08.10.2011 10.Tischrei. 5772 Jom Kippur
Hapoel Jerusalem prepares to begin the local basketball season under new owner Guma Aguiar.
Hapoel Jerusalem fans have gotten used to the fact that there never seems to be a dull moment at their beloved basketball club. But even they were surely rubbing their eyes in disbelief two weeks ago when it was announced that Guma Aguiar was the new owner of Hapoel.
It seemed that we had heard the last of the colorful 34-year-old American businessman when he exited Israeli sports in remarkable fashion at the start of last year after he was forcibly admitted to the Abarbanel Psychiatric Hospital following a mental breakdown. Aguiar first came to Hapoel’s rescue in August 2009 when he gave the cash-strapped club $1.5 million, a month after transferring the capital’s top soccer team, Beitar Jerusalem, $4m….