The transfer saga of the summer in Israeli soccer finally came to an end on
Sunday after Hen Ezra moved from Maccabi Netanya to Maccabi Haifa for a fee
believed to be in the region of NIS 3.7 million.
Haifa received 75
percent of Ezra’s transfer rights for the fee and will pay the 23- year-old
midfielder around NIS 1 million for the remaining 25 percent, which he currently
Ever since Reuven Atar left Netanya to become Haifa’s new coach it
was clear Ezra would become one of Maccabi’s top targets and Atar got his wish
on Sunday after an on-and-off negotiation.
“This is a dream come true for
me,” said Ezra, who scored 12 goals in an excellent campaign for Netanya last
“I’m delighted to be joining Haifa, the biggest club in
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Netanya for being a
warm and loving home and for the opportunity I was given.
“From now on,
I’m completely focused on helping Haifa to success and with god’s help I will
Ezra, who is set to earn around $180,000 per season over the
four-year deal, is the third player Atar has added to his squad, joining Samuel
Scheimann, who was signed from Dutch club Excelsior Rotterdam, and Oded Elkayam,
brought in from Hapoel Haifa.
The Greens, who will hold their first
training session ahead of the 2012/13 season on Thursday, are not done with
their summer shopping, with Atar especially keen to further bolster his