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Yossi Benayoun

Yosef Shai "Yossi" Benayoun (Hebrew: יוסף שי בניון‎) (born 5 May 1980) is an Israeli international footballer who plays for Arsenal on loan from ... More »Yosef Shai "Yossi" Benayoun (Hebrew: יוסף שי בניון‎) (born 5 May 1980) is an Israeli international footballer who plays for Arsenal on loan from Chelsea. Benayoun plays as an attacking midfielder, often occupying the space just behind the striker. In Israel, he is sometimes nicknamed "The Diamond from Dimona". He is also the captain of the Israeli national team. Benayoun is of Moroccan Sephardic origin, which allowed him to acquire Spanish citizenship during his time there. Jason Burt writing for The Independent described Benayoun's youth years: "aged nine and he was spotted as a footballing talent. Aged 11 and the talent was labelled a genius. By 13, his face appeared on the front of magazines in Israel". Benayoun started his career aged nine with Hapoel Be'er Sheva. To attend training, he regularly hitchhiked the 60 km roundtrip with his father. After making a name for himself, he was scouted by Ajax. They invited the 15-year-old Benayoun and his family to the Netherlands. By his... [ Wikipedia ]

Fernando Torres was 'badly managed' at Chelsea, says Yossi Benayoun

Fernando Torres was 'badly managed' at Chelsea, says Yossi Benayoun Fernando Torres, on a run of one goal in 13 appearances, was poor in Thursday’s 1-0 victory at Sparta Prague. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images Yossi Benayoun believes Fernando Torres's difficulties at Chelsea are ...

Yossi Benayoun signs short-term contract with QPR

Yossi Benayoun has signed a short-term contract with QPR following a successful trial at the club. Benayoun, who has played for West Ham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League, has agreed a deal until the end of the season. Rangers manager Harry Redknapp believes ...

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Yossi Benayoun granted work permit after agreeing QPR deal

Yossi Benayoun has received a UK work permit after signing an 18-month deal with QPR. The former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder has flown home to Israel and will spend at least 48 hours winding up various affairs, making it unlikely he will be available for Saturday's trip to ...

Harry Redknapp brings in Yossi Benayoun on a free transfer ahead of potential QPR January spending s...

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has started his Christmas shopping early, snapping up Israel captain Yossi Benayoun on an 18-month deal. Despite interest from Spanish side Malaga and Reims in France, the 33-year-old, who trained with west London club last week, will be available for selection ...

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BBC Sport Yossi Benayoun: Ex-Chelsea man set to join QPR on 18-month deal

Queens Park Rangers are set to complete the signing of Israel captain Yossi Benayoun on an 18-month deal. Benayoun, a free agent following his release by Chelsea last summer, has been training with the R's. The former West Ham and Liverpool midfielder, 33, had offers from Spanish ...

Harry Redknapp persuades Yossi Benayoun to join QPR over Malaga and help Championship promotion push...

Harry Redknapp has pulled off a transfer coup by finally persuading Yossi Benayoun to join QPR rather than Malaga. The former Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham attacking midfielder is heading back to English football to bolster QPR’s promotion push after accepting an 18-month contract at ...

Yossi Benayoun is training with QPR but he needs to convince Harry Redknapp he's fit for a deal

Former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun trained with QPR today as the Israeli tries to prove to the Hoops manager Harry Redknapp that he remains fit despite not playing a competitive match since being released by Chelsea at the end of last season. Benayoun, 33, has ...

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Free agent Yossi Benayoun set for QPR trial as Israeli looks to prove his worth to Harry Redknapp |

Yossi Benayoun is jetting into London on Monday to give Harry Redknapp the chance to convince him he should return to English football with QPR, rather than join Malaga. Sportsmail revealed on Friday (below) how Redknapp had been encouraged by news that a contract offer from Malaga ...

Redknapp Hoping to Tie-Up Deal for Former Liverpool and Chelsea Midfielder

[Reuters] Harry Redknapp is hopeful that Yossi Benayoun will be prepared to accept a wage cut in order to make the move to Queens Park Rangers rather than Spanish side Malaga. The former Liverpool midfielder has been without a club since leaving Chelsea in the summer and is currently ...

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Yossi Benayoun wanted by QPR, Leicester and Watford

Former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun looks set to join a leading Championship side before the end of the month. Reports from Israel say that QPR, Leicester and Watford lead a host of Championship sides interested in signing the midfielder. Benayoun’s agent Ronen ...

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Former Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun set for return to Spain with Getafe or Malaga

Yossi Benayoun is reportedly set to choose between La Liga teams Getafe and Malaga in the next 48 hours. The Israeli midfielder has denied reports in the Spanish media that he is close to agreeing a two-year deal with the Spanish side Getafe. He said, 'I’m in Tel Aviv at the moment and ...

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Yossi Benayoun talking to Crystal Palace

Yossi Benayoun has returned to London from Israel for talks with Crystal Palace, but the club could be kept waiting until after the transfer window slams shut on Monday. The Israeli midfielder tweeted this morning, 'On the way to London, some important meetings. ' However, the Israeli's ...

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Transfer news: Yossi Benayoun keen to take on MLS challenge

Yossi Benayoun is heading for the exit door at Chelsea this summer and has made a move to the MLS his preferred choice. The 33-year-old midfielder has spent the last eight years in England turning out for West Ham United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. His contract at Stamford Bridge is ...

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Chelsea Midfielder Criticises Supporters for Racist Chants

Yossi Benayoun admits offers from America, Spain, Russia and England By IBTimes Staff Reporter | May 31, 2013 5:08 PM EST Israel international Yossi Benayoun has criticised Chelsea supporters for racist chanting. The 33-year-old claims he was subject to these chants while ...

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun suffers anti-Semitic abuse on Twitter

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun has revealed he was the victim of anti-Semitic abuse via Twitter. The Israeli retweeted a message which read 'f**in Jew a**hole' after he had thanked his followers for their birthday greetings. 'Some nice people in the world,' said Benayoun on the ...

Yossi Benayoun leaving Chelsea, wants to play in MLS & loves NY

Isreali National Team captain Yossi Benayoun is out of contract with Premier League power Chelsea at the end of the month; and the midfielder said he’ doing everything he can to make his next stop MLS, with his agent telling the Post they nearly joined the Red Bulls last summer and ...

Transfer news: QPR prepared to offer a trial to free agent Yossi Benayoun

Harry Redknapp is prepared to take a look at free agent Yossi Benayoun, but is not convinced that Queens Park Rangers need him. Benayoun has been without a club since being released by Chelsea at the end of last season. As a Europa League winner and experienced Premier League and ...

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Transfer news: Yossi Benayoun on West Brom's radar, says agent

Yossi Benayoun's agent has revealed that West Bromwich Albion are among several clubs interested in the midfielder. The Israel international has been released by Chelsea this summer following three years at Stamford Bridge and is now considering his options. He has also previously played ...

Transfer news: Yossi Benayoun is leaving Chelsea at the end of the season

Yossi Benayoun has revealed he will quit Chelsea at the end of the season when his contract expires. The Israeli playmaker has struggled to hold down a regular role with the Blues since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2010. He has taken in loan spells at Arsenal and West Ham United after ...

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Premier League: Chelsea probe Yossi Benayoun abuse claims

Chelsea have confirmed they are investigating alleged abuse of Yossi Benayoun - by their own fans. The Israeli midfielder was jeered by a section of the travelling support when he came on as a substitute in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Liverpool. Benayoun revealed on Twitter this week ...

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