Football

Futsal stars pay the price

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2011

Team GB experienced mixed emotions on the opening day of the European Maccabi Games.

The Open futsal team went down 4-3 in a thriller against the much-fancied Australians.

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Smell of history has Britain's stars dreaming

By Danny Caro, July 7, 2011

There has been a great buzz around the Team GB camp over the first couple of days in Vienna, where I'm covering my fourth European Maccabi Games.

Goalkeeper Matt Davis was relieved to get through customs after losing his passport on the plane.

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Israel looking good for 2003

By David Gold, July 7, 2011

Ronen Hershco believes Israel can host a successful European Under 21 Championship in 2013.

Hershco, the director of the national teams department at the Israeli Football Association, attended the recently concluded Under 21 finals in Denmark.

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Deano just the man for Dickov

By Danny Caro, July 7, 2011

Dean Furman has expressed his delight at being appointed the new captain of Oldham Athletic.

Midfielder Furman, 23, was given the armband by manager Paul Dickov after Reuben Hazell left the club.

And the former Rangers and Chelsea man says he can't wait to get going after being given the role for the new season.

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Furman: It will be sweet 16

By James Masters, June 30, 2011

Dean Furman is hoping his stellar season with Oldham Athletic will rub off on Team GB's Under 16 side ahead of the European Maccabi Games.

Furman, a former Chelsea trainee, joined Barnet coach Michael Stone to offer advice to the 18-strong squad during a training session.

The Under 16 side face a tough task to come out on top, with teams from Spain, Germany, Denmark and Austria all hoping to

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Stone backing Winston's warriors for gold

June 30, 2011

Michael Stone, the Barnet coach, believes that Team GB can end several decades of heartbreak and take gold in the Open competition at the European Maccabi Games.

Having recently helped the Bees survive relegation from League 2, Stone has been running his eye over the Team GB Open squad who will be going for gold in Vienna.

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Zahavi will fill his boots

By Simon Griver, June 30, 2011

Pini Zahavi, the Israeli super-agent, has been recruited by Roman Abramovich to help rebuild Chelsea following the appointment Andre Villas-Boas.

Sources in Israel confirm that Zahavi has been in Brazil for several days in an attempt to persuade Santos striker Neymar, 19, to come to London.

Chelsea are reportedly prepared to pay £40 million for the teenager but Zahavi faces competition from

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Ligat Ha'Al hits crisis

By Simon Griver, June 30, 2011

Israeli football has been rocked by police investigations into alleged systematic match-fixing in Ligat Ha'al with the involvement of leading club owners, coaches and players linked to gambling rings controlled by organised crime.

The investigation has reached the very top with Israel FA chairman Avi Luzon questioned by police under caution.

After Luzon was released without charges, IFA CEO

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Celtic swoop for Omer Damari

By Simon Griver, June 30, 2011

Celtic have agreed a three-year deal for Israeli striker Omer Damari.

Peter Lawwell, Celtic's chief executive, met Maccabi Petach Tikvah chairman Amos Luzon in London yesterday and agreed to pay the Ligat Ha'Al outfit £2 million for the 22-year-old striker.

Lawwell also discussed Damari's personal terms with the player's agent Dudu Dahan.

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Zahavi joins Palermo

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2011

Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Eran Zahavi has signed a five-year deal with Serie A outfit Palermo.

The Israel international, 23, caught the eye during Hapoel's Champions League campaign last season.

Zahavi hit 27 goals in 91 League games for Hapoel and was had the most assist in Ligat Ha'Al last season.

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