Sports Shorts

Mansdorf to captain Fed team

Former tennis star Amos Mansdorf has been appointed captain of Israel's Federation Cup team. Mansdorf, who will replace Lior Mor, will begin his new role next month, ahead of the Israeli women's appearance in February in Eilat in the European-African Qualifying Group 1. Mansdorf was Israel's most successful male tennis player, reaching a singles world ranking of 18 in November 1987. His best doubles world ranking was 67, in May 1986. Following his retirement in 1994, Mansdorf continued to remain active in Israeli tennis, and currently chairs the Israel Tennis Center and Israel Tennis Association's program for promising young tennis players. He served as Davis Cup captain between 2000 and 2004. (Haaretz Sports Staff)

New-look forward line against Luxembourg

National soccer team coach Eli Guttman will probably open Friday's World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg with a strike force consisting of Tomer Hemed and Eli Ben Bassat, who will be making his debut. Ben Bassat, 26, plays for French Ligue 1 side Brest. "It's a dream come true for me to play for the national team," Ben Bassat said yesterday. "I'm really excited at the prospect and promise to perform to the best of my abilities." The team left Ben-Gurion International Airport yesterday, and will hold its first training session at the stadium this morning. (Moshe Boker)