Football

Wide boys can help Brit pack strike gold

July 2, 2009

The Open football squad completed preparations with a 3-1 defeat against Welsh Champions TNS at Lilleshall.

Having beaten Bishops Stortford and drawn against Wingate & Finchley, Jonathan Kestenbaum’s troops held their own against the Champions League qualifiers with a strike from Mitch Hahn, who maintained his goal-a-game record, hauling them level.

TNS scored twice in the closing stages before GB maintained their 100 per cent record in the post-match penalty shootout.

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Keep faith in Furman

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Dean Furman has become the second Jewish player to join League 1 Oldham Athletic in just over a week after signing a two-year contract.

The South African born midfielder rejected a new contract with Scottish champions Rangers who agreed a compensation package with Simon Corney’s club.

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Fialka's statement in full

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Michael Fialka explains why Pinnacle are no longer bidding for Southampton.

'Yesterday, myself and my Consortium publicly withdrew from being the front runners for our proposed takeover of Southampton Football Club.

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Fialka: Why I dropped Southampton bid

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

READ FIALKA'S STATEMENT IN FULL

The future of Southampton remains uncertain after a takeover bid from Michael Fialka’s Pinnacle group was withdrawn.

The property company boss was this week locked in talks with League officials in an attempt to salvage the bid after administrators set a Friday deadline.

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Fialka and Southampton: What the fans say

By Jessica Elgot, July 1, 2009

Fans have been quick to have their say on Fialka and his Southampton bid.

The talkboards have been buzzing with our story after the Southern Daily Echo picked up on our exclusive story and posted it on their site.

Here's a selection from the fans:

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Southampton deal still on, insists Fialka

By Exclusive by Danny Caro, July 1, 2009

The Pinnacle group remain locked in talks with the Football League as they look to buy Southampton, the JC understands.

The Football League ruled that Pinnacle - which includes ex-Saints player Matt Le Tissier - must waive any right to appeal against a 10 point deduction after their parent company entered administration.

Pinnacle, who reportedly settled outstanding players' wages, in the region of £500,000 last week, saw its period of exclusivity as bidders end on 19 June without agreement being reached as the takeover bid stalled over the 10-point issue.

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Shock setback as South slayed by Maccabi

June 30, 2009

Cup holders Bury and Whitefield will play Manchester Maccabi in the NJCL Cup Final on September 6.

Manchester produced the shock of the season to deny unbeaten league leaders South Manchester the cup for another season. A victory by 31 runs saw Maccabi to their first final.

Opening pair Anthony Gellman (29) and Simon Jeffries (34) did most of the damage, putting on 82 for Maccabi’s first wicket. With Akiva Lieberman grabbing 3-37 runs, Maccabi set South a target of 160 to progress.

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Jewish property man fronts bid to buy Southampton FC

By Danny Caro, June 26, 2009

Former teammates of Michael Fialka, the man purportedly at the centre of the Pinnacle Group’s bid to buy Southampton Football Club, have expressed shock over his potential takeover.

Property company boss Fialka, 32, appeared on Sky Sports on Thursday night and informed reporters that he was hopeful the bid would be accepted. He confirmed that outstanding players' wages, in the region of £500,000, have been settled.

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Sahar goes to Espanyol

June 25, 2009

Ben Sahar has signed a four-year contract with La Liga outfit Espanyol worth €500,000-a-year.

The striker, 19, passed a medical on Tuesday. Having left Chelsea, Sahar will come face-to-face with Yossi Benayoun on August 2 when Espanyol takes on Liverpool in a pre-season friendly in Barcelona.

Chelsea will reportedly receive a €1 million transfer fee for Sahar, having signed him from Hapoel Tel Aviv for £520,000 three years ago.

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Champions League tie won’t be a classic

By Simon Griver, June 25, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will meet Northern Ireland champions Glentoran in the second qualifying round of the Uefa Champions League.

Haifa will host the first leg on July 15 with the return in Belfast on July 22.

Defender Alon Harazi is one of three players still at Haifa who helped them record a 3-1 aggregate victory over Glentoran in the then European Cup Winners Cup in 1998.

He said: “This is a very comfortable draw for us on paper but on the pitch things can be different.”

Haifa manager Elisha Levy said: “We are preparing for a very physical, long-ball game from Glentoran.”

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