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Zahavi hits the jackpot as agent’s fees are revealed

By Simon Griver, December 3, 2009

Israeli agent Pini Zahavi received £900,000 from Chelsea for setting up Wayne Bridge’s move to Manchester City in January.

This was the only publicly confirmed fee paid to an agent in the £70m that the Premier League declared was paid by clubs to agents between October 2008 and September 2009.


Win double

December 3, 2009

FUTSAL Adam Schwartz scored five goals in two games as London Maccabi Futsal Club climbed into second in the Futsal Superleague Division North.

Schwartz (2), Motti Colman (2), James Steele and Daniel Nadel earned LMFC a 6-3 win in the opener. Schwartz (3), Nadel (2), Colman and James Steele wrapped up a 7-4 victory in part two against A-Team


Young cubs march on

December 3, 2009

Goals from Sam Lewis (2), Josh Cinna and Jake Yudelowitz earned London Maccabi Lions Under 16 White a 4-2 victory over Comets Blue in the second division of the Watford Friendly League on the new 3G surface at Rowley Lane.

HISHU White reached the second round of the Under 13 Challenge Cup after beating Hendon Hawks 5-1. Avi Solomon (2), Benny Feinmesser (2) and Rafi Terespolsky were the marksmen.


Netball celebrates Israeli birthday

December 3, 2009

Netball in Israel is celebrating its 10th birthday with the launch of an inaugural league featuring five teams.
Sponsored by Orenorkobi Hairdressing in Herzliya Petuach and Benny’s tyres in Ra’anana, the first match saw Ra’anana take on Maccabi Modi’in.

New clubs Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Ma’aleh Adumim debuted on Tuesday.
Jerusalem Merkaz completes the line-up. For more information on netball in Israel, visit


Hapoel Tel Aviv coach: Win in Israel was key

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

Eli Guttman, coach of Hapoel Tel Aviv, believes that the key to his team reaching the last 32 of the Europa League was beating Celtic in Israel.

Beaten 2-0 by the Scots at Celtic Park last night, Hapoel’s progress to the knockout stages was confirmed after Hamburg beat Rapid Vienna by the same score.

Guttman believes that a strong second half showing at the corresponding fixture at the Bloomfield made it possible.

"The second 45 minutes in Tel Aviv was the main point," said Guttman, whose side qualify along with Hamburg.


Hapoel Tel Aviv through despite Celtic defeat

By Danny Caro, December 2, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv progressed into the last 32 of the Europa League despite going down 2-0 to Celtic in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

The Israelis went into the game needing a point to secure their place in the knockout stages but with Hamburg beating Rapid Vienna 2-0, their passage was secured.

Celtic avenged the 2-1 defeat against Hapoel in Israel with goals from Georgios Samaras and Barry Robson

Following a result that saw Celtic eliminated from Europe, Hapoel conclude the Group C campaign at home to Hamburg is a game that will decide which team finishes top.


Lions reach the last eight

By Danny Caro, December 2, 2009

London Lions breezed into the quarter-finals of the Anagrams Records Trophy after beating MK Wanderers 4-1.

Up against opponents from the South Midlands League, the Lions came out on top in a game where they had 10 first team players unavailable mainly due to injury.

Goals from Guy Morris, Ben Joseph, Adam Stolerman and Aron Barnes saw them home.


FC Team overcome 8-man London United

By Danny Caro, December 1, 2009

FC Team climbed into the top six in the Middlesex County League Division One after claiming an impressive 4-1 victory over London United Academy.

After last weeks 3-0 win in the cup and having gone four games unbeaten, FC Team went into the game against their nearest rivals full of confidence despite missing squad members Gideon Moss, Paul Kent, Kieran Allen Curry and Rich Sternberg.

Having lost 2-1 in their previous meeting, manager Mitch Young changed the tactics to a 4-1-3-1-1 formation. He employed Laurence Judah to a man marking role on London's star player.


Andy Ram fails at World Tour Finals

By Danny Caro, November 30, 2009

Andy Ram fell at the final hurdle as his bid to win the men’s doubles title at the ATP World Tour Series was crushed by American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.

Together with Max Mirnyi, the Israeli was unable to repeat his round robin victory over the siblings, going down in straight sets, 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 at the 02 Arena in London.

Serve dominated the opening set. The all-important breakthrough came on the first set point when a fizzing backhand split the Belarusian-Israeli pairing and prompted the trademark Bryan brothers chest-bump.


Unhappy return to Premiership for Avram Grant

By Danny Caro, November 30, 2009

Defending champions Manchester United made it an unhappy Premier League return for Avram Grant on Saturday as they beat Portsmouth 4-1 at Fratton Park.

In a match of three penalties, the reds ran out comfortable winners in Grant's first match back since, as manager he lost the Champions League finals in a spot-kick shootout in 2008.

That was not the only similarity to that dramatic night in Moscow as the Israeli stood in his technical area and got a good soaking for his efforts as the match was played in torrential rain.