Cheeky Backheel Football Israel Podcast October 31 2014


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Roy Jankelowitz, reporter for Israel Sport and the man behind the fantastic Facebook Page HaShishit B’Europa joined me on the Cheeky Backheel Podcast to talk Football Israel!

The Sports Rabbi & Roy talk about a full 2 rounds of matches with midweek clashes galore & look ahead to this weekend!

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Can Anyone Stop Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Israel Round 6 Ligat Ha’al

Maccabi Tel Aviv 5-2 Ashdod

Dear all,

I am curious. Can anyone stop the steamroller that is Maccabi Tel Aviv? They seem to just beat up anyone that comes into their way. Akko & Ashdod were disposed of quickly this week with the same lineup, and no Eden Ben Basat did not start in either of the matches but did play 30 minutes last night against Ashdod in front of over 11,000 fans at Bloomfield Stadium. I can happily say that Ben Basat seemed content to play and content about paying with a great team like Maccabi. He told us so after the match.

Coach Pako Ayestaran is a really cool cucumber on the sidelines and when he speaks to the press. He speaks the truth. He loves the game of football and it seems he really likes being at Maccabi and that’s important. I hope he stays here in Israel for the long term as I think he can put this team onto the European landscape permanently. That would be something that both Oscar Garcia & Paulo Sousa couldn’t do. Sousa always worked with a rotation of players and kept his charges on their toes. But Pako doesn’t go for the rotation bit. Two games in four nights and he starts the same exact lineup. Are we going to see the same lineup again on Monday night for the Tel Aviv derby? Could be, just as he told me this past Sunday night.

I talked to Eran Zahavi about how important a role he will have in helping Maccabi play back in Europe, in either the UEFA Champions League or Europa League. I also asked him what he thinks about table leaders Kiryat Shemona, check it out above!

I just can’t see who is going to stop the offensive weapons Maccabi has. Not only the ones that start and play but the others that don’t like Rada Prica & Dor Micha. They are proven professional scorers at the highest levels.

Eran Zahavi-Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv website

Eran Zahavi-Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv website

You know, as usual Zahavi had a couple of goals Omri Ben Harush who scored a lazer beam goal on Sunday night scored again, Tal Ben Haim surprise, surprise added another goal for his collection and Nosa Igiebor, yes, the much maligned Igiebor scored his first of the year and looked confident in the midfield. Maccabi held a 4-0 lead but then gave up goals to Israel Rosh & a Yero Bello penalty quickly cut the lead in half with 12 minutes remaining.

Ashdod coach Nir Klinger

Ashdod coach Nir Klinger

Nir Klinger had his guys pushing Maccabi but it wasn’t enough. He spoke about the huge disparity in budgets between Maccabi & Ashdod and he certainly didn’t seem happy about that.

With Hapoel Tel Aviv hosting Maccabi Monday night it’s shocking to me to see that the Reds are having major trouble selling tickets. They really are. Hundreds are still left to be bought as rumors swirled that the hosts would give up Gate 8 seats for yellow and blue fans just as they did this past Monday night when they played Beitar. Is this the same mighty Hapoel Tel Aviv that once was? I’m not sure. But I am sure about one thing.

You can throw all the statistics out when you play “The Derby”, they just don’t matter. Passions will flare up and tempers will run high both on and off the pitch.

I just can’t wait, because in this game, anything can happen.

Josh

Beitar Jerusalem 1-1 Maccabi Netanya

Beitar welcomed back their former ‘keeper Ariel Harush along with ex-Beitar players Eran levy & Amit Ben Shushan to Teddy Stadium and split the points. The draw gives Jerusalem 4 draws & 2 wins and no losses sitting with 10 points in 4th place in the league table. Their hot striker Zarko Korac scored yet again after an awful Netanya error and Netanya got their goal on a gorgeous strike by Olarenwaju Ayobami (Larry) Kayode. Jerusalem prepares for a trip to Kiryat Shemona on Monday night where they will face the league leaders & stingiest defense.

Hapoel Petach Tikva 0-1 Hapoel Tel Aviv

Hapoel Tel Aviv picked up a W in a must win for the club & coach Asi Domev before facing Maccabi Tel Aviv this coming Monday night in the Derby match. Youngster Yehezkal Sagiv scored the lone goal of the game to pick up the 3 points and sit in 4th place with 10 points with Beitar Jerusalem.

Hapoel Raanana 0-2 Hapoel Akko

Akko stunned Raanana in Netanya on a brace by super striker Albanian Hamdi Salihi giving 4 goals in 6 games. The Akko win came off of the loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv this past Sunday night.

Beer Sheva v Haifa Mind Games Football Israel Round 6 Ligat Ha’al

Hapoel Beer Sheva 2-0 Maccabi Haifa

Last year The Sports Rabbi travelled with a full car to Kiryat Eliezer Stadium in Haifa to see these two teams battle it out in what was to be a high scoring contest with two teams loaded with offensive players.

But a funny thing happened. We got nothing. Nada. Not one goal! We saw a red card issued to Haifa early on to Dekel Keinan for using his hand to bat away a sure goal, but the ensuing penalty was sent over the crossbar by Elyaniv Barda. A game of chess was what we saw for the balance of the match.

Last night was a bit different as Hapoel Beer Sheva truly dominated large swathes of the match and didn’t allow Maccabi Haifa many chances to score. Haifa looked slow and sluggish throughout the match after missing some amazing chances early on that again were of the grandmother variety. Anyone should have put the ball in the net but some of the pros from Haifa just couldn’t figure it out.

The only inspired performer from Haifa was keeper Vladimir Stoyakovich who saved an Elyaniv Barda penalty from 11 meters and made sure that the score line didn’t head north of the final 2-0. Hen Ezra, Mamadou Idrissou Eyal Meshumar looked like lost puppies as Hapoel Beer Sheva continued attacking with confidence.

Ex-Haifa striker Shlomi Arbeitman scored the Beer Sheva first goal but didn’t celebrate due to his playing in front of his former fans and Roie Gordana who was shipped out of Hapoel Tel Aviv put away one of the nicer goals this year. 

Maor Bozaglo

Maor Bozaglo

Maor Bozaglo delivered his usual terrific crosses and as he said after the game the final should and could have been 3 or 4 goals for the home side as they knew how they would be able to break the Haifa spirit easily. 

Which brings us to the mental breakdowns that seem to plague Haifa the past few weeks. Coach Aleksander Stanoyvich spoke about it at length after losses to Maccabi Tel Aviv & at home against Hapoel Raanana. He said after this match that he can’t understand how his players didn’t put the ball in the goal from impossible to miss opportunities and kept harping on the lack of mental fitness. 

Maccabi Haifa coach Aleksander Stanoyvich

Maccabi Haifa coach Aleksander Stanoyvich

One thing is for sure about the Haifa coach, he speaks his mind and his actions and body language show exactly how he feels. It must’ve have been long, long ride back to Haifa.

Owner Yakov Shachar says that he is happy thus far with the road that the coach is paving and has patience. But just how much patience is yet to be seen. 

Hapoel Beer Sheva coach Elisha Levy

Hapoel Beer Sheva coach Elisha Levy

Listening to the man in charge at Beer Sheva who once was a Haifa manager, Elisha Levy perhaps should have been signed up for many years after his four with the Greens.

As he put it to the media, “I have a small part of the Maccabi Haifa history. All I did was win 2 championships, took the team to the UEFA a Champions League group stages as well the Europa League.” And of course there was a small smirk of satisfaction that he wa able to do a lot more than his three replacements, Reuven Atar, Arik Benado & Stanoyvich. Not shabby.

It should be interesting to see how the Haifa plays in its upcoming matches. 

Bnei Sakhnin 1-4 Kiryat Shemona

Kiryat Shemona continues to dominate the Ligat Ha’Al by taking care of Bnei Sakhnin at Akko Stadium and showing why they currently sit in 1st place overall. The match had to be played away from their home facility, Doha in Sakhnin due to problems with the lighting, but it probably wouldn’t have matterd to the visitors if the game was played in the pitch dark. Kiryat Shemona opened the scoring already in the first minute as Rogers Kola fed a pass to Roie Kehat who connected to give them a quick 1-0 lead. However, a Sakhnin tied it up on a Feras Mugrabi goal from a Muhamed Ghadir pass. But that was all she wrote as the 2nd half was all the northern city lights scoring three goals from David Manga, Ofir Mizrahi & another one by Kehat to finish off a 4-1 drubbing.

Hapoel Haifa 0-1 Maccabi Petach Tikva

The visiting side took a lead in the 19th minute as Moshiko Lugassi sent a free kick into the box that the Haifa keeper couldn’t handle that was knocked home by American import Bryan Gezerizich for the lone goal of the game.

Beitar Jerusalem And The Birthday Boy Football Israel Ligat Ha’al Round 6

Hapoel Tel Aviv 0-2 Beitar Jerusalem

The Sports Rabbi was in the stands or more like the insane asylum last night with my hometown Beitar Jerusalem fans. Only a club like Beitar could bring more than 4,000 supporters to an away match and this one was at Bloomfield Stadium against Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Beitar Fans

Beitar Fans

You could say that Jerusalem has the best fans and there are some which would say the exact opposite. Where the truth lies is probably somewhere in the middle but one thing is for certain, ONLY Beitar travels to away games in numbers like we saw last night year in and year out. No one can argue that point.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Celebrating Dov’s 15th birthday, we both were decked out in our finest yellow and black along with the all of the other Jerusalemies. Having found our way to one of the last rows in the area where Beitar would score both of their goals in the second half we settled in early in anticipation for a heated rivalry to explode as it usually does.

We reminisced about a match two years back when Beitar had defeated The Reds 2-0 just before the infamous signing of the Chechnyan Muslim players Sadayev & Kadayev and hoped that a similar result would play out once again.

However, one never knows what will happen, the script is not written beforehand in sports it gets written down as the 90 minutes go by on the pitch. The drama, the tension, the ecstasy of victory and the agony of defeat, for this is true theatre in the purest sense.

As the match approached and both teams marched onto the pitch as the Ligat Ha’Al anthem played one could feel the stadium vibrate about to explode as passions ran high on the opposite ends of the field. Both sides unfurled banners with Beitar lighting up the night! Magnificent pyrotechnics from the pyro maniacs were seen by all as the Beltar fans wante a win in the worst way!

The first half played out to a dull 0-0 45 minutes filled with, well, not much. One could say it was the poorest half of play this year from ANY & ALL matches for the season. Not fun to watch and not many chances by either side as everyone waited for the next half to begin munching on sunflower seeds and smoking cigarettes. (Even though it is now illegal to do so at outside sports venues, but apparently not enforced)

Beitar Celebrates Goal!

Beitar Celebrates Goal!

Hapoel started off the last 45 minutes strong, but then Beitar started to play their game. Controlling the tempo and pressuring the the Reds defense, ‘keeper Dani Amos and his defenders finally made a mistake by making a poor clearing pass that was picked off by Beitar midfielder Shlomi Azoulay. Azoulay’s eyes must have lit up like a Christmas Tree when he saw Amos handling the ball knowing an error would be right around the corner. He calmly slid the ball over to a wide open Zarko Korac who tapped it home for an easy “my grandmother could score” goal.

Beitar supporters went crazy in delight swarming around sections 8-12 like bumble bees waiting for another chance to sting their prey. And sting they did.

Just 10 minutes later as we hit the 70th tick on the clock a well placed Eli Dasa ball from the right side made it’s way into the box and found a head first diving Korac who knocked the all into Amos but the rebound was pumped in by Hanan Maman giving Beitar a valuable 2nd goal.

However, the game didn’t end there, more drama was needed on this night and we got just that when Hapoel Tel Aviv was awarded a penalty with less than 10 minutes remaing in the contest.

But it was sweet revenge for Boris Kleiman who dove to his left and swatted away Israel Zaguri’s misplaced chance to save the shutout for the away side and send the Hapoel fans heading towards the exits as quickly as possible.

As time expired Beitar supporters stayed long wafted the final whistle singing and dancing in the aisles as their heroes bowed, clapped, laughed and enjoyed the moment as everyone savored the victory.

It’s fun to win, but it’s even more fun to beat Hapoel Tel Aviv especially in their own house. It doesn’t get any sweeter than that.

Happy Birthday Dov! I know it was great!

Sabras Abroad Israeli Footballers Playing Around The World October 25-27 2014

Here’s a roundup of Israeli footballers playing abroad and how they fared the past weekend!

Ben Sahar- Eredivisie, Willem II- Played 82 minutes in 3-1 win over Heracles

Bibras Natcho- Russian Premier League, CSKA Moscow- Scored 2 penalty goals including one in the 94th minute in 3-3 draw with UFA

Monas Dabour- Swiss Super League, Grasshoppers- played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1-1 draw with Vaduz

Omer Damari- Austrian Bundesliga, Austria Wien- ASSISTED on 2nd goal & played 90 minutes in 2-0 win over WIENER NEUSTADT

Asael Ben Shabbat- Greece Super League, Kerkyra- played 90 minutes in 2-1 loss to Platanias

Eyal Golasa- Greece Super League, PAOK- Played 90 mins in 4-1 win over Veria

Nir Biton- Scottish Premiership, Celtic- Was not in squad in 2-0 win over Kilmarnok

Beram Kayal- Scottish Premiership, Celtic- Did not play in 2-0 win over Kilmarnok

Lior Refaelov- Belgian Jupiler League, Club Brugge- Played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw with Gent

Rami Gershon- Belgian Jupiler League, Gent- Played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw with Club Brugge

Kenny Saief- Belgian Jupiler League, Gent- Played 9 minutes in 2-2 draw with Club Brugge

Idan Weitzman- Azerbaijan Premyer Liqa, Simurq- Played 90 mins in 4-0 draw win over Araz

Tomer Hemed- Spain La Liga, Almeria- Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss to Athletic Club

Tal Ben Haim- England Championship, Charlton- Played 90 minutes in 3-0 loss to Fulham

Dan Mori- Eredivisie, Vitesse- Did not play in 2-2 Draw with Breda

Sintiyahu Sollalich- Slovenia League, Maribor- Played 35 minutes in 1-0 win over ZAVRČ

Dudu Biton- Slovenia League, Maribor- Played 2 minutes in 1-0 win over ZAVRČ

Eliran Atar- France Ligue 1, Stade de Reims- Was not in squad for 1-0 win Montpellier

Itay Schecter- France Ligue 1, Nantes- Was an 87th minute sub in 2-0 win over Evian

Football Israel Ligat Ha’al Round 5 October 25-27 2014 Goals And Hilights

Maccabi Haifa may be in crisis mode as they have now lost 2 in a row going down at home 2-0 to Raanana while Beer Sheva & Maccabi Tel Aviv win!

Hapoel Akko 1-4 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Maccabi Tel Aviv were made to feel at home tonight in an “away” game that was held in Netanya due to Akko’s radius punishment. More than 6,000 yellow & blue supporters made their way north to watch a demolition of the opposition while only 132 Akko diehards came down from the historic city of Jews & Arabs.

Eran Zahavi taking the indirect free kick-Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv website

Eran Zahavi taking the indirect free kick-Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv website

In an atmosphere similar to what would be in a half full Bloomfield stadium Eran Zahavi took center stage yet again. Scoring two goals, the first via the penalty spot after an indirect free kick was awarded to the visitors due to ‘keeper Dudu Goresh’s handling of the ball in the box which resulted in the kick being blocked by Yuval Abidor’s hand and giving MTA a quick lead. Zaahvi doubled the score 10 minutes later scoring a low quick from the right side of the box that found it’s way into the back of the goal. Omri Ben Harush unleashed a wicked strike that went top shelf before halftime.

Barak Badash celebrates after scoring!-Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv Website

Barak Badash celebrates after scoring!-Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv Website

Barack Badash finished off the Maccabi scoring and Hamdi Salhi the Albanian striker for Akko broke the shutout with seconds to go. After the game Pako Ayestaran was not pleased that his team took their foot off of the gas in the 2nd half and let his team know that. He also spoke to the media about a disgruntled an unhappy Eden Ben Basat who again wasn’t in the coach’s plan however Nosa Igiebor played the full 90 minutes and Sean Goldberg made his debut first team performance leaving everyone questioning what Ayestaran has up his sleeve especially with 3 matches in 8 days.

Maccabi Tel Aviv will need to manage their players carefully over this next week as they face Ashdod on Wednesday & Hapoel Tel Aviv in the derby next Monday night. Is there more than meets the eye with Pako not starting players like Rada Prica, Ben Reichert & the aforementioned Ben Basat? I’m not sure, but as in all soap operas the story will play out in due time.

Maccabi Petach Tikva 0-4 Hapoel Beer Sheva

Petach Tikva coach Ran Ben Shimon was suspended for this match but even his coaching skills wouldn’t have stopped a Beer Sheva bulldozer that put up a 4 spot on the home side. A referee error gave Dovev Gabbay the opportunity to score from the penalty spot at the stroke of halftime. Erez Piper thought he had seen a handball on the box, but in reality there was no handball & the play was outside of the box and gifted the Reds a 1-0 lead. The second half saw Maor Bozaglo star as he delivered a beautiful outlet pass to Ben Biton who turned it over to Roie Gordana who scored to make it 2-0. A Bozaglo goal made it 3-0 and after he was pulled down in the box a Shlomi Arbeitman penalty finished off the onslaught to give Elisha Levy the win.

Maccabi Haifa 0-2 Hapoel Raanana

Haim Silvas and his Hapoel Raanana team scored a huge upset defeating Maccabi Haifa at the new Sammy Ofer Stadium proving that their play this season has not been fluky and are a dangerous foe for any side. On the other side of the coin Aleksandar Stanojević, the Haifa coach says his club is now in a crisis losing two games in a row with Hapoel Beer Sheva away around the corner on Tuesday night. Evans Kangwa & Anthony Nwakaeme both scored off of corner kicks to give the visitors the shutout victory.

Maccabi Netanya 2-1 Bnei Sahknin

Netanya came away with a valuable 3-points with an Idan Shriky 96th minute free kick goal. The home side took a 1-0 lead on Romanian Cristian Srighi’s goal but a Shimon Harush own goal late in the game almost gave Bnei Sakhnin a plot of the points. However, Sakhnin keeper Muhamed Kandil was unable to stop the late strike and would rather forget one of his poorest matches in a while.

Kiryat Shemona 1-0 Hapoel Haifa

Table leaders Kiryat Shemona continued it’s winning ways as Ofir Mizrachi scored the lone goal in the contest against an overmatched Haifa squad. The win will ensure that Kiryat Shemona will still lead the league now with 13 points.

Ashdod 1-3 Hapoel Petach Tikva

Petach Tikva won its 2nd straight match defeating Ashdod away in front of 2500 fans in attendance. The visitors were given a 1-0 lead on Alexander Davidov’s own goal and the score would stay that way until Sagiv Cohen gave HPT a 2-0 in the 87th minute. But David Solari cut the lead just two minutes later on a penalty but Omri Altman’s pinpoint pass to Hasan Abu Zaid was all she wrote as the Maccabi Tel Aviv property gave the visitors a 3-1 win.

Cheeky Backheel Football Israel Podcast October 21 2014


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Roy Jankelowitz, reporter for Israel Sport and the man behind the fantastic Facebook Page HaShishit B’Europa joined me on the Cheeky Backheel Podcast to talk Football Israel!

The Sports Rabbi & Roy discuss Maccabi Tel Aviv defeating Maccabi Haifa, the controversy at the Bnei Sakhnin match and the rest of the Ligat Ha’Al matches from this past weekend!

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Sabras Abroad Israeli Footballers Playing Abroad October 18-20 2014

Here’s a roundup of Israeli footballers playing abroad and how they fared the past weekend!

Toto Tamuz- Romania Liga 1, Petrolul- SCORED in the 87th minute in 2-0 win over CEAHLĂUL PIATRA NEAMŢ


Ben Sahar by goalsandmore

Ben Sahar- Eredivisie, Willem II- SCORED the lone goal & played 78 minutes in 4-1 loss to Vitesse

Bibras Natcho- Russian Premier League, CSKA Moscow- ASSISTED on final goal of 6-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar

Monas Dabour- Swiss Super League, Grasshoppers- played 90 minutes in 3-1 loss to Zurich

Omer Damari- Austrian Bundesliga, Austria Wien- Played 90 minutes in 1-1 draw with Altach

Asael Ben Shabbat- Greece Super League, Kerkyra- played 79 minutes in 1-0 loss to Kalloni

Eyal Golasa- Greece Super League, PAOK- Played 39 mins & picked up a yellow card in 2-1 win over Atromitos

Nir Biton- Scottish Premiership, Celtic- Played 30 mins in 5-0 win over Ross County

Beram Kayal- Scottish Premiership, Celtic- Was not in squad in 5-0 win over Ross County

Rami Gershon- Belgian Jupiler League, Gent- ASSISTED on 1st goal & played 90 minutes in 2-2 draw with Sporting Charleroi

Kenny Saief- Belgian Jupiler League, Gent- Played 18 minutes in 2-2 draw with Sporting Charleroi

Idan Weitzman- Azerbaijan Premyer Liqa, Simurq- Played 90 mins in 0-0 draw with Inter Baki

Tomer Hemed- Spain La Liga, Almeria- Played 67 minutes in 2-0 loss to Villarreal

Tal Ben Haim- England Championship, Charlton- Played 90 minutes in 1-0 loss to Bournemouth

Dan Mori- Eredivisie, Vitesse- Did not play in 4-1 win over Willem II

Sintiyahu Sollalich- Slovenia League, Maribor- Played 8 minutes in 2-1 win over Celje

Dudu Biton- Slovenia League, Maribor- Did not play in 2-1 win over Celje

Eliran Atar- France Ligue 1, Stade de Reims- Was not in squad for 1-1 draw with Nantes

Itay Schecter- France Ligue 1, Nantes- Played 75 minutes in 1-1 draw with Stade de Reims

Football Israel Ligat Ha’al Round 4 Goals And Hilights October 18-20 2014

Hapoel Haifa wins their first game of the season as Bnei Sakhnin & Hapoel Tel Aviv draw! Beitar Jerusalem draws with Ashdod & the match of the week featured Maccabi Tel Aviv defeating Maccabi Haifa 3-1 at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.

Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-1 Maccabi Haifa

Maccabi Tel Aviv showed who was the Ligat Ha’Al boss last night as the yellow & blue took care of Maccabi Haifa in Tel Aviv 3-1. The match featured two foreign coaches with Pako Ayestaran leading the home side and Serbian Aleksandar Stanojević the Greens and both had their players ready for this match after a few weeks off due to the Yom Kippur Holiday & the International break. Tel Aviv began the match by delivering long balls to it’s speedy wingers, Tal Ben Chaim & Eran Zahavi, but the Haifa defense were able to keep them at bay while they produced a number of quality chances of their own.

Referee Orel Greenfield had a difficult time keeping both sides at bay as the opening 20 minutes were very chippy as each side picked up a yellow card and had to warned numerous times to take it easy and calm down. Unfortunately for Haifa, one of the Maccabi long balls finally made it’s way through to Ben Chaim who was pulled down right before entering the box by Eyal Meshumar who saw a straight red card which changed the dimension of the game.

Stanojević was then forced to make a tactical substitution taking off striker Alon Turgeman in favor of defender Matan Ohayon and played with only one striker up front in order to try and stymie the Tel Aviv offense. Ayestaran then made a substitution of his own before halftime taking off the injured Carlos Garcia in favor of striker Barak Badash.

Tal Ben Chaim in Action-Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv website

Tal Ben Chaim in Action-Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv website

It took a only 7 minutes into the second half until Tel Aviv took a short lived lead as Ben Chaim came down the left side and took a marvelous low shot on goal that Hasifa defender Taleb Tawatcha sliced into his own goal. However, just minutes later Ruben Rayos drew Haifa even scoring on a 59th minute penalty and leaving Tel Aviv in shock.

Eran Zahavi & Nikola Mitrovic-Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv  Website

Eran Zahavi & Nikola Mitrovic-Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv Website

The shock fortunately wore off very quickly for the home team when Nikola Mitrovic, playing arguably his best game in Israel fed a picture perfect pass to Eran Zahavi who headed it home for a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish with Eden Ben Basat scoring a fabulous BOMBA of a free kick in the 82nd minute sending the crowd into delirium and collecting the three points allowing MTA to move into 2nd place just behind Kiryat Shemona.

Beitar Jerusalem 1-1 Ashdod

Beitar Jerusalem played a home match at the Moshava Stadium in Petach Tikva last night in front of get this, OVER 8000 supporters! Unfortunately, Beitar was unable to take the 3 points from Ashdod and had to settle for a draw in a match that the “home” side dominated top to bottom. Beitar looked sharp and came into the game very hungry spreading it’s offense to both sides of the pitch which forced Ashdod manager Nir Klinger to make a number of tactical changes throughout the first half. Finally in the 37th minute Beitar was able to break through as midfielder Shlomi Azoulay was able to pick off the ball and take it to the Ashdod box make a perfect pass to Hanan Maman who slotted it home with ease to give the yellow and black a 1-0 lead.

Beitar Jerusalem coach Menachem Koretzky made the correct substitutions bringing in offensive fire power in Tomer Suissa in order to finish Ashdod off and pick up a 2nd goal that wold seal the deal. However, Ashdod had other plans when Klinger replaced injured Morad Abu Anze with David Solari who somehow was somehow able to put in a sloppily played ball in the box where Beitar ‘keeper Boris Kleiman made a terrific first save but the rebound was unable to be cleared by the Jerusalem defense and gave the two clubs a point a piece.

The draw left the Beitar faithful and owner Eli Tabib upset and disappointed as this was a match that was clearly one which the home team should have picked up maximum points.

Hapoel Raanana 1-1 Hapoel Beer Sheva

Beer Sheva and over 3000 supporters found their way to the Netanya stadium to watch their club come away with a disappointing 1-1 draw against the always dangerous Hapoel Rannana. Anthony Nwakaeme’s 18th minute goal gave the home side a first half lead as Dovev Gabbay’s penalty was saved by Arik Yanko. Elyaniv Barda the Beer Sheva captain was subbed out at halftime after injuring his groin and was replaced by a very quiet Shlomi Arbeitmen who did not produce any offense. Maor Melikson toed the game up on David Bar Natan’s 2nd penalty but was unable to convert a 3rd penalty opportunity as his miscalculated run and shot hit off the inside of the right post to help Raanana preserve the tie and pick up a point.

Hapoel Haifa 3-2 Maccabi Netanya

Netanya’s troubles continue after giving up a injury time goal to 10 man Hapoel Haifa as Reuven Atar picked up his first win of the season. Netanya opened up the scoring on an Tadas Kijankas own goal coming off an Eran Levy free kick. Haifa then scored two in row both coming on headers delivered by Or Ostaynd with the first being headed in by Kijanskas and the second by Gal Cohen. However, Cohen picked up a foolish second yellow card resulting in a red and him being sent off in the 70th minute allowing the visitors to tie it up on a Shimon Harush strike. But a pressing 10 man Haifa squad was able to steal the three points when Roei Shukrani slammed home the winner past Ariel Harush to the delight of the fans and to the dismay of Netanya manager Yossi Mizrachi.

Kiryat Shemona 3-0 Maccabi Petach Tikva

David Manga lifted a ball toward Shir Tzedek in the 43rd minute and it was redirected by Maccabi Petach Tikva player Joachim Mununga as Kiryat Shemona picked up a goal which turned out to be the game winner as the northern club shut out the up the visitors 3-0. Rodgers Kola and Ahed Azam scored the next two goals for Kiryat Shemona which will keep the team in first place for yet another week.

Hapoel Petach Tikva 4-1 Hapoel Akko

Hapoel Petach Tikva offered free admission for their match with Akko and the 7000 supporters who came out were not disappointed! The home side scored two quick goals by Shachar Hirsch & Guy Dayan in the first half and set the tone for a fun night out! Even though Akko closed the gap to 2-1 early in the 2nd half on a goal by Imaye Taga it took less than a minute for Prtach Tikva to regain a 2 goal lead as Shachar Hirsch scored his 2nd of the night. Youngster Dor Hugi finished off the rout with a 90 minute goal to send the fans home happy in euphoria for hopefully not the only time this season.

Bnei Sakhnin 1-1 Hapoel Tel Aviv

Up until the 89th minute it looked as if the sides were going to settle on a 0-0 draw and a split of the points. The points were divided except it happened only after a few final crazy minutes where Bnei Sakhnin took a lead on a beautiful Abraham Paz header but it was followed up by an own goal by Alaa Abu Salach just 2 minutes later to give Hapoel Tel Aviv a tie.

Cheeky Backheel Football Israel Podcast October 14 2014


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Roy Jankelowitz, reporter for Israel Sport and the man behind the fantastic Facebook Page HaShishit B’Europa joined me on the Cheeky Backheel Podcast to talk Football Israel!

The Sports Rabbi & Roy discussed the Israel National Team away wins over Cyprus & Andorra, who was hot & who was not! We also take a look ahead at this weekend’s games in the Ligat Ha’Al Football Israel with the match of the week featuring Maccabi Tel Aviv hosting Maccabi Haifa!

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