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2021-07-29T16:20:48.495Z

Over the years Mitch Goldhaar has hardly made up for it here, but his moves have made his intentions clear. With a summer without procurement, a managerial backbone left and a coach surrounded by many question marks, it can already be assumed that Maccabi Tel Aviv is implementing the phrase that every football fan despises: "financial season"



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Does not say anything, and actually says a lot

Over the years Mitch Goldhaar has hardly made up for it here, but his moves have made his intentions clear.

With a summer without procurement, a managerial backbone left and a coach surrounded by many question marks, it can already be assumed that Maccabi Tel Aviv is implementing the phrase that every football fan despises: "financial season"

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David Rosenthal

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 3:30 p.m.

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Language coins in the world of sports are usually anecdotal matter, most of which are remembered only for a short time. The rarity of times when an expression penetrates our lives that goes with us in the long run and crosses the boundaries of the field, such as "this is not how we build a wall."



In the late 1990s, in the midst of another failed season of Maccabi Haifa, Giora Spiegel coined the term "financial season" during an interview in the "91st minute" as an excuse for the team's mediocrity. Spiegel's intention was that in retrospect the group's bad results, to say the least, should not surprise anyone, since expectations were low in advance. This statement angered the green fans in the short term, for them there was not even a possibility for such a concept. In the long run, it is doubtful if anyone knew that the phrase would become so commonplace, not only in sports but especially in the business world.



Few people use the "financial season" as an excuse.

From the moment he was born, the phrase became a language coin that expresses ridicule towards the person who says it, and competitive groups do not dare to announce it with a wavy brush.

Managers and owners know that once they get over the term they will absorb a great deal of fire.

But sometimes you don't have to say anything.

In the case of Mitch Goldhaar the deeds are what determine.

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When he did - the team succeeded.

When he did not - she failed.

Goldhaar (Photo: Danny Maron)

The expectations of Maccabi Haifa, then and today, are to compete every year. This is why "financial season" are two words that have been forever excluded from the club. These are, of course, also the expectations of Maccabi Tel Aviv - there is no situation where someone will come and say that this year they are not running for the championship, it is against all the law and DNA of this club. And yet, one owner determines whether or not there will be reinforcement, whether or not there will be a CEO, whether there will be a real change in the club like in the summer of 2012 or the summer of 2018. And when none of that happens, the message is conveyed to everyone.



The optimists among Maccabi Tel Aviv fans can tell themselves how the constraints of the fair play made them play with Yonatan Cohen and Matan Hozaz, and maybe this season they will do a similar job with Nadav Nidam and Ronen Chanzis, but there are too many indications that 2021/22 will look like the last season of Cruyff and not like Ivica's first season.

Maccabi Tel Aviv did not perform the required refresh, neither in the managerial nor in the professional arena.

Patrick Van Leven honestly earned the opportunity for another season on the lines, but the question marks around him grew as it progressed.

To his credit it should be said that he did not really get the tools this summer.

On the other hand, lowering expectations may serve him well.

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Will we see a team capable of conquering?

probably not.

Eduardo Guerrero descends disappointed from the stadium in Haifa (Photo: Maor Elkelsi)

Except for the optimistic camp, the question is not what the vast majority of fans think, who can be assumed to be skeptical about this season, but what he is supposed to expect to happen. Goldhaar managed to change a lot of things in the thinking patterns of the crowd during his 12 years at the club, but one of the thousands of subscribers and tens of thousands of supporters outside Bloomfield did not get used to it: giving up the title even before the season began, and Maccabi Tel Aviv seems to be striving.



Is anything expected to change in the month remaining until the start of the season? Will Maccabi Tel Aviv, thanks to a massive and unexpected reinforcement, become a football team capable of scoring goals? It is not recommended to build on it. The only season in the Goldhaar era that did not synchronize with the preliminary preparations was 2014/15, the same Yellows started with a number of major crises and finished with Treble. Beyond that, the taste of Maccabi Tel Aviv's stew over the past decade matched the aroma that came out of it in June-July.



So no one says it, and no one will say it, but if it looks like a financial season and feels like a financial season - well, it's probably going to be a financial season.

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