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Tal Ben Haim moves to Portsmouth

By Barry Toberman, September 1, 2009

Israeli international defender Tal Ben Haim has completed a move from Manchester City to Portsmouth on transfer deadline day.

Ben Haim, 27, has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League strugglers and could make his debut on September 12 against Bolton, his first English club. It was the player’s three successful years at Bolton that prompted Chelsea to bring him to Stamford Bridge in 2007. But he failed to hold down a regular place with the Blues and joined City a year later.

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Teen idols

By Simon Griver, August 27, 2009

Champions league Maccabi Haifa beat Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 on Tuesday to reach the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2002.

More than 33,000 fans at the Ramat Gan stadium saw the Greens complete a comfortable 5-1 aggregate victory over
the Austrian champions to earn the club a second-ever appearance in football’s richest club competition.

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Lauren at TA

August 27, 2009

Former Arsenal and Portsmouth star Lauren has been trying out for Maccabi Tel Aviv this week. The 32-year-old Cameroon international, who was a member of Arsenal’s invincibles in 2003, has been sidelined for 18 months with a knee injury and Maccabi’s new owner, the Canadian magnate Mitchell Goldhar, wants to be assured about the player’s fitness before signing him.

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MSFL preview: Division Four

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2009

Four new clubs have joined the Maccabi League with Blizzard Storm and Jewventus promising big things.

Managed by Simon Linden, the former Essex Wanderers and UJIA midfield maestro, Blizzard Storm could be the team to beat. Set up by Seb Vandemolen and Nick Rubin, Linden will work with a group of players, most of whom were successful in the guise of Southend Jewish Youth Club. The manager said: “I’m very confident that we have a good squad of players capable of doing very well.”

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MSFL preview: Division Three

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2009

Last season’s Division Four champions Woodford Wanderers will be the team to beat in Division Three, although UJS Norstar A, Montana Boca United B and Catford & Bromley Maccabi will have a thing or two to say about that.

Holding on to Team GB Maccabiah star Mitch Hahn has been priority for Woodford boss Alex Aviram.

Hahn scored in every game he played last season and was prolific for Team GB in the pre-Maccabiah friendlies.

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Defiant Peer to fight back

By Simon Griver, August 27, 2009

Ahead of Monday’s US Open, Shahar Peer has insisted that she has no intention of giving up tennis, despite slumping from a career high of 15 in the WTA rankings in 2007 to 63.

The 22-year-old said: “It is hard to put my finger on anything specific that has caused my loss of momentum. There was the Dubai scandal, some injuries and unnecessary losses. I am working very hard and doing well in practice but this is not being reflected in matches. I am not consistent.

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Three in a row put Lions top

August 27, 2009

London Lions are joint-top of the Herts County Premier League Premier Division following a 3-1 victory at newly promoted Croxley Guild.

Tony Gold’s men notched up their third straight win, courtesy of goals from Daniel Levenfiche, Adam Stolerman and Ben Lauffer.

Lions dominated the first half and were duly rewarded on 19 minutes when great work from Lee Cash allowed
Levenfiche to slide in at the far post.

They doubled their advantage on 35 minutes when Daniel Cole and Cash combined for Stolerman to produce a ruthless finish.

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Maccabi Haifa earn Champions League spot

By Simon Griver, August 26, 2009

Maccabi Haifa 3
Red Bull Salzburg 0

Maccabi Haifa beat Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 on Tuesday night to reach the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2002.

More than 33,000 fans at the Ramat Gan National Stadium saw the Greens complete a comfortable 5-1 aggregate victory over the Austrian champions to earn the club a second-ever appearance in football's richest club competition.

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London Lions beat Croxley to go top

August 25, 2009

LONDON LIONS 3
CROXLEY GUILD 1

A hat-trick of wins saw Lions go joint top of the Herts County Premier League with goals from Daniel Levenfiche, Adam Stolerman and Ben Lauffer.

Lions played their first game away from Rowley Lane on Saturday and continued their impressive start to the season with a well deserved 3-1 win over Croxley Guild.

With Guy Morris and Danny Berg unavailable, Tony Gold’s men started brightly at the guild and took charge of the game early on.

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Old Parkonians defeat MAL

By Mark Landau, August 24, 2009

MAL suffered a second consecutive defeat as a severely weakened team took on Old Parkonians in Ilford.

Three debutantes again showed that there is depth out there, but it wasn't to be on a hard batting track with lightning-quick outfield.

MAL skipper Mark Landau won the toss and inserted the opposition, who came out in positive mood from the off, though surviving the odd scare.

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