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  • Douglas Da Silva will now officially staying with Hapoel Tel-Aviv and will receive an upgraded contract.
  • Maccabi Haifa were impressed by trialist Kristian Vermes and may sign him in the next 48 hours.
  • Idan Vered will sign with Maccabi Haifa next week.
  • Peter Masilela is in negotiations to leave for English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.
  • Shlomi Arbeitman is likely to leave for Belgian club Ghent.
  • Maccabi Haifa is having Malaga defender Daniel Orozco on trials.
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  1. Abraham
    July 5, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Texiera, Masilela, and Arbeitman are out. It looks as if they will replaced by Orozco, Vermes, and Vered. Do you think these new players will do the job?

    • snowbozo21
      July 5, 2010 at 11:51 am

      Orozco will be released by Haifa, Vermes has really impressed, so I’m assuming Keinan will come back to Haifa for another season. Tamuz will likely replace Arbeitman. I have confidence in Haifa’s ability to find good players. Tawatha has really impressed in camp and should be the new left-back. Meshumar will likely be the sub-fullback for both Ottman and Tawatha.

      • Abraham
        July 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm

        That still leaves Haifa with one foreign spot open. Are they going to sign another foreigner?

  2. Abraham
    July 5, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Can someone explain to me who the manager is at Maccabi Tel Aviv. Is it Avi Nimni or Yossi Mizrachi? Is one the assistant to the other?

    • snowbozo21
      July 5, 2010 at 11:49 am

      Avi Nimni is the manager still in charge of composing the squad. Mizrahi is the coach, so I guess Nimni is still the overall boss on lineups, but Mizrahi will do more teaching with aiding the progression of players.

  3. Gerre
    July 5, 2010 at 4:48 am

    I understand that Arbeitman has been of great value for Maccabi Haifa during the last season and the CL qualification. But on the other hand, throughout al large part of the season he remained a substitute (did they really prefer Dvalishvili?!) and there are some skeptical comments about his chances to be successful at Gent.

    How do you evaluate his chances? Shlomi does seem to have “torinstinct”, but does he also have the mentality and technical skills to make it? Gent is a well-balanced team, finished second in the Belgian league and won the Belgian cup. They will also participate for the CL-qualifiers.

    • snowbozo21
      July 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

      Arbeitman is something of an anomaly, in his first game for the National Team when he was 17 he scored three goals and was touted as the next best thing but, he has never been consistent. He bounced around for a while, and then last season just exploded with his 28 goals. I’d say he is definitely a technical player, and really good in the air. He has decent speed and holds the ball up really well. However he does have one huge flaw and that is he has a terribly weak right foot. He can barely finish with it, and it’s a huge disadvantage, he’s really going to need to work on that when he get to Gent if he wants to succeed. In the past he has also had attitude issues with staying composed during games, but I don’t think that’s the case any more. To be honest I don’t think he will light up the Belgian league, but I don’t think he will be a complete failure either. I would expect maybe 10 goals from him. I’d be really surprised if he gets anywhere near his goal total from last season. He will definitely need to adjust as the overall level of the Belgian league is higher than Israel’s league. As far as Dvalishvili goes, basically Arbeitman forced his way into the lineup by scoring alot of goals, and got Dvalishvili on the bench at times.

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