With Roy Atar (son of) on the lines and a strengthening player from Dubai, Haifa's deaf team is scheduled to play in the Champions League in January • The problem: NIS 20,000 is missing to complete the move • Hope: Donations and help from Maccabi Haifa • CEO: Lifted the glove, they will not stay in the country "
Haifa Deaf Group. A local Maccabi representative should fly with them to the tournament
Atar is wearing a uniform and wearing the training shirt with the Maccabi Haifa symbol. Reuven Attar has not yet returned from retirement, but his son Roy is a partner in a project in which the Greens take part. At the age of 25, Junior Yaman coached the Haifa Deaf team in the Champions League (January 25-19 in Diesel, Italy), for which the club retired from Carmel.
Maccabi Haifa's official costumes will be worn by the city's deaf group, where most actors are Haifa, local. "This is my home in the end," says Roy Atar. The tone of speech, intonation and voice are completely identical to his father, only the curls are missing. "There is one such thing, no matter what it used to be - Maccabi Haifa is a natural connection, does not know how to explain it," he adds, trying to describe the feeling.
Aeter has plans to return to play after a year and a half out due to injury. He works with a personal trainer, but he will coach the deaf himself in the Champions League. Tomer Dresner, the team's player, sits at the side of Atar and from the sidelines observes Maccabi Haifa CEO Asaf Ben Dov, who lifted the glove and delivered equipment worth tens of thousands of shekels.
"The goal is 4-1 places," says Dresner, and Atar corrects immediately: "This is Maccabi Haifa. The goals are 1 to 1, always the highest goal."
Roy Attar and his sign language interpreter. "Maccabi Haifa is my home" // Photo: Maor Alexassi
"We immediately agreed to donate"
So far the romantic part. Maccabi Haifa and the Haifa Municipality support, but for the deaf group to board the plane next month is still NIS 20,000 missing. "Let's put things on the table - we're here because no one else picked up the glove," Ben Dov told Israel Today, saying: "When we contacted us, we immediately agreed to donate. We know there is no more money, but let's say it like this: they They will not stay in the country. "
Ben Dov certainly gives Azer, Dresner and the rest of the group optimism that the relatively small amount will be raised soon.
While close to 50 percent of Maccabi Haifa's youth department players come from the Arab sector, the deaf group has taken the issue one step further. 27-year-old Walid Radwan will come to strengthen Haifa from Dubai. He is also deaf, and his relationship with Dresner was created through football, as the latter said: "This is proof that everything is possible through football. We make history - a player from the United Arab Emirates playing with an Israeli team in an official tournament.
Redwan's team training doesn't come, but he did. He goes to the floor of the hall where the training is held and he has a gleam in his eyes: "I miss it. I took it all voluntarily and my father also supported me during the course. I heard that there are groups from Spain, Portugal and other strong countries, but they have to come and respect Israeli sports."
As mentioned, the deaf group is still looking for a sponsor to complete NIS 20,000. The municipality of Haifa spends NIS 27,000 a year, most of which is used for ongoing operations. The roof deployed by Maccabi Haifa provided a safety net, but still missing some more. "Maccabi Haifa is proud to take part in these kinds of projects. This is something that the club has carved on its flag," concludes Ben Dov. "We believe it will be okay. Our representative will fly with them to the tournament, they will not be alone."