Yossi Benayoun

Israel edged out by Croatia

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

Two first-half strikes from Spurs’ midfielder Niko Kranjčar helped Croatia move two points clear at the top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group F as they beat Israel 2-1 at the Ramat Gan National Stadium.

Israel went into the game without captain Yossi Benayoun and Celtic midfielder Biram Kayal as the absence was felt as the visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck in the first 45 minutes.

The hosts were given an early warning when Ivan Rakitić fired a shot against the base of the post inside seven minutes.


Benayoun blow for Israel

By Simon Griver, October 6, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has been ruled out of Israel’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifiers against Croatia and Greece after scans revealed he requires surgery on an Achilles injury.

The Chelsea star is set to be out of action for several months and joins Celtic midfielder Berem Kayal on missing the upcoming fixtures.

Benayoun sustained a calf injury in last month’s Carling Cup defeat by Newcastle but had made encouraging progress after undergoing placenta treatment in Serbia.


Benayoun to have horse treatment for calf injury

By Simon Griver, September 28, 2010

Yossi Benayoun is set to undergo the controversial horse placenta treatment from Serbian physiotherapist Marijana Kovicevic in a bid to be fit for Israel's upcoming vital Euro 2012 qualifiers.

The Chelsea midfielder limped off in the second half of last week's Carling Cup defeat against Newcastle last week after tearing a muscle in his right calf. The initial diagnosis was that he would be out for at least three weeks, missing Israel's home game against Croatia on October 9 and visit to Greece on October 12.


Yossi Benayoun: Israel hope for Euro 2012

September 16, 2010

EURO 2012 Israel began a new era under Frenchman Luis Fernandez with four points from its opening two matches in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

A 3-1 victory over Malta was followed by a goalless draw in Georgia to leave them second in Group F behind Croatia on goal difference.

Captain Yossi Benayoun looked to the positives from the stalemate in Tblisi. "This was the kind of game we would have lost in the past against a poor team who were playing better than us. Now we face Croatia. They will be favourites but we can win."


Benayoun proves his leader status

September 7, 2010

EURO 2012 Luis Fernandez, the Israel manager, hailed captain Yossi Benayoun after the midfielder fired a decisive hat-trick in the team's 3-1 opening qualifier victory over Malta.

Only 17,365 attended the match at Ramat Gan as Fernandez masterminded victory in his first competitive match. Benayoun opened the scoring after seven minutes before Jamie Pace claimed a shock equaliser. But Benayoun made the game safe with two strikes in the second half.


Benayoun inspires Israel in Euro 2012 opener

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

A hat-trick from captain Yossi Benayoun helped Israel make a winning start as they beat Malta 3-1 in the Euro 2012 qualifying Group F opener in Tel Aviv last night.

Benayoun, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool during the summer, put the hosts ahead inside seven minutes. Having already had a strike ruled out, he produced a composed finish, slotting Lior Rafaelov’s pass into the net.


Blossoming Benayouns

By Simon Rocker, August 19, 2010

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun had to dash to Stamford Bridge from the bedside of wife Mirit to to make last Saturday's 5.30 kick-off, following the birth of their third child, a son, earlier in the day.

This has left kosher supporters speculating: if the brit takes place on time tomorrow, will the Israeli international be able still to get up north to play later in the away game at Wigan? Or could we be about to witness the country's first on-field circumcision? Surely Roman Abramovich could help rustle up a minyan.


Chelsea star Yossi Benayoun on why he turned down Ajax

By James Masters, August 12, 2010

Yosssi Benayoun has lifted the lid on his childhood torment after silencing his doubters with a dream move to Chelsea.

As a teenager, Benayoun was fiercely criticised for turning down the chance to join Dutch side Ajax and supposedly throwing away the opportunity of a lifetime.

At just 16, the talented midfielder was already one of the most talked about youngsters in European football and enjoyed a successful trial with the Amsterdam club.


Benayoun: Benitez forced me out

By Danny Caro, July 12, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has revealed that former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez to be the reason behind his departure from Liverpool to Chelsea., accusing the Spaniard of trying to break him and treating him with disrespect.

In an interview with the News of The World, Benayoun said: " Everyone asks me why I left Liverpool. There is only one reason - Rafa Benitez. I agreed to join Chelsea before Roy Hodgson was appointed Liverpool's new manager.”

“I made up my mind to leave a long time ago as he never treated me with the respect I deserved. If I played well, I never felt he gave me credit."


Benayoun completes Chelsea switch

By Simon Griver, July 2, 2010

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun joined Premier League champions Chelsea on a four-year deal on Friday.

Benayoun, 30, was at Stamford Bridge on Thursday where he had a personal meeting with club owner Roman Abramovich before agreeing a contract.

The Israeli will reportedly earn £70,000 a week and Chelsea will pay Liverpool an estimated £6.5 million transfer fee.

Benayoun told Chelsea's website: "I am very excited to come to a club like Chelsea, it is a big club and I think it is a dream for every player."