- Yossi Benayoun did not play for Liverpool, he is still injured.
- Tamir Cohen played 60 minutes against Liverpool in Bolton’s 2-0 loss.
- Tal Ben-Haim played the full 90 in Portsmouth’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City.
- Dudu Aouate played the whole game for Mallorca in their 2-1 loss to Xerez.
- Ben Sahar was on the bench, but he did not play in Espanyol’s 1-0 win.
- Roberto Colautti played 75 minutes and scored one goal in M’Gladbach’s 4-3 win, however Gal Alberman is still out injured.
- Ohad Levita played the full game for RKC Waalwijk in their 2-1 loss to Willem II.
- Both Racing Genk’s and Lokeren’s games were postponed, as a result none of the Israelis in Belgium played.
- Salim Tuama played eight minutes in Larisa’s 2-0 loss, and Shimon Abuhatzeira did not play.
Word broke last night that Eyal Golasa has signed a five year deal with the Roman club S.S. Lazio. According to Israeli news sources, Golasa signed a contract without Maccabi Haifa’s knowledge. Golasa will leave in the summer for Lazio but Haifa may try to block the transfer or use legal action to ensure some renumeration. Golasa is one of the most talented Israeli youngsters of his generation, during his time with Maccabi Haifa he has played as an attacking and central midfielder. Golasa has already played for the U-21 team several times and was called up this fall to the Senior National Team, but he was dropped due to injury. Golasa will be the first Israeli player to ply his trade in Italy since Tal Banin, and hopefully he can contribute to the National Team the same way Banin did.
And just three minutes later, Haifa found the back of the net again, thanks to none other than Golasa.
Golasa deftly controlled a pass in the air with his thigh, and then volleyed a shot that deflected off a defender, and over the off-balanced goalkeeper’s head into the net.
With a fresh boost of confidence, Haifa continued to attack, and had several opportunities, including another volley from Golasa, whose left footed strike from just inside the box fluttered just over the bar just before the half ended.
The Israeli club’s efforts were finally rewarded in the second half, when striker Vladimir Dvalishvili headed home a corner kick in the 59th minute.
In just 44 minutes, Haifa erased a three-goal deficit, and just another three minutes after the game-tying goal, it was Dvalishvili again, who, thanks to Golasa’s efforts to control the ball, collected a pass, turned, and sent a left footed rocket into the back of the net, which sent the crowd into a frenzy like no other.
The game ended with a 4-3 scoreline, and without Eyal Golasa’s presence on the pitch, the Israeli side would have never come back from the massive deficit.
This win helped propel Maccabi Haifa forward, and they had more great performances, thanks to Golasa, and beat Salzberg in two legs to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage, where they faced the likes of Juventus, Bordeaux, and Bayern Munich.
Golasa only played in the first two games against Bordeaux and Bayern Munich and the last game versus Munich because of a leg injury that sidelined him for almost two months, but he received great reviews from the local and foreign media whenever he played.
Speaking of Bayern Munich, they have recently been on the trail of the young Israeli starlet, and Golasa’s agent even stated that within the next 10 days, there is likely to be a deal in place that would take the Israeli to Bavaria.
Whether he will start at Munich is another question, but playing in Germany, for arguably the best team in the nation, would be a huge step forward in Golasa’s development.
Hopefully the new national team coach of Israel will notice the continued successes and great form of Golasa, and he will get his chance to impress on the international stage.
Someday, Golasa will lead the Nivcheret (nickname for the Israeli National Team) out of the tunnel, and possibly into a World Cup!
After being named the top right back in the Israeli League last year; Ali Ottman has been sitting on the bench most of the season for Maccabi Haifa after making a move from Bnei Sakhnin. On Monday he got his opportunity to start, and he played very well against Hapoel Tel-Aviv; managing to shut down Itay Shechter or anything that came down the right side of the pitch. When he was able to get forward he put in several dangerous crosses and was one of the best players in the game. The Israeli National Team has tried a variety of right backs in the past two years including Yuval Spungin, Yoav Ziv, Eyal Meshumar, and Klemi Saban. However they have all performed poorly in international play and were the biggest weakness on the National Team. If Ottman is given more starts and puts in simliar performances he should be called up to the National Team by the next coach.
- Yossi Benayoun is injured, but has been linked to Dinamo Moskva in an eight million euro move.
- Tal Ben-Haim is injured, and did not play in Portsmouth’s FA Cup win
- Tamir Cohen played the full 90 against Sheffield United in a 2-0 win.
- Dudu Aouate played in Mallorca’s 1-1 tie against Espanyol.
- Ben Sahar made the bench, but did not play against Mallorca.
- Roberto Colautti started against Hertha Berlin for Gladbach and drew a penalty, but was substituted in the 65th minute; Meanwhile Gal Alberman is still out with injury.
- Avi Strool and Yoav Ziv played the full 90 in a 4-1 loss against Roeselare, Yoav Ziv scored Lokoren’s only goal.
- Elyaniv Barda came on in the 93rd minute for Samuel Yeboah in Racing Genk’s 2-0 win over Club Brugge.
- Salim Toama came on in the 30th minute for Larisa in their 2-1 win, Shimon Abuhatzeira did not make the bench.
Maor Buzaglo has shown progress since recovering from his serious ACL injury and has reportedly generated interest from Bundesliga teams. Maor scored a goal and had an assist in a friendly game against Hapoel Acco yesterday. He may start at the weekend against Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
- Yossi Benayoun is injured and did not play for Liverpool.
- Tal Ben-Haim did not play due to a postponed game for Portsmouth.
- Tamir Cohen played well before being subbed off in the 79th minute against Arsenal.
- Ben Sahar got a rare start for Espanyol but was mediocre and was subbed in the 68th minute.
- Dudu Aouate got another clean sheet for Mallorca as they beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0.
- Gal Alberman is injured and Roberto Collauti did not make the bench for M’Gladbach’s loss to VFL Bochum.
- Avi Strool and Yoav Ziv started and played the full 90 minutes in Lokoren’s 2-1 loss to St.Truiden.
- Elyaniv Barda came on in the 87th minute as a sub in Genk’s 3-1 win.
- Shimon Abuhatzeira did not play and Salim Tuama came on in the 68th minute for Larisa in a 2-1 loss.