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Israeli’s Abroad – Weekend Roundup

April 30, 2012 4 comments

England

  • Yossi Benayoun(Arsenal) played 83 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Stoke
  • Tal Ben-Haim(Portsmouth) did not play
  • Gai Assulin (Brighton) came on in the 61st minute in a 0-0 draw with Burnley
  • Dekel Keinan(Bristol City) did not play


Scotland

  • Beram Kayal(Celtic) did not play

Spain

  • Tomer Hemed(Mallorca) came on in the 75th minute and scored a goal in a 3-1 win over Getafe
  • Dudu Aouate(Mallorca) played the whole game in a 3-1 win over Getafe

Germany

  • Itay Shechter(Kaiserslautern) did not play
  • Almog Cohen(Nurnberg) did not play

Italy

  • Eran Zahavi(Palermo) came on in the 85th minute in a 1-1 draw with Palermo

France

  • Eden Ben Basat(Brest) played 90 minutes in a 4-0 loss to Auxerre
  • Ben Sahar(Auxerre) came on in the 66th minute in a 4-0 win over Brest

Portugal

  • Alex Zahavi(Setubal) did not play

Russia

  • Dani Bondar(Nizhny Novgorod) came on in the 46th minute in a 2-1 loss to Krasnodar
  • Bibras Natcho(Rubin Kazan) played 90 minutes and scored a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Kuban
  • Zeev Haimovic(Terek Grozny)did not play

Netherlands

  • Gil Vermouth(De Graafschap) played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Groningen
  • Samuel Scheimann(SBV Excelsior) played 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Arnhem
  • Dan Roman(Veendam) did not play

Belgium

  • Lior Rafaelov(Club Brugge) injured
  • Maor Buzaglo(Standard Liege)did not play
  • Rami Gershon(Standard Liege)did not play
  • Elyaniv Barda(Genk)injured
  • Dor Malul(Beerschot)played 90 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Lokeren
  • Roee Dayan(Beerschot)came on in the 76th minute in a 3-1 loss to Lokeren
  • Liroi Tzairi(Mechelen)did not play
  • Shlomi Arbeitman(Westerlo)did not play

Switzerland

  • Moshe Ohayon(Luzern)came on in the 77th minute in a 2-2 draw against Grasshoppers

Cyprus

  • Yuval Spungin(Omonia) played 90 minutes in 4-0 win over Anorthosis
  • Dedi Ben Dayan(Omonia) played 90 minutes and scored a goal in a 4-0 win over Anorthosis
  • Idan Sade(Paralimni) unknown
  • Roee Bakal(Alki Larnaca) unknown

Poland

  • Aviram Baruchyan(Polonia Warsaw)played 57 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Kielce
  • Maor Melikson(Wisla Krakow) played 88 minutes and scored a goal in a 1-0 win over Cracovia Krakow
  • Dudu Biton(Wisla Krakow) did not play
  • Liad Elimelech(Bielsko Biala) played 67 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Gornik Zabrze
  • Liran Cohen(Bielsko Biala)played 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Gornik Zabrze

Romania

  • Idan Baruch(CS Concordia)did not play

USA

  • Orr Barouch(Chicago Fire)did not play

What I Would Do If I Was Jordi Cruyff

April 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The recent appointment of Jordi Cruyff  to the position of Sporting Director at Maccabi Tel Aviv has signaled the intent of owner Mitch Goldhar to bring the a club to a new level. However if this is to become a reality, Cruyff will have a laundry list of tasks to undertake and complete on his way to making Maccabi Tel Aviv a higher profile club. Among these tasks will be changing the overall attitude of the club, upgrading the quality of the youth academy to a higher level, bringing in more domestic and foreign quality players into the fold, changing the conditioning and nutrition regimes, bringing in a more professional management structure, and introducing a club-wide method or system of play like Barcelona.

  • The first thing that Cruyff will need to do is make an assessment of where the club is at so he knows what direction to take it in, he’ll need to know what he needs to change and what he will want to keep, although I’m sure he will be given limitations by Goldhar as to what he can do.
  • Cruyff’s biggest priority should be upgrading the level of the youth academy, although its already one of the best in Israel, in order for Maccabi to reach the next level, they must develop an academy to be on par with clubs like Basel and Anderlecht. Israeli teams are very reliant on players from academies as only 5 foreign players are allowed per team.
  • His other big move should be to bring about the way the club is run, including instituting  a more professional way of doing things, introducing standard operating procedures,  even if it clashes with the old way of doing things in Israel, which can often be very unprofessional
  • Maccabi has a lot of players that are eating up salaries but not contributing to the team very much, but they also have several good young players who can be integrated into the first team better. Cruyff will be a responsible to a degree for that. He should consider offloading players like Nivaldo, Roberto Colautti, Klemi Saban, and Avi Strool.I posted a week ago about some foreign players he wanted to bring in, but I wasn’t too impressed. If Maccabi wants to be a bigger club, they will have to bring in better foreign players than their current crop.
  • Cruyff will bring in a manager and his staff, it is likely the manager will be foreign although some Israeli candidates have been given consideration. I would bring in a Dutch coach that could implement a system of total football throughout the club not just in the first team.
  • Finally, although results are important, Cruyff should focus on his long term vision for  the club even if winning the league may have to be put on the back burner for his first season as the club’s technical director. Best of luck to Jordi, I would love to have  his job, and I hope he is successful, because if Maccabi is successful it will be a good model for other Israeli clubs to emulate.

 

Transfer News

April 26, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Maccabi Haifa is currently scouting OFK Beograd players Nikola Maksimovic and Marko Pavlovic, both players are young and highly rated

Israeli’s Abroad – Weekend Roundup

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

England

  • Yossi Benayoun(Arsenal) did not play
  • Tal Ben-Haim(Portsmouth) did not play
  • Gai Assulin (Brighton) did not play
  • Dekel Keinan(Bristol City) did not play


Scotland

  • Beram Kayal(Celtic) out injured for the season

Spain

  • Tomer Hemed(Mallorca) played 86 minutes in a 1-0 win over Zaragoza
  • Dudu Aouate(Mallorca) played the whole game in a 1-0 win over Zaragoza

Germany

  • Itay Shechter(Kaiserslautern) did not play
  • Almog Cohen(Nurnberg) did not play

Italy

  • Eran Zahavi(Palermo) did not play

France

  • Eden Ben Basat(Brest) played 62 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Stade Rennes
  • Ben Sahar(Auxerre) did not play

Portugal

  • Alex Zahavi(Setubal) did not play

Russia

  • Dani Bondar(Nizhny Novgorod) did not play
  • Bibras Natcho(Rubin Kazan) played 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Zeev Haimovic(Terek Grozny)did not play

Netherlands

  • Gil Vermouth(De Graafschap) played 67 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Heracles
  • Samuel Scheimann(SBV Excelsior) played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Twente
  • Dan Roman(Veendam) did not play

Belgium

  • Lior Rafaelov(Club Brugge) did not play
  • Maor Buzaglo(Standard Liege)injured
  • Rami Gershon(Standard Liege)did not play
  • Elyaniv Barda(Genk)did not play
  • Dor Malul(Beerschot)played 90 minutes in a 3-1 win over Waregem
  • Roee Dayan(Beerschot)played 73 minutes and scored a goal in a 3-1 win over Waregem
  • Liroi Tzairi(Mechelen)did not play
  • Shlomi Arbeitman(Westerlo)did not play

Switzerland

  • Moshe Ohayon(Luzern)came on in the 83rd minutes and scored a goal in a 3-1 win over Servette

Cyprus

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  • Yuval Spungin(Omonia)
  • Dedi Ben Dayan(Omonia)
  • Idan Sade(Paralimni)
  • Roee Bakal(Alki Larnaca)

Poland

  • Aviram Baruchyan(Polonia Warsaw)did not play
  • Maor Melikson(Wisla Krakow) played 90 minutes
  • Dudu Biton(Wisla Krakow) did not play
  • Liad Elimelech(Bielsko Biala) did not play
  • Liran Cohen(Bielsko Biala)did not play

Romania

  • Idan Baruch(CS Concordia)did not play

USA

  • Orr Barouch(Chicago Fire)Chicago came on in the 79th minute against Toronto in a 3-2 win.

News and Rumors

April 23, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Maccabi Haifa’s owner Yaakov Shahar has officially announced the signing of former Haifa player Reuven Atar as the new Manager for next season. It was an open secret, but now it is official. Atar has had several successful seasons at Maccabi Netanya and Beitar Jerusalem as a manager.
  • Kiryat Shmona are being linked with the Brazilian winger Franklin Vicente who plays his football in the Slovenian League. He has four goals, and five assists in all competitions for his club ND HIT Gorica

Transfer News and Rumors

April 19, 2012 1 comment
  • Werder Bremen and Hannover are following Maccabi Haifa left-back, Taleb Tawatha. Tawatha has expressed his desire to leave for Europe, and it is likely that Haifa will let him go for the right price, because they have lined up Maccabi Netanya’s left-back, Omri Ben-Harush to replace him. Tawatha is considered one of the better talents to come out of Haifa’s academy in recent years. They are also following Haifa striker Wiyam Amashe, although it is less likely that he will leave in the summer.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv’s sporting director, Jordi Cruyff, wants to bring in two players from his former club, AEK Larnaca. He wants Gonzalo Garcia, a Spanish attacking midfielder, and Edwin Linssen a Dutch central midfielder. Garcia is a former Real Madrid youth player, and has scored 13 goals this season in all competitions. Linssen has started for the Cypriot club for the last two years.
  • Belgian Club AA Gent has expressed interest in Maccabi Haifa defender Sari Falah, after Maccabi Haifa indicated that he would continue to be a bench player. Falah has started for Israel’s U-21 team recently, and also appeared in Champions league qualifiers for Haifa, but was unable to secure his spot in the starting lineup during the course of the season. Falah is considered a young talent, but has been frustrated by his lack of playing time.
  • Maccabi Haifa is looking to offload Ghanaian midfielder Seidu Yaya. Polonia Warsaw is reportedly interested along with clubs from Belgium and the Ukraine.

Maccabi Haifa’s Striker Dilemma

April 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Maccabi Haifa will have to make some major changes this summer, but among the key decisions for the team are what to do with its surplus of strikers. With strikers Mohammad Kalibat, and Shlomi Azulay returning on loan, Maccabi Haifa will have eight strikers to deal with.  It’s likely Chen Azriel will either leave on loan, or be directly sold to his old club, Beitar Jerusalem, after a poor season with his new club.  Croatian striker Danijel Cesarec  has also failed to impress and is a lock to leave as he has only scored one goal in his half season with Haifa. It is likely Haifa will try to bring in a good foreign striker to replace him. In my opinion Shlomi Azulay should have a place in Haifa’s team next year as a center forward, and not play out on the wing. I think he can be much more effective in that position with his height, speed, and ball skills. When he has played there he has been very effective for Haifa and Kiryat Shmona on loan. Mohamed Kalibat will probably go back on loan to Maccabi Netanya. Shoval Gozlan is a very promising youth player, and will stay with the team. Wiyam Amashe was Haifa’s best player this season and their highest scorer, until he was injured, a healthy Amasha will feature in Haifa’s attack next year. Alon Turgeman has had a promising season for Haifa and if he continues to develop he will add some depth to Haifa’s attacking corp. Mohammad Ghadir’s future is questionable, as he has failed to show the promise he was touted for. He has stated he will only play for Bnei Sakhnin outside of Haifa in the Israeli League, or he may go abroad. Ghadir is still young and still has time to develop into a good player. Overall I think, this position is definitely a strength for the Greens. The acquisition of a good foreign striker will help Haifa round out its biggest strength as a club.

In: ( Good foreign striker)

Out: (Mohammad Kalibat-on loan), (Chen Azriel-on loan), (Mohammad Ghadir-on loan), (Danijel Cesarec – free transfer)