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News and Rumors

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv has signed Spanish Defender Carlos Garcia on a free transfer from Spanish Second Division club Almeria.
  • Eran Zahavi may be moving to Chievo, as his club Palermo are interested in American midfielder Michael Bradley and would send Zahavi in the opposite direction. Zahavi had a poor season with only two goals and three assists in twenty games.
  • Romanian club Astra Ploiesti is interested in Maccabi Haifa’s Ghanaian midfielder Ya Ya Seidu.
  • Maccabi Haifa is still in talks with Argentinian club Godoy Cruz over defensive midfielder Nicolas Olmedo.

News and Rumors

June 11, 2012 Leave a comment
  • Striker Dudu Biton has signed a four year contract with Belgian Giants Standard Liege. Biton scored 16 goals in all competitions last year, and will join two Israeli’s already at Standard; attacking midfielder Maor Buzaglo and defender Rami Gershon. Liege purchased Biton’s contract from Charleroi for 800,000 Euros.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv has finally signed Spanish attacking midfielder Gonzalo Garcia from AEK Larnaca.  Garcia scored 17 goals in all competitions last season for Larnaca. They are also close to signing Spanish defender Carlos Garcia from Almeria on a free transfer.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv have released Montenegrin defender Savo Pavićević, he will join Cypriot club AC Omonia.
  • Midfielder Oz Raly has joined Cypriot club AC Omonia on a free transfer from Bnei Yehuda, while goalkeeper Ohad Levita has joined Omonia from Hapoel Be’er Sheva on a free transfer.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv is looking offload Haris Medunjanin, Medunjanin has very high wages and had disciplinary trouble last season, however if Maccabi can’t recieve their asking price, he may stay for the season.

News and Rumors

June 10, 2012 2 comments
  • Nir Biton is being linked with a move to Standard Liege
  • According to the Israeli website ONE, Yossi Benayoun is wanted by four London clubs, QPR, Tottenham, West Ham, and Arsenal.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv striker Roberto Colautti is likely to join Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta, and  will be reunited with former coach Roni Levy. Maccabi will stay pay half of his salary.
  • Maccabi Haifa has made another offer for Chen Ezra in the region of one million Euros.

News and Rumors

June 7, 2012 2 comments
  • Yossi Benayoun is being linked with a move back to his old club West Ham and his old youth club Ajax. Ajax will be playing in the Champions league next season, but West Ham may be a more attractive move for the Israeli due to the higher wages he may get in England.
  • Apparently Chen Ezra will continue with Maccabi Netanya.  Ezra is an attacking midfielder that plays for Maccabi Netanya and scored 12 goals last season. He was wanted by Maccabi Haifa, but Netanya’s transfer fee was too high for Haifa.
  • Hapoel Haifa have signed Serbian defender Dušan Brković from Smederevo FK. They are also trying to sign Assi Baldut from Rishon LeZion .  They are also trying to sign Victor Maree from Maccabi Petah Tikva.

News and Rumors

  • Shimon Sheves has withdrawn from negotiations for the purchase of Hapoel Tel Aviv from Eli Tabib.
  • Hapoel Haifa have signed Swiss defender Fabian Stoller from relegated club Hapoel Petah Tikva.
  • Israel’s National Team is now ranked 81st in the world after another two losses to the Czech Republic and Germany, not exactly the improvement Chairman Avi Luzon was looking for.

News and Rumors

June 3, 2012 2 comments
  • Maccabi Haifa have signed left-back Shmuel Scheimann from  the Dutch club SBV Excelsior. Scheimann made his national team debut recently against the Czech Republic. Scheimann will sign a two year deal with an option for two more years. This may indicate that Taleb Tawatha will be leaving the club in the summer.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv are showing interest in Kaiserslautern midfielder Gil Vermouth. Vermouth had an outstanding game against Germany recently and is searching for a club in the Netherlands or Spain.
  • Maccabi Haifa are interested in two Argentinian players, Nicolas Olmedo, a defensive midfielder for Godoy Cruz, and Martin Rolle, an attacking midfielder for Club Olimpo.

News and Rumors

  • Hapoel Tel Aviv owner Eli Tabib has announced he wants to sell the club for 25 million shekels. He also announced that the team’s best players are all for sale. In addition the team will not be having a training camp, and he will no longer invest any money into the club. To some it looks like a similar story to when he gutted Hapoel Kfar Saba which was then relegated to the Liga Leumit. Others believe he is taking revenge against the clubs fans, who demanded that he will leave. Hapoel Beer Sheva want Omer Damari from Hapoel Tel Aviv, but the price is too high for them. While Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa want Nosa Igiebor.
  • Coaches from the youth department of Maccabi Petah Tikva toured the facilities of Ajax Amsterdam in an effort to improve their youth setup.
  • Maccabi Haifa defender Jurica Buljat was called up to the final squad of Croatia for Euro 2012,  the Greens will be looking to sell the Croatian defender in the summer.  If he plays then it will probably make it easier for Haifa to do so.
  • The Israel Football Association is considering terminating the contract of Eli Ohana on June 30th. Ohana is currently the coach of Israel’s u-19 Team, however his teams have performed poorly since his tenure in 2008 and the last loss was a particularly humiliating one. It was a 7-1 loss at the hands of Portugal. Ohana is a legendary player but has a spotty record as a manager.