Ben Haim happy to become a City boy

By Simon Griver, July 31, 2008

Tal Ben Haim completed his move from Chelsea to Manchester City on Wednesday.

As revealed in June, the Israeli defender was tracked by the Eastlands club and finally signed a £5 million four-year contract worth more than £60,000-a-week, subject to securing a work permit.

Ben Haim becomes the second Israeli player to join the club following in the footsteps of the now-retired Eyal Berkovic.


Ben Haim’s City deal is delayed by wage dispute

By Simon Griver, July 25, 2008
Tal Ben Haim's move from Chelsea to Manchester City is being held up by protracted contract negotiations. He stayed behind as Chelsea left on their Far East tour.

Ben Haim's agent, Pini Zahavi, wants a five-year contract worth £65,000-a-week, matching the player's wages at Stamford Bridge. The Eastlands' outfit have tabled a four-year deal believed to offer £5,000-a-week less.

Portsmouth and Spurs are waiting in the wings if the proposed deal collapses but new City boss Mark Hughes will be reluctant to give up on the 26-year-old as he seeks to strengthen his defence.


Chelsea kid to stay on

By Danny Caro, July 25, 2008

Avram Grant has left Chelsea, Ben Sahar has moved on loan to Portsmouth and Tal Ben Haim is on the verge of leaving. But one Jewish player who is definitely staying is 11-year-old Sam Monjack.

The central midfielder has been retained as a contracted player for a fourth season and will represent the club's under-12s.


Sharpe upbeat on the blues

July 25, 2008

Wingate & Finchley chairman Aron Sharpe believes that the club is heading in the right direction following major changes implemented over the past 18 months.

Since taking over from Mark Martyn in November 2006, Sharpe has overseen a new board of directors, new management and coaches and a new style of development.


Wingate up for cups

July 18, 2008

Wingate & Finchley begin the road to Wembley with a tie against Cogenhoe United or Northampton Spencer in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

The Capital League Western Division side face an away tie on August 30. The winner will host Witham Town or Maldon Town in the first qualifying round. Michael Stone’s troops have home advantage in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy against Ware on October 4 . The winner will be at home in the first qualifying round against Ashford Town (Middx).


Fans back Jerusalem

By Simon Griver, July 18, 2008

Betar Jerusalem look set to ignore police advice and send supporters to the second leg of their second round Champions League qualifier against Wisla Krakow in Poland on August 6.

The Israeli champions had been warned against allowing fans to the home of a club whose fanatical supporters have a history for being violent and antisemitic.


Myers hopes to bring the magic back into Lions den

July 18, 2008

London Maccabi Lions have made a series of appointments as the club looks to consolidate its position at the forefront on Jewish football.

Founding fathers Malcolm Newman, Paul Wise, David Kyte and Philip Lewis have stepped back from full involvement in the running of the club to focus on development of Rowley Lane into the premier Jewish sporting and youth centre. They have handed over the reins to a new senior section committee of club stalwarts Adam Solomons, Danny Schindler, Ben Dale, Andy Myers, Danny Reuben and Nathan Kosky.


Maccabi League hosts 57 teams for new season

July 18, 2008

Fifty seven teams have entered the JC MSFL for season 2008/09.

Golders Green, relegated from Division One last season, have withdrawn from the league which has five new sides. The line-up is:

Premier Division:

Bafana Bafana, Chigwell Athletic A, Faithfold A, Glenthorne Utd A, Hendon Utd A, London Maccabi Lions A, London Maccabi Lions B, Montana Boca Utd A, NW Neasden A, Redbridge JC A


Ben Haim is ready to leave Chelsea

By Simon Griver, July 10, 2008

Football Tal Ben Haim began training this week under new Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari but the Israeli defender is expected to join a new club within the next week.

Manchester City, West Ham and Portsmouth have all made offers for the former Bolton and Maccabi Tel Aviv player. Ben Haim wants to remain in England and has already rejected offers from Ajax Amsterdam and the Greek side Panathinaikos.


Wigan move puts De Ridder back with Bruce

By Craig Silver, July 4, 2008

Dutch midfielder Daniel De Ridder has made a swift return to the Barclays Premier League, after leaving relegated Birmingham City to join his former boss Steve Bruce at Wigan Athletic on a free transfer.

After signing a three-year deal with the club, he said he had made up his mind “seconds” after picking up the phone to Bruce.