Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.
Full nameMaccabi Tel Aviv Football Club
Founded1906
GroundBloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv
Ground Capacity29,400
ChairmanMitchell Goldhar
ManagerPeter Bosz
LeagueIsraeli Premier League

Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club (Hebrew: מועדון כדורגל מכבי תל אביב‎; Moadon Kaduregel Maccabi Tel Aviv) is an Israeli football club. It is one of the oldest clubs in Israeli football. The club is also the most successful. They have won 18 championships, 22 national cups, 2 Asian Champions Cups [1] and 3 Toto cups. The homeground of the team is the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, where also the city rival Hapoel Tel Aviv is playing.

History[change | change source]

The club was founded in 1906. It was the first Jewish football club in Ottoman Palestine. The name was then Rishon Lezion-Yafo. The first match was a 3-0 win against a team of French sailors. After the foundation of Tel Aviv in 1909 the clubs name was changed into Maccabi Tel Aviv. Maccabi was founding member of the Palestine Football Association and the Palestine League.

Maccabi Tel Aviv in Australia, 1939

In 1936 the club was invited to play in the United States. On the way Maccabi played in France versus Racing Paris and Olympique Lille. In the United States they played against an All-star team of New York City at Yankee Stadium. Maccabi also defeated the American Soccer League team in Brooklyn and Philadelphia on their home ground 1–0. Other matches were against St. Louis Stars and the Boston Celtics. They played also in Canada, where they drew 1–1 with Toronto All-Stars. In 1939 they played 18 matches in Australia.

After the independence in 1948 Tel Aviv was the most successful club in Israel's top league.

The 1950s decade is considered to be their "golden age" because they won 5 league championships and 4 cups. The club was almost relegated in 1976 but beat Beitar Jerusalem in the relegation play-off.

In the 2011/12 season they reached the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. The team played versus PSV Eindhoven, Rapid Bucharest and Legia Warsaw. They failed to reach the next stage (2 wins, 1 draw, 3 lost).

Current team[change | change source]

As of 13 October 2011

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Israel GK Barak Levi
2 Israel DF Klemi Saban
3 Israel DF Uri Cohen
4 Brazil DF Nivaldo (2nd VC)
5 Israel DF Yagil Biton
6 Israel MF Gal Alberman
7 Israel MF Guillermo Israilevich
9 Israel FW Barak Itzhaki (Captain)
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Haris Medunjanin
11 Israel MF Eli Zizov
13 Israel FW Moanes Dabour
14 Israel DF Yoav Ziv
15 Israel MF Dor Micha
16 Israel FW Eliran Atar
17 Montenegro DF Savo Pavićević
18 Senegal FW Moussa Konaté
No. Position Player
19 Israel MF Roi Kahat
20 Israel FW Dia Saba
21 Israel MF Shiran Yeini (1st VC)
23 Israel MF Moshe Lugasi
24 Israel FW Roberto Colautti
25 Israel MF Rafi Dahan
26 Israel DF Avi Strul
27 Israel DF Omer Vered
29 Israel MF Rif Peretz
30 Israel MF Omri Shkel
31 Israel GK Yossi Ginzburg
42 Israel DF Rahamim Checkol
43 Israel MF Ruslan Barski
44 Croatia DF Roberto Punčec
45 Israel MF Tom Mansharov
55 Israel GK Guy Haimov

In an Israel team only 5 foreigners are allowed. The foreigners are:

Honours[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Before joining the UEFA Israel was member of the Asian federation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Maccabi Tel Aviv league titles". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
  3. No national championship was held; the Tel Aviv district league was won by Maccabi Tel Aviv, that of Jerusalem by British Police; the champions of Haifa are not known.
  4. Israel – List of Cup Finals RSSSF
  5. Israeli Super Cup winners RSSSF