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Roberto Colautti Signs With Maccabi Tel-Aviv

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

After spending three years abroad in Germany, Roberto Colautti will return to Israel and play for Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the summer. Colautti’s stay in Germany has been somewhat disappointing as he has 9 goals in 49 appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach. Colautti featured in Israel’s Euro 2008 campaign with 6 goals but, he has been injured for a good portion of his time in Germany and only regained his fitness this season.  Colautti is a center forward that is good at holding up the ball and is a good header of the ball. However he isn’t very fast and not the tallest player either. Colautti will be looking to regain his starting spot in the National Team after only being a squad player in Germany. Maccabi Tel-Aviv has also shown interest in left back Yoav Ziv who currently plays in Belgium.

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Israelis Abroad – Weekend Roundup

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

England

  • Yossi Benayoun did not play.
  • Tal Ben-Haim did not play.
  • Tamir Cohen played 74 minutes in Bolton’s 4-0 loss to Manchester United.

Spain

  • Dudu Aouate played the whole game in Mallorca’s 1-0 loss to Barcelona.
  • Ben Sahar came on in the 59th minute in Espanyol’s 0-0 tie with Gijon.

Germany

  • Roberto Colautti did not play.
  • Gal Alberman did not play.

Russia

  • Bibras Natcho did not play.
  • Ze’ev Haimovic did not play

Holland

  • Ohad Levita played the whole game in RKC Waalwijk’s 2-0 loss to Utrecht.

Greece

  • Shimon Abuhatzeira did not play.
  • Salim Tuama did not play.

Belgium

  • Omer Golan did not play.
  • Yoav Ziv did not play.
  • Avi Strul did not play.
  • Rami Gershon did not play.
  • Elyaniv Barda did not play.

Of the 17 Israelis Abroad, only four played this weekend.

Israelis Abroad – Weekend Roundup

March 23, 2010 Leave a comment

England

  • Yossi Benayoun came on in the 83rd minute in Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United.
  • Tal Ben-Haim was injured and did not play.
  • Tamir Cohen played 84 minutes in Bolton’s 2-0 loss to Everton.

Spain

  • Ben Sahar did not play for Espanyol.
  • Dudu Aouate played the full 90 minutes against Atletico Madrid in Mallorca’s 4-1 win.

Germany

  • Roberto Colautti came on in the 72nd minuted in Monchengladbach’s 1-1 tie with Koln.
  • Gal Alberman did not play.

Russia

  • Ze’ev Haimovic played the full game for Terek Grozny in their 1-1 tie with Rostov.
  • Bibras Natcho did not play for Kazan.

Holland

  • Ohad Levita played the full 90 in RKC Waalwijk’s 5- 1 loss to Ajax.

Greece

  • Salim Tuama did not play.
  • Shimon Abuhatzeira did not play.

Belgium

  • Avi Strul played the whole game in Lokeren’s 4-0 loss to Anderlecht.
  • Omer Golan played 59 minutes in Lokeren’s 4-0 loss to Anderlecht.
  • Yoav Ziv did not play.
  • Elyaniv Barda did not play.
  • Rami Gershon did not play.

Fernandez Hired As Israel National Team Coach

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Luis Fernandez after a few weeks of speculation has signed on to be the next coach of Israel’s National Football Team. The Chairman of the IFA, Avi Luzon, held a press conference which can be seen here. Luzon said that Fernandez has extensive knowledge of Israeli football and players. He also talked about Fernandez’s previous experience at Beitar Jerusalem and various other big clubs like Paris St.Germain.  Tal Banin will be Fernandez’s assistant coach and Fernandez’s contract will end in December of 2011. Israel has struggled in its past qualifiers with relatively easy opponents and Fernandez was brought in because of the failure of the past two domestic coaches for the National Team. His predecessors favored a more bunker style of football with both fullbacks hardly going forward, and the employment of two or three defensive midfielders.Fernandez is known for his attractive and offensive style of football. Read more about Fernandez on Wikipedia.

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Fernandez emerges as top candidate for national team

My only problem is that I don’t know if he’ll be willing to stay with the team long term. If he sticks around for at least two campaigns, it’s worth it.

Former Betar Jerusalem coach Luis Fernandez has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next Israel boss and will meet with Israel Football Association chairman Avi Luzon on Sunday to finalize his signing as Dror Kashtan’s successor.

The former France legend has been out of work since last June and has reportedly told IFA executives that he loves Israel and would be willing tocoach the national team at all cost.

After Kashtan failed miserably last year in his attempt to lead Israel to the World Cup in South Africa, Luzon announced that he would bring in a foreign replacement.

The names of Roberto Donadoni, Jurgen Klinsmann and Frank Rijkaard were all mentioned as candidates, but in the past week it became evident that Luzon would have to settle for a far cheaper option.

Fernandez and former Cameroon coach Winfried Schafer of Germany look to be the final two coaches in the running for the job, with the Frenchman now seeming like the probable appointment.
SOURCE: http://www.jpost.com/Sports/Article.aspx?id=171178

Luis Fernandez Linked To Vacant Israel Job

March 16, 2010 Leave a comment

The search for Israel’s National Team coach has taken a surprising turn in the form of Luis Fernandez being a leading candidate for the position. Fernandez has coached in Israel before and has coached eight club sides during his career. He is known mainly for his coaching career with Paris St.Germain. In Israel, he was the coach of Beitar Jerusalem for a year, but left after a dispute. Fernandez is due in Israel soon for a final interview.

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Israelis Abroad – Weekend Roundup

March 16, 2010 Leave a comment

England

  • Yossi Benayoun came on in the 74th minuted in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Pompey.
  • Tal Ben-Haim did not play due to injury.
  • Tamir Cohen played the whole game for Bolton in their 4-0 victory over wigan.

Spain

  • Dudu Aouate played the whole game in Mallorca’s 3-0 loss to Getafe.
  • Ben Sahar came on in the 62nd minute in Espanyol’s 4-1 loss to Tenerife.

Germany

  • Roberto Colautti played 45 minutes in Monchengladbach’s 4-0 loss to Wolfsburg.
  • Gal Alberman is still re-gaining match fitness.

Russia

  • Bibras Natcho made his debut for Rubin Kazan in the 92nd minute in their 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow.
  • Ze’ev Haimovic played the whole game in Terek Grozny’s 2-0 win over Sbir Novosibrisk.

Netherlands

  • Ohad Levita played the whole game in RCK Waalwijk’s 6-2 loss to AZ Alkmaar.

Greece

  • Salim Toama came on in the 57th minute in Larissa’s 1-0 win over Ergotelis.
  • Shimon Abuhatzeira did not play.

Belgium

  • Elyaniv Barda played 65 minutes in Racing Genk’s 2-0 loss to Anderlecht.
  • Yoav Ziv played the whole game in Lokeren’s 3-1 loss to Kortrijk.
  • Avi Strul played the whole game in Lokeren’s 3-1 loss to Kortrijk.
  • Omer Golan came on in 66th minute in Lokeren’s 3-1 loss to Kortrijk.
  • Rami Gershon did not play.