Haifa gets Golasa bombshell before facing Mac PT

Reigning champion rocked by news that gifted 18-year-old midfielder agreed to 4.5 year deal with Italian Serie A club S.S. Lazio.

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February 1, 2010 03:03
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Haifa gets Golasa bombshell before facing Mac PT

Maccabi Haifa 298.88. (photo credit: AP)

Maccabi Haifa can extend its lead atop the Premier League standings to 12 points on Monday with a victory at Maccabi Petah Tikva.

However, on Sunday, the reigning champion was rocked by the news that gifted 18-year-old midfielder Eyal Golasa had flown to Italy without the team’s permission and agreed to a four-and-a-half year deal with Serie A club S.S. Lazio.

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Haifa claims the player is under contract with the Israeli club, but Golasa reportedly believes his agreement ran out when he turned 18 last October. The misunderstanding seems to have come about due to the fact that Golasa’s mother signed his contract at Haifa as his guardian while he was still a youth player.

The current status of the up-and-coming star is in question and further developments are expected on this story in the coming days and weeks.

“Maccabi Haifa Football Club takes Eyal Golasa’s behavior very seriously,” the club wrote in an official statement. “The player has a binding agreement with the club. The club’s legal advisor Udi Shochatovitch has been put in charge of the matter.”

Golasa, who is currently injured and is set to miss the next two months, made his breakthrough last season, appearing in 27 of Haifa’s 33 Premier League matches and playing a supporting role in the team’s run to the championship.

Golasa was especially impressive in Haifa’s Champions League campaign this season, but could now be on his way out of the club just a year-and-a-half after joining from the Betar Nes Tubrok youth academy.


Petah Tikva enters Monday’s match in its best form of the season having won three of its last four games and drawing 0-0 with Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Hapoel will be hoping Petah Tikva can do it a favor on Monday after only managing a 3-3 draw with Maccabi Netanya on Saturday.

On Sunday, Ahi Nazareth climbed off the bottom of the standings with a 1-1 draw at Hapoel Ra’anana.

John Gregory’s team played with 10 men from the second minute on after Rami Duani was sent off, but Nazareth took the lead in the 54th minute through Yaniv Luzon, only for Steven Cohen to equalize for Ra’anana seven minutes from time.


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