month by Liverpool who were demanding £10 million.

Benayoun, 30, who is on holiday in Israel, will fly back to England later this week to undergo a medical at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.

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Benayoun sees his future at Chelsea

By Simon Griver, May 24, 2010

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun has told friends in the Israel national team that he expects to move to Chelsea over the summer.

Benayoun said: "(Carlo) Ancelotti wants me for next season and now everything depends on Liverpool. Chelsea will have to pay £6 million but I believe that in the end I'll be moving there."

Benayoun has spent the past week training in Israel under new national team coach Luis Fernandez. However, he was released on Sunday from Israel's away friendlies against Uruguay and Chile over the next week

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Analysis: A matter of context

By Rod Liddle, January 21, 2010

Context is everything. I’m a Millwall supporter and I do not know of a single fellow fan who could remotely be described as antisemitic. But looking at the stuff a few bloggers have pulled from one the club’s fan-sites, where I sometimes post, you would probably beg to differ. But then if you looked at the stuff on any football website — and especially those of the London premier league rivals, Spurs — you will find the same, and worse besides.

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Roman Abramovich names son after late father

By Simon Griver, December 11, 2009

Roman Abramovich has named his new son Aaron Alexander Abramovich after his late father Arkady, whose Jewish name was Aaron.

Mr Abramovich's father was killed in a construction site accident in Russia when the billionaire Chelsea owner was just four years old.

Daria Zhukova gave birth at Los Angeles’ Cedar-Sinai Medical Center last Thursday. The hospital is close to where the former model grew up and her Jewish mother Elena’s home. Ms Zhukova attended a Jewish school in California as a teenager.

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Avram Grant rejoins Portsmouth

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2009

Avram Grant has been reinstalled as Director of Football at Premier League strugglers Portsmouth.

The former Chelsea manager, 54, joined the Fratton Park club in the same role in June 2006, just months after stepping down from the Israel national job.

The appointment was made days after billionaire Saudi businessman Ali Al Faraj bought the club.

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Chelsea to ban antisemitic football chants

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2009

Chelsea FC have pledged to find and ban supporters filmed singing antisemitic songs about rivals Tottenham at a match last month.

Clips of fans chanting in a concourse at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium were posted on YouTube, leading Spurs to complain to the west London club.

They can be heard singing "Spurs are on their way to Auschwitz" while beer bottles are thrown around.

Chelsea, owned by Roman Abramovich, said they had passed the clips to police who are now investigating.

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Sahar on his way this summer

By Exclusive by Simon Griver, May 20, 2009

Ben Sahar will leave Chelsea next month, we can reveal.

The news comes after we spoke to the Israeli teenager’s agent Ronen Katzav in Israel.

He said: “First Ben has to complete his loan spell with De Graafschap and then he will be ending things with Chelsea. I will fly to London to discuss the many offers we have for him.”

Katzav refused to name any of the clubs interested but Borussia Dortmund and Ajax Amsterdam are among teams linked with the striker.

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Roman Abramovich's holiday plans

By Simon Griver, April 2, 2009

Why is this Russian oligarch different from all other Russian oligarchs?

Because, as the JC can exclusively reveal, Roman Abramovich will spend the entire Passover week in Israel.

The Chelsea owner will fly to Eilat in his personal jet next Wednesday where he is booked into the presidential suite at the Isrotel Royal Beach.

Mr Abramovich is plainly expecting friends. Eytan Loewenstein, spokesman for the Isrotel chain, said: “Mr Abramovich has booked a total of 36 rooms for Passover week including 16 suites.

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Poor Roman

By Candice Krieger, February 18, 2009

The estimated wealth of Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, is now $13.9bn, according to Russian business magazine Finans, ranking him the second richest billionaire in Russia. But that’s more than $9bn less than he was worth in 2007. Poor chap.

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