Football

Ancelotti pressed for Benayoun signature

By Simon Griver, June 15, 2010

Reports from Israel say that Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti instructed the club’s management to reach a separate agreement with Liverpool over the signing of Yossi Benayoun.

The transfer of the Israeli to Chelsea became bogged down in the past few weeks because it was part of a more complex package designed to bring Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge as well.

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Benayoun agrees Chelsea switch

By Simon Griver, June 14, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has agreed a four-year contract with Chelsea.

Reports in Israel say that Chelsea and Liverpool reached a compromise transfer fee today clearing the way for Israel’s captain to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League champions had a £4 million offer for midfielder rejected last month by Liverpool who were demanding £10 million.

Benayoun, 30, who is on holiday in Israel, will fly back to England later this week to undergo a medical at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.

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Hapoel keeper shines against Argentina

By Simon Griver, June 14, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv watched Vincent Enyeama’s stunning goalkeeping performance in Nigeria's 1-0 defeat to Argentina with mixed feelings.

The Israeli champions had hoped to retain Enyeama’s services for their Champions League qualification campaign but a string of finger-tip saves from Lionel Messi won him the man of the match nomination and makes it likely that the 27 year-old Nigerian will be playing in the Premier League or La Liga in August.

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Israel's Nigerian World Cup contingent

By Simon Griver, June 10, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv's Nigerian international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will lead a contingent of five Israel-based players to the World Cup.

They include all three goalkeepers in the Nigeria squad: Enyeama, Austin Ejide (Hapoel Petach Tikvah) and Dele Ayienugba (Bnei Yehuda) as well as South African defender Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa) and Slovenian midfielder Andrej Komac (Maccabi Tel Aviv).

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World Cup predictions

June 10, 2010

● DAVID PLEAT (Former Spurs manager)

"We will reach the semis at best. Other teams have benefitted massively from our Premier League and I think that it's an indictment that we have very few players coming through.

Winners: Argentina

Dark horse: Serbia

● JOE JACOBSON (Oldham Athletic)

"I can see England going far. They're capable of winning it as the manager has them playing a way which helps them. Rooney is a step up from anyone else in the squad but you can't look further than Spain at the moment."

Winners: Spain

Dark horse: Portugal

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Senior Lions celebrate 'outstanding' season

June 10, 2010

London Maccabi Lions rounded off a successful season for the Senior section with the annual 7-a-side and awards night.

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Interview: USA World Cup star Jonathan Bornstein

June 10, 2010

Five years after competing at the 17th Maccabiah Games, USA left-back Jonathan Bornstein is relishing the prospect of locking horns with Wayne Rooney and co when he lines up against England tomorrow night.

Bornstein, 25, is one of 23 American players who have the added incentive of earning a bonus of £617,000 should the team ranked 14th in the world win the competition. The £13 million payout was negotiated by Washington lawyer Mark Levinstein.

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Grant confirmed as West Ham manager

By Danny Caro, June 9, 2010

Avram Grant has secured a work permit to start work as manager of West Ham.

Mr Grant, 55, agreed a four-year contract last week to succeed Gianfranco Zola

“I’m proud and honoured to be the manager of West Ham,” said Grant, who has been on holiday with Tzofit in Austria. “It's an exciting challenge and I'm ready to do my best.”

The Israeli has already begun the task of strengthening the West Ham squad, signing German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger.

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Basger wins MSFL Player of the Year

By Danny Caro, June 8, 2010

London Maccabi Lions earned a win double at the JC MSFL end of season awards on Monday night with two players scooping the top individual awards.

Defender Louis Basger won Player of the Year while midfielder Yoav Lebens claimed the Young Player title.

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'Yellow River' singer's World Cup bid

By Simon Rocker, June 3, 2010

A top songwriter hopes to spur on England's footballers by adapting a version of his classic 70s hit as a World Cup anthem.

Jeff Christie's Yellow River topped the charts in 26 countries, including three weeks in the UK.

Now it is being re-released under the title Hat Trick of Lions on Monday, refreshed with a ska beat, a rap and a new chorus: "Come on England".

There may be no official English theme song, but Christie hopes the team will remain in the tournament long enough for the song to catch on.

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