Tal Ben Haim


Blasts From The Past: 20 Former Premier League Footballers You Probably Won’t Believe Are Still Playing

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With the shock news today that Alex Manninger has been training with Liverpool with a permanent deal on the cards, we thought we'd scout around and cobble together a list of some of the other ageing ex-Premier League pros that you assumed retired years ago but are in fact still plugging away out there.

January Transfer Window: Rating the Top opening week deals of the English Premier League

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With the first week of the January Transfer Window in the books, let's examine the biggest moves thus far and rate the recipient club's savvy on a four star scale.

Demba Ba Chelsea (£7.5M from Newcastle)

The signing of the window so far, Ba's power, pace and ability to finish from the most unlikely of situations make him one of the league's elite strikers.

Three Reasons To Be Optimistic About Liverpool's 2009/2010 Premiership Season

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After the win against Wigan, Rafa Benitez declared that Liverpool's season will start then. However all that took place after Wigan was an embarassing defeat to Portsmouth. Embarassing because Liverpool hardly showed any attacking threat and were completely shackled by Pompey.

The poor showing by Liverpool has drawn much criticisms about the manager's handling of the club and questionable tactics.

English Premier League

Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-4 Chelsea: Blues one point from knockout round [VIDEO]

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Chelsea cruised to an easy 4-0 Champions League victory over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv in Haifa on Tuesday to close in on the last 16. The victory, coupled with Dynamo Kiev's 2-0 win at Porto, means Chelsea need only a draw at home to the Portuguese in two weeks to guarantee their passage to the knockout stage.

Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-4 Chelsea: Blues one point from knockout round [VIDEO]

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Chelsea cruised to an easy 4-0 Champions League victory over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv in Haifa on Tuesday to close in on the last 16. The victory, coupled with Dynamo Kiev's 2-0 win at Porto, means Chelsea need only a draw at home to the Portuguese in two weeks to guarantee their passage to the knockout stage.

Siu’s View: FA Cup Third Round Review; Tribute to Frank Lampard; West Ham’s Winter Wonders

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In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend's English Premier League (and/or domestic cup) action and talking points, as well as any significant news related to English football. We welcome your thoughts in the comments section below.

Frank Lampard of Chelsea (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

FA Cup Third Round Review: Brighton's Upset, Robin's Equalizer, Suarez's Handball

We cannot talk about the FA Cup without mentioning the "magic" that it brings, right?

Premier League Clubs in Crisis – Part 5: Which Players Should West Ham Buy in January?

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The final club being examined in this series is the struggling West Ham United. This surely is not one of the finest years in Avram Grant's managerial career. He experienced hard times at Portsmouth last season and just when he thought he had a fresh start at Upton Park, he finds himself dead last in the table with the guillotine dangling perilously above his head, ready to drop at any given time.

Welcome home

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Today sees the return of the EPL, how did we cope without it during the Summer. The World Cup of course softened the blow, but I have been having withdrawls during this international break. It is not fair to bring it back and then to make us all go cold turkey suddenly after a just a week or two.

700 reasons why nobody comes close to Ferguson

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It has to be as sure a bet as you're ever likely to get, not quite impossible to lose but as near a certainty as can be. Managing the same club for 700 consecutive Premier League matches is a record...

Continue to the full story

Pre-Season Preview: West Ham / Avram Goes Shopping

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Avram smiling back when he had a real bank account to work with...
We took a look at Martin Petrov and Bolton's fantasy chances this week as well as examining fantasy prospects from the newly promoted clubs, and now let's preview West Ham.
The Hammers made quite a bit of news today as they announced three new signings within 24 hours.

Pompey back in business

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Portsmouth were sitting at rock bottom after seven Premiership rounds and they had always been expected to struggle after they could only reinforce the squad in the dying moments of the transfer window due to the uncertainty surrounding the club. Nevertheless, Paul Hart's team have shown a massive improvement in the last few weeks having taken no less than seven points from last four games.


"Wait until I get you a loan..." Reds bag another cast-off as Ben Haim joins TFC

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Ben Haim: Loan boy  If it's Thursday that must mean another temporary signing from the bargain bin of English football. In their attempt to become the QPR of MLS (at least until June 30th) TFC has added Israeli International defender Tal Ben Haim... wait for it... on loan.
According to Kevin "The Loan Arranger" Payne "Tal Ben Haim has been one of the top defenders in the EPL for nearly a decade".

WBA...Terry Venables Turns 70...Sousa to New York?...Holloway Praises Redknapp...Ben-Haim Abused?

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- Terry Venables Turns 70...SEVENTY



- QPR History in Photos: From the 1880s to the 21st Century - The Bushman QPR Photo Archives _______________________________________________

- Reports that QPR's Israeli International, Tal Ben-Haim the subject of anti-semitic abuse on "Social Media.

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC Add Veteran Defenders

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Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen has once again delved into his rolodex to strengthen his side as the club today announced the acquisition of defender Tal Ben Haim on loan from Queens Park Rangers. QPR being Nelsen's former team.

The 31-year-old Israeli international has made over 300 appearances during nine seasons in England, eight of which have been in the EPL.

Soumare looks set to start, rotation and depth, Ansboro on stepping down, more news

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Parke's injury not as bad as feared but Soumare looks set to start against Chicago on Saturday. On rotation and depth. Ansboro on stepping down as SoB prez. Moyes leaving Everton, expected to take over at Manchester United. More news.


Four Years Ago Portsmouth Played AC Milan In Europe, Today They Have No Senior Players Left

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By Chris Wright

That's it. With Liam Lawrence finally skidaddling out of Fratton Park this morning after agreeing to terminate his contract for a compensatory lump sum, Portsmouth now have no senior players left on their books. The two chaps you see there?

Portsmouth Left With 4 Players

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Things seem to be getting crazier by the day at Fratton Park, lets hope the club can sort themselves out and avoid folding completely, but the latest news is that they are down to four players with the departure of Norwegian winger Erik Huseklepp.

Huseklepp originally arrived from Italian side Bari in 2011 and became an important first team player, but he has now returned to Norway where he began his career at Brann.

Harry Redknapp Vows To Help Save Portsmouth By Phoning Nwankwo Kanu – The Ironing Is Delicious

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By Chris Wright

Harry Redknapp has vowed to do his utmost to help save Portsmouth from liquidation after it was announced yesterday that the stricken club have until August 10th to get their finances straightened up or face the very real  possibility of being pulped.

Rant Box: Chelsea v. Portsmouth

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Should be a cracking atmosphere with this cat in town.

Team news and the like from 9:45am EST.

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FA Cup Preview: Chelsea v. Portsmouth

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I awake from a two-day coma, just in time for the magic of the FA Cup. Provided this magic includes Romelu Lukaku and, of course, Josh McEachran I'm all in. Bring forth some elaborate illusions at the expense of our third-round opponents, Portsmouth.

Setup, the performance, and the prestige.

Ben Haim Notches Superb Own-Goal Against Chelsea, John Terry Almost Decapitates Luke Varney (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Chelsea's pre-season friendly against Pompey yesterday threw up a few points of interest, the first being that both sides played in the same strip for some reason, the second being John Terry's concerted effort to seperate Luke Varney's head from his shoulders during a goal-line scramble.

Chelsea old-boy Tal Ben Haim scores for them

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Tal Ben Haim scored an own goal for Portsmouth to give Chelsea a 1 nil pre season friendly win.
Very friendly of him.

Jogo 0334/2011 - Eliminatórias Euro 2012 - Letônia 1x2 Israel

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Mais um jogo das eliminatórias da Eurocopa 2012, foi realizado no dia 04/06/2011, na cidade de Riga-LAT, no Stadionas Skonto, onde jogaram as seleções da Letônia (77º no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção do Israel (33º no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
Eliminatórias Copa do Mundo
2010Tel Aviv 05/09/2009 ISR0:1 (0:0)LVA First stage2010Riga 15/10/2008 LVA1:1 (0:0)ISR First stage
Eliminatórias Eurocopa
Tel Aviv 26/03/2011 ISR2:1 (1:0)LVA
1999Jerusalem 24/02/1999 ISR2:0LVA 1998Riga 17/05/1998 LVA1:5 (0:3)ISR

O árbitro desse jogo, foi: Alan Kelly-IRL

O primeiro gol do jogo, foi de Yossi Benayoun, aos 19 minutos do primeiro tempo, ele que é jogador do Chelsea-ENG, que marcou seu 24º gol pela seleção nacional.

Butt's Brain: Thursday

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  • Strange and almost incomprehensible sideline reporting from the Everton - Portsmouth match a few weeks ago [Today's Big Thing]
  • This is one of the best free kicks I have seen all year - 50 yards out from Paraguay [YouTube]
  • Eyal Berkovic played there. So did Yossi Benayoun.

Franco Injury Leaves Beating Portsmouth a Herculean Task

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News have filtered through that Guillermo Franco was hurt in a freak training ground injury. This leaves West Ham and Gianfranco Zola short of striking options. So far goals have been hard to come by since the loss of Carlton Cole and now with Franco also out for two games, the situation is now extremely dire for the Hammers.

Javier Mascherano To Spend Suspension Recovering From Knee Injury

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The Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano will be able to use his four-match suspension over the festive period to recover from a knee problem. The Argentina captain sustained an injury in the tackle on Tal Ben Haim which earned him a red card in the 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth on Saturday.

As he has already served a ban this season, Mascherano will be forced to sit out four matches, meaning he will miss fixtures against Wolves, Aston Villa, the FA Cup third-round tie at Reading and the league meeting with Tottenham on 10 January.

Ben Haim Makes Torres Claim

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Tal Ben Haim has accused Fernando Torres of leading with his elbow when challenging him in Portsmouth's win over Liverpool on Saturday.

The Israeli centre-half enjoyed a fine game in helping his side keep a clean sheet but was in the wars, as first Javier Mascherano was red carded for a crunching tackle on him, before Torres appeared to catch him with an elbow.

Javier Mascherano and Samir Nasri Should Hang Their Heads In Shame

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There's no doubt that the Premier League season is heating up. The last few weeks have been extremely entertaining. And, for the casual observer, it's wonderful to see the Big Four teams getting beat. But there were two incidents on Saturday that I found deplorable. The first was Javier Mascherano's horror tackle on Portsmouth's Tal Ben Haim.

Top 10 Premier League photos, 5-6 December

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Enjoy our round-up of the best pictures from another action-packed weekend in the Premier League:

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Portsmouth's Tal Ben-Haim is challenged by Burnley's Robbie Blake

So sorry for Jimmy Bullard, who had only just returned from a very long lay-off.

Can Portsmouth kick-start their season?

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When Sulaiman Al Fahim announced his plans regarding the takeover of the club this summer, Pompey fans started hoping Portsmouth would soon be able to challenge European places in the least. However, completely the opposite happened as Paul Hart's side achieved the record of worst start in the history of the Premier League, having lost no less than 7 opening games.

While we were gone -- at the bottom

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There's no nice way of saying this: Portsmouth are a terrible team. The first team to lose their first six games since Leicester City in the early 1980s, and they've scored three and conceded 12 goals in those games. We're looking at a potentially record-breaking season of awfulness here.

The worst part of it (for Pompey fans) is that while some very good players left in the summer -- Sol Campbell and Niko Kranjcar to name two -- they still have quality in their squad: David James, Younes Kaboul, Tal Ben-Haim, Jamie O'Hara and Tommy Smith, for instance.

The Wanderers Win At Last

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Hello my dears, I hope you had a lovely weekend. Obviously you could have nothing but as Bolton had their first win in 10 league matches (since April, v. Boro for those of you counting). If you missed the game here are the highlights. Now onto actual analysis instead of me just blabbering on.

Transfer Madness at Fratton Park

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If you are Paul Hart - by far the bookies' favorite to become the first sacked manager in the Premier League this season - you would need a miracle to save Portsmouth from relegation at this point. Four games into the new season, Pompey are yet to scrap up a single point, which is a clear indicator of how the team roster was in desperate need of major bolstering on the final day of transfers.

Transfer deadline thoughts

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Usually if you are stuck at work on deadline day it can be an immensely frustrating time without Sky Sports News to keep you upto speed on the latest news, rumours and deals. Today however, if you missed the deadline coverage, consider yourself fortunate indeed.
Today, especially with the deadline being 5pm, transfer deadline day was as damp a squib as the Twenty20 games at Old Trafford.

Ben Haim departure confirmed

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From mcfc.co.uk:
Tal Ben Haim has joined Portsmouth on a free transfer.

The experienced 27-year-old Israeli international defender who made his name in this country at Bolton Wanderers, managed just nine starts for City following his switch from Chelsea last year.


Lazy Links and Randoms

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Did you know men now spend a longer amount of time than women getting ready to go out? Yoann needn't worry as his beauty secrets are safe with us.
This video of great Cesc moments just reminded us to add him to our miss list.
The Redknapps and their stellar cheese have boosted Thomas Cooke sales.

Lazy Links and Randoms

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Did you know men now spend a longer amount of time than women getting ready to go out? Yoann needn't worry as his beauty secrets are safe with us.
This video of great Cesc moments just reminded us to add him to our miss list.
The Redknapps and their stellar cheese have boosted Thomas Cooke sales.

The Rest

Jogo 0248/2011 - Eliminatórias Euro 2012 - Israel 1x0 Geórgia

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Mais um jogo das eliminatórias da Euro 2012, foi realizado no dia 29/03/2011, na cidade de Jaffa-ISR, no Bloomfield Stadium, onde jogaram as seleções de Israel (58º no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção da Geórgia (72º no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
Eliminatórias Continentais
Tbilisi 07/09/2010 GEO0:0ISR
2004Tbilisi 27/05/2004 GEO0:1 (0:1)ISR 2001Tbilisi 24/04/2001 GEO3:2 (2:1)ISR 2000Tel Aviv 29/03/2000 ISR1:1 (0:1)GEO 1994Ashdod 23/02/1994 ISR2:0 (1:0)GEO
O árbitro desse jogo, foi: Fredy Frautel-FRA

O único gol do jogo, foi de Tal Ben Haim II, aos 14 minutos do segundo tempo, ele que é jogador do Maccabi Taiva-ISR, que marcou seu primeiro gol pela seleção nacional.

Players with double barrelled surnames

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If you're anything like me you lay awake at night sleepless, attempting to name all of the players with double barrelled surnames who played in the Premier League or Football League last season (2009/2010). Well, you can rest easily now with this "cut out and keep" list of all players with double barrelled names who played last season:

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City)
  • Tal Ben-Haim (Portsmouth)
  • Nigel Reo-Coker (Aston Villa)
  • Seol Ki-Hyeon (Fulham)
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  • Ji-Sung Park (Manchester United)
  • Cho Won-Hee (Wigan Athletic)
  • Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Portsmouth)
  • Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)
  • Jamel Campbell-Ryce (Barnsley)
  • Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading)
  • Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Blackpool)
  • Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool)
  • Arran Lee-Barrett (Ipswich Town)
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips (Plymouth Argyle)
  • Sean St.

What Kind of Footballer Are You?

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It was only a few years ago when I had a conversation with my work colleague Jeremy that I suddenly realized how your favorite position on the soccer field has a profound impact on how you view the sport.

Let me explain.

Growing up, I played every position on the pitch at one time or other.