Football

Chelsea star Yossi Benayoun on why he turned down Ajax

By James Masters, August 12, 2010

Yosssi Benayoun has lifted the lid on his childhood torment after silencing his doubters with a dream move to Chelsea.

As a teenager, Benayoun was fiercely criticised for turning down the chance to join Dutch side Ajax and supposedly throwing away the opportunity of a lifetime.

At just 16, the talented midfielder was already one of the most talked about youngsters in European football and enjoyed a successful trial with the Amsterdam club.

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Ben Haim joins Avram Grant at West Ham

August 5, 2010

Tal Ben Haim has finally joined West Ham on loan from Portsmouth until January.

The Israeli defender had hoped to sign a three-year deal at Upton Park last month but the move was scuppered due to concerns about a groin injury. He has since received a clean bill of health from a specialist and he will now have the first half of the season to prove his fitness.

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Lions manager cautious about chances

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2010

Having lifted the Herts Senior County League Premier Division title, London Lions go into known territory when they travel to Bedford for their first ever match in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One tomorrow.

Unlike last season, preparations have not been hampered by the Maccabiah Games although manager Tony Gold remains cautious about their chances.

Having relocated to Broxbourne Borough V&E FC, it is clear that the Lions will have to up the ante. They lost only two games last season on their way to pipping Wormley Rovers at the post.

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Man City interest in Barca's Assulin

August 5, 2010

Gai Assulin is reportedly having trials at Manchester City this week.

The 19-year-old Israeli was released by Barcelona last month after several years of poor form and injuries saw him fall out of favour at Camp Nou, where he failed to make the first team after becoming the youngest ever player to represent Israel at 16.

Assulin will have his work cut out to convince City boss Roberto Mancini to bring him to Eastlands. He recently failed to show up for a trial offered to him by Blackburn Rovers.

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Sahar raises Hapoel's Champions League chance

By Simon Griver, August 5, 2010

Former Chelsea star Ben Sahar scored his first goal for Hapoel Tel Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium on Tuesday night as the Israelis beat Aktobe 3-1 (3-2 on aggregate) to move into the Champions League play-offs.

Seeded in the strong half of today's (Friday) draw, Hapoel have an excellent chance of reaching the Group Stage for the first time ever.

Hapoel striker Itay Shechter said, "I'm dreaming of the Champions League anthem and finding myself one-on-one against keepers like Casillas and Valdes."

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Lustigman named as Maccabi GB Futsal manager

August 5, 2010

Adam Lustigman has been named manager and Paul Shamplina player/coach of the Maccabi GB Futsal side for next summer's European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Lustigman has coached and managed teams at Faithfold for 20 years, and set up the current Faithfold Masters team. He now coaches for Excel and London Lions.

"I'm very excited to be managing at my first Games,' he said. "We expect the competition for places to be very strong and hope to bring some medals home with us."

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Hall of Fame: Biram Kayal

August 3, 2010


"What the television shows about Israel is totally different to what happens.


"The life between the Jews and the Arabs is very good. I’m an Arab and my agent is Jewish but we’re like family.”














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Europa League round-up

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2010

A first half strike from Vladimer Dvalishvili steered Maccabi Haifa past Dinamo Minsk in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Maccabi Tel Aviv scored a crucial away goal in a 2-1 defeat against Olympiacos.

Haris Medunjanin gave the Israelis a shock 18th minute lead but the Greeks struck back with goals midway through the second half from Dennis Rommedahl and sub Jaouad Zairi turnings things around.

Both return legs are on August 5.

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Eyal: Kayal is sure to be one of the Bhoys

By Simon Griver, July 30, 2010

Former Celtic star Eyal Berkovic has backed Biram Kayal to build a successful career at Celtic Park.

The 22-year-old Israeli flew to Glasgow earlier this week and has agreed a four-year deal worth £350,000 a year, subject to a medical and a work permit. Celtic will pay Maccabi Haifa £1.25 million for the defensive midfielder.

Berkovic said: "Biram will fit Celtic like a glove and be very suited to the game over there. He is a very gifted technical player but also a very aggressive player.

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Celtic confirm Kayal signing

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

Celtic have unveiled Israeli Biram Kayal as their latest signing.

As we reported last Friday, the 22-year-old holding midfield joined on a four-year deal, subject to completion of final paperwork.

The midfielder becomes Neil Lennon's seventh signing of the close season, joining Efrain Juarez, Charlie Mulgrew, Cha Du-Ri, Joe Ledley, Daryl Murphy and Gary Hooper at Celtic Park.

He has already gained 13 caps for Israel.

Full details and interview in this week’s JC.

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