Archive for May, 2011

Israelis Abroad – Weekend Roundup

May 30, 2011 4 comments

An  updated list of Israelis Abroad


  • Yossi Benayoun – Chelsea
  • Tal Ben-Haim – Portsmouth


  • Dekel Keinan – Cardiff


  • Dudu Aouate – RCD Mallorca
  • Ben Sahar – RCD Espanyol


  • Itay Shechter – Kaiserslautern
  • Gil Vermouth – Kaiserslautern
  • Almog Cohen – Nurnberg


  • Eran Zahavi – Palermo


  • Bibras Natcho – Rubin Kazan
  • Ze’ev Haimovic – Terek Grozny
  • Dani Bondar – Volga Novgorod


  • Ohad Levita – RKC Waalwijk


  • Dudu Biton – Charleroi
  • Matan Ohayon – Charleroi
  • Elyaniv Barda – Racing Genk
  • Shlomi Arbeitman – AA Gent
  • Rami Gershon – Standard Liege


  • Biram Kiyal – Celtic


  • Yuval Spungin – Omonia Nicosia
  • Baruch Dego – Apollon Limassol
  • Haim Megrelishvili – Alki Larnaca


  • Maor Melikson – Wisla Krakow

Unattached Players

  • Tamir Cohen
  • Gil Blumenstein

Youth Players

  • Gai Assulin – Manchester City
  • Nir Mansour – Panathinaikos
  • Nes Zamir – Albacete B
  • Omri Altman – Fulham

Itay Shechter and Gil Vermouth move to Kaiserslautern

May 30, 2011 12 comments

After nearly half a year of speculation Itay Shechter has signed with German Bundesliga club FC Kaiserslautern, and quite surprisingly his teammate Gil Vermouth has come along for company as well. Shechter who had an outstanding season ending last year and promising start to the one that just ended this year, before being injured for most of the season, was a prime candidate to leave Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Shechter is a pacy forward with good technical ability, and can hold the ball up well for his  size although his often more effective on the wing running at players and getting behind the back line to cause havoc. Vermouth is  a poor man’s Andres Iniesta, who has a great first touch, has a great eye for an assist and is very intelligent on and off the ball. He also possesses a good turn of pace but nothing that is going to blow away the opposition. Vermouth hardly ever gives away possession, and is a great dribbler of the ball. He also has an eye for goal which makes him hard to defend. Both players get back and defend well. I expect both of them, especially Vermouth will meet or exceed expectations for their new club. I think the style of the Bundeslia fits both, although I think if Shechter is able to stay healthy and become a better player he has a higher ceiling for success. In addition the experience of playing in a better league like the Bundesliga can only help both players make the national team more succesful. The total sum of the transfer amounted to about 3.3 million Euros for both players. Best of luck to both of them.