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(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Eran Zahavi became only the second Israeli to join a Serie A club on Tuesday,
completing his transfer from Hapoel Tel Aviv to Italian side
Zahavi, who will turn 24 next month, signed a five-year deal
with the Rosanero, moving for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of one
Israel national team assistant coach Tal Banin was the
first Israeli to join a Serie A side, playing for Brescia between 1997 and
Zahavi, who was playing for Ironi Ramat Hasharon of the National
League just three seasons ago, joins Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Danny Bondarv
(Volga Nizhny Novgorod), Gili Vermut (Kaiserslautern) and likely Itai Shechter,
who is still yet to finalize his move to Kaiserslautern, in the summer exodus
out of Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, the ongoing dispute between Hapoel
co-owners Moni Harel and Eli Tabib reached the Tel Aviv District Court on
Following months of squabbling, Tabib announced in May that he
had purchased full control of the club for NIS 6 million in accordance with the
Buy Me Buy You clause entered in the original agreement between the two
However, Harel quickly claimed that Tabib hadn’t transferred to
him the money as required and appealed to the District Court.
Judge Ruth Ronen gave Harel two days to decide if he plans to question Tabib’s
side, which would significantly prolong the judicial process. If he declines
that option, Ronen is expected to give her verdict in approximately two weeks.