Lions boss demands good show

By Danny Caro, August 15, 2008

London Lions manager Tony Gold believes his troops are well equipped to improve on last season's disappointing seventh place finish as their Herts Senior County League Premier Division campaign kicks off on Saturday.

Gold's men completed their preparations on Tuesday night when they took on Cuffley in the Potters Bar Charity Cup, a competition they reached the semi-finals of last season.


Ryan Crowned King By The Knights

August 11, 2008

After a shakey start to East London Knights pre season campaign, they were entertained by a division 3 outfit in Faithfold C. Although playing some good football in recent weeks they have lacked a cutting edge.


Silver stuns Bafana

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2008

London Maccabi Lions B and Bafana Bafana opened their pre-season programme with a close and hard fought game at Rowley Lane this Sunday.

With a tough four week programme of fitness behind them, Lions came into this game with much to prove to new manager Gavin Stollar, who was taking charge of his first game with the Rowley Lane club.


Betar miss out on Barca

By Craig Silver, August 8, 2008

Beter Jerusalem's hopes of a glamour second round qualifying tie against Barcelona were shattered in Poland on Wednesday night.

A 5-0 hammering by Wisla Krakow sent the woeful Israelis out of the competition 6-2 on aggregate.

Elsewhere, Hapoel Tel Aviv will play at Vojvodina in Serbia in the first leg of the second qualifying round of the Uefa Cup on August 14 after a 5-0 aggregate victory over Juvenes of San Marino. The return in Israel will be two weeks later.


Rover and out for Jacobson

August 1, 2008

Bristol Rovers and Wales left-back Joe Jacobson faces a race against time to get fit for the new season after picking up an injury.

Jacobson, who had scored in back-to-back friendlies, suffered medial knee ligament damage against IF Limhamn Bunkeflo 2007 during the club's Scandanavian tour.

Rovers boss Paul Trollope said: "Joe cleared a ball forward and their player came in late. While his ankle is fine, the challenge opened up his knee and we think there may be some damage to his ligament. He may need a scan, and we will monitor the situation next week.


Israelis in for Feilhaber

By Simon Griver, August 1, 2008

Israeli clubs have renewed their interest in Benny Feilhaber after Derby County released the 23-year-old midfielder.

The Brazilian-born player, who has recovered from a meniscus operation in June, is currently with the US Olympic squad preparing for their opening match with Japan in China. Ashdod have declared their interest while Maccabi Tel Aviv, who wanted to sign the American in January, are also expected to revive attempts to lure the player to Israel.


Abramovich and Grant: Friends reunited

By Simon Griver, August 1, 2008

Abramovich agrees £3.5m deal with Grant, who wants another English job


After receiving a £3.5 million golden handshake from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for just a few months work, we can reveal that Avram Grant is still determined to taste success in England.


Bees stung by Wingate supersub

By Danny Caro, August 1, 2008

An 86th minute strike from supersub Daniel Stanton earned Wingate & Finchley a 1-1 draw against League 2 Barnet on Tuesday night.

The Team GB midfielder joined the pre-season friendly action with 20 minutes left and drilled a first-time effort from the edge of the box into the bottom corner, past Lee Harrison in the Bees goal.Summer signing Michael Sacks and Craig Ellis were also in action.


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.