Football

Haifa hit Glentoran for six

By Danny Caro in Haifa, July 16, 2009

Five second half goals helped Israeli champions Maccabi Haifa take a giant step into the third qualifying round after they hit Glentoran for six at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium on Wednesday night.

With national coach Dror Kashtan and his assistant Moshe Sinai in the stands, Maccabi were somewhat lacklustre in a tepid first half.

The broke the deadlock close to half time when Lior Refaelov coolly side-footed home from 10 yards.

Haifa must have received a half time grilling as they came out for the second half all guns blazing.

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Maccabi sign duo

By Simon Griver, July 9, 2009

Maccabi Haifa have boosted their squad ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Glentoran by signing Georgian international striker Vladimir Dvalishvili and Portuguese defender Jorje Tishiara.

The second leg is in Belfast on July 22.

An 83rd minute header from Dean Mori earned Bnei Yehuda a narrow lead in the first leg of the first qualifying round of the Europa League.

Maccabi Netanya, who received a bye, will play Maltese team Sliema in the second qualifying round.

Israeli runners up Hapoel Tel Aviv will join the competition in the third qualifying round.

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£75,000 Yossi is highest-paid Israeli player ever

By Danny Caro, July 9, 2009

National captain Yossi Benayoun has spoken of his delight after becoming the highest paid Israeli sportsman of all time, after committing to Liverpool until 2013.

Benayoun, 29, signed a new contract on Monday, agreeing a two-year extension on top of the two years remaining on his existing deal.

With earnings in the region of £75,000, he surpasses Tal Ben Haim as the highest paid Israeli sportsman. He has become the fourth highest paid earner at Liverpool after Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Jamie Carragher and on par with Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt.

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Benayoun signs new Liverpool deal

July 6, 2009

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun has committed himself to Liverpool until 2013.

Benayoun, 29, signed a new contract on Monday, agreeing a two-year extension on top of the two years remaining on his existing deal. His improved salary is reported to be in the region of £85,000-a-week.

Having been linked with some of Europe's top clubs including Real Madrid, Benayoun said: "Hopefully, now I can concentrate on the hard work that needs to be done and try to play better and better and win some silverware."

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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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