Football

Israeli teams impress in European competitions

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2016

Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem remain on course to reach the Europa League playoffs following encouraging results in the latest round of qualifiers on Thursday night.

An excellent solo effort from Tal Ben Haim inside the first 10 minutes set them up for a 3-1 victory over Pandurii.

The Israeli international beat his marker before placing a clever lob into the net.

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League increases to 34 teams for season 2016/17

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2016

The new MGBSFL season will kick off on September 11 with 34 teams, it was confirmed at a meeting last night.

A total of 32 teams finished last season and an increased number will line-up with the three division league.

Ten teams will battle it out for glory in the Premier Division, while 12 sides will contest divisions one and two.

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Beitar and Tel Aviv progress in Europa League

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2016

There were mixed emotions for Israeli clubs in the second qualifying round of Europa League qualifying matches as Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv progressed, but Maccabi Haifa tumbled out.

A first-half double from Omer Atzily sent Beitar through, in a game they went on to lose 3-2 against Omonia.

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Cruyff departure a major blow for Maccabi Tel Aviv

By Simon Griver, July 22, 2016

JORDI Cruyff, the director of football at Maccabi Tel Aviv, is set to leave the club at the end of August, according to reports in Israel.

Cruyff had been in talks over a switch to Premier League Everton, but was only the second choice behind Leicester assistant-manager Steve Walsh.

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Tough Champions League draw for Hapoel Beer Sheva

By Danny Caro, July 15, 2016

Hapoel Beer Sheva will face Greek champions Olympiacos is they can complete the job and beat Sheriff Tiraspol in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

Hapoel were forced to come from a goal down to beat Sheriff in Israel this week, with goals from John Ogu, Elyaniv Barda and Maharan Radi earning them a 3-2 victory in the first leg.

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Radi late show gives Hapoel victory on Champions League debut

By Simon Griver, July 13, 2016

An injury time strike from super-sub Maharan Radi handed Hapoel Beer Sheva a slender advantage in their Champions League tie against Sheriff Tiraspol on Tuesday night.

The competition new boys played against 10 men for most of what was an incident-packed match at Turner Stadium.

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Cliff Crown delighted by EFL Board appointment

By Darren Witcoop, July 8, 2016

Cliff Crown has been appointed to serve on the board of the English Football League for the next three seasons.

Crown, who is chairman of Brentford, becomes the third Championship representative. EFL chairman Ian Lenagan said: “Cliff brings a wealth of expertise to this role and it gives me great pleasure to welcome him on to the EFL Board.”

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I'd give top job to Hoddle

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2016

Square pegs into round holes … it was destined to end in failure. But it’s the kids I feel most sorry for. I’ve lost count of the number of false dawns when it comes to the England national team approaching a major football tournament, but the latest offering was simply pathetic.

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Zahavi joins Guangzhou in record deal

By Simon Griver, June 29, 2016

Maccabi Tel Aviv captain Eran Zahavi has signed a deal with Guangzhou worth $12.5 million.

The Chinese team will pay Maccabi Tel Aviv $8 million for the Israeli midfielder - the largest transfer fee ever paid to an Israeli team. Zahavi's former club, Hapoel Tel Aviv, will receive $2.5 million of the fee.

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Silver-lining for WHAFC at Jom Ha Voetbal

By Danny Caro, June 28, 2016

Adam Lustigman expressed pride at WHAFC won the Fair Play award at the Jom Ha Voetbal competition in Amsterdam.

WHAFC started with solid goalless draws against BA Boys and Circumcizers. They were just moments away from claiming victory against Small Passy – courtesy of a strike from Ben Kay – only to concede in the final minute.

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