Chelsea FC

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.


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.


Organisation plans your next move

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

A new amateur football body has been set up that could help fast-track talented young Jewish players into the professional game.

The Non League Football Association enables players to take charge of their careers. Players register their details including a profile and playing history, before joining a website database accessible to prospective teams and managers.

Set up by Newport County manager Dean Holdsworth and directors Clive Pollard and Tony Marks, the NLFA also offers discounts on football boots, kit and merchandise.


Tal goes to Sunderland

By Simon Griver, February 5, 2009

Tal Ben Haim will seek to revive his Premier League career after joining Sunderland on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season.

We can reveal that City boss Mark Hughes had told Ben Haim that he would never play for the club again after hearing that the Israeli met executive chairman Garry Cooke and criticised his methods.

Ben Haim, who joined City from Chelsea in a £5 million deal last summer, had previously heard similar sentiments from the then boss Avram Grant for condemning him in an interview.


Chelsea kid to stay on

By Danny Caro, July 25, 2008

Avram Grant has left Chelsea, Ben Sahar has moved on loan to Portsmouth and Tal Ben Haim is on the verge of leaving. But one Jewish player who is definitely staying is 11-year-old Sam Monjack.

The central midfielder has been retained as a contracted player for a fourth season and will represent the club's under-12s.


City trader

By Simon Griver, July 18, 2008

Britain’s highest paid Israeli player is set for a £13.5m move to Manchester

Tal Ben Haim is expected to move to Manchester City on a four-year deal worth £13.5 million.

Chelsea’s Israeli defender prefers City over Portsmouth because they agreed to match his current £65,000 weekly salary and pay  around £5 million for him.


Ben Haim is ready to leave Chelsea

By Simon Griver, July 10, 2008

Football Tal Ben Haim began training this week under new Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari but the Israeli defender is expected to join a new club within the next week.

Manchester City, West Ham and Portsmouth have all made offers for the former Bolton and Maccabi Tel Aviv player. Ben Haim wants to remain in England and has already rejected offers from Ajax Amsterdam and the Greek side Panathinaikos.


Sahar to play up Pompey

By Simon Griver, June 27, 2008

Ben Sahar and his club Chelsea have agreed a six-month loan deal with FA Cup winners Portsmouth. Currently on holiday in Israel, the former Hapoel Tel Aviv striker will earn £15,000 a week with Pompey and will fly back to England next week to begin training at Fratton Park.


Roman could ruin his own fortress

By Danny Caro, June 13, 2008
Far be it for me to criticise Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Oh, what the heck. He appears to have made a fool of himself by sacking Avram Grant. I’ve been keeping an eye on some of the names that have come into the equation to replace the Israeli but have not heard of all of them. A number of high-profile managers have distanced themselves from the job and it looks as though he will have to settle for second best. Sometimes in life, people believe the grass is greener on the other side but this time it appears that the oligarch has bitten off his nose to spite his face.


Grant sacked by Chelsea

By Danny Caro, May 23, 2008

Avram Grant has had his contract terminated with immediate affect just three days after his Chelsea team were beaten in the Champions League final by Manchester United and finished the campaign without a trophy.

Following two days of meetings between club officials and the manager, a statement on the Chelsea said: "We would like to thank Avram for his contribution since taking over as manager last September.