TA to break the bank for Buzaglo

By Simon Griver, June 13, 2008

Maccabi Tel Aviv have broken the Israeli transfer record by signing Maor Buzaglo for $2.5 million (£1,279,010).

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder was officially on the books of Maccabi Haifa although he made only two appearances for the Greens. He was loaned to Hapoel Petach Tikvah in season 2006/07 and Bnei Sakhnin during the season just completed and was largely responsible for their impressive fourth place finish in Israel’s Premiere League with nine goals.

Buzaglo has signed a four-year contract with Maccabi worth $300,000 (£153,380) a year.


Donetsk move in for Grant

June 13, 2008

Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk are interested in appointing former Chelsea manager Avram Grant as their boss.

Blues defender Tal Ben Haim has reportedly been approached by Greek club Panathinaikos.

And a third Israeli from Stamford Bridge, Ben Sahar looks set to prefer a loan deal with Dutch outfit NEC Nijmegen over Portsmouth. The prospect of regular first team football looks more likely for the 18-year-old with Nijmegen, who finished eighth in the Dutch league and qualified for the Uefa Cup.


Blues take on the Bees

June 13, 2008

Wingate & Finchley have arranged a fixture against Barnet as part of their pre-season friendly line-up ahead of their 2008/09 Ryman League Division One campaign.

Michael Stone’s troops will hosts the Underhill club on July 29.

Other friendlies: Berkhamsted Town (a) July 19, Welwyn Garden City (a) July 22, Dunstable Town (h) July 26, Chesham United (h) August 2, North Greenford United (a) August 5, Dulwich Hamlet (h) August 9.


‘It was too easy’ say Alyth’s dream team

By Craig Silver, June 13, 2008

Alyth Belsize Yellow were one of the stars of the show at the annual Maccabi (Southern) Primary League awards at Brady Maccabi in Edgware.

The Under 11 team claimed the title after winning every league match and conceding a mere six goals in the process.

Alyth defensive midfielder Kai Biegun believes that they won in style: “It’s really great to have taken the league but to have also won every match was unbelievable,” he said.


Feilhaber: ‘Op was a success’

June 13, 2008

Derby County midfielder Benny Feilhaber has undergone successful knee surgery on a torn meniscus in Los Angeles and is still hopeful of taking part in the Beijing Olympics.

The standard recovery time for a meniscus tear of the nature of the American is approximately four to six weeks, and although the Rams’ midfielder is uncertain of the exact recovery period, he believes that he can return to training before the games.


Double joy for Garson

June 13, 2008

Faithfold C player-manager David Garson won two pieces of silverware at the club’s end-of-season awards at Wingate & Finchley.

The club stalwart, who has been with the Superhoops for 19 years, was named JC MSFL team secretary of the year. He also bagged the President’s clubman of the year award, presented by joint-president Harvey Ackerman.


Tributes for player who died

By Craig Silver, June 6, 2008

Tributes have been flooding in for Howard Wolfin who collapsed and died playing five-a-side football.

Mr Wolfin, 59, founded a weekly match, which took place at Brunel University in Uxbridge, more than 15 years ago with friends from the Pinner

His most memorable highlight saw his team, Pinner Tuesday, take on a former Spurs team that included Martin Chivers, in a special charity match arranged by his family for his 50th birthday. The event raised more than £1,000 for the Pinner Synagogue Youth and Community Centre.


Cash claims the ultimate prize

By Danny Caro, June 6, 2008

Lee Cash has been crowned JC MSFL player of the season as North West Neasden enjoyed a clean sweep at the end-of-season awards.

The marksman enjoyed a memorable campaign, lifting the Peter Morrison and Premier Division trophies. The Spurs fan also chipped in with 19 league goals and was the second top scorer in league and cup.

After picking up his award in Edgware, Middlesex, Cash said: “It’s a great honour to win, but I’d also like to stress that if it wasn’t for the team and all that we’ve achieved this year, then I don’t think I would have received this award.


Chick flick tickled me pink. Now it’s time to check in the Euros

By Danny Caro, June 6, 2008

It’s a well-known fact that I’m in touch with my feminine side. By that I don’t mean I wear sarongs or my wife’s underwear but an excursion to see the new Sex and the City film was right up my street.

I thought I was keen to see the flick but former Temple Fortune player Mark Collins was so desperate to get a good seat at the cinema he took the day off work. We came away with a feel-good factor and glad that the shops were closed so that our respective other halves were not tempted to splash out on designer shoes or bags.


Young Lion cubs tear up formbook

June 6, 2008

London Maccabi Lions were toasting double delight after two of their junior teams won silverware. The Rowley Lane club’s Under Eight team, who play in the West Herts League and are managed by Nigel Burns, won their first competitive piece of silverware. Top-scorer Sam Hamerton was their matchwinner with a double strike in extra-time winner in the the Bushey Rangers FC Trophy final against Croxley Pumas.