Hapoel Haifa claimed its first title in 12 years on Wednesday, beating Hapoel
Beersheba 1-0 after extra-time in the Toto Cup final in Petah
Touvarno Pinas scored the only goal of the match in the third
minute of extra-time, with his shot from 20 meters out taking a wicked
deflection off Beersheba defender Ben Vahaba and flying into the back of the net
passed goalkeeper Galil Ben-Sha’anan.
After a dreary first half, Vladimir
Gluscevic came centimeters away from giving Haifa the lead in the 85th minute
when his header came off the crossbar. But Nir Klinger’s team was more than
happy to reach extra-time after goalkeeper Tvrtko Kale saved Ido Eksbard’s
penalty in the 87th minute.
“I’ve won a lot of titles in my life, but
this is one of the sweeter ones,” Klinger said.
“This team suffered for
many months and I think that this might be the start of something
Haifa also visits Beersheba in Premier League action on Sunday
after climbing off the bottom of the standings last week.
defender Ignacio Fideleff is set to become Maccabi Tel Aviv’s fourth addition of
the January transfer window on Thursday.
The Argentinian Jew joined
Napoli of Italy’s Serie A from Newell’s Old Boys for a transfer fee estimated at
3 million euro at the start of 2011/12, but was loaned out to Parma this
The 23-year-old also received very few chances at Parma and joins
Maccabi on a loan deal until the end of the 2013/14 campaign, with the
yellowand- blue having an option to make the move permanent at the end of next
Fideleff will be Maccabi’s fourth signing in recent weeks,
replacing Steve Gohouri, who was unhappy with the credit he was given by coach
Fideleff joins Israeli-born Canadian goalkeeper Tomer
Chencinski, striker Rade Prica, who replaced Robert Earnshaw, and Israel
international Eran Zahavi, who arrived from Italy’s Palermo.