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Israel to invest £8m in Olympic squad

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

Israel is investing £8 million on an Olympics squad that will make the 2012 Games the country’s best-ever, pledges the man who will make it happen.

Efraim Zinger, the Secretary-General of the Olympic Committee of Israel says he hopes to take at least 40 athletes to London.

Zinger believes that the nation’s best hopes of silverware will come in judo, wind-surfing and gymnastics.


Wigan and Hapoel Tel Aviv in talks over De Ridder

By Simon Griver, January 21, 2010

Wigan and Hapoel Tel Aviv are locked in talks aimed at resolving the future of Daniel De Ridder.

The 25-year-old winger is close to tying up a six-month loan deal although Wigan are also considering an offer from Celta Vigo.

Hapoel are looking to seal the move in time for the Dutchman to make his debut in the top of the table clash against Maccabi Haifa on Monday but last-minute haggling over the £180,000 loan fee Wigan are demanding has delayed the deal.


Peer makes round two in Melbourne

By Dan Goldberg, January 20, 2010

Shahar Peer survived an early scare to secure a berth in the second round of the Australian Open.

Despite losing the first set in a tie-break, Israel’s top-ranked player – who reached the final of a WTA tournament in Hobart last week – defeated Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 in just under two hours on Wednesday.


Sela makes early exit at Australian Open

By Dan Goldberg, January 19, 2010

Israel’s Dudi Sela crashed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Sela, 24, never hit his stride during his four-set defeat by Ukranian Ivan Sergeyev on Court 19 at Melbourne Park, despite the support of about 100 exuberant fans, including Israeli Ambassador Yuval Rotem who travelled from Canberra to see Israel’s top men’s player in action.

Rotem was also hoping to watch Shahar Peer in her first-round match, but bad weather on Monday forced her tie against Czech Lucie Hradecka to be postponed until Wednesday.


Odesnik reaches round two in Melbourne

By Danny Caro, January 18, 2010

Wayne Odesnik reached the second round of the Australian Open after beating Blaz Kavcic in four sets on Monday.

Ranked 89 in the world Odesnik, a naturalised American, came from behind to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in Melbourne.

The 24-year-old from Johannesburg will meet 27th seed Phillip Kohlschreiber or Harcio Zeballos in round two.


Maccabi GB launch 2010 Sports Awards

By Danny Caro, January 15, 2010

Maccabi GB have started the search to find the community’s top Jewish sportsperson.

In partnership with UJIA, MGB are inviting nominations for people who have had a major achievement or advancement within their chosen sport in the past two years.

The awards offer an opportunity for the community to honour and reward outstanding Jewish athletes dedicated to their sport. These will be the ninth awards to have taken place since they started in 1993.


Peer reaches Hobart final

By Danny Caro, January 15, 2010

Shahar Peer warmed up for next week’s Australian Open grand slam by reached the final of the Hobart International.

Peer, 22, dismantled Sar Errani 6-2, 6-0 in 78 minutes in the semi-finals to reach her seventh WTA final.

The Israeli has started 2010 in excellent form, winning seven out of eight matches.

She will be seeded 29 in the Australian Open and plays Lucie Safarova (65) of the Czech Republic in the first round.

In the men’s singles, Dudi Sela will play one of the qualifiers.


Henk ten Cate for Israel national team

By Simon Griver, January 14, 2010

Henk ten Cate is the latest high profile name to have been approached by the Israel FA to succeed Dror Kashtan as national team manager.

The former Ajax boss, who was Avram Grant’s assistant at Chelsea, was recommended to the Israel FA by the Portsmouth manager.

The Dutchman has told friends that he is seriously considering the Israel job but is not prepared to sign a contract until he has resolved his compensation dispute with Panathinaikos who sacked him in December.


Yossi Benayoun breaks a rib

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Liverpool’s Yossi Benayoun faces four weeks on the sidelines after breaking a rib in Wednesday’s FA Cup defeat against Reading, according to reports.

Benayoun, 29, spurned a golden opportunity to take the tie to penalties when he was thwarted in a one-on-one by Reading keeper Adam Federici in extra time. It is believed that he picked up the injury following a hefty challenge in the last minute.

The injury is the attacking midfielder’s second of the season. In November, Benayoun received the controversial placenta treatment to help cure a hamstring injury.


De Ridder’s move to Hapoel on hold

By Danny Caro, January 14, 2010

Talks have stalled over a move that could see Wigan Athletic midfielder Daniel de Ridder join Hapoel Tel Aviv.

The 25-year-old right-sided midfielder has yet to play for Wigan this season and appears to be out of favour at the DW Stadium under manager Roberto Martinez.

He joined the Latics under former boss Steve Bruce in July 2008 and has made 18 appearances but has failed to feature under Martinez who replaced Bruce last summer.