The English Israeli XI


15th, November 2007

With England fans crossing their fingers and hoping for Israel to pull off a shock result against Russia on Saturday, Pies celebrates the Israeli players who have plied their trade in the Premier League.
Tal Ben Haim
The no-nonsense centre-back arrived in England in 2004 when Bolton Wanderers signed him. During his three years at the Reebok Stadium he became a highly sought after defender. Chelsea eventually snapped him up on a Bosman free transfer this summer.

Najwan Ghrayib
Stand up former Aston Villa scout Ross MacLaren who reported that Ghrayib was the best left-back he had ever seen. His glowing reference convinced Villa to be spend £1 million. He never made a first-team apperance for the Villains and returned to Israel after one season for a reported £150,000.
Avi Nimni
Who? Nimni was on-loan at Derby County in 1999. He scored on his debut against Everton, but obviously made little impression in his other three games for the Rams because they let him return to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Itzik Zohar
Another you could be forgiven for forgetting about completely. He made six appearances for Crystal Palace in 1997. He is most famous in south London for demanding to take a penalty instead of usual spotkick taker Bruce Dyer. Zohar’s weak effort was saved and his Palace career was effectively over.
Walid Badir
Wimbledon’s £1 million midfielder scored his first Premier League goal against Manchester United. Unfortunately his transfer fee would prove to work out at precisely £1 million per goal. He left after a season with the Crazy Gang.
Idan Tal
I may not have my Uefa Pro Licence but I

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