Beitar Jerusalem

Israeli Premier League

Beitar Jerusalem fans walk out when new Muslim signing scores, insist they’re not racists

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Beitar Jerusalem have strong links to the country's political right, and the club's hardcore supporters — known as "La Familia" — are staunch protectors of their values. As such, there was outrage in January when the Israeli Premier League side signed striker Zaur Sadayev and defender Dzhabrail Kadiyev, who are both Chechen Muslims.

Arsonists Torch Beitar Jerusalem Club House In Suspected Protest Over Recent Muslim Signings

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By Chris Wright

Beitar Jerusalem coach Eli Cohen poses with Muslim signings Kadiev and Sadayev

The club house of Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem was torched by arsonists last night and police suspect the "extensive damage" was caused in protest over the club's recent acquisition ofZaur Sadayev and Gabriel Kadiev, two Chechen muslim players.

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If I could ask one question to bigots, what would it be?

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I'd definitely go with "When are you going to realize how openly you advertise being a childish walking stew of fear and ignorance?". Right now, I'm looking at you, the nutbag portion of Beitar Jerusalem supporters.- Greg Seltzer

Crazy Beitar Jerusalem fans crash presser

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UEFA president Michel Platini is (was?) in Israel and recently he was lauding the country and saying it could possibly host a tournament in the future.

Maybe he spoke to soon.

On Tuesday, six crazy Beitar Jerusalem fans interrupted a press conference apparently to berate Israel FA chairman Avi Luzon.

Beitar Jerusalem Fans Boo Yitzhak Rabin Tribute

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Beitar Jerusalem have never fielded an Arab player, and from what I've read from some of their ultras, they're pretty darn pleased with that fact. So it comes as little surprise that they heckled a tribute to the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, assassinated twelve years ago by an ultra-nationalist who opposed Rabin's signing [...]

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Preview: Weekend Israeli action

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Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona hope to rebound against Maccabi Haifa while Ryan Adeleye looks to make his second appearance for Hapoel Be'er Sheva as they face Beitar Jerusalem.

Video: Israeli cop’s two-footed tackle on pitch invader

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Tasked with getting a pitch invader off the field of play during a match between Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem, this Israeli policeman might have opted for his truncheon, CS spray or any other number of options to detain the intruder. But he decided 'when in Rome...' and opted for the trusty two-footed tackle instead.

DTotD: Israeli Police officer brings down pitch invader with two-footed tackle

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The world would truly be a better place if more police officers apprehended criminals with two-footed slide tackles.

During Maccabi Haifa's 2-1 victory over Beitar Jerusalem, play had to be stopped with ten minutes remaining when a moron at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium decided to show everyone how nice his baggy tank top was.

Maccabi Netanya

Preview: Weekend Israeli action

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Bryan Gerzicich returns as Ironi Kiryat Shmona goes for their fourth win in a row at Beitar Jerusalem while Leo Krupnik hopes to break back into Maccabi Netanya's lineup as they face Hapoel Haifa.

Recap: Weekend Israeli action

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Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya fell to Beitar Jerusalem while none of the other Americans in Israel were in action

Recap: Weekend Israeli action

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Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona maintained their firm grip on first place in the Israeli Premier League while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya suffered a disappointing defeat to Beitar Jerusalem.

Midweek Israeli action

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Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona played to yet another draw against Rishon Lezion while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya shared a similar fate when they drew Beitar Jerusalem.

Preview: Weekend Israeli action

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Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya will be traveling this weekend to face off against Maccabi Haifa while Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona will travel to Jerusalem to play Beitar Jerusalem.

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Union schedule to be released today, Kai re-signs with Indys, more news

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Photo: Earl Gardner

Philadelphia Union

MLS is scheduled to release the 2012 schedule today at 2pm. We'll post the Union schedule as soon as it is available.

Who will the Union play in their home opener? After using some logic based on what schedule details are already known (the Union open the season at Portland on March 12, play in Chicago on March 24, play in Toronto on May 26 and September 15 while playing host to Toronto on July 7), The Goalkeeper writes, "I would not be surprised if it is against the New York Red Bulls, the Houston Dynamo or David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy.

Champions League Group B Preview

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Group B features clubs with varying levels of experience ranging from perennials Olympique Lyonnais to debutants Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC. This group feels a little more predictable than Group A but the battle at the top could get quite interesting.

Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC
Key Signing: Salim Toama.

Beitar Jerusalem 1-2 Hapoel Tel Aviv Ligat ha’Al Highlights (Video)

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Hapoel Tel Aviv pulled off a dramatic win away at Beitar Jerusalem to secure the domestic title.

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Preview: Weekend Israeli action

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Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona will look to begin 2011 on a winning note when they travel to take on Bnei Sakhnin while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya travel to the capital to take on Beitar Jerusalem

Recap: Weekend Israeli action

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Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona had a long day at the office against Beitar Jerusalem while Leo Krupnik did not feature for Maccabi Netanya.

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Champions League 3rd Round Qualification Draw!

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Third qualifying round draw:

Anorthosis/Rapid Vienna v Olympiakos
Vitoria Guimaraes v IFK Gothenburg/Basel
Shakhtar Donetsk v Domzale/Dinamo Zagreb
Schalke 04 v Atletico Madrid
Aalborg/Modrica v Rangers/Kaunas
Barcelona v Beitar Jerusalem/Wisla Krakow
Levski Sofia v Anderlecht/BATE
Standard Liege v Liverpool
Inter Baku/Partizan v Fenerbahce/MTK Budapest
FC Twente v Arsenal
Spartak Moscow v Drogheda/Dinamo Kiev
Juventus v Tampere/Artmedia
SK Brann/Ventspils v Marseille
Fiorentina v Slavia Prague
Galatasaray v Steaua Bucharest
Panathinaikos/Dinamo Tbilisi v Sheriff Tiraspol/Sparta Pragu


Thanks to BBC sport for the info.

Champions League Qualifying Draw

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The 2008-09 season is fast approaching. In fact, some teams have already played their first qualifying matches in the UEFA Cup. Today, the 3rd round qualifying matches for the Champions League were announced. Here is the complete draw:

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Third qualifying round draw:

Anorthosis/Rapid Vienna v Olympiakos
Vitoria Guimaraes v IFK Gothenburg/Basel
Shakhtar Donetsk v Domzale/Dinamo Zagreb
Schalke 04 v Atletico Madrid
Aalborg/Modrica v RANGERS/Kaunas
Barcelona v Beitar Jerusalem/Wisla Krakow
Levski Sofia v Anderlecht/BATE
Standard Liege v LIVERPOOL
Inter Baku/Partizan v Fenerbahce/MTK Budapest
FC Twente v ARSENAL
Spartak Moscow v Drogheda/Dinamo Kiev
Juventus v Tampere/Artmedia
SK Brann/Ventspils v Marseille
Fiorentina v Slavia Prague
Galatasaray v Steaua Bucharest
Panathinaikos/Dinamo Tbilisi v Sheriff Tiraspol/Sparta Prague

The winners of these cup ties will enter the group stage of the Champions League.

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Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round Draw

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Anorthosis Famagusta/Rapid Wien v OlympiakosVitoria de Guimarães v IFK Göteborg/FC BaselShakhtar Donetsk v NK Domale/Dinamo ZagrebFC Schalke 04 v Atlético MadridAaB Aalborg/FK Modrica v Rangers/FBK KaunasBarcelona v Beitar Jerusalem/Wisła KrakówLevski Sofia v Anderlecht/BATE BorisovStandard Liege v LiverpoolInter Baku/Partizan Belgrade v Fenerbahçe/MTK BudapestFC Twente v ArsenalSpartak Moscow v Drogheda United/Dynamo KievJuventus v Tampere United/Artmedia PetralkaBrann Bergen/Ventspils v MarseilleFiorentina v Slavia PragueGalatasaray v Steaua BucharestPanathinaikos/Dinamo Tbilisi v Sheriff Tiraspol/Sparta PragueMatches are August 12/13 and 26/27.

Champions League - 2nd Qualifying Round, 1st Leg

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Drogheda United 1-2 Dynamo Kiev Brann Bergen 1-0 Ventspils Inter Baku 1-1 Partizan Belgrade Domale 0-3 Dinamo Zagreb Panathinaikos 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi Rangers 0-0 FBK Kaunas Anorthosis Famagusta 3-0 Rapid Wien Anderlecht 1-2 BATE Borisov IFK Göteborg 1-1 Basel Fenerbahçe 2-0 MTK Budapest Beitar Jerusalem 2-1 Wisła Kraków AaB Aalborg 5-0 Modriča Sheriff Tiraspol 0-1 Sparta Prague Tampere United 1-3 Artmedia PetralkaSecond Leg August 5 and 6.

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THE STARTING 11: Surprising items found during the BMO Field Easter Egg hunt

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Happy Easter Monday to our Christian observers/chocolate bunny observers. To the rest of you - happy Monday? Sure. Easter of course is where millions celebrate JC's (not Julio Cesar) big comeback victory over AS Roma in the egg fields near the stadium where Beitar Jerusalem now plays. We think.

Época de sonho do Arouca começou com derrota na Covilhã

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Apenas seis épocas após se ter sagrado campeão distrital de Aveiro, o Futebol Clube de Arouca garantiu uma subida inédita Primeira Liga, culminando uma ascensão meteórica, rara no futebol português. Veio-me então memória o primeiro jogo oficial da época dos novos primodivisionários (a que assisti), em que visitaram o Sporting da Covilhã, perdendo por 4-2, em partida da Taça da Liga.

Beitar Jerusalem’s club house burnt down in ‘muslim protest’

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The club house of Israeli Premier League club has been burnt down by arsonists in a crime that police believe that relates to the club signing players of muslim origin. The side recently signed Zaur Sadayev and Gabriel Kadiev, who are the first muslim signed in their history. The club is know for its right-wing [.

Recap: Weekend Israeli action

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Bryan Gerzicich came off the bench for Ironi Kiryat Shmona in a draw against Beitar Jerusalem while Ryan Adeleye made his first appearance for Hapoel Be'er Sheva in a loss to Bnei Sakhnin.

Former Wizards Update

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Another week of former Wizards updates. While there aren't many former Wizards playing right now, those that are playing are starting to play more. With Eddie Johnson's move to Greece, he now appears to be getting the chance to get playing time.

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Sean Bowers - San Diego - San Diego lost 6-4 to Calgary on Saturday.

Butt's Brain: Tuesday

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A bit of Butt's Brain...
  • Congratulations to Kevin and Cory - the two winners of our Boxing Day Premier League Contest. These two guys will be receiving some Soccer Pro packs by Zuku (pictured above) for their brilliant predictions [Zuku]
  • Israeli international Barak Itzhaki with the goal of the week for Beitar Jerusalem [YouTube]
  • Who do Arsenal need to sign in January in order to win the league this season?

Transfer Market: June 29th Update

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With the transfer market already officially open, River are after quite a few players. Ex-players Roberto Ayala, Pablo Aimar, and Santiago Solari have already backed off, so here's a list with the current candidates to reinforce the squad:

Goalkeepers: Nicolas Navarro (Napoli), Mariano Barbosa (Free Agent; ex-Banfield and Villarreal), Mariano Andujar (Estudiantes; very complicated).